Increased shipping could make parts of the Northwest Passage among the most dangerous places in the Arctic for the whales and other mammals that live there, a study suggests.In a paper published Monday, Donna Hauser of the University of Alaska warns that Lancaster Sound at the eastern gate of the passage could become a choke point for ships and marine mammals.“That is one area that has the potential for high conflict,” she said. “It’s an obligatory pathway for both vessels that are going in and out of the passage as well as marine mammals that are migratory.”Hauser and her co-authors looked at 80 different populations of narwhals, belugas, bowhead whales, seals, walrus and polar bears across the North and attempted to gauge how vulnerable they would be to large ships.Transits of both the Northwest Passage and the Russian Northern Sea Route are expected to increase as climate change melts the sea ice.Hauser’s study examined how the animals’ habitat could intersect with probable sea routes in the month of September when ice is at its lowest and shipping would be busiest. It then weighed what would be the likely impacts of increased shipping on mammals.The study concluded that just over half the populations would be exposed to shipping. It also found that animals in Lancaster Sound, along with a portion of Russia’s central Arctic coast, were the most vulnerable.Polar bears and seals face little risk, the study said. But whales — especially narwhal — would be the most vulnerable to harm.Hauser said ship traffic could disrupt the behaviour of whales and affect their communication. Ships could also collide with them.“There’s been a lot of research to suggest that vessels may have impacts on marine mammals,” she said.Ships cause whales to change their swimming speed or dive rate. They can drive them away or cause them to freeze in place. If ship traffic increased in Lancaster Sound, whales would have to cope with those changes while already dealing with climate change.Tens of thousands of bowhead, beluga and narwhal migrate through the area and depend on it for food. All the studied mammals are also important food sources for Inuit people who regularly hunt in the region.Shipping through the passage is still relatively rare. But as sea ice extent falls by roughly 13 per cent each decade, that’s expected to change.Hauser said her research suggests now is the time to start thinking about the issue.“There’s going to be a lot of policy work to decide what are the risks and benefits of certain routing.”Techniques developed in southern waters to minimize conflict could be adapted to the North, the paper suggests. Careful design of shipping lanes, minimizing noise coming from ships and timing transits to avoid peak migrations could all help.Hauser said it’s tough to estimate when shipping might start to become a real problem for the mammals in Lancaster Sound. Too much depends on social and economic factors to have a firm timeline.But it’s coming, she said.“We’re at this precipice where vessels are poised to expand into these regions. The idea behind this study is provide a comprehensive assessment to help plan for the future.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960
NY Knick Tyson Chandler scored one for the fight against blood cancer last night at Bally, the Swiss luxury leather goods house in Manhattan, by getting his cheek swabbed and registering with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center.Tyson Chandler getting his cheek swabbed by DKMS Delete Blood Cancer co-founder Katharina Harf and wife, Kimberly, wearing Bally Lips for Life CollectionThe event served to launch Bally’s Lips for Life Collection, with 15% of proceeds from the collection going to support DKMS’ efforts to register new bone marrow donors and help save the lives of patients with blood cancers.Chandler was joined by his beautiful wife Kimberly, who wore the Lips for Life collection signature leather jacket; supermodel Jessica White; DKMS Delete Blood Cancer co-founder Katharina Harf; supermodels Coco Rocha, Lily Kwong, Elettra Wiedemann and Anja Rubik, and over 500 guests, including families who are being impacted by blood cancer. They celebrated to performances by Charlie Puth and Emily Luther and a set by renowned DJ Mick Boogie.Chandler and the other speakers slammed home an important message: there are many lives to be saved and all it takes is a cheek swab to register as a bone marrow donor.“There are thousands of men, women and children who are bravely fighting blood cancer and need our help,” said Chandler. “It only takes a cheek swab to register as a donor with DKMS Delete Blood Cancer, like I was proud to do tonight.”“Blood cancers will only be deleted through teamwork,” said Katharina Harf, who co-founded DKMS in the U.S. in 2004 in memory of her mother who died from blood cancer. “And I am so honored to be joined tonight by Tyson and Kimberly Chandler, Jessica White, and Bally Creative Directors Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler. I want to thank each of them for making the Lips for Life collection an enormous success. Patients like Shira Klein, who you met tonight, are fighting blood cancer and desperately need matches. This young mother of three inspires us to take action. That is what this event is all about.”In the United States, blood cancer is the second leading cause of all cancer deaths and kills more children than any other disease. Even though many patients might be saved by a bone marrow transplant, six out of 10 patients will never receive one. DKMS has made it its goal to turn the tide, and save more lives.“Katharina and her DKMS team have changed the lives of so many people through what they do; it’s very touching,” said Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler, Bally Creative Directors. “With the Bally Lips for Life capsule collection we wanted to show that the luxury world can have a heart. We’re proud to be involved with DKMS, and based on the event’s success, we anticipate the collection being a hit.”Source:PR Newswire
Abidjan – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, launched, on Wednesday in the Yopougon industrial area, western Abidjan, the building works of a factory for manufacturing cement packaging bags, worth 12 million euros (8 bn CFA francs).This unit, to be carried out by Africa-Côte d’Ivoire Cement company (CIMAF-Côte d’Ivoire), a subsidiary “of Addoha” Moroccan group, will have a yearly production capacity of 80 million bags (extendable to 160 millions), for the group’s cement plants in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Niger and Mali.With a strong value added, this project, which will be constructed over a surface area of 3.5 ha, is in line with the royal instructions laid down in the speech delivered by the sovereign on the opening of the Ivorian-Moroccan economic forum (Feb. 24-25) and related to strengthening south-south cooperation, spurring the private sector’s role and fostering the positioning of the Kingdom in West Africa. Thanks to this project, Côte d’Ivoire will no longer need importing cement packaging bags from Morocco. The project’s goals are transferring technology, saving time and money, and bringing closer related services.On this occasion, the King, accompanied by Daniel Kablan Duncan, visited the new cement plant of the Addoha group, a flagship of the Moroccan industry and know-how. With a yearly production capacity of 500,000 tons of cement (extendable to 1,000,000 T/year), the plant includes a crushing workshop, a bagging and shipping workshop, covered storage halls for clinker and additions, a quality control lavatory and administrative, commercial and technical buildings.The plant’s activity will consist of importing clinker from two factories of the Moroccan company “Ciment Atlas, CIMAT,” also a subsidiary of Addoha group, unloading it at the port and carrying and crushing it for the production and marketing of all types of cement.Totaling 30 million euros, the Abidjan cement plant is designed according to the latest technology standards. It is environment-friendly and will optimize energy consumption and cement production meeting standards in force and market’s requirements. A share of 15% of the plant’s initial investment is devoted to the environment.This plant has been operational since July 2013 and created 250 jobs, 95% of which is meant for local populations. The plant will contribute to fighting cement prices volatility, an issue with a huge impact on the country’s real estate sector. The Cimant-Cimaf group is present in Guinea Conakry, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Gabon, Mali, Burkina Faso Congo Brazzaville and Niger. It has two production units in Morocco (Béni-Mellal and Settat regions) which are operational since 2010, while a third unit is under construction in the Nador region.
In Beijing, his first stop, the Secretary-General is expected to meet with President Hu Jintao and other senior officials, including the Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as the Vice Prime Minister in charge of Avian Influenza.He also plans to have a question and answer session with students at Beijing University.From Beijing, he will travel to Seoul, Republic of Korea, where he has meetings planned with President Roh Moo-hyun as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.The next stop is Tokyo where, in addition to meetings with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and the country’s Foreign Minister, he will meet with a parliamentary group on UN reform. He also has an audience scheduled with Emperor Akihito.Mr. Annan then goes to Hong Kong, where he will address the opening of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial conference.His last stop is Vietnam, his first visit to that country as Secretary-General. Among his meetings with Vietnamese leaders is a consultation with the Chair of the National Steering committee on Avian Influenza.
by News Staff Posted Jul 20, 2012 8:54 am MDT Government: Profit at major Chinese state companies falls in first half but rises in June BEIJING, China – Total profit for China’s biggest state-owned companies fell by 16.4 per cent in the first half from a year earlier as an economic slowdown deepened, the government said Friday.The squeeze for even China’s biggest, most politically favoured companies that benefit from monopolies and low-cost loans highlights the extent of the deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis as exports and domestic demand weakened.Profitfor the 117 companies in the top tier of state industry fell to 387 billion yuan ($61.4 billion) for the six months ended June 30, the Cabinet’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said in a one-sentence statement.The statement saidprofit in June was up 8 per cent compared with May but gave no indication whether the government saw that as a sign growth was reviving. It gave no details of individual companies.China’s economic growth slowed to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the second quarter. Analysts say the decline probably has bottomed out but they say the strength of a possible recovery is uncertain.Beijing has cut interest rates twice since the start of June and is pumping money into the economy through higher investment by state companies and more spending on low-cost housing and other public works. Authorities are trying to use targeted measures instead of flooding the economy with money after a binge of spending and bank lending in response to the 2008 crisis fueled inflation and a wasteful building boom.Companies and investors are closely watching China’s slowdown, which has dampened hopes the country will help to drive global growth as the United States and Europe struggle.Premier Wen Jiabao warned last weekend a recovery was not yet stable, raising hopes Beijing might roll out still more stimulus. On Tuesday, Wen said the employment outlook “will become more complex and severe” and promised to make job creation a priority.China’s expansion is still far more robust than Western economies or Japan but its companies have come to depend on unusually high growth to stay profitable.Majorcompanies including airlines, manufacturers and retailers have warned of unexpectedly sharp drops of up to 80 per cent in first-half profits due to be reported in coming weeks.Smaller retailers, construction companies and others have suffered bigger declines. Some say revenues are down by as much as half compared with a year earlier. Wen has promised more bank loans to the struggling private sector but entrepreneurs say they have yet to receive help.SASAC-controlled companies include energy giant PetroChina Ltd., telecoms giant China Mobile Ltd. and the country’s biggest banks, insurers, airlines and steel producers.The rate of decline in their total first-half profits was greater than the 13.6 per cent fall for the first quarter of the year, indicating the contraction accelerated in the second quarter.Some 233 companies with shares traded on mainland China’s two exchanges expect to report losses for the first half, while another 449 expect lower profits compared with a year earlier, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The play he’s talking about came as the Falcons clung to a 28-20 lead with about four minutes left in regulation time. The Patriots had just finished scoring 17 unanswered points to pull to within a single score of Atlanta, and the Falcons had run a grand total of six offensive plays over that span before QB Matt Ryan started the drive at his own 10. Atlanta still had about a 92 percent chance of winning the game according to ESPN’s win probability model, but a window had been opened for the Pats.At first, the Falcons appeared to close it again. Ryan hit Devonta Freeman for a 39-yard gain to reach midfield, and a few plays later, Julio Jones made an amazing catch that seemed destined to join the pantheon of great Patriot-killing Super Bowl grabs. But on second and 11 from the New England 23, the Falcons decided to pass instead of running the ball and setting up an insurance field goal, and Ryan was sacked for a loss of 12. Between that and a 10-yard holding penalty on the subsequent play, the Falcons were pushed out of accurate kicker Matt Bryant’s field-goal range and had to punt the ball back to Brady.The rest, as they say, was history.If the Falcons had run the ball on those second and third downs instead, then kicked the field goal, they’d have forced the Patriots to mount an 11-point comeback with something like 2:30 to play — not an 8-point comeback with 3:30 to go. The odds of a team doing the former are about 3 percent; for the latter, 8 percent.The counter-argument, of course, is that 8 percent is still improbable. Even after the sack and the punt, the Falcons were still overwhelmingly likely to win the game. Only one Super Bowl in history had ever seen a team overcome longer second-half odds. (Granted, it was the Patriots’ victory two years ago.) In order to tie the game, Brady and the Pats still needed to:Convert a third-and-10 from their own 9;Complete a 23-yard pass to Julian Edelman, whose catch rivaled the greatest in Super Bowl history;Complete a 20-yard pass to Danny Amendola;Have James White scamper 20 more yards on two catches;Score a touchdown from the Falcons’ 1;Successfully pull off the 2-point conversion.If just one of those plays goes differently, we might be talking about Atlanta’s first Super Bowl title. And even after all that, the Pats still needed to stop Ryan and the Falcons from quickly driving for the game-winning score with under a minute left (which has happened before), and they needed luck on the opening coin toss of overtime and they needed a handful of big plays in OT in order to win. Hot Takedown’s Super Bowl Special As you may have heard by now — perhaps from the eardrum-shattering sound of New England Patriots fans booing Roger Goodell — the Patriots are Super Bowl champs, having rallied back from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 on Sunday. The comeback alone was historic, ranking as the most improbable in Super Bowl history, but there’s also a whole layer of history attached to the accomplishments of New England quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, plus the revenge narrative of Deflategate. It’s a lot to keep track of.Amidst all the postgame analysis, however, there’s always a place for second-guessing the Super Bowl loser’s coach. And on Sunday night, New Yorker staff writer James Surowiecki provided an instant classic in the genre: Related: Hot Takedown It’s true that the decision to pass instead of run and kick was the proverbial turning point, from which most subsequent plays saw the Pats increase their chances of winning until they hit 100 percent on White’s game-winning TD run. It’s also true that running the ball and going up 11 would have made the Pats’ comeback more difficult — and when you’re going up against the best coach/QB tandem ever, it’s generally not a good idea to gift them free win probability.But in the end, the Falcons still had plenty more chances to snuff out the Pats’ comeback from that point onward. Whether because of poor defense or Brady’s clutch-ness (or both), they didn’t — and it’s the totality of many plays that has us talking about Brady and Belichick’s legacies on Monday, and not crowning a new champion in Atlanta.
Bar at centre of alleged ‘no blacks allowed’ incident concludes “that no discrimination occurred” Three South African students were allegedly refused entry from Buskers Bar in Temple Bar on Sunday 5 June. 37,122 Views Temple Bar Source: Google MapsAN INVESTIGATION BY a bar in Dublin’s city centre into allegations that three students were refused entry due to a ‘no blacks allowed’ policy, and were likewise refused permission to speak to a manager, has concluded that “no discrimination occurred”.Buskers Bar in Temple Bar launched its own independent investigation into the incident on Sunday 5 June in which the three South African students claimed they were refused admission by a security guard at the door, who allegedly said there were “no blacks allowed” in the establishment.The three students, who it is believed have since returned to South Africa and could not be contacted for comment on the matter, also claimed at the time that the security guard refused to allow them to speak to a manager of the pub.The pub has now concluded its investigation to the “satisfaction of all parties involved”, a spokesperson for Buskers said in a statement.“An independent investigation commissioned by Buskers Bar and led by a barrister and an equality expert has concluded that no discrimination occurred when three students were denied entry to Buskers Bar on Sunday, 5 June,” the spokesperson said.Whereas the students involved declined to participate in the investigation, the matter has since been fully resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved. Nov 28th 2016, 6:05 AM 54 Comments Monday 28 Nov 2016, 6:05 AM http://jrnl.ie/3100653 By Cianan Brennan Share195 Tweet Email Buskers Bar regrets the misunderstanding that saw access denied on the night in question. Buskers Bar abhors discrimination of any sort and respects, embraces and welcomes a multi-cultural clientele which adds to the appeal and enjoyment of this popular establishment.When queried for more information regarding the investigation, and the status of the doorman in question, the spokesperson added that “as the matter is now resolved no further comment will be made”.Buskers Bar is a popular venue in the heart of Dublin’s dedicated tourist area.Two of the students involved told RTÉ’s Liveline at the time of the incident that they made an immediate complaint to gardaí at a nearby station, but were informed that what had transpired was not a criminal offence.At the time Buskers said it “abhors unlawful discrimination of any sort and welcomes an international and multicultural clientele of every gender, race, colour and creed”.It is this diversity that contributes to the success and appeal of Busker’s Bar and whereas management reserves the right to decline admission that flexibility can never extend to unlawful discrimination of any sort.Read: “Alex has paid his price for his choices. The sentences they were given is a mockery”Read: €60k in cash and luxury car seized in gangland crackdown Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
January 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- As they say, timing is everything. In this case, the timing was interesting. A group of federal workers were in the middle of a protest at the airport in San Diego, when the word came down.There’s a temporary deal to reopen the government and pay federal workers.While most of the workers were excited and grateful, others see this as another ‘slap in the face’.KUSI’s Dan Plante is at the airport with more on their reaction. Federal workers protested this morning before shutdown ended Posted: January 25, 2019 Dan Plante Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
BATTLE GROUND — Shannon Walker looked at Kevin Williams’ damaged spirit and his yellow Labrador retriever’s undisciplined demeanor and saw her chance. Her father had raised her to have reverence for veterans. In Williams and his dog, Sam, the dog trainer saw a way to thank a veteran for his service in a palpable way.Walker’s recent expression of gratitude to Williams, a combat veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, has blossomed from one act of kindness into a full-fledged mission.Since starting the nonprofit Northwest Battle Buddies in January, Walker has providedtrained dogs free of charge for three combat veterans with PTSD and is in the process of training a dozen more. Her waiting list has the names of 14 combat veterans.Walker has owned and operated Man’s Best Friend for 17 years, training thousands of dogs in the process. In just five months, Northwest Battle Buddies has become like a second job, she said.Not that she’s complaining.“I love America, and I love veterans,” Walker, 45, said.Father’s influenceWalker’s late father, Glenn, who served in the Air Force, instilled her with a deep respect for veterans. The Pendleton, Ore., native recalled attending a rodeo with her father when she was young, during which he pointed out a veteran in the crowd and told her they were in the presence of a hero. Diamond lays on the floor of the Fred Meyer in Battle Ground on Wednesday during training to become a combat veteran’s companion.
Native art expert and teacher Steve Brown created the formline on the glass awnings encircling the Walter Soboleff Center. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Sealaska Heritage Institute started moving into its new home in the yet-to-be-opened Walter Soboleff Center this week.Download AudioChief Operating Officer Lee Kadinger hopes Sealaska Heritage Institute will be relocated by the end of January. The grand opening of the Walter Soboleff Center is May 15.“Next door will be our new home,” Kadinger says from his current office at One Sealaska Plaza. “So every time you hear we’re having a Native Lecture Series, it’ll be at Sealaska Heritage. Every time you hear that we’re having weaving classes, it’ll be at Sealaska Heritage. Everything that we do isn’t going to be scattered around in different places or classrooms or meeting rooms; it’ll be at Sealaska Heritage.”The building will have space for art exhibits, demonstrations and education. The main collections vault will be in the basement, the retail shop on the first floor, Sealaska Heritage offices on the second and office rental space on the third.In the very center of the building, visible as soon as you enter, is a traditional clan house.“If we want to have lectures in there, if we want to have presentation in there, if we want to have smaller performances in there – it’s really a flexible space. It’s a multiuse space and it’s an educational space,” Kadinger says.The clan house front will be carved and painted by Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley. The inside will feature a carved glass house screen and two house posts depicting Eagle and Raven warriors made by Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary.Other permanent art work includes 40-foot panels by Haida artist Robert Davidson that will go on the building’s cedar-clad exterior.Formline design expert Steve Brown created the glass sidewalk awnings that are already installed.Having raised around $20 million for the construction of the Walter Soboleff Center, Sealaska Heritage continues to fundraise for added artwork and exhibits. Kadinger says more than a thousand individuals, businesses and organizations have already donated.
A new series from Slate and the Teacher Project at the Columbia Journalism School started this week. It focuses on race in schools in the United States. Their first feature looks at Anchorage’s Newcomers’ Center, which helps immigrants and refugees adjust to the local school system. The project editor, Sarah Carr, says it’s the perfect place to begin because the program is working.Download Audio(Graphic from Slates website)CARR: And the thing that’s relatively unique about the Newcomers’ Center in Anchorage is that it’s a hybrid model. There are some places where arriving immigrant and refugee students are segregated out full-time from the student body and never are really able to acclimate to American schools and culture and other places in which they’re just thrown in immediately and into mainstream settings and might minimal to now language support. And the nice thing about Anchorage and some other communities is that they’ve struck a balance and give the new arrivals time to adapt and to be with other students who might be facing similar challenges at the Newcomers’ Center for part of the day, but then also make sure that they’re spending part of their time in traditional schools.HILLMAN: Why isn’t this happening in more schools across the nation?CARR: That’s a great question. I don’t think it’s 100% unique in that I think there are other places that also have moved towards something of a hybrid. But I think it’s a new issue for a lot of communities. There are a lot of places that are seeing influx of refugees and immigrants that haven’t had these communities at all in the past, or haven’t had them in nearly as great numbers and that are really trying to figure out what the best approach is, and I think that was one of the reasons we really wanted to feature Anchorage. It’s because, you can’t really say that any school district or community has 100% figured it out but it seems like you all were doing a lot of things right.HILLMAN: In the opening essay for the series, there’s this beautiful inforgraphic that really shows how schools in the U.S. are becoming more segregated, and similar things are happening here in Anchorage with white students kind of migrating towards public charter schools. Is this resegregation of America’s schools a problem? Is it something we should be concerned about?CARR: I definitely think it’s a problem. And it’s obviously not a new problem and it takes on a different cast and shape and depending on the community that you’re talking about. But over the course of our reporting, we did visit suburban communities that have tipped for instance to majority minority in recent years. And there’s this real question of whether they’ll be white flight and middle class flight to further out suburbs and that is happening in some places. And I think there are two major issues. One is, sort of, policies that allow this to happen and then the other is the persistence of personal biases and racism that makes it a challenge to create and sustain truly integrated schools and communities for the long-term.HILLMAN: What do you think is driving the choices to pull white students out of schools as they get more diverse? And is there a way to counter that?CARR: It’s a really complicated question. I think there is some element of racism, but there are also families who… it just becomes this chicken or egg, who say they really value diversity. They want their kids to learn in a diverse setting, but they’re worried about the academics at schools, and there’s a history of the public and policy makers disinvesting in majority-minority schools, and that can lead to lower academic standards and less resources over time and to middle class flight. So I don’t want to excuse people on the basis of declining academics, but I think that all of these things are interconnected.
iSmart ShankarTwitterPuri Jagannadh’s iSmart Shankar continued to fare well at the box office in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Monday and has beaten the lifetime collection record of Ram’s Nenu Sailaja in five days.Released on July 18, iSmart Shankar took the box office by storm over the weekend and collected Rs 31.60 crore gross in the Telugu states. The movie not only recovered the investments of its distributors but also earned them profit. The people in the industry were curious to see how it would perform at the ticket counters on Monday.The Ram Pothineni starrer remained rock-steady and continued to keep the cash registers ringing across the Telugu states. Some cinema halls witnessed unprecedented crowd in the evening shows on Monday. iSmart Shankar collected approximately Rs 3.40 crore gross at the AP/TS box office on its fifth day to take its total collection to Rs 34.70 crore gross.Nenu Sailaja had reportedly collected Rs 31.95 crore gross at the AP/TS box office in its lifetime. It is the highest-grossing as well as the blockbuster film in the career of Ram Pothineni. Now, iSmart Shankar has shattered this record in just five days. Considering its current pace of collection, the movie is likely to cross Rs 50 crore gross mark in the Telugu states in its lifetime run.iSmart Shankar has fetched Rs 17 crore from the sale of the theatrical rights for the Telugu states. The movie has earned Rs 23.73 crore for the distributors and recovered 139.58 percent of their investments in just five days. The film has already become a profitable venture.Here is the area-wise earning and distribution rights’ prices of iSmart Shankar. These numbers are based on various sources and may not match with actual figures released by the makers or distributors. All the figures are in rupees and crore.AreaAreaRightsRightsEarningsEarningsRecovery (%)Recovery (%)AreaNizamRights7.20Earnings10.54Recovery (%)146.38AreaCededRights3.30Earnings4.07Recovery (%)123.33AreaAndhraRights6.50Earnings9.12Recovery (%)140.30AreaAP/TS totalRights17.00Earnings23.73Recovery (%)139.58 Andhra6.509.12140.30 AreaRightsEarningsRecovery (%) Nizam7.2010.54146.38 Ceded3.304.07123.33 AP/TS total17.0023.73139.58
Combating that time of year classified by U.S. Government officials as “especially dangerous due to holiday celebrations and frequent parties,” a local nonprofit organization announced today that free cab rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the District of Columbia during the winter holidays. The rides are offered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the annual Holiday SoberRide program will operate between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. each evening from Dec. 12 to Jan. 1 as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk, holiday period. During the evening hours, between Dec. 12 and Jan. 1, Washington-metropolitan area residents celebrating with alcohol may call the toll-free SoberRide phone number 1–800–200–TAXI and be afforded a no-cost (up to $ 30 fare), safe way home. (AT&T wireless users can dial #WRAP for the same service).
Oct. 30, marked the first day of the disciplinary trial for Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson, the driver of the van that carried an injured Freddie Gray in April 2015. Gray subsequently died, sparking the uprising later that month. Goodson previously faced multiple criminal charges, including second degree depraved heart murder, but was ultimately found not guilty by Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams in 2016. None of the six police officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray were found guilty of any of the criminal charges filed against them. During the first day of the trial, prosecutors accused Goodson of being “neglectful of his duty to keep Gray safe” and “dishonest with investigators trying to find out what happened.”The disciplinary trial for Caesar Goodson, the van driver that transported Freddie Gray in April 2015 began this week. He faces the possibility of termination from the Baltimore Police Department. (Courtesy Photo)Neil Duke, a private attorney, who has a contract with the city’s law department, is prosecuting Goodson on more than twenty charges of breaking police department policies. He said the death of Gray showed both professional and personal failings on Goodson’s part. Sean Malone, Goodson’s defense attorney, denied these claims painting his client instead as the victim of failed city and police leadership.Malone said city leaders are attempting to use Goodson as a scapegoat and make him the “face of their failure” knowing that officers felt unsafe transporting inmates and detainees. According to his lawyer, Goodson focused on his job of operating the van and trusted that his colleagues handled Gray according to proper procedure that day, including deciding that Gray did not need medical treatment when he asked for it. “This is a team. They back each other up,” Malone said to the panel consisting of three police officers. Among the charges Goodson faces include providing a false statement pertaining to Gray’s arrest, and failing to secure Gray in a seatbelt. For the first time, Goodson’s recorded interview was played publicly, in which Goodson said he, “Didn’t pay it no mind,” when Gray began banging around in the back of the police transport van he was operating.He also said he didn’t secure Gray or check in on him at several stops because the other officers were allegedly checking on him, or because he felt unsafe doing it by himself. When Gray asked for a medic, Goodson stated that he didn’t call a medic because when he asked another officer about Gray’s condition, that officer said it didn’t seem like it was an emergency. “You can look at somebody and tell if they need to go to the hospital or if they’re lying,” said Goodson.“I’m just having a problem understanding why you’re not taking an active role that day as the wagon driver,” said Montgomery County Police Detective Thomas Curtis, a member of the police panel. According to Duke, the recorded interview was “confused, confusing, and did not comport with the evidence.”Duke said that Goodson was hands off during the van stops and evidence will indicate he had no intention of taking Gray to the hospital that morning. Malone argues that his client was part of a department that failed to properly train officers and did not have proper policies in place on how to restrain detainees. “The department to this day does not have a policy in place on how an officer is supposed to handle a combative prisoner,” said Malone. The trial is set to last at least a week. If found guilty, it would be up to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to discipline Goodson, which could include termination.Goodson sat quietly between both of his attorneys during the trial, occasionally turning to give his seated family members hugs during court breaks. Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) president Lt. Gene Ryan was in attendance during the trial, as well as community and law enforcement reform activist Ray Kelly of the No Boundaries Coalition.“I thought today’s proceedings showed the need for more community involvement in overseeing the police department,” said Kelly. Two more officers in the Freddie Gray case are facing the same administrative trials next year.
*Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives. Only 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.” Doctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | February 18, 2016 ASTRO Commends Proposed Cancer Research Increases in President’s 2017 Budget Budget request includes $1 billion for Cancer Moonshot Initiative and 13 percent increase in biomedical research funding at the National Cancer Institute News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. February 18, 2016 — The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) commended the proposed investment in cancer-related research announced in the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget released last week by the White House. ASTRO, whose members include nearly all practicing radiation oncologists in the United States, further encouraged policymakers to increase levels of sustained financial support for research on cancer treatment, detection and prevention as the Cancer Moonshot Initiative matures.The President’s FY2017 budget includes requests for $5.9 billion to support biomedical research at the National Cancer Institute, an increase of $680 million (13 percent) from FY2016 levels, as well as $1 billion to accelerate progress in cancer treatment and detection through the Cancer Moonshot Initiative.ASTRO sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden articulating the multiple reasons it supports the moonshot effort, including a growing need to develop and employ radiation in combination with other therapies for cancer treatment; opportunities to leverage advances in “big data” analytics; and a need to increase access to clinical trials and the latest cancer research.“Never before have clinicians been able to induce remission in those suffering from cancer like they have today through the use of radiation therapy in combination with other treatment modalities,” wrote ASTRO chair Bruce D. 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News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). 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Andrés Madrigal (@andresmadrigalcr) captured this image of one of Costa Rica’s colorful toucans. Read more about the country’s most famous toucan, Grecia, below: Grecia, the toucan with the prosthetic beak, now receiving visitors Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to email@example.com. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Comments Related posts:Deadly beauty Time for some more sloth therapy Whatcha lookin’ at up there? On the Caribbean coast, a lizard messiah
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