The Latest Butts Wernick testify at justice committee on SNCLavalin affair

first_imgOTTAWA — The latest developments at the House of Commons justice committee, holding hearings Wednesday on the SNC-Lavalin affair (all times local):10 a.m.Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, enters the committee room — one larger than used the week prior for former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — and takes his seat, alone.A number of additional MPs not on the committee are attending the meeting today. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is also in the room.Butts avoided a phalanx of cameras outside the committee room by arriving through a back entrance.Butts’ testimony will contradict Wilson-Raybould’s version of events, in some detail, casting a different light on conversations Wilson-Raybould described as part a campaign of pressure tactics and veiled threats to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.He is backing up his version of events with emails, text messages and other documentation, much as Wilson-Raybould did in her testimony.Before beginning to speak, the Liberal majority on the committee votes down a Conservative motion for Butts to be sworn in to testify under oath.Conservative MP Michael Cooper tries in vain to have Butts sworn in, but he’s told the committee has spoken.“I will tell the truth,” Butts tells the committee as he starts his opening statement. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Steven Tyler To Go Out On A Limb For Charity

first_imgRock and Roll Hall of Fame member Steven Tyler today announced his intimate concert performance “STEVEN TYLER…OUT ON A LIMB” at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on May 2nd.Steven Tyler… Out On A LimbThe award winning director Brett Ratner and the legendary frontman are collaborating on a unique experience to benefit Janie’s Fund, Tyler’s charitable initiative to help girls overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect.Named after his hit song “Janie’s Got A Gun,” Janie’s Fund is a collaboration between Tyler and leading non-profit organization Youth Villages established to help girls overcome the trauma of abuse and neglect. Launched in November 2015, Janie’s Fund offered a historic 54 days of impact coinciding with the 26th anniversary of the release of the song. For more information, please visit“Youth Villages is so grateful to Steven Tyler for starting Janie’s Fund to help our girls who are working to heal from abuse,” said Youth Villages CEO Patrick Lawler. “Steven’s commitment to helping these girls brings them so much hope, and this will be an incredible evening. He uses his big voice unceasingly to raise awareness and funds for the voiceless.”“I’m digging deep and finding some real buried treasure for this one. I’ve never performed quite like this before,” said Tyler. “I’m telling it like it is and getting to perform with some extremely talented musicians and dear friends from Nashville. For this show, we’re taking it up close and personal and truly going… OUT ON A LIMB.”“STEVEN TYLER… OUT ON A LIMB” will showcase in-depth stories and insights on stage from recounts of his piano upbringing to trials and tribulations of life with his band. Backed by his Nashville-based band, Loving Mary, Tyler will lead the crowd on a time-traveling journey from his musical ancestors in Calabria, Italy all the way to Route 440 and Nashville’s country music.The event will also feature a silent auction with once in a lifetime experiences and memorabilia, from a five-day stay at Tyler’s Hawaiian home to a limited edition, hand-shaped artist series surfboard designed by artist Tim Bessell as part of the Bessell Warhol Project. Additional items include an autographed one-of-a-kind painting of Tyler and Aerosmith bandmate Joe Perry by artist Brian Fox; the Skittles mic stand from the set of Tyler’s Super Bowl commercial; exclusive signed images taken by photographer Sarah Skinner; pieces from Tyler’s personal wardrobe worn on American Idol; and an opportunity to attend the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles along with a complimentary gifting suite prize package.Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 8th at 10 AM and are priced at $53, $153 and $203, not including applicable service charges. Two VIP packages will be offered by Twisted J, one at $550 (includes access to seats in the first five rows and exclusive advance access to silent auction items) and $950 (same offer as $550 with the addition of a Meet and Greet). For additional information with package details, visit of music’s most recognizable and dynamic performers, Tyler has been cited by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest singers of all time.” Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide and he has won four GRAMMY Awards, six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy Award. In addition to having nine number one hits, Aerosmith has received 25 Gold, 18 Platinum and 12 multi-Platinum album certifications. Tyler’s highly-anticipated upcoming solo album is scheduled for release later this summer on Big Machine Label Group’s Dot Records. His current single, “RED, WHITE, & YOU” is available now.In addition to presenting sponsor Twisted J Apparel, award-winning New York based restaurant Catch will sponsor the milestone event.last_img read more

Japan to extend US801311 for demining in North

Sri Lanka has a target of being mine-impact free by 2020. Japan has already made a vital contribution to achieving that target, but it will also depend can the ongoing support of other longstanding donors as well as additional funding from new partners. (Colombo Gazette) Japan has been a major donor supporting mine clearance in Sri Lanka to accelerate the return and resettlement of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to facilitate recommencement of agriculture and other livelihood activities of returnees. Since 2003, the Government of Japan has provided a sum of US$ 27.7 million for demining activities in the North and the East under its Grant Assistance schemes. Damian O’Brien, Programme Manager, The HALO Trust noted that “HALO was honored to be recognized as a trustworthy partner by the, Government of Japan, one of the most important donors to demining activities in. Sri Lanka since 2043. With Japanese support, HALO Sri Lanka will clear its 200,000th landmine by early next year, an important milestone that shows how much the partnership has accomplished. The Government of Japan has decided to provide a total sum of US$801,311 (approximately Rs. 108 million) in grant aid for humanitarian demining in the North under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).The Project for Humanitarian Mine Clearance in the North, implemented by The HALO Trust will expedite the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to make mine contaminated areas safe lands for people to return and resume their livelihood. read more

12 large bags of unstamped tobacco seized near Cornwall

Two people are facing charges after roughly 472 lbs of unstamped tobacco was seized during a traffic stop near Cornwall.The Cornwall Regional Task Force says a vehicle was pulled over on March 22 at a South Glengarry marina. Police along with Canada Border Service Agency officers seized the vehicle along with 12 bags of fine cut tobacco. “This is another great example of collaborative efforts with our partners to disrupt organize crime activities. With the spring weather approaching, we would like to remind everyone of the importance, as a community, to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to police immediately,” stated Insp. Sue Black, Officer in charge of the RCMP Cornwall Detachment.New York residents Elizabeth Maracle, 59, and Rahsontanohstha Delormier, 23, have been charged with possession of unstamped tobacco.Maracle and Delormier are scheduled to appear in court on April 17. read more

Bell Rogers slash gigabit internet prices in Toronto in bid to woo

TORONTO — Two of Canada’s biggest internet providers have slashed prices by about 45 per cent in the Toronto area for their most advanced offerings, but industry observers say such skirmishes are usually very local and short-lived.Bell Canada is offering a gigabit-per-second home internet package with unlimited data for $79.95 in parts of Toronto, down from $149.95, until the end of July.Rogers, for its part, currently has a limited time promotional offer on its gigabit-per-second service that drops the monthly fee to $79.99 for 12 months, from $152.99.Market analyst Emily Taylor of IDC Canada says such local, short-term price wars are part of a long-term battle for market share among the country’s major internet providers, including Bell, Rogers, Videotron, Telus and Shaw.Taylor says that Canadian adoption of gigabit-speed home internet has been relatively slow, in part because it’s only available in some places, but consumers are definitely choosing faster services than they did a few years ago.She says the special promotions are a way for carriers to show what the faster networks can do with the expectation that consumers will come to see them as essential service in the future. read more

DTI five year plan spotlights motor industrys lead

The publication of the department for trade and industry (DTI) five year plan, Creating wealth from knowledge, has been welcomed by SMMT.  Supporting the plan, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘The UK automotive sector has set the pace for many of the new initiatives in the DTI five year plan. The Automotive Academy and VIPER are helping automotive manufacturing in the UK meet the challenges of global competition. We are a sector that is committed to driving skills, innovation and productivity.’Creating wealth from knowledge proposes to roll out sectoral skills academies similar to the Automotive Academy which was launched in 2003, based in the West Midlands.  The Academy is enhancing the skills of Britain’s motor industry, plugging skills gaps to improve productivity and competitiveness. The five year plan also proposes the creation of sector specific groups to tackle regulation overload. The Vehicle Industry Policy and European Regulation initiative (VIPER) was the first such group, formed in 2002. It has been meeting regularly to discuss EU directives, future government regulation and implementation issues.SMMT strongly supports the proposals to raise the proportion of young people achieving skill level 3 (A Levels or the vocational equivalent) and efforts to encourage more inward investment into R&D.  The SMMT-managed Foresight Vehicle programme will continue to lead the industry’s work in this area.The DTI plan can be found at: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State defense stiffens in second half of 4228 win

Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee (43) runs a recovered fumble toward the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor nearly three quarters of play, Ohio State football fans across the country must have thought it was deja vu.Just like the previous year, OSU was heavily-favored going into its game against archrival Michigan. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, however, the Wolverines were once again matching them step for step. With 7:41 left in the third quarter, Michigan tied the game at 21 following a 12-play, 75-yard drive. The Wolverines had already scored on drives of 80 and 95 yards in the first half, leaving a record Ohio Stadium crowd virtually quiet.Enter Michael Bennett.The senior defensive lineman and co-captain gave a speech to the entire Buckeye defense after the score, he said, and the unit then forced the Wolverines into two straight punts and a fumble, allowing the offense to take the lead back in what would become a 42-28 OSU victory.OSU allowed just 129 yards in the game following the speech, and after the game redshirt-freshman Darron Lee credited Bennett with the improved caliber of play.“Second half, yeah — credit that to Mike Bennett for getting into us in the third quarter. He’s a vocal leader, a vocal force when we’re not doing our job,” Lee said. “He’s a great captain for that. We all needed that for our defense and it showed.”Bennett took similar action during halftime of OSU’s game against Minnesota on Nov. 15. At that point the Buckeyes only led by three, and this time around Bennett said the message was simple.“When you gotta say something, you gotta say something. I felt like that was the best time. I think they had just scored, and it didn’t feel right, they way they were scoring,” he said after The Game. “We expected them to do a bunch of screens and draws and all this stuff, but they just straight up ran the ball down our field and scored, and that’s not all right.”The Centerville, Ohio, native finished with three solo tackles and one sack, as did his linemate, junior Adolphus Washington. Washington noted after the game that Bennett’s interventions in the games against Minnesota, and now Michigan, have been important to the defense’s play.“Guys definitely respond better to peers than they do to a coach, so Mike’s been showing a lot of leadership these past couple weeks,” he said. “And I think that’s been helping us a lot in this second half.”But before addressing his teammates, Bennett and Buckeyes were just hanging on against Michigan’s redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner. In the meeting between the two team’s last season, Gardner threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns. This year he had 129 yards in the first half, and helped the Wolverines convert on four of six third-down attempts in the opening 30 minutes.Washington credited the competitive nature of the rivalry as the reason why the Wolverines —  who ranked last in scoring offense in the Big Ten entering Saturday’s game — put together long drives and 21 points through three-and-a-half quarters.“They always got a game plan for us, they always have something up their sleeve for us. Like you said, they were coming right at us and was we were making mistakes on little things and they were just capitalizing on it,” he said. “But once we went in there the second half and we talked about it, we got it covered.”Despite the defense finding its collective footing and the offense doing similar, perhaps the biggest play of the game came on the first play of the fourth quarter. With OSU driving, redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was tackled after a short game. But he didn’t get back up. The potential Heisman Trophy candidate had to be carted off the field, and an OSU official said after the game that Barrett suffered a fractured right ankle on the play, meaning his season is over.Lee said he approached Barrett after the play to reassure him that the team had the game under control.“I went out there and told him, ‘hey man, we got you.’ Told him I love him because I do, he’s a great guy and he’s a great brother,” Lee said. “Everybody was just gonna pick it up from there on, and that’s all it was.”After the teams traded three drives in which they punted, the Buckeyes extended the lead to 14 when sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott ran in from 44 yards. On Michigan’s next drive came the real game-clincher: sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa stripped Gardner, before Lee picked up the ball and took it another 33 yards into the end zone.It was a similar play to the first game of the season against Navy when Lee — in his OSU debut — gathered a fumble and ran for a score. The linebacker said his play against the Wolverines hadn’t quite hit him yet.“It’s really different from the video games, I’ll tell you that. It’s nice, a lot louder,” he said. “Hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it feels good that we won.”Even in victory, eyes turn to OSU’s quarterback situation as redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones takes the reigns for a Dec. 6 matchup in the Big Ten Championship and a potential bowl game. Junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who leads the Buckeyes in total tackles with 108, said the change means the defensive side of the ball has to be even better than before.“We’ve got some things to shore up, definitely,” he said. “We can’t have six and seven-yard runs on first down. But you get past the emotions of the game and you really turn on the film and see what you need to work on, and we’ll find out.”Lee had similar feelings when it comes to what the defense must do to help the team win going forward.“Personally, I feel like defense is going to have to step up tremendously now,” he said. “I’m gonna do everything I can, and if that means I gotta do a little extra, then so be it.”OSU is scheduled to face Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. read more

Junior doctor with two medical degrees wins Miss England before heading to

Bhasha Mukherjee A junior doctor with two medical degrees started her first day in hospital just hours after being crowned Miss England. Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, from Derby, was forced to get on a 4am train on Friday morning to attend her first shift after winning the prestigious beauty pageant on Thursday night. This year’s contest was the first time a ‘make-up free’ round was introduced after the competition was criticised for setting an unhealthy beauty standard and being too critical of women’s bodies. Before competing in the 2019 heats, entrants were required to submit photographs of themselves with no makeup, filters or editing.This year also saw a woman wear a wetsuit in the optional bikini round because she was a Muslim, signaling to a more inclusive line-up in the competition.  She said: “I don’t really show much skin, because that’s what makes me feel comfortable.“I didn’t wear a wetsuit just because my religion prohibits me.’”Also among the finalists were Eleanor Farr, who has a titanium hip caused by rheumatoid arthritis and Lucy Krogdahl, who showed her self-harm scars.Angie Beasley, director Miss England Ltd said: “England is a country that is completely occupied by people of all sorts. The Miss England contest has always been there for, and indeed encouraged, participation by every group and every type. We encourage entries from every ethnicity.” Bhasha MukherjeeCredit: Mercury Press & Media Ms Mukherjee who was raised in India but now lives in Derby, snagged the crown despite competing against a plethora of non-traditional pageant finalists. Dr Mukherjee has an IQ of 146 and speaks five languages including German, Hindi and French.Following her win she said: “I couldn’t tell if I was more nervous about Miss England or about starting my job as a junior doctor.”Other competitors included the current Miss Lincolnshire, Aysha Khan, who wore a wetsuit during the swimwear round. 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. read more

Roymec CCD thickeners for Langer Heinrich uranium

first_imgRoymec Technologies was awarded a contract to design and supply two 35 m counter current decantation (CCD) thickeners for Namibian uranium mine, Langer Heinrich for its Phase three expansion project. The tanks are due to leave the workshop for delivery soon. This is Roytec’s first thickener contract with the client, although it did previously supply the fixed bed ion exchange circuit and the large volume segmented tanks for the same project. The Roytec project consists of the supply of the thickener tanks, hydraulically driven high torque drive mechanisms, rake arms, rake blades, high rate feedwell, agitated feed tanks and pumped feed dilution mechanism.Roymec Technologies is a specialist engineering and project management company providing equipment, plant design and turnkey construction solutions and services in screening, filtration, thickening, ion-exchange, coalescing, clarification and allied processes.last_img read more

AIS Resources makes significant progress with pilot plant production chemistry

first_imgA.I.S. Resources Ltd has completed the mass balance chemistry and process engineering that will be used to determine the raw materials used to purify the lithium brines from its Guayatayoc project in northern Argentina. This process engineering information will be used in the design, engineering, and construction of an 8-10,000 t lithium carbonate plant.The analysis used fractional crystallization and ion exchange resins to purify the lithium carbonate to higher than 99.5% lithium carbonate. The work was conducted in Salta and will be replicated at Guayatayoc at a later stage to ensure that the reduction in air pressure has no material impact.The project is located in Jujuy Province along highway 11, 15 km from the town of Abralaite in the Puna plateau at 3,412 m. The completion of this work allows the project team led by Phil Thomas, COO to focus on drilling, and production geohydrology when permits are issued.This concentrate will be converted into lithium carbonate samples for customers globally to begin qualifying AIS’s lithium products. Samples will be provided to those companies that have expressed interest in buying the lithium carbonate for their assessment.  The pilot plants we have access to have a production capacity of approximately 500kg per week.  Full sample production will commence in the new year.Thomas stated: “This is a significant milestone we’ve achieved. We now have proof of process, that can be scaled up to 10,000 t. The data we have is extremely valuable covering all the phases in the process, and after pumping tests are completed will allow us to go to design, engineering and construction. We are making good progress on our drilling application and will commence drilling Guayatayoc as soon as it is granted. Having immediate access to large pilot plants and a laboratory has saved many hours of downtime and allowed us to complete raw material calculations and manage various brine concentrations. We are delighted with our results.”last_img read more

Children among 120 passengers on board missing Myanmar military plane

first_img Short URL Children among 120 passengers on board missing Myanmar military plane Debris has been found in the search for the plane, which was carrying soldiers and their relatives. By AFP 22 Comments PIECES OF A Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard have been found in the Andaman Sea today, a local official has said.Navy ships and aircraft have been searching since the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers earlier today.More than a dozen children are believed to be among the passengers on the plane, which was travelling from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon.“Now they have found pieces of the damaged plane in the sea 136 miles (218 km) away from Dawei city,” Naing Lin Zaw, a tourism official in Myeik, said, adding that the navy was still searching the sea.An air force source confirmed to AFP that a navy search and rescue ship had found pieces of the plane in the sea an hour’s flight south of Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital.The commander in chief’s office said the plane lost contact at about 1:35pm local time (7.05am Irish time) off Myanmar’s southern coast.There was conflicting information about the number of people on board. Giving an updated figure, the office said 106 passengers were on board — soldiers and family members — along with 14 crew members.The air force source said more than a dozen of those on board were children.Four naval ships and two air force planes were sent to search for the plane, which was flying at an altitude of more than 18,000 feet (5,486 metres).It is monsoon season in Myanmar, but there were no reports of bad weather at the time the plane went missing.Military air woes The plane was a Y-8F-200 four-engine turboprop, a Chinese-made model still commonly used by Myanmar’s military for transporting cargo. The army said it was delivered in March last year and had logged 809 flying hours.The former military junta bought many of the aircraft from Myanmar’s giant neighbour during their 50 years of isolated rule, when they were squeezed by Western sanctions.A former executive at the aviation ministry said many of the aircraft in Myanmar’s fleet were old and decrepit.“Myanmar air force has very bad safety performance,” he said, asking to remain nameless.Myanmar’s military fleet has a chequered recent history of plane crashes. All five crew died when an air force plane burst into flames soon after taking off from the capital Naypyidaw in February last year.Three army officers were killed the following June when their Mi-2 helicopter crashed into a hillside and burst into flames in south-central Bago.A surge in demand for air travel as Myanmar opens up has stretched the impoverished country’s aviation infrastructure, in particular in remote airports. Commercial jets have also suffered frequent incidents.The worst in recent years was in 2012 when an Air Bagan jet crash-landed in thick fog and burst into flames short of the runway at Heho airport, killing one passenger and a motorcyclist on the ground.- © AFP 2017Read: 12 dead as ISIS gunmen and suicide bombers storm Iran’s parliamentRead: Explainer: Who is Reality Winner, and why has she been charged with leaking US secrets? File photo Jun 7th 2017, 2:26 PM center_img File photo Image: Shutterstock/Sergey Kohl Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 2:26 PM Image: Shutterstock/Sergey Kohl Share99 Tweet Email 25,096 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Développement durable le gouvernement plaide en faveur du mécénat environnemental

first_imgDéveloppement durable : le gouvernement plaide en faveur du mécénat environnementalFrance – Le 25 mai dernier, la secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie Chantal Jouanno et le président de l’Assemblée des chambres françaises de commerce et d’industrie (ACFCI), Jean-François Bernardin, ont cosigné une charte. Le document vise à amplifier, ces trois prochaines années, l’implication des chambres de commerce et d’industrie dans la promotion du mécénat environnemental auprès des entreprises.Le mécénat d’entreprise représente aujourd’hui 2,5 milliards d’euros en France, dont seuls 10% sont dédiés à des projets liés au développement durable et à la protection de l’environnement. Comme l’a souligné Chantal Jouanno, la majeure partie du mécénat d’entreprise est consacrée à la culture et à la solidarité, or il s’agit d’un “outil indispensable pour accélérer la mutation écologique de la société”.Lors de la signature de la charte, qui prévoit notamment la désignation d’un “référent mécénat environnemental” dans les CCI, la commissaire générale au Développement durable Michèle Pappalardo a présenté de nouveaux outils mis en place par le ministère de l’Écologie pour rapprocher mécènes et porteurs de projets. Parmi eux, une plateforme d’échanges en ligne, un guide pratique juridique et fiscal sur le mécénat d’entreprise, ou encore le lancement à la mi-juin des “Trophées du mécénat 2010”, qui auront pour but de valoriser les actions exemplaires en matière de développement durable.Des porteurs de projets ont profité de l’occasion pour présenter auprès des entreprises mécènes leurs missions en cours. Ce fut notamment le cas de Procter & Gamble, une entreprise engagée dans le mécénat de produits de consommation avec Dons solidaires ou encore du parc national de la Guadeloupe, qui a pour but de réintroduire le lamantin sur l’île avec la Sita, filiale de Suez Environnement.Le 31 mai 2010 à 14:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Idea fair blooms with inspiration

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — After what felt like weeks of continuous rain, Lenny Severs was excited to see the sun sneak out in recent days, because that meant she could get back to planting. “I don’t have a green thumb,” Severs of Camas said. “The things I plant don’t stay alive from year to year, but every year, I keep planting. I was cleaning out the yard recently and taking some leaves off flowers, and this one flower was absolutely dead and the whole thing just ripped right out of the dirt. It was disgusting.”Severs said the rain did make it easy to clear out her yard. She’s ready to start planting this year, and on Saturday, rolled around a wood-paneled wagon full of plants she purchased at the 26th annual Clark Public Utilities Home and Garden Idea Fair, held at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield.Severs’ haul included a Japanese maple tree, trailing plants and tomato plants. Now all she needs is an opening to plant them.At this stage of spring, gardeners need to be optimistic, said Jacki Johnson, owner of Jacki’s Heirloom Garden in Ridgefield, one of 40-plus local vendors selling plants and flowers at the fair.“Eventually, it all dries up and we’ll get some sun again,” Johnson said.This was her 10th year as a vendor at the fair, and she brought along starter plants, perennials, heirlooms and tomatoes. The heavy rain has delayed her tomato planting, Johnson said, but a lot of her heirlooms stayed outside and survived the winter.“They will live on in spite of us,” she said. “They’re hardy little plants.”Johnson mostly sells her plants throughout the year at farmers markets and other events like the fair. Twice a year she hosts a plant sale on her property in Ridgefield. She said she likes the fair because it gives her a chance to walk around and see what the other vendors are offering.last_img read more

7member panel to probe DUCSU polls irregularities

first_imgFile PhotoDhaka University (DU) vice-chancellor Akhtaruzzaman has formed a seven-member probe panel to look into the allegations of irregularities in the elections to DU Central Student’s Union (DUCSU) and hall unions, reports UNB.Sajeda Banu, a supernumerary professor of the Mathematics department, has been made chief of the committee while assistant proctor of the university M Maksudur Rahman its member secretary, said a DU press release on Thursday.The other members of the investigation committee are dean of Biological Science faculty Imdadul Hoque, provosts of Sir PJ Hartog International Hall Mohiuddin, chairman of Economics department Shafique uz Zaman, syndicate member Mohammad Humayun Kabir and professor Sharmin Rumi Alim of the Nutrition and Food Science Institute.The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days.last_img read more

McFerran Signs with Kampong SV

first_imgThe goalkeeper is in her sixth year as a member of the Irish National Team which is set to compete in the European Championships in August. She was named Best Goalkeeper of the 2018 World Cup after leading Ireland to a silver medal. She was instrumental in the Green Army’s historic run, surrendering only three goals in their first five matches, and dominating in a pair of shootout victories as they entered the finals. Story Links McFerran (Larne, Northern Ireland) will join the professional ranks after a stellar career at UofL. The program’s first four-time NFHCA All-American finished her career ranked among the school’s top three in career victories (50) victories and shutouts (20) and goals against average (1.40). McFerran earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in May 2019. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville field hockey alum Ayeisha McFerran will continue her field hockey as a member of the Dutch field hockey club Kampong SV in Utrecht.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Evolutionary psychologists find macaques more likely influenced by friends than family

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Evolutionary psychologists find macaques more likely influenced by friends than family (2012, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Study shows Facebook friend relationships due mostly to similarities between people © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_img When macaques are together, they tend to pair up with friends; other macaques that they spend more time with than others in the group. As part of their “friendship” pairs groom one another and pick off fleas, etc. And macaques, like people and many other animals, also note when other members of their group turn to look at something, and then turn to look as well to see what’s up. It is thought that such gaze following is a natural form of self-preservation. After all, if a predator has suddenly appeared behind you, and someone you are interacting with suddenly looks and sees them, it makes a lot of sense to turn and have a look yourself.But what the two found surprising was the time lag between noting a change in gaze, and then in turning to look in response, with the macaques. They found that when it was a friend doing the gazing, there was little to no lag at all. But when it was anybody else, it took slightly longer, regardless of whether it was family or a group leader.Micheletta and Waller don’t suggest they know for sure why this is, but do theorize that it might be because the macaques view their friends more importantly than they do others in the group, or that because of their bond, they look forward to sharing in whatever the other has found. Or, it also seems plausible that they simply trust their friends more, and thus don’t hesitate to turn and look when they see their friend has found something of interest.The two researchers also hint that such behavior might shed some light on human relationships as well, but as yet, haven’t undertaken a study to find out if people would react the same way, and if they do, what it might mean. ( — In order to better understand human relationships, researchers who study such things often turn to other primates for the simple reason that they are more accessible, being locked up in zoos and such. Thus, PhD student Jerome Micheletta, at the University of Portsmith in the UK, found himself studying the crested macaque in the Marwell Wildlife Zoological Park. It was while doing so that he discovered that the macaques tended to follow the gaze of a friend more quickly than they did others, such as family members. Micheletta along with Dr. Dr Bridget Waller have published their findings on this research in the journal Animal Behavior. More information: Press releaselast_img read more

Mexico US come to migrant agreement to avoid tariffs

first_imgWhen announcing details of the agreement, Ebrard indicated that migrants who cross the southern border of the United States will be returned without delay to Mexico, and in the cases of those requesting asylum, they will be able to wait in Mexico for the answer. Mexico City, Mexico — The US and Mexico have reached an agreement that will see the suspension of tariffs on Mexican products. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs added that Mexico will deploy National Guard troops throughout the country, giving priority to the southern border and thus, contain irregular immigration. The announcement came after 12 hours of negotiations in Washington Friday. He insisted that all Central Americans who enter Mexico in order to reach the United States will have to register with the National Institute of Migration (INM) to obtain status and avoid being anonymous travelers. The Mexico-US agreement stipulates that if measures are not successful, a period of 90 days will be given to again analyze and take additional actions. He added that Mexico and the United States will lead a joint effort with national and international partners to build a prosperous and safe Central America and address the underlying causes of migration. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, said that Mexico and the US will work together to achieve a solution to migration. “Mexico and the United States met this week to face challenges in migration taking into account the increase of migrants to the United States. Mexico will increase its effort to reduce illegal migration,” he said at a press conference. He also stressed that the United States ratified the agreement signed December 18, in which they pledged to provide funds for productive projects that serve migrants. Mexico has requested the US accelerate the delivery of those funds since to date, there is only record of the start of a program in El Salvador.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

FDA Offers Inside Look at Mammography Patient and Provider Notification Process

first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | 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 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. 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The multi-year… read more Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 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. read more 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 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. July 27, 2016 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Division of Mammography Quality Standards (DMQS) recently released a news brief giving some insight on what mammography facilities should expect if they are ordered to perform a Patient and Provider Notification (PPN)The DMQS is responsible for ensuring that mammography facilities are performing and providing safe and effective mammography services. In the United States, as of March 1, 2015, there are approximately 8,740 Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)-certified facilities performing approximately 39 million mammograms each year.DMQS works closely with the FDA-approved accreditation bodies, state MQSA inspection contract partners, and FDA and state MQSA inspectors to monitor facility compliance with the MQSA’s implementing regulations.When there are issues at a facility that may compromise clinical image quality, the FDA, an FDA-approved State Certifying Agency or the facility’s accreditation body can require the facility to participate in an Additional Mammography Review (AMR), conducted by the accreditation body. An AMR is an evaluation of the clinical image quality of a sample of mammograms performed at the facility, usually during a specified time frame. If the FDA or a State Certifying Agency determines that the AMR reveals that the quality of mammography performed by the facility was so inconsistent with the quality standards established by the MQSA as to pose a serious risk to human health, they can require the facility to perform a patient and provider notification (PPN).If a facility is required by the FDA to perform a PPN, the facility will receive a Patient and Provider Notification Letter containing the reason(s) for the PPN action and instructions for completing the PPN. The PPN letter will also contain a very important piece of information: the name and contact information for the DMQS compliance officer assigned to the PPN case. The compliance officer is available to guide the facility through the PPN process to ensure that the action is completed effectively and within the required timeframe. The following is a brief description of PPN-related activities and their timeframes:The facility must identify the at-risk patients and their referring healthcare providers. At-risk patients include those who had mammograms at the facility during the timeframe defined in the PPN letter. The facility must submit the names of the at-risk patients, along with the names of their referring healthcare providers to the compliance officer within two weeks of receiving the PPN letter;The PPN letter includes patient and provider notification letter templates. The facility must use the notification letter templates to inform patients and providers of the serious concerns regarding the quality of mammography at the facility. The letters are also designed to guide patients and providers as to what actions they should consider taking in response to the notification;Once the notification letter templates have been approved by FDA, the facility must mail, via a trackable mailing system, the provider letters within 5 days of approval and the patient letters within 5 to 7 days after the provider letters have been mailed;Each week after the facility has begun mailing the provider notification letters, the facility must submit copies of delivery confirmation to the compliance officer. Once all patients and providers have been notified, the compliance officer conducts a random audit of the PPN; andOnce the compliance officer determines that the PPN was effectively executed, the compliance officer issues a PPN closeout letter to the facility documenting that it successfully completed the PPN.In some instances, FDA may supplement a PPN by posting a Mammography Safety Notification on the FDA public website and providing the safety information via social media.With the guidance of the FDA compliance officer, a facility can conduct and complete a PPN as required. The facility’s PPN provides vital information to patients and providers and must be conducted in a timely manner. Often a facility who is ordered to perform a PPN has also had its accreditation revoked and its MQSA certificate put into a “no longer in effect” status. Successful completion of the PPN is required prior to the facility having its accreditation reinstated and receiving an active MQSA certificate. A follow-up AMR is usually performed after accreditation reinstatement in order to ensure that corrective actions have been effective and that the facility is practicing quality mammography.As part of the MQSA, FDA is mandated by Congress to provide annual reports, available to healthcare providers and the general public, of adverse actions taken against mammography facilities. This information allows patients and providers to make informed decisions about choosing a mammography facility. FDA provides this information in “real-time” as it closes out these actions by posting the facility information, the adverse event (s) that have occurred, the corrective actions taken and the current operating status of the facility to the public FDA website under the title Mammography Facility Adverse Event and Actions Report.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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). 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 last_img read more

Android P Beta 4 is here stable Android P expected in the

first_imgWith Android P expected to release sometime in August, Google released the beta 4 version of Android P. Android P Beta 4 is the last preview before the official launch of Android P platform. Android P beta 4 consists of a release candidate build with updates to final system behaviors and official Android P APIs. Android P is the next major release after Android Oreo released last year in August. With the Beta 4 version of Android P,  Google has provided “everything” that developers need to wrap up their testing. There are different devices such as Google Pixel phones, Oppo R15 pro, Sony Xperia XZ2, etc, on which you can run the latest Android P beta 4.  Here’s a look at key features that Android P will include. The latest release is available for users who have enrolled themselves in the Android Beta program. Android Beta program is necessary to start testing the update which delivers over-the-air (OTA) updates to its user base. With all the APIs and system behavior updates in Beta 4, we might not see any major changes between Android P beta 4 version and the official stable version of Android P. Android P Beta 4, for now, is available for Google Pixel devices, namely, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL. Pixel users can get Beta 4 on their phone by using the Factory images and OTA files carrying build PPP5.180610.010 to install the latest Android P Beta on their devices instantly. If you don’t want to install the latest beta version on your Pixel device then there is a new version provided by Google for Android Emulator where you can test out Beta 4. For more information on Android P Beta 4, check out the official documentation. Read Next Top 5 Google I/O 2018 conference Day 1 Highlights: Android P, Android Things, ARCore, ML kit and Lighthouse Google updates biometric authentication for Android P, introduces BiometricPrompt APIlast_img read more

Paris continues to lure travellers

first_imgParis registered 16.4 million footfall in the very first half of the year and is set to lure more travellers, as confirmed by a senior official.The hotel visits rose by 12.5% as compared to 2016, in the very first three months of 2017, due credits to the Russian and Japanese visitors who amplified the tapping of the footfall.The overseas visitors were 16% up and the French tourist number was 9.9%, whereas Japanese tourist count saw a remarkable shoot escalating to 62% this year, running in the second position were the Russians with 51% followed by Chinese at 40% for the same time frame of 2016. Around 11.2% more hotel rooms were booked for the business visitors in the first trimester of 2017.As per a French broadcaster, events like the Paris Air Show, plus a stimulus of €8 million for the tourism sector, including increased security has given Paris this huge number of tourists.Nearly more the 7% of France’s national income is curated by tourism industry and in the Île-de-France region about half a million people have jobs related to tourism.last_img read more