CTV Reporter Paul Bliss Suspended Following Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

first_imgGlobal News has reached out to Paul Bliss for comment but has not yet received a response.(Supplied)Bridget Brown, former CTV journalist, is alleging she was subjected to sexual misconduct by an “award-winning CTV reporter and anchor” while working in Toronto.Brown made the allegations in a blog post published on Friday afternoon. She does not name Paul Bliss directly. She writes that the CTV reporter kissed her without her consent, attempted to forcibly initiate “oral sex,” and then masturbated in front of her. WARNING: This article contains sexually explicit language, discretion is advised.CTV has suspended Queen’s Park reporter Paul Bliss following explict allegations of sexual misconduct made by a former employee.“Allegations have been made against a CTV news reporter,” a CTV spokesperson said in statement. “We take this very seriously and as a result have suspended Paul Bliss until an investigation is complete.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Ottawa appoints investigators to lead review of men switched at birth in

first_imgAPTN National NewsHealth Canada Minister Jane Philpott has named two people to lead an investigation into how four men were switched at birth, in separate incidents, at the Norway House First Nation hospital in Manitoba.In a statement from the department, Health Canada said that Dr. David Creery and Ms. Maura Davies will lead the review.“The review team will conduct a thorough examination of available hospital records and will contact key individuals who were involved at that time. This review is intended to clarify the circumstances of the known cases,” said Philpott in the statement.The issue is over four men who were switched at birth at the hospital in Norway House First Nation, 800 km north of Winnipeg.The men are Luke Monias and Norman Barker and, Leon Swanson and David Tait.Swanson and Tait were born three days apart at the hospital.Both took DNA tests to confirm their identity.“I really don’t have words to say but just kinda confused I guess, upset. This definitely never should’ve happened,” said Tait at a news conference in August.Creery is a pediatric intensive care physician in Ottawa and the medical director of patient safety at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).Davies is the former president and CEO of the Saskatoon Health Region and has experience in delivery of health services and patient safety, according to the release.Philpott had what was described as emotional meeting with some men switched at birth on Monday. She said she heard firsthand about the impact the discovery has had on their lives.— with files from The Canadian Pressnews@aptn.calast_img read more

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Politics not a cakewalk but I am prepared for challenges Gautam Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi: The rough and tumble of the electoral arena is quite different from a cricket pitch but it’s game on for star bat and political novice Gautam Gambhir, who says he is up for the challenge notwithstanding the controversies that have sprung up since he joined the BJP. The cricketer-turned-politician, who is contesting his first Lok Sabha election as a BJP candidate from East Delhi, said he is new to the political game and sometimes doesn’t know quite how to react to controversies. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Opposition parties have been mounting pressure for Gambhir’s disqualification. First, his nomination was held up for a few hours on the last day of filing over a technical discrepancy. Then, two complaints were filed against him for allegedly holding two voter IDs. Besides, the East Delhi returning officer asked police to file a complaint against Gambhir for holding a public meeting allegedly without permission. Pitted against AAP leader Atishi and Congress heavyweight Arvinder Singh Lovely, Gambhir admitted challenges in politics are very different but stressed he ready to tackle them. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen This is new to me and I don’t know how to react, Gambhir told PTI in an interview. Referring to Atishi’s remark that those who don’t know the rules shouldn’t play the game, Gambhir said, I know only one rule that is getting into politics with emotions, right intent and clean heart. That is the first rule of politics and I don’t know what rules they are talking about. “I have only one voter ID card from Rajender Nagar. I used to live with my maternal grandparents as a child at Ramjas Road (in Karol Bagh), but I never voted from or applied for any voter identity card from there,” he said, responding to Atishi’s allegations. The 38-year-old, who retired from cricket last year, is the richest candidate in Delhi with declared assets of Rs 147 crore. Gambhir, played winning knocks in two World Cup finals, said he didn’t have a smooth run in cricket and believes challenges inspire and bring out the best in him. I don’t think it is going to be a cakewalk for me. I am ready for that challenge. I have made it very clear in all my speeches and meetings that we want to do positive politics. We want to take development to the people, Gambhir asserted. The idea, he added, is not to made Delhi like London or Paris but a city where we and the next generation can breathe better air and drink pure water. These basic things are more important rather than false promises, added the batsman who scored 75 runs of 54 balls in the 2007 T20 WC final and 97 runs in 2011 ODI WC final. So what is tougher, playing those knocks in a pressure situation or contesting elections? Stating that it is to early to comment, he said, I am just five days old in politics. Though I joined BJP a month back, I am literally totally new. Politics presents very different challenges as compared to cricket, but it is very exciting as well. When we played cricket, we tried to bring happiness to people’s faces. But here we can completely change their lives and I want to do that. Gambhir, who has long been active on Twitter, attracting attention with his remarks on social and political issues, said he never wanted to be someone who tweets from an air-conditioned room and then does nothing about it. I had two choices. To either stop tweeting and turn a blind eye about whatever is happening in the country or do something about it. I couldn’t have opted for the first as I am too emotional about India so I chose the second, he said. The former cricketer has been vocal about his view that there should be no bilateral cricket with Pakistan and said he does not see anything wrong about the neighbouring country being an electoral issue. National security is very important. Why can’t it be a national agenda or electoral issue. We have seen in last 70 years that talks have taken us nowhere. We had several opportunities in the past to take strong decisions like after 26/11. You missed it and now PM has taken those with Uri or Pulwama. Why blame a person who has shown the willpower and courage to safeguard this country, he said. Known for speaking his mind, he said he is not going be diplomatic or politically correct in politics. I don’t need to curtail my emotions. I am not power or position hungry. If I was power hungry I would not have stepped down from Delhi’s captaincy last year. My emotions are my biggest strength and that will always stay, said Gambhir. Politics is now his first priority and he will focus all his attention on it, he declared. Other commitments (commentary) will take a backseat, Gambhir said, adding that he never had a mentor in cricket and won’t have one in politics either. Comparing politics and cricket, he said they are completely different but results are important in both. Being a sportsman, for me everyone is same. The youth of Kashmir should get the same opportunities as people in Delhi or Mumbai. All communities, including transgenders, should get benefit of development. We can’t leave anyone behind and expect this country to grow, he added.last_img read more

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Activision to lay off 800 workers as video game sales slow

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Video game maker Activision Blizzard is laying off nearly 800 workers as the company braces for a steep downturn in revenue following the best year in its history.The cutbacks announced Tuesday illustrate the boom-and-bust cycles in an industry whose fortunes are tied to video games that can have a relatively short lives before players move on to the next craze.Although Activision also still owns popular games such as “Call of Duty” and “Candy Crush,” the Santa Monica, California, company expects its revenue this year to fall by about 20 per cent to $6 billion.Activision will cope trimming 8 per cent from its workforce of nearly 10,000 people and assigning more of its remaining employees to work on “Call of Duty,” ”Candy Crush,” and several other titles.The Associated Press read more

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Child mortality rates down sharply but more progress needed – UN report

“Proven solutions need to be expanded to accelerate progress on child survival faster and farther,” according to a news release on the latest annual report of the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME). Formed in 2004, the UN-IGME is made up of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Population Division of the UN Department of Development and Social Affairs (DESA) and the World Bank. Its activities include sharing data on child mortality and improving methods for child mortality estimation reporting on progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight goals agreed upon by world leaders in 2000 to slash extreme poverty and other global ills. The UN-IGME said that gains in child survival, although significant, are still insufficient to achieve the fourth MDG, which calls for reducing the global under-five mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. Only six of the world’s 10 regions are on track to reach the target. Worldwide, an estimated 19,000 children still died every day in 2011, with around 40 per cent in the first month of life and most from preventable causes. The report calls for systematic action to reduce neonatal mortality. “Highly cost-effective interventions are feasible even at the community level,” stated UN-IGME, which advocates expanding preventative and curative interventions that target the main causes of infant mortality. Globally, it notes, the leading causes of death among children under five are pneumonia, pre-term birth complications, diarrhoea, complications during birth and malaria. Reporting on progress, the report says that rates of child mortality have fallen in all regions of the world in the last two decades – down by at least 50 per cent in Eastern Asia, Northern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South-eastern Asia and Western Asia. Between 2000 and 2011, the annual rate of reduction in the global under-five mortality rate jumped to 3.2 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent in 1990-2000. Sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the greatest challenge in child survival, has doubled its rate of reduction, from 1.5 per cent per year in the years 1990-2010, to 3.1 per cent in the period from 2000-2011. However, the report cautions, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia still account for more than 80 per cent of global under-five deaths. Their disparity with other regions is becoming more marked as regions such as Eastern Asia and Northern Africa have cut child deaths by more than two thirds since 1990, it notes. Half of all under-five deaths occurred in five countries: India, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan and China, according to the report, which also finds that India and Nigeria account for more than a third of all under-five deaths worldwide. read more

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Industry leaders discuss UKs automotive future

These speakers will address:·         The UK as a location for automotive investment.·         The outlook for UK automotive manufacturing and how to attract investment to ensure future employment and prosperity.·         Technology challenges for developing cleaner, safer, more fuel-efficient vehicles.·         Development of ultra-low carbon vehicles and related consumer buying behaviour.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The future of the UK motor industry will be discussed today (24 November) by more than 120 industry leaders, government and stakeholders at the first Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) International Automotive Summit at the QEII Centre in Westminster. In addition to Lord Mandelson, 14 others will speak, including: Richard Parry-Jones (NAIGT chairman), Ravi Kant (Tata Motors vice-chairman), Mark Prisk (Conservative shadow business minister), Professor Neville Jackson (Ricardo group technology director), Joe Greenwell (Ford of Britain chairman, SMMT President), Paul Everitt (SMMT chief executive). Lord Peter Mandelson, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, will speak on the valuable contribution that manufacturing makes to the UK economy (turnover exceeds £52 billion annually) and government’s commitment to the sector, building on its recent acceptance of key strategic recommendations made by the New Automotive Innovation and Growth Team. “The SMMT Summit provides industry with a unique and valuable opportunity to look beyond recession and shape the future of the UK’s automotive sector,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “We have gathered together some of the UK’s most influential industry executives and political figures to discuss the issues and trends shaping demand in the motor industry. This year has presented unique challenges for the industry and has demonstrated the value of a collaborative approach. UK automotive manufacturing has a strong future with a focus on global markets and the importance of delivering progressively low, lower and ultra-low carbon vehicles.” read more

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How Every NFL Teams Fans Lean Politically

The showdown between President Trump and the NFL over some players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice has raised all kinds of important issues. It’s also put the most popular major sports league in the United States in a difficult position. The NFL’s fan base is much more bipartisan than those of other major sports leagues, and it risks angering one side or the other if it mishandles the situation.Pro football is unique in that its fandom stretches across partisan lines. Using Google Trends to measure fan interest for a given media market in the United States,1Excluding the Alaska markets of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, none of which had complete search-traffic data. we calculated the percentage of search traffic over the previous five years for each region related to each of the major professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL), as well as college football, college basketball and NASCAR.2President Trump specifically mentioned NASCAR in several tweets over the past week. We then compared it to Trump’s vote share in last year’s presidential election in each market. (You can find that data on GitHub here.) Not surprisingly, teams that are located within markets where Trump did his best tended to be the places where there are more Republicans, compared with Democrats: For example, teams based in the Republican-leaning areas of Jacksonville, Florida, and Nashville, Tennessee, have more Republican-leaning fan bases — in terms of the percentage of fans identifying as Republicans minus the percentage identifying as Democrats — than average. (This made the Tennessee players’ decision to not be on the field during last week’s playing of the national anthem especially interesting.) The same goes for the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers, each of whom saw internal friction over their response to Trump. On the other end, Democrats tend to hold their biggest edge among teams based in major metropolitan areas where Clinton did best, like New York, Chicago and the Bay Area, where the Oakland Raiders have been especially active in kneeling during the anthem.There were a few surprises in the data. The New England Patriots, despite being based in the Democratic bastion of Massachusetts, have a fan base that is slightly more Republican than the average team. The reason is that even though New England fans who live in Massachusetts are overwhelmingly Democratic, the Patriots fans who live outside of Massachusetts (of whom there are many) are much more Republican than the average NFL fan. Likewise, much of the fan base for the recently relocated Los Angeles Rams is from outside California, which helps to explain why Ram fans are more Republican than you’d expect given that the team plays in the very anti-Trump Los Angeles market.There was also a major partisan split between the two most popular teams in our poll: the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Unlike the Patriots, both the Cowboys and Packers are based in Trump-friendly areas. (Trump carried the Dallas media market by 12 percentage points; he carried the Green Bay media market by 18 points.) Yet, according to our poll, the Cowboy fan base is far more Republican than the Packer fan base. That may be why Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has tried to remain in Trump’s good graces. The Democratic lean of the Packer fan base may be tied to the fact that the Green Bay area has the smallest television market of any NFL franchise. This means that to become such a well-liked team, the Packers had to pick up a lot of fans outside of Green Bay (only 9 percent of Packer fans are based in Wisconsin). Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that the partisan breakdown of the overall Packer fan base is closer to the national average for NFL team fan bases.Arguably, though, the biggest takeaway from our poll is that every team in the NFL has both Democrats and Republicans in their fan base. No matter what teams choose to do during the anthem — they’re probably going to get in some trouble with some portion of their fan base. And as long as Trump keeps up his fight with the NFL, all eyes will continue to be on sidelines before each game. Of course, not every person in a team’s market actually is a fan of football, and some teams have fan bases that extend well beyond their television market. To quantify the political affiliations of each team’s fan base, we commissioned a SurveyMonkey Audience poll of 2,290 American NFL fans in early September5Specifically, the poll was conducted among a national sample of adults ages 18 and older from Sept. 1 to Sept. 7. Only responses from self-described NFL fans (including those who labeled themselves “casual” fans) were included in the analysis. that asked them to list their three favorite teams, as well as the political party with which they identify. Sample sizes ranged from 526 respondents who put the Green Bay Packers in their top three to 41 for the Jacksonville Jaguars; the average margin of error6Computed according to the traditional formula, even though this poll technically uses non-probability sampling. was +/- 7 percentage points.Here’s the breakdown of each fan base by party affiliation, according to our poll. Keep in mind that more Americans self-identify as Democrats than Republicans. In our poll, the average team’s fan base is made up of 6 percentage points more Democrats than Republicans. The key is to look at how each team’s fan base compares to the average. Among the sports leagues we considered, the NFL had the most search traffic and the least partisan fan base. There is basically no correlation3Weighted by the total number of votes cast in the 2016 presidential election in each market area. between how Democratic or Republican an area is and how often its residents made NFL-related searches. By comparison, NASCAR has a very Republican fan base, which may explain why its team officials have been outspoken against the NFL protests. The NBA, meanwhile, has a largely left-leaning following, and the responses by its players and coaches have been especially critical of Trump.4The fact that baseball is more popular in Clinton-friendly areas is probably because it is most relatively popular in the Northeast, which Clinton won by a sizable margin last November. Polling does not indicate that baseball fans are overwhelmingly Democratic-leaning.Making matters more difficult for the NFL is that some teams are based in Democratic areas and others in Republican areas: read more

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Mens Basketball Despite struggles from 3 Ohio State might have to return

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) attempts a 3-pointer in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State has not been a team that relies on 3-point shooting this season.Its offensive strength has come from the ability of its forwards to find space inside and to outscore opponents by significant margins in the paint. The Buckeyes strayed from that identity Thursday, however, attempting 40 triples in their game against South Dakota State. They tried to live and die by the 3. They nearly died.Despite the fact its inefficient 3-point shooting nearly cost Ohio State the game, the team might have to go back to that strategy and hope for more success when the fifth-seeded Buckeyes return to the court Saturday to face fourth-seeded Gonzaga.The Bulldogs are a team without many clear flaws. Gonzaga is bigger than Ohio State and is one of the best post teams in the nation — both offensively and defensively. It has the sixth-best rebounding margin of any team in the nation and averages the 12th-most points per game and 48th-fewest points allowed. There is one potential weakness Ohio State can exploit: Gonzaga’s struggles defending shots from long range.The Bulldogs have allowed opposing teams to make 34.9 percent of shots from 3 this season, 164th in the nation. In all but one of its four losses, Gonzaga allowed teams to make at least 47 percent of 3-point attempts.Despite Gonzaga’s issues defending triples, teams have not always tried to bludgeon them from beyond the arc. No team has attempted as many as the 40 shots from 3 Ohio State attempted Thursday, and only six times have opponents even attempted at least 25 3s.That strategy was not lost on Ohio State in the first matchup. The Buckeyes attempted 20 shots from 3, but only six landed. At times, Ohio State has been a strong 3-point shooting team. At others, it has not. It has made over 40 percent of 3s in 10 of its 33 games and has four times reached double-digit makes. However, nine times this season Ohio State has made fewer than 30 percent of 3s and three times fewer than 20 percent. This inconsistent shooting trend was perfectly exemplified during its first-round matchup with South Dakota State. Ohio State made just two of its first nine attempts from beyond the arc before knocking down six of its next eight attempts from long range. The Buckeyes made just four of their final 23 3-point shots.The one constant between a majority of the attempts was that South Dakota State tended to ease off the Buckeyes and allow them to attempt the 3s. The Jackrabbits seemed comfortable letting Ohio State rattle off 40 shots — a strategy that seemed to work with Ohio State missing 28 of them. Part of the reason Ohio State might have been shooting so frequently from 3 against South Dakota State is because the Jackrabbits are a group that thrives using that offensive style. They attempted 31 3s with 13 makes in the game, leading to a tie for the most 3-point attempts by two teams in an NCAA Tournament game. This season, their 39.3 3-point make percentage ranks 25th in the nation.When faced off against an opponent that likes to attempt a lot of 3s, Ohio State has often tried to mirror the approach.While it won’t be facing a team that lives and dies by the 3, Ohio State will need to be ready for an opponent that can score from deep if given the chance. Gonzaga has made 37 percent of 3-point shots, but relies more heavily on its post play to pick up points. The team has reached double-digit made-3-pointers in 16 of its 35 games and finds that 32 percent of its total points come from 3s, just slightly more than the average team in the country.Ohio State will not need to be making 3s to keep up with another team that will be shooting them all night. But Gonzaga’s offense is one that will be tough to slow down inside and can burn the team outside as well. The Buckeyes can’t afford to abandon their 3-point shooting. Facing a team like Gonzaga that is so strong inside defensively and can be beat from long range, making 3s will be a critical part of scoring. However, Gonzaga is so efficient offensively that the Buckeyes can’t have another game where they miss 28 3-pointers. Against the 12th-seeded Jackrabbits, the Buckeyes can live missing wide-open 3s.It won’t if that happens again Saturday against Gonzaga. read more

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Gardaí investigating dissident republicans arrest two in David Black murder probe

first_imgTWO SUSPECTED DISSIDENT republicans have been arrested by gardaí investigating the murder of prison officer David Black last year.The arrests were made following a number searches in Leitrim and Cavan today. The two men, aged 51 and 34, are currently being held at Garda stations in the Cavan area.Gardaí say that the searches were carried out as part of an ongoing operation by the special detective unit targeting dissident republicans and in particular their involvement in the murder of David Black.Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was shot dead when driving from his Cookstown home to work at Maghaberry prison at 7.30am on Thursday 1 November 2012.Last month, the PSNI had issued a fresh appeal for information on the killing and gave specific details about a dark blue Toyota Camry car with a Republic of Ireland registration which pulled alongside Black and fired a number of shots, fatally injuring him.Read: Police renew appeal one year on from David Black murder >Read: Two men arrested over David Black death released >last_img read more

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Speakals Cool iPig is a Stylish iPhone Dock

first_imgSpeakal is well known for their line of adorable animal-shaped iPhone and iPod Docks, but the company just released a new model that’s a little less cute and a little sleeker. The Speakal Cool iPig comes in white and wears a big black pair of shades over his eyes, as opposed to his pink, more docile iPig cousin. The Cool iPig works with all iPhone and iPod Touch models, plays while it charges, has a massive subwoofer on the underside, and features motion-sensitive volume and music controls that you can control by moving your hands over his ears or with the included remote control. He also has an auxiliary jack you can use to connect another mp3 or CD player. The Cool iPig is available for an introductory price of $149.99 retail, and Speakal says if you pre-order now you’ll get one before Christmas.last_img read more

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Victoria decides

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fourteen Greek Australians – including two via marriage – have nominated for the Victorian Lower House, whilst a further nine have nominated for the Upper House. Of the 14 nominated Lower House candidates, five are with the Australian Labor Party (ALP), three are Liberals, two are with the Australian Christian party, one with Rise Up Australia, one for the People Party Victoria, one independent and one unknown.Of the nine nominated for the Upper House, three are ALP candidates, three are Shooters & Fishers Party candidates, and the remaining three are affiliated with Rise Up Australia, the Democratic Labour Party and the Voice for the West party.In all, Victorian Greek Australian candidates comprise eight different parties, with one independent and one unknown candidate.Of the last opinion polls, newly founded Fairfax Ipsos had the ALP leading the Liberal Party 56 per cent to 44, in two-party preferred stakes, on October 30. Comparatively, the Herald Sun/Galaxy poll also had the ALP in front, although by a smaller four per cent 52 to 48 lead, published two days before the Fairfax Ipsos poll.Lower HouseUndoubtedly, the most hotly contended seat for Greek Victorians is Oakleigh. Currently held by retiring Labor MP Ann Barker since 1999, she lost ground at the 2010 election, winning by a slim 5.1 per cent margin. Three of its four 2014 candidates are Greek Australians, with ALP candidate Steve Dimopoulos, Liberal Candidate Theo Zographos and Victoria’s only declared independent Parashos Kioupelis vying for the Greek stronghold. Neos Kosmos spoke to both major party candidates for the area, earlier in the year, and both stated public transport, and economic growth and job increases as major policy factors. Dimopoulos also flagged health and education, whilst Zographos added community safety as linchpins for their constituency. Out of the remaining 11 seats which feature Greek figures, six are marginal. The five that are safely held are Bulleen, Dandenong, Sandringham, Sydenham and Clarinda.With a 15.1 per cent swing to the Liberal Party, Bulleen has been held by incumbent MP Nicholas Kotsiras since 1999. Kotsiras will not contest this month’s election, with the Greek vote being represented by Australian Christian nominee Eleni Arapoglou. But she will face an uphill battle against current Minister for Planning and Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Matthew Guy, who will contest for a Lower House seat having served in Cabinet since 2010, from the Upper House.Dandenong has been held by retiring and incumbent MP John Pandazopoulos since 1992 with his margin standing at 14 per cent after the 2010 election. Liberal candidate Joanna Palatsides will now wave an adopted Greek flag, as she has married into a Greek family. And having a Greek connection in one of Victoria’s most multicultural seats might prove advantageous.Sandringham has been held by Liberal Murray Thompson since 1992, and he won the 2010 election by a comfortable 15.6 per cent. His major party opponent, the ALP’s Christina Zigouris is contesting the seat for the first time.Sydenham was won by the ALP’s Natalie Hutchins by a staggering 11.5 per cent margin, with 2014 contestant Nadia Christofidis the representing newly formed Australian Christian Party. And finally, of the safe seats, Melanie Vassiliou (married to Upper House contestant Peter Vassiliou) from the Rise Up Australia Party, is contesting the ALP’s safely held seat of Clarinda, which has been represented by Hong Lim since 1996. Lim won the 2010 election by a safe 12.4 per cent margin. Vassiliou’s Rise Up Australia party prefaces its policies on an anti-multicultural, anti-Islamic platform, preferring a ‘multinational’ Australia – encompassing people of multiple ethnicities under one umbrella Australian culture. Of the marginal seats being contested by Greek affiliates, three are held by the Liberal Party and three by the ALP.Greek Australian Andrew Katos is one of those Liberal MPs, who currently holds the seat of South Barwon seat, which he won in 2010 by a 4.9 per cent margin. The seat of Prahran is being contested by former Councillor for the City of Stonnington, Steve Stefanopoulos, whose party affiliation, or independence, is not registered on the official Victorian electorate webpage. Prahran is currently held by a 4.7 per cent margin, as is the seat of Melbourne, by Greek Australian Jennifer Kanis, who won it in a 2012 by-election, over the Greens after preferences. She lost the seat by a 3.1 per cent margin to the Greens, on first preferences, and notably the area is the only federally represented Greens seat, held by Adam Bandt.The remaining three marginally held Greek affiliated seats are Niddrie, held by a 4.5 per cent margin by Labor’s Ben Carroll, and being contested by Appollo Yianni; Brunswick held by an ALP lead of 3.6 per cent margin over the Greens, which faces competition from People Power Victoria – No Smart Meters candidate Stella Kariofyllidis, whose party accordingly opposes the mandatory roll-out of wireless smart meters. And finally Bentleigh held by one of the slimmest of margins – 0.9 per cent – by incumbent Liberal Elizabeth Miller, who won the seat in 2010, but is being challenged by Greek Australian ALP candidate Nick Staikos.Upper HouseNine Greek Australians representing the ALP, the Shooters & Fishers Party, Voice for the West party, Rise Up Australia and the Democratic Labour Party, are contesting for the Upper House. The three ALP nominees are Jenny Mikakos (a current member) for the Northern Metropolitan Region, currently represented by two Liberal, two ALP and one Greens MPs; Lee Tarlamis, also a sitting MP, who is re-contesting the South Eastern Metropolitan Region, currently represented by three ALP and two Liberal MPs; and Philip Dalidakis who is contesting the Southern Metropolitan Region, currently represented by three Liberal, one ALP (John lenders) and one Greens MPs.The three Shooters & Fishers Party representatives, Kostandinos Giannikos, Christos Tzelepis and Steven Zoumis, are contesting the Eastern Metropolitan Region – currently represented by three Liberal and two Labor MPs – the Northern Metropolitan Region, and the Southern Metropolitan Region, respectively. The Party’s policies relate to firearms legislation, international treaties and the protection of State rights.Finally, the three remaining candidates are Voice for the West representative Kylie Georgiou contesting the Western Metropolitan Region, currently represented by two Liberal, two ALP and one Greens MPs; Rise Up Australia’s Peter Vassiliou contesting the Southern Metropolitan Region; and Democratic Labour Party candidate Stefan Kos, contesting the Northern Victoria Region, currently represented by two Liberal, two ALP and one National MPs.The Victorian election will be held on November 29.*Figures are according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.last_img read more

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Commodity Classic Learning Center Sessions Feature Wide Range of Relevant Topics

first_imgThe schedule of Learning Center Sessions has been announced for the 2017 Commodity Classic, March 2-4, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show.Education is a hallmark of Commodity Classic—and Learning Centers are just one of the many educational opportunities during the event.  Learning Centers are in-depth discussions of current issues and topics that have a direct impact on a farmer’s operation, production and profitability.“Learning Center presentations are selected by farmers for farmers, so that means you can be assured that the content, presenters and information are relevant, current and essential to a farmer’s success,” said Kevin Ross, an Iowa farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic. “During these challenging times, it’s even more important for all of us to ‘farmer up’ and find ways to become even smarter, more efficient and more profitable.”Learning Center Sessions on Thursday, March 2, include:“Break Through Yield Barriers:  Production Practices for High-Yield Acres Nationwide” sponsored by Stoller USA: A panel of growers shares their season-long approaches to managing crops for maximum performance.“The Ag Economy Barometer:  A Look at Conditions Headed into 2017” sponsored by Purdue University Center for Commercial Agriculture:  A panel discussion of key economic and financial insights producers need to know heading into 2017.Learning Center Sessions on Friday, March 3, are as follows:“The Link Between USDA Statistics and Administration of Farm Bill Programs” sponsored by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services (NASS) and National Corn Growers Association: How statistics and grower data are used to implement Farm Bill programs.“Plant Health:  A Pivotal Input in a Successful Management Plan” sponsored by BASF:  How growers can reduce risk on their operation and maximize yield potential with healthy plants throughout the season.“Achieving Sustainability with a Certified Crop Adviser” sponsored by American Society of Agronomy’s International Certified Crop Adviser Program:“Collaboration is Key to the Future of Mississippi Watershed:  Agriculture, Conservation, Transportation working Together for America’s Watershed Initiative” sponsored by National Corn Growers Association: How stakeholders are working together to improve the economic and environmental assets in the 31- state Mississippi River Watershed.“Taking Weed Management to the Next Level” sponsored by Monsanto Company:  A discussed on weed management best practices with a focus on dicamba application and improved stewardship.“Mitigating Risk, Maximizing Input Efficiency and Farm Profitability, and Increasing Sustainability with Drip Irrigation Technology” sponsored by Netafim: An examination of the role of rip irritation in high-yield growth strategies.“Lady Luck, is Thy Name La Nina?” sponsored by DTN/The Progressive Farmer:  Agricultural Meteorologist Bryce Anderson discusses the potential impact of weather patterns on the 2017 growing season.“Preserving New Soybean Herbicide Technologies in the First Against Resistant Weeds” sponsored by Syngenta: A discussion of herbicide resistance and preserving the efficacy of soybean technologies.“Soil Health Farming:  Optimizing the Use of Cover Crop, Conservation Tillage and Nutrient Management Approaches On-Farm for Economic Profitability, Productivity and Environmental Protection” sponsored by National Corn Growers Association: A panel discussion soil health practices featuring farmers, educators and crop consultants.Learning Center sessions scheduled for Saturday, March 4, are:“The Emerging Bioeconomy:  Opportunities and Challenges in Achieving Scale” sponsored by Corn Refiners Association:  A discussion of the barriers, opportunities and potential of the bioeconomy.“Capturing the Genetic Potential of Today’s Hybrids” sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids:  NCGA Corn Yield Champion Randy Dowdy shares keys to achieving higher yields.“Hot Topic from Our Nation’s Capital 2017” sponsored by John Deere:  A panel of DC insiders will share their thoughts on what lies ahead for farm policy in Washington, DC in 2017 and beyond.“GMOs and Sustainability Go Hand ‘n Hand” sponsored by U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance:  A presentation on how farmers can talk with consumers about the sustainability behind GMO technology.Details on the Learning Center sessions as well as other educational offerings at the 2017 Commodity Classic are available here.  Registration and housing are also available at this website.Commodity Classic also features a huge trade show, entertainment and the opportunity to network with thousands of America’s best farmers.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

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Smoke shops motorhome destroyed by fire on I5

first_imgA motor home used for mobile marketing by a Vancouver-based smoke shop went up in flames Sunday evening on Interstate 5 in Olympia. Bobby Saberi, a partner at Mary Jane’s House of Glass, and three others were heading back to Vancouver after tailgating at the weekend’s University of Washington and Seattle Seahawk football games in Seattle.The 1986 Winnebago’s power steering failed, so Saberi pulled off to the side of the interstate near exit 107 at 6:38 p.m., just as flames were starting to come out of the grille.When the Olympia Fire Department arrived, the entire Winnebago was engulfed in flames. “I had no idea how quickly those RV’s could catch fire,” Saberi said. The fire, which had sparked in the engine, also started a small brush fire along the highway, said Deputy Fire Chief Greg Wright. One lane of traffic was blocked for about an hour while a crew of 10 worked to extinguish both fires.“We’re fortunate. Everything’s been going so, so good. This was just a minor little setback,” Saberi said. The Winnebago was donated just three months ago by a friend who had it in his family for around 20 years. About $10,000 went into the motor home for repairs, interior remodeling and painting. It was decorated with the company logo, all of the Pacific-12 Conference’s college logos and Clark College’s logo.The business sells hand-blown glass pipes, bubblers and candles.Saberi said the retail glass and smoke shop is trying to create a bigger presence at Pacific Northwest college campuses and extend its scholarship program. Mary Jane’s sponsored two $1,000 scholarships this year at Clark College — one for the best essay on continued criminalization of cannabis and the other for the best essay on legalization of marijuana.last_img read more

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS 5th Grade Girl Scouts Recognized For AwardWinning Community Service Projects

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee recently recognized six Wilmington Girl Scouts for achieving the Bronze Award, the highest award available to scouts at the junior level.“These 5th grade girls had to identify a problem in the community, brainstorm ideas on how to address it, reach out to people in town who could help them, and executive their plan,” Wilmington Junior Girl Scouts Troop 87002 Leader Julie Hall told the School Committee. “They worked countless hours for months and months. We’re very proud of their hard work.”Hall then introduced the scouts — Sarah D’Angelo, Sofia Tentindo, Allison Hall, Sophia Cable, Pravya Ramesh and Olivia Saragosa — who described their projects.D’Angelo and Tentindo collected donations for “Birthday Bags” to give to the Wilmington Food Pantry to distribute to families who can’t afford to celebrate their child’s birthday. They created and decorated 36 birthday bags, each of which included cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, candles, and a gift card to purchase a small gift. The two also raised awareness of food insecurity by making presentations to younger scouts and their families.Hall, Cable, Ramesh and Saragosa created a 35-minute educational video on internet safety for students in Grades 2-5. The scouts interviewed experts on the subject, including Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, school librarian Heather Peachey who teaches Digital Citizenship, and Wilmington Police Officer Matt Stavro. The scouts also interviewed ten students from the North to receive students’ perspective. The video included data from a survey taken at the Wilmington Middle School in 2017 and a recent survey at the North Intermediate. The video was edited using WCTV’s equipment. With the help of school principals, the video was shared with hundreds of students, including nearly all of the 2nd and 3rd grade students at the Woburn Street School. The video can be viewed HERE.The scouts were also attending the School Committee Meeting to earn their “Inside Government Badge.”“We want the girls to learn not only how government operates at the community level, but understand that they have a voice that deserves to be heard and that they can make impactful changes in their own community,” Hall told the School Committee.School Committee members Jennifer Bryson, MJ Byrnes, and Jo Newhouse met with the scouts prior to the meeting to answer their questions about the School Committee.Sarah D’Angelo and Sofia Tentindo with their “Birthday Bags” at the Wilmington Food PantryAllison Hall, Sophia Cable, Pravya Ramesh and Olivia Saragosa at WCTV Headquarters after editing their educational video on internet safety.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Girl Scouts Volunteer Julie Hall HonoredIn “Community”Take 2 Minutes To Help Some Wilmington Girl Scouts Attain Their Silver AwardIn “Community”Wilmington High School Announces Fourth Quarter Honor RollIn “Education”last_img read more

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Political Roundup New Year New Laws And The MidTerm Elections

first_imgIt’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories — with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.This week, we discuss how the New Year will bring new laws, newly elected legislative officials, and a critical mid-term election season.Our panel of political experts this week includes Nancy Sims, political analyst at Pierpont Communications and lecturer at the University of Houston’s political science department, David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown, and Jay Aiyer, assistant professor of political science at Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /23:35 Listenlast_img read more

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WATCH MeToo At The Txlege

first_imgJoin the Texas Tribune for a conversation on sexual misconduct in the Texas Capitol and efforts to reform the Legislature’s sexual harassment policies, moderated by the Tribune’s Alexa Ura.The panelists include:Former state Sen. and 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy DavisState Rep. Donna Howard, D-AustinState Sen. Joan Huffman, R-HoustonState Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San AntonioOlivia Messer, reporter for The Daily Beast Sharelast_img

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Stone Age Kitchen Found at the Bottom of a Lake complete with

first_imgUniversity of Helsinki researchers studying a group of lakes in Finland say they’ve found a Stone Age settlement in Lake Kuolimojarvi that gives clues to how humans lived in the area in the Mesolithic and Early Neolithic Stone Age, ranging from 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. Examining objects found at the bottom of the lake, the researchers zeroed in on implements used to shape stone tools in an underwater hearth.“The hearth included remnants of charcoal, as well as burnt sand and stone, which leads us to believe that early humans were active in this area many years ago,” said University of Helsinki postdoctoral archaeology researcher Satu Koivisto, who led the expedition, in an interview with YLE Uutiset.Lake Kuolimo Jarvi. Photo by J Hokkanen CC BY-SA 4.0“Koivisto said a stove structure found about a meter below the water’s surface cannot be from any other time than 9,000 to 8,000 years ago–before the water level rose,” the article continued. Koivistio also said, “A lot of our inland lakes such as Vanajevesi, Pielinen, and Lake Oulu have experienced similar surface variation. That is why there are great expanses of largely untapped underwater archaeological resources in Finnish lakes where very old organic material may have survived for thousands of years.”When the water levels rose, areas that existed on dry land were buried at the bottom of lakes.Underwater archaeologists took soil samples of the burned layer around the hearth and are now studying it.These findings may change the timeline of when early humans lived in Finland.The researchers say they believe there could have been human habitation in this area for thousands of years before the time of the lake settlement, as is shown by traces dated to more than 10,000 years old discovered at Kuurmanpohja in Joutseno, farther to the south.Strange Ancient Places Around the worldThe hearth and other materials at Lake Kuolimojarvi indicate a submerged Stone Age settlement site, the first of its kind in Finland. The nearest similar sites have been found in northwestern Russia and southern Scandinavia.Finland is a place of fascinating discoveries, with hundreds of unexplored caves believed to hold many secrets. One that was explored to great excitement is called Varggrottan, which means the Wolf Cave in English.Imaginative depiction of the Stone Age, by Viktor Vasnetsov.When archaeologists bore down on it, they found artifacts that suggest this was home to Neanderthals who lived tens of thousands of years ago.Located in Pyhävuori mountain in Kristinestad, near the Karijoki municipality in Finland, the Varggrottan, described as a crack in the mountain, was thought to be inhabited sometime between 75,000 and 130,000 years ago, before the existence of modern man in Europe. As many as 200 artifacts, and about 600 pieces of strike waste, scrapers and bolt stone, and heated stones from an open fire, have been found there.Wolf Cave in Karijoki, Finland.The objects were made of various materials, including siltstone, quartz, quartzite, volcanic rock, jasper and sandstone; as siltstone and quartzite don’t occur naturally in the area, it means some must have come from elsewhere. Mammal bones and material believed to be their prey were also found during the excavations from 1997 to 2006.However, some researchers dispute that the occupants of the cave were Neanderthal.Lake Kuolimojarvi, large stone eroded. Photo by J Hokkanen CC BY-SA 4.0The discovery in Lake Kuolimojarvi extends significantly the assumed history of humans in Finland. Up to now the first signs of human life were believed to date to the 8th century BC. The remains of a fishing net had been dated to 7300 BC.On the question of the origin of the Finn people, in the 1960s, researchers said that one-quarter of the Finns’ genetic stock was Siberian and three-quarters European. The latest research on DNA strengthens the view that the Finns are genetically mostly an Indoeuropean population.Read another story from us: 2000-year-old preserved loaf of bread found in the ruins of PompeiiThe Finns are believed to be related to the Balts, Germanic people, and the Baltic Finns. The language seems to come from the east and belongs to the Uralic family, although it contains some words from Indoeuropean languages such as Baltic, Germanic, and Russian.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

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first_img 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 December 7, 2009 – New OEM ultrasound software solutions for dynamic 3D assessment of the fetal heart, 3D ultrasound breast analysis and contrast quantification were introduced by TomTec Imaging Systems last week at the RSNA 2009. TomTec offers a comprehensive portfolio of radiologic solutions to ultrasound OEMs. For more information: www.tomtec.de FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more News | December 07, 2009 New Fetal Heart, 3D Breast Ultrasound Analysis Software Released 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).last_img read more

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Teenage activist wants more money for childrens education

first_imgCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai wants world leaders to spend more money, on top of their earlier promises, to secure 12 years of free primary and secondary education for all children across the world.The Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban in October 2012 for asserting her right to an education says she will continue her fight for children’s right to education and ask world leaders to invest an additional $39 billion annually. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Comments   Share   The vital role family plays in society Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “We will not stop. We will continue to speak out and raise our voices until we see every child in school,” she said ahead of an education summit in Oslo, Norway, attended by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, among others.An estimated 58 million children aren’t going to school. While aid for basic education had doubled from 2002 to 2009, it has since stagnated and fallen in recent years, according to a summit paper. Even though many countries have increased their national budget allocations, progress in getting more children to school has stalled.Universal fee-free primary and secondary education for a 12-year period costs an estimated US$340 billion per year through 2030, according to the Malala Fund, the nonprofit organization she co-founded. Low- and lower-middle-income countries must commit a minimum of 20 percent of their national budgets to education, against the current average of 15 percent.Governments must “start investing in books, education and hope, rather than in weapons, war and conflicts,” Malala said, reiterating that some 100 countries in May committed themselves to provide free primary and secondary education to all children by 2030. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Parents, stop beating yourself up Malala and India’s Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel prize in 2014 for helping protect children and advance their education.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Virgin Australia strikes pilot crew deal

first_imgVirgin Australia and its long-haul pilots and cabin crew have agreed to an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA).The new three year deal was agreed to by up to 85 percent of pilots and 93 percent of cabin crew and will see salaries rise from $37,500 to $40,075, according to The Australian.Virgin Australia group executive people Richard Tanner explained that the airline was “pleased” to have reached a positive outcome with its employees.“Engagement with our staff is a priority for our business,” Mr Tanner said.  “We are looking forward to Fair Work Australia approving the EBAs.  “This outcome is the result of a very good and fair process for Virgin Australia, the unions and our staff.”The announcement comes only days after the carrier’s competition Qantas faces engineer strikes and a shareholders no confidence vote. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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