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School trustee says parents should review LGBTQ policies before implementation

first_imgCHILLIWACK, B.C. – A British Columbia school trustee has apologized for saying in a Facebook post that provincial education policies aimed at supporting LGBTQ students amount to child abuse.Chilliwack School District trustee Barry Neufeld says in a statement that he believes in a safe learning environment but educational resources should be reviewed by parents and teachers before they’re implemented.Neufeld says he’s critical of a resource, not individuals, and that he apologizes to those who felt hurt by his opinion.The Chilliwack School District also issued a statement saying Neufeld’s opinion doesn’t reflect the views of the Chilliwack Board of Education.It says the board approved changes to its Safe Schools Policy last October in keeping with the B.C. Human Rights Code so all students are free of harassment, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.Neufeld acknowledged in his statement that his recent Facebook post created a lot of controversy.“Those who have worked with me for over 24 years know that I do believe in inclusion and a safe learning environment for all of our students. They should be protected from all forms of bullying and intimidation.”However, a free and democratic society should have room for respectful discussion and dissent, he said.In his Facebook post, Neufeld said the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity program instructs children that gender is not biologically determined, but is a social construct.The elected trustee, who has served for two decades, said he believes the program encourages children to question their biological gender and consider gender transition.“Throwing that out there for Grade 4 children to consider, to me, that is not wise and it infringes on the rights of parents to make these decisions,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.The website for the initiative says it was created by educators and leaders from across Western Canada and “equips educators of all backgrounds and experiences with tools and resources for supporting marginalized LGBTQ students.”The program already has provincewide participation in British Columbia, and the site says a new partnership was recently reached with Alberta. National expansion is the next goal.Neufeld says parts of the initiative are good and should be implemented but he wondered why it couldn’t be included in an after-school program that interested students could join if they wished.last_img read more

Manitoba wants to attract Quebec civil servants worried about clothing law

first_imgWINNIPEG — The Manitoba government wants to recruit civil servants from Quebec who are concerned about a new law banning religious symbols.Premier Brian Pallister says Manitoba has a shortage of bilingual civil servants and will reach out to Quebec public-sector workers to tell them Manitoba has no, quote — “clothing police.”Pallister says letters will soon be sent to professional organizations in Quebec as well as colleges and other training centres.The Quebec law bans teachers, police and other public servants in positions of power from wearing religious symbols, and critics say it unfairly targets Muslims, Sikhs and other religious minorities.Pallister raised his opposition to the Quebec law at a meeting of Canada’s premiers earlier this month.Quebec Premier Francois Legault has said the bill is supported by a majority of Quebecers and fulfills a campaign promise.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Shakespeare gets an Indigenous spin

first_imgAPTN National NewsThirteen Aboriginal artists from across the country are hard at work at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.The crew will soon hit the main stage to present a Shakespeare classic.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Gold slides on sluggish demand silver firms up

first_imgNew Delhi: Gold prices Wednesday fell by Rs 75 to Rs 32,870 per 10 gram at the bullion market here due to sluggish demand from jewellers amid weak trend overseas, according to the All India Sarafa Association. Silver however gained Rs 25 to Rs 38,525 per kg due to fresh offtake by industrial units and coin makers. Traders said besides tepid demand from local jewellers, a weak trend overseas influenced sentiment here, leading to decline in gold prices. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Globally, spot gold was trading lower at USD 1,282.10 an ounce, while silver was down at USD 14.99 an ounce in New York. In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity dropped by Rs 75 each to Rs 32,870 and Rs 32,700 per 10 gram, respectively. Sovereign gold held steady at Rs 26,400 per eight gram. Silver ready advanced by Rs 25 to Rs 38,525 per kg and weekly-based delivery slumped by Rs 149 to Rs 37,073 per kg. On the other hand, silver coins held flat at Rs 80,000 for buying and Rs 81,000 for selling of 100 pieces.last_img read more

Egypts political rivals seek to occupy Tahrir on revolution anniversary

first_imgCAIRO  – This year’s anniversary of the revolution comes amid deep polarization in Egypt following the military ouster of elected president MorsiAs the clock ticks toward the third anniversary of the January revolution, Egypt’s political rivals are racing to seize control of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 revolution that ended the autocracy of longstanding president Hosni Mubarak.The iconic square was the gathering points of 18 days of mass protests that started on January 25, 2011 and put an end to Mubarak’s 30-year rule. But this year’s anniversary of the revolution comes amid deep polarization in the Arab world’s most populous state following the military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi in July.The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a coalition of groups that call for Morsi’s reinstatement, has called for mass rallies in Tahrir and main squares on the revolution anniversary.“We are coordinating among youth, revolutionary and political groups to mark the anniversary in Tahrir and main squares,” Diaa al-Sawi, spokesman for the pro-Morsi “Youth against Coup” movement, told Anadolu Agency.“This day will be the start of the end of the military coup,” he said.The iconic square, which was the epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled long-serving president Hosni Mubarak, has been a no-go area for pro-democracy protesters since the ouster of Morsi on July 3.More than 50 people were killed on October 6 when Morsi supporters tried to march on the Tahrir Square during celebrations of a 1973 military victory over Israel.“We have no other alternative but to enter the Tahrir Square on the revolution anniversary,” al-Sawi said.-Counter mobilization-Backers of the military have also called for rallies in Tahrir Square to pile pressures on the army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to run in the country’s upcoming presidential election, expected this year.These calls have gained momentum following a referendum on a revised constitution, which unofficial results show that the sweeping majority of voters had voted in favor.The vote results, which are scheduled to be officially announced on Saturday, have given ammunition for al-Sisi supporters to call mass rallies in Tahrir to call for him to run for president.Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has also called for Egyptians to converge on Tahrir Square to “abort plots orchestrated by the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood.“The Brotherhood have plans to storm the Tahrir Square and trigger chaos on the revolution anniversary,” Ibrahim told a private channel on Wednesday.Last month, the government designated the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, as a “terrorist” group following an attack at a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura that killed 16 people.The government blamed the attack on the Brotherhood, which vehemently denied any involvement.Yehia Qadri, the head of the National Movement Party, which was founded by Mubarak’s last prime minister and former presidential contender Ahmed Shafiq, echoed a similar call.Ahmed al-Fadali, the general coordinator of the Independence Current, which backs the military, shared the same view, calling on Egyptians to converge on Tahrir on January 25 to call on al-Sisi to run for president.Opponents of both the military and the Muslim Brotherhood have also vowed to converge on Tahrir Square on the revolution anniversary.“We will converge on the Tahrir Square, no matter what,” the Ahrar movement said in a statement.The calls come amid reports that “sovereign institutions” have expressed concern over the reemergence of former members of Mubarak’s now-defunct National Democratic Party (NDP).last_img read more

Maple Group extends TMX bid to July 31

TORONTO — The Maple Acquisition Group has again extended its almost $4-billion bid for the TMX Group, operator of Canada’s major stock markets, this time until the end of July.The acquisition group, made up of many of the country’s major pension funds, banks and insurance companies, said Thursday that its $50 per share bid is now good until 5 p.m. ET on July 31 unless further extended or withdrawn.Maple seeks to acquire a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 80% of the shares of TMX Group as part of an integrated transaction valued at about $3.8 billion.[np-related]Under the deal, Maple investors would end up holding 60% of the TMX Group’s stock and current TMX shareholders 40%.Securities regulators across the country are currently reviewing the proposed takeover and its merger with the alternative Alpha trading platform and CDS clearing house.Maple is comprised of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, CIBC World Markets Inc., Desjardins Financial Group, Dundee Capital Markets Inc., Fonds de solidarite des travailleurs du Quebec, GMP Capital Inc., National Bank Financial & Co. Inc., Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Scotia Capital Inc., TD Securities Inc. and The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company. read more

Sri Lanka frees Indian fishermen Jayalalithaa takes credit

Of the 104 fishermen, for whose release efforts are being taken, 55 fishermen were handed over to the Indian High Commission officials in Jaffna on Thursday, a Tamil Nadu State government release stated, according to The Hindu newspaper. “As a result of the Chief Minister’s consistent efforts, actions have been taken by the Sri Lankan government to release a total of 104 fishermen from Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has ordered to make arrangements for the safe return of the fishermen to the State,” it said. The note recalled that a total of 82 letters have been written by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to the Prime Minister over the fishermen issue, since 2011. The Sri Lankan Government has freed Indian fishermen held for poaching in Sri Lankan waters and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has claimed credit for the move.A total of 55 fishermen from various districts of the Tamil Nadu State, imprisoned in Sri Lankan jails were released on Thursday, while the remaining are expected to be released over the next couple of days. read more

US partners with Sri Lanka on oil spill management

The U.S. Pacific Command, Sri Lankan Navy, Sri Lankan Coast Guard, Sri Lanka Disaster Management Center, Marine Environmental Protection Authority, and Maldives National Defense Force partnered together for the week-long workshop. The event coincides with the U.S. Department of State Our Ocean conference in Washington D.C., where environmental activists, scientists, business and world leaders gathered to find solutions and commit to actions to protect and conserve our ocean and its resources. Experts from the US Pacific Command provided training for disaster response counterparts from Sri Lanka and Maldives on preparation and response to potential oil spill scenario that could severely impact local environment and tourism. Both civilian and military participants shared experiences from recent oil spill response efforts, with hands-on field exercises that included a live demonstration at sea.“Protecting the well-being of the Indian Ocean region is one of the reasons why it’s so important to develop regional cooperation,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Atul Keshap. “The United States will stand together with Sri Lanka and Maldives to ensure our seas can continue to provide food and employment.” read more

Muslims in Sri Lanka to begin fasting on May 7

Muslims in Sri Lanka will begin fasting on Tuesday May 7, the Colombo Grand Mosque announced.The Colombo Grand Mosque said that since the new moon was not sighted today it was decided to commence fasting on Tuesday.

A look at the status of Northern Gateway and other major Canadian

CALGARY – Proposed pipelines in Canada seem to be taking two steps back for every step forward.The latest backslide came Tuesday when proponents of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline said they will not appeal a Federal Court of Appeal decision in June to quash Ottawa’s approval of the $7.9-billion project. The federal government then said it won’t appeal, either. The court had ruled the approval must be set aside because government had failed in its duty to consult with aboriginal people.Here’s a look at and an update on the status of all major Canadian pipeline projects.Northern Gateway:Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline would ship 525,000 barrels per day of oilsands crude from northeast of Edmonton to Kitimat, B.C. Its goal is to sell Alberta crude in lucrative Asian markets. A parallel line would bring 193,000 bpd of bitumen-thinning diluent in the opposite direction.Northern Gateway has been hugely controversial. The idea of crude-oil laden supertankers navigating the choppy waters of the Douglas Channel on their way out to the Pacific is a non-starter for many British Columbians. The line also passes through huge tracts of unceded First Nations territory in B.C., which has many aboriginal groups — especially on the coast — staunchly opposed to it.Until the June court decision, Enbridge had had a federal permit to build Northern Gateway since mid-2014. On Tuesday, the company urged the federal government to meet its constitutional obligations to meaningfully consult with First Nations and Metis to get the project back on track.Energy East:TransCanada, the same company behind Keystone XL, applied to the National Energy Board in October 2014 to build the Energy East Pipeline. The $15.7-billion project aims to ship 1.1-million barrels of Alberta crude a day across six provinces and 4,600 kilometres.The pipeline would supply crude to import-dependent eastern refineries, as well as export landlocked Alberta oil to Europe and India. Energy East would repurpose existing natural gas pipe for about two thirds of the way and build new pipe through Quebec and New Brunswick.Three days of National Energy Board hearings were held in August in Saint John, but hearings in Montreal the following week were postponed and then cancelled after protesters disrupted proceedings. They accused panellists of bias after learning two of them had met privately last year with former Quebec premier Jean Charest, a consultant for TransCanada Corp at the time.In early September, the three-member panel recused themselves. NEB chairman Peter Watson and vice-chair Lyne Mercier gave up their responsibility to appoint a new panel, instead leaving the job to the government. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has said the promised 21-month review process for Energy East could be “modestly” delayed as a new panel is chosen.TransCanada says construction would begin shortly after approval, with the goal of shipping oil in 2021.Keystone XL:TransCanada applied for U.S. permission to build its Keystone XL pipeline in September 2008. The idea was to extend an existing cross-border pipeline to give oilsands crude a more direct route to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.At the time, TransCanada thought the XL segment would make its way through the regulatory process just as smoothly as the previous phases. It was wrong.The stretch of pipe cutting a diagonal line from the Saskatchewan-Montana border to southern Nebraska became the focal point of the environmental movement. Debate over Keystone XL centred not only on the environmental impacts on the American Heartland in the event of a spill, but on its broader role in hastening climate change.After a seven-year regulatory saga, U.S. President Barack Obama rejected Keystone XL last November. Now, TransCanada has set in motion a US$15-billion challenge under the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing it was treated inequitably. It has also launched a separate federal lawsuit seeking a declaration that Obama overstepped his constitutional power.Trans Mountain:The Canadian arm of U.S. energy giant Kinder Morgan is aiming to nearly triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline to 890,000 barrels of oil per day. The existing Trans Mountain line currently ships 300,000 bpd of various petroleum products from the Edmonton area to the B.C. Lower Mainland and Washington State.The $5.4-billion project has faced stiff opposition from those who don’t want to see more crude-filled tankers moving through the Burrard Inlet. Protesters held up survey work on Burnaby Mountain late last year.Kinder Morgan filed its regulatory application for the Trans Mountain expansion in late 2013. The National Energy Board hearing process for Trans Mountain has been highly criticized, with commenters and intervenors withdrawing from the process. The board has issued 145 draft conditions that Kinder Morgan must meet if the project is to be approved, and the company says that’s achievable.In November, a report is due from a three-person federal review panel doing indigenous consultations. The federal government has vowed to decide whether or not to approve Trans Mountain before the end of December.Line 9B:Enbridge obtained regulatory approval for its Line 9B reversal and expansion project in March 2014. The original Line 9 has been in the ground for four decades and had been running from Montreal to southwestern Ontario since 1998. But given shifting market dynamics, Enbridge decided to restore its flow to its original west-to-east configuration.That would enable crude to get to Quebec refineries, like Suncor Energy’s facility in eastern Montreal. The project also involves boosting the line’s capacity to 300,000 barrels a day from 240,000 barrels.Work on the project has been complete since the fall of 2014. The National Energy Board gave its blessing to start Line 9B last year and it is currently operational. A look at the status of Northern Gateway and other major Canadian pipeline projects by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 20, 2016 2:19 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 20, 2016 at 3:59 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SMMT Update – 11 January 2013

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Uniteds top four hopes ended with wretched draw at relegated Huddersfield

first_imgUnited’s top four hopes ended with wretched draw at relegated Huddersfield United lost the lead in a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium. By AFP 118 Comments A dejected Paul Pogba. Image: Anthony Devlin A dejected Paul Pogba. May 5th 2019, 4:03 PM 35,990 Views Share10 Tweet Email Short URL A lengthy delay then ensued as a new corner flag was found to replace the one Mbenza kicked over and snapped in celebration.And the wait at least gave United time to awake from their slumber.Rashford and teenager Tahith Chong, who replaced Sanchez, forced Lossl into saves low to his left.Pogba then hit the crossbar for the second time in the game with a curling effort from the edge of the area.But in their desperation for a winner, United could have succumbed to another stunning defeat as De Gea was called on to deny Grant a memorable winner. © – AFP 2019 Sunday 5 May 2019, 4:03 PM Image: Anthony Devlin MANCHESTER UNITED’S HOPES of Champions League football next season were ended after an embarrassing 1-1 draw at already relegated Huddersfield on Sunday.United have now won just two of their past 11 games in all competitions as Huddersfield ended a run of eight straight defeats despite goalkeeper Jonas Lossl’s error handing the visitors an early lead through Scott McTominay.Terrible defending from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men gave the Terriers something to celebrate in their final home game before heading down to the Championship as Isaac Mbenza levelled on the hour mark.Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Watford means United fall four points outside the top four with just one game of the season to go.And failure to beat statistically one of the worst teams ever to play in the Premier League will see further questions raised over the decision to hand Solskjaer a three-year contract in March.The Norwegian has bemoaned United’s lack of goals of late and recalled Alexis Sanchez to his starting line-up for the first time in two months in the search for more firepower.But the Chilean again failed to live up to his status as the club’s highest earner before  limping off just before the hour mark.Instead the visitors had to rely on Huddersfield for a helping hand as McTominay’s strike from the edge of the box went straight through Lossl’s legs after just eight minutes.United quickly got the game restarted as they sought more goals to improve their inferior goal difference compared to their rivals for a top-four finish.However, even against a Huddersfield side that previously registered just 14 points all season, United could not press home their advantage.Juan Mata curled inches wide after some neat interplay between Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba before Pogba also saw a looping header come back off the crossbar.Solskjaer had kept faith with David de Gea in goal despite three high-profile errors leading to goals in his previous four games.Huddersfield did not even test De Gea’s nerve until five minutes before the break when Karlan Grant broke clear after an errant clearance from Phil Jones.However, De Gea spread himself well to block a weak finish with his legs.Huddersfield had only scored nine goals at home all season, but one hopeful punt from Lossl cut United open for the equaliser on the hour mark.Luke Shaw failed to cut out the Danish goalkeeper’s clearance and allowed Mbenza a clear run on goal to slot between De Gea’s legs. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Alcool un cocktail denzymes pour retrouver rapidement sa sobriété

first_imgAlcool : un cocktail d’enzymes pour retrouver rapidement sa sobriété ?Des scientifiques américains ont mis au point un cocktail d’enzymes qui permet de retrouver plus rapidement sa sobriété après une ingestion importante d’alcool. Et s’il devenait possible après avoir un peu trop bu, de réduire son alcoolémie en très peu de temps, en prenant une simple pilule ? A entendre, ceci peut paraitre optimiste, et pourtant. C’est bien ce qu’ont réussi à faire des scientifiques de l’université de Californie qui ont mis au point une pilule capable d’accélérer considérablement la dégradation de l’alcool dans l’organisme. Cela permettrait donc de retrouver rapidement un état normal après avoir été ivre. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le principe consiste en fait à associer des enzymes qui facilitent les réactions chimiques de dégradation et ce, afin de démultiplier leurs capacités. Mais la chose n’a pas été simple et plusieurs autres équipes s’étaient déjà cassé les dents sur la question. Cette fois, le cocktail concocté semble néanmoins fonctionner. En effet, les souris ivres depuis une demi-heure sur lesquelles le mélange a été testé ont vu leur taux d’alcool chuter de 10,1% de plus que celles qui n’avaient pas reçu le traitement en seulement un quart d’heure. Deux heures un quart plus tard, le taux était descendu de 36,8%.Plus qu’une pilule destinée à être vendue dans les soirées avant de reprendre le volant, ce cocktail devrait permettre de mettre au point un traitement contre la prise excessive d’alcool.En dégradant l’éthanol, les nanocapsules vont protéger le foie en le suppléant dans sa tâche. La chose est loin d’être illusoire puisque les souris traitées présentaient un organe en meilleure santé que les autres.Le 24 février 2013 à 09:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dogged dedication Vancouver woman keeps active with fourlegged workout buddy

first_img Erin Coburn and her buddy, Stihl, have had countless adventures in the past two years.They’ve been hiking at Silver Star Mountain and played in the snow. They’ve taken trips to the beach and splashed in the ocean. They’ve gone horseback riding and snowshoeing. They’ve been boating and tubing on the Columbia River.But nothing compares to tossing the Frisbee.“He gets so excited,” Coburn said. “I swear you can see the excitement in his eyes.”“He is one adventuresome dog,” she added.In June 2010, Coburn had major reconstructive surgery on her knee. For three months after the surgery, walking required a straight leg brace. She was having trouble finding motivation to exercise, so she asked her mom for a dog for Christmas.That December, she got Stihl (pronounced steel), a 4-month-old mini Australian shepherd.Slowly, Coburn and Stihl started exercising. Coburn hobbled as she tried to jog and Stihl trotted alongside her. Then they started hiking, beginning with the easier trails at Battle Ground Lake State Park.“He needed to get out and walk, and I needed to get out and rehab,” Coburn, 24, said.The duo ventured on tougher and longer hikes, including a trek through Mount Hood National Forest to cut down a Christmas tree last winter, and tried new things, like inner-tubing. Stihl sat on Coburn’s lap as their pair was towed behind a boat on the Columbia River.“He likes the wind in his face and his ears,” Coburn said. “He enjoyed it.”In fact, Stihl enjoys just about any outdoor activity, except for shooting, she said.While Coburn has always been active, some of the exercising she does is strictly for Stihl’s benefit. On a recent beach trip, Coburn was ready to head home. Stihl, however, had some energy to burn. So they spent 30 minutes walking on the beach, playing with the Frisbee. Stihl, a 2-year-old mini Australian shepherd, plays in the snow while hiking on Silver Star Mountain in Skamania County in June 2011.last_img read more

Man who stole puppy at gunpoint gets 20 months in prison

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Monday in Clark County Superior Court to 20 months in prison for stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint Oct. 19 in a parking lot at Clackamas Town Center near Portland.Jajuane D. Etheridge, 23, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property. He was prosecuted first in Clark County because he took the 10-week-old puppy to his Vancouver residence on Plomondon Street, where he was arrested Oct. 21 after a three-hour standoff with a SWAT team. Police found Harpo, the puppy, unharmed inside a suitcase after they saw the piece of luggage moving.Etheridge also has been served with a Clackamas County, Ore., warrant charging him with two counts of first-degree robbery with a firearm, two counts of second-degree robbery with a firearm and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon related to the Oct. 19 incident, according to that county’s Circuit Court. He has waived extradition to Oregon on those charges, said Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Mike Dodds.Etheridge didn’t speak during his five-minute sentencing hearing Monday in front of Judge David Gregerson. The victims were not present.Etheridge stole the $2,000 puppy after responding to a Craigslist post advertising dogs for sale. He arranged to meet the sellers, an Oregon couple, along with puppy Harpo and another dog, in a mall parking lot. He said he’d pay $4,000 for both dogs.Instead, Etheridge brandished a gun and took the then-9-pound Harpo by force, according to court documents.He reportedly wanted to give Harpo to his ex-girlfriend’s daughter.His ex-girlfriend tipped off police about the dog’s location after she saw a news story on the bulldog-napping, according to Vancouver police. She went online and learned the suspect’s description matched her ex-boyfriend’s and that the suspect used a silver handgun: She owns one and knew Etheridge had access to it. The puppy also matched the description of the stolen bulldog.Paris Achen: 360-735-4551;;; read more

Military celebrates milestone for radar system under construction at Clear Air Force

first_img“That structure that they were topping-off today is the framework that will support the radar unit,” Dodson said. Military and contractor personnel and invited guests celebrated a milestone in the construction of a massive radar facility Tuesday at Clear Air Force Station, near Anderson. The LRDR is an advanced system designed to detect incoming enemy missiles at mid-flight, identify the warhead amid decoys and other countermeasures and then relays that data to missile-defense facilities like the one at Fort Greely to enable them to lock-on and intercept the missile. A rendering of the Long Range Discrimination Radar facility under construction at Clear AFS. The polyhedron-shaped structure in the center of the image houses the radar.(Image via Missile Defense Agency) Dodson says the LRDR is only one of many projects under construction at Clear. “Of course, there’s construction going on all over Clear Air Force Base,” he said. “It’s just kind of phenomenal.”center_img Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Dodson was one of those invited guests. Work on the LRDR was scheduled to be completed late next year, according to a Missile Defense Agency document. Topping ceremonies are typically held as the final girder of a structure’s frame is put in place. In Tuesday’s ceremony, a red, white and blue-painted girder was riveted into place for a structure that will house the Long Range Discrimination Radar. A fiscal year 2018 budget document generated by the Missile Defense Agency says the LRDR will be built in two separate projects. Phase 1, which began in fiscal 2017, includes the Shielded Mission Control Facility and radar-structure foundation, at an estimated cost of $155 million. The second phase, which began this fiscal year, includes construction of a power plant that includes fuel storage and support facilities, all at an estimated cost of $150 million.last_img read more

Rajinikanth to be next Tamil Nadu CM Actor confirms he will contest

first_imgRajinikanth.PR Handout [Representational Image]Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Friday announced that he will contest the 2021 Legislative Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. The announcement comes at a time when the Lok Sabha elections are being held in the country.Rajinikanth said that he is going to contest the elections as he doesn’t want to disappoint his followers. While addressing the media outside his residence, the actor said that he will decide about the launching of his political party after May 23. Just like other actors, Rajinikanth had joined the political array in December 2017 but refrained from contesting the ongoing general elections.last_img

Flood kills 20 in 2 days makes over half a million victims

first_imgMofazzal Hossain Chowdhury MayaDisaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Monday said flood in the northern districts in the past two days claimed 20 lives.”A total of 5.86 lakh (586,000) people of the 20 districts have become flood victims,” he said briefing reporters on overall flood situation at disaster management and relief Bhaban at Mohakhali in the city.The flood-hit districts, he said, are Sylhet, Sunamganj, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Bogra, Sirajganj, Netrakona, Khagrachhari, Rangamati, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and three others.The minister said that a total of 358 unions in 368 upazilas have been affected by floods.Already, 973 shelter centres have been opened where 3,68,586 flood victims took shelter.”Besides, the ministry cancelled all holidays of its officials and staffs to tackle floods,” he said.Maya said that the government allotted 13.630 lakh metric tonnes of rice and Tk 3.10 crore for the flood victims in 33 districts till 14 August.Nine more districts might be flooded in the days ahead and the low-lying areas surrounding Dhaka might also go under water, he warned.”The government has also allotted 1,200 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 60 lakh (six million) and 15,000 packets of dry foods for the flood-hit people,” said the minister.He said that 200 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 5 lakh (500,000) have been distributed as common allotment for every district.Besides, medical teams formed for every flood-hit district, have been urged to visit shelter centres and provide services to the sufferers.Maya also called upon the health department to provide water purifying tablets and ensure safe water in the flood-hit areas.He also ordered to rebuild the flood embankments collapsed by floodwaters.”Following the order of Prime Minister, the overall flood situation is under surveillance by the ministry. Besides, the Prime Minister is also taking regular updates of flood situation,” said Maya.”We have stocked adequate food, relief items for the flood victims,” the minister continued.He also said that the government has already taken adequate measures considering the recent floods in the neighbouring countries – Nepal, Bhutan and India.last_img read more

Indian Museum hikes ticket prices clicking pics on mobile to cost extra

first_imgKolkata: The authorities of the Indian Museum implemented a new ticket pricing on Friday, in addition to extending the timings for visiting the iconic historical landmark of the city. The entry ticket for adults has been hiked to Rs 50, from Rs 20 earlier. For students till the age of 18, the ticket price has been increased to Rs 20.Museum director Rajesh Purohit said: “The Indian museum is a grant-in-aid institution and we get the grant from the government of India. We have received instructions from the government to raise the revenue by 30 percent, to meet the challenges such as salary, pension, maintenance and other expenditures. To increase the revenue by 30 percent is virtually impossible, but we will now aim to increase the revenue by 15 percent after the hike.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe further added: “In a civilised world, it is important to understand the value of heritage. We have increased the ticket prices with an aim to receive quality visitors. If you go to Victoria Memorial, you will see many people sitting on the lawn instead of going inside and seeing the artifacts. Similarly, in this museum, we do not want people to just come and occupy the benches since the price of the tickets was very low. We want people who are truly interested in history.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from the hike in the entry fee, the museum is also charging an amount of Rs 50 from visitors for mobile photography which was not chargeable earlier. The authorities have also done away with the seasonal timings as earlier, the museum used to stay open till 4:30 pm during the winters and 5 pm during the summers. Visitors will now be allowed to stay till 6:30 pm in the evening on weekdays and till 8 pm on the weekends, apart from having its gates open for history buffs in the city all-year-round.last_img read more

Korean National Training Center Installs Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System

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The center has a total of 166,330 square meters of indoor and outdoor training facilities, and support facilities capable of accommodating about 1,150 people for a total of 37 sports events including athletics, baseball and swimming. It creates an environment where national athletes can focus on exercise in the best conditions. The center installed the OnSight 3D Extremity System, which uses cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) to capture 2-D or 3-D cross-sectional images of bone or soft tissue in upper and lower extremities.“The OnSight System provides the advantages of high-resolution, 3D X-ray images at a relatively low radiation dose,” said Jeong-Joong Yoon, M.D., Ph.D., of the Jincheon national training center sport clinic. “We have many cases of joint and extremity injuries during training. The OnSight system provides superb image quality of bone and even soft tissue with one scan, so it enables us to obtain an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment planning immediately. This system can also capture weight-bearing images, which makes it easier to see the nature of the injury as it appears when the patient is actually using extremity. This gives us a much better idea of the scope of the injury and how to treat it.”Carestream Health designed the OnSight System to provide capabilities that are not possible with traditional X-ray exams. In summary, these include:Upper and lower extremity exams, with high-resolution 3-D images to reveal subtle, difficult-to-detect fractures;Weight-bearing exams that allow viewing of lower extremities under natural load;Greater patient comfort and convenience, with a wide door opening for easy, step-in access; andA reduced radiation dose compared to conventional CT systems.“We believe the OnSight system improves the diagnosis and treatment of athletes at the Korea Olympic training center’s sport clinic and contributes to enhance care and performance of our athletes,” said Yoon.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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