7 February 2007Four armed gunmen raided the compound of a non-governmental organization (NGO) at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the war-torn Darfur region, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported today. The gunmen were also armed with grenades when they broke into the compound yesterday at the IDP camp in Zamzam, a town in North Darfur, commandeered a vehicle and then drove off.No staff were injured during the raid, but four vehicle or hand-held radios inside the vehicle were also taken by the gunmen.The wing of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) headed by Minni Minawi, which signed the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) with the Government in May last year, has informed the UN that NGOs should not return to the Zamzam camp for three days while it introduces new security measures.On Monday, a drunken Sudanese Government soldier shot into the area at the marketplace in Tawila, also in North Darfur, causing shops to close and widespread panic in the area.The latest incidents occurred as negotiations continue between the Minawi wing of the SLA and the aid community on improving access to the areas controlled by the former rebels in South Darfur.UNMIS reported that humanitarian activities have not yet been able to resume in Gereida because of a lack of safety guarantees, but that operations have re-started in other areas, including in Khor Abeche in South Darfur and the eastern Jebel Marra in North Darfur.More than 200,000 people have been killed in Darfur, an impoverished and arid region on Sudan’s western flank, and 2 million others displaced since 2003 because of fighting between Government forces, allied militias and rebel groups seeking greater autonomy.Many rebel groups did not sign the DPA last year, and fighting has raged on since then, with almost 4 million people now dependent on aid, and growing fears that the conflict could spill into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).Yesterday Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that his Special Envoy for Darfur Jan Eliasson, together with African Union (AU) counterpart Salim Ahmed Salim, would travel to Sudan next week to try to revive the stalled peace process.Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim will travel on Monday to the capital, Khartoum, and to Darfur itself for talks with the Government and with representatives of those rebel groups that did not sign the DPA.Mr. Ban is waiting for a response from the Sudanese Government to a letter he sent last month outlining the details of a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force in Darfur, its command structure and funding. Khartoum has already agreed in principle to such a force replacing the current AU monitoring force known as AMIS.Speaking to reporters today at UN Headquarters, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno said the uncertainty was delaying offers by countries to contribute to the hybrid force.In a separate development, UNMIS noted that a meningitis epidemic has spread to eight states in southern Sudan since the end of last year, with 780 cases and 76 deaths reported as of 1 February. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is working with Sudanese Health Ministry officials to respond to the outbreak, with mass vaccinations taking place in two states so far.
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A spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released in New York that the Secretary-General was deeply saddened by the tragedy and wished to convey his condolences and deepest sympathy to the Government of Iran and to the victims of the disaster. According to the spokesman, the Office for the UN Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has been in contact with the Iranian authorities through the UN Resident Representative’s office in Teheran, and offered assistance, including the deployment of a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team to work with the national emergency management authorities in coordinating international response to the emergency.
This year, the the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination highlights challenges and achievements since the adoption of the agreements at the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa.“The world has undoubtedly come a long way in ensuring equal rights and non-discrimination” in the past 15 years, the UN chief said in a message, noting that Member States have adopted new laws and safeguards, and established new institutions dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights, while civil society organizations worldwide working on racism are increasingly active and vocal.“Yet we have not yet done enough,” he stressed, adding:“Today we are witnessing a surge of intolerance, racist views and hate-driven violence.”He cited racial profiling and violence against certain communities as well as increased hostility towards minorities triggered by economic hardship and political opportunism. Such sentiment is being manifested most directly in anti-refugee, anti-migrant and, in particular, anti-Muslim bigotry, attacks and violence, he added.Furthermore, extreme right-wing political parties are fomenting divisiveness and dangerous myths, and even once-centrist parties have hardened their views, he said.In these tumultuous times, it is imperative to stand up for rights and dignity for all, and for diversity and pluralism, and speak out against anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim bigotry and other forms of hate, he urged.Warning that the collective determination that enabled the far-reaching Durban Declaration and Programme of Action is being undermined by political expediency, he urged the implementation of the framework, which “can uplift not only those who suffer most profoundly but humanity as a whole.”In her message on the Day, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational;, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that racial discrimination divides and kills. It impedes peace between States and undermines social cohesion within increasingly diverse societies. Sectarian ideologists rely on hatred of the other to carry out large-scale ethnic and cultural cleansing. The historic refugee crisis serves as a pretext to foster prejudices and to foment rejection of others.“We need more than ever to redouble efforts at the global level to build the defences against racism and intolerance in the minds of every individual and within common institutions,” she said, noting that to counter this evil, “which feeds on ignorance and a hatred of others,” UNESCO promotes global citizenship education and develops tools and expertise capable of enhancing mutual understanding, critical thinking and intercultural dialogue.Among others she noted the agency’s Slave Route Project and initiatives such as the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) and the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) as powerful platforms for adding depth to the dialogue to strike down racial prejudice.
Air Force’s Cole Fagan is the pride of fullbacks this week.Fagan had career highs of 34 carries for 260 yards against Colorado State for the top rushing performance in the Football Bowl Subdivision over the past week and the best by a fullback in Falcons’ history.Fullbacks, of course, thrive in the triple-option offences run by the service academies and Georgia Tech. The position otherwise has been in decline for years. Though 30 of the 130 FBS programs list fullbacks on their depth charts, only three players at the position in non-option offences have more than 20 carries this season.Fagan, who broke the Air Force fullback record of 213 yards by Andy Smith in 1988, turned in the school’s first 200-yard rushing game since Arion Worthman had 215 against San Jose State in 2016.The 6-foot-1, 230-pound junior finished the regular season with 997 yards, most in the nation by a fullback.Other 200-yard performances this past weekend:Freshman Juma Otoviano, in his first start for Rice, ran for 224 yards against Old Dominion as the Owls ended an 11-game losing streak.Wake Forest’s Cade Carney set career highs of 31 carries and 223 yards against Duke.Boise State’s Alexander Mattison ran 37 times for 200 yards against Utah State.DEFENSIVE WORSTSConnecticut’s defensive averages of 50.4 points and 617.4 yards per game are worst of all time in the FBS.Louisiana-Lafayette held the previous record for average points allowed, at 50.2 in 1997. The Huskies (1-11) were far worse than the previous record-holder for yards allowed. That was Kansas, which surrendered 560.8 per game in 2015.CONFERENCE RECORDSOhio State’s Dwayne Haskins set Big Ten single-season records for touchdown passes and passing yards. His six TD passes against Michigan gave him 42, two more than Drew Brees had for Purdue in 1998. His pushed his season passing total to 4,081 yards, ahead of the 3,985 by Purdue’s Curtis Painter in 2006.Memphis’ Darrell Henderson, who had 178 yards against Houston, became the single-season American Athletic Conference rushing leader with 1,699 yards.LEG UP, A LOTCentral Michigan’s Jack Sheldon punted 15 times against Toledo, the most in a game since Rutgers’ Michael Cintron punted 16 times against Michigan in October 2016. Sheldon finished the regular season with 89 punts, most in the nation, for the 1-11 Chippewas.RED-ZONE STREAK ENDSWashington’s Jake Browning threw 196 career passes inside the opponent 20 without an interception before Washington State’s Skyler Thomas’s pickoff in the first quarter Friday.NINE IS FINEThree FBS coaches won nine games in their first season at their schools — Central Florida’s Josh Heupel (11-0), Florida’s Dan Mullen (9-3) and Georgia Southern’s Chad Lunsford (9-3).STAT OF THE WEEKCalifornia converted just 1 of 17 third downs against Colorado — and won. The Bears matched Rice for most third-down opportunities with only one conversion.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Eric Olson, The Associated Press
It’s Michigan week in Columbus, and a historic one at that. First-year coach Urban Meyer will lead the No.4 Buckeyes against rival Michigan for the first time in his head-coaching career, as Ohio State fights for the sixth perfect season in program history. “It’s a big week here,” said Meyer, who talked about “The Game,” the graduating senior class and sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller on Tuesday during the weekly Big Ten football coaches teleconference. One for the history books When the NCAA imposed a one-year bowl ban on OSU, this year’s senior class was given the opportunity to transfer and play immediately for another program, in what would be their final year as collegiate athletes. With a brand new coaching staff arriving on campus on the heels of a tumultuous 6-7 campaign, Meyer said he was shocked that each and every rising-senior stayed. “These are all highly-recruited players,” Meyer said. “You come to play in bowl games, you come to play in championships. “They had a free pass to go anywhere in the country that they wanted to go. And, to a man they stayed, to a man they improved and to a man they had their best year of football.” The 2012 senior class will be celebrated for their achievements prior to the Michigan game, and if they win, Meyer said that they should be recognized even more. “It’s an incredible group,” Meyer said. “If they find a win this last game, they’ll go down in history books as one of the greatest senior classes of all time.” Back to Miller time? Miller struggled passing and running the ball last week against Wisconsin, throwing for 97 yards while rushing for an average of 2.1 yards per carry, both season lows. Meyer said that he and the coaching staff take blame for those struggles, as they called a very conservative game. The first-year coach also added that he would rely on Miller more this week. “We have to open it up a little bit and we’re going to do that this week,” Meyer said. Meyer said that his goal is to transform Miller from an athlete playing quarterback into a quarterback who can run, which is still a work in progress. It could be tough for Miller to get it going again with the aerial attack against a Michigan team that ranks first in the country in pass defense. But the Wolverine’s have struggled against the run at times this year, and Miller’s legs might be the Buckeyes’ best weapon. “Maybe people are running the ball and feel more comfortable doing that,” Hoke said, crediting his team’s success against the pass to their rush defense, which he called horrendous. “I think I would run the ball too.” Hoke also praised Miller for the progress he has made since the rivals met last November, saying the sophomore quarterback has improved tremendously as a decision maker. If Miller can improve upon last year’s performance against Michigan, in which he threw for a season-high 235 yards, it will bode well for the Buckeyes. Ready for Robinson Game planning for Michigan’s Denard Robinson is not a new task for OSU, but it’s certainly a different challenge this year. The senior started at quarterback against OSU in the team’s previous two meetings, but his role this year remains unclear. Robinson was injured against Nebraska on Oct. 27, and has not played at quarterback since. Junior quarterback Devin Gardner has started in his stead, and flourished in the role. In fact, when Robinson was cleared to play last weekend, it was Gardner that started under center. Robinson still saw plenty of action and rushed for 98 yards while primarily playing alongside Gardner as a running back. With two quarterbacks on the field, OSU will might need to ready themselves for trick plays. Robinson didn’t throw a pass in last weekend’s blowout win against Iowa, but perhaps Michigan is saving such a play for the Buckeyes. Meyer certainly seems to think so. “Those coaches are very good, so they’re going to be creative,” Meyer said. “We know something’s coming with double passes. They’re dynamic with those two quarterbacks in there now. You have to be very careful with how you defend them.” Some more special seniors Penn State hosts Wisconsin on Saturday, in the final game of what seems to have been a very emotional season for the Nittany Lions. Much like at OSU, PSU’s seniors were given the opportunity to abandon ship prior to the season. Although some of the class didn’t stay, coach Bill O’Brien said the ones that did were paramount to the future of the football program. “They’ll always be remembered here for the leadership that they showed,” O’Brien said Tuesday. “They were instrumental in keeping this football team together in the summer when the sanctions came out. They really helped the community move forward. These guys are a special group of guys.”
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws the ball downfield in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Oregon State game on Sept. 1. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter leading No. 5 Ohio State to a 77-31 victory over Oregon State on Saturday in the season opener, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins was named as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.In his first collegiate start, Haskins threw for 313 yards, the first time that an Ohio State quarterback had thrown for over 300 yards in his first start. He also threw five touchdowns, which is tied for the second-highest total in one game in Ohio State history and the most ever thrown in a first start.Along with 77 points, Haskins helped lead the Ohio State offense to 721 total yards, scoring 10 touchdowns in Saturday’s season debut.Ohio State will play Rutgers in the Big Ten opener on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Tianqi Lithium will buy Nutrien’s 24% stake in SQM, held in series A shares, for $4 billion, taking its share in the Chilean lithium, potash, iodine and speciality chemicals producer to 26% following the purchase of 2% from a US-based asset manager in 2016. Tianqi had an option on another 7% of shares, secured at the time of the 2% share purchase, which would take its ownership to 33% if exercised, but if these are Nutrien’s series B shares then they will reportedly now be sold to a third party. The deal still needs approval by Chile’s anti-trust regulator, following the filing of a complaint by CORFO—the Chilean agency responsible for licensing the Atacama leases to SQM—which is expected later in 2018.To break the deadlock over SQM’s operating license and expanded permits, SQM’s past controllers Pampa Group, a collection of holding companies of Julio Ponce Lerou, and Japanese trader Kowa, were forced to break a Joint Operation Agreement that together gave them a majority 32% voting share. Ponce Lerou secured further B shares in SQM in April, although whether this was part of an effort to regain control or for purely financial reasons remains uncertain. Pampa Group and Tianqi will each be entitled to three members on SQM’s board, with an additional two members appointed: one by other series A shareholders and one by series B shareholders. Under the new structure with Tianqi, no one party will effectively control the company.Roskill’s view: “While Tianqi’s acquisition of SQM can be viewed as potentially further consolidating the control of refined lithium production amongst five major producers and into Chinese hands, with Tianqi having around an 18% share of refined supply based on 2017 output, without control or a distribution agreement Tianqi’s investment in SQM is mainly a financial one. While Tianqi can potentially direct SQM’s strategy at a board level, the attraction for Tianqi is SQM’s expanding, low-cost and currently high margin lithium business. However, while SQM has become best known for lithium, it only accounted for 30% of the company’s revenue in 2017; Tianqi is therefore also investing in SQM’s weaker-performing potash and iodine businesses.”The picture shows Tianqi’s plant located in the Bonded Zone, Zhangjiagang, JiangsuProvince, which is the world’s largest battery-grade lithium carbonate manufacturing plant. The plant has a design capacity of 17,000 t/y lithium carbonate.
Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 6 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3198596 Share Tweet Email POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have released a 29-year-old man on bail, after arresting him in connection with social media posts that identified a series of individuals from the west Belfast area as criminals, and made other serious allegations against them.The social media posts are said to be linked to the series of paramilitary-style shootings of four people in the Belfast area in recent weeks.It is understood that some of the victims of these shootings were those named in the social media posts in question.The 29-year-old has been released on bail pending further inquiries.Speaking at a press event at Musgrave Police Station earlier this week, Commander Chief Superintendent Chris Noble condemned the latest shooting of a 26-year-old male – once in each leg – on Monagh Road in west Belfast.Noble said that it was too early to say if recent shootings were linked, but confirmed that there was “an active line of inquiry around the involvement of violent dissident republicans”.The senior police officer had some strong words for those who carried out each of the individual shootings: Jan 21st 2017, 3:29 PM Image: Shutterstock/antb Image: Shutterstock/antb Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 3:29 PM 8,674 Views By Sean Murray Man suspected of creating social media ‘hit-list’ in west Belfast released on bail There have been several paramilitary-style attacks in the Turf Lodge area of Belfast in recent weeks. The people responsible are doing this for their own selfish and egotistical ends. They are trying to exercise control in the community and trying to pretend they are a police service, which they are not.“The only police service in west Belfast is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”Read: ‘The people who did this have no moral compass’: Couple in their 50s shot in the legs in BelfastRead: Man hospitalised following paramilitary-style shooting in Belfast
By Órla Ryan 14,223 Views Tina Satchwell Image: Garda Press Office Gardaí renew appeal for information on second anniversary of Tina Satchwell’s disappearance To date, the investigation has resulted in over 330 lines of enquiry being conducted. https://jrnl.ie/4550050 No Comments Share22 Tweet Email GARDAÍ HAVE RENEWED their appeal for information about the whereabouts of Tina Satchwell ahead of the second anniversary of her disappearance.Tina, now 47, was last seen at her home on Grattan Street, Youghal, Co Cork, on 20 March 2017. She was reported missing four days later by her husband Richard.In a statement, gardaí in Midleton said the investigation into her disappearance “has seen a lot of media attention though various appeals and searches carried out”.“To date, this investigation has resulted in over 330 separate lines of enquiry being conducted, including liaison with colleagues internationally and engagement with Interpol,” a spokesperson said.Gardaí and the Defence Forces have conducted searches in the Youghal area and at Mitchel’s Wood, Bridgetown, Castlemartyr, in connection with the investigation.Over 100 hours of CCTVMore than 100 hours of CCTV have been viewed and in excess of 100 statements have been taken to date.Gardaí in Midleton have been assisted by specialist garda units including the Garda Air Support Unit, the Garda Water Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.Anyone with information has been asked to contact Midleton Garda Station on 021 462 1550, the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Tina is described as 5’7’’ in height, of medium build, with blonde shoulder length hair and blue eyes.Comments are closed for legal reasons. Short URL Tina Satchwell Image: Garda Press Office Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 2:59 PM Mar 19th 2019, 2:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
At this moment in time, all eyes in the political scene are turning to Tom Koutsantonis. The man of the hour has just undertaken a huge task, in his combined duties as Treasurer and Energy Minister of South Australia: to implement a $550 million energy plan that includes the construction of a battery storage and gas-fired power plant. It is a groundbreaking, ambitious plan, announced by the South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill, which aims not only to cover the energy needs of the state, but also to offer a solution to the energy conundrum Australia is in at the moment. Promising a daring leap forward and embracing renewable energy (if only for part of the plan), South Australia is set to create hundreds of jobs and attract new investment. Tom Koutsantonis may have insisted it was a “happy coincidence”, but the announcement did come only days after Tesla’s Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of the electric car company Tesla who is revered as a god in the world of business and innovation, promised on Twitter that his company could deliver 100-300MWh of battery storage to meet South Australia’s energy needs within 100 days of a contract being signed. Timing is essential in these matters and timing has found the Federal Government lagging behind, tangled up in indecision and its commitment to pursuing the interests of the dinosaur-era-relics exploiters, i.e. the fossil fuel energy industry. Exposed for its lack of vision and indecisiveness to tackle energy issues, the Turnbull government was forced to jump up and announce another ambitious plan; the $2 billion expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme that could add up to 50 per cent to its capacity. The new investment is aimed to add 2,000 MW to the hydro scheme’s 4,100 MW capacity, enough to power 500,000 homes. The project will include new tunnels and energy turbines to pump water uphill during off-peak times so it can generate electricity by flowing downhill when demand is high.The Government was further ambushed on Thursday, when Energy Minister Josh Fydenberg had to endure the premier’s public shaming of him, when he said that “it is a little galling to be standing here next to a man who has been standing up with his prime minister bagging SA at every step of the way over the last six months to be standing here on this occasion, him suggesting that we want to work together”.It was the moment of revenge by a politician known for his toughness, who this week showed Canberra what leadership looks like. He is not alone in this. Daniel Andrews has often showed this kind of leadership, swiftly moving to fill up the policy void left by the federal government. Only a week prior to the SA energy announcement, the Parliament of Victoria passed legislation permanently banning all onshore unconventional gas exploration and development, including hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and coal seam gas. In an era when the quest for ‘clean’ energy becomes a pressing need, such policies show the way, offering a most welcome relief to farming communities and all those concerned about the destructive impact of fracking in the environment. It is not the only incident when the Premier of Victoria showed willingness to act decisively, show forward-thinking and embrace innovation. The state’s plan to legalise medicinal cannabis is set to attract significant investment, create employment opportunities and make Victoria a leader in the respective research. When the government was trying to come up with a plan to deal with the referendum on marriage equality, the Parliament of Victoria was passing legislation, allowing for same-sex couples to adopt children. When the Federal Government gutted the Safe Schools anti-bullying program, the Andrews government embraced and continued to apply it in schools, teaching acceptance and inclusiveness. It promises to do the same with Sunday penalty rates, coming to the side of retail and hospitality employees (which form a large part of the population of a state with an economy largely reliant on hospitality). And on top of that, it introduced an ambitious plan to respond to the housing affordability crisis that plagues the nation. All strong, assertive motions to implement policy that works for the benefit of the broader community, creating employment opportunities, strengthening the social fabric, looking to the future. Sure, the Andrews’ Government plan to abolish stamp duty will not bring down housing prices. And the Weatherill Government’s energy policy is not that ‘green’, as it still relies on gas. Politics, after all, include a large deal of compromise; but what we have recently seen in these states – as well as in Western Australia’s change of guard, with Mark McGowan getting strong support to implement an ambitious public transport policy – is that, in these times of change, what we need the most is decisive leadership and statemanship. Canberra should be taking notes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Vancouver police, after a vehicle pursuit from Cascade Park to Fisher’s Landing, captured a driver who is suspected of a carjacking at a Chevron station near the 14100 block of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard about 9:10 p.m. Monday.Allen Latiolas, 28, address unavailable, was arrested in the car on suspicion of first-degree robbery, attempting to elude police and possessing stolen property, the vehicle. He allegedly implied he had a gun under his shirt, but none was seen, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.A 24-year-old Vancouver woman told officers she emerged from the convenience store and a man approached her, acting like he had a gun, and demanded the keys to her silver 2005 Nissan Altima, said Sgt. Jay Alie with the Vancouver Police Department. “She resisted at first, like, ‘Are you serious?’ and Latiolas was a little more demanding,” telling her he had a gun, Alie said.Latiolas took the keys and drove off in her car, police said.Officers arrived quickly and took positions around the area, watching for the stolen car.About 9:15 p.m., an officer radioed that he was behind the car around the 13500 block of Mill Plain passing Olympia Drive eastbound, and confirmed it was the stolen vehicle by its license plate.“We’re at almost 60 mph,” the officer radioed.“It’s a robbery, get on him,” Sgt. Alie radioed, meaning that the crime of robbery, involving a possibly armed suspect, would be serious enough to justify continuing the pursuit, according to the police department’s public safety guidelines.
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are hoping surveillance video helps capture a pair of crooks seen burglarizing a Dania Beach fashion store.Two men were recorded prying the front door open at Lucky7 near Stirling Road and Southwest 12th Avenue on Oct. 3.They’re seen leaving before returning an hour later, backing up a Chevy Tahoe through the broken door.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies said the crooks rummaged through the store using flashlights and loaded up the SUV with around $6,500 worth of merchandise.“Sure, they knew what they were doing,” the owner of the business said. “I’m sure they knew what they were looking for, and I’m sure they knew the whole place very well.”If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Zaheerabad: Rashtriya Basawadal Committee representatives from Zaheerabad collected funds from association members, donors and supported flood victims in Alluru Kamti area in Bagalkot district. Committee members Sursh Patil, Yashwanth Rao Patil, Prabhu, Santhosh and others were present.
5 reasons to book your trip now to Sydney Mardi Gras 2019Artwork celebrates 40 years of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi GrasPolice with homophobic past raise rainbow flag for the first timeRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/tiny-country-town-became-unlikely-place-lgbti-mardi-gras/ Hay is in the middle of the massive state of New South Wales (NSW) which was hosting another LGBTI event on the same weekend, the world-famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.The town’s population is only about 2,000 people but hundreds turned up to its Mardi Gras over the weekend.Knowing that not many people could make the big trip to Sydney, organizers planned a viewing party of Sydney’s parade.But before they knew it plans spiralled out of control and Hay ended up hosting its own Mardi Gras. They named it The Rainbow on the Plains Festival.‘Originally we envisioned a group of maybe 80 gathering to watch the 40th Sydney parade together because we couldn’t get to Sydney,’ organizer Krista Schade told Gay Star News.‘It then became a fundraiser for Can Assist, but then grew into and event supporting the LGBTIQA community and a way to promote acceptance diversity as a human rights issue.’Organizers put together a parade down the main street and a Saturday night party to follow. A Sunday breakfast had 150 turn up to celebrate.The number of people who came out to show their support blew organizers away.‘We had 370 at the party, 400 marched in the street parade… to say we are overwhelmed with the support shown is an understatement,’ Schade said. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘Hay’s business houses have decorated shop windows and created special rainbow products or promotions. People lined the length of Lachlan Street and cheered loudly for Saturday’s parade.’Check out this gagworthy performanceRepresentation mattersNSW LGBTI health organization, ACON, was a community partner of Hay Mardi Gras. Its Regional Outreach Development manager, Ted Cook, was there to help set up the Mardi Gras.Along with partying at the Mardi Gras, ACON was there on some serious business.‘We are here to strengthen and support local regional initiatives that are focussed on creating safe and inclusive environments for the communities we serve – people living with and at risk of HIV, and lesbian, gay, bi, trans & intersex (LGBTI) communities and people,’ Cook told Gay Star News.‘Rainbow On The Plains shows that diversity is welcome in rural communities, and people from LGBTI communities do not have to hide or feel ashamed, that they have support.‘Even in the last couple of days, we have started working with the local Hay rainbow community to develop a social and support group for LGBTI locals, their families and friends.’Rainbow on the Plains Festival 2019 will run from March 29 to 31.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Hay Mardi Gras 2018. | Photo: Facebook via Dianne Butler A small town regional Australia just became the unlikely place for an amazing LGBTI Mardi Gras. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-
PreviousNext A 2-D view of what operators see when viewing actual 3-D medical images in the HoloLens augmented reality system using TeraRecon’s new software. A 2-D view of what operators see when viewing actual 3-D medical images in the HoloLens augmented reality system using TeraRecon’s new software.February 21, 2017 — TeraRecon debuted its new high-performance, cloud-based augmented reality solution, the HoloPack Portal, at the 2017 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS17) annual conference in Orlando, Fla. The HoloPack Portal extends the TeraRecon 3-D viewing to provide real 3-D image viewing using the Microsoft HoloLens visor. The system uses voice controls and finger movements in the air, so it may have application in surgery, where the surgeon can manipulate anatomical images without breaking the sterile field and glance down under the visor to continue with the procedure. Leveraging Microsoft’s Azure as a high-powered graphics processing unit (GPU)-enabled computing platform, the augmented reality solution is co-hosted in TeraRecon’s iNtuition Cloud along with their Within Image Analysis (WIA) platform for applied machine learning. Additionally, the HoloPack Portal uses image streaming technology optimized for superior speed and responsiveness by Seattle-based TeraRecon partner Vizua.TeraRecon President and CEO Jeff Sorenson said the HoloPack Portal complements the company’s 3-D Print Pack portal that expands visualization even further with an in-hand, 3-D-printed medical model.HoloPack Portal is intended for non-diagnostic display and discussion or education purposes only.For more information: www.terarecon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A 2-D view of what operators see when viewing actual 3-D medical images in the HoloLens augmented reality system using TeraRecon’s new software. Technology | Advanced Visualization | February 21, 2017 TeraRecon Launches Augmented Reality 3-D Imaging at HIMSS17 Augmented reality capability compliments TeraRecon 3D Print Pack portal Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. 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Business Rankings Indicate Resurgence of Home-Based Travel AgenciesBusiness Rankings Indicate Resurgence of Home-Based Travel AgenciesTravel agents are making a comeback and the home-based travel agent industry is thriving. Leading home-based travel agencies Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc., which are part of World Travel Holdings, have been included on the annual Top Private Companies lists for South Florida Business Journaland Florida Trend for the sixth and fourth year in a row, respectively.“We have a reputation as the best travel agency franchise and host opportunity, and I am proud this recognition now extends beyond the travel industry and into the business community alongside so many prestigious organizations,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. “I am confident this distinction is a direct correlation to the ongoing support and resources our headquarters team provides our network of home-based franchisees and independent vacation specialists to ensure they are the most successful in the industry.”Ranked 28th out of 100, Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. are the highest ranked travel agency businesses by regional magazine South Florida Business Journal on its annual Top 100 Private Companies list.Florida Trend, a statewide magazine focusing on the business and politics that shape Florida, ranked Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. 169th out of 225 private companies headquartered in Florida.Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. are looking for individuals who are passionate about travel, helping others and are eager to go into business for themselves, but not by themselves. For more information on joining these award-winning agencies, please visit www.dreamvacationsfranchise.com to learn more about owning a Dream Vacations and CruiseOne travel franchise, and visit www.sellcruises.com to learn more about the Cruises Inc. host agency.About Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.are part of World Travel Holdings, the world’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company. The Dream Vacations and CruiseOne franchise opportunities give entrepreneurs a choice in how they want to brand their travel business, and Cruises Inc. is an independent business opportunity. Both business models provide a work-from-home opportunity to those interested in selling all types of travel experiences whether it be a cruise, resort stay or land tour. With a mission of delivering a remarkable experience, travel agents with all three brands are given premium resources to plan and create a seamless vacation experience for the customer while offering the best value. For more information on Dream Vacations and CruiseOne, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/DreamVacationsFranchise and follow on Twitter at @Dream_Franchise.For more information on Cruises Inc., visit www.SellCruises.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SellCruisesSource = Dream Vacations
With over 20 years of experience in technical aspects of production agriculture, Greg has served in a wide variety of roles. Early in his career Greg worked in areas including laboratory analysis, applied research and seed breeding. Greg has also managed compliance programs for leading U.S produce companies including Mann Packing, Green Giant Fresh and Earthbound Farms, and helped manage audit programs for certification bodies NSF Agriculture and SCS Global Services. “Mike Villaneva has served as our Technical Director for the past 10 years and leaves some very big shoes to be filled,” said Horsfall. “The challenge was not only finding a qualified and knowledgeable candidate, but a candidate who can relate to all of LGMA’s different stakeholder groups. Greg is an excellent fit for the organization’s needs and we are confident he will excel in his new role with the LGMA.”As the Technical Director, Greg will work closely with the food safety community and industry stakeholders to assure the LGMA-accepted on-farm food safety practices are fully understood and implemented. Additionally, Greg will help to develop and deliver training programs to the industry. His ultimate goal in this position is to work with stakeholders to continually strive for ways to assure that leafy greens are safe and healthy for consumers.“Working at the LGMA provides a path to serving an industry that has been so good to me,” said Komar about his new role. “I want to use my knowledge and experience to help assure that our leafy greens products are safe. I look forward to continuing to provide the industry with exceptional service and to advancing and improving our programs as food safety and compliance needs in the agriculture industry change.” “One of the biggest benefits the LGMA offers for its members – and something that makes it different from other audit programs – is assistance in establishing a culture of food safety on the farm,” said LGMA Chairman Steve Church. “The LGMA Technical Director is an essential part of that process. We look forward to Greg’s contributions as an important new player on the LGMA team.” You might also be interested in January 21 , 2019 PRESS RELEASESacramento, CA — The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) is pleased to announce that Greg Komar has been hired as the organization’s new Technical Director. Mike Villaneva, the LGMA’s current Technical Director, is retiring in May of 2019. Komar will report directly to LGMA CEO, Scott Horsfall.
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He looks real good,” head coach Bruce Arians said, referring to Mathieu’s week of practice.On Friday, Arians also praised rookie defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, and Nkemdiche is active for the first time in six weeks.Those Cardinals not active included quarterback Zac Dysert, wide receiver Jeremy Ross, cornerback Tharold Simon, tackle D.J. Humphries plus defensive tackles Olsen Pierre, Ed Stinson and Xavier Williams.Humphries had already been ruled with a concussion.“Good opportunity for a lot of young guys because they’re going to get a lot of playing time out of necessity, so it’s a great opportunity for them,” Arians said.For the Saints, linebacker Stephone Anthony (knee), cornerback Delvin Breaux (shoulder) and running back Daniel Lasco (hamstring/knee) are out due to injury and among the listed inactives.The others not in uniform for New Orleans are wide receiver Jake Lampman, running back Marcus Murphy, linebacker Travis Freeney and center Jack Allen.This is the final regular season home game for the Cardinals, who are 4-2-1 at University of Phoenix Stadium here in 2016.“You want to win them all. That is the first goal we set. We didn’t start off the right way,” quarterback Carson Palmer said. “It’s such a tremendous advantage for us to play at home. It’s so hard to be an opponent and come in here and play. The playoff situation is what it is, but we have a chance to go out and play in front of our fans…a chance for us to play our best football and make them proud.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates a Tampa Bay Buccaneers turn over during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) GLENDALE, Ariz. – Even though the game would not be played in New Orleans, there was no way safety Tyrann Mathieu was going to miss the chance to play against his hometown team.And he won’t.As expected, Mathieu will be in uniform and thus available for the Arizona Cardinals when they host the Saints on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.It’s been a difficult season, and more specifically last month-plus, for Mathieu who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, costing him four games in five weeks. His on-field presence Sunday will be his first since Nov. 27. Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
The European summer has arrived, and there is nothing better than a refreshing picnic immersed in the greenery of a shaded park to enjoy the warm season. Guests of La Villa at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze can now experience a Michelin-starred picnic in the hotel’s historical park, Giardino della Gherardesca, for lunch or dinner, with five-star comforts and delicious food.The hamper is prepared by the Hotel’s Chef Vito Mollica and features Italian specialties, including seasonal products selected from among the best local producers: a Tuscan spelt salad, Italian finger sandwiches, bresaola and of course, a variety of artisanal cheese, all paired with a bottle of Tuscan red wine produced in the nearby Chianti region.The picnic can then be enjoyed in one of the four locations set in the green of the historic Giardino della Gherardesca, based on the guests’ preferences, from the refreshing shade of the trees to a memorable tête-à-tête facing the Cupola of the famous Duomo. Each area is equipped with Bluetooth so guests may listen to their favourite music.Picnic menu:Selection of finger sandwichesTuscan spelt salad with fresh vegetablesBresaola with parmesan shavings and rocket saladSelection of artisanal cheesesFruit salad with berriesPear tartletTraditional Tuscan biscuitsTolaini Al Passo 2012 red wineStill or sparkling waterThe cost is EUR 60 per person, with 24-hour advance booking required through La Villa’s private butler.Locations include:La Collinetta: A secluded spot on the garden hilltop, shaded by giant treesTempio Lawn: A green oasis by the Dome of the Seven VirtuesDuomo View: A special enclave with views of the landmark Duomo cathedralHolm Oak Tree: A privileged corner under the foliage of this ancient treeLa Villa, a Unique Residential Atmosphere Within Four Seasons Hotel FirenzeWith just 37 guest rooms and suites, La Villa offers a uniquely residential character, reminiscent of a historical mansion or an intimate apartment within Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. It features its own reception, concierge, butler service and breakfast room, as well as a ballroom in a former church. La Villa also includes its own private entrance on the western edge of the property, facing Via Gino Capponi, just a 10-minute walk to the Duomo and other historical attractions. This convenient setting is perfect for couples, families or any guest seeking privacy and discretion, with a personalised butler service, which is included in the stay. Barbara Amato, La Villa Manager, together with the Hotel’s highly trained and passionate team of butlers aims to anticipate every need. This includes unpacking and packing luggage to arranging laundry services and supplying a selection of bathroom amenities with distinctive fragrances, such as Il Giardino delle Rose by Dr. Vranjes Firenze, created especially for La Villa, and arranging private dinners with a selected menu by executive Chef Vito Mollica.