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The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Feb. 12———BOUSHIE’S FAMILY MEETS FEDERAL MINISTERS: Much needs to be done to fix the way First Nations people are treated within Canada’s criminal justice system, but it would be “completely inappropriate” to comment on the specifics of the Colten Boushie verdict, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. Speaking in the House of Commons during question period, Trudeau said First Nations people are underrepresented on juries and overrepresented in the prison population — a situation he said his government is committed to solving. On Friday, a jury found Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 killing of Colten Boushie, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation. In the wake of the Stanley verdict, Wilson-Raybould tweeted Saturday that Canada “can and must do better.” Boushie’s relatives met Monday with federal ministers in Ottawa, where they said they hope to build relationships with people who have the power to change the way Indigenous people are treated in the justice system. The Boushie family is scheduled to sit down Tuesday with Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.———QUEBEC INDIGENOUS INQUIRY SITS IN MONTREAL: An inquiry that has been examining discrimination experienced by Indigenous Quebecers at the hands of the public service began hearings in Montreal on Monday, with a high-profile Saskatchewan court ruling looming large over the proceedings. Sedalia Fazio, a Mohawk elder originally from Kahnawake who presided over the opening prayer, said the timing of the hearings was difficult given the verdict in the Colten Boushie case. A jury deliberated 13 hours before finding Gerald Stanley not guilty last Friday of second-degree murder in Boushie’s slaying. Fazio said the Boushie case made her own presence at Monday’s hearing difficult, “when my people are hurting so bad, when we feel such injustice right now.” The Quebec inquiry, announced in December 2016, was mandated to look into the way Indigenous Peoples are treated by the police, the province’s youth protection agency, the public health department as well as the justice and correctional systems. It came on the heels of allegations of mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples living in northwestern Quebec.———NDP NOT PLANNING PROBE OF STOFFER COMPLAINTS: The federal NDP is not planning to launch an investigation into how the party handled allegations of sexual misconduct against former MP Peter Stoffer — at least not right now. NDP spokeswoman Sarah Andrews says the party is committed to strengthening its anti-harassment policies, and that leader Jagmeet Singh has opened his door to anyone who wants to share their experiences. But while Andrews left the door open to a future investigation, she says the party does not have any current plans to dive into the complaints against Stoffer. Several women who worked for the NDP have come forward over the past week alleging Stoffer acted inappropriately toward them while he was serving as MP for Sackville-Eastern Shore between 1997 and 2015. At least one says the issue was raised with party leaders, but that her concerns were essentially ignored. Stoffer has acknowledged some of his actions may have caused discomfort, but he has denied sexually assaulting or physically abusing anyone.———CABINET STEPS UP REVIEW OF AECON DEAL: The Canadian government is stepping up its national security review of the proposed takeover of Canadian construction company Aecon Group Inc. by a Chinese state-owned business. Toronto-based Aecon said the minister responsible for economic development informed the company that cabinet has ordered a further investigation of the deal under the Investment Canada Act, which will take more time. A spokesman for Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said cabinet issued the order, which is the next step in the “rigorous” review process. “Based on the advice we have received from national security agencies we believe that there is a potential injury to national security,” said Karl Sasseville, spokesman for Bains. He declined to specify what prompted security agencies to make this recommendation. Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital Inc. said he believes the government’s primary concern may be Aecon’s telecom infrastructure group, which builds significant core communications networks for several major Canadian carriers. The government’s approval is the last major hurdle that Aecon must clear to close the $1.5 billion deal.———TRUMP THREATENS NEW FOREIGN ‘RECIPROCAL TAX’: U.S. President Donald Trump is complaining about Canadian trade practices while threatening a tax on international imports, indicating Monday that the idea of some form of border fee remains alive. Trump made the remarks at the White House while unveiling a long-awaited infrastructure plan. During a lengthy session with reporters, he complained about countries considered allies of the U.S. He mentioned the one directly to America’s north. “Canada does not treat us right in terms of the farming and the crossing the borders,” said Trump, according to a release from the White House press pool. ”We cannot continue to be taken advantage of by other countries.” It’s unclear what he was referring to, although he has complained in the past about Canada’s dairy controls and softwood lumber. Administration officials have also expressed anger over Canada’s wide-ranging attack at the World Trade Organization on the U.S. system for imposing duties.———WEINSTESIN’S EX-ASSISTANT CHALLENGING PART OF LAWSUIT: A lawyer for a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein is challenging parts of a lawsuit brought by a Toronto woman against his client and the disgraced Hollywood producer. Barbara Schneeweiss worked for Weinstein for approximately 20 years and is named as a defendant in the suit from a Toronto actress who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein nearly two decades ago. The actress, who cannot be named, alleges Schneeweiss set up a meeting between her and Weinstein despite having some degree of knowledge that it might lead to a sexual assault. Schneeweiss’ lawyer Jonathan Rosenstein is arguing that his client’s alleged acts are subject to a statute of limitations that has expired. Rosenstein also argues that the actress does not specify how much Schneeweiss allegedly knew about Weinstein’s alleged sexual activities.———BABCOCKS ‘LEARNED TO HATE’ AFTER DAUGHTER KILLED: The family of Laura Babcock said they have learned to hate since finding out that their daughter was brutally killed and her body was burned in an animal incinerator. Babcock’s parents and her brother expressed their hatred and heartbreak in a victim impact statement read out Monday at a sentencing hearing for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, who were found guilty in December of first-degree murder. Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., were previously found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Hamilton man Tim Bosma, whose remains were burned in the same animal incinerator — called The Eliminator — they had used to get rid of Babcock’s body. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 25 years. The judge presiding over the Babcock case will decide, however, whether to impose consecutive or concurrent periods of parole ineligibility, a provision added by the federal government in 2011 to the Criminal Code for multiple murderers.———ACCUSED EDMONTON ATTACKER TO ENTER PLEA IN MARCH: A man accused of attempted murder in a knife attack on an Edmonton police officer will enter a plea at his next court date in mid-March. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, was in provincial court to face 11 charges related to a Sept. 30 attack on a police officer outside a football game. Some of the charges also stem from a speeding cube van that hit and injured four pedestrians in downtown Edmonton hours after the police officer was attacked. Court heard an assessment on whether Sharif could be found not criminally responsible was still not complete. Chief Crown prosecutor Shelley Bykewich told Judge Donna Rae Valgardson that some next steps should occur in the case. “The initial mental health assessment was ordered on Nov. 14,” she said in court. “There’s been a second order that occurred in January.” Bykewich said she spoke to the doctor conducting the assessment and he has indicated he needed more time, partly because of a lack of resources and partly due to the need to arrange an interpreter for another interview with Sharif. Defence lawyer Karanpal Aujla said the case is proceeding slowly, but said they need all the information before his client enters a plea.———LCBO PARTNERS WITH SHOPIFY FOR POT SALES: The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana. The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, will use the Ottawa-based company’s online store software for its online and mobile sales portal Shopify’s technology will also be used inside brick-and-mortar stores to process transactions on iPads and for digital screens displaying product and health information. The OCRC said Ontarians will have access to the same product information, usage guidelines and social responsibility information — which adhere to federal marketing provisions — both in-store and online. The public consultation for Health Canada’s proposed guidelines for cannabis regulation — which include limits on branding elements on packaging, as well as restrictions on marketing similar to tobacco — finished on Jan. 20, with a finalized version yet to be delivered.———CROWDFUNDED ‘BLACK PANTHER’ SCREENINGS A HIT: Organizers of free screenings for young black people across Canada to see the upcoming “Black Panther” superhero movie say they’re elated that fundraising goals have been shattered. Community groups in several Canadian cities have already raised enough money to give hundreds of young African-Canadians free tickets to Marvel’s first film featuring a predominantly black cast. A crowdfunding page for a Toronto-area screening backed by the Black Business and Professionals Association said the campaign has raised upward of $15,000, which is more than double its original goal. The additional funds are being earmarked to create programs for black youth who want to work in the film industry. The screening will be followed by a discussion to help young people identify real-life heroes within the black community, as well as within themselves, he said. The Edmonton chapter of Black Lives Matter tweeted on Feb. 1 that it had exceeded its roughly $2,700 fundraising goal in one day, and that number continues to climb on the event’s crowdfunding page.last_img read more

Thousands of residential school survivors can sue lawyer who revictimized them Judge

first_imgA judge has approved a class-action lawsuit against former Calgary lawyer David Blott (APTN file).Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA Calgary judge has certified a class-action lawsuit against a former residential school lawyer.“I don’t see how justice can ever be obtained for the Blott clients other than through another class proceeding,” said Court of Queen’s Bench Justice A. D. Macleod in a written decision released Tuesday.The lawsuit means 5,600 former residential school students – mostly from the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta – can seek damages from former lawyer David Blott of Calgary.APTN Investigates broke the story of how Blott’s firm was mishandling residential school abuse claims in 2010.APTN News continues to follow the story.Watch: APTN Investigates – Truth? Or Reconciliation?The problems began when Blott opened a satellite office on the First Nation to process applications under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which was created by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.That agreement settled a class-action lawsuit on behalf of students Canada forced into schools who lost family, culture, language and experienced physical and sexual abuse.But instead of helping vulnerable claimants achieve justice, they allege he failed to represent them properly and, in some cases, charged excessive fees.Blott “revictimized” and treated them “like cattle,” two previous investigations found.Macleod agreed.“…Mr. Blott lacked an understanding of what it means to be a lawyer,” the judge wrote in his decision.“He had set up his practice in such a way to maximize profit and minimize the effort required.”Blott was ultimately kicked out of the IAP but not before reportedly earning $21 million from the federal program.He resigned as a lawyer after his work was probed by the Law Society of Alberta, but denied any wrongdoing.He offered to settle but that was rejected by the plaintiffs – some of whom have since died since the lawsuit was filed in Calgary in 2013.Their lawyer, Maxime Faille of Gowling, is representing the group on a pro bono basis.He said general and punitive damages could end up in the tens of millions of dollars.The judge understands why.“Rather than provide them with the support to which they were reasonably entitled as clients, they were preyed upon and exploited…,” Mcleod added.Turning “what was supposed to provide reconciliation and closure into another traumatic experience,” he said.Still, it could be years before the case is resolved.Chief Adjudicator Dan Shapiro, says it remains a black eye on the residential school compensation process.“The vast majority of lawyers representing claimants in the IAP are diligent and have done excellent and highly ethical work,” he said in an emailed statement.“However, a small minority of legal counsel have engaged in unconscionable conduct that effectively deprived claimants of the benefits they are entitled to under the settlement agreement.”APTN has been unable to contact Blott.Read more: APTN News – Shocking details released in Blott read more

Top UN relief official heading to Sri Lanka

During his mission which begins tomorrow, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, will meet with authorities to discuss urgent issues, including the need for the Government to help humanitarian agencies access the conflict area, as well as the situation of camps set up for internally displaced persons (IDPs).Mr. Holmes will also press for the release of UN staff members detained in camps.Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is dispatching a relief team to the shrinking conflict zone, a five square-mile pocket of land where fighting rages between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The move was welcomed by the Security Council today.UN spokesperson Marie Okabe explained today that the mission will be carried out by the UN Country Team already in Sri Lanka, not sent in from the outside.Yesterday, the Secretary-General underlined stressed, “it is critical that this team be allowed into the zone as soon as possible and I am asking for strong support and speedy assistance of the Sri Lankan Government,” adding that, for its part, the LTTE must put down its arms and protect civilians.Meanwhile, the Office for the Coordination (OCHA) emphasized that the humanitarian situation in the embattled Vanni region continues to be critical, calling civilian casualties tragically high and the people”s suffering horrendous. The UN estimates that some 50,000 civilians remain trapped inside the conflict zone, where fighting continues to be reported, while the Sri Lankan Government says that 109,000 people have fled the war-torn area.In a press statement today, the Council highlighted the “immediate priority in addressing the grave humanitarian situation in north-east Sri Lanka,” calling on the Government to “extend all necessary support to the United Nations.”Read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, it also urged all parties to respect international humanitarian law and to ensure the safe evacuation and protection of all civilians.Due to the security situation, OCHA said, no humanitarian assistance has been delivered since 1 April, but that 30 metric tons of aid will be delivered today.The UN continues to be concerned about malnutrition and health issues, as well as about injuries sustained by evacuees, and by people still in the conflict zone.Sites for IDPs are extremely overcrowded, with over 107,000 people sheltering in camps and hospitals, OCHA said, adding that it is working with the Government to find new sites and is calling on authorities to allow the uprooted to live with host families.Meanwhile, the Country Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters today that 100,000 people have left the so-called no-fire zone, which he characterized as the “active fire zone,” over the past 72 hours, with most of them in processing centres.Amin Awad told reporters in New York today that the agency is asking the Government to “restrain itself” since “we don”t want to end up with a catastrophe.”He also appealed to the LTTE to allow for an orderly humanitarian evacuation to prevent further casualties, due to the presence of land mines in the area.UNHCR said it is rushing aid to civilians caught up in conflict, with plans including the emergency airlift of 5,000 tents and other items from its stockpile in Dubai for use in dozens of camps in and around the towns of Vavuniya, Jaffna and Trincomalee.The agency also welcomed Sri Lanka”s decision to open the Mannar and Trincomalee areas to accommodate the arriving IDPs, and noted that it is seeking access to Kilinochchi to help those on the move. 24 April 2009With civilians still caught in crossfire between Government forces and separatist Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka, the top United Nations humanitarian official will head to the South Asian nation for a three-day visit, it was announced today. read more

Refugees fleeing both ways between Chad and Sudan UN agency reports

“So now we’ve got refugees going in both directions in this increasingly volatile region,” Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at a press briefing in Geneva.Meanwhile in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed the ongoing violence in Darfur with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He underscored the urgent need to protect civilians there and across the border in Chad.“The Secretary-General expressed his concern about continuing insecurity and the increasing number of direct threats to relief workers,” a read-out of the meeting released by a spokesman for Mr. Annan said, noting that the tense environment has led to decreased access to the vulnerable people in need.Participants focused on the importance of strengthening peacekeeping operations in light of a possible transition from the African Union (AU) military presence in Darfur to a new force, according to the read-out. The meeting also touched on ways to reinforce political dialogue among all parties on the ground in order to find a peaceful settlement.“The Secretary-General thanked the NGOs for their courageous work in assisting those affected by the conflict and, as strategic allies, in working together to protect civilians and provide vitally needed humanitarian assistance,” the read-out said.A total of 3,600 new arrivals have been recorded at the Gaga camp in eastern Chad, saying they left Darfur or the troubled border area out of fear over attacks by the Janjaweed militia or by other armed groups based on both sides of the frontier.They come on donkeys, on foot and in trucks from the border, with some refugees herding livestock that survived being stolen, Mr. Redmond said.UNHCR is working with the Government, the World Food Programme (WFP) and other partners to improve and expand the reception of newcomers at Gaga, along with the medical screening process and shelter distribution.Once registered, refugees get a tent and other items such as blankets, mosquito nets, mats, jerry cans and a cooking kit.The camp, which has a capacity for 20,000 refugees, now has a population of 10,000. Some 200,000 refugees who have fled Darfur since 2003 live in 12 refugee sites in eastern Chad. read more

Ordinary people are paying the price of violence in Syria – UN

“We are looking at how we can adjust our methods of work so that we continue to reach as many people in need as we can throughout the country,” the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Radhouane Nouicer, said in a news release from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “To that end, we are currently reviewing our contingency plans, as well as updating the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan,” he added. “Most of all, we need an end to the unrelenting violence. All calls, from all sides, for parties to honour their obligations to protect civilians in Syria have had little effect, and ordinary people are paying the price.” The Response Plan seeks $348 million to cover humanitarian relief activities inside Syria, but has so far received $157 million. The Middle Eastern nation has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 465,000 refugees, while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. The increasing insecurity has made it more difficult for humanitarian agencies to operate and the continued insecurity has increased the risks faced by those inside the country as well as those who are trying to leave, OCHA noted. The number of internally displaced people has surpassed 1.2 million, with some four million in and around the country having been affected by the crisis. Those who have left the country cite generalized violence, targeted threats against individuals and their families, and a breakdown of basic services as the reasons they fled their country. A recent mission by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the city of Homs in the western part of the country found dire conditions, with displaced people staying in inadequate shelters and lacking health care. The onset of winter is also a main concern for humanitarian agencies, as temperatures are expected to drop close to freezing this month. In addition, ordinary people, but especially children, are now facing a growing threat from unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war, OCHA warned. “Despite difficult circumstances, the UN and its partners have made real achievements in Syria, reaching 1.5 million people with food on a monthly basis and distributing more than 300,000 family sets with essential relief items,” Mr. Nouicer said. “While this is still not enough, we need to keep up the momentum, on behalf of all Syrians in need.” read more

Egypts President urges world leaders at UN to confront extremism end support

World leaders must intensity efforts to stop support for the terrorist organizations committing crimes in the Middle East and North Africa under the guise of religion, urged Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi as he addressed the General Assembly today. “Terrorism is a plague that does not differentiate in its spread between developing and developed societies,” Mr. Al Sisi said, pointing out that the region’s security issues could be resolved by promoting rule of law, directly confronting forces of extremism, and ensuring equality among people. Egyptians have “made history twice” in recent years by revolting against corruption, claiming their right to social justice and refusing to succumb to a tyranny that put narrow interests before the interests of the people, he said. Mr. Alsisi laid out plans for a “New Egypt,” a State that will “not be held back by terrorism that thinks it can conquer and repress our nation.” This new Egypt respects the rule of law, guarantees freedom of opinion for all and is determined to achieve prosperity for all people. To attain that, his Government is implementing a programme that spurs development until 2030, with the aim of laying the foundations of a free market economy capable of attracting investments. But the upsurge in extremism and violence perpetrated is causing pressing regional challenges that must be addressed through political solutions, he said.On Libya, a political solution must strengthen elected institutions, ensure an end to the bloodshed and that the territorial integrity of Libya is preserved. Ending the smuggling of arms is imperative, said the Egyptian President. A framework for Syria must put an end to the killing of innocent civilians and ensure that the aspirations of Syrian people are met, without compromising with terrorism. It is important to restore stability and government order to the areas that fell under the control of the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Palestinian issue remains a top priority for Egypt, Mr. Al Sisi said, reiterating the need to establish an independent state and adding that “these principles are not up for negotiation, other the basis of a comprehensive peace in the region would erode.” read more

This Years MLB Tankfest Is Epic And Maybe Pointless

Cycles of winning and then rebuilding are nothing new in baseball, but this year’s cellar dwellers may have been especially emboldened to bottom out after watching the Astros and Cubs take that route on their way to winning the last two World Series. Each team’s title run was preceded by years of spectacular losing, serving as two proofs of the idea that a controlled franchise demolition can help pave the way for 100-win seasons and October parades. In addition, the era of owners and fans being content with a ballclub that’s merely respectable is seemingly over; if you’re not contending for a championship, the thinking goes, you may as well not even try to win at all.It makes sense, on paper. From a bottom-line perspective, buying wins that aren’t likely to tip a team over the threshold to making the playoffs is a poor way to maximize revenue. By concentrating instead on snagging high draft picks and rebuilding their farm systems, Houston and Chicago were able to use their picks on a procession of star prospects such as Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, George Springer, Javier Baez, Alex Bregman … and the list goes on.But the Cubs and Astros might be special cases. Historically speaking, losing a ton of games doesn’t automatically lead to future success: Since 1969, the average team that lost between 90 and 100 games3Per 162 total games. in a season ended up winning an average of 80 games five years later, with only 23 percent having at least 90 wins. By comparison, the group of teams that lost between 75 and 85 games — so, teams that started from the middle — ended up in basically the same place. They won an average of 81 games five years later, with 21 percent cracking 90 wins. In other words, clubs that bottomed out and clubs that built from a place of respectability don’t usually look that different a few years down the line.Why? Probably the same reason that possessing a highly ranked farm system has surprisingly little effect on a team’s major-league fortunes down the road. Chicago and Houston were fortunate that so many of their top farmhands turned into stars,4Granted, not all of them did: 2013’s No. 1 overall pick, Mark Appel, quit baseball in February. and each has supplemented its young talent with cash spent elsewhere. (That’s a model the Phillies are currently following as well, to some early-season success.) Tanking is just the first step; to make it pay off, you also have to nail everything that comes after.This year’s extreme logjam of tankers may also make the strategy less effective. In the past, some teams were able to successfully build from the bottom because there wasn’t a ton of competition down there. It remains to be seen how well the tactic will work when almost a third of the league is doing the same thing at the same time. These copycats may have all hopped on the tank train at the wrong moment.Either way, the result of all this tanking has been a lot of bad baseball in the early going. I’m not totally convinced it’s had more of an effect on this year’s disappointing attendance numbers than, say, the terrible weather that’s plagued much of April around the country.5Although it should be said that 2018’s average attendance has dropped even further, from 27,532 per game at the time of Jeff Passan’s article to 26,931 through April 29, even as temperatures have risen. But it will probably end up affecting playoff races (as various contenders rack up easy wins against deliberately bad teams) and lead to more fans tuning out in the cities hosting these tank projects, and just at a time when baseball’s popularity was starting to creep back up again. All in the name of a strategy that might not even consistently work — despite a few high-profile successes in recent years.Check out our latest MLB predictions. The 2018 MLB season could end up being defined by a lot of things, including the possibility of even more tinkering to the baseball, an epic spate of strikeouts or the disappointing performance of the league’s supposed superteams. But most likely, we’ll remember 2018 as the year tanking dominated baseball’s landscape like never before. Not only did the spectre of mass rebuilding hang over the offseason — contributing to the slowest free-agent class in recent memory — but even after the talent was reshuffled on the field, tanking has already made a major impact on the standings. Particularly the bottom of the standings.According to our Elo projections, eight teams — the Reds, Royals, Marlins, Orioles, White Sox, Padres, Tigers and Rangers — are currently on track to lose at least 90 games, with roughly half of those teams flirting with a 100-loss pace. That’s the most potential 90-game-losers at the end of April since at least 1969,1The start of the “divisional era,” when MLB expanded to 24 teams. if we calculate past teams’ expected records using their Elo rating as of April 30 of each season.2Specifically, I ran a regression predicting a team’s rest-of-season record from its Elo rating at the end of April, and then added that expected record to a team’s actual record as of April 30 to arrive at a projected full-season record equivalent to the ones we list on our Elo-based MLB interactive. I also discarded strike-shortened seasons (like 1994 and 1995) from this analysis. With just a little luck, this year could end up matching (or surpassing) the record-setting 2004 season, which had 10 teams with 90 or more losses. read more

Hes constantly in trouble Prince Harry was already a rebel aged 8

first_imgSilver spoons, coins and cufflinks given by the Royal Family to Cyril DickmanCredit:Cheffins/BNPS Mr Dickman retired at 65 and was made a Freeman of the City of London. He died aged 85 in 2012 and the letters were uncovered by his grandson who was going through his belongings.He has decided to put them up for auction and they are valued at £15,000. Prince Harry developed his rebellious streak by the time he was eight, his mother the Princess of Wales revealed in previously unseen letters.The young prince was “constantly in trouble” at boarding school, Diana disclosed in a 1993 letter to a confidante, whom she had also told of Prince William’s love for his younger brother.In letters to the late Cyril Dickman, who served as a steward at Buckingham Palace for more than 50 years, Diana wrote that William “could not stop kissing” Harry after he was born in September 1984.One particularly touching letter to Mr Dickman, dated March 2, 1985, reads: “William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!” Diana letter October 1992 Dylan Mander, specialist at Cambridge-based auctioneers Cheffins which is auctioning off Mr Dickman’s letters, said: “It is incredibly rare to have letters from Princess Diana with such a personal touch to them.”She would not have had friends in the sense we do so you could say Cyril Dickman was one of her closest friends.”Cheffins’ sale takes place in Cambridge on Jan 5. Prince Harry and Prince William on their way to school in 1989 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. Princess Diana letter September 1984 Credit:Cheffins/BNPScenter_img Credit:Cheffins/BNPS Prince Harry and Prince William on their way to school in 1989Credit:PETER BROOKER/Rex Shutterstock Also in the letter, Diana reveals how she and Prince Charles had been “overwhelmed” by the reaction to Harry’s birth and could “hardly breathe from the mass of flowers”.Another letter, dated July 18, 1993, in a series that have emerged at auction, reveals the naughty side of Prince Harry, then aged eight.Diana wrote to Mr Dickman: “The boys are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!” Prince Harry was a pupil at private Ludgrove School in Berkshire at the time and the letter shows he had a rebellious streak at a young age.Nine years later aged 17 he was caught smoking cannabis in the grounds of Highgrove. He came under fire again in 2005 for wearing a Nazi uniform at a fancy dress party.Mr Dickman started his career at Buckingham Palace watching out for fires on the roof during the Blitz.The high esteem in which he was held by Princess Diana is reflected by the fact she confided in him about the death of her grandmother, the Baroness Fermoy, in July 1993. Show more In a letter dated July 18, 1993, she writes: “Thank you so much for your lovely letter concerning my Grandmother.”Her death came as a great shock, but it has meant an enormous amount to receive messages of support such as yours. I often think of you and Mrs Dickman and hope that life is treating you kindly.”Some of the other items in the auction include signed Christmas cards from Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Silver spoons, coins and cufflinks given by the Royal Family to Cyril Dickmanlast_img read more

Ghanas bigger picture mining approach will impact investment appeal

first_imgGold-endowed Ghana remains a high-class target for exploration and mining investment but its recent move to a “bigger picture” approach may impact future perceptions about its investment appeal, according to one of the most prominent Australian explorers there, Perth-based Viking Ashanti. Addressing the first day in Perth this week of the Paydirt 2012 Australian Gold Conference, Viking Ashanti Managing Director, Peter McMickan, said Ghana remained an exceptional “good for gold” province. “It continues to be politically and socially stable, offers strong mining infrastructure and services, can point to a successful 25 year record of modern mining, and with 3 Moz of gold output last year, confirms its hold as Africa’s second largest and the world’s ninth largest gold producer,” McMickan said.“However, what it has to deal with in future, as well as the global gold investment community, is that the perception about its appeal will now change because of its move towards the bigger mining picture,” he said.“In the past 18 months alone, it has lifted its gold royalty from 3 to 5%. Ghana’s company tax rate has also been increased in that same timeframe from 30% to 35%. These are not gamebreaking impacts in terms of Ghana’s gold exploration and mining upside but they will alter current perceptions about doing business there.“Its risk-reward profile remains positive but the higher charges will take the edge off the competitiveness enjoyed by it to date, particularly as there is now considerable resource investor interest in the emerging mining and development opportunities in the broader west African region.”McMickan said the sector continued to face challenges in ensuring a sufficient skills base for Ghana’s expanding mining industry.This was attributable to two main factors – the new government policy requiring 90% of a mining project’s workforce to be from indigenous communities and the fact that maturing projects making the transition to mining, required a much higher professional workforce such as mining engineers and mine managers.“It is fair to say that this growth is starting to stretch the breadth and depth of Ghana’s existing and potential exploration and mining workforce and is an issue that needs to be jointly addressed by all stakeholders looking to build a modern mining era for Ghana,” McMickan said.Viking Ashanti earlier this month announced a 40% higher JORC classified Inferred resource estimate of 18.0 Mt @ 1.2 g/t Au for 704,000 oz of contained gold, at a 0.5 g/t Au cut-off, for its 100%-owned Akoase East gold project in southern Ghana.The Company said then it now had increased confidence to build a significant further resource at Akoase East to see the deposit grow well beyond 1 Moz.last_img read more

Marinko Kelecevic two seasons in Celje PL

Member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina NT, left back, Marinko Kelecevic (26), signed two seasons contract with former EHF CL champion, Celje Pivovarna Lasko, a team who had a lot of problems and bad results this season without trophies. He will join his current coach in Hungarian FTC, Vladan Matic, who already signed contract with Slovenian TOP team.  Before Budapest, Kelecevic played for Debrecen, where he came from Serbia (PKB). ← Previous Story Ales Pajovic two years in SC Magdeburg Next Story → Vujovic returns to Vardar! Marinko Kelecevic read more

Appeal issued for missing teenager Tammy Duggan

first_imgUpdated 07.46am, Friday, 3 December: Tammy Duggan has been located safe and well.GARDAÍ IN CORK have issued an appeal for help to trace missing teenager Tammy Duggan.The 16-year-old has not been seen since 23 December. Her last known movements were in the Ballincollig area at about 2pm on Monday. At the time, she was wearing black knee-length boots, black leggings, a zebra-print skirt, black top and navy puff jacket with a belt.She is described as being 5′ 2″ tall and of petite build. She has brown shoulder-length hair and brown/green eyes.Anyone who has seen Tammy or can assist in finding her is asked to contact the station in Macroom on 026 20590 or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.Read: Warning about ‘Speckled Rolex’ ecstasy after man dies, four hospitalisedMore: Irish skier dies in Swiss Alps avalanchelast_img read more

Words cannot express our appreciation Family of Martin McGuinness touched by support

first_img By Sean Murray ‘Words cannot express our appreciation’: Family of Martin McGuinness touched by support His wife Bernie McGuinness said that “our hearts are broken” following his death earlier this week. Image: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA Images Mar 26th 2017, 1:11 PM Image: Brian Lawless PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE FAMILY OF Martin McGuinness have issued a statement to express their gratitude to all those who’ve sent messages of condolences and support after the political leader died earlier this week.The family sought to thank mourners who lined the streets of DerryHis wife Bernie said that despite Martin frequently being away due to his political activism, he was “a proud family man who took great delight in the accomplishments of our children and grandchildren”.The former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland died on Tuesday. He’d been diagnosed with a genetic heart condition several months before.Tributes poured in for McGuinness from across political spectrums, with former President Bill Clinton among the mourners at his funeral in his birthplace of Derry on Thursday.Sinn Féin released a statement on behalf of Bernie McGuinness today where she expressed the family’s gratitude at the support they’ve received in recent days.She said: “On my own behalf and Martin’s family, I want to thank all of those who have offered their condolences since Martin’s death, including the countless people who sent messages, mass cards and prayers.I also want to express our deep appreciation of the many thousands of people who attended vigils in the course of the week in many parts of Ireland and overseas.The doctors and nurses who looked after him during his illness were acknowledged, as were the many thousands who lined the streets of Derry for the funeral on Thursday.She also thanked his Sinn Féin colleagues, “especially here in Derry”, the many stewards, the friends who travelled from overseas, and particularly those who attended of participated in the funeral service in Long Tower Church. She added:Words cannot express our appreciation at the outpouring of love and solidarity, which embraced us throughout Thursday.McGuinness’s widow added that both she and her entire family had been touched by the efforts of so many to “provide solace and comfort throughout this very difficult period”.Despite being a “republican activist for all of his adult life”, which frequently took him away from his home and family, he was “a proud family man who took great delight in the accomplishments of our children and grandchildren”, she said.He loved his family. And we love him. Our hearts are broken.Read: Love and respect as Martin McGuinness made his final journey through the town that loved him so wellRead: ‘Ireland lost a hero. Derry lost a son’ – Adams gives graveside oration for McGuinness Share464 Tweet Email Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 1:11 PM 12,821 Views 70 Comments last_img read more

Asuka says she only hit her back and is okay after injury

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Seth Rollins Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list We had reported earlier that per several tweets from fans in attendance at the WWE live event in White Plains tonight during a match with Mandy Rose, Smackdown Women’s Champion Asuka was dropped on her neck and was unable to continue the match.Asuka later provided an update on her Twitter stating that she only hit her back.You can check out Asuka’s Twitter post below providing the update.I’m sorry for worrying you.Hit my back but That’s fine — ASUKA / 明日華 (@WWEAsuka) March 5, 2019 Videos Articles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Google+last_img read more

Strootman looking forward to playing for Roma

first_imgKevin Strootman can play his 100th Seria A game for AS Roma against Juventus tomorrow and he insisted that he is planning to stay at the club for much longer than just that.The Dutchman has missed two years of his career at AS because of his terrible knee injuries and he is very grateful towards the club that they decided to stand by him and give him every kind of support needed.The midfielder spoke about his future with the club as he said, according to Football Italia:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I’ve made 99 Serie A appearances for Roma, but it should’ve been many more. I’ve been playing regularly and want to have a lot more games in the Roma jersey.”“At the start of the season, our objective was to challenge for the Scudetto, but now we need only a point to ensure we’re in the Champions League next term.”“We’ve seen how wonderful it is to play in this competition, as the stadium was packed and the whole city felt involved. We did really well in the Champions League, but unfortunately in December and January dropped too many points in Serie A to continue the Scudetto race with Juve and Napoli.”last_img read more

Fuming and flaming OnePlus One suffocates owner company responds

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … OnePlus has won over many hearts with its impressive line of products and the brand has also earned a reputation for being the most trusted brand. The company’s community-first approach paired with value-for-money phones has contributed towards its success in India. Despite the shine and zeal of the products, OnePlus’ legacy product is painting the brand in a bad light.Incidents involving mobile phone explosions have sadly become quite common. OnePlus is a name rarely associated with such instance, but the company’s first-ever product, OnePlus One, has changed that.Earlier this week, a OnePlus One smartphone caught fire while it was unplugged and switched off, raising several safety concerns. Owner of the phone, Rahul Himalian, reported the incident, which took place on July 3, while he was asleep in his room.The OnePlus One started fuming and flaming and Himalian woke up by the suffocating and nauseating fumes generated by the phone. In the complaint he wrote to the OnePlus support team, Himalian noted that the room temperature was maintained at 19 degrees. OnePlus One endangers lifeAnirban Roy/ IBTimes India”On seeing the fumes filled in the room, I immediately splashed water on to the device to douse the fumes and flames. Had I not got up at this odd hour, the mobile would have exploded and caused vital/fatal injury to me,” Himalian noted in his complaint.Through his complaint, Himalian is expecting both OnePlus and Amazon, the online seller of the product, to take responsibility and redress the grievance. The photos of the damaged OnePlus One were shared on Twitter, which shows the handset in pretty bad shape. While the display appears intact, it has ejected from the housing whereas the rear portion is completely fried.Someone I know just got saved from fatality. @OnePlus_IN @oneplus how do you explain your phone exploding out of the blue???! Kids use your phone as it’s attractively priced. Where is the responsibility to fix this?— Chaiti Narula (@Chaiti) July 3, 2019The exact cause of the issue remains unknown at the moment, but OnePlus has responded saying: “We take such incidents seriously. Our team has already reached out to the user and is investigating this further.”As mentioned before, mobile phone explosions aren’t uncommon. Several incidents have caused serious injuries and even fatality to the owner of the phone. A lot of brands, such as Xiaomi, Motorola and others, have been associated with mobile phone explosions, but the biggest one was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, which drilled a deep loss into the company’s pockets when the company had to recall all units and seize productions. Closecenter_img Watch: Mobile phone blasts in man’s pocketlast_img read more

UNSC mulls Myanmar action for atrocities against Rohingyas

first_imgAn aerial view of Hla Phoe Khaung transit camp for Rohingya who decide to return back from Bangladesh, is seen in Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar, on 20 September 2018. – Photo: ReutersThe UN Security Council is considering action to push Myanmar to work with the United Nations to address the Rohingya refugee crisis, although China and Russia have so far boycotted talks on a British-drafted resolution, diplomats said on Monday.The draft resolution aims to put a timeline on Myanmar allowing the return of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees from neighboring Bangladesh and addressing accountability, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity.The Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August last year, when attacks on security posts by Rohingya insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations, the United States, Britain and others described as ethnic cleansing.Myanmar denies the accusations of ethnic cleansing.The draft resolution would warn that the 15-member Security Council could consider further steps, including sanctions, if there was not enough progress made by Myanmar, diplomats said. It would also ask UN officials to report back regularly to the council.It was unclear if or when the draft resolution could be put to a vote. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, Britain or France to pass.“I think it’s inappropriate, untimely and useless,” Russian UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told Reuters on Monday.China’s UN ambassador Ma Zhaoxu declined to comment. Myanmar’s UN ambassador Hau Do Suan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The draft was circulated to council members late last month and diplomats said that there had been several rounds of discussions. Russia and China attended an initial meeting, but have not taken part in any further talks, diplomats said.The text would push Myanmar to implement a memorandum of understanding with the UN development and refugee agencies that Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s government signed in June, as well recommendations made by the Rakhine Advisory Commission that was led by former UN chief Kofi Annan.The draft resolution does not include a referral of the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court, diplomats said.UN Security Council envoys traveled to Bangladesh and Myanmar in late April.In October, China, backed by Russia, failed to stop a Security Council briefing by the chair of a UN inquiry that accused Myanmar’s military of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar has rejected the findings of the UN report.last_img read more

Google Drive gets selective sync

first_imgGoogle Drive gets selective sync by Martin Brinkmann on April 15, 2016 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 3 commentsGoogle Drive, Google’s online storage service and software of the same name received an update recently that introduces selective sync to desktop clients.If you are heavily invested in the Google ecosystem, you are probably using Google Drive to sync your data across devices as well.The software is available for desktop and mobile operating systems ensuring that you get access to your data on the devices you own or use.One of the shortcomings of the desktop client of Google Drive was that it could only be used to sync all data or no data at all.That’s a problem if you store Gigabytes of data online but only want a fraction of the data synced to your devices. Maybe because that is all you require at that point in time, or because storage is limited and not capable of storing all Drive data.Selective SyncGoogle Drive syncs all data by default, and that is not going to change even with the new option. This means that you need to enable it before it becomes available.To enable selective sync in Google Drive do the following:Right-click on the Google Drive system tray icon and select Menu > Preferences (Menu is indicated by the three dots in the top right corner).Under Sync options, switch from “Sync everything in My Drive” to “Sync only these folders”.A list of all folders opens on the same screen with all of them selected by default.Uncheck folders that you don’t want synchronized with the desktop computer. You can select root folders but also subfolders which the program will display on the right when available.Google Drive calculates the new space requirement and displays it next to the “sync only these folders” option at the top. You can use it and the total storage available on the computer to make sure the synced data fits on the storage device.Hit apply once you have selected one or multiple folders that you don’t want to sync.A notification is displayed next that informs you that the data that is stored in the folder will be removed from the device (if already stored on it), and that it will remain accessible online.Click continue to proceed, or cancel to go back to the drawing board. Please note that Google Drive’s preferences window closes automatically if you select continue.The update rolls out over the coming weeks to desktop clients according to Google. You may get it right away by downloading the latest version of the Google Drive client directly from Google, and installing it over the current version.Quite a few competing services, OneDrive and Dropbox for instance, have supported selective sync for quite some time, and Google is a bit late to the party. Still, selective sync is a useful feature that should be beneficial to part of Google Drive’s userbase.SummaryArticle NameGoogle Drive gets selective syncDescriptionGoogle Drive, Google’s online storage service and software of the same name received an update recently that introduces selective sync to desktop clients.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is one of the chief sponsors of a Congressional bill that, if enacted, would require mammographers to inform patients of their breast density and choices for supplemental screening.Looking for signs of cancer in the mammogram of a dense breast is like looking for a polar bear in a snowstorm. Because they absorb X-rays, glandular and fibrous tissue appear white, as do microcalcifications, lumps and other lesions that may indicate breast cancer.  In recent years, state legislators have sought a political solution to this diagnostic quandary, passing legislation that requires mammographers to inform women if they have dense breasts. Typically, this legislation further requires mammographers to cite the potential benefits of supplemental screening tools, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound. Some on Capitol Hill want a similar say. On Oct. 30, Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) introduced the Breast Density and Mammography Reporting Act. If this proposed House bill, H.R.3404, is enacted, it would require mammographers to include information about the patient’s breast density in their patient reports, and to explain that those with more dense breasts may benefit from supplemental screening tests. The language of H.R.3404 emphasizes education and information: “By providing this simple piece of information, we can help women and their doctors make more informed decisions about their risks for developing breast cancer, helping improve their chances for early detection and survival,” DeLauro was quoted as saying in a press release from her office.It would seem difficult to argue with a woman’s right to know. But information is really not what this bill is about.Also quoted in the press release is Nancy Cappello, Ph.D., executive director and founder of Are You Dense Advocacy Inc. Capello pushed for the Connecticut state bill, the first in the nation to require breast density notification. She is the driving force behind the federal legislation spearheaded by Connecticut’s Rep. DeLauro. In the release, Cappello applauds DeLauro and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who has indicated that she will soon introduce a companion bill in the Senate, for “their relentless pursuit of equipping a woman with knowledge of her breast tissue composition so she can make an informed decision with her healthcare providers about her personal screening surveillance.”H.R.3404 is the third attempt at such a bill in the U.S. Congress. The first, in 2010, died in committee with eight sponsors. The second, submitted the next year with 46 sponsors, suffered a similar fate. Those behind this latest attempt are fewer in number — just 21. Yet they have high hopes for its success and ultimately its beneficial effect on women’s healthcare. “Increased awareness means earlier detection, and that means more women will have a fighting chance against this terrible disease,” DeLauro said in her press release.Why Congressional lawmakers want to get into medical practice is not clear. State legislators are already doing a pretty good job of playing doctor. Twelve states have passed legislation requiring patient notification of breast density following mammography. Pennsylvania may soon join those ranks. A federal law would standardize the requirements and reduce ambiguity, say proponents of such legislation. Opponents don’t have to look far for reasons to support their argument against this.  Congress’ attempt to shutdown ObamaCare by first shutting down the federal government instills little confidence that our legislators in Washington make good decisions when it comes to healthcare. Similarly, their acumen for writing healthcare legislation is suspect, given that Congress wrote and passed the flaw-ridden ObamaCare legislation in the first place.We are told the path to hell is paved with good intentions. Congress seems compelled to do a gold-plated job. Maybe our representatives in D.C. should stop constructing healthcare legislation until they can prove themselves competent with the programs they have already legislated before they inadvertently do more harm than good.Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. Read more of his views on his blog at FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | February 03, 2014 | Greg Freiherr Lawyers Playing Doctor Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more last_img read more

Unchecked pollution befouling majestic Lake Titicaca

first_img Top Stories Long before the frog deaths in April, the authority asked Peru and Bolivia for permanent monitoring efforts and laboratories to measure contaminants entering the lake. Even without such resources, the signs of contamination are obvious.Mamani blames the frog kill on untreated sewage and other waste that distill into a hydrogen-sulfite cocktail that chokes the life out of near-shore aquatic habitats.“It is time that urgent and coordinated measures be taken,” Mamani said.While only a small portion of Titicaca’s waters are polluted, the affected areas are along shores where more than a half-million Aymara people live, he said.Trout farms and nearby agriculture also have suffered.Quispe said the potatoes he grows near the shoreline have shrunken over time, a change he blames on contamination of the lake waters, which partially cover his fields before each growing season.Locals fear the tourism industry is next. Each year, some 750,000 tourists visit the 12,470-foot-high (3,800 meter-high) Lake Titicaca for its reed boats, pre-Columbian ruins and majestic views of snowcapped Andean peaks.Villagers from Puerto Perez, who paddle tourists on the lake on weekends, showered Bolivia’s environment minister, Alejandra Moreira, with complaints at a meeting in a nearby village in May. This April 25, 2015 photo shows dead frogs floating on the surface of Lake Titicaca in Pata Patani, Bolivia. As human and industrial waste from nearby cities increasingly contaminate the famed lake that straddles the border between Bolivian and Peru, the native Aymara people who rely on it for food and income say action must be taken before their livelihoods, like the frogs, die off. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) A study by the binational Lake Titicaca Authority found elevated levels of iron, lead, arsenic and barium in the water, the worst at the mouth of the Katari, which flows from El Alto.Contamination is most serious in the shallow waters of Cohana Bay, near the popular tourist spot of Copacabana and, on the Peruvian side, Puno Bay and near the Ramis and Coata rivers. The latter flows from the city of Juliaca.Urban runoff is not solely to blame. More than half the people living along the shores lack plumbing and existing local water-treatment plants are badly overtaxed, the lake authority says.To date, the only true remediation has been sporadic algae cleanups, authority president Alfredo Mamani said. “It’s like cleaning a pus-oozing wound without attacking the cause.”Bolivia and Peru created the authority to manage the body of water but have given it few resources to do so, he said. While Mamani declined to disclose the authority’s budget, he said it has 30 employees and no money for equipment or projects.During a meeting Tuesday in Peru, the presidents of the two countries agreed to strengthen the authority and to form a binational commission that, over the next six months, will come up with a plan to help the lake and finance the effort. BAHIA DE COHANA, Bolivia (AP) — Gulls swept down to feast on hundreds of dead and dying giant frogs floating in the rancid waters along a southeastern shore of Lake Titicaca, where the algae-choked shallows reek of rotten eggs.The die-off was the most striking sign yet of the deteriorating state of South America’s largest body of fresh water.Local fishermen have a harder time finding anything to catch, while farmers who work the land along the shores complain that tainted water is stunting crops. She suggested the 46 communities on Titicaca’s shores and islands, which are among the poorest in the two Andean nations, pool funds for expanded sewage systems and treatment plants.The village secretary, Guillermo Vallejos, called her response worse than inadequate.“When we have problems, officials come, take pictures and leave,” he said. “Rarely do they return. We must do everything ourselves to save the lake.”Deputy Environment Minister Ruben Mendez later said that the Bolivian government plans to raise tens of millions of dollars to build waste treatment plants along Titicaca’s shores.Details about the plan, however, have yet to be provided.___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak in Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories As human and industrial waste from nearby cities increasingly contaminate the famed lake that straddles the border between Bolivian and Peru, the native Aymara people who rely on it for food and income say action must be taken before their livelihoods, like the frogs, die off.“We used to live off of fishing,” said Juan Quispe, a local villager. “But now we have nothing to sustain us.” The fish have moved farther and farther from shore.On a recent Saturday, the 78-year-old Quispe joined a cleanup brigade to remove dead dogs, tires and other refuse from the shore of Cohana Bay where the lake meets the Katari River.Near-shore fishing was good until about 2000, when locals began to notice that the crystal azure waters periodically would turn a murky green, Quispe said.Most pollution on the Bolivian side, including such toxic heavy metals as lead and arsenic, originates in El Alto, a fast-growing city of 1 million people near La Paz that sits 600 feet (200 meters) above the lake and just 25 miles (40 kilometers) away.Seventy percent of El Alto’s 130 factories operate illegally and are not monitored for pollution, says Bolivia’s environment ministry. Runoff from mining exacerbates matters. Parents, stop beating yourself up 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more