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Tunisia tightens security after tourist spot attacks

first_imgTUNIS – Tunisia, already destabilised by a political crisis, tightened security on Thursday after two failed suicide bombings that dealt a blow to the country’s vital tourism industry.Only the suicide bomber was killed Wednesday in one attack on a beachside hotel in Sousse, and the security forces thwarted another attempted suicide attack soon thereafter in neighbouring Monastir.On Thursday police checks were considerably strengthened in and around Sousse, while tourists in the nearby resort of El Kantaoui said they were concerned but resolved to enjoy the rest of their vacations. “Yesterday I was scared, frankly. But I think such incidents are mostly a threat to Tunisia. The weather here still attracts us, and I’m determined to finish my holiday,” said a French tourist who identified herself as Aurelie.Michele, another French holidaymaker lying on the beach, was also determined to see out her holiday. “I don’t want to think too much and ruin my vacation,” she said.In the capital Tunis, police beefed up their presence on Habib Bourguiba Avenue and used barbed wire to cut off vehicle access to the interior ministry.Security was also stepped up at Zarzis, a tourist spot near Djerba island and the border with Libya, which is considered a transit point for arms smugglers.An AFP journalist said tanks were deployed around hotels, and police and army patrols searched vehicles on the road to Libya.Wednesday’s attacks have fuelled fears about the future of the country’s tourism sector, still struggling from the 2011 revolution that resulted in a 30-percent drop in revenues.One newspaper said the attacks meant “terrorism is now targeting tourism.”“The target now is the beating heart of the Tunisian economy,” read the editorial in the Une le Temps daily.But Mohamed Ali Toumi, the head of a Tunisian travel agents’ federation, expressed optimism ahead of the winter high season for travel to desert areas on the borders with Algeria and Libya.“People are a little reluctant to book stays, this is true, but we believe it will be short-lived… It will be difficult for the next few days, then we will return to normal, God willing,” he said. ‘Attacks won’t derail transition’The presidency insisted the attacks, which have yet to be claimed, would not “derail” the democratic transition following the 2011 revolution, which kicked off the Arab Spring.A national dialogue is under way between the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and the opposition to end a months-long political crisis sparked by the July assassination of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi by suspected jihadists.As part of a roadmap agreed by political leaders to break the stalemate, Ennahda is to hand over power to an interim government made up of independents.Ennahda’s veteran leader Rached Ghannouchi, who has been criticised in the past for encouraging dialogue with hardline Salafists, denounced “those who tried to target tourists,” calling them “criminals who want to destroy Tunisia, its economy and its democratic transition.”In Wednesday’s first attack, the suicide bomber “blew himself up” near the four-star Riadh Palms hotel in Sousse, the interior ministry said.According to witnesses, he had tried to enter the hotel but fled to the beach when guards spotted him.Within half an hour, security forces foiled another suicide attack by an 18-year-old man on the tomb of former president Habib Bourguiba, in Monastir, 20 kilometres (12 miles) away along the coast.The ministry said special forces arrested five members of Ansar al-Sharia, an Al-Qaeda-linked Salafist movement, over the attacks.Since the 2011 revolution that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia has been rocked by violence blamed on radical Islamists suppressed under the former dictator, including the killings this year of Brahmi and another opposition MP.Wednesday’s failed suicide bombings are the first in Tunisia since 2002, when an attack claimed by Al-Qaeda killed 21 people at the ancient Ghriba synagogue on Djerba.Ennahda, which swept Tunisia’s first post-revolutionary elections in October 2011, has been sharply criticised by the opposition for failing to combat a rise in jihadist militancy.The government has linked Tunisia’s armed jihadists to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and says it lacks the resources to combat them.last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

Washington Welcomes Reform of Morocco’s Military Code of justice

first_imgWashington  –  The United States “welcomes” the Moroccan government’s initiative to reform the Military Code of Justice and to exempt civilians from trial by military tribunals, a U.S. State Department official told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), calling the decision as “an important step forward in strengthening the protection of human rights in Morocco.” “In the Joint Statement issued on the occasion of the November 22 visit of King Mohammed VI to Washington DC, President Barack Obama welcomed the Sovereign’s commitment to end the practice of military trials of civilians,” the official recalled.“We are pleased to see this commitment made concrete in the form of this draft law. We understand it will now move to Parliament for that body’s approval.”  “We urge the Parliament to act quickly to pass the law so that its impact is not delayed,” he said. The US official also noted that the United States also welcomes “the growing role of the National Council on Human rights as a credible and proactive defender of human rights, and are encouraged by the Council of Government’s decision to strengthen the CNDH by ensuring that government agencies address complaints directed to it.”He said “both of these measures are important steps forward in strengthening the protection of human rights in Morocco and in realizing the promise of the 2011 Constitution.”last_img read more


October 12, 2019 0

Ban Kimoon urges immediate and effective action to aid plight of migrants

“We can ensure that people move in a way that is safe and legal, and which protects their rights,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the inaugural Global Forum on Migration and Development in Brussels, Belgium. “We can work to strengthen the positive impact of migration on the development of migrants’ home countries. We can encourage destination countries to promote the success of migrants, both in their original and their adopted homes.”Mr. Ban noted that the emergence of migration – a “sensitive” issue – as a top priority was a slow process, culminating in the launch of the Forum.“As we have grasped migration’s powerful potential for good, old stereotypes have crumbled, and new opportunities have captured our imaginations,” he said, observing that migrants are propelled by the “age-old pursuit of a better life, as well as by increasingly understood phenomena such as climate change.”Therefore, he said, “we accept that we must take effective action without delay.”Although migrants have been assisting their families and communities for decades, it is only recently that there has been a deepened understanding of how effective policies can augment the positive boon on development posed by migration.Mr. Ban stressed that migrants have much to offer – in the economic, social and cultural realms – to developed countries.“Their cultures, values and traditions not only enrich our societies, but enable us to adapt successfully to a world that is growing fast,” he said, citing how migrants have founded prominent companies such as eBay, Mittal, Google and Intel, as well as becoming innovators in research.He pointed out that lesser-skilled migrants also have much to contribute, performing “many of the most essential tasks that undergird our well-being.”Underscoring his commitment to the Forum’s efforts, Mr. Ban pledged the UN’s support through his Special Representative for Migration and Development, Peter Sutherland, who was reappointed to his post today.Also speaking at the Forum was Director Carmen Moreno of the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW), who emphasized the important role women play with regard to remittances.Noting that half of all remittance senders and the greater part of remittance recipients are women, she said that “unless the entire migration process is examined from a gender perspective, projects that aim to maximize the pros and reduce the cons of remittances are doomed to fail.”Over 120 Governments, 200 civil society representatives, and numerous international organizations and UN institutions are expected to attend the Forum, which concludes tomorrow.While in Brussels, Mr. Ban also met today with Javier Solana, the European Union High Representative, and highlighted the “very friendly and cooperative relationship” between their respective offices.Following their discussions, Mr. Ban told reporters that he discussed the issue of Kosovo at length with Mr. Solana.“Because of the lack of progress in taking action on the recommendation of my Special Envoy for the future status of Kosovo, my position is that any further delay or prolongation of this issue will not be beneficial, not only for the Balkan States but also for the unity of the European Union.”He asked the parties involved to “not take any premature unilateral actions which may further complicate this already complicated issue.” 10 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged immediate and effective action to aid the plight of the world’s 200 million migrants, characterizing the phenomenon of migration as “one of the great global challenges of our century.” read more


October 12, 2019 0

Clearwater Seafoods to buy UKbased Macduff Shellfish for 195 million

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia-based Clearwater Seafoods has a deal to buy Macduff Shellfish Group for the equivalent of $195 million.Macduff is a U.K.-based integrated seafood company with a strong presence in the European Union.Clearwater chief executive Ian Smith says the two companies have been building a working relationship for more than three years and he’s confident Macduff is a good fit.Clearwater eyes a bigger piece of the seafood pieMacduff has 14 scallop harvesting vessels and production plants in Mintlaw and Stornoway, Scotland.Clearwater also has its own fleet and plants that process scallops, lobster, clams, coldwater shrimp, crab and groundfish.Clearwater will pay 94.4 million pounds plus four million pounds of seasonal debt to acquire Macduff, which is currently owned by the Beaton Family and Change Capital Partners.It expects the deal to close by Oct. 30.The Canadian Press read more


October 8, 2019 0

Demo to be staged in Jaffna demanding foreign judges

A demonstration is to be staged in Jaffna tomorrow demanding foreign judges in the accountability process.Northern Provincial Council member M.K Sivajilingam told the Colombo Gazette several NPC members and the public will take part in the demonstration. Sivajilingam said that the demonstrators will also draw light to the issue on disappearances, the Tamil National question and occupation of private land by the military. (Colombo Gazette) He said the demonstration will be staged to coincide with Independence Day.“We will press on five points during the demonstration, including the need to have foreign judges in the accountability process,” he said. read more


October 8, 2019 0

UN mourns death of former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonias President

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan voiced his “deep sadness” at the plane crash that killed Mr. Trajkovski’s and the members of his delegation earlier today in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”A true European, Mr. Trajkovski greatly contributed to the development of regional cooperation and led his country towards membership in the European Union and NATO to ensure prosperity and stability for his people and for the entire region,” the statement said, conveying condolences to the bereaved families and the nation at large.Members of the Security Council also expressed their profound sadness and offered their condolences in a statement read out by the Council President for February, Ambassador Wang Guangya of China.Closer to home, Mr. Annan’s top envoy in neighbouring Kosovo expressed his deep shock and sorrow. Harri Holkeri said he and the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) had enjoyed “very good relations” with President Trajkovski. read more


October 6, 2019 0

New treaty will help reduce human cost of poorly regulated arms trade

“Refugees know the costs of armed conflict better than anyone. For them in particular, as well as the millions more forcibly displaced inside their own countries by armed violence, the adoption of this treaty is badly needed,” said António Guterres. “The goal for all of us must now be effective implementation.”According to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are at least 15 million refugees plus 26 million internally displaced people worldwide. In the vast majority of cases, conflict and armed violence are the causes of their flight.“UNHCR has long urged regulation of the arms trade, as a means of reducing the terrible human cost of the poorly regulated arms trade and the widespread availability and misuse of weapons,” the agency stated in a news release.The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which regulates the international trade in conventional arms, was adopted by the 193-member Assembly yesterday by a vote of 154 in favour, 3 against and 23 abstentions. It regulates all conventional arms within the following categories: battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms and light weapons.A 2011 study commissioned by UNHCR, entitled “The Global Burden of Armed Violence,” documented that more than half a million people die as a result of armed violence every year, fuelled in many cases by the widespread availability of weapons. Many more suffer horrific injuries and abuses, including rape, while still more are forced from their homes. Among other provisions, the new treaty – which will enter into force once it receives 50 ratifications – includes a prohibition on the transfer of arms which would be used in the commission of genocide, crimes against humanity and certain war crimes.The UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, welcomed the adoption of the treaty, calling it a significant first step with the potential to reduce “the appalling human cost of the trade in conventional weapons and the conflicts they fuel.” “Those who sell or facilitate weapons to individuals that will commit human rights violations know that they have responsibility for the death and misery caused by those weapons and at some stage may be liable to face the International Criminal Court for complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity,” he warned in a news release. “However, the treaty is not perfect, since numerous ambiguities remain in the text which could end up favouring the arms industry,” the expert added, stressing that nothing in the treaty prohibits selling weapons to non-State entities. “More reflection is needed and a subsequent agreement should address outstanding issues that were left out in the final compromise. It is for civil society in the countries concerned to participate in this debate.” “The world needs to stop not only the trade but the production of arms, since once weapons have been produced, there is an incentive to use them and to continue producing them,” stated Mr. de Zayas. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Sulphur Springs feasibility study confirms longlife highmargin Australian copperzinc mine with outstanding

first_imgVenturex Resources’ Board has endorsed the DFS for the base case, 1.25 Mt/y development of the 100%-owned Sulphur Springs copper-zinc project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia based on new Ore Reserves, with key life-of-mine outcomes including project revenue of A$2,625 million, free cashflow (pre-tax real) of A$818 million, pre-production processing plant and infrastructure capital of A$146 million, pre-tax NPV8% of A$472 million, IRR (pre-tax) 51% and average annual pre-tax cashflow of ~A$80 million. Positive DFS on 1.25 Mt/y base case project paves way for financing and development of one of the few new mid-tier base metal projects in Australia.Average annual production of approximately 65,000 t/y of ~25% Cu concentrate (~15,000 t/y copper payable metal) and 75,000 t/y ~50% Zn concentrate (~35,000 t/y zinc payable metal)Life-of-mine payable metal of 146,000 t of copper and 348,000 t of zincIncreased Ore Reserve of 8.5 Mt @ 1.4% Cu and 3.1% Zn (up from 7.3 Mt @ 1.2% Cu and 3.5% Zn), representing a 42% increase in contained copper metalLife-of-mine mine inventory of 12.6 Mt @ 1.4% Cu and 3.6% Zn (inclusive of Reserves and Inferred Resources)Mine life of 10.3 years (post construction) averaging ~A$80 million per year of free cashflowUpfront Capital requirement of A$169 million including A$146 million for a 1.25 Mt/y processing plant and other site infrastructure (which represents a significant capital cost decrease from the Feb 2017 Value Engineering Study (VES) of A$167 million for a 1 Mt/y processing plant and related infrastructure); A$23 million for other pre-production costs including site access and pre-strip miningSignificant improvement in project economics compared with the 2017 VES utilising a conservative discount rate of 8%Pre-tax NPV8% of A$472 million (Feb 2017 VES: A$338 million) and Pre-Tax IRR of (51%)At consensus commodity prices, pre-tax NPV8% increases by 31% to A$617 millionPost-tax NPV8% of A$310 million and post-tax IRR of 39% (project level)Excellent exposure to strengthening copper and zinc pricesFurther opportunities to add value through exploration and increasing plant capacityThe Board is very confident in achieving finance solutions to develop Sulphur Springs due to the robust nature of the project economics.Venturex Resources Managing Director, AJ Saverimutto, said the delivery of the Sulphur Springs DFS puts the company firmly on track to become Australia’s next mid-tier copper-zinc producer.“What stands out from the vast amount of work completed as part of the DFS is that Sulphur Springs is a high-quality, long-life project that will generate robust margins and strong financial returns, even using relatively conservative long-term metal price assumptions,” he said.“The DFS results show a significant improvement in several key areas compared with the Value Engineering Study completed last year, including a 40% increase in the project’s Net Present Value to A$472 million, an increased Reserve, increased payable copper and zinc production and a pre-tax Internal Rate of Return of 51%. At current spot prices, the NPV is in excess of half a billion dollars – a fantastic result which really underlines the scale and quality of the project.“Importantly, we have also managed to cut the pre-production processing plant and infrastructure capital cost estimate to A$146 million, while more accurately quantifying all capital and operating costs, refining the open pit and underground mine plan and completing all metallurgical test work to a very high level of accuracy.“This is a project which is well and truly ready to go. It’s a straightforward development and mining proposition. It’s located in a Tier-1 mining district, close to major iron ore and lithium operations and first-rate infrastructure. Also, the permitting process for the reconfigured open pit and underground development is now in its final stages.“With the DFS now complete, we are confident that we will be able to move rapidly to secure an appropriate project finance package supported by strategic off-take arrangements that will allow us to start development in the near term.“Importantly, the commodity price assumptions used in the DFS are conservative compared to market fundamentals and below current spot prices. They are also quite conservative in comparison to the average price decks used by the major institutions. With this in mind, there is huge upside to this project from improving copper and zinc prices in the years ahead – a view which is increasingly held by many analysts – as well as from exploration success as we begin to unlock the potential of the 27 km long Panorama VMS trend.”last_img read more


September 24, 2019 0

Worrying figures show we spent less on clothing books and furniture in

first_imgRETAIL SALES SHOWED that we spent less on clothing, books and furniture in April compared to the same month last year – and Retail Ireland has said it is worried at the news.The figures are contained in the latest CSO results, which show that the volume of retail sales increased by 0.2 per cent in April 2013 when compared with March 2013, but that there was a decrease of 0.5 per cent in the annual figure.If motor trades are excluded, the volume of retail sales decreased by 0.3 per cent in April 2013 when compared with March 2013 and there was an annual decrease of 0.3 per cent.IncreaseThe sectors with the largest month on month volume increases are books, newspapers and stationery (+8.7 per cent ), electrical goods (+2.6 per cent) and motor trade (+1.7 per cent).The sectors with the largest monthly decreases were food, beverages and tobacco – specialised stores (-4.5 per cent) and department stores (-3.6 per cent).Retail Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the retail sector, said the figures showed the second consecutive annual fall and pointed to the serious need for a set of actions to help the domestic economy.Retail Ireland Director Stephen Lynam said: It wasn’t all bad news, however. Supermarkets, department stores and electrical outlets saw increases in sales. Prices are down across the board so consumers can avail of huge value in shops throughout the country.Lynam said that an inter-departmental group on retail, announced as part of the Action Plan for Jobs, “must come up with proposals to stimulate the domestic economy and tackle issues like high retailer costs”.The number one priority for the Government from now until Budget season must be to give consumers hope and a reason to start spending. Until that happens, the domestic economy cannot hope to see growth.Read: Retail Excellence Ireland dismiss Consumer Association report on grocery prices>Read: Retail sales fell slightly in December – CSO> These figures are very worrying. We are now seeing a reversal of the trend in overall sales growth that we saw late last year and earlier this year. The worst hit sectors in April were clothing (-5.8 per cent annually), books (-5.2 per cent) and furniture (-5.1 per cent).last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

POLICE LOG for May 16 Needle Found Fire Lane Violations At Town

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, May 16, 2018:An employee at CVS reported there was a male party in and out of the store that appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police responded, but man had already left. Police spoke with Cumberland Farms employee across the street that said man got into an Uber and went home to North Andover. (1:51am)Police received report of a delivery truck dropping off supplies at a King Street property under development. Police spoke with responsible party to request more reasonable delivery times by their contractors. (2:46am)A caller reported a large snapping turtle in the roadway on Ring Avenue. Animal Control Office responded. Turtle made its way to a wooded area. (9:34am)Police received report of a hit & run (property damage) at Triton Car Wash on Main Street involving a Red 2017 Ford Fusion. (10:26am)Animal Control Officer removed a female party walking her dog at Yentile Farm. She was advised and sent on her way. (11:09am)A caller reported finding a needle on the sidewalk on Salem Street. (11:30am)Police issued 3 parking citations for fire lane violations at Town Hall. (7:37pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 19: Fire Dept. Delayed By Train When Responding To Crash; Duck Flew Into House; Turtle Stuck In PoolIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 17: Issues At Teen Group Home; Wedding Album Found In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”last_img read more


September 11, 2019 0

After Jio revolution is Mukesh Ambani planning to invest big in agriculture

first_imgMukesh Ambani says nation comes first and then arts and culture.(Representational Image)Reuters FileAfter investing multi billion dollars in the telecom industry last year, Reliance Industries (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani hinted that he was planning to start the next investment cycle, possibly in agriculture, education and healthcare sectors.”We have nearly completed this investment cycle. We are now ready to commit even more in our next investment cycle. As we move forward, we will look at issues that create more and more value for all Indians. I think agriculture is difficult; education is important; healthcare is the most difficult. We can only think about what we can do in each of these areas,” Mukesh Ambani said.Last year, RIL has invested around 3.9 lakh crore ($60 billion), out of which the majority investment came via Reliance Jio Infocomm, reported Mint.Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in Delhi, Ambani said that India is now No. 1 in the broadband connectivity index as against 150th before Jio’s launch.”What we did with Jio, not many in the world had backed us but… India in terms of the data infra will be ahead of the US by 2019,” he added.In what could be read as an indirect response to Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal, the RIL chairman said: Don’t blame Reliance Jio for the industry’s losses.Earlier, in an exclusive interview to the Economic Times, Mittal, the owner of India’s largest telecom company, had said, “Reliance Jio’s prolonged free voice and data offers were a major reason for telecom companies writing off investments of up to $50 billion.””For all of us within the industry, profits and losses are risks that we take. I don’t think that we can rely on regulators or governments to make profits. For us, the most important (thing) is: do we really move the country forward and does the consumer gain? So, even if there are profits and losses, who gains and who loses? If the consumer gains and the country move forward, it is worth taking those losses. Some of us are big boys, we can afford that,” Ambani said.Moreover, the chairman of India’s most valued conglomerate said that India potentially offers the world’s largest investment opportunity as data connectivity and artificial intelligence (AI) converge to trigger a new industrial revolution.last_img read more


September 5, 2019 0

Houston Dash Hires Vera Pauw As New Head Coach

first_imgPhoto via Vera Pauw @verapauwPauw, 54, joins the Dash after two years with the South African Women’s National Team.The Houston Dash have named former Dutch international Vera Pauw as the team’s new head coach.Pauw, 54, last coached the South African women’s national team, which went to the 2016 Brazil Olympics and the semifinals of the African soccer championships in 2014.Photo via Vera Pauw @verapauwPauw led Banyana Banyana to their second consecutive Olympic Games in the 2016 edition in Rio de Janeiro.“Soccer is an evolving sport here in the U.S. with a unique background, and I am very excited about the opportunity ahead to work with a very talented roster,” Pauw said in a statement released by the team. “We have a solid core of players that will be key in reaching our goals for 2018 and beyond.”U.S. national team star Carli Lloyd and Canada’s Janine Beckie are among Pauw’s players on Houston’s roster. She replaces Randy Waldrum, who mutually parted ways with the Dash in May.As a player, Paul had 89 appearances with the Netherlands before her retirement in 1998. Sharelast_img read more


September 2, 2019 0

Texas Has Significant Shortages Of LowIncome Rentals Study Finds

first_imgJorge Sanhueza-Lyoin/KUTThe Jeremiah Program Moody Campus, an affordable housing development in Austin.Texas is lacking in low-income housing, according to a new study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. As far as availability, Houston had the lowest per-capita rate of available affordable units, followed by Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.The availability of affordable rental housing for extremely low-income renters in Texas – those making below the federal poverty level or 30 percent of an area’s median income – was 29 homes available for every 100 renters. The national rate is 37 homes.“There’s a supply problem throughout the country,” said NLIHC Senior Vice President of Research Andrew Aurand. “In Texas, the supply is even worse, relatively speaking.”The report found a shortage of 600,000 homes across the state; nationally that gap was more than 7.2 million.  Overall, no state had an adequate amount of affordable housing.National Low Income Housing CoalitionBut, Aurand says, every large metropolitan area in Texas has “significant shortages.”The analysis also found that those renting – or trying to rent – in Texas have financial hurdles on top of a diminished stock.Three-quarters of the 843,000 households with extremely low-incomes in Texas had severe cost burdens – meaning they spend more than half of their household income on rent.In Houston, 19 affordable rental units were available for every 100 extremely low-income renters.In Dallas, 20 affordable rental units were available for every 100 extremely low-income renters.In Austin, 21 affordable rental units were available for every 100 extremely low-income renters.In San Antonio, 31 affordable rental units were available for every 100 extremely low-income renters.Aurand said significant federal investment in housing vouchers and the National Housing Trust Fund could close that gap. Both programs, however, have been targets of the Trump administration’s latest budget proposal, which suggests Congress drastically reduce funding for housing vouchers and calls for a complete dissolution of the National Housing Trust Fund. Sharelast_img read more


September 2, 2019 0

Joe Manganiello to play Deathstroke in Ben Afflecks solo Batman film

first_imghttps://t.co/0NsNzCtGip— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) August 29, 2016The answer is apparently yes, which is good news for the Batman solo flick. Deathstroke, or Slade Wilson, hasn’t been depicted in a major movie franchise yet, but has been a vital part of shows such as Teen Titans (where he was voiced by Ron Perlman) and in Arrow on the CW played by Manu Bennett.Deathstroke is a formidable Batman foe, somebody that can be on even footing with the caped crusader. He’s strong, but also intelligent, something that can test Batman’s physical and mental strengths. He also has a long history with the Teen Titans, which could be a way to introduce a story with a Robin, since we know that at one point, Affleck’s Batman had a boy wonder by his side.Plus we wouldn’t have to see the Joker again, which will be a nice change if we’re going to have yet another Batman movie. Might as well go with a villain non-comic familiar audiences can experience fresh.It’s unclear if Manganiello is in the suit in the Affleck footage. There’s no word if Deathstroke will make an appearance in the Justice League film, which is currently filming in London. Considering Dawn of Justice‘s large list of cameos, I wouldn’t put it past the studio to drop a hint in some way. That vague teaser video was no joke. Deathstroke is going to appear in the live-action DC movieverse, and an actor has already been cast to play him.According to the Wall Street Journal, Joe Manganiello, best known for his roles on True Blood and in Magic Mike, has been cast as the famous assassin and will be facing off against Bruce Wayne in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie.DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns confirmed the casting in an interview discussing his new role overseeing Warner Bros.’ DC films.When Affleck posted a teaser video last week showing what appeared to be test footage of Deathstroke, the Internet went wild with an explanation. Was Deathstroke going to show up in Justice League or Affleck’s solo Batman film?last_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

Man mowed down by car in political rivalry

first_imgAs the Panchayat elections in UP are scheduled next month, a 30-year-old son of a former village head (Gram Pradhan) of a Greater Noida village was crushed to death due to political rivalry on Sunday night. Police said the youth, who was expected to contest the election, was mowed down by a SUV and was dragged 100 metres under it, in Dankaur area. The incident also sparked tension in the area and huge deployment of police was made to avert any untoward incident. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportAccording to the police, the deceased has been identified as Riyaz of Accheja-Bujurag village whose father Rahat Ali was the former village headman. Police said the incident took place at around 11 pm when Ali’s family informed police that four persons including a neighbour, Aashif, fired bullets at Riyaz and crushed him under a car. The assailants also allegedly fired bullets at the other members of Riyaz’s family.Police said the villagers rushed him to a private hospital in Greater Noida where the doctors declared him brought death. However, the accused, Aashif, who had been surrounded by the villagers, managed to flee after opening fire. Police have sent the body for post-mortem.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Mayor gives 7day ultimatum for removal of dead overhead wires bats for

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim gave a 7-day ultimatum to the cable operators in the city on Thursday, to remove dead overhead wires which are causing visual pollution in various parts of the city.”We have given a deadline to the cable operators in the city to bring down all the overhead wires that are no longer functional. If they do not do so within the stipulated time, the civic body will remove them. In many places these dead cables are creating a nuisance and also causing visual pollution,” Hakim said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Mayor also said that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will dig tunnels to accommodate various overhead cables that are found in the city. According to the initial plans, the work of digging tunnels will be done at three strategic locations like Alipore Road, Harish Mukherjee Road and Park Street. Later, the project would be initiated in other places in the city. “As there is huge cost involved in constructing tunnels, we have decided to start the project at three places in the city where we see congregation of a large number of cables that cause visual pollution. The concept has already been implemented in Nabadiganta and Rajarhat,” Hakim maintained. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe main purpose of the civic body is to rid the city’s skyline of ugly overhead wires. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given a clarion call to beautify the city across various parameters. Taking cue from the Chief Minister’s idea of beatification, KMC has been taking up various measures including the removing the banners and cables from different locations. The Mayor also mentioned that the DG of the electrical department has held a meeting with cables operators in this regard. He also pledged a vow to keep the city clean and free from visual pollution. Meanwhile, the Mayor himself held a meeting with the cable operators, broadcasters and MSOs on Thursday, urging them to show the rate chart on television over which some confusion has been created among people. “There has been confusion among people over the rate chart of various channels. We have asked the broadcasters and cable operators to give a proper display of the rates. They have to mention the rates of each channel,” Hakim said.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

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first_img Feature | Information Technology | May 17, 2019 | Carol Amick 3 Recommendations to Better Understand HIPAA Compliance According to the U.S. read more Feature | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | May 30, 2019 | By Larry Sitka and Jef Williams Data Driven Workflows on the Rise as the User Changes Medical imaging and informatics are critical to delivering care and managing wellness. read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more News | March 12, 2009 Siemens Aims to Educate Clinicians on ARRA’s Impact Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more Related Content read more News | Radiology Business | June 11, 2019 The Current Direction of Healthcare Reform Explained by CMS Administrator Seema Verma June 11, 2019 — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma addressed the American Med read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | April 19, 2019 HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Electronic Health Information Interoperability Rules The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two… read more March 12, 2009 – Siemens Healthcare will add to its series of webcasts designed to assist customers navigate the key Health IT provisions of the recently-enacted American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), a discussion entitled “Healthcare policy and IT initiatives: What a difference a year makes,” to run on March 13, 2009. The host of the webcast is Pennsylvania 13th District Congresswoman Allyson Y. Schwartz, who will provide a keynote address to all on-site attendees and national webcast participants focused on the HIT aspects of the ARRA. The program will also include an overview of national initiatives and discussion of recent and potential legislative actions on the national and state levels, as well as a thought-leaders panel who will share their views on the impacts of this new legislation on the adoption of interoperable electronic health records. For more information: www.siemens.com/executivegateway FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s.last_img read more


August 27, 2019 0

Costa Ricas erupting volcanoes may help slow global warming

first_imgThe October eruption of the Turrialba Volcano may have implications beyond Costa Rica. According to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Review Letters last week, small volcanic eruptions like that of Turrialba may play a big role in slowing climate change.Scientists have long known about the climate cooling affects of the massive amount of sulfuric acid expelled during a volcanic eruption. The acid makes its way into the upper atmosphere where it mixes with oxygen and blocks solar rays from reaching the Earth’s surface. The solar-blocking effects can last for months, causing the Earth’s surface to cool over time.Recommended: The tiny fish that captures more carbon than the rain forestThe 1991 eruption of the Mount Pinatubo Volcano in the Philippines spewed 20 million metric tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, and scientists estimate it contributed to a global cooling of up to 0.04 degrees Celsius. But while large eruptions are widely recognized as climate coolers, the gas contributed by small eruptions was written off as insignificant.But after 1998, warming began to slow and the atmosphere entered into what scientists call the “global warming hiatus.” The hiatus went against all previous climate change models, which predicted that temperatures would steadily increase through the early 2000s. Scientists knew they had missed something.By using satellites, ground monitoring stations and suspended hot air balloons, researchers studied the suspended air particles in the lower parts of the atmosphere. The study found that between the years 2000 and 2013, volcanic gasses deflected nearly double the solar waves as previously estimated, cooling the Earth by as much as 0.12 degrees Celsius.“This is part of the story about what has been driving climate change for the past 15 years,” Alan Robock, a climatologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey told the American Geophysical Union. “It’s the best analysis we’ve had of the effects of a lot of small volcanic eruptions on climate.”Though relatively insignificant in terms of the size of eruptions, Costa Rica’s volcanoes likely contribute to this global cooling.For years, Arenal Volcano in the country’s northeast spewed lava and gas on a daily basis, but in 2010 the eruptions abruptly paused. The country’s most active volcano is now Turrialba, some 60 kilometers northeast of the capital, which had its largest eruption in more than 150 years on Oct. 30, 2014.According to María Martínez, a volcanologist with the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), Turrialba spills between 400 and 1,000 metric tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere each day. During the explosions between Oct. 20 and 31, the volcano spewed between 5,000 and 10,000 metric tons per day.“Compared to other volcanoes throughout the world, our volcanoes don’t erupt often,” María Martínez told The Tico Times. “But they still release a pretty significant amount of gas. Turrialba is one of the most active volcanoes in the region.”Recommended: Turrialba Volcano eruption in Costa Rica: Photos from the web Related posts:Small but vocal turnout in Costa Rica for global climate march Turrialba Volcano erupts again, raining ash over San José Some scientists worried about surprisingly cold ‘blob’ in the North Atlantic Ocean With COP21 talks in Paris moving forward after attacks, Latin America climate-change policies remain unclear Facebook Commentslast_img read more


August 19, 2019 0

Australian travellers vote Ibis best affordable hotel brand

first_imgSweet victory for Ibis at Australian Traveller Magazine Readers’ Choice AwardsAustralian travellers have crowned Ibis the Best Affordable Hotel Brand, announced at the 2012 Australian Traveller Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards last night, Tuesday 4th December. In the only consumer nominated awards for tourism in Australia, Australian Traveller readers voted for their all time favourite travel destinations, experiences and accommodation. Ibis was the clear winner ahead of runners up including Best Western, Mantra and Travelodge.The overall consensus from Australian Traveller readers is that Ibis offers great value accommodation, combining cleanliness, comfort, contemporary decor and friendly service.  The win for Ibis, Accor’s pioneering economy hotel brand, has come during the same year of exciting evolution for the brand.  Ibis has now become a triple-tier brand with the addition of Ibis Styles (formerly All Seasons) and Ibis Budget (formerly Formule 1).  The new era for Ibis also comes on the 20th anniversary in Australia with Ibis Melbourne, and moving forward all existing and new hotels will introduce ‘Sweet Bed by Ibis’, designer uniforms, new signage and interior designs.Sweet Bed by Ibis features a plush 7cm topper – which in the past would normally be associated with a luxury hotel brand – to provide budget-conscious travellers with a 5-star sleep experience at a 3-star price tag. Ibis Brisbane and Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour are already trialing the tailor-made Sweet Bed with outstanding guest reaction.Adding to makeover of the Ibis brand in Australia, a new range of designer uniforms will be unveiled in the hotels early next year.  In an industry first, Ibis worked with renowned fashion designer Charlie Brown and students from the Whitehouse Institute of Design to create new staff uniforms for each of the Ibis brands. In early 2014, South Australia will welcome Australia’s largest new-build Ibis hotel with the opening of Ibis Adelaide on Grenfell Street. The hotel will be the first Ibis in Australia to showcase the new global interior design which has been set out for all new Ibis hotels. To cap off the major brand overhaul, Ibis has launched a new-look website www.ibis.com where guests can book accommodation at all Ibis, Ibis Styles and Ibis Budget hotels worldwide. Accor’s three revolutionized economy brands, Ibis, Ibis Styles and Ibis Budget are set to increase the strength of Ibis in Australia which will now grow to over 70 hotels and 1600 worldwide, making it the largest global economy hotel brand. Source = Ibislast_img read more


August 17, 2019 0

Ride the never ending wave with Voyager of Seas

first_imgLeft to right – Sean Treacy, commercial director Royal Caribbean International; Adam Wildman, FlowRider champion; Gavin Smith, regional vice president Asia- Pacific, Royal Caribbean International. At a lavish cocktail ceremony held at the stunning Bondi Ice Bergs in Sydney yesterday, Royal Caribbean announced the new features on board its Voyager of the Seas, including the installation of Australia’s first FlowRider surfing simulator at sea, after a multimillion dollar investment in a bow-to-stern makeover.Due to start her cruising season from Australia this November, Voyager of the Seas will be able to show off her new features to guests, including real-time virtual balconies, a 3D cinema, three new signature Royal Caribbean speciality dining options, and of course, the thrilling new FlowRider.“As the world’s largest cruise brand, Royal Caribbean International is renowned for its first at sea facilities and we can’t wait to be able to offer our cruise guests the chance to catch a wave onboard Australia’s biggest cruise ship after her revitalisation in October 2014,” Royal Caribbean International regional vice president Asia Pacific, Gavin Smith said.The 12 meter long surf simulator will be perched on the top deck of the cruise liner, overlooking the ocean as surf, boogie board and wake board enthusiasts catch the perfect wave and impress the audience with their skills.Providing plenty of enjoyment for the whole family, there will also be private lessons available and if you would rather watch the action than be a part of it, the nearby stadium style seating provides plenty of great viewing opportunity.Champion flowboarder, Queenslander Adam Wildman, has been appointed as the official FlowRiding Ambassador for Voyager of the Seas, and in the coming months will share his tips on how to master the sport.Since discovering flowboarding on board Freedom of the Seas in 2009 while holidaying on the cruise liner with his parents, Mr Wildman’s talent and passion has come a long way since then, now ranking fifth in the world.“My dream is to see flowboarding take off in Australia and I couldn’t be more excited that a Royal Caribbean ship complete with a FlowRider, which I used to have to travel to different parts of the world for, is going to be right here on our doorstep,” Mr Wildman said.Fresh off the back of her multimillion revitalisation, Voyager of the Seas will arrive in Australia from Singapore, for her third local season when she enters Darwin on 30th November and commences her 2014/2015 summer season, cruising popular itineraries around Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.To see more photos from yesterday’s event, check out our photo gallery here. Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more


August 17, 2019 0