To encourage more use Instagram to allow sharing with fewer

first_imgNEW YORK — Keep your friends close … and your close friends closer?Instagram is adding a feature to make it easier to share photos and videos with fewer folks.Called Close Friends, the new feature lets users share Stories — photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours — with people they put on a special list. The idea is people may feel more comfortable sharing some things with just close friends, rather than all followers.Regular posts would still appear to everyone, though users have the option of pre-approving followers. Facebook already lets people narrow audiences for individual posts, but the Facebook-owned Instagram hasn’t.Social-media companies are quickly learning that bigger audience sizes for users can mean a reluctance to share more personal stuff. So, they are adding ways to communicate with smaller groups. This is why Facebook is beefing up its Groups feature, and why messaging apps are so popular.Robby Stein, product director at Instagram, said the feature took more than a year to complete. It starts rolling out to users Friday.To use it, first create a list of close friends by going to your profile and tapping the icon with three horizontal lines. Instagram will suggest people to add based on how often you interact with them, or you can pick your own.Once that’s done, you can create a story just for those people. Friends aren’t notified when you add them to the list, or if you remove them later, and they can’t request to be added. But they’ll eventually know: Stories they get this way will have a green circle around them, rather than the usual pink.You can create just one Close Friends group, though, rather than separate ones for families, friends and other circles, as you can on the main Facebook service. Stein said Instagram wanted to keep things simple and observed that when there are multiple lists, people don’t tend to use them.Instagram copied the Stories feature from Snapchat years ago and now has more than 400 million people using the feature each day. That’s more than twice the number using Snapchat — not just its Stories feature — each day.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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2019-10-13

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Malaysia Airlines could be sold or shut down PM

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines may be sold or shut down, Malaysia’s leader said Tuesday, the latest bad news for a carrier that has been in crisis since suffering the loss of two planes. The 71-year-old airline has been on the ropes since 2014 when Flight MH370 disappeared and MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made missile over war-torn Ukraine. With the carrier teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, sovereign wealth fund Khazanah stepped in to take it over several years ago and major reforms were instituted, including cutting thousands of staff. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! But it has continued to fare poorly and its performance was blamed in large part for a set of poor financial results released by Khazanah last week. Responding to questions about the airline’s future, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters in parliament: “I think it is a very serious matter, to shut down the national airline. “We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Official news agency Bernama reported that Khazanah last week posted a pre-tax loss of 6.3 billion ringgit (USD 1.54 billion) for 2018, compared with a pre-tax profit of 2.9 billion ringgit the year before. Mahathir, 93 and in his second stint as premier, is seeking to reduce a mammoth national debt inherited from the previous, corruption-plagued regime. Malaysia Airlines said in a statement it had been “working closely” with Khazanah on the next phase of its turnaround plan since September. The disappearance of Flight MH370, which was carrying 239 people, remains one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries, and successive searches have failed to find the plane.last_img read more

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2019-10-12

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Governments need to regulate technology Tim Cook

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that governments need to regulate technology in order to ensure data privacy for common people. “Technology needs to be regulated. There are now too many examples where the no rails have resulted in a great damage to society,” The Verge quoted Cook as saying during the Time 100 Summit in New York City. “We all have to be intellectually honest, and we have to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working,” he added. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In a bid to explain to US-based lawmakers what he meant, Cook cited the example of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data privacy rules in Europe. “Europe is more likely to come up with something. GDPR is a step in the right direction,” Cook said, adding “We are advocating strongly for regulation – I do not see another path at this point.” However, for improving data privacy, he said he does not promote going overboard with depending on the government or leveraging the government with favours and cited Apple as an example. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “We cannot look for the government to solve all of our problems. Apple doesn’t have a Political Action Committee (PAC) and I refuse to have one because it shouldn’t exist. The company donates zero to political candidates,” Cook noted. In the US, PAC is an organisation that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation.last_img read more

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2019-10-12

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Doing Business Russia Africa And The Media

Moscow – Over the past few years, Russian authorities have been prioritizing media cooperation and the use of soft power to address the falling image of Russia among the political and business elites in Africa. The authorities have also made persistent efforts to inform the elites and business community about the positive developments and emerging economic opportunities in Russia, but Russian media and policy experts say there is still much room for improvement. Quite recently, Olga Kulkova, a research fellow at the Center for Studies of Russian-African Relations, Institute for African Studies in Moscow, noted in her opinion article that “in the global struggle for Africa, Russia is sadly far from outpacing its competitors. In terms of stringency of strategic outlook and activeness, the country is seriously lagging behind China, US, EU, India, Brazil.” For example, at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) meeting, both China and Africa have fixed a “China-Africa Press Exchange Center” in China to encourage exchanges and visits between Chinese and African media, and China already supports frequent exchange of correspondents by media organizations of the two sides. Professor David H. Shinn, an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs George, Washington University, thinks that China Central Television, China Radio International, China Daily, and China‘s official news service, Xinhua, have made a major media push into Africa. This effort coincides with China‘s expanding economic and political engagement, including the fact that China is Africa‘s largest trading partner at more than $200 billion annually, Shinn, who was a former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia (1996-99) and Burkina Faso (1987-90), wrote in an emailed interview to Buziness Africa: “Neither Russia nor the government-controlled media of any other country has made a comparable media outreach effort in Africa. This situation speaks more, however, to the extraordinary effort China is putting into its African media campaign than it does Russia‘s comparative lack of effort.” Kulkova suggested that “Africa needs broader coverage in Russian media. Leading Russian media agencies should release more topical news items and quality analytical articles about the continent, on-the-spot TV reports in order to adequately collaborate with African partners and attract Russian business to Africa. More quality information about modern Russia should be broadcast in African states. Indisputably, it would take a lot of money and efforts, but the result will pay off.” The 21st century is the century of new technologies bringing international communication to a qualitatively different level, it is a time for new methods of “struggle for the hearts and minds” of African partners. Russia ought to take that into account if it wants to improve the chances for success in Africa. All the leading countries have been doing that quite efficiently for a long time, Kulkova noted. While many experts say African media seem uninterested in developing links to Russia, Vasily Pushkov, an independent expert on international media relations argues that “it works both ways and moreso the two regions are very far from each other. They are not as interconnected as they were during the Cold War era. But, the interest in the media is relatively high right now.” He explained that Russia might have an image problem among African elites, “partly due to the fact that Russia had to somewhat reduce its different development and investment programs in the African continent compared to the Soviet era. There is also a communication problem. Most African media get their global news from the leading Western media outlets, which in turn have a nasty and longstanding habit of always portraying Russia as the world’s bogeyman.” Some problems and challenges in developing the media connection to Africa still remain. Pushkov said: “Africa is a huge continent. And it is only fair to remind oneself again and again that it is not a single entity. It has multitude of languages, cultures, nations, customs and regional or global interests. This is something that many people tend to forget when dealing with the continent.” “But this diversity also means that you can not cover the whole continent by firmly establishing yourself in just one part of it. This calls for a very complicated and structured work that requires a lot of resources the amount of which has been significantly reduced by the global financial crisis,” Pushkov explained assertively. He, however, points to positive trend in media cooperation. Last year for instance, Russian media made somewhat of a breakthrough in establishing partnership relations with African media companies. The main progress was reached during the forum of the heads of the BRICS countries’ leading media outlets “Towards creating a common information space for the BRICS countries” which took place in October in Moscow. This resulted in a number of signed cooperation agreements between Russian and South African media companies. Furthermore, leading Russian media outlets have continued their work to expand coverage of events happening on the African continent. China is leading among the BRICS. During the Sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in December 2015 in Pretoria, both China and Africa aspire to reach new milestones in many spheres, one of which is to train hundreds of journalists, help them with skills development and skills transfer programs. According to the official reports, this will provide an opportunity, by using the power of modern media, for advancing the common interest of the two regions in a mutually beneficial way. For the past few years, Russia has made some efforts to return with investment and business to Africa, but unfortunately only a few of those development projects have been made public. “Russian media write very little about Africa, what is going on there, what are the social and political dynamics in different parts of the continent. Media and NGOs should make big efforts to increase level of mutual knowledge, which can stimulate interest for each other and lead to increased economic interaction as well,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs. “To certain extent,” Lukyanov said, “the intensification of non-political contacts may contribute to increased interest. But in Russia’s case, the main drivers of any cooperation are more traditional rather than political interests of the state and economic interest of big companies. Soft power has never been a strong side of Russian policy in the post-Soviet era.” But, this trend may be changing. In a foreign policy speech, President Vladimir Putin urged all his Russian ambassadors and diplomats to actively use new technologies to highlight Russian success stories, improve Russia’s image and defend its interests abroad, according to Russian daily Kommersant, quoting an official who attended the meeting. “It’s not enough to just crow something once… We should explain our positions again and again, using various platforms and new media technologies, until they understand,” the official, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, quoted Putin as saying. According to experts, the level and intensity of cultural influence can be raised by the effective use of soft power, and of course, social media as pointed out by President Putin in his mid-July address to Russian diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But the primary task is for diplomatic representations both in the Russian Federation and inside Africa to recognize these new methods of disseminating information, work with transparency and self-dedication, and keep up their legitimate responsibilities within the policy framework. read more

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2019-10-12

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Moroccos Royal Navy Rescues 424 Irregular Migrants in Mediterranian

Rabat –  Members of the royal navy rescued 424 irregular migrants in the Mediterranean on the night of Sunday, August 4,  through to Monday morning.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that, according to military sources, most of the irregular migrants are sub-Saharans.The list of the rescued migrants includes 53 women and 16 minors. The migrants were on board several damaged makeshift inflatable boats. The Coastguard provided the rescued migrants with first aid before they transferred them to various ports across Morocco.The operation comes after royal navy members rescued  63 sub-Saharan migrants from a damaged ship off the north-eastern coastline of Morocco on August 4.Recently, Morocco has been facing more pressure from irregular migration, urging the government to intensify its efforts against irregular migration attempts.Morocco’s help in managing border control and the abortion of irregular migration attempts resulted in a “significant decrease” in the migration pressure on Spanish coasts, reported Spanish news outlet ABC.Morocco has foiled more than 40,300 irregular migration attempts since January 2019.Thousands of migrants leave the African continent via Morocco every year using risky methods to reach Europe. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that  12,443 migrants arrived illegally in Spain via the sea route between January and July 2019. read more

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2019-10-12

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UN population agency and Iraq partner to boost development

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Iraqi Government have agreed to step up their collaboration in promoting national development in the strife-torn nation.Earlier this week, top UNFPA officials wrapped up talks in the capital, Baghdad, with their Iraqi counterparts, including the Minister of Planning and Development Cooperation, the head of the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Advisory Council, and representatives from the ministries of youth, heath, civil society and environment.The meetings, also attended by 10 parliamentarians from seven governorates, focused on UNFPA’s support of government programmes, including through providing technical support for this year’s population and housing census.Participants also discussed Iraq’s reproductive health, gender, youth and population development needs in line with the country’s 2010-2014 development plan. 9 July 2009The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Iraqi Government have agreed to step up their collaboration in promoting national development in the strife-torn nation. read more

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2019-10-11

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Brock working with the University of Western Sydney

From left: Ingrid Makus, Neil McCartney, Joffre Mercier, Jens Coorssen, Mike PlyleyBrock had an international visitor this month in the form of a delegate from the University of Western Sydney (UWS).Jens Coorssen, chair of Molecular Physiology and head of UWS’s Molecular Medicine Research Group, visited Brock last week. Coorssen met with Brock administrators to explore new potential for Brock and UWS to co-operate.Brock and the UWS signed an Agreement of Co-operation earlier this year, pledging to encourage research exchange and mobility for the purpose of internships, collaborative project work and other academic activities. Besides the connections between Biological Sciences and other science-based programs, the universities could complement each other in areas such as nursing and midwifery, Child and Youth Studies, Geography and tourism.Coorssen, who earned a BSc (’86) and MSc (’89) from Brock, met with Joffre Mercier (Associate Dean, Mathematics and Science), Ingrid Makus (Associate Dean, Social Sciences), Neil McCartney (Dean, Applied Health Sciences) and Mike Plyley (Dean, Graduate Studies).Coorssen, who has been collaborating with Mercier, also gave a presentation on Sept. 16 as part of the Alumni Weekend Learners and Leaders seminar series. read more

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2019-10-07

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TransCanada eastern oil pipeline proposal technically economically feasible

by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransCanada: eastern oil pipeline proposal technically, economically feasible CALGARY – An early-stage proposal to ship as many as one million barrels a day of western crude to eastern refineries seems to be gaining traction, executives with pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. said Tuesday.In recent months, the Calgary-based company has been floating the idea of converting part of its natural gas mainline — the eastbound main artery for natural gas out of Alberta — partly to oil service to serve refineries in eastern Canada and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard that currently rely on pricey crude from overseas.“We’ve now determined this project is both technically and economically feasible,” CEO Russ Girling told analysts on a conference call to discuss the company’s third-quarter results.“Discussions with potential shippers and other stakeholders are underway to determine if this is a project that the market wants to see — and based on early indications, we believe that it is.”The project, 80 per cent of which would comprise existing pipe, could ship between 500,000 and one million barrels of oil per day, depending on demand.A preliminary estimate puts the project’s price tag at roughly $5 billion, but a lot still needs to be worked out.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) would need to add new pump stations along the length of the pipeline and undertake a lot of work to make sure pipe is in good enough shape to ship oil.It’s not clear yet whether the line would stop at refineries in Montreal or extend all the way to the east coast. Nor is it known yet how much appetite there is to ship the crude offshore to Europe or Asia via a marine terminal in Quebec or the Maritimes.The “obvious” market is in eastern North America, said Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president of energy and oil pipelines.Eastern Canadian refineries process between 600,000 and 700,000 barrels a day and the U.S. Eastern Seaboard refines another million barrels on top of that.Those refineries are geared to process light sweet crude, so TransCanada would likely be shipping them synthetic crude oil from Alberta’s oilsands — rather than tarry bitumen that hasn’t been upgraded — as well as high-quality oil from the lucrative Bakken formation, which stretches through parts of Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Montana.In time, those eastern refineries may choose to reconfigure their equipment to handle heavy oil from Alberta, Pourbaix added.Earlier Tuesday, TransCanada said its third-quarter profits fell slightly as improved earnings from the Keystone pipeline were offset by down time at key power plants.The Calgary-based pipeline operator’s net income was $369 million or 52 cents per share, down from $386 million or 55 cents per share.Another measure of profitability, called comparable earnings, dropped more to $349 million or 50 cents per share from $416 million or 59 cents per share.The more closely watched comparable earnings missed a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate by two cents per share.TransCanada shares fell 25 cents to $44.65 on the Toronto Stock Exchange in afternoon trading.TransCanada says reduced earnings from the Bruce Power nuclear generation complex in Ontario, its Western Power holdings and certain natural gas pipelines more than offset higher earnings from the Keystone oil pipeline, which delivers Alberta crude to Illinois and Oklahoma.Revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30 was $2.12 billion, up from $2.04 billion in the third quarter of 2011.TransCanada announced a partnership Monday with Phoenix Energy Holdings Ltd. to build a $3-billion pipeline connecting an emerging oilsands region to the Edmonton area.The project — split 50-50 with Phoenix, a unit of China National Petroleum Corp. — would ship 900,000 barrels per day of crude oil south and 330,000 barrels per day of bitumen-thinning diluent north to the sites.The growing presence in the inter-Alberta oilsands market comes as TransCanada looks to ship more Canadian crude south of the border.The company began work this summer on a US$2.3-billion crude pipeline connecting an oil storage hub at Cushing Okla. to Texas refineries. It’s expected to start up in mid to late 2013.A supply glut at Cushing has dampened U.S. oil prices, which has hurt the bottom lines of North American producers. TransCanada’s proposal — along with rivals’ similar projects — aims to lessen that discount by connecting Cushing crude to the lucrative Gulf Coast refining market.The Gulf Coast pipeline was initially part of TransCanada’s $7.6-billion Keystone XL proposal, which would have sent Alberta crude to the Gulf via six U.S. states.The U.S. State Department denied a permit for that project in its entirety in January. It said it rejected the pipeline because of Republican manoeuvring to speed up the process, not based on the merits of the project itself. The administration said it needed more time to review a new route through Nebraska to address ecological concerns.After the decision, TransCanada opted to go ahead with the southern part of Keystone XL first, since it doesn’t need a federal permit to proceed.In May, TransCanada submitted a new application with the revised Nebraska route to the State Department for the northern part of the pipeline, which would run from the Canada-U.S.. border in Montana to Steele City, Neb. Approval for the Canadian portion has been in-hand for years.A decision on the northern portion is expected early in the new year.Critics of Keystone XL argue the project would increase U.S. dependence on “dirty” oilsands crude and cause harm to the American heartland in the event of a spill.Supporters, however, say the project will offer a big boost to the U.S. economy and reduce the amount of crude the United States has to import from unfriendly regimes. read more

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2019-10-06

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UN emergency fund authorizes 35 million for restoring education services in Haiti

According to the situation report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the disbursement from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will also cover protection assistance to most vulnerable people evicted from temporary shelters and support to an estimated 30,000 people in areas of return.While the Caribbean island nation recovers from the massive destruction wrought by Hurricane Matthew nearly three months ago, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners have identified 1,633 schools in need of repairs, affecting approximately 190,000 children, according to the report.With the funding, the UNICEF-led education project will be implemented in the municipalities of Les Cayes, Port Salut, and Jeremie, among others. The project will target some 16,000 children between age six and 18, who have been excluded from school as a result of damages caused by the Hurricane. In the storm’s wake, schools served as temporary shelters for evacuees, UNICEF said. Schools in these municipalities are now being vacated and will provide the minimum required conditions for the resumption of teaching and learning activities. Children will also benefit from protection assistance and receive school kits, while schools are cleaned, refurbished and basic WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities are rehabilitated. In Haiti’s Sud region, UNICEF worked with partners to ensure that 30 schools, previously used as shelters, now have adequate sanitation for their reopening. As of November, 62 per cent of the Flash Appeal – the international community’s effort to adequately help the Haitian Government meet the critical needs of its people – has been funded. The gap remains at $52.5 million, according to OCHA. read more

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2019-10-02

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Bramble Fudadin Singh fined for breaching code of conduct CWI

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHetmyer fined for slamming bat into pitch following his dismissalJanuary 30, 2017In “Sports”Ramdin fined for breaching Code of ConductJanuary 9, 2019In “Sports”Santokie fined for breaching Hero CPL Code of ConductJuly 10, 2016In “Sports” Cricket West Indies (CWI) advised today that Guyana Jaguars’ pair of Anthony Bramble and Vishaul Singh, along with Jamaica Scorpions’ Assad Fudadin were penalised for Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct during the eighth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.Bramble, SinghAccording to a release from CWI, Bramble, Singh and Fudadin all admitted to their respective offences – which occurred in the match between Scorpions and Jaguars at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica – and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.The charges were brought by umpires Jacqueline Williams and Johnathan Blades, along with reserve umpire Christopher Wright.Match referee Denovan Hayles imposed fines as per the Code of Conduct having considered the umpires’ reports.Bramble was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.Vishaul SinghThe umpires, according to CWI, reported that Bramble pointed to his shoulder, indicating the ball did not touch his bat, when he was given out, caught behind in the 13th over of his side’s second innings, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.Singh was charged 20 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.1 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.Singh was also reported by the umpires for slamming his bat into the pavilion wall on leaving the field after his dismissal and then hitting a bottle in the direction of the reserve umpire, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.Assad FudadinFudadin was also fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during the 38th over of the Jaguars’ second innings, when batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ruled “not-out” following an appeal.CWI said that the umpires reported that Fudadin threw the ball and his helmet to the ground in dissatisfaction following the umpire’s ruling, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse. read more

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2019-09-25

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Top Cop promises MP heightened security during todays noconfidence motion

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo-confidence motion: Opposition Chief Whip writes Top Cop over security concernsDecember 19, 2018In “latest news”‘You don’t lose the Opposition, you lose the Government,’ says Jagdeo on no-confidence motionDecember 17, 2018In “latest news”Jagdeo, Granger to meet early JanuaryDecember 24, 2018In “latest news” A parliamentary showdown on the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) motion of no-confidence in the David Granger-led Administration is set to take place today (Friday).Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is urging Government Members of Parliament (MP) to vote their conscience, while the Government has expressed confidence of surviving the vote.The Opposition Leader has already expressed fears that there may be attempts to disrupt the vote by persons in the gallery and has since called for fairness in this process.According to him, it only takes one crossover vote or two abstentions from the Government side for them to win. The Government holds a one-seat majority in the National Assembly.Jagdeo has said that because of this precarious margin and certain information his party has received, they were apprehensive. He hopes that the diplomatic community would bear witness to the proceedings, whichever way the vote turned out.And while the Government has acknowledged there were challenges and a “few” missteps, it insisted that there were also “impressive” successes since 2015.It bragged about its foreign affairs triumphs, the holding of Local Government Elections, regular Parliament sittings and Cabinet meetings and the “marked reduction” in serious crimes.The Government went on to boast of installing “thousands” of street lights, improvements to education, “reliable public health care”, infrastructural advancements, and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project started under the former Government.However, Jagdeo said the country is “drifting” because of a lack of vision of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government. According to him, the No-Confidence Motion is intended to protect Guyanese and Guyana from the excessive borrowing, taxing and wasteful spending of the current Administration. Several other key issues were listed by the Opposition.Meanwhile, the AFC in a recent statement had said that the PPP/C is engaged in a distasteful act of tabling the motion at a time when President David Granger announced that he was seeking medical attention and needed the nation’s support.The AFC labelled the motion “at best superfluous, and vexatious and at worse, a cowardly manoeuvre against the President, and should be withdrawn.”But the PPP/C responded in a statement on Thursday saying that Prime Minister Nagamootoo, “in his usual thoughtless way and seeing an opening to exhibit egotistical bravado and arrogant brinkmanship, flatly rejected the suggestion and clumsily challenged the PPP to “bring it on”.After public pressure is rising for a postponement of the motion, the PPP/C said Nagamootoo then issued a call to them to withdraw the motion, once again, “insensitively and callously exploiting the President’s illness as one of the basis of his call.”“The PPP/C deeply regrets that the President’s unfortunate illness has become the subject of such juvenile political machinations by his own Government and we continue to wish him well and a speedy recovery. While the PPP remains ready, able and willing to debate the No-confidence Motion at any time, it does not enjoy the power of postponing it,” the Party added.Meanwhile, amid concerns that there might be disruptions in the National Assembly today when the No-Confidence Motion in the David Granger led-Government will be debated, there have been certain assurances given that heightened security will be a key feature at this sitting.Opposition Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraOpposition Chief Whip and PPP/C MP, Gail Teixeira said she was given that assurance by Commissioner of Police Leslie James who contacted her on Thursday evening. Teixeira had written the Top Cop expressing certain concerns in relation to security at Parliament.The Chief Whip noted in her missive that the Party had received information that there would be an attempt to prevent the members of the parliamentary Opposition from entering the compound of the Parliament Building today.“I’m happy that the Commissioner made contact with us in response to that letter and that he has indicated that he has taken the matter seriously and that they (Police) have put measures in place to try and ensure that such efforts does not succeed,” she told this media group when contacted on Thursday.But a flyer being circulated throughout the country and on social media has also raised some concern. The flyer which was purportedly put together by the APNU and AFC is calling for supporters to picket Parliament when the motion is being debated.Teixeira said her party has no issue with people supporting their party through a peaceful picketing exercise, since it is within their right to do so. However, she said if it becomes “disruptive behaviour” then she that won’t be acceptable and should be condoned.She also acknowledged statements made by Prime Minister Mosses Nagamootoo that the PPP plans to send in provocateurs in their picketing exercise. She said it was totally untrue. “We are not mobilising people for tomorrow (today) and we are not having a counter picketing.”Jagdeo had first announced the No-confidence Motion on November 15, 2018, on the heels of devastating losses in the Local Government Elections (LGE) for the coalition Government.The next day, the scheduled sitting of the National Assembly was abruptly cancelled at Government’s request and the Opposition turned up to an empty chamber. In the half-empty Parliament Chambers, Jagdeo reiterated some of his expectations regarding the motion. (Samuel Sukhnandan) read more

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2019-09-25

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Sandvik Trans4Mine to help unlock Zambian copper orebody

first_imgSandvik Mining and Rock Technology has entered into a long-term agreement with NFC Africa Mining (NFCA) to supply the necessary equipment and skills to effectively mine the lucrative South East Ore Body (SEOB) of the Chambishi copper mine in Zambia.With the assistance of Sandvik Zambia, the mine will enter into a four-year agreement to supply a comprehensive solution that will include automation of the mine, equipment, services, training and the company’s unique Trans4Mine optimization program.Sandvik will begin to supply NFCA with a complete suite of mining equipment to successfully mine the SEOB, beginning in March 2017 and running through 2020.“We believe this is just the start of a bright partnership with NFCA and its mother-company China Nonferrous Metal Mining Co. Ltd.” says Daniel Banister, Sales Area Manager for Central Africa at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “Our investment in increasing the competence of our personnel is clearly paying dividends as we have the right people and products to support even the largest operations in the Central African region. It certainly paves the way for future similar successful partnerships with other mines in the region.”NFCA Senior Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Donghong Zhang affirmed the good working relationship that exists between the companies, adding that since the project started in 2012 Sandvik has shown tremendous support and commitment. He also commended the company on its ability to leverage its local and international expertise to find solutions for the Chambishi mine.“A project of this nature underscores Sandvik Zambia’s ability as a full-fledged solution provider, rather than just being a product driven company,” Zhang says. “This is just the kind of company that NFCA needs to be doing business with in the future.”Trans4Mine has had a number of successes around the world, not least the Chelopech mine in Bulgaria that has been extensively covered in past issues of International Mining.last_img read more

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2019-09-24

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Bahamas Minister of Public Works Addresses Street Signs Light Poles and Potholes

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 12, 2017 – Nassau – An “intense” initiative by the Ministry of Public Works to replace stolen street signs and straighten damaged and bent poles will soon commence.   The Hon. Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Public Works, addressed the issue of street signs and potholes in his contribution to the House of Assembly Wednesday, October 11, 2017.    His comments came during a debate on a motion to thank Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling for her speech from the Throne.“In Carmichael and in many of our other communities, street signs have virtually disappeared,” said the Minister.   “As the Minister with responsibility for street signs, Mr. Speaker, this is deeply troubling. Our society cannot drop to a degree of incivility where street signs are routinely stolen for their metal content and there are no consequences.”Minister Bannister called on “responsible” members of the public to be on the lookout for these thieves who can cause accidents and also negatively impact response times for the police or emergency services by their callous and dishonest acts.   He said too many street signposts and light poles are being knocked down by careless drivers and asked Bahamians to be careful in traversing the streets.“I urge Bahamians when they see these incidents to take photos of them and to email those photos to the responsible authorities so that we can collect the cost of those poles from the careless drivers.   Otherwise, our taxes will be used to pay for these signs and poles over and over again.”Minister Bannister expressed disdain for potholes and expressed his commitment to use every weapon to effectively control potholes.“They have burst my tires, messed up my rims, and set my hubcaps flying.   Yes Sir, I am not ashamed to admit that I hate potholes.”He appealed to every Bahamian use the hotline, 302-9700, at the Ministry of Public Works to make complaints.“I have heard the constant complaints, Sir, about the fact that the hotline has not been manned as effectively as it should be.   That has to and will change.   I expect that Bahamians will get courteous, quick responses from the hotline, and I will not offer any excuses.   If anyone does not receive a quick and courteous response when they call the hotline, I ask them to send a text or a Whatsapp 814-2190 specifying the date and the time of their call to the hotline, and the issue that has not been addressed.”By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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The tax and legislation changes impacting reward from April 2017

first_imgChancellor Philip Hammond used both the Autumn Statement 2016 and the Spring Budget 2017 to confirm a number of measures that will affect the pay and benefits landscape. Below is a round up of these measures, along with other tax and legislation changes coming into effect from April 2017:National minimum wage and national living wage rates will increase from 1 April 2017. The national living wage will rise from £7.20 to £7.50 an hour for staff aged 25 and over.Private and voluntary sector organisations in Great Britain with 250 or more employees will need to collect pay data in line with the gender pay gap reporting requirements, with a snapshot date of 5 April. This information will then need to be published by the following 4 April each year as part of The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. The snapshot date for public sector organisations is 31 March 2017.The range of benefits that attract tax and employer national insurance (NI) advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement will be limited from 6 April 2017. Pensions and pensions advice, childcare vouchers, bikes-for-work schemes, and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) will be exempt from these changes. Arrangements in place before April 2017 will be protected until April 2018, and cars, accommodation, and school fees will be protected until 2021.The money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) will reduce from £10,000 to £4,000.Employer and employee national insurance (NI) thresholds will be aligned, so that both employers and employees will pay NI on weekly earnings above £157 from April 2017. This will replace the current thresholds of £155 a week for employees and £156 a week for employers.The tax-free personal allowance will increase to £11,500 and the higher-rate threshold will rise to £45,000.The lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) will launch on 6 April 2017. This will enable individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 years old to save up to £4,000 a year into the savings vehicle until the age of 50. This will attract a government bonus of 25% when the savings are put towards a first home or withdrawn as retirement income from the age of 60.The government will roll out its tax-free childcare scheme from 28 April 2017, providing parents with children under the age of 12 up to £2,000 a year per child to help cover childcare costs.last_img read more

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2019-09-15

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BSO VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital hosts Chipapet event in Cooper City

first_imgCOOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office and the VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital teamed up to host a chip-a-pet event in Cooper City, Saturday.The promotion offered up two free microchips for the animals of any Cooper City resident.“If they do wander away from you or are lost in any fashion, they are identified through the chip and our officers have the scanners so an owner can come and get their pets or animals,” said BSO Lt. Jeff Tozzie.And the deal wasn’t only for dogs– cats, birds, and most other pets could be chipped as well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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2019-09-15

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In Port Heiden recent storms exacerbate an old problem

first_imgOver the past week, several Bering Sea storms battered Port Heiden’s coast. (Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Christensen)Several Bering Sea storms have hit the coast of Southwest Alaska hard this past week. For the village of Port Heiden on the Alaska Peninsula, that has meant accelerated erosion, an issue the village has been dealing with for years.Listen nowTrained monitors in the village measured six feet of erosion in some places from the most recent storms. Within the last year, they have measured twenty to one hundred feet of erosion along different sections of their coast line. Jaclyn Christensen is the village brownfield coordinator. She said the shoreline seems to be eroding more quickly than it used to.“It seems more rapid nowadays because I think we have bigger tides,” Christensen said. “We have a lot more water volume, and we have a lot of pumice in our soil. It’s like tooth decay or a cavity. It eats a lot quicker because it’s porous material, and water could just unearth it so fast and easy. A lot of that is accelerated by the storm.”It’s a fight Port Heiden has been waging for decades, to stay above water. They started building homes on higher ground away from Meshik, the old village site, in the 1980s. The last person moved out of the old village in 2008.But the solution is not as simple as abandoning the old town.First there’s the issue of what to do about the old buildings. Left alone, they would be washed into the sea and the debris will end up on Port Heiden’s beaches. Last year, before the road washed away too much to drive heavy machinery on it, the village deconstructed most of the buildings.“It’s a very hard thing to do. We’ve gotten a lot of backlash about it because it’s emotional, because it’s letting go of your home that you grew up in,” Christensen said. “But what other alternative do we have? We can’t stop the force of nature, but we can do something about leaving less of a foot print to our ecosystem by not polluting it.”Then there’s the loss of safe harbor. John Christensen Jr. is the tribal council president and a commercial fisherman.“Our safe harbor for our boats is down past the old village,” John Christensen Jr. said. “Once the erosion reaches the lake down there. It’ll cut off a line. We won’t have no more road to go down there, so we’re going to have to figure out a different place to park our boats.”Finally there’s the continued erosion, even in the new town. While the homes where people live now, the village office and the village store are currently on stable ground, to get from the bluffs where the town lies to the beach where barges land and residents subsistence fish, the village has to regularly reconstruct beach access roads with a loader.More worrisome, erosion is getting to the roads near the school.“Maybe three years ago there was flooding so bad by the school that the school bus had to take the school kids from the school to the flooded area because there was like a river channel of water on the road and then carry the kids, walk them across the water,” Jaclyn Christensen said. “And then the other school bus was on the other side of the road, and they took the kids from there to their homes.”Port Heiden’s fuel tank farm was relocated fewer than two years ago due to erosion concerns. But Jaclyn worries that its new position by the school might not keep it safe from erosion for long. Even as the village continues its march inland, she said that there isn’t a lot of talk about why the erosion is happening.“We don’t really use the word “climate change” around here,” Jaclyn said. “We just know things are changing. We just know high winds are becoming more frequent. We know that bad weather is hanging around a lot longer. I don’t really hear the elders or the local people talk about climate change or ocean acidification, or global warming as much because it seems like a foreign factor that we’ve never really had to understand before.Whatever the cause, Jaclyn Christensen is optimistic that the community will stay motivated and find solutions.last_img read more

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2019-09-09

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Dance Your Style Debuts in DC

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFRORed Bull is taking street dance to another level with their Dance Your Style competition debuting in the Nation’s capital on July 20. With no limitation to the type of dances that can be performed or the music that can be played, this competition is all about taking the stage by storm with full creative freedom. The Dance Your Style competition is a celebration of the diversity of dance and the authenticity that each dancer brings to the table. “Red Bull Dance your Style is all about giving freedom to dancers. There’s no planned choreography, no pre-chosen music or one dedicated style of dance,” said Red Bull in a statement. Red Bull is bringing the Dance Your Style competition to D.C. in order to compete for the title of Best in the East before the national competition in Las Vegas and world championship in Paris in October. (Courtesy Photo)Not only are the DJ and dancers allowed to freestyle, but the judges of this competition are the viewers. One of Red Bull’s ultimate goals with Dance Your Style is to recreate the social dynamics of street dancing and street dance competitions. Dancers from across the Mid-Atlantic will meet this weekend in D.C. to pop, lock and battle for the title of Best in the East. Each round is judged by the crowd approval who ultimately will decide their regional champion. The regional champion will get a chance to progress to Red Bull’s Dance Your Style National Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dancers will be challenged by the DJs with a wide range of music, from international hits to classic hip hop beats. The competitors will have to bring their individual flare and best showmanship as they go toe-to-toe with each other for a shot at being the regional champion. Honolulu, Washington, D.C., Miami, Boston, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are amongst the participating cities for the regional competition.  Red Bull’s 2019 Dance Your Style will be hosting over 50 events in 30 countries in which a winner will eventually emerge. The first Red Bull Dance Your Style World Champion will be crowned at the World Final on October 12 in Paris, France. The Dance Your Style competition will take place this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Howard Theater (620 T Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001). There will be special performances by the TSU Dance Crew, Queen P and Infinite Flow. The competition will be hosted by the 2016 Red Bull 3Style US DJ Champion and a 2-time World Finalist DJ Trayze, renowned dancer, choreographer and founder and director of Urban Artistry Junious Brickhouse and Director of Education at Urban Artistry, Ryan “Future” Web. This event is friendly to all ages, to purchase tickets you can visit this link.  Some of the competitors for the Washington DC, dance competition include: BBoy Hannibal, JustSole, Lil O, Neverless, Stout, Captain Puerto Rico, Floey, King Havoc, Scream, MonTahje, Nubian Nene, TJ Pye, E Solo, DQ, Queso and OPM. For more information about Red Bull’s Dance Your Style competition visit https://www.redbull.com/us-en/events/red-bull-dance-your-style-usa.last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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Be a headturner this festive season

first_imgYou can make heads turn this festive season by donning a maxi skirt with ganji or sporting a denim look, says an expert.Carlton D’Souza, Myntra LookGood Advisor, has shared some innovative styling tips:* Try the Boho look: Pair your tube top with a mirror-work jacket. To glam it up, wear it with dhoti pants. * Go with denim: You can draw even more attention to your style by wearing a kamarband on your waist. The fusion of Indo-western is sure to make you stand apart from the crowd. A tight high bun and bright red lipstick would add to the look.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Play with palazzos: Remember those palazzo pants that have come to your rescue so many times? Time to sway in them yet again with another look. Use your colourful bandhani dupatta as a tube top. Wear chunky costume jewellery and look your stylish best.* Sport maxi skirt and ganji: You can even flaunt your skirts with a funky ganji or racerback top. * Opt for sarongs: Wear it as a tube dress and jazz it up with high heels.last_img read more

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2019-08-31

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first_img Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant Greg Freiherr has reported on developments in radiology since 1983. He runs the consulting service, The Freiherr Group. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more Blog | Greg Freiherr, Industry Consultant | July 28, 2011 CardioGen Reveals Cardiac PET’s Soft Underbelly News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more Typically, the only radiation facing travelers is from the airport scanners they must walk through to board airplanes. Not so, however, for two travelers who set off radiation alarms when crossing the U.S. border earlier this month, an incident whose fallout threatens the future of cardiac PET.Early this week the FDA warned U.S. healthcare providers to stop using the radioisotope generator commonly used to perform PET exams of the heart. Soon after Bracco Diagnostics, the maker of CardioGen-82, voluntarily recalled the cardiac generator (“FDA: Stop Using CardioGen-82 Due to Increased Radiation Exposure”).An investigation by the FDA had found that CardioGen-82 had months earlier led to the dosing of the two travelers not only with rubidium-82,  the very short half-life isotope needed for their cardiac scans, but also with strontium, a much longer lived isotope. The inadvertent dosing, according to the FDA, was due to a failure in the manufacturing process called “strontium breakthrough.”The resulting exposure of patients to excess radiation illustrates the vulnerability of imaging devices that depend on radioisotopes. Anyone familiar with nuclear cardiology, which depends heavily on the radioisotope technetium, understands how vulnerable these devices are.An aging Canadian reactor with a distressingly long history of shutdowns supplies the molybdenum radioisotope that generate most of the technetium used in the U.S. for cardiac SPECT studies. When this reactor shut down, spurring a 15-month technetium shortage, PET advocates – led by Bracco Diagnostics – began recruiting nuclear cardiologists to switch from SPECT to PET. (“Time for a New Normal in Nuclear Cardiology?”). This alternative, they said, was not vulnerable to such shortages.  For those who were convinced, the recent news is not only ironic, but troubling.In its warning to healthcare providers, the FDA noted that “the risk of harm from this exposure is minimal” and that “it would take much more radiation to cause any severe adverse health effects in patients.” (“CardioGen-82 PET Scan: Drug Safety Communication – Increased Radiation Exposure”)  Yet estimates derived from mathematical modeling done at the Los Alamos National Laboratory indicate that exposure for the two patients may be as high as 90 mSv – more than 30 times the normal dose of a cardiac PET scan. And it is not certain that these two patients are the only ones who have been so exposed. The FDA is now trying to find out how many, if any, more patients suffered excess radiation dose due to strontium breakthrough.One question not being asked is why this unexpected exposure was detected at a U.S. border crossing instead of the PET suites where the scans were performed. Moreover, how could such excess doses occur in the first place? Are no tests required to ensure the purity of rubidium chloride before it is injected into patients?Toward that end, the FDA is looking into the sufficiency of the testing procedures used to detect strontium breakthrough at clinical sites using CardioGen-82. Obviously, they are not sufficient, at least not everywhere. But they will have to be soon, or cardiac PET may have a tough time recovering from a shortage that should have never been.Editor’s note: For additional information about this incident and the product recall, visit www.cardiogen.com. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Related Content Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. 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2019-08-27

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Carrington Hosts 6th Annual Golf Classic to Benefit Wounded Veterans

first_imgCarrington Hosts 6th Annual Golf Classic to Benefit Wounded Veterans in Headlines, News Carrington Charitable Foundation Wounded Veterans 2016-10-20 Seth Welborn More than 250 golfers and guests assembled for the CCF Golf Classic.The Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF)’s 6th Annual Golf Classic recently raised $2.2 million for wounded veterans who have returned from service and need support, with proceeds going directly to benefit Carrington House and the Veterans Airlift Command.Every year since 2011, the CCF Golf Classic has raised money to provide diverse ongoing assistance to veterans and their families. More than 250 golfers participated in this year’s event on October 10 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, California. Following a day of golf, more than 400 supporters participated in a banquet and benefit auction.The CCF is the nonprofit organization of The Carrington Companies and it proudly honors veterans through its signature program, Carrington House, honoring the sacrifices of servicemen and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carrington House has completed nearly two custom dozen homes across the country to meet the special needs of wounded veterans. Another two homes are scheduled for completion this year and another three are scheduled to be completed in 2017.In addition to building custom homes for wounded veterans, CCF announced plans to expand its mission to provide veterans with job-search assistance, business-plan consulting, counseling, and treatment to help provide veterans with the guidance they need to rejoin civilian life.The CCF has been a leading supporter of Veterans Airlift Command, which works with a network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots to organize free air transportation for severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, and their families. Carrington Aviation has participated on missions with aircraft and crew to transport these veterans to medical facilities for treatment and reunite them with their loved ones for the past nine years.“It is a tremendous honor for us to organize this event to give back to our Veterans and their families, and we are grateful that so many others have joined us in this worthy cause,” said Rosemary Rose, Carrington Charitable Foundation Chairman. “The proceeds will continue to assist Veterans with their mobility, stability, purpose and prosperity.”Click here for more information and photos from the 6th CCF Annual Golf Classic. The 7th CCF Annual Golf Classic is already planned for October 9, 2017, at The Resort at Pelican Hill.center_img October 20, 2016 534 Views Sharelast_img read more

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2019-08-15

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