Federal inmates lose court challenge of pay cuts introduced by Conservatives

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal prisoners have lost a court bid to overturn pay cuts ushered in by the former Conservative government.Several inmates complained that their wages — a maximum of $6.90 a day — were slashed by 30 per cent in 2013 to help offset costs of room and board and telephone use.The prisoners say their income is unfair and insufficient to cover the cost of essential health and personal care items.In the Federal Court of Canada, the inmates argued the 2013 cuts were unconstitutional, violated international conventions on prisoner treatment and breached the Canada Labour Code.They pointed to a 2005-06 report by Canada’s correctional ombudsman that noted daily payments for work and participation in programs had not risen in close to two decades. A basket of canteen items that cost $8.49 in 1981 cost $61.59 in 2006.Federal lawyers defended the pay practices, saying they were supported by legislation. The government also denied the wage scheme violated constitutional guarantees of fundamental justice and the right to be free from cruel and unusual treatment.Moreover, it said the labour code does not apply since there is no employer-employee relationship in this case. Rather, the pay simply encourages participation in correctional programs.In 2013-14, it cost $115,000 to house an inmate for a year, the government noted.In a ruling made public Monday, the Federal Court said the detailed affidavits of five senior officials, four of whom work in federal prisons, showed that “although not luxurious, the offenders’ needs are met adequately” when it comes to food, clothing and hygiene items.“If there are gaps, they were not demonstrated in any way in the case presented to this court,” Justice Yvan Roy wrote.The court also rejected all of the prisoners’ legal arguments.In the ruling, Roy said the court did not weigh the wisdom of the Conservative government’s decision to make pay deductions, merely the legal basis for doing so.Even so, the argument of cruel and unusual treatment fails because wages that are less generous than expected cannot be equated with practices that would “outrage standards of decency,” such as lashing, castration or lobotomy, Roy said.“Deprivation of liberty or security of the person is doubtful but, more importantly the applicants did not identify, much less demonstrate, how the principles of fundamental justice had been violated,” he added. “The burden was on them, and they did not discharge it.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

TransCanada going ahead with expansion of Nova Gas reports Q3 profit up

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says it will go ahead with a $1.5-billion expansion of its Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. System as the latest expansion of its natural gas network.“With today’s announcements, we are now advancing $9.1 billion of financially secured growth projects on the NGTL system over the 2018 and 2022 period,” said TransCanada CEO Russ Girling on an earnings call Thursday.“Looking forward, customer demand for access to our systems remains strong and we continue to work with industry on options to connect growing Western Canadian gas supply to markets across North America,” he said.The latest spending plan on the NGTL system includes about 197 kilometres of large diameter pipeline, three compression units, meter stations and associated facilities.The pipeline company said applications for approvals to construct and operate the facilities are expected to be filed with the National Energy Board in the second quarter of 2019. It expects to have construction of the segment completed in 2022.TransCanada also continues to work on the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline that it said it would go ahead with in early October after Shell-led LNG Canada officially gave the go-ahead for its massive gas export facility in Kitimat, B.C.In the U.S., TransCanada is pushing forward on its controversial Keystone XL pipeline that faces several court and regulatory challenges.A Montana court is considering a challenge to the presidential permit awarded to the pipeline, with a decision expected in early December.The Nebraska Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments Thursday on a challenge to the route approval through the state, with a decision expected in late December or early next year.Permitting for the project through the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies is expected early next year to allow for the start of construction next year, said Paul Miller, president of liquids pipelines, on the earnings call.“We continue our construction planning and preparation in anticipation of resolution of these legal and regulatory hurdles to prepare us for a start of construction in 2019. But we’ll have to reflect on the rulings that do come down from the courts as well as the federal agencies.”TransCanada reported third-quarter profit of $928 million or $1.02 per share, up from $612 million or 70 cents per share in the same quarter last year. Revenue totalled $3.16 billion, down from nearly $3.20 billion a year ago.Analysts had forecast profits of 78 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)last_img read more

100 Left Front workers join Trinamool in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a major political development in South Dinajpur before the upcoming Parliamentary elections, 100 Left Front workers from different wards under Balurghat municipality joined Trinamool Congress on Tuesday afternoon, in presence of party candidate and popular theatre personality Arpita Ghosh.Ghosh conducted a workers’ conference in Balurghat for discussing a strategic plan before the polls, where she handed over the party flag to them. The newly joined workers were also welcomed by senior Trinamool leaders, including former PWD minister Shankar Chakraborty and Balurghat town party president Subhas Chaki. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a source, there was speculation that a group of Left Front workers, mainly from RSP, would join the ruling party. “The Left Front workers have joined Trinamool as they were impressed by the policy for people made by Mamata Banerjee. Our Chief Minister’s policy has definitely geared up the development in Bengal. Their joining has proved that the general people trust Trinamool Congress despite fabricated speeches by different state and Central level BJP leaders against us. If this outward flow continues, Trinamool will do better in the district in the upcoming LS polls,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayVisibly overwhelmed after joining the new party, the Left Front workers said: “We are fortunate enough to join Trinamool and will surely do our task sincerely for the party’s betterment from today onwards.” Political observers feel this joining will definitely give an advantage to the ruling party. “Some other workers from different political parties including BJP, Congress and Left Front are likely to join Trinamool soon,” said an observer. Former PWD minister Shankar Chakraborty said: “There is no doubt that this joining will make us stronger before the upcoming poll. We will surely have a positive reflection in the ballot box.”last_img read more

Global recession poses dangers to migrant workers UN official says

20 November 2008A senior United Nations official dealing with population issues today urged governments not to use migrants as scapegoats amid the current international recession, warning that migrant workers are already particularly vulnerable to job cuts during economic crises. “Migration flows are going to be disturbed and migrants are going to share the negative effects the economic downturn is having on the whole population of the world,” said Hania Zlotnik, Director of the Population Division at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).“It is very important that at this moment there is already a mechanism by which countries can talk to each other,” Ms. Zlotnik told reporters at UN Headquarters, referring to last month’s Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), which was held in the Philippines’ capital, Manila.Ms. Zlotnik said that in the current economic climate it is important for governments to get together to talk about issues of migration and for a forum to exist at the global level because the recession is affecting most of the countries receiving migrant workers.Since 2007 there has been an increase in the unemployment rates of key groups of migrants in different countries, according to Ms. Zlotnik.Spain has seen a sharp increase in the number of unemployed foreigners. Between April and June at least 100,000 more people lost their jobs in the Iberian nation, taking the total number of jobless migrants to 280,000. The same trend is appearing in the United States where the unemployment rate among Hispanics is rising and for the first time in several years the rate of out-of-work immigrant Hispanics is higher than the rate of non-immigrant Hispanics at around seven per cent.“Unemployment tends to affect migrants first. Many migrants in the developed world and also in the developing countries have moved to these countries to work in the construction industry,” said Ms. Zlotnik.“It’s the construction industry that is [most] affected by the drop in real estate prices,” she added.Ms. Zlotnik noted that higher unemployment may have resulted in a significant reduction in the amount of money migrants send home, with Mexican banks experiencing a 4 per cent decline in remittances between January and September.She added that the World Bank reported a slowdown in the growth of remittances to banks in developing countries in 2007 and 2008, and predicted a contraction of at least 1 per cent in the amount of money migrants will send home in 2009.The global recession has also contributed to the sharp decrease of the number of people detained for illegally crossing the border into the United States from Mexico. There have been around 40 per cent fewer detentions than previous years, as incentives for jumping borders decrease with the declining prospects for economic prosperity in other countries.Ms. Zlotnik reported that countries such as Australia are debating whether to cut quotas of skilled immigrant workers by around 20 per cent, while in the United Kingdom the Government is considering cutting the overall number of immigrants allowed into the country as more jobs are lost.Ms. Zlotnik explained that last month’s GFMD meeting in Manila focused on protecting migrants’ human rights and the promotion of regular migration. The conference emphasised the point that international migration benefits migrants as well as the origin and host countries. read more

Gaza flotilla inquiry must comply with standards UN expert says

“There are several indispensable requirements for any such commission of inquiry to comply with international standards,” said Special Rapporteur Philip Alston, adding that he will continue to closely monitor the development and progress of the investigation. The inquiry must be independent of the Government and the final report must fully be made public and not left to the discretion of the Government, Mr. Alston said. It must also be given full legal authority to obtain direct access to all relevant evidence including key witnesses, all video and other records of the incident, he continued. “If these requirements are met, a domestic commission of inquiry can make an important contribution to resolving the human rights issues raised by the raid on the flotilla,” the UN independent expert said today. He added that he was basing his comments on conclusions drawn from his previous detailed study on the international standards for inquiries, and on his investigations and reports to the UN on killings and accountability issues in countries around the world. Last weekend, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held telephone discussions with the Prime Ministers of Turkey and Israel, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Benjamin Netanyahu, on options for moving forward with the investigation called for by the United Nations Security Council. The 15-member UN body condemned the acts that led the Israeli military to intercept a convoy of six aid ships bound for Gaza in international waters, killing nine civilians and wounding dozens of people. 11 June 2010Any inquiry set up by Israel to investigate the Gaza flotilla incident which led to the deaths of nine civilians must be given a genuine capacity to find facts or it will not be considered credible, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions said today. read more

Liberia UN agency now encourages refugees to return home

Liberia’s progress in disarmament, security, human rights and other areas since the end of a brutal war prompted Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to shift a voluntary repatriation programme that began in October 2004 from “facilitation” to “promotion.”“After more than a quarter of a century of misrule, much still remains to be done to rebuild the country,” said UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond at a press briefing in Geneva today. “Overall, the conditions are in place for refugees to return to their country in safety and dignity.”A so-called “promotion” program means that UNHCR will not only help transport refugees who want to go home, but will also actually advocate for their return. That means there will be more information campaigns to update refugees on conditions in their homeland and they can even visit Liberia to see conditions for themselves. UNHCR will also organize visits to refugee settlements by prominent Liberians.In a video for UNHCR that was recorded shortly before her 16 January inauguration, Liberia’s new president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, pledged that her Government will work with the agency and its partners to help refugees settle in, find work and obtain basic services.Many of the refugees fled Liberia in 2000 to escape a brutal war that plagued the country during the rule of Charles Taylor. About 200,000 refugees have returned to Liberia since Taylor left the country in August 2003 and about 50,000 of those people returned with the help of UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme. The agency plans to bring about 100,000 Liberian refugees in West Africa back home this year.So far, refugees have been heading home at an average rate of 250 a day. Upon arrival, they receive assistance packages consisting of household goods, allowance for travel within the country, free education and health care in the areas of return, as well as free access to communal structures and amenities built or rehabilitated with UHCR funds. read more

UN officials applaud United States intent to transition oversight of key web

For the past 15 years, the US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA), has been the watchdog of sales and assignments of web domains such as “.com” or “.org”. With this announced intention to relinquish stewardship, the United States is in line with the decisions taken at the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, which agreed on a “multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.” “The Secretary-General takes note of this important development,” said spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. “He encourages Governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the private sector and the Internet technical community to engage in furthering the process to ensure a single, open, free, secure and trustworthy Internet.” The US announcement to change oversight arrangements of these critical Internet mechanisms, was also welcomed by the Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). “I would like to reiterate what I have said many times: the Internet is a global public good and therefore all nations and peoples should have an equal say in its running and development,” he declared in a news release, stressing that “this development will lead to improved and productive cooperation between the telecommunications and Internet communities.” Regarding the transition plan for these responsibilities, Dr. Touré called on all stakeholders to develop one that respects the principles established by the two-part WSIS in 2003 and 2005. “This means, inclusive of all nations and stakeholders, from developing and developed countries alike, and conducted in a transparent, open, constructive manner with a view to ensuring a more equitable and accessible Internet for all,” he explained. read more

At highlevel event UN officials call for human rightsbacked development agenda

Speaking to the UN General Assembly’s high-level event on that topic, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded participants that “everyone is entitled to all rights.”“We have an opportunity to recognize the important role of human rights and the rule of law in reducing the vulnerability of the poor and building the future we want,” he told diplomats that are working towards a sustainable development agenda after 2015, the deadline for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Legal identity, starting from birth registration, is essential for equal access to basic services, the UN chief noted. He also highlighted the importance of secure land tenure, for example, for enhancing food security.Mr. Ban stressed, however, that the realization of human rights, including the right to development, depends fundamentally on the rule of law consistent with international norms and standards. Over two days, the General Assembly will deliberate questions, among others, such as how human rights and the rule of law can be measured, said the 193-member body’s current President, John Ashe, and what kind of technical assistance can be given to Member States that lack a regime of respect for human rights and the rule of law but seek to have one.He reminded participants of the “unfinished business” which includes children who remain unfed, uneducated, unprotected, unemployed and whose rights “remain unfulfilled.”“At the same time, many nations remain under-developed, subject to systemic imbalances, with empty promises from development partners,” Mr. Ashe continued. In a video address, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged participants to work on creating a development agenda where human rights are not a standalone goal but are included in all targets, addressing both sides of development – freedom from want and freedom from fear.Speaking about her personal experiences in South Africa, Ms. Pillay underscored that “not every law is a good law” and “not every effort to enforce the law protects human rights.”“Rule of law without respect for human rights is an empty shell,” she continued, calling also for strong global partnership, equality and non-discrimination in decision-making, and strong accountability. In the process of creating a new development agenda based on human rights, representatives have the opportunity “to redefine the very idea of global development”, said Ms. Pillay. “No work more meaningful than this.”Also addressing today’s opening, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), highlighted that deliberations are taking place amid the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Child, which states that the world’s youngest have rights. Despite this human rights treaty, “the plight of too many is lost,” he said. Mr. Lake listed moral, economic and humanitarian reasons to aid children and respect their human rights, noting that they remain discriminated against due to gender, ethnicity, disability and other reasons. In addition, children are often overlooked, living in hard to reach areas such as slums, torn by conflict and natural disasters.Today’s opening panelists also included Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Maritt who is the UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. She urged politicians to remain committed and decisive in their actions, and to remember young people when creating the future development agenda. She also stressed the successes of a holistic agenda to prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS, and underlined the important role civil society has played in changing the way health care is delivered. In programmes today and tomorrow, participants will hear from a variety of Government and civil society representatives. They include UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson who will give the keynote address on supporting national and international efforts on poverty eradication and sustainable development. He will speak on a panel with Asha-Rose Migiro, former Deputy Secretary-General and current Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Tanzania. read more

COP21 UN chief says today is about action by all sectors of

As the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) marked ‘Action Day’ with dozens of events happening throughout its sprawling venue in the north-east of Paris, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the purpose of the occasion was to highlight solutions the world “so urgently” needs. “Today, as never before, the stars are aligned in favour of strong, concerted action on climate change,” Mr. Ban told non-state actors and top governments officials, including French President François Hollande, in his remarks wrapping up the day. “The pace of climate action is quickening. Governments, cities, the private sector, investors, and the public at large increasingly understand the grave risks posed by climate change,” he added, noting “tangible benefits” to be gained by early action, including economic growth, new markets, job creation, cleaner air and improved health. Climate negotiators have been in Paris since the opening of the conference last Monday, seeking to adopt a new, universal climate change agreement, expected to set the international policy framework needed to scale up climate action by all sectors of society. Earlier today, the Secretary-General had a busy schedule meeting with a delegation of United States’ Senators on the state of the discussions so far at the conference, as well as French and international parliamentarians at the country’s National Assembly, to whom he highlighted the key role they play in supporting an effective national and global response to climate change. Prior to this, Mr. Ban attended an event focused on the Arctic, where he has been several times during his almost ten-year tenure as leader of the world body. “[The Secretary-General] has been using his Office to remind the world that our planet is changing at an unprecedented rate” Bob Orr, a UN Special Advisor on climate change, told the UN News Centre in an interview.“He has been to every part of the globe that shows how quickly things are changing. At the Arctic event today, the head of the Norwegian Polar Institution noted that this past month of November, the average temperature in the Arctic was six to eight degrees centigrade above what it has traditionally been. This shows a level of change which is staggering and scary,” Mr. Orr warned. Paying a visit to COP21 today on “Action Day” was American actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who became a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change one year ago. The Secretary-General and Mr. DiCaprio met this afternoon and discussed the importance of acting now to protect future generations. “Nature does not negotiate with human beings,” the UN chief told Mr. DiCaprio. “As human beings who have caused the climate change phenomenon, we just have to adapt to the Nature—we do not have any negotiating power with [it].” In response, Mr. DiCaprio crossed his fingers and held them up. “We’re all like this about Paris,” he said. Finally, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the organizer of the conference – said “Action Day” announced the submission of a new draft agreement that will feed negotiations continuing next week. “One more step in writing of history,” said a message tweeted by Christiana Figueres. read more

Football Dobbins Bosa named to Maxwell Award watch list

Ohio State junior linebacker Nick Bosa (97) runs a drill in warmups prior to the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignAs the college football season inches closer, the expectations for Ohio State remain high for the team. For two players individually though, the high expectations are already set. Both junior defensive end Nick Bosa and sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins have been named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list, given to college football’s player of the year at the end of the season. Along with the Maxwell Award watch list, Bosa was named to the preseason Bednarik Award watch list, given to the best defensive player in college football. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 263-pound defensive end was named as the Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, finishing second in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (16) and sacks (8). In his first season with the Buckeyes, Dobbins set the freshman rushing record with 1,403 yards and averaged 7.2 yards per carry, the second best for a back in school history. This earned the La Grange, Texas, native ESPN Freshman All-America honors as well as second-team All-Big Ten honors. In the school’s history, Ohio State has had a player win the Maxwell Award four times with running back Eddie George receiving the award last in 1995. An Ohio State defensive player has never won the Bednarik Award. read more

Les jeux sur smartphones concurrencent les consoles portables

first_imgLes jeux sur smartphones concurrencent les consoles portablesSelon une étude récente, le marché des jeux sur smartphones ne cesse de progresser aux dépens des consoles portables.Les constructeurs de consoles portables doivent être bien inquiets après la publication de l’étude de l’institut Flurry Analytics, citée par Le Monde. En effet, la part de marché de leurs produits est passée de 24 à 16% sur la dernière année. Et cette chute s’est faite au profit des jeux sur smartphones, qui, s’ils restent derrière avec 8% de parts de marché, ont bien progressé sur la dernière année puisqu’ils ne représentaient auparavant que 5% du marché américain (passant ainsi de 500 à 800 millions de dollars).Car les applications pour iOS ou Android développent une stratégie de vente intelligente. En plus de jeux à très bas prix, des applications gratuites sont proposées en échange d’un encart publicitaire. “Alors qu’IOS et Android continuent de changer le paradigme du jeu occasionnel, la bataille entre Nintendo et ces plateformes va s’intensifier. Mario pourrait être sur une plateforme en feu”, explique l’étude de Flurry Analytics. Car avec l’iPad 2, le futur iPhone 5 et les nouvelles tablettes Android, cet élan des jeux sur terminaux mobiles n’est pas près de ralentir…Le 19 avril 2011 à 11:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Suspect sought in hitandrun that critically injured pedestrian

first_imgA Vancouver woman is pleading with the public to help find the driver in a hit-and-run crash that critically injured her son early Monday morning. Just before 2 a.m. Monday, a passing motorist called 911 to alert deputies to a crash in the 4100 block of Northeast 54th Avenue, in the Truman neighborhood, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.When they arrived, they found Paul P. Adams, 34, of Vancouver severely injured. He was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies learned that Adams had been walking along the shoulder of 54th Avenue and was struck by a southbound vehicle that fled the scene. Adams didn’t have any identification on him, so they didn’t identify him and get in touch with his mother, 51-year-old Nancy Peterson, until Tuesday morning. She rushed to the hospital, where she learned that her son had a broken back, two broken legs and a broken left elbow. He also had to have staples in his brain, Peterson said.last_img read more

Violent crime rises for fifth consecutive year in San Diego County

first_img September 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Violent crime rises for fifth consecutive year in San Diego County Posted: September 10, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Violent crime in San Diego County rose in the first half of the year for the fifth consecutive year, according to a report released Tuesday by the San Diego Association of Governments.The report by SANDAG’s Criminal Justice Research Division found that the mid-year number of violent crimes in the county was 5,545, up from 5,510 last year; 5,421 in 2017; 5,361 in 2016; and 5,330 in 2015. The five-year increase amounts to a 4% bump in violent crime.Reports of property crime went the opposite direction, falling from 30,447 in 2015 to 27,236 in 2019, an 11% decrease.The mid-year numbers of violent and property crimes in 2019 are vastly different from 2009, when the city received 6,256 violent crime reports and 35,204 property crime reports. Violent crime reports dropped 11.4% in that span, mainly because robbery reports fell from 1,931 to 1,411, according to the SANDAG report.Despite the overall drop in robbery reports, this year’s number increased 5% compared to the same six-month period last year. Arson reports saw the largest drop from last year to this year — falling 28% from 190 to 136 — while homicides dropped from 40 to 38.Reported property crimes fell 22.6% from 2009 to 2019 and residential burglaries saw the biggest decrease in that time, dropping 53.9% from 4,460 to 2,054.Larceny over $400 was the only category to increase from 2009 to 2019, rising from 7,578 to 8,527.Reports of rape fell to 539 after reaching 604 at the midway point of 2018. However, numbers since 2015 may be somewhat deceiving, as California law enforcement broadened the definition of rape in 2015 to include “male victims, sodomy, penetration with any body part or object, and no longer requires force,” according to SANDAG Division Director of Criminal Justice Dr. Cynthia Burke.As a result, some crimes that would have been classified as aggravated assaults are now considered rapes and some crimes that would not have been considered violent crimes are now captured in these statistics, Burke said.Violent crimes include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Property crimes include burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.According to the report, San Diego law enforcement has received an average of 31 reports of violent crime and 150 reports of property crime per day during 2019’s first half. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Miami Firefighters deliver flowers to mother of man killed in hitandrun

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami firefighters surprised a grieving mother to pay their respects.Miami Fire Station 9 delivered flowers and well wishes to Evanie Williams who lost her son, Frederick Williams, after he was killed in a hit-and-run Saturday.Frederick was on the autism spectrum and was nonverbal, so his medical issues meant fire rescue had to transport him periodically. “Around 10 times in a month, the crews from station 9 would run on him,” said a firefighter. “We kind of built up a rapport with the family — with him.”“Words can’t come true,” Williams said. “I never knew so much people love him, even when he’s autistic, but I very appreciate everything. I thank them.”“We just wanted to come out and show our condolences to his mom, which is an extremely good mother,” said one firefighter. “She continued to make sure he got the best treatment, best care, and the therapies that were needed, or getting done.”Frederick’s sister was also touched by the gesture. “He lost his life, and he was a good person,” she said. “He always held doors for people and tried to help people. For him to just be crossing the road, and the person just hit him like that and kept going is really sad, and it’s a tragedy on our family.”Police are still searching for the vehicle that struck the 34-year-old. It happened while he was crossing the street at Northeast Second Avenue and 57th Street in Little Haiti.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Awareness drive held on hepatitis

first_imgHyderabad: The staff of Apollo Hospitals took to the road on bicycles to spread awareness on hepatitis. Y Subramanyam, CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Dr KS Soma Sekhar Rao and Dr Naveen Polavarapu and Dr Raghu, Consultant Medical Gastroenterologists along with 300 others participated.Subramanyam said the serious consequences from hepatitis ‘B’ and ‘C’ like liver damage is entirely preventable and needs simple precautions. Every day, world over several people are losing their lives, purely because of the lack of awareness about this ailment, which is preventable and curable. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Viral hepatitis kills more than 1.34 million people each year, which is more than HIV/AIDs or Malaria. There is a cure for hepatitis ‘C’ and a vaccine along with effective treatment for hepatitis ‘B’, therefore the 4,000 deaths each day caused by viral hepatitis are entirely preventable, said Dr KS Soma Sekhar Rao, Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist. Currently 290 million people live with viral hepatitis completely unaware of it and one of the key reasons for this is lack of awareness about the disease.last_img read more

Yamaha R15 V20 Gets New Colour Shades in India Variants Price Details

first_imgYamaha Motor India launched new colour variants of its much acclaimed flagship sports motorcycle R15 version 2.0 in India.Yamaha R15 version 2.0, powered by 4 stroke SOHC 4 valve engine, will now be available in India in four shades which include red, invincible black, blue and grid gold. While the red and invincible black comes at a price point of ₹110,003 (ex-showroom Delhi), the racing blue and grid gold is priced at  ₹112,924 (ex-showroom Delhi).”The racing DNA, sporty look and superior technology have been synonymous with the R15 which was graded up to R15 Version 2.0 in 2011. A lot of thought and hardwork had gone into the conceptualization of the R15 and it has been a huge success for the company. As we launch the R15 Version 2.0 in 4 new avatars, we are again very confident that this new introduction will help to keep the customer excitement intact in our flagship motorcycle,” said Roy Kurian, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd, as quoted by Motoroids.Currently, Yamaha’s Indian portfolio includes Fazer, FZ-S, FZ, SZ-X, SZ-R, SZ-RR, YZF-R15 V 2.0, SS125, YBR 125, YBR 110, Crux, Ray, Ray Z and Alpha Scooters.Earlier last week, Yamaha India recalled flagship motorcycle, the YZF-R1, to fix a problem with its lead coupler in the headlight. The recall is limited to the YZF-R1, which were manufactured between October 2008 and August 2013 and the company would replace the headlight sub lead in these vehicles. The recall is in accordance with the requirements of the parent company Yamaha Motor.In February, Yamaha reported a 32.5 percent increase in sales at 42,548 units as against the 32,097 units in the same month last year. The company has also cut the prices of their scooters and bikes in India, following the excise duty reduction announced in the interim budget 2014-15. The quantum of the price cut ranges from ₹1,033 to ₹3,066.last_img read more

4 Forgotten Aspects of a HighConversion Homepage

first_imgDecember 5, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. In an increasingly digital world, the importance of your business homepage simply can’t be understated. After all, it is your digital storefront. And businesses seem to be paying more attention to the effort — as of 2016, more searches for “conversion rate optimization” are taking place than ever before.But why? Well, not only do 96 percent of site visitors arrive at your homepage with no intent of making a purchase, but if something doesn’t grab their attention within eight seconds of arriving, they’re likely to leave as equally cold as when they first arrived.So, what can be done to improve the conversion power of your website? Instead of building out an eye-catching homepage worthy of a lead designer’s admiration, opt for a more efficient alternative, placing a user’s experience at the center of your site. Unfortunately, this is yet another one of those entrepreneurial tasks that’s easier said than done. No worries, though– instead of watching dozens of YouTube videos, devouring hundreds of blog posts and attending a conference or two, simply check out the information below.Related: 17 Ways to Increase Your Website’s Conversion RateYou’ll find four basic, yet commonly forgotten aspects of a high-conversion homepage. Complex, buzzword-driven jargon aside, by zeroing in on the following points, your brand will create an enticing homepage, built for one thing, and one thing alone — making you money.Your website focuses on a UVP.UVP stands for “unique value proposition.” Basically, a UVP is your company’s single biggest selling point. Believe it or not, new ideas are hard to come by. If yours is a good one, odds are high that there’s already 10,000 like-minded entrepreneurs working on it.As such, the question is this — what distances you from the rest of the pack? Accompanied by a large, high-quality hero image or video, use short, yet powerful copy on your homepage to drive home the exact reason — and only one — site visitors should give you their business.Who does it well? SellMax.Your website is driven by user benefits.This isn’t an earth-shattering principle of marketing or anything. At the same time, though, it’s shocking how many websites consist of purely feature-driven content. Just in case you’re new to digital marketing, the difference between features and benefits is simple:Features: Surface statements about a product or service’s literal capabilitiesBenefits: The value brought about by a product or service’s featuresRelated: 5 Business-Blogging Mistakes — and How to Fix ThemYes, your brand’s services might be faster and stronger than those of your fiercest rivals, but seeing as how 90 percent of all buying decisions are emotional, benefits are what ultimately lead to real, meaningful conversion. Your homepage copy should reflect this.Who does it well? Evernote.Your website gathers email addresses.You’ve heard people say something along the lines of, “The money is in the list,” right? Online, that’s very much the case. In fact, with more than 2.6 billion email users worldwide, currently, email marketing ROI hovers at around 4,300 percent — no joke.Needless to say, apart from your website, your email list is one of your most important business assets. Oddly enough, though, the two go hand-in-hand. Using tools like OptinMonster or BuzzSumo, capture visitors’ email addresses by offering them something free and of value. It could be an ebook, template, checklist, a how-to guide or a video course.Make it easy for a site visitor to hand over what you want — their email address. Permanent, on-page opt-in boxes at the top, bottom or on the side of a homepage work wonders for email exchange. Also, slide-in scroll boxes make for a nice, unexpected touch.Who does it well? SmartBlogger.Your website displays social proof.Have you ever noticed that, before making a purchase on Amazon, you always make a point of reading the reviews? Oddly enough, these are people you’ve never met in your life, but if enough of them say the same thing, you’ll put your complete and total confidence in them.Related: 25 Things to Begin Now so Your Business Thrives in 2017This psychological phenomenon is known as “social proof.” In short, the more people who do or say something, the more likely others are to fall in line. On your homepage, include short-form client testimonials to build trust with first-time visitors. They soon might send you one, too.Who does it well? Basecamp.It’s hard enough to attract site traffic. Once you’ve finally got it, don’t let it go to waste by greeting first-time visitors with a poorly-built homepage. Go the extra mile, placing a great deal of emphasis on each of the above forgotten points. Soon enough, you’ll be glad you did. 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Global Brachytherapy Market Reaches 705 Million in 2015

first_img 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 | 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 | 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 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 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 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 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 Related Content March 18, 2016 — The global market for brachytherapy reached $705 million in 2015, according to a report from MEDraysintell. Of that total, the high-dose rate (HDR) and low-dose-rate (LDR) segments accounted for just over 60 percent, while the microspheres and electronic brachytherapy commanded the remaining 40 percent.The global brachytherapy market in 2015, expressed in U.S. dollars, has been affected by exchange rate fluctuations of the major currencies against the U.S. dollar. The brachytherapy market size displayed an annual growth of 3 percent during the last two years to reach $705 million in 2015. Without this exchange rate influence, MEDraysintell estimates that the brachytherapy market would have reached about $800 million, thereby exhibiting an annual growth of more than 8 percent.The brachytherapy market is expected to reach $2 billion in 2030, growing by 8 percent annually, mainly driven by the microspheres market as well as electronic brachytherapy, which is gaining significant interest worldwide as a user-friendly technology. The LDR brachytherapy seeds market is expected to grow substantially in new large markets such as China and India because of its reduced cost, together with a high therapeutic success rate.The top ten companies control about 80 percent of the world brachytherapy market and more than 20 companies share the remaining 20 percent. Several new companies have penetrated the brachytherapy market in the last few years and a few others are expected to join the market in the coming years.For more information: www.medraysintell.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 | 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 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.  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 | Brachytherapy Systems | March 18, 2016 Global Brachytherapy Market Reaches $705 Million in 2015 MEDraysintell projects 8 percent annual growth through 2030 to a total value of $2 billion 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 morelast_img read more

Techs culture war entrepreneur egos v engineer solidarity

first_imgThere is a rift in the tech landscape that has been shifting quietly for some time. But 2018 is the year it has finally properly opened. This is the rift between the tech’s entrepreneurial ‘superstars’ and a nascent solidarity movement, both of which demonstrate the two faces of the modern tech industry. But within this ‘culture war’ there’s a broader debate about what technology is for and who has the power to make decisions about it. And that can only be a good thing – this is a conversation we’ve needed for some time. With the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the shock election results to which it was tied, much contemporary political conversation is centered on technology’s impact on the social sphere. But little attention has been paid to the way these social changes or crises are actually enforcing changes within the tech industry itself. If it feels like we’re all having to pick sides when it comes to politics, the same is true when it comes to tech. The rise of the tech ego If you go back to the early years of software, in the early part of the twentieth century, there was little place for ego. It’s no accident that during this time computing was feminized – it was widely viewed as administrative. It was only later that software became more male dominated, thanks to a sexist cultural drive to establish male power in the field. This was arguably the start of egos tech takeover- after all, men wanted their work to carry a certain status. Women had to be pushed out to give them it. It’s no accident that the biggest names in technology – Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs – are all men. Their rise was, in part, a consequence of a cultural shift in the sixties. But it’s recognise the fact that in the eighties, these were still largely faceless organizations. Yes, they were powerful men, but the organizations they led were really just the next step out from the military industrial complex that helped develop software as we know it today. It was only when ‘tech’ properly entered the consumer domain that ego took on a new value. As PCs became part of every day life, attaching these products to interesting and intelligent figures was a way of marketing these products. It’s worth remarking that it isn’t really important whether these men had huge egos at all. All that matters is that they were presented in that way, and granted an incredible amount of status and authority. This meant that complexity of software and the literal labor of engineering could be reduced to a relatable figure like Gates or Jobs. We can still feel the effects of that today: just think of the different ways Apple and Microsoft products are perceived. Tech leaders personify technology. They make it marketable. Perhaps tech ‘egos’ were weirdly necessary. Because technology was starting to enter into everyone’s lives, these figures – as much entrepreneurs as engineers – were able to make it accessible and relatable. If that sounds a little far fetched, consider what the tech ‘ninja’ or the ‘guru’ really means for modern businesses. It often isn’t so much about doing something specific, but instead about making the value and application of those technologies clear, simple, and understandable. When companies advertise for these roles using this sort of language they’re often trying to solve an organizational problem as much as a technical one. That’s not to say that being a DevOps guru at some middling eCommerce company is the same as being Bill Gates. But it is important to note how we started talking in this way. Similarly, not everyone who gets called a ‘guru’ is going to have a massive ego (some of my best friends are cloud gurus!), but this type of language does encourage a selfish and egotistical type of thinking. And as anyone who’s worked in a development team knows, that can be incredibly dangerous. From Zuckerberg to your sprint meeting – egos don’t care about you Today, we are in a position where the discourse of gurus and ninjas is getting dangerous. This is true on a number of levels. On the one hand we have a whole new wave of tech entrepreneurs. Zuckerberg, Musk, Kalanick, Chesky, these people are Gates and Jobs for a new generation. For all their innovative thinking, it’s not hard to discern a certain entitlement from all of these men. Just look at Zuckerberg and his role in the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. Look at Musk and his bizarre intervention in Thailand. Kalanick’s sexual harassment might be personal, but it reflects a selfish entitlement that has real professional consequences for his workforce. Okay, so that’s just one extreme – but these people become the images of how technology should work. They tell business leaders and politicians that tech is run by smart people who ostensibly should be trusted. This not only has an impact on our civic lives but also on our professional lives too. Ever wonder why your CEO decides to spend big money on a CTO? It’s because this is the model of modern tech. That then filters down to you and the projects you don’t have faith in. If you feel frustrated at work, think of how these ideas and ways of describing things cascade down to what you do every day. It might seem small, but it does exist. The emergence of tech worker solidarity While all that has been happening, we’ve also seen a positive political awakening across the tech industry. As the egos come to dictate the way we work, what we work on, and who feels the benefits, a large group of engineers are starting to realize that maybe this isn’t the way things should be. Disaffection in Silicon Valley This year in Silicon Valley, worker protests against Amazon, Microsoft and Google have all had an impact on the way their companies are run. We don’t necessarily hear about these people – but they’re there. They’re not willing to let their code be used in ways that don’t represent them. The Cambridge Analytica scandal was the first instance of a political crisis emerging in tech. It wasn’t widely reported, but some Facebook employees asked to move across to different departments like Instagram or WhatsApp. One product designer, Westin Lohne, posted on Twitter that he had left his position saying “morally, it was extremely difficult to continue working there as a product designer.” But while the story at Facebook was largely disorganized disaffection, at Google there was real organization against Project Maven. 300 Google employees signed a petition against the company’s AI initiative with the Pentagon. In May, a number of employees resigned over the issue. One is reported as saying “over the last couple of months, I’ve been less and less impressed with Google’s response and the way our concerns are being listened to.” Read next: Google employees quit over company’s continued Artificial Intelligence ties with the Pentagon A similar protest happened at Amazon, with an internal letter to Jeff Bezos protesting the use of Rekognition – Amazon’s facial recognition technology – by law enforcement agencies, including ICE. “Along with much of the world we watched in horror recently as U.S. authorities tore children away from their parents,” the letter stated, according to Gizmodo. “In the face of this immoral U.S. policy, and the U.S.’s increasingly inhumane treatment of refugees and immigrants beyond this specific policy, we are deeply concerned that Amazon is implicated, providing infrastructure and services that enable ICE and DHS.” Microsoft saw a similar protest, sparked, in part, by the shocking images of families being separated at the U.S./Mexico border. Despite the company distancing itself over ICE’s activities, many employees were vocal in their opposition. “This is the sort of thing that would make me question staying,” said one employee, speaking to Gizmodo. A shift in attitudes as tensions emerge True, when taken individually, these instances of disaffection may not look like full-blown solidarity. But together, it amounts to a changing consciousness across Silicon Valley. Of course, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that a relationship between tech, the military, and government has always existed. But the reason things are different is precisely because these tensions have become more visible, attitudes more prominent in public discourse. It’s worth thinking about these attitudes and actions in the context of hyper-competitive Silicon Valley where ego is the norm, and talent and flair is everything. Signing petitions carries with it some risk – leaving a well-paid job you may have spent years working towards is no simple decision. It requires a decisive break with the somewhat egotistical strand that runs through tech to make these sorts of decisions. While it might seem strange, it also shouldn’t be that surprising. If working in software demands a high level of collaboration, then collaboration socially and politically is really just the logical development from our professional lives. All this talk about ‘ninjas’, ‘gurus’ and geniuses only creates more inequality within the tech job market – whether you’re in Silicon Valley, Stoke, or Barcelona, or Bangalore, this language actually hides the skills and knowledge that are actually most valuable in tech. Read next: Don’t call us ninjas or rockstars, say developers Where do we go next? The future doesn’t look good. But if the last six months or so are anything to go by there are a number of things we can do. On the one hand more organization could be the way forward. The publishing and media industries have been setting a great example of how unionization can work in a modern setting and help workers achieve protection and collaborative power at work. If the tech workforce is going to grow significantly over the next decade, we’re going to see more unionization. We’ve already seen technology lead to more unionization and worker organization in the context of the gig economy – Deliveroo and Uber drivers, for example. Gradually it’s going to return to tech itself. The tech industry is transforming the global economy. It’s not immune from the changes it’s causing. But we can also do more to challenge the ideology of the modern tech ego. Key to this is more confidence and technological literacy. If tech figureheads emerge to make technology marketable and accessible, the way to remove that power is to demystify it. It’s to make it clear that technology isn’t a gift, the genius invention of an unfathomable mind, but instead that it’s a collaborative and communal activity, and a skill that anyone can master given the right attitude and resources. At its best, tech culture has been teaching the world that for decades. Think about this the next time someone tells you that technology is magic. It’s not magic, it’s built by people like you. People who want to call it magic want you to think they’re a magician – and like any other magician, they’re probably trying to trick you.last_img read more

Trafalgars new USA Canada program includes prices slashed by as much as

first_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: Trafalgar, USA & Canada Posted by Trafalgar’s new USA & Canada program includes prices slashed by as much as 12%center_img TORONTO — Trafalgar has revealed its new 2017 USA & Canada program, featuring an abundance of new Insider Experiences, 31 Be My Guest dining experiences, and three brand new guided vacations that highlight North and Central America.Travellers can see more and do more with new itineraries that include ‘Mexico’s Copper Canyon and Colonial Cities’, ‘California’s Great National Parks’ and ‘Adventures of the Lone Star State’ in Texas. Plus, with next year marking Canada’s 150th birthday, Trafalgar has made selling Canada even easier with prices down as much as 12% on some of its most popular Canadian itineraries, including the ‘Best of Eastern Canada.’“From the dazzling to the serene, Trafalgar’s new and expanded 2017 USA and Canada program is one that will deliver awe-inspiring experiences,” says Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar Canada. “Offering so much diversity from bustling big cities to majestic landscapes, Trafalgar shows clients around USA, Canada and Central America through larger-than-life vacations and the beauty of our own backyard.”More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencyClients can save up to 10% across Trafalgar’s ‘USA & Canada’ program with Early Payment Discounts of up to $1,435 per couple, available when they book and pay in full before Jan. 12, 2017. Past guest discounts of 5% (land only) are also available for those who’ve previously travelled with TTC’s family of brands.For more go to Trafalgar.com. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more