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Toronto landmark makes appearance in new Star Trek series

first_imgAdvertisement READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Toronto can add “Vulcan” to the long list of places it’s played on TV thanks to last night’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery.The new Space and CBS series, which premiered last month, has been filming in The 6ix since January 2017.Oh hey, I’m BlogTO famous.— ᴘᴜᴍᴘᴷᴵɴ ᴅᴜᴍᴘ ? (@heychristofur) October 23, 2017 Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Kraft and GameStop rise while Spark falls

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday:Raytheon Co., up $1.28 to $187.19The company is merging with United Technologies Corp. in a deal that creates one of the world’s largest defence companies.Tableau Software Inc., up $42.20 to $167.41The data analytics firm is being bought by Salesforce for $15.7 billion in a stock deal.GameStop Corp., up 42 cents to $5.44The video game retailer announced plans to repurchase up to 12 million shares of its stock.LyondellBasell Industries NV, up $4.43 to $83.65The chemical company announced plans to buy back up to 37 million shares of its common stock.The Kraft Heinz Co., up $1.57 to $30.31The food maker said it completed an investigation into accounting errors and found no substantial mistakes.Alliance Data Systems Corp., down $6.47 to $136.35The marketing services company said its CEO is retiring amid several other management changes.Spark Therapeutics Inc., down $9.14 to $100.21Roche’s buyout of the gene-therapy company is being delayed by regulatory reviews.Bank of America Inc., up 54 cents to $28.07Bank stocks rose as lower bond prices pushed yields higher.The Associated Press read more

With focus on cervical cancer Ban says where people live should not

“We must do more to end the many tragedies that cancer inflicts,” said Mr. Ban in his message on the Day. “About one third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early. And even when cancer is advanced, patients should benefit from palliative care,” he said. Although cancer affects all countries, the UN chief underlined that those with fewer resources are hit hardest. “Nothing illustrates this better than the burden of cervical cancer. The world’s poorest countries are home to more than 8 in 10 women newly diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 9 in 10 deaths from the disease.” While applauding the success of cervical cancer screening in many high-income countries, the Secretary-General insisted that the global community has a responsibility to replicate this progress in low-income States, where cervical cancer remains one of the most common cancers among women. “Today, we have the knowledge, experience and tools to protect every woman, everywhere,” he stated. “Comprehensive cervical cancer prevention includes vaccines to protect girls against future infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), screening measures and preventive treatment of pre-cancers,” he explained. This year’s World Cancer Day was described by Mr. Ban as having “special impetus” thanks to the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims “to usher in a life of dignity for all people.” The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development endorsed by all UN Member States call for reducing by one third premature death from non-communicable diseases. The UN chief also mentioned the Every Woman Every Child movement, which is an example of an initiative working to develop stronger health systems, universal health care coverage and the scale up of life-saving interventions for comprehensive cancer prevention and control. “On World Cancer Day, let us resolve to end the injustice of preventable suffering from this disease as part of our larger push to leave no one behind,” concluded Mr. Ban. read more

Presidents policy speech has left Guyanese no closer to anything –

General Secretary of the PPP, Dr Bharrat JagdeoFormer President and Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday dismissed many of the assertions and promises made by President David Granger following the Head of State’s Address to the National Assembly.According to Jagdeo, Guyanese must reject the President’s parliamentary ploy which is nothing but an assessment of his performance to the National Assembly while Guyanese are faced with a “deteriorating state of life”.Thrashing the final sum of money tabled for the dismissed sugar workers which will see the Wales Sugar workers being left unpaid, Jagdeo called out what he said was Government’s continued deception.“We witnessed millions spent on an ad to say that sugar workers will be paid…the public would conclude based on that ad that some $7.5B will be paid to the sugar workers however in reality, only $2.4B was set aside for sugar workers….so this would exclude the Wales Workers who have been waiting since 2016” the Opposition Leader said.While the opposition leader is maintaining that this was not a policy speech, he also sought to point out that no transparent policy guidance was given for the future.“The expectation was not very high that we will get a policy speech and he lived up to that expectation. First of all this was not a policy speech, this was the president speaking about work programs for the pass year and what they have done while grading and assessing himself, an appraisal of himself and his Government and guess what? He gave himself a higher mark for how well they have done without addressing the consequences of his policies or giving us clear policy guidance for the future, in fact he immersed himself in issues that should be the subject of a budget speech and not for a presidential address to the National Assembly” Jagdeo lamented.He noted that the Village Improvement Plans which the President spoke of was already in process under the previous administration and monies were left to fund these projects.Adding to that, he said that the training of youths does not lower the unemployment rate since thousands of persons would have lost their jobs over the past three years.“The President then says that youth unemployment in 2016 was 40% based on a CDB report, I have done quite a lot of training on the development of young people, but notice that he does not say what youth unemployment is today because we know that many people have lost their jobs in fact, 30,000 people have lost their jobs under his tenure in office and many of them are young people and those people can’t find a job now. So him numerating how many people they have trained through small programs doesn’t answer the fundamental question” the former president noted.Jagdeo further called out the Government for their “hypocrisy” of announcing that Amerindians in the Hinterland areas has some 251 businesses erected stating that this is pure fiction.He also quashed the notion that is being peddled by Granger which states that the rice sector is expected to receive major improvements next year revealing that cuts were already made to the Drainage and Irrigation (D&I) budget.Further, he quashed the notions that the health and education sectors have improved.“They are taking credit for improvements and putting out numbers but failed to address what they have done to our teachers who only received a 2% increase” Jagdeo argued.The Opposition Leader criticized the transparency which Granger in his speech promised to be placed around the Oil and Gas sector.According to Jagdeo, transparency cannot be promised when the Government is yet to discuss what happened to the $18M oil bonus which has not yet been placed into the consolidated fund.The Head of State also promised a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to be launched into the piracy attacks of Guyanese fishermen in to Surinamese waters earlier this year.This Jagdeo stated is no new revelation from a Government known for their “frequent CoI’s.”According to the former president, Granger’s speech has left Guyanese no closer to anything, as is the purpose of a policy speech. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo to meet Wales sugar workers today – in wake of ‘sinister’ plan to close estateJanuary 19, 2016In “latest news”Sugar workers protest Parliament for salary increase, severanceDecember 5, 2018In “latest news”Patentia, Wales residents call for electricity, water subsidiesDecember 29, 2016In “Local News” read more

Greeces trains and taxis on strike

first_imgΕπίθεση σε οδηγό UberΕξαγριωμένοι οδηγοί ταξί κατά οδηγού Uber στην πλατεία ΣυντάγματοςΠερισσότερα: by on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 Getting around Greece on Tuesday was no easy feat, with train and taxi drivers both on strike.All train routes were suspended over 24-hours, with train drivers demonstrating against being understaffed, along with the privatisation of the rolling stock maintenance company. The move to privatise is a result of the financial crisis, and the government’s commitment to a privatisation program as part of Greece’s international bailout.Meanwhile, taxi drivers walked off the job for nine hours for a separate cause, protesting the laws pertaining to ride-sharing service Uber.The drivers expressed similar sentiments to those by taxi drivers around the world, accusing Uber of “siphoning work away” from license-holders. The greater Athens taxi association, SATA said that creditors had prevented ministers from cracking down on the platform.It is not the first time SATA has come out against Uber; in 2017 the association lobbied for stricter operating limits on app-based taxi services, but was unsuccessful.Below is a disturbing video of protesters attacking an Uber driver downtown. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pawan Hans IPO Helicopter firm plans fleet expansion ahead of public issue

first_imgPawan Hans, a state-owned helicopter service company, is accelerating plans for an initial public offering (IPO) listing by the end of 2017 or early 2018. However, before that, the company is taking measures to expand its services to pose itself as an attractive entity for investors.Keen to join the regional connectivity scheme of the central government, the Delhi-based helicopter services firm aims to increase its revenues threefold to Rs 1,600 crore over the next decade from Rs 500 crore during the last financial year (2015-16), the Business Standardreported.Pawan Hans is planning to raise about Rs 350 crore from the market listing. The company has charted out a new expansion plan wherein it would increase its fleet size, diversify business and invest in MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facility, according to BP Sharma, chairman and managing director of Pawan Hans.In an interview to the publication, Sharma further said that the IPO preparation is on in full swing. The State Bank of India (SBI) is currently carrying out a risk assessment survey for the company and the report is awaited. The concrete proposal for the market listing is likely to be out by March next year.Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju previously said the public listing will help Pawan Hans a transparent and efficient firm.Expansion plansThe company, which is known for offering helicopter services for VIP movement, now plans to make the service available for the common man. With the proceeds from the IPO and financial backing from the government, the company plans to spend about Rs 4,000 crore to increase its fleet size, which at present stands at 43.According to Sharma, Pawan Hans may acquire around 100 helicopters over the next six years and is reportedly in talks with Bell Helicopters and Airbus Helicopters for the acquisition.Additionally, the company plans to provide connectivity to the Northeast region of the country. “Northeast is a region where the company already has a strong presence through helicopter service. We plan to connect the northeast capitals as well,” Sharma said.last_img read more

HC stays no confidence motion meet of Gangarampur municipality

first_imgKolkata: The High Court has stayed the meeting to discuss the no confidence motion of Gangarampur municipality in South Dinajpur, which was scheduled to be held on Tuesday.Justice Samapti Chattopadhyay has ordered the municipality to hold the meeting on August 5. She also instructed that security will have to be provided to the 18 councillors on August 5 when the non-confidence motion will come up for discussion. The trouble at Gangarampur broke out after Biplab Mitra joined BJP from Trinamool Congress. Shortly after this, Trinamool Congress removed Prasanta Mitra, Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatachairman of Gangarampur municipality from the party. Prasanta happens to be the brother of Biplab Mitra. In the 18-member municipality, 8 councillors are backing Prasanta Mitra. The remaining 10 councillors left the town some days ago. They returned to the and moved a no confidence motion against the chairman. The matter was scheduled for discussion on July 23. Earlier, Prasanta Mitra and his followers had moved a no confidence motion and the date for discussion was fixed on August 5. Challenging the no confidence motion, Mitra moved the High Court. Justice Chattopadhyay stayed the no confidence notice which was brought later. The no confidence motion will be discussed on August 5. She has instructed the superintendent of police to provide security to the 18 councillors on August 5 when the matter will come up for discussion.last_img read more

Technology Stocks Like NVIDIA and Amazon Help Boost the Entrepreneur Index™

first_img Register Now » 3 min read March 19, 2019 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Stock prices had a bumpy ride today thanks to conflicting reports on the state of the U.S.-China trade talks from Bloomberg News and Dow Jones Newswire. The former suggested China was balking at some U.S. demands in the agreement, while the latter reported that the deal was in its final stages.The major indexes all swung widely today before settling relatively flat. The Dow index, up 200 points in the morning, gave it back by mid-day, recovered then fell again to post a loss of 0.1 percent. The S&P 500 index was down 0.01 percent while the Nasdaq Composite index was up 0.12 percent.Technology stocks helped the Entrepreneur Index™ to a 0.37 percent gain today. Eleven of the thirteen tech stocks on the index were up. NVIDIA Corp. led the pack, rising 4.0 percent, the biggest gain on the Entrepreneur Index™ today.NVDA Quotes by TradingViewCompany founder and CEO Jensen Huang gave a two and a half hour keynote address at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley yesterday and addressed investors today. They apparently liked his message.The meteoric rise of NVIDIA hit a wall last year as demand fell for the graphics processing chips the company makes. The resulting inventory bulge led to lower prices and falling revenues and to a nearly 60 percent plunge in the stock price. Since bottoming on Christmas Eve, however, the stock is up 41 percent.Other tech stocks posting good gains included Amazon, up 1.13 percent, and, up 1.22 percent. Facebook shares, beaten up over the last five trading sessions, also rose 0.69 percent. Netflix (-1.28 percent) and TripAdvisor Inc. (-0.31) had the only two losses in the sector.L Brands had another good gain today, rising 2.66 percent after posting the biggest gain (3.27 percent) on the Entrepreneur Index™ yesterday. The return of Victoria’s Secret swimsuits–apparently very popular — may have created some enthusiasm for the stock, but low valuation is probably the bigger attraction. The shares are down nearly 30 percent in the last year and trade at only 12.2 times trailing earnings. They also have a dividend yield of 4.3 percent.Other gains on the index included Chipotle Mexican Grill (1.53 percent), Ford Motor Co. (1.52 percent), and Wynn Resorts (1.44 percent).Homebuilder D.R. Horton Inc. had the biggest decline on the Entrepreneur Index™ today, falling 2.17 percent. The state of the housing and home-building markets have been difficult to read in the last six months, but D.R. Horton shares are up 14.1 percent this year. Wall Street analysts currently have twelve sell ratings, six buy ratings and ten neutral ratings on the stock, according to data from TradingView.Other notable declines on the Entrepreneur Index™ today included Hess Corp. (-1.93 percent), Estee Lauder Companies (-1.47 percent) and asset manager BlackRock (-1.34 percent). Fedex Corp. reported financial results after the market close. In after-hours trading, the stock was down more than four percent after the company missed earnings and revenue estimates. It cited weaker global trade as the cause.The Entrepreneur Index™ collects the top 60 publicly traded companies founded and run by entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurial spirit is a valuable asset for any business, and this index recognizes its importance, no matter how much a company has grown. These inspirational businesses can be tracked in real time on Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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first_imgNews | July 28, 2009 NYU School of Medicine Installs ClearVue Prone Breast Table Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content 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 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more July 27, 2009 – Orbital Therapy announces the installation of ClearVue prone breast tables in the radiation therapy department of New York University School of Medicine. Orbital Therapy’s all carbon fiber ClearVue prone position table addresses current and future requirements to deliver this emerging therapy technique. Placing the patient in the prone position reportedly reduces target motion, increases the separation between the target anatomy and critical structures such as lung and heart, and allows for better localization of the treatment area. ClearVue’s patent-pending open design provides visual and treatment access to the breast, allowing the physician to plan and treat from multiple angles. The interchangeable mid-section allows you to quickly change the table configuration using various inserts, available in a number of different sizes and shapes. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read morelast_img read more

Bench Africa has launched a new agent portal in d

first_imgBench Africa has launched a new agent portal, in development and testing for four months and providing agents with a wealth of resources for marketing, training, group development, media and a new home for their popular Safari School training program.Agents can access all of this via the Agent Portal link on the footer of the Bench Africa website ( and create their own unique login on site without need for head office contact.Marketing collateral available to agents includes free to use editorials, graphics and monthly specials with accompanying flyers and Facebook tiles. Likewise, the wealth of Bench’s media content is also available including their virtual reality library for download and sharing. The newest development is the groups booklet, creating a new and easy way for agencies to develop their groups business.  Listing a series of popular group itineraries the new booklet acts like a travel menu, taking the hassle and stress out of planning group itineraries with the added bonus of no financial risk with deposit free itineraries.“It’s really making Africa more accessible to our agents so that they in turn, can make it more accessible to their clients”, said Bench Africa General Manager Martin Edwards. “As always, if there’s anything else an agent would love to have in order to help them develop their Africa business, then let us know and we will work to deliver it.” Bench Africalast_img read more

A new President arrived in Washington bringing wi

first_imgA new President arrived in Washington, bringing with him a promise of transformative change. And, in summer 2009, the spirit of another President returns with the reopening of The Jefferson, Washington, DC, following the historic hotel’s most significant transformation to date. An enlightened renovation of this 99-room Beaux Arts jewel, led by renowned interior architectural and design firm ForrestPerkins, is well on its way to producing the city’s best small luxury hotel. It is destined to once again cater to Washington’s elite and the most discerning travelers – among them U.S. Presidents and power brokers, foreign diplomats and dignitaries, and international celebrities.“The Jefferson has played an integral role in Washington’s political and social circles since the Coolidge presidency,” said veteran hotelier Franck Arnold, who joined the hotel in November 2005 as its managing director. “It is fitting that our own fresh start will coincide with the arrival of a new administration, especially one that has so energized the nation’s capital and the world beyond. Thomas Jefferson once said ‘every generation needs a revolution.’ In that spirit, his namesake hotel will revolutionize Washington’s hospitality scene.”Presiding over the corner of 16th and M Streets, NW, just four blocks north of the White House, the new Jefferson will introduce the mid-Atlantic’s only Spa Suite, as well as expansive top-floor Presidential and Bridal Suites, a restaurant and lounge that promise to be the talk of the town, intimate meeting space, an exclusive spa, and 24-hour fitness facilities. Service will be intuitive, flawless and highly personalized, creating a guest experience reminiscent of a stay at a friend’s grand estate. This sense will be furthered as arriving guests are greeted by a personal butler – there to handle every aspect of their stay – and ushered to comfortable chairs facing a residential-style desk for check-in. If a guest so desires, a more private and expeditious check-in can be completed during the walk to the guest’s room or even within the room itself.The hotel will preserve its original exterior by leading 1920s architect Jules Henri de Sibour. This historic facade reflects a rich legacy dating back to The Jefferson’s opening as a prestigious apartment house in 1923, and its later conversion into a hotel in 1955.Plume, The Jefferson’s fine dining restaurant, is destined to be one of the most sought-after dining destinations in the capital – a showcase for the culinary artistry of its executive chef, Damon Gordon, whose impressive resume includes Alain Ducasse’s Mix in New York City and the Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in his native U.K. Here, guests will dine beneath a 1923 vaulted skylight rediscovered during the hotel’s renovation. A Monticello landscape hand-painted in sepia will grace the silk-covered walls. Tables tucked into private nooks and a welcoming fireplace will create an air of discretion and warmth.Complementing Plume will be an elegant lounge, Quill, whose house-made mixers and herbal-infused alcohols will reintroduce the art of cocktails to Washington. Private dining will be a memorable experience in the Private Cellar, with its plaster groin-vaulted ceilings and a dumbwaiter, inspired by Jefferson’s own, that will convey bottles ordered by guests (selected from more than 1,000 labels on The Jefferson’s extensive wine list) from the cellar to their table. Guests can also gather for tea in the Book Room, whose shelf-lined walls will be stacked with leather-bound books on the Jefferson era as well as signed editions of books by contemporary authors counted among the hotel’s past guests.www.jeffersondc.comlast_img read more

New works underway in Paphos old town 36week deadline

first_imgWork is now underway at the two main car parks in the centre of Paphos old town to create a more modern and convenient space for drivers, according to Paphos municipality.The total cost of the project is €1.3 million and work is expected to be completed within 36 weeks.“The area, road, and its facades along with the two existing car parks, will be redeveloped and the facilities will have a capacity of 100 spaces,” the municipality said.As a symbolic gesture to signify the start of the work, the Mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos, took the seat behind an excavator and demolished a concrete kiosk that existed in the old parking lot.The mayor said that the project was very important as it would unite the shopping centre with Mouttalos, and so contribute to the increase of commercial traffic in the area.“In the context of the redevelopment, all illegality will be removed and the facades of the old and abandoned buildings of the area will be fully renovated,” he said.Since 1880, Feloroglu Street in central Paphos has been the commercial centre of the town where the bazaar was held mainly on Saturdays, said the spokesman.In the early years of the Republic of Cyprus, the road lost its glory and its commercial value, since it is adjacent to the Turkish Cypriot area of Mouttalos, he said.The quarter’s turbulent past saw most of its original Turkish Cypriot inhabitants move north after the Turkish invasion and their homes were given to Greek Cypriot refugees who were forced south.With its legacy of displaced populations, the former Turkish Cypriot quarter of Mouttalos was given a special role in the cultural programme of Pafos2017.Found close to the market in Paphos old town, Mouttalos was until recently neglected, its infrastructure left largely untouched for decades.However, recently the central square was renovated, the narrow roads upgraded and a botanical garden created. And now. Further work on the outskirts will see the area further improved.“After decades of inactivity and abandonment, the municipality of Paphos is currently proceeding with the redevelopment and landscaping of the road and area as part of its development programme,” the mayor said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

News podcast EU Director for climate talks about 2050 target

first_imgThe Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail, brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in local and international – in audio form.Presented by Rosie Charalambous, this week:The EU Commission’s Director for climate change explains the plans to become climate neutral by 2050Two years on from the collapse of talks at Crans Montana, we assess the current situation as regards the island’s reunificationFor more, visit: You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

March office hours with Rep Theis

first_imgState Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton Township will hold district office hours on Tuesday, March 31.Local residents of southern Livingston County can meet Rep. Theis at Two Brothers Coffee in Brighton from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.“I want to be as receptive as possible while serving as state representative because accessibility and responsiveness matter,” Rep. Theis said. “I am very eager to meet with folks in the community and answer any questions or concerns they may have.”Local residents can meet Rep. Theis this month at Two Brothers Coffee located at 423 W. Main St. in Brighton.Theis represents the city of Brighton and Brighton, Genoa, Green Oak, Hamburg and Putnam townships.Those unable to attend office hours can contact Rep. Theis by email at or by calling 1-517-373-1784.### Tags: #SB Categories: News,Theis Newscenter_img 16Mar March office hours with Rep. Theislast_img read more

Rep Markkanen fights to repurpose closed Ojibway Correctional Facility

first_img11Jun Rep. Markkanen fights to repurpose closed Ojibway Correctional Facility Categories: Markkanen News U.P. legislator proposes using former prison as training academyState Rep. Greg Markkanen today said he is fighting to repurpose a vacant Upper Peninsula prison facility.The House’s corrections budget includes funding to study potential locations for a training academy for corrections officers. Markkanen, of Hancock, proposed an amendment adding the former Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County’s Marenisco Township to the list of locations under consideration.“The closure of the Ojibway prison devastated the surrounding communities,” Markkanen said. “Rather than letting the vacant facility continue to deteriorate and turn into a community eyesore, we now have a chance to breathe new life into the building and fulfill the state’s need for a training facility.”The amended corrections budget passed the House today, advancing it to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

New Orleans Becomes Nations First AllCharter School System

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares May 28, 2014; Washington PostIt is hard to believe, but the New Orleans public school system—nominally the New Orleans Recovery School District—is entirely comprised of charter schools. After Katrina had devastated the entire New Orleans public school system, the state created the Recovery School District to run the system, and in doing so placed its bets on charter schools. This coming school year, all 33,000 pupils in the school district will have to apply for slots in the district’s 58 charter schools rather than enrolling in now non-existent neighborhood schools.There’s no question in anyone’s mind that the Big Easy’s school system prior to Katrina was in terrible shape. For some observers, the storm allowed them to wipe away the existing infrastructure in one fell swoop rather than having to pursue the education reform battles of charter school advocates elsewhere in the nation.Charter school proponents exulted now that the all-charter conversion milestone has been reached. “We’ve reinvented how schools run,” said Neerav Kingsland of New Schools for New Orleans, which has been a lead promoter of the charter conversion process in New Orleans. “If I am unhappy with service I’m getting in a school, I can pull my kid out and go to another school tomorrow. I don’t have to wait four years for an election cycle so I can vote for one member of a seven-member board that historically has been corrupt.”According to the Post, the Orleans Parish school district fired some 7,000 employees after Katrina, most of them African-American, while the teachers hired for the charters have been much more demographically white, many drawn from Teach for America. The fired teachers have won a judgment for wrongful termination, with expected penalties and compensation to amount to more than $1 billion. Other racial issues have been surfacing, such as a federal civil rights complaint filed recently that New Orleans funneled white students into the better charter schools and shunted black pupils into the worst schools.Given the pre-Katrina performance of the school system, it would be next to impossible for the new charter schools to have performed worse. Student performance on standardized math and reading has increased from 23 percent in 2007 to 57 percent in 2013 performing at grade level. However, improvements in school performance have been accompanied by massive infusions of federal money aimed at rebuilding the school system after Katrina, supplemented by generous grants from education reform funders like the Walton Family Foundation that perceive New Orleans as a grand and unique experiment for pursuing their agendas.While New Orleanians are generally pleased with the reported improvements in school performance indicators, polls suggest that they are not wholly taken with the privatization of the school system, the end of neighborhood schools, or the loss of parental control over charter schools themselves. However, it appears that all of the New Orleans charters are managed by nonprofits, so at least for the moment not subject to charges that they are enriching private, for-profit school managers.Building on their success in converting the New Orleans system, Kingsland and others are moving to replicate the model of an all-charter system in other cities. It may be that Katrina made New Orleans unique, and ed reform advocates might find other cities less easy to convince.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Is There Ever a Time for Separate but Equal Schools

first_imgShare14TweetShareEmail14 SharesFriendship Academy of the Arts.July 26, 2018; MinnPostAt the beginning of the year, a Minnesota state supreme court justice asked, “Can a segregated school system ever constitute a general and uniform system of education?” That perhaps-surprising query was raised as the court took on the question of whether to allow a suit (Cruz-Guzman vs. State of Minnesota) brought by parents of students in the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts to proceed.Central to the suit was the plaintiffs’ claim that district boundaries, along with a system of open enrollment and charter schools, resulted in racially and economically segregated schools that violated the state’s obligation to provide equal educational opportunities to all students. Those who opposed the suit—and were disappointed by the decision—strongly felt that, in the end, parental choice and cultural affinity were more important than diversity.Dr. Charvez Russell, the executive director of Friendship Academy of the Arts, a charter school that serves a student body that’s more than 80 percent Black and low-income, sees the suit as dangerous to the population he serves. According to MinnPost, Dr. Russell calls the case “misguided” in “focusing exclusively on the racial makeup of a school, without actually looking at what the students are actually doing in the school.”The truth is that schools that are integrated on paper too often track white students and students of color into disparate opportunities and outcomes…The truth is an environment like Friendship Academy serves students of color much better, which is why parents choose us.Civil-rights attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds told MinnPost it was important to recognize the “distinction between a segregated environment that is forced upon someone as a result of their race and their socio-economic status versus culturally affirming schools.”They seem to be lumping in culturally affirming school environments with traditional public schools in urban environments. It’s wiping away parent choice and autonomy, in terms of knowing what is in the best interest of our kids—as far as a school learning environment—and what is not. The courts need to hear from parents who have chosen culturally affirming environments, so that they see that parents are conscious in making these decisions and that our children are faring much better, in many respects.For parents who see their children thriving in a school that cater directly to the needs of students of color, it seems natural to want to keep that opportunity alive. Too often, these are the students who have been asked to travel to white schools—ones not happy to receive them—as the cost of integration. Levy-Pounds noted that it was “Black children who were forcibly bused to school in predominantly white communities and endured racism from their peers, teachers and classmates’ parents. So that is terrifying for many African American parents, to think about the government forcing us to send our children to environments that are unprepared for them, that do not want them there.”The dilemma is not new. Last December, NPQ noted that,For individuals who are concerned about children and their education, charter schools are an opportunity. Forming a nonprofit organization to operate one or more charter schools is a more direct way to do good than engaging in the often-messy political process required to change traditional public schools from within.Shifting focus from cities and school districts to individual schools may benefit some, but there’s an apparent unintended and unwelcome impact on the nature of the larger communities where the schools are embedded.Friendship of the Arts is seemingly a case in point. Students attending the school benefit, but the implications for Twin Cities public schools are more complicated.Have we reached a point where the nation’s effort of more than 50 years to build a truly fair and integrated school system should be deemed a failure? Rather than keep battling to convince white parents to end their efforts to outflank integration plans, is it time to stop, allowing “choice” for all parents even if it keeps rich and poor or black and white students from occupying the same schoolrooms? If we think integrated schools have a value, is it time to reconsider our strategies and place the human cost of integration more equitably on black and white children?These questions are neither easy or comfortable, but, as the reactions to this court case indicate, we need to ask them.—Martin LevineShare14TweetShareEmail14 Shareslast_img read more

Al Jazeera has chosen commercial broadcaster TF1 t

first_imgAl Jazeera has chosen commercial broadcaster TF1 to sell advertising for its new French sports channels.TF1 won the contract to sell ads on the Be In Sport 1 and 2 channels after a competitive bidding process that included Lagardère and France Télévisions. The channels are expected to launch at the beginning of June ahead of the Euro 2012 football tournament.last_img

AE Networks and Canal Group will launch multipl

first_imgA+E Networks and Canal+ Group will launch “multiple channels” in the second part of 2013 as part of a long-term strategic partnership between the two firms in France.The channels will launch through the Planet+ factual group on the CanalSat pay TV platform with exclusive access to A+E Networks’ catalogue of factual entertainment programming.A+E Networks will continue to distribute its content through Canal+ Group’s DTT channels  D8 and D17, which it launched last year. The two firms said they will also work together to develop digital opportunities in France.“We have enjoyed a successful content relationship across D8 and the Planete+ channels, and we believe this new partnership will create significant growth opportunities for both companies,” said Dean Possenniskie, managing director, EMEA, A+E Networks.“This agreement will enable us to significantly enhance our offer of programs and promote one of the best international factual and entertainment brands to our subscribers,” added Canal+ director of factual channels Olivier Stroh.A+E said the partnership completes its Western European footprint of networks, but would not give more details at this stage about the planned channels. The firm currently operates 57 channels outside the US in over 150 territories, reaching more than 330 million subscribers in 38 languages.last_img read more

Netflix will launch on three US cable TV systems n

first_imgNetflix will launch on three US cable TV systems next week.The streaming service will be integrated with the TiVo settops of small MSOs Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN Telecom Services, marking a significant US first for Netflix.Internationally Netflix has already integrated with Virgin Media’s TiVo service in the UK and that of Swedish cabler Com Hem. It is also available in Denmark on the Waoo! Platform, but the three US deals are the first for Netflix in its domestic and largest market.The deal means about 720,000 cable customers in the US will be able to subscribe to and access Netflix’s service via their existing pay TV subscription. The billing relationship will be between Netflix and the customer not bundled with the pay TV subscription.RCN Telecoms reaches Boston, Chicago, Washington, New York and Philadelphia and has about 350,000 subs while Grande Communications is based and serves 140,000 customers in Texas.Massachusetts-based Atlantic Broadband, meanwhile, is currently ranked the thirteenth largest cabler in the US with 230,000 subs.Netflix has said it will seek partnerships with cablers that offer TiVo services before branching out and offering its service via other pay TV systems. It is widely reported to have held talks with a range of US cablers.last_img read more