Cindy Crawford Unveils Orbiss New Plane to Fight Blindness

first_imgCindy Crawford joined Orbis, the international eye care charity that fights blindness around the world, to unveil its new Flying Eye Hospital at a press conference at Los Angeles International Airport in June.Omega Brand Ambassador Cindy Crawford, joined Orbis to help unveil its new Flying Eye Hospital at Los Angeles International AirportCredit/Copyright: Geoff Oliver BugbeeThe third-generation Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only mobile ophthalmic teaching hospital aboard an aircraft.Hundreds of experts have combined their avionics, hospital engineering, technology and clinical expertise to make the new Flying Eye Hospital a reality. It features a modular design, 3D technology and live broadcast capabilities, enabling Orbis and its team of 400+ medical volunteers, to train more doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals across Africa, Asia and Latin America.There are 39 million blind people globally; with 90% living in developing countries with limited access to sight-saving treatments, yet 80% of blindness is preventable and treatable. For over 30 years, Orbis has helped countries build the skills and resources required to deliver quality eye care to those in need.In September 2014, Cindy Crawford, Omega Brand Ambassador, witnessed a sight-saving programme first hand with the previous Flying Eye Hospital, in Peru. Omega has supported Orbis since 2011.“Our mission at Orbis is to bring the world together to fight blindness, as we believe that no one should go blind from conditions that are treatable or preventable,” said Bob Ranck, President & CEO, Orbis International. “The Flying Eye Hospital helps us do that. It is in equal parts teacher, envoy and advocate. We harness this powerful tool for change to support long-term programmes around the world.”The new plane is equipped with everything needed to provide hands-on training to local ophthalmic professionals. The 3D filming and broadcast capabilities will enable programme participants to experience and learn from live surgeries with a view similar to the surgeon’s microscope lens.“We are not here to show off, we are here to show how,” explains Dr. Daniel Neely, Orbis volunteer pediatric ophthalmic surgeon and Medical Advisor. “The new technologies on the Flying Eye Hospital allow us as teachers to share, train and interact with more of our colleagues in the developing world, giving a deeper and richer learning environment to transfer the skills to their practice. Most exciting, we are able to continue the mentorship relationships long after the plane has moved on, via Cybersight-our telemedicine portal.”The Flying Eye Hospital includes: • a 46-seat classroom, • state-of-the-art AV/IT room • patient care/laser treatment room • operating room • sterilization room • pre and post-operative care room.The MD-10 aircraft housing the new Flying Eye Hospital, has been donated by Orbis’s longtime partner FedEx, and has been custom designed to bring the best medical technology and training direct to areas of need. It is the only non-land-based hospital globally that is accredited by the AAAASFI (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities International.)The Flying Eye Hospital will conduct its inaugural program in Shenyang, China this September, before heading to Indonesia in November.last_img read more

Yellowknife uncovers blast from the past

first_imgAPTN National NewsIf you were asked to look back 30 years, what would you remember?Folks in Yellowknife got to do that recently.They travelled back to the past and they didn’t need a time machine.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers explains.last_img

AIIMS Trauma Centre suspends admissions may remain affected for over a month

first_imgNew Delhi: Admission of patients to the emergency department of the AIIMS Trauma Centre, the biggest such facility in the country, is likely to be suspended for over a month after Sunday’s blaze rendered the operation theatre complex non-functional, hospital sources said on Monday. Several surgeries scheduled for Monday were postponed due to the non-functional OT, they said.On an average, 25-30 emergency surgeries are performed at the five major operation theatres of the facility, named Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, on a daily basis. “New admissions cannot happen because of the non-functional OT complex. Patients who suffer trauma injuries or accidents come here and are emergency cases, mostly requiring surgery. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Four to five emergency surgeries scheduled for Monday, that could not wait, are being performed at the main AIIMS facility. Rest of the surgeries, based on priority, would be performed over the next few days,” one of the sources added. However, the outpatient department of the facility is functional and the patients coming for follow-ups are being treated, they said. Unaware of the development, several patients who arrived at the hospital for treatment were sent back or referred to the main AIIMS hospital, besides Safdarjung and RML hospitals. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThough the extent of the damage to the OT complex has not yet been ascertained, the engineering team which inspected it Monday estimated the repair would take at least two months as two out of the five major operation theatres were charred, a source said. He said all OT linen and cotton got burnt and some instruments were also damaged. Meanwhile, the hospital administration is trying to set up an OT on the first floor of the Wing A, which was dismantled few months ago due to renovation work on the floor, to perform admitted surgery cases. “The first floor was to be renovated to make five more operation theatres and one OT which was functional was dismantled couple of months back. That might be started for the time being to cater to the surgical needs of the admitted patients,” a senior doctor said. The doctor said the first, fourth and fifth floor patients who were shifted to disaster and casualty areas last night have been shifted back to their wards and everyone is safe. Some of the recuperating patients were discharged in the night itself. A woman guard and an employee of the fire unit of the trauma centre, who suffered Carbon Monoxide poisoning during the blaze, are being treated at the main AIIMS and their conditions remain stable, a source said. The emergency department of the hospital witnesses a footfall of an average 250-300 patients per day.last_img read more

Federal government to update Canadians on health of public books economy

OTTAWA – The new Liberal government will finally crack open the federal books Friday, giving Canadians their first glimpse at the state of public finances since last month’s federal election.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s release of the fiscal and economic update will also mark the public’s first opportunity to scrutinize the Finance Department’s numbers since the federal budget in April.Much has changed in that time.Over the months, a cascade of downgraded economic growth projections have poured cold water on the more optimistic spring predictions that were put forward by the former Conservative government.Morneau’s update will come as Canada continues to try to shake off the negative effects of low oil prices and the squeeze of a sluggish world economy.Earlier this month, a report by the federal budget watchdog lowered its growth outlook for Canada and warned eroding economic conditions could drive the country into deeper deficits. Like the Bank of Canada and other experts, the parliamentary budget office blamed persistently low oil prices and weaker-than-expected global growth.A bleaker fiscal outlook could complicate matters for Liberals as they try to keep projected budgetary deficits from ballooning.Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won the October election after pledging to roll out large spending plans in areas such as infrastructure, which the party argued will resuscitate economic growth and create jobs.In doing so, the Liberals also vowed to run annual deficits of just under $10 billion over the next two years with a shortfall of about $5.7 billion in the third year before balancing the books in time for the next election.The economic forecast has worsened since the election, but Morneau has said the new government will stick to the plan for now.Earlier this month, he said it was “way premature” for any decision on whether the government would modify campaign commitments because of the state of the economy.One of Morneau’s cabinet colleagues, however, went further the following day when asked about the fiscal situation the Liberals have inherited from their Conservative predecessors.Treasury Board President Scott Brison suggested the Liberal government may have to make adjustments to live up to its election vows.“We will deal with, first of all, addressing the fact that we inherited from the previous government a bare cupboard,” Brison said when asked whether future deficits exceeding $10 billion were out of the question.The Finance Department said Friday’s calculations won’t include measures the Liberals have pledged to adopt.In April, the Conservative government presented a fiscal plan that forecasted surpluses of $1.4 billion in 2015-16, $1.7 billion in 2016-17, $2.6 billion in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and $4.8 billion in 2019-20.Those numbers were based in part on predictions for real gross domestic product — a measure of economic growth — provided in March by private-sector economists. At the time, their average forecast said real GDP would increase by two per cent this year, 2.2 per cent in 2016, 2.3 per cent in 2017, 2.2 per cent in 2018 and two per cent in 2019.Since then, however, experts have lowered their growth expectations for Canada.Last month, the Bank of Canada projected GDP growth of 1.1 per cent this year, two per cent in 2016 and 2.5 per cent in 2017.The parliamentary budget office updated its fiscal numbers earlier this month after lowering its fiscal outlook due to deteriorating growth, low commodity prices and shrinking revenues.The weaker economic position, the budget office said, would siphon billions of dollars from the federal government’s fiscal baseline — by $3.6 billion in 2016-17 and by $6.9 billion in 2017-18. Once the Liberals’ promised deficits are factored in, that could mean federal shortfalls of more than $13 billion in 2016-17 and more than $16 billion in 2017-18.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Federal government to update Canadians on health of public books, economy by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2015 1:04 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks to reporters at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. The federal government will update Canadians on Friday on the state of the economy and the public finances. Morneau will release his fiscal and economic update at a time when the country is still trying to shake off the negative effects of low oil prices.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse aims to end losing streak at Showdown in

OSU junior attacker J.T. Blubaugh (9) during a game against Notre Dame on March 26 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Cameron Carr | Lantern photographerWhen one hears of attendance for a college sporting event exceeding 20,000, the sport that usually comes to mind is football or basketball.The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (5-7, 0-2), however, will likely see an attendance of this magnitude on Saturday against Michigan (3-7, 0-2) for the Showdown in the Shoe, the annual prelude to the OSU spring football game.OSU coach Nick Myers said he’s “not sure there’s a venue like it in college lacrosse.”“(We’re) very grateful for the opportunity that (Athletic Director Gene) Smith, (football) coach (Urban) Meyer and the administration has provided the program,” he said. “It’s an incredible responsibility to be in front of that many Buckeye fans and to go out there and play our very best, and we’re certainly looking forward to the opportunity.”The 2010 Showdown in the Shoe matchup between the Buckeyes and Air Force, a game OSU won 10-6, holds the NCAA lacrosse regular-season attendance record. At halftime of the game, when attendance is recorded, 31,078 were in Ohio Stadium.OSU redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said the team looks forward to the Showdown in the Shoe every year, and this year’s edition is no exception.“It’s something that’s a huge deal to us every season,” Pfister said. “We really appreciate the fans coming out and supporting us.” This year’s contest marks the second time OSU, which is amid a six-game losing skid, will face off against the Wolverines in the annual event. In front of 21,064 fans, the Scarlet and Gray defeated Michigan 15-6 in 2014.The Buckeyes and Wolverines have met every year since the latter program’s move to Division I in 2012. OSU has gone 4-0 in the matchups.Myers said the game against the school’s rival is one “you circle from Day 1.” Pfister added there’s extra energy going into Saturday.“I think practices look a little bit different this week — just knowing who we’re playing and what that means to each of the guys,” Pfister said. “It’s hard to describe … but there’s definitely something there for sure.” Close but no cigars OSU has lost four of its last five games by one-goal margins. The other loss was a lopsided 15-6 defeat courtesy of then-No. 1 Denver. Myers said there’s a lot that goes into late-game situations, and although the team played well against No. 14 Johns Hopkins in its previous game, it wasn’t enough.“We thought last week was arguably our best week of practice of the year, and I think it showed in a lot of the things we did,” Myers said. “But unfortunately, we came up short against a talented team.”Pfister said that since the team is so close to winning, nothing drastic needs to be changed.“I think it’s just doing the little things that we know how to do, and not necessarily changing who we are but … refining and doing the things we already know how to do,” he said.Michigan has had its own struggles in late-game situations the past few weeks. The Wolverines have lost three of their past four games by a one-goal margin.Offense coming aliveAfter failing to record double-digit goals in its previous six games, the Buckeye offense came alive on Saturday against Johns Hopkins, scoring 12 times in the loss.Myers said the opportunities for scoring have been there, but capitalizing on those chances has been the problem.“We’ve outshot our opponents the last three games, but we did a better job (against Johns Hopkins) of getting (in the) middle of the field, getting more shots between the hash marks and finishing opportunities,” Myers said.The offense is set to go up against Michigan redshirt junior goalie and co-captain Gerald Logan.Logan is tied for ninth in the nation in saves per game, stopping an average of 11.6 shots.After Michigan The Scarlet and Gray are set to take on No. 5 Maryland on April 24. The game in College Park, Maryland, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more

Woman taped to chair claims bullying was so bad she contacted Dignitas

He said: “We just don’t know who sent the cards to you. You may have sent the cards to yourself to try and make false claims about Mr Yule or your colleagues.”She replied that it was “not a possibility” for her to have sent them. Both men deny sending the cards.The hearing continues. A woman who claims she was taped to a chair by male colleagues at a Scottish Government agency told a tribunal  she has become a recluse because of the bullying and harassment she suffered.DeeAnn Fitzpatrick said she experienced a racist and misogynistic culture while working for Marine Scotland, and once contacted the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland.In a hearing ahead of the tribunal she said she was taped to a chair and gagged by two male colleagues in 2010. A shocking photograph of the alleged incident emerged last month.However, it is understood the tribunal is unable to consider the allegation as it was said to have taken place more than three years before a complaint was brought. Despite this, Ms Fitzpatrick’s family released the picture saying it needed to be seen.Ms Fitzpatrick, 49, said in the earlier preliminary hearing that the incident happened during years of bullying at the agency’s Scrabster office in the north of Scotland, and was a warning to her to keep quiet. Dignitas building near ZurichCredit:AFP Ms Fitzpatrick told the tribunal she had worked for Marine Scotland, which acts as the watchdog for the fisheries and aquaculture industries, since 2006.The alleged abuse is said to have taken place while she was based in Scrabster and to have continued after she was signed off.She alleged two colleagues – Derek Yule and Reid Anderson – were responsible for sending the cards. The tribunal heard there was a bad atmosphere in the office during the period.Ms Fitzpatrick denied sending herself the cards to create “false claims” about colleagues.Andrew Gibson, representing Scottish ministers, put it to her there were a number of people in the community who did not like her and they could have sent the cards, or they could have been created by herself. DeeAnn Fitzpatrick said she contacted Dignitas over alleged harassmentCredit:BBC deeann fitzpatrick A message in one called her an “old troll” and another warned her about trying to “climb the ladder of success”.She added: “When I first started getting the cards, it made me feel awful. But as they continued, yes it’s affected my self-esteem.”It’s actually made me become a recluse, I stay at home, I have gone more into myself. With everything going on, I contacted Dignitas in Switzerland. I had enough.”Dignitas provides assisted suicide to those suffering from a terminal illness, severe physical or mental illnesses. dignitas The Canadian national told the first full day of the tribunal on Wednesday that she felt intimidated after being sent anonymous cards.She said she suspected the cards, received on Valentine’s Day and her birthday every year between 2015 and 2017, were sent by colleagues. 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

President Granger on downtown walkabout

Head of State and President David Granger earlier today hosted a walk about in downtown Georgetown which saw him interacting with Guyanese from all walks of life as they prepare to celebrate Christmas tomorrow.President Granger commences walk about in GeorgetownHe also interacted with vendors and late shoppers as he urged them to be ‘merry and bright’ because his Government will deliver on all of its promises ahead of the next elections. President interacts with a vendorHe was accompanied by Minister of Telecommunications Catherine Hughes, Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally and other staff. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPart of the Top Cop selection process required “Grade 6” assessment- JagdeoAugust 30, 2018In “Crime”President urges City Council to hasten relocation efforts for vendorsMay 6, 2016In “Local News”President Granger urges evolution as Guyanese celebrate IndependenceMay 26, 2015In “Politics” read more

High Tech Credit Cards Make Debut

first_imgCredit cards have been a way of life for many people for decades now, but cell phones are starting to encroach upon their territory. Virtual payment systems are quickly among merchants. However, credit card companies are starting to find a way to fit in with all of it.Companies like Citi Bank or MasterCard have rolled out mini gadges that work just like credit cards. According to Master Card, the new credit card cuts down on fraud, but also allows users for easy online purcheses. Thus far, Master Card has only released in it France. AdChoices广告Via Extreme Techlast_img

Kodak unveils Hero allinones with Google Cloud Print support

first_imgGoogle Cloud Print has yet to take off in a big way, but Kodak’s latest line of printers might help change that. Meet the Hero 3.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1, and 9.1 — all of which support Google Cloud Print for easily passing along print jobs from your Android or iOS device or from any computer you’re running Google Chrome on (including Chrome OS).The Hero line are all-in-one devices that can print, copy, and scan, and all models are Wi-Fi enabled. Pricing starts at just $99.99 for the Hero 3.1 and tops out at $249.99 for the workhorse Hero 9.1, which adds a 30-page automatic document feeder for big scanning and copying jobs, an automatic duplexing unit for two-sided prints, a separate 40-sheet photo paper tray, and a huge 4.3-inch color touchscreen.For small and home offices, the Hero 6.1 adds a fax modem to the mix because even in 2011, a lot of business communication still relies on faxing documents back and forth.In addition to supporting Google Cloud Print, the Kodak Hero printers all have a unique email address as well. That means you can easily print from any phone that can send an email message, not just Android and iOS devices. A good number of attachment types are supported, including Word documents, Excel sheets, Powerpoint slide shows, PDFs, JPEG photos, HTML, and plain text.Read more at Kodaklast_img read more

Nintendo Does DIY With Labo for Switch

first_img This 4/20 a hot new product will be blazing onto store shelves for Nintendo Switch owners. The company just revealed Nintendo Labo, what appears to be a line of DIY kits that interact with Nintendo’s recent console/handheld hybrid. Like the initial Switch trailer the Nintendo Labo trailer tries to convey the concept solely through visuals. And our immediate takeaway suggests these are toy cardboard sets kids build that then become “smart” once the Switch tablet and Joy-Con controllers gets involved. It reminds us of Lego Mindstorms, movies that visualize kids’ simple imaginations with big-budget effects, or more casual games like Wii Sports from the Nintendo Wii.The Nintendo Labo trailer shows off everything from a working piano to a fishing rod game to a mech suit all made from trusty cardboard. Along with taking advantage of the Switch’s modular, portable nature, perhaps Labo is finally using the shape-sensing IR camera in the right Joy-Con no Switch game has really used since 1-2 Switch at launch. Curiously, the Nintendo Labo trailer didn’t seem to feature any beloved Nintendo characters like Mario and Pikachu, despite their popularity with kids. Kudos to Nintendo for letting children make up their own adventures free from #brand interference.See the Nintendo Labo trailer below and check it out for yourself when two different packs, the Toy-Con Variety Kit and Toy-Con Robot Kit, launch April 20th for the nice prices of $69.99 and $79.99, respectively.Keep reading to remember just how wrong we were with our initial predictions about what Nintendo Labo would be.2018 has only just started but already the future of Nintendo Switch is starting to come into focus. Just last week the game maker posted a surprise mini Direct video highlighting some upcoming games for the console/handled hybrid like Mario Tennis Aces, The World Ends With You, and Dark Souls. But those games for the most part fall within the “core gamer” demographic. If Nintendo wants its popular device to stay popular, it knows it has to reach beyond people who troll Reddit all day.That’s why we weren’t shocked to learn that Nintendo is preparing a Switch experience more geared for kids. However, we were shocked to learn the announcement was just around the corner. After another week of feverish speculation, Nintendo teased that this new Switch reveal is happening today.According to Nintendo’s social media channels, viewers should tune in online at 5 P.M. ET “to discover a new interactive experience for Nintendo Switch that’s specially crafted for kids and those who are kids-at-heart.” We’ll update this post later today with whatever the news is so be sure to check back in.For now, though, that doesn’t give us much to work with. Even Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises often have elements that appeal to everyone. Despite his angry American eyebrows, Kirby will never stop being an adorable pink puffball. So we’re curious to learn what Nintendo considers a specifically “kid-friendly experience.”Will this even be a game? Recently Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima has been talking about the need to provide “new ways to play” in order to maintain Switch momentum in its second year. This is probably what he’s talking about. Perhaps these new ways to play will take advantage of the Switch’s already modular nature? Joy-Con made of Nerf? A baby doll you slot the Switch tablet inside of? Some totally new wild peripheral?If I had to make a real guess I would say this is amiibo-related, perhaps the next evolution of the concept. Amiibo are already the last toys-to-life still standing and they work with Switch, even when they are cereal boxes. But we’ve never gotten a big sandbox games that works with every amiibo, like Disney Infinity or Lego Dimensions. Also, a Ubisoft employee seemed to hype the event, and Ubisoft is working on its own toys-to-life game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, coming to Switch and other platforms this holiday.What I wouldn’t expect is anything about online services, Virtual Console, or Nintendo’s “hardcore” franchises like Metroid, Fire Emblem, and Smash Bros. Maybe, just maybe, this is teasing Animal Crossing. That’s a beloved casual franchise that just landed on mobile and Animal Crossing: New Leaf co-director Aya Kyogoku also teased the event. But super passionate Nintendo fans should temper their expectations.I welcome this news, though. The Switch has already proven itself as a great platform for both Nintendo’s AAA games like Mario and Zelda as well as mature third-party games, not to mention all the indie support. Some casual kids games won’t hurt anyone, just the opposite. It’s good for the industry to appeal beyond often times myopic and toxic core gamers. Sorry haters, but Wii Sports is awesome. We’ll find out what Nintendo has up its child sleeves later today.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man arrested in car bomb plot at Kansas airport

first_imgWICHITA, Kan. — An avionics technician from Kansas was arrested Friday as he planned to drive a vehicle full of explosives into a terminal at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Regional Airport, authorities said.Terry Lee Loewen, 58, was charged with one count each of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide support to terrorist group al-Qaida. Authorities said he was trying to support “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.”The materials inside the vehicle were “inert” and “at no time was the safety of travelers or members of the public placed in jeopardy,” U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.Investigators said Loewen is an avionics technician who lives in Wichita and works at the airport. He had been under investigation for about six months, after he made online statements about wanting to commit “violent jihad” against the U.S. The statements were made in a conversation with an FBI employee unbeknownst to Loewen, Grissom said.Authorities said they believe Loewen acted alone. No other arrests are expected.According to court documents, Loewen talked to an undercover agent about downloading online documents about jihad, martyrdom and the “Al Qaeda Manual.” He frequently expressed his admiration of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American-born al-Qaida leader who was killed in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen. Al-Awlaki emerged as an influential preacher among militants living in the West, with his English language Internet sermons calling for jihad, or holy war, against the U.S.last_img read more

Like a war zone 1 dead dozens injured after gas explosions rock

first_imgAs the sun rose Friday, residents looked over damaged homes that were either blasted by explosions or consumed by flames.“Oh, massive explosion,” said Matthew Van Dyke, who witnessed one of the blasts.“I saw a fire up the street, so I ran up that way, he recalled. “I don’t know, it’s insane.”Teams of firefighters, police, and gas company workers were out in force overnight, shutting off gas to the 8,000 impacted homes. That effort continued Friday.Gov. Charlie Baker urged people to not touch their gas gauges and instead let the utility company handle it.“It’s very important that people do not try to turn on their own gas,” he said. “Please wait for the utilities.”The incident forced National Grid to cut power to all three communities, leaving an estimated 18,000 people in the dark. LAWRENCE, Mass. (WSVN) – A wave of gas explosions and fires tore through neighborhoods in three Merrimack Valley communities Thursday night, forcing thousands of residents from their homes, leaving dozens injured and at least one man dead.At the height of the disaster, Michael Rivera, who narrowly escaped a house fire, said his city “looked like a war zone.”Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence were rocked by gas explosions and several fires around 5 p.m., drawing emergency responders from across the region to battle the between 60 and 80 fires that broke out almost simultaneously due to a situation involving the communities’ gas lines.Thousands of residents were forced from their homes and into the street as city officials implored residents to evacuate the area immediately.More than 8,000 homes were impacted, all of which will need to be inspected before residents can return.Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, was killed after a house explosion sent a chimney falling onto his car, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.Dozens of others were injured. Flanked by community leaders from Lawrence, Andover and North Andover Thursday night, Baker vowed, “we’ll work with the federal government and others to investigate how this occurred and hold the appropriate parties responsible for their actions.”He also asked state residents to keep the family members of all the injured in their prayers, saying, “This has been an incredibly difficult day for everyone. I ask everyone to think of the family of Leonel Rodon who lost a loved one today, and to pray for everyone who has been injured.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img As many families seek refuge in temporary shelters, officials are warning that it could be at least another day until many of them are allowed to return to their homes.“The issue is there could still be a gas leak in your home, and the danger is that it’s an invisible thing,” Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera said Thursday night. “You can’t see it, and in some cases you won’t be able to smell it. And God forbid you go to sleep and not wake up tomorrow.”In a statement, Columbia Gas said crews will be working around the clock to turn off the gas at affected homes and conduct safety inspections.“What happened in the Merrimack Valley yesterday was a tragic incident. We are saddened to learn of the death of a young man as a result of these events,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and continued support are with those who have been injured and affected. We are focused on providing as much support as possible to our customers, residents and communities. We are grateful for the community’s patience, as well as the tremendous support we have received from our first responder and law enforcement partners.”Fire crews from around Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire worked together Thursday to extinguish the dozens of fires that broke out throughout the afternoon and evening.Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield described the harrowing scene as, “Armageddon.”The investigation into the cause of the explosions and fires remains active and ongoing. last_img read more

Guidepostscom Named FastestGrowing Publisher Web Site came in second with a 299 percent increase and placed third place with a 178 percent year-over-year increase.To be considered, Mequoda said publishers’ Web sites had to be content-driven (three or more stories posted weekly), Google-friendly, subscriber-centric (e-mail), multi-platform, have more than 10,000 unique visitors per month, and must have grown at least 20 percent since last year. “We looked at the big guys, but mostly the up-and-comers,” said Mequoda Group senior partner Kim Mateus. Mequoda first came up with a list of 250 influential sites that fit the criteria based on Google searches, word of mouth and overall online clout ( was among that initial group). Using, Mequoda whittled down the list to the 10 that showed the largest growth.Rounding out the top 10 winners were: (168.36 percent increase), (142.3 percent), (133.47), (131.25), (129.53), (126.67) and (102.7).Others making the list included (ranked #12), (#13) and (#14). CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—Roughly 60 people turned out here yesterday for the first day of the Mequoda Summit Boston, an event focused on best practices and tips for generating “Web 2.0” revenue sponsored by Bristol, Rhode Island-based publishing research and training firm the Mequoda Group. For the first time in the summit’s six-year history, the group handed out the “Rocket” awards, which recognize the fastest-growing online publisher communities over the last 12 months.Taking top honors was Mequoda said the magazine’s user-generated content-based site grew more than 850 percent from July 2008 to July 2009 (20,040 unique visitors to 193,473 unique visitors). “We consider ourselves to be the first medium to use user-generated content 50 years ago in magazine form,” vice president of digital media Philip Charles-Pierre said during the ceremony. While this may be the case, the transition to digital was not easy. “We still struggle internally to define what audience and niche we serve,” he added.last_img read more

Maker Faire Make magazine shut down

first_img Make it so Maker Faire captures the DIY spirit in art, science, music and robotics Maker Faire 2018 draws crowds in NYC Maker Faire CEO: Rockets and robots instead of pigs and pies 27 Photos Post a comment Maker Faire captures the DIY spirit in art, science, music and robotics A display at the 2018 Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area exhorts makers of all stripes to get their DIY in gear. James Martin/CNET The company behind the Maker Faire and Make magazine has ceased operations and laid off its staff of 22, according to Maker Media founder Dale Dougherty.”I hope to get control of the assets in a new organization, which might be a nonprofit,” Dougherty said in an email Saturday. Dougherty told the site that some of Maker Media’s biggest successes have been in education so shifting to a nonprofit model might make sense. He also said he wants to keep Make’s online archive alive and continue letting third parties license the Maker Faire name for affiliated events.”We’re not necessarily going to do everything we did in the past, but I’m committed to keeping the print magazine going and the Maker Faire licensing program,” Dougherty told TechCrunch.The fair kicked off in 2006 in San Mateo, California, and eventually cropped up in nearly 50 countries worldwide. It billed itself as a “family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity that gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students and commercial exhibitors.” The magazine, which began a year earlier, catered to a similar do-it-yourself-minded crowd, with tutorials and other features.In 2017, the various fairs attracted more than 1.5 million people, according to the Make website.center_img Culture TechCrunch reported the news earlier, and Dougherty told the publication that though the fair and Maker Media’s DIY content remain popular, the financial end of things hasn’t panned out. “It works for people but it doesn’t necessarily work as a business,” he told TechCrunch. 0 Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

New Comilla University VC takes office

first_imgcomilla-universityProfessor Emran Kabir Chowdhury on Wednesday joined as the 6th vice chancellor of Comilla University, reports UNB.After joining his office on Wednesday morning, he placed wreaths at the mural of Bangabandhu and at Shaheed Minar on the campus.”The crisis that was created with academic programme due to the vacant post of the VC will be resolved soon,” the new VC told journalists.The issues of pending salaries of teachers and employees have already been solved, he said adding that the admission procedure for 2017-18 session will be initiated very soon.”I am seeking cooperation from all of you,” he requested.The post of the VC earlier remained vacant for last 58 days after previous VC Ali Ashraf’s tenure expired on 2 December 2017.Earlier on Tuesday, president Abdul Hamid, who is also chancellor of the university, appointed professor Emran as the VC for the next four years.Former PSC member Emran Kabir was serving as a professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department of Dhaka University.last_img read more

VAs revised policies on symbols displays aim to protect religious liberty� …

first_img In Kashmir’s war-torn landscape, imams take up the environmental cause Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — In the wake of a Supreme Court decision permitting a cross to remain on a public highway, the Department of Veterans Affairs has revised its policies on religious symbols in displays at VA facilities.VA Secretary Robert Wilkie announced Wednesday (July 3) that the new policies will reduce inconsistencies among VA facilities.“We want to make sure that all of our Veterans and their families feel welcome at VA, no matter their religious beliefs. Protecting religious liberty is a key part of how we accomplish that goal,” he said in a statement.“These important changes will bring simplicity and clarity to our policies governing religious and spiritual symbols, helping ensure we are consistently complying with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at thousands of facilities across the department.”The revised policies “allow the inclusion in appropriate circumstances of religious content in publicly accessible displays at VA facilities.”They also permit patients to request and be provided with sacred texts, symbols and religious literature during treatment at facilities or visits to VA chapels. And they allow the VA “to accept donations of religious literature, cards and symbols at its facilities and distribute them to VA patrons under appropriate circumstances or to a patron who requests them.”The 40-foot Bladensburg Peace Cross stands at an intersection in Bladensburg, Md., northeast of Washington, D.C. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksThe announcement noted the Supreme Court’s June 20 decision, in which it permitted the so-called “Peace Cross,” a World War I monument in Bladensburg, Maryland, to remain in a traffic circle. The VA said the case “reaffirmed the important role religion plays in the lives of many Americans and its consistency with Constitutional principles.”RELATED: Supreme Court determines cross on Maryland highway can stayThe policy revisions, announced July 3, come two months after a U.S. Air Force veteran filed suit against the director of the Manchester (New Hampshire) VA Medical Center, seeking the removal of a Bible from a POW/MIA table at that facility.“As a Christian, he respects and loves all his military brothers and sisters and does not want to be exclusionary by the placement of the Christian Bible,” the suit states.The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which the suit says received complaints from 14 other veterans about the display, decried the VA’s revamped rules.“These brand new VA policies — clearly based upon the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent, idiotic decision in the Bladensburg Cross case — are nothing more than a transparent and repugnant attempt to further buttress and solidify fundamentalist Christianity as the insuperable official religion of choice for the VA, our Armed Forces, and this country,” said MRFF President Mikey Weinstein.The MRFF has previously complained about similar Bible displays at other locations, such as a naval hospital in Japan and a Wyoming Air Force base.First Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal organization that sent a letter in May to Wilkie requesting “a VA-wide policy that permits Bibles to be included in POW/MIA remembrance displays,” applauded the VA’s revamped policies.“This new VA policy is a welcome breath of fresh air,” said Mike Berry, director of military affairs for First Liberty Institute, which also helped defend the Maryland cross monument.“The Supreme Court recently upheld the constitutionality of religious displays with historic roots such as those commonly found in VA facilities. We commend the VA for taking this necessary and positive action.” TagsBladensburg Cross Department of Veterans Affairs homepage featured lawsuit Peace Cross policy POW/MIA religious liberty Supreme Court,You may also like Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Catholicism Share This! Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This!center_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,From cruise ships to Trump’s hotel, Calvinist Christian nationalism is making mo … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Adelle M. 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UPDATE Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Houston Until 12 AM

first_imgA severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas until 6 PM CDT— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) April 3, 2018 Thunderstorms are still expected this afternoon through tonight, and the strongest storms will have the potential to become severe. Damaging winds and large hail are the primary threats. #txwx #houwx #bcswx #glswx— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) April 3, 2018 Strong to severe thunderstorms are still possible this evening through tonight as several rounds of storms move from north to south. Primary threats are still severe winds, large hail, frequent lightning, and heavy downpours. #bcswx #houwx #glswx #txwx— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) April 3, 2018 A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of Louisiana and Texas until 12 AM CDT— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) April 3, 2018 Additional rainfall is expected for portions of East and Southeast Texas this afternoon and continuing through early tomorrow.Rainfall amounts of 0.50 to 2.00 inches are possible. This rainfall could prolong ongoing river flooding.#txflood #txwx— NWSWGRFC (@NWSWGRFC) April 3, 2018 The National Weather Service said the Houston area can expect some moderately severe weather beginning Tuesday afternoon. The main hazards from this storm will be damaging winds, large hail, and an isolated tornado.  Flash flooding is not expected with this storm.The Emergency Information from the City of Houston recommend Houstonians ahead of the storm to do the following: Securing outdoor items that can be blown away.Make plans in the event weather impacts travel on Tuesday afternoon.If you drive a high-profile vehicle, be sure to drive slowly during periods of severe weather.Avoid traveling during periods of heavy rain and strong winds.  Sign up for CenterPoint Energy’s Power Alert Service to get timely alerts in the event your power is  interrupted by strong winds.If you sustain damage to your home, or see a tree or debris in the street, report it to Houston 311 (713-837-0311).center_img 5:21pm CDT #SPC_MD 0211 , #lawx #txwx,— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) April 3, 2018 .@NWSHouston says we can expect some severe weather Tuesday afternoon and Evening. Main threat will be strong winds, hail and the possibility of tornadoes. No flash flooding is expected. #houwx #txwx— AlertHouston (@AlertHouston) April 2, 2018 Minor to Major flooding is still occurring along the Trinity river at Liberty and Moss Bluff. Additional storms are expected today, but only 0.5″-1.0″ of rain expected with isolated 2-3″ possible will prolong the ongoing recession. No additional flooding is expected at this time.— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) April 3, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Turning pirouettes strengthening ties

first_img‘Over the years, the texture and content of Korea-India bilateral relations have undergone a sea change.  From the routine government-to-government engagement, the relations have expanded to more dynamic people-to-people interaction. In fact, people-to-people contact has now emerged as the centerpiece of bilateral cooperation, guiding the future contours of our bilateral relations. The visiting Korean troupes are sure to win the hearts of the Indian people by their superb performances, thus bringing our two peoples even closer,’ says Joon-gyu Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An original work based on a traditional Korean tale called Princess Nakrang and Prince Hodong, the Korean artistes will perform, Prince Ho-Dong (Adajio), Don Quixote (Grand Pas de Deux), La Bayader (Golden boy, Drum dance) and the Giselle Act. Prince Ho-Doung is the story of myth and legend, the work depicts the struggle between the people of Han represented by Nakrang and the Goguryeo represented by Ho-doung.La Bayadere is the story of love and betrayal setting place in an Indian Temple. La Bayadere meaning ‘an Indian Dancer’ in French has its setting in the Golden Empire of India. The highlight of La Bayadere is the dance Nikiya, the heroine. Don Quixote is a ballet based on Cervantes’ famous work. The ballet focuses on the love story between Basilio, a farmer and Kitri, the daughter of the tavern owner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGiselle Act is the story in the forest past midnight; an eerie air permeates the ground, a gravestone floating above a cross. Suddenly, a white shadow flickers and then disappears. These white shadows are the Wilis, souls of young women who were betrayed and abandoned by their men.‘Just as Indians raved about K-pop Singer, Psy’s Gangnam Style last year, so do many Koreans rave about Bollywood movies, an indication of the good relationship we share in our daily lives’, said Yoo Jinryong, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea.last_img read more

Saint Lucias Global Piton Awards recognize topselling travel agents

first_img Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Share Saint Lucia’s Global Piton Awards recognize top-selling travel agents TORONTO — Honouring the best-selling Saint Lucia travel agents in the world, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) recently hosted its first-ever Global Piton Awards for top producing Saint Lucia Expert travel agents from Canada, the U.S., the UK and Ireland. The weekend event, June 20 – 24, culminated with an award ceremony gala hosted by Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort & Spa.Agents were celebrated for their contributions to Saint Lucia’s record-breaking year in tourism. “We are excited to honour our valued travel agent partners this month at the Global Piton Awards,” said Rod Hanna, Director of Sales, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. “Travel advisors remain at the forefront of our industry and the Global Piton Awards is our way to honor Canada’s top producing agents.” The top 31 winners were honored with the prestigious award for recording the highest number of room night bookings last year through the SLEx program. The recipients included six winners from Canada, 15 winners from the U.S., and 10 winners from the UK and Ireland.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backHere’s a list of the Canadian winners …. Shannon Blackburn, K Benn Travel Inc. (Toronto, ON). Ingrid Godman, Ingrid’s Travel (Pickering, ON). Jen Hardy, Nexion Canada (London, ON). Ryan Smith, Robert Q Travel (London, ON). Reza Salkhordeh, Marlin Travel (Mississauga, ON). Kathie Ashby, Ashby’s Travel, part of The Travel Agent Next Door (Perth, ON) Posted bycenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Saint Lucia << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more