Canadian man died protecting daughter in Sint Maarten family says

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — The daughter of a Quebec man who died following an alleged robbery attempt in Sint Maarten says her father was shot while trying to protect her. The victim’s daughter, Yanie Valade, paid tribute to her father in an emotional Facebook post, saying he died a hero.A separate family member identified the Canadian victim as Sylvain Valade from Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, a town in the Laurentians region north of Montreal.Global Affairs Canada said Saturday a Canadian citizen had died in Florida after an incident in the Caribbean nation, but declined to provide further information.Sint Maarten police have said in a news release that a Canadian man was shot Wednesday night after a robbery. They said the man was walking with his daughter when the two were approached by a suspect who attempted to steal from them.Sint Maarten’s justice and tourist ministers have condemned the violent act and said the government is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.last_img read more

Donald Trump Supporter Charged In Plot to Bomb Muslims

New York – A self-described Donald Trump follower was arrested and charged on Sunday in California with possession of an explosive device that would allegedly be used to bomb Muslims.Police evacuated a neighborhood in Richmond, San Francisco, California after receiving an anonymous phone tip on December 17 that a man was fabricating bombs and making threats to kill Muslims, American media reported.Authorities located the residence of William Celli, a 55-year-old American from California, and removed a suspicious device from his home, which was later detonated by the police, according to CBS San Francisco. According to NBC, police had not yet determined if the explosive device was active or inactive. The suspect remains at the Contra Costa County jail. William Celli, a self-employed plumber, often made derogatory comments on Facebook about Syrian refugees, Latino immigrants, Democrats, and the lack of right-wing Republicans.“Very unhappy to report that we are getting invaded by tens of thousands of illegals. I have lost 30% of my business to Hispanics coming to my country under false pretenses and freeload in construction or in the blue collar sector they need to go back home let’s not talk about the welfare they suck dry,” Celli posted on June 2014.He also made several comments to declare his hard-die support for Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, and his anti-Muslim rhetoric. “Donald trumps on again I’m happy leaders okay but this guys a great point man I’ll follow this MAN to the end of the world,” Celli wrote on October 21.“Donald Trump’s on again I’m feeling good about myself,” he posted again on October 28.Although Celli was charged with making a bomb with the intention to kill Muslims, mainstream media failed to report the act as a terrorist threat, much less as white-supremacist or right-wing extremist.According to a report by US Uncut website, the New America Foundation, reported white right-wing extremists as the “most dangerous terrorist groups in the United States”.More Americans have been murdered at the hands of white supremacists than by Muslim extremists since 9/11, according to the FBI. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), hate crimes against American mosques in 2015 have exceeded previous years.“Of the total of 71 incidents to date in 2015, 29 occurred since the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.” said CAIR via Facebook.  “Of those 29 incidents, 15 occurred prior to the December 3 San Bernardino killings and 14 took place after that attack,” CAIR statistics noted. read more

Korean leader receives President Sirisena in unscheduled meeting

South Korean President Moon Jae-In received President Maithripala Sirisena in Seoul today in an unscheduled meeting ahead of scheduled talks set for tomorrow.President Maithripala Sirisena received an unexpected warm welcome from the Korean President when Sirisena visited the Jogyesa Temple. Sirisena was surprised to find President Moon waiting to receive him together with the Most Venerable Seol Jeong, head of the Jogye Order, the most prominent Buddhist sect in Korea. Most Venerable Seol Jeong blessed the two Presidents and expressed the hope that the two humble leaders would be able to carry forward the two countries and the people towards progress.Ministers Dr Sarath Amunugama, Tilak Marapana, Daya Gamage, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Malik Samarawickrema and Thalatha Athukorale also joined the President on this visit to the Jogyesa Temple. (Colombo Gazette) President Sirisena said that although he had visited many countries as President, he could not meet a single leader before the official scheduled meetings. “This magnanimous gesture of humbleness shows the greatness of President Moon and his affection towards Sri Lanka and its people,” he said.President Moon said that he has many things in common with President Sirisena as both came from rural areas and struggled for years and served the people amidst difficulties to reach the current top positions. President Moon said that although he was not scheduled to visit the temple today, he decided to come unannounced as he wanted to show his respect to President Sirisena. “We have so many things in common and I wanted to meet him and develop a friendship before I meet him officially,” President Moon said. read more

Man charged with murder after body found in Haliburton home

Ontario Provincial Police has charged a 33-year-old man after the body of a male was found inside a home in Haliburton.Norman Hart, of Haliburton, has been charged with second-degree murder. Police discovered the body after responding to a call for assistance at a residence on Highland St. Investigators say they are withholding the victim’s identity until next of kin have been notified. They did confirm the deceased was male. The investigation is ongoing with members of the Haliburton Highlands and City of Kawartha Lakes Crime Unit, under the direction of Detective Staff Sergeant Kurtis Fredericks of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch. Police are asking anyone with information to contact OPP at 705-286-1431 or 1-888-310-1122.

New book documents growing cooperation between UN and businesses

“Building Partnerships” – a new book which documents the growing cooperation between the UN and the business community in tackling a range of development challenges – was launched today by the United Nations and the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum.The new publication “offers the most comprehensive review of collaborative arrangements between the entire UN system and the business community that we have undertaken so far,” Shashi Tharoor, the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, told a press briefing held in conjunction with the launch. “It is not only a source of rich information about particular projects and initiatives that are increasingly taking shape throughout the UN, it is also a handbook for practitioners explaining what can be done and how it can be done in cooperation to implement broader UN goals.”Mr. Tharoor said the book told the story of how the UN was learning to work with the private sector while developing innovative ways to make business part of the solution to the kinds of problems faced by the world – a priority of Kofi Annan’s tenure at the Organization’s helm. “I would go so far as to say that the Secretary-General has made this a central theme of his efforts to renew the Organization, and this book shows that a great deal is happening,” the Under-Secretary-General said.Georg Kell, Executive Head of the Global Compact, agreed. “Kofi Annan’s leadership has been crucial; right from the beginning of his first term he has made very clear that opening up the Organization to non-State actors – business, labour, NGOs [non-governmental organizations], civil society at large – is essential if we are gain relevance in the twenty-first century.”Mr. Kell said managing the UN’s new involvement with businesses had presented numerous challenges, not least safeguarding the world body’s integrity and image. “We also had to learn how to distinguish between different forms of engagement… to distinguish between philanthropy on the one hand and strategic engagement around values – both of which require totally different approaches and both of which, we believe, should be separated by a firewall,” he said.The book’s author, Jane Nelson of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum, pointed to the “growing focus on corporate citizenship, good corporate governance, and corporate responsibility.” The book, she said, documented innovative approaches to tackling global problems. She cited the example of MTV, “which reaches millions of young people around the world, [and] has a big programme working with UNAIDS about getting messages out about HIV/AIDS from the young people themselves.” read more

BlackBerry looks to get money from its BBM chat service with new

BlackBerry looks to get money from its BBM chat service with new offerings by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2014 11:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – BlackBerry is about to launch an update to its popular BlackBerry Messenger chat service that it hopes will rake in some extra coin.The Waterloo, Ont.-based technology firm is looking to generate revenue with its BBM app through sponsorships with brand names and by launching a new BBM Shop that deals in virtual goods.The plan delivers on a promise last year when it said BBM, which has grown to more than 85 million since the chat service became available to iPhones and Android devices, would become a money-making business.The company has no intentions to start charging most users for the app, opting instead for various other hooks to drive revenues, from selling enhanced emoticons known as “stickers” to the eventual launch of a secure payment platform.“At no point should monetization come at the expense of the user,” said David Proulx, senior director of BBM Business Development at a meeting with reporters Tuesday.“Approaches we’re taking all — in their own way — add incremental value to the BBM experience.”The technology community was skeptical when BlackBerry first talked about plans to make the BBM service a viable business, but over the past few months chat applications have grabbed the attention of investors after Facebook purchased the competing service WhatsApp for US$19 billion.Now it’s up to BlackBerry to generate money from its own service without alienating users.When an update to the BBM software is released “within the next week,” the company will open the doors to a new virtual shop which will heavily promote a line of virtual stickers designed by various artists.While the “sticker” phenomenon has yet to truly catch on in North America, it’s wildly popular in Asia where it has become an important form of communication online, Proulx said.Facebook’s messaging service has its own line of large and colourful pictures that users can use to convey their emotions.BlackBerry hopes to expand stickers to include partners like World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Companies will either share revenues from sales or pay BlackBerry to give out free stickers with its product on them, perhaps to help market a new movie or promote a soda.Further sponsorship deals will be made through an updated version of its BBM Channels service, which will allow users to follow their favourite companies or download sponsored apps that are catered to their specific interests, whether its music, sports or business.For corporate users, BlackBerry will launch BBM Protected this summer. Companies can purchase the enhanced level of encryption as part its enterprise services.In the longer term, BlackBerry hopes to turn BBM into a mobile financial services tool that will allow users to link their bank account to their phone for easier payments.While the company tested out a early version of the idea with BBM Money in Indonesia, Proulx said it will still be awhile before other parts of the world get to access similar technology.BlackBerry is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter and year-end financial results early Friday. read more

Ban welcomes Korean family reunions looks forward to more dialogue exchanges

According to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York, the reunions are being held from 20 to 26 October at Mount Kumgang in DPRK.“The Secretary-General is encouraged by the positive trends related to inter-Korean relations, particularly the ‘August Agreement.’ He hopes that the recent momentum will pave the way for greater inter-Korean dialogue, people-to-people contact, reconciliation and cooperation,” said the statement.The Secretary-General also urged for more dialogue and exchanges between the two governments to ‘contribute the promotion of human rights, peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula’.

Barber accused of assaulting differently abled man charged

A 24-year-old barber was on Monday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for assaulting and making mockery of a man who is differently abled.Kevin Sookrim stood before Principle Magistrate Judy Latchman and denied that he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Colin Set-Mayer while in the vicinity of Kitty, Georgetown on April 22, 2018.Another charge read to Sookrim stated that on the said day at the said location he also unlawfully wounded Jeremiah Williams with intention to cause him actual bodily harm.However, the prosecution is contending that on the day in question around 11:30h the victims were walking amongst others when the accused started to make fun of his disabilities.It was alleged that the accused then dealt the virtual complainant several cuffs and kicks about his body which resulted in his receiving lacerations to his left side abdomen.Sookim was subsequently arrested and charged.He was granted his pretrial liberty in the sum of  $100,000 and $80,000 on each charge, respectively.The matter was adjourned until October 15, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAgricola resident fined $80,000 for assaulting toddlerJuly 10, 2013In “Crime”One year jail for man found guilty of assaulting ‘child mother’February 8, 2014In “Crime”Sophia man charged with assaulting UncleAugust 26, 2015In “Crime” read more

Our favourite Twitter exchange of the day

first_imgTHERE’S SOMETHING COMFORTING about the fact that William Shatner, AKA Captain Kirk, keeps an eye on what’s going on in space.Twitter/@WilliamShatnerWe’d like to think, should they need him, he’d simply ask Scotty to beam him up to lend a hand.7 reasons to watch tonight’s Brit Awards>Our 8 favourite people from the Harlem Shake videos>What is Lily Allen on about?>last_img

Sitdown Sunday Two ships a superstorm and one chance for survival

first_img IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. The death of Emmett Till Emmett Till Source: AP/Press Association ImagesEmmett Till was just a young teen when he was murdered in Mississippi, with photographs of his horrific lynching seen around the world. John Edgar Wideman looks at Till’s life, and that of his father – and whether his father died due to a perversion of justice.(Esquire, approx 40 mins reading time)Today Emmett Till is generally viewed as a civil-rights martyr, but the shabby trial that exonerated his killers, and the crucial role played by Till’s father afterward, have largely disappeared from the public’s imagination. Silenced, the Till trial serves as an unacknowledged, abiding precedent. Again and again in courtrooms across America, killers are released as if colored lives they have snatched away do not matter.2. Life and death in El SalvadorRachel Nolan tells the story of young women in El Salvador, where “an active medical and law-enforcement system finds and tries women who are suspected of having had abortions”. This means that women who have miscarriages or stillbirths have much to fear.(Harpers, approx 46 mins reading time)The sentence is two to eight years in prison. But because El Salvador’s constitution classifies a fertilized egg as a legal person, in many cases prosecutors arbitrarily upgrade the charge to aggravated homicide, which carries a penalty of between thirty and fifty years in jail. (The aggravated-homicide charge is meant to apply to cases in which the fetus is more than twenty-two weeks old, but judges rarely learn the details of a pregnancy.) In July, the conservative party ARENA proposed to the Legislative Assembly that the minimum prison sentence for women convicted of abortion be raised to thirty years.3. Baseball prospect turned hitman  Source: Shutterstock/Andrey YurlovMaurice Lerner was a baseball player with talent, but it wasn’t enough to stop him from entering a life of crime. Here’s his story.(New York Times, approx 25 mins reading time)He also seemed to carry a self-destructive fear of success. Family lore has it that he sabotaged a chance to move up to the Pirates after Mazeroski got hurt — it is true, at least, that Mazeroski, a future Hall of Famer, incurred a couple of injuries at the time — by picking a fight with his manager. “One of his biggest regrets,” Glen Lerner says. “Whenever he was going to get promoted, he would do something to undermine it. He didn’t know how to explain it.” 4. Iceland, women, and equalityIs Iceland the best country in the world to live in? It’s seen as progressive and equal, and here’s the background on how it got to where it is.(The Guardian, approx 9 mins reading time)For the past six years, Iceland has topped the World Economic Forum’s gender gap index and looks likely to do so again this week. The Economist recently named Iceland the world’s best place for working women – in comparison, the UK came in at No. 24. Ólafsdóttir’s philosophy seems to sit well with the nation’s progressive accomplishments, but her network of schools has been going for less than 20 years. So, if preschoolers trained in feminism aren’t the reason for this gender success story, what is?5. Surviving life under Isis Militants in the Qandil Mountains, PKK (The Kurdistan Workers Party). Source: Shutterstock/thomas kochNational Geographic journeys to Mosul to find out what life was like under Islamic State rule, as the Iraqi military amongst others begins to destroy their hold there. What they find paints a chilling picture.(National Geographic, approx 56 mins reading time)In 2015 Mosul was cut off by security forces. The markets went empty. The electricity was cut, then the water. ISIS got more brutal. When Ali bandaged the hand of a woman who wasn’t fully covered, he was accused of being sexually involved with her. He was jailed and received 50 lashings and counted himself lucky to still have his head. Air strikes flattened Mosul around him. He realized he must risk a quick death and leave—or stay and die slowly.6. Storm rescueIn 2015, two giant ships – the Minouche and the El Faro – sailed into a superstorm. The storm had defied all prediction, and the ships were headed into serious danger. Their only chance of survival? A young Coast Guard crew.(GQ, approx 32 mins reading time)With the ship unable to navigate, the waves took over, turning the boat until she was broadside to the waves. Drifting powerless, the Minouche was now nature’s punching bag. On board, they were running out of options. Night was descending, and there was nothing left to do but enact the terrible routines that every sailor dreads. A crew member sent a hurried e-mail to the ship’s agent in Miami and activated the emergency signal that provided would-be rescuers with the ship’s location. Meanwhile, the captain authorized a distress call on the Inmarsat satellite network. Then he ordered the crew to prepare to abandon ship.…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Source: LionsgateVOD/YouTubeIn 1977, Maureen North reported in Newsweek on the filming of the Francis Ford Coppola film Apocalypse Now. Her tales from the middle of the jungle bring us right to the heart of the shoot.(Maureen North, approx 15 mins reading time)Life on the set – four different locations in the Philippines – also escalated quickly to apocalyptic dimensions. The young crew, composed largely of Americans, Filipions and Italians, weathered a typhoon, survived dysentery and sweated through day after day of relentless heat – alleviated by periodic R&R trips to Hong Kong. Stuntmen amused themselves by diving from fourth-story windows into the motel pool below. The prop man, Doug Madison, became adept at fabricating top secret CIA documents, thought nothing of driving 400 miles to fetch a special Army knife, and made a connection with a supplier of real corpses – before he was vetoed.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> Sitdown Sunday: Two ships, a superstorm, and one chance for survival Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 9:00 AM Share15 Tweet Email2 No Comments Oct 30th 2016, 9:00 AM center_img By Aoife Barry 22,115 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

70 des bébés britanniques mangent trop salé

first_img70% des bébés britanniques mangent trop saléSelon une récente étude, 70% des bébés britanniques âgés de moins de 8 mois consommeraient plus de sel que le niveau maximum établi au Royaume-Uni, faute notamment aux préparations alimentaires industrielles, au lait de vache et au pain. Ce n’est pas la première fois que les scientifiques alertent sur la surconsommation de sel, mais jusqu’ici les études portaient plutôt sur la population générale. Ainsi, ce sont des chiffres inquiétants qu’a révélé fin juillet, une étude réalisée au Royaume-Uni sur près de 1.200 nourrissons âgés de moins de 8 mois. Selon les observations des chercheurs de l’université de Bristol qui ont conduit les recherches, près de 70% de ces bébés consommaient trop de sel et ce, à des taux dépassant largement le seuil maximum normalement établi. Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques ont étudié les dossiers alimentaires sur 3 jours continus des nourrissons qu’ils ont répartis en quatre groupes selon leur consommation de sel. Ils ont alors constaté que dès l’âge de 3-4 mois, certains enfants recevaient un apport en sel moyen, capable d’atteindre le double du maximum recommandé pour ce groupe d’âge, soit le double de 400 milligrammes de sodium par jour jusqu’à 12 mois.”Ces résultats montrent que les apports en sel doivent être considérablement réduits chez les enfants de ce groupe d’âge. Les bébés ont besoin d’aliments spécialement préparés pour eux, sans sel ajouté, il est donc important d’adapter le régime alimentaire de la famille. Des conseils clairs sur les aliments adaptés aux nourrissons sont nécessaires pour les parents. En particulier, le lait de vache ne devrait pas être une boisson courante avant le 1er anniversaire de l’enfant” ont ainsi commenté les chercheurs cité par, pain et plats préparés trop salés À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?En effet, selon leur étude, plusieurs aliments sont mis en cause, et notamment le lait de vache. Alors qu’il est souvent consommé comme boisson principale, celui-ci a une teneur en sodium plus élevé que le lait maternel ou maternisé, et est donc normalement déconseillé aux enfants de moins de 1 an. De même, le pain est un autre aliment à consommer avec modération car il présente souvent une forte teneur en sel. Mais au Royaume-Uni comme dans les autres pays européens, la majorité du sodium apporté provient de celui ajouté lors de la fabrication des aliments préparés par les industriels. A côté de cela, l’ajout pendant la cuisson ou à table ne représente qu’un faible pourcentage. Les auteurs ajoutent ainsi : “Les stratégies de réduction du sel ne seront efficaces qu’avec la coopération de l’industrie alimentaire. Les fabricants ont la responsabilité de réduire la teneur en sel des produits alimentaires. Ce processus a déjà commencé en Grande-Bretagne et dans de nombreux pays européens, mais il reste encore beaucoup à faire”.Le 5 août 2011 à 14:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bangladesh to fence border with Myanmar

first_imgA Myanmar soldier stands near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar on 27 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersBangladesh is planning to fence the border with Myanmar.Border Guard Bangladesh director general, major general Abul Hossain made the statement during a joint media conference with the Indian Border Security Force at a BSF camp in New Delhi on Friday, reports the Firstpost.The BGB DG said they have assured the BSF that the policy of the Bangladeshi government is very clear and “does not allow” their soil to be used for any kind of terrorist activity, neither in their country nor against its neighbour India. Hossain said his country was also planning to have a fenced border with Myanmar, adds the Indian news and media website.The BSF concluded its bi-annual four-day talks with their counterparts, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), and chalked out plans to keep a vigil on the “spillover effect of the Rohingyas crossing over to India.”BSF director general (DG) KK Sharma and the visiting BGB chief, major general Abul Hossain, addressed the media at the end of their talks that began after the Bangladeshi delegation arrived here on 2 October, according to the Firstpost.Sharma said both the sides discussed the issue of Rohingyas.”We are both aware that the issue is very very serious as large number of Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh. You are very right in apprehending that the spillover effect of the Rohingyas crossing over to India is also very genuine. Both of us (BSF-BGB) have taken steps.”The BGB has ensured that their (Rohingyas) movement is being regulated and they have mounted some nakas and check posts on various routes to ensure that they do not cross over to our side,” the BSF DG said.He added that “140 vulnerable border posts” along the 4,096-kilometre long India-Bangladesh border – that can be exploited for illegal crossing over of Rohingyas – have been identified by the BSF. These posts, Sharma said, are being “strengthened by us by deploying more manpower and by technological inputs and gadgets.”The surveillance equipments, the BSF chief said, have been “diverted” from other BSF posts and deployed all along the eastern frontier.”We are also in touch with our sister agencies, the intelligence agencies, to identify and take action against the touts. Because, these people (Rohingyas) cannot come on their own. There are organised criminals on both the sides who assist in their crossing over to India. So, we are mounting the campaign against the touts,” DG Sharma said.He added that the border guarding force has “sensitised” the local population to inform them about people trespassing across the border.The BSF DG said the force is constantly in touch with the BGB on a daily basis. “…our commanders on the border can speak to each other quickly and share intelligence on any movement of Rohingyas.”The BGB DG said his country has already begun the mandatory registration of all Rohingyas entering Bangladesh.”This is a problem in Myanmar and this is not our problem. Five lakh people have already come to Bangladesh. But, this is a problem for our country also…they (Rohingyas) cannot spread all over the country.”Our government has taken a decision and the Rohingyas have been put in the Cox’s Bazar district,” he said, adding they have identified the exit and entry points (of Rohingyas) which are being guarded properly.”We have started the registration of these people…we have declared that anybody without registration will not be given any facilities. We have also informed our people in the country to inform about any such person to law enforcement agencies,” Hossain said.He added that Myanmar has told Bangladesh that they will “soon form a joint working committee to find out Rohingyas and take them back.”last_img read more

Sri Lanka reinstates Wickremesinghe as prime minister

first_imgSri Lanka`s ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe gestures during a parliament session in Colombo on 12 December 2018. Photo: AFPSri Lanka’s president on Sunday reappointed as prime minister the same man he sacked from the job nearly two months ago, ending a messy power struggle that had paralysed the island nation.Ranil Wickremesinghe, whose shock dismissal in late October threw Sri Lanka into constitutional crisis, was sworn in at a closed-door ceremony in the president’s office in Colombo.The 69-year-old had refused to step aside since being dumped and replaced by controversial strongman Mahinda Rajapakse — leaving the country with two rival leaders and no functioning government.The ousted premier had long asserted his dismissal was illegal, a view supported by Sri Lanka’s parliament which six times voted against Rajapakse’s claim to rule during tumultuous sessions that erupted into brawls.President Maithripala Sirisena had refused to bow to pressure as the country drifted, declaring he would never reappoint Wickremesinghe and deriding his once-ally in public speeches as their alliance imploded.The acrimony between the two was underscored Sunday when Sirisena barred journalists from attending the swearing-in ceremony — leaving it to Wickremesinghe’s legislators to announce the appointment.”We thank the citizens of the country who fought the illegal seizure of power and ensured that democracy was restored,” his United National Party of Sri Lanka posted on Twitter.A photo of the foes smiling and bowing at each other circulated widely on social media, and crackers were burst in celebration in parts of the country.A spokesman for Wickremesinghe said he was expected to form a cabinet in the coming days with priority given to the 2019 budget — without which Sri Lanka risks government shutdown and defaulting on its sizeable foreign debt.- Debt fears -On Wednesday, the legislature voted overwhelmingly to demand the reinstatement of Wickremesinghe.Sirisena’s resistance became untenable after the country’s highest court last week ruled that he acted outside the constitution when he dissolved parliament in early November and called early elections.The Supreme Court also confirmed that Rajapakse could not exercise the powers of a prime minister until he proved his legitimacy — which without enough support in parliament was impossible.Sirisena’s disputed appointee had pressed ahead, forming a purported government and naming a cabinet even as parliament cut off state funds to his office.But on Saturday Rajapakse — who presided over the bloody end to Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009 — backed down from the post of prime minister, signalling the 51-day standoff had come to a bitter close.The strongman, whose past administrations were accused of gross rights abuses and whose family still holds considerable sway in Sri Lanka, promised to make a comeback at local council elections.”There is no doubt at all that the people who stood by us since 2015 will continue to support us in the future as well,” he said addressing his close associates.”We will bring the forces opposed to the country down to their knees by organising the people.”His aides said he was returning a fleet of limousines he had used since his disputed appointment.The country has been heading for a government shutdown as parliament failed to approve spending for 2019, and credit rating agencies downgraded its debt amid fears of a sovereign default.There were doubts about the country’s ability to repay $1.5 billion due to bond holders by 10 January without a legally constituted administration.Some factions within Sri Lanka’s parliament have pushed for Sirisena to be investigated for orchestrating an alleged coup.last_img

The DNC Is About To Cut The 2020 Field In Half

first_img Carlos Osorio The DNC Is About To Cut The 2020 Field In Half, And Spark… by NPR News Jessica Taylor 8.28.19 5:00am The massive Democratic presidential field could begin its inevitable reduction this week with only half of the current candidates set to make the cut for next month’s debate. The controversial decision will please many party stalwarts who worry that the often dizzying number of Democrats seeking the nomination could endanger their chances of defeating President Trump. But other candidates who have struggled to gain traction and meet the debate qualifications set forth by the Democratic National Committee are already complaining party leaders are trying to manipulate the process — and voters won’t even weigh in for more than five months. The 2020 election has presented the DNC with a new set of challenges as it tries to maneuver the largest field in modern presidential history. Here’s how the party got here, the historical precedents that led up to this cycle and why, ultimately, the party does end up playing an outsized role in the nominating process. Has the party always stepped in during primaries?”There is a widespread misconception that the right to vote covers voting in primaries. It does not,” said Elaine Kamarck of the Brookings Institution. Kamarck, who is author of Primary Politics: Everything You Need to Know about How America Nominates Its Presidential Candidates, says federal courts have upheld that either political party has the right to set the rules how they want to, as long as civil rights aren’t violated. Primaries are not covered, she says, because they “are the process whereby a private or semi-public organization called the political party nominates people to be its standardbearer. In fact, parties have quite a stake in who their standardbearer is because the value of a party is its brand.”That’s why parties are constantly evolving and reacting to the latest elections as they try to nominate the strongest candidate. In fact, the modern primary system as we know it now has only been in place for about the past 50 years as a reaction to the 1968 election. That race saw Democrats nominate Hubert Humphrey, who hadn’t run in any primaries, over the anti-war Eugene McCarthy; Humphrey went on to lose to Republican Richard Nixon. So the party moved away from letting delegates and party insiders pick their nominee. But four years later, after Democrat George McGovern lost in a landslide to Nixon, there was a push for more party influence in choosing a nominee — thus superdelegates (delegates who are free to support any candidate) were created to supplement delegates accrued via parties and caucuses. Then in 1988, Democrats replaced a winner-take-all system for individual state contests, like the one used by the GOP, with a proportional allocation system, provided a candidate gets 15% of the vote. Still, there’s been a constant push and pull between how much influence primaries versus party leaders should have. After 2016, the role of superdelegates was drastically reduced amid pressure from Bernie Sanders allies. How have debates been handled by parties in the past? The question of who makes it on stage hasn’t been much of a problem for Democrats until this year, although Republicans began to grapple with it last election. With the sheer number of candidates continuing to grow each cycle, it’s a phenomenon that may not be waning. In 2004 and 2008, for example, all the Democratic candidates were able to fit on one stage, with fewer than 10 major hopefuls running each time. But in 2016, Republicans saw about 17 major candidates seek their party’s nomination. So the Republican National Committee decided to split the candidates into slots for two different debates — what became known as the main stage debate for the higher-polling candidates and then the “undercard” debate for lower-polling hopefuls. Unlike the Republicans in 2016, Democrats this year are allowing all candidates to debate in prime time.The RNC came under fire for relying on polling alone to shape their candidate field. So this year, with Democrats facing an even larger field that hit 24 hopefuls at its highest, the DNC came up with a two-pronged system that used not just polling but also fundraising measures to determine which candidates would qualify. For the first two debates in June and July, the rules were more lenient. A candidate only had to reach 1% in at least four sanctioned national or early state polls in addition to reaching 65,000 donors from 20 different states. But for the September and October debates, those benchmarks doubled to 2% in four polls and 130,000 donors. So the 20 candidates who made the first debates has been cut in half. Ten candidates qualify so far, with just one day left for others on the verge to do so. Not making the debate stage doesn’t disqualify a candidate, though — and some who don’t meet September’s stringent criteria could still make it in for October.Are the debate rules really that limiting for candidates? No, according to the DNC Chairman Tom Perez. Back in June he defended the committee’s rules, saying that there was an expectation that candidates had to show they were gaining support and not just staying stagnant, especially in such a large field. “We’ve said this all along, that in the fall we’re going to raise the threshold because that’s what we always do. You have to demonstrate that you’re making progress. And 2% is hardly a high bar in my judgment,” Perez said on CNN in June. “You can’t win the presidency in the modern era if you can’t build relationships with the grassroots.”Others who have struggled to qualify say the requirements benefit wealthy candidates who can spend more. Earlier this month, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock blasted the rules that could now let billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, who just entered the race last month, make the cut but would keep out Bullock, who has argued his electability based on winning in a Trump state but has struggled to catch on nonetheless. Kamarck’s suggestion for Democrats to help the process could boost someone like Bullock. She says that while the party has recoiled from the appearance of trying to determine who might be strong or weak candidates, instead leaving it up to more tangible measures like polls and fundraising, they should reconsider that stance. The fact that this debate is likely to leave out every single governor running in addition to other elected officials who, in any other cycle, could be strong contenders, is evidence of the hesitation to let party leaders weigh in at all — even if it could be needed. Instead, at least three candidates who have never held any type of federal or statewide office before are expected to be on stage. (Of course, Republican Party leaders were unhappy when a political newcomer swamped their primary field in 2016. And then he won the White House.)”What we’ve lost in this nomination system, which we had in the old system was peer review — people who know the individuals and know what is required don’t have any say anymore in the process,” argued Kamarck. “It’s been an overreaction.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Most Men Not Getting Needed Prostate Cancer Screening Treatment Information

first_imgNews | Prostate Cancer | January 13, 2016 Most Men Not Getting Needed Prostate Cancer Screening, Treatment Information Study finds national controversy about screening affects what physicians choose to discuss with patients Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more 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 | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more January 13, 2016 — A recent article in the American Journal of Men’s Health found that men and their health providers are not having important discussions when it comes to prostate cancer screening and treatment.As a UNMC urologist who treats prostate cancer, Chad LaGrange, M.D., subscribes to the American Urological Association’s guidelines that recommend screening for men 55-69 years of age and men younger than 55 years of age whose family member had prostate cancer or are African-American.Since the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended in 2012 against prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening – a simple blood test – a number of organizations have begun to caution against routine population screening. At the same time, there are some organizations that continue to recommend PSA screening.“Nobody is willing to make strict guidelines concerning prostate cancer screening,” said LaGrange, associate professor and the Edward and Sally Malashock Chair of Urologic Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), who was one of the authors of the article. “Part of the problem is the current recommendations for screening are vague. The task force study has some flaws.“Most of the guidelines today say it’s OK to screen, but if screening is done, health providers should really discuss with the patient what screening means and what the downfalls are and what the advantages are. This is called shared decision making.”LaGrange and researchers from UNMC and the University of Memphis wanted to know if this “shared decision making” is happening between providers and patients, which patients are getting a good discussion about prostate cancer screening and which patients aren’t.Lead author of the study is Soumitra Bhuyan, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Health Systems, Management and Policy at the University of Memphis.Researchers looked at 1,700 patient questionnaires nationwide, which asked questions about PSA screening to determine if physicians were going over the risks and benefits before doing the screening or explaining how prostate cancer is treated.The researchers measured whether four areas were communicated with patients. Below are the areas and results:17 percent of patients were told that some experts disagree about whether men should have PSA tests;23 percent were told that some types of prostate cancer are slow-growing and need no treatment;25 percent were told that the PSA test isn’t always accurate in diagnosing prostate cancer; and31 percent of patients were told that treating any type of prostate cancer can lead to serious side effects such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.LaGrange said the study showed only 9 percent of patients had all four areas discussed with them.His advice for men with the conflicting information?“The only way to find the serious prostate cancer cases is to screen,” he said. “If there’s a diagnosis, then men should get a second opinion to decide whether it needs to be treated based on the guidelines and all clinical information available.”LaGrange said the debate should focus not so much on prostate cancer screening but rather on over-treating prostate cancer.“Some cancers don’t need to be treated. We can watch patients and simply follow them,” he said.LaGrange said one of the biggest take home messages from the study is that men should establish a long-term relationship with a primary care physician.“This speaks to the physician-patient relationship. An open discussion is more likely with a provider with whom patients have a long-term relationship,” he said.Other UNMC researchers who were part of the study include Aastha Chandak, Niodita Gupta, M.D., and Sudhir Isharwal, M.D.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 morelast_img read more

Google Project Zero discovers a cache invalidation bug in Linux memory management

first_img“Raise your game on merging kernel security fixes, you’re leaving users exposed for weeks”-Jann Horn to maintainers of Ubuntu and Debian Jann Horn, the Google Project Zero researcher who discovered the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws, is making headlines once again. He has uncovered a cache invalidation bug in the Linux kernel. The kernel bug is a cache invalidation flaw in Linux memory management that has been tagged as CVE-2018-17182. The bug has been already reported to Linux kernel maintainers on September 12. Without any delay, Linux founder, Linus Torvalds fixed this bug in his upstream kernel tree two weeks ago. It was also fixed in the upstream stable kernel releases 4.18.9, 4.14.71, 4.9.128, and 4.4.157 and  3.16.58. Earlier last week, Horn released an “ugly exploit” for Ubuntu 18.04, which “takes about an hour to run before popping a root shell”. The Bug discovered by Project Zero The vulnerability is a use-after-free (UAF) attack. It works by exploiting the cache invalidation bug in the Linux memory management system, thus allowing an attacker to obtain root access to the target system. UAF vulnerabilities are a type of ‘memory-based corruption bug’. Once attackers gain access to the system, they can cause system crashes, alter or corrupt data, and gain privileged user access.Whenever a userspace page fault occurs, for instance, when a page has to be paged in on demand, the Linux kernel has to look up the Virtual Memory Area (VMA) that contains the fault address to figure out how to handle the fault. To avoid any performance hit, Linux has a fastpath that can bypass the tree walk if the VMA was recently used. When a VMA is freed, the VMA caches of all threads must be invalidated – otherwise, the next VMA lookup would follow a dangling pointer. However, since a process can have many threads, simply iterating through the VMA caches of all threads would be a performance problem. To solve this, both the struct mm_struct and the per-thread struct vmacache are tagged with sequence numbers. When the VMA lookup fastpath discovers in vmacache_valid() that current->vmacache.seqnum and current->mm->vmacache_seqnum don’t match, it wipes the contents of the current thread’s VMA cache and updates its sequence number. The sequence numbers of the mm_struct and the VMA cache were only 32 bits wide, meaning that it was possible for them to overflow.  To overcome this, in version 3.16, an optimization was added. However, Horn asserts that this optimization is incorrect because it doesn’t take into account what happens if a previously single-threaded process creates a new thread immediately after the mm_struct’s sequence number has wrapped around to zero. The bug was fixed by changing the sequence numbers to 64 bits, thereby making an overflow infeasible, and removing the overflow handling logic. Horn has raised concerns that some Linux distributions are leaving users exposed to potential attacks by not reacting fast enough to frequently updated upstream stable kernel releases. End users of Linux distributions aren’t protected until each distribution merges the changes from upstream stable kernels, and then users install that updated release. Between these two points, the issue also gets exposure on public mailing lists, giving both Linux distributions and would-be attackers a chance to take action. As of today, Debian stable and Ubuntu releases 16.04 and 18.04 have not yet fixed the issue, in spite of the latest kernel update occurring around a month earlier. This means there’s a gap of several weeks between the flaw being publicly disclosed and fixes reaching end users. Canonical, the UK company that maintains Ubuntu, has responded to Horn’s blog, and says fixes “should be released” around Monday, October 1. The window of exposure between the time an upstream fix is published and the time the fix actually becomes available to users is concerning. This gap could be utilized by an attacker to write a kernel exploit in the meantime. It is no secret that Linux distributions don’t publish kernel updates regularly.This vulnerability highlights the importance of having a secure kernel configuration. Looks like the team at Linux needs to check and re-check their security patches before it is made available to the public.You can head over to Google Project Zero’s official blog page for more insights on the vulnerability and how it was exploited by Jann Horn. Read Next NetSpectre attack exploits data from CPU memorySpectreRSB targets CPU return stack buffer, found on Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsetsMeet ‘Foreshadow’: The L1 Terminal Fault in Intel’s chipslast_img read more

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first_imgIf only we could put down our electronic gadgets for a day or two, the benefits would be manifold. Research proves we become more peaceful, breathe more deeply and slow down when we’re prised away from our precious phone. Not just that, we are more present, having deeper, more connected conversations with friends and family, and become more reflective, finding solutions for problems when we go for a walk, say, rather than staying glued to our social media channels. But it’s easier said than done, which is why Grand Hotel Kronenhof is helping to make it happen on holiday.Book into one of its new Digital Detox weekends and all of your electronic devices will be taken from you at check-in to be stored in the hotel’s main safe, well away from temptation. The Kronenhof then has a relaxing but well planned schedule to keep guests busy enough that they will hardly have time to miss their phones, tablets or laptops.One morning will be spent learning ski yoga up on the slopes, followed by an afternoon of a detox bath, a 50-minute massage and a pilates class in the Kronenhof Spa studio. The second day will start with an early (7:30am) sunrise hike, breakfast and a leisurely morning in the Spa (reading an old-fashioned book perhaps), with an energy-inducing massage to look forward to in the afternoon. The hotel’s Vitality Menu (a light alternative with a strong vegetarian element) is on offer at the Grand Restaurant for the first two evenings, but gourmet treats await at Restaurant Kronenstübli on the third and final night.The package is only bookable on certain weekends during the winter season: 8 to 11 December 2016, 15 to 18 December 2016, 12 to 15 January 2017 and 16 to 19 March 2017. Prices start from CHF 1455 per person sharing a double room and include half-board, plus all the activities and spa treatments mentioned previously.You can rest assured that 72 hours not looking at any blue light will help to de-frazzle the brain and leave you feeling less anxious, more connected and completely recharged.last_img read more

CTO says 3 increase in tourism revenue was a success Updated

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesRevenue from tourism rose a mere 3 per cent, to €357.7m year-on-year in July as Cyprus managed to attract 8.2 per cent more tourists in that month prepared to spend less, the statistical service said on Friday.However, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), a government-sponsored agency tasked with promoting and overseeing Cyprus’s tourism product, said that the increase in revenue was a success and pledged to continue its efforts in attracting big spenders.In January to July, total revenue from tourism rose 3.9 per cent, to over €1bn, against a 12 per cent increase in arrivals, Cystat said in a statement.Last month, tourists cut their average spending 4.8 per cent, to €699.88, compared with July 2017, Cystat said. The drop was mainly on a 9.2 per cent reduction in money spent by visitors from Russia, to €696.04, Cyprus’s second largest source of incoming tourism.Visitors from the UK, the largest tourist market for Cyprus, increased their spending by 3.2 per cent to, €781.94, even as the British economy remains in uncertainty over the outcome of divorce negotiations with the EU.“The increase in tourist revenue and the multidimensional beneficial effects of tourism on the society are reflected in increased revenue of hotels and restaurants,” the CTO said in a statement.The CTO invoked Cystat’s hospitality industry’s turnover index which rose an annual 11 per cent in the first six months of the year compared to the respective period of 2017 and added that restaurant turnover had risen 9.7 per cent.“The CTO will continue its efforts in attracting high-spending tourists aiming at a revenue increase together with an increase in arrivals,” the tourism board said.It added that it is time to tackle domestic challenges negatively affecting the quality of the tourism product such as noise pollution, lack of aesthetics, illegal structures, ugly signs, touts, profiteering, tidiness and order.You May LikeLittle Fries10 Cancer Symptoms Everyone Ignores at FirstLittle FriesUndoHealth & Human ResearchHow to Prevent a Blood Clot With These 7 FoodsHealth & Human ResearchUndoTopixstarsAre You A Genius-Level Sports Fan?TopixstarsUndo Four dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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