Saskatchewan NDP choose Ryan Meili over Trent Wotherspoon at Regina convention

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan’s NDP has chosen Ryan Meili to be its new leader, who the party hopes will enable it to topple a weakened government that’s held power for more than a decade.Meili, a physician who represents Saskatoon Meewasin in the legislature, defeated Regina MLA Trent Wotherspoon at a leadership convention in Regina on Saturday.“It’s blowing pretty hard out there. I think those might be the winds of change,” Meili said during his victory speech.Lorne Calvert, who was at Saturday’s convention, was the last NDP premier, losing power to the Saskatchewan Party under the leadership of Brad Wall in 2007.But the Saskatchewan Party has faced intense criticism for last year’s austerity budget, and Wall has since stepped aside and replaced by Scott Moe.The next provincial election is still more than two years away and the candidates, as well as other speakers, expressed optimism the government is on its last legs.“We will win when we put forth a vision for Saskatchewan that excites and inspires people to look at us and say yes, that is the change we’re looking for,” Meili said in a speech earlier Saturday before the vote.“This is our moment. This is our time — our time to show that New Democrats are ready to lead.”Meili tried twice before to become the party’s leader, losing to Dwain Lingenfelter in 2009 and Cam Broten in 2012.In this campaign, he pledged to refuse donations from corporations or unions, saying he would only fundraise through individual donors.Meili received 5,973 votes to Wotherspoon’s 4,860. The party says 81 per cent of the 13,414 eligible members voted though online and mail-in ballots.Broten led the party in the 2016 provincial election. Wotherspoon, who lost to Broten in the NDP leadership contest in 2013, was named interim leader, but he stepped down last June to run for the job permanently.Bitter party divisions that can become focal points of some leadership contests appeared absent form this one.Meili and Wotherpoon mentioned support for many of the same issues during their speeches to the convention, including pharmacare, restoring a provincial bus service that was cut by the Saskatchewan Party and protecting the province’s Crown corporations.Wotherspoon thanked Meili for his ideas, care and hard work. Meili, meanwhile, made Wotherspoon the first person he thanked when he took the stage as the party’s new leader.Meili said that during the campaign, people told him the NDP couldn’t lose because they had two great choices.“I couldn’t agree more,” he said.The NDP hold 12 of the legislature’s 61 seats. Candidates representing the Saskatchewan Party swept three provincial byelections Thursday.The convention was originally scheduled for May, but the party decided in September to move up the date following Wall’s announcement in August he was stepping down.On Twitter, the next opponent Meili will face congratulated him on his win.“Look forward to working with you on areas where we agree, and to a vigorous debate on areas where we disagree,” Moe wrote.—by Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more

UN and partners seeking meaningful progress from Israel Palestinians

“It is important for the Quartet members that all the parties concerned show meaningful signs of progress in the coming few months,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Trieste, Italy, following the meeting of the group, which comprises the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States.In today”s meeting, the Quartet discussed moving towards Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and supporting the Palestinian Authority and economic growth.They also conferred on the situation in Gaza comprehensive peace between Israel and Syria, and Israel and Lebanon as well as an international conference slated to be held in Moscow some time this year. In a joint communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the Quartet called on Israel and the Palestinians to implement their obligations under the Middle East Road Map, which embodies the two-State solution, and affirmed that unilateral actions taken by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community.In addition, the group agreed that the current situation in Gaza is “unsustainable and not in the interests of any of those concerned.” Members called for the unimpeded provision of humanitarian aid, including food, fuel and medical treatment into the area, which recently endured a devastating Israeli offensive with the stated goal of ending rocket fire into its southern territory.Earlier this week, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told the Security Council that “the unresolved crisis in Gaza has negative repercussions on all efforts to advance the peace process, and wreaks unacceptable havoc on the fabric of civilian life in Gaza.” Mr. Ban, in his comments to the press, stated that the UN has a good proposal to kick-start early recovery and reconstruction in Gaza and has made quite significant progress in the West Bank. The UN is urging the Israeli authorities to stop settlements, including natural growth, and open crossings, he added.Following the Quartet meeting, Mr. Ban attended a closed meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan, which focused on regional perspectives, including cooperation in border management and countering illicit drug trafficking. He is also scheduled to meet today with the Quartet”s Arab partners. 26 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the other members of the diplomatic Middle East Quartet today in calling on Israel and the Palestinians to fulfil their agreed obligations in the search for peace, adding that it is important to work hard towards meaningful progress. read more

UN Force in Lebanon destroys more unexploded ordnance as extra French troops

“The cessation of hostilities was maintained in general in the past 24 hours. No incidents and breaches of the cessation of hostilities or air violations were recorded,” the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said in a news release. “UNIFIL demolished unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Kunin village, while a team from the Mine Action Coordination Centre continued controlled demolition of unexploded ordnance in the areas of Yohmor, Ras Al Ain, Deir Al Zahrani, Siddiqin and Majdal Silim.” UN troops continued their ground and air patrols but there has been no change in the Lebanese army deployment since yesterday, the Mission said. UNIFIL also distributed 53,000 litres of water to several areas, as well as providing the residents of Mashta Al Izziyah with a generator for water pumping. The Mission also provided further medical assistance. A group of additional 150 French soldiers arrived in Naqoura to reinforce UNIFIL, it said. read more

Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to NBA.com. But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/alleyoop1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymondswat.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenswat2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to Basketball-Reference.com. To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2014-152.92.5 2012-131.83.5 Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS 2016-173.4%6.4% 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymonddunkedon.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Censorship Board cant be abolished until it deals with Alan Shatters Laura

first_imgTHE DÁIL HAS debated a bill to abolish the Censorship of Publications Board with TDs told this can’t be done until it has dealt with a complaint against a novel authored by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins said that the board is “a quango that has long since passed its sell by date” but speaking for the government Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said that it is “only fair” that a complaint against Shatter’s novel ‘Laura’ be dealt with.Introducing the Censorship of Publications Board Repeal Bill, Collins said: “The majority of people had never heard of the board thought it was long since departed before Minister Shatter’s novel made the front pages. Now it’s time to ensure they never have to hear from it again.”He made the point that sales of the controversial and explicit novel 50 Shades of Grey showed how attitudes in Irish society have moved on and also criticised the government’s “broken promise” to abolish quangos.The board was originally established in 1929 to ban the sale or publication of controversial publications, but no book or magazine has been banned since 2003. The most recent board’s five year term of office expired in November 2011 with a new board yet to be appointed.Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan got approval last month to temporarily appoint five people to the board to deal with a complaint that Shatter’s novel is ‘obscene’ and advocates abortion. There were suppressions of smiles and laughter throughout this morning’s debate in the Dáil. Screengrab via Oireachtas TV. ‘Laura’ was recently republished after publicity about the complaint against it. The book – first published in 1990 – centres around the troubled private life of a pro-life politician who has an affair with his secretary and subsequently urges her to procure an abortion.“Censorship of publications in Ireland has had a very sad and sorry history,” Rabbitte said saying that many successful books were banned. “There is no question of returning to that time.”He said that abolishing the board was “a welcome and overdue reform” but that it is “only fair” that a complaint against ‘Laura’ is dealt with. He also cautioned against repealing part of the relevant Act “without giving due consideration” to its impact on the “entire body of legislation”.Welcoming the bill, independent TD Finian McGrath said it was good to hear “romantic Ireland is not dead and gone in Fianna Fáil” and but expressed puzzlement at why sales of ‘Laura’ went up when news of the complaint emerged last year.Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy said that censorship and specifically the Section 31 ban had forced his party’s members to have their voices dubbed during broadcast interviews.“We need to perform an exorcism,” he said of the Censorship Board.Fianna Fáil deputy Billy Kelleher described Alan Shatter as a “literary genius” and added: “I make an urgent plea that Laura be set free, like the Minister himself.”Read: Here is the sex scene from Alan Shatter’s novelRead: Alan Shatter: Minister for Sex >last_img read more

SFR Esser limogé JeanBernard Lévy reprend les rênes

first_imgSFR : Esser limogé, Jean-Bernard Lévy reprend les rênesC’était dans l’air depuis le début de la matinée et la nouvelle vient de tomber : Franck esser, PDG de SFR depuis l’année 2000, cède sa place à Jean-Bernard Lévy, président du directoire de Vivendi.Les 200.000 clients parti chez la concurrence auront pesé lourd sur le sort de Franck Esser, à la tête de SFR, 2ème groupe de téléphonie mobile français.Ce dernier, d’après le Figaro, vient d’être remercié et remplacé, au pieds levé, par Jean-Bernard Lévy, actuel président du directoire de Vivendi.Le depart de l’ex-pdg de SFR sera effectif dès la fin de cette semaine, et Jean-Bernard Lévy, lui, serait nommé pour une durée indeterminée. Cette décision aurait été actée vendredi après-midi, pendant le Conseil de Surveillance de Vivendi, et présentée au Conseil d’administration de SFR cette après-midi à 17 heures. Franck Esser aurait été chaleureusement remercié pour son action par Jean-Bernard Lévy ; un départ qui semblerait cordial, donc.À lire aussiiPhone 5 : retour en stock chez Free Mobile, Orange, Joe et Virgin MobileLes deux objectifs de ce remplacement : prendre le temps de nommer un nouveau président-directeur-général, et rassurer les 10.000 salariés du groupe quant à cette transition.Mais que cela soit Jean-Bernard Lévy ou le prochain PDG de SFR la mission reste la même : trouver une parade aux offres de Free Mobile et mettre en place rapidement des solutions pour endiguer l’hémorragie de clients que subit l’opérateur.Le 26 mars 2012 à 23:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fort Vancouver attendance broke record in 2016

first_imgFort Vancouver contributed to the all-time high in National Park Service visitors in 2016 with its own record-setting attendance of 1,019,239.It was the second year attendance at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site surpassed 1 million; it first topped that milestone in 2009 with 1,017,326 visitors.Fort Vancouver drew a fifth of its 2016 visitors in one month, when the annual Independence Day festivities contributed to a July attendance of 216,226. (That is the first time Fort Vancouver has drawn 200,000-plus visitors in one month.)Unlike many destination parks, it doesn’t cost anything to enter Fort Vancouver National Historical Site; admission fees are only charged to enter the reconstructed fur-trade fort that represents this community’s Hudson’s Bay Company roots. Statistics through October show about 104,000 visitors to the fort in the first 10 months of 2016.Entry fees aren’t charged at the visitor center, which was renovated for the National Park Service centennial; it drew about 146,000 people through October; Pearson Air Museum, which also is free, had about 29,000 visitors.Fort Vancouver uses pedestrian counters along paths to tally people walking through the site. That includes the Vancouver Land Bridge; it has become a popular walking route, adding to the visitor totals.last_img read more

Sigourney Weaver surprises high school cast of Alien The Play

first_imgEarlier in March, Weaver made a YouTube video praising the young cast on their Alien play.  Originally published April 28.Update, April 30: Adds video of Alien: The Play.  Wow! How terrifying is this Xeno costume from the North Bergen Alien play?! pic.twitter.com/VhcmnRAH2l— Alien (@AlienAnthology) April 27, 2019 Share your voice TV and Movies 1 Comment “I just want to say, it looked incredible,” Weaver said in the video. “You put so much heart and soul into that and the alien looked very real to me. I want to send our compliments not only from me but from James Cameron, and the original screenwriter Walter Hill. We all say bravo, well done.”The Alien film franchise celebrated its 40th anniversary on Friday. Watch Alien: The Play in its entirety here. The students’ dedication inspired Alien director Ridley Scott himself to donate $5,000 to help stage the encore on Friday.After the encore presentation, Weaver greeted the cast in the school hallway. More Alien Look who stopped by North Bergen High to visit the spectacular cast of Alien: The Play. Thank you, Sigourney Weaver! And thank you, North Bergen High! #AlienDay #Alien40th pic.twitter.com/ObMZh4m4t3— Alien (@AlienAnthology) April 27, 2019center_img Survive Alien Day with this essential extraterrestrial gear (pictures) Alien Stomper Reebok shoes look like Ripley’s vacation kicks Ripley and her cat make ‘Aliens’ look cuddly Build an M41-A Pulse Rifle from ‘Aliens’ cheaply The North Bergen High School actors on Friday did an encore presentation of their Alien play, which had first gone viral in March. The teens made impressive sets, spacesuits and even a realistic-looking alien xenomorph costume by using recycled materials.  Tags 10 Photos “I’m so excited to be here,” Weaver told them. “I’m representing all the Alien fans from all over the universe … I think what you’re doing is so cool and so important.”Another video shows one high school student yelling, “I love you, you’re my childhood hero! I can’t believe you’re here right now!” before hugging Weaver. Sigourney Weaver visits the high school production of Alien: The Play. 20th Century Fox If you plan on putting on a high school play based on 1979 sci-fi film Alien, don’t be too surprised if actress Sigourney Weaver stops by to give you a high-five.That’s exactly what happened at a New Jersey high school on April 26. Weaver, who played heroine Ellen Ripley in the original Alien film series, paid a surprise visit to the high school production cast and crew of Alien: The Play. Very impressive set pieces from last night’s encore presentation of #AlienThePlay on #AlienDay! #NorthBergenHighSchool pic.twitter.com/ppXmheHGrd— Alien (@AlienAnthology) April 27, 2019 Sigourney Weaver visiting the NBHS cast and crew at their encore performance of Alien after national media recognition was unbelievable!! #alien #Alien40th pic.twitter.com/2UXL0v1H3X— Nicholas J. Sacco (@NicholasJSacco) April 27, 2019last_img read more

Celebrating a cause

first_imgThis event seeks to provide a platform for an exhibition of the skill sets and adaptability of these special students in certain sections of the hospitality industry. The event will take place   in front of a very distinguished audience, consisting of the general managers and other apex authorities of more than 25 five star luxury hotels of Delhi. The purpose of this exercise is to showcase that these students from the Noida Deaf Society are more than capable of self sustenance and fully functional careers with proper training modules in the hotels which are led by these general managers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This event will serve to be the cornerstone in the integration of the differently abled in the hospitality industry as highly industrious, contributing members of the workforce.Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi, has been working with NDS for quite a fruitful while now and has been hiring ten students from every batch who are trained in hospitality divisions such as concierge, laundry, housekeeping and security, before they commence their internship at the hotel. When: 29 SeptemberWhere: The Ballroom, Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotellast_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Watch again Video will play in  Click to playTap to play Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday July 20 Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 23:02End of live reportingAnd that’s the end of today’s live report brought to you by the StokeonTrentLive digital team.22:57Police called to horses ‘racing up and down’ the A500 (Image: Getty Images)Police officers were called to reports of up to seven ponies running up and down the A500, with officers trying to herd them up them off the dual carriageway.At around 10.15pm today Staffordshire Police received the call saying the horses were heading along the A500 towards Sandyford and Reginald Mitchell Way.Officers are currently on the scene but hope there is no more horsing around as they appear to have galloped up a side street towards Chemical Lane.Read more.22:55Reports of heavy traffic due to accident on A50 Westbound at B5029 Grindley Lane (Creda Roundabout / Meir Heath / Blythe Bridge).21:45M6 Southbound closed due to roadworks during the night from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Road closed until 6am.21:06The city’s major fire stations have reported no significant incidents since the 7pm shift change.20:41No traffic network issues currently showing up on our system19:20 A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 19:09Find out which items could soon be restricted in your hand luggageWith the summer now in full swing a number of us will be getting ready to pack our bags and jet off abroad – but what we can carry in our hand luggage is due to change.A host of everyday items such as baby powder, coffee, powder cosmetics, spices, and even protein mixes could soon be restricted to no more than 340 grams.Read more.19:05A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 18:42Slow traffic on A53 Etruria Road at A500 Queensway (Basford Roundabout). In patches. 18:31Armed police descend on park after men start ‘throwing knives around’Armed police have been called to one of Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest parks to tackle a group of men seen ‘throwing knives around’.One knife has been recovered following the incident at Hanley Park at 3pm this afternoon.Three men – aged 21, 26 and 33 – were later arrested on suspicion of possessing a ‘sharpened or bladed article’ and are due to be questioned by officers tonight.An ambulance also needed to be called after a woman was taken ill. Her condition is not known.Read more.18:18Bucknall Road inbound clear from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.17:36Slow traffic and one lane closed due to a broken down vehicle on the M6 northbound between junction 14, Stafford North and junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent. Lane one, of three, is closed.16:09 Slow traffic on A50 Uttoxeter Road at A520 (Meir Tunnel Interchange). 15:38Botteslow Street partially blocked due to accident, 2 vehicles involved and police in attendance at A50 Potteries Way. Traffic is coping well. On the roundabout. Traffic is still able to get past blockage, just a small delay. 15:24Slow traffic on A50 Ashbourne Road Eastbound at A518 / B5030 (Little Chef Roundabout).15:15Slow traffic on A53 Cobridge Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 13:19Fire at Central Forest ParkFire at Central Forest Park (Image: Andy Sheldon)13:16Firefighters tackling another blaze at Central Forest ParkWe’re getting reprots fire crews are at the scene12:17Broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed on M6 Northbound between J14 A5013 (Stafford North) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. The break down cannot be located on the cameras, however the matrix signs confirm the restriction. 11:40Fire in Stoke sending plume of smoke into airSmoke is rising due to a fire in the Stoke area this morning. More here.11:08Is ‘Monster from Morocco’ heatwave on way to Staffordshire?More here.10:34Two lorries in accident on M6Slow traffic and one lane blocked due to accident, two lorries involved on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is blocked. 09:52Accident in Normacot involves two vehiclesThe accident in Normacot is reported to involve two vehicles, according to an eyewitness.09:37Accident in NormacotReports of slow traffic due to accident on Chaplin Road near Upper Normacot Road. (Image: Inrix)09:08Slow traffic at Crewe Green roundaboutA534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound busy but moving before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 08:17A500 busy but movingA500 D Road Southbound busy but moving around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank).07:52Heavy traffic on A50 near Meir Tunnel Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 07:28Roads busy but moving in LongportBrownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. (Image: Inrix)07:21Usual congestion around Lime Kiln Traffic LightsUsual congestion on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). Share this videocenter_img Video Loading Video Unavailable StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproud The video will start in 1Cancel Play now StokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/1:20Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:19 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Save up to 65 in SanDisks OneDay Sale Includes SSDs microSD Cards

first_imgIf you think Logitech’s one-day sale has blown your socks off then wait till you see what SanDisk has on offer. It’s a wonderful day today in the world of tech!Grab a High-Capacity microSD Card, SSD or a Portable Drive for an Extremely Low Price Straight from SanDisk itselfThanks to the ever-growing list of hardware we have with us, there will always come a point where we need more storage mediums to keep our data safe and secure. Other than that, we might need to expand on what we already have. Regardless, you need some great memory accessories for yourself and SanDisk is the go-to company for a lot of people out there.Thankfully, though SanDisk has reasonably priced its hardware, but you can avail further discounts today in its one-day sale which Amazon is currently hosting. Whether you wanted a microSD card, a SSD or just a regular external storage hard disk, you’re well covered today.Let’s dive right in, shall we?SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SDXC UHS-I Card – Was $59.19, Now just $38.65SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter – Was $249.99, Now just $99.99SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter – Was $58.45, Now just $34.99SanDisk Ultra 128GB Dual Drive USB Type-C – Was $59.99, Now just $26.99SanDisk Ultra 256GB microSDXC Card with Adapter – Was $149.99, Now just $51.99SanDisk Ultra Flair 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive – Was $61.99, Now just $44.99SanDisk iXpand 128GB Flash Drive Lightning – Was $119.99, Now just $44.99SanDisk Ultra 256GB Dual Drive USB Type-C – Was $89.99, Now just $48.97SanDisk Extreme Pro 256GB SDXC UHS-I Card – Was $129.99, Now just $88.79SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB Solid State Drive – Was $249.99, Now just $139.99WD 512GB My Passport SSD Portable Storage USB 3.1 – Was $159.99, Now just $97.99G-Technology G-Drive USB-C – Was $299.95, Now just $204.99WD 1TB My Passport SSD Portable Storage USB 3.1 – Was $339.99, Now just $189.99G-Technology 1TB G-Drive Mobile SSD R-Series Rugged – Was $349.95, Now just $204.48SanDisk 200GB Connect Wireless Stick Flash Drive – Was $119.99, Now just $55.99G-Technology 4TB G-Drive – Was $189.95, Now just $128.88WD 10TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive USB 3.0 – Was $299.99, Now just $229.99G-Technology 2TB G-Drive – Was $129.95, Now just $89.99SanDisk Extreme Pro 512GB SDXC UHS-I Card – Was $299.99, Now just $199.99SanDisk Ultra 2TB 3D Solid State Drive – Was $446.99, Now just $289.99G-Technology 2TB G-Drive – Was $749.95, Now just $467.28WD 2TB My Passport SSD Portable Storage USB 3.1 – Was $699.99, Now just $349.99G-Technology 10TB G-Drive USB-C – Was $399.95, Now just $264.29WD My Passport Ultra 1TB Silver Portable External Hard Drive – Was $69.99, Now just $55.99WD My Passport Ultra for Mac 2TB Silver Portable External Hard Drive – Was $99.99, Now just $71.99WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Silver Portable External Hard Drive – Was $99.99, Now just $71.99While you’re shopping hard, make sure you check out the following as well:Logitech Offering Up to 64% Discount in its Massive 1-Day Sale: Save on Keyboards, Mice, Cameras, More Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_img Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Related Content News | October 20, 2009 ACR Urges Support for SGR Repeal Bill Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. October 20, 2009 – The American College of Radiology is urging the medical community to support a bill (S. 1776) to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and erase the $240 billion debt associated with it.Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has introduced the bill that if it is defeated, the current scheduled 22 percent reduction in Medicare payments may go into effect Jan. 1, 2010.The Senate will be holding a series of votes the week of October 19 that will determine whether this legislation moves forward. Should In a statement on its Web site (www.acr.org), the College states:”Since the repeal of the SGR and a yet-to-be developed new payment formula would benefit all physicians, the ACR is asking that you please call your senators today to request their vote in support of Sen. Stabenow’s bill, S. 1776. The American Medical Association has drafted background documents on this issue for your reference.”The documents are available on the AMA site, under the “S. 1776 Action Kit.””This may be the only opportunity to repeal the SGR this year during the health care reform debate and we need to present a united physician community to the Congress,” states the ACR site. Starting today, October 20, 2009, The ACR asks clinicians to call their Senators’ offices in Washington, D.C., through the ACR Political Action Network at 800-327-5423, and use the ACR’s Political Action Network 800# between 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST.For any questions, the ACR asks the medical community to contact Ariel Gonazalez at agonzalez@acr.org (link sends e-mail).For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more center_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Lets stop measles from crashing the World Cup in Brazil

first_img Facebook Comments The 2014 World Cup will be played next month in Brazil. It’s a fitting honor for a country that has won the most titles (five) in the 84-year history of the tournament. The excitement is already starting to build, and I’ll be pulling hard for my own Team USA.While I’ll have one eye on the matches, the other will be on the foreign fans that will flock to Brazil, some of whom may unwittingly carry the virus that causes measles. If measles were to crash the World Cup and then spread, it would put at risk the country’s impressive gains against the disease and threaten other countries as well.Brazil eliminated measles around the turn of the century, thanks to an aggressive national vaccination campaign. In 2002, the entire Americas region was declared measles-free. It was a tremendous achievement, and Brazilians are justifiably proud of it.Measles once ravaged Brazil. Thousands of people became infected with it each year, and many of them died. Newborns and malnourished children were among the most vulnerable.If not for the highly effective and safe measles vaccine, many of our countries would still be burying many of their young. By 2020, the elimination of measles in Brazil and the rest of the Americas will have prevented 3.2 million cases and 16,000 deaths, according to a study by experts from the Pan American Health Organization, among others.Measles in any one country is a threat to all. Two years ago, Brazil confirmed two cases that were  imported by travelers from countries where the disease is still endemic – most likely in Europe or Asia. The virus found small but important gaps in the country’s population immunity (for example, in communities with lower vaccination coverage).Last year, the imported virus spread and caused 213 more cases. From January to April of this year, there were another 172 cases.The Brazilian government and the Pan American Health Organization are very concerned about the 600,000 foreigners who are expected to travel to Brazil for the World Cup in June. Some of these people could unintentionally carry more of the highly contagious virus to the country, as well as to the rest of the region.The risk is real. Consider that of the 32 countries with teams in the month-long tournament, 19 reported measles cases in 2013.But we are not powerless. We can mitigate the risk of measles importation.We urge everyone who plans to go to Brazil to get vaccinated at least two weeks before traveling. This is how much time is needed for the vaccine to provide the fullest possible protection.We urge physicians and health care workers everywhere to be aware of the danger to their patients, and to advise them to get vaccinated for their own good and the good of others.At the same time, we applaud the Brazilian government for its efforts to ensure that all Brazilians – especially those who live, or will attend, in the 12 cities where matches will be played – get vaccinated.The Pan American Health Organization developed a campaign for the 12th Vaccination Week in the Americas (April 26–May 3), stressing the importance of action against all vaccine-preventable diseases: measles, but also polio, rubella, hepatitis, diphtheria, mumps, whooping cough, neonatal tetanus, bacterial pneumonia, yellow fever, diarrhea caused by rotavirus, influenza, and human papillomavirus.Vaccination works. We can use it to ensure a measles-free World Cup. We can keep measles from spoiling the quadrennial celebration of the world’s most popular sport.Let’s give it a shot. Let’s defend our goal. Let’s tackle measles before it has a chance to strike.Jon Kim Andrus is deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization. This article originally appeared at www.themarknews.com. Related posts:Olympic official: Brazil’s preparations for 2016 ‘the worst I have experienced’ Transport chaos, World Cup security fears hit Brazil A rebuttal to Wall Street Journal editor’s call for US World Cup fans to ignore Costa Rica VIDEO: Thrill of victory, agony of defeat during France-Germany gamelast_img read more

Mexican mayorelect shot to death

first_imgMEXICO CITY (AP) – Police say gunmen have shot down the mayor-elect of a town in San Luis Potosi state and a campaign adviser while they were riding in a vehicle with another person.The local public safety secretary says Matehuala Mayor-elect Edgar Morales Perez and aide Francisco Hernandez Colunga were returning from a birthday party when they were ambushed early Sunday in the town. Hernandez Colunga’s wife was also in the car but survived the attack. The assailants remain at large. Morales Perez had belonged to the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which regained the country’s presidency last month. He was scheduled to take office in September. The National Action Party had governed Matehuala for years before his electoral win.A car filled with 14 corpses was found Thursday by a gas station along a highway in San Luis Potosi state.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Four benefits of having a wireless security system Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories last_img read more

DoubleTree by Hilton opens first hotel in Fiji

first_imgDoubleTree by Hilton opens first hotel in Fiji www.fiji.doubletree.comDoubleTree by Hilton opens first hotel in FijiHilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island, Fiji’s newest resort offering and the first DoubleTree by Hilton branded hotel in the tropical, South Pacific nation. The resort joins an existing portfolio of six DoubleTree by Hilton branded properties operating in the Australasia region, and opens as Hilton Worldwide’s 22nd hotel in the region. The resort is owned by The Vision Group.Paul Hutton, vice president operations Australasia, Hilton Worldwide, said, “DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island is ready to provide guests with an authentic Fijian experience whilst delivering the comforts and amenities of a full service resort. We are thrilled to be opening this unique and luxurious resort, and look forward to extending a warm Fijian welcome to all of our guests.”Situated on a lush, private tropical island and surrounded by the pristine waters of the South Pacific Ocean, DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island is just a three-minute boat ride from the main island of Viti Levu and an easy 25-minute drive from Nadi International Airport.DoubleTree Fiji – BureAll 120 guest rooms and bures (traditional Fijian bungalows) have been refurbished as part of the renovation and fitted with a wide range of guest amenities, including new furniture, smart televisions and signature Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree beds. Each of the generously-sized rooms and bures feature awe-inspiring views of the stunning Mamanuca Islands.“The DoubleTree by Hilton brand has a strong and growing presence in Australasia, with three more hotels in the pipeline,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton and Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island is a great addition to our resorts collection, and global travellers are sure to enjoy a memorable tropical getaway enhanced by our signature DoubleTree service, starting with our warm chocolate chip cookie greeting.”DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island features three restaurants and bars, offering guests a wide choice of cuisines and dining experiences. The resort’s talented chefs create many innovative dishes, many using the finest native ingredients home-grown in the island’s rich volcanic soil. The onsite vegetable farm, herb gardens, tropical orchards and hydroponic farm provide the kitchens with an abundant selection of fresh produce daily. Imported items are specially sourced to ensure a wide variety of inspired dishes.Vulani, surrounded by one of the largest lagoon-style swimming pools in Fiji, offers buffet and à la carte dining with themed nights and live entertainment.Tavu Bar & Grill, a poolside outlet offering swim-up service, is where guests can savour an extensive selection of expertly prepared local and imported meats served “BBQ style” on the beachfront.“From our rich culinary options to the many leisure activities available, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island is a true tropical oasis for guests seeking both adventure and luxury,” said Martin Rogers, Fiji cluster general manager, Hilton Worldwide.DoubleTree Fiji – poolGuests at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island can choose from an array of adventurous and relaxing activities, such as: cooling off in one of the largest lagoon-style pools in Fiji, horseback riding, paintballing, and pampering treatments at the onsite spa. Multiple water activities are available, including snorkelling, scuba diving and yachting. Guests can also maintain their exercise routine by playing tennis or using the 24-hour onsite fitness centre, or by walking, jogging and hiking on the trails surrounding the resort.DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island also features three conference spaces, making it an ideal setting for a unique corporate event or spectacular tropical wedding.“The Vision Group Fiji is delighted to launch the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Fiji. It is an exciting and energetic brand that will resonate with travellers who are looking for a contemporary resort stay combined with an authentic Fijian experience,” said Vision Group Fiji Chairman Dilip Khatri. “The renovation of the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji, our second Hilton property, makes it a key asset and at a local level, provides a new high quality, unique resort option to international visitors and the Fijian market alike.”DoubleTree by Hilton knows that little things mean everything when it comes to a rewarding travel experience, and strives to bring each guest the special comforts and acts of kindness that are unique to the brand – starting with the warm chocolate chip cookie welcome and continuing throughout every guest’s hotel stay.Among the amenities that guests will enjoy are the invigorating array of Aroma Actives body care products, complimentary high-speed internet access in public areas, and an industry-recognized service culture which is built around the idea of CARE, or Create A Rewarding Experience for guests, team members and the community.Hilton HHonors® guest loyalty program members have the opportunity to earn and redeem HHonors Points for their stays at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji – Sonaisali Island. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton HHonors members who stay at the resort will enjoy 1,000 bonus points for every night stay through October 2016. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fijimake your bookings hereAbout DoubleTree by HiltonDoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global collection of more than 460 upscale hotels with more than 111,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. Everything about DoubleTree by Hilton aims to return the human touch to travel, starting with the presentation of a warm chocolate chip cookie upon arrival and continuing throughout with Team Members dedicated to Creating a Rewarding Experience (CARE) for hotel guests, other Team Members and the communities the brand proudly serves. DoubleTree by Hilton properties offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (selected locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app.  To make reservations at any DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, travelers may visit our brand website at doubletree.com. Social media users may connect with us at facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and youtube.com/doubletreehotels. Reporters and bloggers may visit our DoubleTree by Hilton Global Media Center at news.doubletree.com for more information.About Hilton WorldwideHilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,660 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with nearly 765,000 rooms in 102 countries and territories. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including preferred pricing, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and Instagram. Source = DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fijilast_img read more