Feds ordered to produce St Annes documents to TRC

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has been ordered to provide police documents detailing abuse at the former St. Anne’s Residential School to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Ontario Justice Paul Perell ordered the feds Tuesday to give over the documents to the TRC.“Canada has too narrowly interpreted its disclosure obligations…[T]here has been non-compliance [with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, IRSSA], and Canada can and must do more in producing documents about the events at St. Anne’s,” wrote Perell in his decision.The documents stem from a five-year Ontario Provincial Police investigation between 1992-1997 into sexual and physical abuse at St. Anne’s in Fort Albany, Ont.The police investigation resulted in criminal convictions.It’s the second time in a year the federal government has been forced to produce documents to the TRC.Last January, a judge ordered more documents to be given to the TRC after the feds refused and fought it in court.“It is troubling that we have had to go to court twice now in under a year to get Canada to honour its obligation to produce all relevant documents,” said TRC lawyer Julian Falconer. “In my view, this is proof positive that Canada just doesn’t get it. There is a real risk that the government’s reliance on legal technicalities to avoid doing the right thing will undermine the apology given so solemnly by the prime minister on behalf of Canadians five years ago.”The TRC is an independent commission with a mandate to document the history of the 130-year residential schools where thousands of Aboriginal children died and were abused after being taken from their homes and put in church-run, state-paid, schools.last_img read more

Ontario police watchdog reviewing 9 MMIW Thunder Bay cases

first_imgAPTN National NewsOntario’s police watchdog is reviewing nine cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Thunder Bay.Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly said the nine murdered and missing Indigenous women cases primarily stem from 2009 to the present.McNeilly said the nine cases are part of a total of 39 Thunder Bay death cases going back to the 1990s his office is reviewing as part of a wide-ranging probe of the city’s police force.“It is detailed, it is time consuming,” said McNeilly, in an interview Tuesday. “We are going over all the evidence from the investigations.”McNeilly said the majority of the death cases under review involve Indigenous peoples, but his office’s investigators are also combing through files involving non-Indigenous deaths to gauge whether Thunder Bay police handled investigations differently based on race.“For me in regards to Thunder Bay what we see is of great concern to us,” said McNeilly.McNeilly’s office has included the May waterway deaths of Tammy Keeash, 17, and Josiah Begg, 14, as part of its review. Keeash, from North Caribou Lake, was found dead in a marsh area of shallow water known as the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway. Begg, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, was found in the McIntyre River.McNeilly’s team is also reviewing the case of Stacy DeBungee, 41, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on Oct. 19, 2015. McNeilly said he expects to release a separate report on the Thunder Bay police’s conduct in handling DeBungee’s death investigation by the middle of next month.Read More: Thunder BayThunder Bay police publicly announced there was no foul play suspected in DeBungee’s death before the completion of an autopsy. A separate investigation conducted by a private investigator discovered that two sets of identification documents — one belonging to DeBungee and the other belonging to an individual that has yet to be tracked down — were found by the river where DeBungee was found. DeBungee’s debit card was also used after his death.In addition to the 39 death cases, McNeilly’s office is also reviewing the deaths of seven First Nation youth which were the subject of a coroner’s inquest that concluded last summer.Five of the seven youth were found dead in the city’s waterways. The coroner’s jury concluded it could not determine what led to three of the five drowning deaths.McNeilly’s office stepped in to investigate the Thunder Bay police last fall after First Nation leaders began to loudly question the police’s handling of death cases involving Indigenous peoples.The public record shows Thunder Bay police investigators have for years been quick to rule out foul play in the apparent drowning death of Indigenous peoples.McNeilly said his office has received numerous complaints from Thunder Bay over the years and some have been withdrawn because complainants feared reprisal.“It has to get better,” he said. “We have to work together to fix this, to make it better.”McNeilly will be in Thunder Bay on Sept. 25 for a public meeting.He plans to travel regularly to the northern Ontario city over the next several months to complete a report on allegations of systemic racism against the Thunder Bay police.McNeilly’s office has been given full access to Thunder Bay police files as part of the review, he said.“I am a friend. I am not an enemy of the people,” he said. “Or an enemy of the police.”McNeilly is familiar with some of the issues facing the Indigenous community is Thunder Bay as a result of his experience running Legal Aid in Manitoba.“I know there is hope,” he said. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think so.”McNeilly said he expects to deliver his final report on the Thunder Bay police by the end of next winter.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Boeing takes hit to its reputation after 2 plane crashes

NEW YORK — Boeing’s newest version of its bestselling airliner has crashed twice in less than six months, delivering a massive blow to the company’s reputation.Critics have questioned Boeing’s decision not to voluntarily ground its planes as country after country pulled them from the sky.Boeing’s finances will take a hit as it faces lawsuits from victims’ families and compensation claims from airlines. It also faces delayed revenue from missed airplane deliveries and the expense of fixing its planes.But the airline industry has a long history of recovering from tragedy. And experts say the disasters are unlikely to have a lasting impact on Boeing’s brand or finances.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Press

Builder of collapsed bridge reaches deal to pay victims

MIAMI — The bankrupt construction company that built a Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed has reached a deal with its insurers to pay up to $42 million to the victims and their families.The Miami Herald reports the deal between Magnum Construction Management and the insurance companies marks a step forward in resolving litigation involving families of the six people killed on March 15, 2018, and eight injured survivors. The settlement agreement was filed in federal bankruptcy court April 30 and must now be approved by a judge.Magnum, formerly known as Munilla Construction Management, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.There are more than 20 other defendants being sued by victims and they will have to reach their own deals with their insurers.___Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.comThe Associated Press read more

Cameroon Nigeria to discuss oilrich peninsula at UN border commission

Delegations from the two countries are expected to use Sunday’s high-level meeting in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital, to hammer out any remaining differences ahead of the 15 September deadline to withdraw troops and transfer authority between the two countries in the Bakassi Peninsula, according to a statement released today by the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).The Bakassi Peninsula, which is in the Gulf of Guinea, is rich in oil and other resources and forms part of the disputed land and maritime boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria.In November 2002 Secretary-General Kofi Annan set up the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, at the request of the two nations’ presidents, to peacefully implement a decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the border quarrel.In December 2003 troops were withdrawn and authority was transferred in the Lake Chad area at the northeastern end of the border, the first step in the process.Sunday’s meeting will be chaired by Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa and Chair of the Mixed Commission. In today’s statement Mr. Ould-Abdallah said Sunday’s meeting shows Cameroon and Nigeria are willing “to maintain the spirit of cooperation and friendship that has characterized the work of the Mixed Commission.” read more

Cleveland Browns owner says truck stop company owned by his family subject

by Erik Schelzig And Adrian Sainz, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2013 4:03 pm MDT Cleveland Browns owner says truck stop company owned by his family subject of criminal probe NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said Tuesday the federal government has launched a criminal investigation into rebates offered by the truck stop chain owned by his family, including his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service raided the Pilot Flying J headquarters in Knoxville on Monday.Jimmy Haslam, who is the CEO of Pilot Flying J, held a news conference in Knoxville to confirm the investigation is criminal, rather than civil, in nature.“We don’t know a lot. It appears to be centred on a very insufficient number of customers and the application of rebates, that rebates that were owed to the customers were not paid. We of course disagree with that,” the CEO said.Haslam said subpoenas had been issued to several members of his 23-person sales force, though he said he was unable to identify any specifically. Haslam said he had not been subpoenaed, and no one has been arrested.Bill Killian, the U.S. Attorney in Knoxville, told The Associated Press that four search warrants have been served on Pilot, but the reasons have been sealed by a federal court.FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents locked down the Pilot Flying J headquarters Monday afternoon and ordered most employees out of the building as they conducted their search well past midnight.Haslam said essential personnel were allowed to remain in the building to ensure the company’s nearly 500 truck stops had sufficient fuel supplies. It was unclear why the IRS was involved in the raid, he said.“It does not involve, as best we can tell — and I’m pretty sure we’re right — any type of tax issue,” he said. “So there’s no evasion of tax or federal taxes, which candidly is what your suppliers, particularly fuel suppliers, worry about.”Haslam said that the company is launching an internal investigation, and that his responsibilities as owner of the Browns won’t affected. He said he plans to travel to Cleveland this week and next as the team prepares for the NFL draft.“First of all I apologize, because the last thing we ever want to do is put any kind of blemish on the city of Cleveland — which we’ve grown to love — or the Browns,” he said. “So I personally feel bad about that, even though I don’t think we’ve done anything wrong.”Earlier Tuesday, the Republican governor made an impromptu visit to the press suite in the legislative office complex in Nashville to discuss the raid. He said that he had not been contacted by federal authorities and that he was going to concentrate on “being governor and doing things I can control.”Bill Haslam said he has not had an active day-to-day management role in the company in 15 years. He defended keeping his unspecified holdings in the privately owned company outside of a blind trust he established for his other investments after he was elected governor in 2010.“The point of a blind trust is to say, I don’t know that I own that,” Haslam said. “As I said at the time, it felt a little disingenuous to say I don’t know if I own Pilot or not.”Haslam has refused to divulge how much money he earns from his stake in Pilot, which had $29 billion in revenues in 2012. He has argued that releasing his Pilot earnings would reveal personal information about the income of family members not running for office and proprietary information.The Haslam brothers are supporters of the University of Tennessee, where their father, Jim Haslam, played tackle on the 1951 national championship football team under Gen. Robert R. Neyland, who built the Volunteers into a football powerhouse.The elder Haslam founded the Pilot Corp. in 1958 with a single gas station in Gate City, Va. He credits his sons with expanding the chain from mostly gas stations and convenience stores to a “travel centre” concept featuring branded fast food service.Bill Haslam acknowledged that the federal raids were worrisome.“That’s a business that obviously my family is involved in, people I care a lot about,” Haslam said. “And to say, ‘Oh, it doesn’t feel like a big deal,’ is wrong.”___Sainz reported from Memphis and AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee contributed from Knoxville. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UNICEF launches new appeal to support refugee and migrant children in Europe

UNICEF spokesperson Sarah Crowe told reporters at the regular press briefing in Geneva that the agency’s presence in all countries should help in allotting the funds appropriately to create child-friendly locations, health care, food, shelter and other humanitarian services. The agency reported that there has been an 80 per cent increase in the number of children moving through Europe with approximately 19,000 children arriving each month. According to Eurostat data, there were 133,000 children who sought asylum between January and July 2015.Ms. Crowe also introduced Valentina Otmacic, UNICEF representative in Croatia, who described the harsh conditions for migrant children in that country. Ms. Otmacic recounted a traumatic incident at a child-friendly zone in a camp in Opatovac, Croatia, where a 9-year-old Afghan boy had tried to commit suicide by cutting his neck with a metal lid before being stopped. The agency announced that it would be providing support to European governments to ensure that the policies and procedures undertaken by them serves the best interests of the children and are in compliance with internationally accepted standards.“With so many children on the move, and with winter in Europe approaching, our priority has to be caring for these children now. Working alongside governments and other partners across Europe, wherever our support is needed, UNICEF will do all it can so that refugee and migrant children are safe, healthy and that their rights and dignity are fully respected.” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Special Coordinator for the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. Ms. Sarah Crowe stressed that the priority for the agency still remains the Syrian crisis, where there are seven million children in need and the relief effort underfunded by some $500 million. read more

Siltbuster in trial to treat South Crofty mine water

first_imgSiltbuster Process Solutions (SPS) is taking part in trials to show the treatability of the mine water from the closed tin mine at South Crofty in Cornwall. Once completed, the results will be used to show the viability of dewatering and the reopening of the mine. SPS has been asked to treat the mine water (which includes dissolved contaminates and metals in solution, principally iron) by reducing the metal content to allow safe discharge of the water to the nearby Red River. If successful, the trial will be an important next step in the reopening of the mine, for Strongbow Exploration Inc., which acquired it in July 2016.SPS is a recognised world authority in treating mine water. It has successfully completed many mine water treatment plants, designs and feasibility studies both the UK and worldwide in Greece, the Slovak Republic, France, Canada and Australia. These include Wheal Jane, Cornwall, UK, one of the largest active mine water treatment projects in the world, which over the last 14 years has involved treating over 100 million cubic metres of water. SPS also designed the Dawdon mine water treatment plant for the UK Coal Authority, which won the 2010 Eddie Award for the best water treatment plant in the UK. Earlier this year it finished a turnkey contract to design, construct and commission a water treatment system for Wolf Minerals’ new tungsten mine at the Drakelands Mine, near Plymouth in Devon, the 4th largest tungsten deposit in the world.Commenting on South Crofty, Chris Bullen, Technical Manager for Siltbuster Process Solutions said: “It is great to have been chosen to work on such an important and high profile project. We have a long history not only of working with mines but also of this region, we understand the local geology and have consulted heavily with the Strongbow team on the best way to dewater the mine. This initial trial phase is very important; it will not only show that the required environmental standards can be met, but will also demonstrate the viability of the whole mine.”At South Crofty the trial will see SPS’s High Density Sludge process treat 18 cubic metres per hour of mine water over the next two or three months. This will not only provide performance data to support Strongbow’s discharge consent permit application but will also be used in the design of the full-scale plant; if the trial is successful the company would like to scale things up, to treat and discharge up to 25,000 cubic metres of mine water per day. This will enable the mine to be dewatered over an 18-24 month period ahead of reopening.The South Crofty tin project area covers 1,490 hectares, and includes 26 former producing mines. Production records for the site date back to 1592 with full scale mining activities commencing in the middle of the 17th Century. The mine closed because of the tin price, which collapsed in 1985.last_img read more

Afrique du Sud la montée des eaux polluées inquiète

first_imgAfrique du Sud : la montée des eaux polluées inquièteLes déformations animales observées ainsi que la présence d’acide et de particules radioactives dans les eaux polluées d’Afrique du Sud, amènent les associations écologiques à tirer la sonnette d’alarme. Elles craignent en plus que ces eaux touchent Johannesburg dans un avenir proche.La région de Johannesburg était auparavant connue pour ses mines d’or et d’uranium. Les entreprises pompaient leurs eaux usées, protégeant la population de toute pollution. Mais depuis la fermeture des mines, plusieurs étranges phénomènes peuvent être observés, comme la naissance de poulets avec des déformations. Ceci serait dû à la montée des eaux polluées, qui inquiète notamment les agriculteurs craignant pour leurs cultures et leur santé.Après l’infiltration des eaux de pluie dans ces mines, des particules acides et radioactives ont été transportées vers d’autres sources d’eau comme les rivières. A terme, si rien n’est fait, les associations écologiques craignent un désastre en termes de santé publique. Ainsi, la directrice de la Fédération pour un environnement durable explique à l’AFP : “Il y a urgence. Les eaux usées contiennent des acides aussi corrosifs que ceux des piscines, et un cocktail de métaux radioactifs et de métaux lourds”. Situées à 500 mètres sous terre, les eaux polluées grimperaient déjà de trente centimètres par jour. De son côté, le gouvernement explique ne pas ignorer le problème mais manque de financements pour la réhabilitation des 6.000 mines abandonnées aux abords de Johannesburg. Il assure tout de même disposer d’un certain délai avant d’agir.Le 3 novembre 2010 à 15:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Stephan Lichtsteiner says Arsenal move still in talks

first_imgWith his contract at Juventus about to be terminated this month, Stephan Lichtsteiner has admitted negotiation over his potential transfer to Arsenal is on.Arsenal are in talks with right-back Lichtsteiner over a contract with the 34-year-old expected to become a free agent when he ends his seven-year spell with the Serie A champions, according to Sky Sport.About whether or not the deal is done for the Swiss to join the Gunners, Lichtsteiner dismissed a done deal claim.“Nothing is finished yet,” he told reporters“I cannot comment on the negotiations.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“As long as nothing is completed, that is always interesting in football. I think we all know that.”New Gunners boss Unai Emery is understood to be a long-term admirer of the player, who could become his first signing since succeeding Arsene Wenger.Lichtsteiner is set to captain Switzerland at the World Cup and take his international caps to over 100.He has won seven Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and three Italian Super Cups at Juventus after joining the club from Lazio in 2011.last_img read more

Southampton vs Arsenal Koscielny starts Ings returns

first_imgArsenal captain Laurent Koscielny starts again for what will be his first Premier League appearance since April for today’s game at SouthamptonThe French defender had been a doubt heading into this weekend’s game at St Mary’s, despite making his return to the team in Thursday’s Europa League win over Qarabag FK.Manager Unai Emery was unwilling to risk Koscielny, but the club’s Twitter confirmed that he’s now convinced of the 33-year-old’s readiness.Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi are also starting with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette dropping to the bench.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.Meanwhile, Ralph Hasenhuttl has made two changes to the Southampton side that lost 1-0 to Cardiff City last week ahead of his home debut.Maya Yoshida and Danny Ings, who has missed the Saints’ last five games, are called up.Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang.Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Yoshida, Valery, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Targett, Redmond, Armstrong, Ings.last_img read more

Google reportedly scored tax breaks using secret shell companies

first_imgGoogle headquarters in Mountain View, California.  Stephen Shankland/CNET Google used shell companies and subsidiaries to hide its involvement in expansion plans that yielded millions of dollars in tax breaks, according to a report by The Washington Post on Friday, casting light on how tech companies cut deals with local governments. When the search giant planned to build a data center in Midlothian, Texas, Google used a subsidiary called Sharka LLC, The Post reported. Other subsidiaries Google set up for development projects include Jet Stream LLC and Questa LLC. Google also extensively uses non-disclosure agreements with officials, The Post said. In the case of the Texas data center, Google was seeking a decade of tax breaks, but Midlothian’s head of economic development was barred from disclosing Google’s involvement in the project, the report said. The size of deals between local governments and tech companies was thrust into the spotlight Thursday after Amazon dropped a bombshell announcement: It was no longer going forward with plans to build a massive second headquarters in New York City. The withdrawal followed intense opposition from local politicians and union groups, fueled in part by the tax breaks the city gave the e-commerce giant.Deal-making is crucial for Google as it revs up expansion. Earlier this week, CEO Sundar Pichai said the search giant is investing $13 billion in data centers and offices around the country, mostly in the Midwest, East Coast and South. That includes new and expanded data centers in Ohio, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. New and expanded office locations include sites in Virginia, Georgia and Chicago.In California, Google is building a giant campus in San Jose, about 15 miles from the company’s headquarters in Mountain View. The new San Jose outpost will be Google’s second-largest campus. Partnership for Working Families, which obtained the Google records and shared them with The Post, has sued the city of San Jose over its negotiations with Google. The advocacy group didn’t respond to a request for comment. A Google spokeswoman called its tactics “standard industry practices.” At the early stages of deals, companies often strive to keep negotiations quiet because they don’t want to tip off competitors or announce their plans prematurely. But some critics have pointed to the secrecy as detrimental to local communities, which sometimes can’t protest until it’s too late.”We believe public dialogue is vital to the process of building new sites and offices, so we actively engage with community members and elected officials in the places we call home,” the Google spokeswoman said in a statement. “Of course, when we enter new communities we use common industry practices and work with municipalities to follow their required procedures.”Still, tamping down concerns from local communities will be an ongoing battle for tech giants, as Silicon Valley faces more scrutiny than ever over its scale and influence. On Friday, Google tried to highlight some of the benefits of its expansion. The company said Google’s data centers create $1.3 billion in economic activity, $750 million in labor income, and 11,000 jobs throughout the US in a single year. Google Alphabet Inc. 4 Comments Tags Tech Industry Share your voicelast_img read more

Alaska unions defiant in wake of punishing Supreme Court decision

first_imgUnionized state workers rally on the steps of Juneau’s State Office Building on February 28, 2013. A Supreme Court 5-4 decision made Wednesday says unions cannot force state workers to contribute to the union’s finances. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)One of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions released Wednesday dealt a blow to public sector unions.Listen nowAlaska has one of the highest rates of unionization in the country.The court ruled 5-4 that employees of state and local governments who opt out of union membership won’t have to pay any dues.It was the result of a challenge by Mark Janus, a state employee in Illinois who argued he shouldn’t have to contribute to a union he didn’t agree with. He argued that to force him otherwise violated his First Amendment rights.“It’s a great day for Alaska and a great day for public employees,” Jeremy Price, director of the Alaska chapter of Americans for Prosperity said. The activist group was founded and funded by the conservative billionaire Koch Brothers.“For the first time in decades, the Supreme Court recognized the First Amendment rights of public employees,” Price said Wednesday.The ruling affects state and local government workers covered by collective bargaining agreements, or about 10 percent of Alaska’s workforce.Before the ruling, many state and local workers had union contributions automatically deducted from their paycheck.They won’t have to pay anything now, but will still have the same rights and benefits of those who do.“It’s like asking a car insurance company to pay for your damages while you’re not paying premiums,” Abel Bul-Ito of United Academics AAUP-AFT said. The union represents about 1,200 faculty within the University of Alaska system. “It’s politically motivated, it’s very unfortunate, but I believe that we as a union will be stronger because the members will realize how important we are and the union leadership will no longer take membership for granted.”About 20 percent of eligible faculty aren’t union members. Now they won’t contribute to the union’s finances.The leadership of the state’s largest public sector union said it’s been bracing for this change for about two years.“I don’t buy that it’s doom-and-gloom. In fact, I say bring it on,” ASEA Local 52 Executive Director Jake Metcalfe said. He said the union has been making its case directly to state workers that it’s in their best interest to join the union. “They’re not going to be better off in opting out,” Metcalfe said. “In fact, they’re going to lose out on their ability to participate in that negotiation process and have their opinion be heard.”The ruling could affect Alaska’s economy.Economists at the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said the short-term effects are unclear.“One of the things we’ll watch for, though, is what happens to wages,” Dan Robinson, the department’s head of research, said. “For example, less collective bargaining tends to mean lower wages. So that’s one of the data elements we’ll watch.”On the political side, Gov. Bill Walker released a statement hours after the ruling expressing his disappointment with the conservative majority’s decision.“This creates an unnecessary obstacle for working people to join behind a unified voice,” the statement said. “Still, I am confident that public employee unions will remain the backbone of our state for the foreseeable future.”Editor’s Note:The original text of this article quoted Americans for Prosperity Alaska director Jeremy Price, a supporter of the decision, as saying the decision relieves non-union public employees from being forced to also pay for the union’s political activity. That was actually never the case. Before the decision, fees paid by non-union members only went toward collective bargaining costs, not political activities.last_img read more

Kerala billionaire converts Scotland Yard into luxury hotel you can stay at

first_imgHyatt’s Great Scotland Yard HoteltwitterScotland Yard, the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London, has been converted into a luxurious five-star hotel by Indian business tycoon and hotelier from Kerala MA Yusuffali. MA Yusuffali, chairman of Lulu Group InternationalTwitter [Representational Image]The Scotland Yard was bought by Yusuffali, the chairman of Lulu Group International, in 2015 for Rs 1,000 crore (£110 million). The heritage site has been converted into a premium hotel in three years at Rs 685 crore (£75 million).The hotel will be managed by the Hyatt group and will open its door to the visitors later this year. The hotel has 153 rooms and the tariff per night is expected to go up to Rs 7,79,842 (nearly €10,000).Some of the uber luxuriant suites in the hotel offer scenic views of the most unique locations in London like the Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Nelson’s Column. Chandelier inside Hyatt’s Great Scotland Yard HoteltwitterThe renovation has not destroyed the originality and quintessence of the property and certain features still give a glimpse back to the history with decorations including military uniforms and artwork by the prisoners. This certainly is one of a kind experience in the hotel industry with a lot of premium features. Hyatt’s Great Scotland Yard HoteltwitterAccording to reports, the old police cells have been turned into meeting rooms and workspace areas that can be rented on request. The guests will also have access to a secret whiskey bar, a tea parlour, a ballroom and a restaurant.The Scotland Yard was chosen by Sir Robert Peel, the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, for the police force after the London Police was formed in 1829.last_img read more

Man stabs wife kills self

first_imgKolkata: A person committed suicide after stabbing his wife late on Sunday night at Dholahat in South 24 Parganas. On Monday morning local residents came to know about the incident and informed police after admitting the woman to a hospital.According to a local resident, Swapan Debnath, 48, used to reside with his wife Sukkari Debnath at his in-law’s house at Bhimnagar in Dholahat. Debnath family’s neighbours claimed that there use to regular altercations between them often over some family problems.On Monday morning, the neighbours found Sukkari lying in a pool of blood. After Sukkari was sent to hospital, a few local residents started searching for Swapan. A few minutes later they discovered Swapan hanging from the ceiling of a pump room located on a agricultural land near his home. When Sukkarai was taken to hospital, she stated that Swapan had stabbed her multiple times. An unnatural death case has been registered at the Dholahat police station.last_img read more

Qatar Airways flies the rainbow from Doha to Mykonos

first_imgDoha – Mykonos is now only a non-stop flight away. Qatar Airways started service to the Greek Island, a favorite among LGBT travelers. The Greek island of Mykonos is one of the big gay summer resort destinations in Europe, and also has an increasing popularity from the Gulf Region and India, a region Qatar Airways serves well. LGBT travelers from that part of the world traditionally are looking for gay-friendly holiday-destinations to escape criminal and religious restrictions that put strict limits on their same-sex or transgender lifestyle at home.Now Qatar Airways will connect Doha with the Greek island of Mykonos. It will be  the third Greek destination for Qatar Airways, following the launch of direct service to Thessaloniki in March 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Mykonos, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, is famous for its white buildings set against stunning turquoise waters. With its cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere, Mykonos is also an ideal starting point from which to begin an island-hopping Greek summer holiday. Like this:Like Loading… Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Mykonos has long been one of our most sought-after European destinations, and we are very proud to be the first Gulf carrier to serve Mykonos directly. The island’s central location among the Cyclades makes it an extremely attractive holiday destination. We look forward to offering holidaymakers the convenience of direct service to this enchanting island this summer.”Four weekly seasonal flights to Mykonos Island National Airport will be operated by an Airbus A320, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class.Share this: Gay beach vacations in Crete: The essentialsLet Hawaii Happen – A Surprise LGBT Wedding videoGuam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in TorontoMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

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first_img“Check-Cap estimates a review time of seven to 10 minutes to be sufficient for physicians to identify clinically significant polyps and prescribe a follow-up accordingly,” said Rajan. “X-ray radar technology not only differentiates the Check-Cap product from its competitors, but is also designed to match classical colonoscopy in its clinical accuracy.” Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Wireless capsules need to satisfy requirements of both patients and physicians. From the perspective of the patient, the capsule has to do away with, or at least significantly ease, the most bothersome aspect of the current screening procedure: bowel preparation. They also have to be small enough for easy oral administration and unhindered mobility through the gastrointestinal track. From the physician’s perspective, it should provide 360-degree visualization and cover the colon comprehensively in both quality and quantity. Check-Cap meets all aforementioned requirements. Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more News | November 21, 2013 Frost & Sullivan Presents Product Innovation Award to Check-Cap Although wireless capsule endoscopes are more comfortable for the patient than traditional endoscopes, they suffer from incomplete imaging of the colon due to lack of maneuverability. To combine the best of both wireless and traditional endoscopes, Check-Cap uses X-ray radar technology, which emits X-rays through the device’s surface in all directions. The X-ray data that is backscattered and captured by the capsule detectors is then converted, post-procedure, to 3-D images of the colon’s internal surfaces. This feature allows physicians to perform the procedure without an uncomfortable and prolonged colon cleansing procedure and detect polyps that are not visible to other capsule endoscopes.Check-Cap is currently undergoing clinical trials in Europe and is planning to submit the request to initiate an efficacy study in North America late next year. Like other routine radiographic diagnosis of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, Check-Cap requires a barium-swallow pre-procedure to help differentiate the colon structure from the content. For more information: www.frost.com, www.check-cap.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The X-ray radar technology also maximizes the critical diagnostic time available to the physician, while the 3-D reconstruction of the colon facilitates accurate diagnosis. Check-Cap not only eliminates the redundancy caused by multiple cameras, but also ensures that there is little or no chance of images being left out or not captured through insufficient coverage. News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Related Content Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value added features/benefits of the product and the increased return on investment (ROI) it offers customers, which in turn increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential. Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 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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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more November 21, 2013 — Based on its recent analysis of the wireless capsule endoscopes market, Frost & Sullivan presented Check-Cap Ltd. with the 2013 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation Leadership. “While competing products strive for a 360-degree view of the colon by adopting multiple cameras and either fall short or risk image overlaps and redundancy, Check-Cap has adopted an X-ray platform that not only enables a 360-degree view, but also obtains information that is ‘hidden’ or inaccessible to other products that employ rays of visible light,” said Bhargav Rajan, research analyst, Frost & Sullivan. Check-Cap’s capsule device, also named Check-Cap, is based on an imaging approach that enables the 3-D virtual reconstruction of the colon, eliminating the need for bowel preparation. The imaging capsule, which resembles a vitamin capsule in its size and shape, is easy to swallow and is designed to wirelessly transmit data to a small receiver that is no bigger than a disposable patch on the patient back. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 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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Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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FBI believes alleged rapist might be hiding in Costa Rica

first_imgHarold Eugene Smith, 60, wanted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for allegedly raping a young girl in Pennsylvania, is believed to be hiding in Costa Rica or Panama.Police in the U.S. arrested Smith in September 2010 for the alleged rape, which targeted a 12-year-old girl and occurred over the course of at least a year. Smith was charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, incest and corruption of a minor. He made bail, but failed to attend a subsequent hearing, and a bench warrant was issued on Jan. 10, 2011.A federal arrest warrant was issued for Smith in October 2012, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.According to the FBI alert, Smith – who is known by the aliases of Harold E., Harold Smith or Smitty – is considered very dangerous and could be armed.Anyone with information about Smith’s whereabouts can call a confidential tip line at: 800-8000645. Information also can be sent by email to Judicial Investigation Police’s (OIJ) Confidential Information Center: cicooij@poder-judicial.go.cr, or in person at OIJ-Interpol, located on the first floor of OIJ’s facilities in downtown San José. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Australias new initiative for business events

first_imgMinister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb has launched a new initiative to attract more international business events to Australian shores.Building on the success of the recent China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in securing greater opportunities for the local tourism sector, Mr Robb said the ‘Attracting Business Events to Australia’ initiative, will further enhance Australia’s thriving tourism market.“Business events in Australia have a global reputation for being first-class, stellar events; they’re extremely important in terms of promoting Australia to the world,” Mr Robb said.“They showcase Australia’s business capabilities, foster trade and investment outcomes, facilitate stronger people-to-people links and make a significant contribution to our economy.”‘Attracting Business Events to Australia’ sets out a framework for the Australian Government, through Austrade and Tourism Australia to work with industry during the bidding and event-delivery process.Under the new framework, Austrade will coordinate ministerial support for an event and will organise onshore and offshore promotion, while Tourism Australia will partner with industry to provide marketing and promotional materials.“This new framework demonstrates the common sense approach this Government has taken to the tourism portfolio, by moving it under the trade umbrella; allowing closer alignment between the work done by Austrade – our export promotion agency – and Tourism Australia,” Mr Robb said.With the tourism sector already worth more than $13 billion a year, this new initiative will make a significant contribution to the Tourism 2020 goal, of increasing overnight visitor expenditure to between $115 billion and $140 billion by the year 2020.Australian Convention Bureau play a critical role in securing international business events for Australia and under this new framework they will serve as the first point of contact for event organisers.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more