Bihar MLAs caught dancing with girl while on study tour

first_imgNew Delhi: There are only a few lawmakers in Bihar that make news for good reasons, but there are MLAs in plenty making news for bad reasons and the fresh incident has come into notice after a video of some MLAs, who had visited Manipur as a part of a study tour went viral since Sunday.The MLAs in the viral video were seen hugging and dancing obscenely with a girl while they were on their study tour to Manipur. The lawmakers were the members of the Committee on Internal Resource and Central Assistance of the Bihar Legislative Assembly. The Committee was led Yaduwansh Kumar Yadav, the RJD MLA representing Pipra (Supaul) assembly constituency. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHowever, Yadav, while talking to the Millennium Post, has dubbed the video as ‘fake’ saying that the men in the video are not the MLAs, who had visited Manipur. “We had left Bihar on May 30 and reached Imphal on May 31. After completing the works of the Committee, we returned back on June 3. The video in circulation is ‘fake’,” Yadav told this reporter. Meanwhile, Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary has issued a showcase notice to all the members of the committee. Yadav had visited along with MLAs Sachin Prasad Singh (BJP), Raj Kumar Rai (JD-U) and Shivachandra Ram (RJD). As per a Imphal Times report, an evening daily, the members of the Committee led by Yadav had visited border town Moreh on June 1 to take stock of the development programme being taken up under the Act East Policy of the Central government. However, they were recorded on camera while dancing with a girl in a room in broad daylight.last_img read more

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Nine years ago this Ojibway woman was murdered and now her children

first_imgMorrisseau was originally from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, where she is buried, but some of her family live in Ottawa, where she did at the time of her death.Morrisseau was struggling with the wide swath of addictions in the inner-city community of Vanier, on the outskirts of downtown Ottawa.Because she was found on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River, police there have investigated her death.Soon after she was found, Gatineau police released a sketch of a man they called a person of interest and the description of a car they believe she was in before her murder.However, after all these years, her murder remains unsolved.Over the last year, APTN National News has tried to get police to open up Morrisseau’s file and allow reporters to see the work they have done to solve this case. Offering to respect any evidence police needed to hold back.Composite sketch released by Gatineau Police of man believed to have been involved in Kelly Morrisseau’s death In September, after months of uncertainty, Gatineau police spokesman Const. JP Lemay said they couldn’t do it.It would have been uncommon for police to open their file to the media said Lemay.The former lead detective, who retired two years ago, never knowing who killed Morrisseau, also wasn’t available.“The fact that it is an active police investigation, our people do not want to talk about details,” said Lemay.He said it’s active in the sense that police still occasionally get “new tips so investigators work the info in priority.”The lead investigator on Morrisseau’s case had “communications” with the family this week.“Their response is touching and motivating for him,” said Lemay.Morrisseau’s cousin Roxanne, was on Parliament Hill Tuesday when the national inquiry was announced.“We’re just hopeful we’ll get some closure as a family and get some healing,” said Morrisseau of a national inquiry.Her and Kelly’s aunt, Glenda Morrisseau, was found murdered in 1991 in Winnipeg, Man.Her murder also remains unsolved.There was a sign of hope about two years ago when APTN first reported that police had a potential new suspect in early 2013.They had their eyes on Marc Leduc, a man who was charged with the murders of two Ottawa women, one dating back to 2008.They were going to compare Leduc’s DNA to evidence the killer left behind, suggesting police at least have DNA of the man who killed Morrisseau.That determined to be inconclusive.Leduc wasn’t the first person police had asked to take a DNA test. The investigation has taken them throughout the country and it’s believed parts of the United States.Lemay said, while all murders are terrible, Morrisseau’s left a lasting impact on those within the force.APTN visited the parking lot where Morrisseau was found Thursday.The sun was shinning and it was warm as joggers and cyclists moved about.As for her two youngest children they are growing up in a world without their mom, waiting for answers, like so many Indigenous families across the country.kjackson@aptn.ca‎ (Kelly Morrisseau, 27, was found stabbed in a Gatineau park across the river from Ottawa)Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOn the eve of the first meeting with federal ministers and families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Ottawa to discuss a national inquiry, there are two young boys starting to ask questions of their mother’s murder nine years ago.They were about two and four-years-old when the life of their mom, Kelly Morrisseau, 27, was taken Dec. 10, 2006 on the edge of Gatineau Park.Morrisseau was seven-months pregnant and left for dead on the cold pavement of a parking lot, bleeding from stab wounds about a kilometre from Hull hospital.Clinging to life she was found by a man walking his dog just before dawn.The only thing keeping her alive was the cold temperature.She would be pronounced dead within an hour, along with her unborn baby.Morrisseau was a mother of three and her two youngest children, now 13 and 11, want to know what happened to their mom – more importantly they want to know why no one has been arrested for killing her.“This time of the year, they have heavy hearts, especially with the uncertainty and general lack of information about progress in the investigation,” said one of their adoptive parents who asked that their names and location be kept anonymous. “The children are becoming concerned that Kelly’s death will be forgotten by the system as they are becoming aware of the challenges faced by Aboriginal people in this country.”The system is soon going to be put under the microscope by the Liberal government who called a national inquiry into the crisis of nearly 1,200 Indigenous women who have either been killed or vanished over the last three decades.The Liberals will begin by meeting with families Friday in Ottawa to hear what they want in an inquiry.last_img read more

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Bosnian Serb indicted on genocide charges handed over to UN tribunal

Zdravko Tolimir, 48, was transferred to the custody of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague in the Netherlands after being detained by authorities yesterday in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Tolimir had been on the run for two years before his arrest.Mr. Tolimir, who served as Assistant Commander for Intelligence and Security of the Main Staff of the Bosnian Serb army and reported directly to Mr. Mladic, faces charges of genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide and numerous crimes against humanity, including extermination, persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds, forcible transfer and deportation.His arrest and transfer means only the ICTY’s two most wanted men, Mr. Mladic and former Bosnian Serb president Radovan Karadzic, remain fugitives from justice for crimes committed in Srebrenica. In total, only five people of the 161 indicted by the Tribunal since it was set up in 1993 are still at large.Prosecutors allege Mr. Tolimir has responsibility for the murder of thousands of Muslims at Srebrenica in July 1995, when the town was supposed to be a UN-protected area. The indictment also accuses him of making life unbearable for the civilian residents of Srebrenica and Žepa and forcing them to leave the UN-protected areas.Mr. Tolimir was involved in the murder of Bosnian Muslim prisoners being held in temporary locations around eastern Bosnia in 1995, the indictment states, including the summary execution of more than 1,700 men and boys by an army detachment at the Branjevo Military Farm and the Pilica Cultural Centre.The ICTY said today that Mr. Tolimir is scheduled to make his first appearance before the Tribunal’s trial chamber on Monday. 1 June 2007A Bosnian Serb ex-army officer and aide to the notorious army chief Ratko Mladic was today handed over to the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to face genocide charges over the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. read more

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Doctors condemn hockey violence

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 Violence has been a part of hockey forever. But now Canadian doctors are saying the violence has to stop, in order to protect both the careers and lives of the players.The issue was brought up at this year’s Canadian Medical Association meeting Wednesday. Mia Gordon joins us with the details.

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Average US rate on 30year mortgage drops to 384 per cent 15year

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.84 per cent; 15-year rate down to 3.06 per cent WASHINGTON – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.84 per cent from 3.93 per cent a week earlier. The benchmark rate hasn’t been that low since May 21.The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages declined this week to 3.06 per cent from 3.15 per cent.The panic selling and extreme gyrations in stock markets sent investors to the safety of U.S. government bonds, raising their prices and dampening their rates. Mortgage rates often track the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond, which dipped below 2 per cent on Monday, a day of epic losses and price swings on Wall Street. The yield recovered to 2.18 per cent Wednesday. That compared with 2.22 per cent last Wednesday.On Monday, a brief 1,000-point plunge in the Dow Jones industrial average just minutes after stocks opened for trading sent shivers from Wall Street to Main Street. The average ended the day down 3.6 per cent. The market staged a robust recovery Wednesday, clocking its best day in nearly four years as the Dow average gained 4 per cent.The recent economic jitters and stomach-churning markets have thrown into question whether the Federal Reserve will raise a key interest rate next month, as has been long anticipated. A rate hike by the Fed could bring higher rates for home loans. The Fed has kept its key short-term rate near zero since the financial crisis year 2008.Steady U.S. job growth and low mortgage rates have improved home sales this year. Data issued Thursday by the National Association of Realtors showed that slightly more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in July, as pending sales edged up after dipping in June.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged from last week at 0.6 point. The fee for a 15-year loan also held steady at 0.6 point.The average rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages fell to 2.90 per cent from 2.94 per cent; the fee fell to 0.4 per cent from 0.5 point. The average rate on one-year ARMs was unchanged at 2.62 per cent; the fee held at 0.3 point. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 27, 2015 10:21 am MDT Last Updated Aug 27, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this file photo photo taken, June 8, 2015, a sold sign is displayed outside a new home under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week of Aug. 24, 2015, to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) read more

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One dead 2 others being treated following bee attack at Imbaimadai

Donald McIntosh is now dead, and Raymond Oselmo and Tyrone Charles are being treated for stings they received after being attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees at Imbaimadai, Region Seven, on Tuesday last.The body of the late Donald McIntosh being taken to the morgue as resdients looks onThe three miners were reportedly driving an excavator along a trail in the Imbaimadai area when they encountered a tree that blocked their path.They used the excavator to push down the tree, but were attacked by swarms of Africanized bees that were inhabiting a hive in the tree. Panicking, McIntosh allegedly ran into the nest while his two companions ran in the opposite direction. His body was found sometime later.It is believed that when McIntosh jumped off the excavator, his foot got stuck in “quicksand”, and this detained him long enough for the bees to concentrate their attack on him.After getting out of the quicksand, McIntosh reportedly ran a short distance before collapsing.His companions recalled hearing him screaming for help for more than an hour before he finally went silent, but they claim they were afraid to go to his assistance.This was reportedly the second time that McIntosh had had an encounter with Africanized bees. His body is at the Bartica Regional Hospital awaiting a post mortem.Apiculturists from Kingdom Apiary have since been called in to capture the bees, and they have reportedly removed several hives, which will be harvested for honey.Linden Stewart has said this attack underscores the need for miners to receive urgent training regarding how to operate when attacked by bees. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice machine operator killed by African beesOctober 21, 2017In “Crime”Corentyne sugar worker dies after bee attackOctober 11, 2016In “latest news”Sugar worker killed in deadly bee attack – several other GuySuCo workers injuredMarch 27, 2016In “latest news” read more

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Alliance and BHP Nickel West extend air charter services agreement

first_imgAlliance Aviation Services Limited has extended the air charter services to BHP Nickel West for a further five years.This service, which has been operational since November 2006, was Alliance’s initial service in Western Australia and has become the cornerstone for the company developing a large presence in the state, the company said.Lee Schofield, Alliance’s CEO, said: “Alliance has worked with BHP Nickel West as a partner in the provision of these services accommodating changes during the resources downturn and now we are experiencing growth of up to 17 charters per week as economic conditions continue to improve.“As with our other resources customers throughout Australia, we are seeing growth in the number of charters as the current demand for resources is maintained and production increases.”In July, Alliance won a three-year extension to its aviation services contract with St Barbara’s Leonora gold operations in the state.BHP Nickel West, meanwhile, has recently signed a mining services contract extension with Thiess, part of the CIMIC Group, to continue operations at the Leinster underground mine.last_img read more

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Leading Australian underground coal contractor Mastermyne sees earnings jump as market improves

first_imgMastermyne Group Ltd has announced its 2018 second half year results. Mastermyne has continued to capiltise on the strong coal market recovery and is well positioned for future growth. For the half year ended 31 December 2018 the company recorded a profit after tax of A$3.2 million. This result is a significant increase on the previous corresponding period, which was a net profit of $A1.8 million.Revenue in the period of A$116.8 million was an increase of 28% on the previous corresponding period (A$91.0 million). The increase in revenue is attributed to the award of new contracts in the mining division along with scope increase and extensions of existing mining contracts. Despite the increase in activity and revenue, the overhead cost has remained relatively unchanged.Mastermyne’s Managing Director, Tony Caruso said, “the continued strong financial performance, significantly improved order book, our favourable position as the leading underground coal contractor, and a robust coal market outlook has Mastermyne well positioned to capiltise on the continuing strong market conditions.”Key highlights for the half year include nine sites had zero recordable injuries and Mastermyne’s injury rate continues to improve; significant increase in roadway development metres; workforce numbers continue to increase with a forecast workforce of 1,250+ by year end; equipment hire fleet ultilisation of 86%; strong firs half financial performance with stronger H2 based on current run rate and new projects; significantly improved Order Book at A$489million (includes Anglo contract extension) with A$324 million contracted beyond FY19; and a positive industry outlook including brownfield and greenfield expansion is supporting a strong pipeline.During the period Mastermyne has operated a record seven development units. The total output of these units was also a record for Mastermyne since its inception. This, and the general strength of the market has delivered growth in the workforce and increased man hours across all projects. These results are being driven by a buoyant coal sector which continues to deliver record levels of coal production for the export market. These high production levels will continue to support strong demand for mining services, and in turn underpin continued growth for the company.Whilst up compared to H1 FY18, revenue and margins were affected by the suspension of the North Goonyella contract and difficult mining conditions incurred on the Narrabri and Wambo unit rate development contracts. Both the Narrabri and Wambo contracts will see improved margins in the second half as these contracts were renegotiated with better terms insulating the company from the full impact of poor mining conditions. The company has maintained its strong focus on a low overhead base with only minimal escalation to support the increased activities. Subsequently, overheads have materially decreased as a percentage of revenue, resulting in improved EBITDA margins. Overheads will remain largely unchanged in H2 FY19 and are expected to continue to decrease as a percentage of overall revenue. Over the past six months the majority of the equipment fleet has been hired out and where the opportunity has presented, improved hire rates have been secured. Capital investmentof A$3.7 million was expended to overhaul the company’s mining equipment for hire into new contracts. As a result, the group’s equipment utilisation rate improved to 86%, and has been a strong contributor to the improvement in the EBITDA margin.With the ongoing demand for mining equipment the company has taken the opportunity to acquire additional equipment which has also been placed on hire. Whilst the demand for equipment remains strong there has been no material change in the availability of equipment or the introduction of new equipment and the company continues to leverage the fleet to secure further work and stronger pricing.The Mining division has underpinned the strong first half performance with revenue of A$100.5 million, representing a growth of 30% from H1 FY18. The division has successfully secured contract extensions on several projects which underpin the significant improvement in the order book. Contract extensions were secured at Wambo (two additional years), at Integra, where purchase order work was converted to contract work for a two year period with two x one year options, and lastly at Appin, where the option period was triggered for another 12 months. Negotiations on extension of the Anglo Moranbah Regional Umbrella Contract are well progressed. Given the value of the three year contract (plus options), it is expected to take most of the second half to finalise approval. “The relationship with Anglo remains very positive and the company remains confident this contract extension will complete. The Mastertec division delivered improved financial results with revenue up 18% on H1 FY18 to A$16.3 million and a significantly improved EBITDA contribution compared to a loss in previous results. The consolidation back to core business in scaffolding and protective coating services has resulted in improvements across all aspects of the division. The company has maintained its strict focus on operational flexibility enabling it to move quickly to increase and decrease costs as work necessitates.”“Margins should remain strong in the second half and will improve further where the company can increase revenues and leverage the fixed overhead costs. The outlook for Mastermyne remains very positive underpinned by a buoyant coal sector. The company will continue to focus on growth through the depth and quality of the order book and the significant pipeline in both the contracting area and the whole of mine projects. The Order Book currently stands at A$489 million (includes Anglo contract extension) with A$115 million to be delivered in the second half, (excludes purchase order and recurring revenue that tracks at approximately A$30 million per annum). In the outer years, revenue of A$166million for FY20 and A$208 million beyond FY20, exclusively with Tier 1 mining clients, provides a very strong platform for growth. Second half activities will be dominated by recruitment and resourcing of new projects and will require a continued focus on project execution to unlock the margin upside still within the current projects. Equipment will continue to be onboarded as new projects are mobilised and the company will remain focused on maximising utilisation as this occurs. Any capital expenditure will continue to be aligned with contract terms ensuring satisfactory returns.”“The robust outlook further supports the reemergence of greenfield and brownfield expansion projects with several proponents undertaking feasibility studies, or recommencing stalled underground projects. The company continues to be involved in discussions with proponents who are acquiring existing underground mines and are looking to restart operations utilising contract miners. This is driving the company’s Whole of Mine growth strategy. Whilst the most advanced Whole of Mine opportunity has not proceeded due to external factors outside the control of the company, other opportunities continue to present.”last_img read more

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Leaders vie for independents after first hung parliament in 70 years

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott will meet with independent MPs today after Saturday’s federal election resulted in Australia’s first hung parliament since 1940. Another election might be needed if agreement can’t be reached between either of the major parties and the independents who hold the balance of power in the House of Representatives. Counting continues today, after neither party secured the 76 seats required to form government in Saturday’s election. Labor currently has 73 of the 150 seats, according to the Australian Electoral Commission, in Parliament’s lower house, while Liberal holds 70 seats.There are five confirmed minor party and independent MPs, and five seats still too close to call, including another possible independent.Liberal beat out Labor in Queensland and NSW, but Labor claimed McEwan and LaTrobe from the Liberals in Victoria, where it was last night holding on to Corangamite, with postal votes still to count. The national 2 per cent swing against the ALP means it could become the first government to be denied a second term since the Scullin Labor government was voted out in 1931.In a bid to woo independent members, both sides could be set to modify their policies including faster broadband, better mental health services, bush jobs and increased dental care.Labor leader Julia Gillard said stable government would continue, while she and Greens leader Bob Brown move to reassure financial markets.The Greens, who created history when Adam Bandt won the seat of Melbourne, and will hold the Senate balance of power from July next year, said they wanted action on climate change, reconsideration on gay marriage and a parliamentary debate on keeping troops in Afghanistan.Labor and the coalition are now battling for the support of three critical rural independents, Bob Katter, from far north Queensland, and Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott, from NSW.Greek Australian Labor MPs look set to retain their seats. In South Australia, Labor’s Hindmarsh MP, Steve Georganas, who has held the position for two terms, is leading against Liberal candidate Jassmine Wood with Labor tallying 36, 672 votes and Liberal 28, 380 votes, at last count. In Victoria’s Calwell electorate incumbent member Maria Vamvakinou is leading with 52,848 votes against Liberal candidate Wayne Tseng who tallied 22,903 votes, at last count. Long-standing Liberal moderate Petro Georgiou’s replacement in Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg, sustained a small swing against him to retain the seat for the Liberals, while Liberal MP for Indi in Victoria, Sophie Mirabella, was reelected for a fourth term on Saturday, with increased margins on her already safe seat. Julia Gillard has asked the Australian population to look past Labor’s recent history and instead consider her personality as a basis for a stable federal government.“I think I can credibly offer stability because people, I think, know about me and perhaps the Australian people see in me someone very focused, determined, methodical, gets a lot of work done, and I would run a government in that style,” she told the Herald yesterday.Opposition leader Tony Abbott said Saturday’s result indicated that the public expected a change of government.“It is historically unprecedented for a first-term government to receive the kind of rebuff that the Rudd-Gillard government received yesterday,” he told the Herald Sun on Sunday, adding that a minority Labor government would be “chronically divided and dysfunctional”.last_img read more

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Historic Israeli Moon Mission Will Carry Time Capsule to Space

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on target Israel’s first spacecraft—packed full of national, cultural, and traditional symbols—is scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral in February.Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and nonprofit SpaceIL this week unveiled a time capsule that will travel to the Moon with next year’s historic sendoff.The cache comprises three discs, each containing hundreds of digital files, including details about the spacecraft and the crew building it; Israel’s Declaration of Independence, national anthem “Hatikvah,” and flag; the Wayfarer’s Prayer (Tefilat HaDerech); and a children’s book inspired by SpaceIL’s lunar mission.“This is a very emotional moment,” Yonatan Winetraub, one of three SpaceIL founders, said as he inserted the time capsule into the craft. “”It is very possible that future generations will find this information and want to learn more about this historic moment.”The Good Ship Beresheet (Hebrew for “Genesis”) will launch early next year alongside other satellites, as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.“This is another step on our way to the Moon,” SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby said in a statement.“[We] have completed testing of the spacecraft and its systems, and are preparing for the beginning of an the amazing and complex journey that exemplifies innovation, creativity, and courage,” he continued. “The spacecraft’s historic journey, which also includes a scientific mission, makes a significant contribution to advancing the space industry and the subject of space in Israel.”In October, SpaceIL and the Israeli Space Agency announced a collaboration with NASA that will enable the country to improve its ability to track and communicate with the spacecraft before, during, and after landing on the Moon.“We are proud to be the first non-governmental entity in the world to go to the Moon,” Opher Doron, IAI’s Space Division General Manager, said. “Landing on the Moon was for many years a little-discussed topic among the public, but recently we see growing interest as world superpowers seek to return to the Moon in a variety of commercial missions.”Russia’s federal space agency Roscosmos last month unveiled plans for construction of lunar bases by 2040. NASA, meanwhile, expects to have a continuous manned presence on the Moon within a decade.“There is no doubt that the technological knowledge acquired by IAI during the development and construction of Beresheet, together with SpaceIL and combined with the space capabilities developed over more than 30 years at IAI, puts us at the global forefront in the ability to complete lunar missions,” Doron said.With no plans to return to Earth, the spacecraft and time capsule will remain on the Moon indefinitely—perhaps a souvenir for future generations who colonize Earth’s satellite.More on Geek.com:China Launches Lunar Probe to Far Side of the MoonThe Full Moon is Electric, Boogie Woogie WoogieJapanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Is SpaceX’s First Private Astronautlast_img read more

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Cargo ship runs aground in Columbia River

first_imgCATHLAMET, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a 584-foot cargo vessel ran aground in the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash., but there are no visible signs of pollution.No injuries were reported from the Thursday night mishap at Puget Island.The agency says the Luminous Ace grounded after an electrical outage caused the vessel to lose its steering. Tug boats were sent to assist it and it’s not blocking the waterway.The ship has regained power and propulsion. The Coast Guard says the tugs planned to help move the vessel at high tide early Friday about 20 miles west to an anchoring spot near Astoria, Ore.last_img read more

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Senate panel OKs deduction for sales tax payments

first_img The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday supported a two-year extension of a tax deduction for sales tax payments for residents of Washington and seven other states with a sales tax but no income tax.The measure, included in a larger bill dealing with tax credits, would extend the credit by two years through 2013.The bill now heads to the full Senate and House. Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, a member of the finance committee, said Thursday’s 19-5 bipartisan support offers a hopeful sign that lawmakers will deal with the tax deduction and related issues in September, following an upcoming recess. “It shows we can work together to do tax reform legislation,” Cantwell, a Democrat, said in a phone interview.Nearly 850,000 Washingtonians took advantage of the state and local sales tax deduction in 2009, the last year of available data from the Internal Revenue Service, Cantwell’s office said. The state’s residents reduced their taxable income by more than $1.8 billion that year. The state’s taxpayers received tax breaks of around $400 million, or an average of almost $500 per tax filer, the senator’s office said.Cantwell said in an interview that the measure is of particular importance to Clark County, since it reduces the incentive to shop tax-free in Oregon.The deduction has a long legislative history. It was included in the tax code until 1986, when it was eliminated until 2004, according to Cantwell’s office. Once restored, the deduction was extended several times but became tangled in partisan politics in 2010. Sen. Maria Cantwelllast_img read more

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Dead mans kin We just think its unfair

first_imgHomeowner appears in court on murder chargeAutopsy reveals alleged prowler was shot in chestStill in shock after learning that her 19-year-old brother was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by a Vancouver man, Natalya Lemeza is trying to piece together what led up to his death.She knows that the last time she saw her brother, Iosif Dumitrash, was Monday afternoon at their Portland home, where the two sat and ate together. Dumitrash was making jokes before he left to run an errand with their father and then to hang out with his friends in Vancouver.The rest, she said, she has learned from police.Vancouver police received a call just before 4 a.m. Tuesday of a person prowling at 14802 N.E. 33rd St. Four minutes later, they got another call that the person, Dumitrash, had been shot by Sean Doucette, who lives at the address.Police say that Dumitrash was shot outside the residence. Court records say there were “numerous empty shell casings” in the street.Doucette was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and is being held in the Clark County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bail.Dumitrash had never been in any trouble, Lemeza said, and her family is upset that he is being portrayed as a criminal in his final moments of life.Dumitrash has no criminal record in Clark County.“Maybe it was a misunderstanding or something,” she said. “He’s not some criminal. He doesn’t do that kind of thing. … He’s not the kind of person who looks for trouble.”last_img read more

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Student held over telephone conversation with BNP leader

first_imgStudent held over ‘telephone conversation’ with BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury. Photo: UNBDetectives in a drive detained a student from Deura village in Barura upazila of Cumilla district early Sunday in connection with a ‘leaked phone conversation’ with BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury.The arrestee is Milhanur Rahman Naumi, son of a certain Siddiqur Rahman, reports UNB.Naumi completed his Bar-at-Law from a university in London and a friend of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Amir Khasru’s daughter.Naumi’s father Siddiqur said that a team of police raided the house of his sister and detained him. Naumi went to his aunt’s house to give an invitation card of his cousin’s marriage ceremony.Family members also said that the marriage ceremony of Naumi’s cousin is scheduled to be held on 5 August. Naumi made a phone call to the BNP leader to invite him to the marriage ceremony.Police also detained Naumi’s maternal uncle Manzurul Alam and paternal uncle Faridur Rahman. However, they were released later.A reported audio clip of telephonic conversation between BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and an unknown boy over intensifying the ongoing student movement went viral on Facebook and YouTube on Saturday.last_img read more

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Man arrested for raping 6yrold girl

first_imgPolice on Saturday arrested a man from Indrajani village in Sakhipur upazila of Tangail in a case filed for raping a six-year-old girl, reports UNB.The arrestee Dulal Sikhdar, 35, son of late Hazarat Ali of the village, was sent to jail after being produced before a Tangail court, said Amir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Sakhipur police station.Family members said the girl went to play at Dulal’s house on Wednesday. Taking advantage of the empty house, Dulal took the girl inside the house alluring her to give a chocolate and raped her.Dulal also tortured the girl inhumanly, they added.The victim has been undergoing treatment at Tangail General Hospital, they also said.Later on Friday night, the victim’s mother filed a case with the police station under Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act.last_img read more

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I Hated the Amazon Echo But Decided to Give It a Second

first_img Register Now » August 18, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img My voice-activated, Bluetooth-enabled Amazon Echo speaker sat for months and months on a shelf in my home office, unplugged and collecting dust. Despite how sad and lonely it looked, it had been banished there after a less-than-impressive initial test run.When I purchased Echo in early 2015, I figured the internet-connected speaker would be perfect for answering all of my random questions about life. I was wrong.All you have to do is say “Alexa” out loud to wake up the device (that’s the name of Echo’s voice service). You can ask Alexa to do any number of things and she will respond. Sounds easy, but Alexa seemed to make everything difficult. With its search powered by Microsoft Bing, its ability to find answers was limited compared to Google. Over and over, Alexa would say, “Sorry, I didn’t understand the question I heard,” or, “Sorry I couldn’t find the answer to your question.”So lame. So frustrating.Related: Amazon Is Preparing to Launch a Streaming Music ServiceFast forward to today, I decided to give Echo a second chance, figuring maybe it could serve different purposes. Here’s what I learned:It still manages the basics just fine.You can ask Alexa to tell you the weather, give you sports scores, tell you the news (via a source like CNN or NPR, selected via the Alexa smartphone app), check your calendar and more. Admittedly, I prefer seeing my calendar meetings and appointments in chronological order on my phone or Pebble smartwatch. But Alexa manages the other aforementioned tasks just fine. For what it’s worth, Alexa has become my exclusive source for weather reports.Controlling smart-home devices is kind of great.The Echo can be used to automatically control a number of smart-home devices, such as those from Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue. This is big, as Echo can hypothetically become your voice-activated central hub for making your home more “smart.” Unfortunately for me, Echo wasn’t able to control my Piper security system or its Z-wave-enabled door/window sensors and smart light switches.Update: Via IFTTT, Echo can control the Z-wave smart switch that powers the lights in my sunroom.Image credit: Jason FellBut, things have changed. Thanks to the power of IFTTT, Echo can indeed control the Piper unit itself (sadly not the accompanying Z-wave light switches, yet). All I have to do is speak a trigger phrase and, voila, Alexa says “Sending that to IFTTT,” and my security system is magically armed. (Learn more about what IFTTT is and what it can do here.) It’s a useful, hands-free option for when I’m half asleep and heading upstairs to bed. Or when my hands are full and I’m leaving my house. Score one for Echo.Related: Google Unveils Its Amazon Echo Competitor Buying stuff via Amazon is ridiculously easy and convenient.Recently, I’ve spent lots of time buying stuff on Amazon (don’t judge). Since Echo is Amazon’s baby, you can use it to buy stuff from Amazon so long as you have Amazon Prime (which I do). However, a quick test of, “Alexa, let’s buy paper towels,” turned up only one option: Bounty. Amazon has deals with certain brands — like Bounty and Tide — so when people simply ask to buy something, that’s what they get.However, if you say, “Alexa, re-order paper towels,” it will recognize that you last purchased, say, a pack of 24 Sparkle brand paper towel rolls. As long as you have Voice Purchasing enabled on your Alexa smartphone app, you’re good to go. No need to go to the store for your usual stuff — unless you’re weird and really want to.Oh, hello Alexa-placed Amazon order.Image credit: Jason FellFor all that’s great there’s also so much crap.One option in the Alexa app is called “Skills.” There are a ton of options in there that enable Alexa to do cool stuff, like control your smart-home devices, order a car from Uber or Lyft or even order a pizza from Domino’s. Pretty great, right?But there’s more crap in there than good stuff. Why is anyone going to set up specific skills to allow Alexa to make fart noises or tell you facts about otters?Related: What Americans Want From a ‘Smart’ Home (Infographic)Conclusion: It’s getting better.Amazon’s Echo is far from perfect. As Bluetooth speakers go, the sound quality won’t blow you away. And, of course, it’s still hampered by Bing, so don’t expect Alexa to be able to find answers to many of your random questions.But the future seems bright. As support for more devices and services increases, Echo could eventually become the voice-activated smart home hub of your dreams (or will it be Google?). Though, at $180, you might consider waiting for a better price when Echo is offered via Amazon’s Daily Deals.For now, I think I’ll keep my Echo plugged in and see what happens. 5 min readlast_img read more

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first_img News | Clinical Decision Support | February 05, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Syngo.Breast Care Adding AI-Based Decision Support Siemens Healthineers showcased the new planned artificial intelligence (AI)-based features with its mammography reading… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | June 12, 2019 Three Palm Software Releases WorkstationOne Version 1.8.8 Three Palm Software announced the release of the 1.8.8 version of its breast imaging workstation, WorkstationOne. This… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography ReportingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:01Loaded: 1.82%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:01 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 | Mammography | April 15, 2019 VIDEO: A Discussion on Proposed FDA Rules for Mammography Reporting Wendie Berg, M.D., Ph.D., FACR read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | April 03, 2019 Konica Minolta Highlights New Exa Mammo Features at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will highlight new features of Exa Mammo, a picture archiving and communication… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | June 04, 2019 Volpara Health Technologies to Acquire MRS Systems Inc. Volpara Health Technologies, Volpara Solutions’ parent company, has signed a binding agreement to acquire U.S.-based… read more center_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | April 04, 2019 Ikonopedia Introduces Automated Combined Reporting Package at SBI Ikonopedia will introduce its new Automated Combined Reporting package at the 2019 Society of Breast Imaging/American… 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 Avreo’s new mammography solutions – the interWORKS Mammography Viewer and Breast Imaging Tracking System – are designed to allow customers to efficiently view, manage and store digital mammography images.Featuring full FDA approval of the Digital Mammography Viewer, Avreo customers can reportedly integrate the viewer for enhanced system capabilities and cost savings. The solution also adapts to facility size, exam volume or workflow demands; it is scalable for breast clinic, hospital, imaging center or a multisite enterprise. According to Avreo, it lets you view, manage and store images from multiple sources and modalities. In addition, the software supports IHE (Integrating the Health Enterprise Initiative) for interoperability and provides PACS users with access to current patient images and information.According to the manufacturer, interWORKS was designed as a single application/single database radiology workflow solution including RIS, PACS, dictation, transcription and auto report delivery system that encompasses all the features a free standing imaging center or Hospital needs to operate efficiently. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography Reporting Software | June 13, 2019 Ikonopedia Showcases Risk Assessment and Resolution Manager Tools at SIIM and AHRA Ikonopedia will showcase its suite of structured breast reporting and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)… read more Technology | October 19, 2008 Avreo to Release Mammography Viewer, Breast Imaging Tracking System at RSNA 2008 News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more last_img read more

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IATA tells Germany to axe its proposed air taxes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F The German government’s plan to introduce an environmental tax of EUR 1 billion a year on air travel tickets out of Germany has met with fierce resistance from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO commented on the tax proposal at the 66th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Berlin. “This is the worst kind of short-sighted policy irresponsibility. It’s a cash-grab by a cash-strapped government. Painting it green adds insult to injury. “There will be no environmental benefit from the economic damage caused,” said Bisignani. Bisignani brought to light three of his major concerns with the German environmental tax proposal. “The proposal should be axed. It is the wrong measure at the wrong time; and it ignores the lessons learned from the failure of a similar tax in the Netherlands,” said Bisignani.The wrong measure: “Climate change is a global issue. The solution requires a global approach, not uncoordinated regional taxes. “What will this do for the environment? Absolutely nothing. If the Chancellor is serious about aviation and climate change, the focus should be on finding a globally coordinated solution at the International Civil Aviation Organization in advance of the climate talks in Cancun,” said Bisignani.The wrong time: “Airlines have an important role in driving economic growth, particularly as we struggle to recover from the recession. “This is not the time to burden the aviation industry with more taxes. European GDP growth is expected to be 0.9% this year—the lowest among the world’s major regions. “Operating in this environment, Europe’s airlines will be the only region in the red with losses of $2.8 billion. “This tax is a body blow to the weak economy and a fragile industry. And it is a kick in the teeth to travelers at a time when they can least afford it,” said Bisignani.Lessons unlearned: “Even as a cash-grab, the proposed tax makes no sense. The Dutch government tried to raise EUR 300 million with a similar tax. “It cost the Dutch economy EUR 1.2 billion in lost business. It also failed as an environmental measure, sending travelers across the border to start their journey from more tax-sensible regimes.“The Dutch had the good sense to repeal their tax. Why repeat past mistakes?” questioned Bisignani.Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told the Australian that he thought the tax was “crazy” and that it would hit Australian travellers on the airline’s Frankfurt route. “We’ve been saying we want a global approach to this because you’re going to have ETSs that are going to overlap, and these types of country-driven taxes that are double dipping.””And you’ve got an industry that’s made a half a per cent margin, just coming out of the worse period in its history — it can’t afford this.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/18e44/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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Police do not expect any more Metaxas victims

first_imgThe police have no reasonable suspicions that the suspected serial killer, 35-year-old Nikos Metaxas, is involved in any further crimes beyond the six murders he has so far included in his confession, the new police chief Kypros Michaelides said on Wednesday.The seventh death, that of a six-year-old girl, he has said was accidental.Speaking at a joint session of the House human rights and legal affairs committees, Michaelides said that none of the other 30 women with whom army officer Metaxas was communicating with online is missing.With an independent police watchdog currently looking into the murders that have shocked the island, Michaelides assured MPs that his intention is to rid the force of any members who did not carry out their duty as they ought to, stating that “should any police officer be found responsible, the axe will fall.”Michaelides said based on the findings of the probe, the leadership will decide on how to tackle any shortcomings to avoid potential mistakes in the future.He added that the case will become part of the curriculum at the police academy.Meanwhile, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Wednesday that outgoing Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou will remain in office for 15 more days to handle the justice reform bills.Nicolaou resigned earlier this month over the apparent police failures in investigating the disappearances of the five foreign women and two children who turned out to be the victims of a serial killer.The president had asked Nicolaou to stay for another two weeks to oversee crucial justice reform bills, Prodromou said, adding that Nicolaou will leave office on June 1.The minister’s resignation was followed by the dismissal of police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou.The issue emerged on April 14 after the accidental discovery of a woman’s body inside a mine shaft in Mitsero.It was followed by the discovery of a second body in the same shaft and the arrest of army officer Metaxas, who has since confessed, according to police, to six murders, five women and one child aged eight. He has denied killing a second child, six, claiming she had choked on her own vomit, before dumping her body in a lake in Xyliatos.It quickly emerged that three of the women and the two children had been reported missing a couple of years ago but police had not carried out a proper investigation into their fate.Authorities have since recovered five bodies and are still looking for two more in two lakes in Mitsero and Xyliatos.Search crews looking for the body of 30-year-old Marricar Valdez Arguiola in the red lake in Mitsero on Wednesday called off efforts for the day after failing to find the suitcase in which the victim is believed to have been placed.Objects retrieved from the lake by specialist divers at around 6pm were found to be old boxes that are unconnected to the case.Wednesday’s search targeted the area from which a cement block was retrieved on Tuesday, as the two body-containing suitcases that have so far been retrieved from the lake were accompanied by a cement block which the 35-year-old used to weigh the suitcases underwater. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Christodoulides briefs new Greek FM on Cyprus issue

first_imgForeign Minister Nicos Christodoulides on Tuesday has his first official meeting with his new Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, prior to the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.Christodoulides “had the opportunity to make in-depth briefing of his Greek counterpart on the current developments in the Cyprus issue and the ongoing Turkish illegal actions within the territorial waters and the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus.”An announcement said the excellent level of cooperation between the two countries was reaffirmed at the meeting, with the two ministers underlining their commitment to continue and further enhance close co-operation, both bilaterally and at European level. It was noted that “the importance of the joint action of Cyprus and Greece in the context of tripartite partnerships as well as of the EU-Mediterranean Mediterranean Member States (MED-7) was emphasised”.It was also announced that the two ministers agreed to be in constant contact, both at political and service level, for coordination and joint action at the international level.The two ministers will have the opportunity to attend extended talks when Dendias will accompany Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during the official visit of the Greek Prime Minister to Cyprus in the near future.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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