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Just what is “appropriate dress” and who has the right to make decisions about what other people wear?That was the issue in a Montreal high school earlier this week, but it’s only part of a larger debate that spilled out onto the streets of Hamilton this afternoon.It’s becoming an issue that’s getting more and more attention, and it’s hit some sensitive nerves in some quarters.In Montreal earlier this week, school administrators pulled Lindsey Stocker out of her grade eleven class and told her she had to change her clothes or face suspension.Her shorts, they said, were too short.Lindsey countered that the administration shouldn’t be worrying about the length of her shorts, they should be worrying about the culture and attitude. That makes her clothing an issue.So, she made 200 posters and posted them in and around her high school to explain her point of view. Teachers quickly took them down — and, yes, she was suspended.But in hamilton today, Lindsey certainly found some kindred support as members of a local coalition of groups staged a rally and march to protest the action known as “slut shaming.”They say the issue isn’t clothing — or what women wear — but the attitude and reaction of those who believe that a certain style of dress is an open invitation to rape.Nikki Wilson is one of the organizers of the rally and a former victim of abuse. She says sexual assault has nothing to do with sex, but an issue of power and control. She believes we need to talk more about those issues to put an end to what these protesters call “victim shaming” and “rape culture.”
by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2016 1:42 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, shows the Chase bank logo in New York. On Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, JPMorgan Chase & Co., agreed to pay $264.4 million in fines to federal authorities to settle charges that it hired friends and relatives of Chinese officials in order to gain access to banking deals in that country. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) JPMorgan Chase to pay $264 million in Chinese bribery case NEW YORK, N.Y. – JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $264.4 million in fines to federal authorities to settle charges that it hired friends and relatives of Chinese officials in order to gain access to banking deals in that country.JPMorgan’s Asia affiliate allegedly created a quid pro quo program that would hire the children and friends of high-ranking Chinese officials, regardless of the person’s qualifications, in order to gain favour and win banking deals.“Awarding prestigious employment opportunities to unqualified individuals in order to influence government officials is corruption, plain and simple,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said in prepared remarks.The United States has one of the strictest bribery laws in the world, known as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, where it effectively bans U.S. companies from paying foreign government officials to obtain or retain business. While JPMorgan did not pay Chinese officials directly, federal authorities said the hiring of unqualified persons related to Chinese officials was effectively the same thing. The only candidates who would fall under this program had to have a “directly attributable linked to business opportunity” to be considered for hiring. The Department of Justice estimates the Asia affiliate of JPMorgan earned at least $35 million in profits from Chinese state-owned companies.Caldwell called the JPMorgan program, which was called the “Sons and Daughters Program,” was “nothing more than bribery by another name.”Despite those strong words, the bank will avoid criminal bribery charges as part of the deal reached with the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators. The bank reached what’s known as a non-prosecution agreement over the allegations.The Justice Department said it agreed to the non-prosecution agreement due in part to JPMorgan’s own co-operation in the case, where the bank undertook an internal investigation and fired six employees tied to the program and disciplined another 23 employees for their involvement.“We’re pleased that our co-operation was acknowledged in resolving these investigations,” said JPMorgan spokesman Brian Marchiony in a statement. “The conduct was unacceptable. We stopped the hiring program in 2013 and took action against the individuals involved.”According to the terms of the deal, JPMorgan has agreed to pay $72 million to the Department of Justice as well as $130.5 million in penalties to the Securities and Exchange Commission. It will also pay $61.9 million to the Federal Reserve in civil penalties, making it combined $264.4 million.___Ken Sweet covers banks and consumer financial issues for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at @kensweet.
“I remind all leaders in key positions, whether they belong to anti-Balaka, ex-Séléka or the former army, FACA, that they have clear obligations under international law,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said. “They have a responsibility to refrain from committing, ordering, inciting or instigating violations of international law and to prevent subordinates from committing such violations.”“People who commit serious human rights violations after receiving instructions, directions and orders may also have direct individual criminal responsibility for their actions and omissions,” Ms. Pillay noted, adding that some offenses may amount to ‘crimes against humanity.’ Thousands of people are estimated to have been killed in CAR, and 2.2 million, about half the population, need humanitarian aid in a conflict which erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012. The violence has since taken on increasingly sectarian overtones.“Although a few groups of ex-Séléka in civilian clothes continue to target Christian civilians in Bangui, most of the ongoing human rights violations are being committed by anti-Balaka elements, which appear to be growing more organized by the day,” the High Commissioner noted. Anti-Balaka elements are deliberately targeting the Muslim population of the capital in attacks they sometimes refer to as “clean-up operations,” which are widespread and include killings, rapes, plundering and the destruction of Muslim homes.“The level of cruelty and disregard for life and dignity is horrifying, with public mutilation of bodies, amputation of body parts and genitals, beheadings and at least one case of cannibalism, spreading further terror among the Muslim population,” Ms. Pillay said.She also expressed concern about hate speech against Muslims broadcast on TV by anti-Balaka, and strongly condemned public statements by some members of the National Transitional Council to the Parliament instigating inter-communal violence.The overall situation in Bangui seems “slightly calmer,” the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR) said, there are reports of more killings and the situation outside of the capital is “evolving dangerously.”After their retreat from the Southern and Western parts of the country, she said, ex-Séléka forces are now regrouping in their traditional stronghold in the north, notably in the regions of Vakaga, Batafango and Kaga Bandoro. “This move is provoking a renewed cycle of violence as they employ scorched earth tactics, destroying villages, burning tools and seeds, and killing civilians on their way,” said Ms. Pillay.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos in in Bangui today on a joint mission with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and other officials from the UN and the African Union, but fighting in the north has reportedly limited their ability to travel around the country.“I am extremely concerned about the humanitarian situation in CAR. The country has plunged into chaos and deadly violence following months of political crisis and lawlessness,” Ms. Amos said. “We need more troops on the ground to provide security and protection to all civilians across the country.”The UN last week allocated an additional $10 million from its emergency humanitarian fund to support the most critical relief operations in the country, the second such allocation in about two months from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). A total of $207 million in humanitarian funding to the CAR was pledged by donors at a special meeting held last month in Brussels. Around 30 per cent of the pledges have been committed or disbursed. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the $551 million Strategic Response Plan for CAR was just 13 per cent funded as of last week.“There is no longer a fine line between living and dying in the Central African Republic. People are dying – we are on the brink of a health catastrophe,” said Mr. Sidibé. “If we do not act now, a generation will be gone forever – under our watch. This is not acceptable.”The visiting delegation is due to meet with Christian and Muslim communities and visit a site for internally displaced persons in Bossangoa in the north-west. Earlier, Ms. Amos and Mr. Sidibé met separately with the country’s President of the Transitional Government, Catherine Samba-Panza, and Christian and Muslim leaders, who said reconciliation was essential and that so far the root causes of the crisis had not been tackled.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is due to brief the Security Council tomorrow on the current situation in the country.
Past 572 at bats, .247 becomes possible at three of every four numbers. So last year’s quest got quite a bit easier on Sept. 29 when Davis hit at-bat number 572, a career high. The odds of Davis ending the past four seasons with a .247 batting average even with the perfect number of hits are still just 9.4 percent.Put another way: Davis finished 2018 with 576 at- bats. If he had gone to the plate just one more time and gotten a hit, he would have finished with a .248 average. If he had made an out, he would have been at .246.1A walk would have left it the same, of course. Davis was pulled in the sixth inning of the season’s final game, by the way.The chase for .247 isn’t impossible, but it is mathematically very unlikely. Of course, it was also unlikely the past four seasons. The powers of rounding and opposing pitchers haven’t stopped Davis before. We believe in you, Khris.Check out our latest MLB predictions. The most amazing active streak in baseball might be the most unlikely streak in history.I’m talking, of course, about Khris Davis’s batting average. Davis has hit exactly (or, more precisely, rounded to) .247 for not one, not two, not even three but four straight seasons, from 2015 through 2018.This year appears to be different. Davis is currently hitting .230, and while there’s still a long way to go this season, .230 is not close to .247. Baseball appears to be broken.Assuming he stays healthy the rest of the year and plays in roughly the same amount that he did in 2018, Davis needs to hit .282 for the rest of the year to continue the streak. That’s certainly not impossible.Davis also should be hitting closer to .247 based on some of his advanced metrics: He has a higher average than he did last year on balls in play (.274 to .261) and a lower strikeout rate (26.3 percent to 26.8 percent). With those components improving, we’d expect Davis to have a better batting average. Statcast metrics tell a similar story. Davis is seeing roughly the same pitches to previous seasons and swinging and making contact about as often. The difference isn’t seeing better pitchers.One clear difference with Davis — in addition to his inexplicably non-.247 average — seems to be his power. Davis has hit just 17 home runs in 2019. He finished last year with 48, and at this point in the year he had hit 32.Likewise, his hard-hit rate and average launch angle have plummeted. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a pair of injuries may be limiting him, and Davis said he’s been choking up, possibly leading to weaker hits.Some of the difference, as is often the case in baseball, is luck. Davis has made 24 outs this year on balls in play with an expected hit probability (based on launch angle and exit velocity) of over 50 percent. This particular lineout had a .797 expected batting average, or a nearly 80 percent chance of landing for a hit:Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/9aa1f874-c4f7-4697-a17a-223828fbd499.mp400:0000:0000:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Overall, according to Statcast, Davis has an expected batting average of .242 based on all his batted balls. With slightly better luck, Davis could be right where he’s been the last four years.It’s worth remembering how fickle batting average can be. The difference between Davis’s batting average from this year and last year is just six missing hits, which says a lot more about batting average than it does Khris Davis. It also suggests that the decline in homers alone might be keeping him out of .247 range.To reach the fabled average, Davis needs a hot finish to the season — and, fortunately, he’s had even better hot streaks before in his career. Last year, from June 29 to Aug. 23, he hit .316 in 177 at-bats with 19 home runs over 46 games. Davis will have about as many at-bats for the rest of the year, and he doesn’t need as many hits. If the power comes back, it’s easy to imagine a similar stretch.Besides opposing pitchers, another enemy threatens Davis’s batting average streak: rounding.Let’s say Davis finishes the season with 520 at-bats, a reasonable number based on his playing time. If he has 128 hits in those at-bats, his average rounds to .246. With one more hit, though, it would increase to .248. There’s a decent chance that Davis has no mathematical chance of repeating his .247 average.The odds of having a number of at-bats for which a .247 average is impossible are close to 50-50. If Davis finishes with a number of at-bats between 500 and 571 that is two or three more than a multiple of four, he can hit .247. Otherwise, he cannot.
Sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop talks to the media on Feb. 23 for the first time since his surgery on his left shin. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorNot much has gone right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team this year, making it all the more difficult for sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop as he goes through rehabilitation after surgery on his left shin.The Buckeyes lost arguably their most dynamic player following a 76-75 loss to Purdue on Jan. 5. Bates-Diop sat out that game and coach Thad Matta informed the media in the postgame press conference that the forward would redshirt and be out for the year. Since that game, Bates-Diop has had surgery and his recovery is ahead of schedule.But the injury could have been devastating.“It was getting close to what could’ve been a compound fracture, which — Kevin Ware, Paul George — that’s what would’ve happened,” Bates-Diop said. “Don’t know when it would’ve happened, but if I would’ve kept playing, it was a possibility. It was already decided I wasn’t playing, but when they said that, there was no chance I was coming back.”The 6-foot-7 forward from Normal, Illinois, had been dealing with the injury since the summer when another player made hard contact with his shin. He came back and still wasn’t 100 percent, so the team mandated that he receive X-rays. “(The coaches) could tell something was wrong,” Bates-Diop said. “I wasn’t playing like myself. I was playing at a high level in the summer, until I did something wrong.” Bates-Diop then suffered a right ankle injury against Providence on Nov. 11. He missed five games with that injury, but it wasn’t until December that his shin began bothering him again. Bates-Diop recalled stopping abruptly versus Youngstown State on Dec. 20 when he felt a pain shoot through his leg. From then on, his injury didn’t progress any and he was shut down for the season.Through the season Bates-Diop said he was near full health. He admitted on Thursday that wasn’t the case.“I told you guys that I was close to being 100 percent. I was not,” he said. “I lied. I was never 100 percent. I was never close.”Bates-Diop said that he had a rod placed in his left leg from just below the kneecap down to just above the ankle. He has two screws in his leg, one in each spot to anchor the rod. He said that the one near his ankle will likely be taken out. He was supposed to be on crutches for two to three weeks but was only on them for one week.As far as conditioning and lifting is concerned, Bates-Diop is working on upper-body strength, so by the time summer rolls around he can jump into skill drills.On top of all that, two weeks ago, Bates-Diop’s brother collapsed during practice and was transported to the hospital, causing the Buckeye to head home. His brother was discharged from the hospital days later and Bates-Diop said his brother returned to school Thursday for the first time.While that was going on, OSU has fallen to 15-13 and 5-10 in the Big Ten before it plays No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night. Bates-Diop said one of the most difficult aspects of his injury is knowing he can’t contribute to a team who’s struggling mightily. “It’s been very hard,” he said. “Just dealing with everything I’ve been personally through and then the team. It’s been a rough few months … since New Years.”Bates-Diop was averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds before the injury. He said that he has taken a new role on the sidelines and has a new perspective outside the game that other players don’t have — something he’s hoping to carry over to next year.“I think mental preparation toward the game. I was playing at a high level. I can get that back,” he said. “But looking from the outside in, now I can change my mentality from the game. All that stuff I can teach these guys, especially the younger guys on what to do and what not to do.”
Some sci-fi legends will be receiving a posthumous ceremony befitting of the genre in which they’re legends. Some of the remains of Arthur C. Clarke, creator of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, and James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty on Star Trek, will be launched into space.If you’re into morbid details, the types of remains will be some of Clarke’s hair, the ashes of Roddenberry and his wife, as well as the ashes of Doohan. A space-faring company, Celestis, will be the metaphorical wings on which the ashes will be flown.The company has some experience with shooting ashes into space, as it has been performing the task for the past 16 years. The ashes will be aboard the solar sail when NASA attempts to launch it in 2014, and it will be using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket for the mission.Roddenberry’s wife, Majel, is also an iconic Star Trek figure, as she provided the voice for a majority of the onboard computers throughout the Star Trek series, as well as acted in both the original show as Nurse Christine Chapel, and played Lwaxana Troi on both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.Out of the people’s remains, Gene’s will be the only remains that have already been to space, as Celestis left some up there back in 1997, six years after he died. So, the remains won’t exactly be deposited where no man has been deposited before. Perhaps there is also a “Beam me up, Celestis” quip to be made.
Hadopi : L’Autorité se félicite du recul du téléchargement illégalUn an et demi après sa mise en place, la Haute Autorité chargée de la lutte contre le téléchargement illégal dresse un bilan très optimiste. La Hadopi affirme observer un net recul du téléchargement en peer-to-peer (P2P), et une meilleure visibilité des offres légales.17 mois après l’envoi de son premier mail d’avertissement, la Hadopi se félicite de son bilan. Dans un communiqué, la Haute Autorité affirme constater “de réels effets sur le téléchargement illégal en P2P”, des réseaux qui permettent aux ordinateurs d’échanger des données. 95% des personnes ayant reçu un premier mail d’avertissement auraient cessé de télécharger. Ils sont 92% à avoir arrêté après une deuxième alerte, et 98% après la troisième recommandation, indique ce bilan.À lire aussiHadopi : le budget revu à la baisse ?Quant à la migration des internautes vers les sites de streaming, la Hadopi tente de la minimiser. “Rien ne permet d’afﬁrmer qu’il y a eu un report massif des usages vers les technologies de streaming ou de téléchargement direct” indique-t-elle avant de souligner qu’il “est encore trop tôt pour évaluer les conséquences de la fermeture de MégaUpload intervenue en janvier 2012”.L’autorité chargée de lutter contre le téléchargement illégal via une riposte graduée, se félicite également du développement des offres légales et de la plus grande visibilité qui leur est offerte. “La diversité des offres légales gagne en visibilité et certaines offres présentent de belles progressions. La labellisation des offres ouvre de nouvelles opportunités et répond à un besoin” affirme la Hadopi. Les efforts en ce sens doivent être poursuivis, souligne-t-elle, évoquant le “fortpotentieldedéveloppement” des offres légales, “quiappelle, selon elle à un travail en profondeur largement engagé, et le recours à l’innovation”.Le 28 mars 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambert
An alleged robber who exchanged gunfire with a Vancouver man who police say had marijuana plants in his home last week was released from a hospital Tuesday afternoon and booked into the Clark County Jail on a string of felony allegations.Chuck Slanaker, 30, was being held without bail on suspicion of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and illegally possessing a firearm, a jail spokesman said. Slanaker is to make a first court appearance this morning.The target of the alleged robbery, Rickie Landacre, 58, who lives on Northeast 131st Avenue in the Fircrest neighborhood, also was shot and hospitalized, Vancouver police said. A check of four major hospitals in the Vancouver-Portland area indicated that Landacre was not a patient at any of them Tuesday night. Landacre’s gunshot wounds were never described as life-threatening.The case surfaced very early on the morning of Nov. 3 when police and paramedics were called to Landacre’s home. Landacre, suffering from gunshot wounds, told police that he met a woman and brought her back to his house earlier in the evening.Shortly after the woman left, at about 4 a.m., a man Landacre didn’t know came to the door displaying a gun and shot him, according to police. Landacre grabbed a nearby handgun and fired back, hitting Slanaker multiple times. Slanaker’s injuries were described as life-threatening at the time.
Clark County’s communities of faith are invited to a conversation about homelessness in our community.The event is called “Community of Faith Summit: Responding to the Challenges of Homeless Children, Families and Individuals in Clark County.” It’s set for 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.Attendees will hear about the new Council for the Homeless Assessment Center, which can help volunteers better help the homeless; learn how congregations can help and consider the faith community’s role in ending homelessness; and connect with local resources.Registration is required. Call 360-699-5106 ext. 103, or email email@example.com.
Sep7imo Día, as the production is titled, has been smashing box office records throughout Latin America since opening in Argentina last March, where it was seen by over 530,000 people during a run of fewer than one hundred performances.Capitalizing on that success, Cirque du Soleil has now announced that it will be bringing the show stateside for a pair of production runs in Miami and Los Angeles starting in spring 2018.The massive production includes over one hundred performers and technicians, with twenty trucks needed to haul costumes, props, equipment, and the set pieces required to build the custom-crafted stage.Along with the forthcoming U.S. tour stops, the traveling production has also booked new dates in Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Paraguay.Specific show dates and ticket prices have yet to be announced, but more information on the upcoming shows can be found on Cirque du Soliel’s website.L.A. Declares Nov. 10 “Morrissey Day” Ahead Of Hollywood Bowl Shows Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Sep7imo Día’ Set For U.S. Tour sep7imo-d%C3%ADa-record-breaking-new-cirque-du-soleil-shows-us-tour The hugely successful theatrical production is headed to Miami and Los Angeles in 2018Brian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 9, 2017 – 5:25 pm In the tradition of Cirque du Soliel’s hit musical adaptation success stories The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, and Viva ELVIS, the Canadian theater company’s newest program, based on the music of Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo, has been grabbing attention around the world. ‘Sep7imo Día’: Record-Breaking New Cirque Du Soleil Show’s U.S. Tour Twitter News Facebook Email
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Siddipet: Madhya Pradesh Handicrafts Commissioner Rajeev Sharma praised that Telangana has been promoting handlooms in a novel way. He visited the town on Friday and examined the way ‘Gollabhama’ saris were weaved. He appreciated the government for geotagging the products for the first time in the country and said his state would also emulate the methods followed by Telangana State. He said an agreement was signed between the two states on mutual export of Gollabhama and Mriganayani saris and that is why he was here to know about the production of local brand. DD Venkatesharlu and local weavers accompanied him.
A member of the New York Police Department checks a vehicle with a bomb sniffing canine outside the Time Warner Center after a suspicious package was found inside the CNN Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, US, on 24 October 2018. Photo: ReutersFormer US president Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among the targets of suspected package bombs delivered to several high-profile Democrats and CNN, which the FBI said it was investigating as an act of terrorism.At least eight suspicious parcels were intercepted before reaching any intended recipients, including Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, former CIA director John Brennan and prominent Democratic Party donor George Soros.Two packages were sent to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the FBI said. Investigators were trying to track down another suspicious parcel they believe was addressed to Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, a federal official told Reuters late on Wednesday.None of the eight packages detonated, and nobody was hurt. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.But news of the bomb threats heightened tension in a nation deeply polarised ahead of elections on 6 November that will decide whether Democrats take control of one or both houses of Congress from Republicans and deny president Donald Trump the majority his party now holds in both.Some leading Democrats were quick to accuse Trump himself of stoking the potential for political violence by frequently engaging in hyper-partisan, vitriolic rhetoric.Trump told a political rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday his government would conduct “an aggressive investigation.””Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself,” Trump said. “We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony.”But he said the media has a responsibility “to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories.”Manila EnvelopesThe first package, which turned up on Monday, was addressed to Soros, the billionaire financier and frequent target of right-wing conspiracy theories.The parcel intended for Holder ended up rerouted to the return address printed on all the packages – the Florida office of US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who formerly chaired the Democratic National Committee, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.The FBI said late on Wednesday it had confirmed that two additional packages, similar in appearance to the others, were addressed to US Representative Waters, a veteran Democratic congresswoman from Los Angeles and also an outspoken Trump critic.An earlier FBI statement said the other packages consisted of a manila envelope with a bubble-wrap interior containing “potentially destructive devices.” Each bore a computer-printed address label and six “Forever” postage stamps.Other officials said the devices contained in the envelopes were all similar to one found in the mailbox of the Soros home and later detonated by police. At least one bomb was packed with shards of glass, one federal source said.The US Secret Service intercepted packages addressed to Obama at his Washington home and to Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, at her home in New York state.The CNN bureau in New York received a package addressed to Brennan, who has appeared as an on-air CNN analyst, leading police to evacuate the Time Warner building in a busy Manhattan neighbourhood near Central Park. It contained an envelope of white powder that experts were analysing, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.The package to Clinton was found late on Tuesday while the one addressed to Obama was recovered early on Wednesday, both during routine off-site mail screenings, the Secret Service said. Obama and Clinton were not at risk, they said.”So far the devices have been what appeared to be pipe bombs,” John Miller, the New York City police deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, told a news conference.An FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies “will continue to work to identity and arrest whosoever is responsible for sending these packages,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.’Words matter’All of the targets are frequently maligned by right-wing critics. Trump has repeatedly criticised CNN as “fake news” and disparaged the mainstream news media as an “enemy of the people.””There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a statement read on CNN. “The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand that their words matter. Thus far they have shown no comprehension of that.”US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party donor George Soros and former US President Barack Obama are pictured along with (Bottom L-R) former US Attorney General Eric Holder, US Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Former CIA director John Brennan in a combination photograph made from Reuters file photos. ReutersUS Democratic leaders in Congress said Trump’s call for unity rang “hollow” because of his past statements condoning acts of violence.Last week, Trump, who has joined other Republicans in accusing Democrats of encouraging “mob” tactics, heaped praise on a Montana congressman who assaulted a reporter in 2017.At an event in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, Brennan also faulted Trump for frequent inflammatory rhetoric, saying the president “too often has helped incite some of these feelings of anger, if not violence, when he points to acts of violence.””He should not be beating the tom-toms of anger and animosity and war,” said the former CIA chief, whose security clearance was revoked by Trump after he criticised the president’s summit earlier this year with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Trump at the Wisconsin rally called attention to “how nice I’m behaving tonight.” “Have you ever seen this? We’re all behaving very well and hopefully we can keep it that way, right?”Trump’s rhetoric tied to suspected bombsThe undercurrent of rage that has been driving US politics for the past few years surfaced in a series of the suspected bombs sent to prominent US Democrats and the news outlet CNN less than two weeks before congressional elections.None of the devices went off and no injuries were reported, but a number of top Democrats were quick to label the threats a symptom of a coarsening brand of political rhetoric promoted by President Donald Trump, who also condemned the acts.During his presidential campaign, Trump regularly urged his supporters to chant “Lock her up,” a threat to jail Clinton, and supported conspiracy theories that Soros plays an underhanded role in influencing US politics. Trump has also disparaged the mainstream media and criticised CNN as “fake news.”At a political rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday night, Trump sought to project a message of unity, pledging to find those responsible for the suspected bombs and calling on Americans to come together.”You see how nice I’m behaving tonight? Have you ever seen this?” he asked the crowd in Mosinee, Wisconsin. “We’re all behaving very well and hopefully we can keep it that way.”Democrats were having none of it, saying the Republican president had little credibility to act as a unifying figure.”President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement earlier in the day.”For years now, Donald Trump has been calling for the jailing of his critics and has lauded violence against journalists,” said US Representative Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat. “The danger of right-wing extremism cannot be ignored and more attention must be paid to it before even worse violence occurs.”Politicians from both major parties have made condemning the harsh tone of politics part of their everyday stump speeches.Republicans have criticised Democrats and liberal activists as a “mob,” decrying protesters crowding the US Capitol to oppose Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and confronting and chastising Republican lawmakers in restaurants and other settings. Scenes of small-scale violence also marked Trump’s 2017 inauguration.A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found rising anger would be a factor driving voters on the 6 November elections when Democrats are seeking to regain control of at least one of the two chambers of Congress.Heated ToneTrump sometimes invokes images of violence in remarks to his supporters. Last week, he reiterated his support for a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter in 2017. In August, Trump warned that if Democrats gained control of Congress, they would “quickly and violently” overturn his agenda.Last year, he said there were bad people on both sides of a clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters.Some of the people who received suspicious packages, including Obama, Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder, have been targeted by online groups such as QAnon that push vast conspiracy theories saying Democrats are behind international crime rings.Posts on online message boards dismissed the cluster of suspected bombs as a “false flag,” an allegation that a widely covered news event was a politically motivated hoax.Paul Achter, a professor of rhetoric at the University of Richmond, said Trump’s frequently violent tone increased the likelihood of violent actions.”Verbal abuse has consequences,” Achter said. “Just because Trump did not send a bomb or beat up a reporter or shoot up a newsroom doesn’t excuse this kind of speech.”But Republican US Representative Steve Scalise, who was wounded last year by a gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice, said it was a mistake for Democrats to criticise Trump for the suspected bombs.”I think it was important that the President did come out with a statement the way he did – strongly,” Scalise said in a statement. “I heard silence a lot of times, when Republicans were under attack, from Democrat leaders. We all should be calling this out, whether a Republican or Democrat is under attack.”Trump promises thorough investigationDonald Trump said that threats of political violence have no place in the United States, promising a full investigation into suspicious packages. “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no resources or expense in this effort,” Trump, a Republican, said at an event on opioid abuse.”In these times, we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
Explore further More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1 … arding-wheel-that-sh (Phys.org) —A California-based company has a new kind of wheel for skateboards that delivers a novel shape and claims a special ride experience. This is the Shark Wheel, not circular, not square, but something more interesting. The wheels appear as square when in motion from a side view but the wheel geometry is more than that. The wheels feel circular to the rider, and viewing them along with more details may help to clear the mystique. The wheels are made of three strips each; these create a helical shape when they roll, and they form a sine wave pattern. When the wheels make contact with the ground, good things happen, say the team behind the wheels—the user gets speed, better grip, and a smoother ride. As the wheel inventor, David Patrick tells the story, the wheel began when fashioning a cube made of different parts, and he accidentally dropped the object on to the ground, That is when he got his inspiration to reinvent the wheel. He had figured out how to take six simple shapes and assemble them in such a way to form a cube. When by accident he dropped the cube to the ground it rolled and it kept on going and going no matter what the terrain.He and the team got to work modeling the design, testing the wheel performance in different conditions and with focus groups of experienced riders, and molding a final design in industry-standard urethane. They now want to do a full production run, and for that phase they have launched a Kickstarter campaign. They have surpassed their goal of $10,000, having raised $21,823 at the time of this writing. Estimated delivery of the 70mm skateboard longboard wheel is September 2013. For $55 and up you get four of these wheels and more depending on the size of the pledge. Based on the success and speed of response, it appears that the stated benefits of the Shark Wheel are appealing enough to those who skateboard. For example, less friction points on the ground allow the wheel to roll faster than a traditional skateboard wheel. The sine wave pattern is said to support better lateral grip. The team says the wheels perform well in rain and gravel. The alternating pattern of grooves reduces hydroplaning by channeling liquid, sand or gravel out and away from the surface of the wheel. Rounded edges allow liquid and gravel to pass around the wheel. Another advantage is its self-centering design, where at high speeds the Shark Wheel does not suffer from “Speed Wobble.” Skateboarders are not the only end users that Patrick and his team have in mind. Their first products for sale are for the skateboard industry but they would like to see a day when their wheels enter other markets as well. Citation: Shark Wheel on a roll to reinvent skateboarder experience (2013, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-shark-wheel-reinvent-skateboarder.html © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Quality control in the manufacturing cycle
The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Feature | March 07, 2014 | Dave Fornell Recording and Managing Radiation Dose This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on Radiation Dose Management in the March 2014 issue. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more Better management of X-ray radiation doses starts with recording and tracking each exposure patients receive. Dose tracking has come to the forefront of medicine in recent years with the realization that medical imaging has doubled the public’s exposure to ionizing radiation since the 1980s, largely due to the rapid expansion of computed tomography (CT) and minimally invasive angiography procedures.This fact, combined with popular media stories in recent years about patients receiving radiation burns from medical imaging and concerns about radiation exposure, has spurred California and Texas to legislate X-ray dose recording requirements for all patients. It is widely expected other states will follow suit and that dose guidelines based on exam protocol and patient size will eventually be specified by the American College of Radiology (ACR), based on data from its U.S. Dose Index Registry (DIR).California’s law may set the standard for what will be expected in the future across the country. It mandates that all facilities providing CT scans be accredited. It also requires the documentation of the dose of each CT exam, annual verification of each dose by a medical physicist, and reporting dose errors to patients and physicians. Dose management software helps meet all of these requirements. Most medical professional organizations are now actively advocating dose reduction across medicine to improve patient safety through initiatives such as Image Wisely, Choosing Wisely, ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) and quality assessment guidelines set by accreditation organizations. The Joint Commission recently released new accreditation standards for diagnostic imaging services, effective July 2014. Its main focus is reducing CT dose, with focus on recording and reviewing dose usage. The starting point for lowering dose at any facility begins with assessing how much dose is being administered, by tracking the dose and then comparing it to levels at other departments or facilities. This can help raise dose awareness and aid dose reduction education. The data can show areas where a facility is out of average ranges, possibly due to specific technologists turning up the dose for better image quality, use of older technology, scanners operating outside normal parameters or use of imaging protocols that might need revision. Basics of Recording DoseThe software is used to record the dose from numerous imaging modalities, which may include CT, angiography, fluoroscopy, standard X-ray, mammography and nuclear imaging. It can record dose-based industry standards, such as computed tomography dose index (CTDI), dose length product (DLP), tube current and exposure time. Some software also can record the type of exam protocol and the size of the patient for a more accurate dose estimate. Dose management software offers varying levels of dose information. Some offer patient dose so it can be included in their electronic medical record (EMR). Others might only record overall dose for radiology department management purposes. Other software breaks down radiation levels by technologist, machine, exam protocol and modality. This data might reside separately from other systems, or might be interfaced with PACS and EMRs. Due to the potential need to collect data from several modalities and imaging systems manufactured by different vendors, it is important the software is vendor-neutral. To facilitate this, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) created the radiation exposure monitoring (REM) software profile for easier IT integration. The profile defines programming for vendors so all radiation reporting is collected, evaluated, automated and exported in a similar manner. Vendors’ SoftwareSome PACS vendors are starting to incorporate dose reporting directly into their systems, but most software currently available is in the form of bolt-on modules that work with a PACS. Key vendors emerging in this area include Radimetrics, GE and Sectra, but there are others. Radimetrics, owned by Bayer Healthcare, offers the eXposure dose management software. It is a third-party solution that is resold by several PACS vendors, including Philips, Siemens and McKesson.GE’s DoseWatch retrieves, tracks and reports the radiation dose administered and automatically organizes the data for hospital management to monitor. The system collects data by imaging device, the individual operator or protocol so it can easily identify dose outliers. The software offers a dose comparison analysis tool where users can compare doses between facilities, across systems and among protocols. Its most recent release at RSNA 2013 uses new log capabilities that can reduce the bandwidth requirement across the hospital network.Sectra’s Web-based DoseTrack automatically collects, stores and monitors data from all connected modalities. Sectra is a certified ACR software partner, approved to submit a hospital’s dose data to the DIR.PACSHealth’s DoseMonitor automates dose monitoring and reports. It can help ensure imaging exam consistency, maintain regulatory compliance and manage radiation dose at an enterprise level.Aware Inc. offers the Aware REM Server to collect radiation exposure data based on the IHE’s REM profile to generate customized dosage estimation reports and upload data to the DIR. Selecting a Dose Management Solution When searching for a dose-monitoring solution, providers should make sure it integrates with other hospital IT systems for smooth operation into the daily routine. To ensure intraoperability, key selection criteria should include industry-standard HL7 connections and IHE profile compliance. It also should offer the ability to make changes in other IT systems to create a uniform dataset across the hospital. Data collection should also be automated. Information provided should allow for comparison of dose levels among different equipment to help guide new purchase decisions, maintenance and utilization of low-dose equipment. Comparisons should also allow analysis of dose levels given by specific staff and departments. The system should allow dose alert thresholds to help identify potential problem areas. Systems also should allow diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) to identify unusually high radiation doses for imaging procedures. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | May 31, 2019 Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical’s Safety FiRsT Grant Program The ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical Systems are now accepting applications for the 2019 Safety FiRsT grant program,… read more Feature | Medical 3-D Printing | April 29, 2019 | By Steve Jeffery The Development of Tungsten Collimators May Advance Medical Imaging In … read more A 3-D printed tungsten X-ray system collimator. The tungsten alloy powder is printed into the form desired and is laser fused so it can be machined and finished. Previously, making collimators from Tungsten was labor intensive because it required working with sheets of the metal to create the collimator matrix. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | April 10, 2019 Qaelum NV and Toyo Corp. Sign Japanese Distribution Agreement for Dose Monitoring Solution Qaelum NV of Leuven, Belgium, and Toyo Corp. of Tokyo, Japan announced they have entered into a cooperation agreement… read more
RelatedMore Brits flying to European ski resortsMore Brits are choosing to book flights to ski resorts, according to new figures from the Ski Club of Great Britain.Brits book winter flights to Europe to escape winter gloomrits have booked flights abroad during the winter monthsStrong euro could put people off Skiing holidaysThere are fears that fewer people will book flights to ski destinations this winter because of the strength of the euro Increasing numbers of Brits are searching for information on ski resorts online, figures from Experian Hitwise have revealed.The online competitive intelligence service revealed an 18.5 percent year-on-year increase in the number of people in the UK visiting skiing and snowboarding websites, a trend it believes has been caused by the recent snowy weather.Experian Hitwise research director Robin Goad said the cold spell has served to remind people about “the pleasures of winter sports”.”While most of the people planning a skiing or snowboarding holiday are considering the more traditional resorts in the Alps or North America, some are looking closer to home,” he explained.”UK internet searches for Scottish ski resorts have increased faster than any other so far this year, and searches for Glenshee have already quadrupled thanks to the recent weather.”The French Alpine resort of Morzine was revealed as the most searched-for overseas ski destination, while the Scottish destinations of Cairngorm and Nevis Range also received a large number of internet searches.According to the Ski Club of Great Britain, French resorts are doing especially well this winter, a trend that is backed up by figures from cheap flights carrier easyJet.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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