Kolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has given two acres of land to the School Education department to set up an integrated government school in New Town. The school will come up at AD-28 of New Town and will house students from pre-primary to Higher Secondary level. The Planning Wing of HIDCO will take necessary steps for designing the school building. A boundary wall will also be made by HIDCO’s engineering wing soon. The target is to start classes from 2021. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaArchitectural design for a government health centre is also being undertaken. A plot near the New Town Business Club has been identified and the Health department has already placed Rs 22.50 lakh for preliminary expenses in favour of North 24-Parganas district health authority. It may be mentioned that a government health clinic has already been open since the past several months. The timings are 9 am to 3 pm every day, on Tuesday-Saturday. It is located at DPS-5, DG block, AA-ID, near DPS School/Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayNew Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), in its meeting held on August 16, has decided that it will develop eight simple neighbourhood playing fields, where local children can play football or cricket. HIDCO has finalised the layout plans for the same. These fields will have a drainage system, a perimeter road, two goal-posts and a shed with benches behind/near each goal-post. New Town has several sports facilities, including a football ground with stadium and LED floodlights in Action Area 1 and a similar Cricket ground in Action Area 2.
Lucknow: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday said the alleged harassment of a woman student by ex-Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand in Shahjahanpur appears to be a repetition of the Unnao case.In a tweet, she alleged that in Uttar Pradesh, if a woman registers a complaint against a BJP leader her security is not guaranteed. Gandhi was referring to the rape charge made by a 19-year-old woman from Unnao against MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was expelled from the BJP recently. In Shahjahanpur, Chinmayanand was booked on Tuesday under IPC sections related to abduction in order to murder, and criminal intimidation. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s media advisor Mrityunjay Kumar was quick in his retort advising the Congress general secretary not to create confusion and the police have taken all the steps in this regard. The Shahjahanpur police on Tuesday lodged an FIR against Chinmayanand after the student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her. Her father had filed a complaint with the police accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the BJP leader’s lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe woman’s father alleged that she has gone missing at the behest of the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram. “In Uttar Pradesh, this matter appears to be repetition of the Unnao case. If a woman complains against a BJP leader, then she is not guaranteed justice, even her own safety is not guaranteed,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi with hashtag ‘EnoughIsEnough’. The 19-year-old rape survivor from Unnao and her lawyer suffered critical injuries in a car-truck collision in Rae Bareli district in Uttar Pradesh on July 28. Her two aunts died in the incident. The girl’s family alleged that the accident was an attempt to eliminate her. In another tweet, Gandhi said, “Not a single day passes in Uttar Pradesh when the BJP government manages to assure women that you are safe and you will get justice if anything happens with you.” She also tagged new reports of the case involving Swami Chinmayanand in support of her tweets. “Last year, the BJP government had withdrawn a rape case against accused (Chinmayanand). It’s clear where the government is standing. UP girls are watching,” Gandhi said in the microblogging site. “The girl, who raised voice is missing or deliberately being taken away. What is happening with her nobody knows. Till when this will continue?” she posed in another tweet. Reacting on Priyanka Gandhi’s comments, Mrityunjay Kumar took to the same platform to say, “Dont create confusion Priyankaji. UP police has taken all steps.” “FIR has been registered and the family has been assured of their security. Read newspapers and know truth and stop playing politics by showing sympathy. People know all. Your veil has slipped and the real face is out,” he said.
OTTAWA – NAFTA negotiators appear to have adopted the lament of the White Rabbit: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”Battalions of negotiators for Canada, Mexico and the United States have been working at a breakneck pace trying to reach agreement on a revamped North American free trade pact by the end of the year but so far they have little to show for it.U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer seemed to concede as much earlier this week when he offered an assessment of the progress thus far that could have come straight out of “Alice in Wonderland”:“Yeah, well, we’re moving at warp speed but we don’t know whether we’re going to get to a conclusion, that’s the problem,” he told the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.“We’re running very quickly somewhere.”Canadian government officials insist the talks are going well and it’s premature to conclude they’re running off the rails.But trade experts and stakeholders who’ve been following the negotiations closely say they’ve seen no progress on any of the thorny issues and no discernable headway, even on the simple things where all three countries should be in agreement.If there’s no significant progress during the third round of negotiations, starting Saturday in Ottawa, they say there’s no chance a deal can be struck by year’s end.And if there is no deal early in the new year, some experts predict U.S. President Donald Trump will follow through on his threat to pull the plug on NAFTA rather than go empty-handed into primaries for mid-term congressional elections.Ohio-based trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said he’s been surprised that all the supposedly “low-hanging fruit” — issues that weren’t considered controversial, like bringing the pre-internet NAFTA into the digital age — is still hanging.“If we don’t see something like the digital chapter … some very strong, completed text on that emerge by the end of this third round, I’d say that’s a very strong signal that we’re not going to get this done.”Ujczo noted that the U.S. political calendar will become “extraordinarily tricky” early next year, with primaries for the mid-term elections starting in earnest in March. Trump was elected on a promise to rewrite or rip up NAFTA and Ujczo said he has to deliver on that, one way or the other.“We have a president who has not demonstrated a great deal of patience on other issues so I think a process that continues to drag on into 2018 will increase the likelihood that the president issues a withdrawal from the NAFTA.”“I think it is important that we begin to see real engagement on some of the difficult issues,” agreed Ted Alden, senior fellow at the Washington-based Centre on Foreign Relations.“I think the sooner that happens, the better likelihood of a positive outcome. All that seems to have happened so far is they’re sort of (saying), ‘Here are the areas where we can check off the boxes’ and they haven’t even done that many of those.”Ottawa-based international trade strategist Peter Clark, who was involved in the original NAFTA and Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations, said he expects to see “some visible progress” out of the Ottawa round.“I think there has to be because you can’t keep on going and not doing anything. You have to have enough progress to keep Trump from pulling the trigger,” said Clark.Those expectations are certain to be dashed, however.Canadian government officials, speaking on background, bluntly say there’ll be no breakthroughs on the big, outstanding issues during the five days negotiators are in Ottawa. Rather, they’ll continue what they started at the first two rounds: exchanging draft texts on different issues and assessing areas where quick agreement can be found.Indeed, they don’t expect progress on the controversial issues — such as the dispute settlement mechanism, investor state dispute settlement, rules of origin, labour standards and labour mobility, supply management — until the very end of the negotiating process in December. They contend it’s in no country’s interests to start making concessions at this early stage of the game.Canadian officials also say progress has in fact been made on the non-controversial issues, including the digital chapter, although they concede the tough files have yet to be broached in a serious way. Indeed, the U.S. has not even provided text spelling out its position in at least two contentious areas: rules of origin and agriculture.The Americans are expected to clarify their demand for more stringent rules of origin in the auto industry during the Ottawa round — which explains why Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is meeting with a roundtable of auto parts manufacturers on Friday, as well as having lunch with former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his team who negotiated the original Canada-U.S. free trade agreement.Currently, NAFTA stipulates that vehicles must have at least 62.5 per cent North American content to qualify for tariff-free passage across the three countries’ borders. It’s not clear so far whether the U.S. is looking to require a minimum amount of American content or whether it will insist on more stringent tracing of the origin of raw materials, particularly steel, that go into automobiles.Such questions are among the “fundamental issues of principle” that have to be confronted “sooner rather than later,” said Alden.In order to meet the deadline, both Alden and Clark said negotiators will likely have to settle for agreement in broad principle on some of the contentious areas, with details to be worked out later.
TORONTO – Michelle Obama is coming to Canada later this month to speak about education and equality for girls and women around the world.The Toronto event on Nov. 28 will be hosted by the Economic Club of Canada and Plan International Canada.Economic Club of Canada president and CEO Rhiannon Traill says the former first lady will participate in “fireside chat-style” conversation.She says 3,000 tickets will be sold for the event, but each buyer will purchase two tickets, with one being donated to a young person between the ages of 14 and 24.As an example, she said if a bank buys a table for 10, five tickets will go to youth who will sit with the bank executives.Traill says young people from across Canada who want to attend will be able to apply through a site being set up by Plan International Canada.“The one thing I really didn’t want to happen was to have a bunch of Bay Street corporate leaders only bringing their children,” Traill said. “I don’t think that that’s inclusive and I don’t think that that’s fully the conversation that we need to have.”The Economic Club wants to ensure it’s inviting youth from across the country and from all backgrounds, she said, adding that it will not be a watered-down conversation.“I think that the young people in this country are prepared and a lot more eloquent and engaged than many suspect,” Traill said.
Alberta led the country in business confidence growth in December.According to the latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business survey, it jumped 3.9 per cent.That’s good enough to move the province into fourth overall at 60.1 per cent.CFIB VP Richard Truscott said government policy isn’t helping, so why the warm feelings?“Certainly Alberta’s economy is in better shape ending the year than it is when it started,” he said. “We still have a long way to go, small business owners have been through a lot, it’s been a very deep, protracted recession.”Wages are still expected to go up a bit, even outside of the mandated minimum wage increase.“There’s a lot of business owners that are trying to find qualified people and our research clearly shows that those businesses that have vacancies are actually increasing wages faster than other businesses,” he said.Retail and hospitality sectors are the most pessimistic, while the financial services, insurance and real estate sectors are the most optimistic.
VANCOUVER – Greenpeace Canada says a protest that saw a dozen protesters dangling from a Vancouver bridge to block a tanker carrying crude oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline ended Wednesday night.The environmental group says the climbers who spent more than 35 hours on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge were “peacefully removed from their positions” and taken to the North Vancouver RCMP detachment.The RCMP had earlier said all would likely be charged with mischief and jeopardizing the safety of a vessel.North Vancouver RCMP Cpl. Richard De Jong said an aerial extraction team began removing and arresting the protesters in the afternoon in what he called a methodic and safe operation.The protest began Tuesday morning when activists rappelled off the side of the bridge to block the Serene Sea, a vessel loaded with crude oil that had left from Kinder Morgan Canada’s Westridge Marine Terminal.The protest was focused only on the Serene Sea but authorities responded by closing all tanker traffic in the area, said Jesse Firempong, a Greenpeace spokeswoman.Deep-sea vessels and vessels with a high air draft, including sail boats with a high mast, were unable to safely pass under the bridge due to the location of the protesters, banners and connecting lines, said Danielle Jang, a spokeswoman with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.Smaller traffic such as tugs, barges and small commercial vessels were still able to transit under the bridge, she said.Will George was among those arrested on Wednesday after occupying the bridge for more than 35 hours, said Kwekwecnewtxw — Protect The Inlet, a group formed to oppose the Trans Mountain expansion.“I will remain the fierce opposition. It is in my blood to protect the water. Our Indigenous rights are being completely ignored, the safety of our water is being ignored, and most of all, my son’s future is at stake,” said George, the group’s spokesman and leader.“I will do whatever it takes to protect the water and my family and your family.”Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, said it respects the right to peacefully demonstrate and there are many ways to express opinions in a safe and legal manner.“It is unfortunate that the actions of these individuals have caused disruptions to vessels and individuals that transit to and from the waters east of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, including customers from our terminal and the other marine cargo terminals,” it said in a statement.Earlier Wednesday, Premier John Horgan said he was concerned that authorities had closed a rail bridge in response to the protest, resulting in the blockage of a different tanker loaded with refined fuel destined for Vancouver Island.“The protesters, as long as they’re abiding by the law, that’s their right in a free society. But when they start to impact on the business of other people when they start to infringe on the laws of the land, then there’s a concern,” he said.“At this point, as I understand it, it’s a question of the rail bridge is down and that’s the problem.”The Canadian government’s $4.5-billion deal to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project is expected to close later this summer.On Tuesday, the company released its construction schedule for the next six months, with work planned in the Lower Mainland and North Thompson areas of B.C., as well as between Edmonton and Jasper National Park in Alberta.Greenpeace said the protesters are from the Coast Salish community, B.C., Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Washington state, Mexico and the United Kingdom.Companies in this story (TSX:KML)
MONTREAL — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute is distracting from talks aimed at solving the steel tariffs issue between Canada and its largest trading partner.At an event in Montreal Friday, Morneau said the Americans’ Pacific trade row puts “multiple challenges on their plate,” making it tough for Ottawa to draw Washington’s attention to tariffs on its home turf.U.S. President Donald Trump slapped tariffs of 25 per cent and 10 per cent on steel and aluminum imports, respectively, from Canada in May, prompting retaliatory tariffs by Canada on $16.6 billion worth of U.S. goods.Meanwhile, American tariffs against China have triggered a tit-for-tat trade war affecting hundreds of billions of dollars in goods over the past year.Despite a 90-day ceasefire announced Thursday in which the two countries agreed to suspend tariff hikes and work toward a resolution, the Dec. 1 arrest of Chinese telecom Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer by Canadian authorities at the request of the U.S. Justice Department threatens to sour negotiations with Beijing.Morneau said his office is in contact daily with U.S. officials as well as metal producers and purchasers, but could not offer a timeline for an end to the tariffs.The Canadian Press
RABAT – The bodies of five presumed migrants thought to have been trying to reach Spain were found on Sunday on northern Morocco’s shoreline, local authorities said.“The bodies of five probably illegal migrants, four of them from Senegal, were washed up from the Mediterranean” in the Nador area, MAP news agency cited officials as saying.It said four Senegalese had been identified, and added that an inflatable boat was also found. Morocco estimates that some 30,000 migrants, mostly sub-Saharan, are on its soil as they try to make their way to Europe in search of a better life.The Spanish territories of Melilla and Ceuta in Morocco form the European Union’s only land borders with Africa, and many try to reach Europe this way.But others opt for a perilous sea crossing across the Straits of Gibraltar, often losing their lives in the attempt.
NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s company posted annual losses at his golf course in the Bronx for the first time since it opened four years ago as expenses rose, greens fees barely budged and the opening of a clubhouse was delayed.The $122,127 loss is tiny for the multimillion-dollar Trump Organization, but it is another possible sign of trouble at its golf properties as the Trump brand faces blowback from customers turned off by the president’s politics. The company has also posted losses at its clubs in Scotland and Ireland and has struggled to grow at its biggest golf property, the Doral resort in the Miami area.The company said in a footnote to a financial statement filed with New York City that it would have turned a profit if not for a delay in the opening of its new clubhouse in June 2018. It said the delay was due to trouble with problems with an “inadequate gas pipe” that had been installed by the city, without elaborating.The Trump Organization did not respond to email, text and phone messages seeking comment. Exactly how much Trump’s businesses overall have been hurt is unclear, but plans for two new Trump hotel chains have been cancelled and several buildings owned by others have stripped the Trump name from their facades.A spokeswoman for the city parks department, which leases the land for the course, said it does not believe the city is responsible for any gas pipe trouble.The Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point has expansive views of the two giant bridges connecting the Bronx with Queens, and of the Manhattan skyline in the distance. Under a 20-year contract allowing Trump to operate the 192-acre links course, the city agreed not to charge the Trump Organization for water and sewage and, for the first four years, no rent. Next year, the company will have to pay rent of at least $300,000.Even with the breaks from the city, the Bronx club has struggled.Greens fees generated $3.1 million in the 12 months through March 2019, down 17% over four years. Banquet fees have plunged 40% to $464,076.The Trump Organization said that it would have made a profit of $420,782 if not for “expenses incurred in anticipation of a June 2018 opening of the new clubhouse,” without defining those expenses.Still, that “adjusted” profit is 18% less than real profits from the year before.Bernard Condon, The Associated Press
UK new van registrations fall -5.8% in June, with more than 35,000 hitting UK roads.Popular pickup market continues to grow, up 4.1%, but all small, medium and large vans experience decline.More than 180,000 new van registrations in first six months – down -2.3% against the same period in 2017.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLEBritish light commercial vehicle (LCVs) registrations declined in June, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 35,182 new vans and pickups were registered last month, representing a -5.8% decline on June 2017.Small, medium and large sized vans all saw demand fall in the month, down -18.2%, -7.3% and -6.4% respectively. Meanwhile, the number of pickups joining British roads increased in June, up 4.1% to 5,019 units.Year-to-date, 180,696 new LCVs have been registered, a drop of -2.3% on the first half of 2017, with the bulk of the decline in the market for vans weighing more than 2.5-3.5 tonnes. However, demand remains at a high level, up more than a third (35.7%) on the same period five years ago.1Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,UK van registrations have fluctuated throughout the first half of this year, reflecting variable buying cycles which are a natural feature of the market. Despite this and recognising the fact that demand is still at a historically high level, the overall trend is downwards, with Brexit uncertainty and its negative effect on business confidence threatening long-term growth.Notes to editors1. 133,177 LCVs were sold in the first half of 2013.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Assessing Niagara’s economic potential. Examining job creation in the region. Tracking numbers and trends of workers coming in and out of the area.These are some of the topics a newly-formed, Brock University-led research consortium plans to pursue in the next five years.Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO), Niagara College’s School of Business and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board will jointly produce research on Niagara region’s economy, business development and workforce innovation.“The partnership is based on the shared values of responsiveness to the needs of the local community, a commitment to collaboration that celebrates and leverages the diverse perspectives and strengths of stakeholders, and pursuit of world-class research excellence,” says a Memorandum of Understanding the participating organizations signed at Brock June 12.NCO Director Charles Conteh explains that the three-way partnership will enable researchers to get a “panoramic view” of how the economy, business and labour interact with one another as Niagara moves forward with regional development.“Rather than us being confined to our silos, let’s synchronize our efforts,” Conteh says of the consortium.“Let’s co-ordinate our strength and together begin to ask larger questions about the economic vitality of Niagara and job creation: What are the gaps? What are the challenges? Bottlenecks? Constraints? How can we overcome them?”He says each institution has its own strengths, enabling each to bring to the table unique knowledge, funding, contacts, experiences and other resources.“When you combine the job creators and the labour force, that is the wealth of our region,” says Conteh. “When you have productive, innovative businesses, when you have highly skilled, confident and adaptive workers, you have a winning region.”Research generated from the five-year partnership is meant to guide politicians as they create and implement policies, programs and services, Conteh says.“The partnership provides us a basic legitimacy and strength, the resources to impact action more, to influence outcomes, to be part of the conversation,” he says. “We have a great capacity to actually mobilize our research into the hands of policymakers, to use evidence to influence, engage and advise policy action.”The June 12 Memorandum of Understanding outlines “forms of co-operation and collaboration” between the partners, including: Preparing research reports and/or policy briefs on group-decided projects Co-ordinating research activities that may include other community organizations Supporting the partners’ projects by sharing expertise and contacts Organizing joint forums with community partners in Niagara Obtaining funding from various sources for “policy-relevant” research“Brock University is deeply committed to working with the community by building partnerships in reciprocity and mutual respect,” says Brock’s Interim Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier.“Our commitment is highlighted in our Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Province of Ontario, which describes concrete actions Brock is taking largely through our transdisciplinary institutes and centres to work as partners with our community stakeholders.“Their input informs and directs our research, and our research will help inform decisions that will enhance the economic and social health of Niagara,” Mercier says. “The Niagara Community Observatory plays a key role in directing and driving these efforts, and we are grateful to them for their hard work.”Niagara College and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board are equally enthusiastic about the potential benefits of this agreement.“Niagara College is pleased to have a role in this important partnership with Brock University and the Niagara Workforce Planning Board,” says Vivian Kinnaird, Niagara College’s Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment. “This partnership will allow us to work together on research that will be beneficial for the Niagara region.”This type of collaboration between post-secondary education and labour market experts is “key to identifying labour market research priorities for our community, and it leverages our individual roles and strengths in support of economic development in Niagara,” says Niagara College President Dan Patterson. “The MOU we’ve signed today reflects our shared goals of aligning the skills and knowledge of our workforce with the current and future needs of Niagara’s business and industry.”The Niagara Workforce Planning Board is thrilled to be partnering with Niagara College and Brock’s NCO, said Chief Executive Officer Mario De Divitiis.“This initiative ensures streamlined and effective collaboration between some of the foremost public research institutions in the region, and that opens up so much possibility for Niagara.”Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory is a public-policy think-tank working in partnership with the Niagara community to foster, produce and disseminate research on current and emerging issues.It produces a range of policy briefs on topics of interest and concern to Niagara region.
The Ohio State football team remained at No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings which were announced Tuesday evening.Staying at No. 6 marked the first time the Buckeyes did not jump in the rankings since they opened up the inaugural CFP rankings at No. 16 after a 31-24 double overtime win against Penn State Oct. 25.OSU remains the highest ranked team in the Big Ten as Wisconsin fell in at No. 14 after escaping Iowa 26-24 while the Michigan State Spartans came in at No. 10 after routing Rutgers 45-3. The Minnesota Golden Gophers rounded out the Big Ten teams in the rankings coming in at No. 18.The Badgers and Golden Gophers are set to play each other Saturday to determine who will take on the Buckeyes in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game.Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State rounded out the top four for the second straight week.The College Football Playoff rankings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.OSU is scheduled to return to action Saturday against Michigan at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.Complete rankings:1. Alabama2. Oregon3. Florida State4. Mississippi State5. Texas Christian University6. Ohio State7. Baylor8. UCLA9. Georgia10. Michigan State11. Arizona12. Kansas State13. Arizona State14. Wisconsin15. Auburn16. Georgia Tech17. Missouri18. Minnesota19. Mississippi20. Oklahoma21. Clemson22. Louisville23. Boise State24. Marshall25. Utah
Emily, Charlotte and Anne BronteCredit:Mark Hardy/BNPS The Telegraph yesterday revealed how Mr Holland criticised her appointment in a blog post in which he wrote: “What would Emily Brontë think if she found that the role of chief ‘artist’ and organiser in her celebratory year was a supermodel?”We all know the answer to that, and anyone who doesn’t isn’t fit to make the decision or have any role in the governance of the Brontë Society.”The very basic rule should have been that the person chosen for such an important role as creative partner is a writer.”The drive now is for one thing – attracting a young audience. Being trendy is the ultimate aim, with the Brontës themselves relegated to the sidelines.”A spokeswoman for the society said: “The Brontës were trailblazers and it is one of the roles of the society to ensure that their lives and work continue to be of relevance and interest to modern society.”Lily’s innovative projects in the fields of literacy, nature, storytelling and the environment are the perfect fit for Emily, and her originality and creativity will bring a fresh perspective to our 2018 celebrations.” The Brontë sisters – Emily, Charlotte and Anne – initially published their work under pseudonyms so they would be taken seriously by the 19th Century literary establishment. 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. Lily Cole, the supermodel and actress, has hit back in a row over her role in events for Emily Brontë’s bicentenary celebrations by claiming she has faced prejudice over her image.The Cambridge graduate was named a “creative partner” for the events but the appointment led to leading literature expert Nick Holland resigning from the Brontë Society in protest, saying the author wouldn’t have approved of Cole getting the role.He also said she was hired over a traditional writer to “attract a younger audience”.Cole, 30, is making a short film for the museum about Wuthering Heights anti-hero Heathcliff, which will also address gender politics and women’s rights in the year that marks 100 years since women got the vote.However last night Cole said the criticism about her involvement made her consider if she should present her film under a pseudonym too, “so that it will be judged on its own merits, rather than on my name, my gender, my image or my teenage decisions”.She told the BBC: “I would not be so presumptuous as to guess Emily’s reaction to my appointment as a creative partner at the museum, were she alive today.”Yet I respect her intellect and integrity enough to believe that she would not judge any piece of work on name alone.”
Updated 21.21TWO MASKED MEN armed with heavy tools threatened staff before making off with a substantial amount of cash during an early morning raid on a post office in Cork.Gardaí say the two males wearing motorcycle helmets entered High Street Post Office in Cork City at 9.20am, and produced what witnesses described as a small hatchet and a claw hammer.The two males caused extensive damage during the robbery, before escaping on a high powered motorcycle parked nearby.The bike was later recovered in the Ballincollig area of the city.Gardaí at Anglesea Street are investigating the incident, and are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the High Street area, Cork City, between 9am and 9.30am this morning, who may have observed a motor cycle with both driver and passenger on board being driven at speed between High Street and Ballincollig, to contact them on 021 4522000.They can also contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.Originally published 20.32
Twins delivered 10 minutes apart at an Arizona hospital over the New Year’s weekend have different birth years.Phoenix TV station KNXV-TV reports that parents Holly and Brandon Shay welcomed their first son, Sawyer, into the world at 11:51 p.m. Saturday at Banner Hospital.Their second son, Everett, arrived one minute after midnight on Sunday.The father joked that Sawyer will tease his brother about being the older sibling.The same thing happened over the weekend in San Diego.Twin girls born at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns were delivered at 11:56 p.m. Saturday and at midnight on Sunday.
This month, Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations in the Baltimore area began rolling out a program meant to capitalize on the connection between faith and healing.The Maryland Faith Community Health Network brings together health care providers and faith leaders to help foster health among congregation members through formalized information-sharing and patient support. The pilot program is currently a collaboration between the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, almost 50 congregations in Baltimore City and Baltimore and Carroll counties, and LifeBridge Health facilities comprising Sinai, Northwest and Carroll hospitals.“It is a natural connection because they (health care providers and faith leaders) both have the well-being of congregants at heart and this initiative brings them together to support each other,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and initiator of the program. “We think this will help reduce disparities, improve overall health and enhance communities across the state.”Under the guidelines of the initiative, congregations sign memorandums of understanding with LifeBridge and MCHI. Members of the churches, temples or mosques are then encouraged to sign up, giving permission for hospital staff to contact their congregation liaison whenever they are checked in with an illness.“The immediacy with which you find out a member is being hospitalized hastens the time in which you can respond to provide pastoral and congregational care,” said the Rev. Cleveland Mason II, pastor of Perkins Square Baptist Church in Baltimore, and president of the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland.“One learned through the ministry of Jesus, who healed many, that health is important, and this provides the church with a concrete way of encouraging good health,” Mason further said of why he is pushing for the program’s adoption throughout the state. He added, “This program is the practical application of biblical principle. It goes along with that loving-your-neighbor-as-yourself aspect of the Christian faith. It creates stronger bonds between members [and] it fosters a greater sense of compassion and caring that is needed in our communities and across the world.”As part of the network’s functions, hospital staff help the congregation liaison come up with an at-home plan for the patient, including potentially-needed services such as pet care, yard care, picking up prescriptions, food, spiritual nurturing, etc., which congregation volunteers would help provide.Rev. Dellyne Hinton, pastor of Gwynn Oak United Methodist Church, which launched its program on April 3, said she was excited about being able to better serve its members and also to extend their compassion ministry beyond the walls of the church. That excitement, she said, seemed to spread to her congregation as 80 percent of those in attendance signed up on the spot.“It is not just about seeing to patients’ spiritual welfare—having prayer with them or bringing them communion—it is about meeting their other living needs,” she said. “It is those kind of things that takes stress off healing so you don’t end up back in the hospital because you could not be compliant.”Reducing that kind of recidivism was one of the reasons LifeBridge Health was motivated to join the program, said Rev. Domanic Smith of LifeBridge’s Population Health Department. “What this does for LifeBridge is it helps us to help prevent patients from returning to the hospital for the same illnesses within 30 days,” he told the AFRO. “Cutting back on recidivism to the emergency room provides doctors with the opportunity to really do health care with patients instead of just emergency care.”DeMarco said it was concerns such as those that spawned the idea of implementing this program in Maryland. The health advocate said they will be seeking to sign up other hospitals and faith communities in the network with an eye to spreading across the state.“This project originated because of substantial changes happening in the health care system in Maryland. Hospitals now have tremendous incentive to keep people healthy and out of their hospitals and they wanted the help of the community to do that,” he said.The program is modelled after a successful program in Memphis, Tenn., where about 600 congregations and 20,000 individuals have signed up for the network.DeMarco said, “Their data showed substantial benefits to this program. By giving support to people in congregations everyone is better off—the individual, the congregations, the hospitals and the state.”
After announcing plans to leave Doctor Who at the end of season 10, Michelle Gomez on Wednesday visited Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AMA) platform to answer fan questions about Missy, a possible spin-off, and her favorite muffin flavor.The Scottish actor, who has appeared in only a handful of episodes since her debut as the gender-bending Master in 2014, brings style, charisma, levity, and a chilling brilliance to her on-screen character and off-screen personality.Reading her responses (typed by the BBC America social team) is like opening a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get.From the serious—”Who from the Doctor Who cast would you most like to act alongside again?” “Peter Capaldi in a heartbeat”—to the flippant—”Best cure for a hangover?” “Don’t drink”—she is playful and insightful.The Doctor, Missy, and her army of Cybermen (via BBC America)When asked if the comedian improvises her lines on Doctor Who, Gomez said there is a lot of “what we call topping and tailing.”“Most of it ends up on the cutting room floor,” she admitted, adding that Missy’s brief parody of Toni Basil’s “Hey Mickey” song in season eight’s “Death in Heaven” “made the cut.”Singing the praises of showrunner and sometimes-writer Steven Moffat, Gomez called herself “merely a channel for [his] brilliance,” touting one of Moffat’s lines as a personal favorite.“[It’s] hard to choose,” she said, “but ‘Tell him the bitch is back’ is up there.”It was the same episode, “The Witch’s Familiar” (in which the Doctor is trapped at the heart of an evil empire), that produced Gomez’s favorite memory from the set of Doctor Who.“Walking into a studio filled with every generation of Dalek was heart-stopping,” she revealed.Kindred spirits (via BBC)A familiar face among UK viewers, Gomez has been working steadily for two decades, gaining fame for comedy parts in The Book Group, Green Wing, and Bad Education.She became an instant hit among international audiences, as well, playing the mysterious Missy, revealed to be a female regeneration of a classic villain.“What was your thought process on becoming what had only been a male role on such an iconic and long-running show?” Reddit user dumbodoggies asked.“I just brought my panties to the party with my fingers crossed,” Gomez replied with her signature snark and moxie.Early this week, she confirmed plans to join “pals” Moffat and Capaldi in their impending departures from the sci-fi program.Michelle Gomez as Missy (via BBC)“I have thoroughly enjoyed everything about playing Missy,” she wrote on Reddit. “I’ll take away a great sense of satisfaction and immense gratitude for all my wonderful fans. Also the umbrella for whacking people I don’t like the look of.”It’s not over yet, though. Starting with this week’s “Extremis,” the self-proclaimed queen of evil is set to return for at least three more episodes—including the two-part series finale, when Missy is expected to team up with (or battle against) former Master incarnation John Simm.Skim through the entire AMA for more great answers and sarcastic remarks. And check out the BBC’s video of Gomez reacting to YouTube comments (below).Oh, and in case you’re wondering, she likes a classic blueberry muffin, but is also “quite partial to carrot—carrot and raisin.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target
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Real time radiation dose monitoring in the cath lab enables staff to see their level of exposure any time and can alert them when their levels are spiking. Staff wearing RaySafe i2 real-time dose monitoring badges. News | April 28, 2015 “Motion-Tracking” MRI Tests Reveal Novel Harbingers of Stroke in Atrial Fibrillation Patients Researchers from Johns Hopkins performing sophisticated motion studies of heart magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans… read more An example of Vital Images’ CT perfusion software, showing an infarct (black) and ischemic defects (dark purple). Data also can be shown on a bulls eye plot. News | April 01, 2015 Variations in Use of Physician Preference Items Affect Patient Outcomes and Costs UHC has released the findings of a new study that evaluated the use of medical devices based on cost and quality… read more Feature | June 12, 2015 Ultrasound to Breakup STEMI Causing Clots in Heart Attack Patients Breakthrough Research Demonstrates Contrast Ultrasound Can be Used as Heart Attack Treatment Feature | June 11, 2015 | Dave Fornell CT Perfusion Imaging Ready for Mainstream Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is known to have excellent anatomical imaging, but has lacked the… read more News | November 06, 2009 Avo Photonics, Case Western Develop OCT Forward Imaging Catheter for Ablations News | May 15, 2015 New Study Links Early Menopause to Lower Risk of Atrial Fibrillation A largest-of-its kind study has found that women who experience menopause at a younger age are at a decreased risk of… read more News | May 07, 2015 Redesigned MRI Systems May Increase Access for Patients With Implanted Devices New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may… read more Technology | March 25, 2015 FDA Clears Toshiba’s CT/Angiography Dual Modality Interventional Lab Imaging System The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Toshiba America Medical Systems new Infinix 4D CT system to… read more read more Feature | May 07, 2015 Real Time Monitoring of Staff Dose in the Cath Lab Physicians and staff working in cath labs are constantly exposed to direct X-ray beams and scatter radiation…. read more A comparison between a cross section of a foot in a healthy and a diabetic patient with peripheral artery disease. The optical tomographic imaging technology shows blood perfusion, or the absence of perfusion, in the issue. Related Content November 6, 2009 – Nearly 4 million people nationwide suffer from cardiac arrhythmias each year, according to the 2006 U.S. Cardiac Rhythm Management Market report by Frost and Sullivan. About 2.5 million of these cases cannot be treated or controlled through medication alone. Since pharmacological therapies have limited effectiveness, radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation has emerged as the prominent approach for treating a broad range of arrhythmias. However, during the procedure physicians have no direct visualization of intra-cardiac structures, nor do they have a means to measure successful lesions.Recognizing this problem, researchers at Case Western Reserve University began a research program in 2008 to build an imaging catheter that would allow surgeons to monitor treatment and visualize intra-cardiac structures. The researchers selected Avo Photonics Inc., of Horsham, Pa., for a phase one design contract. The contract was awarded in September 2008. Avo’s rapid design effort provided a pathway for a subsequent October 2008 award for the development of prototype opto-mechanical systems. At the contract conclusion, Avo delivered eight forward imaging catheters to the university.The forward imaging catheters (FIC) built by Avo will be used as monitors during RF cardiac arrhythmia therapy. These OCT catheters will lead to imaging techniques that will improve the insertion and accuracy of RF catheters, thus leading to better patient results and an expansion of approved FDA procedures for cardiac arrhythmia therapy.Case Western Reserve University’s lead investigator on the project is Andrew Rollins, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Christine Fleming, a graduate research assistant under the advisement of Rollins, was instrumental in the design and development.As a specialized opto-electronic engineering and manufacturing company, Avo provided critical resources and experience to the program. The Avo team was led by Program Manager Todd Rixman and Senior Optical Engineer David Demmer. In May of 2009, Case Western Reserve imaged heart tissue through the Avo produced catheters. This work was funded by under the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership.For more information: www.avophotonics.com, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | February 26, 2015 Noninvasive Optical Coherence Tomography Could Track Vascular Disease in Diabetics Approximately 8 to 12 million people in the United States alone are suffering from peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a… read more News | February 13, 2015 Shimadzu Announces First U.S. Trinias Digital Angiography System Installation Shimadzu Medical Systems announced the first United States installation of its Trinias C-12 crossover system at First… read more
The Indian government has unveiled changes in the existing rules to liberalise, simplify and rationalise the visa regime in order to encourage more foreign nationals including Omanis, to visit India for tourism, business and other purposes.The government, as part of this policy initiative has modified the existing e-Tourist Visa scheme. In a statement, the Indian Embassy in Muscat stated, “The e-Visa will now be issued for the specific purpose of the visit viz e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa. While e-Tourist Visa will be issued for visits aimed at recreation, sight-seeing, casual visits and to attend yoga programmes, e-Business Visa will be issued for enhancing business activities, including establishing business ventures, purchase or sell commercial products, attending technical meetings, discussions, board meetings, recruitment of manpower etc. Similarly, e-Medical Visa will be issued for treatment in India.”The window for issuing visas under e-Visa has also been increased from 30 to 120 days, meaning that the applicant can travel to India within 120 days of the issue of e-Visa. Similarly, the duration of stay under e-Visa has also been increased from existing 30 to 60 days. In the case of e-Medical Visa, extension can be granted for stay up to six months on the case to case basis by the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) concerned.Foreigners, under e-Tourist Visa and e-Business Visa, will now be allowed to undertake two visits as against the current one. Applicants availing the e-Medical Visa will be issued triple entry visas enabling them to visit India three times on the same visa. e-Visa, except for e-Medical Visa, will be non-extendable and non-convertible.The government has also permitted e-Visa holders to enter India through five major ports including Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Chennai and Mangalore to tap the potential of cruise tourism. They are also allowed to enter India through 16 airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Goa, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Gaya, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruchirapalli and Varanasi.