first_imgCAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Co. said Monday that it will add two members to its board in a compromise with an activist investor.The new directors on the 14-member board are backed by Third Point, a New York investment firm that owns 7 per cent of Campbell’s shares.Third Point waged a months-long campaign against the 149-year-old company and its leadership, including three descendants of Campbell’s founder who sit on the board. Campbell’s U.S. soup sales were down 8 per cent in its 2018 fiscal year as customers have sought fresher alternatives.The change will give Third Point more input in Campbell’s current CEO search. In exchange, Third Point will withdraw its slate of five board candidates and halt its campaign for 12 months.Shareholders will consider the change Thursday at Campbell’s annual meeting.Shares in the company based in Camden, New Jersey, were down 3.7 per cent to $39.03 in afternoon trading.The Associated Presslast_img read more

With summer almost over, there are only a few good weeks left to golf. What better excuse to get in a round than the upcoming Brock University Alumni Association Golf Tournament? Taking place on Saturday, Sept. 11 at John Daly’s championship Thundering Waters Golf Club in Niagara Falls, the Alumni Association Golf Tournament is sure to please. For only $600 a person (or $150 each), you get to play 18 holes of best-ball scramble golf, ride in a GPS-programmed cart, enjoy a pre-game snack and delicious BBQ on the Green dinner, and take part in numerous contests, including the opportunity to win $10,000.Act quickly, as there are only a few spots left. For more information and to register, visit the Brock University Alumni Association website. read more

Speaking to more than 500 guests gathered at UN headquarters, Mr. Annan formally accepted the report from Adolf Ogi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Development and Peace, and thanked him for his “passionate belief in the power of sport to transform lives.” “Our task now is to take our mission to the next stage, and make sport an essential component of efforts to reach the world’s development goals – as reflected in the General Assembly last November and the Magglingen Call to Action in December.” “That means ensuring full support from Governments and from the UN system for programmes using sport as a tool for development and peace – from the fight against HIV/AIDS to the empowerment of women and girls, from mine action to the reconstruction of societies emerging from conflict.” According to a UN news release, the Report on the International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005 (IYSPE 2005) highlights the worldwide achievements of last year and the significant role that sport can play in accelerating progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The MDGs are a set of targets seeking to slash a host of socio-economic ills. “Sport is a vital tool to make a better world. We want healthy, educated citizens on every continent. We want development. And we want peace. We can achieve these goals through sport. The fundamentals are there, the momentum is there,” said Mr. Ogi. Thousands of activities commemorating IYSPE 2005 were initiated worldwide, including sports events, conferences and projects using sport to further health, education, development and peace. The International Year also provided a strong impetus to efforts to better integrate sport into the development agenda as well as into efforts to achieve lasting peace, the release stated. UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson also received a copy of the IYSPE 2005 report at today’s ceremony, and several officials, diplomats and international sports personalities gave speeches supporting last year’s events and stressing the need to build on the achievements. Among the speakers was Roger Federer, the number one tennis player on the ATP circuit and also one of the official spokespersons for IYSPE 2005 who was appointed today as the newest Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). read more

Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan winds up for a shot during a match against Oklahoma on March 6 in Columbus. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State’s men’s tennis team has dominated the Big Ten for roughly a decade, but trips to Northwestern on Friday and Illinois on Sunday could be tests for the Buckeyes.“It’s going to be a very tough weekend. They’re big matches,” coach Ty Tucker said.The last time No. 11 Ohio State lost a Big Ten regular season matchup was on April 24, 2005, at Northwestern. This year, the No. 19 Wildcats are not only 8-1 at home but have won six of their last seven matches. The Buckeyes hit a rough patch with losses in two matches before entering Big Ten play for good, then swept the state of Michigan with wins over both the University of Michigan and Michigan State this past week. The wins serve as a nice reminder of what OSU can do, redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan said.“A win is always good, especially after two losses in a row,” he said. “Good just to get that feeling of winning back.”Even with the taste of winning back in the Buckeyes’ mouths, Tucker said he hasn’t forgotten their recent shortcomings.“Our math is a little bit short this year as far as getting to four (points), but we have to concentrate on Northwestern,” he said.Getting through Northwestern with a win is a feat in itself, but getting out of the state of Illinois without a loss will be another story. The Buckeyes became familiar with No. 3 Illinois at the ITA Indoor Team Championship this year when the Fighting Illini ended OSU’s run with a 4-2 win. “It is still Illinois … so there’s always going to be pressure no matter what,” he said.Tucker said he is extremely familiar with rivalry, saying it’s been a “battle” for the past 15 years with Illinois.Besides the streak of 96-straight conference wins that is on the line this weekend for OSU, Tucker said there is much more that can be lost.“Your goal at the beginning of the year is to win a Big Ten championship and host an NCAA regional. That’s definitely on the line this weekend,” he said.The Buckeyes are set to take on the Wildcats at 6 p.m. Friday in Evanston, Ill. read more

first_imgEarlier this week, posted on this website, A.S. Bulygin Rusal’s CEO sent an open letter to Norilsk Nickel’s CEO V.I. Strzhalkovsky, who has now responded with an open letter, as below:Dear Alexander Stanislavovich,On behalf of OJSC MMC Norilsk Nickel I would like to express our appreciation of the consideration you have given to the issues of improving the environment in the regions where the company operates. I deem it necessary that your letter should generate a response in the public domain that would state the facts and figures that truly reflect the actual state of affairs and the serious attitude MMC Norilsk Nickel takes in addressing environmental issues.It is worth mentioning that presently MMC Norilsk Nickel is implementing a comprehensive environmental program that involves retrofitting of production facilities, incremental shutdowns of outdated operations, reduction of pollutants emissions into the atmosphere and efficient management of water resources. The company intends to spend about 36 billion rubles in the period from 2007 to 2015 to support its environmental initiatives.In view of the above the feasibility study that you kindly proposed to administer seems unnecessary. Your confidence regarding the success of the feasibility study proposed for implementation by UK RUSAL experts is based on your assumption that aluminium and nickel production processes are identical; however, the only similarity between them is that both processes belong to nonferrous metals industry. This means that, according to experts, the successful experience of addressing environmental issues in aluminium production will not be just as successful when applied to the environmental component of nickel production.Unfortunately, UK RUSAL as major shareholder of MMC Norilsk Nickel has access to a significant amount of data about the company, and deliberately or otherwise, used inaccurate data in an attempt of expressing a “catastrophic” outlook on the situation. Public criticism of the company and accusations of negligence based on inauthentic data seems to be misleading for those unaware of the state of affairs.As you may know, the environmental issues experienced in Norilsk today are dating back to the Soviet times where environmental management aspects were disregarded in construction of industrial operations. Any fast-track solution to these issues would be inefficient unless existing production operations were suspended; the consequences of this would strongly affect the society and jeopardise the existence of the city of Norilsk.Nevertheless, today we see environmental improvements in Norilsk driven by activities implemented by the company. Both Norilsk residents and visitors take note of the changes on the regular basis. These facts are also reflected in MMC Norilsk Nickel’s 2007 Annual Report approved by the Board of Directors. For instance, in 2007 the total period, during which the atmosphere of Norilsk was being polluted, reduced by 12% generally while the period, during which the pollution rate exceeded 5 MAC, reduced by 20%.The open letter you signed includes incorrect data supporting the letter’s conclusions and I would like to provide comments on these data.1. You provided incorrect data on the number of days, on which industrial pollution of the atmosphere in Norilsk was above regular values. The true statistics are broadly available and published every month in the Environmental Bulletin, an application to Zapolyarny Vestnik newspaper published in Norilsk. The data you provided on the duration of air pollution periods are overestimated by three times over those published in the Environmental Bulletin.2. Your statement of the high rate of oncological diseases in Norilsk contradicts the data reflected in the state report On Sanitary and Epidemiological Conditions in the Russian Federation in 2006 prepared by Rospotrebnadzor. According to the report, the rate of cancer occurrences among Norilsk population in 2000-2006 did not exceed the figures for Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Russian Federation in general.3. The comparative figures of sulfur dioxide contents in the air in Norilsk against background figures for the region you provided are inappropriate because the background figures beyond the Norilsk Industrial Region are nearing zero.4. You provided references to data on the content of pollutants in the waste waters. However, the average content of pollutants in waste waters of MMC Norilsk Nickel facilities are within the standard values set forth by state regulators. I believe it is necessary to emphasize that the set of measures taken in 2003-2007 to preserve water resources resulted in reduction of the amount of pollutants in waste waters by 92,400 t (48.4%).Based on the recent statements made by UC RUSAL concerning MMC Norilsk Nickel I have to acknowledge that RUSAL deliberately disregards information about large-scale plans and projects developed and implemented by MMC Norilsk Nickel. I would like to remind you that during the visit you and O. Deripaska made to Norilsk on August 6, 2008 you had the opportunity to review not only the production development projects but the company’s environmental program as well.I deem it advisable that in the future the issues of this nature should be discussed in accordance with best international practices at internal meetings or at meetings of MMC Norilsk Nickel Board of Directors, of which you are a member.Respectfully Yours,Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, General Director – Chairman of the Management BoardOJSC MMC Norilsk NickelMoscow, August 15, 2008last_img read more

first_imgDignifiedThe chief executive added that the association’s board of management would bide their time over appointing a replacement, saying:“Today was a day to deal with Giovanni and Marco in a dignified fashion and I think that’s been achieved – I hope so anyway.“I hope people will respect – I mean, he is a legend of world football –  what he has done for Irish football.“We’ll meet in the next week or so to determine the process for a new manager.“We do have time. European qualifiers don’t commence until next September. I think what we’ll do is take stock over the next couple of days.” FAI CHIEF EXECUTIVE issued a measured defence of the Giovanni Trapattoni reign as Ireland manager within an hour of the Italian’s contract being ended by mutual consent.Trapattoni, 74, came to the end of a five-year tenure with Ireland after slumping to two defeats in five days to Sweden and Austria. Results which have end Irish hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.After speaking with Trapattoni, Delaney was interviewed by Pat Kenny on Newstalk, where he said:“I think he felt today when it first came out today that he had done a good job for Ireland. Because when he first came we hadn’t qualified for a major tournament.“We were very unlucky in the Paris game, obviously. Then the Euros last year was the first major tournament we had qualified for in years.“He genuinely believes that there is a group of young players available for the next manager.“I think most people would agree that over the course, he’s left Irish football in a better state than what he inherited.” Delaney responded to the suggestion that Roy Keane could be a candidate with a short laugh and, “I don’t think I’ll comment any individual.” However, asked whether Mick McCarthy would be more suitable he listed off  the names of Mick McCarthy,  Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill as being “in the pot.”With discontent over his own position resurfacing with the Irish sporting public, the Waterford native attempted to sidestep the question saying that the performance of the international side, or the manager in control, reflected a only a minor part of his role.©INPHO/Donall Farmer“I’m employee by the board of the FAI. I work extremely hard day in day out.“The support for my role has come from the grassroots of the game. Obviously people are going to be emotional at times like this,but the international side of what I do is probably  three or four percent of the overall job of developing Irish football.“I’m on the board of the FAI, I’m appointed by the board to develop the game. Simple as that. As long as the board of the grassroots of the game want me to do that, then certainly that’s what I’ll do.”Cats, sacks and handballs: The 8 games that defined Trap’s Ireland reignlast_img read more

first_imgA NEW LAW that will reduce the period of bankruptcy from 12 to three years is expected to come into effect “imminently”, the Department of Justice has said.It follows confirmation yesterday that the first debt settlement arrangement had been reached between a borrower in the north west and several creditors under the country’s new personal insolvency regime.The deal saw some 70 per cent of the person’s unsecured debt written off with it expected to be the first of hundreds of debt write-off arrangements that are reached in the coming months.The Department of Justice has now confirmed that new bankruptcy procedures are “imminent”.It is expected that the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter will sign the necessary Statutory Instrument in the coming days, bringing the new law on bankruptcy into effect.Most significantly under the new measures, a person will be able to automatically discharge from bankruptcy after three years as opposed to the current 12 years.Bankruptcy is generally seen as the option of last resort where an indebted person, who is unable to pay their creditors, seeks to be declared a bankrupt.Their assets, with the exception of necessities, are then handed over to an official assignee who sells them and distributes the proceeds to creditors.Reducing the number of years that a person is in bankruptcy measures is seen as an attempt to stop the trend of ‘bankruptcy tourism’ which has been increasingly prevalent since the financial crisis.This is where Irish people have moved to the UK in order to avail of more lenient bankruptcy laws where a person can emerge from the process after just 12 months.Ross Maguire from New Beginning, which advocates for those in debt, said the introduction of the new bankruptcy procedures will “change the landscape completely”.“Now debtors who have either had their debt settlement arrangements refused or who are unable to do arrangements will have a mechanism whereby they can have all their debts written off,” he told Maguire said that New Beginning expects around 5,000 bankruptcy cases a year in Ireland once the regime beds in.Read: Most of borrower’s debt written off in first deal under new insolvency regimeRead: Two more insolvency cases heard under new regime as 7,500 contact ISIExplainer: What does the Insolvency Service of Ireland do?last_img read more

first_imgPARENTS AND TEACHERS from the De La Salle Primary School in Ballyfermot are holding a protest today against plans to close the school.One parent said: “we’re going to fight all the way for the schools. There’s no way they’re going to push us over.“If it was a good plan I’d be the first one to sign up but it’s not. The kids are going to lose out.”Spokesperson for the Parents Association, Martin Walsh, said that “Bishop Diarmuid Martin plans to close this primary school despite the objections and protests of the parents, teachers and wider community”.This is the first of 250 primary school closures planned over the next 10 years.Under the plans, the pupils would relocate to the Dominican campus in the area where three schools share a joint campus.Walsh told that the nearby schools of St Michael’s, St Raphael’s and St Gabriel’s do not have the capacity to take on the near 400 pupils from De La Salle.The yards are so cramped that the children cannot play football or even use a skipping rope.“There’s not enough parking, there’s not even enough classrooms.”Jamie Fortune is a pupil at the De La Salle school. At a protest in April he said “it’s a great school. All the teachers are brilliant.They’re trying to squash us all into one school but we won’t fit…some days after school we go in and they help us with our homework.ReasonThe Archdiocese of Dublin told that “the De La Salle Trustees are no longer in a position to act as Trustees in Ballyfermot”.However Walsh said that this is not the case and that the De La Salle Brothers received a letter from the Bishop telling them that its services were no longer needed.Walsh also pointed out that a new sports centre was built last year at a cost of half a million euro. He said “this is not the action of people who are planning on stopping funding”.Local councillor Brid Smith told that she will be going along to the protest today. She said:The idea of amalgamating schools was to free up school spaces for other non-Catholic schools but the amalgamation is amounting to the loss of the best school in Ballyfermot“The other schools don’t have anything like the space and green fields that De La Salle does.”BallyfermotMartin Walsh said that the parents association have been in contact with the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and that he is aware of the situation.He’s told us that the proposal hasn’t been put on his desk yet and that until it is, there’s nothing he can do about it.The protest is being held outside the assumption church in Ballyfermot at 2:30pm today.Here’s a video of the protest in April where parents and the students voiced their concerns: Source: TradeUnionTVIreland/YouTubeRead: Parents call for clarity after learning of possible school closure through Facebook>last_img read more

first_imgThere are many apps out there that can offer you options for how things look and feel on your Android device. The most common of these are the homescreen replacements. These were incredibly popular in the early days of Android, since they offered functionality that was not available in the stock configuration. Version by version, the stock Android experience grew to a point where power users no longer felt the need to use anything but stock Android. There is something to be said, however, for having an experience on your tablet that is purposefully different than the one on your phone. With that in mind the team at Teknision have started provide a consumption-based experience for tablets that they have dubbed Chameleon Launcher.Chameleon is a unique approach to the Android homescreen and launcher. Rather than base their work on what has been provided by Android, Chameleon is based almost entirely in HTML5. The hope with this design is that a broader base of developers would be interested in building widgets for the platform, and thus deliver a fast and stable experience across every device.As a result of the HTML5 environment, none of the native Android widgets that are available in the Google Play Store will work with this launcher. Instead, the system is divided into a single page grid that allows you to place Chameleon widgets wherever you like. Currently there are less than 10 widgets for the platform, with some examples being Twitter, Instagram, an RSS feeder, and other similar tools. The common thread is that these widgets are all designed to present you with information that you can see at a glance.The interesting thing about the Chameleon launcher is how the pages themselves work. You can have as many homepages as you like, and you can assemble them based on what information you find relevant. When I first wake up in the morning, I like to see email, weather, and RSS. To accomplish this all I do is create a page, set it up with the widgets I want, and setup the page to be the first thing I see at 7AM. No matter what I was doing or what page I was on before I went to sleep, when I wake up I will see this Chameleon page. You can assign a context to any page, including locations or events, and the pages will change to give you the information you have told it you want to see.Curiously, the Teknision team didn’t just build the app and release it to the Google Play Store. Like several others, I first discovered Chameleon through Kickstarter. The project gained enough support to continue forward, and now those who paid the $10 for beta access are gaining access to the new Launcher.When I spoke with Gabor Vida of Teknision, we talked a little about why the company had gone with Kickstarter. Teknision is a developer firm that specializes in work for other brands, they’ve never released anything that they made for themselves. There were people at Teknision who were interested in Chameleon, but without a way to confirm that there were users interested in the service there was no way for the firm to determine how much energy to dedicate to the app. So, rather than stick their necks out and risk it being unsuccessful, a Kickstarter project was created that earned over $66,000.As a $10 beta app, I found Chameleon to be somewhat lacking. Aside from some glaring performance issues, which I have been assured would be polished out before the app was upgraded from beta, the lack of either native widgets or a collection of their own widgets makes the launcher difficult to rely on. At this point, a lot of people have paid considerably more than you would for most other homescreen replacements for the promise that developers will come and this launcher will improve.last_img read more

first_imgCentrale de Fukushima : l’origine des fuites d’eau radioactives reste inconnueTokyo Electric Power (Tepco), la compagnie gérante de la centrale accidentée de Fukushima, reste aujourd’hui dans l’incapacité d’expliquer d’où proviennent les fuites d’eau très radioactive observées depuis les réservoirs souterrains du site.On croyait la situation stabilisée mais les incidents se multiplient. Tepco, a avoué mardi ne toujours pas connaître l’origine et la raison des fuites d’eau très radioactive qui se produisent depuis les réservoirs souterrains du site de Fukushima. Comme l’a indiqué lors d’une conférence de presse le porte-parole du groupe, Masayuki Ono, “nous sommes pour le moment dans l’incapacité de dire c’est ceci ou cela”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon lui, plusieurs causes potentielles existent et des examens sont actuellement en cours. L’eau contaminée s’écoule dans le sol depuis la nuit de vendredi à samedi mais Tepco juge peu probable que l’eau radioactive puisse s’écouler dan l’océan en raison de la distance. Pour le moment, l’opérateur estime que 120 tonnes se sont déjà échappées des réservoirs de stockage souterrains. Pourtant, la cuve comprend trois couches censées empêcher l’eau de s’infiltrer dans le sol. Néanmoins, ce ne serait pas le premier défaut de ce genre puisqu’un problème similaire a été constaté sur un autre réservoir du même type à Fukushima. Il pourrait donc s’agir d’un vice de conception mais l’hypothèse reste à confirmer. La seule solution qu’a pour le moment trouvé le groupe consiste à transvaser à l’aide de pompes les milliers de tonnes d’eau des réservoirs 2 et 3 défectueux vers d’autres. Les problèmes techniques qui accompagnent cette opération la rendent encore plus longue et délicate que prévue. En effet, la semaine dernière, le système de refroidissement de la piscine de désactivation du combustible usé du réacteur 3 s’est notamment brutalement arrêté. Ceci, un peu moins d’un mois après qu’une autre panne a eu lieu à cause d’un rat. C’est cet ensemble de problèmes qui a poussé Tepco à mettre en place une cellule de crise en début de semaine. Mais les incidents n’en restent pas moins préoccupants alors que l’opérateur traine déjà derrière lui une réputation fortement entamée en matière de sécurité. Le 9 avril 2013 à 12:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgCINCINNATI — The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment.Kroger Co. will start Thursday at its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores next year. The company said it will be plastic-bag free at all of its nearly 2,800 stores by 2025.Kroger owns Fred Meyer, which has seven stores in Clark County and another dozen in the Portland area. There are six QFC locations in the Portland-Vancouver area, including one on 192nd Avenue in Vancouver.Kroger Co. orders about 6 billion bags each year for its stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia, which cater to almost 9 million people daily through two dozen different grocery chains.The grocer, based in Cincinnati, is seeking customer feedback and will be working with outside groups throughout the transition to reusable bags. Customers will be able to buy reusable bags at its stores for $1 to $2 a piece. While brown paper bags will also be available for free, Kroger says that its goal is to fully transition to reusable bags.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A multi-car crash in Little Havana resulted in a car careening into a building, Monday morning.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene near Southwest Eighth Street at 15th Avenue. Two cars were heading eastbound when they collided. Both were badly damaged, with one making contact with a building near the Latin American restaurant, Ball and Chain.The conditions of the drivers have yet to be determined by officials, but both cars have since been towed from the scene.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneOn the last day of the 85th Legislative session, protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4 — the “sanctuary cities” bill fill up the rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2017.Opponents of the state’s immigration enforcement legislation have asked a federal appeals court to reconsider a decision that allowed most of the controversial measure to go into effect.Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union, Travis County and the city of Austin on Tuesday asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case en banc, which means the entire court would consider the lawsuit. The move comes two weeks after a three-judge panel of the same court allowed most of the law, Senate Bill 4, to go into effect after major portions were initially blocked by a federal district judge in August. The ACLU represents the small border city of El Cenizo, which was the first to file suit last year to stop SB 4’s implementation days after Gov. Greg Abbottsigned it into law.SB 4 allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest and punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation — in the form of jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000. The legislation also applies to public universities and colleges.In August, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia temporarily halted several parts of the bill, including a section that requires jail officials to honor the detainers. He also blocked sections that prohibit local entities from pursuing “a pattern or practice that ‘materially limits’ the enforcement of immigration laws” and another that prohibits “assisting or cooperating” with federal immigration officers as reasonable or necessary.But the appellate court panel’s ruling two weeks ago effectively unshackled the legislation, allowing most of it to be implemented while the original case goes back to Garcia’s courtroom. The only provision that is still blocked is one that punishes local officials for “adopting, enforcing or endorsing” policies that prohibit or limit enforcement of immigration laws. The judges kept that injunction in place but said it only applies to the word “endorse.”The list of local entities that have previously filed suit against SB 4 also includes El Paso, Maverick and Bexar counties, the cities of El Paso, San Antonio and Houston, among others. Nina Perales, the vice president of litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, said if the 5th Circuit agrees to hear the case, all parties to the suit will become involved. MALDEF represents the cities of San Antonio and El Paso, as well as Bexar County, in the litigation.“We are all supporting each other’s efforts and working together in close collaboration and putting our resources in a two-pronged strategy,” she said.The other angle is preparing for the trial at the district level, where Garcia will hear arguments over the bill’s constitutionality. Perales said it’s unclear when — or if — the 5th Circuit will come down with a decision on Tuesday’s petition. Another option is to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the injunction, but Perales said plaintiffs have to wait on the appellate court to act before considering that move.“It’s like a decision tree, and we won’t know what options are available to us until the 5th Circuit responds,” she said.After the court’s decision earlier this month that allowed most of the bill to stand, several opponents of the measure said they weren’t surprised because the 5th Circuit is considered a conservative body. But Perales warned against painting any group of judges with “too broad a brush.”She pointed to a 2013 decision by the same court in favor of MALDEF during its case against the Texas city of Farmers Branch, which passed an ordinance that would have punished landlords from renting to people based on their immigration status. “These are the life lessons that teach you not to predict what the 5th Circuit might do or how they might decide a case,” she said. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThe Reston Chapter of The Links is scheduled to hold a High eSTEAM Day at the Brother’s Fun Camp (July 25-Aug. 5) at the Heritage Fellowship Church, 2501 Fox Mill Road.  Gen. Kip Ward and the Mighty Military Men are scheduled to speak at the High eSTEAM event July 27.  The events programs will include sessions on excellence in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and focus on high self esteem, personal growth and development and mentoring young men.  The camp was designed to design and enhance Black boys academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually for the new school year. For more information, email Olivia Toatley at read more

first_imgKolkata: Two renowned confectioneries in Kolkata have been asked to maintain hygiene during their cake mixing process.On Tuesday, Deputy Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) visited the two confectioneries and found their factories and shops to be unhygienic. The process of serving food is also not safe. According to Ghosh, KMC inspected several bakeries and confectioneries as Christmas and New Year are knocking on the door. Citizens usually buy cakes from these renowned confectioneries to celebrate the festive season. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe also informed that a total 23 bakeries and confectioneries has been marked for having an unhygienic environment. They will served improvement notice on Wednesday. If they do not comply as per the notice and follow the rules mentioned in the Food Safety and Standards Act properly, steps would be taken. “We found two renowned confectioneries where workers work with bare hands. We told them to use gloves. But one of the owners said it is not possible to properly mix cake using gloves. If gloves cannot be used then they should sanitise there workers in a proper way,” said Ghosh. Deputy Mayor instructed the bakeries and confectioneries to use gloves while serving as well. The utensils for keeping food should be sanitised accordingly.last_img read more

first_imgThis story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.There’s a specter hanging over the COP24 climate talks, happening this week in the small city of Katowice, Poland. It’s not the goalpost-moving report that the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released two months ago about the need to limit warming to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (instead of 3.6 degrees). It’s not the conspicuous absence of prominent U.S. politicians — with the exception of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who parachuted in, Terminator-style, to brag about his four low-emission Hummers. (Wait, what?)Nope, the cloud over COP24 is coal dust. Literally. Smokestacks and coal plumes are visible from the spaceship-shaped conference center, and the Wujek coal mine is less than three miles away. And if you thought Poland would try to downplay its historical (and, well, current) reliance on coal, you’d be wrong: The booth for the town of Katowice, sitting right next to the official one for all of Poland, proudly touts coal. And not just a little coal — coal made into soap, coal made into earrings and other jewelry, coal under glass, coal in cages — lots and lots of coal. And while Poland has started spreading the gospel of coal at COP24, the U.S. is poised to join the chorus. Last year, at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, the Trump administration ran a coal-focused side event that was interrupted by young protestors. This year, it has a similar gathering in the works, and reports say the U.S. delegation is likely to push for coal to be part of any future global energy mix. Piotr Trzaskowski, the Polish organizer of, says the “just transition” talk in Poland is just that — talk. Coal is king here, and as President Duda suggested, Polish officials aren’t likely to abandon it. “Their vision is making sure it stays, but just tweaking it here and there,” he told Grist.Meanwhile, attendees representing developing nations may be less concerned about what happens to today’s fossil fuel workers than with the fact that climate change’s worst effects are still on the horizon.“Small islands feel like the ‘just transition’ conversation is only happening vis a vis workers who might lose their jobs,” explains Anabella Rosemberg, the international program director of Greenpeace. “They say,’ What about us? Yes they will lose jobs, but we are sinking.’ The ‘just transition’ for them is 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F).”But to even dream of averting 2.7 degrees F will involve phasing out coal—and coal workers’ jobs—fast. This is no accident. The host city is in the heart of the Polish region of Silesia, which sits on a lucrative coal deposit. A Katowice native running the booth explained that here everyone has a connection to coal: a family member or friend who has either worked in the mines or supported the industry in some other form. Coal isn’t just an energy source in Katowice — it’s a way of life.COP24’s president, Michał Kurtyka, a state secretary in Poland’s Ministry of Energy, argued in his opening remarks that bringing the climate summit to Katowice was a strategic decision: to exhibit a city and region in need of transition away from its lifeblood. “How does one tell a region of 5 million people — in over 70 cities across the region — to just move on, your world is that of the past?” he asked the assembled dignitaries.It’s a rhetorical question familiar in the United States, where coal-mining jobs have been on a fairly steady decline since the 1980s. But while coal in the U.S. now makes up 30 percent of electricity generation, thanks largely to falling natural gas prices, in Poland coal still accounts for almost 80 percent. And the government is planning the construction of further plants. “Every government in Poland is coal, coal,” Monika Sadkowska, a Warsaw-based climate activist, told Grist. “The only strong worker union in Poland is mining. And every government is afraid of them.”Even as the IPCC declared in its October report that coal must be almost entirely phased out by mid-century to keep average global temperatures from cresting over the 2.7 degrees F mark, Polish President Andrzej Duda has been hesitant to renounce it. “According to experts, we have coal deposits that will last 200 years,” he said at a press conference on Monday. “It would be hard to expect us to give up on it totally.”Instead, the Polish government is promoting “carbon neutral” ways to have its coal and burn it, too. In a pamphlet handed out at the Polish country booth, the delegation is promoting “forest coal farms,” or tree-planting projects that will “enable the absorbance of even more CO2” from the country’s massive coal installations.At a press conference, Robert Cyglicki, the director of Greenpeace for central and eastern Europe, was blunt about the scientific reality of such a project. “One coal power plant, Bełchatów, emits more annually than all Polish forests can absorb,” he said of the world’s largest brown coal-burning facility. Yes, forests are great carbon sinks. But they’re no match for all of Poland’s old, dirty coal plants. Amid the heavy coal boosterism, this year’s conference has brought attention to the plight of workers whose livelihoods will be changed under an energy transformation. France’s recent “yellow vest” protests were in response to an increased fuel tax, and the populism spreading across Europe is omnipresent at COP24.In Katowice, most delegates are calling for a “just transition” — a switch in energy sources that doesn’t leave society’s most vulnerable behind. Just as Trump has promised to save the coal industry, Poland’s leaders are promising to provide alternative livelihoods for their countrymen currently working in its mines and coal-fired plants. More Great WIRED StoriesThe climate apocalypse is now, and it’s happening to youSpaceX is launching a piece of art into orbitDespite a great awokening, TV reboots aren’t so wokeCheap and easy STD treatment is over. What went wrong?PHOTOS: Travel a world created by a copy machineLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

first_imgRecently, one such group, the Core Issues Trust, booked a cinema in London’s West End for a film screening event which advocated conversion from homosexuality. The film, Voices of the Silenced, promotes the idea that people can be “rescued” from homosexual impulses and practices, and was also supported by representatives from Christian Concern. After an outcry, the screening was ultimately cancelled by the cinema, where the group staged a public protest on February 8.This was an unusually conspicuous appearance by what remains a relatively fringe organisation. Core Issues Trust, Christian Concern and similar groups claim that people identifying as non-heterosexual can be “converted” into heterosexuals. Presently, there is no ban on gay conversion therapy in the UK. But whereas “ex-gay” ministries have received plenty of coverage in the US, it’s unusual to see a Christian group like this operating visibly in the UK.For many, non-heterosexuality and Christianity are still hard to reconcile. This is largely due to the long history of negativity towards non-heterosexuals from Christian groups. Today, the Church of England’s position is much more promising: in 2017, the General Synod voted in favour of not continuing with its ban on blessing or marrying same-sex couples – a major rubicon in its journey towards full inclusiveness. What’s more, the Church of England General Synod has also called for a ban on gay conversion therapy.But while it might sound like a sea change is underway, there’s still a way to go. While the Core Issues Trust’s values and actions are clearly out of date and largely out of favour, they still find enough of an audience to sustain themselves.Clash of identitiesSome Christians find it hugely difficult to reconcile their non-heterosexuality with their faith. This often leads to negative feelings of fear, anxiety, loneliness, confusion and self-hatred. Conversion therapies recognise and exploit the resulting negative emotions and internal conflict, and offer to resolve the clash of identities by “freeing” people from homosexuality.In my book Undoing Theology: Life Stories from Non-normative Christians, I spend a chapter exploring the emotional roller coaster of one individual’s journey with Christian “conversion” therapy. Desiring release and repair from negative, internalised feelings, non-heterosexual people essentially find themselves forced to bargain – challenged to accept such a “cure” in exchange for a better life. PINK NEWS- Chris Greenough, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion at Edge Hill University looks at the discredited practice of gay conversion therapyThe idea that to be gay is to be sick and in need of a cure might seem archaic and bizarre by mainstream standards, but among a few fundamentalist Christian groups, it lives on today.  While being involved in communities which offer such a “cure” can provide a space for the two incompatible identities of non-heterosexual individuals to temporarily coexist, the long-term consequences are damaging. Of course, throughout history, similar non-religious based “therapeutic” methods have been tried, among them extreme physical medical procedures: castrations, lobotomies, clitoridectomies and shock treatments. Then there are “psychiatric” procedures to deal with the mental state of the “sick” gay person, chief among them hypnosis.As the protagonist in my book affirmed after spending 18 years within the ex-gay ministry, these extreme physical, psychological and spiritual attempts do not work. They are highly destructive and often painful – and their failure indicates that the very possibility of conversion is a lie.Pushing backEven for those who don’t undergo therapy themselves, the lie has pernicious impact. Proposing to “cure” or “convert” non-heterosexual people is a form of delegitimisation. It is wholly unethical. It is a denial of human rights. It encourages internalised homophobia and self-hatred. In the UK, both religion and sexuality are included in equality legislation as protected characteristics – but the screening in London shows that extreme religious views on sexuality are still being asserted in public.Fortunately, a large proportion of both the clergy and the faithful who remain in the pews share inclusive, accepting attitudes more in step with the mainstream. And inside many Christian communities, efforts are underway to improve the situation further. Open Table offers an inclusive worship community and a safe sacred space for non-heterosexual and non-cisgender Christians. Many more groups offer bespoke opportunities for people to come together and practise their faith without negating their identity.While the small minority of Christian groups spreading this negativity has not gone away, thankfully there are fewer examples of such hostility. (The Student Union at my own university recently celebrated pride week, and the Christian Union group publicly announced its solidarity.) Sexuality remains a controversial issue for the churches, but it also serves as a measure of inclusivity.Evidently, some fundamentalist Christian groups remain obsessed with non-heterosexuality, and put considerable energy into railing against it wherever they can. The cumulative impact of their actions is highly damaging and toxic to the people they reach. A broad ban on conversation therapy – whether relating to sexuality or gender identity – is long overdue.Chris Greenough, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion, Edge Hill UniversityThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

first_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | March 06, 2014 Finnish Women Benefit from Osteoporosis Early Detection Public mammography screening provider in Finland mobilizes against osteoporosis News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. March 6, 2014 — The Finnish mammography provider Suomen Radiologikeskus Oy signed an agreement with the IT and medical technology company Sectra. Togethery they will provide osteoporosis assessment in conjunction with public mammography screening in all of Keskus’ nine mammography centers in Finland. Women can have their bone health examined at the same time as their regular mammogram, enabling early detection of osteoporosis and reducing the risk of future fractures. Post-menopausal women comprise a risk group for osteoporosis. In severe cases, osteoporosis can cause fractures which, in turn, can cause great suffering and, at worst, death. The assessment of bone health is made possible by Sectra’s online service, Sectra OneScreen.By offering early detection of osteoporosis, Suomen Radiologikeskus will take more comprehensive responsibility for diagnosing severe diseases in women. At the same time, it will increase profitability in diagnostic imaging with high utilization of their mammography equipment in a rapid workflow. Suomen Radiologikeskus will offer osteoporosis assessment to 60,000 women participating in the public mammography screening program in Finland.Preventive osteoporosis care will result in large savings for society by preventing osteoporosis-related fractures rather than treating the fractures that have already occurred.Sectra OneScreen will be demonstrated in Sectra’s booth 411 at ECR in Vienna, March 6-10.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more read morelast_img read more

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more May 5, 2016 — The National Basketball Association (NBA) and GE Healthcare announced the first round of winning research proposals submitted to their Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Collaboration. Launched in the summer of 2015, this strategic collaboration is funding research to address the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries affecting NBA players and everyday athletes.The collaboration is directed by a Strategic Advisory Board led by John DiFiori, M.D., the NBA’s director of sports medicine, and an NBA/GE Healthcare steering committee.This first round of research proposals focused on the natural history, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tendinopathy. “Tendinopathy — and specifically that involving the patellar tendon — is a common issue among basketball players at all levels,” said DiFiori, who also served as co-chair for this call for proposals. “The NBA is pleased to work with GE Healthcare to fund additional research in this area to increase our understanding of this condition as we seek to improve health outcomes and limit the impact on athletic performance for NBA players and the general population.”Using a competitive application process with a rigorous scientific review, six winning proposals were selected from a group of nearly 70. The following awardees include research teams from leading academic and healthcare institutions across three continents:La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (Jill Cook, Ph.D.) – Patellar Tendon Pathology, Its Development and Relationship with Pain in Elite Athletes. Investigators from La Trobe University and the University of Newcastle in Australia, as well as Tulane University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the United States, propose a novel imaging method to investigate the relationship between pain and change in tendon structure — in both adult and adolescent athletes. This study will also evaluate how certain exercises can immediately impact pain, help avoid missed games and make athletes’ tendons stronger;University of Calgary (W. Brent Edwards, Ph.D.) – Towards the Real-time Monitoring of Tendon Strain and Cumulative Damage to Minimize the Risk of Patellar Tendinopathy. Using advanced imaging techniques and biomechanical measurements to quantify tendon properties, researchers from the University of Calgary, in collaboration with Adidas and Robbins Inc., will assess the influence of playing surfaces and footwear on the risk of patellar tendinopathy and develop a wearable technology to monitor tendon loading during play;University of Calgary (Carolyn Emery, Ph.D.) – Prevention of Patellar and Achilles Tendinopathies in Youth Basketball.  Emery and her team of experts aim to identify risk factors for patella and other tendon-related injuries in young players, explore self-monitoring and reporting programs, and assess the impact of a basketball-specific neuromuscular training program, all of which could have a long-term impact on young athletes and help them avoid premature exit from sport participation;University of Wisconsin-Madison (Kenneth Lee, M.D.) – Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Patellar Tendinopathy: A Randomized Controlled Trial Correlating Clinical, Biomechanical and Novel Imaging Biomarkers. Lee and his team of researchers aim to work with college basketball players to evaluate the effectiveness of a non-surgical intervention for treating patellar tendinopathy (also known as “jumper’s knee”) by comparing the use of concentrated platelets containing healing growth factors in a controlled study. They will also track the healing changes of the patellar tendon using new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound imaging techniques;Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, N.Y. (O. Kenechi Nwawka, M.D.) – Prospective Longitudinal Assessment of Patellar Tendinopathy in Elite Basketball Players Using Quantitative Imaging with Correlation to Symptoms and Functional Analysis. Leveraging advanced medical imaging technology including ultrasound and MRI, researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery aim to characterize the changes in the patellar tendon over the course of a basketball season, thus providing predictive information to identify players at an increased risk of developing tendinopathy; andErasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam (Edwin H.G. Oei, M.D., Ph.D.) – Progressive Tendon-loading Exercise Therapy for Patellar Tendinopathy in Jumping Athletes: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Evaluated with Advanced 3D Ultrashort Echo Time MRI. Researchers from Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with support from the Netherlands Basketball Federation, will use a novel MRI technique called ‘ultrashort echo time MRI’ to evaluate a new graduated, non-invasive exercise therapy for “jumper’s knee” that requires no specific equipment. Such an approach could result in increased tendon and muscle strength and pain relief.“NBA players are among the best in the world, and the NBA is committed to their health and well-being, which is why we’re excited to team up with GE Healthcare and leading researchers for the benefit of the players and our game,” said David Weiss, NBA Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. “The projects we’re announcing today include important areas of focus for the NBA including injury prevention and youth health, as well as advanced technologies and methods such as new approaches to imaging, wearable technology and biomechanics.”Beyond the upcoming myotendinous injury call for proposals, future calls from the NBA/GE Healthcare Collaboration may address bone stress injuries, articular cartilage injury, and other important musculoskeletal issues affecting NBA players.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. 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The multi-year… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more center_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Related Content News | Orthopedic Imaging | May 05, 2016 NBA, GE Healthcare Announce First Musculoskeletal Imaging Research Winners Collaboration awards six grants for research proposals on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tendinopathy News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read morelast_img read more