Some Inuit women value testifying at MMIWG Inquiry in Iqaluit

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsTuesday marked the second day for the hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Iqaluit.Unlike previous hearings, which focused on victims and their stories, these hearings are about history.Two Inuit women giving testimony talked to APTN News about what it meant to

US February housing starts fell 7 pct after January surge

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders broke ground on fewer apartment complexes in February, causing overall housing starts to fall 7 per cent.The Commerce Department said Friday that housing starts last month were at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.24 million, a decline that was anticipated after construction surged in January to 1.33 million.February’s slowdown in construction came from a 28 per cent plunge in starts for multi-family buildings. Groundbreakings for single-family houses actually rose 2.9 per cent.Builders’ efforts have shifted to single-family houses as the economy has improved and as fewer existing homes are being listed for sale. The solid job market and a growing millennial population looking to purchase a home have lifted demand over the past two years. But the number of homes listed for sale has fallen during that time. Increased construction has not fully offset the shortage.The U.S. housing market appears to be stable because of the relative health of the overall economy. That may be tested by rising mortgage rates that could put a new home out of reach for many.“Soaring employment and faster wage growth should support the housing market, but activity is going to be constrained by higher rates,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Single-family house construction increased last month in the Northeast, South and West, but it declined in the West.The National Association of Realtors said that the total supply of existing homes for sale dropped to 1.52 million in January, which contributed to sales of existing homes declining 4.8 per cent over the past 12 months.Building permits, an indicator of future construction, tumbled 5.7 per cent to an annual pace of 1.30 million. But that decline, too, was largely concentrated in apartment complexes, suggesting that construction companies expect more Americans to segue to home ownership.Builder sentiment remains positive, although it has slipped over the past three months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index for March ticked down a point to 70. Any reading above 50 indicates more builders see sales conditions as good rather than poor.Stock investors have also decided that homebuilding companies are overpriced after a strong performance in 2017. Shares in D.R. Horton have dropped nearly 15 per cent so far this year. The Pulte Group is down almost 13 per cent. Stock in Tolls Brothers had lost about 8 per cent of its value.Homebuyers are facing greater cost pressures. The shortage of homes on the market has caused prices to climb much faster than wages. At the same time, it has become slightly more expensive to borrow. The average rate for 30-year, fixed rate mortgages has risen to 4.44 per cent from 4.30 per cent a year ago, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.last_img read more

Who said what about the Liberals decision to go ahead with Trans

OTTAWA — There was swift reaction Tuesday to the decision by the Trudeau Liberals to give the go-ahead to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. Here is what federal, provincial and Indigenous leaders, as well various groups had to say:“Fundamentally, this isn’t a choice between producing more conventional energy or less. It’s a choice about where we can sell it and how we get it there safely. We strongly believe that having more options and more markets puts Canada in a stronger, strategic position to create good middle-class jobs and invest in our shared future. That is why we made today’s decision.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—“We all knew he was going to approve it. What Canadians were hoping for today was a clear timeline for construction to start and he failed to be able to tell Canadians on what date construction would actually start.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer—“This is deeply concerning particularly given that those environmental concerns aren’t addressed still … and finally because the Indigenous concerns that were raised are still present.” — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh—“This second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline isn’t a victory to celebrate. It’s just another step in a process that has frankly taken too long.” — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney—“Although I regret the federal government’s decision, it’s within their authority to make that decision.” — B.C. Premier John Horgan—“They will build a pipeline to blow through our Paris targets, use our own money to do it, and then try to trick us by saying every dollar made on this project … is going to go to clean-energy projects.” — Green Leader Elizabeth May—“It’s clear First Nations have different positions on this project, but they all stand firm that their rights be respected and their traditional territories be protected. Only First Nations can determine if those conditions are met.” — Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde —“After all the debates, reviews, hearings and court challenges, only one thing remains: build it now.” — Goldy Hyder, president and CEO, Business Council of Canada —“The federal decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible to make an unbiased decision. … We will be appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.” — Chief Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh First Nation—“We’ve learned that approved is not built. What we need now is a concrete plan to get TMX and other trade-enabling infrastructure built without unnecessary legal delays.” — Aaron Henry, director of environmental and resources policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce—“This is far from a done deal. First Nations and Canadian environmentalists will continue to fight this project and their international allies will support them in whatever way they can.” — Patrick McCully, climate and energy program director, Rainforest Action Network—“In order for taxpayers to be made whole for being forced to pay for the purchase and expansion of Trans Mountain, it is imperative that the Trudeau government ensure construction gets underway as soon as possible.” — Aaron Wudrick, federal director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation—“For the Trudeau government to approve this pipeline after declaring a climate emergency makes about as much sense as pouring gasoline on a burning fire.” — Mike Hudema, climate and energy campaigner, Greenpeace Canada—“The federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is a positive step toward further hydrocarbon development in Canada. However, the project still faces significant political, regulatory, and judicial challenges, and ultimately we see a tremendous amount of execution risk up until the oil starts flowing.” — Gavin MacFarlane, vice-president, Moody’s Investors Service—“More tanker traffic, increased noise and the possibility of a marine oil spill with devastating consequences for the West Coast remain concerning. One spill could spell the end of endangered orca and salmon, as well as harming bird populations.” — Jay Ritchlin, Western Canada director, David Suzuki FoundationThe Canadian Press read more

Tanzania naturalizes first batch of Burundian refugees reports UN

After living in Tanzania for over three decades, thousands of Burundian refugees have been granted citizenship by the host Government, in the first large-scale naturalization of its kind in Africa, the United Nations refugee agency said today.This week, 3,568 out of over 160,000 Burundian refugees were granted citizenship, a decision marking “a major milestone in a programme that will bring to a close one of the world’s most protracted refugee situations,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.Early last year, some 218,000 Burundians who fled violence in their country in 1972 were given the choice by Tanzanian authorities to either return home or to apply for citizenship.At the peak of the crisis in Burundi in the 1990s, almost half a million people escaped clashes, sheltering in camps along the Tanzanian border. The peace process in Burundi has paved the way for the return of one of the continent’s longest-staying refugee populations, with over 400,000 Burundians having returned from Tanzania since 2004.UNHCR advocated on behalf of the refugees with both the Burundian and Tanzanian Governments, helping them make their decisions on whether to return or stay.Ultimately, 162,000 refugees opted to apply for citizenship, with the first batch of applicants naturalized on 4 August. Tanzania has reaffirmed its commitment to wrapping up the process by the end of this year, Mr. Mahecic said.Meanwhile, 45,000 Burundians who decided to return home have already reached Burundi with assistance from UNHCR, with an additional 9,000 refugees set to return in the coming months.“UNHCR will continue to support the Tanzanian Government in the transition phases of the integration of the newly naturalized” through such community projects as road rehabilitation, school construction and repair, and improvement of health services, the agency’s spokesperson said. The entire repatriation scheme is funded through UNHCR’s $28 million Supplementary Appeal for 2008-2009, launched last February, which is facing an $8 million funding gap. 7 August 2009After living in Tanzania for over three decades, thousands of Burundian refugees have been granted citizenship by the host Government, in the first large-scale naturalization of its kind in Africa, the United Nations refugee agency said today. read more

Leaders convene at UN farmers forum to tackle climate change challenges

“As we have seen from the droughts in the Horn of Africa last year and the Sahel now, and the floods that have recently devastated parts of Australia, Fiji and Mozambique – and even the unusual amount of snow here in Italy – farmers are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather and shifts in climate patterns,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).“This growing level of climate risk and uncertainty is one of the major challenges facing agriculture and food systems today, particularly where it is combined with land degradation, water scarcity and fierce competition for natural resources,” he told participants at the Fourth Global Meeting of the Farmers’ Forum yesterday.The Farmers’ Forum was set up in 2005 and meets every two years for a global consultation, in conjunction with IFAD’s Governing Council. This year’s meeting focuses on the links between overcoming poverty and food insecurity, and improving sustainable agriculture development.The meeting, which runs until 23 February, also highlights the important role of IFAD in placing the needs of smallholder farmers, pastoralists and fishers on the global agenda.Smallholder farmers in developing countries suffer most from the changes in climate patterns and the degradation of natural resources, according to IFAD. They live and earn their livelihoods in the most ecologically and climatically vulnerable landscapes, relying on weather-dependent natural resources.“Partnerships are central to IFAD’s work,” said Mr. Nwanze. “And farmers from developing countries are our most important partner of all. They are the experts and the agents of change in ensuring enough food for an ever-growing population. “We need them and their knowledge to do our job – to help grow more food and increase the resilience of smallholder farmers worldwide who currently feed one-third of the global population.”The fund pointed out that increasing volatile and uncertain weather patterns, water scarcity, soil erosion, declining soil fertility and salinization of arable land are all undermining agricultural production in many parts of the developing world. 21 February 2012Representatives of the millions of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers around the world have agreed at a United Nations forum in Rome on the need to jointly address the global challenges of food insecurity and climate change. read more

CBSL board to take action on accused in EPF scam

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka says action will be taken on anyone found guilty in an alleged Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) scam.The Central Bank of Sri Lanka said that certain media carried erroneous facts on the proceedings of a Monetary Board meeting held recently. The Central Bank says the Monetary Board decided to commence disciplinary proceedings in terms of the internal procedures of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka against any officials of the Bank where there is evidence of wrongdoing. (Colombo Gazette) The Monetary Board had a discussion on the Report on the Examination of the Employees’ Provident Fund Transactions in Government Securities with a view to decide the suitable course of action to be followed in respect of the findings.

Financial abuse of elderly rampant but invisible says UN expert

“Financial abuse of older persons is rampant but largely invisible, and the problem is expected to grow dramatically with the ageing of our societies”, said the UN-appointed independent expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, in a statement to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June.She says most abuse goes undetected, and it is impossible to say how big the problem is, as data is scarce because of under-reporting.“Sadly, most abusers are family members”, said Ms. Kornfeld-Matte. “This is a particularly delicate matter”, she added, explaining that even experienced professionals have difficulty distinguishing an unwise but legitimate financial transaction, from an exploitative one that was the result of undue influence, duress, fraud, or a lack of informed consent.Sadly, most abusers are family members – UN expert Rosa Kornfeld-Matte Financial abuse reflects a pattern of behaviour rather than a single event, and occurs over a period of time.She said that older people may even tacitly acknowledge it, or feel that the perpetrator has some entitlement to their assets.“Some older people also have a desire to compensate those who provide them with care, affection, or attention”, she said.Ms. Kornfeld-Matte urged older people to report cases of abuse to the authorities, even though they feel embarrassed or fear retaliation, including withdrawal of affection and care.“One of the few ways to stop financial abuse of older people is to report it. If you suspect that someone you care about has been or is being abused, I can only urge you to speak up”, she said. read more

Walk for Alzheimers to be held on campus

Members of the Brock community are being invited to walk for a worthy cause on campus this weekend.The University is hosting Niagara’s annual Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Jan. 21.Facilitated by student volunteers from the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, the indoor event is one of thousands of community walks taking place across the country in support of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.The local walk will raise funds for programs and services offered through the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.Stations along the walk route will showcase and deliver health-related information and product samples for maintaining a healthy brain through diet, social activities and exercise.The family-friendly event will also feature Fluffy the Clown, live music and a raffle table.Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium, followed by the indoor walk at 11. read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex to take Archie with them on official

The trip will focus on conservation and, along with all official visits arranged by the Government, will involve a range of engagements designed to further the UK’s relationship with the region. In Angola, the Duke will spend time with landmine charity The Halo Trust, visiting regions made famous around the world by his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.In Malawi, he is expected to spend time highlighting conservation issues including the illegal wildlife trade, and work with his own children’s charity, Sentebale.The couple already have links to Botswana, where they went on private holidays in the early days of their relationship.The Duke and Duchess will also be expected to undertake engagements designed to boost trade and diplomacy with the UK, meeting young activists and entrepreneurs, and hosting a garden party to share a message from the Queen. They have so far emphasised their commitment to his privacy, appearing in front of the camera with him at just two days old and posting one photograph of his feet and another of his partially obscured face on Instagram.He will be seen again at his christening  in a few weeks’ time, before the family of three all visit South Africa in the  autumn.The tour will begin in Cape Town. The Duke will go on to travel further afield, leaving his wife and small son to visit Angola and Malawi at the request of the FCO, and make a working trip to Botswana.He will rejoin the Duchess and Archie at the end of the trip in Johannesburg. Posting on Instagram, a spokesman for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the commonwealth and beyond.“This will be their first official tour as a family!” The extent of the baby’s involvement in the trip would be a “decision for their Royal Highnesses”, a source said. He will be little more than five months old and some way from perfecting his royal wave.But, as any member of the Royal family will attest, it is never too early to begin service to Queen and country, as Archie Mountbatten-Windsor goes on tour to Africa. Archie, who was born on May 6, will visit South Africa with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the autumn, in what his parents describe as their “first official tour as a family”.He is thought to be youngest member of the modern royal generation to undertake a tour.His father, Prince Harry, went to Italy in 1985 at around eight months old, while his uncle the Duke of Cambridge visited Australia and New Zealand at nine months old in 1983.  His cousin Prince George made a trip to the same countries at eight months in 2014.Buckingham Palace did not confirm whether Archie would join his parents for any public official engagements, but he is likely to be seen several times on the trip – at least on arrival and departure – as the Sussexes use the visit to build a relationship with the people of the Commonwealth in southern Africa. read more

No one should have to deal with that Taoiseach slams discrimination shown

first_img The Taoiseach as he visit the North East Inner City during the summer. Source: RollingNews.ieHow could a knacker like that speak Portuguese.THIS IS WHAT a young man from Dublin’s north inner city claims was said about him when applying for a job in the area.The local man, Paul McKeown, stood up in Sheriff Street Youth Centre last night and told the Taoiseach that he has experienced discrimination while job-seeking, despite having a Master’s degree and being fluent in Portuguese.In the midst of a turbulent week in his own personal career, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in a packed-out hall for the launch of the north inner city task force report.The Mulvey report, which was commissioned during the summer in the wake of a run of gangland killings in the city centre associated with the Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud, has big goals to regenerate the area.Discrimination and stigma Kenny, who said he will look into McKeown’s individual situation, said the young man had seen correspondence after his interview describing him in such a way.“No one, no one should have to deal with that,” said Kenny speaking about the blatant discrimination. Enda Kenny with Finian McGrath in Sheriff Street last night. Source: RollingNews.ieOne of the overriding themes in Mulvey’s report is how the area can leave “the stigma of the past behind while retaining its proud history”.Kenny told the media last night that he has met with the leading companies located in and around Sheriff Street to instruct them to integrate their business into the community to ensure there are fair job opportunities and training opportunities for local people. A number of apprenticeship programmes are to be announced next week, the Taoiseach confirmed.Last night, Kenny and other ministers, including Paschal Donohoe, Damien English and Finian McGrath, listened to the stories from the local people about life in the area.While the report was widely welcomed, some are sceptical because they have heard promises before and yet – due to a lack of government will and commitment – nothing changed.The government has accepted the report’s recommendations and committed an additional €5 million funding for the area. This is in addition to the €4.7 million received in 2016.Gardaí on the streetsThe key recommendations in the report include boosting police resources in the area, with 30 additional gardaí on the beat by end 2017. The report also commits to the reopening of the Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station.There were big questions hanging over the Rutland Street School, but tonight Minister for Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe acknowledged that although the planned upgrade had fallen through in the past, he was now standing firmly behind its upgrade and development as a community hub. It will also remain State ownership, he said.There are also big promises to improve the physical landscape of the area with one action calling for the “rebranding” of the area – specifically renaming it Dublin’s North Inner City Quarter.When put to the Taoiseach that many locals have heard all these promises before, with some even stating this evening that they will never become a reality, Kenny said “they’re wrong”.“We’re going to prove it. It’s not the case of publishing this report and then throwing the report out the window… we’re going to deliver.”The Taoiseach said the implementation of the plan will be overseen by the Secretary General in his department, with a special community office also opening up in the area.Read: Is everything ok with the government’s proposed regeneration of Dublin’s north inner city?> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 41 Comments Friday 17 Feb 2017, 6:25 AM ‘No one should have to deal with that’: Taoiseach slams discrimination shown to north inner city man Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in Dublin’s north inner city to launch the Mulvey report yesterday. Short URL Feb 17th 2017, 6:25 AM Share Tweet Email By Christina Finn 23,900 Views last_img read more

Des lunettes intelligentes pour résoudre les troubles visuels

first_imgDes lunettes intelligentes pour résoudre les troubles visuelsA la Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, au Royaume-Uni, des chercheurs ont dévoilé leur dernière invention : une paire de lunettes permettant aux personnes souffrant de troubles importants de la vision de “voir” à nouveau les objets et les lieux. Développée par l’équipe de neurosciences de la Clinique d’Oxford, la paire de lunettes qui vient tout juste d’être dévoilée est très prometteuse. Grâce à un logiciel intégré, ces lunettes repèrent ce qui se trouve en face de la personne qui les chausse et utilisent des LEDs (diodes) pour reproduire l’image selon des motifs relativement simples, permettant ainsi à des personnes souffrant de troubles visuels de recouvrer une partie de leur vue. À lire aussiPourquoi les chats ont-ils des pupilles verticales ?Le fonctionnement est relativement simple. Les lunettes sont équipées d’une minuscule caméra, dissimulée dans la monture et reliée à un micro-ordinateur de la taille d’un smartphone. Incrustée dans les verres, une multitude de petites LEDs s’allume pour représenter les objets et les mouvements qui se trouvent dans le champ visuel de l’utilisateur. Par le biais de la caméra le logiciel reconnaît les objets vers lesquels se dirige “le regard” et les LEDs retransmettent de façon simplifiée et suffisamment lumineuse les images de façon à ce qu’une personne à la vue limitée puisse distinguer, si ce n’est voir, les objets proches et les éléments environnants. Le professeur Hicks, à la tête de l’équipe de scientifiques, s’est inspirée de la Xbox Kinect, le système de détecteur de mouvement de la console de jeux pour mettre au point ce système.Pour le moment, seules les lumières les plus intenses signalent les objets les plus proches, mais des améliorations devraient être apportées pour que les futures versions utilisent des couleurs permettant de différencier les objets les uns des autres. Un gyroscope pourrait également être intégré, de façon à ce qu’en tournant la tête, le système s’adapte automatiquement, en temps réel, sans avoir à recalculer les nouvelles informations.Un prototype encore à dé rapporte que les chercheurs mènent actuellement une étude d’un an pour développer et tester ce système auprès de personnes atteintes de dégénérescence maculaire liée à l’âge (DMLA) et de maladies rétiniennes. Comme l’explique Iain Wilson, “la plupart des gens qui ont perdu la vue, en vieillissant ou suite à une maladie, continue à distinguer les contrastes et cela alors même qu’ils ne sont pas en mesure de voir leur propre main en face de leur visage”. Le 8 juillet 2011 à 10:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Toy Tuesday 11 Goopiest Slime Toys

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on target The incredible popularity of slime is one of the 21st century’s most perplexing developments. Whatever it is about ooze, gunk, goo and slime, we’re really into it. Slime toys aren’t anything new — who can forget the awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles playset that let you douse your figures in glowing green gak — but they’ve exploded over the last few years. Here’s our guide to the best and nastiest slimy toys on the market.Three-Pound Bucket Of Pink SlimeSure, you can make your own slime at home with a few simple ingredients or a kit, but sometimes you just don’t have the time or energy. That’s why having a three-pound bucket of the stuff at your disposal can come in handy. It just makes sense to stock your shed, pantry or fallout shelter with a vat of the sticky, gooey stuff. The label says “Oddly Satisfying” and we’d have to concur with that assessment. You’d be surprised at how far three pounds of pink slime can stretch.Get it at Amazon.comIt’s Alive Slime LabSlime is pretty cool on its own, but it doesn’t do a lot of movement. That’s where the “Slime-O-Nator” that comes with this science kit comes in. The clear sphere mounted atop a pedestal imbues the various substances you create with kinetic energy that causes it to react in unsettling and amazing ways, from growing and mutating to reflecting wave frequencies. It also cleans out easily for repeat usage, because you don’t want your experiments to contaminate each other.Get it at Amazon.com144 Barrels Of SlimeWhen you’re buying slime, you want to make sure you have enough. And Amazon is pretty great for bulk purchases. Case in point: a case of 144 tiny plastic barrels filled with goopy black slime. If you’re looking to simulate an ecological disaster for your G.I. Joes to clean up, this is the best place to start. You get twelve dozen boxes of the things, which should last you at least a couple weeks depending on how much terrain you want to despoil.Get it at Amazon.comMega Slime And Putty LabOne of the leading names in earth sciences has branched out into toy creation, and this kit has samples of just about every kind of slime on the market today. Liquid slime that changes tensile strength depending on how hard you handle it? Magnetic putty that can be manipulated without touching it? Slime that you can draw on with a UV light and watch glow in the dark? It’s all here, a veritable buffet of oozing experimentation for all ages.Get it at Amazon.comPink Slime Mini PlushIn the world of video games, you’d be hard-pressed to find a success story like Slime Rancher. The indie game from small studio Monomi Park perfectly hooked players with a reward loop that was low-key and satisfying, and it became a massive multiplatform phenomenon. Needless to say, with that comes tie-in merch. There are a bunch of plush versions of the game’s creatures, but we endorse the four-inch pink slime for cuteness and snuggleability. Just don’t get any of the other slime on this list on it, or unwanted hybridization may occur.Get it at Amazon.comJabba The Hutt Slime LabIf you need a little Star Wars in your slime play, this is the kit for you. “Recreate some of the disgusting and oozing substances found inside Jabba’s Palace,” says the package description. If we’re being honest, that doesn’t sound tremendously sanitary. Some of the things you can make include “mucus trail glaze” and “dungeon scum diamonds,” both of which you can gleefully pour over your Slave Leia action figure (not included).Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop SlimerThe vast majority of Funko Pops share the same body sculpt, which obviously cuts down on production time but can leave them looking a little samey. For our money, the coolest ones are the characters where they have to innovate a little bit to present them true to form, like this take on Slimer from the Ghostbusters franchise. Eschewing a torso for goopy trails of slime that hold him aloft, this hits a sweet and weird spot in between the movie’s design and Funko’s aesthetic. And check out those teeth!Get it at Amazon.comSuper Slime StudioHere’s another well-reviewed slime creation kit that lets you express your inner artist by manufacturing a ludicrous array of goops, foams and slimes. In addition to the popular standard slimes, this comes with all sorts of interesting chemicals to add in to produce slime that crunches, glows in the dark, shifts colors through rainbow hues, and more. The crank-activated mixer helps save strain on your wrists as you become a neighborhood slime mogul.Get it at Amazon.comDisgusting & Gross Science SetThe technical term for what gives slime its elasticity is “cross-linked polymers,” and if you want to learn more about the science behind the slime while also creating some seriously gross substances, this is the kit for you. You can use the massive amounts of included ingredients and substances to make farting putty, levitating eyeballs, and all sorts of other nastiness. Although the instructions are written for younger readers, there’s still plenty of immature grown-up fun to be had here.Get it at Amazon.comLiquid Glass Thinking PuttyCrazy Aaron’s is one of the leading lights in the slime marketplace, constantly releasing new and interesting formulations for ASMR heads and people who love to stretch and squish. One of the coolest is their Liquid Glass Thinking Putty, a slime product that’s virtually translucent. As you knead and work it, it clouds over, but let it sit for a while and it’ll return to transparency. Pretty cool stuff that’s not like any other slime on the market.Get it at Amazon.comPoopsie Slime Surprise UnicornUnboxing and “surprise” toys are the other hot trend of the current year, so what happens when you combine that with the slime fad? You get a unicorn that takes glittery, gooey dumps. The Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn was one of the most popular toys of the holiday season, so you might as well get on board the fecal explosion train now. Feed the horned horse “unicorn food” mixed with lukewarm water, wait a second and it’ll take a glittery gout of slime diarrhea from its heart-shaped butthole. You think we’re kidding but we’re absolutely not. This thing is real and you should own one.Get it at Amazon.comMore on Coolest Remote-Controlled Toys12 Most Powerful Star Wars Toys11 Best Final Fantasy Toyslast_img read more

US files charges against Huawei and Meng Wanzhou China calls indictment immoral

first_imgUS announces new criminal charges against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei at the Department of Justice January 28, 2019 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe trade tussle between the United States and China is set to deepen as the US filed two criminal charges against equipment maker Huawei on Monday, January 28.The Justice Department has accused Huawei of trying to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile promising payment to employees stealing confidential information, and violating Iran sanctions. In addition, the agency has also unveiled charges against Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou and is seeking her extradition to the US.Wanzhou was arrested by the Canadian officials at the Vancouver airport on December 1 on behalf of the US.Today we are announcing that we are bringing criminal charges against telecommunications giant Huawei and its associates for nearly two dozen alleged crimes,” CNN Business quoted acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker as saying. “China must hold its citizens and Chinese companies accountable for complying with the law.”Speaking of allegations that Huawei violated Iran sanctions, Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security said thus: “Huawei and its Chief Financial Officer broke US law and have engaged in a fraudulent financial scheme that is detrimental to the security of the United States. They willfully conducted millions of dollars in transactions that were in direct violation of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, and such behaviour will not be tolerated.”FBI Director Christopher Wray also discussed the matter during a press conference and said that Huawei functioned against the laws and ethics that American companies followed and instead “relied on dishonest business practices.””The prosperity that drives our economic security is inherently linked to our national security,” Wray added. “And the immense influence that the Chinese government holds over Chinese corporations like Huawei represents a threat to both.”The US has been voicing concerns about Huawei operations since 2016, claiming that the brand could install back doors in their equipment, which would, in turn, let them monitor users of the device in the US. Even though the brand had categorically denied these allegations, the Pentagon had stopped providing Huawei devices to its armed forces and retailer Best Buy too stopped the sale of Huawei products.After the US revealed the charges, China lashed out it and said that the indictment was “unfair” and “immoral.” China foreign ministry expressed concerns and also suspected that this could be the US’ way of suppressing the success of the Chinese firm, reported Reuters. The chief financial officer of China’s global telecommunications giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada and faces extradition to the United StatesFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty ImagesHuawei’s response to indictment Huawei too has spoken of the incident and told CNBC that it was “disappointed” with the charges that the US has brought against the company.After Ms. Meng’s arrest, the Company sought an opportunity to discuss the Eastern District of New York investigation with the Justice Department, but the request was rejected without explanation. The allegations in the Western District of Washington trade secret indictment were already the subject of a civil suit that was settled by the parties after a Seattle jury found neither damages nor willful and malicious conduct on the trade secret claim.”The Company denies that it or its subsidiary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations of U.S. law set forth in each of the indictments, is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion.”‘Serious damage to Sino-Canada relations’The tussle between the US and China has also dogged Canada. After Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian officials, Beijing issued a stern warning to Canadian ambassador John McCallum and the Chinese foreign ministry had warned of “grave consequences” for the CFO’s arrest. Xinhua, in a commentary, had also said that Wanzhou’s arrest had caused “serious damage to Sino-Canada relations.”On January 14, a court in China sentenced Canadian man Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death for smuggling drugs. The Canadian, said to be about 36 years old, was arrested in 2014 for planning to smuggle over 200 kg of methamphetamine from China to Australia. Schellenberg was handed a 15-year imprisonment in 2018, but the court agreed to look into the matter after an appeal was made saying that the punishment was too lenient.Schellenberg retrial and death sentence is being seen as Beijing’s way of expressing its displeasure with Canada. His arrest and the earlier trial received no coverage from the Chinese media, but Schellenberg has made headlines since the Huawei CFO’s detention.Former Canadian ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques also believes that Schellenberg’s sentence was pre-decided. “I think it shows clearly that they wanted to apply the rules maybe with more zeal than they would have otherwise,” Reuters quoted him as saying.The other thing that I think has to be noticed is the fact that they invited foreign journalists to attend the trial. They claimed that it’s for transparency purposes. Well, if that is the case, they could have started doing that years ago. think all this was orchestrated.”last_img read more

Full Show Political Roundup And Rating Cell Phone Service In Houston June

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Families who’ve been separated at the border need to be reunited within 30 days, according to a federal court ruling Tuesday. With a potential shelter for migrant children inching closer to opening in Houston, how could this decision affect that facility and others already open?Also this hour: From Supreme Court rulings on Pres. Trump’s controversial travel ban and Texas Congressional districts, to the latest primary election results, to the lack of civility in politics, our experts discuss the latest global, national, state, and local political stories.Then, we take a closer look at a recent ranking of cell phone providers in Greater Houston. And we take a tour of HSPVA’s new campus under construction downtown.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img X 00:00 /50:23last_img read more

Marilyn Mosby Baltimore Prosecutor Charges 6 Baltimore Officers in Grays Death

first_imgMarilyn Mosby, Baltimore state’s attorney, pauses while speaking during a media availability, Friday, May 1, 2015 in Baltimore. Mosby announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)(AP) Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges May 1 against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying “no one is above the law.”“Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared. His arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter, she said.The announcement came after nearly two weeks of growing anger over Freddie Gray’s death, and only hours after State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby received the results of a police investigation.Mosby announced the stiffest charge û second-degree “depraved heart” murder û against the driver of the police van. Other officers face charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest.Mosby said the switchblade officers accused Gray of illegally carrying clipped inside his pants pocket was in fact a legal knife, and no justification for his arrest.Mosby said she comes from five generations of police officers, and that the charges against these six officers should in no way damage the relationship between police and prosecutors in Baltimore.Her announcement came as the city braced for two move waves of protests Friday and Saturday focused on the case.last_img read more

Get the art of accessorising right

first_imgConfused about what type of jewellery will go with your outfit? It is important to pick wisely, wear with style and flaunt it with grace, says an expert. * Corporate dressing: Minimalistic and sleek designs go best – be it bracelets, pendants or earrings. They not only refine your outfit, but also add a subtle bling, giving your outfit a classy finish. One should not wear blingy and sparkling pieces to their workplace. Men can opt lapel pins to enhance their look and top it up with a leather strap watch. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* With casuals: Bold colours if paired well can take the style quotient several notches higher. Club your casuals with stylish necklaces, multi-coloured bracelets and bold statement pieces that are eye-catching and at the same time exude casual elegance.Similarly, men can opt for multiple leather bands and experiment with big stainless steel watches. Accessorise with trendy pieces such as decorative rings and fashionable belt buckles, which are great add-ons. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Evening party: For women opting for gowns and dresses, it is recommended to keep it subtle, especially if your outfit is made of bold colours with shimmer and sequence. For flowy or straight-cut outfits, you can choose a big piece of jewellery in a contrast colour to add a regal touch.Men wearing tuxedos or suits should not forget to add a stylish pair of cufflinks. Also, a pocket watch can elevate the overall appeal by adding an opulent grace.* For festive occasions: Follow the rule of the opposites here. For instance, if your sari, suit or lehenga is lavish, balance it out by keeping your jewellery light, and in matching with tones of your outfit. The wedding season brings forth many opportunities to flaunt your ethic, traditional jewellery, as it accentuates both, light and heavy outfits. You can always experiment with fusion jewellery, which is a blend of traditional and modern jewellery, and is currently in vogue.While dressing for a festive occasion, men should choose their colour combinations carefully – a light bottom wear should be paired up with a dark upper and vice-versa. They can experiment with embossed metal or meenakari buttons for their kurta and wear a light gold chain. Bracelets in silver (even gold and rose gold) and kadas are also a great option for men.last_img read more

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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content Feature | September 15, 2014 Improved Survival Shown in Early-stage Hodgkin’s Disease Patients Who Receive Radiation Therapy Study included more than 41,000 patients across the United States from 1998 to 2011 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more September 15, 2014 — Patients with stage I and II Hodgkin’s Disease who receive consolidated radiation therapy (RT) have a higher 10-year survival rate of 84 percent, compared to 76 percent for patients who did not receive RT; and, the data also shows a decrease in utilization of RT, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 56th Annual Meeting.Researchers evaluated clinical features and survival outcomes among 41,502 patients diagnosed with stage I and II Hodgkin’s Disease from 1998 to 2011 from a prospectively collected database—the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), which is comprised of cases from 1,500 sites and represents >75 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. The average patient age was 37 (range: 18 – 90), with a median follow-up of 7.5 years. The association between RT use, co-variables and outcome were assessed in a multivariate Cox proportional hazards model. Survival was estimated using the Kaplan-Meier method.Multi-agent chemotherapy was administered to 96 percent (39,842) of the patients, and 49 percent (20,441) of patients received a median RT dose of 30.6 Gy. The 10-year overall survival of the entire group was 80.8 percent, with patients receiving RT having a statistically significant improved overall survival rate at 10 years, when compared to those not receiving RT (84.4 percent vs. 76.4 percent; p<0.00001). Additionally, the omission of RT was related to higher rates of salvage transplant procedures performed.Despite this benefit, the utilization of RT for patients with early-stage Hodgkin’s Disease decreased at the study sites from 56 percent to 41 percent between 1998 and 2011; and in 88.4 percent of the patients, the physician-reported reason given for not administering RT was that it was not part of the planned initial treatment strategy. The research also indicated that RT use was associated with younger patients (=40 years), who are in a higher socioeconomic status, who had access to health insurance, and who received treatment at comprehensive cancer centers (all p<0.0001).“Multiple prospective, randomized trials have shown a significant improvement in disease control with the addition of RT, however previous trials were limited by low patient numbers and limited follow-up and thus, were unable to demonstrate an overall survival benefit,” said lead study author Rahul R. Parikh, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “This is the largest dataset in this patient population to demonstrate a survival benefit with the addition of RT. Given that the utilization of RT was associated with younger age, insurance status, higher socioeconomic status, and treatment at comprehensive cancer centers, we have highlighted ongoing disparities in Hodgkin’s Disease treatment and it is important that we recognize these findings as potential barriers to care. Given the survival benefit demonstrated in this study, radiotherapy should be included in the combined modality approach of multi-agent chemotherapy followed by consolidation RT in order to maintain high overall survival rates for this curable disease.”For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a... read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World's Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive... read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated... read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of... read morelast_img read more

Jordan Tourism Board collaborates with Pammi Aunty to showcase tourism

first_imgSsumier Pasricha and his Internet-breaking hit sensation Punjabi alter-ego Pammi Aunty has entered into collaboration with Jordan Tourism Board, India Office, to promote the country’s tourism.The actor will be travelling in Jordan and visit destinations comprising Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and Amman, from where he will be making and posting videos. “Imagine Pammi Aunty swimming in the Dead Sea and calling Sarla Pehnji! It will be fun,” said Ssumier Pasricha.“Pammi Aunty in Jordan has already become an Internet sensation within a few hours of the first teaser video; and will mark a turning point for Jordan tourism and arrival numbers for Indians to Jordan,” commented Ashit Taneja, Country Manager, Jordan Tourim Board, India Office.The first video will have Pammi Aunty talking about being invited to Jordan. “She obviously doesn’t know anything about the country, so she will start reading about it,” says Ssumier, who is currently working on the creatives.last_img read more

Trade deficit widens 22 to €28bn Cystat says

Cyprus’s trade deficit widened 2.2 per cent, to over €2.8bn, in the first eight months of the year compared to the respective period of last year mainly on increased imports, the statistical service said.Total imports rose 5.5 per cent in January to August, compared to the respective period of 2016, to over €4.8bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website. Total exports rose 10 per cent to over €2bn.Imports from other European Union members dropped by 7 per cent in the first eight months of the year, to below €3.1bn, while exports plunged 31 per cent, to €756.6m, Cystat said. Imports from third countries rose 27 per cent to below €1.8bn, while exports rose 35 per cent, to €440.4m.Excluding the import and export of transport equipment such as ships and aircraft, in the first eight months the value of imports was almost €4bn compared to €3.3bn the previous year while the value of exports rose to €1.4bn, from €1.1bn respectively.You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Best Compact SUV Cars. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today!Yahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. MartyUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Hepatitis C – Research About Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more

House ceremony marks 911 anniversary Rep Potvin Lt Street honor first responders

first_img State Rep. Phil Potvin and guest Lt. David Street, Michigan State Police Cadillac Post commander, today took part in the annual 9/11 memorial service conducted by the Michigan House of Representatives. The ceremony honored four first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty in Michigan the past year, and marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America.“Today we pay our respects to those Michigan first responders who gave their lives in service to our State protecting others,” said Potvin, R-Cadillac.  “The ceremony is also a solemn reminder of the terrorist attacks on our nation, as well as a time to offer prayers for the victims and their families. It was an honor to have Lt. Street with me today as we said thanks to all of our hometown heroes.”In addition, lawmakers paid tribute to Department of Corrections Deputy Corrections Keeper George Haight, who was killed in the line of duty at Jackson Prison in 1893 during an inmate escape attempt. His name was recently inscribed in the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.The proceedings featured the ringing of a fire bell following the reading of the names of each first responder who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2013, special music by a fire department bagpiper and “Taps” played by two members of the Grand Ledge Marching Band. 11Sep House ceremony marks 9/11 anniversary, Rep. Potvin, Lt. Street honor first responders Categories: Newslast_img read more