WHISTLER, B.C. – Group of Seven nations moved closer to a trade war with the United States on Saturday, as six members of the exclusive club singled out their American partner over tariffs they warn have undermined open trade and shaken confidence in the global economy.The group’s highly unusual public rebuke of one of its own members called out the U.S. for hefty steel and aluminum tariffs the Trump administration imposed in recent days on its G7 friends.U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs are driving a wedge in the G7 — and laying the groundwork for a potential clash among its leaders next week in Quebec’s Charlevoix region.Allies including Canada and the European Union are threatening retaliatory tariffs in hope of forcing Trump to back down from his position.G7 finance ministers and central bankers crafted a message to Washington Saturday at the end of a three-day meeting in Whistler, B.C. The gathering, meant to explore economic issues ahead of the leaders’ summit, featured discussions on trade that one minister described as “tense and tough.”In the joint “chair’s summary,” they asked their counterpart, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to “communicate their unanimous concern and disappointment” to his boss.Ministers urged the U.S. to quickly abandon the tariffs ahead of the leaders’ summit before the move causes deeper divisions within the G7.“The international community is faced with significant economic and security issues, which are best addressed through a united front from G7 countries,” said the summary, was agreed to by the ministers.“Members continue to make progress on behalf of our citizens, but recognize that this collaboration and co-operation has been put at risk by trade actions against other members.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who chaired the Whistler meetings, said even though the group found common ground on many subjects, G7 members are now forced to do whatever they can to convince Trump to move back from the tariffs.“We are concerned that these actions are actually not conducive to helping our economy — they actually are destructive. And that’s consistently held across the six countries that expressed their point of view to Secretary Mnuchin,” Morneau told reporters in Whistler.“I would expect that those sorts of sentiments will be passed along to the leaders’ round, and they will have a similar sort of discussion.”Morneau has called the steel and aluminum tariffs “absurd,” because Canada is by no means a security risk to the U.S. He’s warned the measures will destroy jobs on both sides of the border.France’s Bruno Le Maire, the finance and economy minister, was more blunt in his assessment of the Whistler meetings, where ministers confronted Mnuchin.“It has been a tense and tough G7 — I would say it’s been far more a G6 plus one than a G7,” said Le Maire, who called the tariffs “unjustified.”“We regret that our common work together at the level of the G7 has been put at risk by the decisions taken by the American administration on trade and on tariffs.”Le Maire said it’s now up to the U.S. to take action to rebuild confidence among G7 members — and to avoid any escalation next week during the G7 leaders’ summit.That summit, which will be hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will also mark Trump’s first visit to Canada as president.On Saturday, Mnuchin told a news conference in Whistler that despite the differences in the room over trade, there were many areas the group was “completely united on.”“I think there was a comment out there that (this was) the G6 plus one. It was not… We believe in the G7, it’s an important group,” Mnuchin said.“I’m sure that the president looks forward to coming to Canada and meeting all the other leaders with many, many important issues going on throughout the world.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
DES MOINES, Iowa — Starting next year, those pork chops on a stick can be put on your card.The Iowa State Fair says it will require all food and drink vendors to accept credit and debit cards beginning in 2020.Cash has long been the dominant method of payment for the fried cheese curds, corn dogs and other foods bought by fairgoers. Thirty ATM machines are located on the fairgrounds.But the fair recently informed vendors that they will be required to use Clover cash registers starting next year that accept credit and debit payments. They can begin using them this year.In a letter to vendors, concessions director Mike Nye says research shows people spend more per transaction when using cards and prefer cashless payment options.Fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson says the system will still allow for cash purchases. She says the change is being implemented over two years to allow vendors to spread out expenses and train employees.The Associated Press
By Intissar FaouziRabat- Morocco’s State Secretary in charge of Water Charafat Afilal has reported that Morocco’s dams are nearly 70 percent full, compared to the 56.2 percent recorded last year.Afilal indicated that there will be no disruption in the drinking water supply over the summer thanks to abundant rain filling most wells, springs, and groundwater sources. Concerning royal instructions, Afilal noted that a budget of MAD 606 million had been allocated to resolve the problem of drinking water supply in 2018.The government’s plan will create temporary solutions to urgent problems until the larger projects dam building and well drilling is complete to ensure continued water supply in remote areas which suffer from drought and are difficult to access.Afilal commented on water quality, saying water distributed through the public network is strictly controlled from its source to consumers in cities and rural areas, through the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE).On the national plan for sanitary liquid waste, Afilal noted that since its adoption, the number of sewage treatments plants has increased from 20 to 122.In 2009, Morocco developed a new water strategy aimed to support the water needs for its economic development plan until 2030. Building dams is part of the plan but will eventually flood some villages.
A musician, a tattoo artist, a skateboarder: Donna Karan features real folks in her DKNY show AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – If you’ve ever watched a fashion show and said to yourself, “Those aren’t real people out there on the runway,” Donna Karan has an answer for that.For her DKNY runway show Sunday, Karan presented — along with the models, of course — an assortment of non-models: A DJ. A TV presenter. A printmaker. A few students. A biologist, a “night life hostess,” and, in the most intriguing entry in the show’s written program, a “tattoo artist/ pro skateboarder.”The “real people” (not that you aren’t real, models, but your looks are rather unreal) walked the runway with confidence, and drew enthusiastic cheers. Some were built almost like models, others weren’t, and some even had (gasp) grey hair, but they all looked great in Karan’s colorful clothes.The show began with a short film featuring the young New Yorkers about to walk the runway, speaking about where they live — Greenpoint in Brooklyn, for example, and Tribeca — and why they came to New York.Angel Haze, a musician, wore a favourite DKNY look: a long black faux fur vest. Devan Mayfield, a painter and a health practitioner, wore a crepe houndstooth and lace shift dress. Daniel Bamdad, a TV presenter, wore slim black jeans and a black cotton cutoff shirt. Masha Korchagina, an actress and biologist, wore a black and white shearling “cape vest.” Melissa Burns, the nightlife hostess, wore a striped shearling coat.Some of the nice looks went to the models, too, including an edgy black vinyl pleated slip dress, a delicate grey lace dress with a pleated hem, and the filmy silk, lace and flannel long slip dress that closed the show — all in grey.Karan said she decided to use non-professional models because “DKNY really is about the streets. It’s about the streets of New York, the energy of New York, the people of New York. You know, seeing how they do their hair, and their look and their style. Designers try to keep up with them.”Singer Rita Ora was in the audience. She walked the DKNY runway last September to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the line, which is more casual than Karan’s higher-end signature line, and geared toward younger consumers.Ora said a few words —but wouldn’t give anything away — about the forthcoming film “50 Shades of Grey,” in which she plays protagonist Christian Grey’s sister. “We’re just filming at the moment,” she said. “Everybody’s been asking me but honestly I can’t spoil it, so you’re all going to (have to) watch it. It’s amazing and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”Karan said she plans to see the film: “Absolutely!”___Associated Press Writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this report. A large digital display shows a woman talking at the Fall 2014 DKNY fashion show during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2014 5:27 pm MDT
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 2:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Boston Globe, The Associated Press, Baltimore’s WBAL radio and CBS Sports have won top honours as “best of show” winners in the 80th National Headliner Awards.For the Globe, John Tlumacki won the grand award for photography and multimedia producer Darren Durlach took the top prize for online videography.The AP’s former bureau chief for West Africa, Rukmini Callimachi, received top honours for stories on how al-Qaida operates, based on a cache of al-Qaida documents she uncovered in Mali. Callimachi now works for The New York Times.Blake Berson at CBS Sports won in television for “Auburn Miracle: Prayer at Jordan Hare” while WBAL’s Scott Wykoff took the grand award in radio for “Maryland’s Day at the Races.”The awards were founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City.___For a complete list of winners, go to http://www.headlinerawards.com/CurrentRecipients.html Boston Globe, AP, CBS Sports, WBAL radio among top winners in 80th National Headliner awards
By Calvin Jensen, USU Eastern VolleyballSweeping seems to be something the 20th ranked women’s volleyball team is getting used to. The Lady Eagles dominated the competition at this weekend’s invitational in Sterling, Colo. against many nationally-ranked programs.In their first matchup on Friday, the Lady Eagles dominated Casper College 3-0. Later that evening USU Eastern, faced a tough 16th ranked Northeastern Junior College. The Lady Eagles, anxious to justify their national ranking, came out ready and took a 2-0 lead on Northeastern. In the third set, the Lady Eagles allowed their errors to deplete a significant lead and they dropped their first set of the contest. After regrouping, they came back and dominated the fourth set, winning the game 3-1.“These girls want to win. They are simply amazing and so fun to watch play volleyball. They do everything we have asked of them and it shows on the court and on the sidelines. We still have some errors that we need to work through and once they are able to adjust, we will close out these sets we should have won,” said head coach Danielle Jensen.Saturday would prove to be no different for USU Eastern. The Lady Eagles started their afternoon off with an upset against the 11th ranked Iowa Western Reivers with a sweeping score of 3-0. USU Eastern dominated at the net and the team’s defense made it impossible for Iowa Western to find any answers to a powerful offensive showing by the Eagles. The leaders for this game were outside hitter Kiara Richardson with an impressive 16 kills, middle blocker Kahea Nihipali with four blocks, setter Ashlee McUne with 47 assists and libero Avery Best with 18 digs.Receiving national votes this week, Western Nebraska would be a tough task and the Lady Eagles knew it. That competition did not phase them as they swept the weekend tournament with a 3-1 win against the Cougars. The team was led by outside hitter Kiara Richardson with another 16 kills while middle blocker Kahea Nihipali was an iron wall with her five blocks. Setter Ashlee McUne ran the offense with 52 assists and opposite hitter Sunny Perry led with 14 digs.USU Eastern will finish their tournament play this upcoming weekend as they travel to Scottsbluff, Neb. to attend the Wyo-Nebraska Invitational. The Lady Eagles will look to continue their record breaking 17-3 start against Sheridan, Trinidad, Western Wyoming and Eastern Wyoming. Cheer on the nationally-ranked Lady Eagles via Facebook LIVE on their USU Eastern Women’s Volleyball page.
Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been the presumptive Best Pitcher In Baseball for so long that it might as well be printed on the front of his baseball card. Since his debut during the 2008 season, Kershaw has over 10 more wins above replacement than any other pitcher in the game — his former Dodgers teammate Zack Greinke is a distant No. 2 — and he has consistently managed to fend off any challenger to his crown as the game’s greatest.But this season, Kershaw has shown a few surprising cracks. (Yes, this is basically akin to saying, “some of Mozart’s concertos were just great, not brilliant.”) Despite throwing six (only six?) shutout innings on Saturday, Kershaw’s earned run average is the highest it’s been since 2012, and his fielding independent pitching, which measures a pitcher’s dominance in the factors he directly controls (strikeouts, walks and home runs), is at its worst since Kershaw’s rookie year. He’s been giving up an uncharacteristic number of home runs (a career-worst 17, and it’s not even July), perhaps having been swept up in the juiced-ball power surge that’s jolted so many pitchers over the past few seasons. Two starts ago, he let the lowly New York Mets take him deep four times, the only four-homer game he’d ever suffered in his entire career. As a result of all this, Kershaw’s status as the game’s unquestioned top ace is in danger for the first time in a while.FiveThirtyEight’s MLB Elo ratings have a component that assigns each starting pitcher a grade, reflecting how much influence he wields over his team’s chances of winning. Kershaw usually has the top mark in baseball; up until the past two weeks, he’d held it for 37 of the previous 38 weeks of MLB action, including 31 consecutive weeks between mid-May 2016 and late April 2017. But Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals passed Kershaw a few weeks ago, thanks to his ongoing run of six consecutive starts with double-digit strikeouts, and Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has edged ahead of Kershaw as well. (Sale passed Kershaw as No. 1 for a week in April, but Kershaw quickly reclaimed the top spot and held it for six more weeks.)Now, Kershaw ranks “only” third in our starting-pitcher ratings. The last time Kershaw sat so low was midway through the 2015 season, when for one week in July he dropped behind Sale, Scherzer and then-Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto, who’d just finished spinning an 11-strikeout complete-game shutout. But within two weeks, Kershaw had climbed back to No. 1, the place he’s spent 106 total weeks (out of a possible 142) since early in the 2013 season. Only three pitchers in the expansion era (since 1961) — Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and fellow Dodger Sandy Koufax — have logged more weeks in the top slot than the 29-year-old Kershaw has in his career.Since Kershaw first rose to No. 1 in 2013, the most consistent assault on his top ranking has come from Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. For 13 straight weeks between the 2015 stretch run and the first month of the 2016 season, Arrieta ranked first in Elo as part of his stunning ascent from washout to Cy Young winner. That’s the most weeks (consecutive or not) anybody has stood between Kershaw and the No. 1 slot since 2013; the Rangers’ Yu Darvish ranks second with six weeks of sporadic challenges.Right now, Scherzer is in his third week (second in this particular bid) atop Kershaw’s throne. His peripheral stats — and, even more so, Sale’s — have been superior to Kershaw’s on the season so far. Maybe this is the season Kershaw’s grip on best-pitcher status loosens.Given how much Kershaw’s dominated that distinction over the past half-decade, though, I’ll believe it when I see it.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
We are aware that some locum doctors have told hospitals that they may withdraw services following new tax rules coming into effectSusan Goldsmith, deputy chief executive of the GMC Last week NHS managers said agency doctors were threatening to withdraw from shifts at late notice, unless rates of pay were increased, with some demanding a rise of as much as 56 per cent.Health regulators say the actions amount to an “organised campaign” by doctors who were aware that hospitals could struggle to maintain safe services without them.The dispute comes as hospitals attempt to prepare for a likely surge in pressures over the four day Easter weekend, when many GP surgeries will be closed. Locum doctors have been warned that they could be struck off if they cancel shifts in an attempt to extort more money from the NHS.The General Medical Council (GMC) has issued guidance after agency medics were accused of an “organised campaign” to hold the NHS to ransom as pressures mount.The crisis stems from new rules – introduced last week – which attempt to clamp down on tax avoidance.NHS trusts are now supposed to subtract tax and national insurance from pay packets at source from workers supplied to them via agencies or personal service companies.Some doctors say the changes will mean a drop in income of up to 30 per cent.But others say earnings will only be reduced if workers were paying too little tax in the first place. NHS hospitals normally experience a spike in pressures over the four day Easter weekend Credit:Chris Radburn/PA Now the GMC has issued guidance, warning doctors that any “unreasonable withdrawal of staff” would conflict with their essential duty to provide safe care.Susan Goldsmith, GMC deputy chief executive said: “We are aware that some locum doctors have told hospitals that they may withdraw services following new tax rules coming into effect.”While matters of pay and contracts are for individual trusts to resolve with those staff, our chief concern is patient safety.“Health services are under severe pressure and we know that providers and the medical profession are working hard to cope with demand.“Any unreasonable withdrawal of staff may exacerbate that pressure, and we would expect doctors planning to withdraw their services would give sufficient notice in line with their contractual agreements.”Meeting such obligations was part of the “core” guidance for doctors, she stressed – meaning failure to do so could see their fitness to practice come under investigation. 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.
Polo has always been riddled with paradoxes. It is at once chic yet astonishingly vulgar; a world in which money and privilege come hurtling together in a heady rush of sweaty ponies and clashing egos. As Jilly Cooper brilliantly captured in her cult 1991 novel Polo, the world of the high-goal international sport is a cauldron… Of all the ways to raise awareness for the plight of Aids sufferers in Lesotho, playing polo among the pine trees of Rome seems an odd one. But such is the lure and fascination of this very royal sport that Prince Harry touching down in Italy for a charity match today has yanked the cameras of the world’s media onto him, and drummed up a huge wodge of cash for his charity.
5. KS Vive Tauron Kielce6222181:177(4)6 8. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn6105149:179(-30)2 2. HC Vardar7502207:180(27)10 1. FC Barcelona Lassa7511211:194(17)11 3. MOL-Pick Szeged7403197:194(3)8 4. Rhein-Neckar Löwen6312162:153(9)7 6. IFK Kristianstad7205203:219(-16)4 6. Montpellier HB6204162:176(-14)4 FC Barcelona beat RK Vardar Skopje 31:30 (16:13) in exciting derby match at VELUX EHF Champions League Group B! About 4.000 fans at “Blaugrana” have seen great match with unexpected hero – Wael Jallouz, who netted 12 goals against just average Arpad Šterbik. Macedonian team was in the match until the last seconds. Russian left back Gorbok netted twice for advantage 17:16 and 21:20, but he had no support by his team-mates in the back-line.31 – BARCELONA:Pérez de Vargas; Gurbindo (1), Kiril Lazarov (1), Raúl Entrerríos (5), Sorhaindo, Jallouz (12) Sigurdsson (3); Morros (1), Syprzak (4), Tomás (3), Jicha, Ariño y Daniel Dujshebaev.30 – VARDAR SKOPJE:Sterbik; Shishkarev (2), Lackovic (1), Toskic (4), Karacic (3), Maqueda (1), Dibirov (3, 1p); Álex Dujshebaev (1), Gorbok (9), Cindric (2), Brumen (3), Marsenic (1) .PICK Szeged beat IF Kristianstad 35:28. Kalmann scored eight goals for the winners as Jamali for Swedish team.STANDINGS: ← Previous Story Michael Wiederer to candidate for EHF President! Next Story → EHF CL: Wisla beat Besiktas
MOST OF THE TIME, when you weigh up the easy ways and the hard ways to get stuff done, the former wins out.Putting on your comfiest clothes, curling up under the duvet and shovelling crisps into your mouth is sometimes so much easier than y’know, living life.You should probably be ashamed of yourself for doing these things but come on – effort of that.Ordering a takeaway in the middle of the day Source: UproxxBecause you really don’t want to put on clothes, leave your house and go to the shop. This can also lead to…Going out in your pyjamas Source: CloudfrontJust to the corner shop. Two minutes. Not anywhere that requires a bus or long periods of walking.Getting someone to fetch you things Source: DoggifpageThings that are close to you. Like the TV remote on the other end of the couch, your phone on the bedside table, the last pizza slice from your 2pm takeaway.Calling your housemate from another room Source: TumblrIt would be so much effort to get up and go downstairs to actually talk to them, so you may as well text/tweet/ring them instead.Finding creative ways to avoid doing household tasks Source: Flickr/crazyoctopusUsing alternative kitchenware/cutlery to get around the growing pile of dirty dishes in the sink. Stamping down the bin so that the next poor sod who has to put rubbish in it is FORCED to take it out. For shame.Using your floor as a wardrobe Source: Flickr/azizaxSo what if it looks messy. You know where everything is, and that’s all that matters.Driving somewhere that is easily walkable Source: TumblrSure you have a car, you may as well use it to get to the Lidl down the street.Feeling relieved when plans are cancelled Source: ReactiongifsNow you have the chance to laze around at home, surfing the Internet in your PJs! Go you.Staying in bed all weekend Source: WordPressYou always say you’re going to go out and DO something at the weekend. But then you realise bed is good. Bed is very good.15 people who have screwed up in work worse than you>These slightly wrong quotes will drive the pedant in you crazy>
A MAN HAS been killed in a single vehicle collision near Killarney in Co. Kerry this evening.The 67-year-old man was driving the car on the N22, the main Killarney to Cork Road, at about 3.30pm today when the crash occurred.He was the sole occupant of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.The man’s body was removed to Kerry General Hospital and gardaí area appealing for witnesses to contact them.Read: Woman and child struck by Jeep in Balbriggan >Read: Cyclist dies after collision with car in Limerick >
Marée noire : Greenpeace en marche contre les projets pétroliersAprès la catastrophe environnementale engendrée par la marée noire du golfe du Mexique, la volonté affichée par certains groupes pétroliers de continuer à investir dans des projets à risque fait réagir l’organisation de protection de l’environnement Greenpeace. Voilà bientôt deux semaines que le pétrole ne coule plus dans le golfe du Mexique. Pour autant, il est toujours bien présent et a eu de réelles conséquences néfastes sur l’environnement et les espèces présentes dans ces eaux. Une catastrophe qui aurait pu servir de leçon, et qui pousse Greenpeace à dénoncer les projets à risque encore défendus par certains groupes pétroliers et politiques. À lire aussiDéforestation : Greenpeace dénonce l’exportation de bois illégal d’Amazonie vers la France L’association a décidé de faire entendre sa voix grâce à ses deux navires : l’Arctic Sunrise, qui servira de base de recherches aux scientifiques américains dans le golfe du Mexique, afin de mesurer le réel impact de cette marée noire, et l’Esperanza qui devrait dénoncer les projets de forages pétroliers les plus dangereux. Si l’on en croit Greenpeace, la marée noire du golfe du Mexique aurait fait s’écouler près de 779 millions de litres de pétrole dans l’océan. On ne connaît pas encore la destination réelle de l’Esperanza, qui est parti de Londres, mais le navire peut être suivi grâce au site de l’association qui émet aujourd’hui trois requêtes : l’arrêt des projets pétroliers à hauts risques, la réduction de la demande en pétrole et le développement des énergies renouvelables.Le 21 août 2010 à 15:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
A week after filing a bill that would prohibit legislators from collecting per diem when not in the capital, Rep. Harriet Drummond has pledged to return some of her own daily allowance. The Democrat will fly home for Anchorage caucus this weekend.“I think I should put my money where my mouth is,” said Drummond at a Tuesday press availability, before asking her aide to hand over her purse. “I’m getting paid $237 a day, and I’ll be gone for three days. And I’m going to write a check for $771 to Alaska’s Best Beginnings program.”Which amounts to three days per diem, plus a little extra. Drummond believes her check is needed because the state is facing a multi-billion-dollar deficit, and programs — like the early education one to which she will donate — are likely to face budget cuts. Drummond says legislators should have to share some of that burden.“I’ll be sleeping in my own bed, and cooking in my own kitchen,” says Drummond. “Yet I’m being paid $237 for each of those days to be in Juneau.”Right now, Legislators are paid out their per diem for food and lodging, in bulk, at the beginning of session. Drummond’s bill would require changes to the way allowance money is accounted. Her bill does not make exceptions for travel with a legislative purpose or for personal emergencies. House Speaker Mike Chenault, a Nikiski Republican, sees a practical problem with the bill. He says even if people are traveling away from Juneau on work or personal business, there are still basic costs lawmakers have to cover.“My rent doesn’t stop down here. My landlord doesn’t say don’t worry about paying that rent for the five days that you’re gone,” says Chenault.Chenault adds that a per diem of $237 is a rate set by the federal government.While he could not say if the per diem bill would advance, Chenault added that the public should expect cuts in other places.“You’ll see cuts made in the Legislature’s budget, dealing with a number of issues that are out there,” says Chenault. “We’re trying to rein in the spending that we can at the legislative level, no different than what we’re asking the departments to do.”So far, the per diem bill has not been scheduled for any committee hearings.
A Metlakatla resident is heading to the City of Brotherly Love next week as an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention.Gavin Hudson stands with a Bernie Sanders cardboard cutout during the Alaska Democratic Convention earlier this year. Hudson is headed to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week. (Photo courtesy Gavin Hudson)Gavin Hudson said he’s an unashamed progressive Alaska liberal.“And the champion of American liberalism and progressivism today is Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont,” he said. “And I’ve been a fan of his for a long time, way before he declared his candidacy to be the Democratic nominee.”So, when Sanders did declare his candidacy, Hudson said that inspired him to get involved with the Democratic Party. He said he and other like-minded friends attended the District 36 Democratic caucus in Ketchikan in support of Sanders, who won Alaska’s Democratic vote by a wide margin.When it came time to choose the District 36 state convention delegates, Hudson said he put his name in for consideration, along with others who were interested in representing the region.“We all got to give a little speech, and I just told them how passionate I am about Bernie, and who I am and where I come from and they seemed to like that and I got a lot of votes,” he said.During that state Democratic convention, Sanders was formally endorsed, and awarded 13 delegates to Hillary Clinton’s three.Gavin Hudson takes a selfie with other District 36 delegates during the Alaska Democratic Convention. (Photo courtesy Gavin Hudson)Hudson said he put his name into the pool of state delegates who wanted to represent Alaska Democrats at the national convention. He said there was a long line of candidates, and they had only two minutes to present their case.“I talked about why Bernie is my hero, and how he’s been my hero for a long time and how I will never falter in my support of him and we will do everything we can to convince the Hillary people to change their vote for him and nominate him as the next president,” he said. “That seemed to go over well enough that I wasn’t voted in as a full delegate, but I was far enough up the list that I was qualified as an alternate.”So, Hudson raised funds online to help pay his way to represent Alaska Democrats in Philadelphia. As an alternate, he will fill in if one of the delegates is sick or otherwise unable to attend an official function.Hudson said he’d love to be the one to announce during the convention’s roll-call vote: “Madam Secretary: The great State of Alaska casts its votes for the next president of the United States Sen. Bernie Sanders!”Hudson said he remains committed to his support of Sen. Sanders who, although endorsing Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has not formally conceded.It’s unlikely that Sanders will become the nominee, though, and Hudson said if Clinton is, he will vote for her.“I will plug my nose and eat my vegetables and pull the lever for Hillary if need be,” he said. “But it’s not over yet. I’m committed to this process. I was elected to do a job and I’m going to see it through to the end.”During the convention, Hudson plans to attend various caucuses for rural, LGBT, and indigenous/Native American interests, and the young Democrats meeting. Then there are the evening floor speeches.“Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. That is a powerful, powerful lineup of speeches,” he said.Hudson said he plans to stay in Philadelphia a couple of days after the convention to see the city and some of its historic sites, such as the Liberty Bell.
DMK released its list of candidates for 20 seats in Tamil Nadu.TwitterWith a few weeks left for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Sunday (March 17) released its list of candidates for 20 seats in Tamil Nadu, fielding former union ministers Dayanidhi Maran from Central Chennai, A Raja from Nilgiris (SC) and T R Baalu from Sriperumbudur constituencies, respectively.MK Stalin’s sister and Rajya Sabha MP MK Kanimozhi will for the first time try her luck in the Lok Sabha elections as the journalist-turned-politician will make her electoral debut from Tuticorin in southern Tamil Nadu. Kanimozhi’s Rajya Sabha term is scheduled to end in July this year.The list of DMK candidates, including 13 new faces, was released by party president MK Stalin at a press conference on Sunday. The DMK has allotted 19 other seats in the state to the Congress and other allies.The DMK has chosen for a mix of familiar faces and debutants for a number of constituencies, it also handed tickets to the sons and daughters of six of its leaders. The children of former DMK leaders who will be contesting on a DMK ticket are senior leader Durai Murugan’s son Kathir Anand from Vellore; K Ponmudi’s son Gautham from Kallakurichi; Arcot Veerasamy’s son Kalanidhi Veerasamy; and late leader Thangapandian’s daughter Sumathi alias Tamilachi Thangapandian from South Chennai.Other MP candidates are: G Selvam (Kancheepuram-SC), S Senthilkumar (Dharmapuri), C N Annadurai (Tiruvannamalai), S R Parthiban (Salem), K Shanmugasundaram (Pollachi), P Velusamy (Dindigul), T R V S Sriramesh (Cuddalore), S Ramalingam (Mayiladuthurai), Dhanush M Kumar (Thenkasi-SC), and S Gnanathiraviam (Tirunelveli).Former union ministers of state S Jagathrakshagan and S S Palanimanickam have been fielded in Arakkonam and Thanjavur constituencies.Ironically, the party has allotted just 10 per cent of its total seats for women although it champions the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill, which aims to earmark 33 per cent seats for them.In the April 18 elections, DMK is contesting 20 out of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state, leaving the rest to its allies, including Congress. Stalin released the list of candidates after visiting the mausoleum of his late father and party patriarch M Karunanidhi at the Marina beach here. He placed the list on the floor and paid floral tributes, symbolising seeking the late leader’s blessings. DMK chief MK StalinIANSThe development comes hours after the ruling AIADMK on Sunday released the full list of 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry to be fought by it and its allies. The results of the Lok Sabha 2019 polls will be announced on May 23.
Baltimore (AP) — Police in Baltimore say a male has been shot in the chest near the epicenter of unrest in west Baltimore in April.Police tweeted that a male was shot on North Avenue on Monday morning and detectives are investigating. It’s not clear who shot the man and no other details were immediately released.Rioting and looting broke out in the area in April after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody.The city’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted that there’s police activity at North Avenue and Carey Street and warned people to avoid the intersection.
News | Treatment Planning | May 24, 2018 Top Score in Multiple Brain Metastases TROG 2018 Treatment Plan Study Achieved With Accuray Precision Results demonstrate high treatment plan quality achievable with Accuray treatment planning software (TPS) News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more May 24, 2018 — Daniela Schmitt, Ph.D., took top honors in the overall category of the 2018 TROG Plan Study: Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Brain, with a plan she created using the Accuray Precision Treatment Planning System. Schmitt, a medical physicist at Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany, developed a plan for delivery on the CyberKnife M6 System, a device designed from the ground up to deliver SRS treatments with precision and accuracy, and without an invasive frame.The study, hosted by TROG Cancer Research and ProKnow, received 160 entries from clinicians around the world. Of these submissions, only 10 percent were plans produced by the proprietary Accuray Precision System or the MultiPlan TPS for the CyberKnife platform. The remaining 90 percent were created using treatment planning software for other delivery systems.The goal of the study was to quantify the capabilities of different planners and delivery modalities to create high-quality treatment plans for a challenging SRS case with five small brain metastases. The plans were scored based on target coverage and organ-at-risk (OAR) sparing, defined by specific metrics. Evaluation of the plans was objective and transparent with real-time scoring and analysis.”It was a great experience to compete with all available systems for SRS treatments,” said Schmitt. “We often use the CyberKnife to treat patients with multiple brain metastases and now have confirmation of our good clinical practice. Treatment planning studies like this can help the whole community to find the best solution with their systems and to achieve the best daily clinical treatment plans based on the lessons learned.”The Accuray Precision System is a full-featured treatment planning system, enabling clinicians to efficiently generate high-quality radiation therapy treatment plans for all SRS and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) cases delivered by the CyberKnife System.Key features include:Treatment planning is faster and easier to perform, without sacrificing precision and accuracy in radiation dose delivery;Simplified workflows, automated contouring and plan automation tools support highly efficient plan generation for even the most complex clinical cases; andDefining the target and OAR correctly can be achieved easily due to multimodality images and automated contouring tools.For more information: www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more
Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist BERLIN (AP) — Libya’s rival factions faced strong pressure to agree quickly to a power-sharing deal for the fractured North African country as they met Wednesday in Berlin with officials from world powers.The Berlin meeting brought together nearly two dozen Libyan participants in ongoing U.N.-brokered talks with the Libya envoys of the five permanent U.N. Security Council members, Italy, Spain and the European Union. Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Men’s health affects baby’s health too “The time has come to make an agreement,” Bernardino Leon, the U.N. envoy leading talks aimed at stemming Libya’s collapse into a failed state, told reporters. “We can continue working for months and for years maybe to reach a perfect agreement, but Libya doesn’t have the time.”Libya is split between an Islamist-led government backed by militias that seized the capital of Tripoli last August and its elected parliament, which is forced to convene in the country’s far east. The extremist Islamic State has gained a foothold amid the chaos, taking the central city of Sirte.The Berlin meeting came amid signs of deep division in the elected parliament over the latest, fourth draft of a power-sharing agreement proposed by Leon.Spokesmen for the parliament and its negotiating team have said they are suspending participation in the U.N. talks, arguing the proposal gives Islamist factions too much of a say. However, negotiators who traveled to Berlin issued a statement saying it has “many positive elements.”Leon said that “the principles of inclusion, balance and consensus are there at every step, (in) every institution.”The general opinion of Libyan representatives was that “this proposal might be acceptable, and this is in both camps,” though there are hardliners on both sides, Leon added. “The challenge is not only that they agree on this draft, but that they agree soon, that they agree if possible before or at the beginning of Ramadan,” late next week, he said.Libya is an increasing worry to European governments because of the gains by IS and the country’s role as a staging post for African and other migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.“We said that the time has come when there are no more excuses,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. “There is no more time to wait for a fifth or sixth proposal from Bernardino Leon.”___Maggie Michael in Cairo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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