TORONTO – Patrick Brown’s quest to regain the leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives cleared a key hurdle Wednesday when the 39-year-old politician, who resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations, received the party’s stamp of approval for a run in the spring election.A party nomination committee tasked with vetting all Tory leadership candidates announced that Brown and three others vying for his former job — Christine Elliott, Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen — had been approved for the contest. Caroline Mulroney, another leadership hopeful, had already been approved by the committee.Brown thanked his supporters Wednesday and vowed not to let them down in a statement posted on social media after the party’s decision was announced.“This is about a movement to get Ontario back on track,” Brown said on Twitter. “I want to finish the job that we started. The People’s Guarantee (election platform) is our path to victory and … I am the only candidate in this race that stands behind our plan.”Progressive Conservative members will start voting for the new leader on March 2, with the winner to be announced March 10.Brown’s presence in the race adds an unpredictable element that will make next week’s final leadership debate in Ottawa important, McMaster University political science professor Henry Jacek said.“The debate will be fascinating,” he said. “It will be interesting to see how (the other candidates) treat him.”In this political environment, Jacek said, Brown still has a chance to win the race.“We have to think that a lot of those people on the membership list joined up for the party to vote for him,” Jacek said. “They still may be there and most of them may still be loyal to him.”Brown’s departure as party leader and his subsequent bid to reclaim the post have plunged the Progressive Conservatives, who had been leading in the polls, into turmoil.The Barrie, Ont., politician abruptly resigned as leader on Jan. 25 after CTV News reported allegations of sexual misconduct against him he has emphatically called false. The Canadian Press has not independently verified the allegations.Brown has also been dogged by allegations of mismanagement and corruption, which have led one Tory legislator to file a complaint with Ontario’s integrity commissioner.He has further been accused of exaggerating membership numbers after an internal audit found the party has about 67,000 fewer members than the 200,000 Brown had previously taken credit for.He was also expelled from the party caucus by interim Tory leader Vic Fedeli on Friday, just hours before Brown announced he would seek to reclaim the leadership.Brown has denied all the allegations against him and vowed last week to continue to fight to clear his name.Meanwhile, some of his competitors in the leadership race said they were focused on their own campaigns.Ford, who had criticized Brown’s decision to step into the leadership competition, said he wasn’t concerned that the controversy surrounding Brown will drown out the other candidates and their ideas“I’m zeroed in and zoned in on Kathleen Wynne,” Ford said in an interview Wednesday. “I’m zoned in on becoming the premier of this province and changing it and making sure we start respecting the taxpayer.”The former Toronto city councillor also said he will continue to highlight how he differs politically from Brown.“If they want Liberal-lite, if they want someone that believes in the carbon tax that is going to kill businesses … if they want to continue on with the sex ed curriculum and they want to be taxed to death, well, he’s your guy,” Ford said.Elliott issued a statement on the committee’s decision that did not mention Brown.“Now is the time for our party to move forward,” she said. “I remain the only candidate in this race with the ability to unite our members, and the experience to win the next election.”Mulroney and Granic Allen were not immediately available to comment.
The Elders today called on all political, military and civil society leaders in Zimbabwe to work together towards free and fair elections and a peaceful, inclusive transition following the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe.They urged all stakeholders to implement immediate socio-economic measures to address urgent issues that affect ordinary Zimbabweans’ welfare and provide relief to their pain and suffering. Zimbabwe’s neighbours in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries must do all they can to support a successful political process that respects human rights and returns stability and growth to the country.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “The period between now and the 2018 election is critical both for reconciliation and organised transition in Zimbabwe. All stakeholders should come together and engage in serious debate on a future vision and public policy.”Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders and a former freedom fighter in Mozambique, said: “The departure of Robert Mugabe offers a huge and rare chance for the people of Zimbabwe to chart a new course towards a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive future. This will only succeed if civil society activists, human rights defenders, independent media, religious organizations and academia are engaged on the type of transition to be chosen. Zimbabwe must look to the future, but also deliver justice to those who have suffered in the past.”The Elders agree that upcoming elections in 2018 are a crucial test of Zimbabwe’s new leaders’ commitment to democracy and political reform. All state institutions, especially the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, must put transparency and integrity at the heart of their work. This is particularly important regarding the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration process, which must deliver a credible electoral roll to restore confidence to the voting system.
“We cannot afford not to act in cases of non-compliance,” Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said yesterday in reference to the way the international community has been dealing with the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).Speaking at the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs this week in Seoul, Mr. ElBaradei recalled the many instances where Pyongyang failed to carry out its obligations under the NPT, capped by withdrawing from the accord in January 2003.”Naturally, all of these actions were promptly reported by the Agency to the Security Council – but with little to no response,” he noted.”This type of reaction by the Council may be setting the worst precedent of all, if it conveys the message that acquiring a nuclear deterrent, by whatever means, will neutralize any compliance mechanism and bring about preferred treatment.”By contrast, he said, verification and diplomacy have been part of the success so far in Iran and Libya, “and in that sense I can only hope that the continuation of the six-party talks on the DPRK nuclear programme will yield results that will include full IAEA verification.”
In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said that he was concerned about violence stemming from the 26 November poll, which was decided by a small margin. “The Secretary-General calls upon the country’s political leaders, and particularly the presidential candidates, to exercise their leadership with responsibility in this crucial moment for the future of Honduras,” the spokesperson said. He encouraged the presidential candidates to resolve their differences through dialogue and the mechanisms established by the Electoral Law.Mr. Guterres also called on Hondurans to exercise restraint and maintain the commendable civic spirit that they demonstrated by participating in the elections.
FORMER LABOUR MEP Nessa Childers has not yet decided which European constituency she will run in next year as she battles to retain her seat as an independent candidate.Having quit the Labour Party earlier this year and with Ireland East abolished, Childers said she is now facing a choice between running in three-seat Dublin or in the four-seat South constituency, which now includes parts of her current base.“It will be one of the two constituencies [either] Ireland South or Dublin but I don’t actually know, I am still deciding,” she told TheJournal.ie in Brussels this week.She said “demographic factors” would play into her decision-making and admitted that who else is running will “to some degree” play a part in her decision, but she added: “You should never make a decision based on what other people are doing.”Childers has previously said it will cost her as much as €100,000 to run for re-election next year having quit Labour last April, saying the party had “abandoned” vulnerable groups that it should have been protecting.She said her campaign will be “thrifty” and added that her decision to go it alone, outside of Labour, was not one taken lightly. “I will have to fund the campaign myself and for that reason whatever campaign it is I will be quite thrifty with funds.”Childers refused to be drawn on the current state of the Labour Party saying she has “stopped thinking about that”.“I feel a party in the position of Labour should not have gone into government and I think they should certainly not go into it again,” she said.The former Green Party councillor said that Labour had “only themselves to blame” and added: “I am not really interested except in terms of how it affects the Irish people.”Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politicspage?Read: Dublin a three-seater in Ireland’s new-look European constituency mapRead: Large constituencies mean European elections ‘will become more presidential’Read: More on the European Elections in 2014 > “This is where you have to be very clear about what it means when someone chooses to be an independent, they don’t do it lightly for many reasons,” she said.
Rumors are afloat about a Dell buyout for AMD, , but AMD is still making its own news. The company is ready to launch three new GPUs. AMD is shipping the new AMD Radeon HD 6450, 6570, and, 6670 GPUs to PC manufactures. They’ll also be sold online and in retail stores. HP, Dell, and other manufactures are ordering the new GPUs for the upcoming PC models.All three support DirectX 11 and multiple-display, run faster, and have a cooling system attached. Besides that, the GPUs will be pretty much the same as the previous ones AMD has put out before. AMD has not released the price of the new GPUs. Via Hot Hardware
If you thought yesterday’s iPad 3 rumors were all we were going to be hearing for a while, think again. A new leak, which is almost certainly legit, has all but confirmed both the announcement window and the features of the next iPad.Apple’s special event to announce the iPad 3 will take place during the first week of March in San Francisco. This will be a standard Apple product announcement event — or as standard as it can be without its late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. The release date hasn’t been leaked, but Apple’s recent history suggests that the iPad will launch a week or so after the announcement.iPad 3 features are looking to be exactly what we were already expecting. The leak has also all-but-confirmed that the tablet will have a 2048×1536 Retina display, a “much faster” (probably A6) chip, an improved GPU, and a form factor similar to the iPad 2.It’s rare for Apple product details to leak before being announced (the iPhone 4’s drunken night out is a notable exception). Of course we have no confirmation that this leak is legit, but the source (All Things D aka The Wall Street Journal) generally has an excellent reputation with Apple information, as well as leaks in general. Especially when you consider that it’s consistent with previous leaks, it looks like we now know most of the details of the next iPad.That doesn’t mean that there won’t be any surprises. Sometimes some of the smaller features are the most memorable. Take, for example, last year’s Smart Cover for the iPad 2. That isn’t something that you can learn from leaked specs, but it was one of the most talked about revelations from Jobs’s iPad 2 unveiling nonetheless.We’re sure to hear more about the iPad 3 in the next few weeks, but, unless one of the tablets turns up in a bar, this one is as sure a bet as you’ll find.via All Things D
Halo 4 was released earlier this month and had an extremely successful launch. Master Chief is still popular and developer 343 Industries seem to want to cash in on this popularity further.Going from job ads posted by the company, it looks like a Halo-related MMO could be in the works. Two job posting went live on November 19th, both for a Software Development Engineer positions at 343 Industries to build “the next generation of backend services to power Halo 4” as well as building a new game saga altogether. The postings each say the ideal candidate would have experience in MMO development. Of course, the MMO requirement could have nothing to do with the Halo series and either just be part of the job description or tie into Halo’s robust ecosystem which includes online co-op and versus gaming.However, just last week another job listing was posted for 343 Industries for a senior game designer. The job was said to include working on currently unknown projects and “other AAA Halo experiences” — which sounds like there’s different types of Halo games coming out, other than just Halo 5 and Halo 6.This isn’t the first time a Halo MMO has been discussed. Back in 2004 development started on a Halo MMORPG which went by the codename of Titan. Ensemble Studios, was owned by Microsoft and closed in 2008, spent three years developing the game before it was cancelled in 2007. Titan apparently had a $90 million budget at the time. Perhaps now Microsoft will pick up the leftovers of Titan and Ensemble’s work won’t be wasted.More at Microsoft Careers, via GameSpot
22,357 Views https://jrnl.ie/3257238 “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name”: Trump attacks media Trump also said the building of a border wall between the US and Mexico was “way ahead of schedule”. Image: Screengrab Trump also attacked pollsters, mentioning CNN, NBC and CBS among others by name.He also referred to CNN as the “Clinton News Network” to loud cheers from the crowd.“You’d think they’d fire the pollster … Maybe they’re just bad at polling, or maybe it’s not legit,” he said, in reference to polls that have gotten projections wrong.PromisesIn a wide-ranging speech, Trump appeared to be back in campaign mode as he listed off various promises he had made during his election campaign.In reference to his plans to build a border wall between the US and Mexico, Trump said the planned construction was “way ahead of schedule”.“We’re going to build the wall – it’s going to start soon,” he said.In reference to immigrants in the US, Trump said that the country was “getting the bad ones out”.“Those are the ones, they go first and I said it from day one,” he said.Basically all I’ve done is keep my promise.Trump also mentioned plans to cut taxes, increase jobs, and “reduce violent crime” – all promises he had made while running for office. He spoke about repealing the Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare) saying that it “didn’t work”.His speech was frequently interrupted by the crowd, who cheered loudly and broke into chants of “USA, USA, USA” at various times as Trump talked. The assembled crowd in Maryland today. Source: ScreengrabTrump said there was lines of people outside the centre in Maryland for “six blocks”.At one point, when he mentioned his former election opponent Hillary Clinton, the crowd broke into chants of “Lock her up. Lock her up!”Trump also made reference to Sweden, after comments he made last week about a supposed incident there angered many people in the Scandinavian country.“I took a lot of heat on Sweden” he told the crowd.And then a day later take a look at what happened in Sweden.He also referenced attacks in Germany and France to reinforce the need “keep America safe”.The US president closed his speech by promising:“We are Americans and the future belong to us. The future belongs to all of you.It’s going to be bigger and better and stronger than ever before.Read: Sanders says Trump has ‘opened the floodgates’ for private prisons to profitRead: Trump overturns Obama’s school protections for transgender students Feb 24th 2017, 4:32 PM Share157 Tweet Email 123 Comments Trump:”They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name”One hour ago, Trump’s WH put out these anonymous sources: pic.twitter.com/XL7BhPREMm— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) February 24, 2017 Source: Christina Wilkie/Twitter Trump addressing the crowd today Image: Screengrab Trump addressing the crowd today US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has launched a fresh attack on the media, saying that journalists should not be allowed to use anonymous sources in news reports.Addressing a raucous crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, Trump took aim at what he described as “fake news” reports about his administration, saying any report based on an anonymous source was “fake news”.“They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name,” the US president said.Trump labelled organisations that used anonymous sources as “enemy of the people”.His remarks were in response to legitimate news reports by US outlets based off anonymous sources from within Trump’s own administration.Various outlets have reported on turmoil within various US agencies and bodies since Trump took over, often quoting sources from within the agencies themselves.In many cases, sources will request anonymity in order to safeguard their jobs and speak more freely.“They have no sources,” Trump told the assembled crowd.“They make them up when they have none.”They shouldnt be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s nameI want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s fake, phony, fake.In response, Christina Wilkie of the Huffington Post tweeted an example of the White House recently using anonymous sources in a briefing. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 24 Feb 2017, 4:32 PM Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald
By Murray Kinsella Share34 Tweet Email Jun 11th 2018, 3:07 PM ISRAEL FOLAU CAUGHT the ball from kicks eight times against Ireland in Brisbane and even the one he didn’t manage to take cleanly led to a penalty.That ‘error’ came in the second minute of the Wallabies’ victory, when Folau tore after one of many Kurtley Beale bombs and got into the air against Rob Kearney, forcing a knock-on from the Ireland fullback which Bundee Aki picked up in an offside position.The most stunning of Folau’s aerial takes on Saturday came under the same source – a contestable Beale kick – and played a major role in the Wallabies building towards their crucial second try.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveIt’s a sensational moment from the fullback, with Folau’s freakish physical ability to explode off the ground combining with his superb skill.With no Irish player able to ‘escort’ Folau – in other words, look to impede his direct running line towards the ball – he has the perfect opportunity to demonstrate his skill.Johnny Sexton is the closest Irish player to Jacob Stockdale, coming up from the backfield to compete, but any change of line from the out-half across Folau would probably have been penalised.The timing of Folau’s stride into the landing point of the ball is excellent, as he controls his pace and shows composure not to get there too early, all the while maintaining focus on the ball as he moves.Having covered the first few metres with long strides, Folau chops his steps coming towards his jumping point, and then the final stride is slightly longer again.That allows him to almost bounce onto his left leg and generate his explosive power through it as he gets his right leg up ahead of him, helping to generate more height and providing a useful bumper if there is going to be any contact up in the air.Stockdale has not been as successful with his own approach towards the ball and ends up slightly in front of it, meaning he can’t make a realistic attempt to field it, and he doesn’t provide the physical contest in the air that could potentially put Folau off.Stockdale doesn’t have the same leaping power as Folau but Ireland’s review might ask whether he could have got off the ground earlier in order to ensure there is at least that distraction for Folau and a greater possibility of forcing an error.Even at that, Folau’s take is sensational.Just to be certain of a clean win, he opts for the overhead catch, extending his hands up in front of his eyeline and backing himself to gather it without the security of his upper body behind the ball, as would be the case with a more traditional catch.Folau does, of course, have a background in the NRL and Aussie Rules but it’s notable how few players are utilising the overhead catch as a skill in the game today.Literally within a split second of landing, Folau transfers the ball from two hands into his right, freeing his left side to fend.He uses that left hand to swat away Conor Murray’s cover tackle attempt…… and offloads one-handed out of Sexton’s tackle to the supporting Samu Kerevi.Kerevi is tackled strongly by Kearney, but Will Genia follows up with a clever long box kick into Ireland’s 22, where Marike Koroibete tackles the retreating Stockdale and the Ireland wing is penalised for playing the ball after a ruck has formed over him.The Wallabies opt to tap the penalty and eight phases later, Pocock smashes over for the try that secures their victory.It’s a game-altering catch from Folau and the worrying thing for Ireland is that they knew it was coming and couldn’t do much to stop it.“They placed him wide on the right-hand side and we can see it but you can’t usher three or four guys out there, you’ve got to defend what’s immediately in front of you,” said Ireland boss Joe Schmidt. “That’s the asset of having him there.”Folau’s first catch from an Irish kick came surprisingly early in the game – after four seconds, to be exact – as Ireland sent Kearney to compete with him, while CJ Stander and Jordi Murphy followed up on either side of the fullback, hopeful of gathering in a spill.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveThe mechanics from Folau are similar here.He explodes up off his left leg… 49 Comments https://the42.ie/4064115 43,434 Views Short URL Monday 11 Jun 2018, 3:07 PM … uses his right leg to shield himself from Kearney, even adding an extra inch to his jumping height by pushing it down off the Ireland fullback…… and extends his hands up in front of his eyes again, getting a clear sighting of where the ball is going to arrive into them.Well beaten, Kearney can’t resist wrapping Folau up while he’s still in the air and Ireland concede the penalty.It’s a damaging start to the game for Ireland and many onlookers wondered what they were thinking kicking to the best aerial player on the pitch.“Look, we pride ourselves on the aerial battle,” said CJ Stander when asked what the reasoning was. “The first one didn’t go our way. We felt that he’s going to be there and it’s a place we can go and put pressure on that specific point.“He’s going to get the ball, yes, but Rob is going to get up and we know we’ve got me and Jordi around the ball to get into it, so if it worked out a bit better, it would have been a different picture but it didn’t so it’s something we’re probably going to look at.”Now, this might seem like lunacy from Ireland, but it’s worth remembering that something similar has worked for them before.For example, when Ireland beat the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016, Ireland dropped restarts on opposition fullback Ben Smith, with Kearney winning one ahead of him – a real momentum changer – and very nearly regaining another.Still, Folau is at another level even to someone as good as Smith and it was surprising to see Ireland go back at him with their second restart, which Folau won again.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveRealising that Folau was in such fine form in the air, Ireland did look to change their restart tactics for their third effort.As we can see below, Joey Carbery is looking away to the right of the pitch as he readies himself to kick.However, Carbery mishits his drop-kick and it arcs infield towards Folau, not the Ireland out-half’s intended target further to the right.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveWe can see above that Kearney is not sent to chase the restart, underlining that this was simply a kick error rather than another deliberate attempt to go at Folau.Ireland sent their 70th-minute restart after a Bernard Foley penalty deep to the right, where replacement Peter Samu caught it.Ireland’s final restart of the game was taken by Folau, although they were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in this instance.Click here if you cannot view the clip aboveKeep an eye on the chasing Robbie Henshaw [Ireland 13] in the clip above and note how Wallabies replacement hooker Tolu Latu  works across the pitch to impede his running line.It’s deliberately done but Ireland are as effective with this kind of off-the-ball work around kicking as anyone, if a good deal more subtle perhaps.Henshaw doesn’t get the opportunity to compete with Folau as a result, after Ireland draw him out of his central zone to deal with their restart.The fact that he claimed four Irish restarts in this game, as well as his regular fielding in open play, was a surprise.Folau’s combination of ludicrous athleticism, diligently-trained skill and confidence make him perhaps the greatest aerial player in rugby but Ireland still say they don’t believe he is unbeatable.“He’s one of the best guys in the air I’ve ever seen,” said Stander. “He showed his class again last weekend but we back ourselves and we back the players to get up there. It’s another challenge we want to go at and see if we can get the right level.”Given that Folau gets more height than anyone else, it will be fascinating to see how Ireland attempt to get to that level in the second Test. The Wallabies will be banking on their fullback to deliver a few more game-changing moments in the air.Originally published at 11.07am. This article was updated again at 11.30pm to correct ‘Isreal’ to ‘Israel’ in the headline.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Analysis: Ireland take punishment from Israel Folau’s freakish aerial game Joe Schmidt’s side surprisingly targeted the Wallabies fullback with their first two restarts. Earls must complete HIA protocols but team changes will strengthen IrelandIreland under pressure in Melbourne but Schmidt feels they aren’t far off Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Public meeting? What: Vancouver Food Co-op special meeting.? When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday.? Where: Fruit Valley Community Center, 3200 Fruit Valley Road.? Information: http://vancouverfood.coopThe Vancouver Food Cooperative at 1002 Main St. is owed $9,000 in unpaid dues by members who presumably signed up because they were inspired by the nonprofit grocery store’s healthy, community-focused mission.Their failure to back good intentions with dollars is emblematic of the co-op’s whole problem, according to board president Kirk Wright: People who claim to care aren’t keeping their commitments. Not only are they not coming through with the one-time member dues that capitalize the store’s operations, he said, they’re also not volunteering and not even shopping at the store enough to keep it alive.The Vancouver Food Cooperative approved its charter and bylaws in 2009 and later established an online store and opened its downtown store. It is a member-owned and -operated company that emphasizes “real food,” according to its mission statement: local, minimally processed, organic and healthy.But barring a big, quick infusion of dedicated volunteerism — no later than a special membership meeting set for Thursday night — Wright said he expects the company to dissolve itself. That’s after a period of “major financial stress,” according to a letter that went out to earlier this month to the co-op’s membership of just over 400.“There have been many attempts to encourage shopping and to engage members and the community in store operation and staff volunteer positions critical to the organization.
Rhiana Gay of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Rhiana Gay in Anchorage. Gay is a kindergarten teacher at Creekside Park Elementary School, and while most Anchorage students started school this week, her batch begins on Monday.Listen nowGAY: Since the kids are so new to school, have no idea what the classroom setting is, and most spend time at home with grandma, grandpa, or mom and dad, a family member, the school district has implemented something called a kindergarten academy. It’s pretty neat because it’s a transition for the kids. Because most times, parents do it all for them, but now it’s their turn to hang up their coat by themselevs and do everything they need to do to be successful.This is my seventh year at Creekside and, believe it or not, I went to Creekside as a student. I live on the East side, I went to school on the East side and now I work on the East side. But here at Creekside, there’s about 20 classroom teachers, and about maybe 10 to 12 of them are locals.I have family in Texas and they want me to teach and come live there. But Alaska is just home to me.Here with the district, I feel like a name, and if I were to move to Texas — a bigger place — I would feel just like a number. But if I want to talk to my representative, I can call him up witout getting their secretary or waiting for a few months. And with work, my teachers’ union president… if I want to send him a text, I can. And I feel like that wouldn’t happen in a different state.And right now, the teachers do not have a contract. So, what I like about that is that we’re all on the same, and we’re all just saying yes, we want a contract because X, Y and Z. Yes we want a fair start time, fair wages, fair compensation and we want to be able to control what happens in our classroom. And so, just being all on the same page brings unity throughout the members.
Police have released two Myanmar photojournalists covering the Rohingya crisis for a German magazine after they were granted bail by a court, police and a lawyer said.Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were detained early this month in the border district of Cox’s Bazar, where more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge from violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 25 August.Police have said they were arrested on suspicion of espionage-a charge rejected by the pair’s lawyers.“They were freed on bail,” a police inspector told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.One of the pair’s lawyers, Jyotirmoy Barua, confirmed that the two were granted bail by a court of a judicial magistrate in Cox’s Bazar.It was not clear whether the two would be allowed to travel back to Myanmar.The lawyer said the two were charged with “false impersonation” and providing “false information” after police accused them of using tourist visas to enter the country, instead of journalist visas.Cox’s Bazar police, however, earlier told AFP the pair were also “primarily accused of espionage”.An award-winning photographer from Bangladesh also arrested with the pair was later freed.Scores of foreign journalists have poured into Bangladesh’s southeast to cover the Rohingya exodus.The UN has accused Buddhist-dominated Myanmar of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the stateless group.Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat arrived in Cox’s Bazar in early September on assignment for Hamburg-based magazine Geo to cover the refugee crisis, which has strained relations between Muslim-majority Bangladesh and Myanmar.The lawyer described Minzayar Oo as “an award winning photographer whose work was published in reputed dailies and magazines including the New York Times, Guardian and National Geographic”.The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Bangladesh to release the photographers and drop all charges against them.“The Bangladeshi authorities should not criminalise covering a major world story,” said CPJ deputy executive director Robert Mahoney said last week.“Both local and international journalists reporting on the Rohingya story must be allowed to work freely,” he said.Read more:Bangladesh accuses two Myanmar journalists of ‘espionage’
Election commissioner Mahbub Talukder. File PhotoClaiming that the upcoming upazila parishad election has lost its glamour as it is not a participatory one, election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Thursday said democracy cannot take a shape unless there are many parties, reports UNB.“Democracy is never a one-party one. It can’t take a shape unless it’s a multi-party one. That’s why, importance is given to participatory election,” he said while briefing returning and assistant returning officers of the second phase upazila parishad election at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.The election commissioner further said, “Election being the participatory is the initial achievement. The election must be credible and acceptable. These two words will be judged by people, not by those who conduct the polls.”He also said there was still no discussion on self-analysis at the election commission over the 11th parliamentary election.Mahbub underscored the need for ensuring people’s greater trust in the election management during the upazila parishad elections. “The election must be free and fair no mater whatever the political situation is. A disputable or questionable election is not expected for the election commission,” he said.“People say the election should be held as per law and it means ensuring equal rights and treatment for all. You should remain neutral strictly. Don’t bow down to any pressure, fear or greed,” he asked the election officials.The election commissioner asked them to perform their duties with bravery and being responsible to their own conscience. “The election commission never conducts the election directly but you indirectly perform the duties of the commission. So, the success of EC depends on your success.”
The Dahl Hith cave is about 30km SE of Riyadh. Amos said that Dahl Hith is a fascinating site for geologists. “It is one of the few locations where you can see an outcrop of the anhydrite (calcium sulphate) caprock – the seal that traps the Arabian Peninsula’s oil,” said Amos. Because of abstraction for nearby irrigation, the water levels are rising.”The thinking is that the discharge of treated waste water some 10km from the cave is topping up the bathing pool,” he said.Researchers know all this through their documenting cave-wall graffiti, in online movies that were posted by bathers. The researchers used the data to reconstruct past conditions at Dahl Hith. Mary Beth Griggs in Popular Science said that “By looking through the videos for particular graffiti spray painted on the walls in the cave (known as Dahl Hith or Ain Heet), Michelsen could monitor the water levels, looking for how much the water rose over certain graffiti marks over time.”Nils Michelsen, from the Institute for Applied Geosciences, TU Darmstadt, Germany, said in the BBC report that “since there is no other data, you need to be creative.” His study areas include the hydrochemistry and isotope hydrology of arid climate zones “Since smartphones have become so popular and deliver quite good video quality – such data becomes useable. A few years ago, some people would have criticized it as ‘grey data’, and said ‘you shouldn’t use it,'” he told the BBC.Michelsen examined almost 40 YouTube videos made in Dahl Hith. He determined that water levels have risen by about 40cm a month over the past two years and some of his graffiti “benchmarks” have been submerged. He has presented his team’s work at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, from April 12 to April 17. The event covers Earth, planetary and space sciences disciplines.Amos, meanwhile, placed the cave study in the bigger picture, as another example of a trend – trawling social media for scientifically valuable information, with researchers mining Twitter and other platforms for pictures and keywords. “Another application demonstrated here at EGU,” said Amos, “exploits the tweets of Jakarta residents to track the extent of flooding in the Indonesian capital.” Citation: Scientists eye YouTube cave videos to track water levels (2015, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-scientists-eye-youtube-cave-videos.html A spot outside Riyadh for city residents who want to cool off is enabling scientists to do more than enjoy the beauty of their surroundings; they are using YouTube videos to track its rising water levels. Jonathan Amos, BBC science correspondent, reported on Wednesday that scientists are using YouTube graffiti videos (examples of graffiti disappearing beneath rising waters) to track water at the Dahl Hith “spectacular” cave just outside of the Saudi Arabian capital. Graffiti: Art or eyesore? © 2015 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Lady Leshurr, nicknamed the UK Queen of Rap, has come out as pansexual. Lady Leshurr comes out as pansexual | Instagram Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Malesha O’Garro, her real name, has revealed on social media that she feels attracted to any and all genders.A rising star with 152 million views on YouTube has spoken about her sexuality to Gay Times.‘I’m just happy that I don’t have to hide anything anymore, I am free,’ she said.‘In life you have to tell the truth, you have to feel comfortable in your own skin and now I feel so comfortable in my own skin.’Melesha is considered one of the strongest female MCs on the UK rap scene. She was the first act to win twice in a row at the Official Mixtape Awards in 2011 and 2012.With her new track, Lady Madonna, her star is rising high.Forced out by an exBut because of that, she’s had some major difficulties.An ex publicly outed Malesha in a number of tweets.This then triggered a feud between the two, with Melesha releasing a diss record called R.I.P.‘Initially, I thought I could ignore what she’s tweeted about me and just pretend like nothing’s happened and simply carry on doing my music, but then I thought no, I’m gonna actually turn this negative into a positive,’ she said.‘I’ve grown so much since then and I learned from that whole situation.’She then realized that some people wouldn’t have her back when it came to her sexuality.Ex-manager told Queen of Rap Lady Leshurr not to come out[embedded content]‘My ex manager told me coming out wasn’t a good look or the right move for me or my career,’ Melesha said. GAYSTARNEWS- ‘I remember it made me feel so depressed because I wasn’t being allowed to be my authentic self.Honestly speaking from experience I understand how it can make someone feel trapped, give you low self-esteem and anxiety, because you can’t fully be yourself.‘People’s opinions are the reason sometimes you can’t be yourself and it’s sad. People can be really mean.’In the past nine months, fans have been very supportive.‘It’s always been about connection’ And while she thought she was bi, it was the R&B singer-songwriter that introduced her to the term pansexual.She said: ”I researched it and was like ‘That’s me, That’s what I am,’ I like everybody.’‘I would see drag queens and be attracted to them and I would see trans people and be attracted to them. I’m still attracted to guys and girls so it was at that point I realised gender has nothing to do with it.‘It’s more about the connection, the energy and the vibe that people bring around me – that’s what really draws me in.‘I’ve never been a person to look at somebody’s appearance and judge them on that. It’s always been about connection and that’s definitely why I identify as pansexual.’Elton John entered a rap battle (yes, really), then this happened eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) UK Black Pride is this Sunday and this is why it mattersIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsWATCH: Lady Bunny on London, drag queen advice and community infightingRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uks-queen-of-rap-lady-leshurr-comes-out-as-pansexual/
Technology | August 23, 2010 Advanced Volumetric Reading Tools Enhance Efficiency of Updated PACS August 23, 2010 – New advanced 3-D capabilities comparable to those offered by dedicated advanced visualization systems are available on the latest Carestream picture archiving and communications system (PACS) platform upgrade. “The Carestream PACS workstation delivers an impressive suite of 3-D tools that is on par with the best dedicated 3-D systems available. It supports a broad range of volumetric functionality, but its automatic volume matching image registration of extremely large datasets inside the viewer is probably the biggest differentiator,” said David Hirschorn, M.D., director of radiology informatics, Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, N.Y. “This allows radiologists to perform an automated review that saves time and can enhance diagnostic quality. Another important feature is its ability to support productive remote reading from home or office computers using various bandwidths.” The newest addition to the PACS platform’s 3-D toolset is an automatic abdominal and cardiac vessel segmentation. This feature uses algorithms to automatically locate relevant vessels and presents clinicians with the ability to easily and quickly detect results, such as the extent of blockage in a vessel or the size of an aneurysm. This information is presented in a format that allows clinicians to easily accept, correct or extend vessels. A new user-interface provides thumbnail images for patient information and imaging studies, enabling fast, easy selection of desired information that helps reduce or eliminate manual searches for relevant data. The PACS is being highlighted at the annual meeting of the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA). For more information: www.carestreamhealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. 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 Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Related Content 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 | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu 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
LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Friday that he believes Freeman is a talented quarterback who needs a new situation to succeed.“There was a stretch last year of about six games where I thought he was the best quarterback in the NFL. He was playing at a very high level,” Jaworksi said, before adding what he thinks went wrong for Freeman. “When you have an incredible, talented quarterback, you’ve got to coach him and you’ve got to coach him hard. And then you’ve got to coach other players around him. I don’t think that’s happening in Tampa Bay.”Unhappy with the benching, Freeman has reportedly requested a trade in the hopes of another starting opportunity in the NFL, and Jaworski thinks he’ll be a hot commodity. Among the teams potentially interested are the Cardinals, according to Jaworski, as Carson Palmer isn’t a long-term fix and the 25-year-old Freeman still has room to develop.“I would be very surprised if the Cardinals would not kick the tires,” he said. “But I will guarantee there will be a lot of teams calling (general manager) Mark Dominik in Tampa Bay about making a deal for Josh Freeman.” Freeman is an unrestricted free agent after this year and has an almost $10 million cap hit, which could prevent teams from trading for him in-season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling While all the attention is on Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Mike Glennon this week, there’s still an unresolved situation with the player he overtook for the starting job, Josh Freeman. Only two years ago, Freeman was considered one of the top young quarterbacks in the league, set to be the Bucs’ franchise player for years to come. Now it seems that Tampa Bay has moved on from the fifth-year player, but there are still supporters of Freeman around the league, including ESPN’s Ron Jaworski.
Go back to the e-newsletterJamala Wildlife Lodge already offers an experience like no other, featuring deluxe accommodation combined with unforgettable animal encounters, five-star dining and world class tours of the National Zoo & Aquarium.This winter Jamala will be bringing the popular Truffle Safari back for another year, offering guests stays in any uShaka Lodge room on a Tuesday night between June and August (excluding school holidays). This gives overnighters the opportunity to enjoy all of the perks of a stay at Jamala – in addition to a Canberra-exclusive experience at a nearby trufferie.Guests will travel to the Truffle Farm where they will be taken on a private tour with the owner, Jayson Mesman, and then treated to a three-course truffle inspired lunch, prepared by AHA Australian Chef of the Year, Damian Brabender.In addition to the Truffle Safari, Jamala will also be unveiling a partnership with the National Gallery of Australia and their never before seen Cartier Exhibition. Guests staying in any uShaka Lodge room on a Wednesday night between 1 May and 22 July will receive free tickets to the glittering Cartier Exhibition, including a tour andbeautiful catalogue to take away from the event.The ultimate luxury experienceWhy not enjoy both luxury packages at the same time, creating the ultimate Canberra winter experience? Guests booking in to a uShaka Lodge room for a consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday night during the dates above will get to experience both the Truffle Safari and the Cartier packages, as well as enjoying a 10 per cent discount!Go back to the e-newsletter
Geneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFollowing the success of the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, Bugatti did not have to wait long before it received the first inquiries about an open-top version of the Grand Sport that could also deliver 882 kW (1,200 HP). “We were instantly electrified by the idea of transferring the power of the Super Sport to the Grand Sport, which previously delivered a maximum of 1,001 HP, and thus taking the roadster to a new level,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer. The President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. continues: “Our team has managed to transfer the world’s most powerful car engine to the open-top sports car while taking all vehicle dynamics and aerodynamic parameters into consideration. We are proud to present the fastest roadster ever at the Geneva Motor Show with the world premiere of the 1,200 HP Grand Sport Vitesse.Dynamics in Figures The new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse boasts a remarkable maximum torque of 1,500 Nm (at 3000-5000 rpm) from the 7.9-litre capacity of its W16 engine. The maximum output (1,200 HP) is reached at 6,400 rpm. These figures allow the car to reach 100 km/h (62 MPH) from standing in unbelievable 2.6 seconds. The top speed of 410 km/h (255 MPH) makes the four-wheel drive (like all Veyrons) Grand Sport Vitesse the fastest production roadster ever. The maximum speed is reached on closed tracks with special safety precautions. In “normal” handling mode, the Grand Sport Vitesse is electronically limited to 375 km/h (233 MPH).Optimized Drive System The 199 HP increase over the Grand Sport has been mainly achieved by using four larger turbochargers with new intercoolers. Furthermore, Bugatti has extensively reinforced all drivetrain components in order to safely transfer the immense forces at all times. The gearing of the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) in particular has been adapted to the new requirements. In this context, as on the Super Sport, Bugatti has also modified the air ducting in the area of the drivetrain. As a consequence of the larger turbochargers and the overall reduced back pressure, it was even possible to reduce the fuel consumption slightly despite the increased output. The fuel system, with a four-pump tank, has been taken from the Super Sport.Chassis In order to put the unrivalled power onto the road absolutely safely and masterfully, the engineers have reconfigured the chassis of the Vitesse. Thanks to the quick-responding dampers that have been adapted from motor racing, the control of the vehicle has been further improved and perfectly balanced. Body roll and pitching during hard acceleration and braking are now virtually imperceptible. Optimized wheel-load fluctuations have further reduced understeer and allow a maximum level of active safety. In addition to the incomparable lateral acceleration of up to 1.4 g, the precise interaction of the tires (on all-new, lighter 20-inch “Vitesse”-type alloy wheels), together with the intelligent all-wheel-drive system, ensures extremely good handling. The chassis, all-wheel-drive system and the revised ESP form a dynamic alliance: since the reconfigured ESP kicks in slightly later, for example when you accelerate out of corners, the Grand Sport Vitesse also provides a more dynamic performance in these situations. It goes without saying that Bugatti has adapted the brake-cooling system to account for the even higher engine output. The brakes, which are unparalleled in terms of stability and performance, now have additional and larger air intakes.In general, it can be said that the Grand Sport Vitesse is even sportier than the 1,001 HP Grand Sport, but at the same time it has not been turned into a full-blown racing car. It therefore remains easy to master for the driver. In this context, it is simply astounding that Bugatti managed to increase comfort in the chassis area by reducing the dynamic natural frequency.Body Bugatti has developed a new roof spoiler for the Grand Sport Vitesse that significantly reduces wind noise and buffeting in the interior. Furthermore, there will be a new windbreak for the roadster that can be stored away compactly in the luggage compartment when not in use. Both details will also be available for the Grand Sport. Together, they allow extremely relaxed, open-top driving even at speeds of around 200 km/h (124 MPH).Numerous aerodynamic measures at the front and rear that appeared on the Super Sport have been adapted for the Grand Sport Vitesse. The front end is therefore characterized by larger air intakes; the two central air intakes to the left and right of the Bugatti radiator grille are divided horizontally by a bar. The bottom air vent stretches sideways into the wheel housing and gives this exceptional sports car an extremely masterful appearance. Immediately below this air intake, you will see a new, visually refined front spoiler that has been designed in a similar way to the splitters used in motor racing. The improved xenon headlights from the Super Sport, which are now framed in black, are also new. The rear end, which is also derived from the Super Sport, is characterized by a double diffuser and a centrally positioned twin tailpipe. A new Park Distance Control system (PDC) watches over the front and the rear.The two air scoops on the left and right of the engine cover (redesigned for the Vitesse) are a characteristic of the Grand Sport and thus also of the Grand Sport Vitesse. These air scoops fulfill two tasks on the roadster. On the one hand, they pull in air for the engine, and on the other, they are an elegantly integrated part of the anti-roll protection system. As on the Super Sport, a full-carbon-fibre monocoque, which allows an extremely high torsional rigidity combined with maximum passive safety, is also used on the Grand Sport Vitesse. The outer skin is also made completely from carbon fibre and, consequently, the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is available in clear-coated exposed carbon fibre.Interior Carbon fibre is (along with stainless metals such as Aluminum and Magnesium) also the dominant material in the interior of the Grand Sport Vitesse. Numerous interior parts are now made from carbon fibre in the 1,200 HP roadster. This includes the center console extension, a cover with EB logo in the rear-bulkhead leather trim (between the seat backrests) and the belt outlet covers on the seats. The décor on the center console, the door inserts and the adjoining trim on the instrument panel are also made from carbon fibre. The bi-color black trim parts (for example, in the roof console) are also new in the Grand Sport version, as is a special seat design for the Grand Sport Vitesse. The two-tone leather seat covers are enhanced by contrasting stitching between the seat base and the side sections. Contrasting stitching is also featured on the leather armrest between the seats, which comes without the typical quilting. Also new: knee pads in the center tunnel area, an additional 12 V socket (in the glove compartment), the restraint systems, the illuminated start and parking lock button (same as Super Sport), an instrument cluster with shift-up information and – as a matter of honour – the power gauge that now goes up to 1,200 HP!Configuration of the show vehicles There is no end to the individualization options for the Bugatti. Each one of the 350 Veyrons built is therefore unique. This also applies to the two Grand Sport Vitesse models that Bugatti is exhibiting at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show. The blue version of the new roadster is finished in exposed carbon fibre. The upper area of the body is finished in “Dark Blue Carbon” while the roof area and air scoops are “Navy Blue”. The lower body panels (side skirting, front spoiler, radiator grill frame and rear apron with diffusor), the inner surfaces of the wheel rims and the underside of the automatically extending rear spoiler are in “New Light Blue”, which has a hint of turquoise. The exterior colors are picked up again in the interior. While the large surfaces feature dark blue tones, “New Light Blue” is used for the contrasting stitching and the Vitesse labeling on the seats. This Vitesse version costs 1.91 million Euros.The second Grand Sport Vitesse is painted in dark “Jet Grey”. Instead of two colors, this model uses an interaction between shiny areas (lids, roof and air scoop) and matte surfaces and elements (side parts, exterior mirrors and door handles). The radiator grill and wheel rims have been painted black. The orange underside of the rear wing matches the “Tangerine” coloring that Bugatti has used, for example, for the seats, the carpets, the underside of dashboard, the door edging, the contrasting stitching and the Vitesse labeling in the interior. All other surfaces, including the carbon parts, are black. In both cases, the aggressive, dynamic look of the vehicles fits in with the positioning of the new Grand Sport Vitesse. Its price is 1.75 million Euros.The classic Grand Sport, a sports car with an elegant, artistic orientation, will, of course, remain in the range. Following the success of the L’Or Blanc (created in cooperation with Berlin-based porcelain makers Königlichen Porzellan-Manufaktur), Bugatti is currently working on further unusual ways to individualize the Grand Sport. In Geneva, the world’s most exclusive car manufacturer is presenting a version of the roadster in visible carbon fibre in a brownish finish for the first time. One challenge for the production is to give the exposed carbon fibre a transparent gleam while allowing the color to radiate vibrantly in a certain light. On the Grand Sport presented in Geneva, the carbon parts made in the brownish “Bronze” (lids, rear end, front spoiler and side skirting) shimmer in an almost golden shade depending on how the light falls. To create a contrast, the side parts on this Grand Sport, right up to the rear air intakes, are made from polished aluminium. The interior of the sports car, with “Gaucho” coloured leather and dark stitching (colour “Coffee”), complements the exterior. It costs 1.79 million Euros.www.bugatti.com