South Korean PM to Visit Morocco for Business Cooperation Next Week

Rabat – South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon will visit three North African countries next week to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation, South Korean news agency Yonhap, reported Thursday.A seven-day trip will take Lee to Algeria on December 16, Tunisia on December 18, and Morocco on December 20.In a two-day visit to Morocco, the South Korean prime minister will meet with Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani. Lee “plans to ask Morocco to help Korean companies participate in large state projects,” according to Yonhap.Read also: Morocco, South Korea to Reinforce Political and Business TiesSince former Korean prime minister Chung Hong-won visited Morocco in 2014, it will be the first time a South Korean prime minister make an official visit to Algeria and Tunisia.Lee will meet his Algerian counterpart Algeria Ahmed Ouyahia to discuss ways to boost economic partnerships between the two countries, especially in construction and infrastructure projects.During his trip to Tunisia, Lee will meet Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and other government officials.Given the three nation’s strategic location linking Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the Korean prime minister seeks to deepen economic ties with the North African countries and promote investment for his country’s business companies.Read also: South Korean Official Visits Morocco to Consolidate Economic TiesLee’s planned visit to Morocco comes seven months after Moroccan head of government EL Othmani visited Seoul in May at the invitation of Lee. It was the first time a Moroccan head of government visited South Korea.In the May meeting, both Lee and El Othmani discussed the bilateral cooperation that has united the two countries since diplomatic relations opened in 1962.El Othmani led a delegation which included a number of ministers. read more

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Former Rwandan finance minister pleads not guilty to genocide UN tribunal

Emmanuel Ndindabahizi entered the plea during his initial appearance before Judge Navanethem Pillay, President of the Tribunal. The 4 October indictment charges the suspect with committing genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, and crimes against humanity (extermination, murder and rape) during the events in Rwanda in 1994.Specifically, he is alleged to have led a campaign against the Tutsi in Kibuye Prefecture, a region where he had his childhood home and had previously risen through the local and regional political administration to become a government minister. Bands of police and civil militia under his influence and orders attacked and pillaged homes, physically assaulted, raped and killed Tutsis in a systematic campaign of violence, according to the indictment.The accused was born in Kibuye Prefecture in 1950. He was arrested in Verviers, Belgium, last July and transferred to the UN Detention Facility in Arusha on 25 September. read more

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Sam Thompson Ohio State mens basketball overpowers offensively anemic Penn State

Ohio State’s men’s basketball team got its second scorer when it needed him the most. For much of this season, members of the No. 14-ranked Buckeyes have expressed the need for an additional offensive threat behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Against unranked Penn State, though, such an conundrum failed to manifest itself as sophomore forward Sam Thompson dropped 16 points on the Nittany Lions en route to a 65-51 win Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa. Already a Buckeye fan favorite because of his theatrical dunks, Thompson’s 16 points helped push OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) past a Penn State squad that finds itself still winless (0-8) in Big Ten play more than halfway through the regular season. Thompson, who was 6-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-2 behind the arc, proved to be a catalyst for OSU in a game that saw its other starters shoot a combined 9-for-27. Notably, Thomas struggled with his touch against Penn State (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten), shooting 4-for-13 and 1-for-3 from 3-point range. The 11 points he mustered were the lowest output for Thomas in any game this season. And, perhaps against a more formidable opponent, such a deficit would’ve proved costly – especially on the road. In losses against Duke, Illinois and Michigan State away from the comfortable confines of the Schottenstein Center, OSU stuggled to find someone – anyone – outside of the Big Ten’s leading scorer. Need an example? Most recently, against the No. 13 Spartans, Thomas scored 28 of the Buckeyes’ 56 total points. In the team’s worst loss to date, a 74-55 defeat to the Illini, Thomas notched 24 points and junior guard Aaron Craft’s 11 points made him the only other Buckeye that day to score in double digits. In its game against Penn State, however, Thomas had help – and not just from Thompson. Junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. totaled 11 points and knocked down 7 of 8 free throws to help keep the game out of reach from a gritty, yet offensively anemic, Nittany Lions crew. While OSU’s bench helped the Buckeyes manage a 43 percent outing from the floor, Penn State shot 36 percent in total and 24 percent from behind the arc (4-for-17). Most devastating for the Nittany Lions, though, was a 10-minute scoring drought in the first half that allowed OSU to mount a double-digit cushion that would withstand a late Penn State rally that cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 10 with 2:41 to play. It wasn’t enough to overcome an otherwise shaky performance, as the Nittany Lions were outrebounded, 39-25, despite only turning the ball over four times compared to OSU’s eight miscues. OSU also made 83 percent of its 23 free throw attempts while Penn State struggled its way to a 59 percent connection rate. The loss is the Nittany Lions’ 18th straight to OSU. Conversely, OSU OSU is scheduled to next play Wisconsin Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Sacked police officer keeps pension after disciplinary hearing is delayed

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale of West Midlands PoliceCredit:Joe Giddens/ PA A senior counter-terrorism officer sacked for failing to safeguard secret files stolen from the boot of his car will keep his £215,000 pension lump sum after his dismissal was delayed.West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale launched a judicial review just hours before a disciplinary hearing on March 29, forcing its postponement.By the time the hearing was rescheduled for Wednesday – at which point West Midlands’ Chief Constable Dave Thompson took the final decision to dismiss him without notice – the 54-year-old officer had reached the 30-years service qualification for automatic payment of his pension.Chief Constable Thompson ratified a ruling by a disciplinary panel ruled in February that Mr Beale, head of the West Midlands counter-terror unit, had behaved with gross misconduct by leaving a briefcase containing classified material inside a locked car.Mr Beale pleaded guilty last year to an offence under the Official Secrets Act and had faced losing a £215,000 pension lump sum if sacked.But he will now retire with full pension and lump sum, since Wednesday’s hearing took place after April 6 – understood to be the date his pension became active. Ordering that Mr Beale be dismissed for gross misconduct, Mr Thompson said: “The conduct in this case is a serious criminal conviction for improperly caring for documents of the highest sensitivity.”I agree (with a previous disciplinary panel decision) that the misconduct in this case is serious and is very likely to undermine public confidence in policing.”The chief constable said he had decided to dismiss his colleague with a sense of “huge personal regret”, having heard considerable and impressive character evidence.Mr Thompson added: “In terms of harm, the panel noted the consequences could have had the utmost seriousness. I do not question the very high regard he is held in, in policing and beyond,” he said. It is deeply painful to look at what he has achieved and where he is now.”At the heart of this case is simply what sanction will maintain public confidence in policing. I cannot see how the public would feel a final written warning, particularly one within days of the this officer’s retirement, would be seen as appropriate.” The previous hearing was told the classified documents were never supposed to leave police premises, and concluded that “a serious breach of protocol” as to the handling of top secret material had occurred.The hearing was told there was no sign of forced entry to Mr Beale’s “keyless” vehicle and that he only discovered the briefcase was missing when he stopped at a service station in Warwickshire.The case containing four documents, included minutes from a high-level counter-terror meeting, counter-terrorism local profiles, details of regular organised crime and sensitive information about a high-profile investigation.The documents were not found despite a inquiry, which required the “considerable diversion” of police resources.Mr Beale, who has been suspended on a £119,000-a-year salary, spoke only to confirm his name during the hearing before his chief officer.John Beggs QC, Mr Beale’s legal counsel, said in mitigation that dismissal would be “merely symbolic” in light of the officer’s imminent retirement.He said that Mr Beale reported the documents as missing immediately and his failing had been an unintentional mistake with no malice or premeditation.”Mr Beale’s response to this ghastly realisation (that documents had been stolen) was swift, professional, selfless, and imbued with the characteristics that runs through him like Brighton rock – honesty and integrity,” he said. Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale of West Midlands Police Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Venizelos Simitis take digs at Papandreou

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos speaks at the party’s 40th anniversary event at Zappeio Hall in central Athens on Wednesday. In a speech at an event on Wednesday night in Athens marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of PASOK, both the party’s leader Evangelos Venizelos and former Socialist Prime Minister Costas Simitis appealed to party patriotism to revive PASOK’s flagging fortunes and took turns at making indirect digs at George Papandreou, who was not at the event.Although Venizelos noted in his opening remarks that Papandreou was “here in spirit,” much of his remaining speech was peppered with less-than-complimentary references to the former premier and ex-PASOK leader.Declaring that those responsible for extracting the country from the crisis are now “feigning ignorance and attempting to shift the blame to others,” Venizelos was widely understood to be referring to his predecessor. In another jab, Venizelos indicated that it was not he that was first to reach out to the right as the initial overture was made in June 2012, a reference to Papandreou’s attempt to approach then opposition leader Antonis Samaras to bolster his beleaguered Socialist administration.Venizelos indicated that PASOK had endured the political fallout of the past four years of the country’s economic crisis. The party is still standing, he said. “It’s shaken, mutilated, but it’s standing,” he said, adding that PASOK still had the ability to become the country’s “third pole” or third political force.Simitis, for his part, made several digs against Papandreou but also against the current government as regards its stance vis-a-vis the troika. Referring to Papandreou’s now-infamous pledge ahead of the 2009 elections that brought PASOK back to power, Simitis remarked, “Let us not forget the cost for our country of that phrase ‘There is money.’” Simitis also indirectly offered his support for Venizelos, who was jeered by Papandreou supporters at an event organized by the Andreas Papandreou Foundation earlier this week, noting that “some prefer to remain stuck in the past.” As for PASOK’s prospects, Simitis said it must first prove “that we are not just a caravan of old-school politicians seeking a new oasis as we were chased away from our old one.”Source: Ekathimerini.last_img read more

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Devil Within Is a PoeEsque Tale for the Spooky Season

first_imgStay on target We’re coming up on the best time of the year. Spooky month! What better way to celebrate that all too fantastic month than highlighting some spooky comics along the way. From Black Mask, we have a new comic on the horizon that’ll leave you looking over your shoulder and even harder at your loved ones. Devil Within is from the stellar team of writer Stephanie Phillps, artist Maan House, colorist Dee Cunniffe, and letterer Troy Peteri telling the true story of love and possession (in the entity variety). Geek had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Stephanie Phillips to discuss Devil Within, the story behind it and what will happen to the lovebirds in this terrifying tale.Thank you so much for talking with Geek! Can you tell us a little bit about the Devil Within? This is based on a true-life event, right? Would you be able to tell us more about that as well?SP: DEVIL WITHIN is based on a true story! A close friend of mine is from Cebu and swears that her ex-girlfriend was possessed. My friend claims that her partner returned from a party and began speaking in weird voices. When my friend tried to talk to her partner, she became violent and erratic. This is a friend I have known for a very long time and fully trust. Whether you believe in possession or not, the story itself is haunting.  As a side note, she also told me that the school in Cebu was once canceled on account of possessions. As a Florida native, possession days sound a little more interesting than hurricane days.via Black MaskWhat fascinated you about the event to write a comic about it? Were just immediately drawn to it? SP: The entire story is rather creepy, but I was really drawn to the fact that my friend spent months sharing a bed next to a woman she believed was possessed. My friend says she slept with her eyes open on most nights, and I don’t blame her. It’s horrible to live in fear of the person you should trust the most. Besides the real story, were there any other inspirations that went into writing the series? Did you take from some of the other horror tropes for writing this or did you want to stick with THEIR story?SP: The first issue has some elements from the true story, but the entire series takes a pretty big departure from the authentic version of events. I really wanted to use more Filipino mythology in my telling of the story, and I definitely took a Poe-esque approach to presenting the mental states of the two main characters. If you’re a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, I think you’ll start to see a lot of influence from his work as DEVIL WITHIN progresses. Something incredible about Devil Within is that it’s not just a possession story, but there are some other things afoot as well in the lives of this engaged couple. Can you tell us more about the two main characters? Michelle, in particular, seems to have a lot going on she’s not telling her fiance about and so many more things happen straight out of the gate with her. SP: Since I was really drawn to this story for the very human relationship at the center of it, I try to focus on Michelle and her fiancé Sam struggling to plan a wedding in the midst of hauntings and possessions. While there are some external horrors for Sam and Michelle to worry about, I want to really examine the concept of living in fear of the person you’re sleeping next to.via Black MaskHow did you present the pitch for this series to Maan House to get him on board? You guys make a hell of a team in this series. His art brings such an eerie presence to the story that makes Devil Within feel so frightening. SP: Well, thank you! I absolutely love working with Maan and our colorist for the series, Dee Cunniffe. Maan’s style really matched what we were looking for with this book. His dark shadows set the tone for how the reader should feel going through the story. On top of that, we have one of the best colorists in the business lending his talents to the project. Dee and Maan collaborating make for some really killer pages. Since we’re coming up on the best month of the year, what are some of your favorite spooky stories? Comics? Movies or TV? SP: I am a sucker for old black and white horror films. You can’t get any better than Bela Lugosi lurking in the shadows. I also love anything Addams Family. I used to have an Addams Family learn-to-read book as a kid that made different sounds on each page. I think Wednesday and Morticia made excellent role models! As far as comics go, I love Locke and Key, and I’ve recently been enjoying Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino.   via Black MaskCan you tell us a little bit about what’s to come for the couple? Poor Michelle… I swear. SP: Definitely nothing good, that’s for sure! I’m not going to spoil anything, but I am really excited for readers to follow this dark and twisted journey to… well… a dark and twisted ending. Thank you so much again for talking to us. Can you let us know where to find you (via social media, website, etc.?) Also, do you have any other projects our readers should be looking out for? SP: I’m on Twitter @Steph_Smash, and more information about my current projects can be found at www.stephaniecomics.com. The graphic novel I have been working on in collaboration with the National Women’s Hockey League, KICKING ICE, is actually at the printer and will begin shipping very, very soon. For info on that project, you can go to www.kickingice.com. I will post updates about some other things I am working on as soon as I can! I am working on some dream projects right now, but, of course, I am not free to talk about them at the moment.Looking for the best variant covers this week, Superman #3 is fantastic! Want to support great indie creators, we’ve got 5 Kickstarter campaigns to kick money to. Read our review on FHTAGN & Loathing #1. But as always stay on top of all things graphic novel here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

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Juan Mata expecting a hard time for Man United

first_imgManchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes Bournemouth will hand them another difficult game ahead of Sunday’s meetingThe Red Devils secured a 2-1 win at the Vitality Stadium after a late winner from Marcus Rashford when the two sides last met back in November.Now United will be the hosts at Old Trafford this time around as they look to end 2018 on a high note by securing a third win in a row.But Mata remembers well how hard a time Bournemouth gave them down the south coast and is not going to underestimate Eddie Howe’s side.“That until the end we fight to score like Marcus showed. It was a nice end to a difficult game,” Mata told the club website, when asked what he learned from their clash in November.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But I like Bournemouth, they have a good manager, they’ve played in a certain way for the last few seasons and they have players who know what they can produce for the team.“They play in a very structured way, they like to have the ball and they’re a very good team.“We play again at Old Trafford and we will try to show again how strong we can be at our home, respecting, of course, their manager and their team. I’m looking forward again to trying to get the three points.”The Premier League match between United and Bournemouth will begin at 17:30 (CET) on Sunday.last_img read more

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Bales agent lambast Valdano in latest rant

first_imgGareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett heavily criticised the comments of Real Madrid legend Jorge Valdano about his client’s abilities.Valdano, a former player, Coach, and general manager of Madrid recently questioned the quality and value of the Welshman who joined Los Blancos in 2013.“It comes from nothing so it is taken as nothing,” Barnett told ESPN FC and was reported by Football Espana.The reaction came from comments Valdano made to Cadena Ser: “Bale’s price left the fantasy that he is world class, but his last five seasons do not match what Real Madrid paid for him.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He can score the goal of the season any year, and that must be applauded, but [other players like] Sergio Ramos are consistent throughout the season and have also scored historic goals for Real Madrid.“Bale is one of many players at Madrid who play very freely, he had the job to follow Jordi Alba, and his concentration lasted just seven minutes.“Alba was completely free to set up the first goal. There are players in the squad who, like Bale, think they are so important they can do whatever they want. That goes against the collective.”last_img read more

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Frustrated Wagner reflects on Bournemouth defeat

first_imgHuddersfield manager David Wagner has slammed his side’s performance for “giving away presents” in the pitch after their 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth.Christmas came early for Bournemouth as Huddersfield Town visited bearing presents, according to Wagner.Poor defending were the presents they gave to Bournemouth as Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser scored to give Eddie Howe’s side a 2-0 lead, but the visitors managed to pull a goal back thanks to Terence Kongolo.“This is very frustrating,” Wagner told Sky Sports.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“It is very disappointing. To make it totally clear I don’t think we deserved anything out of this game because you need your defence and offence to work.“It was Christmas for Bournemouth because we gave away presents at both ends of the pitch, even if performance-wise it was another top-class away performance.“We controlled big parts and we dominated them. We had enough opportunities to score at least two.We needed to score three or four today but we didn’t take them and that is why we have no rewards in terms of points.”last_img read more

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Government to reduce money purchase annual allowance

first_imgAutumn Statement 2016: Chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured) has announced that the money purchase annual allowance is set to be reduced to £4,000 from April 2017.The money purchase annual allowance applies to those who have accessed their pension savings through the pension flexibilities and then make further defined contribution (DC) pension contributions. It is currently set at £10,000.The reduction aims to limit the extent to which pension savings can be recycled to take advantage of tax relief, while still providing scope for individuals who need to access their savings to then rebuild them.The government has launched a consultation into the changes, which will run until 15 February.The consultation seeks views on whether respondents agree that the reduced rate would impact auto-enrolment or disproportionally impact certain groups.Hammond said: “For pensions that have been drawn-down, I will also reduce to £4,000 the money purchase annual allowance, to prevent inappropriate double tax relief.”Tom McPhail, head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “This means anyone contemplating drawing on their retirement savings needs to be very clear about their future retirement saving plans. Taking even £1 in excess of [their] tax-free lump sum, or using the uncrystallised funds pension lump sum rules in [their] 50s, for example, could leave savers with only very limited scope to make further pension saving in the future. In particular, it could deny them the benefit of future employer contributions.“It is vital, therefore, that savers plan the drawing down of any pension savings with great care, checking what the future saving implications will be before tapping into their savings. The restriction is also likely to be retrospective, so anyone already caught by the money purchase annual allowance may have to adjust their pension saving plans in the future.”Pete Glancy, head of industry development at Scottish Widows, said: “We must ensure that vulnerable customers who do not have access to professional financial support are protected. In particular, consideration needs to be given to those who have already taken some money from their pension and who would not expect a change of this nature to apply retrospectively. It is also likely that providers, advisers and public services will need to ensure that the new rules are understood by customers before they make at-retirement decisions.“We would expect this reduction to £4,000 to have two effects. First, we would expect people to think twice before using uncrystallised funds pension lump sum to finance small treats in retirement such as a special holiday, because the longer-term consequences could now be more substantial.“Second, we would also expect the average saver to leave their savings invested for longer, taking income at a later age because there is now less of an opportunity to make up any shortfall in their retirement plans.”last_img read more

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US court rules in favour of Uber in employment status case

first_imgA US district court has ruled that drivers for taxi organisation Uber’s high-end car division are independent contractors as opposed to employees, and are therefore not entitled to wages or overtime pay.The case, Razak v Uber Technologies, involved three drivers for Uber Black claiming that they are employees instead of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.As employees, the drivers would be entitled to employment rights, such as wages. Employment rights are not applicable to independent contractors.In the original lawsuit, which was filed in February 2016, the drivers argued that as they identified themselves as employees, Uber was therefore failing to pay them wages, not paying overtime premiums for any hours worked over a 40-hour working week and not covering business expenses.District judge Michael Baylson, who ruled over the case in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, dismissed the complaint on Wednesday 11 April 2018.He said in the published order: “It is hereby ordered that the defendants’ motion for summary judgement is granted. Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the court’s prior denial of partial summary judgement is denied as moot. The complaint is therefore dismissed with prejudice.”An spokesperson at Uber said: “We are pleased with the decision.”last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Hannah Brown Named To Presidents List At University Of Alabama

first_imgTUSCALOOSA, AL — Hannah Faye Brown, of Wilmington, was named to The University of Alabama President’s List for spring 2019.A total of 11,406 students enrolled during the 2019 spring term at UA were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.About The University of AlabamaThe University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.(NOTE: The above announcement is from The University of Alabama via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Hannah Brown Graduates From University Of AlabamaIn “Education”Wilmington’s Hannah Brown Named To President’s List At University Of AlabamaIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Hannah Brown Named To Dean’s List At Alabama UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

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Andhra Pradesh govt links Godavari Krishna rivers diverts water to irrigate lakhs

first_imgIn what it could be a milestone in linking rivers in the country, the Andhra Pradesh government formally released the water of Godavari river to flow into Krishna river on Wednesday.Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu performed puja at Ibrahimpatnam near Vijayawada, where water from Godavari will flow into Krishna. The move is regarded as a major step towards realising the 50-year old dream of the state to link the rivers.”The inter-linking of rivers has been on the cards and on the drawing board for a long time, from the days when (eminent engineer) K L Rao was irrigation minister in the Union Cabinet (in 1950s). The plan was revived during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA government. But, this is the first-ever time, it has been implemented,” Parakala Prabhakar, Advisor (Communications) to Andhra Pradesh government, told PTI.The state has taken a historic step by linking the two rivers, which will result in diversion of nearly 80 TMC of water from Godavari to Krishna, said State Water Resources Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao.The formal linking of the rivers is seen as a “boon” to farmers in the Krishna delta, as it addresses the problem of acute water shortage in the region, The Economic Times reported.The farmers in the region faced acute water shortage following a row with neighbouring state Karnataka over the height of Almatti dam, a hydroelectric project on Krishna river in the northern part of the state.Linking of the two rivers is expected to irrigate paddy crop spread across seven lakh acres in the Krishna, West and East Godavari districts, the region which is called as the rice bowl of the country, NDTV reported.The Rayalaseema region, which always faces a dearth of water, will also be benefited from the move.last_img read more

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Aishwarya Rais generation to Ameesha Patels pimples 5 Times Kareena Kapoor said

first_imgLet’s take a look at 5 times Kareena Kapoor Khan said the meanest things about other Bollywood actresses.Aishwarya Rai: Director Bhandarkar had first offered ‘Heroine’ to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who had to leave the movie because of her pregnancy. During the press conference scheduled for the release of the film’s first look, reporters asked Kareena how different the film might have been if Aishwarya had resumed the lead role. Kareena had replied, “Ash is a wonderful actress and an icon of our country. It is very unfair to compare us, we’re from two different generations.”Ameesha Patel: It is not a secret that Kareena had lost out on Kaho Na Pyar Hai and the film went to Ameesha Patel. “Hrithik’s dad spent five hours on every frame and close-up of his son, whereas not even five seconds were spent on Ameesha. There are portions in the film where she has pimples and under-eye bags on her face. If I were in the film, I would have definitely got a better deal,” Kareena had said, as per a report in India Today.Bipasha Basu: Though the diva now shares a cordial relationship with Bipasha Basu, there was a time when Kareena and Bipasha just couldn’t see eye-to-eye. In 2002 Kareena spilled the beans in an interview with Filmfare. She had said, “She just doesn’t seem to have any confidence in her own talent. In a four-page interview, she spoke about me for three pages. Why not talk about your work? I think her only claim to fame is that she fought with me during ‘Ajnabee’ over dress designer Vikram Phadnis. She’s given statements that I called her uncharitable names. Now, that’s a figment of her imagination.”Deepika Padukone: While Kareena Kapoor had openly declared her love for Katrina Kaif on Karan Johar’s show while Ranbir was dating Kat, she never did the same when the Kapoor boy was dating Deepika. Once on being asked what would she do if she woke up as Deepika, Kareena said, “I don’t think I can wake up as Deepika as I can’t relate to her.”Vidya Balan: Whether it was the fact that Shahid was secretly dating Vidya Balan after parting ways with Kareena or Vidya’s popularity back in 2012, we don’t know. But Kareena had made her animosity public with a bold statement. The diva had said, “Being fat is not sexy! Anyone who says that is talking crap. Voluptuous is sexy, but fat is out. Any woman who says she doesn’t want to be thin is talking nonsense. It’s every girl’s dream. It may be a trend now with some actors, but I definitely don’t want to look plump or fat!”last_img read more

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Judge Hidalgo Talks Astrodome Renovation Gas Prices In Texas Go Up Senate

first_imgThursday, January 24, 2019Top afternoon stories:Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHarris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.Judge Hidalgo Talks Astrodome RenovationLina Hidalgo was on Houston Matters Thursday to talk about her goals as Harris County Judge and said she is evaluating the plan to renovate the Houston Astrodome because the allocated budget isn’t enough to provide air conditioning for the historic venue.The current plan for the Astrodome entails building two levels of parking and raising the floor of the iconic sports venue.Talking to host Craig Cohen, Hidalgo said that at this moment she wants to make sure is that the current plan “is fiscally responsible, that it will actually, with the funds that have been committed to it, that it will actually get us to a point where the Astrodome is self sustaining.”“What I’m discovering is that the 105 (million dollars) that was allocated is not enough to air condition the building,” said Hidalgo, who also noted the Astrodome can’t be demolished because it has received the designation of a Texas historic landmark.PixabayGas Prices In Texas Go UpThe statewide gas price average increased in Texas for a second straight week and is now at $1.99 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is six cents more than this day last week and is 34 cents less per gallon compared to this day last year.Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $2.45 while drivers in Lubbock are paying the least at $1.90 per gallon.The increase in gas prices has been attributed to rising crude oil prices by market analysts. Crude oil prices will be a dominant factor towards determining if drivers will see slightly cheaper or more expensive pump prices in the coming weeks. Crude oil prices have increased since the beginning of the year.Senate.govThe U.S. Capitol.Senate Fails To Approve Measures To End ShutdownAfter an at times heated debate, the Senate Thursday, as expected, failed to approve either of two competing measures that would have ended the standoff over border wall funding.The votes came on day 34 of the partial government shutdown, which has left some 800,000 federal employees without their second straight paycheck — which many would have received Friday in the absence of the shutdown.The first vote, on a proposal by President Trump to provide $5.7 billion for a border wall as well as changes in immigration law received 50 votes in favor, with 47 senators voting against it.The second proposal, sponsored by Senate Democrats, would have provided for two weeks of operating money for the government but no funds for a wall while discussions on border security continued. It received 52 votes in its favor and 44 senators opposed it.Both measures needed 60 votes to advance.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaHouston’s Rothko Chapel will begin a multi-year renovation process starting in March.Rothko Chapel Closes In March For Major RenovationsThe Rothko Chapel will be closed to the public most of the year for renovations, which begin March 4. It’s the start of a multi-year overhaul to the two-acre grounds in the Museum District.The centerpiece of the venue, founded by John and Dominique de Menil in 1971, is the space where visitors can view fourteen large, dark-hued canvases by painter Mark Rothko. One of the biggest changes involves the lighting there. There’s a skylight overhead allowing natural light to fall on the canvases. And over it there’s a baffle – a structure muting the light considerably.The chapel is expected to reopen by mid-December along with a new welcome center in the works.The renovations include planting indigenous river birch tree around the perimeter of the property to enhance the sense of a protected space.Adjacent bungalows that currently house the chapel’s administrative offices will be removed to make way for a new meditation garden. Sharelast_img read more

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Exhibition showcasing traditional textiles of Latin America

first_imgA unique display showcasing the various textiles and weaving techniques of countries belonging to the group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), was inaugurated at ‘The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum’, in New Delhi, recently.The exhibition features traditional textiles made by, mostly, women in Latin America and the Caribbean region. A magnificent collection of over 70 pieces narrates the combined rich cultural heritage of these nations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInaugurated by Aashna Kanhai, Ambassador of Suriname, the display serves to highlight traditional attires. During her speech at the well-attended inauguration ceremony, Ambassador Kanhai acknowledged the combined efforts of GRULAC in conceptualising the joint exhibition of textiles, and specially thanked Melba Pría, Ambassador of Mexico for the opportunity to make this collaboration a reality. She also shared an explanation of the Koto, a traditional dress from the Afro-Surinamese women and delivered a brief history of the traditions of textile by the Mayan weavers who were not only part of an advanced civilization of Central and North America, but also had a good sense of fashion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAmbassador Kanhai reiterated the fact that the textiles are not bound by geographies but by traditions, in that the Mayan women weavers could easily make one believe in the sense of similarity with weavers of India. She declared the exhibition open by stating, “The cultural dichotomy between the Latin American and Caribbean region and India will linger in your imagination at this exhibition”.Curated by Shruthi Issac, the exhibit will remain on display for the public until April 8, 2018.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | June 08, 2009 Philips Releases Smallest Multiplane TEE for Pediatric Cardiac Patients Related Content June 8, 2009 – Royal Philips Electronics introduced its microTEE, reportedly the smallest transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) transducer for cardiac imaging of neonatal patients, which Philips will be showcase at the 20th annual American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) in Washington, D.C. and will be available for sale globally this summer.As part of the latest Vision release for the Philips iE33 intelligent echocardiography system, the microTEE transducer provides pediatric cardiologists with a diagnostic tool for imaging the hearts of newborn patients.Due to the larger size of previously available pediatric TEE transducers, small babies have been impossible to image during critical cardiac catheterization or surgical procedures. As a result, high-risk procedures have been done routinely on these tiny patients without transesophageal echocardiography images available to the interventionalist or surgeon.”The microTEE probe is a major advance in our ability to provide intra-operative cardiac imaging in newborn babies and infants,” said Dr. Girish Shirali, M.D., director of pediatric echocardiography at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Children’s Hospital. “We are delighted with the image quality, and the miniaturization of the probe has already proven invaluable to our pediatric interventionalists in high-risk cath lab procedures. Finally, our smallest and sickest patients can be imaged intra-operatively just like everyone else.”Building on Philips’ existing 2D technology, the microTEE transducer is roughly one-third the size of previous pediatric TEE transducers, allowing physicians to ‘turn on the lights’ for the first time for their tinier patients and providing the images they need during interventional procedures. Available globally in summer 2009, the new microTEE is also entering trials for adult patients requiring TEE imaging but who have difficulty tolerating standard TEE probes.“We developed the microTEE in order to help even the smallest patients,” said Anne LeGrand, senior vice president and general manager, ultrasound, for Philips Healthcare.“MicroTEE is the latest in a series of industry ‘firsts’ offered on our iE33 premium cardiovascular platform. We continue to invest heavily in the iE33 to provide innovative, validated solutions that fulfill physicians’ needs and provide enhanced patient care.”For more information: www.medical.philips.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 30, 2019 New Guideline Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-based Valve Interventions A new document compiled by four cardiac imaging professional societies provides a resource to guide clinicians in best… read morecenter_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 20, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Echocardiography Guidance Software Data at ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions Bay Labs announced that new data on the company’s first-of-its-kind deep learning investigational guidance software… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 27, 2019 FDA Issues Final Guidance on Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound Systems and Transducers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance: Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound… read more last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more 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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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more CT Lung Cancer Screening Quality and Safety OfferingsThe college, together with the Society of Thoracic Radiology, created CT lung cancer screening practice parameters for the performance of these exams.The ACR Lung Imaging Reporting and Data System (Lung-RADS) is designed to standardize lung cancer screening CT reporting and management recommendations, assist in lung cancer screening CT interpretations and facilitate outcome monitoring.The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center program recognizes facilities committed to providing quality screening care to patients at the highest risk for lung cancer. ACR advises patients to seek out these centers to receive screening.The college has created a special lung cancer screening section on ACR.org. Radiology professionals are encouraged to visit this web section often to check for updates.“New Medicare coverage of CT lung cancer screening will require radiologists wishing to offer these exams to undergo additional training and preparation. The ACR stands ready to help every step of the way. These programs help ensure that providers offer this screening in a safe, effective manner and comply with Medicare reimbursement requirements,” said Ella Kazerooni, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Lung Cancer ScreeningCommittee and American College of Radiology Thoracic Imaging Panel.For more information: www.acr.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. November 17, 2014 — American College of Radiology (ACR) resources can help radiology professionals safely and effectively provide, and receive payment for computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening. Demand for this care will grow quickly now that Medicare has proposed to cover high-risk seniors for these lifesaving exams.Lung Cancer Screening RegistryThe ACR Lung Cancer Screening Clinical Practice Registry will be available in spring 2015. It will calculate audit measures and provide comparisons and benchmarks to practicing radiologists. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will release data registry specifications by Dec. 31, 2014. This will allow practices to start collecting and monitoring the appropriate data elements in early 2015. ACR will update members on this in the coming weeks.ACR 2015 CT Lung Cancer Screening ResourcesACR 2015, the college’s first all-member, all-radiology meeting, will offer important sessions to help radiology professionals as they consider offering CT lung cancer screening:Lung Cancer Screening: From Science to PracticeLung Cancer Screening: CT Interpretation and ManagementLung Cancer Screening: Implementations and Economic Considerations for a Screening Program 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 News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more 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. Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 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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Rising Rates Cant Hold Them Back

first_img Buyers conventional loans Ellie Mae FHA Millennials VA 2018-11-14 Seth Welborn Share November 14, 2018 905 Views Rising Rates Can’t Hold Them Backcenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination, Servicing Millennials have continued to close purchase loans, despite rising interest rates, according to the latest Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker. Millennials are closing more purchase loans than refinance loans, with purchase loans comprising 89 percent of all loans closed by millennials as of September 2018, three percentage points higher than a year earlier. Most of these loans, 88 percent, were conventional loans. Conventional loans are up by seven percentage points year over year.“Despite rising interest rates, millennials are still looking to buy homes,” said Joe Tyrrell, EVP of Corporate Strategy for Ellie Mae. “We’re still seeing the majority of millennial loans fall into the conventional loan category, and with interest rates increasing, there is an even greater opportunity for the industry to educate these buyers on all of the options that they have available to them, including some of the higher loan-to-value products and FHA loan programs.”Conventional loans makeup 68 percent of all loans closed by millennials in September, while 27 percent of closed loans were FHA loans and 2 percent were VA loans.Other findings in the Millennial Tracker include data on who is borrowing. Ellie Mae found that millennial males make up 61 percent of primary borrowers on loans closed in September, while women made up 32 percent, with the rest not listing a gender. The average age of these young buyers was 29.7, relatively unchanged from 29.8 in July and August, and 29.4 a year ago.Across all home loans, it took an average of 42 days to close last month. Year over year, it took two days longer at 44 days to close. Purchase loans took an average of 41 days to close last month, compared to an average of 42 days to close a year ago. Refinance loans closed in 45 days last month, on average, compared to 46 days in 2017. Twenty-eight percent of closed VA loans in September 2018 were for refinances, up from 21 percent the month before.Find the complete Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker here.last_img read more

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