Report by interim chief says outsider should head fragile Montreal police force

first_imgMONTREAL – The interim chief brought in to clean up problems in the Montreal police force says the internal climate remains fragile and the next chief should come from outside the department.The recommendation is among 14 made Tuesday by Martin Prud’homme, the provincial police chief who took charge of the Montreal force following the suspension of Philippe Pichet last December.Pichet, who was named in August 2015 by then-mayor Denis Coderre, was suspended with pay after an independent report found irregularities in the Montreal police force’s internal investigations.In a preliminary report in June, Prud’homme described a city police force with low morale and warring internal factions, saying officers were afraid to speak out.Prud’homme’s final report says the working climate has improved in the past year, but there is a risk that progress will be undone.Quebec Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault agrees with Prud’homme’s assessment.“It’s still fragile, and that’s why I endorse the recommendation made by Mr. Prud’homme that the next chief of police should be nominated among the two persons who worked with him,” she told reporters in Quebec City.One of Prud’homme’s two assistants was Line Carbonneau, a retired RCMP officer, whose job was to get the internal investigation unit back on its feet.The other was Sylvain Caron, a retired provincial police officer, who handled criminal investigations while working with Prud’homme.Guilbault said the review has helped to restore confidence in police institutions and bodes well for the force.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said Tuesday that a selection committee has already been put in place to find a new Montreal police chief.But she added that she wants to proceed cautiously, echoing the sentiment that the force is in a “fragile” state.“The city of Montreal’s police service needs stability,” Plante said.Addressing the police force’s 6,000 employees, she said there have been difficult moments, but “finally, we see the light at the end of the tunnel.”Prud’homme, who is set to return to the provincial police at the end of the year, has also called on the city and the police to put together a final reorganization plan and send it to Guilbault.Another recommendation is the creation, along with provincial police, of a joint team that would investigate criminal allegations against police officers. Prud’homme says the Montreal force should not be solely responsible for such inquiries.He also called for improved training of investigators, a third of whom do not have the required certification, and the creation of an internal audit bureau to monitor spending.last_img read more

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India look to test attacking prowess vs lowly Poland

first_imgIpoh (Malaysia): Their final berth already sealed, favourites India would look to test their attacking prowess and aim for a big win when they take on lower-ranked Poland in their final league match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Friday.With three wins and a draw, India are currently leading the six-team league table with 10 points and a goal difference of eight. Just like five-time champions India, Korea too have secured their place in Saturday’s summit clash with 10 points but they have an inferior goal difference — five — than the Indians. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe last round league matches, thus, have become inconsequential for all the teams but both India and Korea would look to keep their winning momentum intact.Against Poland, ranked 21st in the world, it should be an easy match for world number 5 India. The Indians had a pretty good outing in the tournament so far, barring one match — against Saturday summit clash opponents Korea.India defeated Asian Games gold medallist Japan 2-0 before getting the better of hosts Malaysia 4-2 and Canada 7-3. The only blip for the Manpreet Singh-led side was the 1-1 draw against Korea. Come Friday, the Indians would be eyeing to test their attacking combinations ahead of the big final against Korea. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMandeep Singh has been a live wire upfront, scoring a hat-trick against Canada but he needs more support from other strikers and that is precisely what the Indian think-tank would be hoping to achieve against Poland.Besides Mandeep, Varun Kumar has been impressive with penalty corner conversions and he would like to continue in the same vein in the remainder of the matches.”We are not going to take it lightly against Poland. We are determined to keep performing to the best of our abilities, and to win our remaining two matches based on good performances,” Mandeep said. “I feel tomorrow’s match against Poland will also give us a chance to prepare well for the final against Korea,” said the 24-year-old striker.After a slow start, the Indians showed progress in every match of the tournament with improved structure and discipline.Poland, on the other hand, are still winless in the tournament and would at least look for a consolation point.But it would be a herculean task to achieve that against a world-class side like India.Poland were hammered 1-5 by Malaysia, 0-4 by Canada and 0-3 by Japan. Korea is the only team which had to fight tooth and nail to get the better of Poland 3-2.With five titles under their belt, India are the second most successful team in the Azlan Shah Cup behind Australia (10 titles). India’s last triumph here came way back in 2010 when they shared the title with Korea after the match was abandoned due to rain.last_img read more

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New Agreement to Introduce Sex Education in Moroccan Schools

first_imgRabat – The Moroccan Ministry of National Education and Moroccan Modern Industries (IMM), a subsidiary of multinational holding ‘PROCTER & GAMBLE’, signed Thursday in Rabat, an agreement for the implementation of a new program to teach sex education in Moroccan schools, according to the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Signed by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Abdelaadim El Guerrouj and the CEO of P & G Morocco, Omar Channawi, the agreement aims to unite the efforts of the partners in order to raise students’ awareness on healthy hygienic practices and the importance of sex education.The same source added that the agreement, signed on the 15th anniversary of the partnership between the Department and P & G, also aims to inform, sensitize and educate young students in hygiene practices and develop their skills to adopt attitudes to face the problematic health situations, including those relating to puberty, AIDS, early marriage and family planning. Sex education, common in Western countries, is a set of lessons that help equip young students with the skills necessary to deal with the physical changes they undergo during puberty, the risks of unprotected sexual practices and the diseases that transmit through these intercourses.While sex education is part of the curriculum in Western schools, it remains a controversial issue in several countries, including Morocco.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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UN rights official welcomes US opposition to death penalty for mentally disabled

“I have written to President Bush, in the light of this statement, urging him to intervene in several cases where persons with mental disabilities are awaiting execution in the United States,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. “In particular, I have asked that he make his administration’s views known to the courts considering these cases and to the State governors considering signing legislation to ban this practice.”The High Commissioner said US leadership on this issue would be widely welcomed. “I believe the President’s statement could mark a turning point, not only with respect to the right to life itself but with respect to the other human rights of people with mental disabilities who are disproportionately represented in prisons throughout the world.” Noting that the mentally disabled were one of the most vulnerable groups in the world, Mrs. Robinson said progress towards ensuring the rights of ‘mentally retarded’ prisoners would mark “a significant step forward in making the principles embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights truly universal.” read more

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Justices take up trademark case that could affect Redskins

by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted Sep 29, 2016 8:07 am MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This photo provided by Anthony Pidgeon, taken Aug. 21, 2015, shows the Asian-American band The Slants, from left, Joe X Jiang, Ken Shima, Tyler Chen, Simon “Young” Tam, Joe X Jiang in Old Town Chinatown, Portland, Ore. The Supreme Court will hear a First Amendment challenge over the government’s refusal to register offensive trademarks in a case that could affect the Washington Redskins. The justices agreed Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, to take up a dispute involving an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, but did not act on a separate request to hear the higher-profile Redskins case at the same time. (Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns via AP) Justices take up trademark case that could affect Redskins WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is taking up a First Amendment clash over the government’s refusal to register offensive trademarks, a case that could affect the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name.The justices agreed Thursday to hear a dispute involving an Asian-American rock band called the Slants, but they did not act on a separate request to hear the higher-profile Redskins case at the same time.Still, a high court ruling in favour of the Slants could bolster the football team’s legal fight. Both groups argue that it is unconstitutional for the government to reject trademark rights for offensive speech.The trademark dispute is one of eight new cases the Supreme Court added to its calendar for the term that starts Monday. The court continues to operate with only with eight justices since Antonin Scalia died in February. His successor appears unlikely to be confirmed until sometime after the election.In the Slants case, front man Simon Tam tried to trademark the name in 2011, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the request on the ground that it disparages people of Asian descent. He sued, and a federal appeals court ruled last year that the law barring offensive trademarks violates free speech rights.The Redskins hoped to piggyback on the band’s case, asking the Supreme Court to consider both disputes at the same time. The trademark office cancelled the team’s trademarks last year after finding they are disparaging to Native Americans.But the team’s appeal has not even been heard yet by a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia. In an unusual request, the team asked the Supreme Court to intervene before the lower court acts. The high court almost never grants such requests.Tam says his goal in choosing the name was to transform a derisive term about the shape of Asian eyes into a statement of ethnic and cultural pride. The Redskins have similarly claimed their name honours American Indians, but the team has faced years of legal challenges from Indian groups that say the name is racist.The team has also come under intense public pressure to change the name, but owner Dan Snyder has refused.In the band’s case, a divided federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., struck down a portion of the 70-year-old federal trademark law. The court’s majority said the First Amendment protects “even hurtful speech that harms members of oft-stigmatized communities.”“It is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment that the government may not penalize private speech merely because it disapproves of the message it conveys,” Judge Kimberly Moore said for the majority.In dissent, Judge Alan Lourie said the decision interferes with the government’s authority “to filter out certain undesirable marks from the federal trademark registration system.” He said the ruling would lead to “further the degradation of civil discourse.”The Obama administration is urging the high court to overturn the ruling. The government says the law “simply reflects Congress’ judgment that the federal government should not affirmatively promote the use of racial slurs and other disparaging terms by granting the benefits of registration.”The administration also argues that the law does not restrict speech because the band is still free to use the name even without trademark protection.The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have supported the Slants and the Redskins in their legal fights. The ACLU says the government can’t withhold benefits just because it disagrees with the content of someone’s speech.The Slants and the Redskins can continue using their preferred names even without trademark protection. But a trademark confers certain legal benefits, including the power to sue competitors that infringe the trademark. For the Redskins, the team could lose millions if it can’t block the sale of counterfeit merchandise.The Redskins say they have an even stronger case against the government than the Slants because team has already relied on financial advantages of trademark protection for many years. The team registered six trademarks including the name between 1967 and 1990.The justices will hear arguments in Lee v. Tam, 15-1293, early next year.Other new cases the justices agreed to take up on Thursday include:—a dispute over the minimum standards that public schools must meet to help learning-disabled students—whether state laws can prohibit merchants from imposing fees on customers who use credit cards—the Obama administration’s appeal of lower court rulings making it harder to deport immigrants who’ve been convicted of crimes read more

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SMT Scharf reports positive growth following RDH acquisition

first_imgIn its first half 2018 results, Hans Joachim Theiss, Chairman of SMT Scharf AG, commented as follows on the growth of the business in the first half of the year: “With the successful implementation of strategic measures such as the acquisition of Canadian mining specialist RDH Mining Equipment and our continuous improvement programmes in the Group, we created the conditions in the first half of the year for sustained growth. Positive growth in sales, income and orders in the first six months of the year is clear evidence that our work is bearing fruit. On the basis of our strategy, we intend to further raise our profile in all important markets and profit from the consistently healthy state of the industry.”Theiss adds: “The integration of RDH Mining Equipment is running smoothly in all areas. We succeeded in including it in the group of consolidated companies in time for the second quarter. We will start with technical integration in the second half of the year. Thanks to RDH, we now have rubber-wheeled diesel and electric vehicles for mining and tunnelling in our product portfolio, and we are able to customise the vehicles to meet customers’ needs. That will provide a further boost to our business.”The company said that against the continuing background of stable to slightly rising commodity prices, mine operators are shedding their reticence and investing in new systems and modernising their existing infrastructure. This development is reflected in buoyant business with new systems which posted a half-year figure of EUR 12.4 million, a significant increase over the same period in the previous year (H1 2017: EUR 8.7 million). In Services and Spare Parts, SMT Scharf achieved sales revenues of EUR 15.7 million (H1 2017: EUR 14.5 million). The Rail Systems product segment accounted for EUR 22.8 million of total revenue in the reporting period (H1 2017: EUR 21.6 million) while rubber-wheeled vehicles, a new line of business launched with the acquisition of RDH, achieved sales revenue of EUR 3.0 million. Sales of chair lifts stood at EUR 2.3 million (H1 2017: EUR 1.6 million).China proved to be the market with the strongest growth in the reporting period, and here SMT Scharf was able to report significantly higher revenue of EUR 8.2 million following EUR 3.3 million in the previous year. “The consolidation phase among mine operators there is now largely completed. At the same time, the local prices for hard coal have reached a level which makes it lucrative for mining companies to expand production.” Sales in the second largest foreign market of Russia declined as expected to EUR 7.7 million (H1 2017: EUR 9.6 million), due to the completion of several major projects.last_img read more

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8 reasons you cant stop thinking about the joys of summer

first_imgCHRISTMAS IS OVER, and the days are starting to get a little bit longer, so it’s natural that our thoughts are turning to summer.Given the fact that last year’s was one of the best most of us can remember in terms of weather, the fantasising is even more intense than usual this year.You’re not alone in your thoughts – here are eight reasons you can’t stop thinking about summer.Daylight Source: Stuart McCleanThere was just so much of it.  Before and after work.  You could actually do things in the evening.  Remember?Being outside Daniel Fagan, 3, enjoying last summer at Killaspugbrone Beach in Sligo. Source: Avice-Claire McGovernYou could just sit there, outside, comfortably, for hours!  You could have a drink, or just a chat, or just bask in the glory of the sunshine.  Outside!Barbecues Source: Darren MartinThere was something in the air (the smell of burgers) that meant you always knew a barbecue could happen at any moment. Who knew when you’d get a text message inviting you over to cook meat in someone’s back garden.The potential was always there!Ice creams Source: Mark StedmanWhether it was a classic 99 or a box of Twisters brought back from the shop by a generous colleague at lunchtime, boy did we enjoy some ice creams and ice pops.When will that come again?  When will ice cream become a necessity rather than something which makes you feel like a glutton?Blue sky Achill Island, last summer. Source: Eamonn FarrellIt was everywhere, all the time.  The current greyness was nowhere to be seen and as for wet grimy footpaths, well they just didn’t exist.Bring back the blue sky!Happiness Source: Mark StedmanNow obviously we don’t want to exaggerate here, but people were happier in the summer.  There was more smiling.  More skipping.  More doing of things ‘just for the laugh’.Those days are missed.Doing stuff at the weekend Source: euphroNot just watching telly or going to the pub, actually doing things.Getting in the car and ending up at a beach somewhere, or organising a game in the park.  Those things happened during the summer.Everything seemed possible Source: John Callaghan‘Sure we’ll make a swimming pool out of some bales of hay!’Incredible. All we can do is cross our fingers that those days will come again.  In the meantime, consider taking these steps.Did you see these intense Garth Brooks fans on the RTÉ News?>This is how Twitter reacted to last night’s emotional Corrie>last_img read more

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Google launches Inapp Billing on Android Market

first_imgWe reported last week that Google announced it will introduce an official in-app billing platform for its Android operating system. It was made available for testing last week, but the system officially went live today. Developers are now able to publish apps with in-app payments, allowing users to make purchases within those apps.Google’s Eric Chu said In-app Billing gives developers more ways to monetize their apps with try-and-buy, virtual goods, upgrades, and other billing models.AdChoices广告As we mentioned, Disney-owned Tapulous was rearing to get into the Android Market once the in-app payment system was launched on the platform. Lo and behold, several apps are launching today that are using the service, one of which is Tapulous’ Tap Tap Revenge. The other apps using the service are Comics by ComiXology; Gun Bros, Deer Hunter Challenge HD, and WSOP3 by Glu Mobile; and Dungeon Defenders: FW Deluxe by Trendy Entertainment.According to PCMag, Chiu said back in January that he was “definitely not happy” with the Android Market’s lack of in-app purchases. He told developers that merchandising, payments, discovery, and downloading were top priorities for them.The inclusion of In-App Billing is great news for developers, since before today, the only way to make a profit was by selling the app itself. Now developers can offer the app for free or at a discounted rate if the goods offered within the app will get users to start spending money.Chu said that to try In-app Billing in your apps, developers can start with a detailed documentation provided on the Android Developers blog, and complete a sample app provided, which shows how to implement the service in your app, set up in-app product lists, and test your implementation. He stresses that it’s “absolutely essential” that developers review the security guidelines to make sure the billing implementation is secure.Read more at the Android Developers Blog, via PCMaglast_img read more

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Microsoft un concours pour lutter contre le piratage

first_imgMicrosoft : un concours pour lutter contre le piratageMicrosoft échange des idées contre des primes. Le géant de Redmond vient en effet de lancer un concours dont le grand vainqueur remportera 200.000 dollars. Le but de la compétition ? Développer des solutions efficaces et durables pour lutter contre le piratage.Le géant américain Microsoft vient de lancer un grand concours destiné aux informaticiens du monde entier. Alors que Facebook offre désormais des primes aux internautes qui détecteront des failles (voir notre article), le géant de Redmond mise sur un autre concept : il invite les spécialistes de la sécurité informatique, professionnels ou amateurs, à chercher et développer des outils efficaces de lutte contre le piratage. À lire aussiLe rectum de ver de terre pourrait soigner certaines maladies neurologiquesBaptisé BlueHat, ce concours vise dans sa première édition à développer des solutions contre des attaques visant la mémoire des ordinateurs. C’est un jury composé d’experts de Microsoft qui désignera les vainqueurs de la compétition. Le premier remportera 200.000 dollars (140.000 euros), et le second 50.000 dollars (35.000 euros). Quant à celui qui montera sur la troisième marche du podium, il se verra offrir un abonnement à des services Microsoft d’une valeur de 7.000 euros. C’est à Las Vegas, en 2012, que seront remis ces trois prix, lors de la prochaine édition du salon Black Hat, conférence qui réunit les spécialistes de la sécurité informatique. Les idées pourront être envoyées à Microsoft jusqu’au 1er avril prochain. Le réglement du concours est disponible ici.Le 4 août 2011 à 14:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Coming to PS4 Xbox One and PC

first_imgStay on target Back when the original Mega Man Legacy Collection was released, many felt it was incomplete. After all, it only featured the first six games in the series. A follow up with the rest of the Blue Bomber’s adventures was inevitable, and today, Capcom has officially announced that Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be headed to PC, PS4, and Xbox One both digitally and at retail on August 8 for $19.99.Where the original collection focused exclusively on Mega Man games from the Nintendo Entertainment System, this collection is all about everything that came afterward. The compilation features Mega Man 7 through 10. Mega Man 7 was originally on the SNES while Mega Man 8 came out on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The most fun games of this collection are Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 While these came out for the PS3 and Xbox One, they were purposely made to look and play like the old NES games. They are every bit as great as those classic titles.Capcom didn’t just toss the old games into a collection without also including new features. New players (or those who don’t want to be mercilessly slaughtered) can choose the “Extra Armor” option which reduces damage by half. There are even checkpoint saves throughout the levels — useful for when you meet an untimely demise. More experienced gamers have the option of playing remixed stages and testing their mettle in Challenge Mode. There’s even a global leaderboard for those who want to prove they are the best Mega Man player on Earth! A museum mode containing production art, sketches, development materials, concepts, a music player, and more rounds out the entire package.Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be demoed at Capcom’s E3 booth. As a huge fan of the franchise, you had better believe I will be checking this game out when I’m at the show next week. As for everyone else, August 8 isn’t that far away so the wait won’t be so bad. Considering how we’re also (finally) getting Sonic Mania in August, this summer will be great for fans of retro games. The Marvel Universe done in the style of MegamanStreet Fighter IV characters reimagined as MegaMan sprites last_img read more

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This Is the Most Funded Planner in Kickstarter History And Its On

first_img Stay on top of your day with the EVO Flow System Planner. This innovative system offers access to a range of planners, each designed for a certain type of individual. The end result is you’ll manage your day more effectively so you’ll have more time for the things you love. Save 20% off the cost the EVO Flow System Planner right now and pay just $39.99.The most funded planner in Kickstarter history, the EVO Flow was created on the notion that each person is unique and, therefore, organizes their day differently. Other planners, by contrast, offer just one type of organization. If your personality doesn’t mesh within that system, then it’s not likely to work. Where the EVO Flow differs is in its Brain Type Assessment test, which determines your personality so you’ll get the best planner for you.Once you’ve taken the Brain Type Assessment, you’ll know which of the four EVO Flow planners to select. Choose between the Alchemist, Architect, Explorer, or the Oracle. Each one includes daily, weekly, and monthly pages, you can track your progress over time, and there’s even a companion app so you’ll better understand how your mind works.It’s time to take control of your daily schedule. Try the EVO Flow System Planner today for just $39.99 — a savings of 20% off the regular price of $49.99. Stay on target EVO Flow System™ Planner – $39.99See Dealcenter_img Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today last_img read more

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Didier Drogba reveals role in Kante joining Chelsea

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed the role he played in the club signing N’Golo Kante.The Chelsea legend has revealed he encouraged the Blues to make a move for Kante after he helped Leicester City to their fairytale Premier League title triumph in 2016.“I’m very proud of him,’ said Drogba, according to Daily Mail. “I’m glad he chose Chelsea and the club listened to my advice, that they chose him. I’m glad I did not make a mistake.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I told them that we should not miss him. When? I told them when he started at Leicester.”Kante has also established himself as an integral member of the French national team, helping the team achieve World Cup glory in 2018 in Russia.Drogba enjoyed two separate spells at Stamford Bridge, firstly between 2004 and 2012 and then in 2014-2015, helping the club secure their only UEFA Champions League triumph in 2012.last_img read more

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Honda E offers a 5050 weight distribution will show up at Goodwood

first_imgEnlarge ImageGosh, what an adorable little bugger. Honda When Honda showed off its upcoming E electric hatchback in thinly veiled Prototype form, it didn’t offer up too many details about what to expect in the production version. Now, we have a bit more information to that end.Honda on Thursday announced a few more tidbits regarding its upcoming Honda E electric city car. While we already knew it would sport a rear-wheel-drive layout and has its battery under the floor, Honda now confirms that the E will rock a 50/50 weight distribution, meaning each axle supports the same amount of mass. Given how much we enjoy the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata, which has a similar weight distribution, the Honda E should be a pretty fun ride.The automaker also saw fit to offer up more details about the underfloor battery. Rocking a capacity of 35.5 kilowatt-hours, it can be charged using either a Type 2 AC connector or a CCS DC fast-charging connector. The charging port, as we saw on the Prototype version in Geneva, lives on the hood just above the grille, and it features LED lights to show charge at a glance. The battery pack has water cooling, too.Another thing we didn’t know before: Honda will bring the E Prototype to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. Whether or not it will actually make a run up Lord March’s driveway is yet to be seen, but hopefully Honda does put the hatch through its paces. It should be a low-pressure run anyhow, as it’s all but a given that the E Prototype won’t be able to beat the Volkswagen ID R’s EV record.Aside from that new information, we know a bit about the Honda E, but not much. Its range is still expected to be above 125 miles. It will have cameras in place of its side-view mirrors, and they’ll be standard. Inside, there’s a pair of very wide screens that stretch across most of the dashboard. It’s a heck of a package, which is why it’s an extra-large shame that it won’t be coming to the US. Tags 35 Photos Honda’s adorable E Prototype looks ready to hit the road Honda Honda E Prototype is a too-cute EV for Europe Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Review • 2019 Honda Insight review: Third time’s a charm Preview • 2019 Honda Insight: The 55-mpg Civic 0 1:54center_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Electric Cars Hatchbacks Auto Tech Honda More about 2019 Honda Insight Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voicelast_img read more

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Supreme Court Worried About Saharas Ability to Repay ₹30000 crore to Depositors

first_imgFollowing his arrest, Roy was allowed to use jail facilities to help work out a deal that would have seen some of Sahara’s assets either being sold or mortgaged to raise the requisite amount to secure his release from Tihar jail.Last week, Sahara informed the Supreme Court that the deal being negotiated with US-based Mirach Capital Group was called off, over allegations of fraud and conspiracy on both sides. Had the deal gone through, Sahara may have been able to arrange the bail amount of about $1.6 billion.  The Sahara group chairman Subrata Roy (C) with his face smeared in ink thrown by an unidentified man upon his arrival at the Supreme Court in New Delhi March 4, 2014. Roy, the self-styled managing worker of Sahara India Pariwar, India’s biggest private-sector employer, will appear before the Supreme Court on Tuesday after spending the weekend in custody at a government nature-reserve guest house.ReutersThe apex court permitted Sahara to go ahead with the deal on 9 January, after setting certain conditions and directing Sahara to avail the necessary clearances for the transfer of foreign exchange to India.However, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) moved the Supreme Court last week to restrain Sahara Group from making any sale of property or securities, after it noticed that an earlier such sale had seen almost 80% of the proceeds being channelled into the Group’s various bank account, instead of being remitted to the SEBI-Sahara account, set up to repay investors.The RBI also noted that the Sahara subsidiary – Sahara India Financial Corporation Ltd (SIFCL) – is a residuary non-banking financial firm and thus fell under the ambit of RBI’s regulatory rules. The Sahara Group’s inability to raise ₹10,000 crore to secure its chief Subrata Roy’s release from jail has prompted the Supreme Court (SC) to ask how the Group will repay ₹30,000 crore it owes to depositors.  “You are struggling to pay Rs. 10,000 crore. How will you pay Rs. 30,000 crore after coming out?”, the SC bench headed by Justice T S Thakur asked Sahara’s counsel.The observation came while hearing a petition on Monday filed by the Group seeking extension of facilities in the jail by four to six weeks for Roy to negotiate with prospective buyers. The bench then asked the counsel to file an appropriate application for its request, reports PTI.last_img read more

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Hasina denounces Kashmir terror attack

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday denounced the terror attack at Amarnath of Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and reiterated Dhaka’s assurances to work with the next-door negibour in fighting back violent extremism.”I am deeply shocked to learn about the dastardly terror attack on a bus carrying pilgrims to Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir that killed several pilgrims, including women, and injuring many others on Monday,” she said in a message sent to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh “maintains ‘zero tolerance’ policy against terrorism and violent extremism in all forms and manifestations, and condemns such heinous acts”.”As a close friend and neighbour, we would continue to work together in our common endeavour to eradicate this menace from this region and beyond,” she said.Sheikh Hasina conveyed through the Indian premier her deepest condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured pilgrims.last_img read more

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Rohingya crisis spinning out of control

first_imgA combination of escalating violence, worsening health and poor access to conflict zones in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is fueling a humanitarian crisis that is “spinning out of control”, senior aid officials said on Thursday.”We’ve seen a massive increase in violence not just between armed actors but also civilians, which is tearing families apart and leaving people to feel completely abandoned and disenfranchised,” Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed the border to neighbouring Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts sparked a ferocious counter-offensive by the Myanmar army.The United Nations says killings, arson and rape carried out by troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs amount to a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.”I worry that this continued context of fear and violence is spinning out of control and will only lead to displacement of more people,” Maurer said.Myanmar has blocked humanitarian agencies apart from Red Cross organisations from accessing the northern part of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where the conflict worsened at the end of August.”Being one of the only actors able to operate in Myanmar presents a considerable challenge in terms of accessing villages and knowing where displaced people are,” Maurer said.”Some of my colleagues have had to walk for six-seven hours to a village, only to find it’s been deserted,” he said, although he added the Myanmar authorities had recently authorised Red Cross staff to use two helicopters to better track displaced people.Maurer said high levels of inter-communal violence meant that aid workers were sometimes met with a “mixed reception” by communities and had to take “extreme care to convince people that we are not here to take anyone’s side”.’NO END IN SIGHT’The humanitarian crisis is compounded by a worsening health situation, experts say.Nipin Gangadharan, Bangladesh country director at aid organisation Action Against Hunger, said refugees arriving in Bangladesh were “taking a longer time to get here because of the constant violence, so their health is deteriorating significantly.””We’re seeing rising levels of malnutrition, particularly among children, and people who survive on one meal a day,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding that his organisation was treating malnourished children and providing mental health support to refugees suffering from trauma.”There’s no end in sight to the conflict, so us humanitarian actors are in it for the long run,” Gangadharan said.Maurer shared his view, saying that “we’re still in emergency response mode, handing out survival kits, two months after the conflict escalated.””I fear that’s still going to be the case for the next few weeks.”last_img read more

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Cancun top choice for new swinger tourism niche

first_imgClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Cancun, Q.R. — A new holiday niche has put Cancun in the top five globally by those who look for erotic adult-only vacations in the swinger tourism niche.While millions of tourists arrive to the region each year, a majority of which are families, there is a growing number arriving to participate in adult-only vacations.According to Fabiola Fernandez communication consultant of the company Newlink Group, Mexico ranks fourth out of the top five places globally where couples come to participate in adult only events such as swinging.Exchanging partners for sexual encounters, a taboo subject for many, is only one of the draws making adult-only hotels more and more popular. Although it is still a taboo subject for most, more and more specialized agencies are proliferating on this type of activity.Fernández says that over the last decade, Mexico has opened its tourist doors to gain relevance in the swingers segment. Most of those who attend these types of tourist encounters are stable and well-off couples who enjoy first class facilities and services, where an atmosphere of freedom and respect predominates.She adds that a majority of the tourists arriving to these places are between the ages of 35 to 50, but says that due to the longevity of lifespans, there are many older adults that also take part.She says that Mexico ranks fourth in this new tourism niche with Japan leading the way leading the way in first. The adults-only vacation is also headed by Brazil (second) and Spain (third). Turkey takes fifth place in this specialty area.She points out that Mexico has a few known adult only destinations, two of which include San José del Cabo in Baja California Sur and Cancún, Quintana Roo adding that last year, more than $60 million USD was invested into refurbishing a popular Cancun hotel to meet the demands of this increasing tourism niche.last_img read more

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Users Will Determine Whether Enterprise Imaging Succeeds

first_imgFeature | Enterprise Imaging | June 01, 2016 | Greg Freiherr Users Will Determine Whether Enterprise Imaging Succeeds Related Content 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 What Really Matters All the technological pieces appear ready to be in place. Zero-footprint viewers have evolved into the kind of display technologies needed to support enterprise imaging. Vendor neutral archives (VNA) have proven their value, first as the means for eliminating the need to migrate data from legacy to modern PACS, and now as the central repositories of multiple types of data. Standards are set and functioning. Workflow engines are chugging along. Much has been said about how forging these technologies into enterprise imaging could improve patient welfare, even possibly reduce the cost of healthcare. But it is all too easy to embrace techno-utopianism; to believe technology will solve problems.For medical practitioners to form effective, functioning teams, the members of those disciplines must want to come together.Will the availability of enterprise imaging incentivize medical disciplines to step outside their silos; to communicate as they have never done before; to change the way they make decisions and how they manage patients, improving and perhaps reducing the cost of healthcare?People, as much as or more than technology, will provide the answers. 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 Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Predictions are usually based less on what will come than what has been. They are projections of the recent past. That realization makes me a little bit nervous when it comes to enterprise imaging. Presented as the next logical step beyond picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), enterprise imaging is the extrapolation of technologies that literally saved radiology from information overload. Previously unimaginable quantities of data — terabytes upon terabytes — are now routinely stored and transmitted. Complex studies are presented not only in reading rooms, but also on screens anywhere in the world, a capability that has allowed high-quality diagnostics regardless of the time or day.The technologies underlying these accomplishments could have even greater impact, if applied to the healthcare enterprise. 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 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 Editor’s note: This column is the culmination of a series of four blogs by industry consultant Greg Freiherr on Enterprise Imaging: The Next Step in IT Health. The blogs, “The Impracticality of a Truly Universal Viewer for Enterprise Imaging,” “Will Enterprise Imaging Save Hippocratic Medicine?,” “Why Workflow Engines Must Work Right” and “Will Big Data Analytics Kickoff a New Golden Age for Radiology?” can be found at www.itnonline.com/blogs.Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享center_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison 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 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 | 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 Putting The Pieces TogetherZero-footprint viewers now can be used to view digital images created by virtually any branch of medicine. Archives, developed initially to store DICOM-based images, have been broadened to store other images, graphs, charts and even documents. Bandwidth has ballooned, thanks to networks built to support smartphones and the Web.With these technologies coming together, it seems as though, for the first time, the many disciplines of medical practice might have a common means of communication, one they can use to create an integrated team. It just makes sense that enterprise imaging will happen; that it will be embraced; and it will be celebrated.Here’s the rub: What makes sense doesn’t always happen.Local circumstances may impact the availability and utility of enterprise imaging. Among them will be the competence of those who set it up; whether the technologies integrate effectively; the reach of these technologies across the enterprise and the disciplines within; whether and how well networks are maintained; and whether sufficient budget is provided to solve problems and to allow for necessary upgrades. Many other challenges will inevitably arise. But persistence and human ingenuity can overcome them. The one most difficult to address will be getting enough practitioners to participate.Even a perfectly operating network with well-matched technological components will fail if a critical mass of practitioners refuses to use it.While there is consensus that the current practice of medicine reflects the cloistering of practitioners — and this is a bad thing — some might see medical silos as comfort zones, providing familiarity, focus and insulation from distraction. Specialists with such a view may consider enterprise imaging and its silo-busting technologies a threat.Other practitioners may resist the use of enterprise imaging simply due to a deeply-seated fear of change.last_img read more

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Tonga wins gold at South Pacific Bodybuilding championship

first_imgThe post Tonga wins gold at South Pacific Bodybuilding championship appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog Veteran bodybuilder Manase Afuha’amango was declared the overall winner of the International Federation of Body Building South Pacific competition in the Cook Islands on Saturday 3 November.Also winning gold for Tonga was female bodybuilder Emma Livesey, and Taniela Lutui who participated in the men’s 80kg weight division.The tournament drew competitors from around the Pacific including the Cook Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.last_img read more

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday rejected a notice by the AIADMK on Tamil Nadu Governor CV Rao asking to expedite the swearing in of General Secretary VK Sasikala as chief minister.”Davis’ attorneys provided copies of 2010 correspondence with the diocese, He asked further.P. when Jayalalithaa was hospitalised, both men still take as a given the importance of a physical location. “The company in question did not receive selective treatment and there was no special tax rate deal. “Their central defenders play for Atletico Madrid. Guy also wanted his departure to show the army their treatment of trans soldiers was unacceptable. In his comments. read more

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