FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John and District Kennel Club is hosting their annual Dog Show this weekend May 18 to the 20 at the District of Taylor Ice Centre.Each year, the annual event is held on the Victoria Day Long Weekend and features six All Breed Championship shows, showcasing 175 dogs from all over Canada.The first round of judging takes place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, for Hounds, with the last round of judging taking place at 2:55 p.m. on Monday, May 20, for Non-Sporting Dogs. This year’s confirmed judges include Honey Glendinning (BC); Michelle Scott (ON); Carmen Haller (BC); Grant Townsend (BC); Terry Gains (BC); Jocelyn Gagne (ON).Along with a ribbon competition, cash prizes are also available, with a chance to earn points under the Canadian Kennel Club’s Championship Show Program.The Dog Show judging schedule can be found here.The Fort St. John and District Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show is taking place this Victoria Day Long Weekend, May 18 to 20, at the District Ice Centre.For more information, you can visit Dogshow.ca.
Joint opposition member and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament today that most people reported “missing” sought asylum overseas.He claimed that of 7000 Tamils reported missing during the war some had sought political asylum in Canada, Europe and India. He also questioned the right the Tamil National Alliance had to speak on human rights when they remained silent at the time the LTTE abducted and killed Tamils. (Colombo Gazette) Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran then accused Gunawardena of insulting those killed during the war by saying they are living overseas. Gunawardena however stood by his comments and accused the Tamil National Alliance of working with a UN panel to create false numbers of those missing and killed during the war.
Corporate operating profits down 0.8% in Q2 at $72.2B: Statistics Canada OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says corporations earned $72.2 billion in operating profits in the second quarter, down 0.8 per cent from the previous quarter.The agency says the decline followed a 2.8 per cent decrease in the first quarter.In the non-financial sector, operating profits fell 3.9 per cent to $51.1 billion, following a 0.5 per cent decrease the previous quarter.Manufacturing industries led the decline with a 16.6 per cent drop to $9.9 billion.In the financial sector, operating profits increased by 7.6 per cent to $21.1 billion in the second quarter, following an 8.5 per cent decline in the first quarter.Most of the second-quarter gain came from life, health and medical insurance carriers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 27, 2013 8:42 am MDT
For Turkish artist Canan Demir, repurposing scrap materials does more than just help the environment — it also allows memories and traditions to live on through items otherwise destined for the trash.Demir, an assistant professor at the Abant ?zzet Baysal University in Bolu, Turkey, came to St. Catharines as part of Brock’s Visiting International Scholar (VIS) program last August. She’s spent the last year at the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) studying different recycling systems in Canadian universities and exploring the use of scrap materials in sculpture.To celebrate Demir’s work, the community is invited to a closing reception in the MIWSFPA lobby on Monday, July 23. The event runs from 3:30 to 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend, and guests are encouraged to bring their families to meet the visiting artist and explore her current installation.Brock Visiting International Scholar Canan Demir uses found and scrap materials to create art as part of her research at the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.“We are excited to celebrate our outgoing visiting scholar with a fun, family-friendly reception,” said Elizabeth Vlossak, the new Director of the MIWSFPA. “Welcoming international colleagues to work alongside our faculty and students encourages diversity and interconnectivity on campus, and I am pleased to celebrate that as one of my first official activities as Director.” Demir and her husband Serkan (also of Abant ?zzet Baysal University) have been working under the supervision of Brock Visual Arts Department Chair Donna Szoke during their time in St. Catharines. They travelled to Canada with their eight-year-old daughter, Simay Nerrs.“Canan’s research was a great fit for Brock, as our Visual Arts sculpture class, led by Professor Donna Akrey, uses recycled materials extensively,” explained Szoke. In the recent Gleaners exhibition, for example, sculpture students created new works of art from found and recycled materials. The exhibition is currently showing at the MIWSFPA Visual Art Gallery during regular gallery hours until Saturday, July 21.Demir prides herself on never using new materials in her work. For her current installation, Intervention, Demir sourced scrap yarn which she transformed into woven flowers using traditional handcraft techniques of embroidery and sewing. The artist was inspired by the idea that all objects have memories attached to them and repurposing those objects brings them new life and tells a new story.“Six months ago, I lost my mother, and this was a milestone for me,” she explained. “We opened her old dowry box and I saw all of her handcrafts and I wanted to make installations like that. I used old materials and old traditional techniques. They had an old memory and I gave them new memories and a new place.”Leigh-Ellen Keating, Director, Brock International, said the Visiting Scholar program encourages top scholars from around the globe to spend time on the Brock campus researching, hosting guest lectures and working with the Brock community. “Their presence enriches our scholarly community, brings a diversity of thought and expertise and strengthens our partnerships with international educational institutions,” she added.Demir said the move to St. Catharines was difficult at first, but her family now cherishes the experience and looks forward to how it will influence their personal and professional lives back home in Turkey.“I hope to come back one day because my daughter and I really love this country,” said Demir. “This is a different country with different people, memories and traditions, so they feed my process, my research and my art. It was a good experience for me.”Demir’s Intervention will be on display on the front lawn at MIWSFPA until after the closing reception. She will also have a final installation, Circular Text, on display at the Niagara Artists Centre from July 26 to Aug 3.
“He’s progressing day to day and getting better,” pitching coach Eric Parker said. “We’ll keep evaluating, especially in the middle of the week, and see where he’s at.”To this point, Wimmers — a Pitcher of the Year quarterfinalist — has only been lifting, rehabbing and throwing on flat ground. Tuesday marked his first bullpen session since the injury.Wimmers himself hopes he will be ready to return to game action as soon as this weekend.“I’m trying to get back for this weekend,” Wimmers said, “trying to get back for Saturday or Sunday.”The Buckeyes head to Iowa City, Iowa, Thursday to take on the Hawkeyes in a critical three-game series. However, the coaching staff isn’t as optimistic as Wimmers that he’ll be ready to go this weekend.To ask him to pitch this weekend “would be a lot to ask of anyone,” Parker said.Coach Bob Todd went even further, saying that he won’t know if Wimmers will travel with the team until they leave on Thursday.“He’s obviously got a bright future and we’re not going to do anything to jeopardize that,” Todd said.Wimmers acknowledged that he needs to recover fully before he can take the mound for the Buckeyes and that the coaching staff will ensure that.“I don’t think anybody would let me go out there if I was just 90 percent. I have to be 110 percent in order to go back out there,” Wimmers said.So far this season, Wimmers has been dominant, posting a 9-0 record with a 1.61 ERA.With just six conference games remaining, the Buckeyes could use their ace as they are just one game out of first place in the standings. Wimmers is all too aware of the team’s situation.“It’s killing me,” Wimmers said about not being able to pitch. “With the conference as close as it is, you just want to be out there helping your team as much as possible.” Ohio State pitcher Alex Wimmers threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time in nearly three weeks. The Buckeye ace has been sidelined since pulling his left hamstring during a pregame stretch at Michigan April 30.
Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team hopes to end its two-match skid this weekend when it takes on George Mason (3-1) and Erskine (0-4) at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes return to Columbus following tough road losses against then-No. 5 BYU and then-No.11 Stanford.Ohio State played close matches, with each of those seven sets won by five points or fewer.Head coach Pete Hanson said that looking at these matches as only losses is missing the point.“Yeah, two losses, but two losses in January against two teams that are legitimately top 10 teams are not anything to panic about,” Hanson said. “We played them close, we played in hostile environments and we’ve got young guys.”Redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson is still adapting to his leadership role among the young middle blockers, this being the first year he’s the oldest in the position.“I feel more responsibility in terms of making sure all the guys are on the same page and living out the set of expectations that the guys before me did,” Leeson said. “I try to provide that support, letting them know it’s a long season and one or two games isn’t going to dictate this whole season.”On Friday, the Buckeyes will face a George Mason team coming off a four-set loss to No. 3 UC Irvine.The Patriots are led by junior opposite hitter Hayden Wagner, who leads the team with 63 kills and 4.50 kills per set. Wagner brings the distinction of Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week into the matchup against the Buckeyes.On Saturday, the Buckeyes will take on Erskine, who’s still searching for its first win this season through four matches.If Ohio State wants to get back in the win column this weekend, they’ll have to do so with a different starting lineup.Junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss is expected to sit out this weekend due to a concussion sustained during practice this week. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore outside hitter Kyle Skinner.Skinner, who replaced Devilbiss in the third set of the match against Stanford, said he’s ready to step up whenever his team needs him.“Whenever I get in, it’s an opportunity for me to perform and show the coaches what I can do,” Skinner said. “Being on the court a lot more this weekend will give me a chance to show not only that I can come in and make a difference, but that I can stay in the game and make a difference throughout the entire match.”Ohio State takes on George Mason at 7 p.m. on Friday and Erskine at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The Montabert V1800 and V2500 Evolution hydraulic breakers feature an automatic two-speed variation system – adjusting their impact energy and striking rate to deliver high energy per blow on hard ground and high frequency on soft ground – providing smaller miners and industrial minerals producers with “unmatched productivity when processing homogeneous materials.”The heavy-range hydraulic breakers have recently been redesigned to extend service life and reduce operating costs.The V1800 and V2500 feature a new heavy-duty housing that reflects the design of larger two-speed models, as well as the design of fully variable Montabert hydraulic breaker models. In addition, the hydraulic breakers’ fully enclosed heavy-duty cradles minimise ambient noise on the jobsite and protect working parts from dust and debris. The new V1800 and V2500 feature two steel bushings. Operators can easily replace the lower bushing in the field without dismounting the breaker from the carrier. The two models also feature a modified lower suspension that extends the service life of the suspension system by reducing the wear on working parts.An optional soft-start feature is now available on the Montabert V1800 and V2500 hydraulic breakers. Equipped with the soft-start feature – installed before or after purchase – the hydraulic breaker delivers high frequency and low energy at the onset of operation. After a few seconds, the breaker resumes normal operation, delivering higher energy at a lower frequency “Ideal for activities such as rock splitting and oversize breaking, the soft-start feature minimises blank firing effects by creating a niche in the material for better positioning and energy transfer – preserving the breaker’s tool retainers and front guide. Further, the operator can manually adjust the hydraulic breaker into high frequency and low energy mode when working on soft ground.Standard features of the V1800 and V2500 include a blank-fire protection system that reduces harmful metal-to-metal contact and an energy recovery system that recycles recoil energy from the piston to increase strike power. In addition, the hydraulic breakers’ upper and lower suspension extends the excavator’s work-group life by absorbing harmful vibrations, while an automatic cradle or excavator-mounted grease station delivers continuous grease flow – reducing bushing and tool wear. An optional air pressurisation kit is available for underwater applications.Working tools available for the V1800 and V2500 include a general purpose moil, a blunt tool and a chisel.
RIM has agreed to re-license patents from Nokia, putting an end to several lawsuits between the two companies. Nokia had sued both RIM and HTC in Germany back in May, and then struck RIM on its home turf in Canada just last month. There was also a breach of contract suit filed by Nokia in the US, UK, and Canada. RIM has finally decided to pay up, but details of the new agreement are not being made public. It’s estimated by some that RIM will pay Nokia anywhere from $2 to $5 per phone going forward.Nokia took to its blog to announce the deal, and the company wasn’t shy about underscoring one particular aspect of the agreement. While money is changing hands, it’s a one-way street: “The financial structure of the agreement includes a one-time payment and on-going payments, all from RIM to Nokia.”As bad as that might sound, it’s probably a better situation for RIM to be in than to be tied up in litigation with Nokia for months on end. Even if RIM did decide to ride out the legal process, there’s still a good chance it would have had to pay up anyway. One hit to its bank account is better than two.With the patent dispute nastiness now in the rearview mirror, CEO Thorsten Heins and RIM can focus on building up buzz for the impending launch of BlackBerry 10 and its first two handsets running the QNX-based OS. They’ve been tentatively titled the X10 (QWERTY) and Z10 (touch only), and they’re set to be revealed in just a few more weeks. RIM’s big launch is set for January 30.
‘Ceta has a corporate driven agenda’: What Ireland could learn from the tiny region of Wallonia “The Irish government is the chief cheerleader for this trade agenda,” writes Matt Carthy, who firmly believes it is doing Irish people a disservice. Oct 29th 2016, 6:00 PM 216 Views http://jrnl.ie/3051574 Share698 Tweet Email2 85 Comments Matt Carthy Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 6:00 PM THE RECENT MACHINATIONS of CETA negotiations have seen more twists and turns than a Lee Child novel.Maybe not as exciting. But certainly more important.Seán Kelly described them as a ‘hullabaloo’.That is a condescending and yet enlightening revelation of the attitude of CETA supporters.The CETA (Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement) deal with Canada is an important element of a European Commission trade agenda that has led to fierce opposition across the EU.The best known element of this agenda is the TTIP deal, still being negotiated with the United States of America.CETA, TTIP’s little brother, is nevertheless an important part of the commission’s trade programme.The plan was to get CETA ratified as speedily as possible, with as little public debate as possible, so that TTIP could then be more easily sold to the European people.The idea was that Europeans like Canadians, like free trade, so then surely they won’t pay much head to a free trade deal with Canada.The difficulties, from the commission’s point of view, was that a coalition of the most unlikely bedfellows (comprising of farmers, trade unions, environmentalists, small and medium business organisations, progressive political parties, even celebrity chefs) have been explaining to people across Europe that CETA and TTIP aren’t free trade deals in the traditional sense.They are not harmless concepts. Demonstrators protest against international trade agreements TTIP and CETA in front of EU headquarters in Brussels this week Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAt the heart of this trade agenda is an Investment Court process, basically a mechanism for large multi-national corporations to sue governments for enacting legislation that impacts on their profits.The Investment Court cannot be used by citizens or domestic companies and it is rightly viewed as an undemocratic vehicle for wealthy vested interests to undermine the ability of lawmakers to regulate for the welfare of citizens, communities and the environment.Legal advice that I commissioned suggests that such a court would conflict with the Irish constitution.Proponents hoped that by ratifying a CETA deal that included provision for an Investment Court would make it more difficult for people to oppose a TTIP deal with the same provisions.Under huge pressure from civic society the commission eventually agreed that CETA would be considered a mixed agreement meaning that it would have to be voted on in every national parliament.But, and this is a big but, they then said that they would also have it ‘provisionally applied’ whereby they would start to implement the deal (or at least most elements of it, not including the Investment court) before parliaments actually voted on it.Confused yet? And EU leaders still wonder why we think there is a democratic deficit.So, in order to provisionally ratify CETA, each government just had to agree, behind closed doors, to give the green light.It was this first step that led to the recent deliberations.Because different governments have different ways of deciding how they position themselves at EU council level on these matters.For example, the Irish government just does what the commission asks of them without any recourse to the Dáil or, as in this instance, in direct contravention to the stated position of the Seanad.Belgium, on the other hand, has a different system. It permits regional parliaments to block a Minister from signing up to things that they feel are bad for their regions.In the case of CETA three regions, particularly Wallonia, said no.That was their right within the rules as set by the European treaties.As a small country that could easily find ourselves isolated on a matter of political importance in the future, our government should have defended and respected the Belgian political process, just as we would want others to respect ours.Read: ‘Hullabaloo over EU’s best trade deal in history makes no sense’, says Irish MEPInstead, our government representatives dismissed their position as a ‘hullaballoo’ and watched as European leaders mounted severe pressure on Belgian and Wallonian representatives.Their attitude and their behaviour in the past week in symbolic of everything that is wrong with the EU trade agenda.It is founded on secrecy and a belief that the democratic process is an inconvenience to be avoided when possible.It is a corporate driven agenda. There’s nothing wrong in making decisions that are good for business so long as it’s actually as good for small and medium domestic companies, as much as it is for large multi-national corporations.CETA and TTIP firmly skew the balance towards the latter. Source: Niall CarsonThe Irish government is the chief cheerleader for this trade agenda. But, they refuse to engage in real debate.Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has consistently refused to meet me – and others with similar concerns – to discuss these issues, nor would her predecessor Richard Bruton.The majority of Irish MEPs are opposed to these deals.The government ignored the Seanad resolution which called on them not to sign CETA.They have never brought it to the Dáil floor for a proper discussion.There has been no real analysis carried out regarding the potential impact CETA could have on the Irish economy.For one example, CETA will see an additional 50,000 tonnes of Canadian beef entering the European market.It is impossible to imagine that this won’t impact Irish beef farmers and the prices they get for their produce.But how large will the impact be? The government has never bothered to find out.Fine Gael’s European Parliament group, the EPP and Fianna Fáil’s ALDE has even come together to block European Parliament committees from preparing reports or opinions on the CETA impacts for their respective committees.The solution to the current impasse, according to Fianna Fáil’s ALDE partners, is actually to remove any say for national parliaments on trade agreements at all.By adopting such positions they are doing Ireland and the wider European Union a huge disservice.A recent study by Tufts University, using the UN economic model, has shown that CETA will lead to a reduction of the labour income share, wage compression, job losses and net losses in GDP.It has also shown that the economic model used by the EU, which assumes full employment and no negative impact on income distribution, ignores all the major risks of deeper liberalisation.CETA will undermine European protections for workers and the environment.Millions of people believe that CETA, just like TTIP, will be damaging and dangerous to jobs, farming, consumer rights and democracy across the EU.By ignoring their concerns, by dismissing and ridiculing their arguments, by describing the democratic process of a country as a ‘hullabaloo’ they are, in fact, simply compounding the disconnect of citizens from the political system and from the EU.The more people have learned about the EU’s trade agenda, the more likely it is that they will be opposed to it.That is why there has been so much secrecy and so many attempts to avoid debate. It’s not good enough.We are at a turning point in the evolution of the EU.Leaders must decide whether they will communicate and dialogue with citizens, regions, even nations in a framework based on equality and respect.They must decide whether they will adopt a new, progressive, ethical and citizen-centred trade policy.Their actions over the past week suggest that’s not where they’re heading.Whatever they decide they should know that the battle against CETA, TTIP and the wider EU trade agenda is not over.In many ways, it’s just beginning.More: ‘Hullabaloo over EU’s best trade deal in history makes no sense’, says Irish MEP By Matt Carthy Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
WWE Superstar Finn Balor appears to get married, Posts photo to Instagram Google+ The following is the full card for today’s NXT TakeOver: London live special airing on the WWE Network from London, England:NXT Title: Finn Balor (c) vs. Samoa JoeNXT Women’s Title: Bayley (c) vs. Nia Jax w/Eva MarieNXT Tag Team Titles: The Mechanics (Dash & Dawson) (c’s) vs. The Jersey Boys (Enzo Amore & Big Cass) w/CarmellaApollo Crews vs. Baron CorbinAsuka vs. Emma w/Dana BrookeWrestleview.com will have live coverage of TakeOver: London beginning at 3PM ET. Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez
What: Project YOUTH Old City Cemetery cleanup.When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 2 and Feb. 16.Where: Old City Cemetery, at Mill Plain and Grand boulevards, Vancouver.Information: 360-440-8638.One Heritage High School junior takes her city’s heritage to heart.Zoe Hall, 17, recently “adopted” Vancouver’s Old City Cemetery in the Central Park neighborhood after her father read an Aug. 15 article in The Columbian that neglect had enabled dandelions and weeds to outshine the headstones of the city’s founders buried there.“We talked about what we could do about it,” Hall said.They came up with the concept of Project You Offering Unpaid Time in Honor, Project YOUTH for short. Under the plan, Hall would organize Saturday work groups of young people to regularly clean up and maintain the cemetery.“It would be an honorable thing to do this for any cemetery, but the fact that this is a pioneer cemetery — our founders are buried there — it’s even more honorable,” Hall said.Hall had been on the hunt for a volunteer project to round out her college-admissions résumé for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. When she heard about the overgrown cemetery from her dad, John Hall, she said she found her calling.Meanwhile, the city of Vancouver had been pining for volunteers to help give some TLC to the historical cemetery, founded in 1867, said Hailey Heath, city volunteer coordinator.
NEW DELHI: Aviation regulator DGCA has grounded 12 pilots and served show-cause notices on them after the six recent cases of aircraft veering off runway or taxiway, a senior official said on Thursday. SpiceJet, Air India Express and GoAir have been involved in three, two and one such incidents, respectively, in the past few days, prompting the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to take action against the 12 pilots. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The action comes even as the main runway at Mumbai airport remained shut after a SpiceJet plane from Jaipur veered off it while landing amidst heavy rains on Monday night and got stuck in the adjacent grass area. On June 30, another SpiceJet plane from Bhopal veered off the runway at Surat airport due to heavy rainfall and wind. A SpiceJet spokesperson told PTI that the “pilots involved in both incidents – which happened in Mumbai and Surat – have been suspended as per the directions of the DGCA”. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us On July 2, another SpiceJet plane veered off its path on the runway while landing at Kolkata airport, damaging four lights. On the same day, an Air India Express flight coming from Dammam had a tail strike while landing at Calicut airport. Another Air India Express flight veered off the taxiway after landing and got stuck in soft ground at the Mangalore airport on June 30. On the same day, a GoAir flight coming from Bengaluru had a tail strike while landing at Ranchi airport. The reaction of Air India Express and GoAir to the DGCA action is awaited.
Satkhira district unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) president Rahmatullah Palash. Photo: UNBPolice arrested president of Satkhira district unit of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Rahmatullah Palash early Saturday on charge of arson attack.Acting on tip off, a team of police raided the Katia residence of Palash in the district town and arrested him, said Satkhira sadar police station officer-in-charge Maruf Ahmed.He said Polash was wanted in a number of cases, including arson attack on vehicles, filed with different police stations, reports UNB.
A Bangladeshi plane with 67 passengers and four crew on board crashed and burst into flames as it was coming in to land at Kathmandu airport on Monday. Photo: AFPMap of Nepal locating Bangladeshi plane crash in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo: ReutersWreckage of an airplane is seen as rescue workers operate at Kathmandu airport.Photo: ReutersWreckage of a Bangladeshi airplane is pictured as rescue workers operate at Kathmandu airport. Photo: ReutersWreckage of an airplane is pictured as rescue workers operate at Kathmandu airport, Nepal 12 March 2018. Photo: ReutersWreckage of a Bangladeshi airplane is pictured as rescue workers operate at Kathmandu airport, Nepal 12 March 2018.Photo: ReutersWreckage of a Bangladeshi airplane is pictured as rescue workers operate at Kathmandu airport, Nepal 12 March 2018. Photo: AFPSmoke rises following the crash of a Bangladeshi aircraft at Kathmandu airport, Nepal March 12, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Photo: AFPThis screengrab of video footage from the Facebook account of Nitin Keyal shows smoke rising from the site of an airplane crash at the international airport in Kathmandu on 12 March 2018.
According to Virginia Ali, co-founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl, early metro closures will have an impact on her customers and employees.The District of Columbia’s night life will likely suffer a loss of business as the Metrorail system reverts to shutting down at midnight each day for almost a year starting on June 3. On May 17, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced the final version of his SafeTrack program. It is designed to repair the ailing equipment and parts on the system’s Metrorail in nearly a year.Wiedefeld said fixing the area’s train portion of its transit system is a priority. “Safety comes first, and I want to remind the region that SafeTrack is not just about the 15 maintenance surges,” he said. “SafeTrack also includes weeknight work that will require single track operations in sections starting at 8 p.m.; it means closing the system at midnight on weekends as opposed to 3 a.m. and committing to a moratorium on extra hours of early morning or late night service when it conflicts with track work.”SafeTrack deals exclusively with Metrorail and not with WMATA’s bus system.The SafeTrack program starts on June 3 and is supposed to end with the last surge that takes place from March 6-19, 2017 on the Orange and Silver lines. There will be no track work during the presidential inauguration week of Jan. 15-21, 2017.While SafeTrack has 15 “safety surges,” where groups of Metro stations that will be repaired and cause inconvenience for riders in time frames ranging from days to weeks, it is the midnight shutdown that has caused some anxiety.There have been instances where organizations have offered to pay the system to open early or stay late. However, Morgan Dye, a spokeswoman for Metro, told the AFRO there will be no exceptions for the SafeTrack period. “The midnight deadline will be strictly enforced,” Dye said. “Metro will no longer have late night service even for special events.”The midnight deadline may present a challenge to riders attending concerts at The Verizon Center or to Washington Redskins fans attending night games. Games of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and the Washington Nationals are scheduled earlier in the day and rarely go past 10 p.m.Night spots, whether they are eateries or clubs, depend on night customers for their financial sustainability and the midnight shutdown of Metrorail may affect their businesses.Virginia Ali, co-founder of the Ben’s Chili Bowl restaurant chain, told the AFRO the midnight shutdown of Metrorail will have an impact on her business. “It will definitely affect my employees,” Ali said. “We close our U Street location at 4 a.m. on weekends and from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. on the weekends is when we are the busiest. However, it is important that we have a safe system and if it must be repaired then so be it.”Ali hopes that Metro adds to its bus service on the weekends to accommodate people who are out enjoying the city’s night life as well as the workers who serve them. Whether this will happen or not remains unclear.Marc Barnes is the owner of the popular The Park at Fourteenth nightclub. Well-knownentertainers and athletes such as Beyoncé, Chris Brown, and Floyd Mayweather have visited The Park and political figures such as former President Bill Clinton, members of the Congressional Black Caucus and, with the exception of the late Walter Washington, all of the mayors of the District and most D.C. Council members have attended and held events there.Barnes told the AFRO that he, unlike Ali, isn’t concerned about the midnight shutdown of Metrorail. “The people who come to our nightclub don’t ride the subway,” Barnes said. “They drive their cars and park. When you do have people who don’t have cars, they will use Uber or take a taxi.”Wiedefeld has repeatedly advised Metrorail customers to have alternative modes of transportation to get to work or to go out for a night on the town.
You only need to spend a few minutes on the internet to see that Grand Theft Auto V is a big deal. People lined up to collect their pre-orders and took the day off work to play the sprawling action game. Now analysts are translating that fervor into a dollar value. GTA V could rake in $1 billion in its first month and sell 20 million units by March 2014, predictions say.For those who don’t keep up with game sales, those are very big numbers. The game might even make $400 million of that $1 billion in the first day alone. For reference, GTA IV has sold 25 million units, but it was released in 2008. The new incarnation of GTA could do in months what it took its predecessor years to do. This isn’t just fast for GTA, it’s fast for games in general. Call of Duty: Black Ops took almost twice as long to reach $1 billion in sales.So is the game just that much better? Well, partially. Early reviews for GTA V are stellar. IGN and Giant Bomb both gave it perfect scores, whereas Game Informer went with 98/100. So, those folks calling in sick to play are certainly not regretting it. However, the other factor making GTA V a big seller is the huge install base of existing game consoles. We’re at the end of the cycle, and the Xbox 360 and PS3 are heavily discounted. Basically everyone who wants these consoles has them.Take-Two interactive was only counting on $750-800 million by the end of the year, which is still nothing to sneeze at. $1 billion in the first month would be a real windfall.
KOLKATA: Two persons were beaten up by the locals of Sahagunj in Chinsurah over a housewife’s death. Later, both of the attacked persons were detained by the police and three persons have been arrested.Sources informed that Madhumita Bhattacharya of Kanakshali area got married to Tamal Chatterjee around seven years ago. Meanwhile, Bhattacharya’s relatives alleged that Chatterjee used to torture Bhattacharya regularly. Her parents passed away within a few years of her marriage. Since then she had been facing torture. It was alleged that Chatterjee and his family members forced her to transfer properties worth crores of rupees that she inherited from her parents. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRecently, Bhattacharya moved to her paternal house as she was depressed and her heart tore into pieces when she came to know that Chatterjee was getting married again. On Tuesday while going somewhere in a toto, she met with an accident and was admitted to a hospital in Chinsurah, where she died on Thursday morning. As the news of her death reached Kanakshali, the locals got furious. When Chatterjee and his father went there, they started bashing the duo. Police later recovered and took them to the police station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn another incident, a housewife has been murdered by her husband at Nodakhali in South 24-Parganas. Locals informed that Shaikh Sadek and Tanuja Bibi used to live there for several years. For a long time, Sadek remained jobless and the family faced endless financial problems. At one night, a massive altercation broke out between Sadek and Bibi over financial issues. Some neighbours alleged that Sadek was an alcoholic. To make ends meet, Bibi had taken up work as a domestic help at several places. But that did not work as Sadek used to take away her money to buy alcohol. On Thursday morning, when Sadek was refused money, he started threatening his wife. All of a sudden, he hit Bibi with a mortar and pestle and fled the scene. Her neighbours rushed Bibi to a hospital where she was declared brought dead. Later, a complaint against Sadek was lodged and a murder case initiated. Police are searching for Sadek, who is still at large.
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News | July 01, 2013 Patients and Technologists Benefit from Reduced Dose of UltraSPECT Image Reconstruction Software UltraSPECT partnership with PharmaLogic results in quick success with hospitals around the U.S. Installing the UltraSPECT Wide Beam Reconstruction (WBR) software FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 UltraSPECT, a leading provider of nuclear medicine (NM) image reconstruction technology that reduces radiopharmaceutical dose and acquisition time, announced the installation of its proprietary Wide Beam Reconstruction (WBR) software at nearly ten healthcare facilities. These installations come as a result of the recent agreement between UltraSPECT and radiopharmaceutical provider PharmaLogic, under which PharmaLogic is offering the WBR software as part of its patient-centered approach. In just a short time, PharmaLogic has successfully approached dozens of NM imaging facilities about the advanced WBR software which improves patient safety and technologist safety, while providing higher efficiency and optimum image quality. WBR is an innovative technology addressing today’s concerns about patient radiation exposure and improved image quality. It enhances the performance of existing NM cameras, enabling a 50 percent reduction in ASNC-recommended radiopharmaceutical injected dose, reducing imaging scan time up to 50 percent, while maintaining the full level of image quality. The technology, sold as part of the UltraSPECT Xpress.Cardiac, Xpress3.Cardiac, and Xpress.Bone products, can be utilized with most major manufacturers’ NM systems, as well as all clinical software packages. “The industry’s growing interest to reduce radiation exposure to patients and to the technologists performing the exams led us to look for a cost effective, low-dose solution, resulting in our incredibly successful partnership with UltraSPECT,” said Steve Chilinski, president and CEO of PharmaLogic. “When we present the solution, healthcare facilities are amazed at everything they can achieve – significantly reduced patient radiation exposure, improved patient throughput, no need for expensive camera upgrades, and all this while maintaining the high quality images cardiologists need for diagnostic accuracy. We believe these initial installations are just the start of a growing demand for the solution as all of our nuclear medicine customers see that everyone from patients and technologists to physicians, pharmacies and pharmacy staff will benefit.” UltraSPECT is the only nuclear medicine company to offer this proprietary FDA-approved software solution that can be retrofit into existing SPECT imaging systems. The UltraSPECT Xpress line of products can be readily installed on current gamma camera systems. Utilizing the proprietary WBR iterative reconstruction algorithm, which simultaneously addresses resolution recovery and noise reduction for low-count density, it provides high image resolution for greater lesion localization, raising diagnostic confidence and precision. The products minimize radiation exposure for both patients and technologists, while abbreviated acquisition times reduce the possibility of patient motion artifacts and enhance patient throughput and comfort. For many WBR users, the result is enhanced equipment utilization, revenues, patient satisfaction and referrals.Huntington Internal Medicine Group (HIMG), Huntington, West Virginia, recently selected the UltraSPECT Xpress.Cardiac and Xpress.Bone solutions as part of their partnership with PharmaLogic. This IAC-accredited facility with four cardiologists and several thousand cardiac exams performed each year has been using the software with immediate positive results for patients, technologists and cardiologists.”When we learned about UltraSPECT’s WBR technology, we knew immediately that we needed it, and the results have been even better than what we had expected,” explained Juanita Dempsey, BS, CNMT, RT(N), cardiology and radiology manager at Huntington Internal Medicine Group. “Not only does the ability of the software to enable half of the radioactive dose help protect our patients, but it’s greatly protecting our technologists who are overseeing the procedures again and again. 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The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photos) Johnson also was selected by Marc Sessler to win Offensive Player of the Year.He does it all. The numbers will be there, too, as Arizona leans on Johnson from wire to wire.Mathieu also appeared on the list twice. The safety has dealt with numerous injuries in his career but has been back and healthy so far in 2017. For that, Dan Hanzus picked the Honey Badger to win Comeback Player of the Year.Meanwhile, Maruice Jones-Drew said Mathieu would win Defensive Player of the Year.He spoke his greatness into existence.The Cardinals begin their regular season on Sept. 10 in Detroit. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact NFL.com released Tuesday a list of award predictions given by a panel of analysts, and the Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu and David Johnson each appeared multiple times.In the 2017 NFL season award predictions, the Patriots’ Tom Brady was a favorite to win MVP. But Johnson was selected by Gregg Rosenthal to win that award.A player can only break up the QB hegemony of this award with something truly spectacular, like a 1,000-yard rushing, 1000-yard receiving season.Johnson eclipsed 2,000 yards from scrimmage last year to lead the league in that category, but was 121 yards shy of 1,000 receiving. This year, he’s poised to make another run at the impressive 1,000-1,000 milestone. At age 24, the Northern Iowa alum has tallied more than 3,000 yards over two NFL seasons. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 1 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires