October 20, 2019
  • 11:04 am Veteran director J Om Prakash dies
  • 11:02 am Jaitley responding to treatment VPs office after Naidu visits AIIMS
  • 10:57 am Govt seeks report from schools about initiative for cleaning Yamuna
  • 10:16 am Hong Kong leader insists she will stay on
  • 10:15 am Japan briefs diplomats to wipe Fukushima nuke water concern

first_imgBLACK DIAMOND, Alta. – Emergency medical officials say two people are dead after a mid-air glider crash southwest of Calgary.Local EMS responded to reports of the crash near the Cu Nim Gliding Club, east of Black Diamond, Alberta, shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday.Two people who were in the Schlicher ASK21 glider were pronounced dead at the scene.RELATED: Four people dead in B.C. float plane crashThe RCMP says the glider and its tow plane, a Cessna 182, collided in the air not long after the glider was released.Transportation Safety Board investigators are expected to arrive at the site on Saturday morning. The TSB said in a statement that investigators will gather information and assess what happened.last_img

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first_imgLA POCATIERE, – Bombardier Transportation’s plant northeast of Quebec City has obtained a $54-million contract from Via Rail to upgrade 17 train cars that date back to the 1950s.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Via CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano made the announcement Tuesday in La Pocatiere, about 150 kilometres from Quebec City.Via says the contract will allow for the stainless steel cars to become fully accessible.Each reconfigured car will be equipped with two wheelchair lifts; two accessible spaces with anchoring devices; announcement display screens; and an accessible washroom.The program is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and the renovated cars will be deployed over Via’s long-haul routes.The La Pocatiere plant has about 600 workers.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The country showed signs of growing price pressures last month with inflation staying strong and its underlying pace grinding higher — both of which propped up expectations that higher interest rates are on the way.The annual inflation rate for August receded somewhat to 2.8 per cent, easing from July’s three per cent pace that marked Canada’s highest reading in seven years. Last month’s step back was largely due to more-moderate expansion in gasoline prices, Statistics Canada said Friday as it released its latest consumer price index.The resilience of the August headline number kept it above the mid-point — and close to the top end — of the Bank of Canada’s target range of one- to three-per cent. The inflation-targeting central bank uses interest-rate hikes as a tool to help prevent price growth from rising too high.Ahead of its rate decisions, the Bank of Canada also keeps close watch on the three measures of underlying inflation, which strip out more-volatile items like gas prices.Statistics Canada’s figures show that each measure crept upwards once again in August, with the average of the three moving up to 2.1 per cent, compared with two per cent in July and 1.96 in June.BMO chief economist Douglas Porter said that, combined, the core measures are matching some of the highest underlying inflation readings Canada has seen since 2009. Porter believes the inflation figures are “a touch uncomfortably high for the Bank of Canada.”With a tightened labour market and robust growth, bank governor Stephen Poloz is widely expected to raise the benchmark interest rate at the Oct. 24 rate announcement.“I think that this just really is another feather in the cap and turns up the odds by a notch or two,” Porter said of Friday’s inflation report.“Nothing to get overly concerned about, but I think the big story is inflation has moved away from years of relatively low readings to a little bit above what the Bank of Canada targets.”However, clouding the interest-rate picture is a significant wild card: the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Without more clarity on the deal’s renegotiation, Porter said it’s tough to know precisely what Poloz will do.The Bank of Canada, which has stressed it will stick to a gradual rate-hiking approach, has made a point of saying it’s closely watching the NAFTA talks and other trade policy developments, which could have negative impacts on the economy.After the release of Friday’s inflation report, other analysts said Poloz is in line to raise the rate next month.“While the headline inflation has eased off somewhat, the Bank of Canada core measures continued to move forward,” TD economist Ksenia Bushmeneva wrote in a research note.“Continued progress on the inflation front alongside a well-performing economy and a range of indicators pointing to limited excess capacity suggest that maintaining stable inflation will require further rate hikes by the central bank, with another one likely coming next month.”Following last month’s policy meeting, the Bank of Canada described the recent rise in headline inflation as temporary. It predicted inflation to fall back towards two per cent in early 2019 once the effects of past increases in gas prices fade away.The Statistics Canada report Friday showed year-over-year pump prices rose 19.9 per cent in August, compared with a 25.4 per cent increase in July. Excluding gas prices, the inflation rate was 2.2 per cent last month.A closer look at August’s inflation numbers shows prices of passenger vehicles rose 2.3 per cent, up from two per cent in July. Statistics Canada said this was mostly due to increased availability of following-year models compared with a year ago.The prices of booze and tobacco were up 4.6 per cent last month, while food costs increased 1.6 per cent.In a separate report Friday, Statistics Canada said retail trade expanded 0.3 per cent in July in large part because of sales boosts at food and beverage stores and gas stations.The July increase, which brought sales to $50.9 billion, followed a June contraction of 0.1 per cent and a May expansion of 2.2 per cent.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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4 March 2009The International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued an arrest warrant for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the strife-torn Darfur region by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, the first sitting Head of State to be indicted by the Court. The International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued an arrest warrant for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the strife-torn Darfur region by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, the first sitting Head of State to be indicted by the Court.In an early reaction, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged that the United Nations’ extensive humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in Sudan will continue, stressing the ICC’s status as an “independent judicial institution,” in a statement issued by his spokesperson.Mr. Al-Bashir was indicted on two counts of war crimes and five counts of crimes against humanity. However, the Hague-based ICC’s pre-trial chamber found there was insufficient evidence to charge him with genocide, but stressed that if the prosecution presents additional evidence the warrant could be amended at a later date.“He is suspected of being criminally responsible, as an indirect (co-)perpetrator, for intentionally directing attacks against an important part of the civilian population of Darfur, Sudan, murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property,” according to a press release issued by the Court.An estimated 300,000 people have died in Darfur, either through direct combat or because of disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, over the past five years in Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied Arab militiamen, known as the Janjaweed, since 2003.Last July, Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo presented evidence to the Court against Mr. Al-Bashir for alleged crimes in Darfur, some three years after the Security Council requested him to investigate atrocities committed in the region.These crimes, the chamber said, were allegedly committed during the Sudanese Government’s 2003-2008 counter-insurgency campaign waged against armed groups including the Sudan Liberation Movement Army (SLM-A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).It said that a key element of this campaign was the “unlawful attack” on civilians – belonging mostly to the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa groups seen to be allied to the groups opposing the Government in Darfur – by Sudanese forces, including the Janjaweed.As the President of Sudan and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces, Mr. Al-Bashir allegedly directed the campaign and put it into place, the ICC found.“Omar Al-Bashir’s official capacity as a sitting Head of State does not exclude his criminal responsibility, nor does it grant him immunity against prosecution before the ICC,” the press release said. Today’s warrant issued for Mr. Al-Bashir marks the third to arise from the situation in Darfur. In May 2008, the pre-trial chamber issued arrest warrants for Ahmad Harun, former Sudanese Minister of State for the Interior and now the Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Ali Kushayb, a Janjaweed leader.Mr. Ban, in the statement issued by his spokesperson, called on the Sudanese Government to continue cooperating fully with all of the world body’s entities, “while fulfilling its obligation to ensure the safety and security of the civilian population, UN personnel and property, and that of its implementing partners.”Earlier this week, the top UN peacekeeping official, Alain Le Roy, said that regardless of the ICC’s decision, the hybrid UN-African Union (AU) mission in Darfur (UNAMID) will continue protecting the local population.In Darfur itself, the situation is being reported as relatively calm today, despite what a UN spokesperson called an “aerial show of force” by the Government near El Fasher, North Darfur, and Nyala, South Darfur. Following the ICC announcement, there were also peaceful demonstrations in those cities as well as El Geneina, West Darfur, and more demonstrations have been scheduled for tomorrow, Secretary-General Ban’s spokesperson Michele Montas said.UNAMID reports that its police and peacekeepers continue to carry out their normal patrolling activities and are closely monitoring developments throughout the region, particularly in and around camps for displaced persons. According to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General is concerned by reports that between six and 10 humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – including Oxfam, Solidarité and Mercy Corps – have had their legal registrations revoked by Sudanese authorities, with some also having their assets seized.“He notes that this represents a serious setback to live-saving operations in Darfur, and urges the Government of Sudan to act urgently to restore these NGOs to their full operational status.”These organizations were given a list of assets for seizure and told they must leave North Sudan immediately, according to the UN, which was also notified that Government officials have insisted on accompanying some international NGO staff into their offices and taking lists of assets and staff.“Affected NGOs are the main providers of life-saving humanitarian services, such as water, food, health and sanitation,” the spokesperson stressed. “Their departure will have an immediate and serious effect on the humanitarian and security situation in North Sudan, especially in Darfur.” read more

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A new policy has been approved that acts as a guiding document for how the University interacts with persons with disabilities.The policy — officially known as the “Provision of University goods or services to persons with disabilities policy” — provides students, visitors and other members of the Brock community with disabilities with a commitment to accessible service at Brock. It also gives faculty and staff a set standard of practices to meet when providing accessible services, University accessibility (AODA) co-ordinator Margaret Sanderson said.“This is really about how we treat people and how we interact with people,” she said. “This is about setting that tone for future accessibility efforts on campus. This will be our guiding document.”The policy complies with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which was passed into law in 2005.To find out more about Brock and accessibility, visit brocku.ca/accessibility.• Provision of University goods or services to persons with disabilities policy read more

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first_imgBy the end of this year we’re definitely going to have one, and probably two new next-gen consoles to play with. And the spec and feature bump each will include, such as Sony improving DirectX 11 for the PS4, means game engines need to be updated to take advantage of the extra power on offer.One of those engines is the very popular Unreal Engine. The current generation of games use Unreal Engine 3, but next-gen hardware will use Unreal Engine 4. We got a glimpse of what UE4 could do back in 2011 when Epic released an demo video. But that was two years ago, and we’ve yet to see what it’s truly capable of in its final form.The video above has been leaked today, but should see an official release before the day is over. It’s called Infiltrator and is one of the demos Epic is showing off during GDC.It’s certainly impressive and shows off what Unreal Engine 4 can achieve with visuals. Whether this is the quality of gameplay visuals or not has yet to be confirmed, but in-game cutscenes created using the engine rather than pre-rendered scenes is more likely.There’s no doubt we will see a visual quality jump with the new hardware. This demo bodes well for how much of a jump we can expect to make, but as usual, it’s going to take a few generations of game before we see what the PS4 and Xbox 720 can really do. Just look at the first PS3 and Xbox 360 games and compare them to The Last of Us and Halo 4 to see what understanding the hardware can do to improve things.last_img read more

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first_imgA new fish processor opened its doors in Kent, Washington this spring.  It is operated by the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association. Revenue from the processor is expected to help fuel economies in remote communities along the Aleutian chain.In 2013, APICDA acquired Cannon Fish Company.  The Association already has two primary fish processing plants in False Pass and Atka where fish are gutted and heads are removed, but there is no secondary processor that can filet and portion fish for restaurants, cruise ships and other businesses. Larry Cotter is APICDA’s CEO.“The fact of the matter is there is no transportation link between western Alaska and Anchorage or Southeast Alaska everything has to be shipped to Seattle,” said Cotter.That’s why APICDA chose to open a processor in Kent – 20 miles from Seattle.  For years Cannon has contracted other companies for custom processing.  Cotter said the new processor translates to both a cost savings and additional profits.“The waste that we produce, we get paid to sell that waste to somebody who converts it into meal and fertilizer.  When we buy boxes of fish that come in Styrofoam, we get to sell the Styrofoam as well,” he said.The new processor has the potential to employ 200 people.  Cotter said APICDA is not recruiting in Alaska for positions in Kent.APICDA is one of six groups in Western Alaska that are part of the Community Development Quota, or CDQ, program tasked with developing stable economies in villages like False Pass, St. George and Atka – communities Cotter says are in need of heavy investment.“We have a plant in Atka,” he explained. “That plans operates about five months a year right now.  We need to move that plant into year-round production mode as well, which will probably cost another $17 million.  We desperately need a harbor in St. George and we’re already committed toward putting $10 million towards that harbor,” said Cotter.But he said that kind of money just isn’t available from APICDA’s Western Alaska-based businesses or through royalties.“We have to be also invested in outside profitable companies in order to generate the revenues we need to develop in our communities,” he said.Cotter said fish headed for the Kent processor is caught by fishing families based in the Aleutians.  He added Cannon Fish Company revenues increased by 20 percent in the last year.  He expects the uptick to continue on an annual basis in the future.last_img read more

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first_img When we walk fast, run or engage in other exercise, our muscles burn a lot of calories which results in the generation of heat—our bodes respond by sweating—the evaporation of the liquid helps cool us down. Birds, on the other hand, do not sweat and they are covered in feathers, two factors that would seem to make it difficult for them to keep cool during times when they are flying. Also, because they flap faster than other birds (up to 50 times a second) hummingbirds would seem to have a serious challenge in removing the heat their muscles generate. To find out how they do it, the researchers put several specimens in a wind tunnel and filmed them with an infrared camera the results of which displayed different colors on the birds’ bodies representing different temperatures.In studying the video, the researchers found that the birds tended to dissipate heat from their feet, in the areas where their wings met their bodies and around their eyes. They found that such areas showed temperature differences up to 8°C warmer than the rest of their bodies. They noted also that the heat dissipating became more noticeable as the birds reduced their flight speed and was most pronounced when the birds were hovering (they are the only birds that can do so)—they noted also that the birds lowered their feet more during these times, which allowed more heat to dissipate.Heat dissipation is critical for the birds, the team notes, and thus it appears likely they change their behavior when it is hot outside. This, they note, could spell trouble for the birds in the years ahead as the planet warms. On the left are infrared (IR) thermographic images of S. calliope flying at 0 (hovering), 6 (intermediate speed) and 12 (high speed) m s−1. On the right are three-dimensional plots of surface temperature corresponding to each of the IR thermographic images. Eye and axial HDAs are visible across the full range of flight speeds. The feet/legs are extended and visible during hovering, but are most often retracted beneath the plumage during forward flight. Credit: Royal Society Open Science (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150598 Explore further Journal information: Royal Society Open Science More information: Donald R. Powers et al. Heat dissipation during hovering and forward flight in hummingbirds, Royal Society Open Science (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150598AbstractFlying animals generate large amounts of heat, which must be dissipated to avoid overheating. In birds, heat dissipation is complicated by feathers, which cover most body surfaces and retard heat loss. To understand how birds manage heat budgets during flight, it is critical to know how heat moves from the skin to the external environment. Hummingbirds are instructive because they fly at speeds from 0 to more than 12 m s−1, during which they transit from radiative to convective heat loss. We used infrared thermography and particle image velocimetry to test the effects of flight speed on heat loss from specific body regions in flying calliope hummingbirds (Selasphorus calliope). We measured heat flux in a carcass with and without plumage to test the effectiveness of the insulation layer. In flying hummingbirds, the highest thermal gradients occurred in key heat dissipation areas (HDAs) around the eyes, axial region and feet. Eye and axial surface temperatures were 8°C or more above air temperature, and remained relatively constant across speeds suggesting physiological regulation of skin surface temperature. During hovering, birds dangled their feet, which enhanced radiative heat loss. In addition, during hovering, near-body induced airflows from the wings were low except around the feet (approx. 2.5 m s−1), which probably enhanced convective heat loss. Axial HDA and maximum surface temperature exhibited a shallow U-shaped pattern across speeds, revealing a localized relationship with power production in flight in the HDA closest to the primary flight muscles. We conclude that hummingbirds actively alter routes of heat dissipation as a function of flight speed. © 2015 Phys.orgcenter_img Australian birds feel heat of climate change (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with George Fox University in Oregon and the University of Montana has uncovered the ways in which calliope hummingbirds (Selasphorus calliope) get rid of the large amount of heat that is generated as they rapidly beat their wings. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the team describes their experiments and results and why they believe what they found could be problematic for the birds in the coming years. Citation: Infrared video reveals how hummingbirds dissipate heat (2015, December 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-infrared-video-reveals-hummingbirds-dissipate.html 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.last_img read more

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first_imgLegends of India, which aims to make an attempt to nurture Indian art forms and create awareness on Indian culture, is honoured to pay tribute to the  late Tabla maestro, Pt. Shankar Ghosh on the occasion of its 17th Annual Sangeet Mahotsav. To mark this event, an ‘All Drum Orchestra’ composed by the Pandit titled ‘Music of the Drums’ shall be playing the inaugural number. This festival  marks the 1st Memorial Concert dedicated to Shankar Ghosh.Pt. Shankar Ghosh was an exceptional teacher and a noted Indian tabla player belonging to Farukhabad Gharana. He was also an occasional Hindustani classical singer following the Patiala Gharana. He introduced the concept of tabla ensembles, employing various tablas playing the same pieces. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRashid will be accompanied by Tanmoy Bose on tabla who has the charisma to mesmerise the audience with wonderful acoustics. Tanmoy’s ambition was achieved when Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar,  asked to accompany him to perform on a regular basis around the world.For the Legends of India, 2016 has been an important year. As a Non-Profit Organisation, their key initiative was organising monthly music event and visual art training at Tihar Jail, New Delhi, which intended to augment the rehabilitation process of prison inmates through music appreciation and art training. Morning Ragas with the Sangeet Natak Akademi brought both vocal and instrumental renditions by legendary maestros and upcoming artistes under the same platform. Their recent association with Amar Ujala Gharana & Parampara shall enable them to reach to a wider audience across the country.   Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMoreover, their continuous efforts in promoting Indian cultural traditions  has also been widely appreciated by the Government of India, who entrusted them to conceptualise and present a week-long festival on the occasion of 53rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference (CPA) and the 20th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth at New Delhi. This was a rare honour given ever to any organisation.The  organisation’s greatest achievement is the ‘Legends of India Lifetime Achievement Award’ presented each year to living legends for their valuable contribution in the field of music, theatre and fine arts. “The role of music and art goes beyond performance. It helps to break down walls, cross barriers, and initiate a gradual change in the mind-set of a younger generation that is getting estranged from their roots,” feels Founder Chairman, Dipayan Mazumdar. The event is to be held on  December 23  and is expected to be a treat for more than one reason. The event will feature ‘Music of the Drums’ followed by  the solo performance of the Tabla maestro Bikram Ghosh. ‘Rasikas’ in Delhi is privileged to have an opportunity to enjoy the exceptional expertise of Ustad Rashid Khan in the slow elaboration of Vilambit Khayals. Rashid’s mastery in tonal variations, dynamics besides his marvellous voice culture has the ability to enthral connoisseurs and laypersons alike.last_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Read the full address below:Fellow South Africans,I address you during an important year when our country celebrates 20 years since President Nelson Mandela signed the Constitution of the Republic into law in Sharpeville, which took place on the 10th of December 1996.Our Constitution commits us, individually and collectively, to build a nation based on the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom, through constitutionalism and the rule of law.We have well-established institutions that support democracy and which protect the rights of our citizens.These include the Chapter 9 institutions, the Office of the Public Protector, the South African Human Rights Commission, the Office of the Auditor-General, the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities and the Commission for Gender Equality.Our Constitution also establishes a democratic parliament. I respect the role of parliament to hold the Executive to account as true representatives of our people, representing, as it does different voices, views and constituencies.Guided by the Constitution, we have an independent judiciary which is a trusted final arbiter in disputes in society.Yesterday, the Constitutional Court of the Republic, playing this crucial role, issued a judgement on the matter of security upgrades at my private residence in Nkandla.I welcome the judgement of the Constitutional Court unreservedly.The judgement has underscored the values that underpin our hard- won freedom and democracy, such as the rule of law and the accountability of public office bearers, while also respecting the rights of public office bearers facing scrutiny.The judgement has further strengthened our constitutional democracy and should make South Africans proud of their country’s Constitution and its strong and effective institutions.This is a ground-breaking judgement with regards to the powers of the Public Protector.I wish to thank the Court for providing clarity which will have a positive impact on other Chapter 9 institutions as well with regards to their work.The Constitutional Court has ruled that the remedial actions of the Public Protector are binding, and that anyone wishing to challenge the remedial action can only do so through a review by a court of law.The Court has also ruled that the remedial actions with regards to six features of the Nkandla project must be carried out.This entails the National Treasury establishing a reasonable proportion of the reasonable costs of each item to be paid by the President.I respect the judgement and will abide by it.I have consistently stated that I would pay an amount towards the Nkandla non-security upgrades once this had been determined by the correct authority. The Court has ruled on the matter and has devised a mechanism for such determination by the National Treasury.As alluded to by the court, we participated in the resolution of this matter voluntarily, through the proposal we made before the matter was heard by the court.We also consulted with other parties to the dispute as directed by the court. In the proposal I stated my willingness to pay and to abide by other measures.I would like to emphasise that it was never my intention not to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the Public Protector or to disrespect her office.It is for this reason that on receiving the report, I submitted it and my initial response to it to the National Assembly within 14 days as required by the Public Protector. President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation on television on 1 April and agreed to pay back the money spent on the upgrades on his Nkandla residential home.This is after the Constitutional Court’s ruling that Zuma were in breach of their constitutional obligations after they failed to comply with the public prosecutor Thuli Madonsela’s 2014 report.Zuma said: “I respected the judgment and will abide by it,” Zuma said.“I have consistently stated that I would pay an amount towards the Nkandla non security upgrades once this had been determined by the correct authority.”Watch the address below:center_img The Court has welcomed this compliance and stated in the judgment that I also followed up with another response five months later.I then allowed another arm of the state, the National Assembly, to go through its own processes in dealing with the report.I welcome the finding of the court that it was legally permissible for me to inquire into the correctness of the aspects of the report that I may disagree with.I also welcome the clarity provided by the Constitutional Court that I should have then taken the matter on review by a court of law in the event of any queries or disagreement.This interpretation will be followed by the Executive in the future in light of this judgement. It puts an end to any other interpretations of this matter.I also respect the finding that failure to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the Public Protector is inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic.I wish to emphasise that I never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the Republic.The finding by the court that my failure to comply with the remedial action taken against me by the Public Protector is inconsistent with the Constitution and therefore invalid, flows from the fact that I initially followed a different approach.While correct in law at the time, the approach was subsequently demonstrated to be contrary to the Constitution as stated by the Constitutional Court yesterday.I had earlier adopted a different approach based on the judgment of the Western Cape High Court.This ruling was subsequently overturned on appeal, and I immediately set out to abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court on this matter.I wish to confirm in line with the findings of both the court and the Public Protector, that I did not act dishonestly or with any personal knowledge of the irregularities by the Department of Public Works with regards to the Nkandla project.The intention was not in pursuit of corrupt ends or to use state resources to unduly benefit me and my family. Hence I have agreed to pay for the identified items once a determination is made.The judgement has been very helpful.There are lessons to be learned for all of us in government which augur well for governance in the future.The Nkandla project brought sharply into focus, the problems within the government supply chain mechanisms.The gross inflation of prices in the Nkandla project is totally unacceptable and should never have been allowed, hence government is improving procurement measures to prevent any future recurrence.The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer has been established at the National Treasury for this purpose of ensuring that strict supply chain procedures are followed by government departments.Government also took a conscious decision to clean up the Department of Public Works to ensure that the flouting of supply chain procedures is eradicated and prevented.I issued a proclamation in December 2013 authorising the Special Investigating Unit to investigate the irregularities in the procurement of goods and services by government officials, their close family members or friends and contractors in Nkandla.Subsequent to this, the Department of Public Works has instituted civil claims against the implicated officials and contractors.Criminal referrals have also been submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority, while referrals have also been sent to relevant government departments for disciplinary action.The Presidency is also reviewing the policy on the security benefits of members of the National Executive, to ensure that there is clarity with regards to what members are entitled to.Fellow South Africans,I wish to reiterate that any action that has been found not to be in keeping with the Constitution happened because of a different approach and different legal advice.It all happened in good faith and there was no deliberate effort or intention to subvert the Constitution on my part.The judgement has helped me and my colleagues to reflect deeply on the entire matter. With hindsight, there are many matters that could have been handled differently, and which should never have been allowed to drag on this long, which we deeply regret.The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion, for which I apologise, on my behalf and on behalf of government.I urge all parties to respect the judgement and abide by it.Let us use the judgement to build and further strengthen our democracy.I thank you.Issued by The Presidencylast_img read more

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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Breast Imaging | November 04, 2015 Kubtec Announces The Gamma-Pro Node and Seed Location System Elevating the standard of care for breast cancer patients News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Kubtec announced the launch of the Gamma-Pro Node and Seed Location System for use in breast seed location and sentinel lymph node biopsy procedures. The Gamma Pro System is the best-in-class tool for detecting radioactive seeds and sentinel nodes in patients undergoing breast cancer surgery.With real-time feedback and the most sensitive detection technology, the Gamma-Pro System enables breast surgeons to precisely locate radioactive I-125 seeds, and nodes injected with 99-mTc. The Gamma-Pro System is capable of detecting nodes and seeds up to 8 mm deep, enabling use with patients of all body types.“The Gamma-Pro Node and Seed Location System expands our commitment to breast conserving surgery and is the perfect complement to the Mozart System with TomoSpec Technology”, said Vikram Butani, president and chief executive officer of Kubtec. “The Mozart System changed the future of specimen radiography by bringing 3-D imaging into the OR. Now, Kubtec brings advanced BSL and SLNB technology to breast surgeons with Gamma-Pro. This gives breast surgeons more tools to achieve the highest standard of care for breast cancer patients.“We are pleased to launch the Gamma-Pro System in the month of October”, he added. “It is the way we, at Kubtec, honor our commitment to fighting breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”For more information: www.kubtec.com 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 | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more last_img read more

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first_img CIRT EPMI Fannie Mae Insurance Lenders LTV mortgage 2018-07-11 Radhika Ojha Fannie Mae has recently introduced another insurance product to help lenders satisfy its charter requirement for high-LTV loans. The government-sponsored enterprise’s (GSE’s) charter requires it to ensure appropriate credit enhancement of loans that have a loan-to-value (LTV) ratio that’s greater than 80 percent when it is acquired by Fannie Mae.”Fannie Mae’s Enterprise-Paid Mortgage Insurance (EPMI) offering provides our lender customers with another option for obtaining mortgage insurance that satisfies Fannie Mae’s charter requirement for high-LTV loans,” Robert Schaefer, VP, Credit Enhancement Strategy and Management at Fannie Mae wrote on the GSE’s blog. “Initially, we are offering EPMI on a limited pilot basis, as an execution option that is available to participating lenders and borrowers.”Schaefer wrote that the new lender option would enable Fannie Mae to streamline the operational requirements of “participating lender customers, increase the certainty of coverage for our credit investor partners, and better manage Fannie Mae’s counterparty risk.” He said that the new product applied many of the same concepts developed in Fannie’s Credit Insurance Risk Transfer (CIRT) structure and represented another innovation for transferring credit risk from Fannie Mae to the private market while diversifying the providers of the credit protection for its single-family business.The EPMI enables lenders to deliver a loan with an LTV greater than 80 percent to Fannie Mae without the lender-acquired mortgage insurance, in return for an additional loan-level price adjustment fee paid by the lender to Fannie Mae. The GSE said that loans under this option would be covered under a forward insurance arrangement secured by Fannie from an approved insurance provider.”The process for settling EPMI claims is streamlined by Fannie and is similar to the process for settling claims under its CIRT transactions. If a loan defaults, claims are paid after the property disposition when the actual loss on the loan is known,” Schaefer said.According to Fannie Mae, the product offers a more streamlined process for lenders in the following ways:Fannie Mae is responsible for acquiring the insurance, filing claims, and performing monthly reporting.Loan quality and eligibility are determined by Fannie Mae, not a combination of Fannie Mae and MI guidelines.Participating servicers look to one set of servicing guidelines for their loss mitigation offerings, liquidation decisions, and related approvals.Because the operational processes required under EPMI are similar to those required for CIRT, Fannie Mae can leverage the simplified process and infrastructure that already supports CIRT transactions.When Fannie Mae files a claim under EPMI, it submits a single data report to the insurance provider.The claim is settled after property disposition when the actual loss on the loan is known. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Fannie Mae Expands Mortgage Insurance Options for Lenderscenter_img July 11, 2018 1,011 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_img JD Fresh, the fresh food arm of Chinese e-commerce giant JD, has announced the creation of a global alliance with 18 major fruit companies around the world.The “global fruit branding strategy alliance” was announced last week at Asia Fruit Logistica.The companies include New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri, South Africa-based Capespan, U.S.-based berry company Driscoll’s, Netherlands-based fruit company Fruitmasters and Chilean exporter Prize.JD – one of China’s two leading e-commerce companies, along with Alibaba – aims to establish close cooperation with the global alliance members in areas such as product packaging, introduction of new products, and promotion of new marketing channels. Q&A: Westfalia Fruit on EU avocado market’s i … Guatemalan mango exports to U.S. get underway in … U.S.: Gotham Greens expands into New England with … You might also be interested incenter_img September 11 , 2018 Germany: Cocaine worth €25M found in ALDI banana … The global fruit alliance will provide a more precise and focused fruit consumption experience with greater price-quality ratio for consumers, it said.It added that under the alliance, fruits supplied by partner companies can reach China within 48 hours. The companies collectively cover six continents. JD Fresh has seen tremendous growth in imported fruit sales over recent years. In 2016 only 20% of fruit sales were of imported produce, but this figure grew to 45% in 2017, and so far in 2018 it is 65%.It noted that cherries, berries, avocados were among the fruits driving the increase.last_img read more

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first_img Hurricane Rosa is now Tropical Storm Rosa as the system begins to fall apart due to the cold water of the Pacific, but substantial rainfall is still expected.Rosa is expected to dissipate over northwestern Mexico or the southwestern United States by Tuesday, according to Weathermelon.The affected locations have been identified by the National Hurricane Center as being from Vizcaino, BCS on the southern end up to San Quintin, BC on the northern end.  October 01 , 2018 U.S.: California cherry season to arrive later tha … You might also be interested in Grapes in Charts: California sees low prices after … center_img Perishable Pundit: The words that can’t be spoken … U.S. ag secretary tours California avocado grove, … These areas can expect rain totals of 3 to 6 inches. Yuma, Arizona is also expecting 1.5″ of rain.AccuWeather said that Rosa will spread the risk of “life-threatening flash flooding” over the interior Southwest, while a non-tropical storm spreads soaking rain into much of the balance of California this week.”Rosa was a tropical storm as of Monday morning, local time, and is forecast to transition to a tropical rainstorm over the Four Corners region on Tuesday,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis.In terms of direct rainfall from Rosa, it said enough rain is forecast to be “both problematic and beneficial”. The swath of rain will lead the center of the storm by hundreds of miles so that the rain will begin 24-36 hours ahead of the storm center’s approach, it said.last_img read more

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first_imgOceania Cruises has revealed its first three inaugural voyages from Miami to Cuba. On 7 December, the company announced that it has received official government approval from the Republic of Cuba to operate cruises to the island beginning March 2017. The line announced it will inaugurate its calls in Cuba with one 14-day and two 10-day Caribbean cruises from Miami aboard Marina. Each of these voyages will call on the storied city of Havana with two of the voyages staying overnight and offering guests two full days in this legendary destination.All voyages will fully comply with existing US Federal Regulations and the most recent pronouncements from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury. The voyages will provide guests with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover not only the rich culture, history and natural beauty found throughout Cuba, but more importantly experience the warmth and hospitality of its people.“We are tremendously excited to have received approval by Cuban authorities to offer cruises to Cuba from the United States aboard our acclaimed Marina. I believe there is no better way to experience the unique culture, beauty and diversity of Cuba than by cruise,” stated Frank Del Rio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the parent company of Oceania Cruises. “As a Cuban-American and founder of Oceania Cruises, I am incredibly proud that Marina will be the first in our fleet to cruise to Cuba. Not only was Marina the first ship to be purpose-built for the Oceania Cruises brand, she showcases millions of dollars’ worth of Cuban-American art, making our inaugural voyages to Cuba even more special.”In Havana, guests will have a selection of expertly crafted shore excursions to choose from, all of which offer an authentic Cuban experience that explores the people, music, art, history and culture of the island in compliance with OFAC regulations. To provide guests with even greater insights into Cuba and its people, guest scholars and expert lecturers on board the ship will deliver compelling presentations about Cuba’s past, present and future.7 March, 2017 | 14 daysMiami | Key West | Havana | Cozumel | Costa Maya | Harvest Caye | Puerto Limon | Colón | Cartagena | George Town | Miami 21 March  2017 | 10 daysMiami | Havana (2 Days) | Santo Tomas | Harvest Caye | Costa Maya | George Town | Miami31 March  2017 | 10 daysMiami | Costa Maya | Harvest Caye | Roatan | Havana (2 Days) | Nassau | Miamilast_img read more

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first_imgA contract paving the way for the construction works for the EuroAsia Interconnector, which will connect the electricity networks of Cyprus, Israel, Crete and Attica in Greece has been signed at the Energy ministry, it was announced on Thursday.The land concession agreement for the construction of the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter station in Kofinou with a transfer capacity of 2000MW was signed.The cost of construction of the first phase of the project (Cyprus-Crete-Attica) with a capacity to transfer 1000MW amounts to €3.5 billion.The interconnection between Crete and Attica is expected to be operational in June 2022 and by December 2023 will interconnect Cyprus to the system by completing the Cyprus-Crete-Attica interconnection.The EuroAsia Interconnector project is important to the states involved and the European Union as it falls within its energy policy and contributes to the achievement of its energy goals by ending the energy isolation of Cyprus, the last EU member state without any electricity interconnection.The duration of the agreement is 33 years, with the project promoter having the option to renew the lease for a further 66 years.The necessary technical and other studies have been completed and the environmental permit has been secured from the Cypriot authorities, and the planning permission is already underway for the construction of the converter station and other works.The agreement was signed on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus by Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotropis and the Director General of the ministry Stelios Chimonas and on behalf of the project promoter of the European Project of Common Interest CEO Nassos Ktoridis and project director George Killas.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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