The Nova Scotia Utility and Review board has approved an application by Acadian Intercity Coaches LP to continue transportation service along the Halifax to Yarmouth line run currently serviced by DRL Coachlines Ltd. Acadian Intercity Coaches LP applied to the Utility and Review Board on Tuesday, July 19, for a temporary authority to provide the transportation services. The services include passenger transportation between Halifax and Yarmouth, via Highway 3 and Highway 103, and return, and parcel delivery along the same route. The board approved the application today, July 20. Acadian Intercity Coaches LP may begin its service effective Sunday, July 24. The existing service schedule will remain in effect. Rates will be in accordance with the rate schedule for Acadian Intercity Coaches LP. -30-
APTN National NewsA judge has upheld criminal charges against three Blood Tribe members who took part in a protest against fracking.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has the details.
The RCMP said they pair were last seen driving a 2011 Rav 4, but rumours on social media suggest the vehicle may have been found near Gillam. The RCMP has not yet confirmed those rumours. Kam McLeod is described as:6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsDark brown hair and facial hairBrown eyesBryer Schmegelsky is described as: Originally the pair were considered missing after their truck was found burnt near Dease Lake.Saskatchewan RCMP confirmed the pair were spotted in Meadow Lake on Sunday and continued to travel east.3/4 Both Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were seen in Meadow Lake, SK on Sunday, July 21, 2019. We believe they are continuing to travel.— RCMP Saskatchewan (@RCMPSK) July 24, 2019 6 foot 4Approximately 169 poundsSandy brown hair GILLAM, M.B. – The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky continues in Manitoba.The Mayor of Gillam Manitoba has told CBC Manitoba there is a heavy police presence on the only road in and out of the community. The Mayor went on to say the RCMP haven’t confirmed if the suspects are still in Gillam. The Mayor is also telling residents to stay indoors or travel in groups.In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, the Manitoba RCMP said the two suspects were recently in the Gillam area of Manitoba. Gillam is approximately 1,000km north of Winnipeg by road. PUBLIC SAFETY – Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky MAY be in Manitoba and are considered dangerous. We have reasons to believe they were recently in the Gillam area. If you spot them – take no actions – do not approach – call 911 or your local police immediately. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/yh2yV78oZd— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 23, 2019In a bizarre twist Tuesday, the RCMP named Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky as suspects in the case of three deaths in Northern B.C.
Pennsylvania families win $4.24M verdict against gas driller by Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2016 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 at 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Two couples were awarded nearly $4.25 million on Thursday after a federal jury found one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania was responsible for the contamination of their well water, capping a six-year odyssey that turned their sleepy village into a battleground over the nation’s shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing boom.The verdict in Scranton came at the end of a bitter lawsuit pitting homeowners in Dimock against Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. The company, a prolific driller in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation, said it will appeal, accusing the jury of ignoring “overwhelming scientific and factual evidence that Cabot acted as a prudent operator in conducting its operations.”Dimock was the scene of the most highly publicized case of methane contamination to emerge from the early days of Pennsylvania’s natural-gas drilling boom. State regulators blamed faulty gas wells drilled by Cabot for leaking combustible methane into Dimock’s groundwater. Cabot claimed the methane was naturally occurring and said the problems in the water wells predated Cabot’s arrival.Dozens of plaintiffs settled with Cabot in 2012, but two families opted to take their claims to trial.“They did something wrong. That was the whole point of getting it into the courtroom,” one of the plaintiffs, Scott Ely, told reporters outside the courthouse.Residents first reported problems in the wells in 2008. The water that came out of their faucets turned cloudy, foamy and discolored, and it smelled and tasted foul. Homeowners, all of whom had leased their land to Cabot, said the water made them sick with symptoms that included vomiting, dizziness and skin rashes.A state investigation found that Cabot had allowed gas to escape into the region’s groundwater supplies, contaminating at least 18 residential wells.The plaintiffs’ attorney called the verdict a warning shot that will resonate beyond the courtroom.“Cabot doesn’t care. Industry doesn’t care. They’re the big bucks. Their influence is wide and far. … It’s fine with me if industry takes a big fat hit,” Leslie Lewis said.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of President-elect Donald Trump departs Trump Tower, in New York, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Trump has taken few steps to disentangle from private empire by Julie Bykowicz And Chad Day, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2017 10:30 am MDT Last Updated Jan 9, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. With less than two weeks until his inauguration, he hasn’t stepped very far.Trump has cancelled a handful of international deals and dissolved a few shell companies created for prospective investments. Still, he continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest without precedent in modern U.S. history.The president-elect is expected to give an update on his effort to distance himself from his business at a Wednesday news conference. He told The Associated Press on Friday that he would be announcing a “very simple solution.”Ethics experts have called for Trump to sell off his assets and place his investments in a blind trust, which means something his family would not control. That’s what previous presidents have done.Trump has given no indication he will go that far. He has said he will not be involved in day-to-day company operations and will leave that duty to his adult sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. The president-elect has not addressed the ethical minefield of whether he would retain a financial interest in his Trump Organization.A look at what’s known about what Trump has and hasn’t tried to resolve his business entanglement before his swearing-in:FOREIGN INVESTMENTSTrump has abandoned planned business ventures in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Georgia, India and Argentina. The Associated Press found he has dissolved shell companies tied to a possible business venture in Saudi Arabia.It’s unclear whether those moves are signs that Trump is dismantling the web of companies that make up his business. Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten has insisted none of the closures is related to Trump’s election. He calls them “normal housecleaning.”The Trump Organization still has an expanding reach across the globe: The Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is set to open next month.Trump has said there will be “no new deals” while he’s in office. But Eric Trump, an executive vice-president at the Trump Organization, told Argentinian newspapers last week that the company was open to another business venture in the country.“We would like to find something,” Eric Trump told Clarin, as he toured a Trump building construction site. “We’ll find a project.”The younger Trump did rule out expansion in Russia, at least any time soon.“Is there a possibility sometime in the next 20, 30 years we end up in Russia? Absolutely. Is it right for us right now? Probably not,” Eric Trump said, in a video interview with La Nacion posted on the newspaper’s website.Asked about the potential for conflicts of interest if the business continues to operate, Eric Trump compared the separation between the Trump-led government and Trump-led company to the separation between church and state. “These two things will be unfailingly separate,” he said, adding, “we will not share functions.”___DOMESTIC BUSINESSESOf Trump’s U.S. portfolio, no venture has become more emblematic of the potential conflicts of interest facing Trump than his hotel at the Old Post Office in the nation’s capital. The federal government, which he soon will oversee, holds the lease on the building he turned into a sparkling luxury hotel that opened shortly before Election Day.The terms of Trump’s contract with the government expressly prohibit elected officials from having a financial interest in the property. Democratic senators said the General Services Administration told them that the moment Trump takes office, he would violate the terms of his contractNeither GSA nor Trump transition officials responded to inquiries about what steps, if any, Trump has taken with regard to that contract provision.Trump is still listed as a producer for the reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” He has said he will not spend time working on the show. Financial disclosures he filed during the campaign show his company, Trump Productions, earned about $5.9 million from “The Apprentice” shows in 2015.Trump has a considerable amount of business debt that could put creditors in the position of having leverage over an enterprise with close ties to the U.S. president and his family. Last May, Trump reported on his financial disclosure that he had at least $315 million in debt related to his companies. The disclosed debt, mostly mortgages for his properties, is held by banks, including Deutsche Bank and investors who bought chunks of the debt from the original creditors.___CHARITIESLast month, Trump announced that he would shutter his charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, to avoid conflicts of interest.The decision came after the foundation admitted in a tax filing that in 2015 and an unspecified number of previous years it violated IRS prohibitions against self-dealing, broadly defined as using charity money or assets to benefit Trump, his family, his companies or substantial contributors to the foundation.The New York attorney general’s office has said the foundation cannot dissolve until it completes its investigation into whether Trump used the foundation for personal gain. The attorney general’s office has not said whether the investigation will be wrapped up by Trump inauguration.Eric Trump has decided to shut down his charity, which primarily raised money for St. Jude’s children’s hospital, to pre-empt conflicts of interest. That move came after the younger Trump was found to be offering in a charity auction a coffee date with his sister, Ivanka Trump, who is expected to take a position in the White House.___FAMILYQuestions remain about how Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, who is planning to advise the president, will separate from their own businesses.On Saturday, representatives for Kushner told the AP that he has been talking with the Office of Government Ethics and is exploring taking steps to disentangle himself from his business, The Kushner Companies, in preparation for taking a White House role.Under those plans, Kushner representatives say he would resign as CEO of the real-estate development business, which has been involved in some $7 billion in acquisitions in the past 10 years.Kushner would divest “substantial” assets including his stake in a New York City skyscraper that has been the subject of months of negotiations between Kushner and Anbang Insurance Group, a real estate giant with close ties to the Chinese government. Kushner’s negotiations with the company were first reported by The New York Times.Ivanka Trump, in addition to serving as an executive at her father’s company, has developed a lifestyle brand selling shoes, jewelry and other products. She caught heat after her fine jewelry company marketed the $10,800 bracelet she wore during a postelection “60 Minutes” interview with her father.Representatives for Ivanka Trump’s brand declined comment.In order to take posts in the administration, both Kushner and Ivanka Trump would need to argue that a federal anti-nepotism law that bar officials from appointing relatives to government positions does not apply to them.___LAWSUITSTrump also is set to take office while battling a number of lawsuits. The president-elect sat for a videotaped deposition on Thursday involving a dispute with a celebrity chef who pulled out of a deal to open a restaurant at his new hotel in the Old Post Office building. When Jose Andres scuttled his plans for the restaurant citing Trump’s campaign comments about some Mexican immigrants being rapists and criminals, The Trump Organization sued him for breach of contract.Trump also sued another celebrity chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, for similar reasons.Trump did act to close out one of the highest-profile disputes, over his now-defunct Trump University real estate school. After his election in November, he agreed to pay $25 million to settle two class-action suits and one by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that alleged the school misled and defrauded students. Trump admitted no wrongdoing and has yet to pay the fine, according to court records.___AP Business Writer Bernard Condon and Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire in New York, AP writer Catherine Lucey in Des Moines, Iowa, and AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace contributed to this report.
An estimated 300 people have reportedly been made homeless and evicted from their ancestral lands in the locality of Banjah, Bamenda. The location of the evictions is the scene of a long-term land dispute between the Mbororo community and the Catholic University in Bamenda. Mbororo pastoralist communities, who identify as indigenous minorities, account for some 12 per cent of Cameroon’s population and often face conflicts over access to and ownership of land and access to water. Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, called on the Government and the Catholic University to urgently review the evictions and the demolitions. “I urge the authorities and the Catholic University in Bamenda to review these actions and their impact on this community and immediately seek a settlement with them,” said Ms. Izsák, who visited the Mbororo community in Banjah during her 2013 official mission to Cameroon. Mr. Anaya recalled that “indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly relocated from their lands or territories,” quoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement of fair and just compensation,” he stated in a news release.The University claims to have paid compensation to community members to acquire and build on the site. Community members claim to have been misled regarding payments and state that they would not voluntarily have agreed to quit their homes and land that they have occupied since 1904. Three bulldozers, escorted by armed gendarmes, reportedly arrived on 3 April to start demolishing the Mbororo homes. Community members have no alternative accommodation. The experts highlighted that “appropriate alternative accommodation must still be provided to community members who have been left homeless and extremely vulnerable, even if the evictions are found to be legally justified based on international standards and within a participatory, consensus building process involving the Mbororo people.”“Where possible,” they stressed, “the Mbororo must be provided with the opportunity to return to their traditional lands.” “We are saddened that a community whose survival depends on their lands and cattle is now deprived of access to their ancestral lands,” they said. “This also contravenes the UN Declaration on Minorities, which requires the protection of existence of minorities, and their unique ethnic, cultural and linguistic identity within the territories in which they live.” Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
The performance of ritual will be the theme of this year’s Sankey Lecture, hosted by the Department of History.The annual event, which draws people from across Ontario and New York, is held in part to draw attention to the special collection of Masonic history donated to Brock from Charles Sankey’s personal library. Sankey played a major role in the founding of Brock and served as the University’s Chancellor from 1969 to 1974. He was also a Freemason and Masonic scholar.This year’s Sankey Lecture to be held on Sunday, April 15, will feature William D. Moore speaking on “Catechism, Spectacle, Burlesque: American Fraternal Ritual Performance, 1733-1933.” Moore, who has written on Masonic temples and ritual architecture, is an associate professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Boston University. His research interrogates the interrelationship between built form and systems of belief.The annual lecture series is a partnership between the Grand Lodge and Brock University.The lecture will be held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 with a reception to follow. The event is open to the public and tickets are free, but need to be booked in advance through Eventbrite.
At Euston Station. No idea what’s happening, but everyone is running away and there’s police arriving from every street.— Isa Ribeiro (@IsaRamosRibeiro) 29 August 2017 Police said there was a small contained explosionCredit:Tolga Akmen/REuters Lots of people running from Euston Station screaming.— Jon Birchall (@jonbir90) 29 August 2017 Euston incident: An electrical item is believed to have caused a small contained explosion. No one has been injured. https://t.co/VR2V2aOpAm— BTP (@BTP) 29 August 2017 Ummm there’s a huge police presence and a bomb squad at Euston station pic.twitter.com/LhikjX6gvK— katy (@haymaya_) 29 August 2017 British Transport Police said: “An e-cigarette in a bag is believed to have been the cause of the small explosion at London Euston this evening. Officers are still on scene.”Police earlier said on Twitter: “An electrical item is believed to have caused a small contained explosion. No one has been injured.” Reports on the social media site suggested people had heard a “loud bang” at around 8pm.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “A suspicious package was found. Hopefully, as with most of these things, it will be checked out and everything will be back to normal soon.”It is an ongoing incident.” British Transport Police said in statement on Tuesday evening: “Officers are currently at Euston station responding to a security alert.”We are investigating but there appears to have been a small contained explosion which is believed to have been caused by an e-cigarette which was in a bag at the station. An e-cigarette in a bag has been blamed for a security alert at Euston station in central London.The station was evacuated after the suspicious package was found.Passengers ran screaming for their lives as police and bomb squad experts arrived on the scene.At last one platform on the underground station was also reportedly evacuated in the security alert. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “No one is believed to have been injured.”We were called at around 7.40pm. “The station is currently evacuated whilst officers and search dogs check the area is safe.”We are working with Network Rail to reopen the station as soon as possible. “Thank you everyone for your patience.”
Even with the entertainment industry laser-focused on it, lawsuits and fines being handed out, and police raids grabbing its servers, The Pirate Bay (TPB) continues to stay online serving its users. That’s due to a clever distributed infrastructure coupled with regular backups that mean even when the site does go offline, it’s never more than a few days before it returns.But TPB never wants to go offline and never wants to get raided again, so a big change has just occurred that means the service is now being run almost completely in the cloud.Instead of having lots of servers in secret locations, TPB has shifted to being hosted entirely in the cloud on virtual servers. That means there are no Pirate Bay-owned server farms that police can raid, and moving from one host to another is a simple task. It’s also a much cheaper way of hosting the service.But the really clever bit is the fact none of the several cloud hosting companies being used know they are hosting The Pirate Bay. That’s because TPB retains ownership of its load balancer and transit router, which are both located in different countries to each other. The load balancer communicates with the virtual servers at a cloud host using encryption, so the host can’t see what data is being transferred or who is requesting it. All they know is they have a customer paying their bill every month and keeping their servers humming.Ultimately what this means is, even if a cloud hosting company was found to be hosting TPB files, they can’t view the data, they don’t know any IP addresses, and any kind of raid on the data center would turn up encrypted data. And the cherry on the cake for TPB is if that perfect storm did happen they could re-deploy to another cloud hosting company very quickly.If that wasn’t enough security, TPB has also implemented a fail-safe in case either the transit router or load balancer is discovered and the authorities try and trace one from the other. If either goes down, the other automatically shuts down 8 hours later and requires an encrypted password to be restarted. Depending on how far apart the two are located, it’s unlikely you;d be able to trace and travel there within 8 hours.Read more at TorrentFreak
A DUBLIN MAN has said that he plans to return to work after he and his wife claimed last Saturday’s €11.3 million lotto jackpot today.The winning ticket was bought in the Spar store at the Top Service station in Amiens street, Dublin 1 on the day of the draw.The couple did not wish to make their win public but told of their excitement at having scooped the second biggest jackpot of the year.The husband detailed how they’d found out about the win. He said: “Last Sunday was just a typical Sunday. I had cooked dinner for us and the kids as usual and I sat down in the evening to watch the football on TV. 43 Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/David Tadevosian Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 2:49 PM Dec 8th 2016, 2:49 PM Image: Shutterstock/David Tadevosian 53,433 Views http://jrnl.ie/3127921 Share178 Tweet Email1 Dublin man plans to return to work after €11.3m lottery win The winning ticket for last Saturday’s jackpot was bought on Amiens street. By Sean Murray I turned on the news afterwards and I watched in disbelief as the winning shop was revealed.“I got the ticket and I went upstairs to my wife and calmly asked her to check the numbers on her phone… We still spent the entire evening checking and rechecking to make sure that we hadn’t made a mistake.”The man’s commitments to Dublin GAA mean that any long holidays will have to wait until “at least August”.The win did not mean that he’ll give up the day job either.“I will definitely be returning to work after a small break. I enjoy what I do, so the win won’t force me into early retirement just yet,” he said.Read: Lotto ticket worth over €11 million sold on Dublin’s Amiens Street yesterdayRead: Lotto funding to good causes has dropped by over €70 million in eight years Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Mayor Faulconer outlines his 2019 fiscal budget and homeless expansion program April 18, 2019 Mike McKinnon III Updated: 8:24 AM 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) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer has released his 2019 budget and was in studio to share the details about his plans for the San Diego community.Furthermore, earlier this week, Mayor Faulconer announced and expansion of the Safe Parking Program for homeless individuals.We talked to him about both these issues in more on Good Morning San Diego. Posted: April 18, 2019 Mike McKinnon III, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitter
Digital marketing agency Search Laboratory has provided mental health first aid training for 50% of its 130 employees, in order to align with an ongoing commitment to support positive mental health in the workplace.The training was initially promoted to staff during a wellbeing week in November 2018. At this point, all of the organisation’s managers completed the course, and interested employees were able to sign up if they wished to participate.Half of Search Laboratory’s employee base volunteered, and the mental health first aid training was then conducted on 29 January 2019.The course informed staff about how to spot signs of mental health issues and how to have the confidence to intervene when an individual is in distress.Renae Shaw (pictured), head of HR at Search Laboratory, said: “We want to help everyone fulfil their potential and make sure the working environment doesn’t add to any difficulties our employees might face.“By providing mental health first aid training, we hope staff and managers will feel more equipped to have the right conversations, [while] we as [an organisation] will continue to review our culture and practices. We want to make sure staff feel they can speak out without fear of being treated differently or in an unsympathetic way.”The Leeds-based employer further demonstrated its commitment to workplace mental health by signing the Mental Health Charter in July 2018. This is a register of employers that commit to prioritising employees’ psychological wellbeing.The mental health first aid training will be supported by Search Laboratory’s existing health and wellbeing offering. This includes free gym memberships, free food if employees walk or cycle to work, access to a health cash plan, provided by Simplyhealth, and free counselling sessions.Shaw added: “The mental health of employees is just as important as their physical health. We wouldn’t ignore someone with a broken leg, so we shouldn’t ignore mental illness either.“We believe it’s important to adopt a holistic approach when supporting staff. We offer incentives like free fruit, free gym memberships and private counselling, but these sit within a wider strategy, where manager approach, staff attitudes and the working culture all play a massive role.”
An exercise held recently in Juneau provided that training for emergency workers from around the state. And they learned from a Washington group that has unique expertise and experience in responding to these kinds of disasters.Retired physician assistant Iola Young has rolled out an air mattress and a sleeping bag next to a large shipping container. She’s brought a good book.“And breakfast and lunch, and they provided me with earplugs and safety glasses,” Young said. “I’m set.”She and a dummy are role-playing as victims of a building collapse.“My friend here is unconscious and slowly dying. And needs help. Just needs help. That’s all that I know,” Young laughed.There are three shipping containers arranged to represent the ceiling and a few walls of the damaged building Young is trapped in, like an open-sided giant dollhouse without any furniture.But rescuers have discovered the building’s entrance is damaged. Before they can safely enter, they need to fabricate wood shoring on the spot.Megan Desloover of Capital City/Fire Rescue chats with Tech Sgt. Derek Reese of Washington National Guard as he takes a break from jackhammer work during an urban search and rescue exercise in Juneau on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)This exercise is part of urban search and rescue training. First responders from around the state are learning how to locate and treat victims in an urban environment that’s been wrecked by a massive earthquake, a major avalanche or a mudslide like the one that killed three people in Sitka in 2015.The teachers of the course have unfortunate expertise in this subject. They responded to the 2014 Oso mudslide in Washington state that killed 43 people and wrecked dozens of homes. It was the deadliest mudslide of its kind in U.S. history.“If you could imagine if somebody just took a bunch of mud and trees and houses and put them in a blender, then dumped it out on the ground. That’s really what it was like,” said Master Sgt. Chris Martin of the Washington National Guard‘s 10th Homeland Response Force. “There was hardly any structure left. The houses were pancaked.”Martin’s team specializes in searching confined spaces in collapsed buildings or wide-area searches, like for an avalanche or a mudslide like the Oso disaster.“We drove across the state to the collapse site. We worked on the pile for 10 days straight,” Martin said. “By that time, it was a recovery operation and we were helping extract remains from the slide.”Even though he’s based in Washington, Martin said his team could be asked to help if a disaster happened in Alaska, working alongside local responders.Tech Sgt. Charolette Kane (right) of the Washington National Guard provides support for Tech Sgt. Derek Reese as he jackhammers through reinforced concrete during an urban search and rescue exercise in Juneau on April 12, 2019. Two victims are awaiting rescue on the other side of the slab. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Searching for people inside collapsed buildings is very different from searching for people lost in the woods. It requires different tools and different skills — even for dogs.“In a building, your scent is all over the place, spilling out,” said Geoff Larson of SEADOGS, or Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search.Larson and his dog Tango are practicing looking for victims in a dark, largely-vacant building. He said the wind may carry the scent in an ever-widening, cone-shaped path outdoors. But it’s different inside a building.“Your scent is probably going to go up from you, because you’re 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s going to go up and hit the ceiling and on a cold wall. It’ll sink, or it might go up across a room, and the dog will come in,” Larson said.There are also hazards in damaged buildings that the dogs aren’t used to outside. Things like hazardous materials, additional structural collapses, gas leaks or live electrical wires.Young ends up hanging out in her sleeping bag next to the simulated building collapse for several hours.Rescuers are drilling and jackhammering their way through a six-inch thick, reinforced concrete slab that is in their way. It’s grueling, punishing, time-consuming work.In addition to practicing using power tools to extract victims from the building, the first responders also practicing talking to victims, getting important information about their health and situation, and keeping them calm.“Can you touch him? Is he stuck under something?” asked Capital City Fire/Rescue’s Meghan Desloover, a rescue team leader for the exercise.“He’s not stuck under anything,” Young answered. “He feels cold.”“Do you know who he is?” Desloover asked.“No, I don’t know,” Young responded.Desloover later reassures Young that help is on the way. It just may take a while. Iola Young and a dummy “friend” wait for rescue during an urban search and rescue exercise in Juneau on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)A lot of search and rescue situations in Alaska involve someone missing or injured in the wilderness. But in the case of an earthquake or avalanche, first responders need to be equally prepared to search for or treat someone in a collapsed building.
Philippine police killed 32 people in dozens of anti-drug operations in a province north of the capital, Manila, in the single deadliest day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unrelenting war on drugs.About 109 petty criminals, including street-level drug peddlers were arrested and dozens of guns seized in police operations across Bulacan province from Monday night until Tuesday afternoon, said provincial police chief, Romeo Caramat.“We have conducted ‘one-time, big-time’ operations in the past, so far, the number of casualties and deaths, this is the highest,” Caramat told a news conference.He defended police action and said the deaths were during shootouts, and were not executions, as activists have often alleged.“There are some sectors that will not believe us, but, we are open for any investigation. All we can say is that we don’t have any control of the situation. As much as possible, we don’t want this bloody encounter.”Thousands of people have been killed in the anti-drugs campaign, Duterte’s signature policy, since it was launched on June 30 last year, most users and small-time dealers from poor neighborhoods.The intensity of the crackdown has alarmed the international community, and activists and human rights groups say police have been executing suspects and planting drugs and guns at crime scenes. Police and the government officials reject that.Police also deny involvement in thousands of murders by mysterious gunmen, blaming them on gang turf wars, drug dealers silencing informants, or vigilantes targeting drug users.“There were 32 killed in Bulacan in a massive raid, that’s good,” Duterte said in a speech.“Let’s kill another 32 every day. Maybe we can reduce what ails this country.”Police conducted 49 sting drug operations in Bulacan that resulted in about 20 armed encounters, Caramat said. Ten other gunfights ensued when police tried to serve arrest warrants to suspects who fought back.He said 93 of those held were wanted for other crimes, as well as drugs offences.Bulacan has been a major target in the drugs war, with some 425 people killed and 4,000 offenders arrested, according to Caramat, making it the second-biggest hot spot in the crackdown outside of the Manila area.Political opponents of Duterte have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing the president and top aides of crimes against humanity, arguing they failed to address allegations of widespread police abuses that have been brought to their attention.Duterte has welcomed the ICC complaint, and said he was willing to rot in jail to protect Filipinos.He has often complained about human rights groups criticizing and undermining his campaign and on Wednesday said he would instead investigate them, or worse.“If they are obstructing justice, shoot them,” he said.
A house where, according to local media, a woman and her child died as a result of a downed tree is pictured as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wilmington, North Carolina, US, on 14 September 2018. Photo: ReutersA woman and her baby were killed when a tree fell on their house and several more storm-related deaths were reported Friday as Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas, dousing the eastern United States with torrential rain.Four deaths were confirmed by officials as US media reported another.Hundreds of people needed to be rescued after becoming trapped in their homes by a storm surge of up to 10 feet (three meters) in New Bern, a town of 30,000 in North Carolina at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers.Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) but authorities warned the danger was far from over, predicting that “life-threatening storm surges and strong winds” would persist through the night.“We are expecting several more days of rain,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said, describing the amount of rainfall from the hurricane as a “1,000-year event.”“Into next week our rivers are going to continue to rise and there will be more significant flooding,” Cooper said.There had been three confirmed deaths from the storm and several others were being investigated to determine if they were storm-related, he said.The mother and her baby were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their house, the governor said, while confirming another death in Lenoir County.Local authorities reported a death in Pender County when downed trees prevented emergency units from reaching a woman with a medical condition. Local media said she had suffered a heart attack.A gas station with its roof blown off is seen as Hurricane Florence comes ashore in Wilmington, North Carolina, US on 14 September 2018. Photo: ReutersUS media later said a second man in Lenoir County died after heavy winds knocked him down as he tried to check on his dogs.“This storm is going to continue its violent grind across our state for days,” Cooper said. “The storm is wreaking havoc on our state.”More than 760,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state.The White House said president Donald Trump was to visit hurricane-hit areas next week “once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts.”“Great job FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement – not easy, very dangerous, tremendous talent. America is proud of you,” Trump tweeted on Friday, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which responds to disasters in the United States.‘We Are Coming To Get You’As of 11:00pm (0300 GMT), maximum sustained winds had weakened to 65 miles (104 kilometres) per hour but the NHC warned residents to be alert for life-threatening storm surges and “catastrophic freshwater flooding.”“Flash flooding will be extreme and flood waters will come up quickly and seemingly out of nowhere,” the governor said.“We’re deeply concerned for whole communities which could be wiped away.”Some of the worst flooding was in New Bern, where authorities were enforcing a curfew.Both the Trent and Neuse rivers overflowed their banks, flooding homes, stores and streets and trapping many people in their houses.“WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU,” the authorities in New Bern said on Twitter.Governor Cooper said there have been “several hundred” rescue operations and “there are still some people they need to get to.”Besides federal and state emergency crews, rescuers were being helped by volunteers from the “Cajun Navy” who also turned up in Houston during Hurricane Harvey to carry out water rescues.Hurricane Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm at 7:15am (1115 GMT) in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, after stalking the Carolina coast for days.The NHC described Florence as a “slow mover” and said it had the potential to dump historic amounts of rain on North and South Carolina, as much as 40 inches (one meter) in some places.“This is not the end of it,” said Jeff Byard, associate administrator for response and recovery at FEMA.He said “24 to 36 hours remain for significant threats” from heavy rain, storm surges and flooding.Volunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents and their pets from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence on 14 September 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina. Photo: AFPA tornado watch was issued for eastern North Carolina.Downed trees and power linesIn Wilmington, near where the eye of the hurricane touched down, trees and power lines were felled and many windows were broken. The streets were mostly deserted and some were blocked by fallen trees.The city awoke Friday to the sound of exploding electrical transformers with strong gusts of wind throwing street signs and other debris as well as water in all directions.In Wilmington, Mason Tarr said he spent the night at a friend’s house but didn’t sleep well.“Our house is on high ground so we’re not worried about the flooding,” he said. “But there are a lot of big trees around so we preferred to spend the night at a friend’s to be sure.“We’re out of power so we spent the first few hours of the day playing board games with candles.”About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, and millions of others live in areas likely to be affected by the storm.
Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres addresses the 73rd UN General Assembly meeting on 25 September 2018 in New York City. Photo: AFPUN secretary general Antonio Guterres on Tuesday opened the world’s largest diplomatic gathering with a stark warning of growing chaos and confusion as the rules-based global order comes under threat of breaking down.Addressing the opening session of the UN General Assembly, Guterres said trust in the rules-based global order and among states was “at a breaking point” and international cooperation was becoming more difficult.“Today, world order is increasingly chaotic. Power relations are less clear,” Guterres told the 193-nation assembly just minutes before president Donald Trump was to take the podium.“Universal values are being eroded. Democratic principles are under siege.”Guterres did not single out a country for criticism, but there are fears among UN diplomats that the world is being carved up into spheres of influence and a return to great power rivalry.Trump’s administration has made clear its distrust of international treaties, having scrapped the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate agreement and cut funding to the United Nations.UN diplomats say the US stance has emboldened Russia and China to push their view of the global order in which human rights take a second seat to development and sovereignty rights.“Today, with shifts in the balance of power, the risk of confrontation may increase,” warned Guterres.The human rights agenda is losing ground and “authoritarianism is on the rise,” he saidGuterres urged world leaders to renew their commitment to a rules-based order, with the United Nations at its center to confront “massive, existential threats to people and planet.”“There is no way forward but collective, common-sense action for the common good,” he said.Drawing a list of global problems, Guterres acknowledged that peace efforts were failing and that respect for international humanitarian norms was unraveling.“There is outrage at our inability to end the wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere”, he said.“The Rohingya people remain exiled, traumatized and in misery, still yearning for safety and justice.”The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become “more and more distant” while the nuclear threat “has not eased”.Guterres zeroed in on climate change as an urgent priority, warning that if no concrete action is taken in the next two years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world risks facing runaway climate change.“Climate change is moving faster than we are—and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world,” he said.About 130 world leaders are attending this year’s annual session including Trump and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani who also speaks on Tuesday. France’s Emmanuel Macron, a champion of multilateralism, also has his turn at the podium on Tuesday.
Popular on Variety YouTube could be about to make a big step toward solving a longtime irritation for creators: It’s about to roll out a tool that will identify videos that are stolen and reposted by someone else — and let the original creator pull the ripoffs down.After almost a year in beta-testing, YouTube’s new Copyright Match tool is scheduled to launch next week for creators with more than 100,000 subscribers. With the new system, after a user uploads a video — and YouTube verifies it as the first iteration of the video — YouTube will scan other videos uploaded to the service to see if any of them are the same (or very similar).When the Copyright Match tool finds a match, the ID’s video will show up in a “Matches” tab in the tool. Creators can opt to do one of the three things: nothing, leaving up the matching video; contact the other creator; or request that YouTube remove the video. YouTube will review takedown requests to ensure they comply with its copyright policies. “We know how frustrating it is when your content is uploaded to other channels without your permission and how time consuming it can be to manually search for these re-uploads,” Fabio Magagna, who oversees the Copyright Match tool as product manager at YouTube. “We currently provide a number of ways for copyright owners to protect their work, but we’ve heard from creators that we should do more and we agree.”YouTube has long had an automated copyright-flagging system in place called Content ID. It also has a standard form for anyone to lodge copyright-infringement complaints. But the Copyright Match tool is different from Content ID because it’s designed especially for YouTube creators who have problems with unauthorized re-uploads, according to Magagna. That said, he added that Copyright Match does use similar matching technology used by Content ID.YouTube is encouraging users to keep in mind that in some cases, reposted or repurposed clips of their videos could be considered fair use — and therefore wouldn’t constitute a copyright violation. In addition, YouTube noted, creators shouldn’t file takedown requests for content they didn’t originally create or don’t own exclusively, such as public-domain content. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Cancun, Q.R. — A Spanish hotel chain has announced the construction of their new Cancun venture that they say, will open in September of this year.Hipotels has announced the launching of their Haven Resorts Cancun project that will be constructed between Cancun and Riviera Maya. The hotel, which will offer just over 330 rooms, is to be built about 15 kms from the Cancun International Airport.Once complete, Haven Resorts Cancun will offer guests 333 rooms, some of which will have direct pool access, 24-hour concierge, five restaurants, two snack bars and a total of nine bars and a spa service. Two of the bars will be swim-up.The all-inclusive hotel project will join the adults-only genre for the area. Doors are expected to open September 2018.The hotel chain has 29 properties that consist of 3, 4 and five-star amenities in the Spanish areas of Mallorca, Cádiz and Lanzarote.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
News | Breast Imaging | March 29, 2018 ACR Recommends More Aggressive Breast Cancer Screening for Higher-Than-Average-Risk Women The American College of Radiology (ACR) released new breast cancer screening guidelines recommending all women,… read more Invivo Corp.’s Luminescence advanced breast MRI coil system is for sites utilizing 8, 16 and 32 channel MRI systems.The system is an ergonomic modular design with reportedly comfortable patient positioning accessories. The system is available with both interventional coil and an optional 16-channel diagnostic coil.The Luminescence aims to deliver high signal to noise ratio, isotropic sub-millimeter voxel images, excellent image uniformity and parallel imaging performance, all with a fast acquisition time. The Luminescence 16 channel technology also optimizes the acquisition of advanced imaging techniques such as spectroscopy and diffusion.The Luminescence Breast System is specially designed to provide access for interventional procedures with cranial access as well as improved lateral and medial access for minimally invasive breast interventions. This design minimizes distance to the biopsy site of commonly found upper-outer quadrant lesions. Further aiding the clinician as they perform their MRI guided procedures, is a system powered fiber optic LED with 12 light points built into the coil design for optimal illumination of the interventional site. 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Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco The SIGNA Architect is GE Healthcare’s most powerful 3.0T MR system to date, delivering the latest in performance with 128 channels. Fueled by the SIGNAWorks productivity platform, this novel technology is a harmonious design of form and function. Versatile and adaptable, the SIGNA Architect addresses 99.99 percent of the population with the 48 Channel Head Coil, a fit-adaptable coil design that preserves the highest SNR and supports advanced imaging applications, such as HyperWorks technologies. Within the HyperWorks family is HyperSense,* a compressed sensing technique that accelerates scans by filling less k-space data and uses a special reconstruction algorithm to recover missing information without impacting SNR, as traditional acceleration techniques often do. Advance your clinical capabilities with the SIGNA Architect.A 73-year-old patient presented with a TIA and was referred to MR as a follow-up. An MR angiography of the intracranial vessels was performed. The 48 Channel Head Coil, available on the SIGNA Architect, was used for scanning. The first scan shows 3D TOF using HyperSense, a compressed sensing technique available within the SIGNAWorks productivity platform. The second scan shows 3D TOF without HyperSense. Scanning with HyperSense showed significant increase in spatial resolution, up to 50 percent, and a 40 percent reduction in scan time. Inspection of the TOF with HyperSense angiogram showed fenestrated basilar artery.For more information, visit our SIGNA Architect or SIGNAWorks sites.*HyperSense is 510(k) pending with the FDA. Not available for sale in the United States and may not be commercially available in other regions. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… 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. Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Related Content Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 24, 2017 Improve Quality and Reduce Scan Time with HyperSense Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 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