“With the onset of the rainy season, it is essential that we get them moved quickly to a single site at the existing camp of Amboko, where we can more easily provide humanitarian assistance,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.The refugees arrived in June, fleeing unrest in northern CAR, where Mr. Redmond said the level of insecurity reportedly remains considerable, with both banditry and rebel activity reported. They have been living in makeshift settlements around 17 villages in the remote areas in southern Chad.UNHCR staff have been redeployed to the area from its offices in Abeche, Damanadji and N’djamena, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Federation of the Red Cross and various partner non-government organizations (NGOs) such as CARE, Oxfam, Chadian Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières, are all working hard on this, Mr. Redmond said.The Government of Chad has made additional land available to UNHCR for a temporary transit centre at Amboko camp, near Gore an airstrip, unused for more than 20 years, is being urgently rehabilitated. It is hoped that flights may be possible within a couple of weeks, which would significantly enhance the operation.On Friday UNHCR said relocation might even start on Monday, but Mr. Redmond said today: “The relocation operation could start as early as tomorrow (Wednesday) and is a race against time as the rains have already set in.”Amboko camp already has 13,000 CAR refugees and can host up to 27,000 people. There are already 30,000 CAR refugees in southern Chad. The majority of them arrived in 2003 after a military coup. Chad is also hosting more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees from the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan who are currently housed in 12 camps in the eastern part of the country. read more

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that Israeli forces moved yesterday morning to occupy two schools it runs in the camp. The Israelis continued to occupy the boys’ school after leaving the girls’ school today, UNRWA reported.At the same time, agency officials reported that the Israeli forces continue to block a health clinic, which prevents patients or staff from leaving the building.Created in 1950, Balata is the largest West Bank camp with a registered refugee population of about 21,000. In early 1994, the Refugee Committee to Defend Refugee Rights was established in Balata, which lies within the municipal boundaries of Nablus.UNRWA was created by a 1949 UN General Assembly resolution to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees after the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Brian Melley, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2014 6:07 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Donald Sterling’s latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was rejected Wednesday by a California appeals court.The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a brief order Wednesday saying it couldn’t halt a sale that had been completed.“The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has closed,” the court wrote. “Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay.”Even if the sale hadn’t closed, the three judges said the former owner failed to show he was harmed enough to get a temporary stay.Ballmer sealed the deal Tuesday after a probate judge cleared the way for Sterling’s estranged wife to sell the team. The Los Angeles Superior Court judge said Shelly Sterling could complete the sale she negotiated after removing her husband of 58 years from the family trust that owned the team because of questions about his mental competence.At the time she negotiated the record price for an NBA team the league was threatening to seize the team and auction it after banning Donald Sterling for life for making derogatory remarks about blacks.Sterling’s lawyers, who acknowledged in recent court filings that he isn’t a sympathetic figure, derided the “popular” ruling against the unpopular owner. They said they were deeply disappointed with the appellate order.“He has been deprived from ownership of the Clippers after 33 years without being accorded appellate review of this harsh result,” attorneys Max Blecher and Bobby Samini said in a written statement.Ballmer’s lawyer, Adam Streisand, said they were “supremely confident” that even with further Sterling appeals, Ballmer is the “undisputed owner.”“Clipper nation rejoices,” Streisand said. “He’s got the ability to seek review by the California Supreme Court, where he has a one in 2 billion chance.”Shelly Sterling’s lawyer said she was thrilled to have the court’s blessing.“It is time for Donald to accept that the game is over and he has run out of courts,” attorney Pierce O’Donnell said in a statement.Donald Sterling, 80, a billionaire lawyer who bought the team in 1981 for $12 million, still has lawsuits pending in state and federal court against the NBA. He has vowed to fight the league for the rest of his life.His lawyers said he will be vindicated in the federal case. Appeals court rejects Donald Sterling’s effort to block sale of LA Clippers; deal is done read more

Three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel and Israel retaliated with some eight rounds of 120mm mortar, but no casualties were reported from either side, according to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).“The Secretary-General is greatly concerned over yesterday’s firing of rockets within UNIFIL’s area of operations from the area of Al-Hinniyah, in the vicinity of Tyr, towards Israel, which is a serious violation of resolution 1701 (2006),” said a statement from Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, referring to the Security Council measure that established a ceasefire after fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.“The Secretary-General notes the retaliatory mortar attacks by the Israel Defence Forces in Lebanon in the area of Zibqin. UNIFIL is investigating the circumstances of the incident in cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defence Forces,” the statement said.“The Secretary-General condemns any and all violations of resolution 1701 (2006) and urges all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and cooperate with UNIFIL in order to prevent an escalation,” it added, reaffirming the UN’s commitment to work with the parties to ensure that the calm that has prevailed in southern Lebanon continues to be sustained.“The parties must fully adhere to resolution 1701 (2006) and respect the cessation of hostilities,” it stressing.UNIFIL currently has nearly 10,500 personnel deployed in the area. read more

A Scottish teenager has fallen to her death from a seventh floor apartment in Majorca after trying to climb from one balcony to another.Natalie Cormack, 19, of West Kilbride in North Ayrshire, realised she did not have her keys when she returned from work at a bar in the resort of Magaluf.Spanish police said she went to a friend’s apartment and attempted to gain access to her neighbouring flat at the Eden Rock de Torrenova block.An ambulance crew was called to the scene but the Guardia Civil in Palma confirmed she died following the accident on Friday morning.An officer said: “We are still investigating. But it seems she did not have any keys when she arrived at her apartment and went to a friend’s flat.”She was climbing to her own balcony when she fell from the seventh floor. We understand that she comes from Scotland and was working in a nearby bar, but we don’t have any more details yet.” Earlier this month, Ms Cormack posted on Facebook that she was having the best time of her life. Her mother, Lynn McLaren, posted a message on the social media site confirming her death, prompting a flurry of messages from her grieving friends. She said: “I am so sorry to do things this way but have to let everyone know that Natalie has fallen from a balcony in Magaluf and has died. At the moment this is all we know.”A Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We are supporting the family of a British national following her death in Spain, and our staff are in contact with the Spanish and UK police regarding the incident.” 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. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSOCU requests more time to present statements in CourtMay 9, 2017In “Court”Law Books case: Nandlall’s trial set for June 8, prosecution still to get up statementsMay 29, 2017In “Court”Nandall arrested by SOCU, charged for missing Law books, gets self bailApril 27, 2017In “Court” …over the ownership of the law booksNandlall making his way from Court on ThursdayFormer Attorney General and attorney- at-law, Anil Nandlall- who was on Thursday arrested by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and placed before the Magistrates’ court with the charge of larceny by a bailee, that he fraudulently converted to his own use and benefit 14 Commonwealth Law Reports, valued at $2.3 million- said that charge should never have been filed in light of the fact that he instituted civil proceedings in the Constitutional Division of the High Court in relation to the ownership of those very books.On Tuesday, the day after he was initially detained by SOCU for questioning in relation to the law books, Nandlall filed legal proceedings in the Constitutional Division of the High Court, against Attorney General, Basil Williams, SC, to prove that the books are his property.Following the legal arguments in court, the Chief Justice (ag), Roxanne George-Wilshire granted the Conservatory Order, restraining officers of SOCU and the Guyana Police Force from seizing or detaining the said books.Nandlall is a post on Facebook said that “the truth is that this charge should never have been filed in light of the fact that I have instituted civil proceedings in the Constitutional Division of the High Court in relation to the ownership of these very books. This charge should have awaited the determination of those proceedings in accordance with Article 153 of the Constitution. This Article provides, inter alia, that if a citizen’s fundamental rights arises in relation to criminal proceedings, those constitutional rights issues must be first determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, before the criminal proceedings are to proceed.”According to Nandlall “many believe that Basil Williams has instructed the institution of these charges, simply to provide himself with the defence of justification in the libel and slander suit which I have filed against him. Unfortunately for him, the law is not an ass.”In April, Nandlall sued Williams for $125 million in compensation for the “considerable distress, anxiety and public humiliation” he reportedly faced by the utterances from Williams in relation to the missing law books.Nandlall had previously said that when he was appointed Attorney General, he requested as part of his contract of service for the Government of Guyana to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth Law Books. He had subscribed to Lexis Nexis, the publishers of the Law reports.His contentions were corroborated publicly by then President Donald Ramotar.After he was released on his own recognizance form Court, Nandlall told the media that the state paid for his subscription “because when I took this job, I took it at a loss of income, that I was earning much more and part of the package which I negotiated was the payment of my subscription for the law books.”He said he was not surprised by the charge, which he stated was a long time coming, after he had begun criticising the performance of Attorney General Basil Williams.“I don’t think anyone would be surprised by the turn of events. The Attorney General promised over a year ago that, should I continue to publicly criticise him, he will make these law books an issue and I will be charged,” Nandlall claimed.Moreover he asserted that him being arrested and dragged in front of the Court  “has nothing to do with the law books. As I indicated earlier, it has a political and sinister motive. (But) the state will expend millions of tax payers’ money to prosecute this charge, and it will go nowhere.”“Rest assured the criminal charge will be challenged and disposed of, shortly. Everyone who had an intentional hand in this persecutorial conspiracy and plot of vendetta will have to answer to the law. The majesty of the law will prevail in the end” Nandlall asserted.See Nandlall’s full statement below:Today, the inevitable eventually occurred. With all the allegations which they have made against me since they were in the Opposition, scraping at the very bottom of the barrel, they have finally come up with the charge of larceny by a bailee of the Law Reports. The charge is as frivolous as it is incredulous. The truth is that this charge should never have been filed in light of the fact that I have instituted civil proceedings in the Constitutional Division of the High Court in relation to the ownership of these very books. This charge should have awaited the determination of those proceedings in accordance with Article 153 of the Constitution. This Article provides, inter alia, that if a citizen’s fundamental rights arises in relation to criminal proceedings, those constitutional rights issues must be first determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, before the criminal proceedings are to proceed.Many believe that Basil Williams has instructed the institution of these charges, simply to provide himself with the defence of justification in the libel and slander suit which I have filed against him. Unfortunately for him, the law is not an ass.Rest assured the criminal charge will be challenged and disposed of, shortly. Everyone who had an intentional hand in this persecutorial conspiracy and plot of vendetta will have to answer to the law. The majesty of the law will prevail in the end.For now, I am happy that the world has seen how rapidly this Administration has descended into authoritarianism. Its own supporters are aghast. Perhaps, it is fitting that I, who have written so much over the past 2 years about the authoritarian conduct of this Government, its constitutional violations, and its manifest disregard for the rule of law, was the one that they used to showcase those very tendencies, as if to prove me right.Even after the charge was filed, there were great machinations in relation to, before which Magistrate, I should appear. Many felt that the political direction was to keep me in Police custody. Even the Special Prosecutor retained, whom I have criticized severely, appeared to have found the manipulation of the system, unjust and repugnant. I salute him for his professionalism.Eventually, a Magistrate decided to hear the matter. The charge was read. The Special Prosecutor did not object to bail. The learned Magistrate released me on my own recognizance. The magistrate maintained her independence. I salute her as well.I harbor no illusion that this will be the only charge that will be instituted against me. I anticipate that many more will come in the same political mould, not only against me but against my political colleagues, as well. Over a decade ago, in a presentation to the PPP leadership, I had predicted that anytime we were removed from Government, politically inspired and concocted criminal charges will be used as a political weapon against every PPP leader. It is part of the political culture of the PNC. From the moment we left Office, this has been their agenda.Sadly, for them, this will never break my spirit or the determination of the PPP to continue the struggle to free Guyana from this incompetent, corrupt and vengeful Government and to offer every Guyanese a better life. On the contrary, it makes us stronger. I have said before that we come from a history of struggle of which we see political persecution and imprisonment as a fundamental part.I wish to thank all my Comrades and Legal colleagues for the tremendous demonstration of support they have shown to me over the last three days, more particularly, today. I must also thank so many friends, well-wishers and supporters both locally and overseas who have called or sent me messages of support and solidarity, especially in the social media. Your support is what keeps me inspired.The struggle continues…. Round 2…. read more

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Public Expenditure and Reform will today announce measures that will accelerate Ireland’s membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).The OGP is a global multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency.It asks governments to make more information available about their activities, empower citizens through increased civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.Ireland is expected to join the partnership in April 2014.Speaking ahead of an OGP summit in London, Howlin said that Ireland will take steps to ensure membership of the OGP.“As part of the process and in response to some key recommendation contained in the recent report on Ireland’s OGP priorities proposed by civil society groups I am proposing a suite of measures designed to provide major impetus to Open Data in Ireland.Open Data – more open access to public sector data – has a significant potential to yield substantial benefits to the citizen and the economy as well as underpinning greater openness, transparency and accountability.These measures include:Signing up to the G8 Open Data Charter – seen as the international standard for Open Dataestablishing an Open Data Boardsetting up an Open Data Implementation Groupbuilding an online Open Data Platform Howlin concluded:“The delivery of these commitments on Open Data at the Summit can drive innovation and economic growth, improve public services and strengthen performance accountability by creating a culture in which public sector data is widely accessible for re-use and the realisation of user benefits.”Read: The government asked Facebook for details of 40 users so far this yearRead: Tomorrow is Emily O’Reilly’s first day as European Ombudsmanlast_img read more

first_imgiPad : les Français l’utilisent 2 heures par jourUne étude réalisée en France par OTO Research révèle que les utilisateurs de la tablette d’Apple l’utilisent deux heures par jour. Cette étude, réalisée auprès de 270 propriétaires d’iPad entre les 15 et 25 octobre derniers, montre également qu’ils prennent 10 fois par jour la tablette entre les mains. Concernant l’utilisation qui en est faite, l’étude précise que les Français qui possèdent un iPad dépensent en moyenne 27 euros par mois sur l’iTunes store.La tablette serait surtout utilisée chez soi : 87% des personnes interrogées l’utilisent dans le salon, 77% dans la chambre. Seulement 54% des sondés s’en servent en déplacement.Toujours selon cette étude, les femmes seraient moins attirées par la tablette à la pomme que les hommes : ceux-ci sont deux fois plus nombreux à posséder un iPad. Le 5 novembre 2010 à 16:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw WWEs Becky Lynch Invited To RAW Videos Articles Pinterest WhatsApp Ronda Rousey WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Twitter Becky Lynch Charlotte Flair Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Google+ Videos Articles Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Now Playing Up Next WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella vs. Becky Lynch was announced for this week’s 7/30 WWE Smackdown on Syfy. This match will be taped on Tuesday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Attending the tapings on Tuesday night in Tulsa? We are looking for live reports!Send all live reports to adammartin@wrestleview.com and jason@wrestleview.com. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Nextlast_img

first_imgA Camas man was hospitalized after falling asleep at the wheel on state Highway 14, then crashing early Sunday morning, according to the Washington State Patrol.The state patrol said Christian L. Hudgins, 19, was heading west in Vancouver when he fell asleep and drifted off the right side of the roadway at around 4 a.m.His sedan struck a Department of Transportation reader board and an electrical panel. The crash totaled the car.An ambulance took Hudgins to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for his injuries. His condition was unavailable.The state patrol said charges may be pending.last_img

first_imgWSU Vancouver is poised to eliminate a program that has produced many of Clark County’s movers and shakers.The Salmon Creek campus intends to discontinue its master’s degree in public affairs due to low enrollment, university officials told The Columbian this week. Fewer than a dozen new students have enrolled in the program each year over the last decade.“It’s just not sustainable to be running a program with such small enrollment numbers,” said Renny Christopher, vice chancellor for academic affairs for the local campus.Though the program hasn’t been officially canceled, the college is no longer accepting new applicants. Students enrolled in the program will be able to finish their degrees. The university will continue to offer a bachelor’s degree in public affairs. Because the two programs have the same instructors, the program’s staff, including former Democratic congressional candidate Carolyn Long, will remain at the university.“The faculty are saddened by this moment, but we’re trying to focus on what the program is able to do and has been able to do for the community,” said Mark Stephan, an associate professor of political science who teaches in the program. “We’re trying to have a balanced sense of things.”The public affairs program is rooted in a theoretical understanding of how policy is developed. Students take a slate of political science and research courses, as well as classes in such topics as criminal justice or environmental policy, with the goal of pursuing careers in government agencies or nonprofits.last_img read more

first_imgAn October court ruling in a case which determined that independents are allowed to run in Democratic primaries, may also allow the Republican Party to block individuals from running as its nominee if they violate that party rule. The state appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court, which could complicate the outcome. Rule changes for the 2018 primaries were due in September, so it’s unclear whether the state will honor the change or decide it doesn’t comply with state law. The Party has rules about caucusing with other political parties, and the penalties for that are no financial support, no access to the party database, and understanding that the party may recruit a challenger. This isn’t the first time that Republicans have left the party to join a bipartisan caucus, but it is the first time that the retaliation has cut them out of the primary election. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Representative Paul Seaton is one of three lawmakers who has been blocked by the Alaska Republican Party from running in the 2018 Republican primary.center_img Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-seaton-finds-closed-sign-at-republican-primary.mp3 Regardless of the outcome, Seaton, LeDoux and Stutes could still run as a Republicans next fall by collecting enough signatures to allow them on the ticket as Republicans, run as independents, or join another party. Seaton, Anchorage Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, and Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak all joined Democrats and independents last fall to form a bipartisan coalition, taking control of the House away from Republicans.last_img read more

first_imgPanaji : Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday said that the coastal state’s government was mulling making HIV tests mandatory before the registration of marriages. “We are considering making an HIV test compulsory for the prospective couples before registration of marriage in Goa. It is not mandatory right now,” Rane told IANS. Rane, who is also a Minister for Law, added that the proposal to make HIV testing compulsory before marriage was being vetted by the Law Department. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “If it is cleared by the Department soon, then we will table the law in the monsoon session of the state Legislative Assembly,” Rane said. The monsoon session will begin on July 15. In 2006, a similar proposal was mooted by then Health Minister Dayanand Narvekar, with the Goa cabinet approving the legislation making HIV testing mandatory before marriage.last_img read more

first_imgTwitterTwo days before the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, a BJP-backed television channel, NaMo TV, silently went off air.The channel had garnered a lot of criticism with many accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of violating the Election Commission’s Moral code of Conduct (MCC). Though the opposition parties objected to NaMo TV, the EC allowed the BJP to air the channel.Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted on May 19 after he noticed the channel was no longer available on TV.He had written on the microblogging site, “From Electoral Bonds & EVMs to manipulating the election schedule, NaMo TV, “Modi’s Army” & now the drama in Kedarnath; the Election Commission’s capitulation before Mr Modi & his gang is obvious to all Indians. The EC used to be feared & respected. Not anymore (sic).”When asked why the channel was pulled off air at the end of the elections, a BJP leader told news agency PTI that the channel was a campaign tool and now that the campaign ended, the channel was no longer needed. “As NaMo TV was a campaign tool for the BJP, it was no longer needed after the Lok Sabha elections got over. So it was taken off air as soon as campaigning ended on May 17,” said the BJP leader.This was quite surprising since, the Election Commission directed the channel not to air any political content without the approval of the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee on April 12, two weeks after the channel first came was aired.On May 31, when NaMo TV first began broadcasting their content, PM Modi tweeted an image, advertising the channel and said that he is excited for many to access his election campaigns, which is a clear violation of the EC’s moral code of conduct.last_img read more

first_imgAPE-Commerce giant, Amazon, on Saturday (May 18) announced that it will make lives easier for its customers by giving them the option to book a domestic flight on its Indian website. Amazon said that this venture has tied up with Cleartrip, an Indian travel advisor site.This option will be available on the website from May 31. A flight icon will be visible near the Amazon Pay page in the app and on the website.We’re delighted to add domestic flight bookings enabling customers to do more with their Amazon app and for Prime members to get more value from their membership. We are excited to partner with Cleartrip and share their passion for creating the best in class travel experiences,” Shariq Plasticwalla, the Director of Amazon Pay said in a statement, reports Skift.In addition to this, Amazon said that it will not levy additional charges for booking tickets and those who book the tickets through the portal can avail offers and cashback options.”Customers are already using Amazon beyond shopping,” Plasticwala added. “Over the past year, customers have rapidly adopted our payments services such as mobile recharges, utility payments, and money transfers. They love the convenience we offer of shopping and paying — all in one single app.””Building world-class travel experiences for our customers continues to be the primary focus of Cleartrip. Partnering with a trusted consumer brand like Amazon is an exciting development for us. They have built a large and engaged customer base which enjoy their convenient shopping and payment experiences. We are delighted to partner with them to jointly serve customers,” Stuart Crighton, the CEO of Cleartrip, said in a statement.Booking tickets on the website or mobile app will be made easier now for customers by using their existing contact details and payment information. Amazon added that the cost and the charge for everything, like convenience fee, is transparent so customers know that they are not being overcharged.In addition to this, they will not be charged with an additional cancellation fee by Amazon if they want to cancel a ticket.last_img read more

first_imgBy Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROSupporters of embattled Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Interim Superintendent Verletta White came out in force to this week’s State School Board meeting. More than 40 administrators, principals and other Baltimore County school officials packed the Nancy Grasmick State Education Building in downtown Baltimore urging State Superintendent Karen Salmon and the Board to reverse course and approve the County School Board’s request to make White permanent superintendent.“We came to show, in human form, the level of support we have for Verletta White for permanent superintendent of BCPS,” testified Tom DeHart, Executive Director of the Council of Administrative and Supervisory Employees on behalf of the group that petitioned on behalf of White.Verletta White, interim superintendent of Baltimore County’s Public School System. (Courtesy Photo)DeHart warned that the actions of the State Superintendent Karen Salmon and the State School Board represented a dangerous level of state intrusion into the internal affairs of a local jurisdiction.“I believe all citizens in the state of Maryland should be extremely concerned with this historic overreach by the state superintendent with the approval of this board,” testified Tom DeHart, Executive Director of the Council of Administrative and Supervisory Employees on behalf of the group that petitioned on behalf of White.Salmon and School Board members did not respond to public comments offered by the group. But in an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Rev. Michael Phillips, one of two Baltimore City representatives on the State School Board, pushed back on the notion that Salmon overstepped her bounds by denying White the permanent superintendent’s slot – at least for the coming 2018-2019 school year.“I think [White’s] qualified and capable to be the superintendent. However, I also understand the prudence and the patience of Dr. Salmon’s reasoning as to why she is being asked to wait one more year as an interim, before she becomes the superintendent because of the history attached” said Phillips, also a pastor of Baltimore’s Kingdom Life Church and chair of the Better Life Community Development Corporation.According to Phillips, given former Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance’s recent conviction and White’s ethics violations, waiting one more year for a full audit of the school system is a reasonable delay. He said Salmon and the school board are all in favor of White continuing in the interim role while the audit is conducted.White was cited by a Baltimore County School System ethics commission for errors in filing financial disclosure forms. The panel indicated White failed to disclose income earned through part-time consulting work.Baltimore County School Board hired accounting firm UHY from the agency’s Columbia offices this week. UHY is tasked with conducting an audit covering the period from January 2012 through December 2017. The audit will examine the system’s overall fiscal health and compliance with laws and regulations.“This is an act of patience and prudence to make sure we’re getting the right person in place,” Phillips said.Philips is looking forward to calmer days ahead as people have an opportunity to understand the State Board is not seeking to usurp local control.“No state board member is for state control over your local district,” Phillips said. “Local autonomy is important and we all feel that way. Ultimately, the decision was up to Dr. Salmon, but in this instance, I would agree with her assessment of the situation.”“I’m hoping people will calm down and let these things play out,” Phillips said. “ We look forward to reviewing the findings of the audit.”“This is not an overreach as some have stated; this is common sense,” said Phillips.Phillips said Salmon and the State Board welcome White’s continued service as interim for now. “We’re waiting on the County Board to resubmit and extend the interim position for one year.”“The next move is on them,” Phillips said.last_img read more

first_img ×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 Snap introduced an updated version of its Spectacles  glasses Thursday, complete with a smaller frame that’s supposed to be more comfortable to wear. V2 of the wearable also comes with improved wireless networking for faster file transfers as well as an option to add prescription and polarized lenses.The basic idea behind Spectacles is still the same: The glasses feature an integrated video camera, capable of recording round clips of up to 30 seconds in length, which can then be imported into and shared via Snapchat.With the second version, Spectacles also gain the ability to record photos. Users can record up to 70 videos, or 3 to 4 times as many photos, with a single charge. Altogether, Spectacles can store up to 150 videos, or 3000 photos. All videos are now recorded in HD, which is offloaded up to four times faster, compared to the previous version.The new Spectacles are available in three colors, onyx, ruby, and sapphire, and two shades of lenses for each color. The device is now water-resistant, and ships with a charging case, which was previously sold separately for $50. However, adding the charging case to the core product also brought up the price a bit: Spectacles now cost $149.99, which is $20 more than before. Popular on Variety center_img The new models are available online in the U.S., UK, Canada and France effective immediately, and will come to additional European countries next week. There’s no word on retail availability yet.Snap’s revamped Spectacles aren’t exactly a huge surprise. Cheddar reported in March that the company was working on a new version of its wearable, and in April, the device made an appearance in FCC filings.The reason for this relatively minor revamp is less clear. Spectacles didn’t sell well when the company first introduced them, with executives recently admitting that they had severely overestimated demand for the product. This resulted in a $40 million write-down for unsold inventory.A Snap spokesperson told Variety that the continued commitment to the product was a bet on the future of mobile cameras, which was poised to evolve alongside new technologies like augmented reality. As such, Spectacles aren’t just a product for users to have fun with, but also a way for the company to prepare for future camera form factors and use cases, she said.last_img read more

first_imgEvery year, just before E3 starts, all of the big names in the industry spend an enormous amount of money preparing to show off the big titles they have been working on. These are often the real blockbusters, with expensive trailers that are sure to really get the hype machine rolling for the run up to a game’s release.This year was no different, with Sony, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and many others putting their best foot forward. Each company had something to show off. By “something”, I mean shooters. At E3 2012 there was more camera time devoted to people with guns in their hands than anything else. As gamers, we’re certainly no stranger to the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, but this year’s E3 presentation was completely overrun with them (and, to some extent, their close cousin the third-person shooter). So, I ask you, who will save up from the shooters?Resident Evil 6, Lost Planet 3, Battlefield 3, Halo 4, Far Cry 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter we’re among the stars of the E3 press day. By the time the day was over, I realized that I was unable to tell most of these games apart without some key identifier, be it Master Chief’s HUD, or the mechs in Lost Planet 3, or even the zombies in Resident Evil 6. Every single one of these games have one terrifying thing in common: none of them are original ideas.These aren’t new games, these are just the next in the line of an existing game with existing gameplay. The only one that could be argued as being new is Halo 4, since it was re-built from the ground up by 343 Studios instead of Bungie. Far Cry 3 now offers a multiplayer component and an exciting new flamethrower instead of a slightly modified assault rifle, but basically these games are comfortable and filled with characters that we already know. No risks were taken, no new ground was broken. Run forward, shoot whatever moves, and try really hard not to get shot/eaten/bludgeoned.The last time this happened, when it felt like the world was being overrun by the FPS, we were saved by Cyan Studios. The Cyan team wanted to create a world filled with puzzles and stunningly beautiful scenery, offering the first-person experience without the need for a weapon. The Myst series was incredibly popular, and spawned almost a decade of games made to challenge the mind and provide an incredibly enticing story.Myst was unlike anything that was out at the time, and many people flocked to the game eagerly. 2012 and 2013 is clearly in need of a distraction from the hail of bullets and the desperate cling to familiar characters that truthfully ran out of interesting story more than a game ago. Game developers out there need to put something other than a gun in the hands of the next hero, and send him into the world to help us remember how to do something other than flex an itchy trigger finger.I find myself looking to the team at Double Fine Studios. In the past, games like Brutal Legend and Psychonauts have been incredibly fun to play. The games have felt original, and I found myself wanting to play them over and over again. Recently, Double Fine has completed a Kickstarter for the Double Fine Adventure. The Kickstarter earned over three million dollars for the project, even though they were originally asking for just $400,000.Double Fine isn’t alone, in the console space Nintendo was once again the least interested in piling shooters into their presentation. The Wii U really looks like it will challenge developers to make some really fun games that allow for a new layer of support gameplay.We’re not totally lost, but the volume of repeat shooters is getting ridiculous. Tim Schafer commented in his Kickstarter video that if he approached a publisher right now to make an adventure game, they would laugh him out of the office. And yet, he was able to raise $3.3m for one.There’s more than enough interest for a different kind of game out there, but it seems more and more like the publishers aren’t willing to take a risk. If the Wii U and Double Fine Adventure are both successful, next year’s E3 will show more publishers taking risks. If not, then we might as well hold on to our hats for the exciting release of Medal of Duty 2: Nazi Zombie Island.last_img read more

first_imgYelp co-founder Jeremy StoppelmanIn 2004, ex-PayPal software engineer Jeremy Stoppleman was hit with a bad cold. His frustration over trying to find a doctor on the web, sparked Yelp, an online service he co-founded where 78 million people each month read and write reviews of local businesses from doctors to restaurants to dry cleaners.In March, the San Francisco-based company went public. Its shares were initially priced at $15 and have soared 45 percent since then. Its annual revenue, collected from local businesses, now tops $100 million.We spoke with Stoppleman, 34, about starting an internet company and steering it into the mobile world. What follows is an edited version of our conversation: min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Related: Angel Investor Esther Dyson on the Traits of Rock Star Tech LeadersEntrepreneur: How do you stay relevant in such a fast-moving industry?Stoppelman: About every year or two there is a moment of truth where there’s some new development in the marketplace, some new technology, some sort of existential crisis. You just have to be vigilant about looking out for those moments. In early 2008, it was confirmed that there would be an opportunity to build applications for the iPhone. We were fortunate enough to make the right call on that: to bet early, to put resources into it and have a pretty good application in the store at the moment when it opened. Four years later, and, sure enough, iPhone is extremely important and our application is quite successful. One of the important ways users get to our site is by searching Google, so that creates a certain dependency. But on the iPhone that doesn’t exist.Entrepreneur: How do you approach innovation?Stoppelman: You want experimentation. Every once in awhile you stumble upon something that blows your mind.The best example I can think of is Yelp Monocle, a feature in our iPhone app. It was the first augmented-reality feature on the iPhone. You turn on the video camera and then it overlays information on the businesses ahead of you.We thought it was sort of a geeky, fun feature for people that were really into technology. It literally resulted in a 30 percent to 40 percent increase in mobile app downloads and traffic as word got out. It was just a huge marketing win, and it came out of one little conversation and one experimental idea that we encouraged and allowed to be dropped in there. And it just shocked us.Entrepreneur: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about building a successful tech startup?Stoppelman: Choose something you are passionate about — or a pain point that has affected you and that you feel really needs to be changed. I was taking on something that I felt was really broken and that I thought I could fix. I think I’ve lasted as long as I have because it has been a personal endeavor. It wasn’t just a business problem. It wasn’t just about making money. It has been about the mission. And it still hasn’t gotten dull.Related: Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley on Building a Massive Communitycenter_img Register Now » September 10, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | February 08, 2010 Dose Lowering Software Cuts CT Exposure by 80 Percent Philips Healthcare’s CT systems use the iDose application that enables clinicians to reduce X-ray radiation dose by up to 80 percent.iDose uses an iterative dose-reduction algorithm that calculates raw images. Post-processing with iDose occurs without a time penalty while maintaining image quality, due to hardware that allows for a reconstruction speed which is 20-times faster than current hardware. This means patients don’t have to wait long for the results of their CT scans. iDose was designed to provide the same look and feel of the original higher dose images, so there’s no learning curve on the new images, just less dose for the patient. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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