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Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson http://jrnl.ie/3193298 The people responsible are doing this for their own selfish and egotistical ends. They are trying to exercise control in the community and trying to pretend they are a police service, which they are not.“The only police service in west Belfast is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”He continued to say that car crime had dropped by 40% in the past 10 years because their work with the community.“Working with the community we have seen nearly 1,000 less crimes less crimes this year than there was last year, we have seen a significant reduction in burglary, robbery and crimes against older persons.”The superintendent said that there would be increased patrols and asked members of the community to work with police “to put these people out of business”.If you witnessed anything suspicious in the area of Monagh Road, in particular after 10pm yesterday evening, to come forward to police by calling 101 and asking for detectives at Musgrave or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.The PSNI also advised that the information can be passed on to a member of the clergy or a local elected community representative.Read: ‘The people who did this have no moral compass’: Couple in their 50s shot in the legs in BelfastRead: Man hospitalised following paramilitary-style shooting in Belfast 8,331 Views Image: Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 7:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE POLICE SERVICE in Northern Ireland has publicly condemned the paramilitary-style shootings of four people in west Belfast over the past three weeks.Last Friday, a married couple in their 50s were both shot in the legs at a house in the Turf Lodge area shortly after 6pm.A week prior to that, a 21-year-old man was hospitalised after being shot in both legs in the Ardnamonagh Parade area of Belfast.Speaking at a press event at Musgrave Police Station this afternoon, Commander Chief Superintendent Chris Noble condemned the latest shooting of a 26-year-old male – once in each leg – on Monagh Road in west Belfast.Noble said that it was too early to say if recent shootings were linked, but confirmed that there was “an active line of inquiry around the involvement of violent dissident republicans”.The senior police officer had some strong words for those who carried out each of the individual shootings: Jan 18th 2017, 7:58 PM Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share Tweet Email 12 Comments ‘They’re pretending to be a police service’: PSNI strongly condemns recent Belfast shootings “The only police service in west Belfast is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.”
Economie d’énergie : une goutte de sang contre un peu de lumièreMike Thompson, un designer américain, a mis au point une lampe n’éclairant qu’au contact de quelques gouttes de sang humain. Une invention destinée à faire prendre conscience de la valeur de l’énergie. Comment faire prendre conscience du prix de l’énergie que nous consommons à outrance chaque jour ? Mike Thompson, un designer américain a poussé la réflexion à l’extrême en inventant une lampe qui s’allume seulement au contact du sang humain. Le principe est le suivant : le luminaire se présente sous la forme d’une grosse ampoule de verre, qu’il faut ouvrir en brisant le goulot. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les débris laissés servent par la suite à se couper légèrement le doigt, de telle manière à pouvoir laisser tomber des gouttes de sang à l’intérieur du globe rempli de produits chimiques. La réaction engendrée par le sang au contact du mélange produit alors une lumière intense de couleur bleue qui suffit à éclaire les alentours. Selon Mike Thompson, l’inquiétante invention est en fait une initiative destinée à nous faire réfléchir sur les risques de la surconsommation qui augmente de plus en plus dans la société actuelle. “L’Américain moyen utilise en moyenne 3383 Kilowatt-heure d’énergie par an, ce qui équivaut à laisser la lumière allumée en continu dans quatre chambres durant 12 mois”, indique le designer sur son site web. Il poursuit : “Tout comme une trop grosse perte de sang peut mettre votre vie en danger, une trop grosse consommation d’énergie engendre des risques sur l’environnement”. En créant ce concept de luminaires, Mike Thompson force ainsi les utilisateurs à prendre en considération la valeur de l’énergie pour en faire usage lorsque celle-ci est réellement nécessaire, évitant ainsi toute forme de gaspillage. Le 30 mai 2012 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambert
Sainsbury’s is to give some 137,000 store-based employees a 4% salary increase.The pay rise, which will come into effect from 30 August, will increase Sainsbury’s standard rate of pay to £7.36 per hour.This is the highest pay increase for store staff that the supermarket has awarded in more than a decade, and will take the average salary above the government’s new national living wage of £7.20 for workers over 25, which is due to comr into effect in April 2016.Mike Coupe, chief executive officer at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re delighted to announce a 4% pay increase for the colleagues who work in our stores across the country. “We know what a difference they make to our customers each and every day and we’re totally committed to rewarding them well for the great service they provide. “I’ve talked to thousands of colleagues over the past year and they tell me how much they value their package of benefits and the flexibility that we can offer as an employer, as well as hourly pay which has always been well over the minimum wage. “Their hard work, talent and dedication have been central to our success and will remain so in the future.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Installations on the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands remain “mission capable” despite absorbing a battering Thursday from Super Typhoon Yutu’s sustained winds of 180 mph. “There have been reports of major damage to structures and property, but all U.S. military personnel are currently accounted for,” Lt. Cmdr. Karl Lettow, a Joint Region Marianas spokesman, told Stars and Stripes. Crews began clearing debris and continue to assess conditions, but leaders expect Friday to be a normal workday, Lettow said. The cyclone left widespread destruction on the islands of Saipan and Tinian. … The Navy is proposing to spend $5.2 million to connect six homes located near an auxiliary landing field used by Naval Air Station Oceana to the municipal water system, after the homeowners’ wells consistently revealed elevated levels of PFAS contaminants over the past two years. The Navy has been providing bottled water to workers at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress in Chesapeake and nearby homes with contaminated wells since 2016, reports the Virginian-Pilot. The Navy has agreed to test private drinking water wells near the auxiliary field twice a year. … The Navy on Wednesday released its business operations plan for fiscal years 2019-2021, an effort aimed at achieving greater efficiencies that will allow it to reallocate resources from business operations to readiness and rebuilding naval forces. “As we look forward to the future, we must continue this momentum by leveraging every resource, expert, leading practice, and efficiency we can find — from all sources, private and public — to think anew about our business operating model,” Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said, according to a press release.Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jackie Pau
The vehicle manufacturer that brought you the 1,000-horsepower Yenko/SC Stage II Camaro has now revived one of the craziest sport-truck badges and given it a dose of modernity.Specialty Vehicle Engineering on Tuesday unveiled the reimagined GMC Syclone sport truck. The conversion starts with a base 2019 GMC Canyon extended-cab midsize pickup in either 2WD or 4WD configuration. Its standard engine is swapped out in favor of a supercharged 3.6-liter V6 that puts out a positively delightful 455 hp, a far cry from the standard V6’s 308-hp output.Of course, all that extra power necessitates beefing up the Syclone in other ways. There’s a performance front brake upgrade that adds six-piston front calipers and two-piece slotted front brake rotors. The truck has been lowered 2 inches in the front and 5 inches in the rear for more car-like handling. The suspension’s been further tweaked by way of new traction bars, bushings, shock absorbers and rear sway bar. That power makes its way to the ground through 20-inch wheels wearing Y-rated performance tires. There’s also a new exhaust system that should provide a much meatier growl than the stock setup.Enlarge ImageThe Canyon’s design is a little long in the tooth, but SVE’s enhancements result in a pretty cool look, not too far from the Syclone of old. Specialty Vehicle Engineering The new Syclone also packs some aesthetic enhancements. On the outside, there’s a new hood with a power bump and a “455HP” badge. The rocker panels sport extensions, the grille surround is color-matched to the body, and that matching extends to the grille bars and rear bumper, too. Inside, there are custom-trimmed seats with Syclone graphics, new floor mats, a numbered dash plaque and unique key fobs. Only 100 will be built, and each Syclone will command a $39,995 premium on top of the truck’s MSRP. It could be worse — SVE’s 1,000-horsepower Camaro required $66,995 on top of the Camaro’s window sticker. The best part is, the truck can be ordered through a GMC dealer.Produced only in 1991, GMC built 2,995 examples of the original Syclone. Based on the Sonoma compact truck, it became the quickest pickup truck on the market, thanks to its turbocharged 4.3-liter V6, which put out 280 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque. It was capable of a sub-5-second sprint to 60 miles per hour, which is nuts for 1991 — and still pretty impressive today.Enlarge ImageMaxing out the payload capacity with a lowered suspension probably isn’t the best idea. Specialty Vehicle Engineering 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Post a comment More From Roadshow Trucks Sports Cars 0 More about 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Preview • 2019 GMC Sierra: Mo’ tailgates, no problems Review • 2019 GMC Sierra AT4: A plush truck for mild off-roading 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Tags GMC Share your voice 2019 Chevy Blazer first drive: Sharp style, smooth ride
Isabelle (left) and Hugh (right) Dyment, at their home in Bethel. Isabelle is one of the first four assistant level teachers in the LKSD Two and Done program. Photo taken June 27, 2017. (Christine Trudeau / KYUK)The Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks have teamed up to try and solve two problems with one new program. The aim is to address high rates of teacher turnover, as well as to improve Yup’ik cultural and language competency among the region’s teaching staff.Listen nowOn a quiet Tuesday afternoon in Bethel, Isabelle and Hugh Dyment are at home taking time to catch up on some household chores and studying while their five kids are off at various summer camp programs.“I have this big paper that I need to work on,” said Isabelle Dyment, an assistant teacher in LKSD’s Two and Done program.“This is really rare that our house is actually so quiet like this because our oldest two are out,” Isabelle’s husband Hugh Dyment said. “Usually, really, there is quite a bit of commotion here. I mean, friends of ours would know what we’re talking about.”Isabelle sits on the couch, reading and taking notes for her essay, while Hugh does the dishes and makes coffee.Hugh describes a typical weekday morning during the academic school year:“So, Isabelle still gets ‘em dressed. I can get ‘em fed, I mean, I can’t find my own shoes and wallet and stuff in the morning,” Hugh said. “So, Isabelle helps with that and then I drop off the kids at school. Isabelle is either here studying, or going to class.”Isabelle is one of the first four assistant level teachers in the Two and Done Program. She is trying to finish her bachelor’s degree in Education and become an Alaska state-certified teacher, and is a little more than halfway through the two-year program.“I had to do a time management – I had to put time for homework time and dealing with the kids, the chores, the household stuff that needs to be taken care of,” Dyment said.The Two and Done Program is designed for people like Isabelle, who speaks Yup’ik fluently, works in the district, and is two years or less away from getting a teaching certificate. Before becoming part of the program, Dyment took nine credits a year while working full time as an assistant teacher at the Ayaprun Yup’ik Immersion School. Her husband Hugh is the Dean of Students at the Kuskokwim Learning Academy, an alternative boarding school located at the Yuut Elitnaurviat facility in Bethel.The Dyments knew that the Two and Done Program would be a big adjustment for them. The program, offered by the Lower Kuskokwim School District, is designed to speed up the process of earning bachelor’s degrees and teaching certificates. The district pays assistant teachers like Isabelle a stipend to cover living expenses equivalent to her working wage, and also pays her tuition costs to go to school full time for two years.The schedule is grueling. Some days Isabelle is in class for eight to 10 hours. Hugh takes up the slack at home.“I mean, it wasn’t impossible or anything. We’re not tidying up the house as much as we normally would,” said Hugh.Still, it was a big learning curve for both of them, said Hugh, as he’s had to learn the hard way how much he depends on his wife.Isabelle Dyment (center) taking an advanced Yugtun [Yup’ik language] pronunciation course over the summer at UAF’s Kuskokwim University Campus. Photo taken June 2017. (Christine Trudeau / KYUK)“You have a [school] board that is investing in the future for our students, but investing in a way that is building teachers that are going to stay here, and work in our communities, and live in our communities,” said Josh Gill, Director of Personnel for LKSD and creator of the Two and Done Program.Gill says that the LKSD school board is committed to investing in local teachers fluent in Yup’ik who are more likely to stay in the YK Delta.To Gill, that’s important because a lot of teachers coming in from outside of the YK Delta, or even outside of the state, have a lot of adjusting to do.“I mean, literally, I’ve had people call and say, oh ya’ know, ‘do I need to have my car shipped out to the village,’ and you have to explain there’s no roads,” Gill said.The turnover rate is huge. Most of the teachers in the bush come from outside and stay at rural schools for two to three years at most.Jessica Glore is an Academic Advisor at the UAF Kuskokwim campus who also works with Isabelle Dyment. Glore is Yup’ik and grew up in the village of Kwigillingok. She recalls many teachers coming and going.“It was… it was bad. It affected me because I had teachers who put their time and their effort into me, and then they would transfer or they would move out of Alaska,” Glore said.Hugh Dyment, who is not Alaskan Native, is one of the exceptions to this trend. He has lived and taught in the region for over 25 years.“My whole career I’ve worked with, sort of, at risk troubled teens for various reasons. It’s been a real joy for me, but the reality is that they would benefit just as much from seeing a Native Yup’ik speaking teacher, and that would mean something to them,” Hugh said.Isabelle Dyment couldn’t agree more, as she stresses the importance of just being able to understand the students she works with.“If their student is talking in Yugtun, the teacher will be able to understand,” Dyment said. “Some kids prefer to speak in Yugtun, and it would be a better beneficiary because for me, being from the village, I understand the culture and I don’t plan on leaving my hometown.”Sally Russell is the Assistant Director of the UAF Kuskokwim campus and has helped to oversee Dyment’s academic work. Russell is not Yup’ik and remembers having to unlearn being taught to move aggressively to control her classroom when she taught elementary school in the region.“And that just doesn’t go over well for Yup’ik children, because that’s not how they were raised,” Russell said, “to be kind of yelled at by the teacher in front of all the other kids is really uncomfortable for Yup’ik kids.”According to Russell, a Yup’ik teacher doesn’t need to learn the culturally appropriate way to manage Yup’ik children because they’re already aware of culture values and customs. This is part of why Russell thinks that the Two and Done Program is a good first step, and that it couldn’t come at a better time.“We have the largest region in the state with a Native language intact,” Russell said.Russell said that the old idea that speaking your language would interfere with learning English and school work is disappearing, because the research doesn’t support it.“There’s been a real resurgence in the Yup’ik language, and the educational decisions about that are driven by research that shows that children who are bilingual at a young age, or Yup’ik first language, will do much better in school if they at least start school up until third grade with a teacher who speaks their same home language,” Russell said.Jessica Glore goes further by saying that kids seeing adults in their community continuing their education and giving back to the community creates a major role model for students.Hugh Dyment said that he can already see this effect with the example his wife Isabelle has set in their home.“That’s probably a great benefit to them,” Hugh said. “To really see someone sit down for two hours, and then read and then take notes and write an essay and stuff, day after day after day, and then weekends and Saturdays and Sundays too.”LKSD has already selected the next group of four to begin the Two and Done program this coming fall.
Janasena chief Pawan Kalyan backed the demolition of Praja Vedika saying that the Andhra Pradesh chief minister should also crack the whip on illegal constructions in the state. The Janasena chief spoke to media after taking part in the Lord Venkateshwara Swamy Brahmotsavam at Namburu in Guntur. He said that the people believe in the government when it responds to the illegal activities being carried out in the state. “The Andhra Pradesh government has taken the right decision to demolish Praja Vedika which helps to curb the illegal constructions,” Pawan observed.
Nampally: The demand for appointment or deputation of higher officials with Urdu background at TS Urdu Academy has grown shriller with several activists and even some senior journalists voicing concern over the ‘continuous neglect,’ particularly after State government’s declaration as the State’s second official language, following bifurcation.It has been more than a month since the controversy unfolded over the much-awaited Urdu Academy’s award and list of nominees which it has declared. But the discontent is brewing amongst the Urdu lovers and those who come from the Urdu background, now openly questioning State government’s intention which has promised to ‘support and promote the language’ in the newly formed State. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “There is no dearth amongst the higher officials or academicians within the State who have Urdu background. Urdu Academy’s intention of awarding those who excelled or imparted service to the language is a welcome, but it attracted controversy entirely because of the mismanagement under higher-ups with non-Urdu background. The government failed to issue a GO and the criterion was not clear on awards, hence these half-hearted efforts landed in controversy,” said a senior scribe Mir Inayath Ali. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us While some others have pointed out the TS Urdu Academy which once enjoyed the government patronage has been pushed to a department of low priority in the recent months. Shafeeq Ather, a writer and activist, said that the Chief Minister who had promised to support the language after coming to power has failed to keep up his promise. “On one hand the department is facing neglect and fund crunch because of non-release of budgetary funds, and on the other hand, it is functioning without a director or secretary. The existing chairman is nothing but rubber stamp. Even if we want to represent the matter with the CM, we cannot get appointment, that’s the irony,” he noted. Advertise With Us Some other activists referring to the practice where Urdu Academy books are published by Telugu Academy held that this reflects the sincerity on the part of authorities toward the language. “When rarely an employee of the department is from Urdu background, we cannot expect good results. It is nothing but injustice to language which is rich not only amongst Muslims lore, but Hindu and Sikhs of the subcontinent,” Md Rafi, activist pointed out.
Mohammad Rakibul Hasan. Photo: Prothom AloMohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Bangladeshi photographer working for Zuma Press in the US. He also works as a freelance photographer for various local and foreign organisations. This Bangladeshi photographer received the prestigious The Human Rights Press Award this year for his photographs of rape survivor Rohingya women.It all started in 2007. He used to go to Cox’s Bazaar to take pictures. He went to the Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazaar to click pictures of displaced Rohingya refugees for his organisation. He met Rohingya women who were raped by the Myanmar army before they fled for refuge to Bangladesh. He took their photos and listened to their stories that made his heart bleed.He created a series with the photographs in 2018, called ‘Looted honour’. Rakubul Hasan received the 23rd Human Rights Press Award for these photographs this year.The Hong Kong based organisation honours media persons for their outstanding report on human rights issues across Asia every year.The sponsors of the award event are The Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong , Hong Kong Journalist Association and Amnesty International. Rakibul was selected in the Photo Series category out of 16 several categories.His photos depicted the grievous sufferings of Rohingya women that shook up anybody.“It’s a very sensitive task. It is unethical to reveal the identity and image of a rape victim as per the rule of journalism. It’s different in this matter. Many of them sought justice,” Rakibul told Prothom Alo.“I only took photographs and interviews of those who consented and agreed to talk,” he added.Rakibul was affected by the horror and trauma of those rape survivors.Rakibul began his photography career in 2002 when he was a graduate student of Sydney University, Australia. Photography became his profession when he started his career as a photographer in a national daily newspaper in Bangladesh in 2006..Besides, he took numerous photos that illustrated effects of climate change, river erosion and the traumatic stories of atrocities to the Rohingya refugees.Rakibul went to take photos in conflict areas such as the Philippines. He tooke shots of a conflict between to militant groups in there.He received recognitions for that works. He was awarded several times at home and abroad.He received the Lucy Award-2018 from USA.“Receiving an award is always a matter of great joy. It develops one’s sense of responsiblity and boosts interest in work,” Rakibul said.“Human rights issues are of my great interest. We may not be able to stop wars by photography. What we can do is awaken people’s thoughts. And that may decrease wars to an extent,” he added.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat
In a letter addressed to the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland Chairwoman Cheryl Glenn this week, Gov. Larry Hogan signaled a willingness to resolve the decade-long Maryland HBCU Equity lawsuit. Hogan offered Maryland’s HBCU’s up to $100 million over 10 years. “We are happy that the governor is in the frame of mind to resolve this lawsuit,” Glenn said. The Baltimore Democrat said she does not see the monetary amount offered by the governor as an end but instead as a possible beginning of a conversation to resolve the impasse between the state and Maryland’s four HBCU’s. “This is not a settlement but the start of a process and, of course, this is an election year,” Glenn said, suggesting that Hogan wants to avoid the bad blood that would result from a formal appeal of the November remedial ruling in favor of plaintiffs for Maryland’s HBCU’s.Other lawmakers and HBCU advocates are not at all buying what the governor is selling. “That equates to 2.5 million per year over the next 10 years for each of the 4 HBCU institutions. That’s like throwing peanuts at a very gigantic problem,” Del. Nick Mosby told members of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee this week. The House Appropriations Committee is currently considering HB 450, the Britt-Rawlings-HBI Comparability Program, the state funding program designed to create fiscal equity between the state’s four HBCU’s and traditionally White campuses. HB 450 is a companion bill for SB 252, with the same name, introduced recently in the Maryland State Senate by Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Balt.)Mosby made it clear that legislation proposed in the House of Delegates and State Senate is not meant to replace the Maryland HBCU Equity Trial’s remedial ruling handed down in November by Judge Catherine E. Blake in U.S. District Court. Blake ordered the appointment of a special master to create unique high-demand programs at each of the state’s HBCU’s and required the state system of higher education to eliminate the discriminatory system of program duplication. Appropriations Committee members were eager to learn how HBCU’s would use additional funding. “In terms of where the funding would be spent, we have very high-end expensive programs that are currently underfunded,” Juliette Bell, president, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, explained to the Appropriations Committee. Bell wouldn’t comment on the governor’s proposed offer of $100 million to settle the HBCU lawsuit. But David Burton, lead plaintiff for the Maryland HBCU Coalition, had no problems responding to Hogan’s gesture. In an interview with the AFRO, Burton said the governor’s offer of $100 million was a “slap in the face” and not a sincere gesture. “$100 million is just the beginning of a long conversation. It’s nowhere near the requisite amount to meet what is needed to restore HBCU’s to a position of parity as required in the judge’s ruling,” Burton said. By comparison, the landmark “Ayers” Higher Education desegregation settlement in 2002 required the state of Mississippi to pay $500 million for new programs, facilities and student recruitment at Jackson State, Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley, the state’s three public universities. In the governor’s offer letter, addressed to Del. Cheryl Glenn, Hogan’s Chief Counsel Robert F. Scholz says the $100 million offer “represents a serious, multi-year commitment which we believe goes well beyond what the law requires.”“There should not be any signaling at any level from anyone that the governor’s proposal addresses the long-term remedies that will be necessary to resolve this long-standing issue,” said Burton. There is no easy way out of this.”“$100 million dollars does not meet the standard. If you read Judge Blake’s remedial order closely, it will take billions, not millions of dollars over years to correct the years of discrimination faced by Maryland’s HBCU’s,” Burton said.
And the beauty pageant winner is…The winner was 27-year-old singer, Nguyen Huong Giang, from Vietnam. Australia and Thailand were crowned first and second runner-up respectively.Nguyen also won in the Best Introductory Video and Talent category.Amelia Vega from Honduras was named Miss Congeniality with Indonesia’s Dinda Syarif winning for best national costume. Her 30kg (66 pounds) costume, called Mustika Kelana, represented dance masks of Cirebon on the island of Java.The Best in Evening Gown went to Venezuela’s Michel Epalaza Betancourt for her resplendent Disney-like gown.Izabelle Coimbra from Brazil won the Most Photogenic category with her dazzling smile.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The world’s biggest beauty pageant for trans women, Miss International Queen, has just wrapped up for 2018 and it was breathtaking. Competitors from 26 countries around the world descended on Pattaya, Thailand to compete for the coveted crown.The beauty pageant was started 13 years ago to raise awareness about transgender issues.Competitors battled it out in traditional beauty pageant categories such as, talent, swimwear, best national costume and evening gown. Trans woman crowned Spain’s Miss UniverseBachelor Vietnam contestant confesses same-sex love, gives back roseMuslim beauty queen comes out for equal marriageRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/stunning-photos-worlds-biggest-trans-beauty-pageant/ Winner of Miss International Queen Nguyen Houng Giang from Vietnam gets a kiss from the runners-up. | Photo: Facebook/Miss International Queen eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-
With law enforcement, emergency services and recovery services working through the night, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) can now confirm that all lanes (both north- and southbound) have been re-opened to traffic again at Van Reenen’s Pass (between Harrismith and Tugela Plaza/Ladysmith).Between 60 and 70 trucks had to be towed away after protesters blocked this national route at Van Reenen.Read initial story: Warning: Protest action on the N3 at Van Reenen’s PassAlso read: Watch: Truck drivers protest on N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass (KZN)Heavy vehicles were stacked over at least a 10km distance in both directions of the N3 Toll Route in the vicinity of Van Reenen and large volumes of traffic were diverted away from this area.Emergency services cleared the northbound section for traffic last night (June 20) and re-opened the southbound lanes this morning (June 21).Read also: Must See: Van Reenen’s Pass is closed due to truck protest on the N3 WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Watch: Member of Parliament on scene at truck drivers’ protest on N3, Van Reenen“N3TC expresses its gratitude to all services and road users for the sterling support received at this challenging time,” said N3TC commercial manager Con Roux.“We expect busy traffic conditions today as the backlog of traffic continues to be cleared, and request both truckers and motorists to be extra cautious and patient,” concluded Roux.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Case Study | July 30, 2014 For Partners Imaging Centers, Efficiency and Reliability of Intelerad PACS Solution Drives Superior Medical Care, High ROI and Profitable Growth Strategy About Partners Imaging CentersFounded in 2006, Partners Imaging Centers (PIC) is a seven?center radiology practice that reads 60,000 studies per year. Owned and operated by two founding-partner radiologists, the group’s network is based on the west coast of Florida and includes an MRI center, an MRI & CT center, a breast diagnostic center and four additional centers that offer four or more modalities.IntelePACS Proves Smart Choice for Enterprise-Wide Imaging PlatformThe PIC relationship with Intelerad dates back to the earliest days of the practice in 2006, when its founders selected and deployed IntelePACS at the group’s single, initial location. In the years that followed, as PIC expanded operations both organically and through acquisition, IntelePACS easily accommodated the growth of the practice.Today, IntelePACS is central to daily operations, serving as the group’s enterprise-wide imaging platform for its full network of imaging centers. The group’s six highly experienced subspecialists use IntelePACS to read 60,000 studies a year.“With IntelePACS deployed across all seven imaging centers, we are able to operate very efficiently,” said Nigel de Wit, PIC chief operating officer. “It is so critical to have a common platform across all locations, and IntelePACS is very quick and efficient.” Distributed Architecture Facilitates Growth, Promotes MobilityIntelePACS is built upon Intelerad’s distributed architecture, which ensures image and data integrity, high availability and performance. This architecture has facilitated the practice’s expansion, preserving performance benchmarks and providing mobility to the radiologists.“Our radiologists can use IntelePACS in the same capacity from any of our centers or a remote location,” said de Wit. “This is a big advantage. It is one of the many reasons our radiologists are so positive about the solution.”IntelePACS Drives Productivity and Provides Return on InvestmentDe Wit credits IntelePACS’ high performance as well as its easy-to-use, fully-featured viewer, InteleViewer, for driving the individual productivity of the six radiologists who serve all seven imaging centers. IntelePACS enables PIC to increase market share and remain competitive, despite fluctuating healthcare market conditions and ongoing cost-control pressures.“At the end of the day, my focus is on productivity,” de Wit said. “IntelePACS allows our radiologists to read more cases per day. This means the system is paying for itself.”Increased Efficiency Minimizes Turnaround, Saves Lives The increased radiologist efficiency and productivity results in higher levels of patient care, because PIC radiologists can complete interpretations and provide reports to referring physicians with minimized turnaround time. In certain cases, this efficiency can make a life-saving difference.“We’ve had situations where the radiologist has performed a read that identified a serious issue requiring immediate attention from the physician,” said de Wit. “If we didn’t have such an efficient PACS system, the patient may have had to wait. You’re talking about life and death in some cases.” Solid Reliability and World-Class Support Set Intelerad ApartIntelePACS’ reliability plays a key role in enabling the productivity, efficiency, and high levels of patient care that PIC has attained. “We need a system that is rock solid,” de Wit said. IntelePACS assures critical business continuity, eliminating concerns about downtime.Intelerad’s world-class support is another key advantage of the business relationship. De Wit cited the wide range of support personnel expertise, as well as 24×7 availability, as key differentiators. “Intelerad’s support services are really excellent,” he said. “The support team is extremely capable and a tremendous benefit of using Intelerad solutions.”Intelerad Service Expertise Provides High Business ValueThe advantage of an expert support team goes beyond troubleshooting. As the business has expanded, PIC has leveraged Intelerad’s service expertise to ensure smooth deployments. “I like the idea of a team that can assist you with migrations and integrations,” said de Wit. “That is a very valuable resource.”After building a single imaging center into a highly successful network of seven locations over eight years, PIC founders are extremely happy that they selected Intelerad to provide the practice’s medical imaging technology backbone. “We are extremely satisfied with the Intelerad offering,” de Wit said. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
No related posts. Jorge Astúa Arias, 58, will walk 397.6 miles in a week, hiking from the border with Panama in the south to the Nicaraguan border in the north, in a campaign for environmental protection.Astúa plans to walk 90 miles a day for 18 hours, following the Inter-American Highway. His journey starts at midnight Jan. 15 in Paso Canoas on the Costa Rica–Panama border, and is expected to be completed by Jan. 21, in Peñas Blancas, at the border with Nicaragua, according to a press release from the Environment Ministry.The athlete began preparing for his long journey three years ago.“This border-to-border walk will raise awareness among citizens about how they can contribute to environmental conservation through exercise,” Astúa said. The campaign is called “Limpia tu huella” (Clean your [carbon] footprint).He added that people should depend less on traditional transportation methods. “We must encourage the population to get into the habit of walking instead of using cars or motorcycles, so we can give the planet a break. Everyone can do a part to stop polluting, so that we can help Costa Rica be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2021. That has to be a commitment of all of us,” Astúa said.The walk will be followed by a clock counter to be installed on the “Clean your footprint” Facebook profile. Facebook Comments
CAIRO (AP) – Al-Qaida’s leader said the military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi provides proof that Islamic rule cannot be established through democracy and urged the Islamist leader’s followers to abandon the ballot box in favor of armed resistance.In a 15-minute audio message posted online late Friday, Ayman al-Zawahri also lashed out at the Egyptian military, the country’s secular and liberal elites as well as the Coptic Christian minority, accusing them of conspiring against Morsi solely because he was an Islamist. Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Egypt’s army ousted Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, on July 3 after days of mass protests demanding the president’s removal. The coup has divided the nation into rival camps, with an array of liberal and secular Egyptians supporting the military’s move and Morsi’s supporters and Islamist allies rejecting it.“We have to admit first that legitimacy does not mean elections and democracy, but legitimacy is the Shariah (Islamic law)… which is above all the constitutions and laws,” al-Zawahri said in comments addressed to Morsi’s supporters.He condemned the Brotherhood for having “tried its best to satisfy America and the secularists” by relinquishing “jihad,” usually invoked by al-Qaida to mean armed struggle. He also noted that Morsi’s government was overthrown despite its acceptance of Egypt’s landmark peace treaty with Israel and security agreements with the United States _ both of which Islamic militants sharply oppose.“You forgot that democracy is the West’s monopoly and it is allowed for those who belong to the Islamists to benefit from its fruits only on one condition _ you be a slave for the West’s ideology, action, policy and economy,” he said. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists roundly reject democracy as a Western-imposed system, and oppose it on the grounds that it puts man’s laws above those of God.Turning to Egypt’s military, al-Zawahri, who is Egyptian and grew up in a Cairo suburb, accused the army of being a pawn of U.S. interests.“The Americanized army, was raised by America’s aid, training courses and exercises and their allegiance was bought to fulfill the Americans’ orders and protect U.S. interests as well as maintain the security of its foster child, Israel,” he said.He said Egypt’s secular camp forgot democracy, elections and the peaceful transfer of power and resorted instead to the “Americanized military to overthrow the Egyptian constitution.”The message’s authenticity could not be independently confirmed but was posted on a militant website commonly used by al-Qaida. It was produced by the group’s arm, As Sahab.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways announced it will launch direct daily flights between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast in March this year.To commemorate the new service, the airline introduced a special introductory airfare today for flights between 27 March 2011 and 29 October 2011. Tiger Airways Australian managing director Crawford Rix said the new route is “just the ticket for Queensland tourism”. “Today’s announcement symbolises a great offer for Sydney-siders keens for a sunshine getaway and in return Tiger Airways hopes that the Sunshine Coast community will reap the benefits of increased tourism visiting their back yard – and of course new opportunities to travel to Sydney for less than ever before with Tiger’s famous low fares,” Sunshine Coast mayor welcomed the new flights and said the move demonstrated Tiger’s commitment to the Sunshine Coast. “This announcement is a fantastic shot in the arm for our tourism industry after what has been a tumultuous start to the year for the Sunshine Coast and Queensland,” Cr Abbot said.“Whilst the Sunshine Coast region was largely unaffected by the recent floods and dodged the damage of some of our neighboring regions, our Tourism industry has still been hit hard.Special fares on sale today are $38.95*.The airline is also set to launch flights from Sydney to Brisbane, commencing 7 February 2011.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “With Carson and Jermaine…they didn’t really say much going in, but we knew that it was going to be a big win for them, as well as for us,” Nelson said.And a big win it was, moving the Cardinals to 8-2 on the season and maintaining their three-game lead in the NFC West. None of it would have happened without Nelson’s contributions, but the fifth-round pick is not content with just that game.“It feels good, but at the end of the day we still got a long season to go,” he said. – / 31 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) makes a touchdown catch as Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) LISTEN: J.J. Nelson, Cardinals wide receiver Comments Share Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Highlighted by a 64-yard touchdown reception, the rookie out of Alabama-Birmingham led the Cardinals in receiving yards in their 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.Buried in the depth chart behind proven veterans, Nelson hadn’t seen the field much before Sunday’s game. But as a rookie, that didn’t discourage him.“We’re seven deep. We have a lot of great guys. I feel like we have one of the best receiving cores, if not the best receiving core in the NFL. I’m a rookie so I’m just sitting back and waiting my turn,” Nelson said.Nelson didn’t know that he’d even see the field against the Bengals until head coach Bruce Arians told him that Michael Floyd would be inactive.“This week coach came to me and said that Mike was going to be out, I told him those were some big shoes to fill. Mike balled out this season and he balled out at Seattle. So I just tried to come out and contribute the best way I can on Sunday,” Nelson said.It’s safe to say that Nelson, who got a game ball following his performance against the Bengals, did just that.Nelson said that he wanted to play well for his teammates — particularly Carson Palmer and Jermaine Gresham, who are former Bengals. Putting up 142 yards and one touchdown against one of the best teams in football is an impressive feat. Doing that in just your third career game? Even more impressive.But, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson isn’t going to let it get to his head.“I’m the type of guy, you know, I just stay level-headed, I’m going to practice the same way whether it’s on scout team or with the regular O,” Nelson told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday. “It’s still the same to me.”
Singapore – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineMandarin Oriental, Singapore is pleased to unveil its new swimming pool and deck area, that has been tastefully re-designed by renowned hospitality interior design firm Buz Design and St Legere Design International of Hong Kong. Located on the 5th floor of the hotel, the area has been fashionably transformed to offer guests a sophisticated and luxurious respite from the city.The revamped pool area is surrounded by lush tropical landscape and has been cleverly raised to different levels to emphasize the spectacular views of Singapore’s city skyline. Lining the upper deck of the swimming pool are five well-appointed, Oriental-inspired private cabanas. Each one is equipped with controlled dimmer lighting, a ceiling fan, iPod dock, Wi-Fi connectivity and an on-call button for food and beverage service.The 82-foot swimming pool with beautiful Italian glass mosaic designs in shades of calming lilac, blue and purple, is suitable for lap swimming and relaxation, and is further enhanced at night with glittering fiber optic lighting. The underwater benches, hand-sculpted sandstone water features and a contemporary wet deck, allows guests to lounge in the sun whilst still being immersed in the coolness of the water.Designer Frank Gehry’s stunning lounge furniture makes an additional bold and contemporary statement.Younger fans of the hotel can enjoy a purpose-built children’s pool with bubble jet water features, which is surrounded by family cabanas and shielded from the main pool to provide more privacy for families.The new pool area has also benefited both dining and event facilities, which have been greatly enhanced during the refurbishment. A new casual lounge overlooking the city’s most famous landmarks offers breathtaking vistas and sunsets. The relaxed ambience is perfect for enjoying the natural breeze together with signature cocktails and Italian tapas.A new and sizable lounge cabana has been added providing a further option for relaxation amid comfortable sofas, armchairs and gently whirling ceiling fans. In the evening, this setting becomes an ideal venue for intimate events and private dinners. When a larger event space is required, the Harbour Terrace is a perfect choice. This substantial and flexible space is unique in Singapore, boasting a prime location overlooking the harbor front. With its built-in stage, this impressive venue is ideal for outdoor events at a maximum capacity of 30 tables for sit-down dinners and cocktail receptions for 400 people.The hotel’s Dolce Vita restaurant located next to the pool now offers enhanced alfresco dining and similarly emphasizes spectacular new views. With accolades for its superb Italian cuisine by Michelin-starred Chef Marco Pedrelli, the restaurant has a popular following and is particularly renowned for its unique à la carte champagne brunches on Saturdays and Sundays.www.mandarinoriental.com