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Quebec Liberal byelection candidate quits race amid harassment claims

first_imgQUEBEC – The Quebec Liberal party candidate for a Quebec City byelection on Oct. 2 has pulled out of the race amid claims that he psychologically harassed employees of a company where he previously worked.Eric Tetrault took his name off the ballot in the Louis-Hebert riding on Wednesday night after spending the day defending himself against the allegations.The Quebec Liberal party — which had rallied behind its candidate — confirmed on Twitter that Tetrault had pulled out, adding it would make no further comment at this time.Montreal La Presse had reported Wednesday that Tetrault was the subject of a psychological harassment complaint while serving as director of public affairs for ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company.Tetrault acknowledged the contents of the report but told some Quebec City media no formal complaint was filed following the probe.La Presse said the report commissioned by ArcelorMittal’s top brass concluded Tetrault’s behaviour toward women was uncalled for and that he would comment on their physical appearance.It also said he intimidated other employees and was the reason three people took sick leave.Tetrault apologized Wednesday, saying his behaviour was “improper” and admitting to being “abrasive” and a bit “forthright” with members of his team.He said ArcelorMittal executives were under pressure at the time and that he had made the “common mistake” of transferring that pressure to employees.Several Liberal cabinet ministers came to Tetrault’s defence Wednesday and he said he hopes to remain the party’s candidate.Tetrault earlier said he had the support of Premier Philippe Couillard and had discussed the matter with him on Tuesday night.Tetrault is the second candidate to withdraw from the race in Louis-Hebert.Normand Sauvageau, who was running for the Coalition for Quebec’s Future, said Wednesday that he was dropping out after receiving a call from a reporter earlier in the day regarding his early retirement in 2016.“I realized at that point just how essential it is for a candidate in an election to be open,” he said in a statement.“More than a year ago, after a 39-year career, I retired in difficult circumstances in terms of labour relations. When I filed my candidacy, I did not tell the Coalition about important facts surrounding my departure.”last_img read more

Polisario Accuses Morocco and France of Plotting to Sabotage EU-AU Summit

Rabat- The Algeria-backed Polisario Front has once again accused Morocco and France of hatching plots against the separatist organization.The so-called Minister of Foreign Affairs of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, has expressed anger at French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s statements earlier this month regarding the Africa-European Union Forum.During his visit to Rabat, the French chief diplomat said that the selection of participating countries, to be held in Ivory Coast in late November, must take into account “the realities of sovereign countries.” You Don’t Know Where Your Interests LieThe statement was interpreted by Polisario as evidence of French opposition to SADR’s participation in the conference. Pro-Polisario Algerian media also reported that Rabat and Paris were “conniving” to derail the participation of the separatist entity in the summit.In an interview with Algérie Patriotique, an online media outlet owned by the son of retired Algerian army general Khalid Nizar, Ould Salek accused France of having a condescending attitude towards the African continent.“We are hoping that France will not look down at Africa. This is how it behaves. The recent statements by the French Minister Le Drian unfortunately prove the tendency of some French officials to swim against the current and link their interests and those of France with the Moroccan monarchy, which goes against the aspirations of the whole of Africa,” he said.Ould Salek argued that France – a member of the EU, which seeks cooperation with the African Union (AU) – is going against its own interests by choosing to side with Morocco.“This [EU-AU] cooperation is based on the principle of equality between the two organizations and on a policy of fruitful cooperation for Europe as well as Africa,” he said.The leading Polisario member the reiterated claims made earlier in September by Algeria’s ambassador to Brussels, Amar Belani, who said that joint conference, formerly called “EU-Africa summit” before it was re-labeled as the “EU-AU” summit, would see the participation of SADR. The latter, being a member of the African organization, would be allowed to attend.These claims have been refuted by Moroccan online media outlet Le Desk, citing an unnamed source from Brussels, the EU capital.“As was always the case with preceding summits, Algerians pushed for an inclusion of SADR, but no change was made in that regard,” the source said.Self-Assurance or Self-DenialIn the interview with Algérie Patriotique, Ould Salek seemed very assured of SADR’s imminent participation in the summit. Presenting SADR’s absence from previous summits as a choice, he said he did not see why it would not take part in the upcoming event if it wanted to.Ould Salek also claimed that a Moroccan delegation had rushed to Brussels in an attempt to convince the EU not to invite SADR to the summit.“The EU officials sent the Moroccans packing, telling them to refer to the AU,” he said.He added to the claim another when he said that “in Africa, only Ivory Coast, a country close to France, supports Morocco.”This claim appears ungrounded, as Morocco has several allies in Africa who support the kingdom in the issue of the disputed Western Sahara, such as Senegal and Gabon.During the first faceoff between Morocco and SADR in the AU since Morocco first rejoined the organization in late January, it turned out that the kingdom had more allies that the separatist force and its traditional backers.When Morocco asked in July for a modification in a report’s paragraph referring to Western Sahara as “occupied territories” during a meeting of the Executive Council, 16 member states supported Morocco’s request while only six defended Polisario’s position.Ould Salek presented support for SADR’s participation in the summit as a decision unanimously agreed-upon by the AU member states, even though only 16 countries out of the organization’s 55 members recognize SADR.Still, the representative of Polisario, an organization that depends on the support of AU members with notable influence such as South Africa and Algeria, spoke with striking self-assurance.“It’s obligatory to hold the summit in Abidjan if Ivory Coast, for some reason or another, isn’t disposed to do so,” he said, suggesting that “at least 15” other African capitals would be willing to host the event.As for any attempts by states like France to block SADR’s participation, Ould Salek said with same self-assured tone that their endeavors are “doomed to fail.”The upcoming weeks will prove whether the Polisario minister’s self-assurance has a solid basis or it is rather an expression of self-denial. read more

UN encourages Haitians to reach consensus on new government

4 August 2011The United Nations has encouraged all political actors in Haiti to search for a consensus amid the ongoing struggle between President Michel Martelly and Parliament over the confirmation of a new prime minister. In a news release issued on Wednesday, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) took note of Parliament’s decision to reject the choice of Bernard Gousse – the second time the legislative body has rejected the nomination of a prime minister designated by the President since his inauguration on 14 May. “MINUSTAH is concerned about the absence of a government in Haiti for almost three months,” the mission stated. “This limits the State’s ability to implement its programmes, to guide the reconstruction process, and to meet its responsibilities towards the people of Haiti.” The country, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, is still struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced 2.3 million others. It is also currently bracing itself for what is likely to be the first of several storms of this year’s hurricane season. “MINUSTAH respectfully reminds all political players in the country of their responsibility to work in the best interests of the nation,” the mission said. “As the hurricane season starts, MINUSTAH encourages all political actors to negotiate and search for a consensus which would lead to the good governance of Haiti,” it added. MINUSTAH has been on the ground in Haiti since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest. read more

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao to table 201516 budget today

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao to table 2015-16 budget today by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 26, 2015 2:00 am MDT QUEBEC – Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao is promising the province’s 2015-16 budget to be tabled today will contain no increases in taxes or fees.Leitao is expected to introduce a balanced budget after several years of provincial deficits.He says he thinks it will leave Quebecers generally happy.The finance minister said Wednesday that getting rid of red ink is crucial to spurring economic growth in Quebec.Premier Philippe Couillard’s government has been on a cost-cutting drive since taking power last April.That has angered various labour, social and student groups and triggered numerous anti-austerity protests aimed at forcing the government to backtrack. read more

Building pathways for HELE in Indonesia

first_imgMilagros Miranda, World Coal Association (WCA) Policy Director writes: “There is no doubt that the Paris Agreement delivered at last year’s COP21 negotiations represented a landmark accomplishment. The success of the Paris Agreement was founded on the national climate pledges submitted in the lead up to the event. Known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) submissions will act as strategic roadmaps for climate action by incorporating environmental imperatives with economic and development objectives.With the necessary level of support, as detailed in the INDC, Indonesia will reduce emissions by 41% against the business as usual scenario by 2030. To support the goals of universal access to energy, energy security, social and economic development, Indonesia will also increase coal-fired power generation by over 160% in the next decade.In 2014, to support the deployment of high efficiency, low emission (HELE) technology in countries, such as Indonesia, the WCA established the Platform to Accelerate Coal Efficiency (PACE) concept. PACE seeks to drive the mobilisation of finance and technological to support HELE deployment. As an industry, we are committed to supporting countries, in particular developing countries that choose to use coal-fired power generation to do so in the most efficient manner and at the lowest emissions profile possible.Indonesia is the world’s fourth-largest coal producer. As the country will continue to use coal to meet its increasing energy demand, it will need to deploy HELE coal technologies.HELE coal technologies are important mitigation tools that will strengthen Indonesia’s ability to deliver its INDC commitments and implement the Paris Agreement, while supporting the delivery of electricity access for all its population.As part of PACE, the WCA will be holding a workshop in Jakarta titled Building pathways for high efficiency low emissions coal technology in Indonesia. The workshop has two objectives:1.To identify Indonesia’s challenges concerning HELE coal technologies deployment.2.To elaborate a HELE roadmap for the country, identifying solutions and cooperative arrangements.The workshop will promote knowledge and technology transfer to support development and deployment of HELE coal technologies, in particular supercritical and ultra-supercritical technologies.Clearly, Indonesia requires a low emission pathway for coal to ensure the integration of climate, energy and economic policy. This begins with deployment of HELE power generation using technology that is available today. These facilities are being built rapidly and emit 25-33% less CO2 and significantly reduce or eliminate emissions, such as oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, and particulates.last_img read more

Pressure is constant at PSG Thomas Meunier

first_imgFor the Paris Saint-Germain defender believes his side is doing great things in the French Ligue 1 and can just get better in the futureThomas Meunier has been with French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain since 2016.The defender has scored five goals in 46 matches played with the team.And now, he is part of a squad that has a nine-match perfect run in the league and is feeling the pressure.“Pressure is constant at a club like Paris Saint-Germain. It’s a big club, a big city… All eyes are on us,” he told the team’s official website.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Here, you have to handle the pressure. It’s becoming a habit. You quickly get used to it. Pressure? You must try not to feel it and think about what people will think if you make a mess of a pass. You have to feel the pressure in relation to yourself.”“I can get annoyed with a teammate for a bad pass and then congratulate him five seconds later for a successful one. It’s just nervous tension, which is normal on the pitch, the desire to do well, that everything works,” he explained.“It’s the spirit of competition, always trying to find the right solution. Having said that, not everything can be perfect, it’s almost impossible.”“In a team like ours, you can allow yourself to ask a little more than in another because there are some very talented players here who have more quality,” he concluded.last_img read more

ChoupoMoting and Mbappé share joy after Sunday match victory

first_imgParis Saint-Germain forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has described their club’s 2-0 win against Marseille on Sunday as classic while teammate forward Kylian Mbappe adds that their side needed the victory.“It was a Classique, so we had to battle, win challenges and be focussed right to the end. Kylian came off the bench and turn the game, but the whole team put in a lot of effort,” Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting said via club’s official website.I’m very happy to have won my first Classique. In the first half, it was difficult to create chances and I worked for the team. The most important thing is to have won, all together. I’m proud to have played this game and helped the team,” he added.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“The team needed this win. A great team relies on its leaders and they need to make the difference at key times. I think I can take on that role and I did it today. We have to keep going and stay on the right track. We know that Marseille have a lot of impact at home,” Kylian Mbappé speaking to Canal+ via club’s official website.“Today, they showed they’re a team that plays good football. They had a number of situations where we were in difficulty, they deserve credit, but we were clinical and came away with the win,” he added.last_img read more

Emiliano Sala latest Search mission suspended again

first_imgThe Guernsey Police Department has announced they have suspended the search and rescue mission to find Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.The search for Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and English pilot David Ibbotson has been suspended for the third consecutive night.Both were onboard a light aircraft that disappeared from the radar when traveling over the English Channel.They left the French city of Nantes on Monday and should have landed at night in the Welsh capital of Cardiff as he was supposed to train with Cardiff City on Tuesday for the first time.The search and rescue mission was suspended on Monday, Tuesday and now Wednesday night, and the police from France and England will see tomorrow if they will continue or not.“280 square miles of our targeted search pattern using multiple aircraft from the Channel Islands, France and U.K. have been completed over the last five hours,” wrote the Guernsey Police on Twitter.“There is as yet no trace today of the missing aircraft.”“After an intensive search using multiple aircraft and one lifeboat over the last nine hours, we have found no trace of the missing plane,” they added.“A decision about whether to recommence will be taken early tomorrow morning.”“There will be no further updates tonight,” they concluded.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.Meanwhile, audio with his last words before the disappearance was published in different media.But friends and family talked to Estudio Futbol in Argentina about it.“We regret the publication of a private message,” they said.“It was audio supposed to be heard only by a group of friends.”“We want the search to continue until the last consequences,” they added.2/2A decision about whether to recommence will be taken early tomorrow morning.There will be no further updates tonight— Guernsey Police (@GuernseyPolice) January 23, 2019last_img read more

Robbie Fowler interested in managing Bristol Rovers

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has revealed his interest in becoming the manager at League One club Bristol Rovers.This week, Darrell Clarke left Bristol Rovers, leaving the manager role empty and Fowler is keen on taking the position.“I’ve thrown in a few [CVs] over the years, still waiting for a call! Bristol Rovers has obviously come up; would I be interested?” Fowler told Sky Sports.“Of course, I would! I went over to Thailand and loved being a manager. People in this country think I’m inexperienced but I’ve done it before.“I came home, did all my badges, I’m properly, properly qualified, so I think it’s just a case of watch this space.”Transfer: Liverpool reject Fiorentina bid for striker George Patchias – August 28, 2019 Liverpool has rejected a loan offer from Fiorentina for teenage sensation Bobby Duncan.There are reports from both Metro.co.uk and Sky Sports, that Italian Serie A…Despite his eagerness to manage, Fowler hasn’t received any call-backs for job applications, and he blames his lack of experience.“No, none whatsoever. I think it goes down to inexperience,” he said.“What I’ve had back is: ‘You’ve got money, so why do you need to do it?’ I love the game, so it’s not all about that.”last_img read more

Former poor farm gets national historic designation

first_imgThe site of the former Clark County Poor Farm has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.The property at 1919 N.E. 78th St. in Hazel Dell now is known as the 78th Street Heritage Farm.The national historic listing follows a state designation two months ago, when the site was added to the Washington Heritage Register.In an era before the social safety net, Clark County operated a poor farm on the site from as early as 1873 until 1943.The 99-acre site is historically significant for its association with social welfare and poor-farm relief programs, Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer, said in a news release.“Counties operated poor farms throughout the United States until the system was reorganized in the 1930s, and then largely discontinued following the Roosevelt administration’s passage and implementation of Social Security legislation,” Brooks said.The most prominent feature of the site is a beige building on the south side of 78th Street. The two-story landmark was built in 1926 in a design influenced by Italian Renaissance style. It’s currently home to the offices of Washington State University Clark County Extension.“The poor farm in Clark County is the best and most intact example of the poor-farm system in the state,” Michael Houser, state architectural historian, said after it was listed in the state register in November.“It is the first — and most likely the only one — to be listed” in the state register, Houser said.After several decades as a university-operated agricultural research station, the site was returned to the county in 2008.last_img read more

MiamiDade Police officers honored for valor in community

first_imgSome of Miami-Dade’s finest were given high honors for going above and beyond their call of duty in the community.The officers were awarded by Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez during a ceremony held in Doral, Tuesday morning.Some awards included the Silver Medal of Valor, the Lifesaving Award and the Bronze Medal of Valor, which were given to detectives Jimmy Obando, Rashad Adderly and Christian Campo, respectively.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Will CSO Magazine Follow in CMOs Footsteps

first_imgThe April issue of CSO was down to 5 paid ad pages (6, if you count association pages or trade shows—I don’t) and the total folio was a slender 40 pages. There were 10 ad pages in March, coinciding with a major industry show issue, but only 6 pages the month before. December’s total was 15.3. October 2007—with a redesign—totaled 14.3. In healthier times, October 2006, they sold 29.5 pages.So what’s happening? Could be that that the sales team has conceded the fight for print and is selling online products harder? I have no doubt that CSO has a robust online business. It may even keep the magazine alive for a while. But what of editorial quality? Do advertisers care anymore?UPDATE: Just got a call from Bob Bragdon, publisher of CSO, and he assures me the franchise is doing very well (with the robust online activity I had guessed at) and that the print product is indeed profitable. That’s good. I too want to see good print titles survive. I’ll write about this later but an implied point is that we as an industry have got to figure out how to sell print’s unique benefits so that a great editorial product like CSO is rewarded. That’s the challenge. If anyone needs more proof of the declining value of high quality editorial, this could be it.CSO Magazine, winner of the most recent Grand Neal award for editorial quality, is in trouble. Now, I know nothing about this directly, but I have this old fashioned habit I can’t get rid of. I count ad pages. And from my hand counts, advertisers could care less about editorial quality.You may remember the story of IDG’s CMO Magazine. Lots of fanfare, seemingly invincible target along with the side benefit of having the advertiser base as part of the readership. And it immediately sashayed its way into multiple Neal Award nominations in 2006. Only problem was, IDG had already shuttered it, due to lack of interest by advertisers. (ABM scrambled and at least did not let them win any awards.)last_img read more

Houston Police Chief Debates SB4 At Latino Town Hall

first_img Share – / 4Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and political party leaders clashed over Texas’s anti-sanctuary city law at a town hall assembled by Houston Public Media partnering with Univision. Panelists debated current state and federal policies that affect the Houston Latino community, including SB4, also known as the “sanctuary cities” bill,  and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In the conversation on local policy, Julio Torres, from the Harris County GOP, said the Republican Party supports the controversial SB4. He said, “Law enforcement are going to be helped by pushing the law to the extent where the citizens of Texas are going to be protected.”Houston’s Police Chief Art Acevedo disagreed. “I have to take exception with that,” he said. “Law enforcement was very loud and very clear in our opposition to SB4. This law is hurting public safety.” Carlos Duarte, the Texas State Director of Mi Familia Vota, also participated in the panel. According to Duarte, “Texas has really become ground zero for the immigration fight.” Acevedo challenged Texas lawmakers to focus immigration policy on the employers of undocumented immigrants, not the immigrants themselves.In a panel discussion on DACA, Cassandra Luevano of the Texas GOP said, “These conversations with leaders from both sides need to happen more often.” The town hall was hosted by Univision’s Osvaldo Corral and author Gabriela Natale. The live broadcast aired on TV 8 and is part of Houston Public Media’s DiverseCity, a yearlong initiative focusing on what it means to be the most diverse metropolitan area in the country.last_img read more

Batts to Police Union in Private Meeting I Will Not Support Bill

first_imgBaltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts assured police union officials that he would not support any changes to the law enforcement officers bill of rights (LEOBR) during a private meeting, according to testimony presented before the House Judiciary Committee last week.Law enforcement and community members from around the state fill the House Judiciary Committee hearing room in anticipation of testimony on a slate of law enforcement reform bills last Thursday in Annapolis. (AFRO/Photo by Roberto Alejandro)On March 12, the committee heard testimony on HB 968, which would amend Maryland’s law enforcement officers’ bill of rights in a number of ways, including allowing police chiefs and commissioners to intervene earlier in the discipline of officers than the law currently allows.While testifying in opposition to the bill, Herbert Weiner, general counsel of the Maryland State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, addressed an earlier claim by Del. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore City) that Batts had told her his hands were tied where the discipline of officers was concerned.“There’s a statement that said that the police commissioner of Baltimore City made mention to the delegate that he felt his hands were tied with discipline,” said Weiner. “That may have been a correct statement when he said it, but subsequent to that, myself and the union president of Baltimore City [Gene Ryan] had an hour-and-a-half meeting with Commissioner Batts, and at the conclusion of that meeting, after he listened to what we had to say, he said, ‘I will not support any legislation that seeks to modify the law enforcement officers bill of rights, and nor will I appear in Annapolis for any committee in support of that.’”Weiner repeated the claim about Batts later in the hearing in response to questioning from Del. John Cluster Jr. (R-Baltimore County).“[Batts] just looked me in the eye and shook my hand and he said, ‘I’m not going to support any modification to the bill of rights.’ I told him it doesn’t impede your ability (to discipline officers), he asked me to explain why, and I did, and he accepted it. He shook my hand, he said, ‘I’m not going to support the testimony and I’m not coming to Annapolis.’ I haven’t seen him here in two hearings,” said Weiner, who testified that the meeting in question occurred “several months ago.”On Oct. 6, 2014, the Baltimore Police Department released a report titled, “Preventing Harm” addressing how the department could improve its relationship with the Baltimore community. The report called for increasing the commissioner’s authority in the department’s internal disciplinary process.“Currently, once IAD makes a sustained finding, the case is forwarded to the Charging Committee. The Charging Committee makes a punishment recommendation to the accused officer. The officer either accepts the punishment, or requests an Administrative Hearing Board,” the report read. “This process completely bypasses the Police Commissioner, i.e., the Police Commissioner has no say in the punishment. Currently, the Police Commissioner only has a say once the case has been adjudicated guilty at an Administrative Hearing Board.“The recommendation is that the Chief of IAD submits a recommended punishment to the Charging Committee. The Charging Committee’s recommendation is then forwarded to the Police Commissioner, or his designee, for his final agreement to the recommended punishment.”If Weiner’s claims are true, then it would appear that Batts no longer agrees with this recommendation. Further, and especially if Weiner is correct about the timing of the meeting between himself, Ryan, and Batts, then the commissioner has continued to make public statements indicating he feels his hands are tied where discipline is concerned after he made assurances to union officials that he was comfortable with the disciplinary process as governed by the LEOBR.According to WBAL-TV, the commissioner met with a group of reporters on Feb. 4 and said, “The reality is, if [an officer] go[es] to a trial board (adjudicating a misconduct claim) and you are found innocent of those charges, there is nothing I can do with those. I can’t touch them. I can’t increase them. I have no impact on them whatsoever.”Asked at that meeting with reporters whether he would testify in Annapolis in support of reforms to the LEOBR, WBAL-TV reports that Batts said, “Well, let’s see if I get called.”During an interview with the AFRO conducted on Jan. 28 and published on Feb. 5, Batts avoided addressing questions about the LEOBR directly, telling the AFRO, “I’m not going to get into the law enforcement [officers] bill of rights for a couple different reasons, and what I share is that a lot of states have law enforcement bill of rights. It’s up to the legislators to take a look—I think the one in Maryland started in 1972. It’s been around for a long period of time, and I think it could—just like any other law or policy that dictates for a state, it is incumbent upon our legislators to sit down and craft documents, or overarching documents that fit their constituency. I come from California, that has a different law enforcement bill of rights than the state of Maryland, but there again, I wasn’t part of identifying those. Those were laws that are put in place for different reasons—to protect police officer rights, and also to protect citizen rights—and it’s up to the legislator to balance those.”Batts made clear during that interview that he was taking no position on the LEOBR, a position at odds with what Weiner claims he told union officials, and one that undermines the recommendation from the “Preventing Harm” report, mentioned above, which would require changes to the LEOBR in order to be implemented.The AFRO reached out to the Baltimore Police Department in order to verify the accuracy of Weiner’s testimony but received no reply prior to publication.Maryland’s LEOBR was passed in 1974. According to the testimony of David Rocah, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Maryland, last Thursday at the same hearing at which Weiner spoke, 14 states including Maryland have law enforcement officers’ bill of rights.ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Geek Pick Alienware Area51m Is An Interstellar Gaming Laptop

first_imgGeek Pick: Dolby Dimension Headphones Let You Actively Listen to MoviesGeek Pick: GoPro Hero7 Black Is a Radical Streaming CameraGeek Pick: Razer Blade Stealth Is an Ultraportable Dream Gaming PC Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet The Alienware Area-51m is by every other conceivable metric a gaming desktop. Just look at the specs. It has an eight-core Intel Core i9-9900K processor you can overclock. It comes with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. The ventilation system allows these components to operate at their maximum potential without fear of overheating. The result is a level performance that really does rival high-end gaming desktop PCs.Alienware hasn’t forgotten about the design of the laptop itself, either. Yes the Area-51m is very big. The screen is 17-inch inches (144Hz with eye tracking but no 4K option) and the body has to accommodate sizable chunks like the fans and open spots for three different drives (although no SD card slot). But a big boy can also be beautiful. And with its overall and sleek and futuristic design, including light-up keyboard, the Area-51m lives up to its sci-fi Alienware branding.Something had to give though when making a device this strong and with the Area-51m it’s price (the laptop starts at over $2,000) and actual portability. This laptop is big and heavy. It’s battery life is short. And it needs two power bricks to work. So you’ll mostly be using it like a desktop. But that power though…For more on the Alienware Area-51m check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on Alienware read about that one time we went to a party of theirs in L.A.More on Geek.com: Stay on target Conventional tech wisdom says that gaming laptops by their very nature can’t be as powerful as their desktop counterparts. In order to make a device you can actually use on your lap, the manufacturer just has to sacrifice the beefiest components and graphics cards.But that’s just conventional wisdom. If a manufacturer is truly ambitious enough there’s nothing actually stopping them from making a gaming laptop with desktop-level power. And ambitious longtime gaming PC maker Alienware has done just that with the new Area-51m.last_img read more

Mozilla working on Firefox Picture in Picture mode

first_imgMozilla working on Firefox Picture in Picture mode by Martin Brinkmann on February 18, 2019 in Firefox – 10 commentsMozilla plans to integrate a picture in picture mode in the organization’s Firefox web browser to play videos in a separate always-on-top frame on the desktop.Picture in Picture mode offers two main advantages over watching videos on the webpage they are embedded on: the picture in picture frame is distraction free and acts completely independent.It may be easier in some situations to use the viewing mode to watch a video in a small window on the desktop. While it is certainly possible to achieve the same using “full” browser windows, e.g. by positioning them accordingly, or by using third-party players, it may often be easier to use picture-in-picture for that.Google integrated a picture-in-picture mode in the company’s Chrome browser in 2018, and several other Chromium-based browsers, such as Vivaldi, support the functionality as well.Mozilla implemented picture in picture mode functionality in Firefox Nightly already (but partially at this point). Firefox users who run the cutting edge development version of Firefox may use it play videos that are embedded on sites in a smaller window; this looks like the following:screenshot from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mmNzfXg6sMFirefox’s Picture in Picture mode works on multiple sites including YouTube and Dailymotion. All that it takes is to right-click on the video — in the case of YouTube twice to skip the custom right-click menu on the site — to display the Picture in Picture option and select it.The window offers no controls currently, not even an option to close it using UI elements. You may select close when you right-click on the frame, however. The frame can be resized using the mouse and it is always on top at this point.Picture in Picture mode is still in development; sound is not working right now and the bug listing on Mozilla’s bug tracking website lists two more milestones for the feature.The feature is not enabled by default amd Firefox users need to make a configuration change to enable it before they may use it.Mozilla won’t implement the Picture in Picture WebAPI draft in Firefox at this point in time.Control Picture in Picture mode in FirefoxLoad about:config in the Firefox address bar.Confirm that you will be careful if a warning is displayed.Search for media.videocontrols.picture-in-picture.enabledDouble-click on the preference (or use toggle) to change its value.A value of True means that Picture in Picture mode is enabled in Firefox, a value of False that the feature is disabled.Closing WordsMozilla launched the Min Vid Test Pilot experiment back in 2016 which introduced a picture in picture mode in the Firefox browser. The new implementation appears to be unrelated to the experiment. The Test Pilot program ended in January 2019.The target version of Firefox to support Picture in Picture mode natively has not been revealed yet.Now You: Do you use picture in picture mode? How popular do you think the mode is? (via Techdows)SummaryArticle NameMozilla working on Firefox Picture in Picture modeDescriptionMozilla plans to integrate a picture in picture mode in the organization’s Firefox web browser to play videos in a separate always-on-top frame on the desktop.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

7 things you should know about San Francisco Pride 2018

first_imgSan Francisco Pride Parade will take place this Sunday 24 June, kicking off at 10:30am from Embarcadero Station. Walking groups and floats will then parade through Market Street, finishing off in Civic Centre. Floats parading at San Francisco Pride 2010 | Photo: Nader Khouri via San Francisco Travel Association Soni Wolf, co-founder of Dykes on Bikes, dies at 69British actors take down anti-gay protesters during Manchester Pride paradeAll you need to know about Pride Amsterdam’s suggestive Canal ParadeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/7-things-you-should-know-about-san-francisco-pride-2018/ Planned Parenthood will give a speechPlanned Parenthood’s Dr. Cynthia Gomez will give a speech on the importance of healthcare for people of all genders and sexual orientations.Dr. Karyn Skultety of Openhouse, an organization providing accommodations and services to LGBTI seniors will also take the stage. There will be more than 15 community stagesSan Francisco Pride Parade in 2010 | Photo: Nader Khouri via San Francisco Travel AssociationAlongside the main stage, there will be other community stages to entertain the most diverse crowd, such as:Cheer San Francisco Stage, raising money for those living with HIV and other life-threatening conditions (23-24 June)Deaf & hard-of-hearing Gathering Space (23-24 June)Faerie Freedom Village (23-24 June)Seniors Tell All, a space for LGBTI seniors and youth to talk (23 June)Queer Youth Space (23/24 June)Homo Hip Hop Stage (24 June)Indie Oasis Stage (24 June)Leather Alley (24 June)Women’s Stage (24 June)Find the complete list here.Asexual contingents will be in the paradeAsexuality SF will be among the contingents parading on 24 June.San Francisco Pride was the first march to include an asexual entry in 2009. Asexual contingents have taken part in other parades ever since.In memory of Soni WolfThis year’s Pride will commemorate Soni Wolf, the legendary founder of Dykes on Bikes. Wolf, who fought to trademark the group using the term ‘dyke’, considered derogatory, died of natural causes earlier this year at the age of 69. Notably, her lesbian motorcycling group is among the historical contingents in the parade and led the march in 1976.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… One of the largest and most famous LGBTI celebrations in the US, San Francisco Pride Parade is held every year since 1972. Here are a few things to know before Pride 2018.This year’s theme is Generations of StrengthMore than 280 contingents and 100,000 spectators are expected to take part in this 47th edition, whose theme is Generations of Strength.Marchers will be ready to wave the rainbow flag in the very place where it was invented. The late LGBTI activist Gilbert Baker created the flag, which originally had eight stripes, in 1978 specifically for Pride.Transparent writer Our Lady J is one of the Grand Marshals Transgender rights advocate and Pose and Transparent screenwriter Our Lady J will be one of this year’s Grand Marshals. She will be joined by voguing legends Jose Xtravaganza and Luis Camacho, recruited by Madonna for her 1990 Vogue video and Blonde Ambition Tour.Kehlani will perform on the main stageCalifornian singer Kehlani will perform on the main stage | Photo: You Should Be Here video YouTubeA diverse set of acts will perform on the main stage, located at the steps of City Hall in Civic Center Plaza, for a two-day festival of music, speeches, and entertainment.RuPaul’s Honey Mahogany, voted San Francisco Best Drag by SF Weekly, and Sister Roma will host the concert on 24 June.Singer Kehlani, who identifies as queer, will be the headliner. The Californian artist headlined LA Pride earlier this month when ticket-holders were denied entry due to overcapacity. Various talents will join her on stage, such as Korean-American electro artist Yaeji. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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first_img News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… read more News | Lung Cancer | April 23, 2019 New Study Redefines Therapeutic Dose Guidelines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Non-small cell lung cancer is a common cancer for both men and women. Many people who are diagnosed with this type of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | July 05, 2019 Aktina Medical Partners With Elekta for Global Distribution of Interlocking SRS Cones Aktina Medical announced that Elekta Instrument AB, based in Sweden, will offer and distribute the Aktina line of… read more The picture shows that time series signal is extracted from a series of ultrasound frames for classification. Each patch across a number of frames inside the prostate is classified into either cancerous or normal tissue. The image at the lower right corner shows the overall result for those frames. Image courtesy of Pingkun Yan and researchers from NIH, University of British Columbia and Queens University. News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | November 01, 2018 SBRT Considered Safe Treatment Option for Patients With Multiple Metastases The NRG Oncology clinical trial BR001 tested the hypothesis that stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) could be used… read more The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW. IRay System January 11, 2010 – The first ever masked and sham-controlled study designed to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of investigational stereotactic radiosurgical device for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is now underway at seven European sites.The device delivers radiation dose using the IRay system, a proprietary non-invasive low energy stereotactic X-ray platform that has been in development since early 2007, developed by Oraya Therapeutics, Inc. The IRay system is an investigational stereotactic radiosurgical device designed specifically to treat diseases of the eye. The single organ focus of Oraya’s technology enables precise delivery of low-energy X-rays to treat wet AMD. Designed to maximize patient comfort and precision, the IRay system utilizes a vacuum-coupled contact lens interface, the I-Guide, which holds the eye to maintain stability during treatment, while detecting eye motion. A gating system, which automatically shuts down the device in case of misalignment due to patient movement, is also featured. Because the radiation delivered is low-voltage, comparable to a chest or dental X-ray, the IRay is suitable for use in a typical ophthalmology office setting. The entire patient treatment process requires only a topical anesthetic, and lasts 15 to 20 minutes.The study, and will include a minimum of 150 patients, with approximately one third of those receiving a sham exposure and the remainder receiving radiation dosing of either 16 or 24 Gray (GY).All patients will have standard of care anti-VEGF drug therapy, and the trial is designed and powered to measure the effect of the radiation adjunct on vision outcomes and on the frequency of anti-VEGF injections. Trial endpoints will be evaluated one year post radiation treatment. Over 60 patients have already been treated in a Phase 1 study of the device, and results from that study led to the design and initiation of this newly announced trial.Clinical advisor to Oraya and associate professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University, Darius Moshfeghi, M.D., says data from the Phase 1 study showed an excellent safety profile.Combination therapies as adjuncts to anti-VEGF therapy are showing great promise to improve the overall treatment options and outcomes for wet AMD patients, according Peter Kaiser, M.D., of the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, who is a renowned expert on new therapies for AMD, and participated in the design of Oraya’s European protocol. For more information: /www.orayainc.com/clinicaltrials.asp and www.clinicaltrials.gov (identifier NCT01016873) FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | ASTRO | October 30, 2018 Late-breaking Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials at ASTRO 2018 October 30, 2018 — The American Society for Radioth… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 28, 2019 Improved Imaging for Prostate Cancer Could Lead to More Effective Treatment Engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working to improve imaging methods in order to make medicine more… read more Related Content News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | January 31, 2019 Stereotactic Radiotherapy Improves Long-Term Survival in Stage-IV Cancers The first report from a phase II, multi-center clinical trial indicates stereotactic radiation can extend long-term… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more Amar U. Kishan, M.D., presents data about stereotactic body radiation therapy at ASTRO 2018. Technology | January 11, 2010 Novel Stereotactic Radiosurgery Device Treats AMD in Study News | Radiation Oncology | October 30, 2018 High-dose Radiotherapy Greatly Improves Survival in Patients Once Thought Incurable October 30, 2018 — In the first randomized, phase II clinical trial of its kind, researchers have shown that an aggre read more Feature | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | October 23, 2018 | By Greg Freiherr WEB EXCLUSIVE: SBRT As Safe And Effective As Conventional RT For Some Prostate Cancer Patients With its shorter course of treatment,… read morelast_img read more

Stuba now provides direct contracts to Dubai hotels

first_imgStuba now provides direct contracts to Dubai hotels Dubai – Home to the biggest, fastest, and bestest of everything Dubai: Home to the biggest, tallest, fastest and most unbelievable sites on the planet. Barely a couple of buildings and a few trees only 30 years ago, Dubai itself is a world wonder. Now boasting the worlds tallest building, one of the worlds biggest water parks, and one the best aquariums, Dubai is certifiably family friendly, and a destination in its own right.Stuba has negotiated direct contracts with many of the leading properties in Dubai, providing superb rates for agents and their clients. Happy clients equal repeat business. In a tough and always changing industry, repeat business is the holly grail.Stuba has compiled some of the top family friendly things to do and see in Dubai:Aquaventure Waterpark – With over 17 hectares of water fun, the Aquaventure Waterpark is a destination in its own right. Waterslides, sand pools, zip lines and great food and drink, the park is a multi award winner, winning the Leading waterpark award at the World Travel Awards. Its not super cheap (approx. $105), but your clients will thank you for helping occupying their kids for hours on end.Burj Khalifa – Recognised as one of the most famous buildings in the world, and the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa is over 820 metres tall, including 160 habitable levels. Known as a Vertical City, A Living Wonder, the building took 22 million man-hours to build. An engineering marvel, don’t miss it.Dubai Aquarium – not just an aquarium, but an underwater zoo ! Situation at Dubai Mall, the aquarium is one of the largest in the world and showcases a massive array of sea life. Home to King Croc, one of the largest reptiles on earth, at over 5m long. Kids will love this.  Ski Dubai – located near the Dubai Aquarium in Dubai’s Mall of Emirates, is a genuine, although artificially stocked, ski slope. Ride the toboggan, the bobsled track, and even a chair lift. The Ski Centre has numerous food options to keep the pax well fed and ready for action. NB, Did we mention there is giant snowball ride ? …..and real penguins…… With all that activity, the entire crew will be ready to eat. Some of the best Family oriented restaurants are Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge (medium priced) with top T.A ratings. The Talk Restaurant is another medium priced eatery kids are encouraged to visit. For some adult time and fine dining,  Amaseena is the place to go. Serving Mediterranean / Barbeque / Arabic style, the food is amongst the best in Dubai. Its not cheap…..but then the best rarely is.. Source = STUBA.comlast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Oakland selected Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery second overall, and he would go on to start for seven years and play in 104 games.Fifteen years later, Fitzgerald is 227 games deep in his career and set to break another record.With eight more catches, Fitzgerald will surpass Jerry Rice’s 1,281 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers for the most in NFL history with a single team.“The records are really not that meaningful to me,” Fitzgerald said. “I don’t ever talk about them, I don’t ever go home and talk to my kids, ‘Hey, you know I’ve caught more passes with one team more than anybody in history.’“‘That’s cool, dad, let’s go play lacrosse now.’” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Trent Sherfield (16) makes a catch in front of cornerback Deatrick Nichols (39) during an NFL football practice Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) In the midst of the rookie’s live lessons Sunday, Fitzgerald surpassed Terrell Owens for second on the all-time receiving yards list.“Being able just to share that field with him, I’ll be able to tell my kids I was on the field with Larry when he got that. It’s just a blessing, man. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”FITZ THE RAIDERFitzgerald admitted this week that there was a time when he thought his career could begin with the Raiders.In the 2004 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers drafted Eli Manning first overall and traded him to the New York Giants in a package for quarterback Philip Rivers.The Raiders held the second pick.“Mike Lombardi, who was the general manager at the time, you know, he went to Valley Forge Military Academy where I went,” Fitzgerald said. “We kind of connected at the combine. He kind of told me what he felt about me and the plans they would have if I were to come out there.“I remember right after the Giants drafted and the Raiders were on the clock, Mike actually called me. I was thinking that they were going to take me. He was calling to let me know they were going in another direction. Mr. Davis (Owner Al Davis) decided they were going in another direction. It was a real class move to let me know and I appreciate that.” Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — Garnering buzz throughout training camp, Trent Sherfield wasn’t a surprise to make the Arizona Cardinals’ 53-man roster.The undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt beat out veterans Brice Butler and Greg Little to stick, but he’s needed to be patient as his team forged through the 2-7 season so far.By its actions, Arizona made it clear that youth development alongside future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald was a priority in the wide receiver room. The Cardinals committed to Sherfield, fellow rookie Christian Kirk and second-year pro Chad Williams from the start of the year, but Sherfield was the last of those players to get a chance to play. When it came to that Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, he knew the significance.“It felt good, man, just being able to go out there and get my feet wet a little bit,” he said Friday. “I did OK. I had a few mistakes here and there.”Related LinksCardinals leading tackler, Budda Baker, ruled out against RaidersThe Pat Mahomes Challenge is bad for the worldWeek 11 NFL injury report: Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona CardinalsBené Benwikere continues patching holes for CardinalsSherfield didn’t record a reception, but he’ll get another shot to shine Sunday at State Farm Stadium against the Oakland Raiders as Williams sits out once again due to an ankle injury.Sherfield’s debut beyond special teams duty was a learning experience. Cameras captured him taking cues from Fitzgerald, the 15-year pro in the middle of the game. The rookie said his mistakes in 53 snaps were mostly about recognizing coverages.Spending time with Fitzgerald has been a gift in itself, Sherfield said. The rookie has hit up his veteran about everything from budgeting money to relationship advice.Sherfield is taking in all of that — and his snaps alongside Fitzgerald — as he attempts to build on the beginnings of his own career.“Being able to have one of the greatest to learn from is such a blessing. Being able to just talk with him back and forth, he’s letting me know what I can do better on this route or whatever it may be,” Sherfield said.last_img read more