Victoria Stilwell Joins Campaign To End UK Dog Experiments

first_imgIt’s Me or the Dog presenter Victoria Stilwell is the latest high-profile supporter backing the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign.Victoria Stilwell Joins BUAV CampaignCredit/Copyright: BUAV/Parker Smith PhotographyThe campaign, which launched in July, last year, is calling on the UK Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.Government statistics show that 3,214 dogs suffered in tests in Great Britain in 2012 – a 6% increase for dogs on the previous year.Most experiments carried out on dogs are for toxicity testing. The dogs may be injected with or force fed drugs and chemicals and then observed for signs of adverse (toxic) effects including vomiting, internal bleeding and organ damage, seizures – even death. They are killed at the end of the experiment.Victoria said: “I have met thousands of wonderful dogs throughout my career and it is heart-breaking to think that dogs are still suffering in experiments. Dogs are our best friends and deserve to experience companionship, the excitement of going for a walk and the comfort and safety of a loving home. It is truly saddening that, in the UK, thousands of dogs are born to suffer and die inside laboratories. I know just how varied and wonderful the canine character can be and how much dogs enrich our lives. That is why I am supporting the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign. Please join me and get involved to put an end to the use of dogs in research in the UK.”Chief Executive of the BUAV, Michelle Thew, said: “We are delighted that Victoria has chosen to join our campaign to end the terrible suffering. Millions of families throughout the UK share their homes and lives with cats and dogs and will be shocked to learn that thousands of them are used every year in experiments. We call on the Government to end the use of our best friends in research.Jilly Cooper, Kimberly Wyatt and Chris Packham all posed with their own dogs for portraits to raise awareness for the campaign. Other high-profile supporters calling for an end to these experiments include Ricky Gervais, Helen Skelton, Kirsty Gallacher, Greg Rutherford, Ann Widdecombe, Paul O’Grady, Dave Spikey, Mary McCartney and Wendy Turner Webster.Find out more here.last_img read more

Supreme Court wont hear Merchant Law Groups appeal to keep residential school

first_imgHolly MooreAPTN InvestigatesCanada’s highest court has denied a bid by Regina- based Merchant Law Group (MLG) Thursday declining to hear an appeal in a case where more than $20,000 of a residential school survivor’s compensation was retained by the firm to settle outstanding legal bills.Survivor J.S was awarded $93,000 Jan. 2014 under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement’s (IRSSA) Independent Assessment Process (IAP).MLG had, since 2000, acted for the woman and her son in both their IAP claims and in other unrelated legal matters.When the firm received the IAP compensation money for J.S. in trust, they raised the possibility of legal action if she failed to instruct the firm to withhold $21,310.83 to pay for the previously incurred legal bills.During the routine fee review conducted on each IAP file, the adjudication secretariat took note of the deduction for the previous legal bills and MLG was told to pay that money back.A 2006 Supreme Court of British Columbia decision, Article 18 of the IRSSA and the Financial Administration Act, all prohibit assignments. Because IAP claimants were considered especially vulnerable lawyers were expressly forbidden to assign any part of IAP compensation.MLG believed it could make an argument that this case was an exception to that prohibition.MLG filed a request for direction in October 2014 to retain part of the award to settle the debts. A B.C. court denied the request in 2016 and the law firm ordered to repay the money to J.S.Read the B.C. decision here: MLGThe court found the assignment was “impermissible” and ruled the firm was “not entitled to retain the funds.” MLG was ordered to return the cash to J.S with interest.With Thursday’s ruling that it won’t hear MLG’s appeal of that B.C. court decision. The case comes to an end.When contacted, Tony Merchant of MLG declined to comment.IAP Chief Adjudicator “pleased” with decision.“I am pleased that the SCC has allowed the decision of the BC Court of Appeal to stand,” wrote Dan Shapiro,  the Chief Adjudicator of the IAP in an emailed statement.“The lower Court decision affirms that compensation awarded to claimants under the IAP cannot be assigned, as this would deny claimants the benefits to which they are entitled under the Settlement Agreement.” He added that the Court’s decision is consistent with case law, IAP decisions and “special clauses in our adjudicators’ fee rulings.”Shapiro provided direction to lawyers representing IAP clients in this document.He added that the decision ensures all compensation paid under the IAP will reach claimants apart from approved legal fees and taxes.hmoore@aptn.ca@HollyMooreaptnlast_img read more

Make it womenfriendly

first_imgIn a significant decision, the Bombay High Court has clarified the law on abortion in India. It is legal. Every woman has a fundamental right to her sexual and reproductive autonomy and choose whether to retain her pregnancy or not. But this is not an absolute right, and is subject to certain exceptions in law, as prescribed in The Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (MTP Act) which seeks to provide for the termination of certain pregnancies by registered medical practitioners. Section 3 of the Act provides that a registered medical practitioner can terminate a pregnancy up to 12 weeks, or two registered medical practitioners can terminate a pregnancy up to 20 weeks if they are of the opinion that continued pregnancy would involve a risk to the pregnant woman’s life or cause grave injury to her physical or mental health, or there exists a substantial risk to the child’s health. The MTP Act further allows termination of pregnancy beyond twenty weeks, if the doctor opines that such termination is immediately necessary to save the woman’s life. However, doctors are highly reluctant to conduct abortions beyond 20 weeks without court approval. In most cases, women seeking abortion after 20 weeks have to approach the High Courts or the Supreme Court, who then set up a medical board consisting of a panel of doctors to decide whether abortion could be allowed or not. In Ms. Z v. State of Bihar (2018), a woman was raped in a shelter home, and her request for abortion in 17 weeks was not allowed by the hospital. When she approached the High Court, she was again denied, which was overturned by the Supreme Court. However, she was already 26 weeks’ pregnant by the time her matter was heard in the Apex Court, and she was not allowed to abort. The Supreme Court held that “the duty cast on the authorities under the Medical Termination Pregnancy Act, 1971 is not dutifully performed, and the failure has ultimately given rise to a catastrophe, a prolonged torment”. In the present case, referring to various High Courts and Supreme Court decisions, the Bombay High Court gave certain interim directions for the implementation of the MTP Act. The High Court categorically held that a registered medical practitioner is entitled to terminate a pregnancy beyond 20 weeks if she is of the opinion that such termination is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. But if she opines that there is no immediate danger to the life of pregnant woman, then she is not entitled to terminate the pregnancy beyond 20 weeks without court’s approval, even if such pregnancy may cause grave physical or mental harm or there is a substantial risk to the child. In the latter case, the pregnant woman has to approach the High Court directly to seek permission for termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. The Court further directed the State to set up medical boards in each district in order to examine pregnant women and assess the feasibility of termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks. It is argued that though the High Court attempted to clear the confusion regarding termination of pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, by doing so, it has made the law on abortion more difficult for women in India. As noted before, the issue of termination of pregnancy exceeding 20 weeks is a vexed one plaguing the courts for the last many years. The High Court’s distinction between cases with an immediate risk to woman’s life, and those where the same risk is not there, but there’s a substantial risk to her physical/mental health or to the child is a flawed one. The High Court failed to take note that while there may not be an immediate risk to her life, to force her to approach the Courts which would then take their own time to set up a medical board to assess pregnancy would cause irreparable damage to her physical/mental health, especially if there is a delay in adjudicating the matter, like what happened in Ms. Z v. State of Bihar. In many cases, by the time the Supreme Court or the High Courts allowed the termination of pregnancy, several weeks had passed, thereby making it impossible to conduct the termination, and forcing women to bear unwanted pregnancy. It is an irony that a law like MTP that primarily pertains to women’s bodies has not been enacted from women’s rights perspective, but to exempt medical doctors from penalty vis-à-vis offences in the IPC regarding causing miscarriage and causing fetal death. Despite referring to women’s rights to privacy, dignity and autonomy enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution, the Bombay High Court failed to make the women’s reproductive autonomy central to the interpretation of the MTP Act. If a pregnant woman seeks to terminate her pregnancy beyond 20 weeks, then her physical/mental health should be of main concern, even if there is no immediate risk to her life. To compel her to get involved in complex bureaucratic procedures of court approval, which includes examination by a medical board, is an affront to her sexual and reproductive autonomy. It is hoped that this rigidity of interpretation is relaxed in the future, and a truly progressive regime on abortion is ushered in this country soon. (The author is an Attorney. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Vintage plane soon to become bar tours Times Square

NEW YORK — A vintage plane that went from flying passengers in the 1950s to running drugs in the 1970s has visited Times Square before its next transformation into a cocktail lounge at the former TWA terminal at New York’s Kennedy Airport.The fuselage of the 1958 Lockheed Constellation is spending the weekend in Times Square as part of a documentary about the redevelopment of Eero Saarinen’s landmark TWA Flight Center into a hotel.The plane arrived in New York in November from Maine, where it was being restored.“Connie” flew for TWA for three years and was later used as an Alaskan bush plane and a marijuana dropper.It will become a cocktail lounge at the new TWA Hotel, opening in May.Hotel developers MCR Development bought the plane last year.The Associated Press

Rural poor in Burundi receive 14 million boost from UN

Burundi has received a $14 million grant from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help the rural poor in the African Great Lakes nation, which is rebuilding after a brutal civil war.A burgeoning population and the return of hundreds of thousands of refugees have put a strain on Burundi, with population density exceeding 500 people per square kilometre in some areas.Additionally, the average farm size is shrinking, soil is being rapidly degraded and nearly all public land has been distributed or occupied, while food insecurity and malnutrition are on the rise.The IFAD-supported PAIVA-B project will directly reach 30,000 family farms – hillside farmers with less than 1 hectare of land – directly and a further 60,000 indirectly.The scheme seeks to increase the yields of rice and other crops; augment poor farmers’ incomes; and boost food security and nutrition, among other aims.PAIVA-B brings the total amount of IFAD funding for rural development projects in Burundi to over $100 million. 18 May 2009Burundi has received a $14 million grant from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help the rural poor in the African Great Lakes nation, which is rebuilding after a brutal civil war. read more

Statistics Canada says household debt ratio edged lower in second quarter

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says household income grew slightly faster than debt in the second quarter, resulting in a slightly lower debt-to-income ratio.The agency says credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income edged down to 177.1 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis, compared with about 177.5 per cent in the first quarter.In other words, Canadians owed roughly $1.77 in credit market debt, which includes consumer credit, mortgages and non-mortgage loans, for every dollar of household disposable income.On a seasonally adjusted basis, total credit market borrowing increased to $23.5 billion from $18.9 billion in the previous quarter.Credit market debt totalled $2.25 trillion in the second quarter including nearly $1.47 trillion in mortgage debt and $782.9 billion in consumer credit and non-mortgage loans.The household debt service ratio, measured as total obligated payments of principal and interest on credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income, edged up to 14.93 per cent in the second quarter. The Canadian Press read more

Lebanon UN officials fear unexploded ordnance problem could worsen with winter

“This will make the job more dangerous since it becomes difficult to detect and clear the suspected contaminated areas,” UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Spokesman Alexander Ivanko said of the unexploded ordnance (UXOs) and cluster bomb units (CBUs) still remaining from this summer’s conflict.“UNIFIL de-mining teams and UXO disposal units are trying to remove as many as they can before the winter season,” he added, when the soil becomes softer due to rain.In Geneva today, UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland said unexploded munitions have been a much bigger problem than originally foreseen, numbering in the hundreds of thousands in part due to Israel’s excessive use of cluster bombs at the end of the war. Yesterday the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that Lebanese schoolchildren faced “a terrible situation” from the munitions. “The number of unexploded cluster bombs ranges from 100,000 to 1 million and it remains a primary threat to children, especially as they go back to school,” spokesman Michael Bociurkiw said. Mr. Ivanko said that since the 14 August cessation of hostilities, the UNIFIL Chinese Battalion had surveyed over 140,000 square metres of areas suspected to be affected and destroyed over 3,800 UXOs and CBUs. Additional de-mining activities are being conducted by the French, Italian and Spanish battalions.Most of the CBUs disposed are from the Al Hinniyah area. The Chinese de-miners try to interact as much as possible with the civilian population. “I believe we are doing an important and dangerous job out there,” Mr. Ivanko said, adding that the CBUs present a threat not only to civilians, but also to UNIFIL and Lebanese Army troops deployed in the South.Mr. Egeland today commended the Lebanese Government, public institutions and civil society for “a remarkably effective effort” to rebuild their country. read more

Sir Edward Heaths supporters criticise police chief for Uturn on inquiry

A police chief has been accused of performing a spectacular u-turn by failing to initiate a public inquiry into the controversial investigation of Sir Edward Heath.Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC), has repeatedly acknowledged the need for an inquiry amid claims that the force’s findings on historical child sex abuse allegations were uncorroborated and failed to justify the time and expense officers were afforded.But he refused to fund it, according to Sir Edward’s supporters, despite confirmation from the Home Office that he has the power to do so.Lincoln Seligman, the former Prime Minister’s godson, said his reputation must be restored by a judge-led inquiry.He has written to Mr Macpherson demanding that he fund the probe and stating that he had taken his “frequent declarations” of support in good faith.“As time went on and you avoided every opportunity to initiate such a review, deploying a number of increasingly ingenious and contorted excuses, I realised that your protestations were wholly insincere,” he wrote. Angus Macperson had expressed support for an inquiry Angus Macperson had expressed support for an inquiryCredit:Geoff Pugh He asked if ministers would welcome a decision by the commissioner to set up an independent review without further delay.Labour’s Lord Campbell-Savours said it was time the Government acted to “get this whole mess sorted out,” adding: “The international reputation of a former Prime Minister is at stake and the Government is standing aside and doing nothing. It’s appalling.” “If you think that you can walk away from your responsibilities, I fear that you are mistaken. Surely it is time for you to reconsider your position.”Home Office minister Baroness Williams of Trafford told peers last week that the Government had no plans to hold an inquiry into Operation Conifer.She said it was for locally elected PCCs to decide how best to “hold their forces to account” and that they had the power to commission a review if thought appropriate.Various members of the House of Lords called on Mr Macpherson to fund an inquiry into the £1.5million police investigation into claims made against Sir Edward,  who died in 2005 aged 89, that that found no corroborating evidence.Independent crossbencher Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, Sir Edward’s principal private secretary, said Mr Macpherson had consistently said he would like to see an independent review of Operation Conifer. “Your current U-turn – the most recent in a well-documented series, ie a refusal now to take any action – suggests that you fear the spotlight of an independent inquiry.  I, and many others, can only ask why this should be the case. Lady Williams said the PCC could “engineer” such an inquiry and he would be aware of the views of peers.She said she had written to Mr Macpherson to outline his powers.Wiltshire Police launched Operation Conifer in 2015 and concluded last October that Sir Edward would be questioned under caution if he were still alive over seven alleged offences but stressed that no inference of guilt could be drawn. read more

Holiday Working visas with Greece underway

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Government will begin negotiations with Greece about establishing a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, announced today.“A work and holiday arrangement recognises the strength of these connections and will further enhance our cultural links between the two countries,” Mr Bowen said.The arrangement would allow young Greeks and Australians aged 18 to 30 years old to enjoy an extended holiday in the guest country. Participants would be able to stay for up to 12 months and engage in short term work and study during that time. The program would have an annual cap on visa numbers.“Negotiating a work and holiday arrangement, which must be reciprocal and agreeable to both governments, can take time to finalise and implement,” Mr Bowen said. “While we recognise the level of enthusiasm by both Greeks and Australians around a successful outcome, we must ensure all key stakeholders are consulted and the necessary administrative arrangements are in place.“This is a significant step, and I would like to thank the Members of Parliament, community leaders and Greek Orthodox community organisations across the country, who have spoken to me about such an arrangement.”*Neos Kosmos will be speaking with community leaders and politicians to seek responses to this and will publish a full comprehensive story in this Saturday’s edition. last_img read more

La Boudeuse les scientifiques réclament à Nicolas Sarkozy la reprise de sa

first_imgLa Boudeuse : les scientifiques réclament à Nicolas Sarkozy la reprise de sa missionFrance – Les scientifiques participant à la mission du trois-mâts La Boudeuse, interrompue au début du mois faute de budget (voir article), ont adressé une lettre ouverte à Nicolas Sarkozy, identique à celle précédemment envoyée au ministre de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo. Ils réclament la reprise de l’expédition lancée dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’Environnement.Criblé de dettes, le capitaine de La Boudeuse Patrice Franceschi et son équipe ont été contraints d’abandonner la mission Terre-Océan qui leur avait été confiée par le ministère de l’Environnement. L’équipage devait, jusqu’en 2012, se consacrer à des études scientifiques concernant la biosphère, le réchauffement climatique, la protection de l’environnement et le développement durable.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Après avoir envoyé une lettre à Jean-Louis Borloo, demeurée sans réponse, trente-trois scientifiques du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN), du Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), de l’Institut de recherche et de développement (IRD) et de plusieurs universités participant à la mission, ont décidé de s’adresser cette fois au président. Alors que Patrice Franceschi évoque un endettement massif l’empêchant de poursuivre l’expédition, il assure que le gouvernement n’a pas tenu sa promesse de financement à hauteur de 500.000 euros.”La Boudeuse doit continuer ses expéditions et son programme d’exploration scientifique, qui apportent non seulement des résultats inédits, mais également l’esprit d’aventure qui manque aujourd’hui à la science moderne, renouant ainsi avec la tradition des grandes expéditions naturalistes” soulignent les chercheurs qui demandent la reprise des missions du trois-mâts le plus rapidement possible.Le 17 juin 2010 à 17:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Outox nadmet pas la décision de lAgence nationale de sécurité sanitaire

first_imgOutox n’admet pas la décision de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaireFrance – Le PDG de l’entreprise à l’origine de la boisson anti-alcool Outox dit contester la décision de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (Anses). Celle-ci remet totalement en cause les propriétés avancées du breuvage et lui a donné un avis défavorable.Souvenez-vous, Outox, c’est cette boisson vendue comme ayant les pouvoirs de baisser le niveau d’alcool dans le sang de consommateurs, ainsi que de soulager la “gueule de bois” des lendemains de fête. Il y a quelques jours, l’Anses faisait savoir que selon elle, Outox n’avait aucune des propriétés annoncées par son producteur, discréditant donc la démarche marketing de la marque.Pourtant, le PDG de la société Outox, Maurice Penaruiz, conteste les conclusions de l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire en expliquant : “Outox est devenu le bouc émissaire des organismes d’Etat”. Pour cet homme, l’Anses n’a aucune compétence en matière de jugement de la boisson dégrisante. A présent il souhaite s’en remettre à l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments pour juger Outox.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Muslim community finds allies support following hate crime

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Muslim community finds allies, support following hate crime March 29, 2019 Posted: March 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s been nearly a week since an Escondido mosque was set fire by an arsonist. The Muslim community and its friends and allies are trying to heal together.KUSI’s Sasha Foo is in Escondido with an update. last_img read more

We are creating tomorrows genius programme concludes

first_imgLB Nagar: A two-day programme “We are creating tomorrow’s genius” was concluded on a grand scale at Saroornagar Indoor stadium here on Sunday. District Sports Development Officer (DSDO) Venkatesh Rao was the chief guest on the occasion.A total of 120 students participated under the three categories, including sub-juniors, juniors and seniors. Today, the semi-finals and finals were conducted. Momentos were given away to the winners and runners from TG campus manager Rajashekar. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Rajashekar said sports fosters personal development encourages self-confidence and conveys values like team spirit, fair-play and responsibility. Academic learning and sports education complement each other. The overall personality of the student increases when sports and education accompanied.Venkatesh Rao said that the power of reasoning, mental development and vocational specialization comes from the academic education of the students. Therefore, sports along with academics results in the all-round development of the students, he added. TG campus has sponsored the two-day tournament in Basketball in three different age groups, held at Saroornagar stadium on (date here). Totally, 100 players (boys and girls) participated in this event.last_img read more

Pakistan Russia voice concern over increasing IS threat

first_imgA fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul on 23 June 2014. File photo: ReutersPakistani and Russian counter-terrorism officials expressed grave concern over the rising threat posed by the Islamic State in the region, officials said on Thursday.The Pakistan-Russia Joint Working Group (JWG) on Counter-Terrorism on Wednesday discussed a wide-ranging agenda covering the counter-terrorism situation at the regional and global level, action taken by both countries to tackle the menace of terrorism as well as bilateral cooperation on the issue.The two sides reaffirmed the commitment for promoting bilateral cooperation for countering terrorism and agreed to cooperate at the United Nations and other international fora for combating terrorism, a foreign ministry statement said.”There was broad agreement on the fact that terrorism was a common global threat which required cooperative efforts of the international community for effectively eradicating it,” the statement said.”While major successes had been achieved in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the returning IS fighters from the conflict zones to countries of origin or third countries constituted a major security threat to various parts of the world, including this region. It was important for countries of the region to cooperate to counter this threat,” the statement said.The Pakistani side was led by Foreign Ministry Counter-Terrorism Director General Ahmad Farooq, while the Russian side was led by Director of the Department for New Challenges of the Russian Foreign Ministry Ilya Rogachev. Both delegations included officials from departments dealing with counter-terrorism.last_img read more

Baltimore Teachers Organization Meets in Response to Rising School Violence

first_imgThe Baltimore Teacher Network hosted a forum at Booker T. Washington Middle School on April 27 for city teachers on the increase of violence in city schools. The Baltimore Teacher Network is a non-profit organization that advocates for public school teachers. The forum was a chance for teachers to explain problems with students and devise possible solutions for violence in schools.According to the organization, Baltimore has seen a steady increase in the number of reports of students committing acts of violence in schools, with the highest number of reports in the past decade coming in 2015.In late April, a video of student fighting a teacher at Baltimore’s James McHenry Middle School went viral. In it, the student is asked to leave a classroom and, after cursing repeatedly, gets into a brawl with the teacher while other students look on.“The district is aware of the incident that took place a few weeks ago at James McHenry Middle School,” a spokesperson for the Baltimore City Schools said in a statement, according to Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF, “The matter was immediately addressed on both the administrative and student level.”A month earlier, another video surfaced showing a Baltimore school police officer slapping and kicking a student.“We have found guns in our city schools,” said ElijahEtheridge, Baltimore Teacher Network executive director. “Knives are found just about every other day. Sometimes kids carry these weapons because they feel that they need to protect themselves to and from school, but of course, we don’t want them in school at all.”Among the issues connected to the increase in violent acts at city schools, the organization pointed to increased attacks against teachers, violence in the streets, lack of restorative practices, cuts to instructional funding, overcrowding in schools, closing of schools offering alternative pathways to graduation, heavy-handed discipline plans, and the removal of school police.A few teachers spoke of their first-hand experiences of suffering violence at the hands of their students.One teacher had her finger caught in a door by a student, and later had to have the finger amputated. Another teacher was picked up and body-slammed by a middle school student; yet another was tripped by a student, fell backward and landed on her spinal column.Among the solutions proposed were sending the troublesome students to different schools as punishment, starting a program in schools similar to ROTC, and the need for parents to step up and take more responsibility for how they are sending their children to school.“We can’t suspend our way out of the problem,” said Etheridge. “We can’t arrest our way out of the problem.”last_img read more

Amp up safety standards for stuntmen says Madhavan

first_imgActor R. Madhavan has shown concern towards the two actors who drowned while filming a climax scene for a Kannada film. The actor has requested to “amp up” the safety standards for the stuntmen. He tweeted on Tuesday evening, a day after two actors drowned in a water reservoir after leaping off a helicopter while shooting a crucial climax scene for a Kannada film near Bengaluru. Madhavan says the news is “really saddening”. “Really really saddening…my condolences with an earnest request to amp up the safety standard for stuntmen effectively and judiciously,” Madhavan tweeted.  Madhavan had re-tweeted the video and a tweet by southern actor Suriya Sivakumar, who asserted that it is high time the safety of the crew is taken seriously.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Deeply saddened! At the age of VFX this is unfortunate! High time, safety of the crew is taken seriously! My condolences to family members,” Sivakumar tweeted. The incident involved famous southern actor Duniya Vijay, who swam to safety and even had a life jacket, and two others — identified as Anil and Uday — who drowned after jumping off the helicopter. They had no safety harness and did not know how to swim either.last_img read more

PROUD Experiences returns to New York City

first_imgOver 90 international exhibiting companies and 90 buyers from 31 countries are currently attending PROUD Experiences 2019, celebrating an industry valued at US$218 billion in 2018 alone – according to consultancy firm Out Now. This year’s event takes place during the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in NYC. PROUD Experiences will return to New York City for the second consecutive year in 2020. The announcement was made at today’s Opening Gathering of PROUD Experiences 2019 – taking place this week 18 – 20 June at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which will again host next year’s edition.Reed Travel Exhibitions’ groundbreaking b2b travel and lifestyle event for premium and luxury travel suppliers and buyers – targeting the LGBTQ+ global community – sold out its exhibition space for this second edition more than 3 months ago. This year’s event grew by 60% from its first edition in London in June 2018; and organisers predict this number is set to rise again for the third edition in 2020. Event Director Simon Mayle commented:“If the LGBTQ+ travel market was a country, it would be the fourth biggest economy in the world, and with an increase of people identifying on the LGBTQ+ spectrum – from 8% of Baby Boomers to 31% of Centennials – along with the coming of age of Millennials, this next decade is set for strong growth again. We are looking forward to returning to New York City from 22 to 24 June 2020 and are delighted to once again be working alongside NYC & Company and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge to deliver another fantastic event next year.”“We have been honored to collaborate with Reed Travel Exhibitions to host PROUD Experiences 2019 in New York City during such a monumental year for the LGBTQ+ community,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are honored to again be the Host City for PROUD Experiences in 2020, and look forward to cultivating this extraordinary partnership.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Guam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in TorontoMalta Tourism Authority a sponsor of Proud Experiences ConferenceFITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018More articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

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first_img March 12, 2012 — Siemens Healthcare announced shipment of the Acuson S1000 ultrasound system, a premium ultrasound platform. The Acuson S1000 system expands access to imaging performance at a very low cost of ownership. This system encompasses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology, stellar imaging performance, and versatile applications to provide better patient care. Featuring a complete suite of transducers and capable of performing 27 different exam types, the Acuson S1000 system accommodates a wide spectrum of patients and body types. The Acuson S1000 system is one of the product solutions of Siemens Healthcare’s Agenda 2013 investment program.Sharing the advanced system design of the industry-leading Acuson S2000 ultrasound system, the Acuson S1000 system produces a high-fidelity ultrasound signal while seamlessly running multiple real-time applications, improving diagnostic confidence in both routine and complex diagnosis. The system also supports a full range of advanced and proven Siemens ultrasound technologies and features, including strain imaging capabilities with eSie Touch elasticity imaging, contrast-enhanced ultrasound with Cadence contrast pulse sequencing technology, and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) using the Acuson AcuNav ultrasound catheter. Workflow-enhancing applications such as eSieScan workflow protocols and syngo Auto OB measurements are also supported. The new Acuson S1000 ultrasound system features a robust set of applications ranging from radiology and general imaging, including shared service, to obstetrics, gynecology (OB/GYN), and pediatric imaging.“Our customers and partners demand easy accessibility to state-of-the-art ultrasound technology, premium image performance and versatile applications at a price point that meets their clinical and budgetary needs,” said Jeffrey Bundy, CEO Siemens Healthcare ultrasound business unit. “The Acuson S1000 system delivers on that customer requirement and will continue to do so for years to come.”Many of the most powerful, clinically proven innovations and applications migrated from the Acuson S Family have been integrated into the Acuson S1000 ultrasound system. Strain imaging capabilities with eSie Touch elasticity imaging assess relative tissue stiffness, enhance mass detection and visualize disease progression for a more informed diagnosis. Supporting a variety of transducers, clinicians can use this technology on a wider range of exam types. Workflow-enhancing tools such as the eSie Scan workflow protocols improve exam consistency as well as knowledge-based applications to automate fetal measurements (syngo Auto OB measurements) and to trace measurements with area, circumference, linear and volume results (syngo eSieCalcs native tracing software). Contrast-enhanced ultrasound with Cadence contrast pulse sequencing technology1 enhances lesion detection with highly sensitive and specific contrast agent signals. And intracardiac echocardiography with the Acuson AcuNav ultrasound catheter enables physicians to perform a complete ultrasound examination during interventional procedures and before the patient leaves the catheterization or electrophysiology lab.The Acuson S1000 ultrasound system offers multiple configuration options to support a facility’s clinical needs and budget requirements. It supports a comprehensive suite of transducers and exam types to accommodate a wide range of body types, including difficult-to-image bariatric patients. Users can move easily between the Acuson S Family systems, since no learning curve exists and Siemens transducers are compatible with all Acuson S Family solutions. An upgrade path to Siemens’ ultra-premium technologies is currently available exclusively within the Acuson S Family of products.For more information: www.siemens.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. 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). 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Jetset Travelworld announces trading halt

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/22d34/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Following on from yesterday’s exclusive e-Travel Blackboard report , Jetset Travelworld Group (JTG) has had its shares placed into a trading halt to permit it to “finalise the terms of a material merger.”The proposed deal between the Stella Group and JTG is currently being pitched as a merger; however sources expect that it will eventuate in the takeover of JTG by Stella. JTG said the trading halt would let it manage its disclosure obligations and ensure that the negotiation of the proposed transaction does not create an uncertain or uninformed market for trading,The trading halt will last until an announcement is made regarding the negotiations or the opening of trading on Thursday (13 May), whichever comes first.last_img read more

Kakadu looks to Top End Wedding to provide a Croc Dundee boost

first_imgSource = Kakadu Tourism Kakadu looks to Top End Wedding to provide a Croc Dundee boost to tourismKakadu looks to Top End Wedding to provide a Croc Dundee boost to tourismMiranda Tapsell’s new movie Top End Wedding, which debuted recently at the renowned Sundance Film Festival, is set to once again put the spotlight on some of Australia’s most spectacular outback landscapes.The film features a number of Top End locations, including Kakadu, which rose to international tourism prominence thirty years ago as a result of Paul Hogan’s Crocodile Dundee becoming a smash global hit.Two of the locations that first came to prominence in Crocodile Dundee make a reprise in Top End Wedding: Gunlom (a stunning natural infinity pool and waterfall) and Nourlangie, home to Indigenous rock art dating back thousands of years.The township of Jabiru and its iconic Crocodile Hotel also feature in the film. The cast and crew stayed at the ‘Croc’ for a number of days during the shooting of the film, and a special screening of the film will be staged on the lawns of the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel on Saturday, 1 June, as part of the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival. The film is also expected to be screened at The Croc during A Taste of Kakadu (10 – 19 May).As with Crocodile Dundee, Top End Wedding is a crowd-pleasing adventure romantic comedy full of colourful characters and spectacular outback scenery that is likely to appeal to both Australian and international audiences.Miranda Tapsell brought an outstanding production team and group of actors to put together the story of a Sydney couple Lauren and Ned who spend a desperate – but funny – 10 days in the Top End of Northern territory trying to find Lauren’s missing mother so that she can be invited to the wedding reception.The film was co-written by Tapsell and Joshua Tyler and is directed by Wayne Blair.  Tapsell came to prominence in Wayne Blair’s debut feature, The Sapphires.General Manager of the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel, Chris Chaffe, said it was fantastic that Kakadu was once again featuring on the big screen.“Kakadu was made for Hollywood,” said Chaffe.“Crocodile Dundee introduced a world of travellers to Kakadu, and I’m sure that Top End Wedding will attract a new audience.“It is a great way to follow up the announcement of Federal support for upgrading Kakadu infrastructure last month, and also the announcement of best visitor numbers to Kakadu National Park in ten years.”As with Crocodile Dundee, we think that when people see Top End Wedding it could well be the catalyst for converting interest in the destination into bookings. And undoubtedly the best idea for potential visitors is to book for the 1 June weekend and see the film ‘on location’ in the heart of Kakadu.”last_img read more