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Pamela Anderson Wants To Talk To Canadian Prime Minister About Sealing Subsidies

first_imgThis week, PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking to meet with him and discuss ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter, as Norway recently did.“Congratulations on your new role as prime minister,” wrote the star. “I admire your progressive views on LGBT rights and your compassionate stance on the Syrian refugee crisis. I also commend you for naming a gender-balanced Cabinet, as you said, “Because it’s 2015.” There’s another issue that has sullied Canada at home and abroad for years, which I hope you’ll address: wasteful government bailouts of the nearly extinct East Coast commercial seal trade. As a concerned Canadian and as an honorary director of PETA, which has more than 280,000 members and supporters in Canada, I’d like to meet with you in person to discuss this issue.“All major markets have rejected seal products: The U.S., the European Union, and Russia have all banned seal-fur imports because of animal-welfare concerns. Former Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea admitted that China has said no to seal meat despite years of marketing efforts to create a demand there. World leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, have expressed opposition to the industry, and even local sentiment is changing, as this editorial shows. Still, the government pours millions of tax dollars into propping up this dying industry, which has long cost Canada more money to support than it brings in.“I urge you to usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility and kindness by ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter, as Norway recently did. This tiny off-season trade makes up less than 1 percent of Newfoundland’s economy. Might you be available to discuss cutting or phasing out subsidies to this controversial, faded off-season trade? The money could be much more wisely spent promoting other Canadian businesses with a brighter future that would make the world see us as the sophisticated, enlightened modern country that we want to be. I hope to hear that you will be available in the coming weeks to discuss this important issue in a more official setting.”last_img read more

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Light rains expected in city

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiities woke up to a pleasant Thursday morning, with drizzle witnessed in some parts of the national capital. The Safdarjung observatory, recording for which is considered official for the city, recorded 2.2 mm rainfall.According to a Met department official, the minimum temperature was recorded at 23.4 degrees Celsius and humidity was recorded at 88 per cent at 8.30 am.The maximum temperature is expected to settle at 35 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has predicted generally cloudy sky. Thunderstorm with very light rain accompanied with lightning and gusty winds. On Wednesday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 24.3 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature was recorded at 35.7 degrees Celsius.last_img

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Security Council urges reliable support for African peacekeepers in Somalia

“The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to AMISOM [the AU mission) and expressed their continued appreciation for the commitment of troops by the troop contributing countries,” the Council said in a press statement after hearing briefings from B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, and Ramtane Lamamra, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security. The Council reaffirmed its full support for the Djibouti Agreement as the basis for the resolution of the conflict in Somalia, the Kampala Accord and the Roadmap to end the transition in Somalia by August this year. Member of the Council commended the unity of purpose demonstrated at the recent Constitutional Conference held in the Somali town of Garowe, and encouraged inclusive and representative dialogue with the Somali people on the draft constitution. They urged the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) to remain united, demonstrate strong political will, and focus on the timely implementation of the roadmap. Future international support to the TFI would be contingent on the completion of their tasks, they stressed. The Council also expressed its readiness to support action against spoilers who seek to undermine the peace process in Somalia. It stressed its grave concern over the continuing dire humanitarian situation, and the thanked humanitarian community for their tireless efforts to alleviate the suffering, as well as aid donors for their generous contributions. In his briefing, Mr. Pascoe urged the international community to provide the TFG with the means it needs to become more cohesive and inclusive, while strengthening its ability to deal with the security challenges, carry out reconstruction and collect revenue. “Irrespective of the structure of the State to be defined by the constitution, it is vital that Somalis have a national security sector,” he said. He voiced concern over the impact of the current parliamentary crisis over the post of the Speaker, and appealed to the international community to support the interim Government to resolve dispute through dialogue. “On the security front, Al-Shabaab continues to be a threat despite its withdrawal from Mogadishu in August. It has stepped up its suicide attacks in the capital. A concerted military offensive of the African Union Mission in Somalia and regional powers may present a chance of defeating them,” he said. He outlined a strategy focusing on five areas to ensure Somalia’s political, economic, and social development, and identified the main challenges facing the country. The first is to ensure that the final draft of the constitution is completed by 20 April and adopted by a National Constituent Assembly the following month. That will be followed by the election of a new parliament to be sworn in by mid-June, Mr. Pascoe said. The timetable is ambitious timetable, but he reiterated that there was consensus, both inside and outside of Somalia, that there will be no extension of the current transition period, which is due to expire in August. Mr. Pascoe also stressed the importance of expanding the control of the Government throughout the country, especially in areas that have been recently recovered from Al-Shabaab. Improving governance and promoting transparency in the use of financial resources in the country, as well as increasing the capacity of the TGF security forces are also key priorities. Revitalizing Somalia’s economic activity and making sure that basic services are delivered to the population is also crucial, Mr. Pascoe pointed out, adding that reconstruction has already started in various areas of the country and new businesses are beginning to emerge. Mr. Lamamra told the Council that despite the obstacles, there has been significant progress in Somalia, which should encourage the international community to continue providing support. “In spite of severe challenges of a devastating humanitarian crisis, the gains made on the ground have created an unprecedented window of opportunity to further peace and reconciliation, and help the Somali people open a new chapter in their troubled history,” he said. 11 January 2012The Security Council today called for predictable, reliable and timely resources to support the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia to strengthen its capability to help the country’s transitional government implement its commitments to restore peace and stability. read more

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Annan welcomes improvements in tackling scourge of landmines

In a report to the General Assembly measuring the progress achieved on the issue since 2001, Mr. Annan says the work of United Nations agencies has helped many mine-affected countries to respond more effectively and quickly to the problem.In Afghanistan, for example, the UN Mine Action Service managed the centre that runs the country’s anti-mine programme. Last year about 78 square kilometres of land were cleared, more than 22 square kilometres returned to local communities for their use and another 160 square kilometres were surveyed.Mr. Annan says countries are now more willing to work collaboratively against landmines, consulting and sharing information not just with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups but other nations as well.States are also more pro-active about educating their citizens about the dangers posed by landmines, which kill or injure between 15,000 and 20,000 people every year. In April and May this year the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ran a project in eastern Chad that taught some 100,000 people about the risks.For its part, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) helped many governments, including those of Iraq, Mozambique and Yemen, construct their national strategies, including details about mine clearance and survivor assistance.Mr. Annan adds that donors increasingly recognize the value of supporting mine action work from development and reconstruction budgets, instead of only through humanitarian and emergency budgets. read more

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Mountain music festival planned at Carter Caves

Source: Kentucky Tourism Department OLIVE HILL, Ky. (AP) – A mountain music festival is planned at Carter Caves State Resort Park next month.A statement from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says that the Fraley Mountain Music Gatherin ‘ will be held Sept. 4-7 and feature traditional music from the hills of eastern Kentucky.- Advertisement – The festival is named for J.P. Fraley, who was known for collecting fiddle titles at festivals in Appalachia.Regional musicians will jam in parking lots and around campfires while concerts will be held in the park’s amphitheater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.The statement says guest will hear a variety of folk, old-time, western, early country, and other musical genres.Related Article: Paddling trips offered in April, May by Carter Caves State Resort Park(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)8/16/2019 4:43:12 AM (GMT -4:00) read more

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Southern edges NAIA Wiley College 7465

BATON ROUGE, La. — Sidney Umude had 18 points, Jayden Saddler scored five points in the final three minutes and Southern edged NAIA Wiley College 74-65 on Tuesday night.Ferontay Banks gave Wiley a 62-61 lead with 5:32 remaining after making a 3-pointer, but Eddie Reese hit a 3 at the other end to restore Southern’s lead. Wiley was within 66-65 but Southern scored seven straight points, with five from Saddler, to seal it.Reese had 16 points, five rebounds and five assists for Southern (1-6). Saddler finished with 11 points. Aaron Ray added six points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals.Joshua Hamilton was 10 of 25 from the field and scored 25 points for Wiley. Hamilton and Ferontay Banks each made four 3-pointers, with Banks adding 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Lord Akah had 10 points and 10 rebounds.The Associated Press read more

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Irish Daily Mail to pay damages over McAreavey photo

first_imgTHE IRISH DAILY Mail has agreed to pay damages and legal costs over the publication of photographs, including one of John McAreavey, during the trial of two men accused of murdering his wife Michaela.Paul Tweed of Johnsons Solicitors said that the Irish Daily Mail’s publication of a photograph of his client John McAreavey, which was interspersed within a series of CCTV stills of a German couple arguing, “could not have been published at a more difficult and sensitive time while criminal proceedings had been ongoing in Mauritius”.Although John is satisfied with this categoric and comprehensive apology before the Court this morning, together with the payment of appropriate damages and his legal costs, the article should not have been published in the first place.He said that John “remains very grateful for the support he has received from the media”, and:he hopes that this will continue with a view to ensuring that absolutely no stone is left unturned in bringing those responsible for Michaela’s murder to justice.Michaela McAreavey was murdered while on honeymoon with her husband John in January 2011. Two former employees of the former Legends (now Lux) Hotel, where she was found dead, were found not guilty of her murder following a trial last summer.Read: PSNI in Mauritius to assist in Michaela McAreavey investigation>Read: Michaela’s family to pursue legal action against Mauritius hotel>last_img read more

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Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Proves The Potential of Nintendo Switch

first_imgStay on target For the longest time I actually didn’t know what else new I would have to say about Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, the latest Nintendo Switch port of a Wii U game this time based on the 2014 Super Mario 3D World spin-off. While I beat the game back in the day, it is, by design, a bit slight. A sorbet of a game bumping up the tiny Mario sidekick to a starring role. And reviewing this as if it was a whole new game didn’t seem that exciting or useful.However, after replaying a good chunk of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Nintendo Switch, I started to realize the variety of ways being on a new machine helps this old game serve as an example of what I love about Nintendo console/handheld hybrid and its potential. Those were totally original thoughts, and therefore thoughts worth sharing with the rest of you.First off, it’s still great whenever a Wii U gets a second chance at life. Although these games couldn’t save the machine from financial failure, Captain Toad and fellow Wii U refugees like Bayonetta 2, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, and Mario Kart 8 were all gems that deserve the bigger audience and sales potential that comes from being on Nintendo Switch. The handful of Super Mario Odyssey levels aren’t quite enough new content to justify double-dipping, but they are a cool addition.At $40 Captain Toad also serves as an encouraging example of Nintendo exploring different budget pricing tiers for different scales of Switch games. As both handheld and console, the Switch has the unique opportunity to showcase a wide spectrum of games of all sizes that previously would have only made sense on one type of device. The library of games could be more varied and just bigger with all of Nintendo development resources funneled towards it. The recent Sushi Striker also fills this “B-tier/elevated handheld game” niche. Both are available on 3DS as well, but crucially they aren’t exclusive to the old platform.Captain Toad’s humble ambitions do a great job showing the versatility of the Switch hardware itself. I played some of it on the TV with my girlfriend using one Joy-Con to guide the Captain while using motion aiming with another Joy-Con to launch Super Mario Bros. 2 turnip projectiles.But it’s really perfect as a sort of high-end mobile game and therefore shines on the Switch tablet. The touch screen just makes sense for navigating the Monument Valley-esque puzzle box rooms. And the huge number of brief bite-sized levels easily fill up any amount of down time you may have. But because it’s on Switch, the visual style is charming and beautiful in a way beyond your average free-to-play time/money sink.And while this isn’t unique to the Nintendo Switch version, seeing as this is largely a Wii U, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is just a cool little game you always love to see Nintendo make more of. It’s almost a new franchise in the vein of Splatoon or Arms. Navigating these dense spaces without the ability to jump is a very creative almost deconstructionist gimmick given how important jumping is to Nintendo’s core characters. It’s an anti-platformer. Meanwhile Captain Toad himself, with his bold adventure outfit and jaunty theme song, totally deserves a playable character spot in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, certainly more than Waluigi.Is Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker the next massive Nintendo Switch release like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey? No. Heck, thanks to Octopath Traveler it’s arguably not even the biggest Switch game releasing on July 13. But the fact a game like this can show up and (hopefully) thrive on Switch I think is proof of the healthy promising gaming ecosystem Nintendo’s latest hit machine has fostered.Buy it now!Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.Nintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

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No Police investigation PNP PDM Signs targeted by Vandals

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 25, 2016 – Signs being slashed, splattered with dirt, toppled and even taken and the political candidates cannot be happy about it.   An expensive investment to ask for voters’ support are these street signs, and vandals are getting worse with more and more reports coming in from the PDM and PNP parties only so far.When Magnetic Media checked in with Police, they were uncertain of any official reports so likely there is no investigation in these matters.  Vandalism is a crime.last_img

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US Customs snags major drug bust on Nassau Boat in Miami

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#NassauBoatInvolvedInMiamiDrugBust Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMiami, Florida, July 12th 2017: Five people have been arrested in Miami after 150 pounds (68 kilos) of cocaine were found on a fishing boat that was stopped near the Miami River on Tuesday.The find is said to have a street value of $2,720,000.00.U.S. Customs and Border Protection boarded the boat, Wes Win, one of two boats coming from Nassau. During a normal inspection and search, the officers found 70 packages of cocaine in blue bundled boxes that were behind a stack of Junkanoo Punch soda cans. Officers are said to have taken the two crew members and three passengers, including one who was underage, into custody for questioning. No names of those apprehended have been releasedReports say the 150 pounds was found on the first boat, while no cocaine was found on the second boat.Miami-Dade Police’s Marine Patrol assisted in the search and Homeland Security has taking over the investigation.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

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2018 Top Story Rebecca Zahau wrongful death case evidence review

first_img Sasha Foo, December 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 27, 2018 Sasha Foo center_img Updated: 10:58 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- From the moment that 32 year old Rebecca Zahau was found nude, bound and gagged and hanging from a balcony at her millionaire boyfriend’s Coronado mansion in 2011, there were questions about how she died.On her death certificate, the manner of death is listed as suicide. But seven years later, in a San Diego courtroom last February, the family of Rebecca Zahau set out to prove she was murdered.The defendant in the case was 54 year old Adam Shacknai, the younger brother of Rebecca’s boyfriend. Keith Greer, the attorney for the Zahau family argued that Adam Shacknai killed Rebecca after some type of confrontation in the mansion and staged her death to look like a suicide.Each side brought in their own expert witnesses with conflicting interpretations of the evidence; the knots in the rope around her hands, the mysterious message painted on the door and the injuries to Rebecca’s body.Of all the evidence presented to the jury, attorney Keith Greer believed a knife handle covered in Rebecca’s menstrual blood convinced the jury that Rebecca was sexually assaulted.However, Adam Shacknai’s defense attorney said in court that there was no evidence, no DNA and no telltale fingerprints to show that Adam Shacknai had any sort of involvement.One of the trial’s most dramatic moments came during closing arguments, when Greer displayed a life sized mannequin and played a recording of Adam Shacknai’s call to 911 that morning. The family’s attorney argued that Shacknai did not act like someone who had just discovered a suicide.It took less than four hours for the jury to come back with a verdict: Adam Shacknai was responsible for the death of Rebecca Zahau. The jury in the civil trial ordered Shacknai, a tugboat captain, to pay $5 million to the Zahau family for the loss of Rebecca’s companionship.It was a verdict that surprised Sheriff Bill Gore. “I have to say I was shocked when they came back and found Adam Shacknai somehow responsible,” Gore said.Although the trial was over, the Zahau family was not ready to accept the sheriff’s conclusion that Rebecca died by suicide. The family asked for a second review of the evidence, which the sheriff agreed to conduct with a new set of investigators. The results of the review were announced in December. The review resulted in the same finding as the initial assessment seven years ago.“There’s no doubt in my mind that Rebecca Zahau committed suicide,” Gore said.While the sheriff acknowledged there will always be those with questions and doubts, attorney Keith Greer said the evidence clearly showed that Zahau’s death was not a suicide.“The evidence here shows that the sheriff made an initial decision that is clearly wrong and stuck by that decision later. The only way that happens in my mind is one of two things or a combination of two things- one is incompetence and two is corruption,” Greer said.Gore said he did not think the attorney was able to argue the facts of the case “and so he comes out with ‘There’s some sort of conspiracy or corruption.’ Yeah, I take that personally. I think it’s offensive and inappropriate.”The family of Rebecca Zahau has not collected any money to date. Greer said the civil lawsuit was not about money, but an effort to get the Sheriff’s Department to re-open an investigation.In the coming year, Greer plans to petition the Medical Examiner to change his finding of suicide. The legal team for Adam Shacknai also has plans for 2019. In January, his attorneys will return to court in San Diego to ask a judge to reverse the jury’s verdict and grant Shacknai a new trial. 2018 Top Story: Rebecca Zahau wrongful death case, evidence reviewlast_img read more

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As Legislature Make Progress On Adjourning KABATA Bill Falls Apart

first_imgLess than two hours after the combative House and Senate seemed to reach a truce on education, a bill dealing with the proposed Knik Arm Bridge fell apart on the House floor.Download AudioThe House rejected the Senate’s version by one vote on Wednesday night. Because 21 votes are required to pass legislation, the bill came up short when it got 20 yeas and 18 nays. Six Republicans broke ranks with their party to oppose the bill. They were Mike Hawker of Anchorage, Mia Costello of Anchorage, Lindsey Holmes of Anchorage, Kurt Olson of Kenai, Eric Feige of Chickaloon, and Paul Seaton of Homer. Two Republicans who were expected to support the bill were not present because of excused absences. Rep. Bob Lynn of Anchorage was excused for a family illness, while Rep. Lora Reinbold of Eagle River was absent because of a planned vacation.While the bill originated in the House, it was dramatically changed in the Senate after an audit suggested that the project may be uneconomic. The new version sets up a financing plan for the billion-dollar bridge that involves a mix of federal highway grants, federal loans, and state bonds.Because the House failed to concur, the bill may be sent to “free” conference committee with the power to rewrite it – just like was done with the education bill this week. That could extend a legislative session that has already gone three full days over its statutory deadline. While the Senate still needs to agree, the House has already named Kodiak Republican Alan Austerman, Chugiak Republican Bill Stoltze, and Anchorage Democrat Harriet Drummond.The bridge bill is a major priority of Senate President Charlie Huggins, a Wasilla Republican.last_img read more

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Sensex Plunges 449 Points Realty Stocks Tank

first_imgA benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), which crashed by 660 points on Tuesday, again plunged 449.39 points or 1.65 percent in the afternoon session on Wednesday.The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 123 points or 1.49 percent down at 8,113.45 points.The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,230.68 points, was trading at 26,738.99 points (at 12.23 p.m.) down 449.39 points or 1.65 percent from the previous day’s close at 27,188.38 points.The Sensex has touched a high of 27,276.22 points and a low of 26,698.26 points in the intra-day trade so far.In the 12 sector-based indices of the BSE heavy selling was observed in realty, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), power and consumer durables sectors.The S&P BSE realty index plunged by 8.31 percent, FMCG index dropped by 3.86 percent, power index fell by 2.92 percent and consumer durables index went down by 2.54 percent.last_img read more

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Kurigram road crash kills 3 bikers

first_imgRoad Accident logoThree motorcyclists were killed in a road accident in Kurigram’s Amtoli on Monday morning.The deceased were Motaleb, 35, Sohel, 32, and Sujon, 30, hailing from Santospur union of Nageshwari upazila.The accident took place on Nageshwari-Bhurungamari road where the motorcycle hit a roadside tree around 9:30am, leaving Motaleb dead on the spot and two others injured, said Afzalul Islam, officer-in-charge of Nageshwari police station.The injured were taken to Nageshwari Health Complex where Sohel succumbed to his injures.Later, Sujon died on the way to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.last_img

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Whats Driving New Car Sales In Houston To Fluctuate

first_imgNew vehicle sales in Houston plummeted in June compared to the same month last year, but they picked back up again in July.With such a swing, how do we make sense of Greater Houston’s auto market?Steve McDowell can help. He’s president of Infonation, Inc., a firm that mines auto sales data for the Texas auto industry. He tells us what might be driving the car sales market in Houston, how Houston compares to the rest of Texas and the nation, why new vehicles are gaining — and losing — popularity in the region, and how long most Houstonians are holding onto their cars. Sharelast_img

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Police Response To Santa Fe School Shooting Remains Unclear

first_img Share Photo by Gail Delaughter | Houston Public Media At this hour the street remains blocked at the suspect’s home in Alvin. Photo by Gail Delaughter | Houston Public MediaSanta Fe High School had conducted active shooter drills, armed police officers patrolled the hallways and students went through a scare in February after a false report of a campus gunman.But in the aftermath of the deadliest public school shooting in Texas history, early witness accounts and recordings from emergency dispatch describe a 30-minute nightmare as the real thing unfolded last week, even as authorities continued to keep details close Sunday.Among the biggest unknowns is when the confrontation began at the high school outside Houston between police and 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who authorities say opened fire on an art lab with a shotgun and .38 caliber handgun shortly after the first bell Friday morning. Pagourtzis wasn’t hit in the attack even though officials have described him engaging in a drawn-out firefight with police.Ten people were killed, most of them students. Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady declined to answer questions about the shootout and investigation Sunday, including whether police may have hit any students in a gunfight with the shooter.He also said autopsy reports won’t be released while the case is pending.The length of the attack appeared to go on longer than most mass shootings that last around eight minutes, said Ben Tisa, a former FBI agent. He said that could make the Santa Fe shooting unusual.“It would be unless they couldn’t find the guy and they had to hunt him,” said Tisa, who now does tactical training in California.Although officials have praised a swift response, it remains unclear just how quickly police got to the art lab on the 1,400-student campus. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, the county’s top administrator, has said police exchanged rounds with Pagourtzis “for quite a while” before he surrendered a half-hour after the first reports of a shooter on campus.“They said there was a lot of firepower and a lot of rounds exchanged,” Henry said.Officials have not yet released 911 tapes but on emergency dispatch recordings from Galveston County, captured by Broadcastify.com, a female voice is heard saying “more shots fired” about 10 minutes after authorities first received reports of gunfire. Five minutes later, a male voice says the suspect is “possibly going to be barricaded” with additional reports of shooting a few minutes after that.“He’s actively shooting. He’s in the art room. We’ve got, we’ve got shots fired right now. We need you all up here,” a male voice says at what appears to be about 15 minutes after the shooting began.Henry said investigators were still working on the timeline and Tisa cautioned that emergency dispatch traffic doesn’t always reflect real time. One Santa Fe school police officer who responded to the attack was shot and remained in critical condition Sunday, according to the University of Texas Medical Branch.Zach Wofford, an 18-year-old senior, was across the hallway when the shooting began and said he heard gunfire that lasted 10 to 15 minutes from the art classroom. That’s where Breanna Quintanilla, a 17-year-old junior, was when the attack began. She said Pagourtzis had aimed at her and missed but that it ricocheted into her right leg.She recalled the voice she heard after the first sound of gunfire in the class: “If you all move, I’m going to shoot you all.”last_img read more

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11 Insane Bollywood Action Movies You Need to See

first_imgSo, there’s your introduction to the craziest flicks Bollywood has to offer, but there are many, many more action movies to discover. Netflix has a pretty solid selection on both streaming and DVD, so get to it and let us know your favorites.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Vintage Shelf: Spike Lee Brings the Heat in ‘Do The Right Thing…Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This Week Stay on target Ek Tha Tiger1/11This Salman Khan vehicle starts off with a wild 12-minute chase scene that blends slow motion with bursts of insane violence, and it just gets better from there. The titular Tiger is India’s top intelligence agent, but when he falls in love with a beautiful ISI operative (played by Katrina Kaif), he goes rogue and leads his handlers on a wild ride around the world. Awesome location shots coupled with solid stunts (and, yes, some dancing) make this a solid introduction to Bollywood spycraft.Watch the trailer here.<><> Although the United States still stands as the center of the global film industry, there are several other countries that make multi-million dollar blockbusters in their own way. One of the most famous is India, which was producing hundreds of films a year by the 1930s. “Bollywood” was the nickname given to Mumbai, one of the hubs of Indian film production, and its movies are pretty different from their American counterparts. Song and dance numbers are ubiquitous — even in genres that typically don’t have them — and films also take influence from classical Indian epics like the Mahabharata with its use of flashbacks and side narratives.If you’ve never sampled the bounty of Indian film, here’s an introduction for the Geek reader of 11 flicks that show the biggest, craziest stuff Bollywood has to offer, from giant robot brawls to gritty underworld action.Just as a note: although “Bollywood” technically only refers to films made in Mumbai, we’re going to widen the lens of this feature to the entire Indian film industry, because there’s plenty of balls-out stuff coming from the rest of the country as well.last_img read more

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Sex Robot So Heavily Damaged She Had To Be Thrown Out After

first_imgStay on target The History of Sexbots in MoviesSexy Robots Help Cure Erectile Dysfunction If you ever wonder why we don’t have nice things, consider the fact that a sex robot doll was totally trashed by visitors to the Arts Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.The doll, which engineer Sergi Santos created, is named Samantha, and it’s programmed to respond to what the creator has called “romance.” She was on display at the show where several visitors decided to do whatever they pleased with her, which ended up with Samantha losing two fingers, having men pressed up against her breasts, legs, and arms, and left “heavily soiled.” By what? Well, we probably don’t want to know what.Speaking to Metro, Santos stated that “People can be bad. Because they did not understand the technology and did not have to pay for it, they treated the doll-like barbarians.” The fact that the doll is programmed to behave more like a real person than some strange willing sex object adds a level of disturbing to these actions. The audacity of people to behave this way when it comes to someone else’s very expensive creation is a little hard to believe, especially with a doll that costs about $4000 to make per unit.AdChoices广告Samantha has three modes: “romantic,” “family,” and “sexy” modes. You can touch her hips, arms, hands, and even kiss her. She will respond to certain touches in different ways.Santos spoke with the Sun about Samantha previously, stating that “regular sex” with the several dolls he’s created has spiced up his marriage, and he attests the dolls can orgasm just like humans can, even “syncing” with him over time.It’s a brave new world out there when it comes to sex and technology, but apparently most people aren’t really ready for it if the way they treated poor Samantha is any indication. Hopefully, if this is the path we’re going down people can learn to be a little more respectful. Can’t we just had nice things!?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Accelerated Breast Radiotherapy PostMastectomy Shortens Treatment Time While Maintaining Tumor Control

first_imgNews | Radiation Therapy | September 28, 2017 Accelerated Breast Radiotherapy Post-Mastectomy Shortens Treatment Time While Maintaining Tumor Control Clinical trial for intermediate-stage breast cancer finds equivalent five-year local/regional control following hypofractionated radiation that reduced treatment from five to three weeks 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 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more 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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more 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 September 28, 2017 — Radiation therapy following mastectomy for intermediate-stage, high-risk breast cancer can be shortened from five to three weeks while maintaining tumor control rates in the breast and surrounding region that are equivalent to conventional treatment, according to new research. The findings were presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Sept. 24-27 in San Diego.Five-year results of a Chinese clinical trial with more than 800 post-mastectomy breast cancer patients confirmed that tumor recurrence rates following 15 daily fractions of radiation delivered over three weeks were not inferior to those following 25 fractions. Patients also experienced fewer side effects following accelerated treatment, indicating that hypofractionated radiation following mastectomy is a safe and effective treatment for locally advanced disease.“Patients with invasive breast cancer receive radiation therapy after tumor-removal surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells and prevent this very aggressive disease from returning,” said Shulian Wang, M.D., one of the study’s lead authors and a radiation oncologist at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China.“This trial demonstrates that we can safely accelerate adjuvant radiation therapy and reduce treatment time by two weeks. This option makes treatment more convenient for patients, reduces medical expenses and allows providers to treat more patients with limited resources.”Of the 820 patients with high-risk breast cancer who enrolled in the trial from 2008 to 2016, 810 were eligible for analysis. The median age was 49 years (range 24-74 years). Nearly all patients (93.9 percent) had stage III breast cancer, and the remaining 6.1 percent had stage II disease.All patients underwent mastectomy and received chemotherapy consisting of taxanes and/or anthracycline-based regimens (specifically, 88.6 percent taxanes and anthracycline, 8.9 percent taxanes-based, 1.9 percent anthracycline-based and 0.6 percent unknown), and some patients received trasuzumab targeted therapy (16.8 percent) and/or hormonal therapy (76.5 percent of all patients; 94.5 percent of those eligible). Patient and disease characteristics did not differ significantly between the treatment groups.Following mastectomy, patients were randomly assigned in even proportions to receive either accelerated (i.e., hypofractionated) or standard (i.e., conventionally fractionated) external beam radiation therapy to the chest wall and supra-infraclavicular nodal region. The accelerated regimen consisted of 43.5 Gray (Gy) delivered in 15 fractions over three weeks, and the standard regimen consisted of 50 Gy delivered in 25 fractions over five weeks. Treatment was delivered via two-dimensional radiation therapy. Median follow- up for surviving patients was 55 months, with an interquartile range of 36 to 79 months.At five years following accelerated treatment, the rate of locoregional recurrence, where disease returns in the breast or region near the breast, was noninferior to the rate for standard treatment. Locoregional recurrence rates were 8.3 percent following accelerated treatment and 8.1 percent following standard treatment (Hazard Ratio (HR) = 1.10, 95 percent CI 0.67-1.83), with a difference of 0.2 percent (95 percent CI = -4.1 to 4.5).Among all patients, the five-year overall survival rate was 84.4 percent, and the disease-free survival rate was 72.7 percent. Five-year overall survival rates were 83.2 percent following accelerated treatment and 85.6 percent following standard treatment (HR = 1.13, 95 percent CI 0.78-1.62). Five-year disease-free survival rates were 74.6 percent for the accelerated treatment arm and 70.7 percent following standard treatment (HR = 0.88, 95 percent CI 0.67-1.16).Rates of distant metastases, where a patient develops tumors outside the region of the original tumor, were 23.2 percent and 26.2 percent at five years for accelerated and standard treatment, respectively (HR = 0.90, 95 percent CI 0.67-1.20). Survival and recurrence rates were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method and analyzed using Cox regression models.The two cohorts did show some differences in terms of treatment-related side effects. Fewer patients in the accelerated treatment group experienced grade 3 acute skin toxicity (3.5 percent versus 7.8 percent of standard- treatment patients; p = 0.008). Rates between the treatment arms were similar for symptomatic radiation pneumonitis, lymphedema and shoulder disorder, and no patients experienced brachial plexopathy. Toxicity rates were compared using Chi-square tests.“Clinicians have seen clear benefits with accelerated radiation therapy to the whole breast after breast-conserving surgery but questions remain about its safety and effectiveness with treating nodal regions. Our trial demonstrates a similar benefit for intermediate-stage breast cancer after mastectomy, in that we reduced treatment time from five weeks to three weeks while preserving high rates of tumor control and tolerability,” said Wang.“The accelerated approach also has practical value for patients. With fewer treatment sessions, patients spend less time away from work and family, enjoy lower transportation costs and, as our findings show, experience fewer side effects.”For more information: www.astro.orgRelated ContentClinical Trials and Cutting-Edge Radiation Oncology Research to Be Featured at ASTRO 2017 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 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 morelast_img read more

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Chinas first lady shines on Latin America trip with Xi

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – President Xi Jinping made history as the first Chinese leader to visit Trinidad and Tobago, but it is his glamorous wife Peng Liyuan who has turned the trip into a media sensation.Peng is stealing the spotlight as she joins Xi on the visit to the dual island country off the coast of Venezuela, the first stop on a tour that will also take the couple to Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States.Neither rain, the throngs jostling to see the visitors, nor the constant burst of camera flashes chronicling her public appearances flustered the impeccably dressed Chinese first lady, a former opera star fluent in English.“She’s a very beautiful person, very warm, and to chat with her in English was very wonderful,” gushed Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar after meeting Peng.Peng understands the celebrity life: before Xi’s rise to power she was a well-known soprano who toured the world promoting Chinese opera and music. For 24 years she also starred in an annual Lunar New Year gala broadcast on Chinese state television.Pictures of Peng are prominent in the official handouts distributed ahead of Xi’s visit. In one photo, Peng appears in her army uniform singing to a crowd of People’s Liberation Army soldiers.“She began as an ordinary soldier, but with her vocal talent later performed during frontline tours to boost morale during the Sino-Vietnamese border conflicts” of the 1980s, according to her official biography. From that reportedly humble beginning, she rose through the ranks to become an army general.Peng has been compared to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife, pop singer Carla Bruni, but the best regional comparison is Angelica Rivera, the ex-soap star queen wife of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.Both women were better known than their husbands before they rose to power, and both brought glamor to first lady positions that had long been relegated to background roles.The wives of China’s leaders kept low profiles since the 1970s downfall of Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong’s last wife and member of the Gang of Four, blamed for many of the Cultural Revolution excesses. Liu Yongqing, the wife of Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao, often accompanied the Chinese president on overseas trips but did non cultivate a public persona.Peng, 50, met Xi through a mutual friend and married her in 1987, according to the official biography. Their only daughter, Xi Mingze, was born in 1992 and is reportedly a student at Harvard University.China has been focusing on Latin America in recent years as the world’s second biggest economy taps into the region’s mineral and oil wealth to fuel growth.China has enormous energy demands, and Trinidad and Tobago is rich in oil and natural gas, and on Saturday the Asian giant and the tiny Caribbean nation, with a population of 1.3 million, signed a agreements on economic cooperation and cultural exchanges. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more