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Suspect was not combative during alleged assault by Calgary police officer

first_imgCALGARY – A police officer has told a Calgary court that a man three of his colleagues are accused of roughing up last summer did not appear to be combative.Constables James Othen, Kevin Humfrey and Michael Sandalack have all pleaded not guilty to assault causing bodily harm.They are accused of beating up Clayton Prince after the car he was driving was pulled over on July 30, 2016.Const. D’Arcy Oakes, who says he watched events unfold from nearby, testified that he heard Prince being yelled at to stop resisting arrest and to put up his hands.Oakes described seeing the officers hit Prince with their knees and fists while he was on the ground, and said Prince had a bloodied nose and mouth when they led him to a police vehicle.Oakes told court that it did not appear that Prince was resisting arrest and that the officers should not have had any trouble handcuffing him.During cross-examination, defence lawyers questioned Oakes’s recollection of what happened.Humfrey’s lawyer, David Butcher, said notes Oakes wrote that night don’t mention the use of force.“The purpose of your notes is that you can accurately remember what happened when you are required to give evidence about the event, often month or years later,” Butcher said, to which Oakes responded “correct.”Butcher asked whether Oakes had failed to follow the Calgary Police Service’s note-taking policy and whether his notes from that night are now unhelpful. The officer again replied that the defence lawyer was correct.Prince was chased by police after he ran away from a traffic stop. Charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana were later stayed.A provincial body that probes serious police actions began investigating a month after the arrest when video from a police dashboard camera contradicted officer accounts.The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team said Prince sustained broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a facial laceration and significant bruising.Othen and Humfrey also face charges of public mischief for allegedly making false statements.Othen faces an additional charge of assault with a weapon — a key he is accused of digging into Prince’s neck.last_img read more

Nova Scotia mayor announces hes gay says someone threatened to expose him

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. – The mayor of Nova Scotia’s second largest municipality has come out as gay, saying he decided to speak publicly after someone threatened to expose his personal life.Cecil Clarke, mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and a likely leadership candidate for the province’s Progressive Conservatives, spoke out about his private life in an interview with CBC on Thursday.The 49-year-old politician said he didn’t want to run for the Tory leadership with people thinking they could shame him or hold something over him.“I’m not going to go forward and announce my intentions about the Progressive Conservative party leadership race having people think that they’re going to shame me … that being gay is somehow a bad thing,” he told CBC Sydney’s Mainstreet.“Who I am and how I go about my personal life is no longer up as a punching bag for me politically.”Clarke said he’s in a committed relationship with someone he loves and who supported his decision to speak publicly.“That man is very special to me and I’m not prepared to go on my future journey alone,” he said. “I’m not going to do it ashamed or afraid or not proud of who I am as a person. And I hope, I hope people will not allow that to cloud who I am as a politician either.”Still, he described the threats against him as prompting “a very dark time” that brought him to a low point.“When I was four and then seven, I was sexually assaulted as a child and I thought I recovered very well from that,” Clarke said. “I had the love of a family that was there for me and a community that supported me. And this week, all of that hurt and pain came barrelling back and I said ‘You don’t own this, you don’t own me.’”He added: “I owe it to myself to be true going forward because I’m not going to have people trying to shame me.”The Sydney Mines native served in the provincial legislature as a PC MLA for a decade before returning to Cape Breton to become mayor in 2012.Clarke is expected to announce whether he will run for the PC leadership Saturday in North Sydney.Christina Lamey, a spokeswoman for the municipality, said the mayor decided to speak out after an incident earlier this week.At issue was “hateful speech” directed at Clarke’s sexuality, she said.“He’s been in political life most of his adult life. He’s very focused on his work and dedicated to his job and kept his private life private,” Lamey said. “But those comments were unacceptable and rather than allow someone to shame him, he decided enough was enough.”Clarke received an outpouring of support of social media, with many applauding his courage to come forward and tell his story and condemning the homophobia and threats he endured.“There’s no place in our PC party for homophobia or discrimination,” MLA for Pictou East and PC leadership candidate Tim Houston said in a tweet. “Mr. Clarke’s private life should not be up for attack. Period.”Rob Batherson, a former PC party president, said on Twitter that Clarke “showed tremendous courage” and that there is “no place for hate or homophobia.”Two years ago, another Cape Breton Island politician said someone had tried to blackmail him into resigning by threatening to reveal a call made from his hotel room to a male escort service.Steve Sampson, a member of Richmond County council, said at the time he received an unmarked envelope in the mail in 2016 at his home containing a photocopy of a hotel bill from 2014, incurred while on county business in Seattle, Wash.last_img read more

Landslide has Labrador environmentalists worried

first_imgAPTN National NewsEnvironmentalists in Labrador are warning the public about the risk of landslides along the Churchill river.Landslides in the area are common, but the concern now is that with a multi billion dollar dam under construction, the risks are greater.APTN’s Ossie Michelin reportslast_img

RIM focuses on Southeast Asia for growth

“It’s quite a warm feeling walking around Jakarta because it’s probably like New York five years ago in the sense that everyone is walking around with a BlackBerry,” said Hastings Singh, managing director of RIM’s south Asia operations.“If you can afford a BlackBerry, you have one. It almost is at that point.”In a perfect world, RIM’s business model would have all of its current customers in Southeast Asia eventually graduate to its new premium-priced models that will run on the BlackBerry 10 operating system.There’s still plenty of space for smartphone competition in Southeast Asia, especially outside major cities where a notable portion of the population doesn’t own a phone capable of Internet and email.“The dynamics here are different from the western world, and I think that’s something that is absolutely fantastic for us,” said Urpo Karjalainen, senior vice-president of RIM’s Asia-Pacific operations.Selling older phones to smaller markets proved to be a temporary fix for RIM in 2012, as it tried to cut its losses amid the two delays of its latest devices, which are now expected to debut in the coming months.The company kept its overall subscriber base growing for longer than many analysts anticipated, but even those numbers are starting to slip. In the third quarter, about one million users shifted away from the BlackBerry, and the company reported its subscriber base fell to 79 million.BlackBerry subscribers anywhere in the world are valuable to RIM partly because each pays a lucrative monthly service fee to operate on the company’s networks.As RIM prepares to launch the new BlackBerrys in higher-end markets — including countries like Thailand — the company is expected to move ahead with aggressive discounts for its older devices which it hopes could maintain or grow its subscriber base further.A price cut would likely gain favour with local carriers because keeping the price of smartphones down in Southeast Asia is a priority. Hardly any telecommunication companies offer the type of subsidy programs that help North American consumers finance their higher priced handsets like the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3.“The cost of the device is actually a pretty big deal here,” said Ms. Chau.“I think that’s why RIM has been able to hold on in that area.”For RIM’s investors, it will be important the firm maintain its existing subscribers in emerging markets, as it makes a case to North American and European customers with its new line of devices, due early this year.In its outlook, RIM said it expected continued pressure on operating results in its fourth quarter, which ends in February, and expects to post another quarterly loss.The Canadian Press While BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. claws for a diminishing market share in North America, the smartphone maker maintains a reputation in Southeast Asia that in some places harkens back to its glory days.It’s sometimes hard to remember that RIM was once the darling of the tech industry, with legions of addicted fans dubbing the device the CrackBerry.[np_storybar title=”RIM needs BlackBerry 10 to spark turnaround” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/02/rim-needs-blackberry10-to-spark-turnaround/”%5D About this time last year, Research In Motion Ltd. was closing out one of the darkest years in its history. Canada’s BlackBerry maker was reeling after a year of product delays, service outages and the underwhelming launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.Read the full story here. [/np_storybar]For a reminder of those heady times visit Siam Paragon, the biggest mall in Bangkok and one of the largest in Asia. There the BlackBerry retail store is just steps away from outlets selling designer labels like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Lamborghini.Indonesia is also a bright light, having become RIM’s biggest market in Southeast Asia. The company holds roughly half of the local handset market and has been ranked the top-selling smartphone there for the past two years.The BlackBerry also ranks as the No. 2 smartphone in the Philippines, and the No. 3 smartphone in Thailand and Malaysia.But it is Indonesia, the world’s fourth most-populated country, that will likely play a key role in RIM’s future as it struggles to launch its new BlackBerry smartphones in the fickle North American and European markets.At the same time, the company aims to sell its older device inventory at a discounted price in countries that are just starting to adopt smartphone technology.One of the unique characteristics of Southeast Asia is that, for many in the region, buying a low-priced smartphone is the only reasonable option, said Melissa Chau, a technology analyst for research group IDC based in Singapore.“In general, in these emerging markets, you’ve got a strong polarization of the really rich and the really poor,” she said.“Everyone who lives in the urban areas already has a smartphone. But how we bring phones to cities in more rural areas — especially with more affordable headsets — that’s going to be the next frontier.”Indeed, RIM has proven it already has its finger on the pulse of emerging markets and has successfully marketed BlackBerrys as exclusive yet affordable in countries like Nigeria, where it is ranked as the No. 1 smartphone.In Asia, executives believe a similar opportunity is being mined by the company, particularly in Indonesia.Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images files read more

Politics of climate change put corporations in tough spot

The polarizing politics of climate change have forced companies to choose between supporting the Trump administration’s deregulation policies that could boost profits or opposing them to win over environmentally conscious consumers.That dynamic played out again Thursday when President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency sought to revoke regulations on methane gas emissions from oil facilities. British Petroleum, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell voiced opposition to the plan but smaller oil and gas companies welcomed the possibility.Before that, it was the auto industry grappling with a proposal to loosen fuel economy requirements. And this summer, it was electric utilities dealing with lower pollution standards for coal-fired power plants.Some corporations have acted against conventional thinking by showing a willingness to forego short-term profits in favour of long-term planning and combatting global warming. But it comes at the risk of hurting their bottom line while also incurring the wrath of Trump on Twitter.“It’s particularly a problem for any industry that is capital intensive,” said Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University. “I think almost every industry where there are long-term investments and there’s a long time horizon, they’re going to be looking at questions around this.”Experts say a lot goes into the decision of whether to support or oppose regulations, and there may not be agreement within an industry or even inside a corporation. Industries clearly have benefited from deregulation. For example, at the behest of trucking companies, the administration is working to ease restrictions on the hours truckers can drive.But public image is also a big part of a company’s stance, especially with the nastiness of today’s politics and social media amplifying people’s opinions. Millions are spent on ads trying to convince consumers that companies are good citizens and aren’t out to destroy the environment, said Erik Gordon, a professor of business and law at the University of Michigan.Opposing the deregulation of methane gas discharges that scientists say contribute substantially to climate change should boost oil companies’ image with people who care about the issue, Gordon said.“It’s probably more effective than ads showing your employees petting kittens on the head,” he said.For big corporations especially, there are other reasons to support regulation. Sometimes the cost of compliance can stop smaller competitors from entering a market, said Mark Templeton, a law professor at the University of Chicago who specializes in environmental and energy law. For instance, larger oil companies may already have invested in equipment to capture methane gas and comply with regulations enacted by the Obama administration, he said.“The little guy hasn’t made the investment,” Templeton said. Bigger companies may want to “stick it to the Ma and Pa operators and make the industry less competitive.”That’s just what an association representing smaller oil and gas companies complained about in opposing Obama-era regulations requiring companies to detect and stop methane leaks at oil and gas sites.There are 770,000 small wells with low production rates, and together they produce about 10% of oil and 11% of natural gas in the U.S., said Lee Fuller, executive vice-president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. These producers wouldn’t be able to afford the technology required by Obama rules, Fuller said.“We don’t believe you should be shutting down those small wells when there’s not an emissions pool there that’s that large,” he said.In the end, companies say they want certainty in regulations so they can plan for the future. Deregulation, for many industries, actually makes running a business harder, Calkins said.That’s true for electric utilities, many of whom are moving forward with investments in wind, solar and natural gas generators even though Trump’s EPA is moving to relax pollution rules for older coal-fired power plants. The companies are anticipating that stronger regulations could return under a different administration.Automakers, who have generally opposed a Trump proposal to freeze Obama-era fuel economy requirements at 2021 levels, are afraid that California will impose its own stricter regulations. Last month, Ford, BMW, Volkswagen and Honda sided with the state and said they would work out fuel economy and emissions standards separately from those proposed by the Trump administration.That brought the Twitter hammer from the president, who accused automakers of being politically correct and singled out Ford for its unwillingness to fight with California.Early in the administration, companies tried to avoid a Trump tweet, but Calkins said attacks have become so frequent now that corporations can endure them.“As with all things, over time the impact fades away,” he said.For corporations, the situation is likely to get worse rather than better, Calkins said. Republicans and Democrats are drifting further to the right and left, and he says executives will have to deal with radically different regulations as administrations change.“As the political parties seem to move farther apart on their policies, it becomes a real challenge for companies,” he says. “Regulations under Republican administrations could get completely changed when Democrats come in.”____Business Writer Cathy Bussewitz contributed from New York.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

Bombardier to lay off half the 1100 workers at Thunder Bay Ont

Bombardier Inc. is laying off half of the 1,100 workers at its Thunder Bay, Ont., railway car plant, according to a federal government source.Two major contracts in Ontario — for the Toronto Transit Commission streetcars and Metrolinx GO Transit rail cars — are slated to halt by the end of the year.Local union president Dominic Pasqualino said he fears more job losses are on the horizon beyond the initial 550 as the contracts wind down.“This business is cyclical. Things go up, things go down. But the thing is, it doesn’t look like things are going to go back up,” he said in an interview.“Now you’re looking at these people moving from Thunder Bay or working in the logging industry or the mining industry. It’s very disruptive.”Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney confirmed layoffs were coming.“Our government has spoken to executives at Bombardier to express our disappointment that their company has taken this step. We urge the company to work with the provincial government to come to an agreement that would see jobs remain at the Thunder Bay plant,” Mulroney said in a statement.Pasqualino laid part of the blame for a lack of new contracts on the province, however, saying that “our customer is the government, it’s not individuals.”He also pointed the finger at the Trump administration, which has backed Buy America-like clauses requiring a minimum threshold of local content.Last month, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford said Ontario’s regional transportation agency, Metrolinx, extended an offer for 36 additional rail cars to Bombardier.Pasqualino said he’s “happy with 36, but we need 360.”“We’re going to have an empty plant in 2020,” he said Tuesday. “We want to keep the wheels turning. But it’s getting close.”The regional transit agency has also given Bombardier the option to slow down production of the 63 remaining rail cars slated for completion by year’s end.A Bombardier spokeswoman declined to comment.The transportation giant has been downsizing its aerospace and railway operation for several years as it attempts to improve profitability.It is exiting the commercial aircraft business after selling its turboprop and regional jet operations. Bombardier has also sold a majority stake in its C Series aircraft program to Airbus, which renamed it the A220. Employment at its Quebec railway manufacturing plant in La Pocatiere has also been threatened by a lack of new contracts.The company shored up its finances in 2015 by selling a 30-per-cent stake in Bombardier Transportation to the Caisse de depot for US$1.5 billion.Despite the ownership, the Quebec pension fund manager awarded a contract for its $6.3-billion electric train project to a consortium involving Alstom Transport Canada and a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin instead of Bombardier. No local content requirement was set by CDPQ Infra, the subsidiary of the Caisse leading the project.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B) read more

Aaron Hernandez Professes Innocence in Jailhouse Letter

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is still claiming his innocence as he sits in a Massachusetts jail awaiting trial for murder.In a recent jailhouse letter he wrote to a fan and obtained by TMZ, the former NFL star said he is eager to prove that he’s not guilty and make a return to the sport he loves.In the letter to the pen pal, Hernandez writes, “I know everything happens for a reason and I know ‘GOD’ has a plan for me and something good will come out of this. The world just makes things out of false accusations and it will all die down, especially when they say NOT Guilty and all the people who turned on me will feel like crap.”Hernandez also writes, “I know there is a reason Im going thru this and I will figure it out through my relationship with the Lord. I fell off especially after making all that money but when it’s all said and done ‘GOD’ put me in the situation for a reason!”Hernandez recently pleaded not guilty in the murder of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old, who allegedly had ties to the ex-football player. The young man’s body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.The former NFL player ends the letter optimistic about his athletic future saying, “Can’t wait to sign this again when I’m playing again and prove all the haters and down-talkers WRONG,” Hernandez reportedly wrote following his signature. read more

Your Guide To The 2018 National League

Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee is an extremely difficult team to figure out heading into the season. The Brew Crew surprised everyone by winning 86 games last year, even leading the division as late as July 25. It also dealt aggressively over the winter, picking up both Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to patrol Miller Park’s outfield. But the forecasters are pretty split over the Brewers’ potential in 2018. Some systems see them pushing the Cardinals and Cubs again; others think they’ll struggle to crack .500. Our aggregation of various projections calls for 83 wins, but like Minnesota in the AL, this is another forecast I suspect we’re too low on.Rebuild alert: Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds have been rebuilding for a half-decade now, if we include this season — and our projections say we most definitely should. Someday, perennial MVP candidate Joey Votto could play for a winning team again, but it probably won’t be this year (and it might not be for Cincinnati, either). Meanwhile, the Pirates are just embarking on their rebuilding journey, having traded away franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen and ace Gerrit Cole. Pittsburgh probably could have made one last run at the playoffs this year if it had hung on to its stars, but that would have required everything to go right. Instead, general manager Neal Huntington opted to close the book on the franchise’s best period since the early 1990s.Player to watch: Jose Quintana, Cubs. When the Cubs picked up Quintana from the White Sox at last season’s trade deadline for a handful of prospects, it was about more than just renting help for the stretch run in 2017. Quintana’s contract extends through this year, with team options for 2019 and 2020 as well, so the Cubs were locking down one of the game’s most valuable arms for the long haul. According to FanGraphs, Quintana is projected to be a top-10 pitcher by WAR this season. Along with new teammate Yu Darvish, he should help Chicago recapture some of the form of its banner 2016 campaign that produced the third-best rotation in baseball.Biggest enigma: Kyle Schwarber, Cubs. Schwarber’s career has already gone through so many twists and turns, it’s hard to remember that he’s still just 25 years old, with a shade over two years of MLB service time. Schwarber flashed outstanding potential at the plate in a half-season of action in 2015, and he provided instant memories when he returned from injury to hit .412 in the 2016 World Series. But a cold start buried his 2017 numbers, even though he hit quite well from July onward. Toss in an offseason of serious weight loss, and it seems like Schwarber is poised for a big breakout season — but still, FanGraphs’ projections see him generating between 0.9 and 3.0 WAR, so he’s stuck on the enigma list for now. NL EastTeam to beat: Washington Nationals. Aside from a stunning implosion in 2015 and a distant runner-up finish to the Atlanta Braves (remember that?) in 2013, the Nats have owned this division for most of the decade. For at least one more season, things should play out basically the same way. Washington returns essentially all of the core that won 97 ballgames a year ago, plus it’ll have leadoff man Adam Eaton back after a knee injury cost him most of last season. Nobody quite knows what to do with the Mets (see below), and the Phillies are finally on the rise. But it would take another unlikely confluence of underperformance from the Nationals and a breakout elsewhere for anybody to catch Washington this year. The Nats should savor it while it lasts — with Bryce Harper and others due for free agency after the season and Philadelphia and Atlanta soon emerging from their tanking projects, this division could look very different in a few years. But for now, it’s all Washington. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… How Elo is forecasting the NL East race Dodgers15689765+14581%63%13% Nationals15469369+11173%62%8% Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Cubs15589567+12776%55%10% Phillies14907983-1924141 How Elo is forecasting the NL West race Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: New York Mets. Touted last season to contend for the East, the Mets got out to a miserable, injury-riddled start and never recovered. They do have a new manager now, former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, and pitching was the biggest issue with last year’s squad. (New York actually finished 11th in position-player wins above replacement.) But Callaway was basically the extent of the Mets’ offseason improvements, aside from re-signing ex-Met Jay Bruce and scavenging third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever Anthony Swarzak in free agency. Essentially, the Mets’ 2018 season hinges on the same factors that destroyed them in 2017: the health and effectiveness of their pitching staff. Stay tuned to see how that works out.Rebuild alert: Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves. The Phillies had been in this category for years, but they spent the offseason finally making win-now moves. Even the Braves, with their incredible farm machine,1Even after Atlanta was punished for the international signing rule violations that got former GM John Coppolella banned for life from MLB. won’t be long for this list. But the Marlins … whoo, buddy. Miami has just begun its descent into tanking hell, with new ownership and an offseason sell-off that actually surpassed the franchise’s famous fire sale two decades ago. Our model considers the Marlins the worst team in baseball, so let the rebuild commence.Player to watch: Noah Syndergaard, Mets. Last April, “Thor” was well on his way to once again ranking among the game’s best pitchers. Then he tore a lat muscle — and wouldn’t be seen back on an MLB mound until a very odd, meaningless late-September co-start. (Don’t ask.) Syndergaard is healthy again, however, and according to FanGraphs’ numbers, he projects as the third-best pitcher in baseball. What’s more, those projections don’t factor in the fireballs he was hurling in the spring, ostensibly trying to prove he’s still the hardest-throwing starter around. (We get it, Noah.) If Syndergaard stays healthy, he should dominate.Biggest enigma: Bryce Harper, Nationals. Harper is projected to be the eighth-best position player in baseball this season, but he’s far from a sure thing. Despite being one of MLB’s most exciting players, his numbers have bounced around wildly in the past few seasons. In 2015, we saw Harper perform at a level few players have ever attained, producing 9.5 WAR with a weighted on-base average 97 percent better than league average. The following year, he was down to a measly 3.5 WAR with a weighted OBA only 12 percent above average. And last year? He hit like an MVP in the early going but was injured later in the season, ending up with 4.8 WAR and a wOBA 56 percent better than average. No player’s WAR has moved around more from season to season over the past three years, so it’s anybody’s guess where Harper will end up in 2018. Pirates14837785-41186<1 NL WestTeam to beat: Los Angeles Dodgers. At times last season, L.A. looked like it might belong among the greatest teams of all time. But it also looked like trash during one September stretch — then turned around and very nearly won the World Series. We can’t guarantee this season will hold as many ups and downs for the Dodgers, but they should be quite good once again. Start with the NL’s best projected pitcher (Clayton Kershaw), add in its top reliever (Kenley Jansen), and mix in four hitters projected for at least 3.3 WAR (Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig), and you’ve got a recipe for the top team in the National League. This division is pretty stacked in general, though, so you might see both wild-card slots go to NL West teams again. Giants14947884-272281 Padres14556993-11562<1 Mets14917983-2124141 Cardinals15228676+4345223 Brewers15108379+1534142 NL CentralTeam to beat: Chicago Cubs. Last year’s Cubs suffered one of the worst championship hangovers in baseball history, dragging them down from the historic heights they’d reached in 2016. (Note: They still won 92 games. Everything’s relative.) But between the offseason and last year’s trade deadline, Chicago now boasts a revamped pitching staff to go with a young core of position-player talent that already ranks among baseball’s best. The Cardinals, eternal archnemesis to the Cubs, are shaping up for a resurgent season as well — and who knows what to make of the Brewers (more on them later) — so this division could make for an exciting summer. But out of that triad of contenders, the Cubs are clearly the favorites to win the Central crown. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Reds14657290-8783<1 Marlins14436795-12753<1 How Elo is forecasting the NL Central race Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Rockies15038082-92691 Diamondbacks15238577+3843193 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series It’s opening week in the major leagues, and we’re catching up on what baseball’s been up to over this very odd offseason — and looking forward to the season ahead. We’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model, which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) What follows is our take on the National League — for the American League, click here. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Braves14747587-58158<1 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: San Francisco Giants. The Giants’ weird run of even-year success seemed poised to end this season after the team sputtered to 64 wins a year ago. But San Francisco refused to let one of the most disappointing campaigns in recent history deter them. No, the Giants went out and acquired a bunch of recognizable names over the winter, including potential future Hall of Famers Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. Will their efforts work? Well, PECOTA lists the Giants on the periphery of the playoffs. But other projections are less bullish. Also working against San Francisco: Only six teams in history have gone from 85 or more wins2Per 162 games. in one season to 70 or fewer the next, then back to 85 or more the season after that. A spring training injury to ace Madison Bumgarner — see below — isn’t helping matters, either.Rebuild alert: San Diego Padres. San Diego is perpetually rebuilding — it hasn’t finished above .500 since 2010 — and the Padres were dealt another blow3Probably. when Japanese two-way prospect Shohei Ohtani spurned them this winter. But the team has ranked third in Keith Law’s farm-system rankings in back-to-back years now, helping produce a few encouraging prospects who might be part of the next contending Padres team. That team probably won’t come along this season, though: Our model assigns the Padres the lowest division-title probability of any team in the National League.Player to watch: Corey Seager, Dodgers. Los Angeles has so many stars at its disposal that, Clayton Kershaw aside, it can sometimes be difficult for them to get their proper due. Take Seager, a slick-fielding, great-hitting, 23-year-old shortstop who ranks fifth among position players in WAR over the past two seasons. A player like that would be the centerpiece of most teams, but Seager finished behind three teammates (and tied with another) in MVP voting last year. Sure, some of that owed to Seager missing time with elbow and back problems. But when he’s healthy, Seager ought to be in the running with Kershaw for the title of L.A.’s best player.Biggest enigma: Madison Bumgarner, Giants. No pitcher in baseball looks more lights-out when he’s at his best than Bumgarner, whose playoff exploits are the stuff of legend. But that peak performance hasn’t always translated fully in the regular season, where Bumgarner ranks only 15th among qualified starters in fielding-independent pitching since his rookie season of 2010. Beyond that, his customary durability faltered last season, as a dirt bike accident landed him on the disabled list for several months with shoulder and rib injuries. And just this week, a stray line drive broke a finger on Bumgarner’s throwing hand, costing him an estimated six to eight weeks of action. If Bumgarner doesn’t dominate when he returns, the Giants’ bounce-back season might be doomed to failure.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Three injured after white substance is delivered to Borough Market restaurant caught

first_imgPolice were called to reports of an unidentified substance being delivered in an envelope to a restaurant The restaurant was evacuated as a precaution and was cordoned off Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police were called to reports of an unidentified substance being delivered in an envelope to a restaurantCredit:Paul Dawson / @poleydee The restaurant was evacuated as a precaution and was cordoned offCredit:Paul Dawson / @poleydee Three people were injured after a mystery white substance in an envelope was delivered to a London restaurant involved in the London Bridge terror attacks.The substance, described by police as “naturally occurring,” was sent to Feng Sushi restaurant in Borough Market.The property was evacuated as a precaution and cordoned off by police. Paul Dawson, a local businessman, said he arrived at Feng Sushi just after the police.”The manager was flustered and said ‘sorry, we’ve had something quite bad happen, we have to close,’” he said.”A community warden then told me that a white powder had been received.”The police said they were called to “reports of an unidentified substance being delivered in an envelope” to a business in south east London. London Fire Brigade said firefighters using protective equipment entered the building after they were called to assist police with a “chemical incident” shortly before 2pm.Forensics experts wearing masks were later seen carrying two brown, padded Jiffy envelopes out of the restaurant in sealed bags.A Metropolitan Police spokesman said it was not being treated as a terror-related incident.Three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries as the result of an irritant but did not require hospital treatment.A member of staff said the envelope had been “addressed to the restaurant, no one in particular”. Police said no arrests had been made and enquiries continued. Alex Nypels, 23, a supervisor at Feng Sushi, came face to face with one of the three London Bridge terrorists when they killed eight people on June 3.Mr Nypels, from Belgium, said one of the attackers, dressed in a red hooded sweatshirt, ran up to him as he stood at the glass door locking up.“He was right in front of me with only the glass of the door between us,” he said.”He came with a big knife, about 20cm, which had blood on the blade. He was saying, ‘This is for Allah’, and tapped it on the window.” Fire engine and ambulance outside Feng Sushi, Borough Market. Police cars in area. Workers say due to “chemical package” not acid attack pic.twitter.com/aACC0C0PTd— Peter Yeung (@ptr_yeung) August 10, 2017last_img read more

Abusive partners could be banned from seeing their children as MoJ launches

Abusive partners could be banned from seeing their children, as the government launches an inquiry into “secretive” family courts.Legal experts and children’s charities welcomed the announcement on Tuesday saying that an inquiry was “long overdue” and that for too long “the family courts have been shrouded in secrecy”.The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) revealed that it will convene a panel of experts for a three-month consultation to review family courts, with those directly involved in relevant cases to be “imminently” called to give evidence.The inquiry will be “wide-ranging”, but The Telegraph understands that it will particularly assess where there is room for improvement or strengthening regarding parental access rights.Currently people conviction of domestic abuse crimes can apply to have access to see their children, children can request to see them. However, child protection in the family courts regarding parental access will come under fresh scrutiny, with the result that abusive partners could be banned from having access to their children. Almudena Lara, head of policy and public affairs at NSPCC, said: “The family courts have been shrouded in secrecy for so long, it’s difficult to gauge what is going on behind their closed doors and whether the welfare of the child is at the centre of all decisions. This comes following a string of scandals in the family courts. Research by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme found that four children have been killed in the past five years by parents with a history of domestic violence given access by the courts.  “For this review to properly shine a light on the process and make the right changes, it must listen to the children who have been through the courts and understand what is in their best interests.”The MoJ added that the latest work will build on its draft domestic abuse bill, which will ban the direct cross-examination of domestic violence victims by their alleged abusive ex-partners in court.Organisations are also being given £900,000 to fund specially trained staff who will offer emotional and practical support to domestic abuse victims before, during and after family court hearings.Justice Minister Paul Maynard said: “Some of the most vulnerable in our society come before the family courts, and I am absolutely determined that we offer them every protection.“This review will help us better understand victims’ experiences of the system, and make sure the family court is never used to coerce or re-traumatise those who have been abused. Its findings will be used to inform next steps so we can build on the raft of measures we have already introduced to protect victims of domestic abuse.” Last week more than 120 MPs called for an urgent inquiry into the way the family courts in England and Wales treat victims of domestic abuse or rape and their children.They also backed calls for a change in the law to make it more difficult for abusers to have contact with children conceived through rape after campaigner Sammy Woodhouse, a survivor of Rotherham’s child exploitation scandal, called for a law change after revealing the man who raped her as a teenager had been given a chance to play a role in her son’s life.The MoJ said that the review follows concerns raised in its domestic abuse consultation about the family court’s response to potential harm to children and victims as well as concerns regarding the alleged perpetrators of domestic abuse using the court system to re-traumatise their alleged victims.The panel will examine child arrangement in cases where domestic abuse is a factor, review the court’s application of ‘barring’ orders, and gather evidence on the impact on children where contact is sought by someone alleged to have, or who has, committed domestic abuse or other relevant offences. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Macedonia Iceland Poland Slovenia to EURO2012

Today the last teams that will play at the European Championship 2012 in Serbia, that is scheduled for January, are known. Estonia lost early in the day against Hungary, and that sealed Macedonia’s place at the Euro., which won at home against Bosnia and Hercegovina with 25:19.In a direct duel, Iceland “trashed” Austria with huge 44:29, and will go to Serbia along with Germany from the same group. The most unknowns brought group 3, and everything was decided today, the last matches. Poland and Slovenia both won their games against Portugal and Ukraine respectively, and now all participants at the Euro 2012 are known.It is to be played in January, and now knowing the participants, we can expect another very good championship, with probably France being the leading favorite again, followed by Croatia, Denmark…List of qualified teams: Hungary, Macedonia, Croatia, Spain, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Slovakia, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia. ← Previous Story Women’s WC 2011 qualification: Germany and Croatia in Brasil Next Story → EURO 2012 Draw: Serbs took a Belgrade’s group – Why Germans in the first Pot? read more

19 including Israeli soldier killed in Gaza overnight

first_imgTHE PALESTINIAN DEATH toll in Gaza hit 260 overnight as Israel pressed a ground offensive on the 11th day of a large-scale operation to stamp out militant rocket fire.Israel’s toll in the violence meanwhile rose to two with the death of a soldier in Gaza, the army said.The latest Palestinian deaths were of two men from the Shami family at Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.The deaths raised the toll today to 19.Earlier, four family members in Khan Yunis were killed, with another two slain in the northern town Beit Hanoun.And before that, three men were killed by tank fire east of Khan Yunis and another was killed in Shejaiyeh, east of Gaza City, Qudra said.Five people were killed by Israeli fire in separate attacks on the southern city of Rafah, including a five-month-old baby.In northern Gaza, tank shelling killed two men were killed not long after midnight in Beit Hanun, the spokesman said.According to figures provided by the Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, more than 80 percent of the victims have been civilians.At least 1,920 Palestinians have also been wounded.Since the Israeli operation began before dawn on July 8, at least 1,150 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel, and another 311 have been shot down by the Iron Dome air defence system, army figures show.On the Israeli side, one civilian was killed by rocket fire this week, and an Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza on Friday.Another four Israelis have been seriously injured.- © AFP, 2014Read: Israel launches ground operation in Gazalast_img read more

Kurt Angle to compete in his final match ever on Smackdown Live

first_imgRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Pinterest WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Drew Mcintyre Now Playing Up Next WWE announced Sunday on Twitter that Kurt Angle will compete in his final match on Smackdown Live this Tuesday against AJ Styles at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.Angle and Styles first faced each other in TNA Wrestling back in January 2007, and then went on to have several great bouts that included championship matches, ladder matches and cage matches. We will have live Smackdown results beginning Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 CT.You can check out WWE’s Twitter post below making the announcement regarding Kurt Angle’s last match ever on Smackdown Live this Tuesday..@RealKurtAngle will have his final match on #SDLive against @AJStylesOrg this Tuesday!https://t.co/qDKzmL5Ygo— WWE (@WWE) March 24, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions John Oliver Takes On The WWE Videos Articles Nikki Bella WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Twitter Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Additional officers in impaired driving patrol arrest two

first_imgExtra officers looking for impaired drivers Friday arrested two people on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to the Vancouver Police Department.Four officers from the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal police departments worked a total of 33 1/4 extra hours as part of the emphasis patrol, which was paid for through a state grant.The officers made 98 contacts, gave seven citations, gave 33 warnings, and made two arrests.Another round of emphasis patrols, occurring state wide, are set to start Friday and last through Labor Day.last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams drops big spoiler on Jimmy Fallon

first_img Chris Monroe/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Share your voice Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. 2 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Comments 57 Photos Best Buy $6 at Tidal Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Comments I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS Tags Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, knows not to give away the plot of the show’s long-awaited final season. But then again, she’s only 21, and actresses make mistakes.Williams, sporting some pink cotton-candy hair, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night and revealed her top five moments playing Arya. No surprises there: dad Ned’s death, reuniting with Sansa, that kind of thing. But when Fallon nudged her for a real spoiler, Williams appeared to deliver on a whopper. But watch the whole thing and remember Monday’s date, April 1. Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 14. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $60 at Best Buy TV and Movies The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags See Itcenter_img Read the AirPods review Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Game of Thrones,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Boost Mobile $299 at Amazon The Cheapskate Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It Rylo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today $999 7 $999 Read Google Home Hub review Sprint See It $155 at Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express See it Share your voicelast_img read more

Top Democrat Says Election Will Decide DACAs Fate

first_img Share J. Scott Applewhite/APSen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, now says that the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be determined by the upcoming midterm elections.Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has long led the push to provide a permanent legal status to the so-called “DREAMers” — young adults in the United States illegally who were brought to the country as children.Durbin was in the mix on multiple bipartisan deals in recent months, as the clock ticked toward a March 5 expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Trump decided in September 2017 to end.But with Congress still gridlocked on DACA and the Supreme Court refusing to intervene in two federal cases negating that deadline, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat seems to be throwing in the towel.“This election, the election of new members to the House and Senate, will decide the fate of this issue,” Durbin told NPR’s All Things Considered on Wednesday.Earlier this week, the Supreme Court rejected a Trump administration request that it take up DACA. Two lower courts have blocked the government from ending the DACA program. With the cases likely to take months, if not more than a year, to possibly make their way back to the highest court, DACA will remain in place for the extended future.Until the lower courts had blocked DACA’s expiration, Congress had been working to make DACA permanent by the March 5 deadline. While the program itself enjoys broad support among Democrats and Republicans, Trump and GOP leaders had insisted that any measure making it permanent also include money for a border wall, as well as restrictions on future legal immigration.Two weeks ago, multiple immigration measures were brought to the Senate floor for votes, but all failed to earn the 60 votes needed to stay alive. Two narrow measures came close, but President Trump tanked their chances by threatening to veto any immigration measure that did not include his legal immigration demands.Trump’s preferred measure got less support than anything else the Senate voted on that week.“We learned something during the course of this [debate], and it was unsettling,” Durbin told NPR. “We learned what the president’s real priorities were. The president said, ‘Let’s help these young people. We need to do something to fix DACA.’ And yet given that opportunity, he rejected it. It turns out this debate wasn’t about a wall, it was about a new immigration policy in America; it was about rejecting the notion that we are a nation of immigrants.”Durbin was one of the lawmakers in the Oval Office when Trump used vulgar language to refer to African countries during a meeting about a bipartisan DACA fix. Anger over that statement — and over Trump’s refusal to consider a narrow DACA bill — led to a brief partial federal government shutdown, when Democrats voted down a short-term spending bill.“Who knew when we got into Trump presidency that we would reach a point where Sen. McConnell would feel compelled to bring this matter to the floor and give us a week’s time,” Durbin said of the promise the majority leader made to Democrats to end the stalemate. “We managed to reach that point and so we had our chance — we came close but not close enough to win.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Discovery in Guatemala finds oldest royal Mayan tomb

first_imgA drawing of the incense burner found in a tomb, ~350 BC. The tri-lobed forehead symbol is a marker of the Jester god. Drawing: Fernando Alvarez / Holmul Archaeological Project Rare early Mayan portrait is found Excavating under a wealthy home, the team, led by Dr. John Tomasic, Research Associate at the University of Kansas, discovered a lid leading to a tunnel of about 16 inches wide. Following the tunnel, they discovered a chultan, orstorage chamber, where a burial was performed.Within this storage chamber they discovered a body they believe to have been a man in his fifties who was reasonably healthy when he died. Within the chultan they also discovered a collection of seven ceramic containers, including the piece that signified the royal find. An incense burner with the “jester god headdress” symbol, a known symbol of royalty, was found alongside the body.The pottery found comes from the period when Mayan ceramics began to change to that of the deep red color, dating this find back to 350BC. Radiocarbon dating of a bone sample from the body confirms this date, making this find the oldest royal Mayan tomb ever discovered.Until this discovery, the oldest Mayan ruler to be discovered was found in San Bartolo in 2005 and was dated back to 100BC. The discovery in San Bartolo was also found underneath a home and not within a pyramid temple which is common with the Mayan rulers of a later period. This discovery shows that the Mayan idea of rulers and their civilization had been in place much longer than had originally been believed by scholars. Tomasic and his team believe that continuing to excavate under more homes in the area may reveal more of these royal burials. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — At the recent Society for American Archaeology meeting in Sacramento, California, archaeologist Michael Callaghan from the University of Texas presented his team’s findings from the ancient site of K’o (now modern-day Guatemala) and what they believe to be the oldest known royal Mayan tomb.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Discovery in Guatemala finds oldest royal Mayan tomb (2011, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-discovery-guatemala-oldest-royal-mayan.html 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.last_img read more

TMC delegation meets president over poll violence in Bengal

first_imgNew Delhi: The ruling TMC in West Bengal today hit out at the opposition for spreading violence against its party workers and supporters, as it appealed President Ram Nath Kovind to outright reject the “malacious campaign” against the Mamata Banerjee government. A delegation of members of Parliament from TMC along with the alleged victims of the state panchayat poll violence, today met the president over the allegations made by the BJP regarding violence during the filing of nomination papers for the panchayat polls in the state. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We told the president that the complaints of the opposition parties of not been able to file nominations (for the panchayat polls) are not true. We told him that despite ideological differences, the opposition parties have ganged up against the state government and trying to destabilise the Mamata Banerjee government. “The president should know that the opposition parties are trying to spread false stories against the West Bengal government. We appealed to him to outright reject their malicious campaign and unfound allegations,” TMC senior leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay told reporters.Rejecting reports of the TMC indulging in violence during the panchayat polls, he said, “If free and fair elections are held in the state, the TMC has chances to win more seats. So we have no such intentions”.last_img read more

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Fujifilm Showcases Enterprise Imaging Portfolio and AI Initiative at HIMSS 2018

first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more 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 | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | PACS | March 14, 2018 Fujifilm Showcases Enterprise Imaging Portfolio and AI Initiative at HIMSS 2018 Fujifilm is working to integrate artificial intelligence to improve workflow in its Synapse 5 PACS News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.center_img 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.  Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more March 14, 2018 — Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently showcased its enterprise imaging and informatics solutions at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, held March 5-9, 2018 in Las Vegas. In addition to its extensive product portfolio, Fujifilm announced the expansion of its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Project into the U.S. market. Fujifilm’s AI development initiative will harness the power of AI to enhance its Synapse Enterprise Imaging and Medical Informatics portfolio. The company also introduced its newest brand REiLI, which will represent Fujifilm’s global Medical Informatics and Imaging AI technology Initiative.Fujifilm’s Artificial Intelligence Research Project is based in Raleigh, N.C. — the global development headquarters for the Synapse Enterprise Imaging portfolio — in collaboration with Fujifilm Corp.’s development team in Tokyo that will provide a wide range of image recognition technologies. Fujifilm will partner with its strategic customers in the U.S. market to draw upon clinical insights and expertise to bridge AI applications to imaging informatics solutions. In an increasingly complex healthcare environment with massive datasets and rising demand for high-quality care, AI technology will have the potential to change the practice of medicine, according to the company.Fujifilm Vice President of Medical informatics Bill Lacy said the company has received very positive feedback from healthcare professionals that have already seen live demonstrations of the AI Research Project, specifically regarding the speed and depth of integrated workflow achieved with the Synapse 5 server-side picture archiving and communication system (PACS).“As we focus initially on radiology, and with a clear focus on supporting and collaborating with radiologists, not replacing them, artificial intelligence technology can help radiologists aggregate PHI faster for more informed decisions, and prioritize their work and time more effectively,” he added.More information on Fujifilm’s AI Research Project was demonstrated at the company’s HIMSS booth alongside the following products:  Synapse VNA — At the core of Fujifilm’s comprehensive Enterprise Imaging portfolio, the TeraMedica division of Fujifilm’s Synapse VNA (vendor neutral archive) integrates more specialties, more devices and more data than any other VNA, according to the company. Healthcare organizations can achieve cost savings, improve clinical outcomes, optimize workflow efficiencies, securely manage all departmental data and experience imaging interoperability through the combination of Synapse VNA, Synapse Mobility Enterprise Viewer and Virtual Image Exchange.Synapse 5 PACS — Designed with speed and functionality in mind, Synapse 5 PACS is a next-generation, secure server-side technology that enables instant access of massive datasets, working within the most popular browsers while using less bandwidth throughout the enterprise. Synapse 5 PACS powered with Synapse Communications features an enhanced suite of integrated tools including an integrated point-of-care solution, emergency department findings, results escalation and tracking, radiologist peer review, helping create a tailored workflow and a closed loop of communication between the radiology and all clinical departments.Synapse RIS — Synapse RIS (radiology information system) helps radiology facilities take command of their operations. Synapse RIS is a full-featured workflow management system that is fully integrated with Synapse 5 PACS. It features an advanced scheduling intelligence engine, a patient portal, business intelligence analytics and productivity-boosting tools that include universal worklist and paperless consent forms. With its flexible architecture and modern interoperability standards, Synapse RIS allows practices to easily integrate with physicians in their community.Synapse Cardiovascular — Developed with ongoing direction from cardiologists, Synapse Cardiovascular offers capabilities and tools that help streamline, image review and reporting across cardiac catheterization, electrocardiogram (ECG) management, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, 3-D imaging and vascular ultrasound workflows.Synapse 3-D — Designed for use across multiple specialties including radiology, cardiology, surgery and more, Synapse 3-D is an enterprise-wide solution for quickly performing advanced visualization workflows and accessing 3-D-rendered images. Full integration with Synapse 5 PACS and Synapse Cardiovascular allows one-click access from any Synapse client.Synapse Cloud Services — A scalable environment shaped to host and manage the Synapse Enterprise Imaging portfolio. Critical-access hospitals, imaging centers and teleradiology providers can take advantage of Fujifilm’s cloud-based infrastructure and interoperability of software to maximize efficiency and cost savings.For more information: www.fujimed.com Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more last_img read more

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