Scribe shot dead in N Ireland in terrorist incident

first_imgNorth Londonderry: A journalist was shot dead during riots in Northern Ireland in what police Friday were treating as a terrorist incident following the latest upsurge in violence to shake the troubled region. “Lyra McKee was murdered during orchestrated violence in Creggan last night,” Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said in a statement. McKee had earlier posted an image that appeared to be from the riots in the Creggan housing estate in the city of Londonderry, also known as Derry, accompanied by the words “Derry tonight. Absolute madness.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USImages of the unrest posted on social media showed a car and van ablaze and hooded individuals throwing petrol bombs and fireworks at police vehicles. “A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms McKee,” said Hamilton, adding that police believed the gunman was a “violent dissident republican.” “We are treating this as a terrorist incident and we have launched a murder enquiry,” he added. Journalist Matthew Hughes earlier identified the dead woman as one of his friends. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I just received the heartbreaking news that my friend @LyraMcKee was murdered tonight in a terrorist incident in Derry,” he wrote on Twitter. McKee had written for The Atlantic magazine and Buzzfeed News and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2016 as one of their “30 under 30” outstanding figures in media, according to her literary agent Janklow & Nesbit. Leona O’Neill, a reporter with the Belfast Telegraph, said she saw McKee get hurt. “I was standing beside this young woman when she fell beside a police Land Rover tonight in Creggan #Derry. I called an ambulance for her but police put her in the back of their vehicle and rushed her to hospital where she died. Just 29 years old. Sick to my stomach tonight,” she tweeted. Thursday’s unrest raised memories of past decades of violence in Northern Ireland. Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned that “we cannot allow those who want to propagate violence, fear and hate to drag us back to the past”. His British counterpart Theresa May said the killing was “shocking and truly senseless”. In Brussels, a European Commission spokesman condemned the “terrible incident”. “We condemn such violence, and we are confident that the UK authorities will ascertain the exact circumstances of this tragic event,” he said. The violence came in the run-up to the Easter weekend, when Republicans opposed to the British presence in Northern Ireland mark the anniversary of a 1916 uprising against British rule.last_img read more

Calgary entrepreneurs enter the den

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Are they in or are they out? Viewers of the popular show Dragon’s Den will see if a local company gets the deal on Thursday.Kevin and Owen Alto are co-founders of Alto Collective, a company specializing in minimalist wallets and wood phone cases for young professionals.The brothers were invited to pitch their company on the show and Kevin said it was like being on a movie set.“They were all perfectly lit on their pedestals. I don’t think it would be the typical way that you would be speaking with investors in a boardroom or something like that, but the experience had values in many other ways. It’s kinda like the Super Bowl for entrepreneurs.”Of course, Kevin couldn’t reveal whether or not they made a deal with the Dragons as the show doesn’t air until Thursday evening.He did say that the timing of the show’s taping was perfect for him and his brother.“It actually just happened because they reached out to us so within two weeks, were pitching on the show. It was a very good opportunity for us because it coincided right when we were wanting to be looking for investors and then they gave us a call.”Kevin said the experience was memorable, something that’s been on his business bucket list.You can catch the episode at 8:00 pm Thursday on CBC.READ MORE: Calgary furniture company to make an appearance on Dragons’ Den read more

Security Council president says delegation will visit Kosovo this month

4 April 2007The Security Council will this month send a delegation to Kosovo, the 15-member body’s President said today, as it considers a United Nations envoy’s proposal for granting independence in a phased process to the ethnic-Albanian majority Serbian province that has been run by the world body since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999. “I would expect that during the month of April there would be a Security Council mission to Belgrade and to Pristina,” Emyr Jones Parry, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, told a press briefing in New York. He added that details would follow after meetings with other Council members to see “how they’d like to conduct that mission.”Asked how the Council would advance the issue given the divergent views on how to proceed, including strong opposition to independence by the Russian Federation and Serbia, Mr. Jones Parry said yesterday’s discussion was informative because it demonstrated to the Council “how sensitive this issue is and how carefully [former Finnish] President [Martti] Ahtisaari [the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the future status process for Kosovo], had formulated his proposal.“Within the Council there is a natural sense of: we want more information, we are worried about the dismemberment of a State. At the same time many in the Council acknowledge that we’ve gotten to the point where what President Ahtisaari is proposing is the logical, the necessary political step and that if this is done in a carefully managed way, we can end up with stability, rights and reconciliation all furthered between Kosovo and Serbia.”Regarding the next steps, he said it would be necessary to take decisions on the Council mission’s leadership and terms of reference. “What I do not expect is the early tabling of a resolution,” he said, pointing out that consultations will have to be held in key capitals first.On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Ahtisaari briefed the Security Council in a private meeting, which was later followed by closed consultations. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. Ahtisaari said this was the start of a process and that he was pleased by the discussions with the members of the Security Council. He said that the process, if not a marathon, was “at least a 10,000-metre run.” He also stressed that the Council must recognize that the sooner a decision is made on Kosovo, the better.Meanwhile, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the recent attack on the Monastery of Decani in Kosovo and pledged the agency’s continued support to ensure the preservation of the edifice, which is considered an endangered cultural site.“UNESCO and the whole international community recognized the universal value of this property when they inscribed it on the World Heritage List,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, referring to the fact that the Monastery is part of the ensemble of Medieval Monuments in Kosovo, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2004, and put on the World Heritage in Danger List in 2006.On 30 March, a grenade launcher was found on the hillside overlooking the monastery, and a rocket engine was discovered lodged in one of its outer walls, according to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). This follows reports of two explosive noises heard by the monks on Friday. “I condemn the attack on the Monastery of Decani,” Mr. Matsuura declared. “We at UNESCO remain committed to pursue the work undertaken to ensure the preservation of cultural heritage in Kosovo and I urge the leaders of all of Kosovo’s communities to exercise restraint for the sake of a heritage that is valuable to us all.”The largest medieval church in South-Eastern Europe, the Decani Monastery has come under attack several times since the late 1990s. Initial reports indicate that the 14th century edifice sustained only light damage in last week’s attack, according to UNESCO, which said none of the monks living in the Monastery were injured.Following the attack, the senior UN envoy to Kosovo, Joachim Rücker, voiced concern about the situation and called the monastery “a place of immense spiritual importance for the Kosovo Serb community and a treasure for the people of Kosovo and beyond.” read more

Free recital series returns with an international twist

The RBC Foundation Music@Noon Recital Series returns next week with a concert blending Canadian and Maltese influences.On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Brock Associate Professor Karin Di Bella will be joined by Maltese-Canadian flautist Rebecca Hall in The Recital Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.Hall holds a Doctorate of Music from the University of Malta and has performed with the Malta Philharmonic and the Cosmos Wind Ensemble.Hall and Di Bella first connected over their shared interest in Canadian composer Jack Behrens, whom Di Bella has been researching during her sabbatical leave this year.  Di Bella said that connecting with Hall has been extremely beneficial to her research, given they each approach Behrens’ repertoire from different perspectives.  “She knows everything that I don’t know,” said Di Bella. “When the two of us get together, it’s really fun to talk about what we know about Jack because we know it from different sides of his output and can learn from each other.”Di Bella recently had the opportunity to travel to Malta in October to give a performance with Hall at the University of Malta, featuring highlighted works by both Canadian and Maltese composers. Di Bella also gave a lecture-recital at the university, where she performed her research on Behrens.“Meeting in person is so important when you’re doing work like this,” she explained. “Being able to work through ideas together is really valuable because there’s only so much you can do over the phone or email and it also gets the wheels turning about future projects.”Di Bella is looking forward to sharing the work of Behrens with a new audience at the upcoming recital.  “What’s interesting about Jack’s pieces is that even though they’re more modern in style, they’re still really accessible,” explained Di Bella, “He may not be a composer that most people think to go to, to learn repertoire from, but I think his pieces are great and people always like them when they hear them.”Di Bella is also looking forward to sharing the stage with her Maltese colleague once more, and encourages everyone to attend.The Music@Noon recital series is generously sponsored by the RBC Foundation and takes place most Tuesdays at noon during the academic year in The Recital Hall of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. This is a free event that is open to the public.For more information on upcoming performances, please visit the Brock University Music page. read more

Outotec has been selected to build a new fully scalable ilmeniteprocessing plant

first_imgCristal Global is embarking on a new project to bring equilibrium across the vertical industry value chain for its customers and partners. Outotec has been selected to build an AC Arc ilmenite smelting plant for Cristal Global in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. The plant, estimated to become operational in Q4 2013, brings a new source of 85% TiO2 slag onto the market.It will have an initial capacity of 500,000 t of TiO2 slag, with 235,000 t of high purity pig iron as valuable co-product. It will be a scalable facility – maximum production of 1 Mt of TiO2 slag is possible. The plant will be constructed on a turnkey basis and will require 800,000 t/y of ilmenite ore to produce 500,000 t of 85% TiO2 slag.The smelter’s location brings significant cost savings and operational synergies, due to the logistics, cost savings, and abundant power capacity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Thomas VanValkenburgh, Vice President of Supply Chain at Cristal Global, commented: “Cristal Global is proud to bring its expertise, capital and strategic vision to this new project, poised to benefit the whole vertical industry value chain through additional TiO2 feedstock production capacity. We’ve made the decision to invest now to ensure that our customers, business partners and wider stakeholders have the security of stable supply of TiO2, which is vital for the future and growth of the whole industry.We look forward to working with our partner, Outotec, on this project, as well as to more fruitful collaboration with our current mineral sands suppliers and our integrated upstream subsidiary BeMax. We believe this investment will create growth and opportunities across the vertical industry value chain.”Cristal Global is a leading globally vertically integrated chemical and pigments company, primarily focused on the Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) technology. Cristal Global’s headquarters are located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with significant presence in North America, Latin America, Europe (UK, France, and Belgium), Australia and China. It is the second largest TiO2 producer in the world, a leading manufacturer of ultrafine Tio2 and the largest merchant supplier of titanium with global revenues surpassing $2.2 billion in 2010.last_img read more

Your opinion Slawomir Szmal is the biggest loss for some EHF EURO

Our Poll question: “Who will be the biggest loss for his National Team at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia” gave us interesting results. The biggest loss for his team will be injury of Polish goalkeeper, Slawomir Szmal, who had knee surgery ten days ago and won’t be able to support his team in Serbia.The second is young French star William Accambray (suddenly get back to the court), third Arpad Sterbik, fourth Olafur Stefansson and fifth, Norwegian goalkeeper, Steiner Ege. ← Previous Story Duvnjak & Penezic – Croatia’s best for 2011 Next Story → United Serbs: Two captains, one wish – Medal! read more

KIELCE IN CRISIS Dunkerque beat Polish champions

1. THW Kiel6501180:166(14)10 TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA 6. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…7106163:185(-22)2 3. KS Vive Targi Kielce7403206:188(18)8 1. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn7502173:165(8)10 5. FC Porto Vitalis7205161:188(-27)4 4. Orlen Wisla Plock6303163:154(9)6 After an awful performance, Vive Targi Kielce were beaten by Dunkerque HB Grand Littoral 25:30. Kielce began quite well as they gained a few goal advantage. Dunkerque could not figure out Polish defence plus there was also Sławomir Szmal who saved a couple of shots. Then Polish champions slowed down. They wasted a number of good chances to score (i.e. missed penalty shot) and the french team caught up with their opponent. The referees stopped having the situation well in hands for a moment and started making mistakes. Last minutes of the first half were great for Kielce who, paradoxically, played with one player on the bench. They left the court with 3 goal distance and with a hope for a good performance in the second half. And in fact, it did not start bad – the distance started getting bigger and when there were excellent chances to make it 5 goals, they were wasted.This was the moment when the catastrophe started approaching. First Dunkerque made the result a draw and then it was just a show of Kielce’s incapacity. Not even one element worked well. It did not change until the very end and therefore Vive lost by 5 goals, having made a very bad impression. Thus Kielce also wasted an unexpected gift from Porto as they beat KIF Kolding 27:24 .Dunkerque HB – Vive Targi Kielce 30:25 (12:15)Dunkerque: Gerard – Nagy 7, Mokrani 6, Butto 5, Guillard 3, Joli 3/3, Lie Hansen 2, Soudry 2, Afgour 1, Touati 1, Lamon.Vive: Szmal, Losert – Strlek 4, Cupić 3 (0/1), Lijewski 3, Musa 3, Zorman 3, Aguinagalde 2, Jurecki 2, Olafsson 2 (1/1), Tkaczyk 2, Buntić 1, Bielecki, Chrapkowski, Grabarczyk.STANDINGS: Dunkerque handballhandballVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story 200th victory in EHF CL: Barca beat Vardar! Next Story → BIG NIGHT IN PORTO: KIF stopped by Portuguese champion! read more

Judge restores Ubers London licence for 15 months after it was revoked

first_img Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 9:37 PM 8,234 Views Image: Laura Dale via PA Images Uber has about 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital. Image: Laura Dale via PA Images Short URL 4 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img UBER HAS WON a legal bid to restore its operating licence in London after a judge overturned an earlier decision and granted the ride-hailing app a 15-month permit.The capital’s transport authority stripped the American firm of its licence last September amid safety concerns, but Uber appealed the decision and was allowed to continue operating while the case was heard.At a hearing, its lawyers convinced England’s chief magistrate that it had mended its ways with a raft of reforms.“It has provided evidence to this court that it is now a fit and proper person,” Judge Emma Arbuthnot wrote in a 13-page ruling granting the new licence.However, the judge agreed with transport officials’ decision to block the renewal last year, noting “a rather gung-ho attitude of those running the business in the very recent past”.“The attitude of the previous managers… appeared to me on the evidence to be that of grow the business come what may.”Shorter licence termBut Arbuthnot said she had considered “the new governance arrangements” put in place and was persuaded that a shorter 15-month licence term would allow Transport for London (TfL), the authority, to judge Uber’s changes.Tom Elvidge, General Manager of Uber in the UK, welcomed the decision.“We will continue to work with TfL to address their concerns and earn their trust while providing the best possible service for our customers,” he said in a statement.The company has about 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital.TfL’s concerns included how it obtained drivers’ medical certificates and how criminal record checks were carried out.‘Wholesale change’In court, Uber argued it had instituted “wholesale change” to these and other areas.Measures adopted include the appointment of new non-executive directors, limits to driver hours, a new telephone support line, and better insurance policies, it said.“We accept TfL’s decision in September was the right decision on the evidence at the time,” Uber’s lawyer Tom de la Mare told the judge.“That acceptance has led to wholesale change in the way we conduct our business.”London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the judge had “vindicated” his officials’ initial decision and Uber was now “on probation”.“After years of operating poorly in London, Uber has now accepted that TfL’s action in refusing to renew their licence was totally justified.“Their 15-month licence has a clear set of conditions that TfL will thoroughly monitor and enforce.”Consumer watchdog SumOfUs greeted the u-turn with dismay.“Uber’s new directors threw its old bosses under the bus today, and persuaded a judge that the gig economy giant has turned a corner for good,” said its campaigner Eoin Dubsky.“Uber is still a shady corporation and shouldn’t have been granted a new licence until it can show drivers are treated fairly.”Steve McNamara, general secretary of Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, echoed the criticism.“Cab drivers are going to be hearing this in absolute disbelief,” he told AFP outside the court, calling the ruling “a travesty”.“We’ve had two days of evidence, Uber has admitted an absolute catalogue of errors,” he added.“The magistrate has said ‘be good boys, don’t do it again and I’ll give you a licence’.”Other casesIn a separate case, Uber is also appealing against an employment court ruling that would give its drivers the right to paid holidays and the national minimum wage.The London licence has been one of a number of headaches for Uber and its new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over last August after founder Travis Kalanick was ousted following a series of scandals.Its self-driving car programme in the United States suffered a blow with a deadly accident in March.Uber also faces being banned in Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this month that the app was “finished”, following an intense lobbying campaign from Istanbul taxi drivers.© – AFP, 2018 Judge restores Uber’s London licence for 15 months after it was revoked last September The capital’s transport authority stripped the American firm of its licence last September amid safety concerns. Share2 Tweet Email Jun 26th 2018, 9:37 PM Uber has about 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital. By AFPlast_img read more

Rep Gruenbergs widow seeks control of husbands records is blocked

first_imgDownload AudioIt’s been more than two weeks since Representative Max Gruenberg died, and his legacy lives on in the Capital: The House Judiciary Committee room was named after him. One area where his legacy is contested is what will happen to the legislative records he left behind.Rep. Max Gruenberg was respected for his devotion to the legislative process and to his district in Anchorage. (File Photo: Alaska Public Media.)Kayla Epstein, his widow, wants control of his records, but she’s been blocked. She hopes the documents help the bills Gruenberg was working on become law.“He was working on a lot of legislation that he was not even intending to follow through with himself, but giving to other legislators on both sides of the aisle things he knew they’d be interested in. And I’d like to find those,” said Epstein. “That’s part of his legacy too. Making sure that those get into the right hands.”However, lawyer Doug Gardner wrote in a memo that Gruenberg’s papers were protected by legislative immunity. Gardner directs the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency’s Legal Services office.Anchorage Republican Representative Craig Johnson cited Gardner’s opinion in denying Epstein access to the records.The state followed the same rules when Palmer Republican Representative Carl Gatto died in 2012.But Epstein disagrees with that interpretation. She notes legislative immunity in Alaska is based on a similar provision in the U.S. Constitution.“In the federal government, when a legislator dies, their papers are sent to their heirs within 90 days,” Epstein said. “That is their rules. Our rules are based on the federal rules. There really is no reason that I haven’t gotten Max’s papers.”Legislators are talking about changing the rules, so that they will indicate what they want to happen to their records if they die in office.Ohio State University law professor Steven Huefner has studied the issue of legislative immunity. He says the precedent for how to handle records after a legislator dies in office isn’t clear.“What I think is important is to give members, before they pass on, an opportunity to decide what their wishes are,” said Huefner. “Obviously, you’ve got a problem here, because that didn’t happen, so in this instance, it’s tricky. But I think members ought to be able to decide ahead of time that they want their papers to become public.”Epstein says she plans to file a request for the records soon.last_img read more

Delhi police arrest JeM terrorist from Srinagar

first_imgNew Delhi :  The Delhi Police have arrested a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist from Srinagar, it said on Tuesday. The terrorist has been identified as Basir Ahmad Ponnu, carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh, said Sanjeev Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special cell. Ahmad along with three other JeM terrorists — Shahid Gafoor, Fayaz Ahmed Lone, Abdul Majid Baba — were apprehended by the Delhi Police Special Cell in 2007 after a brief encounter in New Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhayay Marg area. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Police had recovered highly explosive material weighing 3 kg, four detonators, timer, six hand grenades, a .30 bore pistol, magazine with two live cartridges, currency worth Rs 50,000 and fake US currency ($10,000) from their possession. “In 2013, a court convicted Gafoor and acquitted the three others. On appeal against their acquittal, the High Court of Delhi convicted all three terrorists,” said Yadav. After being convicted, Ponnu, Lone and Baba did not surrender before the High Court of Delhi and evaded their arrest. “Non-bailable warrants were issued against them several times since 2014. Multiple raids had failed to nab any of them. Ponnu is being brought to Delhi to face sentencing by the Delhi High Court while his activities over the past four years are also being probed,” Yadav added.last_img read more

Protesters suspend quota reform demonstration

first_imgA demonstrator chants slogan during quota reform demonstration. Prothom Alo file photoThe agitating students who had been demanding a reform in the existing quota system on Thursday suspended their demonstrations until a gazette is published abolishing quota.The leaders of the Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Raksha Parishad announced the decision on Thursday morning, a day after prime minister Sheikh Hasina declared in the parliament that there would be no quota in the public service jobs.“We have stopped the demonstrations honouring the prime minister’s declaration,” said Hasan Al Mamun, a convener of the platform.On Wednesday, the PM in the parliament said that there would be no quota in the public services, amid countrywide protests from the students who demanded recruitment on the basis of merit.“Since no one wants the quota, I think, there should be no quota,” Sheikh Hasina said in reply to a supplementary question from Awami League member of parliament Jahangir Kabir Nanak.last_img read more

The 12yrold Recruit – Americas Youngest Decorated Serviceman in WWII

first_imgIt was not uncommon for boys to lie about their age to enlist during the Second World War. Some would try to convince recruiting personnel that they were legally old enough at 17 to join up without parental consent; you could sign up at 16 if you had a parent agree. But a 12-year-old? That seems much too young, and yet Calvin Graham did exactly that.After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Calvin, like many other Americans, felt the urgent need to join the military. Born in Canton, Texas in 1930, he was mature for his age and looked older than he really was.Photo of U.S. Navy Seaman First Class Calvin Graham.Before he enlisted in Houston, he practiced speaking with a deeper voice so that he sounded older, too. At the age of 11 he started shaving, hoping that it would help make him look older still.He had already left home as his father was abusive and there wasn’t a lot of room in their small home, with Calvin being one of seven children.So, with a sense of independence already ingrained in him, he forged his mother’s signature and went to the recruiting office with two other friends, aged 14 and 15.Dressed in his older brother’s clothes, it wasn’t the signature being discovered as a forgery that worried him. He was really concerned about the dentist who looked at potential recruits’ teeth.Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island shortly after the beginning of the Pearl Harbor attack.Later in life, Calvin revealed just how unsure he was: “I knew he’d know how young I was by my teeth … and when the dentist kept saying I was 12, I said I was 17.”So, he revealed to the dentist that the two boys ahead of him – his friends – were underage, and the dentist let him pass. However, Calvin always believed that the dentist knew the truth, “but we were losing the war then, so they took six of us.”After telling his mother that he was going to visit relatives, he left school and went to San Diego for naval basic training. Again, Calvin believed that the military knew full well that he and others were underage, and instructors often made them run extra miles or carry heavier packs than the older recruits.The aircraft carrier Hornet under attack.Calvin was assigned to the USS South Dakota as part of a larger task force in the Pacific, led by the USS Enterprise. Shortly after Calvin embarked on the ship, the Japanese attacked the naval group in October 1942, penetrating the Enterprise’s air patrol.Another ship in the group, the USS Hornet was sunk. The crew of the South Dakota managed to destroy 26 enemy planes using its antiaircraft guns before returning to Pearl Harbor for repairs. Calvin became a teenager on November 13th, the same day the Japanese began to shell the American airfield on Guadalcanal Island.The USS South Dakota.The next day the South Dakota and Enterprise, this time with the USS Washington, engaged with the Japanese near Savo Island.The four American destroyers that were also with the group were sunk or badly damaged.That evening, the South Dakota confronted eight Japanese destroyers, and, using its 16-inch guns, set three of them alight.The South Dakota took no fewer than 42 enemy hits that night; 38 crew were killed and another 60 wounded, including Calvin. While manning his gun, he was hit in the jaw by shrapnel.USS Washington anchored at the Puget Sound Navy Yard.Another hit knocked him clean through three stories of the superstructure. Nevertheless, he managed to get up and, while bleeding himself, help other crew members: “I took belts off the dead and made tourniquets for the living and gave them cigarettes and encouraged them all night … It was a long night. It aged me.”The captain of the ship, Thomas Gatch, later said that although his crew was inexperienced, “Not one of the ship’s company flinched from his post or showed the least disaffection.” As the South Dakota disappeared into the smoke, the Japanese believed that this ship had been sunk, and the legend of Battleship X was born.Gatch’s crew was profiled in the news for their heroism, and Calvin Graham received the Bronze Star for his actions and the Purple Heart for his injuries. His mother, however, recognized her son in the newsreel footage and contacted the Navy, informing it just how old the young sailor really was.As a result, Calvin was sent to the brig at Corpus Christi, Texas, and his career in the Navy was over. His medals were revoked, as were his disability benefits. His sister, however, contacted the press and notified them that a “baby vet” was in prison. As a result of the negative press, Calvin was released after only three months, but without an honorable discharge.When he returned to Houston he was a hometown hero and treated as a bit of a celebrity. This quickly faded, however, and Calvin struggled. He tried to go back to school but was too far behind other kids his age to keep up. He married young – at only 14 years of age – became a father at 15, and divorced by 17. He sold magazine subscriptions to support himself.When President Jimmy Carter was elected in 1976, Calvin wrote to him about this wartime experience. He had heard about a discharge program for deserters and believed that he was just as entitled to an honorable discharge.Read another story from us:  Unknown Civil War Faces are Being Identified Through Facial Recognition AppIn 1978 he received his wish, and his medals were re-awarded, except for the Purple Heart. He would not receive that honor until 1994, two years after he had died.Calvin Graham died in Forth Worth, Texas in 1992, having been the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during the Second World War.last_img read more

Interior design trends Whats out

first_imgCopperCopper will always be in style in some way, but cheap and shiny imitation copper has had it. A more industrial look is expected for 2017. The shift will be away from the super polished look with black steel and burnished metals taking over.MarbleWith marble homeware having been the rage in the mass-produced homewares  market, expect a sharp decline in this fad. Raw, organic textures like wood, clay and wicker will take over.Quote artworksAfter years of popularity, quote artworks are on their way out at last. Seen as a cliché they have had their day.Fiddle leaf figsOnce featured in many magazine spreads, the fiddle leaf fig will soon make way for a new statement indoor plant. Those predicting trends are whispering that it will be the olive tree.Open plan living SaveSave Defined living spaces are returning to modern homes  as more private home layouts gain popularity. Gripes about open plan living areas incorporating kitchen, living, dining and even study areas are problems with acoustics and cooking smells permeating the spaces. Central courtyards as a means of breaking up spaces with the living, kitchen and dining areas around it, are making leeway. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Intelerad Launches NorthStar Client Services to Improve Customer Service

first_imgNews | Enterprise Imaging | January 11, 2017 Intelerad Launches NorthStar Client Services to Improve Customer Service NorthStar will help radiology clients better streamline workflows while offering faster technical support response and resolution times Since Desgagné’s arrival, Intelerad has focused on streamlining service delivery, and have increased their emphasis on client-centric knowledge management and training program development, according to the company. It has also increased its focus on project management and introduced lean and development operations methodologies to continually improve upon our outstanding services. From a technical support standpoint, Intelerad said it is continually improving response and resolution times. CarolinaEast Health System Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | July 02, 2019 Reducing Complexity and Cost at CarolinaEast Health System — A Transformative Approach Quality care matters deeply to CarolinaEast Health Syst… read more Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 08, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 1 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Video Player is loading.Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success – Part 1Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:44Loaded: 1.86%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:44 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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Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more January 11, 2017 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced in November the launch of NorthStar Client Services, which will enrich and expand their enterprise imaging service and support offerings. 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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 Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 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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Guatemalas expresident Portillo home from US prison

first_imgFormer Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo returned home Wednesday evening after spending nine months in U.S. prison for laundering bribe money from Taiwan.“I am so happy to be home in Guatemala with my daughter Gabriela, with [his ex-wife] Evelyn and my family,” said Portillo, 63, who earned the dubious distinction of having been the first former Latin American president handed over by his country to a U.S. court.As Portillo spoke with reporters at Guatemala’s La Aurora International Airport, a large crowd of followers waited outside, cheering the former leader.Portillo left no doubt that he plans to jump into the country’s election-year political scene, though not as a candidate. He said he wanted to seek a national agreement aimed at reforming the Guatemalan government.“The country can’t continue with the same political system we have, … with the same justice system we have,” Portillo said, adding that the country’s constitution and government “don’t work.”“If we all agree, in Guatemala, if we all accept, humbly, responsibly, bravely … that we’ve made mistakes, that we’re not perfect, the country could move forward,” he said.Portillo assured he would not be a candidate for any elected position, and that if his proposed national agreement wasn’t possible, he would not take part in active politics and would go back to being a university professor.Portillo had been extradited to the U.S. in May 2013 and a year later was convicted of laundering $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan so that Guatemala would keep recognizing Taiwan and not Beijing.Central America is home to six of the 22 countries that recognize Taiwan’s independence from China.Costa Rica also recognized Taiwan until 2007. Since then, it has signed a free trade agreement with China, in 2011, and cooperation deals worth $2 billion in 2013, equivalent to four percent of its economy.Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that Portillo had served six months in U.S. prison.  Related posts:Guatemala’s Alfonso Portillo gets six years in prison in US Guatemala’s Pérez Molina clings to power despite unprecedented pressure to resign Guatemala’s former vice president charged in customs fraud ring, ordered held in prison Guatemalan legislative commission recommends lifting President Pérez Molina’s immunity Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Costa Rica now will accept Syrian refugees after president reverses course

first_imgIn a presidential flip-flop, Casa Presidencial announced Tuesday that Costa Rica will begin accepting refugee applications from Syrians fleeing a brutal and horrific war back home.The statement, which followed a meeting with protesters advocating on behalf of refugees, was a reversal from President Luis Guillermo Solís’ earlier remarks that Syrian refugees would not find acceptance in Costa Rica.Vice Minister of the Interior Carmen Muñoz met with members of Costa Rica’s Muslim community, including Syrians, after a small demonstration took place outside Casa Presidencial on Tuesday urging the government to accept Syrians fleeing the civil war.Demonstrators held signs reading, “We have family in Syria, what would you do for your family?” and the now iconic image of Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy photographed facedown on a Turkish beach after drowning in an attempt to reach Europe with his family. According to figures from the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, the war has turned more than 3.8 million Syrians into refugees, and an additional 7.6 million people are internally displaced as a result of the four-year conflict. #EnDesarrollo Afueras de Casa Presidencial: Reducido grupo pide a @luisguillermosr apoyo a refugiados sirios.— ameliarueda (@ameliarueda) September 22, 2015 Related posts:As tragedies shock Europe, a bigger crisis looms in the Middle East Costa Rica’s Solís joins UN secretary-general in call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict Germany reinstates border controls over refugee surge Costa Rican knitters provide comfort to Syrian refugeescenter_img “Costa Rica is recognized internationally for its democratic tradition and respect for human rights. It has been a destination country for people who seek protection from conflict areas in their place of birth. In this spirt, and amid the situation in Syria, we will process the applications these citizens present,” Solís said, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial.The president’s words are a reversal on comments he made on Sept. 11, when he told reporters that Costa Ricans and Syrians do not share a common culture or religion, and he doubted the refugees would successfully integrate into Costa Rican society.“I don’t want a humanitarian gesture to end up with us building ghettos in Costa Rica,” Solís said, according to the news website to immigration figures, 38 people of Syrian origin currently have legal resident status in Costa Rica because of connection with Costa Ricans. Four refugee applications are pending, and six visas are being processed based on family reunification. The number of Muslims in Costa Rica may be small, but San José does have a mosque and Islamic culture center.Costa Rica has a strong history of accepting conflict refugees, mostly from Latin America. In addition to Ecuador, Costa Rica is the largest receiver of refugees in Latin America. The vast majority of the refugees in Costa Rica – 76 percent – are from Colombia. After Colombians are Cubans (8 percent) and Venezuelans (3 percent).Costa Rica has seen a spike in refugee applications during the last year, especially from people fleeing violence in Central America’s Northern Triangle. So far in 2015 the government has approved 115 refugee requests. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

TripAdvisor launch industry resources portal

first_imgTripAdvisor Insights is a new web portal that allows business owners and other members of the travel industry to research trends and statistics, news, tips and other information on a daily basis. Visitors will gain access to best practice marketing strategies, thought-leading articles from TripAdvisor insiders, case studies from hospitality practitioners, and the latest travel trends from industry authorities. “We hope this new resource will become indispensable to online marketing professionals and anyone who wants to learn more about the sector.” “As the world’s largest travel site, we have unprecedented access to industry experts and trend revealing data,” TripAdvisor for Business vice president marketing Alison Copus said. TripAdvisor has launched a new online marketing resource, designed to inform and assist travel industry professionals.center_img The content will be available in a number of formats; including webinars, videos, printed materials and more, which were previously accessible through the TripAdvisor for Business blog and Management Centre. New marketing site provides industry with a range of daily resources. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

FDIC Suit Revived Against Deutsche Goldman and RBS

first_img Deutsche Bank Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Goldman Sachs Mortgage-Backed Securities Royal Bank of Scotland 2015-08-11 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market FDIC Suit Revived Against Deutsche, Goldman, and RBS Sharecenter_img August 11, 2015 613 Views The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has revived a lawsuits filed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) accusing Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and the Royal Bank of Scotland of fraud with regards to $840 million worth of mortgage-backed securities sold to a Texas bank that later failed, according to multiple media reports.Citing a federal law passed in 1989 following the savings and loan crisis, the 5th Circuit Court ruled that the FDIC had an extended amount of time to file lawsuits on behalf of institutions it insures that went into receivership. The FDIC is accusing the Deutsche, Goldman, and RBS of making false statements in selling $840 million in mortgage-backed securities to Texas-based Guaranty Bank in 2004 and 2005. The FDIC took the bank into receivership in June 2009.A judge in Austin, Texas, dismissed the lawsuits filed by the FDIC last year against the financial institutions, stating that a Texas law that required lawsuits to be filed within five years of the sale of the mortgage-backed securities superseded the federal law. The lawsuits were filed in 2014, nine and 10 years after the securities were sold.Circuit Judge Carolyn Dineen King wrote in her ruling that it was “highly unlikely” that Congress would have applied the time limit in some cases but not all, according to a report from Reuters. She wrote in her ruling that the federal law allowed the FDIC to focus on handling bank failures instead of worrying about whether or not there is a potential statute of limitations and what that time limit might be.This is not the first case in which an appeals court has ruled in favor of the regulators on the time limit issue. Last year, a federal appeals court in Denver found that the National Credit Union Administration filed its mortgage-backed securities lawsuits in a timely manner, according to Reuters.Another mortgage-backed securities case in which RBS was involved was decided in May in favor of the government agency that filed the suit. The FHFA alleged it suffered monumental losses when the sponsor of the mortgage-backed securities, Nomura, and the securities’ underwriter, RBS, did not follow underwriting guidelines on 68 percent of a sample of a bundle of securities backing more than $2 billion worth of mortgages sold to the GSEs prior to the financial crisis of 2008. FHFA was seeking $1.1 billion; the court found Nomura liable and FHFA was awarded $806 million. Nomura has appealed the penalty, and the time limit issue could be pivotal in the appeals court’s decision, since Nomura contents that the FHFA waited too long to file the suit.FHFA currently has a separate suit pending against RBS; the Scotland-based bank is the last case to be decided out of 18 lawsuits filed by the FHFA against lenders in 2011 to recoup U.S. taxpayer costs following the government’s $188 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2008. Sixteen of the lenders settled; the Nomura case was the first one to go to trial. The RBS case is expected to go to trial sometime next year.last_img read more

DeMarco Tapped to Head HPC

first_img April 25, 2017 530 Views DeMarco Tapped to Head HPC in Government, Headlines Ed DeMarco, former Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, has been tapped to head the Financial Service Roundtable’s Housing Policy Council (HPC).DeMarco served as the Acting Director of FHFA from 2009 to 2014 and was previously named Housing Wire’s Person of the Year. According to FSR CEO Tim Pawlenty, DeMarco is coming at a pivotal time for the HPC.“FSR is proud to welcome Ed DeMarco to lead our Housing Policy Council at a critical time for housing issues in Washington,” said FSR CEO Tim Pawlenty. “Ed is a deeply knowledgeable and passionate policy expert who understands how government and industry can better work together to drive economic growth while protecting taxpayers and consumers. We look forward to Ed’s leadership and thank Secretary John Dalton for his twelve years of service driving HPC forward and working tirelessly on behalf of our members.”DeMarco previously served as a Senior Fellow in Residence at the Milken Institute’s Center for Financial Markets, where he helped moved forward a number of pressing housing policy issues. He has also served as COO and Senior Deputy Director at the FHFA, as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the Social Security Administration; and Director of the Office of Financial Institutions Policy at the Treasury Department.He will take over as president as of June 1.center_img 2017-04-25 Aly J. Yale Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander started his bye week by stopping by Phoenix Children’s Hospital to present a check on behalf of the team. The Cardinals gave $10,000 to Give-A-Thon benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Along with challenging his teammates and all Birdgang fans, Alexander also said he was going to donate an undisclosed amount. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more