Its just really strange Who is beheading the parking meters of St

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – In Washington, D.C., it was the fabled meter massacre back in the mid-1990s. In 2012, a man from the Bronx was accused of using super glue to thwart paid parking. In Chicago, irate drivers clogged coin slots with expanding foam when fees were hiked in 2009.But now someone — or some people — is vandalizing coin and card-reading meters in St. John’s, N.L., at a truly staggering rate, according to the company that supplies them.“They’ve never seen anything like the vandalism and theft of parking meter heads that we’ve experienced here,” St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said of J.J. MacKay Canada Ltd. — the New Glasgow, N.S.-based company that serves 1,000 municipalities.It appears the weapons of choice were baseball bats and sledge hammers to beat the heads off most of the city’s 1,167 parking machines since they were installed four years ago for about $474 apiece.More than 1,000 meters have been damaged at one time or another since March 2015 in over 90 attacks. At least four people have been charged.This, despite the fact each head typically holds no more than about $15 a day.Chef Todd Perrin, co-owner of Mallard Cottage restaurant, has watched the parking debacle unfold with amazement.“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around a fair bit and I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said in an interview. “It’s not like a random one here or there. It’s almost as though someone is systematically going around trying to destroy every single parking meter in St. John’s.“It’s just really, really strange. In a city that always could use more revenue, it’s a bit of a mind boggler.”The growing price tag for cash-strapped St. John’s city council is almost $1.5 million since 2015 in lost revenue, repairs and replacements.“I’d describe it as extremely frustrating,” Breen said. “To see this amount of destruction happen at a significant cost to taxpayers is very disheartening.”Long stretches of meters in various parts of the city’s downtown sit eerily headless, including one used to deposit empty Tim Hortons cups. All 136 parking spots on Harbour Drive, along the waterfront, are now free after the city decided not to replace those machines, Breen said.Instead, a new cashless system will be tried for that area starting in June. Drivers will pay to park using a smart phone app or a 1-800 number.Other areas will see a mix of new pay stations, meters and permits over the next five years as part of a system overhaul, said St. John’s City Coun. Debbie Hanlon.She blames mental health issues, poverty and drug addiction.“Why else would someone take a baseball bat and beat off the top of a meter for $15? The average person wouldn’t do that.”Hanlon hopes people gloating about free all-day parking downtown will keep this in mind: The $1.5 million lost so far could have gone a long way.“That’s money that could go back in the roads, it could keep our taxes lower, it could improve the downtown. It’s losing money — and that’s unfortunate for all of us.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Jane Goodall Institute Partners With War For The Planet Of The Apes

first_imgIn honor of the upcoming release of the new War for the Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox have teamed with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in Republic of Congo.Ashley Sullivan, Community Engagement Specialist at the Jane Goodall Institute, wrote: “The center, currently housing around rescued 150 chimpanzees, represents a place of safety and kindness from humanity – the likes of which many of these chimps have not seen in their early years. Most of the rescued chimpanzees are victims of the illegal entertainment/ “pet” or bushmeat trades, having been orphaned as infants, torn from their forest homes and families. Tchimpounga is their second chance, enabling them to create bonds with other chimpanzees along with their human caretakers, and it is through the shared stories of these beings that we are best able to understand their uniqueness and feel compelled to protect them.”“I think that the Planet of the Apes series makes people think about the apes and perhaps our relationship to them,” said Jane Goodall. “And anything that makes us think about our own humanity in relation to the rest of the animal kingdom is important. So I think the series has helped.”War for the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and features Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar, and Woody Harrelson as The Colonel.“It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute in providing needed care for our closest living animal relatives,” said War for the Planet of the Apes director, Matt Reeves. “Over the course of filming Caesar’s cinematic journey, it’s fascinated me to learn so much about apes and chimpanzees, these amazing sentient animals who organize, strategize and even socialize in much the same way as humans. Our hope is this reimagined Apes franchise will spark a fresh awareness, compassion and respect for these majestic species for generations to come.”Read more here.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Sends ‘Brotherly’ Message Calming Saudi-Morocco Tension

Rabat – Morocco’s Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported earlier today that King Mohammed VI has sent a message of good wishes and “fraternity” to King Salman of Saudi Arabia.Even as news ran earlier this week that Morocco and its Saudi ally were again on course for tense relations over Saudi Arabia investing in Mauritania to upset Morocco, the Moroccan and Saudi governments are sending mixed messages set to confound.MAP reported that the King’s message was warmly received by the Saudi Monarch, who in turn told Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita, the bearer of the Moroccan royal message, that the Saudi kingdom is poised to uphold the “historical and brotherly” ties with Morocco. Bourita’s Saudi visit was an opportunity to discuss wide-ranging issues in the MENA region, according to MAP. The Moroccan minster’s audience with King Salman was marked by the presence of high-ranking Saudi officials, including the Saudi interior and foreign ministers.Prior to his meeting with the Saudi monarch, Bourita met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known asMBS. The two discussed “bilateral cooperation and the latest developments on the regional scene.”Relations between Rabat and Riyadh have been rocky lately.The two kingdoms’ alliance has been mired in “scandals” as statements from a Saudi news outlet challenged Morocco’s interests on issues, including Western Sahara, that Rabat considers key to its sovereignty and territorial integrity.In Riyadh, meanwhile, Morocco’s apparent withdrawal from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and refusal to take part in the Saudi-led blockade against Qatar did not sit well with the Saudi establishment.But Bourita’s Saudi trip is set to contradict news of seemingly irreconcilable geopolitical disagreements as a result of what some analysts have called the “MBS factor.”The visit may not be enough to counter a perception in Moroccan circles that Saudi Arabia has not been a reliable ally since MBS rose to political prominence. read more

Significant progress made in UN monitoring of peace process in Nepal says

The Personal Representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal, Ian Martin, also said that the Security Council was fully behind the idea of setting up a new UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), and was also encouraged by the positive developments so far that come as the country has promulgated an interim constitution as well as set up an interim administration.“We have also seen significant progress in moving forward with the UN monitoring of arms and armies. The full advance contingent of 35 UN monitors is now in Nepal. Monitors have been deployed to operate out of offices in Nepalgunj and Kathmandu, and an advance team has gone to Biratnagar to establish an office there,” Mr. Martin said.The registration of Maoist army arms and combatants, which began yesterday at the main cantonment sites in Chitwan and Nawalparasi, has gone smoothly, he said. “Our monitors have also had productive field visits to meet and interact with Nepal Army commanders. We expect that the Nepal Army will be positioned to quickly store an equal number of weapons.”Both the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which signed the peace deal on 21 November, requested assistance from the UN in monitoring the agreement that seeks to end 10-years of civil war that killed around 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others.UN arms monitors are being supported by an interim task force of former Nepalese soldiers from the Indian and British armies and, as part of further assistance by the world body, Mr. Martin said the chief electoral adviser had now arrived to help with preparations for this year’s scheduled polls.“Our international electoral assistance team continues to grow with the arrival of Fida Nasrallah, our Chief Electoral Adviser, on Monday. At the invitation of the Chief Election Commissioner, the team is in the process of moving its offices to the Election Commission to enable them to work even more closely with their counterparts.”At the start of the year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a report to the Security Council recommended that a small UN political mission comprising unarmed military inspectors, electoral exports, and police and civil administration teams be established to monitor the peace deal. 18 January 2007United Nations monitors have made “significant progress” in overseeing Nepal’s landmark peace deal, which was concluded between the Government and Maoist fighters last year, the top UN envoy to the Himalayan country said today, highlighting in particular the registration of Maoist arms and combatants. read more

UNICEF and partners launch campaign to combat child discrimination in Europe

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners today launched a regional advocacy campaign to create an inclusive environment in which no children in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are left vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse.“Exclusion from basic services and a dignified start in life creates a vicious cycle of disadvantage, with harm passed from one generation to the next in a legacy of poverty, ill health, lack of education, and lack of prospects,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, told representatives of hundreds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 27 countries at the launch in Istanbul of the “Leave No Child Out” campaign. Arguing that the exclusion of millions of children in the countries of Eastern Europe and the CIS is undermining the development of those nations, Ms. Bellamy said exclusion “undermines stability and democracy and holds societies back economically due to over-burdened public services and lost productivity.” Of the region’s 117 million children, nearly 18 million are living in poverty, often denied basic services and opportunities to which they are entitled, according to UNICEF. Around 1.5 million children are living in public care instead of with their families – around 1 million of them live in institutions. Children belonging to minority groups bear the brunt of discrimination and exclusion. The yearlong campaign will include efforts to raise the issues of exclusion with governments, communities, key institutions and the media. Seven main forms of discrimination and exclusion – poverty, ethnicity, institutionalization, disability, the impact of conflict, gender discrimination and the stigma of HIV/AIDS – will be targeted. Based on the non-discrimination principle of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, the campaign follows on the heels of the UNICEF-organized “Say Yes for Children” initiative that gathered 26 million pledges in the region in 2001-2002, identifying “Leave No Child Out” as the number one priority from among ten key issues facing children globally. The Regional Network for Children (RNC) in Central and Eastern Europe, the CIS and the Baltic States – an association of non-governmental organizations that work with children in partnership with UNICEF – is spearheading the campaign. read more

Canadians faith in economy and job creation falls sharply survey

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2012 5:28 pm MDT OTTAWA – Global economic turmoil and negative reports at home are taking their toll on the faith of ordinary Canadians and Americans in the economy.Canadians are most gloomy about near-term job prospects and the health of their finances, according to the Conference Board’s latest consumer confidence survey, released Tuesday.The consumer confidence reading for the month shows a fall of 6.8 points to 74, about where it stood in January.It was much the same story south of the border where the Conference Board’s U.S. index dropped for the fourth month in a row to 62 points, also the lowest level since the start of the year.Economists often don’t put a lot of stock in consumer confidence surveys, but Jennifer Lee, a senior economist with the Bank of Montreal, said there is reason to take these results to heart.Canadians and Americans have been bombarded with daily reminders of the intractable nature of the European crisis and reports that businesses are holding back on investment and hiring, Lee said. In this backdrop, it is natural to assume households may also be reluctant to go out on a limb on purchasing decisions, which would further hurt the economy.“I think there is reason for pessimism given that there is so much uncertainty out there,” she said. “We’re still expecting relatively strong growth in emerging markets, but we’ve just downgraded our outlook for Europe.”The Ottawa-based Conference Board’s survey finds the responses on job prospects were among the weakest since early 2009, when the economy was in the depths of the worst recession in decades.About twice as many (28.1 per cent) thought the job market would get worse in the next six months as those (13.9 per cent) who believed it would get better — an 8.4-point deterioration on the issue.“The overall balance of opinion on this question has now been negative for the past 12 months, further evidence that consumer spending in Canada is likely to slow over the coming months,” the think-tank said.As well, only 17.4 per cent said their financial situation had improved in the past six months, while 20.4 per cent said it had worsened — a deterioration of 3.6 points.In Canada, Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney has suggested he will lower his outlook for growth in the upcoming monetary policy review in July in light of the economy’s disappointing 1.9 per cent expansion in the first quarter and the continuing slowdown. Statistics Canada will issue the result for gross domestic product performance for April on Friday.In a paper issued Tuesday, Capital Economics said it expects the global slowdown will further depress commodity prices and take the loonie to about 92 cents US by the end of the year — about five cents lower than the current level — and to as low as 86 cents US by the end of 2013.“There are a host of downside risks to the Canadian dollar, including further falls in commodity prices and the diminishing prospect that the Bank of Canada will raise interest rates any time soon,” said David Madani, Canadian chief economist with the global economic forecasting group.“What’s more, if Canadian oil prices decline much further, it is difficult to see how this would not upset the domestic economy, putting even more downward pressure on the Canadian dollar.”Somewhat surprisingly, attitudes toward making major purchases remained largely unchanged in June, but actual behaviour belies the answers on this question.Statistics Canada reported last week that retail sales had fallen 0.5 per cent in April, and were down 0.8 per cent in volume terms for the third decline in four months. As well, home purchase growth had slowed notably, with the exception of a few hot spots such as the Toronto condo market.On a regional basis, confidence fell most sharply in Atlantic Canada and Ontario.The declines in confidence in those regions were sharp, with Ontario’s index falling 10.3 points to 59.4, with only 9.2 per cent of respondents saying they expected job growth in six months. The Atlantic Canada index fell 14.7 points to 60, as jobs expectations also fell precipitously.Confidence was also down in the Prairie provinces, but not as much, and fell only marginally in British Columbia and in Quebec. Canadians’ faith in economy and job creation falls sharply: survey AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Perpetrators of suicide attacks in Nigeria must be held accountable – UN

Condemning violent attacks in Maiduguri, in Nigeria’s restive Borno state, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the Organization’s resolve to support the country in its fight against terrorism.According to a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Guterres “reiterated UN’s support to the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.” “[He] hopes that those responsible for this act will be swiftly brought to justice,” the statement added. In the statement, Mr. Guterres also offered his condolences to the families of the victims, the people and the Government of Nigeria as well as wished a quick recovery to those injured. According to reports, at least nine people were killed and another 13 were injured when suicide bombers struck locations across the city on 25 and 26 June. Borno state, in northeast Nigeria has been plagued by violent attacks carried out by the Boko Haram terrorist group, and Maiduguri (the state capital) has been targeted many times. read more

320 cannabis plants worth €250000 seized in Fermoy

first_img320 cannabis plants worth €250,000 seized in Fermoy Three men are due to appear in court today. Monday 17 Apr 2017, 7:27 AM CANNABIS WORTH AN estimated €250,000 has been seized in Fermoy, Co Cork.A house was searched at Rathealy Road, Fermoy on Saturday as part of a joint operation between gardaí from Fermoy and Portlaoise.During the course of the search gardaí discovered approximately 320 cannabis plants (subject to analysis) with an approximate street value of €250,000.Three men (aged 38, 51 and 55) were arrested and have since been charged in connection with the incident. They are due to appear before a special sitting of Mallow District Court at midday today.Investigations are ongoing.Comments are closed as the case is before the courts. Read: ‘You had to walk through a pub to get to your room, the smell of drink and drugs was disgusting’Read: ‘He’s very brave, he was in surgery for 10 hours’: Tommy Long finally gets scoliosis operation http://jrnl.ie/3343800 Image: Shutterstock/O s s o b u k o No Comments By Órla Ryan Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/O s s o b u k o 9,337 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 17th 2017, 7:27 AM last_img read more

Cork student 21 dies after being struck by car in the Netherlands

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23,987 Views Mar 12th 2019, 1:02 PM https://jrnl.ie/4536734 By Cónal Thomas No Comments Share17 Tweet Email3 University College Cork Image: GoogleMapscenter_img AN IRISHWOMAN HAS died in a road traffic collision in the Netherlands. Aoife O’Connell, a 21-year-old Cork student, was struck by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Fort de Bilt area of Utrecht, local Dutch media has reported.Ms O’Connell died at the scene as a result of her injuries. The driver of the car fled the scene but later handed himself into police. Ms O’Connell was a BA (Economics) International Pathway student at University College Cork and was on Erasmus in HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.“UCC wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Aoife O’Connell, who sadly passed away in the Netherlands at the weekend,” a spokesperson for the university said. “UCC is providing support to Aoife’s family and friends at this difficult time”. The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is providing consular assistance at this time.  Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 1:02 PM Image: GoogleMaps University College Cork Short URL Cork student (21) dies after being struck by car in the Netherlands Aoife O’Connell was studying for a BA in Economics in Utrecht.last_img read more

Activision wants you to play CoD and listen to Snoop Dogg live

first_imgActivision will be holding another Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles this year. Here, attendees will be able to check out the multiplayer for the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, as well as its first DLC, Zombies in Spaceland. This is already enough for a great show, but Activision will make the whole event even better by having it end with a performance by Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg.The rappers are currently touring together for the High Road Tour, so it makes sense that both would be booked for this event which will be happening live at The Forum in Inglewood. In the past, Activision has hired artists such as Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay-Z for events like Call of Duty XP and E3.We know that Snoop Dogg is an avid gamer, so it is reasonable to assume that he is stoked to be putting on a performance for an event centered around one of his favorite games. This appearance is also interesting because of how Snoop threatened to leave Xbox for PlayStation after Xbox Live went down back in January. Activision and Sony have an exclusivity deal with Call of Duty, so given Snoop’s remarks earlier this year, him performing at this event is somewhat amusing.The event will also host the $2 million Call of Duty World League Championship tournament. On top of live performances and hands-on time with Infinite Warfare and the Modern Warfare remake, attendees can partake in more physical activities. There will be a pinball course modeled after the Nuketown map from Call of Duty: Black Ops, as well as a laser tag experience based on Zombies in Spaceland.Call of Duty XP runs from September 2-4. A limited number of tickets are available starting at $50 on the Call of Duty XP website. Those who are unable to attend can check out some of the events on Twitch or YouTube this weekend.last_img read more

Two San Diegobased Navy Seals charged in death of detainee in Iraq

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two San Diego-based U.S. Navy SEALs have been charged in connection with the 2017 execution of a detainee in Iraq.SEAL officials told the Navy Times that Lt. Jacob “Jake” Portier faces an Article 32 hearing on suspicion of covering up a string of war crimes allegedly committed by Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher.The Naval Criminal Investigative Service probe involves the death of a wounded Islamic State fighter near Mosul, Iraq in May 2017, the Navy Times reported.Prosecutors allege Gallagher stabbed and killed the wounded man, posed for a photograph next to the body and opted to complete his re-enlistment ceremony next to the corpse, bringing “discredit upon the armed forces.”Gallagher is also accused of shooting two non-combatants in separate incidents near Mosul, the Navy Times reported.An MCAS Miramar spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.Gallagher was arrested on Sept. 11 and is being detained at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, under Rules for Court-Martial 305, the Navy Times reported.Portier, who is accused of dereliction of duty, was not present at the time of the alleged killing, the Navy Times reported. He was Gallagher’s platoon leader during the deployment and told investigators he learned about the alleged war crimes only after he was told about them by a special operator first class.“Naval Special Warfare does not comment on specifics of an ongoing investigation in order to preserve its integrity, however all credible allegations of criminal activity are taken extremely seriously and thoroughly investigated,” Naval Special Warfare spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence told the Navy Times.Between April and September in and around San Diego, Gallagher allegedly tried to “discourage members of his platoon from reporting his actions while in Iraq during his deployment,” according to the publication. October 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: October 23, 2018 Updated: 11:52 AM Two San Diego-based Navy Seals charged in death of detainee in Iraqlast_img read more

ASAWISHH Hosts Nutrition Cooking Seminars in El Salvador with Women Entrepreneurs

first_imgWISHH conducts a training on the inclusion of soy products in local, Salvadoran foods.Throughout the past few months, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) has worked together with a group of women entrepreneurs in El Salvador to educate more women on the nutritional value of soy.The seminars focused on the important nutrition soy-based foods can provide and also taught Salvadoran women how to incorporate soy products, including textured soy protein and soy flour, into local dishes. These women run a small company called Nutravida, that produces and sells soy milk, as well as soy-based foods like cookies, breads and more. The women make their products from U.S. soybeans they purchase from a local importer, and are also running a small restaurant, which sells healthy lunches made with soy to members of the surrounding community.Nutravida’s soy milk is sold in local universities and to local daycare and childcare centers. More than 100 women have been reached through these seminars, all of whom have reported an increased understanding of the nutritional value of soy.last_img read more

Feds revisit safety rules after Calif bus crash

first_imgRED BLUFF, Calif. — Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck that left 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students in Northern California. The truck driver veered across the Interstate 5 median, sideswiped a sedan and collided with the bus, leaving no tire marks to suggest he had applied his brakes. Dozens of injured students escaped through windows before the vehicles exploded into towering flames and billowing smoke in Orland, 100 miles north of Sacramento. The sedan driver told investigators the truck was in flames before the crash, but the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday investigators found no physical evidence of a pre-impact fire or other witnesses to confirm that account.The bus was carrying 44 students from Southern California for a free tour of Humboldt State University. Many were hoping to be the first in their families to attend college. Five students, the three adult chaperones and both drivers died. “The worst thing for the NTSB is to show up, know that we’ve issued recommendations from a previous accident where lives have been lost . and find out (that) if those recommendations had been closed and enacted, lives could have been saved,” NTSB member Mark Rosekind said.last_img read more

Fake news on Twitter Facebook YouTube has real victims says open letter

first_img Tech Industry Advocacy group Avaaz was behind the Mark Zuckerberg cutouts in DC last year. Saul Loeb / AFP /Getty Images A group of people who describe themselves as victims of fake news is asking social media companies to do more to battle misinformation.”Despite what you say in public, your platforms continue to be weaponized to spread lies, hate and fear. So we’ve come together from different corners of the world to say, enough is enough. You couldn’t protect us, but you can protect others,” the group said Thursday in an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. The group, which was organized by advocacy group Avaaz, includes a Finnish journalist who received death threats for exposing Russian troll farms, leaders of the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar, an unvaccinated teenager and the father of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim. They also met with executives from social media companies this week. The idea, according to Avaaz, is to put faces to the “human cost of the crisis fueled by their platforms.”Avaaz was also responsible for the cutouts of Zuckerberg in DC last year when he testified before Congress. Its related Correct the Record campaign calls on platforms to show corrections from independent fact checkers when someone has shared or seen misinformation.A Twitter representative said that hearing these people’s stories will help inform its decision making. Facebook and YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  6 Tagscenter_img Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

State Supreme Court Hears Case To Remove Pebble Initiative From Ballot

first_img(Alexandra Gutierrez/Alaska Public Media)The health of the Bristol Bay watershed and its salmon fishery is an issue of statewide importance: That’s the position the State of Alaska took when defending its decision to certify a citizen’s initiative that would add another obstacle to the development of Pebble Mine. Download AudioAssistant Attorney General Libby Bakalar presented the State’s case before the Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday.“The mineral deposits and fisheries in the Bristol Bay fisheries reserve impact all Alaskans,” argued Bakalar. “They don’t just belong to or impact the people living in that region.”The Alaska Miners Association and Council of Alaska Producers are behind the lawsuit. Their goal is to remove the Bristol Bay Forever initiative from the November ballot. The measure would add another layer of scrutiny to the proposed Pebble Mine beyond the permitting process by requiring legislative approval of large-scale mining operations in the region. (The Legislature is already obligated to sign off on oil and gas operations in the Bristol Bay area.)The miners’ attorney, Matt Singer, held that the initiative circumvents the Legislature’s authority to delegate land management decisions to state agencies. He also argued that because the initiative only focuses on Bristol Bay instead of mining operations throughout the state, it is unconstitutional.“We don’t regulate land and environmental decisions by balkanizing those decisions — by regionalizing those decisions — unless we’re seeking to solve a problem that cannot be addressed by a general law,” said Singer.Justice Craig Stowers pressed Singer on that point. “My question is, if we have statewide interest in the minerals and fisheries in this world-class watershed, in this world-class fishery, isn’t that enough in establishing general applicability — or general interest, statewide interest — putting aside the purpose statement of the initiative?” asked Stowers.The lawsuit was filed shortly after the State certified the initiative in 2012, and has stretched on for about a year and half. The Fairbanks Superior Court sided with the State on the matter in February, and the Supreme Court justices would have to reverse that ruling for the measure to be removed from the ballot.last_img read more

Sahara Groups 4700acre land sale could yield Rs 6500 crore

first_imgSahara Group is all set to be poorer by 4,700 acres of land after a part of the Subrata Roy-headed conglomerate’s landholding is sold to pay off depositors in line with a Supreme Court ruling. The sale is expected to yield about Rs. 6,500 crore, according to a Times of India report. HDFC Realty and SBI Capital Markets have put the Group’s 60 properties on sale following a Supreme Court order to the capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). However, the process could hit a roadblock as a large part of the land is agriculture, the daily said, citing market sources. Besides, the income tax department also wants to recover dues from the Group by selling a part of the land.Subrata Roy was sentenced to jail in March 2014 for failing to comply with a court order to refund about Rs. 24,000 crore raised by Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd from investors in bonds that were later found to be illegal by Sebi.The Supreme Court had on March 29 asked the market regulator to begin the process of selling Sahara Group’s properties, Reuters had reported.Roy was released early this month on parole for four weeks to perform the last rites of his mother Chhabi Roy who passed away on May 6 in Lucknow after a prolonged illness.The Group’s overseas assets include luxury apartments and offshore accounts, apart from three luxury hotels — Grosvenor House Hotel in London and New York Plaza and Dream New York in New York. In India, the Sahara Group’s prominent properties include Amby Valley, in addition to a 106-acre land parcel in Versova and a 200-acre plot in Vasai.last_img read more

GE Healthcare Announces FDA Labeling Change for Optison Ultrasound Contrast Agent

first_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Technology | Contrast Media | October 04, 2016 GE Healthcare Announces FDA Labeling Change for Optison Ultrasound Contrast Agent Administration has removed contraindication for use in patients with cardiac shunts and for administration by intra-arterial injection Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more October 4, 2016 — GE Healthcare announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a label change for the ultrasound contrast agent Optison (Perflutren protein-Type A Microspheres Injectable Suspension, USP). The FDA removed the contraindications for use in patients with cardiac shunts and for administration by intra-arterial injection. Both contraindications have been revised and moved to the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section (5.3 : Systemic Embolization) of the Full Prescribing Information.Optison is the first contrast agent available in the United States to receive this contraindication label change.A cardiac shunt is a pattern of blood flow in the heart that deviates from the normal flow of the circulatory system. Previously, in suspected cardiac shunt populations, an agitated saline procedure was needed to determine if a shunt existed and whether the patient was contraindicated to receive an ultrasound contrast agent.Sharon L. Mulvagh, M.D., professor of medicine, Women’s Heart Clinic director, associate director, preventive cardiology consultant in cardiovascular diseases, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, said: “I am very pleased that the FDA has approved the removal of the cardiac shunt contraindication from the ultrasound contrast agent Optison. This label change will allow more patients access to a diagnostic imaging tool that has established safety and efficacy. The FDA’s decision to remove this contraindication is supported by a body of data from studies demonstrating safety and clinical benefits of all ultrasound contrast agents in patients with cardiovascular diseases.”She added: “This is an important step forward in eliminating barriers to ultrasound contrast use and delivering quality diagnostic care of value to our patients.”Steven Feinstein, M.D., co-president of the International Contrast Ultrasound Society, said: “Up to one-third of our patients have known or suspected cardiac shunts and, thanks to this important FDA decision, they too will now have access to ultrasound contrast agents, which offer an inexpensive and radiation-free option for diagnostic imaging. The International Contrast Ultrasound Society applauds the FDA for its decision, and believes it will benefit individual patients as well as our healthcare delivery system.”Jonathan Lindner, M.D., M. Lowell Edwards Professor of Cardiology at the Knight Cardiovascular Center, Oregon Health & Science University, said: “Thanks to the overwhelming weight of evidence from clinical trials, most practitioners in the field of echocardiography already realize the benefits of using contrast agents and understand their capacity to improve diagnostic accuracy, improve outcomes and streamline care. However, a major obstacle to widespread use has been lack of consensus and confusion regarding how far one needs to go to exclude shunts, no matter how small. 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first_imgPONANT, the only French cruise ship owner and world leader in luxury expeditions, is continuing with the construction of its series of four new sister ship yachts, the PONANT EXPLORERS, with the laying of the keels of the third and fourth yachts of the series: Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville programmed for 2019.The leader and pioneer of expeditions in polar regions, PONANT is developing its unique conception of luxury expedition cruises with the arrival of the PONANT EXPLORERS, four new sister ship yachts specially designed for expeditions in polar and tropical regions.With delivery of the first two yachts, Le Lapérouse and Le Champlain, scheduled for summer 2018, construction of the last two ships – programmed for June 2019 – started last week with the laying of the keels of Le Bougainville and Le Dumont-d’Urville in the presence of PONANT’s Hugues Decamus, Newbuilding Chief Engineer, in one of the shipyards of Vard, the Norwegian subsidiary of Fincantieri.A new generation of ships sailing under the French flag, fitted with the latest technologies, IC (Ice Class) certified, the PONANT EXPLORERS boast cutting-edge “Cleanship” equipment in compliance with the most recent environmental regulations. Combining moderate size (131 metres in length and just 92 cabins and suites), design and technology, they are built to be able to drop anchor in the most inaccessible sites, where other ships do not venture. In this way, they can offer an ever-wider range of destinations, notably in tropical and sub-tropical regions (Costa Rica, the Amazon, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, the Orinoco, the Bissagos Islands).The four yachts of the PONANT EXPLORERS series will also be fitted with a world exclusive multi-sensorial underwater lounge, called Blue Eye. Located within the hull beneath the water line, it will allow passengers to see, hear and feel the underwater world. This exclusive concept, a veritable technological achievement, has been designed in collaboration with the architect Jacques Rougerie.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 6:19 am PDT Lawmakers open fall session with questions on Lincoln museum AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois House tourism committee will open the General Assembly’s fall session with questions about the future of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum .The committee on Tuesday will question officials with the museum. Its fundraising foundation wants state tourism money to help pay off $9 million owed on a decade-old loan used to buy Lincoln artifacts. But questions about the authenticity of a stovepipe hat purportedly belonging to Lincoln have created negative publicity .The fall session scheduled to consider legislation vetoed by the governor runs through Thursday and Nov. 27-29. Lawmakers might take up vetoes of legislation setting the minimum public-school teacher’s salary at $40,000 , barring tobacco sales to those under 21 , and raising the limit on awards from the Court of Claims from $100,000 to $2 million.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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