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EPA pollution cases sent to prosecutors hits 30year low


first_imgWASHINGTON — Government figures show the Environmental Protection Agency has hit a 30-year low in the number of pollution cases referred for criminal prosecution.Justice Department data released Tuesday by the non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and obtained by The Associated Press show the EPA referred 166 cases for federal prosecution in fiscal year 2018 under the Trump administration.That’s down from 228 in 2016, the last year of the Obama administration.The figure under President Donald Trump is the lowest since 1988, when Ronald Reagan was president and 151 cases were referred to prosecutors.The EPA says its resources are concentrated on the “most significant and impactful” cases.PEER executive director Jeff Ruch says EPA enforcement has almost reached a level where it is “lacking a pulse.”Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Presslast_img read more


CasablancaTwo subSaharan Nationals Arrested for Drug trafficking


Casablanca- The legal police services at the Mohammed V airport brought to justice, on Tuesday, two sub-Saharan nationals arrested for possession of 3.5 kg of cocaine.The dealers, coming from Sao Paolo (Brazil), were arrested last weekend in the airport transit zone while they were about to take the Abidjan flight, a police source said.They are a woman from Sierra Leon who was hiding 2.2 Kg of the drug in her luggage and a Nigerien man, aged 27, who swallowed 82 pills totaling 1.3 Kg of the illegal substance.


Moroccos Benatia Absent for Two to Four Weeks Due to Injury


Rabat – Morocco international and Bayern Munich central defender Mehdi Benatia will be absent for a month due to a hamstring injury. It is now confirmed that the 27-year-old will miss both legs of his team’s quarter-final against FC Porto. The former AS Roma defender limped out of his team’s penalty win against Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.“Following medical tests I am out for two to four weeks,” Benatia tweeted on Thursday. “I’m disappointed, but it is an occupational hazard.” Benatia’s injury adds to Bayern Munich’s injury woes as many of the team’s key players are sidelined due to injuries. The list includes Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Alaba, Javi Martinez and reserve keeper Tom Starke.The Morocco international has made 10 appearances for the Bavarians thus far this season since completing a move from Italian side AS Roma in the summer of 2014. read more


Entrylevel training standard en route for Canadian truckers within a year


MONTREAL — The country’s transportation ministers have agreed to develop an entry-level training standard for semi-truck drivers nationwide.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the minimum bar to get behind the wheel of a semi truck will ensure drivers have the necessary skills, and will be in place by January 2020.Currently, Ontario is the only province with mandatory truck driver training. Saskatchewan and Alberta are to require mandatory training starting in March.The changes in Saskatchewan came after last year’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash tragedy, which Garneau referenced at a Montreal press conference following a transportation ministers meeting Monday.Sixteen people were killed when the team’s bus and a semi-unit loaded with peat moss collided last April.The driver of the semi-truck recently pleaded guilty to all charges against him, telling his lawyer he did not “want to make things any worse.”The Canadian Press read more


7 Things to Know If Youre Studying Abroad in Morocco


By Salihah Evans Rabat – You can spend hours searching the web for everything you need to know. If you are headed to Morocco to study abroad, look no further. Read on for a carefully crafted list of everything you need to know before studying abroad in the beautiful country of Morocco! 1 – Language The official language of Morocco is Standard Arabic, but it is not used in daily life. Instead, the majority speak Darija (Moroccan Arabic), a dialect of Arabic. French is also widely spoken. In some “touristy” cities, English is relatively easy to find. However, most cities are difficult to navigate without knowing French or Arabic. It is good to know at least a few Darija phrases before arriving in Morocco. Here are a few you will use all the time.Salaam alaikum: hello (peace be with you)Labas?: how are you?Safi: that’s fine/it is enough Shoukran: thank youLa shoukran: no thank youIyyeh: yes Wakha: okay2 – How to dress (for women) Morocco is an Islamic country, and 99% of the population identify as Muslim. Aligning with Islam’s emphasis on modesty, the majority of Morrocans dress conservatively. Both men and women often wear djellabas and many Moroccan women wear hijabs. As a foreigner, you are not expected to cover your hair, but many people advise you to cover your knees and shoulders to respect the culture and avoid unwanted attention. There are some more tourist friendly cities, like Marrakech, where it is considered more acceptable to wear shorts and strapless tops. However, this is not the case for the majority of Moroccan cities. Lightweight, long, and flowy clothing are your best bet for modest and weather-appropriate clothing. Maxi skirts and dresses, tunic shirts with leggings, boho pants, lightweight jumpsuits, and t-shirts are all ideal for Morocco.  Insider tip: You can buy traditional Moroccan clothing for affordable prices in Moroccan medinas. Kaftans, jabadors, and djellabas are sold for anywhere between MAD 50-200 in most souks.3 – How to souk shop like a pro!Souks are the name for the markets in Morocco. Souks are a large part of Moroccan culture. Large cities, like Fez and Marrakech, have huge souks lined with hundreds of shops and great prices compared to Western stores. Get ready to shop until you drop! These tips will make make you are a pro souk shopper in no time: Be prepared for hasslingWatch out for pickpocketingAlways carry cashAlways bargain: When shop owners notice that you are a foreigner, they are sure to raise prices. No matter how much they try to convince you that they are offering you a good price, you should always bargain. I have found that I can get most things for at least half of the initial asking price. Have a shopping map! Certain cities specialize in certain goods. It’s useful to know the best place to buy things to ensure you get the most authentic things for the lowest prices.   Leather: Fez.Rugs: Azrou and Fez Woven blankets: Marrakech and EssaouiraSilver: TifnitGold jewelry: FezPottery: Safi, Fez, and Meknes Spices: Areas east of Taliouine Argan oil: Essaouira. The best place is on the side of a road with argan trees and goats nearby.Beware of fakes! There is a lot of counterfeiting in Morocco. Rule of thumb: If prices for designer goods seem too good to be true, they probably are!Insider tip: Some souks, like the one in Marrakech, even have snake charmers, storytellers, and musicians. Even if you do not plan to shop, a souk is an experience you absolutely cannot miss. 4 – Street FoodStreet food is one of the most distinctive things about Morocco. Do not be afraid to try food vendors on the streets of Morocco. The street foods you absolutely cannot miss are: fresh squeezed orange juice, shawarmas, maakoudas, olives, khobz, snails, and brochettes. Insider tip: Though it is often tempting, it is best to stray away from unusually cheap meat. Any meals containing meat that are sold for less than MAD 10 should be avoided at all costs. They are not typical meat. They can be anything ranging from cat, dog, or liver to leftover scraps from a butcher.   5 – Beware of scammingScamming has been described as a national sport in Morocco. Some argue that Morocco has the most tourist-targeted scams in the world. As a foreigner, you are likely to encounter people trying to scam you every single day. If you do not stay alert, you will be scammed. Here are a few tips to avoid scams: Always, always, always count your change!If you get henna, make it clear what you want and that you refuse to pay any more than the price agreed upon beforehand.  Tell taxi drivers to turn on the meter at the beginning of your ride. Be aware of fake tour guides. If men are insistent that a random alleyway is closed, they are most likely just trying to lead you to a store or tannery.Do not take pictures of snake charmers, musicians, or chained monkeys unless you are willing to pay. Insider Tip: People are not always what they seem. Many people will appear to be friendly and gain your trust, then demand money after helping you. Use discretion when soliciting help from strangers. 6 – Stray cats Moroccan streets are loaded with stray cats. You cannot go anywhere without seeing a handful of cats. They will sometimes brush past your legs while you sip on a cup of tea at a table outside a cafe. Expect to become very familiar with your neighborhood cats.  Insider tip: If you are allergic to cats, be sure to bring a lot of allergy medicine! 7 – NightlifeIf you are used to partying every weekend at your home university, you should expect a major lifestyle change during your time in Morocco. In some cities, nightlife in Morocco is all but nonexistent. The majority of nightlife takes place in hotel bars, restaurants, and lounges but there are a few nightclubs in major cities. Marrakech, Agadir, and Casablanca are the Moroccan cities most known for their nightlife.  Because the Qur’an forbids drinking, many Moroccans do not drink. Liquor is very expensive and can only be bought in bars, hotels, and liquor stores. Liquor stores are discrete and scattered around big cities. You cannot purchase liquor outside of a bar after 8 p.m. and drinking in public is strictly forbidden. Alcohol sales stop 10 days before Ramadan and resume 10 days after it.Insider tip: Liquor is highly stigmatized in Morocco. If you are staying with a family, it is considered very offensive to come home late and smelling of alcohol.Read Part 2 for the final eight things you should know before studying abroad in Morocco. read more


US lawmaker east Med cooperation to counter Russia


NICOSIA, Cyprus — A senior U.S. lawmaker says the U.S. wants to work with Cyprus and ally Israel to buttress peace in the eastern Mediterranean and to head off Russian influence over the region’s energy reserves.Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says the U.S. is looking for friendly nations in the region that share core democratic values in light of what he calls Russia’s “malevolent machinations.”After meeting the Cypriot president Monday, Engel said Russia “should not be able to control the situation” over Cyprus’ rights to offshore gas deposits.Engel said he believes there will be progress in efforts to lift a 32-year-old U.S. arms embargo on Cyprus, adding that “this is no longer the 1970s and we have to look at each problem with a fresh look.”The Associated Press read more


Progress being made on Myanmar aid effort says UNs top relief official


28 July 2008A degree of normality has returned to some areas affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, and there are visible signs of progress in reconstruction, the United Nations’ top relief official said today after returning from a three-day visit, though he cautioned that there was no room for complacency. “Quite a lot of progress has been made since I was last there two months ago – a lot of houses have been repaired since we were last there, a lot of work has been done on schools and clinics to try and get them back into better shape, and it was possible to see a lot of activity going on in the fields,” John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters in New York today.Mr. Holmes also said that access for international aid workers to the affected areas in the Ayeyarwady Delta was now in place, and that hundreds were currently deployed there. Stressing that a relief coordination group consisting of the Government of Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN was working well, Mr. Holmes, who is also the Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that he was pleased that an agreement had been reached on extending the group’s collaboration for at least another year.The Under-Secretary-General said he hoped at least some of the five helicopters currently flown by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Myanmar would continue to operate for another three months to ensure that aid agencies could reach the remote areas.“We can’t say for certain that we’ve reached 100 per cent of the affected people but… we can say that we have reached virtually everyone with some kind of aid,” Mr. Holmes added. “The main challenge for the next few months is to ensure a more systematic pipeline of aid for the next six to nine months because people, particularly in the more remote areas where it’s still very hard to reach, will need quite a lot of help for some time to come.”Mr. Holmes said that, out of a UN appeal for $482 million to deal with the effects of the devastating cyclone, about $200 million had been committed so far.He added that UN agencies, as well as other aid groups, had been affected by fluctuating exchange rates for foreign exchange certificates which the Myanmar Government issues to foreign organizations buying goods and services in the country. Overall, Mr. Holmes said he was encouraged by what he saw and by his discussions with the Government, but warned that aid efforts still needed ongoing support.“It’s clear that there’s absolutely no room for complacency in this – there’s still a lot to do to make the relief operation a lasting success – to reach everybody with all that they need for a sustained period,” he said. read more


Womens access to reproductive health care critical to ending poverty UN reports


The report, People, Poverty and Possibilities: Making Development Work for the Poor, contends that reducing the gender gap in health and education can significantly reduce personal and household poverty and generate national economic growth.Reproductive health problems are among the main insecurities associated with poverty, according to the report, which notes that poor women have more unwanted children since they lack access to reproductive health services and information. At the same time, gender inequality often deprives women of the ability to refuse risky practices, keeps women uninformed about prevention, and puts them last in line for care and life-saving treatment. The report calls for greater investments in universal health care and women’s education, noting that schooling for mothers has been proven to contribute more to reducing the rate of child malnutrition than improvements in food availability. Closing the gender gap in education also helps women to reduce fertility and improves child survival. In countries where girls are only half as likely to go to school as boys, there are on average 21.1 more infant deaths per 1,000 live births than in countries with no such gender gap, according to the study.Speaking at the report’s launch in New York, Jeffrey Sachs, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on the UN Millennium Development Goals, said the report underscores the fact that women’s access to reproductive health services is not just a worthy goal on its own, “but an absolutely critical tool to alleviating poverty.”Reproductive health, family planning services and population policies feed into all of the Millennium Development Goals, which were set by world leaders at a UN summit meeting in 2000, Mr. Sachs said. The report shows how giving greater access to reproductive health services “is a central component of the overall struggle against poverty,” he said.Asked about the decision by the United States administration to cut off funding to UNFPA, Mr. Sachs said, “There is a growing recognition in American politics that poverty alleviation is actually part of a national security need and strategy for the United States and for other countries as well.” He voiced hope that the administration would “take a realistic view of what are the best ways to achieve poverty alleviation… and read this report.” read more


RIEGL and Aeroscout strengthen business relationship


first_imgRIEGL and Aeroscout have worked closely for many years. As one of the pioneers in the UAV LiDAR field, Aeroscout has integrated RIEGL scanners into many of their systems, many of which are used in mining and mineral exploration. In 2016, RIEGL and Aeroscout have strengthened their long-standing business relationship by entering into a strategic partnership, “which both companies expect to benefit their technological exchange and input for future development of highly advanced UAV platforms with integrated LiDAR solutions.”This partnership further strengthens both RIEGL and Aeroscout’s UAV LiDAR leadership role in the industry by reinforcing long-term cooperation between the two companies and expands the portfolio of products that RIEGL offers to meet UAV LiDAR mapping demands. “The cooperation, now based upon RIEGL’s shareholdership in Aeroscout, will further intensify the already existing bond between the two firms and benefit both our companies’ position in the international markets by offering an even broader array of highly advanced, survey-grade LiDAR sensors integrated in complementary UAV/UAS platforms: RIEGL’s electrically powered multi-rotor RiCOPTER and Aeroscout’s piston-engine powered helicopter-type Scout″, said Dr Johannes Riegl, RIEGL CEO.“We are very excited about this partnership with the worldwide known RIEGL company. This partnership motivates us to further concentrate on our UAV system performance and future technical specifications. Together with RIEGL products, we have already been operating our UAV LiDAR solution in many countries world-wide and we know from our field experience how important it is to rely on the right partner under real-world conditions,” Dr Christoph Eck, Aeroscout CEO, stated.last_img read more


Missing Malaysian plane may have flown for 4 hours after losing contact


first_imgUS INVESTIGATORS SUSPECT the missing Malaysian airliner was in the air for four hours after its last confirmed contact, and may have been diverted to an unknown location.The Wall Street Journal said US aviation investigators and national security officials are basing their theory on data automatically downloaded and sent to the ground from the Boeing 777′s Rolls-Royce engines, which suggested the plane flew for a total of five hours.The WSJ attributed the information to two unidentified sources “familiar with the details”. Rolls-Royce in Singapore said it could not comment on an ongoing investigation.“We continue to monitor the situation and offer our support to Malaysia Airlines,” the British engine maker said in a statement from Singapore.The report could mean that the Malaysia Airlines flight, which had 239 people on board, travelled for hundreds of miles after its last contact with air traffic control at around 1:30 am Saturday (5:30pm GMT Friday) about an hour after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.Philippine crew members search over the South China Sea for the missing plane. (AP Photo)Search teams are already covering a huge area comprising 27,000 nautical miles (more than 90,000 square kilometres), from the South China Sea to the waters west of Malaysia.Malaysian investigators have made clear that they are still considering hijacking as one of their lines of inquiry and the CIA has not ruled out a terror link.Theories“US counterterrorism officials are pursuing the possibility that a pilot or someone else on board the plane may have diverted it toward an undisclosed location after intentionally turning off the jetliner’s transponders to avoid radar detection,” the WSJ reported, citing “one person tracking the probe”.It went on to say that the uncertainty over the plane’s course and why its transponders were not working “has raised theories among investigators that the aircraft may have been commandeered for a reason that appears unclear to US authorities”.Indonesian Air Force officers look at a map of the Malacca Strait during a briefing about the search operation. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Officials had been told that investigators were pursuing the theory that the plane was diverted “with the intention of using it later for another purpose”, the WSJ quoted one source as saying.New Scientist magazine also reported that Rolls-Royce had received “at least two bursts of technical data” from flight MH370 at its British monitoring centre in Derby, which keeps a real-time track of its engines in use on civilian aircraft around the world.One of the data sets was sent on takeoff, the other during the climb towards Beijing, the magazine said on its website yesterday.It said the engine data was “filtered” from a larger report from the plane’s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) system — which puts out information about location and airspeed.Relatives of passengers wait for the latest news inside a hotel room set up for them in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Malaysia Airlines has said that all its aircraft are equipped with ACARS, but has said that “no information was relayed” by the system installed on flight MH370 and that there was no distress signal from the cockpit.Frustration over the shifting focus of the search and apparent lack of concrete information on the plane’s flight path has led to accusations of a chaotic and confused response by the Malaysian authorities and the airline.- © AFP, 2014Read: Satellite images of possible missing plane debris released by Chinese government > Read: Malaysia under fire over ‘chaotic’ search for missing jet >last_img read more


EggShaped Robots Teaching Kids English in South Korea


first_imgI’ve had a lot of strange-looking teachers, over the years, but none quite so odd as Engkey. The egg-shaped robot with a human face is teaching English to classes at 21 elementary schools in South Korea’s Daegu.The robots stand around 3.3 feet high. The aforementioned human face–that of a Caucasian woman–is located on a small TV panel. The robots are controlled by be English teachers in the Philippines who are monitoring the kids’ reactions remotely. The teachers’ expressions, meanwhile, are detected by cameras and displayed on the robot teacher’s face.The schools have opted for the robots due to the low cost of hiring Filipino teachers. The ‘bots have apparently been a hit, thus far. “The kids seemed to love it since the robots look, well, cute and interesting. But some adults also expressed interest, saying they may feel less nervous talking to robots than a real person,” school official Kim Mi-Young told the press. “Having robots in the classroom makes the students more active in participating, especially shy ones afraid of speaking out to human teachers.”last_img read more


Chris Cornell commits suicide at 52


first_imgCornell with his Greek American wife and two kids. Photo: Celebrity CouplesChris Cornell, 52, was found dead on Wednesday night by a friend, on the bathroom floor of his room at the MGM Grand Hotel hours after performing in Detroit.According to the Wayne County medical examiner’s office ruling the cause was suicide by hanging. A full autopsy had not yet been completed. Mr. Cornell’s representative, Brian Bumbery, told CNN in a statement that the death was “sudden and unexpected.”“His wife Vicky (nee Karayiannis) and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause,” the statement read. “They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.” At the baptism of his son Christopher.The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman married Vicky Karayiannis back in 2004 a few months into the relationship. He even converted to Greek Orthodox Christianism and had both his children Christopher and Toni baptised at a Greek Church. Famous Greek singer Anna Vissi is his son’s godmother. Even though Cornell had been struggling with depression, the couple were very in love and the star even tweeted a heartfelt message to Vicky on Mother’s Day which read: “To my @vickycornell you are an angel and a lioness. The perfect mother and the perfect wife. I love you! Happy #MothersDay2017”Meanwhile, as per a photo published by CNN, the band’s set list suggested the gig was to conclude with an encore of Behind the Wheel, however, the last song Cornell and his band performed was a cover of In My Time of Dying, an old blues song recorded by Blind Willie Johnson, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and others. Its opening lines are: “In my time of dying, want nobody to mourn/ All I want for you to do is take my body home.”The family in Greece with Christopher’s nona Anna Vissi.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


LA ports reopening after crippling strike


first_imgLOS ANGELES — Work resumed Wednesday at the nation’s busiest port complex after a crippling strike was settled, ending an eight-day walk-off that affected thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in cargo.Gates at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors reopened, and dockworkers were ready to resume loading and unloading at least 13 ships that had been stuck for days, Los Angeles port spokesman Phillip Sanfield said.“We expect to start seeing some significant movement today,” he said.Television reports showed huge cargo vessels moving into port, and a line of trucks waiting to enter a terminal.Clerical workers who said that shippers were sending their jobs overseas struck on Nov. 27 and thousands of dockworkers in the same union refused to cross picket lines, paralyzing much of the port complex that handles 44 percent of all container cargo that arrives by sea nationwide, including items such as cars from Japan and computers from China.Negotiators reached a tentative agreement to end the strike late Tuesday, two hours after federal mediators arrived from Washington, D.C. No details about the terms of the deal had been released by early Wednesday, though a statement from the workers’ union said it had won new protections preventing jobs from being outsourced.Port officials estimated that roughly $760 million worth of cargo a day was failing to move through the ports during the walkout. Some 20 ships diverted to other ports in California and Mexico while others scheduled to reach Southern California simply didn’t sail.last_img read more


UPDATE Florida Editor Fired Over Plagiarism


first_imgFollowing publication of the report, Ocala magazine publisher Linda Marks fired Lee. Lee did not immediately return a request from FOLIO: seeking comment.In an e-mail to the paper, Lee said the plagiarism was unintentional, and hinted that it was a result of the magazine being understaffed.”Producing 17 issues a year is a huge responsibility, especially with a limited staff and little to no freelancers,” she wrote. “Many times I’m working and researching dozens of stories months and months ahead of time collecting data, ideas, thoughts, quotes and the like from every resource possible. All of this goes into a running file that I keep on my desktop, referencing, revising and cutting as it gets closer to deadline. I do my best to keep detailed notes as to where the items come from and I believe that as I work through the files, getting closer to finished copy that I amend all the information to be in my own voice. So when I say that I never intentionally reproduced someone else’s work as my own, I’m being truthful.”Lee said the magazine was in the process of implementing a software program to check for plagiarism in future articles as well as in its online archives.On Monday, a message on the Ocala magazine homepage said the Web site was “temporarily down for maintenance.” The editor of a regional magazine based in Florida has been fired after being accused of plagiarizing from magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah magazine and Entertainment Weekly.According to a report in the Ocala, Florida Star Banner, there are at least 20 examples of plagiarism in stories and columns written by Ocala magazine editor Heather Lee, spanning a period of four years. Those examples contain phrases, paragraphs and passages, in whole or in part, lifted from a variety of sources. A 2008 column, for example, was copied “almost verbatim” from a 2003 story published on indiebride.com, according to the paper.last_img read more


Tropical Cyclone Gita destroys LGBTI youth shelter in Tonga


first_imgThey’ve also worked hard to make sure LGBTI people are included in relief efforts.Homosexuality is illegal in Tonga and although the fakaleiti (transgender) are more widely excepted, there are no legal protections for LGBTI people.‘If the few members we have working for Tonga Red Cross were not exhaustive in their efforts to push for inclusion of sexual minorities in the care and counselling of those in evacuation centres, LGBTI persons are most likely to get pushed further into the closet and may not find the courage then in such an atmosphere to report any incidents of sexual assault against them for fear of shame or just persisting indifference,’ ‘Aho said.Some of the damage caused by Cyclone Gita Tonga Leitis Association. | Photo: SuppliedAlong with dealing with Cyclone Gita’s devastation, LGBTI people have had to put up with criticism from conservative Christians.‘We are not disheartened by continuous calls by some vocal evangelists in our conservative Christian nation that we are an abomination,’ ‘Aho said.‘It fuels us to be even more proactive in getting the word out that it’s alright to be who you are as an LGBT person.‘Our members have proven to be resilient and ever fabulous darlings. They just a need a little economic help every now and then from our friends to keep us going.’Come togetherAlthough rebuilding the shelter and protecting LGBTI is hard work, Cyclone Gita has brought Tongans together.‘To lose your home completely is never an easy thing, as some of our members have experienced. As His Majesty (King Tupou VI) alluded to in his statement to the nation, it has not only stripped away our homes, but it has also stripped away divisiveness and selfishness,’ ‘Aho said.‘We are grateful to those who have seen our cause worthy to donate. ‘People coming together to help each other is just magnificent.’If you would like to donate to the rebuilding efforts you can donate here.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The damaged LGBTI shelter in Tonga. | Photo: Supplied Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Category Five Cyclone Gita which tore through the South Pacific island of Tonga was like having ‘an Airbus land on your front lawn’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img GAYSTARNEWS- One of the most powerful cyclones to hit Tonga, it has caused thousands of dollars in damage, including wiping out the national parliament. Experts estimate it could take years to rebuild the damaged properties.Henry ‘Aho is the president of Tonga Leitis Association (TLA). The TLA represents the the lives of sexual and gender diverse people, especially those facing hardship. It has also spearheaded the island’s response to HIV among men who have sex men and transgender women.The TLA also runs a drop-in centre and shelter for LGBT youth rejected by their families and communities.Cyclone Gita heavily damaged the centre, ripping off its roof.‘[The cyclone was] absolutely frightening. Imagine an Airbus landing on your front lawn, that’s what it sounded like, for about 3-4 hours in the dead of night,’ ‘Aho told Gay Star News.The destroyed building of the LGBTI shelter in Tonga. | Photo: SuppliedRebuilding the LGBTI communityTLA members and volunteers are working full steam ahead to provide support for people who have lost their homes.They need to rebuild the shelter as quickly as possible.‘Having no core funding, we are without a penny or supplies to provide what we need to offer our members. It is vital for us to repair our centre,’ ‘Aho said.‘It is where we are able to create a safe space for LGBT persons who have suffered through this disaster, helping them to get back on their feet as life moves on post TC Gita.’A vital crowdfunding website has been set up to ask people to donate to help rebuild the shelter.The funds raised will go toward building materials, and the delivery of food, water, medical and other essential supplies. It will help rebuild the lives TLA members and the broader LGBTQI community in Tonga.Protecting LGBTI people in natural disasterMany TLA members also volunteer with the Tonga Red Cross Society and have worked tirelessly since Cyclone Gita hit. Israel Folau, these LGBTIQ warriors have something to say to youUganda’s LGBTI people are putting up a fight for their right to a safe placeThis is why there are delays protecting trans people in US homeless sheltersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tropical-cyclone-gita-destroys-lgbti-youth-shelter-tonga/last_img read more


Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on


first_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to Stoke-on-Trent Live’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, June 25. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 21:10Our photographer is at the sceneThe corden at Westport Lake (Image: Leanne Bagnall)21:09A50 closed for roadworksA50 Eastbound closed due to roadworks during the night between A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout) and J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley).Until 5:00 on 26th June.19:26Lane closed on M6 due to lorry having tyre changedOne lane closed due to lorry having a tyre changed on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed.19:07M6 blocked by accidentMore here.18:48Thousand homes without power in HanfordWestern Power Distribution report more than a thousand homes are currently without power in Hanford. 18:47Latest on M6 accidentVery slow traffic and two lanes blocked due to accident, four vehicles involved on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lanes one and two (of three) is blocked. Services en route. 18:37Two lanes blocked on M6Two lanes are blocked due to an accident on the M6 in Cheshire.A Northwest Motorway Police spokesman said:M6 SB between jct 19 and 18, 4 veh RTC, Lanes 1 and 2 blocked no reported injuries at present Highways England and police en route “17:32Air ambulance called to ‘teenager in water’ at popular lakeEmergency services are at Westport Lake. More here.16:44Slow traffic throughout cityWe’re getting reports of slo9w traffic on major roads across the city this afternoon.16:41Slow traffic on the A500Slow traffic on A500 D Road in both directions at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 16:38Broken down vehicle causing delays on A50One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on A50 Westbound before A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycott).Police report that the broken down vehicle is before the roundabout. 16:32Heavy traffic on the A500Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15.16:30All power restored following earlier power cutWestern Power Distribution have now confirmed power has been restored to all properties affected by the earlier power cut in Stoke-on-Trent. More than 1,600 properties were left without electricity.16:25Slow traffic on A34 in HanfordSlow traffic on A34 Stone Road in both directions between A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange) and A527 Barracks Road / B5043 Brook Lane (Grosvenor Roundabout).Traffic is slow in patches along this stretch.16:07Firefighters tackling large grass fire near Mow Cop castleLive updates here.Firefighters are currently tackling the blaze (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)15:50Firefighters tackling grass fire in Mow CopFirefighters are currently tackling a grass fire in Mow Cop. More as we get it.15:48All lanes have now reopened on the M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:All lanes now open again……M6 northbound between J18 and J19. We had 1 lane closed due to a broken down van. Recovered and all lanes now open…. Delays easing on the approach. Thanks for your patience toda y.”15:4630 minute delays on trains between Staffordshire and LondonDelays of up to 30 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction due to speed restrictions. 15:4630 minute delays on M6 Northbound in CheshireTraffic England are reporting 30 minute delays on the M6 Northbound between J18 and J19 due to a broken down vehicle.15:38Reports of traffic light failure at Sideway roundaboutSlow traffic due to traffic light failure on A50 at A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 15:38Driver, 50, dies after Porsche crashes into canal bridgeA driver has died after his Porsche Boxster car crashed into a canal bridge. More here.Anthony Hawks, aged 50, of Nantwich, who died in a Congleton crash15:35Power to be restored by 4.30pmPower will be restored to all properties by 4.30pm, Western Power Distribution have said. More here.15:27More than 1,600 homes without power in Stoke-on-TrentThere are currently 1,600 properties without power in Stoke-on-Trent, according to Western Power Distribution. The power went off at around 3pm, and is expected to be restored by 4.30pm.15:20Slow traffic on the M6 Southbound in Cheshire Slow traffic on M6 Southbound at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).This is separate to the Northbound traffic. 15:15Heavy traffic on A50 around Meir TunnelHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 15:12Lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:#M6 northbound between J18 and J19 #HolmesChapel #Knutsford we have 1 lane closed due to a broken down van. Delays building on the approach. Recovery are en route. Will keep you updated. “15:06Broken down carOne lane of the M6 is closed due to a broken down car Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well and lane one (of four) is closed. The cameras show that the car is half on the verge and half into lane one.14:54Accident on the A34A biker has been taken to hospital after an accident on the A34 in Newcastle.The man, in his 20s, was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital after an accident involving a car and a motorbike.Read the full story here.14:13One lane of the M6 closedOne lane of the M6 is closed and there is slow traffic due to a broken down car Southbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area. 13:36Thieves raid this shop – for the SECOND time in FOUR months (Image: Kevin Jones)Businessman Kevin Jones says he won’t let burglars get him down – after his shop was raided for the second time in four months.Thieves targeted the Scholar Green branch of ManorShop at around 2.30am today after breaking into the store and taking a ‘vast quantity of IT equipment’.It comes just four months after burglars fled empty-handed when they failed to break in through the roof of the Congleton Road North business.Read more. 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ACR SBI Urge Passage of Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act


first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems August 11, 2015 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) are encouraging congressional leaders to pass the Protecting Access to Lifesavings Screenings Act (H.R. 3339). Passage of the act would ensure women who want to get regular mammograms retain insurance coverage with no copay and avert thousands of unnecessary deaths.The ACR and SBI strongly support the PALS Act as a way to delay implementation of draft breast cancer screening recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for two years. They singled out Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) for introducing H.R. 3339 and encouraged the House and Senate to act quickly to pass the legislation.”The two-year delay allows consideration of recent large studies that showed mammography to be far more effective than the old studies the USPSTF analyzed. It also provides time for Congress to enact separate legislation that mandates a badly needed overhaul of the closed and outdated USPSTF process,” said Debra Monticciolo, M.D., FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires private insurers to cover exams without patient cost sharing given a grade of “B” or higher by the USPSTF. The Task Force gave routine screening of women ages 40-49 a “C” grade and gave a “B” grade only to biennial (every other year) screening for women 50-74. This would indicate that women ages 40-49 that choose routine screening and those 50-74 who want annual screening would not be guaranteed coverage. This may drastically impact underserved and rural areas.According to National Cancer Institute data, since mammography screening became widespread in the mid-1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate has dropped 35 percent. Published analysis, using the task force’s 2009 methodology, showed that if women ages 40-49 go unscreened and those 50-74 are screened biennially, approximately 6,500 additional women each year in the United States would die from breast cancer. Many more would experience more extensive and expensive treatments than if their cancers were found early by a regular mammogram.”The closed USPSTF process does not meet Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for ‘trustworthy’ guidelines creation and needs updating. These USPSTF mammography recommendations are suspect until ACR and SBI recognized experts are included in a meaningful way in their creation,” said Elizabeth A. Morris, M.D., FACR, president of the Society of Breast Imaging.For more information: www.acr.org, www.sbi-online.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more 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. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabaycenter_img Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Related Content Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. 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 | 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 News | Mammography | August 11, 2015 ACR, SBI Urge Passage of Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act Legislation would delay implementation of controversial breast cancer screening coverage recommendations for two yearslast_img read more


Can Cryptocurrency establish a new economic world order


first_imgCryptocurrency has already established one thing – there is a viable alternative to dollars and gold as a measure of wealth. Our present economic system is flawed. Cryptocurrencies, if utilized properly, can change the way the world deals with money and wealth. But can it completely overthrow the present system and create a new economic world order? To know the answer to this we will have to understand the concept of cryptocurrencies and the premise for their creation. Money – The weapon to control the world Money is a measure of wealth, which translates into power. The power centers have largely remained the same throughout history, be it a monarchy, or autocracy or democracy. Power has shifted from one king to one dictator, to a few elected/selected individuals. To remain in power, they had to control the source and distribution of money. That’s why till date, only the government can print money and distribute it among citizens. We can earn money in exchange for our time and skills or loan money in exchange for our future time. But there’s only so much of time that we can give away and hence the present day economy always runs on the philosophy of scarcity and demand. The money distribution follows a trickle down approach in a pyramid structure. Source: Credit Suisse Inception of Cryptocurrency – Delocalization of money It’s abundantly clear from the image above that while printing of money is under the control of the powerful and the wealth creators, the pyramidal distribution mechanism also has ensured very less money flows to the bottom most segments of the population. The money creators have been ensuring their safety and prosperity throughout history, by accumulating chunks of money for themselves. Subsequently, the global wealth gap has increased staggeringly. This could have possibly triggered the rise of cryptocurrencies, as a form of an alternative economic system, that theoretically, doesn’t just accumulate at the top, but also rewards anyone who is interested in mining these currencies and spending their time and resources. The main concept that made this possible was the distributed computing mechanism which has gained tremendous interest in recent times. Distributed Computing, Blockchain & the possibilities The foundation of our present economic system is a central power, be it government or a ruler or dictator. The alternative of this central system is a distributed system, where every single node of communication contains the power of decision making and is equally important for the system. So if one node is cut-off, the system will not fall apart, it will keep on functioning. That’s what makes distributed computing terrifying for the centralized economic systems. Because they can’t just attack the creator of the system or use a violent hack to bring down the entire system. Source: Medium.com When the white paper on Cryptocurrencies was first published by the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, there was this hope of constituting a parallel economy, where any individual with an access to a mobile phone and internet might be able to mine bitcoins and create wealth, for not just himself/herself, but for the system also. Satoshi himself invented the concept of Blockchain, an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way. Blockchain was the technology on top of which the first unit of Cryptocurrency, Bitcoins, were created. The concept of Bitcoin mining seemed revolutionary at that time. The more people that joined the system, the more enriched the system would become. The hope was that it would make the mainstream economic system take note and cause a major overhaul of the wealth distribution system. But sadly, none of that seems to have taken place yet. The phase of Disillusionment The reality is that bitcoin mining capabilities were controlled by system resources. The creators also had accumulated enough bitcoins for themselves similar to the traditional wealth creation system. Satoshi’s Bitcoin holdings were valued at $19.4 Billion during the Dec 2017 peak, making him the 44th richest person in the world during that time. This basically meant that the wealth distribution system was at fault again, very few could get their hands onto Bitcoins as their prices in traditional currencies had climbed. The government then duly played their part in declaring that trading in Bitcoins was illegal, cracking down on several cryptocurrency top guns. Recently different countries have joined the bandwagon to ban Cryptocurrency. Hence the value is much less now. The major concern is that the skepticism in public minds might kill the hype earlier than anticipated. Source: Bitcoin.com The Future and Hope for a better Alternative What we must keep in mind is that Bitcoins are just a derivative of the concept of Cryptocurrencies. The primary concept of distributed systems and the resulting technology – Blockchain, is still a very viable and novel one. The problem in the current Bitcoin system is the distribution mechanism. Whether we would be able to tap into the distributed system concept and create a better version of the Bitcoin model, only time will tell. But for the sake of better wealth propagation and wealth balance, we can only hope that this realignment of economic system happens sooner than later. Read Next Blockchain can solve tech’s trust issues – Imran Bashir A brief history of Blockchain Crypto-ML, a machine learning powered cryptocurrency platformlast_img read more


Kerry starts physical therapy after surgery on broken leg


first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober An ambulance forms part of a motorcade transporting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as it arrives at Massachusetts General Hospital, Monday, June 1, 2015, in Boston. Kerry, 71, fractured his right femur Sunday when he struck a curb with his bicycle and fell on a regular Tour de France route near Geneva. Kerry’s orthopedic surgeon accompanied him on the flight from Geneva to Boston for treatment of Kerry’s broken leg, the State Department said Monday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has begun physical therapy as he recovers from surgery to his broken leg but his return to work in Washington remains unclear.The State Department said Wednesday that Kerry “was up and out of bed” at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston a day after the four-hour operation on his right femur that was conducted under a regional anesthetic. However, spokeswoman Marie Harf said it wasn’t yet clear when Kerry would leave the hospital or resume a full schedule. Kerry’s surgeon said Tuesday that the fracture was fully repaired and that the injury is not expected to interfere with his duties. Kerry broke his leg on Sunday in France at the start of a ride when he struck a curb in a parking lot and fell.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more


Jordanians question Chattanooga shooters family in Mideast


first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home “At no time did Mr. Abdulazeez enter the State of Qatar. Statements suggesting Mr. Abdulazeez entered the State of Qatar are false,” Qatar’s government media office said in a statement responding to questions from The Associated Press.It said Abdulazeez changed planes at Doha’s Hamad International Airport on his way from Amman, Jordan in November en route to the U.S.Qatar has emerged as a major long-haul transit hub in the Middle East thanks to the rapid growth of government-backed Qatar Airways. Its new airport opened last year, a key piece of infrastructure ahead of its planned hosing of the 2022 World Cup.The Qatari government condemned the shootings as “contrary to all humanitarian values, ethics, principles and religions,” and expressed its condolences over the killings.Qatar is an important U.S. ally in the Gulf that hosts a major U.S. air base, though it has come under scrutiny for its links to Islamist groups, including Hamas and the Taliban. It insists it does not support terrorism.Abdulazeez, who was of Palestinian origin, was born in Kuwait and grew up in the United States, but has relatives in Jordan and the West Bank.___Schreck reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian officials are questioning relatives of the shooter in last week’s killing of five U.S. servicemen in Tennessee at a military recruiting office and a Navy-Marine operations center, a Jordanian official said Tuesday.Meanwhile, authorities in Qatar say Kuwait-born Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who killed four Marines and one sailor in the Chattanooga attack, transited through the Gulf nation on his way back from a 2014 visit to Jordan but never set foot outside the airport.center_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation ___Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adamschreck .Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Jordanian authorities have been questioning relatives of Abdulazeez as part of an investigation into the time he spent in the kingdom last year, a government official said Tuesday. The official, who would not elaborate on the probe, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the case with journalists.A person close to Abdulazeez’s family has told the AP that he spent several months in Jordan last year under a mutual agreement with his parents to help him get away from drugs, alcohol and a group of friends whom his relatives considered a bad influence. The person spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern it would have business repercussions.Jordan is one of the most Westernized countries in the Middle East, with alcohol sold openly. However, the kingdom has also seen the spread of Islamic militant ideas in recent years, especially following the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.The Jordanian government official declined comment when asked whether the investigation of Abdulazeez also include possible ties to any militants.Media reports have suggested Abdulazeez also visited the small, energy-rich nation of Qatar on the 2014 trip. But Qatar’s government insisted his time in the country was limited to its gleaming international airport.last_img read more