OTTAWA – The prime minister doesn’t have business meetings. He has relationship sessions.That’s the view Justin Trudeau outlined to the ethics commissioner during her probe of Trudeau’s family vacations to the Aga Khan’s private island, which ended with Mary Dawson finding the prime minister violated four parts of the conflict of interest act.But her report also offers a glimpse into how Trudeau views the job as prime minister and how that shapes the inner workings of his government.Some prime ministers view themselves as a CEO who set ideas and are the face of the government, leaving the heavy lifting to their ministers or senior civil servants. Others consider themselves the CEO types who are more involved in the day-to-day operations.Experts say Dawson’s report points to the former model for Trudeau.When Dawson asked Trudeau about meetings where there was discussion with the Aga Khan about a $15-million grant to the billionaire philanthropist’s endowment fund of the Global Centre for Pluralism, the prime minister explained his lack of concern about being in the room.Dawson described how Trudeau sees meetings as a way “to further develop a relationship between the individual and Canada” and his role in those meetings “as ceremonial in nature.”“The meetings he (Trudeau) attends as Prime Minister are not business meetings,” Dawson wrote, recounting Trudeau’s words.“Rather, they are high-level meetings centred on relationship building and ensuring that all parties are moving forward together. Specific issues or details are worked out before, subsequently or independently of any meeting he attends.”While the role of prime minister is often as facilitator, the prime minister is always on government business, said Alex Marland, a professor of political science at Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L.“The prime minister is always operating in a business environment the moment that person becomes prime minister. It is totally ridiculous to me that you could somehow say no, I’m not doing this as prime minister.”Dawson did determine the prime minister shouldn’t have been at the meetings.Marland said that a hands-off prime minister allows some ministers to become more powerful than others, and also gives more power to political staffers in the Prime Minister’s Office. The power doesn’t vanish, Marland said, it just diffuses to different places, including unelected and largely unaccountable staffers.He said the Liberals’ move to make the Senate more independent-minded could be the best counterbalance to this new power base.The power has also diffused to the senior civil servants checking and co-ordinating policy across departments as part of the Liberals’ “deliverology” agenda, said Kathy Brock, a professor in the school of policy studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.That diffusion weakens the lines of accountability because no one person or minister can be held responsible for a policy or program, she said.This can lead a prime minister to become more detached from how policies are being written and implemented, especially one who is as focused on managing their public image as the Liberals are with Trudeau, Brock said.“A lot of government work is tough slogging. It’s getting down into the details and ensuring things work out and that’s where he could run into problems as we saw with the China trip,” she said, referring to Trudeau’s recent visit to the country where an expected launch of free trade talks failed to materialize.Those kind of missteps are the consequence of being more focused on image politics and leaving the details to others, Brock said: “When people start to see that that’s your game, then they take you less seriously, or play to their advantage.”Dawson’s concern was the Aga Khan’s gifts could be seen as could reasonably be seen as a gift designed to influence the prime minister and give the religious leader an unfair advantage.Trudeau maintains the Aga Khan is a close family friend, which would have exempted any gifts from conflict of interest rules. Dawson disagreed, noting phone conversations between the two were organized and done through “official channels.”Dawson was curious: Do all the prime minister’s friends go through his officials for a friendly chat?“Mr. Trudeau said that many of his close friends reach him directly. He said that other friends, who have assistants, will reach him through official channels,” Dawson wrote.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.
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Kolkata: The Election Commission has seized about Rs 26.35 crore of unaccounted cash and around 11.28 lakh litre of liquor in West Bengal till Tuesday.Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu on Tuesday told reporters that the commission has so far received 5,658 complaints on its portals out of which 99 are yet to be disposed off, he said. The commission said that the grievances were registered on its cVIGIL app. The poll panel has so far addressed most of the complaints. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a senior official of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the commission has taken all possible measures to ensure free and fair elections in Jalpaiguri (SC), Darjeeling and Raiganj constituencies during the second phase of elections scheduled to take place on April 18. To ensure the free fair elections, the senior officials of the CEO office have held a number of meetings with various electoral officers in the districts. A review meeting was also conducted to review the preparedness and law order situations in various South Bengal districts as well.
LONDON – Lauri Love is said to have hacked thousands of computers in the US and elsewhere.A 28-year-old British man has been arrested on suspicion of hacking offences against the US Army, military and government.Lauri Love was arrested in Suffolk by the National Crime Agency under the Computer Misuse Act. He has been released on bail until February next year. Under the UK computer misuse act someone can be arrested for launching cyber attacks from within the UK against any country in the world.Andy Archibald, head of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit said, “This arrest is the culmination of close joint working by the NCA, Police Scotland and our international partners.” “Cyber-criminals should be aware that no matter where in the world you commit cyber crime, even from remote places, you can and will be identified and held accountable for your actions,” he warned.Archibald went on to boast about the NCA’s global reach stating that they have “well developed law enforcement alliances globally and we will pursue and deal robustly with cyber-criminals”.According to the US indictment, Love is alleged to have hacked “thousands of computer systems in the United States and elsewhere”.US attorney Paul Fishman said, “As part of their alleged scheme, they stole military data and personal identifying information belonging to servicemen and women. Such conduct endangers the security of our country and is an affront to those who serve.”Love has not been charged in the UK but was indicted in the US after an international investigation by the US army’s criminal investigation command.Last year Gary Mckinnon was saved from extradition to the US only after the Home Secretary, Theresa May, intervened and withdrew an extradition order. Mckinnon was said to have committed the “biggest military computer hack of all time”, after he hacked 97 US military and NASA computers looking for what he says was suppression of free energy and a cover up of UFOs. Mckinnon fought a 10-year legal battle to try and stop the extradition.
Vaccinators will go door-to-door in 15 countries to deliver two drops of oral polio vaccine to every child under the age of five in areas considered to be at highest risk of polio, a highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease that spreads from person to person.The virus could infect virtually everyone who is not yet immune through vaccination, and there is no cure.African leaders have demonstrated unprecedented cooperation and commitment to carry out synchronized immunization activities following the spread of polio from Nigeria to 24 countries in West and Central Africa, as well as in the Horn of Africa.Thanks to these interventions, outbreaks of the virus have slowed to a trickle, with only Liberia and Mali recording any cases in the past five months. Nigeria, the only country on the continent never to have stopped polio transmission, has slashed the virus by 98 per cent in the past year.However, eradication of polio is not complete in Africa, as evidenced by recent residual transmissions in Liberia, a less common type being imported into Mali, and a case in Uganda, which had been polio-free for more than one year.“In Africa, we are seeing the essential government support that can make the difference between success and failure,” said Luis G. Sambo, African Regional Director for the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “But much more remains to be done to fill the gaps if we are to protect the stunning gains made this year.”Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Rotary International and the Governments of Japan and Germany, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping to fund the $43 million synchronized activities.According to Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, the continent is on the cusp of an exciting possibility.“Political leaders across Africa answered the challenge posed by this dreadful disease and the results are before us,” he said. “We need to continue efforts to vaccinate and put the needs of children in Africa first.”The anti-polio drive kicked off in Côte d’Ivoire today, with similar campaigns being launched on Thursday in Benin, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Immunization activities will begin in Angola and Chad on 29 October, and in Sudan on 1 November.Nigeria immunized nearly 30 million children in 20 high-risk states in the country’s north last week. 26 October 2010Nearly 300,000 health workers are fanning out across Africa this week to reach 72 million children as part of a United Nations-backed bid to drive polio out of the continent.
(Update)Canada is sending fighter jets to NATO’s air-policing mission, in response to the Ukraine/Russia crisis. This decision comes as diplomats from both countries — as well as the U.S. and Europe — reach an agreement to de-escalate the situation.Prime Minister Harper says we’re sending six CF-18 fighter jets to poland in response to the growing unrest and violence involving russia and ukraine of which there was more overnight.Three people were killed overnight what was the worst violence so far in the ten-day uprising. The pro-Russian separatists were shot while they were attacking a Ukrainian national guard base in Mariupol. Around 300 men attacked the base armed with stun grenades. Pro-Russian separatists are still in control of official buildings in at least ten eastern Ukrainian towns and cities.Harper says that the 6 CF-18 jets will be stationed in nearby Poland while NATO considers a response to the unrest. Canada will also send 20 military officers to NATO headquarters in Brussels: “Obviously, this is a response to the situation that is developing there and frankly, more generally to the concern that we have on what really is expansionism and militarism on the part of Russia, under the president of mister Putin.”Following Thursday’s announcement, CHCH spoke with the vice president at Strategic Intelligence Group, John Thompson. He says that he doesn’t see Canada going into war with Russia: “You need to sometimes put military assets down to show that you are sincere. They are your poker chips on the table. Talk is cheap — deploy military assets, to prove you are real.”Poland is one of the NATO countries that share a land border with Russia. The NATO countries that share a land border with Russia are Estonia and Latvia. Poland and Lithuania share a small land border with a Russian territory in between them.Seperate talks to de-escalate the violence were held Thursday between representatives from the U.S., European Union, Russia, and Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that there is progress while President Obama is doubtful that Russia will stick to it’s end of the bargain. “We agreed today that all illegal armed groups must be disarmed, that all illegally seized buildings must be returned to their legitimate owners, and all illegally occupied streets, squares, and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.”U.S. President Barack Obama said: “The question now become will in fact they use the influence that they have exerted in a disruptive way to restore some order so the Ukrainians can carry out an election, move forward with the de-centralization reforms that they proposed, stabilize the economy and started get back on the path of growth and democracy.”Other NATO member nations committing military resources include the U.S., Britain, Germany, Poland, Denmark and Portugal.
The Working Group, which met representatives of all levels of Government, as well as Belgian and African non-governmental organizations (NGOs), noted that employment, followed by housing, remained the area in which the majority of complaints of discrimination continue to be recorded and the field in which people of African descent find themselves more disadvantaged.In the past year Belgium has passed national laws to fight racism and xenophobia and “provide for civil remedies against discrimination in various areas and on a wide range of grounds,” the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent said.”The experts encourage the Belgian authorities to undertake further awareness-raising efforts directed in particular to private enterprises on the issues of discrimination and the need for the work environment to reflect the diversity of society,” the Group said, adding that the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Human Rights would receive its full report on Belgium next year.
Asian stocks meander following China rate cut; Shanghai index declines 1.3 per cent TOKYO – Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday and Shanghai’s index fell despite Beijing’s decision to cut a key interest rate to help stabilize gyrating financial markets and counter short liquidity.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell late in the day after spending most of the afternoon in positive territory. It closed down 1.3 per cent at 2,927.29 on heavy selling of steelmakers and other heavy industrials.Most other Asian markets initially wavered but had appeared to regain buying momentum by early afternoon. Japan’s main Nikkei 225 stock index advanced 3.2 per cent to 18,376.83, and South Korea’s Kospi gained 2.6 per cent to 1,894.09.But Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.5 per cent to 21,305.17, and mainland China’s smaller Shenzhen Composite Index lost 3.1 per cent.Elsewhere in Asia, Australian shares gained 0.7 per cent to 5,172.80, helped by buying of resource-related shares. Shares also rose in Taiwan but fell in New Zealand and most Southeast Asian markets.Many in Asia went to bed Tuesday smiling over China’s decision to slash its key interest rate, only to awaken to yet another decline overnight on Wall Street, Nicholas Teo, an analyst at CMC Markets, said in a commentary.“All of a sudden, China and the performance of the Chinese markets have now taken the lead in determining daily direction for trading in stocks worldwide,” he said. Meanwhile, investors unable to meet margin calls are being forced to sell, regardless of the Chinese central bank’s decision.“With confidence in the markets completely shattered, the likelihood of buyers meeting these intermittent bouts of forced selling may just be few and far in-between,” he said.Markets have been zigzagging for weeks on deepening unease over the ramifications of slowing growth in China, the world’s second-largest economy and the driver of much of the global growth of the past decade.The apparent inability of Chinese regulators to stabilize the markets, has spooked investors already fretting over when the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates.Asia got a slow start following a last-minute sell-off that dragged the Dow Jones industrial average down 204.91 points, or 1.3 per cent, on Tuesday to 15,666.44. That extended Wall Street’s losing streak to six days, the longest such stretch in more than three years.The Dow had surged more than 400 points after China cut its interest rates for the fifth time in nine months in a renewed effort to shore up growth. The central bank also increased the amount of money available for lending by reducing the reserves banks are required to hold.The People’s Bank of China acted after the Shanghai stock index slumped 7.6 per cent on Tuesday, on top of an 8.5 per cent loss on Monday.China’s slowdown is crimping demand for oil and other commodities, a ripple effect that already is slowing exports and other business activity across Asia.Beyond China, traders are waiting for clarity from the Federal Reserve, which has signalled it could begin raising its key interest rate from near zero for the first time in nearly a decade as early as this year. The Fed isn’t expected to deliver a policy update until it wraps up a meeting of policymakers in mid-September.In other trading, U.S. crude oil rose 1 cent to $39.32 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose $1.07, or 2.8 per cent, to $39.31 on Tuesday. Brent crude oil, which is used to price international trading, gained 6 cents a barrel, to $43.15.The dollar rose to 119.35 yen versus 118.66 yen late Wednesday. The euro slipped to $1.1509 from $1.1524.___Follow Elaine Kurtenbach at www.twitter.com/ekurtenbach by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2015 12:24 am MDT Last Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“We are going to see a real difference. Armed groups will not be allowed to continue with this terrible situation, where families live in fear and people are displaced,” the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, told reporters in New York following a meeting leaders from the region.Held on the margins of the 68th session of the General Assembly, the meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region sought to review developments in the region and progress in the implementation of the Framework, which Mrs. Robinson has called “a framework of hope.” Today’s meeting culminated in the adoption by the participants of a communiqué which strongly condemned the resumption of hostilities by the M23, which have resulted in numerous civilian casualties and caused extensive damage in the occupied areas and in the city of Goma, including the repeated attacks against the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC), the peacekeepers of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO) and the humanitarian workers.The M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – along with other armed groups – has clashed repeatedly with the DRC national forces. In the past year, the fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.The communiqué condemned the shelling on the territory of Rwanda. It further condemned all negative forces, including the Mayi Mayi, the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), “the latest action of the latter having led to continuing massive internal displacements and flow of refugees.” Among other elements of the communiqué, the participants appealed to international development partners to work towards the provision of immediate peace dividends on the ground, through quick impact projects at local and regional levels targeting, in particular, women and youth as well as through other relevant projects of the ICGLR and the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL).“We welcomed the establishment of a multi-country multi-donor Trust Fund to support the implementation of priority programs and projects and urged the Special Envoy to use her good offices to promote and gather international support for the implementation of the Framework, said the communiqué.“Today was a very positive day for the region, with an extraordinarily committed meeting of Heads of State co-chaired by the Secretary-General and the chairperson for the African Union,” Ms. Robinson said. “Each Head of State speaking – and vice-presidents and ministers of their countries – spoke with a firm conviction that the region has to move forward.”Ms. Robinson added that parties should seek to build on today’s positive atmosphere and continue to work together to implement the Framework. Signed earlier this year by the DRC along with 10 other countries and four regional and international institutions under UN auspices, the Framework outlines a comprehensive approach to sustainable peace in the region.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, acting as co-chair of the earlier meeting, appealed to the region’s leaders to boost resources to end the violence in eastern DRC, noting that resources are not keeping up with current needs.“We are facing a severe strain on our efforts to save lives and alleviate suffering. Hundreds of thousands of people lack much-needed assistance,” he said, adding that addressing the root causes of the conflict is also necessary to stop all violence.“The first priority must be to address tensions in the region so we can implement the Framework agreement,” he said. “I reiterate my appeal to the international community to support the governments of the region in meeting their commitments in a timely manner with the participation of civil society.”
OSU redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber checks out his opponent before the Buckeyes game against Oklahoma on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber came to Columbus after the Buckeyes won the 2014 national championship. Former OSU running back, and current member of the Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott emerged as a star, and it was clear that the four-star recruit, Weber, was going to have to wait to become the featured back in coach Urban Meyer’s offense.Just one year later, Weber is quietly showing his potential as OSU’s next great running back.Originally committed to Michigan, then nearly decommitting from Meyer and OSU after former running backs coach Stan Drayton left for the Chicago Bears days after National Signing Day, Weber elected to hang tough and try to win the job in 2016.Weber progressed over the spring and summer. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett talked at length at Big Ten Media Days in July about Weber’s maturity compared with a year ago. The two often worked out with Weber over the summer and noticed a new determination in the redshirt freshman.“(A year) makes a big difference. I lost a lot of weight and I got a lot stronger, faster and smarter,” Weber said after his first game as a starter against Bowling Green. “(Elliott) made sure he looked out for me. He saw potential in me and hopefully I make a lot of good plays for the team this year.”Last Saturday against Oklahoma, in Weber’s first true road game, he displayed the maturity and the strength coaches and players were raving about.Weber had his largest load of work against the Sooners, carrying the ball 18 times for 123 yards — good for an average of 6.8 yards-per-carry. Through three games now, Weber has 351 rushing yards and one touchdown. He ranks 13th in the NCAA in rushing yards and first in the Big Ten.Weber said after the Oklahoma game that he feels comfortable and confident on the field. “I actually learned a lot today … It was kind of fast. It was faster than what I expected,” he said. “It was faster than Bowling Green, faster than Tulsa. I’m pretty used to it. It’s just football at the end of the day.”Redshirting in 2015 after suffering a torn meniscus before the season began, Weber stood on the sidelines taking in the reality of his situation. But he decided to make the most of it and learn from Elliott every chance he could.When Elliott was on the sidelines, Weber was right there learning from the would-be No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Elliott played in a substantial amount of road and neutral-site games in his career at OSU — Michigan State, Michigan, Alabama and Oregon, just to name a few. So when it was Weber’s turn to produce in a hostile, boisterous environment like Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium, Weber used a few mental notes he took from Elliott.“Just sitting on the bench next to Zeke and him going back to the sideline saying this and that, I kind of learned that and kept it in my back pocket for when I started playing,” Weber said. “And now it’s working for me.”By comparison, Elliott didn’t rush for 100 yards in a game until his fourth career start. The former Buckeye ran for 149 yards and two touchdowns in his first three starts.Weber still has much to accomplish to be featured in conversation with the likes of Elliott, Eddie George, Archie Griffin and Carlos Hyde, but the redshirt freshman is making his statement early when he has the opportunity. With H-back Curtis Samuel as another player getting double-digit carries per game, Weber is bolstering OSU’s offense heading into Big Ten play.
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Kam Williams attempts a shot in the first half against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 31. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorWithout sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle available, the Ohio State men’s basketball team knew it had its hand full at No. 21 Maryland, who beat the Buckeyes just two weeks earlier.OSU dug its way back from several double-digit deficits, but couldn’t close the gap, as the Buckeyes (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten) fell 86-77 to the Maryland Terrapins (21-4, 9-3 Big Ten) in College Park, Maryland, on Saturday.Senior forward Marc Loving led all scorers with 24 points for the Scarlet and Gray, as junior forward Jae’Sean Tate added 20. Freshman guard Anthony Cowan led Maryland with 19 points as freshman guard Kevin Huerter had 18.In the final four minutes, both teams caught fire from beyond the arc. Down 77-66 with 3:41 remaining, Loving hit back-to-back 3s to cut the Maryland lead to five. Terrapin freshman guard Kevin Huerter answered with a 3 of his own, but redshirt junior guard Kam Williams answered for the Buckeyes to make it 80-75.On the next possession, the Buckeyes needed a stop, but Cowan had other plans. He effectively put the game away for Maryland with a 3 with only 41 seconds remaining to increase the lead back to eight.Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson had 13 points in his third start of the season, and redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double.The Terrapins came out firing from the beginning, knocking down four of their first six shots and led 9-0 at the first media timeout. But the lack of OSU offense wasn’t from a stagnant offense, shots simply weren’t falling despite the Buckeyes grabbing five offensive rebounds in the first four minutes.OSU stopped the bleeding by scoring 11 points over the next four minutes, but a Maryland 8-0 run out of the second media timeout slashed a deeper deficit for the Buckeyes at 24-13.From there, Maryland continued to build to its lead. After back-to-back dunks by backup center Michal Cekovsky, the home team led 40-24, its largest lead of the game.OSU trailed 45-31 at the half behind 20 bench points and seven 3-pointers from the Terps.In the second half, Maryland’s quick-hitting offense continued to overwhelm the Buckeyes. Freshman center Micah Potter narrowly missed a shot that would have cut the Terrapin lead to six, as he watched his 3-point attempt rattle in then out. On the other end, Potter watched freshman guard Kevin Huerter drill a 3 right in front of him, extending the Terps lead to 12.After that, the Buckeyes began to make a comeback. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams knocked down a jumper and senior forward Marc Loving made a 3 to slim the deficit to seven. A few possessions later, sophomore guard C.J. Jackson made his second 3, making it a six-point game with 13:05 left.OSU continued to fight throughout the half, even withstanding a couple double-digit deficits. In the end, the effort wasn’t enough, despite shooting 60 percent in the second half.Potter and Thompson each fouled out with four minutes to go. Loving and Tate scored 15 and 14 points in the second half, respectively.OSU outrebounded Maryland 32-30, but committed 14 turnovers and were outscored 33-0 in bench points.Up NextOSU plays a second consecutive conference matchup on the road Tuesday at Michigan State at 9 p.m.
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A SENIOR Republican senator has alleged that Barack Obama’s administration deliberately covered-up details of the attack on a US consulate in Libya that killed four Americans, including the American ambassador.South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham told CBS’s ‘Sunday Morning’ programme he believed the administration knew that the attack in Benghazi – which took place on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks – was a coordinated militia assault within 24 hours of it taking place.He says the administration described the attack as a spontaneous protest gone awry so that voters would think al-Qaeda had been dismantled by President Barack Obama.Graham said: “Either they are misleading the American people or are incredibly incompetent.”The White House declined to comment on Graham’s allegations.It has said previously that an investigation is under way and officials have spoken to the matter as intelligence became available.The attack resulted in the death of four people, including US ambassador Christopher Stevens.
LANCE ARMSTRONG IS stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity to help it limit the damage from the doping scandal that has snared the former champion cyclist.Armstrong announced the move this afternoon, a week after the US Anti-Doping Agency released a massive report detailing allegations of widespread performance-enhancing drug use by Armstrong and his teams. The document included testimony from 11 former teammates.Also this afternoon, sportswear giants Nike have announced they will no longer be associated with Armstrong.“Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him,” a statement reads.“Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner. Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer.”USADA has ordered 14 years of Armstrong’s career results erased, including his seven Tour de France titles.The Lance Armstrong Foundation, commonly known as Livestrong, was founded in 1997 and has raised roughly $500 million to support cancer patients. The group has scheduled its 15th anniversary celebration for this weekend. Armstrong will stay on the charity’s board.Armstrong thanked those who have supported the foundation over the years.“I am deeply grateful to the people of the foundation who have done such hard and excellent work over the last 15 years, building tangible and effective ways to improve the lives of cancer survivors,” he said.“And I am deeply humbled by the support our foundation has received from so many people throughout the world — survivors, world leaders, business leaders and of course, the cancer community itself.”A cancer survivor, Armstrong strongly denies doping and says he quit fighting USADA because its hearing process was unfair.Lance Armstrong case: Former team-mate Levi Leipheimer sackedLance Armstrong should clean the slate, says HamiltonVIDEO: Brian Wilson doesn’t get bored – he just pretends to play the organ on a team-mate’s head
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Almost 50 factory workers in Alexandroupoli will be out of work in June, when manufacturing group Maillis is planning to shut down its plant in the area. The announcement was made on Thursday, coming with the pledge that compensation package for the affected employees will be higher than what the law mandates. The closure is part of a restructuring of the group’s operations. Another casualty of this procedure will be a plant in Italy – the combined closures will result to almost 100 jobs lost. The group, which is controlled by the US-based fund HIG, is planning to sell the machinery of the Alexandroupoli factory. No changes are seen taking place at the company’s headquarters and production plant at Oinofyta, north of Athens.
As part of an annual regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Time Warner on Friday indicated plans to cut more jobs from its magazine publishing division during the first quarter.In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Time Inc. spokesperson Dawn Bridges indicated that the decision affects less than 100 staffers, and that many of the layoffs happened over the last four months. The cuts, she wrote, are “across a variety of functions and geographic areas.” No specific publishing groups or magazine titles have been shut down. In an interview with FOLIO: late last month, Time Warner declined to comment about continued speculation that the company was looking to sell its Southern Progress magazine group in whole or in individual parts. According to the financial report, Time’s publishing division will see a restructuring fee of $10 to $20 million as a result of the job cuts. Last year, the division incurred a $67 million restructuring fee, due mostly to the shuttering of Life, the report says. The announcement comes on the heels of new Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes remarks during a conference call that the company may sell its struggling AOL business and spin off more of its cable unit. During the call he downplayed speculation of a sale of its Time Inc. publishing division.
Raveena Tandon and Indira GandhiCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookYesteryear Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon is said to be essaying the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Yash’s upcoming movie KGF 2, a sequel to the hit film KGF.KGF is a period action film, which is about a young man, who embarks on a quest to conquer power and wealth from the streets of Mumbai to Kolar Gold Fields in bid to fulfil a promise made to his dying mother. The movie was released in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil and become hit with the audience of all these languages.The makers are currently working on a sequel to director Prashanth Neel’s KGF starring Yash and Srinidhi Shetty. They are leaving no stone unturned to make KGF: Chapter 2 even bigger success than Chapter 1. They are planning to rope in actors from Hindi, Telugu and Tamil in bid to woo audience from all these languages.The names of several popular stars from Hindi, Telugu and Tamil were linked with KGF: Chapter 2 and a few of them were confirmed by the makers. Raveena Tandon is one of those Bollywood celebs. “Raveena Tandon is going to play Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and it is very important for the film,” Deccan Chronicle quoted a source as saying. Raveena Tandon, Rocking Star Yash in KGFVarinder Chawla/InstagramKGF is about the Kolar Gold Fields which has been banned by the Government of India. The movie covers the period between 1951 and the present day. Now, the rumours about the role of Indira Gandhi has raised curiosity about its story further. Many filmgoers are wondering over her connection with the Kolar Gold Fields.However, Kannada superstar Yash is playing the lead role of Rocky Bhai in this high budget period drama, which has been written and directed by Prashanth Neil. The shooting of the sequel has already begun and the film is expected to hit the screens in 2020. Telugu actor Rao Ramesh playing an important role in the film.
Munsur AliMunsur Ali, a film maker and activist of Bangladesh origin, has been elected a councillor from the Labour Party.He won the position in his home town of the City of London in the election held on 23 March, said a press release on Sunday.This is for the first time a British Bangladeshi Labour Party candidate, Munsur Ali, has been elected in such a position.The City of London, one of the world’s oldest continuously running local government bodies, is a separate entity to the greater London authority led by Labour Party mayor Sadiq Khan and one of its official roles is to promote London as a leading financial centre.Munsur’s decision to contest came after he was unhappy with the recent multimillion pound housing development plans that is affecting his community’s future, said the press release.Growing up in the city of London, now a successful film maker and the founder of the Limelight Film Awards, Munsur feels that despite living in one of the wealthiest wards in London there are hardly any real opportunities for local young people.”I feel honoured that the community I represent, both residents and businesses, have backed me through their votes. But I was pleasantly surprised with the actual votes,” said Munsur Ali who has lived at his home there since the age of two.Expecting to shoot his next feature film later this year, the film maker starts his role as a councillor on Monday and Munsur adds “My films look at ways to engage us as a wider community and to make us socially aware of each others history and struggles. I hope I can carry a similar message in my new role as a councillor.”
Factfile on the Malaysia Airlines MH17 disaster, which was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile, according to the Dutch Safety Board.The Netherlands and Australia Friday accused Moscow of being behind the 2014 disaster, a move which may trigger legal action. Photo: AFPThe Netherlands and Australia on Friday declared Russia responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over rebel-held territory in Ukraine, an announcement that came a day after Dutch investigators said the missile and the launch system used in the attack belonged to a Russian military brigade.Flight MH17 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17 July 2014 when it was struck by a Buk ground-to-air missile, which caused the aircraft to explode and disintegrate in mid-air. All 298 people on board were killed.The decision was announced in a statement from the Dutch government and by Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop, the BBC reported.”On the basis of the (joint international team’s) conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are now convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the Buk installation that was used to down MH17,” Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said.”The government is now taking the next step by formally holding Russia accountable.”Russia, however, denied any involvement in the plane’s destruction. Moscow’s defence ministry said it “rejects the version of the Dutch investigators”. It previously insisted that none of its weapons were used to bring down MH17.”Not a single anti-aircraft missile system of the Russian Armed Forces has ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border… This is an example of baseless accusations aimed at discrediting our country in the eyes of the international community,” the ministry said.On the Australian side, Bishop wrote: “The only conclusion we can reasonably now draw is that Russia was directly involved in the downing of MH17.”Australia and the Netherlands asked Russia to enter talks as a first step, but held out the prospect of taking the case to an international court.”We call on Russia to accept its responsibility and cooperate fully with the process to establish the truth and achieve justice for the victims of flight MH17 and their next of kin,” Blok said.Meanwhile, Malaysia said that it was determined to “prosecute those responsible” for the downing and “resolved to seek justice for the victims”.The statement came a day after a Dutch-led international team of investigators said it was “convinced” that the Buk missile system used to bring down the plane came from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian Army from Kursk, near the Ukrainian border.
Explore further Physicists have investigated little-known solutions to Maxwell’s equations, in which light beams can be linked and knotted in various configurations. Credit: Irvine and Bouwmeester. ©2008 Nature. Citation: Physicists hope to tie light beams in knots (2008, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-physicists_1.html Physicists William Irvine of New York University and Dirk Bouwmeester of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Leiden University in The Netherlands have published a study in Nature Physics on their analysis of knotted light. The scientists looked at the physical properties of knotted light and discovered that it can be experimentally generated using circularly polarized laser beams.In some little-known solutions to Maxwell’s equations, all the electric and magnetic field lines form circles that are all linked to each other. These loops of field lines can be used to construct the donut shape of a torus. In such a scenario, each circle wraps around the torus once, and no two circles cross each other. Smaller tori could then be nested within larger ones, filling three-dimensional space with circles of light beams. These solutions differ from any known existing form of light because of the intricate knotted structure, the physicists told PhysOrg.com. As they explained, this structure is based on the Hopf fibration, which was introduced in 1931 to mathematically investigate the structure of spheres in four and higher dimensions, a topic that seemingly has nothing to do with light. After investigating knotted light’s properties, the physicists determined that they could use laser fields to create the structures. Starting with a single-pulsed beam of circularly polarized light, and tightly focusing the beam, it should be possible to create various shapes of looped light beams. By using holographic techniques and a spatial light modulator, the shape and profile of the looped light could also be controlled. These same techniques have recently been used to produce Airy beams, which are light beams that don’t spread out as they propagate.Currently the physicists are preparing for an experimental realization of the new solutions either using electromagnetic radiation in the optical regime, i.e. light, or in the microwave regime. The main challenge will be to deal with ultra-short pulses of radiation in order to create a broad spectrum of frequencies as needed for the construction of the light knots. Because knotted light beams have both beamlike properties and unique unexplored properties, the physicists predict that creating the beams could have applications in several areas. These could include applications in plasma confinement, atomic particle trapping, manipulating cold atomic ensembles, and generating soliton-like solutions in nonlinear media.More information: Irvine, William T. M. and Bouwmeester, Dirk. “Linked and knotted beams of light.” Nature Physics, Vol. 4, September 2008, pp. 716-720.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Usually, light beams shine in a straight line, with the possible exception of light being bent by gravity. But scientists are now investigating how to make light beams into looped and knotted configurations. The possibility for these structured light beams arises from some curious solutions to Maxwell’s equations, which describe the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Multicolored light twists in new knotted ways This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
News | April 20, 2010 FDA Launches Radiological Transparency Site 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 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The site will provide information about medical device and radiation-emitting product regulatory processes and decisions, and summaries of data that provide the rationale for agency actions.The new Website is part of an ongoing effort within CDRH, across the FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services to enhance public communication and transparency. CDRH’s previous site provided information about approved products, industry guidance, medical device safety, and adverse event reports. On the new Website, this and additional information are displayed in a more user-friendly format.”The Center for Devices and Radiological Health Transparency Website gives the public a window into our work,” said CDRH Director Jeffrey Shuren, M.D. “It provides a closer and clearer look at what we do and why we do it.”The site includes information related to the following topics:- Premarket submissions: for approved and cleared products summaries of FDA’s review of the documents and data that companies submit to FDA when requesting clearance or approval to market a new or improved device, and the systems FDA uses to evaluate these submissions.- Postmarket performance and safety: documents and data describing how well devices perform after they are on the market, and information about how FDA monitors medical device safety.- Compliance and enforcement: official actions that FDA has taken in response to problems with devices or device companies.- Science and research: research programs at CDRH or sponsored by CDRH.- Educational resources: information to help industry and others understand CDRH requirements and processes.- CDRH performance data: metrics about CDRH programs.The site also features a searchable Total Product Life Cycle database, which integrates premarket and postmarket medical device information from multiple data sources into a single snapshot.In the coming months, FDA will expand the CDRH Transparency Website to include premarket approval and clearance reviews.The Website includes a feedback feature that will allow the FDA to collect input and suggestions from the public about the information provided.”The Website launch is only a beginning for transparency efforts within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health,” said Shuren. “We encourage the public to explore the site and share feedback so that we can continue expand our efforts and make improvements.” For more information: http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/CDRH/CDRHTransparency/default… FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro 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. 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