US Defense Secy cautions Europe to be wary of China

first_imgLondon: US Defense Secretary Mark Esper cautioned European allies against cozying up to China, arguing on Friday that Beijing seeks greater global influence by leveraging economic power and stealing technology. “The more dependent a country becomes on Chinese investment and trade, the more susceptible they are to coercion and retribution when they act outside of Beijing’s wishes,” Esper said in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute, a think tank. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USEsper’s assertion that China is seeking to expand its influence at the expense of others has been a common U.S. government refrain for years, including during President Barack Obama’s administration. By taking this message to London, Esper seemed to be suggesting that Europeans do not fully share U.S. concerns, which often center on China’s efforts to militarize disputed territory in the South China Sea and its vast trade surplus with the U.S. “I would caution my friends in Europe this is not a problem in some distant land that does not affect you,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn a similar vein, Esper blasted Russia for arms control violations and for aggression in Europe, including its annexation of Crimea in 2014 and what he called Moscow’s continued aggression in eastern Ukraine. In a question-and-answer session after his prepared remarks, Esper said Russian ground-based cruise missiles aimed at Europe are “probably nuclear-tipped.” Esper was making the case for the Trump administration’s argument that the West must do more to counter what he called efforts by China and Russia to “disrupt the international order” to gain advantage. “China’s technology theft for military gain is staggering,” Esper said. It was the first major policy speech by Esper since becoming defense secretary in July. In tone and substance, the remarks showed Esper subscribes to what has become a common theme in Washington, namely that China is the greatest long-term threat to global security. “For anyone who wonders what a world dominated by Beijing might look like,” he said, “I would argue all you need to do is look at how they treat their own people, within their borders.” Esper cited as an example China’s treatment of minority Uighurs since the ruling Communist Party in 2016 launched what it calls a campaign against ethnic separatism and religious extremism in the western region of Xinjiang. An estimated 1 million Uighurs have since been detained in internment camps and prisons across the region, and advocacy groups say that includes more than 400 prominent academics, writers, performers and artists. Critics say the government is targeting intellectuals to dilute or even erase Uighur culture, language and identity. “It is increasingly clear that Russia and China want to disrupt the international order by gaining a veto over other nations’ economic, diplomatic and security decisions,” Esper said.last_img read more

Retaliatory tariffs to hit wide range from pipes to pizzas to lawn

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada will impose retaliatory tariffs on up to $16.6 billion worth of U.S. imports in response to the American decision to place similar levies on Canadian-made steel and aluminum.The Canadian tariffs, which go into effect July 1, cover a broad range of items. Some, mainly unfinished iron and steel products, will be hit with a 25 per cent tariff, while others, including many consumer products, will be tagged with a 10-per-cent duty.Here is a list of some of the affected products, which run from industrial metal bars to gherkins, whiskey and felt-tipped pens.Items subject to 25 per cent– Iron and non-alloy steel in ingots or other primary forms, including semi-finished products, flat-rolled products, bars and rods and wire.– Stainless steel ingots or other primary forms, including semi-finished products, flat-rolled products of stainless steel, bars and rods, angles, shapes and sections, and wire.– Other alloy steel in ingots or other primary forms, including semi-finished products, flat-rolled products, bars and rods, angles, shapes and sections, hollow drill bars and rods, wire.– Tubes and pipes, sheet piling, railway or tramway track construction material, pipe for oil or gas pipelines, casing or tubing used in drilling for oil or gas.Items subject to 10 per cent– Food products, including yogurt, roasted coffee that is not decaffeinated, prepared meals of fowl or beef.– Sweets, including maple sugar and syrup, licorice candy, toffee, other sugar confectionery, including white chocolate, not containing cocoa, other chocolate in blocks — slabs or bar, filled or not filled.– Other foods, including pizza and quiche, cucumbers and gherkins, jams, jellies, strawberry jam, nut purees and pastes, berry purees, and other fruit purees other than banana puree.– Condiments, including soy sauce, tomato ketchup and other tomato sauces, prepared mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing, mixed condiments and mixed seasonings, other sauces.– Soups and broths, mineral waters and aerated waters, containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or flavour.– Whiskey.– Personal grooming products, including manicure or pedicure preparations, hair spray, shaving and after-shave preparations, soaps and other skin washing products.– Household products, including room deodorizers, automatic dishwasher detergents, candles and tapers, other than those for birthdays, Christmas or other festive occasions; glues or adhesives sold in containers of under a kilogram, tableware and kitchenware, plastic household articles and hygienic or toilet articles, of plastic, toilet paper, handkerchiefs, cleansing or facial tissues and towels, tablecloths and serviettes, printed or illustrated postcards or greeting cards.– Hardware products, including insecticides and fungicides in packages under 1.36 kg each, plywood (other than bamboo), veneered panels and similar laminated wood.– Other steel or iron products, including beer kegs, or parts for stoves, ranges, grates, cookers and barbecues.– Aluminum bars, rods, wire, sheets, foil, tubes and pipes and pipe fittings, most aluminum structural pieces, aluminum reservoirs, tanks, vats and similar containers, including tanks for compressed or liquefied gas.– Aluminum kitchenware, including tables, scouring pads.– Appliances, including refrigerator-freezers fitted with separate external doors, instantaneous or storage water heaters, washing machines.– Miscellaneous items, including lawn mowers, electrical boards, panels, consoles, inflatable boats, sailboats, motorboats, mattresses, sleeping bags and other bedding, playing cards, ball point pens, felt tipped and other porous-tipped pens and markers.last_img read more

Life sentence appeal by Halifax mall plotter rejected by Nova Scotia court

first_imgHALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s top court has rejected the appeal of the life sentence given to an American woman who plotted a Valentine’s Day shooting spree at a Halifax mall in 2015.In a written decision released today, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal says “there is nothing” to justify Lindsay Souvannarath’s appeal of her sentence of life with no chance of parole for 10 years.Writing on behalf of a three-judge panel, Justice Ann Derrick says the sentencing judge was entitled to determine the gravity of the conspiracy around the plot and was required to decide what sentence would protect the public.Derrick says the judge was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that had the plan not been interrupted, Souvannarath and co-conspirator James Gamble would have carried it out.Souvannarath pleaded guilty in April 2017 about six months after Randall Shepherd — a Halifax man described in court as the “cheerleader” of the foiled plot — was sentenced to a decade in jail. The 19-year-old Gamble was found dead in his Halifax-area home a day before the planned attack.Her lawyer, Peter Planetta, had argued the life sentence handed down would have been more appropriate for a terrorism case.Planetta also argued during a hearing last month that Souvannarath’s sentence should be similar to that handed to Shepherd.Crown lawyer Tim O’Leary told the court the sentence was appropriate, though it was on the top end of what’s recommended for the offence.The origin of the conspiracy was traced back to December 2014, when Souvannarath and Gamble began an online relationship.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UK prime minister may not seek vote on Brexit deal this week

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May has told lawmakers she may not seek passage of her Brexit withdrawal plan in Parliament next week.The embattled leader wrote to lawmakers Friday night saying she would bring the bill back to Parliament “if it appears that there is sufficient support.”She also says she would need the approval of House Speaker John Bercow to bring the plan back for a third time despite his objections.Lawmakers have twice rejected the deal. Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on April 12 if no deal is approved.She told lawmakers Britain still has options including an extension that would require taking part in European Parliament elections in May.In a conciliatory note, she also offered to meet with lawmakers to discuss Brexit policy.The Associated Press read more

Philippines huge amount needs to be done to curb extrajudicial killings –

With a significant number of extrajudicial killings “convincingly attributed” to its armed forces, a culture of virtual impunity and “the rampant problem of witness vulnerability,” the Philippines’ Government faces the “enduring and large challenge” of restoring accountability, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today. “There is a huge amount that remains to be done,” UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston said in a statement at the end of a 10-day visit to the South-East Asian country, during which he said he enjoyed the Government’s “unqualified cooperation.” He noted that he had met with virtually all relevant senior officials, including President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. “The Government’s invitation to visit reflects a clear recognition of the gravity of the problem, a willingness to permit outside scrutiny, and a very welcome preparedness to engage” on the issue of extrajudicial killings, he added. Mr. Alston, who also met with civil society groups, victims and witnesses of killings, declined to join in the country’s heated debate over how many people had been killed. “The numbers game is especially unproductive but I am certain that the number is high enough to be distressing,” he said. “Even more importantly, numbers are not what count. The impact of even a limited number of killings of the type alleged is corrosive in many ways. It intimidates vast numbers of civil society actors, it sends a message of vulnerability to all but the most well connected, and it severely undermines the political discourse which is central to a resolution of the problems confronting this country.” He dismissed the army’s claim that the recent rise in killings lies in internal purges by the communist insurgency as “especially unconvincing,” saying it “remains in a state of almost total denial … of its need to respond effectively and authentically” to allegations that military personnel are involved in unlawful killings. “The President needs to persuade the military that its reputation and effectiveness will be considerably enhanced, rather than undermined, by acknowledging the facts and taking genuine steps to investigate,” Mr. Alston added, stating that he did “not in any way underestimate the challenges of waging counter-insurgency operations on a range of fronts.” Mr. Alston stressed that the independent commission created by the president to investigate the killings was losing its “political capital” due to the refusal to publish its report while the judicial system was undermined by “the virtual impunity” prevailing and the risks faced by witnesses. “The present message is that if you want to preserve your life expectancy, don’t act as a witness in a criminal prosecution for killing. Witnesses are systematically intimidated and harassed,” he said, noting that the Witness Protection Program is impressive on paper but deeply flawed in practice. Turning to the larger political context, Mr. Alston noted that the strategy of reconciliation with the leftist groups had been abandoned and the increase in extrajudicial executions in recent years was attributable at least in part to a shift in counterinsurgency strategy. The attempt to vilify left-leaning organizations and to intimidate their leaders had in some instances escalated into extrajudicial execution, he said. “The Philippines remain an example to all of us in terms of the peaceful ending of martial law by the People’s Revolution [in 1986] and the adoption of a Constitution reflecting a powerful commitment to ensure respect for human rights,” he concluded in remarks that were broadcast live on Philippines television. The various measures ordered by the President in response to the independent commission report “constitute important first steps, but there is a huge amount that remains to be done,” he declared. Mr. Alston, who serves in an unpaid, independent capacity, will present a short preliminary report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 27 March 2007, with the full report with specific recommendations being made public in the following months. 22 February 2007With a significant number of extrajudicial killings “convincingly attributed” to its armed forces, a culture of virtual impunity and “the rampant problem of witness vulnerability,” the Philippines’ Government faces the “enduring and large challenge” of restoring accountability, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today. read more

162yearold Donnybrook Fair small but very mighty

Susan Platteeuw sits with her 1932 McLaughlin Buick at the car show on Sunday during the Donnybrook Fair. ASHLEY TAYLOR The car show at Donnybrook Fair featured many classic vehicles. ASHLEY TAYLOR This year’s fair included a bigger demolition derby, a tractor show, axe throwing and entertainment by local magician Lucas Wilson.“Every year we try to have something different,” said Matthews.Local schools bring in the artwork of their students to have on display during the fair.“They’re very dedicated to sending art to us; the teachers are really great,” said Matthews. “We also receive a lot of home crafts, baking, quilting and stuff like that. There’s prize money for it so it’s really great.”A tug of war event Sunday morning drew teams from five local schools, with Walsh Public School finishing first. Also participating were Port Rowan Public School, St. Bernard of Clairvaux School, West Lynn Public School and St. Frances Cabrini School. Cam Smith shows off his 1974 Monte Carlo at the Donnybrook Fair car show on Sunday. ASHLEY TAYLOR jpg, BR jpg, BR WALSH While it has been going on for 162 years, the Donnybrook Fair still attracts newcomers.“What a cute small fair,” said Simcoe native Beth Murdoch, who spent Sunday morning with her two sons at the Walsh fairgrounds.“We’ve lived here all of our lives and have never been.”The fair is always finding ways to improve, with new attractions added each year.“We’re a small fair but we’re very mighty,” said Lynda Matthews, secretary-treasurer of the Charlotteville Agricultural Society, which runs the two-day fair.“We’ve been here for a long time and there’s a lot of history.” jpg, BR A large portion of the fairgrounds was taken over with classic cars.“Every year the car show gets bigger and bigger,” said Matthews. “Sometimes we have to turn cars away because that’s how big it gets.”astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Environmental protestors suspected of orchestrating Gatwick drone chaos

Security services along with the military were called in last night to help to capture the drone pilot who had tormented police armed with sniper rifles and airport authorities since 9pm on Wednesday night. Environmental protestors were suspected of orchestrating a drone attack that shut down Gatwick airport amid questions over how they could wreak chaos for 24 hours. Travellers, including pregnant women and children, slept on the airport floor while aircraft wanting to land were diverted…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– The repeated appearance of the drone within Gatwick’s one-kilometre no-fly zone forced more than 760 flights to be grounded and the travel pans of 110,000 passengers five days before Christmas to be ruined.

Adding to chaos Waiting times for nursing home funding double over three

first_imgNot only is this leading to chaos in our hospitals but in some instances is placing undue financial pressure on older relatives, adding to their fears and concerns. WAITING TIMES FOR nursing home funding have doubled over three months, new figures reveal.And as many as 60 older people every week are being added to “already unacceptable” waiting lists for nursing home funding.This can leave families with a bill of up to €15,000 before any funding is received.The details were released in a series of parliamentary questions from Roscommon – South Leitrim TD Denis Naughten, who asked Minister Kathleen Lynch about the waiting times for the Nursing Homes Support Scheme.This provides “financial support for people who need long-term nursing home care”.The number of people on the waiting list increased by more than 500 over three months, while the waiting time doubled from six to twelve weeks.“While some 1,500 older people have been approved for financial support under the Fair Deal nursing home scheme, they cannot receive payment towards the shortfall between their income and the nursing home cost until they reach the top of a 12 week plus national waiting list,” Naughten said. Click here to see a larger version.Nursing Homes Ireland warned last week these long waiting times for funding could be putting patients’ ‘health at risk’.“Older persons are remaining within acute hospitals for extended periods unnecessarily and being admitted to such settings because their complex care requirements cannot be met at home,” CEO Tadhg Daly said, and warned that it has “implications for wider health service.”“When Fair Deal 2014 budget was significantly cut we warned it would have very serious consequences for health and wellbeing of older persons and increase pressures upon acute hospital services.Our fears are being realised.Previously: Long waiting times for nursing home funding causing ‘distress and hardship’ >last_img read more

Massive Northern California fire gets even bigger

first_imgREDDING, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battling a huge wildfire in Northern California kept it from doing more damage to the city of Redding but three smaller communities were in danger as flames closed in and residents packed up to leave.The fire grew by about 35 percent overnight to 127 square miles (328 square kilometers) and pushed southwest of Redding, toward the communities of Ono, Igo and Gas Point. The winds that aided firefighters in keeping the flames from more populated areas were propelling it forward at a frightening rate.“We’re not getting a break with the weather,” said Chris Anthony, a spokesman for Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fighting wildfires. “It just continues to be really hot, really dry and we continue to get those winds. … This fire’s getting so big and there are so many different parts to it.”The so-called Carr Fire was ignited Monday by a vehicle and exploded Thursday night, jumped the Sacramento River and pushed into Redding, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) north of San Francisco and the largest city in the region with about 92,000 residents. Two firefighters were killed and the latest tally of 500 destroyed structures was sure to rise. About 37,000 people are under evacuation orders, 5,000 homes are threatened and the fire is just 5 percent contained.Elsewhere in California, large fires continued to burn outside Yosemite National Park and in the San Jacinto Mountains east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs. Nationally, 89 active large fires have consumed nearly 930,000 acres in 14 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. So far this year, nearly 37,000 wildfires have burned more than 4.25 million acres.last_img read more

Hinkley Point C staff to receive interim bonus payments

first_imgMembers of the trade union Unite who are working on the construction of Hinkley Point C, the EDF Energy-led nuclear power station project, are to receive bonus payments as part of an interim agreement while the facility is under construction.The interim bonus arrangements are effective from 1 June 2017 under a previously approved Civil Engineering Sector Agreement (CESA), which governs pay and conditions. The payments, which will be linked to safe and collaborative on-site working, will apply until the end of August 2017.Under the bonus agreement, working supervisors and craft grades will receive £4 an hour, skilled worker grades will receive £3 an hour, and general workers will receive £2 an hour.Representatives from Unite, EDF Energy, contractor Bylor, which is a consortium of French organisation Bouygues TP and construction business Laing O’Rourke, and the Kier-Bam joint venture, which is undertaking the enabling works, will also form a collective differences panel. The panel will look to identify a permanent productivity or milestone-based bonus arrangement that is agreeable to all parties, delivering its recommendations by August 2017.The panel will include a senior executive from EDF Energy and a senior full-time official from Unite.Under the agreement, no industrial action will be considered while the interim arrangements are in place or until the collective differences procedure has been exhausted.The bonus dispute begun in April 2017. Unions Unite and GMB argued that a bonus rate proposed by the Bylor consortium was insufficient to attract the quality of staff needed to ensure that that the civil works phase of the £18 billion construction project was completed on time.Unite and GMB members were balloted in May 2017. They voted to refuse the proposed bonus arrangement.Nigel Cann, programme and construction delivery director for Hinkley Point C at EDF Energy, said: “We are proud about the best in class nature of the overall package for the Hinkley Point C civil workforce. We have created great facilities, an opportunity to develop and a very competitive reward structure.“We are pleased that these interim arrangements allow constructive dialogue to continue to finalise this important agreement. Unite the union has been a constructive partner in the discussions to date and I look forward to this continuing throughout the construction of the Hinkley Point C power station.”Jerry Swain, acting national officer for construction at Unite, added: “I am pleased that following consultation with our stewards and members that we, along with the various parties, have been able to agree a clear path forward and that the prospect of industrial action, which is always a last resort, can be taken off the agenda in order to allow the Differences Panel to deliberate.“The work undertaken by EDF Energy in ensuring that all parties signed up to the interim agreement has been crucial in providing a breathing space and creating the opportunity for a long-term solution being agreed to finally resolve this matter.”last_img read more

Openings and closings for Hurricane Dorian

first_imgPort Everglades and PortMiami have reopened.All four U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Miami offices and the USCIS Miami asylum office have reopened.Sunrise will continue with regularly-scheduled solid waste and recycling collection through Saturday. However, if winds exceed 35 mph, collection services will be suspended and garbage and recycling collection will take place on your next scheduled collection day.Pembroke Pines City Hall remains closed until further notice. Regular garbage and recycling pick up has resumed and bulk pick-up items/debris will resume Wednesday.The City of Coral Gables regular household garbage, trash/yard waste and recycling services have resumed operations.Fort Lauderdale City Hall and normal operations have resumed. Bulk trash will not be picked up until the first Monday or Tuesday in October.The City Hall, parks and recreational facilities and city services of North Lauderdale have reopened. Jungle Island reopened Wednesday.The Palm Beach Zoo will reopen on Friday.Big Cypress National Preserve visitor centers and administrative facilities have closed. Backcountry and hunting access into the Preserve will remain open.Coral Gables Art Cinema has reopened.Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center, Salvadore and Biltmore Tennis Centers, Adult Activity Center and the Granada Golf Course are open for regular programming.Venetian Pool will be closed Tuesday until further notice.The Granada Golf Course remains open. Broward County has resumed normal operations (including parks, libraries and animal care) on Wednesday.Hollywood’s ArtsPark Visual Arts Center, Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, Driftwood Pool and Art & Culture Center are closed.EventsThe Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show has been rescheduled to the weekend of Friday, Sept. 13 – 15.Marco Antonio Solís’ concert at American Airlines Arena scheduled for Saturday has been rescheduled for Oct. 26.The Davie Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics Recycling events scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31 have been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 7.Other The Margate City Hall and all city offices were closed on Tuesday. All sanitation services will be suspended until further notice.City of Opa-locka City hall and municipal offices were closed on Tuesday.City operations in Pompano Beach have resumed normal operations. Waste management services have also resumed.AirportsMiami International Airport remains open.Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has reopened.Orlando International Airport has reopened. Here’s what’s open and closed as Hurricane Dorian heads in Florida’s general direction:SchoolsMiami-Dade County Public Schools: Schools are open.Broward County Public Schools: Schools are open.Palm Beach County Schools: Schools will reopen on Thursday.Archdiocese of Miami: All Catholic Schools in Broward and Miami-Dade counties are open.All Broward College classes have resumed. The North Miami campus of Johnson and Wales University has reopened.All Lynn University classes and activities will resume Thursday.Pine Crest School’s Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale campuses have reopened.Florida Career College in Lauderdale Lakes has reopened.American Heritage School campuses has reopened.Government servicesMiami-Dade County government is operating on a regular schedule as of Tuesday. West Park’s City Hall has reopened. The city will not have bulk trash collection until further notice.Miami-Dade’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit has returned to normal operations.Wilton Manors City Hall has reopened.Davie’s Town Hall and other government offices will be closed through Tuesday. The Pine Island Multipurpose Center, the Pine Island Fitness and Aquatic Center and all Davie parks have reopened.Bulk pickup is cancelled through Saturday in Davie but garbage and recycling service are suspended through Tuesday.Regularly scheduled garbage and recycling pick up in Pembroke Pines has resumed. Bulk pick up has also resumed.Coral Springs City Hall has resumed normal operations. Sanitation collection in Hollywood has been suspended until further notice.The City of Plantation’s administrative offices, parks and facilities have resumed normal operations.Miami has resumed regular garbage collection. Recycling and bulky waste services has also resumed.All solid waste and recycling collection services in Miramar are suspended through Tuesday. Miramar City Hall and City administrative offices have reopened.The Broward County Judicial Complex has reopened.All Broward County courthouses have reopened.The Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida is closed until further notice. All Universal Orlando Resort theme parks and CityWalk have reopened on Wednesday.The Urban League of Broward County was closed through Tuesday.City of Miami parks and recreation facilities are open.The Perez Art Museum, as well as the shop and Verde restaurant and bar, will reopen on Thursday.The Museum of Contemporary Art is open.The North Miami Public Library and City of North Miami administrative offices are open on Tuesday.The Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation IMAX Theater are open. Nova Southeastern University campuses will reopen on Thursday. NSU University School, Mailman Segal Center and Baudhuin School are open.All Gulliver school campuses are open.Miami Country Day School is open.Classes at Ransom Everglades School have resumed.Classes at University of Miami Coral Gables, marine, and medical campuses have resumed.The University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine is open and operating on a normal schedule.Florida Memorial University has suspended classes through Wednesday. Classes will resume on Thursday. center_img Palm Beach International Airport has reopen.North Perry Airport has reopened.Hospitals and medical centersThe University of Miami Health System facilities in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens, as well as the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Palm Beach Gardens will be closed until further notice.The UHealth Clinic in Fort Lauderdale will be closed through Tuesday.Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital in Miami-Dade and Monroe County remain open.All Memorial Healthcare System hospitals, Medical Office Buildings and one primary care office in east Hollywood remain open. Broward County Transit has resumed normal operations.West Palm Beach service plaza along Florida’s Turnpike (Fuel pumps, the convenience store and food plaza) closed at 5 p.m. Monday.Fort Pierce service plaza along Florida’s turnpike (Fuel pumps, the convenience store and food plaza) closed at 8 p.m. Monday.Fort Drum service plaza along Florida’s Turnpike (Fuel pumps, convenience store and food plaza) closed at 8 a.m. Tuesday.Parks and attractionsMiami Beach parks, playgrounds, rec centers, pools and tennis courts closed at noon Saturday until further notice.Everglades National Park closed until Wednesday, but Dry Tortugas National Park remained open. Marine waters for boating has remained open, but emergency services will be extremely limited. Memorial Healthcare System closed its Palm Beach facilities and some in Broward and Miami-Dade County Tuesday.The Aventura Care Center and radiology services requiring sedation at the main Nicklaus Children’s Hospital campus will remain closed until further notice. The West Kendall Outpatient Center will not offer MRI services until further notice.The Palm Beach Gardens, Miramar and Dan Marino Nicklaus Children’s Hospital outpatient centers are closed until further notice.Emergency rooms at Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West and Boca Raton Regional Hospital remain open.Bethesda Urgent Care in Wellington was closed through Tuesday.Coral Springs Baptist Health Urgent Care and Coral Springs Baptist Health Urgent Care Express were closed Tuesday.Kendall Regional Medical Center, the Town and Country Emergency Room and the Doral Emergency Room remain open. Classes at Miami Dade College have resumed.Florida Atlantic University classes have resumed.The following Barry University campuses will resume classes on Thursday: Miami Shores main campus, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Cutler Bay, Kendall and all Podiatry Foot and Ankle clinics (Mercy, Mount Sinai, Jackson North). Online classes will also resume on Thursday.Keiser University Miami-Dade and Broward campuses are open.Florida International University classes and normal operations have resumed.Classes at St. Thomas University will resume Thursday.University of Florida Gainesville campus classes will resume Thursday. Homestead Extension (SR 821)Interstate 95 express lanesInterstate 595 express lanesInterstate 75 express lanesAlligator AlleyFlorida Turnpike’s tolls will resume will be reinstated on the following roads at 12:01 a.m. Friday:The Turnpike Mainline (SR 91)Beachline ExpresswaySawgrass ExpresswaySR 417SR 429Brightline, also known as Virgin Trains, has resumed normal service.City of Miami trolleys will continue their regular scheduled service until further notice. City of Miami residents had until 12 p.m. Tuesday to remove their vehicles from the city’s garages free of charge.The Coral Gables Trolley and Freebee services have resumed normal operations.Tri-Rail service has resumed normal operations. Greyhound Lines canceled certain routes along the Florida coast. Click here for updates.Hollywood’s SunShuttle by Circuit has suspended operations until further notice. All Wells Fargo branches in Broward and two in Miami-Dade were closed on Tuesday.City National Bank branches in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have reopened Wednesday.All FirstBank Florida Broward branches were closed Tuesday.Lime is collecting its fleet of electric scooters in both Fort Lauderdale and Miami. They will redeploy following storm.Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line are monitoring the storm, click here for updates to itinerary changes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Miami Seaquarium reopened at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.Biscayne National Park reopened at 12 p.m. Wednesday.The South Florida Wildlife Center in Fort Lauderdale closed on Monday until further notice.All Palm Beach County Golf facilities will be closed starting Sunday. John Prince Golf Learning Center remains closed.Several parks and recreation facilities in Pembroke Pines reopened at 1 p.m. Wednesday: Pembroke Lakes Pool and Tennis Center, Towngate Pool, Price Park Pool and the Fletcher Arts Center.The Bass museum remained closed through Tuesday.City of Aventura parks closed for storm preparations but reopened on Wednesday. Broward Health Community Health Services, Health International, Physician Group Offices, Urgent Care Centers, Weston and their Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center were closed through Tuesday.Broward Community and Family Health Centers closed all four of their locations on Tuesday. They reopened on Wednesday.The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County Offices and services remain open.All clinical sites in Miami-Dade and Broward are open and operational.All Palm Beach County clinical operations were closed on Tuesday.Transportation/Traffic servicesFlorida’s Turnpike tolls have been reinstated as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday: last_img read more

NMC bill row T JUDA decides to boycott emergency duties

first_imgIn a sudden development, junior doctors from all teaching hospitals in Telangana including Osmania, Gandhi etc.have decided to boycott all duties including emergency duties from today 2 pm onwards. This decision was taken to mount pressure on Centre to make amendments to certain clauses even as the bill is set to come up for discussion on Thursday. Already, resident doctors from AIIMS, New Delhi are boycotting elective and emergency duties from Thursday and junior doctors from Telqngana also decided to join them by boycotting duties indefinitely from today and also go on hunger strike protesting against the NMC bill. Meanwhile, Gandhi Superintendent Dr Sravan Kumar stated that they were not given any prior strike notice by the doctors. He said he brought the junior doctors strike decision to the notice of Health Minister. Gandhi Superintendent said that services are likely to be affected if the senior doctors also express support to the strike.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | November 23, 2008 Varian Unveils OncoView PACS Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more OncoView adds to Varian’s product lines for cancer clinics that offer advanced forms of image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery. The platform integrates the viewing, managing, storing and archiving of oncology images and data, supporting workflow specific to oncology throughout each phase of cancer treatment, from initial diagnosis to treatment response and to survivorship. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

ACV brings back San Juan promo on heels of Puerto Ricos posthurricane

first_img Posted by ACV brings back San Juan promo on heels of Puerto Rico’s post-hurricane message Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Puerto Rico SAN JUAN — As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria approaches, Discover Puerto Rico has launched a new initiative to flip the script, from one that focuses on Maria’s devastating impact to a new message about hope and hospitality.#CoverTheProgress aims to encourage travellers and news media to share real-time island imagery and the many milestones that have led the island to achieve one of the “greatest comeback stories in tourism”. This initiative stems from the strong sentiment of the local community paired with the positive reactions from recent travellers to Puerto Rico.“Six months after Hurricane Maria hit, more than 50% of travellers said media coverage negatively impacted their view of Puerto Rico as a destination, and we’re hoping to change that as the one-year anniversary approaches,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. “Puerto Rico declared itself open for tourism in late December, and the local tourism industry has worked very hard for the past year to come back strong. There’s a lot to celebrate and we don’t want the one-year anniversary to set us back.”Dean also noted that while there’s still progress to be made in some areas of the island, Discover Puerto Rico is “taking this moment to encourage all audiences to help us spotlight our tourism recover and invite travellers to visit us as tourism is a vital contributor to the economy.”As part of #CoverTheProgress, local members of Humacao – one of the island’s hardest hit communities that became well known for its now viral S.O.S. image during Maria’s aftermath – have a new message to share. They teamed up with the local tourism industry to replace the aerial image with a new message that reads: “Bienvenidos!”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”“We’ve been wanting to clean up that message for a while as we’re past it,” said Janet Gonzalez, resident of Humacao. “We were asked what message we’d want to share with the world and hope our new positive message spreads just as fast.”Here are a few tourism milestones achieved in recent months:• Flight capacity is on the rise with monthly seat capacity surpassing the 420,000 figure. There are currently on average 110 daily flights via 28 different airlines. By Q4, Puerto Rico is poised to be on par with 2017 levels.• There are more cruises on the island than ever before, with 14 vessels (four more than last year). Puerto Rico also has 119 cruise shore excursions currently available.• Cruise tourism in May saw the best results for that month in the last 20 years, with 107,390 cruise passengers received, up 12.9% than May 2017.• For the next cruise season, a record-breaking 1.7 million passengers are expected, which equates to approximately US$250 million in revenue.• There are currently 132 lodging options on the island.• In October 2018, 657 new rooms will be available courtesy of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton and The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. In December, another 480 rooms will be available from Mélia Coco Beach, while 652 new rooms will open in January from Caribe Hilton.• The islands of Culebra and Vieques are ready to welcome visitors. There are day excursions to the islands from mainland Puerto Rico.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesTo reiterate the fact that Puerto Rico is open for business, Air Canada Vacations is bringing back its popular fly free to San Juan and cruise offer with Royal Caribbean International.Until Aug. 26, cruisers will receive a free roundtrip flight to San Juan when booking a balcony category stateroom or higher on select Freedom of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas cruises sailing from San Juan.The promotion is based on economy class service with a maximum savings of $380 per person from Toronto or Montreal. Guests are responsible for paying the taxes, which are approximately $150 per person.Guests departing from other Canadian gateways will receive a maximum savings of $540 per person when travelling in service class G on connecting flights, and service class F on the main flight segment.New individual bookings for cruise and flight packages must be made between Aug. 20-26, 2018, for select sailings between Oct. 28, 2018 and April 28, 2019.For more information go to aircanadavacations.com. For more information on travel to Puerto Rico go to DiscoverPuertoRico.com. Travelweek Group center_img Tweet Wednesday, August 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Intel hiring for new Costa Rica operation

first_imgRelated posts:Intel expands Costa Rica operations US company World Fuel Services seeks 70 bilingual employees Bacardi to open support services center in Costa Rica National Instruments to hire 170 new workers at Costa Rica operation Multinational technology companyIntel is recruiting professional and technical staff for its new research and development center in Costa Rica, which the company officially announced Tuesday in San José.Intel’s Client Computing Group (CGG) will be responsible for developing new products that the corporation will release in coming years, including computers, tablets and smartphones. Intel Costa Rica’s general manager, Vincent Guglielmetti, said the company wants the CCG team to have end-to-end product development capabilities.At a public event on Tuesday Intel’s vice president of the Client Computing Group, James Kirkland, said the main reason for investing in Costa Rica is its educational system and because local professionals have “the right skills and the ideal passion.”The firm’s public and government affairs manager, Timothy Scott, said Costa Rica scored high in all criteria considered for selecting a location for the new unit. A highly educated population, as well as good Internet connectivity, good infrastructure and energy supply were some of the reasons for choosing Costa Rica, he said. The country’s relative proximity to the U.S. and the fact that it’s in the same time zone as Intel’s main locations in the U.S. also helped, he said.A small group of employees is already working at the new department, but Intel has yet to determine the size of the team at full capacity.The company’s website lists available jobs in Costa Rica for professionals and students in various engineering and business specialties. It’s looking for engineers with specialities in electrical, electronics, software and mechanics engineering. Jobs are also available for accounts payable staff and technical support agents.Those interested in applying for one of the jobs can see the full list on Intel’s website.The new unit joins Intel’s Global Service Center, which the company opened here in late 2014. The Costa Rica operation currently employs 1,900 workers, Intel reported. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

TravelManagers raises 16000 for Little Heroes Foundation

first_imgTravelManagers’ conference delegates exhibit their completed masterpieceTravelManagers raises $16,000+ for Little Heroes FoundationThe theme of TravelManagers’ eighth annual national conference, which was held in Adelaide last weekend, was Focus.  The agenda featured supplier presentations, keynote speakers and workshops, but the 200-plus delegates were also given the opportunity to focus on something other than their own business, and in doing so, raised over $16,000 in support of South Australia-based charity, Little Heroes.Executive General Manager – Michael GazalTravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says it has become a tradition to include a local community event in the company’s conference agenda.“Little Heroes is a charity which was started by ex-Adelaide Crows captain Chris McDermott and is currently working towards establishing a Centre for Robotics and Innovation at the Adelaide Women and Children’s Hospital,” Gazal explains.  “It is a truly inspirational organisation that is achieving amazing things for sick children in South Australia and we are honoured and humbled to be involved in some small way in what they are doing,” Gazal says.A charity auction was held at the company’s Sporting Legends dinner which was held at the Adelaide Oval on the Saturday night.“There were some fantastic auction items up for grabs, many of which were kindly donated by partner suppliers.  One of the most popular items was a framed and signed All Blacks picture, which ended up selling for $3,000.  The generosity of everyone involved in our auction was really quite humbling,” says Gazal.In total the auction and other donations raised $16,533 for Little Heroes.  The cheque was presented to Little Heroes at the conference’s gala dinner the following night, and was accepted on behalf of the foundation by Adelaide local, Natalie Bode, who captained the Australian Diamonds and Adelaide Thunderbirds netball teams but now acts as Little Heroes’ Corporate Relationship Manager.The money will go towards a new $4 million Centre for Robotics and Innovation which is set to open its doors at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital in December this year.“The robotics equipment will help children with neurological disabilities to improve their motor skills and get them out of hospital more quickly,” Bode explains.  “This will be a world-class rehabilitation facility but it wouldn’t be possible to achieve without the incredible support of companies like TravelManagers.”The completed artwork will hang in Adelaide’s new children’s Robotics Rehab Unit, due to open at the end of the yearThe following morning, conference delegates gathered to take part in a second aspect of this community activity: creating works of art to become a collage that will hang in the foyer of the Robotics Centre when it’s completed.Delegates were divided into 36 teams.  Each team was given three canvases on which to create their artworks, which were to be based around the themes of movement, fun, children, motivation and inspiration.“I knew we had some very creative, talented people within the TravelManagers family,” says Gazal, “but I was still seriously impressed by what we were able to produce in just two and a half hours.”“Everyone at TravelManagers feels privileged to have been a part of something really special.  It’s a really great example of how many people focused on working together towards a common goal can achieve amazing things.”(Left to right) TravelManagers’ Executive GM, Michael Gazal, presents a cheque for over $16,000 to the Little Heroes Foundation’s Natalie Bode, assisted by key sponsor Etihad Airways’ flight attendant, Belle Louise Braybrook.For more details or to find out how you can support Little Heroes, please visit littleheroesfoundation.com.au/For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. ENDSAbout TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 480 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagers Australia Join TravelManagers Australia herebecome a Personal Travel Managerlast_img read more

ReverseVision Launches Online Education Platform

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Reverse Mortgage Service Providers 2013-11-06 Tory Barringer in Technology In San Diego, “”ReverseVision, Inc.””:http://reversevision.com/Content/, announced the availability of its latest product: “”ReverseVision University””:http://reversevision.com/Content/RVU (RVU), an online education platform designed to teach mortgage professionals the ins and outs of the reverse mortgage industry.[IMAGE]Launched as a way to prepare housing finance professionals for the imminent growth of home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) business, RVU will offer courses centered on servicing borrowers and stayed ahead of compliance issues.””We were repeatedly told how expensive and time-consuming it is to train new LOs [loan originators] or anyone new to the industry,”” said Rachel Smith, product [COLUMN_BREAK]manager at ReverseVision. “”RVU will supplement the need for in-house, HECM-specific training for new staff and keep experienced staff up-to-date on recent changes. Compared to live training, RVU is more convenient and consistent, and far less expensive.””The platform’s initial launch includes two course offerings: ReverseVision Fundamentals and ReverseVision Advanced Reversed Mortgage Executive Development (ARMED), each of them short courses designed to teach professionals about complex HECM topics and help guide their strategic decisions.Having already earned approval to become an official Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) Course Provider, ReverseVision Fundamentals is expected to be the first course approved by both NMLS and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA). Before the end of the year, the course is expected to be approved for both NMLS Continuing Education credits and NRMLA Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional credits.””The addition of RVU continues to build our product offerings as well as provide the necessary tools for individuals to succeed in the reverse mortgage industry,”” said ReverseVision president and CEO John Button. “”Our goal is not only to offer the best software for reverse mortgage loans, but also to be the source for the continuing education needed to accelerate one’s business.”” November 6, 2013 409 Views center_img ReverseVision Launches Online Education Platform Sharelast_img read more

LISTEN Todd Bowles Jets head coach

first_imgLISTEN: Todd Bowles, Jets head coach The Arizona Cardinals’ search for a new defensive coordinator is over. After Todd Bowles left to become the head coach of the New York Jets last month, the Cardinals turned to one of their own. James Bettcher, who served the last two seasons as the team’s outside linebackers coach, was tabbed by Bruce Arians to take over the defense.Bettcher is young and relatively inexperienced, so Cardinals fans didn’t have much of a reaction to the hire. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img But the man who vacated that job believes Arians picked the right guy to lead the Cardinals’ defense for years to come.“I think Bruce made a great choice. They had a few guys on that staff that could have been coordinators,” Bowles told Doug and Wolf Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “You trust in Arians. (People) questioned me when I got there. You don’t question — Bruce knows what he’s doing when he’s picking guys, so I trust (the selection) completely.”Bettcher is only 36 years old and has three years of NFL coaching experience. Prior to arriving in Arizona, he served as a special instructor to the head coach in Indianapolis, where he reported to both Chuck Pagano and Arians during the course of the 2012 season.Before elevating to the professional ranks, Bettcher was a college assistant for nine years, most recently at New Hampshire.In terms of the advice Bowles would give to his successor, it’s simple.“Listen to your coaches. They’re there for a reason,” he said. “Don’t try to make every decision.” Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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