Quebecs future in flux as sixmonth countdown to provincial election begins

first_imgMONTREAL – If current polling projections hold, Canadians could be reintroduced to a political reality in Quebec not seen since the late 1960s — a party other than the federalist Liberals or the sovereigntist Parti Quebecois running the province.With the Oct. 1 election now six months away, Francois Legault’s nationalist Coalition Avenir Quebec is riding high in public opinion polls.Recent surveys have suggested the Coalition would have formed a minority government or obtained a slim majority if the election had been held when they were conducted.The Liberals have been in power since 2003, aside from a brief PQ minority government between 2012 and 2014, and their major fear is voter fatigue with their brand.Jean-Francois Lisee’s PQ, currently in third place in the polls, is struggling to get attention and has positioned itself as the big-government mainstream choice in a province already known for its public-spending largesse.Taking current polling at face value can be misleading, however, because the Liberals’ spring budget has proven popular, the PQ cannot be entirely counted out, and recent events have indicated the Coalition is vulnerable with its strong nationalist rhetoric.Philippe Couillard’s Liberals have entered spring on a high note after tabling a fourth consecutive balanced budget — one that cuts business taxes and aims to aggressively pay down the province’s high debt.“We did exactly what we said we were going to do,” Couillard said recently about his party’s 2014 campaign promises.The Liberals are well on their way to reaching their 2014 target of helping to create 250,000 jobs over five years, and unemployment is at record lows.In question period a day after the budget was tabled, Couillard offered a taste of how he will sell his party to electors come the fall campaign.“Now we have the means to dream,” he said, referring to the surpluses Quebec is generating after budgetary compressions early in his mandate.“And not just to dream, but to realize these dreams due to the financial means we now have.”The PQ’s Lisee also offered a slice of how his party will be campaigning in the fall.During the same exchange in the legislature, Lisee used the term “human misery” several times to describe the consequences of the Liberals’ drive to balance the books.He brought up a Quebec ombudsman report that cited how a woman who needed home care “was forced to choose between sleeping in her wheelchair or getting (subsidized) help to eat.“Was there any point in time when (Couillard) realized the human misery he was creating?” Lisee asked.Philippe Fournier, an astrophysicist who runs the poll-aggregating blog Qc125.com, calls the PQ’s vote “efficient.”The party’s support is spread out among the ridings, creating a double-edged sword, he said.“If the PQ drops in the polls by two or three percentage points, to 19 per cent, then they could get five or six seats and be almost wiped out,” Fournier explained.“But if their vote reaches 25 per cent, they could come away with 30 seats or more — it’s a very fine line.”There are 125 seats in the Quebec legislature.Legault’s Coalition has been coasting for months on the fact his party is offering Quebecers a departure from the Liberal-PQ dichotomy of the past 50 years.His party hasn’t announced many concrete proposals yet, but Legault talks favourably of private business, cutting taxes, slimming down the public service and getting Quebec off equalization payments from wealthier provinces.But Legault also has more controversial positions, such as reducing the yearly number of immigrants to the province by 10,000 people — at a time when Quebec is suffering from labour shortages — and making their residency contingent on passing a language test.Finance Minister Carlos Leitao also gave voters a strong signal of how ugly the upcoming fall campaign will be when he accused the Coalition in mid-March of “ethnic-based nationalism,” sparking furor in Legault’s camp.While much is up in the air, the Liberals might want to look to the recent Montreal municipal election for pointers.Similarly to Couillard, Denis Coderre was running last November against a popular party that had never held the mayoralty. The city’s economy was red-hot with low unemployment, record tourism and an explosion of urban development.Yet Coderre lost quite heavily and was accused of running a campaign where he coasted on his record and offered nothing for Montrealers to dream about.“I’ve spoken to many Liberals and they saw what happened to Coderre and they won’t do that,” Fournier said. “They won’t run on their record — that would be a huge mistake.”But it’s currently difficult, he said, “to see exactly which of the three main parties Quebecers will want to dream for.”last_img read more

About one per cent of deaths in Canada medically assisted Health Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — Almost 7,000 Canadians have received medical help to end their lives since Canada legalized assisted dying three years ago.According to the latest interim report compiled by Health Canada, 6,749 people have received medically assisted deaths.That amounts to roughly one per cent of all deaths in Canada.Health Canada says assisted deaths were provided primarily by physicians, with less than 10 per cent provided by nurse practitioners.Only six people have opted to self-administer drugs to end their lives.The setting for assisted deaths has been divided primarily between hospitals and patients’ homes, with cancer-related illness the most frequently cited reason for seeking the service.The report does not include any country-wide statistics on how many Canadians have been denied medical assistance in dying because only a handful of provinces report that information. However, the report says the most commonly cited reasons for denying a request for assisted death were “loss of competency” and that the patient’s natural death was not “reasonably foreseeable,” as required by law.The law requires a person to prove mental competency when they first request an assisted death and again just before it is administered. The federal government has come under pressure to drop the second competency requirement, which has resulted in some people, who’d previously been approved for assisted death, ultimately being denied the service because they lost the ability to give last-minute consent as their conditions worsened.This is the fourth and final interim report to be issued by Health Canada, which has been compiling available data provided by provincial governments. As of last November, a mandatory national reporting system went into effect, which is expected to provide more detailed and reliable statistics in future. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kinder Morgan Canada says Trans Mountain activity slowed by permits

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML) says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project continues to move forward, though early activity has been slower than expected.The company says in its third-quarter results that construction preparation activity for the $7.4-billion project is off to a slower start than planned mostly because of the time required to file for, process and obtain all necessary permits and regulatory approvals.The company, however, adds it has received a number of priority permits and pending some further permits and approvals, it will be able to start clearing and other construction activities in Alberta and the B.C. northern interior this year.Kinder Morgan Canada is facing intense scrutiny for the project that many in B.C. oppose, including chastisement last month for installing fish-spawning deterrents without proper approvals in place.The company applied for an exemption to allow it to place more deterrents, saying not getting them in place could delay the project, but then withdrew the application after finding fish had already started spawning in the areas.Kinder Morgan Canada is assessing options to mitigate the delays, but that if the mitigation doesn’t work then completion of the project could be delayed by up to nine months.last_img read more

How Will El Othmani’s Government Help Businesses Grow?

Rabat – Head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani has emphasised the importance of his government places on improving the business climate, and revealed how he plans to do so.During the 9th meeting of Morocco’s National Committee of Business Environment (CNEA) on July 19, El Othmani said he wanted to improve the kingdom’s business climate in order to help investment and motivate businesses.To better the country’s business industry, the head of government has set out a series of steps, including: Stimulating dialogue mechanisms between the public and private sectorsFacilitating administrative procedures for businessPutting in place an organizational structure to enable and digitalise these stepsReinforcing the body of law related to business while conforming to the best international practicesEl Othmani also praised the major reforms taken to benefit national business since the creation of the CNEA in 2009 and its institutionalisation by decree number 2-10-259.Morocco’s ‘ease of doing business ranking’ in the World Bank’s Doing Business reports has consistently improved during the time the CNEA has been present. In 2010 Morocco placed 128 out of 183 countries, in 2013 it was 97 out of 185 countries, and in 2017 the kingdom ranked 68 out of 190 countries.The head of government emphasised his determination to help the CNEA progress by supporting their ongoing projects. These include:Publishing the investment charterAmending book V of the commercial code regarding difficulties faced by businesses and publishing a decree regarding powers of trusteesEnacting the Property Security LawSimplifying administrative proceduresDeveloping electronic exchange systems for information between administrationsCreating and generalising points of single contact to benefit companiesMiriem Bensaleh-Chaqroun, president of the General Confederation of Moroccan Businesses (CGEM) andAbdellatifJouahri, Bank Al-Maghrib’s Waliwere among the meeting’s attendees. Othmane Benjelloun, president of the Professional Association of Moroccan Banks (GPBM) president was also present, as wasthe president of the Moroccan Federation of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Services (FCMIS). All four mentioned shared the views of the organizations they represent on the results of the CNEA’s measures, as well as their opinions on the CNEA’s upcoming projects.At the meeting in Rabat, the CNEA adopted their action plan for 2017-18, which includes 22 projects. Seven projects concern to “the development of legal and regulatory framework of business”, while six projects are related to “the development of mechanisms to listen to the private sector and maintaining the image of Morocco in international reports from the perspective of developing a strategy to improve the business climate.” Six more projects concern “the simplification of administrative procedures and the creation of single points of contact,” and a further three projects regard “the development of mechanisms and the methodology of the CNEA’s functioning.”The 22 projects include carrying out a survey to determine obstacles facing the private sector, creating a digital platform to receive comments (both grievances and suggestions) from entrepreneurs, and determining a plan of 2018-21 plan of action to integrate Morocco into the Doing Business reports’ top 50 nations. read more

10 Places to Have a Delightful F’tour in Rabat

Rabat – If you want to shake up your Ramadan routine and have a nice breakfast out with your family or your friends, Morocco World News has picked up the perfect spots for you. Here are 10 places to have a tasty and delightful f’tour with a great atmosphere in Rabat.La Table du Réservoir: It offers a varied and open-air buffet with international and national dishes with a special price for children and drinks included. The atmosphere is festive and entertainments like karaoke and board games are on offer.Adult price: MAD 250 Children price: MAD 120Address: Prestige Shopping Center, Avenue Mohammed VIReservation: 0537656811As’iam: Craving some Asian food? Let’s go to what has been called “the Asian temple” where a Moroccan-Asian buffet is served for undecided food lovers. As’iam offers  tasty and fresh Asian cuisine with a blend of tradition and sought-after flavors.Adult price: MAD 220Children price: MAD 80Address: 32, Avenue Al Arrar Hay RiadReservation: 0537565630Le Dhow: Le Dhow, a restaurant on a dhow boat moored on the bank of the Bouregreg, offers a f’tour formula with a little originality, with grilled sardines and skewers cooked on a barbeque which has just been installed on the boat. On the menu also are  harira, the soup of the day (fish or vegetable), chebakias, dates, hard boiled eggs, mini pastries, melaoui, baghrir, and bread. Moroccan salad, briouates, and meat and fish tajines are also served.Adult price: MAD 240Children price: MAD 120Address: Avenue AL Marsa, Dock of BouregregReservation: 0537702302El Tropic: Want to feel like you are having f’tour in a tropical destination? El Tropic is just the place for you. The brand new brunch restaurant in Rabat offers an array of international and local flavors, including harira or Thai chicken soup; chebakias and baghrir; dates; sellou; briouates and cigars; toasts with avocado, cheese and hummus; eggs and pickles; pineapple skewers; fresh mint, maple syrup, and lime juices; and tea and coffee.Price: MAD 260Address: Corner of Avenue Mohamed VI and Rue Sanbra, RabatReservation: 0666146729Le Sofitel Jardin des Roses: For the holy month of Ramadan, Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses welcomes you into a luxuriant green garden and its thousand roses, at the restaurant Au Patio for a f’tour buffet “inspired by the pure Moroccan tradition with an international touch,”  every day of the week.Price: MAD 450Address: Souissi near the Hilton forestReservation: 0537675656Hassan Tour Palace: The hotel with a beautiful Andalusian garden offers a buffet with many flavors. Several combinations are offered every day until 10 p.m.: a menu f’tour served at the table in the Moroccan restaurant “The Maison Arabe” or a gourmet buffet in the restaurant of the hotel “The Imperial” and in the Andalusian gardens with an open sky.Price: MAD 450  Address: 26 Avenue Chellah, RabatReservation: 0537239000Cantor Hotel: The Rooftop R’bati offers a panoramic view to the center of Rabat. In a warm and friendly atmosphere with good music, Cantor Hotel Terminus invites you to enjoy a succulent buffet f’tour. The menu is varied and is composed of soup, chiwates of the chef (stuffed batbout, mini quiches with khliî, mini briwates, kebab, etc.), but also fruits and an assortment of pastries.Price: MAD 290Address: 286 Avenue Mohammed V, Hassan,Reservation: 0537212900Le Goéland: The restaurant Le Goéland welcomes you in its charming setting to share a delicious full and nuanced f’tour. One of Rabat’s most trendy spots,Le Goéland is an out of the ordinary place with a varied f’tour: briouates, rghaifs, beghrir, traditional pastries and more. Le Goéland also offers a drink after the f’tour.Price: MAD 290Address:  9 Street Moulay Ali Cherif, HassanReservation: 0537768885Casa José: The Spanish restaurant is adding some Latino spices to Moroccan dishes. Casa Jose offers f’tour every day, prepared by Chefs Emilio and Illy. On the menu are pinchos, paella, skewers, grilled fish, salads, fried fish and many other surprises.Adult price: MAD 270Children price: MAD 135Address: 276 Mohammed V AvenueReservation: 0537201514The Amphitrite Palace Resort & Spa: The Amphitrite is the ideal place to admire the sunset in a serene atmosphere, facing the ocean while breaking the fast with friends or family. On the edge of Skhirat beach 25 km from Rabat, the Palace Hotel offers a unique spot by the pool or in front of the beach. The buffet f’tour is composed of delicious dishes from traditional Moroccan, Lebanese and international cuisine, served on an all-you-can-eat buffet in a warm atmosphere with Arab-Andalusian music.Price: MAD 490Address: Skhirat beachReservation:  0537621000This feature is part of an exclusive series at Morocco World News for Ramadan. Also in the series is: 15 Types of People During Ramadan and How Moroccan Pass Their Time during Ramadan. read more

Urging world to disarm Ban kicks off countdown to UN Day

13 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched the “WMD-WeMustDisarm” campaign, beginning the 100-day countdown to the 2009 United Nations International Day of Peace, which this year focuses on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Over the next 100 days leading up to the International Day, observed annually on 21 September, Mr. Ban and others will raise awareness of the need to eliminate nuclear weapons by issuing a daily message, via Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, email and radio, urging the world to disarm. The Secretary-General is taking the lead by issuing the first 10 ‘tweets’ of the campaign.“Over the next 100 days, the United Nations and our partners around the world will work to raise awareness of the true costs and dangers of nuclear weapons,” Mr. Ban said in a message to mark the start of the countdown.“Unless we vigorously work for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, we will continue to face threats from existing nuclear weapons, as well as additional risks that more States, even terrorists, might acquire and deploy such weapons, potentially annihilating millions of people,” he stated. Joining him in promoting the campaign is UN Messenger of Peace and Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas, who has championed the cause of disarmament for the UN since 1998.Also supporting the campaign is Rainn Wilson, featured actor in the American television comedy, “The Office,” who has more than 800,000 followers on Twitter.The International Day of Peace was established by the Assembly in 1981 as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. “As we observe the International Day of Peace with world leaders gathered in New York for the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly, I will proclaim one strong, simple message: We Must Disarm!,” stated the Secretary-General. read more

Shivajilingam calls for an OHCHR office in North and East

Shivajilingam said the UN must firmly and categorically require Sri Lanka to fully implement each section of the Resolution 30/1 without any delay.“The UN must ensure that the judicial process consists of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators as stated in the Resolution, and if Sri Lanka continues to delay and deceive, the UN must take further measures,” he said.He also said the UN/OHCHR should open its offices in the North-East region where the crimes were committed, so that it can facilitate the victims, and provide some protection to the witnesses. (Colombo Gazette) He said the Tamil people have long history of disappointment and deception by the successive Governments of Sri Lanka. Tamil National Alliance, Northern Provincial Counmcil member M K Shivajilingam has called for the establishment of an Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the North and East.In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Shivajilingam said the Tamil people in Sri Lanka have suffered tremendously for the last 70 years, and today more than ever, they are counting on the UN and the international community to give them justice and their political rights, and assure their protection. “After numerous reports, resolutions, and investigations by the UN, Sri Lanka finally agreed last year, and co-sponsored a Resolution calling for a judicial mechanism that will include foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators. Not too long after its promises, several high-ranking members of its Government, including the President and the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka have clearly, categorically, and publicly retracted from their promises made to the UN, declared that they will not allow foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators, and vowed to “protect” their military,” he said. Shivajilingam said the Tamil people want all crimes committed against them to be investigated, including the crime of Genocide.He said there will not be any justice to the Tamils without the involvement of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators. read more

Burundi Security Council welcomes new government condemns attacks on civilians

“The Security Council welcomes the continued engagement of the Regional Initiative and, in this regard, also welcomes the deployment of the first elements of the multinational security presence tasked with the protection of returning political leaders,” the Council president, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, said in a statement read out at an open meeting of the Council early Thursday evening. “The Council calls on all the Burundian parties to support this undertaking, and expresses its gratitude to the Government of South Africa for its contribution to the cause of peace in Burundi.” In the statement, the Council also condemned the recent attacks on civilians by the Force for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) and the National Liberation Front (FNL) and expressed grave concern that the frequency of such acts had increased.The Council reminded the two armed groups that the installation of a broad-based government in accordance with an internationally accepted peace process made armed rebellion an unacceptable means of political expression. It also reiterated its call for an immediate suspension of hostilities in Burundi and for armed groups to enter into negotiations to reach a definitive ceasefire.The presidential statement was read out during the Council’s second meeting of the day on Burundi. Earlier, the Council was briefed by Berhanu Dinka, Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the Great Lakes Region and Chairman of the Implementation Monitoring Committee.In his statement, Mr. Dinka said it was now up to Burundian political leaders, with support from the region and the international community, to ensure the success of the transitional institutions. Failure was not an alternative, he stressed.Mr. Dinka noted that one of the remaining challenges for Burundi was to ensure a ceasefire because as long as violence persisted, the peace process would remain fragile. The other task was the reconstruction and development of the country; the only way Burundians could be made to continue support for the peace process was if their lives were positively affected by recent changes. read more

Japan posts record 174B monthly trade deficit in January as rise in

Japan posts record $17.4B monthly trade deficit in January as rise in imports outpaces exports by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 2:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Japan posted a record 1.63 trillion yen ($17.4 billion) trade deficit in January as rebounding exports lagged behind surging imports of crude oil and gas due to rising prices and the weakening yen.The provisional data released Wednesday show exports for the world’s third-biggest economy rose 6.4 per cent to 4.8 trillion yen ($51.2 billion) in January from a year earlier, the first year-on-year increase in eight months. Imports jumped 7.3 per cent to 6.43 trillion yen ($68.6 billion.)A weakening in Japan’s currency over the past few months has helped boost exports by making its products more price competitive overseas. But it has also inflated the value of resource-scarce Japan’s imports of crude oil and other commodities, which offset a recovery in demand for Japanese-made vehicles and machinery.The trend is hindering Japan’s long-time strategy of relying heavily on exports to drive growth and adds to pressure for stronger domestic demand at a time when the workforce is aging and shrinking and corporate investment remains feeble.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to seek help from Japan’s ally the U.S. in a visit later this week to Washington, where he plans to appeal to President Barack Obama for wider access to cheaper exports of U.S. shale gas, Kyodo News Service and other local reports said Wednesday.Abe’s office would not confirm those reports. But it did say that “the government of Japan attaches utmost importance to the necessity of co-operation in the areas of resources and energy, particularly considering our current stringent energy situation,” after the March 2011 disasters.The Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear accident, triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami, led to the closures of most of Japan’s nuclear power plants, necessitating a sharp increase in imports of oil and gas.Abe took office in December vowing to boost the economy by restoring Japan’s export competitiveness, while at the same time stimulating demand at home through higher public works spending. He also has promised to push ahead with politically tough reforms needed to sustain growth in the longer term, though such efforts have not made much headway in the past.Trade with the United States and major Asian trading partners rose early this year as the global recovery strengthened and the economic impact of friction with China over a territorial dispute appeared to recede. But trade with European countries remained weak, with a 6 per cent decline in exports from a year earlier. Imports from Western Europe climbed 6.3 per cent.Exports to the United States jumped 11 per cent from the year before to 839.8 billion yen ($8.97 billion), while imports rose 5.8 per cent to 521.1 billion yen ($5.6 billion). That boosted Japan’s surplus with the U.S. by 20 per cent from a year earlier to 318.7 billion yen ($3.4 billion)Exports to China climbed 3 per cent but imports also surged, leaving a deficit of 654.6 billion yen ($7 billion), up 11 per cent from the year before. Shipments of Japanese products to other Asian nations rose sharply, however, as manufacturers stepped up efforts to boost production and sales outside of China. Exports to Taiwan jumped 28.8 per cent from a year earlier, to Thailand by 23.7 per cent, to Vietnam by 21 per cent and to Hong Kong by nearly 12 per cent.Japan’s imports of crude oil and other fuel rose 8.8 per cent to 2.26 trillion yen ($24.1 billion), accounting for over a third of its total import bill, pushed higher by the yen’s weaker purchasing power and rising prices.Exports of transport equipment climbed 25 per cent, mainly due to rising exports of auto parts, while exports of machinery increased 18 per cent.Japan’s trade deficit rose to a record 6.93 trillion yen ($78.3 billion) in 2012 as fuel imports surged and a bitter territorial dispute with China provoked anti-Japanese riots, hammering exports to the world’s No. 2 economy.The trade deficit narrowed to 641.5 billion yen ($7.25 billion) in December from the 954.8 billion yen shortfall in November. That was despite a 5.8 per cent drop in exports for the month. read more

Third girl dies of injuries from crash landing in San Francisco fire

SAN FRANCISCO – A girl who was aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed died Friday, the same day that authorities confirmed one of the two Chinese teenagers killed in the disaster was hit by a fire truck.The disclosure about the teen raised the tragic possibility that she could have survived the crash only to die in its chaotic aftermath.No one knows yet whether the two teens lived through the initial impact at the San Francisco airport. But police and fire officials confirmed Friday that Ye Meng Yuan, 16, was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777.Her close friend Wang Linjia, also 16, was among a group of passengers who did not get immediate medical help. Rescuers did not spot her until 14 minutes after the crash.The other girl, also from China, died Friday morning. San Francisco General Hospital said she had been in critical condition since arriving Saturday after the accident. Officials did not identify the girl at the request of her parents. Her age was also withheld.Wang Linjia, body was found near a seawall at the edge of the runway, along with three flight attendants who were flung onto the tarmac while still buckled in their seats. Wang Linjia was not in her seat.“The fire truck did go over the victim at least one time. Now the other question is what was the cause of death?” police spokesman Albie Esparza said. “That’s what we are trying to determine right now.”San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said the results of his initial inquiry into the deaths would likely be released sometime next week. He would not comment on the police investigation.Moments after the July 6 crash, while rescuers tried to help passengers near the burning fuselage, Wang Linjia and the flight attendants lay in the rubble almost 2,000 feet away. A group of survivors called 911 and tried to help them.Members of the group — martial arts athletes and their families returning from a competition in South Korea — said that after escaping the plane, they sat with at least four victims who appeared to be seriously hurt. They believe one of them was one of the girls who died.Cindy Stone, who was in that group, was recorded by California Highway Patrol dispatchers calling in for help: “There are no ambulances here. We’ve been on the ground 20 minutes. There are people lying on the tarmac with critical injuries, head injuries. We’re almost losing a woman here. We’re trying to keep her alive.”San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said Friday that when airport personnel reached the group near the seawall, Linjia was dead. She did not know when the girl had died.The flight attendants remained hospitalized Friday.Talmadge also confirmed that an Associated Press photograph of a body under a yellow tarp near the burned-out jet was the other victim, Meng Yuan.The photo, taken from above, shows firefighters looking down at the tarp, and there are truck track marks leading up to it.Police said the teenager was covered in foam that rescuers had sprayed on the burning wreckage. When the truck moved while battling the flames, rescuers discovered her body, Esparza said.“The driver may not have seen the young lady in the blanket of foam,” said Ken Willette of the National Firefighter Protection Agency, which sets national standards for training airfield firefighters. “These could be factors contributing to this tragic event.”He said fire trucks that responded to the Asiana crash would have started shooting foam while approaching the fuselage from 80 or 100 feet away. The foam was sprayed from a canon on the top of the truck across the ground to clear a safe path for evacuees. That was supposed to create a layer of foam on the ground that is several inches high before the truck gets to the plane.The victims were close friends and top students, looking forward to spending a few weeks at a Christian summer camp in California, where they planned to practice English and boosting their chances of attending a U.S. college.Their parents were flown to San Francisco after their deaths where the Chinese consulate was caring for them.September Mao, who attends the girls’ school in the city of Jiangshan and knew them both, said Wang was outgoing and popular, and often interviewed her classmates as a student reporter. She said Ye was a very good singer and speaker, “loved to smile, and liked to share everything and anything that is happy.”Photos of the girls showed the pair with wide grins flashing peace sign. In one photo, they formed their arms into the shape of a heart.The airliner collided with a rocky seawall just short the runway. Dozens of other passengers were injured, and although 182 were taken to hospitals, most suffered only minor injuries.Nearly a week after the crash, the investigation indicates the pilots, a trainee and his instructor, failed to realize until too late that the aircraft was dangerously low and flying too slow.Nothing disclosed so far by the National Transportation Safety Board investigators indicates any problems with the Boeing 777’s engines, computers or automated systems.__Associated Press Writer Jason Dearen contributed to this report. by Martha Mendoza And Terry Collins, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2013 8:39 am MDT Third girl dies of injuries from crash landing in San Francisco; fire truck hit other victim AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Teacher praised for wonderful response to Manchester terror attack

first_imgJan Anne Kendall wrote: “Thoughtful teacher what a great thing to do for your class.”Marion Stoneman added: “Every school should have a teacher like you.”A homemade bomb detonated in the foyer of Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people. A teacher has been praised for her wonderful response to the Manchester terror attack after she ditched the school curriculum to let her pupils enjoy a day in the sunshine.Liane Nicholson said instead of teaching her usual classes they went outside and “turned our face to the sunshine and lived,” she wrote on Facebook. 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. Her response has been applauded by many social media commentators,  Carole Cooper wrote: “How wonderful to give those children a beautiful memory of life. Great teaching.” “In light of what has happened I decided that my class of 5-year-olds were not going to be made to spend their morning doing phonics and listening to the maths input,” she said.“We made pictures from leaves and flowers, we poured water all over ourselves, found mini beasts and made homes for them, dug for fossils and made mud pies. We rolled down the banking, screamed and laughed.”She added: “We also made today hug day and anyone could ask for a hug or give a hug to a friend. I was inundated with hugs today, nothing about the atrocities was mentioned to my babies (all 30 of them) but they seemed to sense the importance of being alive and free more than usual today. Innocent children, bringing joy to all those around them.“They make me proud to be a teacher.”last_img read more

Commissioners delay decision on vacant board seat

first_imgHours of interviews and a closed-door meeting ended with an impasse Tuesday, as Clark County’s two commissioners failed to agree on whom they should appoint to join their three-member board.Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke said they would try to reach an agreement at a June 3 emergency meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m. The two commissioners conducted three hour-long interviews with candidates Craig Pridemore, Kelly Love Parker and Ed Barnes starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday. They then met in executive session for about 45 minutes before announcing they could not agree on the appointment. The announcement was made with no public deliberation following the closed-door executive session.The candidates thanked the commissioners for the opportunity to answer questions. And some wondered aloud what would happen in the ensuing week to change the commissioners’ minds in a process that has proven both political and partisan. The two sitting commissioners are Republicans and they are tasked with appointing a Democratic colleague.The audience, many of whom had sat through a nearly four-hour-long question-and-answer session, responded with heckles of “make up your minds,” “waste of time” and “what about leadership?”Madore left the board room immediately after announcing the impasse, saying only that the board would readdress the appointment in a week. Mielke explained that the two commissioners had disagreed on what direction to take the board.last_img read more

Masihuzzaman made Air chief

first_imgAir marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat. Photo: UNB Air marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat will take over the command of the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) from 12 June, said a release from the directorate of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday.He is set to take over the command the BAF for three years as the defence ministry issued a notification in this connection, the release added.“Air vice marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, NDU, PSC, GD (P) has been promoted to the post of air marshal for three years as chief officer of Bangladesh Air Force. This order will come into effect from 12 June,” the release reads.last_img read more

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first_imgPhotography, as we all know has become indispensable in today’s modern life but sadly this art form has not been talked about and explored in forms beyond its technical format. The evolution of photography right from its early days till now gives us a great insight of innumerable social, economic and emotional paradigms of human existence.Vipin Gaur (fashion photograher) says ‘Every person on this earth is photogenic you just need a right angle to shoot with.’ Rishabh Aggarwal (wedding photographer) feels that it is an art, which cannot be taught by anyone. According to him, ‘It is an inherited art which needs to be discovered.’   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Both photographers work with various trends, forms and technicalities in photography that have seen a meteoric shift over the years but they intrinsically are focused on the humane side of this art form. World Photography Day, 19 August, is the best day to celebrate that thought process. CRY is also organising a photography workshop on 19 August, where children will capture reasons that are keeping them away from school. Leading photographers from Rang-A Delhi based community of artists have joined hands with CRY to showcase the challenges faced by millions of children in India.  Grab your camera and head over. This will surely be a pleasure.WHEN: 19th August, 2013WHERE: Swati, Kanakdurga Basti, R.K Puram, Sector-12, Near Delhi Public Schoollast_img read more

NCB arrests 2 for smuggling banned medicine

first_imgKolkata: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Eastern Zone have arrested two persons for allegedly dealing with banned medicine — Bupronorphine injection. During a search operation at various places, a total 4,971 ampoules of such injections were seized.The NCB officials had informed a few persons were arrested for smuggling Bupronorphine injection earlier. The sleuths then got to know about two persons identified as Nazrul Islam and Alam Hossain. On Tuesday, acting on a tip off, an NCB team raided a house at Samsergunge in Murshidabad and arrested Hossain. Later Islam was also arrested. Ampoules worth Rs 6 lakh were seized.Both of them will be produced before the Malda court on Wednesday.last_img read more

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first_img News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. 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 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more December 20 — As breast density becomes a more recognized risk factor for breast cancer, Royal Philips announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application for its MicroDose SI full-field digital mammography (FFDM) system. The application is the first Spectral Breast Density Measurement tool, meaning adipose and glandular tissue can be differentiated to accurately measure volumetric breast density.Although nearly 50 percent of women have dense breast tissue, a known risk factor for breast cancer, until now, the most frequently used methodology to determine breast density is a visual analysis of an image of the breast. This methodology is highly subjective, meaning several radiologists may allocate a different breast density score for the same image. Rather than estimating density, the Spectral Breast Density Measurement, obtained during a standard, low-dose MicroDose SI mammogram, allows breast density to be objectively measured.”We strive to make early detection and personalized care a reality for women by helping clinicians refine their risk assessment,” said Phil Meyer, Philips general manager and vice president, DXR and Women’s Health, North America. “The Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application provides physicians with an objective density measurement, making it easier for them to assess women’s breast density and to decide on an appropriate screening program for their profile.”The Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application works by measuring independently the glandularity and thickness in each pixel of the image to objectively calculate the total volume and volumetric percentage of glandular tissue in the breast. Once the calculations are completed the examination is automatically assigned a MicroDose density score that correlates to the Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS), the manual method for determining breast density. The measurement is displayed on the review workstation together in the DICOM tag of the acquired image and exported for display in a DICOM Structured Report.This first application of non-contrast spectral imaging is made possible by the photon counting technology which sorts photons into low- or high-energy categories, eliminating the need for two exposures. This enables the use of spectral imaging within the routine mammogram and opens up for other future applications that Philips is working on in close collaboration with clinical partners.At the recent annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago, Sabee Molloi, M.D., professor of radiological sciences, University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, presented data from a reader study including mammography images of 93 women. The results were that spectral mammography may offer quantification of volumetric breast density with excellent precision and could eliminate inter-reader variability in the breast density scoring.Recent legislation passed in more than a dozen states has made it mandatory for clinicians to report breast density to their patients. The Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application will allow clinicians to comply with this legislation and deliver a more personalized examination to each woman.For more information: www.philips.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Related Content Technology | December 20, 2013 Philips receives FDA clearance for First-Ever Spectral Breast Density Measurement Application IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. 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 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). read morelast_img read more

China ship sails to Atlantic and back via Arctic

first_img Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Check your body, save your life BEIJING (AP) – A Chinese icebreaker docked Thursday at Shanghai after becoming the first vessel from China to cross the Arctic Ocean, a landmark trip that is part of Beijing’s efforts to expand its presence in the Arctic.With melting icecaps accelerating the opening of new shipping routes and the exploration of oil, gas and mineral deposits in the Arctic, China has been eager to gain a foothold in the region.center_img Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The icebreaker Snow Dragon returned to Shanghai after wrapping up a three-month mission that took it from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic via the Arctic, the Shanghai-based Polar Research Institute of China said in a statement. The vessel’s 119 crew members completed an oceanic survey in waters around Iceland with their Icelandic counterparts.Though it has no territorial claims in the Arctic, China has been lobbying for permanent observer status on the eight-member Arctic Council in a bid to gain influence.During summer months when they are passable, Arctic shipping routes between China and Europe are 40 percent faster than traveling through the Indian Ocean, the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea.The institute’s statement said Snow Dragon gained “first-hand information about navigation in Arctic sea lanes as well as the oceanic environment, and carried out useful exploration and practice for our nation’s ships that use Arctic passages in the future.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health toolast_img read more

Channel Islanders will be able to travel on direct

first_imgChannel Islanders will be able to travel on direct flights to Dusseldorf and Hanover from Guernsey next summer.This is thanks to airberlin, with Germany’s second-largest airline launching flights to the second-largest of the Channel Islands from Hanover on April 16th next year.The airline already operates flights to Jersey from Germany, with all its Channel Island services due to fly on Saturdays in a development that will appeal to leisure passengers.Flights will operate throughout airberlin’s summer schedule, which begins in the middle of April and draws to a close in September.Feeder flights to Hanover and Dusseldorf will be available from Berlin, Munich and Vienna.In September, airberlin accommodated more than 3.6 million passengers, an increase of 8.7 percent from the same month 12 months previously.Between January and the end of September, the carrier transported over 25 million customers on its route network; 2.9 percent higher than the corresponding period in 2009.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBlue Islands adds new Guernsey flightsExtra flights to Guernsey from Southampton Airport will be launched by carrier Blue IslandsAir Berlin to introduce new flights from Hanover and StuttgartAir Berlin will be launching new flights from Hanover and Stuttgart when its summer timetable comes into effectFlights to north Africa to be introduced by Air BerlinFlights to north Africa to be introduced by Air Berlinlast_img read more