Eight Feeders in the Making for CNCo

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC 2.0 license The China Navigation Company Pte. Ltd (CNCo), a wholly-owned ship owning and operating arm of the Swire Group, is set to expand its feeder fleet with eight newbuilds in the next two years.The ships are being built at the China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Wenchong shipyard, starting delivery in 2019 and continuing into 2020.The initial four 2,400 TEU vessels were ordered from Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding in 2017 to replace tonnage that will be phased out between 2019 and 2020. The company subsequently declared options attached to this order for four more 2,750 TEU vessels which will be delivered in 2020.“China’s growth as a major player in the shipbuilding industry has truly been remarkable. The partnerships we have established with key Chinese shipbuilders is testimony of this growth,” James Woodrow, Managing Director of CNCo, said at the opening of the company headquarters in Shanghai, China, on November 5.“We will continue to assess modern and fuel-efficient designs to provide an industry-leading product to our customers in China far into the future.”“With our Shanghai office now being a full-fledged operating subsidiary as well as our other offices in Qingdao, Beijing and Guangzhou, we are even more confident of delivering innovative and sustainable shipping solutions that will meet the needs of our customers,” Randy Selvaratnam, country manager, added.Headquartered in Singapore, CNCo owns and manages more than 130 vessels through its three core divisions – Swire Shipping, Swire Bulk and Swire Bulk Logistics. Out of these, 37 ships have been built in China.The company offers four separate services from China covering the South Pacific Islands, New Zealand, and North Australia trades.last_img read more

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Raptors president Ujiri addresses rare offcourt issues during NBA title run

first_imgTORONTO — Even a championship can come with hiccups.Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri took time Tuesday in his season-ending press conference to talk about the few off-court negatives in an otherwise overwhelmingly successful championship season.Ujiri said organizers can do better than the disjointed championship parade last Monday to honour the Raptors’ first NBA title, and the first championship since 1993 for a Canadian team in one of the big four North American leagues (MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL).The procession from the Raptors’ practice facility to city hall took more than five hours, with swarming crowds slowing the procession of double-decker buses carrying players along the parade route. Early reports of fans awaiting the players in the city’s Nathan Phillips Square suffering from dehydration were overshadowed when four people were shot just south of the square, suffering non-life-threatening injuries. Three people were arrested.“My heart goes out to the people that got hurt and I was going to come out with a statement but I thought I’d wait until today,” Ujiri said. “I will reach out to them eventually and I know our organization has already. That was a very unfortunate situation.”He said while mistakes were made, it was the Raptors’ first try at a championship rally and future NBA titles will allow planners to work out the kinks.“I think it was Maya Angelou who said ‘When you know better, you do better,’” he said.Ujiri also commented publicly for the first time on an alleged altercation with an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office deputy at Oracle Arena after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the Finals in Oakland, Calif.The officer claims he suffered jaw pain and a concussion when struck in the face by Ujiri as the Raptors president attempted to walk on the arena floor to celebrate with his team, though witnesses have come forward disputing the claim that Ujiri struck the officer.The sheriff’s office has said it is considering filing misdemeanour battery charges against Ujiri, while a lawyer for the officer has said his client is considering a civil suit.A spokeswoman with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that it had not yet received a report on the matter from the police agency.“I’m going to respect what the process is there,” Ujiri said. “I am confident about who I am as a person, my character and as a human being.“I’m going to leave my comments until the whole investigation is done. I think that’s the fair way and the right way to operate when things like this happen. I’ll respect authority and wait until that happens.”While some Raptors have dismissed the possibility of the Raptors visiting the White House as NBA champions — shooting guard Danny Green recently gave the idea a “hard pass” — Ujiri was diplomatic if unenthusiastic when asked about the thorny issue. Ujiri has been critical of U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported use of a vulgar term when describing some African countries.“I don’t think the White House is going to be judged by whether we come or not or if we are going to be judged whether we go or not,” he said. “I think collectively we’ll make a decision. I think everybody knows what my decision is.“I think a priority for us would be going to see the (prime minister) in our country, in Canada, and I think we’ll go from there.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Magic Johnson Honors Scholars

first_imgMagic Johnson, along with sponsor FedEx, honored 33 scholars who earned the Magic Johnson Foundation’s Taylor Michaels Scholarship this week at a special brunch at The Skirball Center.The morning event capped the Foundation’s annual five day Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program (TMSP) Conference, which offered new and past scholars life skills leadership training and career development workshops.Founded in 1998, the Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program is aptly named after Taylor Michaels, the inspiring Chief Operating Officer for Magic Johnson Enterprises who passed away that year. The program develops future leaders by supporting socioeconomically challenged high achievers through completion of their undergraduate degrees and offers support including laptops, mentorships and internships. TMSP Alumni have gone on to graduate from top Universities including USC, UCLA, Brown, Howard and Morehouse, amoung others.Since 1991, the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF) has served and enriched urban communities nationwide. MJF evolved from an HIV grant-making organization to one that advocates for community-based organizations and supports educational empowerment through HIV/AIDS education/testing/awareness work, minority college access and digital literacy.Find out more here.last_img read more

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UN Urges Easing of Tensions in Guerguerat Amid Polisarios Illegal Armed

Rabat – Following a series of illegal armed operations carried out by the Polisario Front near Guerguerat, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Morocco and Polisario to exercise “maximum” restraint to avoid further escalation in the region.In a statement issued on Saturday, January 6,  the UN Chief expressed his deep concern over rising tensions near the restricted buffer strip. The statement came just a day after Morocco addressed a letter to the UN, urging it to intervene on Polisario’s illegal activities in the region.Read Also: Morocco Urges UN to Intervene on Polisario’s Illegal Presence in Guerguerat Guterres emphasized that the withdrawal of “the Polisario Front elements from Guerguerat in April 2017 together with the earlier withdrawal of Moroccan elements from the area, was critical to creating an environment conducive to the resumption of dialogue under the auspices of his Personal Envoy, Horst Kohler.”The UN Secretary-General, according to the statement, is calling on the disputant parties to “exercise maximum restraint and to avoid escalating tensions.”Read Also: Polisario Maintains Presence in Guerguerat, Defying MINURSO’s ResolutionWhile the separatist group has been recently stopping trucks registered in Morocco and blocking them from crossing the Moroccan-Mauritanian border, the UN said that “regular civilian and commercial traffic should not be obstructed and no action should be taken, which may constitute a change to the status quo of the buffer strip.”Polisario had been violating the ceasefire agreement signed between Morocco and Polisario in 1991. The separatist provocative actions were continuously repeated since December 2017. Morocco has also contacted the MINURSO to denounce the presence of the armed elements of the separatist group, asking the mission to urge Polisario to withdraw from the region. read more

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Dissanayake promoted as Admiral

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has promoted Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake to the rank of Admiral.The Sri Lanka Navy accorded a 48-member Guard of Honour to the newly-promoted Admiral upon his arrival at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo today. In the 61-year history of the Sri Lanka Navy, he is regarded as the most decorated naval officer. He has been bestowed with the Weerodara Vibhushanaya for his bravery and decorated for gallantry with two Rana Sura Padakkamas. He has also been awarded the Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya, the Uttama Seva Padakkama and eleven commemorative, campaign and service medals. He is also the recipient of three decorative badges which include the 5-star Commendation Badge. Admiral Dissanayake is the 17th naval officer to reach the helm of the Naval Service. He assumed Command of the Sri Lanka Navy on 15th January 2011. read more

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India and Sri Lanka agree to expand defence ties

During the visit the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence also paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Defence of India Rao Inderjit Singh and also the Indian National Security Advisor Dr. Ajit K Doval. Since its inception in 2012, the annual Indo – Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue reviews the entire gamut of Defence Cooperation between the two countries while expanding its horizon into new areas of interests. Both sides further discussed on various issues of mutual interest and agreed on the necessity of continuing an active cooperation on Defence and security matters with a view of addressing common concerns and challenges for the establishment of security, peace and stability in the region.It was also mutually agreed that, significant progress had been achieved since the 2nd Defence Dialogue held in Colombo (October 2014) including the successful conclusion of Staff-Talks between the respective Armed Forces, and the holding of the inaugural Staff-Talks between the Coast Guard Departments of both countries. Enhancement of bilateral ties in the areas of Training, Military and Defence Exchanges, Joint Exercises and Maritime Domain Awareness and assistance to the Sri Lanka Navy on the supply of off-shore patrol vessels, were some of the areas among others that were taken up for discussion. India and Sri Lanka have decided to expand defence ties following the successful conclusion of the third defence dialogue in New Delhi today.At the invitation of the Defence Secretary of India, Shri G Mohan Kumar, Defence Ministry Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi undertook an official visit to India yesterday with a view of participating at the 3rd Indo – Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue held in New Delhi. During interactions, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence emphasized on the importance placed by President Maithripala Sirisena on enhancing Defence and Security ties between the two countries, the Defence Ministry said. read more

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Repatriation programme helps 100000 Afghans return home this year – UN

More than 100,000 Afghan refugees have returned home from Pakistan since the United Nations refugee agency’s voluntary repatriation programme for 2005 started in March. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the pace of repatriation is expected to pick up even more this month because all refugee camps in the federally administered tribal areas will be closed by the end of June. The number of returns should swell to 400,000 by the end of the year. Since March, the returnees have come from all over Pakistan: 48,967 from the Northwest Frontier Province, 27,168 from Balochistan, 13,627 from Punjab and Islamabad, and 11,462 from Sindh. Overall, more than 2.4 million Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan since the agency began a voluntary repatriation programme in 2002, following the fall of the Taliban regime, making it the largest repatriation operation in the world. Under the programme, each returning Afghan receives a cash grant for transport assistance ranging from $3 to $30 per person, depending on the destination. They are also provided with a cash grant of $12 for resettlement needs. read more

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Updated Odds Of The Warriors Going 739

With the NBA regular season winding down, the Golden State Warriors are 66-7 and need to go 7-2 over their final nine games to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for most wins in a season. We have a guess for how this will play out: Our CARM-Elo prediction system says Golden State has about a 66 percent chance of getting there. But we’d be lying if we didn’t say that handicapping the Warriors’ run to 73 is just as uncertain now as it was a few months ago.Our CARM-Elo NBA predictions use a combination of a team’s (pre-season) personnel and its past performance to estimate its relative strength. For most of the season it has tended to have the Warriors as a little more likely to run up on Michael’s Bulls than other prediction systems.1CARM-Elo adjusts itself to very good (or very bad) teams in the middle of its simulations a little better than similar systems.As the season winds down, those predictions become less abstract and might seem to take on more tangible meaning. It ought to be easier to predict a team going 7-2 than 25-5, right? But there’s a circular sort of logic to forecasting like this. On the one hand, when the finish line was further out, any effects of late-season lineup-fiddling from the Warriors or their opponents were aggregated over many games. The system doesn’t know that Stephen Curry may sit down in the final week of the regular season because the Warriors secured a 1-seed, or because of a sore hamstring, or because of a bad run-in with room service sushi. But the estimated effect of a game or two without the MVP is smaller in the context of a full season. This can make forecasts from months out feel more precise, less vulnerable to natural rhythms of the season.On the other hand, it takes a certain kind of willful omnipotent to guarantee that a team’s basic state — three healthy stars and the supporting constellations mostly intact — will remain unmolested by fate. The long-term outlook is always vulnerable to genuine surprise.As it stands, with nine games remaining, we know the state of the Warriors going into this stretch — a little banged up, but still plenty good. We can be relatively certain there aren’t any big surprises left in the season, just the series of little ones we always knew were coming: The tension between chasing the record and run-of-the-mill rest before the playoffs, plus some nagging injuries to rotation players and the need to bonk the rust off of a few guys coming back from longer-term absences. Six of Golden State’s remaining nine games are at home, where the Warriors are 35-0 for the season. Two of those home games are speed bumps against the no-account Wizards and the incompetent Timberwolves. Those are the gimmes.Another two are a home-and-home against the Spurs. Those very well could be thrilling late-season playoff previews … or, more likely, 96 minutes of the Warriors’ regular rotation being trolled by one of Gregg Popovich’s “DNP-Old” lineups: 30 minutes of Boban Marjanovic, perhaps, or a team trainer wheeling Andre Miller’s sarcophagus around the court.The remaining five games come against the Blazers, Celtics, Jazz and Grizzlies (twice) — four playoff teams elbowing for playoff seeding and a combined winning percentage of .544.2Including the Grizzlies twice.Our NBA game predictions for these remaining games — upon which our broader forecast of the Warriors reaching 73 wins is based — pass the late-season sanity check, more or less. Your guess is as good as mine for those Spurs games, and the probabilities for the Grizzlies games are slightly janky because, honestly, the Grizzlies are pretty janky themselves. (Memphis tends to win games close or get absolutely annihilated, which kills its point differential and Elo rating, but the team has done this consistently enough that it’s essentially a bug turned feature.) Any discrepancies seem to come closer to canceling each other out than thumbing the scale, and it sums up as a tough but not impossible schedule for the Warriors to take at a 7-2 pace.That could be made easier if the Golden State roster gets healthy in the home stretch. According to Nathan Currier at Man-Games Lost, a website that tracks player injuries, Warriors players missed a combined 164 games through 72 games played (Sunday’s game against Philadelphia was the team’s 73rd), in the top 10 in the league in both total games lost and lost Value Over Replacement Player. Sixth man Andre Iguodala has missed the last few weeks with a sprained ankle; Festus Ezeli has missed 33 games; Harrison Barnes missed 16 straight games earlier in the season; Andrew Bogut hasn’t missed much time, but he plays just 20 minutes per game. The roster has seen enough tumult that Brandon Rush — a live body and a fan favorite who is nevertheless not, you know, good — has seen 25 starts.A healthy (or unhealthy) bench may not matter all that much, though: The core of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green made it through the season intact and was overwhelming enough that the Warriors never teetered too far off course. Here’s a chart of the Warriors’ chances of getting at least 73 wins throughout the regular season, along with the same chances for the Spurs and the Cavs:3The other 27 teams aren’t included because they are for the most part a big, thick line at 0 percent. 3/30@ UTA61 4/1vs. BOS88 7588 728923 Now that we’ve arrived at the precipice, though, the step from 72 to 73 wins seems as large as ever. Our model thinks the Warriors have an 89 percent chance to at least tie the Bulls’ record at 72 wins, but those odds fall 23 percentage points, to 66 percent, for 73 or more wins; 74 or more wins is a 33 percent proposition, but let’s not go getting greedy now. These projections also assume teams will play to win, which is uncertain for the Warriors, who can probably coast to a 1-seed, as well as their opponents, who will deal with all the typical late-season machinations for playoff seeding or draft position.By all appearances, however, Golden State is fixing to up and do this thing.Coach Steve Kerr said last week that the Warriors won’t be backing down from the chase, at least as long as the players want it. “Yeah, this whole idea of setting a record does make things a little trickier,” he said. “It’s the players who are setting a record. It’s not the organization. It’s the players who are doing it. So they will absolutely have some say in matters down the stretch in terms of how we approach everything.”Well, the players want it:Kerr is a latecomer to this cause, as his best players have started to openly embrace the chase. In Dallas, Stephen Curry was asked if “deep down” he wanted the wins record. He responded flatly, “There’s a reason you’re still talking about that 1995-96 Bulls team. So yes.” Draymond Green upped the ante, after a loss against the Spurs, no less. He proclaimed, “I’m not going to shy away from saying we want the record. We want the record, and we’re going after it.”Sunday night, the Warriors made good on the bluster when they took a full clip into a home game against the now 9-65 Philadelphia 76ers on a night a starter or four could have taken some rest. It’s a good bet, then, that unless something puts a scare to them, the Warriors will be the Warriors. What their opposition will do is less certain. 69>99<1 743325 4/7vs. SA66 Warriors’ remaining schedule Source: ESPN 3/29vs. WAS90% There’s a whole spool of loose threads waiting to be tied off in the Warriors’ season. Curry has 350 3-pointers, already 64 more than his standing record, and on its way to something truly absurd. Meanwhile, Thompson is sitting on 253 threes of his own and needs another 17 to move into fourth place on the single-season list, which just happens to be the highest spot on the list that doesn’t belong to Curry. The list of records that are certain to fall once this season is over is long and rich and telling. But holding the record for home wins in a regular season or team threes per game doesn’t have quite the same ring as 73 wins. As for that, it’s still a two-in-three chance, give or take.Jay Boice contributed research. 4/10@ SA32 736634 4/3vs. POR90 Chances the Warriors finish with: 4/5vs. MIN95 4/9@ MEM81 WINSAT LEAST THIS MANY WINSEXACTLY THIS MANY WINS 4/13vs. MEM92 68>99%<1% DATEOPPONENTWARRIORS’ WIN PROB 71978 70>992 read more

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Malala Yousafzai gets into Oxford to study PPE

first_imgMalala Yousefzai poses with fellow students Bethany Lucas and Beatrice Kessedjian Going to Oxford is just the latest in a long list of achievements for the brave young woman. The young woman, who was shot in the head by the Taliban and was flown to Britain for treatment, where she ended up attending school, is celebrating her place at Oxford.Malala emerged as an anonymous advocate for girls’ education at the age of just 11, when she blogged for BBC Urdu about living in Pakistan’s Swat Valley under Taliban rule in 2009. When the Taliban were driven from the region she came out of the shadows to argue in public that girls should be allowed to go to school, which made her a target. After being shot, she thrived in the UK, winning the Nobel Peace Price at the age of 17. The women’s rights campaigner, from an area in northwest Pakistan which banned girls from attending school, was overjoyed that she will be studying at one of the world’s best universities.She wrote on Twitter: “So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!” Malala Yousafzai was just one of the nervous youngsters waiting for news of their A Level results.However, it was good news for the UN Messenger of Peace and young student.She found out through UCAS early on Thursday morning that she had met the grades required to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford. Malala Yousefzai poses with fellow students Bethany Lucas and Beatrice KessedjianCredit:Darren Staples/Reuters So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead! pic.twitter.com/miIwK6fNSf— Malala (@Malala) August 17, 2017last_img read more

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Boy 8 dies after being hit by SUV in rugby club car

first_imgAN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy has died after he was hit by a SUV in the car park of Enniscorthy Rugby Club in Wexford last night.The boy was seriously injured when he was struck by the sports utility vehicle in the car park of the rugby club at around 7.15pm last night, according to gardaí.He was taken by ambulance to Wexford General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.The scene of the incident is being preserved pending a technical examination by gardaí later today.Anyone with information about the incident or who may have witnessed it is asked to contact Enniscorthy Garda Station 053 924 2580 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.last_img read more

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We saw a smile we hadnt seen in a long time How

first_imgWe went on a horse and carriage with Miriam O’Callaghan and Santa… and I got to open the Disney shop… it was a great day. Ashlee’s parents, Ray and Donna, say that to see their little girl smile again, after everything she had been through, was a life-changing experience.“Coming up to the Wish (Day) every day was hospital appointments… chemo every day, it was all about her illness,” says Donna.She says the Wish Day was all about Ashlee and fulfilling her wish – she didn’t have to think about or talk about her illness. She could simply be a princess.“It’s a memory that you can have forever,” says Ashlee who was given the all clear last year from her leukemia and according to Donna, is back to being healthy and happy.Today is Make-A-Wish Ireland’s Wish Day. For more information on how you can donate, visit www.makeawish.ie. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Friday 29 Mar 2019, 10:31 AM Subscribe for more videos Mar 29th 2019, 10:31 AM 3 Comments Short URL ASHLEE BYRNE WAS a five-year-old living with Leukemia when she was told that she was going to become a princess for a day.  “They did up my hair and they gave me a new dress,” Ashlee, now 11 years old, says.  https://jrnl.ie/4564997 ‘We saw a smile we hadn’t seen in a long time’: How Make-A-Wish changed the lives of one Dublin family Ashlee Byrne was five years old and living with leukemia when she got her wish granted for her. 11,044 Views Share9 Tweet Email1 By Andrew Roberts Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Familiar candidate Hash in 3rd Congressional District race

first_imgPerennial candidate Martin Hash has returned to the local political scene. Hash announced this week he’s running for the 3rd Congressional District seat as a Democrat. He joins a race with three other Democrats — Dorothy Gasque, Carolyn Long and David McDevitt — and three Republicans, including incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and newcomer Micheal Cortney.Hash is running on a simple platform: “No Tolls.”Hash had not previously indicated he was running for the 3rd Congressional District but was the first to file for the position Monday when filing week officially began. He’s run for the 17th Legislative District off and on since 2008. His most recent run was in 2016 where he received nearly 37 percent of the vote against Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver.“I’ve been running for various state offices for a decade trying to get a feel for what’s going on. Mostly it’s a popularity contest,” Hash said in a video on his campaign website. “Frankly I don’t care if you like me; that’s not the job. The job is to make sure the maximum number of people in our congressional district get as much opportunity as possible.”Hash declined to answer questions provided by The Columbian, instead offering his voter’s pamphlet information.He cites his professional background as a doctor, attorney, U.S. patent agent, certified public accountant and professional engineer, as well as his history as founder of Hash Inc., a computer animation software company.“Political values require an ideological foundation: mine is ‘Most Opportunity to Most People,’ which puts me right in the center of the Liberty spectrum, where most of us are,” Hash wrote in the pamphlet. “There is no one more competent nor more prepared to provide intellectual leadership for our community, our state, and our country than me; I am dedicated, incorruptible, and honest.”last_img read more

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NASA commemorates 50th anniversary of the moon landing with audio series

first_img Share your voice Comment Jeff Bezos reveals plans for the moon and beyond A lot has changed since Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon almost 50 years ago. NASA July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. To remember the occasion, NASA is seeking your help in creating an audio series that examines the cultural and scientific influence of the event, NASA said in a release. The audio series will also hint at the future of space exploration. NASA 1 Culture Sci-Tech Tech Industry “You can help NASA tell the Apollo story by sharing your own perspective on lunar exploration, or by interviewing a loved one who lived during the Apollo era,” NASA said. “NASA will select some submissions to feature in the audio series, on its website and/or social media.” Record your or a loved one’s memories on your cellphone, but try to keep the recording short. NASA has tips for interviews on its website. When you’re done, email the audio file to apollostories@mail.nasa.gov and then keep an eye on your inbox for further instructions. Tags Now playing: Watch this: 3:33last_img read more

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UPDATE Texas Sanctuary Cities Law Faces Court Hearing In San Antonio

first_imgSA Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Sillar gives an impassioned plea and prayer against #SB4 outside federal courthouse. pic.twitter.com/HNMZXVEoVZ— Joey Palacios (@Joeycules) June 26, 2017 A federal judge is hearing arguments Monday from cities, counties and other organizations that want to prevent the implementation of a new Texas law banning sanctuary cities.Plaintiffs claim the new sanctuary cities ban violates the U.S. Constitution by threatening free speech and equal protection. The ban allows local law enforcement to ask about the immigration status of people who are detained, even for something as routine as a traffic stop.Thomas Saenz is the president and general counsel for MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Attorneys for MALDEF are arguing on behalf of the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. Saenz claims the sanctuary cities ban known as Senate Bill 4, is an attempt to legalize the racial profiling of Texas Hispanics“It really is a law that would license every individual police officer in this one area of the law, immigration, to be his or her own vigilante deciding on their own what to do, when to do it and who to target,” said Saenz.Under Senate Bill 4 local law enforcement that refused federal immigration requests to detain immigrants could lose state grant money, or their jobs.The author of the statute, Sen. Charles Perry, a Lubbock Republican, says he’s confident it will pass constitutional muster.“It’s going to be a real stretch to find an unconstitutional issue inside the bill because everything inside the bill is current law,” said Perry. “We were just telling law enforcement officials they have to comply or cooperate.”So far, Texas’ biggest cities: Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin have all joined the lawsuit. Bexar County is also a party. The small border community of El Cenizo with a population of 33-hundred, and Maverick County Southwest of San Antonio, were the first to file a legal challenge in May.El Cenizo Mayor Raul Reyes says 20-percent of his town’s residents are undocumented. To protect them, the city passed a “safe harbor” ordinance in 1999.  It prevents local police and officials from questioning people about their immigration status. That’s a policy that won’t be permitted under the law scheduled to go into effect September 1st.Reyes says with or without papers people living in his town are considered part of the community.“Who have their homestead in our community, who pay property taxes, why on earth would we try to hinder upon their rights and their livelihoods just because they don’t have a piece of paper,” said Reyes.But on the banks of the Rio Grande River, which divides Texas from Mexico, there’s also opposition to the lawsuit and support for the new law. Roy Vasquez didn’t want his town of El Cenizo to challenge the law because he’s afraid his community will become a target.“When you get into a lawsuit, you have to be careful,” said Vasquez. “The tables can be turned the other way around. We have a lot to lose here. You see we have small state funds and grants coming to the city.”And while many urban police chiefs oppose the sanctuary cities ban, the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas supports it.  Jackson County Sheriff Andy Louderback is the group’s legislative director.“Senate Bill 4 doesn’t make an immigration officer out of any Texas peace officer,” said Louderback. “I mean discrimination quite a bit, which is absolutely false. We’ve been able to ask about status in this country since 2010 by a Supreme Court decision, so there’s no change at all in that.”Louderback says the law will free up police officers to report someone to federal immigration officials if they feel the person is a public safety concern without fear of reprisal from local officials.Orlando Garcia is the federal judge who is weighing the legal claims. He recently ruled it was unlawful for Bexar County to hold an immigrant for 72 days just because immigration agents had requested his detention. Criminal charges against the immigrant had been dropped.What plaintiffs want now is for Garcia to put the enforcement of the sanctuary cities ban on hold, while those for and against it continue a legal debate that may last a very long time. Sharecenter_img Here’s what you need to know:• This fight started while the ink on the governor’s signature was still drying. The day after Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 4 into law, local governments began filing suit over the measure, which allows local law enforcement to question legally detained or arrested people about their immigration status and punishes officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.• Houston joined the growing fight against SB 4 last week. The largest city in Texas on Wednesday added its name to the list of cities opposing the law, saying it violated the guarantees of free speech and equal protection under the Constitution. Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and several other municipal and county governments. • The Trump administration has dipped its toes into the legal battle, too. The U.S. Justice Department filed a statement of interest on Friday, arguing the bill is constitutional and valid — a move Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called “reassuring” in a news release afterward. “I’m grateful for the DOJ’s assistance in helping my office defend the lawful Senate Bill 4,” Paxton said.• Today marks the first in what could be a long series of hearings. A lot can happen between now and Sept. 1, when the law is set to go into effect. On the other side of the fight lies Paxton’s pre-emptive lawsuit asking a federal court to declare SB 4 constitutional. A court in Austin is set consider Paxton’s request Thursday. Many gather in opposition and support outside the San Antonio federal courthouse. We’ve compiled a Twitter moment to showcase what the scene looks like this Monday morning, June 26.last_img read more

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Kolkatans bid adieu to book fair 2019 in high spirits even as

first_imgKolkata: Enthusiasm among the book lovers of the city failed to wane even as the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) ended a day sooner than other years on Sunday.According to statistics provided by the Publishers and Booksellers Guild authorities, books worth Rs 20 crore were sold and 22 lakh people visited the book fair in 2018. In comparison, the sale of books has increased to Rs 21 crore this year, despite the fair ending a day earlier. Also, the number of visitors has also seen a substantial jump to 23 lakh. The guild’s general secretary Tridib Chatterjee has expressed his gratitude towards the Mamata Banerjee government for making the event a success for yet another year. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to the guild authorities, four persons were presented with a token cheque of Rs 1 lakh each, which can only be used to buy books and a book shelf. The guild has also mentioned about one Debabrata Chatterjee, a school teacher from Chakdah in Nadia, who had bought books worth Rs 2.42 lakh. Apart from the prizes given away by the guild to the four lottery winners, it has also honoured 2019 focus country Guatemala’s ambassador Giovanni Castillo. He said: “I am honoured. We will participate in the IKBF in future even if we do not become the focus country again.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn a first, the guild had decided to focus and showcase the literature and culture of the Lepcha community during the book fair. During the 12-day-long event, representatives from the Hill community had come up with a stall. Representatives of the community were acknowledged for their active participation in the fair. The guild authorities have also honoured the Bidhannagar Police, the Fire and Emergency Services department, state Transport department, Urban Development department, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, and other agencies and departments, for their efforts to make the 2019 book fair a success. Representatives from the departments were also presented with a memento each. Around 150 street children from Narkeldanga canal side area were given free books on Monday evening.last_img read more

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first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more July 25, 2011 — Join Siemens Healthcare at the joint annual meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine/Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (AAPM/COMP) 2011, July 31-Aug. 3, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia. Siemens will present a diverse line of radiation therapy advancements that shorten treatment delivery time and enhance treatment efficiency. This year’s highlights include Multiple-X and In-Line kView, two new components of the Artiste linear accelerator. These new features help increase speed and efficiency of radiation therapy delivery for a seamless oncology workflow. In addition, we have introduced a new computed tomography (CT) scanner, Somatom Definition AS Open, which delivers superior image quality while reducing dose to the patient.  See first-hand the impact new, low-dose image guidance techniques can have on the efficiency and quality of advanced radiation therapy.For more information: www.usa.siemens.com/aapm2011 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | July 25, 2011 Siemens Features Radiation Therapy Advances Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Pothole problem in Rangoon Road

first_imgPotholes have become a big problem in Rangoon Road.Huge potholes are found along the length of the road, forcing motorists to swerve out of the way to avoid damaging their vehicles or getting stuck.Residents living in the vicinity say they have complained to the municipality about the state of the road, but nothing has been done about it. They say the crumbling road surface causes problems in the morning when people are taking their children to school or driving to work. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite When it rains, water fills the potholes, adding to the danger for motorists. Not only that, but the stagnant water causes a build-up of algae, and bacteria starts to breed. This is not only an unpleasant sight, but the slimy green water swarming with insects poses a very real health hazard.“The really deep pothole has been there for months now and no one seems interested in fixing up the road,” complained one resident. The general consensus is that it’s an accident waiting to happen, because you can’t avoid the potholes that are everywhere along Rangoon Road.At the time of going to press, the municipality had failed to comment.last_img read more

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How not to handle a sexual assault investigation into a football

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix In a letter dated Oct. 3, the panel suspended Ellison from IU for two and a half years. (No criminal charges have been filed as of yet, though that can always change.)But on Oct. 2, Indiana head coach Tom Allen announced Ellison had resumed practicing with the team.More than that, Ellison had been around the team prior to the Oct. 2 announcement. On a Big Ten coaches teleconference on the 2nd, Allen said that he has regularly met with Ellison through the course of his suspension.“He’s been allowed to be with our team recently, and we still have no answer yet for his game opportunities,” Allen said. “But he’s been allowed to be around us on a consistent basis now, which has helped. But we still don’t know the long-term future yet, taking it day by day.”“Day by day” turned into “just today,” as the university suspended Ellison 24 hours later.Step back and consider the facts here.Indiana suspended Ellison on Aug. 24, fully aware Ellison was under investigation for sexual assault.At some point over the ensuing weeks, Ellison is allowed to return the team. He’s then allowed to return to the practice field, and Allen doesn’t refute that he may play on Saturdays at some point — all while his player is under investigation by the university for sexual assault against a fellow student.What message does this send to the women of IU? I’ll tell you what message it sends: We think so little of you that an alleged sexual assault by one of our players will keep him off the practice field for a few weeks.Now, I don’t want to imply Allen or Indiana football don’t care about women, because I don’t think that’s true and because I don’t think that’s fair.Allen, AD Fred Glass and Indiana athletics should not have brought Ellison back to the team before the investigation into his sexual assault act was complete, but that’s only part of the story. (FootballScoop has left multiple messages for Allen, but those were not returned as of press time.)Indiana University should not have given Indiana Athletics the opportunity to reinstate Ellison ahead of the investigation’s end date.If there’s one thing we heard over and over again during the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith saga, it’s that football coaches are not investigators. They aren’t qualified to investigate something as serious as a sexual assault case, and it’s not fair to anyone involved — victim, accused or coach — to place that responsibility on their shoulders.Like every university, IU has a system in place to handle such investigations, but it didn’t go far enough in this case. If IU was investigating Ellison, then the university should have suspended Ellison from all team activities through the course of the investigation.If said investigation clears Ellison, the university then allows him to return to the team. If it finds him guilty, as it did Oct. 3, then it extends his suspension for another 30 months.The university knows the facts of the case, and the university knows the timeline of its investigation. The football team does not. So the university should have safeguarded all invested parties by suspending him pending the investigation’s completion and not let that burden fall to the football program. Not having such a failsafe in place invites a worst-case scenario where the head football coach — who, again, does not know the facts of the case — reinstates a player the day before the university suspends that very same player.Which, of course, is exactly what happened.We have no reason to think or believe that Indiana football and Tom Allen don’t care about women, but Indiana University brought that perception to light by not letting its left hand know what its right hand was doing. On Aug. 24, Indiana announced sophomore running back Morgan Ellison had been suspended indefinitely from all team activities. The reason for the suspension was not revealed, and IU said in its press release it would not comment further on the suspension.We now know exactly why Ellison was suspended.An IU panel determined Ellison committed sexual assault against a fellow student. The panel found Ellison began the assault while the victim was asleep and used force to continue the attack when the victim awoke. (Ellison denied using force and said all activities were consensual, according to the Indianapolis Star.)last_img read more

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Related Flight Geek of the Week Joe SarreIntrodu

first_img RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Joe SarreIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work.Flight Geek of the Week – Gareth WilliamsIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner workFlight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez UleciaFlight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez Ulecia Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work 1. What do you do at Skyscanner?My title – this week – is Director of Market Development. This basically means that I am responsible for the geographic marketing growth of Skyscanner – predominantly, UK, Europe and the U.S.2. What kind of flight geek you are?User Acquisition Geek.3. What best generally describes your travel style:For business, destination is pretty much set in stone – as is time, as it’s predominantly event driven – so time of flight is important to me. To be honest, although I love leisure travelling, I am rarely involved in where or when I travel. My wife tells me where we’re going – and I just get given a date to turn up.4. What’s your ideal holidaySun or snow – I love all forms of water sports and skiing. Beach and palm tree-shaped swimming pool are an obvious requirement, as the kids love the water. Mixture of active and complete chill-out days, followed by great food and very cold beer. I enjoy experiencing and embracing new cultures and foods, so somewhere with a British or Irish bar – and somewhere that plays “Only Fools and Horses” on a loop, where I can order a curry.5. Who’s your ideal travel companion?Dead: Stan Laurel – not in a strange way – just, if he was still alive. I understand the difficulties of travelling abroad with deceased comedy geniuses.Alive: If “My Wife and Kids” is a given, then my 2nd choice would be Denise Richards and/or Megan Fox – for their keen intellect and insightful views on the current economic crisis. I would perhaps suggest that we use Air New Zealand’s new Skycouch, in order to save money, rather than buying 3 separate seats in Business Class.6. Do you fly with children?I have tried leaving them at the airport, but both my kids always insist on coming with us.7. How do you decide where you want to go?My wife tells me.8. How do you decide when you want to go?See #7.9. What annoys you most about planning holidays?The lack of involvement I seem to have in holiday planning.10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to sort that?I am trying to ensure that we are the most well-known flight site in Europe. This means becoming #1 in each and every European country. Basically, spreading global Skyscanner Love.11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site?The fact you can search for flights without even knowing where or when you want to go, was and is still, industry defining, and one of our better USPs. I am also proud that we have 20 language versions of the site. The internet still blows my mind. We had users on the site from over 200 countries last month. Craziness.12. What’s your dream feature?Some sort of sport related travel feature, to help users fly to matches, events, tournaments…..watch this space.13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner (not necessarily travel) and why?BBC Sports news site – comprehensive on all things sport – results, fixtures, news – everything that I need, in one package.Liverpoolfc.tv – for obvious reasonsYouTube – I travel a fair amount, and if you can stand watching films in 10 minute chunks, you can normally find some pretty good full movies or comedy shows.14. What’s the geekiest thing about you? Your secret geek shame?I love SEO. The fact that Google, Yahoo and Microsoft keep changing the goalposts of how sites are ranked in importance for users searching, keeps the game fresh. I am also keen on working out why I am on Twitter. I can be found at @MelwoodBaz – mostly I use it to get a snapshot of important breaking news throughout the day. The key is to follow the right people, in the right sector, who are insightful and engaging. I don’t want to know that you’ve just had a double-shot mocha, or that your cat has been sick.15. Worst travel experience (keep it brief!)I once had to travel economy class.See more flight search geeksReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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