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The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centres Steven Schipper is making his exit after

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook It’s the end of an era for Winnipeg: Steven Schipper, artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC) since 1989, is announcing his retirement on Saturday.Schipper plans to make it an even 30 years in charge of Canada’s first regional theatre, overseeing next season and the programming of the one after that, before he steps down in May, 2019.“When I started, we had only two computers in the whole theatre, while today, Winnipeggers can binge watch an entire series on Netflix,” the 62-year-old told The Globe and Mail in advance of the announcement. “For most of the time I’ve been here, I didn’t want to be the guy who stayed too long and I guess I failed at that.” Advertisement Twitter Steven Schipper has been the artistic director of the MTC since 1989. (MANUEL SOUSA)center_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The news of Schipper’s departure is an opportunity for Winnipeggers to recall some of the highlights of his tenure.last_img read more

Morocco condemns recent “terrorist attacks” in Egypt

first_imgRabat – Morocco condemned the recent terror blasts in Egypt as “horrendous terrorist acts” that are contrary to religious and human values and to the principles of peaceful co-existence.Morocco “is deeply concerned by the series of terrorist attacks” that occurred these last two days in Egypt against security and cultural administrations and some districts of Cairo, killing several people and injuring others, says a release of the Moroccan ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation.Morocco, which offers its heartfelt condolences and expresses sympathy and solidarity with those wounded, reiterates its support to Egypt to face the plague of terrorism and all types of threats against its stability and security, the release says. “Morocco condemns these horrendous terrorist acts that are “contrary to religious and human values and to the principles of peaceful co-existence” and attempt to jeopardize the ongoing democratic transition in Egypt.last_img read more

Venezuelan opposition targeted by internet censors

CARACAS, Venezuela — Opposition leader Juan Guaido’s calls for Venezuelans to abandon Nicolas Maduro’s government are booming across the world outside, but the self-declared interim president is having a harder time delivering his message at home.Watchdog groups in Venezuela and abroad say Guaido’s efforts to reach citizens via the internet have been hindered by the dominant provider — state-run CANTV — in a country where critical newspapers and broadcast media already have been muzzled.Since Jan. 23, when Guaido proclaimed himself interim president and when protests against Maduro’s rule broke out, CANTV has blocked access to social media sites at least four times, according to the monitoring groups.Those disruptions have coincided with politically significant events, including a rally attended by thousands of people last week and a Sunday night speech that Guaido livestreamed on Periscope to call for a new round of protests and urge members of the military to defect.CANTV accounts for about 70 per cent of Venezuela’s fixed internet connections and 50 per cent of mobile, and Netblocks, a non-government group based in Europe that monitors internet censorship, found that the government provider blocked Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube during 12 of the 13 minutes that Guaido’s speech lasted, so the stream could only be seen without interruptions by people using privately run internet providers.The organization runs tests from its headquarters with software that captures evidence of connection failures. It also has designed a scanner app that volunteers in affected countries can use to run tests from their own phones or computers.“We built tools that could diagnose the problems and differentiate between overload disruptions and actual blocking,” said Netblocks director Alp Toker.VESinFiltro, a Venezuelan internet monitoring group that uses technology developed by the Open Observatory for Network Interference, published similar findings on the Sunday night speech.Rights groups say the targeted disruptions show that methods to silence critics are becoming increasingly sophisticated in Venezuela, where internet providers have been hindering access to news sites and illegal currency exchange sites since 2014.VESinFiltro director Andres Azpurua said that while internet providers previously restricted access to websites through a technique known as DNS blocking, methods have evolved to allow just-in-time disruptions during different stages of a computer’s connection to websites, making it harder for site administrators to evade.He also said other civil liberties advocates have been urging Venezuelans to try to avoid blockages by using virtual private network software that encrypt data and often hide the origin of a connection, and he said use of VPNs has increased over time.A study by Venezuela’s Press and Society Institute found that 53 websites were partially blocked by internet providers in Venezuela last year, including an investigative news site and the website for one of the country’s last remaining opposition newspapers. Analysts say that this year, Guaido’s Wikipedia page, and social media sites have suffered blocks.“The previous modus operandi was to place long-term blocks on certain web addresses,” Azpurua says. “But the most recent forms of blocking are more tactical. You can tell that someone is investing in the technology to do this.” While some analysts have speculated the know-how could come from Russia, Toker points out that technology developed by Western countries to block sites run by terrorist groups can also be reconfigured to block other sites.Social media include some of the few platforms where Guaido can still be seen by Venezuelans. Local television and radio stations, fearful of government sanctions, have generally refrained from airing opposition rallies for years and avoid interviews with Guaido. A nationally broadcast radio program hosted by journalist Cesar Miguel Rondon was cancelled after it covered last week’s turmoil and discussed Guaido’s claim to Venezuela’s presidency.The opposition leader argues that Maduro’s re-election in May was fraudulent and with no legitimate president, the constitution gives him power to be interim leader because he is head of the congress. The Trump administration and a dozen other countries have recognized Guaido as the country’s rightful leader.The Venezuelan government has previously ordered some internet news content to be blocked, claiming it is defamatory. It has also banned some news networks from cable systems, arguing they violated communication laws.Venezuela’s telecoms regulator and the Ministry of Communication did not respond to requests for comment on the most recent blocks on social media sites.Technical interference isn’t the only problem for internet users in Venezuela, where social media are rife with campaigns of false information benefiting both the government and the opposition.Twitter last week removed 1,900 accounts located in Venezuela as part of a broader purge of international accounts tied to misinformation campaigns.Twitter’s head of site integrity, Joel Roth, wrote that many of the deleted Venezuelan accounts appeared to be engaged in a “state-backed influence campaign targeting domestic audiences.”Mariengracia Chirino, a researcher at the Venezuelan Press and Society Institute, said that access to information is also hampered by Venezuela’s low bandwidth, as telecommunications infrastructure crumbles in the economically struggling nation.The average connection speed in Venezuela is 1.8 mpbs, which is less than half the average speed in Latin American countries. Chirino said that her organization conducted tests during the Jan. 23 protests that found connection speeds dropping to an average rate of 0.9 mbps, making it difficult to share videos.“During the protests, we also registered temporary blocks on Google sites like Gmail and YouTube,” Chirino said.Manuel Rueda, The Associated Press read more

Mahinda hopes ties with China remains strong

“In recent years, bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and China have grown even stronger. During my visit to China in 2013, our two countries agreed to elevate our relationship to one of strategic cooperation, which I’m sure will bring benefits to both our peoples. The visit by President Xi last year was historical since he was the first Chinese President to visit Sri Lanka in 28 years,” he said.. Rajapaksa said that as China celebrates its founding day it is his sincere wish that the links between both countries and peoples remain strong in the years to come. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he hopes the links between China and Sri Lanka remain strong in the years to come.In a statement released today to mark China’s founding day, Rajapaksa recalled that Sri Lanka and China have shared strong and extremely friendly relations for many centuries. He said that China’s contributions to Sri Lanka’s development have been evident throughout time adding that not only recent projects but older ones such as the Supreme Court Complex and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) have contributed immensely. read more

TSX slides amid deepening European economic slump slowing US job growth

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2012 4:45 pm MDT TSX slides amid deepening European economic slump, slowing U.S. job growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed well in the red Wednesday as a pair of reports cast doubt on the health of the economic recovery and pushed prices for oil and metals lower.Manufacturing data illustrated how the eurozone economic crisis is worsening while another report highlighted slowing job creation in the U.S.The resource-intensive S&P/TSX composite index fell 102.66 points to 12,230.12 as traders also took in some earnings disappointments while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 0.24 of a point to 1,431.44.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) shares fell $1.09 to $38.80 as the world’s biggest gold miner reported quarterly net earnings of $1.03 billion, or $1.03 per share, up from US$1 billion or $1 per share a year earlier.But Barrick’s adjusted profit was US$1.11 a share, which missed analyst estimates by two cents. Barrick is also raising its dividend 33 per cent to 20 cents a share.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) shares dropped 22 cents to $33.09 as its first-quarter profit was down 22 per cent from the same time last year at $126 million or 45 cents per share, before adjustments. Revenue was up about one per cent, rising just above $6.9 billion for the quarter.The Canadian dollar was down 0.07 of a cent to 101.37 cents US.U.S. markets were mainly lower after payroll firm ADP reported that the American economy cranked out only 119,000 private sector jobs in April, well below the consensus estimate of 170,000. The report was released two days before the U.S. government non-farm payrolls report for April comes out. Economists are looking for the U.S. economy to have created about 160,000 jobs last month.The New York indexes closed well off the worst levels of the session with the Dow Jones industrial average declining 10.75 points to 13,268.57.The Nasdaq composite index was up 9.41 points to 3,059.85 and the S&P 500 index slipped 3.51 points to 1,402.31.Prices for oil and metals backtracked amid reports showing that manufacturing activity across the eurozone shrank at a faster pace than previously estimated in April.The final April Markit purchasing managers index fell to 45.9 from a reading of 47.7 in March and was below an earlier estimate of 46. A reading of less than 50 indicates a contraction in activity.The data showed accelerating downturns for Italy, Spain and Greece.But even eurozone powerhouse Germany saw shrinking activity as its manufacturing PMI fell to a 33-month low at 46.2.The tech sector was the biggest percentage decliner as shares in Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) fell 68 cents or 5.11 per cent to $12.63. The drop comes on top of a decline of almost six per cent Tuesday after RIM unveiled its new BlackBerry 10 operating system.The base metals sector fell 2.2 per cent as prices for copper, viewed as an economic bellwether since the metal is used in so many industries, also gave up ground. The May contract down six cents to US$3.79 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) shed 39 cents to $10.96.The energy sector lost 1.8 per cent as demand concerns sent the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 94 cents to US$105.22 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) fell $1.56 to $34.61.The gold sector stepped back about 1.7 per cent with bullion prices also lower as the June contract fell $8.40 to US$1,654 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 55 cents to $37.54.Financials also contributed to the negative session with CIBC (TSX:CM) down 87 cents to $73.81.The weak market performance came after North American indexes racked up gains Tuesday thanks to a surprisingly big rebound in a closely watched U.S. manufacturing survey. The Institute for Supply Management reported that U.S. manufacturing expanded last month at its strongest pace since June.“While you had a run-up yesterday after the surprisingly good U.S. ISM, the biggest problem right now is the data is not conclusive right now as to the U.S. economy, although we’re seeing signs of improvement,” said Chris Kuflik, wealth adviser at ScotiaMcLeod in Montreal.Also depressing commodity prices Wednesday was a survey of purchasing managers by HSBC that shows China’s manufacturing contracted in April for the sixth straight month. HSBC said Wednesday that its purchasing managers index for April was 49.3, up from 48.3 in March. The index has remained below 50, the level indicating expansion, since October.The HSBC survey tends to reflect private and export-sector activity more strongly than an official index released Tuesday that showed manufacturing gaining last month.“The official Chinese PMI, which is mainly the large firms, seem to be doing better,” added Kuflik.“And so, effectively, with those two PMI reports, you have the one saying business conditions are not great, in the small- and medium-size firms, and in the bigger-sized firms things are going OK.”Elsewhere in earnings news, electricity and natural gas distributor Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS) reported quarterly net earnings of $121 million or 64 cents per common share. That compared with $116 million, or 66 cents per share in the first quarter of 2011 and its shares inched up cents to $ .And paper producer Domtar Corp. (TSX:UFS) announced a 29 per cent increase in its quarterly quarterly dividend to 45 cents. Its shares rose 73 cents to $86.91.On Tuesday after the close, Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI) reported earnings of US$170 million or 23 cents per share for its latest quarter, up from $148.2 million or 20 cents per share a year ago. Revenue totalled $559.7 million, up from $476.1 million. Yamana shares gave back 38 cents to $14.15. read more

New Brunswick government wont lift fracking moratorium until conditions met

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s energy and mines minister says the province won’t lift a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until all the government’s conditions are met.Donald Arseneault says the government is reviewing the report of a shale gas review committee that took almost a year to study the issue.“At the same time, our principles don’t change. We set out five conditions out there and said we’re not going to move on hydraulic fracturing unless those five conditions are met,” Arseneault said Tuesday.A collection of business groups is calling on the government to lift the moratorium, which was imposed in December 2014.The business groups held a news conference in Fredericton Tuesday to make their case.“When you look at the unemployment levels being as high as they are — almost 10 per cent unemployment in New Brunswick — certainly there are a lot of families in New Brunswick who could use the jobs at a time when our economy is really in a significant slump,” said Joel Richardson, vice-president of the New Brunswick division of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.He said the only way to attract investment and create jobs in the natural gas industry in New Brunswick is to lift the moratorium.But Arseneault said there are conditions that have to be met first.“Even if you lift the moratorium today, (the industry) still can’t proceed because they need to…address waste water. Today there is no plan to do this,” Arseneault said.The government set out five conditions when it imposed the moratorium, including a plan for regulations, waste-water disposal, a process to consult First Nations, a royalty structure and a so-called social licence.Arseneault said those conditions must be addressed before the moratorium can be lifted.Richardson said natural gas development has been without incident in New Brunswick since the early 1990s.He said it’s hoped that with proper regulations, the industry can develop in the province. New Brunswick government won’t lift fracking moratorium until conditions met by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 29, 2016 1:36 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Like It or Not ESPN Resigns the Provocative Stephen

Stephen A. Smith signed a new deal with ESPN to continue providing commentary that enrages, excites, illuminates and generates conversation. And for that, it’s a good thing he will be on sports television’s largest platform at least for a few more years.Smith is good for TV.There are a lot of talking heads on the “idiot box,” a lot of people offering bluster and shallow views or perspectives that are right down the middle, with no edge. Unmemorable.And then there is Stephen A.Love him or dislike him, he provides the kind of perspective that comes from a place of authenticity and always with his heritage in mind.What Smith shares on First Take or SportsCenter are views and arguments you might hear in the barbershop, only more sophisticated because he has access to information and sources most people, including other journalists, do not have.When he pontificates on social issues and on racial concerns, you might not agree with him, but he’s always worth a listen.“Stephen A. is one of the strongest and most distinct voices in sports commentary today, and he will continue to enliven a wide variety of ESPN television and audio offerings with his thought-provoking takes on the news of the day and topical issues where sports and culture intersect,” said John Wildhack, EVP Programming and Production at ESPN.In other words, the network needs him.Several years ago, Smith spoke to a group of young men at Morehouse College. It was interesting to watch because at breakfast before the talk, Smith never mentioned the hour-long meeting.Rather, he talked about life and family and sports and travel. And when he walked into the room on campus, the dynamics of the room changed. The young men sat up, grateful to be in Smith’s presence, and he basked in it.Smith embraced the unique experience of an HBCU as a student at Winston Salem State and was infused with the cultural pride that comes with it. Being back on a Black college campus mattered to him, and he let his bright-eyed audience know it.Speaking with no notes, he gave the students what they wanted: humor, insight, inspiration, hope. Smith recounted his road to ESPN, from the Winston Salem Journal to high-school sports reporter at the New York Daily News to covering the Philadelphia 76ers to long-defunct CNN/SI to ESPN.“I told Spike Lee I was coming to speak to you all and he told me to get on your butts,” Smith started that day. “I told him, ‘I got you.’ So I will start by saying everything I got, I earned. And trust me, it’s going to be harder for you than it was for me, and it was hard for me. You can’t expect anything to be handed to you. You’re young and Black. So, you can’t be average. You can’t be good. You have to be great.“Remember that you don’t just represent yourself. In everything you do, you’re representing your family, this prestigious college, people who love you. When you see me on TV,  you can believe I am aware that I represent my mother and family, my friends and Black people. If you don’t have that mindset, you’ll be selling yourself short.”Smith has gotten the most of his career, with more to get. The springboard to his ascension might have occurred about 18 years ago, when he covered the 76ers. Superstar guard Allen Iverson did not like something Smith wrote and they did not speak for several days. Finally, Iverson arranged to talk to Smith and they hashed out their difference because Smith had earned Iverson’s respect by not caving in to him. Smith has displayed that kind of strength ever since.You can find a Smith detractor—many of them, actually—who disagree with his opinions and take his confidence for arrogance or are just rubbed the wrong way by him. Some simply consider him offensive. Ultra-sensitive, Smith continues to learn to listen to the detractors but to not digest their hate.The reality is that Stephen A. Smith is good for TV.  There is no phony in him, no compromising, which has gotten him into some dicey situations. He is provocative, even during these times of extreme political correctness. read more

Hungary Sweden Croatia Iceland Spain at the Olympic Games

Some of the teams that will go to the Olympic Games in London 2012 are already known. It is the national teams of Hungary, Sweden, Croatia, Iceland, Poland and Spain. The only unknown is whether Serbia or Poland will be the last traveler.In Gothenburg, Hungary hard harder-than-expected job against Brazil, and won the game with 29:27 (16:15). Brazil managed to hold tight and not let Hungary get away, and in the final minutes of the game even had the chance to attempt equalizers, but in the end to be satisfied only with the fact that they showed a game against a very strong favorite. With the Swedish victory over Macedonia with 27:23, Sweden is the second qualified team from this group. An outstanding performance from Kim Andersson in the second half, and rather bad performance from Kiril Lazarov, teams main stars, was decisive in this game.In Varazdin, the favorites justified their roles. Croatia had a very easy game against Chile, and won comfortably with 35:15 (17:9). The Croatian wingers were the most efficient in this game, Batinovic and Horvat each scored 6 goals.  The second game between Iceland and Japan meant continuation of the European teams in this group and brought no surprise, Iceland winning easily 41:30.In Alicante, the game of the day was Serbia against Poland. The game was very tight one, with no team making big goal difference in the first half, and the result at half time was 15:14 for Poland. Second half was very similar, with Polish only managing to make a small advantage before the end of the game. Three minutes before the end they had 3 goals lead, but with two in a row Serbia fought back and made it 25:24, and with Polish missing with 10 seconds to go, Serbia makes counter-attack through Nincevic and scores for 25:25. Poland fails to score in the last attack, and thus makes things much more complicated for them, with tomorrow deciding everything. Spain confirmed their Olympic visum by winning against Algeria with28:20 (14:9). ← Previous Story Gyori ETO in the final of the Champions League! Next Story → Poland or Serbia at the Olympics? Valero Rivera: “We always play to win” read more

Norway beat Angola but still three teams can win Zrenjanin

← Previous Story Romania beat Hungary in front of 5.000 fans! Next Story → “LIONS” NIGHT: THW Kiel defeated after 23 years at home in DHB Cup! In the derby of Round 4 at Group C in Zrenjanin, Norway beat Angola 26:21 (12:8). Hergeirsson’s girls played controlled match except first few minutes when Angola had only advantage – 2:0. Loke, Nostvold and Edin Hammerseng scored 5 goals each, while Kiala was top scorer with 6 goals for his team.Poland beat Argentina 31:17, while we already wrote about historical match between Spain and Paraguay 29:9 (14:0)! NORWAY440011972478 STANDINGSGWDLGFGAGDPOINTS ANGOLA420211493214 POLAND430112372516 ARGENTINA400477126-490 PARAGUAY400440140-1000 Angola handballhandball angolahandball zrenjaninnorway angolaPolandserbia 013serbia 2013zrenjanin SPAIN430110070306 read more

Here are the sites vying for World Heritage status

first_imgCradle Mountain in the Tasmanian wilderness Source: Jörn Brauns/Wikimedia CommonsINCA TRAILS SPANNING six countries and a French cave with some of the earliest known paintings are among the sites expected to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting that started last Sunday in Doha.Altogether, at least 30 natural and cultural sites, including the Erbil Citadel in Iraq’s Kurdistan, are vying to get the United Nations cultural body’s prestigious distinction and add their names to an already 981-strong list.The June 15-25 World Heritage Committee gathering will also mull whether to put London’s Westminster Palace on its list of endangered sites.And in a first for a developed country, Australia is asking that large swathes of its Tasmanian Wilderness — one of the last expanses of temperate rainforest in the world — be delisted to make way for loggers.Inclusion on the list has significant economic implications as a World Heritage site is eligible for financial assistance towards preservation and the coveted status is also a powerful draw for tourists. Source: Daniel Lobo via Flickr/Creative CommonsThe listing of the Qhapaq Nan — a huge network of roads once used by the mighty Inca Empire that snake over perilously high snowy peaks over more than 30,000 kilometres (18,600 miles) — would benefit not one but six countries overall.The trails go through Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru — the last of which added the routes to its tentative list in 2001, and was later followed by the others.Age-old cave paintingsSubmitted by France, the Chauvet Cave, located in a limestone plateau of the meandering Ardeche River in southern France, contains some of the earliest known paintings, drawn more than 30,000 years ago.The grotto has more than 1,000 pictures — many of which feature animals such as bison, mammoths and rhinos.The cave was closed off by a rock fall around 20,000 years ago and remained sealed until its rediscovery in 1994. More drawings are expected to be found in remote parts of the grotto.India, meanwhile, is hoping to have its Rani-ki-Vav stepwell on the banks of the Saraswati River in western Patan listed.“Designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water,” it is divided into seven underground storeys of terraced walls with pavilions and buttresses, according to its official nomination document.The committee, which consists of representatives from 21 countries elected for six years, will also use the Doha meeting to issue warnings.It has, for instance, raised concern that there are too few restrictions governing the development of skyscrapers in London, which it says could affect Westminster Palace, a World Heritage site.The committee warned that “there do not seem to be defined settings or overall agreed constraints in place to ensure that new tall buildings do not impact on important views and other attributes of the property”.Australia delistingAustralia will also be under scrutiny, with two of its most high-profile protected areas facing threats to their status as World Heritage sites.The Great Barrier Reef, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, is considered in poor health and UNESCO is mulling whether to downgrade its status to “World Heritage in Danger” at the Doha meeting.It is under growing pressure not just from climate change and the destructive coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish, but agricultural runoff and rampant coastal development linked to mining.Another of Australia’s natural wonders under threat is the Tasmanian Wilderness, which covers nearly 20 percent, or 1.4 million hectares, of the southern island state.Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who favours more access for loggers, has requested UNESCO remove its World Heritage status from 74,000 hectares (183,000 acres) of the area, claiming it was not pristine — but this could be rejected at the meeting.The nominated sites have already been examined by two consultative bodies that transmit their positive or negative recommendations to the committee, although these are not always followed.- © AFP, 2014Read: This Canary island is the first in world to become energy self-sufficient>last_img read more

Superwash fined for fraud DAguilar defends

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Superwashfinedforfraud Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 25, 2017 – Nassau – FNM Candidate and popular businessman, Dionisio D’Aguilar had to pay a $15,000 fine for trying to defraud the Customs Department and the infraction was brought to light by Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman, Bradley Roberts.  Roberts said the Free National Movement Freetown candidate knowingly and fraudulently altered original invoices issued by Whirlpool Corporation on a shipment of 27 commercial washing machines.   D’Aguilar owns Superwash Limited.It was back in January 29, 2014, that the company admitted that it submitted a false declaration and was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.   D’Aguilar said in a statement yesterday that the company was the victim of fraud by an unscrupulous broker and the loss was significant.D’Anguilar said in a statement yesterday explained is that he was not surprised by Roberts’ attempts at political skullduggery, because as usual, he has once again exposed himself for being the “political hack and buffoon that he is”.   Roberts has said he takes no glee or pleasure in disclosing the information but “the public needs to know” and called on D’Aguilar to name the broker who was responsible for trying to cheat Bahamas Customs.Story by:  Sheri-kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#Superwashfinedforfraudlast_img read more

House Committee to Act on Bonus Depreciation

first_imgThe House will act this week on legislation that would permanently extend five expired tax breaks, including the bonus depreciation provision that expired at the end of 2014.The House Ways and Means Committee announced a mark-up on Thursday, Sept. 17. The bonus depreciation provision and other temporary provisions have routinely been temporarily and retroactively extended over the past several years as part of a “tax extenders” package.The Senate Finance Committee has passed a tax extenders package that includes a two year extension of the 50 percent bonus depreciation provisions as well as other American Soybean Association (ASA) priorities, such as the biodiesel tax credit and the higher Section 179 expensing limits. However, the timeline for consideration by the full Senate or House of Representatives is unknown and the ultimate outcome is still uncertain.ASA continues to communicate to members of Congress the importance of extending these tax provisions as soon as possible to provide greater certainty and stability to farming operations and the economy overall.last_img read more

State Senator Bruce Tarrs Office To Hold Office Hours In Wilmington On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — A representative from State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office will be at the Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 11am to 12:30pm, to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  No appointment is necessary, just stop by for a quick visit.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Senior Center.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office To Hold Office Hours In Wilmington On September 18In “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office To Hold Office Hours In Wilmington On June 19In “Government”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”last_img read more

Biologists Trying to Rescue Orphaned Cubs

first_imgDownload AudioState Fish and Game biologists are in Galena trying to capture 3 orphaned bear cubs.  The state initiated the effort after the cubs mother was reported killed by a local resident. The state is also working to find the animals a new home.last_img

ICICI Bank waives charges on cash deposits ATM withdrawals relaxes limits on

first_imgICICI Bank has announced a series of measures for customers in response to the demand for cash withdrawals and deposits at ATMs and branches in the wake of the government scrapping old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and introducing new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes.These include a waiver of charges levied on customers for depositing cash at branches, withdrawing money from ATMs, extended hours of working at branches including remaining open this Saturday (November 12), among others.India’s largest private sector lender by assets said there are relaxations in limits on usage of debit cards at merchandise stores as well.As already reported, the Narendra Modi government banned old series of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes with immediate effect from November 8 (at certain places, the denominations will be accepted till November 11) to what it said a measure to tackle the incidence of black money and also eliminate the scope for using counterfeit notes by terrorists.The move that has largely been received positively by India Inc. evoked strong opposition from the BJP’s rivals, even as there were large queues at various banks and ATMs across the country to deposit the old notes and withdraw the new series of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes.Here are the measures issued by ICICI BankICICI Bank’s branch timings will be extended by two hours on November 10 and 11, 2016.Branches in prominent locations shall be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on November 10 and 11, 2016.All our branches will be open on Saturday, November 12, 2016. If required, the bank will also keep branches open on the forthcoming Saturday, November 19, 2016.The bank will equip its branches with additional cash counters to manage heightened footfall of customers.Branches are being provided with new notes of Rs. 2000 and the existing notes of Rs 100 denomination and of lower value. These will be available at the bank’s main branches from November 10, 2016.All charges pertaining to cash deposit in savings accounts across all branches will be waived w.e.f. November 10, 2016, till November 30, 2016.Charges related to transactions at ICICI Bank ATMs by ICICI Bank customers will be waived till December 31, 2016.The bank has doubled the daily usage limit of debit cards for use at Point-of-sale (POS) as well as online transactions.The bank is offering customers an additional credit limit of 20 percent on credit cards.last_img read more

EPFO may soon decide to invest more of its funds into stock

first_imgThe Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is soon expected to consider whether it should increase its investments to stock markets. Also read: Stock markets abuzz with rumours of Axis Bank-Kotak Mahindra Bank mergerIn 2015, the Narendra Modi government had allowed the EPFO to invest up to 15 percent of its funds in the domestic equity markets. The EPFO’s Central Board of Trustees thereafter decided to park 5 percent of its funds in stocks. Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya had then said that the investment into equities would fetch higher returns and hence help raise the interest rate offered to employees’ contributions. The PF body decided to invest through two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) — SBI-ETF Nifty and SBI Sensex ETF. The two ETFs basically reflect the benchmark indices Nifty 50 and Sensex 30. In the first year (2015-16), it invested 5 percent and in the second year, 10 percent of the incremental deposits. It invested Rs 6,500 crore in 2015-16, while so far in the current fiscal, the investment is over Rs 10,000 crore. The labour minister said on Thursday that the EPFO’s total ETF corpus is now around Rs 17,000 crore, with returns of 8.7 percent to 8.8 percent, which he said was better than interest rates. Dattatreya added that the labour ministry, after discussion with stakeholders, will soon take a final decision on raising ETF exposure to stock markets to 15 percent. The EPFO has a total corpus of around Rs 8 lakh crore with an estimated annual incremental flow of Rs 1.3 lakh crore. For 2017-18, considering a 15 percent investment of the annual incremental flow, it is likely the organisation will enhance its stock market exposure by Rs 19,500 crore.Meanwhile, trade unions, which have previously protested against such “risky investments,” are again likely to oppose the EPFO proposal to increase exposure to the stock markets. Last month, the EPFO said it would invest at least Rs 2,800 crore in the follow-on sale of the Central Public Sector Enterprises exchange-traded fund (CPSE-ETF). The government had launched the second tranche sale of the CPSE ETF, aiming to raise about Rs 4,500 crore. This was the first time the EPFO participated in the government’s divestment plans. The CPSE ETF was launched by Goldman Sachs Asset Management India in March 2014. It comprises stocks of 10 firms: ONGC, Coal India, Indian Oil, GAIL (India), Rural Electrification Corp Ltd, Oil India, Power Finance Corp Ltd, Container Corp of India Ltd, Bharat Electronics Ltd and Engineers India Ltd.last_img read more

UPDATE Texas Boosts Number Of Troops To Mexico Border To At Least

first_imgAP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, fileIn this Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 file photo, a National Guard unit patrols at the Arizona-Mexico border in Sasabe, Ariz. National guard contingents in U.S. states that border Mexico say they are waiting for guidance from Washington to determine what they will do following President Donald Trump’s proclamation directing deployment to fight illegal immigration and drug smuggling.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said his state will commit at least 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico border in response to President Donald Trump’s call.The Republican Abbott told San Antonio radio station KTSA on Monday that the state will add around 300 Guard members a week.The Texas National Guard said Friday that it would send an initial deployment of 250 members.Abbott said there’s no fixed date on their deployment and that “we may be in this for the long haul.”The governor said some Guard members may be armed if they are posted to locations where they could face danger.But Abbott said he wanted to “downplay the notion” that the National Guard would be “trying to take on anybody that’s coming across the border.”___U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to visit southern New Mexico and speak at a conference for sheriffs in border states.Sessions will travel to Las Cruces on Wednesday and deliver remarks on immigration enforcement at an annual meeting organized by the Southwestern Border Sheriff’s Coalition and the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition.Sessions’ visit comes after President Donald Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the border.Trump also has said he wants to use the military at the border until progress is made on his proposed border wall.The Southwest Border Sheriff’s Coalition is made up of 31 sheriff’s departments from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California whose counties are located within 25 miles (40 kilometers) of the U.S.-Mexico border.___South Carolina’s governor is offering to send some of his state’s National Guard troops to Texas to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking along the Mexican border.Gov. Henry McMaster was a supporter of President Donald Trump before Trump became the Republican front runner in the 2016 primaries. Trump called for thousands of National Guard troops along the border last week.But McMaster said his offer Monday afternoon to Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was just one state helping another, like other states have helped South Carolina after hurricanes.South Carolina Adjutant General Robert Livingston said details including how many troops the state will send, their duties and how long they will stay will have to be worked out.McMaster said he plans to make a similar offer to Arizona’s Republican governor.___New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office said more than 80 of the state’s National Guard members will deploy later this week as part of President Donald Trump’s effort to bolster border security.Those soldiers will be the first of an anticipated 250 from New Mexico serving in the border operation.The Republican governor in a statement reiterated her support Trump’s plan to send up to 4,000 troops to the southwestern border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking.The New Mexico Guard met over the weekend with U.S. Border Patrol officials to discuss the number of troops needed and their duties.It has identified personnel to work the border operation without affecting those members who also serve in local law enforcement.Officials also said soldiers serving in the border operation will require training and background checks.___Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday that 225 members of the state’s National Guard were heading to the U.S.-Mexico border to support President Donald Trump’s call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.More of the state’s Guard members will be deployed on Tuesday, said Ducey, a Republican.The Arizona troops were being sent after Texas announced Friday it would send 250 National Guard members and helicopters took the first of them to the border.The Texas National Guard is sending 250 Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border, joining Arizona in deploying a total of 400 National Guard members in response to President Donald Trump’s call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.A spokesperson for the Texas National Guard said some of the soldiers may be armed for “self defense” and depending mission-specific orders.  Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the border.New Mexico’s Republican governor has said her state would take part in the operation but no announcement has been made on deployment. California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has not said if the state’s Guard members will participate.Trump has said he wants to use the military at the border until progress is made on his proposed border wall, which has mostly stalled in Congress.Defense Secretary James Mattis last Friday approved paying for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel from the Pentagon budget through the end of September.A Defense Department memo said the National Guard members will not perform law enforcement functions or “interact with migrants or other persons detained” without Mattis’s approval.It said “arming will be limited to circumstances that might require self-defense” but idid not further define that.After plunging at the start of Trump’s presidency, the numbers of migrants apprehended at the southwest border have started to rise in line with historical trends.The Border Patrol said it caught around 50,000 people in March, more than three times the number in March 2017.That’s erased a decline for which Trump repeatedly took credit. Border apprehensions still remain well below the numbers when former Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama deployed the Guard to the border. Sharelast_img read more

Meet Vapor Waif and the Dankest Skylanders of My Imagination

first_img Will Amiibo be the Last Toys-to-Life to Die?Nintendo Amiibos will be compatible with Skylanders Skylanders Imaginators doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. It’s the first Skylanders game that lets you make your own Skylander instead of using premade characters. It’s also a Nintendo Switch launch title. You still have to use toys (Imaginite Crystals, which look like little Mother Brain containers), but you can come up with your own characters. You can use dozens of different parts, and mix and match color palettes as much as you want. If you really like your creation, you can even have it 3D-printed into your own ($50) Skylanders toy.Activision provided us with Skylanders Imaginators and let us 3D print our own Skylander, and we used this opportunity very responsibly.Ladies and gentlemen, meet Vapor Waif. She fits our aesthetic.She’s sealed inside the big plastic dome because full-color 3D printing uses a sandstone-like material that’s hilariously brittle. She’s also a bit… beefier than her in-game counterpart. Still, I love the look. She’s the vanguard of my army of the World’s Dankest Skylanders. Yes, this is foolish.Vapor WaifThe leader of the Dankestu no Skylanders Zaibatsu. She fits our aesthetic, with eye-smashing teal, indigo, and hot pink colors on marble bust-like pale skin. She’s a Wind Sentinel, so she slings the hottest ambient electronic tunes with her trident.Lit A.F.Vapor Waif’s second-in-command, the loyal robot Lit A.F. He’s a Fire Sorcerer, so he can throw fireballs, put up flame walls, and dish out the hottest takes. For example all 2D side-scrolling games are bad. That isn’t my take; it’s Lit A.F.’s. And my coworker Buzzi’s, who you can contact at [NO. – ed.]Mech TonightTake the beloved McDonald’s mascot Mac Tonite, which is surprisingly easy when you color the banana head white to look like a crescent moon. Give him sick robot arms and let him punch things. I give you Mech Tonight!Dan CastmemeDankest meme! You get it? Do you get it? You get it? Get it?Bong HitBong Hit is the tank of the group, a heavy hitting Earth Smasher in bright green plate armor and wielding a huge hammer. He’s called Bong Hit because his massive bucket helmet makes a loud bell-like “Bong!” sound every time he gets hit. Also, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed.The Skeleton In You Right NowI don’t want to freak you out, but you should know this. There’s a skeleton inside you right now. There are skeletons in all of us. Every day we’re surrounded by skeletons hiding in meat clothing. Stay on targetlast_img read more

None of your senior leaders in Delhi can save you Abhishek warns

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Youth Congress national president Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday visited the residence of Monoranjan Patra, who was allegedly beaten to death by miscreants in Hooghly’s Khanakul area on Saturday evening.Banerjee assured the family members of the deceased that the administration will arrest those involved in the killing and no one will be spared. “The notorious elements in CPI(M) have now shifted allegiance to BJP and are trying to spread violence in the state. BJP has got some seats in the Lok Sabha elections and since then are trying all means to create unrest in the state. This is unfortunate. The brutality with which he (Monoranjan) has been murdered is condemnable,” Banerjee said, after speaking with the family members of the deceased. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe reiterated that Trinamool Congress can resort to bloodshed against such killings but his party believes in politics of peace and harmony. “Our party supremo Mamata Banerjee has taught us to be calm, so we will not go for revenge politics,” he added, urging his party members to allow law to take its own course and maintain restraint. “None of your senior leaders in Delhi can save you,” he said in a clear warning to those from the saffron party, who are responsible for the death of Patra. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee, who is also a party MP from Diamond Harbour, said that an FIR has been lodged against 16 persons and some people involved in the incident have already been arrested. A local party leader alleged that Patra was threatened of dire consequences just a few days before the incident. A resident of Harish Chowk, 56-year-old Patra was a TMC Panchayat Samity member. He was surrounded by several miscreants and brutally assaulted with bamboo sticks and rods near his party office at Khanakul’s Harish Chowk area at around 8 pm on Saturday, which subsequently resulted in his death. He was rushed to Khanakul Rural Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. The police have already arrested four persons in this connection and are conducting raids to nab the others named in the FIR.last_img read more

Patientcentered Care in Radiology

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Blog | Carestream | Enterprise Imaging| October 09, 2017 Patient-centered Care in Radiology Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… 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 | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Content Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… 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 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Carestream Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more How does a radiologist become a Patient-Centered practitioner? Here, Everything Rad explores this timely question. This post, number two in a 3-part series, covers the true definition of this model of care, the crucial role of empathy, and delivers specific strategies for achieving a Patient-Centered radiology practice. You can view Part 1 here. Click here to view the blog.last_img read more