Iran considering bringing First Nations leaders to Tehran diplomat

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe Iranian government may arrange a Tehran trip for First Nations leaders to address that country’s parliament, according to a senior diplomat with the Iranian embassy in Ottawa.Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, charge d’affaires for the Iranian embassy, said the request made by former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson and two Dakota chiefs to meet the Iranian parliament had been sent up Tehran’s chain of command.“They have…requested to travel to Iran and to speak at the Iranian parliament,” said Sheikh-Hassai, in a statement sent to APTN National News. “Their wish has been sent to the relevant officials for consideration.”Sheikh-Hassani said Iran emphasized its respect for “the sovereignty of Canada” during Monday’s meeting with Nelson, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud.“In accordance with our constitution and principles of foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the door of our embassy is open to all Canadians,” said Sheikh-Hassani’s statement. “We believe that all countries should respect their international obligations and responsibilities through cooperation with their Indigenous communities to find a just and sustainable resolution.”Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s office issued a statement earlier condemning Iran for using the First Nations leaders as “pawns” to distract from its own “abhorrent record” on human rights.Baird’s spokesman Joseph Lavoie said in an emailed statement that Iran was exploiting “tragedy” and playing a “sad game” with the First Nations leaders.“The Iranian regime is now attempting to exploit tragedy and feign concern as yet another PR stunt to distract from its own abhorrent record,” wrote Lavoie. “We hope the Aboriginal leaders in question won’t allow themselves to be used as pawns in this sad game the Iranians are playing.”Iran has repeatedly called out Canada over the treatment of First Nations people on the international stage over the years.In the mid-1920s, Iran, then known as Persia, supported a request by Haudenosaunee hereditary Chief Deskaheh to have the League of Nations consider a Six Nations Confederacy for formal membership as a state. The attempt eventually failed, and the federal government dissolved the Six Nations Confederacy Council and imposed an Indian Act government.Iran, however, has a history of repressing its own Indigenous population.The Iranian Kurds, which occupy the northwestern region of Iran, have faced repression from both the Iranian government under the Shah and the Islamic Republic that emerged after the Shah was overthrown.Iranian Kurds, who have tried to establish a degree of autonomy in Iran, faced not only violent repression and the assassination of its political leaders, but also systemic discrimination in everything from employment to political participation, according to Amnesty International.Kurdish regions are economically neglected, Kurds have “restricted access to adequate housing,” and Iran bans parents from registering their children with select Kurdish names, according to the human rights group.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

ExMKO Grand Chief travel claims dont match cell phone records audit

first_imgRead APTN’s ongoing investigation into former Grand Chief David Harper’s spending while head of Manitoba Keewatinowi OkimakanakJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA federal probe into the spending of the former grand chief of a Manitoba organization representing some of the poorest First Nations in the country has found tens of thousands of dollars in questionable claims, according to numbers contained in draft portion of a report provided to APTN National News.The financial probe of former grand chief David Harper and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) was conducted by auditing firm KPMG under a contract with the federal Indigenous Affairs department.The investigation was launched in September 2014 after the federal department received complaints over alleged spending irregularities by Harper and MKO. The department authorized KPMG auditors to review the organization’s books all the way back to 2010.While the department says the review of Harper and MKO’s books is still “ongoing,” APTN National News has been provided some of the results contained in a draft copy of KPMG’s findings.The auditors examined about $450,000 of expenses incurred by Harper and determined only 36 per cent could be substantiated, according to the draft report.About $77,000 worth of travel claims filed by Harper did not match-up when cross-referenced with the former grand chief’s cell phone records, according to the draft report.Current MKO Grand Chief Sheila North-Wilson said in a statement she would not be commenting on the issue until the final report is released and she has discussed the findings with MKO’s 30 First Nation chiefs.APTN National News has learned that North-Wilson, elected as grand chief in September 2015, received a draft copy of the report in a package late last year. The package included a letter from Anne Scotton, head of Indigenous Affairs’ audit and evaluation branch, an about 20-page report summary, and the draft report which was about 200 pages in length.Harper could not be reached for comment. It is rumoured that he is considering a run for chief of Garden Hill First Nation, which is one of the 30 MKO-member First Nations.MKO-member First Nations are some of the poorest in the country.The KPMG probe of Harper and MKO included a review of the use of funds from Indigenous Affairs and Employment and Social Development Canada, Harper’s expenses, money paid to the organization’s former director of finance and contracts issued by MKO.While he was grand chief Harper faced allegations of financial mismanagement and of using MKO funds for personal purchases like guitars, flights for his girlfriend and car repairs.MKO chiefs had previously asked Winnipeg-firm Lazer Grant to conduct a full forensic audit into the organization’s books after they discovered the former director of finance was making $250,000 a year.The Lazer Grant audit discovered some electronic equipment submitted for review had hard drives wiped-clean. Harper was also accused of obstructing the forensic audit.MKO sank into the red by nearly $1 million under Harper’s leadership and the organization was on the brink of being put into co-management by Indigenous Affairs.Indigenous Affairs said it would be posting the final report will be posted on the department’s read more

Moroccan Sandwich wins in cooking competition in Canada

first_imgRabat- Moroccan cuisine has been honored in Canada. During Canada’s best Sandwich competition, Jean Emond, a Canadian from Montreal won a $10,000 prize after he prepared a Lamb Filet Sandwich With Harissa and Figs. The winner also received a $10,000 donation toward his charity of choice, World Wildlife Fund Canada, according to the Chronicle Herald.Jean Emond beat three other finalists who failed to convince the jury of the originality and unique taste of their sandwiches.The four prepared their sandwiches in front of an audience at the Cooking School at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, said the same source.last_img read more

General Assembly defers consideration on European Union proposal

14 September 2010The General Assembly voted today to defer consideration on a proposal to allow the recently appointed senior officials of the European Union to address the 192-member body on behalf of the regional bloc. The proposal was defeated after 76 Member States voted early this afternoon in favour of postponing debate on a resolution drafted by the EU, compared to 71 countries against and 26 others abstaining.The EU is seeking to allow its President Herman van Rompuy and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton address the General Assembly on behalf of all 27 members of the bloc.Those posts were created as part of the entry into force last year of the Treaty of Lisbon, which reformed the EU.Currently a representative of the country holding the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU can speak on behalf of the bloc when addressing the General Assembly. read more

Lebanons central bank secures dollars to cover some imports

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s central bank has issued guarantees to secure U.S. dollars for local banks at the fixed official rate that would cover imports of fuel, wheat and medicine.The central bank’s move on Tuesday aims to ease the demand for dollars at a time when many Lebanese are rushing to exchange shops to convert their local currency into dollars.Hundreds protested on Sunday over a worsening economic crisis, compounded by worries that Lebanon’s dollar-reliant currency is losing value for the first time in more than two decades.The central bank said the imports it’s securing hard currency for are “only for local consumption.”The move will cover only imports into Lebanon amid reports that gasoline and wheat are being smuggled to neighbouring Syria, which is under U.S. and European sanctions.The Associated Press read more

Markham to become a living lab for Bell IBM smart city research

TORONTO — Bell Canada and IBM Canada Ltd. are teaming up with the Toronto-area city of Markham, Ont., to test a new generation of systems for monitoring city infrastructure and detecting problems such as storm flooding.The six-month research program that starts in April will combine Bell’s broadband networks, IBM data analytics and data from sensors placed in various parts of the city of 355,000 residents, northeast of Toronto.Similar trials and evaluations are being conducted across Canada and around the world, as an array of vendors promote the potential benefits of using the “smart city” concept to manage costs and improve services.Mayor Frank Scarpitti said Markham — home to hundreds of domestic and foreign-owned high technology businesses — said the Bell-IBM project is an opportunity to share the costs of sizing up what will work for the city. Innovation Nation: How smart cities may be too smart for their own good Make public libraries custodians of smart city data: board of trade Like it or not, everyday items for the home are getting smarter — and creepier “We’ve got two giants in the technology field that are working with us on the pilot project,” Scarpitti said in a phone interview.But he said the city government will be evaluating whether the investment in staff time and other costs will be worth the effort “given further investments that would have to be made to make it more comprehensive across the city.”The Markham pilot project will largely focus on behind-the-scenes processes designed to do things such as detecting leaks in city water pipes, storm-related flooding, energy usage in city buildings and remote tracking of city equipment.Although such things aren’t typically on the mind of citizens, Scarpitti said it’s “critically important to make sure that we can either extend the life or better manage those assets.”Scarpitti also said he hopes there will be more partnerships with other corporations that tackle issues such as traffic congestion. The federal government has conducted a “smart cities” challenge to provide millions of dollars in prizes for communities across Canada to encourage communities of all sizes to look at ways of adopting the new technology.Canada’s major telecommunications companies, including Bell and its rivals, have also invested billions of dollars to build capability to do large-scale data collection with high speed fibre optics and wireless networks.However, some of their plans may be disrupted by an ongoing debate over the security risks posed by Huawei Technologies Inc. of Shenzhen, China — one of the suppliers used by Bell, Telus and other Canadian telecom carriers.In addition, the Google-related Sidewalks Labs initiative in Toronto has raised a host of privacy concerns and questions about who will own data collected from the community.But Scarpitti said he doesn’t foresee a similar problem with the Bell-IBM project, because it will be monitoring the city’s equipment and infrastructure assets.“It doesn’t involve — unless something changes — any private information of our citizens.” read more

Great Lakes Envoys outraged by spate of civilian massacres in eastern DR

The killings have taken place particularly around the town of Beni, in North Kivu province, said a statement released by Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes. “Some 100 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed on 20 November, bringing the number of victims to more than 200 since mid-October,” the group of Envoys said, condemning this “gruesome attack” and the massacres which have been attributed to the Uganda-based militia group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).Stressing that there should be no impunity for those responsible for human rights abuses, the Envoys called on the DRC government to engage a robust military action against the group perpetrating these crimes. The UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and its Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) stood by for any support. The Envoys also called for similar action against all the other armed groups in the region, chief among them the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which have been under international pressure to dismantle by 2 January or face military action. The group urged the FDLR to fully surrender and disarm. There is also urgency to complete demobilization of the former 23 March Movement (M23) combatants. The group of Envoys further called on the DRC Government to accelerate the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, repatriation, and resettlement (DDRRR) programme for ex-combatants and appealed to international partners to provide financial support to that end.A return to stability in eastern DRC requires concerted efforts to neutralize all the negative forces. With this in mind, the Team of Envoys stressed the strategic importance of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework agreement for the DRC. The team of Envoys comprises of several UN officials including the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region Said Djinnit, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the DRC Martin Kobler, and the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Russ Feingold. The team also includes the African Union Special Representative for the Great Lakes region Boubacar Diarra, the European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes region Koen Vervaeke, and the Belgium Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Franck de Coninck. read more

TfL pays £10m for staff to work for unions as strikes cause

Transport for London (TfL) is paying £10m for staff to work for transport unions under London Mayor Sadiq Khan, as strike days cause chaos for commuters.The annual cost has doubled since 2015/16, the last year Boris Johnson was mayor. That year 699 members of TfL took paid time off to do union duties, at a cost of £4.4m.Two years later, this figure had more than doubled to £10.8m, paid to 731 workers, 37 of whom worked for unions full-time.The exact amount of union work funded by TfL is unknown as the organisation only reports the total number of staff undertaking union duties and the number working more than half of the work week or full-time.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––This increase in union funding in 2017/18 coincided with a budget deficit of nearly £1bn.Mr Khan is the chairman of TfL and the chair of its board. He is responsible for setting out strategy and holding its Commissioner Mike Brown to account.Strikes have continued since Mr Khan took control of City Hall, including several this year. In April, there was chaos on the District line after Aslef called a strike over the sacking of a tube driver for running through three red lights. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, also the chairman and chair of the board of TfL The transport network, which runs the London Underground, buses, light railway and overground trains through the capital, is partly funded by the taxpayer. In the 17/18 year it got £2.6 billion of public money from local and central government sources.David Leam, director of infrastructure at business group London First, said strikes cause “misery for commuters and tourists”.“The drip drip nature of strike action in the capital over the last few years has caused real turmoil for commuters and companies alike, and undoubtedly damages London’s global reputation for being open for business”, he said.“The disruption causes misery for commuters and tourists simply trying to get around town, while businesses get hit with the double whammy of reduced till receipts and a drop in productivity because staff can’t make it to work”. TfL staff are also paid to work for RMT, which held strikes in support of a driver who failed alcohol breath tests twice while at work.TfL themselves branded some of these strikes “indefensible”.Last night Keith Prince AM, a Conservative member of the Greater London Authority who sits on the transport committee, accused Sadiq Khan of being “in the pockets of the unions.”He told The Daily Telegraph: “Londoners want better tubes, not more union reps.“These statistics would be unacceptable if TfL had balanced books, but the transport budget is nearly £1 billion in the red. At time when the finances are in such dire straits, it is shocking that taxpayers’ money is being wasted in this way.“It now clearer than ever that Sadiq Khan is in the pockets of the unions.”In August, the Government published figures revealing there are more than 16,000 full time union officials on the public payroll. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. People queue for a bus in Stratford in a day of travel chaos caused by tube striking in 2015 Aslef, which benefits from this TfL staffing budget, also went on strike in October in support of a driver who was dismissed after opening the doors of a tube train while it was moving. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, also the chairman and chair of the board of TfLCredit: Michele Tantussi/ Getty Images Europe Some of tens of thousands of commuters affected by tube strikes in November, queuing to get into Waterloo station. The issue rose to prominence in 2011 when Jane Pilgrim, an NHS worker who worked full-time for health union Unison criticised the Government’s health policies.People on the public full-time for unions are known as “Pilgrims”.The official term for letting public sector staff do union business during the working day is called “facility time”. Some of tens of thousands of commuters affected by tube strikes in November, queuing to get into Waterloo station.Credit:@hines_stephen/Stephen Hines/PA A spokesman for Mr Khan said: “The Mayor makes no apologies for ensuring hardworking staff across London’s transport network are properly represented by trade unions. Trade unions play a vital role in ensuring Londoners are treated fairly at work.“Since Sadiq has become Mayor, there has been a 65 percent reduction in days lost to strike action. This is because we have listened to the concerns of workers and engaged in constructive dialogue with the trade unions. “TfL is currently undertaking the biggest overhaul of the organisation in its history, which has helped reduce annual costs by around £500m.”A TfL spokesperson said: “We allow representatives paid time off to carry out union duties and meeting these costs represents 0.5 per cent of our total wage bill. “The reorganisation of TfL over the past two years, that has helped reduce annual costs by around £500m, has required appropriate union representation for our staff affected by the changes.“The number of representatives for our 28,000 employees is in line with legislation, guidelines from ACAS and agreements with the trade unions.” People queue for a bus in Stratford in a day of travel chaos caused by tube striking in 2015Credit: John Stillwell/PA read more

This hyperrealistic robotic spider will give you nightmares

first_imgWhat do you get when you combine 26 tiny servo motors in a 3D printed shell that looks a lot like a spider? Well, nightmares certainly, but you also get an incredibly lifelike little robot. The Robugtix T8 is an eight-legged robot that can move so much like a real spider, you’ll be tempted to smash it. But it’s expensive — don’t smash it.Each leg of the robot contains three motors, and two more are in the abdomen just to make the movement extra realistic and creepy. The outer shell is produced in a 3D printer, but it’s really just for show. Underneath it’s just your basic eight-legged terrifying robot.The T8 is powered by an embedded microcontroller running a movement engine called Bigfoot Inverse Kinematics. This engine ensures that the user doesn’t have to worry about sending complicated instructions to the robot. Using the wireless controller, you can simply select a gait and tell the T8 which direction you want it to go. The robot handles all the calculations on-board.The T8 kit is up for pre-order now, with an expected ship date of August 31st. It’s going to cost you a whopping $1,350, but it jumps to $1,500 after August 1st. That’s very steep, but there’s a much less spendy, and still pretty neat/creepy option from Robugtix.The IITSII is a hexapod version of the T8 — so less arachnid-inspired and more insectoid. Instead of 26 motors, it only has 18. That’s still three in each leg, but none in the body. So it can’t do the insane spider poses the T8 is capable of, but it still uses the Bigfoot Inverse Kinematics engine to maneuver around in a very realistic way. This robot is available for pre-order at $250. It will be $350 after the August 1st cutoff date.You can’t deny these are awesome robots, but the prices listed are only for the kits themselves (some assembly required). If you want the controller and Xbee wireless receivers, that’s going to be an extra $85. You can also rig your own serial communication method with the provided Rx/Tx pins. These are open devices, after all.last_img read more

Man sentenced to 6 years in prison for possession of child porn

first_imgA 27-year-old man who was caught with child pornography on his cellphone while being on parole for soliciting nude photos from a teenage girl was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.James M. Bergstrom pleaded guilty Feb. 1 in Clark County Superior Court to three counts of first-degree possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.A Washington State Department of Corrections community custody officer notified Vancouver police Sept. 6 that she seized and searched a phone belonging to Bergstrom, a registered sex offender, for violating conditions of his release, according to a probable cause affidavit.Another officer said he witnessed Bergstrom remove a cellphone from the smoking station outside a DOC building. Bergstrom admitted to having the phone and handed it over when confronted by two officers, the affidavit says.The officer who wrote the probable cause affidavit noted that they investigated a separate case in 2016 involving Bergstrom, in which he posed as a 15-year-old boy to solicit nude photos from a 14-year-old girl, according to the affidavit.last_img read more

Department of Youth Affairs Mentor Programme – Mentors Needed Big Brother Big

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a mentor with the Department of Youth Affairs. We have several programs that require volunteers. In our program Big Brother Big Sister, volunteers will be working as mentor to our youth, ages 11-17.   Mentoring helps young people, especially at-risk youth, succeed in school, work, and life.What makes a good mentor?Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:A sincere desire to be involved with a young personRespect for young peopleActive listening skillsEmpathyAbility to see solutions and opportunitiesFlexibilityBenefits for Young PeopleIncreased high school graduation ratesLower high school dropout ratesHealthier relationships and lifestyle choicesBetter attitude about schoolHigher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirationsEnhanced self-esteem and self-confidenceImproved behavior, both at home and at schoolStronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peersImproved interpersonal skillsPlease express your interest by emailing any of our youth officers,  or Mr. Nixon Dickenson, Acting National Youth Director at Release: Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services Related Items:last_img read more

City Of Homer Looks At Allowing Marijuana Establishments On The Spit

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer City Council introduced an ordinance at their meeting on Monday, February 26,  that would allow the sale of commercial marijuana products on the Spit. The council introduced the ordinance following a recommendation that came in August 2017 from the Cannabis Advisory Commission to allow commercial marijuana establishments on the Spit, a place that currently does not allow them. The ordinance will be up for public hearing at the council’s March 12 meeting. Currently the only areas in Homer were marijuana stores can operate are in the central business district, two general commercial districts and the East End district. The Ordinance amends the former Homer city code, and adds permitted uses and structures, by adding marijuana retail facilities in the Marine Commercial District (the spit). When Homer began drafting its regulations for commercial marijuana the spit was among the areas where the retail facilities were not allowed. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-homer-spit-pot-shops.mp3VmJennifer-on-homer-spit-pot-shops.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

Union Budget 2017 Narendra Modi labels it Uttam Budget as Arun Jaitley

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a televised address to the nation after the latter presented the Union Budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 in the Lok Sabha.PM Modi said that the finance minister “has presented an ‘Uttam’ Budget, devoted to strengthening the hands of the poor.” He added: “It’s a historic Budget coming at a crucial juncture. This Budget will fulfil all aspirations and improve quality of life… This Budget is a strong step towards the country’s progress.”He added that the Budget reflects the government’s commitment to “eliminate corruption and black money” from the country. “Tax evasion and black money will be curbed. Digital economy has been taken up as a mission,” he said.”The merger of the Railway Budget with the general budget will give an impetus to the transport sector’s growth,” he added.The PM also feels that the housing sector “stands to gain immensely” and that the Budget would also “help small businesses to become competitive in the global market.”He further added: “The aim of the government is to double the income of farmers. The Budget is yet again devoted to the well-being of the villages, farmers and the poor.” He also said that the Budget lays special emphasis on the welfare of women and children and that the government’s “focus has been on the underprivileged, Dalits and raising income of the people. Rural schemes have also received an impetus.”PM Modi said that the middle class families of the country would get relief while jobs will be created and “individual investors will be encouraged.”last_img read more

Focus on caravans fades after US midterms

first_imgHundreds of Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, wait for a buses at the La Concha phytosanitary station in State of Sinaloa on 13 November 2018. US defence secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday he will visit the US-Mexico border, where thousands of active-duty soldiers have been deployed to help border police prepare for the arrival of a `caravan` of migrants. Photo: AFPDid someone say caravan?One week after Election Day, US president Donald Trump’s daily drumbeat of warnings about a caravan of “bad thugs” and potential terrorists intent on invading the US from Mexico has largely fallen silent.The migrant caravans are still trudging along, the largest still about 1,000 miles from the southern border, but Trump — and many in the conservative media — have dramatically reduced the frequency and intensity of their dire warnings now that they no longer feel the same urgency to stir up GOP voters.Trump and his media allies have largely moved on: They’re more focused now on the possibility of electoral chicanery in recounts in the Florida Senate and governor’s races.Within the West Wing and in Trump’s orbit of allies, there is a sense that the caravan was a useful midterm messaging tool, one that became the centerpiece of an eleventh-hour pre-election strategy modeled on the president’s 2016 campaign pledges to crack down on illegal immigration, according to four White House officials and outside advisers not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.But once the election was over, the president’s attention turned elsewhere, the officials and advisers said.For weeks before the election, the caravan was a dominant news story. The largest caravan was believed to have formed in Honduras on 12 October and first was featured in a “Fox & Friends” segment four days later, which prompted a tweet from the show’s most famous fan.As the midterms approached, Trump and his conservative allies flooded the zone with harsh rhetoric and hardline policy proposals, including sending troops to the border, revoking birthright citizenship and an ad featuring a Latino man convicted of killing two police officers that was widely condemned as racist.But the caravan was Trump’s favorite talking point. During his final blitz of campaign rallies, he hammered at the threat night after night and, without evidence, suggested that Democrats were supporting — and perhaps funding — the march of migrants.”Democrats are inviting caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to pour into our country, overwhelming your schools, your hospitals, and your communities,” Trump said in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, on election eve. “If you want more caravans, if you want more crime, vote Democrat tomorrow. … If you want strong borders and safe communities, no drugs, no caravans, vote Republican.”Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric on Twitter too. One tweet read: “We will NOT let these Caravans, which are also made up of some very bad thugs and gang members, into the US Our Border is sacred, must come in legally. TURN AROUND!”That tweet, on 31 October, was his last on the subject. Since the election, he’s invoked the caravan only once. Asked about it during a news conference last Wednesday, Trump said “I’m not just talking about the caravans” when talking about militarising the southern border and his proposed wall.The thousands of Central American migrants in the largest caravan have been leapfrogging their way across western Mexico, despite the prospect of a hostile reception at the border. Most appeared intent on taking the Pacific coast route northward to the border city of Tijuana, which was still about 1,350 miles (2,200 kilometers) away.On Friday, Trump signed a proclamation restricting asylum applications but did so with little fanfare and no press coverage before he departed for a trip to Paris. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on whether further action on immigration was imminent.”Clearly, this was an election-eve stunt designed to whip up the base that really didn’t have much foundation in fact and, clearly, when the election was over there was no need to keep beating those drums,” said Mark Feldstein, journalism professor at the University of Maryland. He added that what the conservative media did with the story was “really toxic” and divided an already polarized country.”The very fact that they dropped it so suddenly is just further confirmation of how bogus the story was in the first place,” Feldstein said.Fox News spent more than 33 hours discussing the caravan through Election Day, according to a study by Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog organization. On 7 November, the day after the election, Fox had no discussions centered on the caravan. On 8 November, the network spent four minutes and 57 seconds on discussions centered on the caravan, according to the study.Some Republicans said the caravan’s fade from the spotlight was a natural part of the election cycle.”Every election, there are a series of issues that rise to artificial highs and then, once the votes are cast, settle back down to normal noise,” said Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to president George W Bush. “Both parties do it; this isn’t some trumped up phony issue. The caravan will be back in the news once it gets closer to the border.”Trump had suggested sending up to 15,000 troops to the border; currently there are approximately 1,000 at the border itself and another 4,800 in staging areas nearby. The deployment is scheduled to end 15 December but that could be changed, extended or shortened.Defense secretary Jim Mattis plans to visit the border Wednesday. He was asked by a reporter Tuesday whether the military mission along the border of south Texas will change, now that the lead migrant caravan in Mexico is headed much farther west.”Right now, the mission is exactly what it is,” he said. “We’ll have to see what the future holds. But right now that’s the only mission I have.”last_img

US Supreme Court rules in favor of baker who refused to make

first_imgJack Phillips, of Masterpiece bakery, cited his religious objections to marriage equality.The court voted 7-2 against the same-sex couple.Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor cast the lone dissents. Fellow liberal Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan voted with the majority.Baker Jack Phillips | Photo: Facebook/Alliance Defending FreedomThe Supreme Court did not say this decision will not impact other opponents of same-sex marriage, such as florists and photographers.The National LGBT Bar Association said: ‘We believe the rights of minority groups to be free from the oppression of a majority religion cannot be infringed. Freedom of religion is an important and cherished right guaranteed in our Constitution, but that right does not and should not give anyone the right to treat certain Americans as second-class citizens.‘Discrimination under the guise of so-called “religious freedom” must not be allowed to flourish. LGBT Americans deserve the same respect and dignity their heterosexual and cisgender friends, neighbors, family, and countrymen deserve. We must continue to fight against discrimination in all its forms, whether it be through the legislature or the courts. This is not the end. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Tennessee store owner puts up ‘No gays allowed’ sign after Supreme Court decisionTrump official tells Supreme Court: Businesses should be free to put up ‘no gay couples’ signsUS Supreme Court refuses to hear case of florist who denied same-sex coupleRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- Charlie Craig and David Mullins in front of the Supreme Court | Photo: Facebook/HRCcenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘There is still much work to be done. We will continue to work, day in and day out, to ensure that our community is protected. We understand that the courts and the law are the last frontier in securing our rights and we’ll do everything we can to ensure a forward momentum.’Kennedy reasoned Phillips, in refusing to create a same-sex wedding cake, had good reason to believe he was within his rights. State law at the time allowed merchants some latitude to decline specific messages, such as those demeaning gay people and gay marriages.Phillips claimed he was fighting for the rights of ‘creative artists’ to choose what they sell.Customers Charlie Craig and David Mullins represented a test between the Constitution’s guarantees of free speech and religion and laws in 22 states prohibiting discrimination against the LGBTI community.The couple won before the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the state Court of Appeals.This is not about religious beliefsNumerous others have spoken up about the devastating consequences of this case.Religious leaders across the country don’t support the baker. They believe this case is about discrimination, not religious freedom.Irene Monroe believes this could bring about a new Jim Crow era for LGBTI people.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Colorado baker for refusing make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.last_img read more

Cancun man dies in motorcycle accident 500 meters from home

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The driver of a motorcycle has died and his passenger injured after hitting the back of a public combi van in Cancun.On Monday, a couple on a motorcycle collided with the back of a combi on López Portillo Avenue at the height of Colonia Avante. The man died at the scene and the woman was transferred to the General Hospital.The accident occurred 500 meters from the couple’s home.Emergency personnel received calls regarding the accident at 10:20 a.m. from witnesses and passing motorists. According to transit police, the driver of the motorcycle failed to maintain a safe distance between himself and the combi in front.Paramedics arrived but were unable to save the man. He was pronounced at the scene. The woman was transferred to the General Hospital with reported head trauma. The deceased motorcycle driver has been identified as José Antonio N.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 February 23, 2015 — New research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reveals a high value for scans which could lead to future change of reimbursement policies for follow-up positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) studies in lung cancer. The study, featured in the February 2015 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, establishes the value of fourth and subsequent follow-up PET/CT scans in clinical assessment and management change in patients with the disease.In the retrospective study, a total of 1,171 patients with biopsy-proven lung cancer who had positron emission tomography with a radioactive tracer (18F-FDG) were identified at a single tertiary center from 2001 to 2013. Among these, 85 patients (7.3 percent) had four or more follow-up PET/CT scans with a total of 285 fourth and subsequent follow-up PET/CT scans. Median follow-up from the fourth scan was 31.4 months. The follow-up PET/CT scan results were correlated with clinical assessment and treatment changes.Of the 285 fourth and subsequent follow-up PET/CT scans, 149 (52.28 percent) were interpreted as positive and 136 (47.7 percent) were interpreted as negative for recurrence or metastasis. A total of 47 (55.3 percent) patients died during the study period. PET/CT identified recurrence or metastasis in 44.3 percent of scans performed without prior clinical suspicion and ruled out recurrence or metastasis in 24.2 percent of scans performed without prior clinical suspicion. The PET/CT scan resulted in treatment change in 28.1 percent (80/285) of the patients. New treatment was initiated in 20.4 percent (58/285) scan times, treatment was changed in 5.6 percent (16/285) scan times and ongoing treatment was stopped in 2.1 percent (6/285) scan times.“Although the value of FDG PET/CT has been established in the follow-up of patients with lung cancer, this study specifically looks at the value of the fourth and subsequent follow-up PET/CT studies, which has not been addressed in any prior studies,” stated Rathan Subramaniam, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study. “We now need to establish similar evidence for other human solid tumors,” Subramaniam continued.  The study was performed in the context of the recent Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services declaration that only three FDG PET/CT scans will be covered under section 1862(a)(1)(A) when used to guide subsequent management of anti-tumor treatment strategy after completion of initial anticancer therapy. Coverage of any additional FDG PET/CT scans will be determined by local Medicare administrative contractors. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 News | February 23, 2015 Additional PET/CT Scans Valuable in Follow-Up of Lung Cancer Patients PET/CT scans changed treatment in more than 28 percent of patients Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… 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 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more last_img read more

United Nations expert seeks protection for journalists in Honduras

first_imgNo related posts. TEGUCIGALPA – The United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression Frank La Rue made an official visit to Honduras Wednesday.On his trip, the expert will examine the efforts of Honduras to implement the right to freedom of expression and the obstacles encountered at both national and international levels. La Rue will also meet with government officials to identify ways to ensure that all individuals, including journalists, can exercise the right to expression without fearing for their safety.He also intends to hold meetings with representatives from international agencies, non-governmental organizations and media associations.The special rapporteur will release his recommendations in a final report, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in 2013.According to official sources, 21 journalists have been killed in the last three years in Honduras. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

China consumers spurn Japan cars amid islands row

first_img Comments   Share   Combined, the aftermath of the territorial spat with China will shave 0.8 percentage point off Japan gross domestic product growth for the fourth quarter, sending Japan’s overall economy slightly downward, instead of the initial forecast for flat growth, according to J.P. Morgan.China, with its growing middle class, had been one of the emerging markets that Japanese automakers were counting on to boost sales amid a long stagnation in the domestic auto market.Toyota, Japan’s No. 1 auto company, which makes the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury models, had planned to sell 1 million vehicles in China this calendar year.“But that may be very difficult to achieve,” company spokesman Dion Corbett said.___Follow Yuri Kageyama: Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories The stunning plunge in sales comes after Japan last month nationalized tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, which had already been controlled by Tokyo but also claimed by Beijing.The move set off violent protests in China, and a widespread call to boycott Japanese goods. Toyota and Honda dealerships were burned down in one city, and crowds shouting anti-Japanese slogans have gathered and smashed Japanese cars.Although the flare-ups have calmed in recent weeks, it would still require courage to be seen in a Japanese car in some Chinese cities.Japanese automakers temporarily closed some of their China factories. Production is back up this week _ but reduced to lower levels as demand has collapsed.Last week, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. reported that China sales dived 63 percent to 2,340 vehicles in September. Mazda Motor Corp. said its sales in China sank 36 percent to 13,258 vehicles for the month.A study by J.P. Morgan, released Tuesday, projected Japanese auto exports to China to crash 70 percent during the October-December period. It said that the export of auto parts will slip by 40 percent _ about the same drop estimated for exports of other consumer products such as electronics. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day AP Business WriterTOKYO (AP) – Sales of Japanese vehicles nosedived in China during September as anti-Japanese sentiment flared over a territorial dispute that threatens to hobble what was a booming business relationship between Japan and its biggest export market.Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that sales of new vehicles in China dropped 48.9 percent in September from a year earlier to 44,100 vehicles. Honda Motor Co. said September sales plunged 40.5 percent to 33,931 vehicles. China sales for Nissan Motor Co. slid 35.3 percent last month to 76,100 vehicles.last_img read more

Travel guide to the creepy village of Nagoro in Japan

first_imgNagoro is a village in the Iya Valley on the island of Shikoku in Tokushima Prefecture in Japan. It is known for the large number of realistic scarecrows positioned throughout the village, which have made it a tourist attraction.Source: BBClast_img