Ron Russell announced today, July 6, that health issues will force him to temporarily step aside as minister of Transportation and Public Works. “I have been diagnosed with cancer of the bowel. I will be undergoing further tests and then surgery in the near future,” said Mr. Russell. “These developments will preclude me from active duty in cabinet. This is a very busy time in the Department of Transportation and Public Works and, obviously, those responsibilities require a minister’s full attention. My attention will be diverted for the next while.” Mr. Russell said that he will continue to hold the positions of deputy premier and government House leader. “I am optimistic that I will be able to return to full capacity before too long. My spirits are good and I have a great deal of support from my colleagues, friends and family,” he added. “Ron has earned the respect and support of Nova Scotians of all political stripes,” said Premier John Hamm. “His stellar service and loyalty to his province are an example to all of us. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, we wish him a successful treatment and a speedy recovery.” The premier announced that Michael Baker will serve as the acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works, in addition to his existing responsibilities, during Mr. Russell’s absence. Mr. Russell also confirmed today that he will not be re-offering in the next provincial election. He has been the MLA for Hants West since 1978. “I have enjoyed many wonderful experiences over the past 27 years,” said Mr. Russell. “I’ve worked alongside so many terrific people and I will look back over my career with a great deal of fondness. I have been very, very fortunate and I am most grateful.” “This will bring to a close one of the most significant political careers in the province’s history,” noted Premier Hamm. “Ron Russell’s accomplishments and service are in a league of their own. It’s hard to imagine anyone surpassing them. Nova Scotia owes a huge debt of gratitude to Ron for his enormous contribution to our province. I am very grateful, as are all of his colleagues, for all of the wisdom and guidance he’s given so many of us over the years.” Ron Russell was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1978 and re-elected in 1981, 1984, 1988, 1993, 1998, 1999 and 2003. He has been Speaker of the House on three separate occasions. He holds the distinction of being the first MLA to be elected Speaker by his legislative peers. His cabinet duties have included responsibility for the departments of Environment and Labour, Consumer Affairs, Health, Housing and Municipal Affairs, Transportation and Public Works, for Human Resources, and the Public Service Commission. Mr. Russell has been deputy premier, chair of management board, registrar general, solicitor general, provincial secretary, chair of Priorities and Planning Committee, chair of Treasury and Policy Board and government House leader.
Baddeck is celebrating its 100th anniversary and Highland Village is throwing a party. On Thursday, July 3, at the Baddeck fire hall, Highland Village will hold a day of family activities with Spòrs/Fun Gaelic games for children from 10 a.m. to noon. The afternoon will feature cultural demonstrations and crafts — including a céilidh, spinning, and a textile display — from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
New Delhi: The fact that Sasha Rainbow’s short film “Kamali”, about the life of India’s skateboarding star Kamali Moorthy, has qualified for Oscars 2020, is an “unbelievable milestone” for the London-based director. Sasha says Kamali’s story represents an “incredible moment in India”, and she wishes to enter the final race for the Academy Award next year. “Kamali” narrates the story of how single mother Suganthi fought against all odds to raise her nine-year-old daughter Kamali so she can become a skateboarder. The film had its US premiere at the Academy Award-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival, where it screened as part of the Transient Youth programme and won Best Short Documentary. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Shot in the coastal town of Mahabalipuram, the over 23-minute film is a tale of determination, hope, passion, dreams and breaking away from the gender struggles. “Even qualifying for the Oscars is an unbelievable milestone and we have high hopes to make it into the final selection. Coming this far has been an amazing journey and I’m feeling so proud of everyone involved already,” Sasha told IANS over an email. “We are already starting to feel the positive effects of making space for diverse stories. Kamali’s story represents an incredible moment in India and shows how massive change can start with just one person. I believe Kamali’s mother Suganthi and others like her are heroes who should be celebrated for her bravery. I believe skateboarding is a symbol of going against the grain, standing boldly in front of society and taking ownership of one’s life,” she added. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’ Sasha, who won Best Director at the Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival for “Kamali”, has worked across multiple disciplines. She believes storytelling can spotlight communities to showcase role models, and she focuses on films that highlight social causes. The director was in India to direct Wild Beasts’ single “Alpha Female” when she stumbled upon Kamali’s story. “The documentary ‘Kamali’ came about when I flew to India for the first time to film a music video for British band Wild Beasts. It was a song called ‘Alpha Female’ and I had proposed filming Indian girls skateboarding as the theme for the video. “I had seen a photo of Kamali skating barefoot down a ramp and knew she had to be part of the video. Little did I know that it would be her and her mother Suganthi’s first trip out of their fishing village. When Kamali arrived at the skatepark, her eyes lit up as she had never seen such a big skatepark. “Her energy was magical. Kamali and her mother stayed with me and the crew, and speaking with her really opened my mind to what dedication and bravery women take to break the cycle of tradition and repression. Their story needed to be shared, because Kamali is the prime example of a little girl being given the freedom to be herself, and what a delight it is to see.” She says language was a barrier, but “not understanding everything helped us to focus on the depth of Kamali’s relationship with her family”. Looking back at making the film, the New Zealand-born filmmaker said: “It was a completely independent production, so it took a very small team of us with the passion and belief in the project to make the film and turn it into a reality.” Has the story of Kamali and Suganthi influenced you as a filmmaker? “Suganthi said that many people judge her for letting her daughter skateboard. They ask her what will happen if Kamali falls and hurts herself. They warn her she could be risking Kamali’s potential to marry. I remember being so impressed because she had decided after seeing the Paralympics that even losing limbs doesn’t stop people who are driven… That Kamali should follow her passion and be allowed to play as the boys do. “That was really when I realised the power of positive storytelling. Suganthi is a woman with amazing spirit and ability to draw positive lessons from life. She’s my hero.” Now, she wants to take the story to the “mothers and children in India”, as she said: “I’m sure Suganthi and Kamali will be positive role models for anyone else going through abuse or oppression because of their gender”.
OTTAWA — A sudden and sharp correction in the housing market could have a devastating impact on the Canadian economy overall, enough to trigger another recession, says a new Bank of Montreal report.[np_storybar title=”Bank of Canada holds rate at 1%, cuts growth forecast for 2014″ link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/04/16/bank-of-canada-holds-rate-at-1/”%5DThe Bank of Canada says it is keeping interest rates at historically low levels for the foreseeable future while shaving its previously posted expectation for the economy’s performance in the first quarter and 2014 as a whole. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]The analysis by senior economist Sal Guatieri finds that even a 10% correction — what many would call a soft landing — could sap as much as one percentage point from gross domestic product growth, or basically halve the current growth rate.The findings stems from an analysis on the contribution of the brisk housing market on the Canadian economy between 2002 and 2007, when prices rose five percentage points faster than incomes.According to the BMO, the rapid escalation in home prices and construction added 0.56 percentage points to annual growth during those six years, and “lifted household wealth, confidence and borrowing ability.”But now, with home values at or near record levels throughout the country and many economists predicting some kind of correction, the opposite scenario would unfold from a price and accompanying construction drop.“This suggests a moderate correction could have a meaningful slowing effect,” Guatieri says in a report issued Friday.“Based on our model, a 10% decline in prices and construction reduced annual growth by one percentage point, with the two channels contributing equally. Given underlying growth of just over 2%, prices and construction would need to fall more than 20% to spur a contraction.”Guatieri adds that given the record levels of household debt accumulated by families, the negative impact of a correction could even be worse than the bank’s models project.On Wednesday, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said while a housing correction remains a risk to the economy, the most likely outcome was for a “soft landing.”The central bank took comfort in the fact price increases had moderated and that household debt levels had stabilized — while remaining elevated — at 164% of disposable income.The BMO report does not suggest a major correction is in the offing, as some economists have predicted. In fact, it argues the opposite. Guatieri says the so-called “bubble” in housing is exaggerated and that Canada is not in the same position the U.S. found itself prior to the 2007 crash.He notes that while the run-up in housing prior to the recent recession may have been similar in both countries, the boom was smaller in Canada and had been preceded by years of below average homebuilding, so was in part a response to pent-up demand. That was not the case south of the border.He also points out that with the exception of Toronto, Calgary and a few other hotbeds, Canada’s housing boom essentially ended in 2008. Since then, price increases have risen only moderately more than incomes.Still, Guatieri’s findings agree with the central bank’s contention that housing remains a key vulnerability to the economy as a whole.“This speaks to the need for households to manage their debt prudently,” he said.The Canadian Press
“What we see today further confirms the importance of a comprehensive and integrated approach to HIV/AIDS prevention,” Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, said.”Universal access to prevention, treatment and care must be the ultimate goal. HIV/AIDS will continue to spread so long as women, girls and vulnerable groups are marginalized, disenfranchised and stigmatized.”Reacting to new statistics showing that HIV infection had increased globally despite reductions in some countries, released yesterday by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Ms. Obaid said that the widening scope of the epidemic called for an urgent response.Vital to this response, she said, is access to condoms, the integration of HIV prevention with sexual and reproductive health care, and increased attention to the gender inequalities that fuel the pandemic.The UNAIDS/WHO report confirms that in many countries, marriage and women’s own fidelity do not guarantee them protection from HIV infection, she said. Condom use was just as import to effect a decline in the rate of sexually transmitted infections.”This confirms what we’ve known for many years now,” said Ms. Obaid. “While abstinence and fidelity are very important and necessary components of HIV prevention, they must be promoted along with other strategies, including access to both male and female condoms.”UNFPA is one of the co-sponsors of UNAIDS.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed to patients undergoing traditional chemotherapy, as the treatment weakens the body, making it more vulnerable to bacterial infection.However, immunotherapy, hailed as the future of cancer drugs, relies on a lively pool of bacteria in the gut to produce friendly T Cells to take on the cancer.Dr Matthew Krebs, a consultant in experimental cancer medicine at The Christie, who co-authored the study, said: “People see their GP and the GP thinks, ‘Oh my goodness it’s a cancer patient, they need antibiotics’.“If someone genuinely has a need, then of course we should prescribe them antibiotics.“What we’re saying is think really carefully about it.”Immunotherapy drugs work by prompting the body’s immune system into recognising and fighting cancer cells.The family of treatments is currently routinely available for NHS patients suffering from forms of lung and bladder cancers and melanoma, although it is expected to become the standard treatment for many more categories of patient in the coming years.A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in April even suggested that using immunotherapy before undergoing surgery to remove tumours significantly reduced the chances of the disease returning.However, currently only around 20 per cent of patients respond to immunotherapy and The Christie researchers, funded by Cancer Research UK, began their research because they believed antibiotics may be partly responsible for the failure.The new study, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (Asco) meeting in Chicago, is the first large clinical analysis to show a definitive link. Nadina Tinsley, clinical fellow and lead author, said the greater the number and diversity of bacteria in the gut, the more T cells there are available to take on cancers, but a course of antibiotics can suppress bacteria levels for weeks.“I think potentially it’s quite a big problem,” she said. “Clearly antibiotics are a really important part of patient management and we need to treats serious infections and prevent life-threatening infection, even death.“But the challenge is striking the right balance and making sure that we identify those patients that are at risk of having a serious infection, without giving antibiotics for less justified indications and maybe overusing antibiotics.”Dr Sumanta Pal, an Asco expert and authority on immunotherapy, described the new NHS study as the “most robust” to date, adding: “It ties into a theme of really not using antibiotics for frivolous or non-indicated uses,” he said. GPs overprescribing antibiotics is significantly damaging the survival chances of cancer patients, leading oncologists have warned.A major new NHS study has found that sufferers undergoing the latest cancer treatments survived for only half as long if they were also taking the common infection-fighting drugs.Family doctors have been warned to “think really carefully”, before prescribing antibiotics after the analysis of more than 300 patients at the Christie Hospital in Manchester concluded the drugs were wiping out gut bacteria crucial for fighting cancer.The warning comes amid escalating concern that the profligate use of antibiotics by doctors has fuelled the rise of lethal drug-resistant superbugs.Researchers analysed data from 303 patients with melanoma, renal and non-small cell lung cancer being treated with immunotherapy drugs, known as checkpoint inhibitors, between 2015 and 2017.Survival rates among patients who took antibiotics – at any stage from two weeks before their cancer treatment started, to six weeks after treatment – were compared with those of patients who took none.The antibiotic group survived for an average of 317 days, while those who had not taken antibiotics survived for 651. Meanwhile those who had used antibiotics over a longer period or been given multiple types of the drug had an even lower survival span of just 193 days.
Hexagon Mining has launched HxM Athena Planning, a performance-indicator bundle that makes sense of data from production planning, grade control, fragmentation, drill operations, and plan compliance. Interactive heads-up displays are integral to HxM Athena, a solution that empowers miners to transform data into knowledge and builds on Hexagon Mining’s vision of smart change.Using a robust data integration process, HxM Athena imports, validates, analyses, and combines purposeful data from multiple sources. Real-time fleet management telematics are overlaid with geological and geographical models, planning and mine-centric KPIs. By displaying the information in near real-time in a centralized location, inefficiencies are quickly exposed, allowing you to solve problems and improve productivity.“This is not just another dashboard-driven, business intelligence-business analytics product,” said Hexagon Mining President Hélio Samora. “HxM Athena uses dynamic spatial renderers to address the challenge facing all mines – data from multiple sources with no single correlated source of context or relevance. HxM Athena empowers managers to understand what is going on in their operation across multiple areas of the mining value chain.”For example, poor excavator productivity could be related to an operator, the haulage cycle capacity, or a result of poor drill planning and blasting. If you are only looking at the excavator dig rates, other variables may be overlooked. HxM Athena assembles all this data into a single place, allowing decision makers to see the real cause of issues and make decisions to implement smart change and improve quality and productivity.Future versions of HxM Athena will address safety, production, and machine health, with links to the SAFEmine Collision Avoidance System and Leica Jigsaw Jmineops and Jhealth.
DOG OWNERS ARE being warned not to leave pets in cars during the hot weather.The ISPCA is reminding pet owners that ‘dogs die in hot cars’.The charity said that leaving a window open is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine which can have fatal consequences.With the warm weather due to continue ISPCA Public Relations Officer Carmel Murray said: We all love the sunshine but it is also important to be aware of the dangers that can be caused by leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even 10 minutes can prove to be fatal.“Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, means that body temperatures can reach an abnormal high and can result in damaging effects.”The signs Dog owners are advised to plan in advance before taking pets on any journeys.Murray said to make sure that the destination is dog friendly and has a cool area with plenty of shade.“A constant supply of cold drinking water is advisable and also to stop regularly to give your pet water breaks.“Planning is key, ensuring you don’t have to stop where dogs are left in extreme heat.You may think leaving the car window open will alleviate the risk of heat stroke, but under intense sunshine this is not sufficient so if you want to bring your pet on a journey – it’s important to have a source of cool air from the windows/sunroof or air conditioning.“If you need to take the dog in your vehicle during hot weather, make sure you take them with you when you get out.”The ISPCA says that if your dog shows signs of distress such as excessive panting, blueness of the tongue or collapses in the heat – move it to a cooler area immediately.They also advise for you to spray the dog with cool (not cold) water, give a small drink of water and contact your vet straight away.Read: Six four-week-old puppies found with tails illegally cut>Read: 12 things only dog owners will understand>
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The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other ag groups this week urged Congress to invest additional funding in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).In a letter, the groups thanked lawmakers for their support of the program that funds critical scientific discoveries—but said more must be done to keep cutting edge research moving forward. The groups asked that $400 million be invested in the AFRI program for fiscal year 2017.“Dozens of leading scientists from public and private universities renewed calls for a surge in federally funded agricultural research this past year.,” the letter states. “Support for this critical area has fallen significantly behind that of other scientific enterprises. Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research budget has risen less than 1 percent. Growth in U.S. agricultural output has matched this paltry pace while production from U.S. competitors like China has skyrocketed bolstered by a tripling of government investment in the agricultural sciences.”They urged that new tools and technologies are necessary for farmers to succeed.Global competition, unprecedented demand, resource constraints, emerging pests and pathogens, and volatile weather are posing new challenges for farmers.“Federally supported agricultural research benefits all Americans by fueling industry innovation, preserving our competitive standing, and providing the food, feed, and fiber our nation needs. In addition, agricultural research has an exceptional 20-to-1 return on taxpayers’ investment,” the groups state. “Our nation’s economic, technological, and agricultural leadership relies on a strong agricultural research enterprise.”Click here to read the entire letter.
The decision was made in response to the considerable problems that continue to put patients and staff in jeopardy at API and in light of recent and ongoing investigations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other state and federal regulatory agencies, according to a release from DHSS. If Wellpath is successful in the first phase, by preparing the hospital to return to its full capacity by June 30, 2019, the company will assume full responsibility of API after July 1, 2019. Commissioner Crum: “I recognize this decision may take Alaskans by surprise, but it was not made lightly. Changes have been needed at API for a very long time. This decision will help us solve these long-standing problems at API, and then allow us to more effectively broaden our focus to address the entire continuum of behavioral health care across Alaska.” In the announcement it stated that Wellpath will “provide administrative leadership” over the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage. All API staff will remain in their positions as State of Alaska employees. Gavin Carmichael will continue as API’s acting chief executive officer. As part of assuming authority over API, Commissioner Crum has chosen to contract with Wellpath Recovery Solutions, a Nashville, Tenn. based company. Commissioner Crum: “During the course of recent investigations at API, we determined immediate steps were needed to protect patients and staff and ensure complete compliance with federal regulations, which also allows the facility to continue to receive federal funds.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum made the announcement on Friday that he has invoked his authority under state law to immediately assume management of Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API). The State of Alaska Department of Corrections announced that it has begun housing mental health patients who are referred to and currently reside in API amid a shortage in beds. API has been forced to undergo changes after allegations of sexual abuse between patients, as well as, neglect and deficiencies with documentation.
Caitlin Brody joins as a senior editor running the TV reviews section and overseeing digital TV news. She was formerly staff editor at Us Weekly and before that, associate entertainment editor at Glamour. Peter Jon Lindberg is stepping down as executive editor to go back to freelancing. He’d only been with the site since last year. He previously worked for Saveur and Travel + Leisure. Time’s Inc.’s HelloGiggles has named Jacqueline Vignone VP, national sales & marketing. Vignone is the former director of sales at CBS Interactive. Additionally, New York Media has announced that Kate Miller Spencer is joining the team as Midwest/Texas advertising director. Spencer has run Miller Media Sales, Inc., since 1997, representing titles including Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Departures. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) hired David E. Williams as associate publisher and web director. He previously spent five years as staff editor for ASC’s American Cinematographer magazine before leaving in 2000 to take the executive editor of features role at The Hollywood Reporter. Entertainment Weekly has made several additions to its editorial team, including Erik Jackson who joins the brand as executive projects director. Previously, Jackson was executive editor at InStyle. Breanne L. Heldman started earlier this month as deputy news director for EW.com. In her role, Heldman coordinates daily news coverage on the site across all sections. She joins from Yahoo, where she was a deputy editor of Yahoo Celebrity and contributed news and features to the TV, Movies, and Music teams. O, The Oprah Magazine has announced that best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert will become a regular columnist for the magazine. Gilbert, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, will be writing an uplifting column about self-expression and living creatively. She will also contribute an online video narrative in tandem with her monthly feature. Viant, a people-based ad tech company acquired by Time Inc. last month, has named Ryan McGurk VP of enterprise strategy. He was most recently at Facebook where he led sales teams and helped companies adopt advertising and platform capabilities across the social site. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Ali Drucker joins Cosmopolitan.com as senior sex & relationships editor. Drucker is a writer and editor who covers relationships and culture, most recently as a senior editor at Maxim. New York Magazine has announced that writer Andrew Sullivan is joining the magazine as a contributing editor covering politics and the larger culture. Sullivan began his blog the Daily Dish in 2000, eventually hosting it at publications including Time and The Atlantic. Consumer Reports has named digital marketing executive Kimberly Miller as its new CMO. Before joining Consumer Reports, Miller was VP of digital marketing for the J.Crew Group LLC. Condé Nast Traveler has made changes to its editorial leadership: As a result of Lindberg’s departure, Traveler deputy editor Candice Rainey has been named executive editor and articles editor Lauren DeCarlo has been named deputy editor. Additionally, Farnoosh Torabi will be the new financial columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine. Best known for her podcast, So Money, Torabi is also a bestselling author, host of the CNBC primetime series Follow the Leader, and sought-after speaker. In her first column for the magazine, Torabi shares her top financial wishes for readers. John Stuttard has joined ALM as SVP of global events. Stuttard comes to ALM from Seven Point Equity Partners, where he served as an operating partner. Sabrina McFarland has joined the brand as senior reporter. She was previously a senior reporter at People. The brand has also named Alexandra Postman features director. She was previously Whole Living’s editor-in-chief. James Kim, the newest addition to the art department, started this week as a designer. He is a multi-disciplinary designer and a front-end developer from Whittier, California, who has previously interned at Elle, Nylon and Out.
Close A nurse who apparently recovered from Ebola is now critically ill after the virus re-emerged, the BBC reported on 14 October. Pauline Cafferkey is back at the The Royal Free Hospital in Londons specialist isolation unit where she was treated after contracting Ebola while working in Sierra Leone.In January 2014 she spoke about the ordeal of being diagnosed and falling critically ill with Ebola after working in the west African country. Cafferkey, who had then been discharged from hospital after seemingly making a full recovery, was admitted to hospital after falling ill following her work with the charity Save the Children at a treatment centre outside the capital, Freetown. Experts have made it clear that there is an almost zero chance of others catching it.The risk of this virus spreading from her, either to people working in the unit, theyre highly trained so theyve got zero risk of catching it. But even to people who have been in contact with her, the risk will approach zero, so theres nothing to worry about for anyone who has been in contact with her in the last couple of weeks, there really is not, said Professor John Oxford of the University of London.Talking about her apparent relapse. Ebola expert Dr Edward Wright of Londons Westminster University, said; We have no other documented evidence that anyone else who has survived infection has then had a relapse and the Ebola virus has started to cause disease again.The Royal Free, Britains main centre for Ebola cases, also successfully treated British aid worker William Pooley who also contracted the virus in West Africa.
By Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFROAccording to former Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Commissioner Kevin Davis, homicide detective Sean Suiter did not commit suicide. In fact, the theory that the veteran cop shot himself with his own gun in a west Baltimore alley seems improbable to the man who was at the helm when Suiter died.“I think it will be a tragedy if they change it from homicide, there is not enough evidence to support doing that to Suiter or his family,” Davis said in a wide-ranging interview with the AFRO.Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis strongly disagrees with the findings of a report that says homicide detective Sean Suiter “likely” took his own life in November. (Photo Twitter)The former police commissioner also specifically blasted a recently released report that concluded Suiter more than likely shot himself.“Suicide requires you to make huge assumptions about Suiter’s state of mind, how can you talk about his state of mind without talking to people close to him?” Davis said of the investigation conducted by an Independent Review Board, which did not include interviews with Suiter’s family.Suiter died from a bullet wound to the head delivered by his own gun in a west Baltimore alley in November, 2017.Initially, police said Suiter was the victim of a lone Black gunman.But, Suiter’s pending testimony before a federal grand jury in a 2010 case involving a member of the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force the day before he was shot, fueled speculation he took his own life. It’s a theory Davis says is not backed up by the evidence.“I just don’t know what the IRB was thinking,” he said. “They started with a conclusion and they went about proving it.”The Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF) was a group of eight Baltimore police officers who were either convicted of or pleaded guilty to robbing residents, dealing drugs, and stealing overtime pay.Davis waited a week to reveal Suiter was set to testify before a federal grand jury about his role in a 2010 robbery involving the GTTF ringleader former BPD Sgt.Wayne Jenkins; a move the IRB report criticized, but Davis defended.“I made a point not to speak about the testimony before he was buried out of respect to his family,” Davis added.Davis also refused to rule out the possibility Suiter was either murdered by a lone assailant, or the victim of an internal conspiracy of fellow officers to silence him before he testified.“That’s even more of a reason not to make this concerted effort to jump on the suicide bandwagon. You can’t rule anything out at this point,” he said.The former top cop also contends the panel was influenced by the opinions of top commanders who had already concluded Suiter had committed suicide.“Twelve days after I was fired a memo was written basically declaring Suiter’s death a suicide,” he said.“I spoke to those closest to Suiter, zero indication; happily married and no signs of distress. To think that a homicide detective would stage his own suicide in broad daylight is absurd.”Davis also brushed aside criticism that one of his most controversial decisions, the six-day, multi-block lockdown of Harlem Park, was unwarranted.“There were multi reasons for holding Bennet Street. Most of the homes are vacant. We were in and out of those vacant homes because we were under the impression there was an active shooter,” Davis said.But, there were other concerns that factored into his decision to hold Harlem Park, Davis said. Among them: missing bullet casings, a hot tip that a woman was harboring a wounded suspect in the area, and the fact that doctors initially told commanders the deadly bullet entered the front of Suiter’s head.“Imagine the scrutiny if, in fact, a shooter escaped after being holed up for a couple days inside a vacant building?”Davis also took issue with the evidence used to support the suicide finding, including the blood spatter found inside Suiter’s right sleeve.“The fact that they rely on existence of forensic evidence on Suiter’s shirt cuff, to me that is totally irrelevant. You can have your cuff close to a gun that is used to kill you,” he said.The comments from Davis come as the community continues to express doubts that Suiter’s death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Community activist Christopher Ervin believes the shifting narrative shortly after Suiter’s death and the extended lockdown of Harlem Part justifies skepticism.“I think that it is entirely a possible scenario that the lockdown was done as a ruse,” he said.Which is why Davis believes the department, and the community should not jump to conclusions.“I didn’t mislead anyone,” he argued. “And now this game of revisionist history is underway.”
Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs Stay on target Right now, the gaming industry is obsessed with 4K gaming. The PlayStation 4 Pro and the upcoming Xbox One X were both built specifically to take advantage of 4K displays. Though both Sony and Microsoft are heavily invested in 4K gaming, Nintendo doesn’t seem interested. The Nintendo Switch isn’t capable of 4K, and the company doesn’t seem to have a problem with that. In fact, Nintendo believes the whole 4K craze is too niche at the moment.In a recent interview with The Verge, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated that the appeal of 4K is too limited. He also said that Nintendo would rather focus on catering to a wider segment of the gaming community rather than the small percentage that wants 4K resolutions.“The Nintendo mission is to reach as many consumers as possible and to have them engage and have fun with our intellectual property,” said Fils-Aime. “That’s what we try and do. So inherently, we go for a more mainstream audience. Inherently, we want our products to be affordable. We want our products to be easy to pick up and experience, low learning curve. We want our IP to shine as we deliver these experiences.AdChoices广告That’s the way we approach it. And so, what that means is a sweet spot of $300 for the Nintendo Switch, a platform that has Mario and Zelda and Splatoon. Going against a more limited consumer pool, a higher price point, requiring investments in other ways — 4K TVs, what have you — that is a strategy that for us, candidly, is a bit too limited.”While more and more folks are buying 4K TVs, these devices aren’t yet standard. In fact, some studies suggest that 4K penetration will only hit 35% in 2019. Considering how 4K is still years away from being the norm, Nintendo’s position on 4K gaming makes a lot of sense.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Kolkata: The state government is taking initiatives to ensure that lightning alert reaches common people directly in the grassroot level.It may be mentioned that the state Disaster Management and Civil Defence department has introduced a state-of-the-art technology in early 2018 that predicts lightning and information gets disseminated 45 minutes before it strikes. But at present, the information gets disseminated only among concerned officials of all ranks, including the district authorities. In districts, representatives of Gram Panchayats also get the messages in this regard. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNow, in a bid to make the system more effective, the necessity of a mechanism has been felt so that the lightning alert messages reach common people in the grassroot level as well and they can go to a safe place. Explaining the situation, a state government official said that the system that was developed in collaboration with an expert company from USA, can send out an alert 45 minutes before the possibility of lightning in a particular block. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedImmediately, the messages get disseminated among the concerned officials up to the Gram Panchayat level and then the officials in districts take initiative to pass the same to the masses. “But it will be more effective if the same message can reach common people directly in the form of SMS, etc.” the official said, adding that there was a meeting in this regard with concerned agencies a few days ago. The messages have to be sent specifically only to those who reside in the block where there is possibility of lightning and the matter has been discussed in the meeting to find a way out. There will be further meetings in this connection. It may be mentioned that 294 people were killed due to lightning in 2016-17. It may be mentioned that lightning has claimed lives in the last monsoon as well. But, introduction of the mechanism to generate alert message 45 minutes before lightning strikes a particular area, has helped to make many people aware of the same in the last monsoon, helping them get to safety in time.
When Denver Nuggets Guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for the national anthem in 1996 because he claimed it was against his religious beliefs, then NBA Commissioner David Stern wasn’t interested in constitutional arguments in favor of freedom of speech. Stern suspended Abdul-Rauf for one game and made it clear that not standing for the anthem wasn’t an option. In Stern’s NBA, player freedom of speech was a distant second to the NBA brand.Fast forward 20 years, and NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell has a similar decision to make with Colin Kaepernick. If Goodell’s recent comments are any indication, the days for Kaepernick to levy his protest without penalty from the NFL may be numbered.Goodell recently told the AP, “I support our players when they want to see change in society, and we don’t live in a perfect society. On the other hand, we believe very strongly in patriotism in the NFL. I personally believe very strongly in that.”That’s not an encouraging soundbite for Kaepernick. The NFL is the Soviet Union of sports leagues. Goodell has made his reputation on unilateral action without due process. It’s his thing. Advertisement Today in Read Between the Lines, Colin and Jason were asked if sports leagues and teams should have the power to control the national anthem, or if it should be off limits from league discipline.Colin doesn’t question the leagues’ right to control the national anthem, but thinks exercising that right is a bad read.“Young people are communicating. They’re empowered by all the social media. It’s not going away. So there is some level of discomfort coming increasingly to leagues and teams and coaches. Start being aware of it, and start getting comfortable with occasional discomfort.”Whitlock called it a bad read and thinks leagues and teams clearly have the right to conduct the national anthem as they see fit, and if that means eliminating player protest, so be it.“Of course these teams and leagues have the right. If they want to play the national anthem whenever they want. If they don’t want someone making a mess of their national anthem, or turning it into something they don’t want it to be.”Your move Goodell..@WhitlockJason & @ColinCowherd debate whether teams and leagues have the right to control the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/qJ9DRaVGqI— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) September 8, 2016
September 17, 2009 – The Senate Finance Committee reduced the imaging utilization assumption rate from 90 percent to 65 percent, in essence cutting the originally proposed utilization increase by nearly two-thirds.The Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released his plan to address healthcare reform on September 16, 2009. The Committee had originally proposed raising the imaging utilization rate, used to help determine the technical component reimbursement for imaging services performed in an office setting, from 50 percent to 90 percent, which would have significantly cut reimbursement for the technical component. The proposed bill also increased the technical component payment reduction for sequential imaging services on contiguous body parts during the same visit from 25 percent to 50 percent. Also notable, the Finance Committee added an “Imaging Self-Referral Sunshine” provision that will require referring physicians who own imaging equipment to disclose to their patients the physician’s ownership interest, and provide the patient with a list of alternative facilities from which they can receive imaging services. The Finance Committee is scheduled to begin formal consideration of the HR3200 America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 on Tuesday, September 22 when amendments to the Chairman’s “Mark” will be offered. For more information: www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3200/text FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | September 17, 2009 Senate Bill Drops Utilization Rate to 65 Percent
Official government figures indicate 11 percent of Iraqis were unemployed at the end of last year, according to Planning Ministry spokesman Abdul-Zahra Hendawi. Another 25 percent are considered underemployed, suggesting they are unable to find steady, full-time jobs that meet their needs. Other Iraqi officials have quoted higher jobless numbers.The gaps in services are obvious in some of Iraq’s poorest areas.In Hay Tariq, a fast-growing Shiite slum on Baghdad’s outskirts, children cool off by swimming in a garbage-filled pond fed by wastewater runoff.Many residents there lack proper plumbing, so they use donkey-drawn carts to haul plastic containers and even old oil drums to a municipal distribution center to collect fresh water. Resident Hadi Ibrahim said he sometimes has to wait hours before the water gets distributed.Even in nicer areas, such as the Sunni enclave of Azamiyah, residents say they have yet to see any improvement despite the increase in the flow of oil.During an interview in his cramped and cracking house there, fishmonger Sadiq Abdul-Jalil al-Obeidi described how old pipes in the neighborhood are clogged and falling apart, causing sewage to mix with drinking water. The rise stems from a steady increase in Iraqi output and the effect of international sanctions that are crimping Iran’s ability to market its own crude. Foreign oil majors such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC have been brought in to develop Iraq’s vast oil fields, and new export facilities are coming online.The architect of Iraq’s postwar energy policy, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani, is proud of the country’s achievement. He recently boasted that Iraq is now pumping 3.2 million barrels a day, a figure that also puts it ahead of oil-rich Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.The difference is that citizens of those nearby countries enjoy income levels, pensions and standards of health care far higher than their Iraqi counterparts. Their modern metropolises _ which in the UAE’s case host some of the tallest and most innovative buildings in the world _ bear little resemblance to crumbling, concrete Baghdad and other strained Iraqi cities.Embittered Iraqis are acutely aware of the disparity. Many blame not the United States or international oil companies, but a government they see as ineffective and corrupt.“Go ask the government why we are living like this. It was better under Saddam,” said Ahmed Saadi, another driver filling his tank at the gas station, referring to dictator Saddam Hussein, deposed after the American-led invasion in 2003. “They said they were going to distribute the oil money to the people in a fair way. It didn’t happen.” Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The power went out the moment he invited guests inside. It returned, at higher cost, only after a privately owned neighborhood generator kicked in.He accused Iraqi officials _ “the whole government, without any exception” _ of pocketing the country’s oil revenues. “Human nature is greedy,” he added mater-of-factly.“We’re an oil-rich country, so services should be 100 percent perfect. But what we’re seeing is the opposite,” al-Obeidi said. “There hasn’t been a single official who has come forward to serve the people. Even a 5-year-old child can tell you that. They … only think about their personal ambitions.”Repeated attempts in recent days to reach Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh to discuss the bitter complaints were unsuccessful.Other government officials, including some whose parties are allied with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, say corruption and wasteful government spending are seriously diminishing any gains increased oil production is bringing to Iraq.Without better plans to spend the oil revenues, “Iraq will remain another Somalia instead of becoming more like Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates,” said Shiite lawmaker Jawad Kadim al-Hassnawi, a member in the services and construction committee in the parliament. Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq is fast becoming an oil producing powerhouse, but you’d never know that by looking at the faded Unknown Soldier gas station in downtown Baghdad. There’s no repair garage or mini-mart, just a cramped office with tattered vinyl couches. Horns blare as a string of waiting cars backs up into busy Sadoun Street, slowing traffic.Electricity from the power grid is available only for a few hours a day, so a noisy generator burns through 200 liters (53 gallons) of fuel daily just to keep the lights on and pumps running. That eats into what little profit is left over after government-imposed price caps, says manager Anmar Abdul-Sattar. “The whole service system will totally collapse soon if the government continues to act in such an aimless way,” he warned.Salem, the taxi driver filling up in downtown Baghdad, is even more pessimistic.“It’s totally impossible,” he said when asked if Iraq’s standard of living can one day hope to rival that of other regional OPEC countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. “We’d need Aladdin’s magic lamp for that!”___Associated Press writers Sameer N. Yacoub and Sinan Salaheddin contributed reporting.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Like many Iraqis, he sees little reason to celebrate the postwar petroleum gains that have turned Iraq into a leading oil producer. “The country is increasing its oil revenues, but we’re not feeling it on the ground,” he said.It’s a widely shared sentiment. Frequent power cuts, the state’s inability to prevent near-daily bloodshed and yawning gaps in basic services have left ordinary Iraqis convinced they are sharing little in the country’s growing oil wealth. Insurgent attacks have killed more than 200 people just since the start of this month.“There is no electricity, no public services. No respect for the people of Iraq,” Mohammed Salem said as he gassed up his taxi at the station, which is named after a monument that once stood nearby. The billions being made off Iraq’s oil, Salem believes, are simply “being stolen by government officials and sent to banks outside of Iraq.”Iraq last month crept into second place behind Saudi Arabia among OPEC’s top oil exporters, according to the latest figures from the International Energy Agency. The shift marks a symbolic victory over neighboring Iran, long the bloc’s No. 2. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How men can have a healthy 2019 Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Comments Share Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How do cataracts affect your vision?