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Simons apologizes for bra named after chief justice Beverley McLachlin

first_imgMONTREAL – The president of Quebec-based retailer La Maison Simons said he “sincerely regrets” naming his women’s lingerie line after famous Canadian women, including former Supreme Court justice Beverley McLachlin.Peter Simons said in a call with The Canadian Press that the line was meant to honour women who made historic contributions to Canada, but instead caught the ire of McLachlin, who called Simons recently because she was “quite upset” with the company’s “Beverley bralette” and wanted an apology.“The way it was structured was in poor taste…It was not acceptable the way we went about it,” he said, of the line of lingerie that also sought to commemorate suffragette Nellie McClung and author Gabrielle Roy.“It was a lack of judgment on our part, on my part.”Simons said he decided to discontinue and destroy all the materials related the line following his call with McLachlin, who retired in December after spending 28 years at the Supreme Court, including almost 18 as chief justice.He also agreed to two demands from her: a public apology and a request to get involved with a fundraising campaign for the Cornerstone Housing for Women emergency shelter organization in Ottawa.Simons said McLachlin was not the only person to complain about the line. By the time he spoke with McLachlin, his company received complaints on their social media accounts and saw some letters that were critical of the line in local newspapers.“The process of realization had already started when Ms. McLachlin called me,” he admitted.The naming misstep, he said, arose when the Simons team was looking for inspiration for their new lingerie line and the team thought “why don’t we look towards inspiring Canadian women that we respect and admire?”To ensure its products don’t generate anger again, Simons said he has been meeting with staff and stressing the importance of privacy and naming rights.He also emphasized “the right to dissent” because McLachlin was neither informed or asked for approval on the products bearing her name.Simons said that he has told staff that despite everyone having a job to do, staff should feel comfortable standing up and expressing concerns.And he’s not assigning blame.“I take full responsibility,” he said.He has yet to reach out to McLachlin to see if she finds his conciliatory efforts satisfactory, but said he hopes to eventually express his apologies in person.“I made a mistake and I sincerely do regret it,” he said.“I am just trying to make it right because in my heart I really wanted to celebrate (the women). These are inspiring women that have changed the history of our country.”last_img read more

Morocco Joins ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation

Vientiane (Laos) – Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, signed, Tuesday in Vientiane, the instruments of Morocco’s accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This came on the sidelines of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits, which is being held in Vientiane, Laos (Sept 6-8).On this occasion, Bourita met Monday with Laos’ Foreign Minister, Saleumxay Kommasith. The talks focused on bilateral and Morocco-ASEAN relations. The ASEAN is a regional bloc of ten countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Burma and Laos.

Ex police spokesman removed

Former police spokesman SS Priyashantha Jayakody has been removed from service after he failed to return from Australia.Police headquarters said that Jayakody had not informed the police about his absence from work and so has been considered as having vacated his post. Jayakody, who was the SSP in-charge of the Ratnapura Division and often stood in as the acting police spokesperson in the absence of the current spokesman, had gone to Australia on training but had not returned to Sri Lanka after he completed his training program. Earlier this year Jayakody had received death threats after he ordered a raid on a club allegedly operating with political backing in Ratnapura. (Colombo Gazette)

Suspicious package detonated 2 arrested

(Updated) Two people are in custody after police say they found what they’re calling an incendiary device in the trunk of a car in downtown Toronto early this morning.The police bomb squad and the emergency task force were called in after police pulled over a vehicle at King and Peter Streets around 3:30 this morning, and found a suspicious package in the vehicle’s truck. A robot was used to examine the suspicious package, which appeared to be a small blue duffel bag. The device was removed by a bomb squad robot and detonated nearby. Police said the incident is believed to be connected to an arson investigation they’ve been conducting over the past two weeks. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

North American stock markets trade higher at end of wild week for

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit advance in late-morning trading at the end of a roller-coaster of a week for stock markets that has seen investors taken for a wild ride.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 125.67 points at 16,138.20.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 280.49 points at 25,859.88. The S&P 500 index was up 39.13 points at 2,886.73, while the Nasdaq composite was up 126.89 points at 7,893.51.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.19 cents US, compared with an average of 75.05 cents US on Thursday.The October crude contract was up 20 cents at US$54.62 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down 5.7 cents at US$2.17 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$13.90 at US$1,517.30 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 0.55 of a cent at US$2.59 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) read more

US economy shrank 02 pct in 1st quarter rebound expected in spring

US economy shrank 0.2 pct. in 1st quarter; rebound expected in spring by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2015 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2015 at 7:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, photo, carpenter Joe Tominc cuts wood for a post on a new construction home in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Commerce Department issues its last of three estimates of how the U.S. economy performed in the January-March quarter on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter.The Commerce Department says the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, shrank at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.2 per cent from January through March. That’s better than last month’s estimate of a 0.7 per cent decrease.Harsh winter weather slowed spending by keeping consumers away from shopping malls and auto dealerships. The trade deficit ballooned, slicing growth by the most since 1985 as exports fell and imports rose.Yet consumers stepped up their spending in May, and home sales climbed — signs that the economy is back on track. read more

Blogger who shared heartbreak of failed IVF attempts is donated new eggs

first_imgJules Furness, husband Steven and their toddler son.  Jules and Steven Furness meets donor Amber Wilde( left) Amber Wilde (left), partner Kirsty Wilde (right) and their four children - boys Balthazar and Lysander, 3, and girls Embla and Olympia, 1.  Jules and Steven, an airport technician, were accepted onto the NHS donor egg list in 2010 and got to the top of the list after a year and a half wait. Jules Furness, husband Steven and their toddler son. Credit:Jessa Line / SWNS.com A blogger who shared her heartbreak at failed IVF attempts has had new eggs donated to her by a stranger who reached out via Facebook. Jules Furness, 35, posted a vlog after her second try at fertility treatment with husband Steven, 34, was unsuccessful. The emotional clip was seen by mum-of-four Amber Wilde, 28, who immediately contacted Jules via Facebook messenger and offered to donate her eggs – despite never having met her or spoken on the phone.The message said: “This might be wildly inappropriate and please accept my apologies if so, but if altruistic egg donation would make IVF more affordable to you and you’re not horrified by my weirdo genetics I’d donate in a heartbeat.”A year on, Amber’s eggs were artificially combined with Steven’s sperm at a clinic, producing two healthy embryos in November. Jules, from Ipswich, Suffolk, has premature ovarian failure which means her ovaries don’t release eggs.She effectively began experiencing the menopause aged 15 and was prescribed HRT and always knew she wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally. “I wanted people to see the real face of what IVF can look like and show what it’s really like,” said Jules.”It was a hard decision to make but we felt it was important for people to see that it doesn’t always work and that if that happens to them they aren’t the only ones.” Jules said: “It was just an incredible thing for someone to offer.”We wondered if it was really real, because it was just such a fairytale.”It’s hard to sum up but we are just so grateful she has given us the chance of another child – and our son the chance of a brother or sister.”center_img Amber, a fellow video blogger for Channel Mum, was one if those who spotted the post. The mum has twin girls, aged one and twin boys aged three, with partner Kirsty, a full-time mum, thanks to the help from a single sperm donor.Amber said: “While I was pretty spontaneous with my offer we definitely both gave it much more thought over the coming months.”Overwhelmed Jules said: “At first I couldn’t really take it in but then we started messaging back and forth about that ‘what ifs’ and the ‘are you sures’.”The pair exchanged messages and phone calls before the met up for the first time at Amber’s home for a picnic in London in May. Jules and Steven Furness meets donor Amber Wilde( left)Credit:Channel Mum / SWNS.com Amber Wilde (left), partner Kirsty Wilde (right) and their four children – boys Balthazar and Lysander, 3, and girls Embla and Olympia, 1. Credit: Channel Mum / SWNS.com It was the first time the ‘other halves’ had spoken and the family hit it off straight away, recording a video that was posted to Channel Mum.After six months of appointments and counselling, ten of Amber’s eggs were retrieved, seven were fertilised and two healthy “perfect” embryos were produced.They will be tested further over the coming weeks and the plan is for at least one to be transferred to Jules in January.The process is being funded by the Furness family and costs £13,000 for up to three attempts – which is refunded if none are successful. An anonymous donor gave two eggs which were transferred to Jules in 2012, but were not successful.”Sadly the eggs were not high quality but you just have to take what you are given,” said Jules, a blogger for Channel Mum.”We didn’t get pregnant. We felt like that was the end of the road for us.”The determined couple turned to adoption and were matched with their son, now a toddler, who joined the family as a baby.A year ago the “broody” couple started thinking about increasing their family but couldn’t have NHS-funded IVF due to already having a child.Faced with a £10,000 bill to go private in the UK, they paid £3,500 to try IVF in Prague in October last year.Sadly two implanted eggs failed and Jules recorded a video documenting the negative test weeks later, which was watched by more than 9,000 people. 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.last_img read more

Extract How is Generation Y reconciling high expectations with the economic reality

first_imgIN IRELAND, the government has an embargo on public sector recruitment; those who have a public sector job are feeling the pinch of austerity, while their pensions aren’t looking like the nest egg they once were. Corporations now expect individuals to manage their own career path, and although they provide greater internal visibility, the large majority still expect employees to be able to navigate their own way to the top.The recent economic crisis has made the jobs marketplace extremely competitive. And with so many young people relocating to places like Canada and Australia each year, mass emigration is well and truly back on the agenda.So how is Generation Y (Ireland’s 14–27-year-olds) tackling this situation? How are they equipped to deal with challenges in their own career?What is a Generation Y?Let’s first look at a brief overview of Gen Y and some of the characteristics that define them in the workplace. Gen Y has been tagged as self-entitled, overly-ambitious dreamers who don’t want to pay their dues and are only concerned about higher pay and more time off.On a more positive note, however, they are also described as future-oriented, ready to contribute now and opportunity-driven. They remain admirably optimistic in the midst of the current economic turmoil and they are highly restless. They seek to earn greater opportunities for rapid advancement and more responsibilities at a younger age.These attributes, positive and negative, can be seen in the increasing amount of young graduates creating their own startups straight out of college, as well as excelling in established companies. It can also be seen in the numbers of young people emigrating from Ireland every year. The characteristics of both of these groups – those who stay in Ireland and those who don’t – are perhaps perceived differently.The young entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who stay are celebrated for their bravery and independence, while the ones who choose to independently pursue their careers in a foreign land are mourned in the national press.Massive personal action to achieve career successThis opinion might seem logical to some but, to me, what these two groups of people are doing is actually very similar. They are both taking massive personal action to achieve the career that they desire for themselves. And if we revert to the career management trends of corporations over the last few decades, we can see that this is exactly the ideal that has been encouraged: personal career management.The focus of the modern career is now on opportunities to advance towards ambitious goals, with value put on meaningful development. It is this search of meaning in work that is often confused for arrogance by older generations.In times gone by, people were privileged if they had a career at all, and it was disrespectful to leave one behind because you didn’t feel like your work had enough ‘meaning’. That is, however, exactly what we are seeing today. Where previously a CV with more than three jobs over a ten-year period looked suspicious, it would now be quite normal, perhaps even expected.Gen Y embraces mentoring from more senior staff members and prefers to work in teams. As such, they are very suited to take personal responsibility for their own careers. Companies are therefore under pressure to supply the tools that allow their Gen Y staffers to do just that, while also satisfying their constant desire for feedback and rewards.Using technology to benefit career developmentAs Gen Y is always on the look-out for more opportunities to advance their careers, there is a rapid embrace of new technology that lets them do so easily. While their predecessors, Gen X, are firmly situated on career websites like LinkedIn, which profile themselves and their achievements, more Gen Y-suited services like Branchout and Silp are now springing up on Facebook and attracting large numbers.These tools allow people to discover career opportunities through their friends and facilitate introductions into organisations that they want to work in. They are perfect examples of how Gen Y is leveraging its own technology to benefit career development. However, they still fall short of personal career management as an ideal.Personal career management is defined as the degree to which one regularly gathers information and plans for career problem-solving and decision-making. It involves two main behaviours: one related to continuous improvement in one’s current job (ie, developmental feedback-seeking) and the other related to movement (ie, job mobility preparedness).While services and support pertaining to such behaviours can often be found at a basic level in schools or colleges, there is a sudden halt when people enter the workforce. One growing trend in Ireland, however, does provide such information: the international job fairs that are increasingly held throughout the country.Ireland on the international stageI would encourage people not to see emigration as a negative thing or a path-of-no-return for the people who choose it. Ireland Inc has benefited greatly from the Irish diaspora that extends around the world. Many people who left Ireland in the past now hold powerful and influential positions in successful companies from San Francisco to Shanghai.Not only are they now in a much better position to leverage Ireland on an international stage, but they can also provide amazing insights and mentoring for the young people of GenY.This extract is from the book New Thinking = New Ireland, published by Gill & Macmillan, which features essays by 21 young Irish thinkers who present their vision for a new Ireland.Padraig Mannion is the founder of recruitment startup Superbly.co, which he describes as ‘a virtual career matchmaker’. Both a founding member of Sandbox and a wef global shaper, he has spanned the realms of creativity and business since he graduated from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in 2006 with a ba in Design Communication. He is a seasoned entrepreneur: he set up Studio Rua, a digital media agency, straight out of college and led it successfully for five years before this latest venture eventually took up all of his time. He is now focused on the future of careers and empowering Generation Y.last_img read more

Column Israel throws the spotlight on Gaza by refusing to facilitate passage

first_imgIT COMES AS no great shock that Israel’s ambassador to Ireland responded hysterically to Irish MEP Emer Costello’s criticisms of Israeli policy.Boaz Modai gives attention to this matter in a peculiar attempt to offset the reality that Israel’s refusal to facilitate passage for an EU delegation to the tiny Palestinian enclave places a spotlight on the siege of Gaza, and a brings fresh opportunity for scrutinising policies, actions and facts on the ground that adversely affect the Palestinian people under Israel’s occupation.Facts are always our friend when it comes to sifting the often polarised, highly controversial and overly politicised debates on Israel – Palestine.Discussing an ambassador’s interpretation of his own countries policy, in this and many other instances mustn’t give rise to the notion that we can just ignore Israel’s obligations as an occupying power under both Oslo and crucially international law.Mr Modai, in suggesting that Israeli policy is to “forbid entry to Gaza”, altogether avoids the fact that Israel’s obligation is to not impose restrictions on foreign nationals with a stated interest in visiting Israel, the West Bank, East Jerusalem or Gaza unless it can be categorically proven they are a security threat.Costello condemned Israel’s decisionNow, in a press statement, Dublin MEP Emer Costello, condemned Israel’s decision relaying that she was “shocked and dismayed”. She also challenged official Israeli claims that such delegations manifestly ‘strengthens Hamas’, adding that the trip itself fell under the auspices of UNRWA, focusing upon engagements with “vital public services such as schools, health centres and food distribution centres”.A copy of the draft schedule, which I saw last week, confirmed there were no meetings with Hamas.Let’s throw in some context, I always find it useful, especially when studying the heightened tensions’ between Israel and the European Union is apposite in this discussion. Tension came about as a result of a Commission Notice (published in July) apparently adding restrictions on EU grants, prizes and programmes available to Israeli entities if they operate across the 1967 green line – in other words, within the occupied Palestinian territories.Since July, EU officials and aid staff have struggled to gain permits to enter Gaza. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon even reportedly planned to make it more difficult for EU officials (such as the DPLC) to be granted passage through the Erez Crossing.Wait a minute – isn’t Modai’s position that Israel is to “forbid entry to Gaza”? Why then has Moshe Ya’alon tried to make gaining permits more difficult if they can’t be gotten to start with?Israel’s policies hermetically seal the Gaza Strip, it clearly doesn’t matter that there are human beings living in Gaza; all we need to know is that Gaza is under the control of Hamas, and so synonymous with terrorism.The closure of GazaIf we accept Modai’s cause-and-effect justification for the closure of Gaza, then we must also accept the Israeli government line on when the Gaza blockade began and the premise that said blockade fulfils a function in weakening Hamas. However, Israeli journalist Mya Guarnieri lifted the lid on this in 2011 writing that the blockade on Gaza began long before Hamas came to power. In another article Mya succinctly highlights that presently accepted discourse offer Israeli officials and those who do hasbara (Boaz Modai case-in-point) an easy opening to talk about Hamas and Gilad Shalit.But Gilad Shalit is home now. Oh and the blockade, as opposed to EU delegations, has actually made Hamas stronger.It certainly is sexy to talk about terrorist infiltration and the smuggling of weapons which is undoubtedly why Modai uses those topics in desperation to avoid the fact Israel (recognised as the occupying power), not Egypt, has again demonstrated its continued multifaceted control over Gaza.This inevitably brings us back to a topic which Israel has quietly tried taking out of the frame while we do a song and dance to US-led ‘peace talks’; Gaza’s increasing isolation as a result of the blockade.By suggesting that Costello could have travelled to Gaza through Egypt, Ambassador Modai is obviously trying to absolve Israel of any and all responsibility.One thing note is that 43% of the population in Gaza are under the age of 15 and, according to Gisha, 70% of the people living there (being food insecure) require some form of humanitarian aid to survive – just some of the many impacts of the blockade.Israel’s policy on Hamas can be deciphered and scrutinised by reviewing the recent example of a Hamas tunnel. Immediately after the IDF announced it had discovered said tunnel, antagonists used it as an opportunity to attack ‘UN and NGO pressure’ that had seen Israel ease restrictions in recent months.As Noam Sheizaf wrote recently;Facts, point to a massive hole in the entire Israeli Gaza siege concept. Because, until recently Hamas had no trouble getting anything it wanted: cement, steel, explosives. Gaza residents got used to relying on the tunnel economy. The sector that got screwed by the Israeli siege was the third sector (non-profits).Modai’s arguments in relation to Gaza demonstrate his indifference to Palestinian rights as protected peoples and more worryingly his deliberate attempts to absolve his government of any obligations.Surely there is a more progressive discourse out there, more factual and conducive to a just peace?Gary Spedding founded the Queen’s University Belfast Palestine Solidarity society in 2010 and is a writer, blogger and activist covering Israel- Palestine, Middle East conflict dynamics, and conflict resolution. Follow him on Twitter @GarySpeddingRead: Dublin MEP forbidden from travelling to GazaColumn: ‘Facts invalidate Emer Costello’s anecdotes about Gaza’last_img read more

College students warned they may have to stay in hostels in accommodation

first_imgTHIRD LEVEL STUDENTS studying in Dublin have been warned that they may have to stay in hostels as they hunt for accommodation.The Accommodation Office of Trinity College Dublin emailed students on a waiting list for campus accommodation this week with a list of more than 20 hostels in the city centre, advising them that the hostels may prove vital as they search for somewhere to live.Students were also given details of property websites and  halls of residence around the city.The University Times reports that hundreds of students are on the waiting list for rooms on campus in TCD but fewer than fifteen places are available.A squeeze on supply coupled with dramatically increased rents in the capital mean pressure will be even more intense than usual between now and September as students hunt for home for the college year.TCD Students’ Union president Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne said the email was “telling” for two reasons.“First of all, anybody who received this email by definition is currently in a very uncertain and anxious frame of mind, given that they are on a waiting list for somewhere to live next year; and secondly, it is indicative broadly of a serious dearth of resources in place to deal with a long-standing problem that should have been addressed before this,” he told TheJournal.ie. He said there was growing distress among current and incoming students at TCD as the extent of the accommodation crisis became apparent.“The demand for housing has increased while inactivity has allowed supply to continue to diminish,” he said. “As it stands, there will be students sleeping on couches, seeking refuge in hostels or potentially dropping out altogether”.“If a crisis is to be averted, it needs to be averted now”.UCD has seen a similar scramble for accommodation among students for the upcoming academic  year.Read: 11 reasons renting in Ireland is the absolute worst > Read: Taoiseach on Dublin house prices: “I don’t accept there’s a bubble” >last_img read more

Coalition unable to conclude talks with lenders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s three-party coalition government faces its toughest challenge since coming to power in June after leaders were unable to agree Tuesday on some of the structural reforms demanded by the troika, a development which has complicated the process of Athens receiving its next bailout tranche. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis met Tuesday with the aim of tying up the loose ends in Greek negotiations with the troika. While the 13.5 billion euros of austerity measures have been virtually agreed, differences remained over some of the structural reforms. Following the meeting, it quickly became apparent that these gaps had not been bridged. Kouvelis said that his party would not vote for the labor reforms being demanded by the troika, which include a cap being set on compensation for sacked workers. “If the unacceptable demands of the troika are met, they will increase sackings, unemployment and the recession,” said Kouvelis, adding that he felt the troika was aiming to “flatten” any working rights that remain. After Kouvelis, Venizelos also expressed reluctance to back the measures. As Samaras wants to pass all the fiscal measures as one bill and all the structural reforms as another, the only way PASOK or Democratic Left could display their opposition to changes in labor legislation would be to reject the whole package. “It is unjustified and provocative that the issue of labor reforms should be brought up now,” stated Venizelos, who said the changes would not contribute toward Greece meetings its fiscal targets. Two-and-half hours after the meeting, Samaras emerged to give a short statement in which he essentially called on his coalition partners to rethink their stance. “I am well aware of what is at stake for the country today,” he said. “We have already changed a lot of the troika’s initial suggestions, including those relating to the labor market. Negotiations are continuing. “I do not even want to think about what could happen if I do not keep a steady hand on the wheel. I am looking ahead, asking for the broadest possible unity. Those of us who dare will save Greece.” Another issue that cropped up during the talks was objections from PASOK to an apparent proposal by the German Finance Ministry for the creation of an escrow account into which Greece’s loan tranches and tax revenues would be deposited and for which there would be some level of outside control. There is also a suggestion that the Germans would like there to be an automatic mechanism to limit public spending if the deficit is not within agreed targets. “We are not a protectorate,” said Venizelos. “Our partners and the troika have to understand that.” Earlier in the day, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had referred to “mechanisms” and “automatic stabilizers” without being specific. “It will be politically difficult for Greece to accept,” he admitted. Source Kathimerinilast_img read more

Senate appeal for Greece blocked

first_imgA Senate motion put forward by Australian Greens Deputy Leader Scott Ludlam calling for Treasurer Joe Hockey to “express concern at the continued support by IMF officials for the austerity program in Greece” has been blocked by Labor and the Coalition.The motion, put forward on Thursday, was addressed to Mr Hockey in his role as a member of the IMF’s Financial Committee and as a governor of the IMF and World Bank.Senator Ludlam appealed to Mr Hockey to seek the support of other IMF member states to introduce “alternative measures that will better address social and humanitarian challenges in Greece”, and to “insist the IMF refrain from imposing policy conditions upon Greece which will potentially lead to a default of more than AUD$40 billion debt towards the IMF”.Speaking in support of the motion, that was also moved by NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Senator Ludlam said that he raised the matter in relation to “Australia’s ability to alleviate the extraordinary suffering that has been levied against the people of Greece”. The Greens deputy leader said that the collapse of Greek GDP by more than 25 per cent over the past five years had produced “a humanitarian disaster”, and that “the collapse of the Greek economy has been almost intentional”. Senator Ludluam added that Greece’s economic collapse had gone “hand in hand with the implementation of the most extreme form of austerity politics that has been prescribed by the troika of lenders: the ECB, the EU and the IMF.”“Our Treasurer, Joe Hockey, is a member of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee. “We are asking that the Senate call Mr Hockey and the governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group to ensure that further misery is not visited on the people of Greece.”Put to a voice vote by Senate deputy president Glenn Serle, the motion was rejected overwhelmingly, with Labor and Coalition senators uniting to ensure its defeat. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Cannon explosion seriously injures Carson man 42

first_imgA Carson man was seriously injured Sunday when a homemade cannon he was working on exploded.Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said the 1:30 p.m. explosion injured Raymond Lueders, 42. He was flown to Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition Monday morning.By Monday night, Lueders condition had improved to satisfactory, a nursing supervisor said.Cox said it will be several days before Lueders can be interviewed, so details are unknown, including whether the cannon was to be fired to celebrate the Fourth of July.The Portland Police Bureau’s bomb disposal unit assisted Skamania County deputies in disposing of the homemade explosive device found at the scene.last_img

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 7 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St Johns Prep

first_imgDANVERS, MA — St. John’s Prep recently announced the names of Wilmington students who earned academic honors for the third quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.Headmaster’s List (A- or above in all courses)Nicholas AckermanCameron EichAlex FlynnJonathan MoradPrincipal’s List (B+ or above in all courses)Nicholas MoradHonor Roll (B or above in all courses)Vincent CallahanJames Callahan(NOTE: The above information is from St. John’s Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 7 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Earn Academic Honors At St. John’s PrepIn “Education”last_img read more

Drones Dont Fly At Alaskas Board Of Fish

first_imgNot all drones are alike. This unmanned aircraft — now banned by the Board — is just large enough to carry a camera. (Flickr photo/Don McCullough)The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend.They also shot down the use of unmanned aircraft to aid in salmon fishing.Download AudioThe closure was intended to improve access to sockeye salmon in freshwater systems important to the subsistence harvest in Angoon.During committee work earlier in the week, Angoon residents spoke passionately about the impact of low sockeye availability, and subsistence harvest limits often as low as 15 fish.Alaska Department of Fish & Game staff initially opposed Proposal 193, because it would limit their flexibility to manage the seine fishery.However, the stakeholders were able to put together a compromise that permanently closed waters that the department routinely closed by emergency order.Board member Sue Jeffrey acknowledged the effort.“You know, I’m in support of this. This is exactly what we appreciate, when the opposing parties come together and find a solution that works for everyone.”Subsistence sockeye fishing in Angoon came into the spotlight in 2009 when then-state senator Albert Kookesh — an Alaska Native and lifetime Angoon resident — was cited by troopers for overfishing his permit. The charges were later dismissed.But many other proposals did not fly — literally — in board deliberations on Sunday — namely, Proposal 204, which would have banned the use of spotter planes during seine openings for salmon. Given the number of small aircraft in use in Southeast Alaska, Department of Public Safety representatives thought enforcing a ban would be very difficult. They referred to the proposal as “a solution looking for a problem.”The Board rejected the proposed ban on spotter planes.Drones, however, were not so lucky. Proposal 205 would ban the use of unmanned aircraft in salmon fisheries.Member Reed Morisky and chairman Tom Klubertson framed the board’s anti-drone position.Moriskiy – I’m for keeping pilots employed, and not using unmanned aircraft for fish spotting.Klubertson – Thank you. I tend to look very hard at existing patterns of areas and fisheries, and I do like — whenever possible — to promote economic stability. We’ve had aircraft in this region for a long time. There are folks who stake their livelihoods, and contribute to local economies flying their aircraft. I feel it’s just an unnecessary move, and as Member Jeffrey said, it’s not something I want over my head.Strictly speaking, the Board of Fish lacks jurisdiction over aircraft use. But it can — and did — ban the use of drones to aid in in all commercial salmon fishing.last_img read more

Embattled Macron to address nation after protests

first_imgA man with a sign reading `Macron resign` waves a French flag as `yellow vests` (Gilets jaunes) protestors gather to protest against rising oil prices and living costs at the highway`s toll of La Barque, on 9 December near Marseille, southern France. Photo: AFPFrench president Emmanuel Macron will address the nation on the “yellow vest” crisis Monday and meet trade unionists and business leaders in search of a way to end the protests that have rocked France.The president will speak to the French people at 8:00pm (1900 GMT), his Elysee office announced — his first public comments after four weeks of nationwide anti-government demonstrations which again turned violent Saturday in Paris and other cities.Government officials have said the 40-year-old centrist would announce “immediate and concrete measures” to respond to protesters’ grievances.Calls have multiplied across the political spectrum for drastic action, with former far-right presidential rival Marine Le Pen urging Macron to “recognise society’s suffering and deliver immediate, very strong responses”.”It is clear that we underestimated people’s need to make themselves heard,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told Europe 1 radio on Sunday.Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the weeks of unrest were an “economic catastrophe” for France, causing havoc on the roads and putting off shoppers and tourists in the run-up to Christmas.The “yellow vests”, clad in the luminous safety jackets carried by law in all French cars, began staging nationwide roadblocks on 17 November in protest against tax hikes raising the price of fuel.Their demonstrations have since snowballed into a mass movement against ex-banker Macron, whom protesters accuse of being out of touch with ordinary people in provincial France.Looting and rioting, blamed mostly on far-left and far-right agitators, has repeatedly broken out in Paris, spreading to Bordeaux, Toulouse, and other cities.Authorities said the property damage caused in the capital on Saturday was far worse than a week earlier, with burnt-out cars and broken glass left strewn across several neighbourhoods.Some 10,000 protesters had taken to Paris’ streets, where about 8,000 police were deployed.Security forces launched a massive operation in a bid to minimise the unrest, detaining more than 1,000 people and mobilising armoured cars in Paris for the first time.Further climbdowns?Elected in May 2017 on a promise to revitalise the sluggish French economy, Macron had previously vowed not to be swayed by mass protests like his predecessors.But he announced a climbdown on the hated fuel tax rise last week, and further concessions appear to be on the cards.So far, Macron has refused to back down on another policy that is deeply unpopular among the “yellow vests”: his decision to scrap a tax on assets for France’s richest.Labour minister Muriel Penicaud on Sunday also rejected the idea of an increase in the minimum wage — a demand from many protesters who say they are barely scraping by.”We know that destroys jobs,” Penicaud said.”If we raise all salaries automatically, many businesses would just go bust — or they would have to raise their prices, and no one would pay for their services.”With an estimated 136,000 people taking part nationwide last weekend, the protests have shown little sign of easing since they began.The protesters overwhelmingly hail from rural and small-town France but have a range of different goals — from lower taxes to Macron’s resignation — making his attempted negotiations with them all the more difficult.last_img

Temporary Immigration Detention Facilities To Open In El Paso Rio Grande Valley

first_imgIvan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneLand is being cleared outside the Border Patrol station headquarters in El Paso.El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley are less than two weeks away from the scheduled opening of temporary detention centers that will each house up to 500 migrants who have crossed the border to seek asylum.The facilities, commonly referred to as a “tent cities,” are the federal government’s response to the ongoing crush of migrants, mainly from Central America, who continue to cross into Texas after traveling through Mexico.“U.S. Customs & Border Protection urgently needs to provide for additional shelter capacity to accommodate individuals in CBP’s custody throughout the southwest border,” CBP said in a written statement. “The overwhelming number of individuals arriving daily to the U.S. has created an immediate need for additional processing space in El Paso, Texas and Donna, Texas.”On Thursday, a U.S. Border Patrol official who asked not to be named said the facility would likely be at the agency’s station in northeast El Paso near U.S. Highway 54. Bulldozers and tractors with flattening rollers could be seen Thursday at the site, which also included five small, military-style tents used to house migrants. The CBP office in El Paso would not confirm that the station would be the location of the new facility.The federal government’s solicitation for vendors names Deployed Resources of Rome, New York, as the company the government is in negotiations with to supply kitchen equipment, showers, laundries, bathrooms and office space. The solicitation says the government only plans to negotiate with one company “because the facilities need to be established by April 30, 2019.” The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the contract.The two facilities will cost about $37.2 million through the end of the year, according to federal documents.The opening of the new facilities would come just more than three months after the Trump administration shut down a similar facility in nearby Tornillo, about 20 miles east of the El Paso city limits. That facility was erected in June and housed hundreds of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border to seek asylum.Temporary facilities have been used for years to house undocumented immigrants when U.S. Border Patrol facilities are beyond their capacity to shelter migrants. The Obama administration opened a temporary facility at San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force base in 2014 in response to a surge of unaccompanied minors who had crossed the border. And in 2016, a facility opened at the Tornillo site in response to another surge of unaccompanied minors and families crossing the border, the El Paso Times reported.This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sharelast_img read more

An eventful June

first_imgThe month of June offers a plethora of events for the art lover in  the Capital. Starting tomorrow an exhibition titled — Stemmed Florals by Ishatvam will showcase a collection of floral renditions in a wide variety of home décor accessories including cheerful cushions with digital prints on dupion. The event is slated to continue  till June 21.Next is a talk — Artistry in Living Ambience by connoisseurs of fine living Akshay and Purnima Sethi at Interarts on June 20-21. Akshay and Purnima will be sharing their experiences as architect and space designer respectively, on the aesthetics of living spaces and how investment in exquisite works of world renowned artists and manufacturers at reasonable prices, could translate into a valuable, long term investment.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When The Pleats Dance traces the history and evolution of Bharatanatyam Dance Costumes over four decades, through mannequins, photographs and costume displays. The show that commenced on June 10 at IIC is based on the private collection of costumes and jewellery of renowned classical dancer/choreographer Geeta Chandran.Wall Art showcases abstract creations in a design-led craft-based collection of assorted abstract metal sculpture. A dramatic range of contemporary metallic creations in varying moods, silhouettes and hues namely Dynasty, Time Machine, The Elms, Kaleidoscope, Transitional, Magnetic and few with complimenting collectibles in home decor and floor art pieces is being hosted by Elements.last_img read more

Paraguay woman arrested for Mexican prostitution ring

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — A woman from Paraguay has been arrested in Mexico City for the crime of human trafficking with the intent of prostitution.The woman, who is suspected of being a member of an international network of traffickers, is accused of recruiting 180 foreigner women for the purpose of prostitution throughout Mexico through the now-defunct website, Zona Divas.The Federal Police say the woman was detained for her probable participation in the crime of human trafficking committed against foreign women who were sexually exploited and whose services were offered on the Internet.The Office of the Attorney General of Mexico City said that through an anonymous report in 2017, they learned of the Internet website. Since then, they have discovered that for the previous six years, the accused allegedly contacted women in different countries, luring them to Mexico City then exploiting them for prostitution.The aggrieved were housed in a building located in the Ciudad de los Deportes neighborhood of Benito Juárez where the women were rescued last year. With testimony from the victims, the identity of the accused was made.Federal police say they have arrested 31-year-old Graciela N from Paraguay. She has been sent to the Santa Martha Acatitla Women’s Center for Social Reintegration where she will remain during the investigation.If found guilty, she could face up to 30 years in a Mexican prison.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | November 05, 2010 New Radiotherapy System Expands Applications, Reduces Treatment Times News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD November 5, 2010 – A new system can significantly cut radiotherapy treatment times. Creekside Cancer Center said the CyberKnife VSI system, by Accuray International, reduced the average treatment time to less than 30 minutes. Creekside is the first facility to install and use the system. The system broadens the range of treatment options physicians can offer patients, from radiosurgery to conventionally fractionated Robotic IMRT. It features a 1,000 MU/minute X-band linear accelerator and logical workflow enhancements designed to streamline the physician and patient experience.Creekside Cancer Care has treated more than 45 patients using the system across a variety of indications including prostate, head and neck, lung, spine and liver. The enhanced spectrum of treatment options allows for more customized plans based on patient-specific situations and conditions. Creekside clinicians report that one of the greatest advantages of the system is the user’s ability to adapt to a wider variety of planning objectives based on the clinical situation. They note that treatment delivery features, such as time based intra-fraction imaging, dramatically reduce the time on the table for patients.”The CyberKnife VSI System enables our physicians, therapists, and physicists to have more flexibility when prescribing and delivering treatment,” said Lee McNeely, M.D., of Creekside Cancer Care. “Because we have been routinely able to deliver treatment in less than 30 minutes, we have greatly improved the patient experience.”For more information: www.accurayescalate.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Related Contentlast_img read more