APTN National NewsEarlier this week APTN told you about Evan Cromarty, the 20 year-old man shot by the RMCP on the Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.Cromarty’s father spoke to APTN’s Shaneen Robinson about his son and the shooting incident.
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsIt was a day of mixed emotions and cautious optimism for some of the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women.Wednesday in Gatineau, Que., across the river from parliament hill, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett launched phase two of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports.
Canadian Tire Corp. views its $985-million acquisition of Norwegian outdoor clothing and gear maker Helly Hansen as a “major step forward” to diversify its offerings at home and launch new opportunities in international markets.“This is a brand that we truly believe has a lot of runway ahead of it internationally,” CEO Stephen Wetmore said in an interview.The Toronto-based retailer has long been one of Helly Hansen’s biggest customers and the deal announced Thursday will bolster a number of its product categories, including camping, hunting and fishing, at both Canadian Tire department stores and its Mark’s clothing chain, he said.Helly Hansen, which was founded in Moss, Norway, in 1877 and is now sold in more than 40 countries around the world, has “successfully and profitably entered many markets” globally with its outdoor adventure, sailing, skiing and casual industrial brand, Wetmore said in an earlier conference call with financial analysts.“This too will serve as a foundation for us to build upon in future years with existing or new owned brands,” Wetmore said during the call.Canadian Tire identified the Norwegian brand as an acquisition target shortly after it established its consumer brands division, seeing it as an opportunity to strengthen some of its most “strategic and brand-sensitive categories,” but the deal took 18 months to come together, Wetmore said.“The journey wasn’t easy and worthy pursuits rarely are,” he said.“And while we would have liked to have been faster, the result was worth the wait.”Wetmore explained in an interview that it took time for the company to convince the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which acquired Helly Hansen in 2012, to become a willing seller.The outdoor brand will continue to be sold in a broad range of stores in Canada, not just Canadian Tire stores, the company said. Canadian Tire stores will also carry a broader selection of Helly Hansen products, including the brand’s footwear line.Canadian Tire will assume $50 million in debt under terms of the deal.Helly Hansen CEO Paul Stoneham and the management team, based in Oslo, Norway, are expected to continue to lead the business.“(Canadian Tire) provides us with the ideal platform to further accelerate our growth trajectory and also strengthen our Canadian presence. This is a great opportunity for Helly Hansen and our team,” Stoneham said.“As a Canadian, I am particularly proud to say that Canadian Tire is the new home for Helly Hansen.”The deal is expected to close in the third-quarter and Helly Hansen is expected to add value to Canadian Tire’s profits this year,.However, Canadian Tire class A shares fell nearly six per cent to $165.08 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the deal was announced and the company reported first-quarter profit that slipped compared with a year ago due to one-time accelerated depreciation charge.Retail analyst Peter Sklar said he believes the price tag for Helly Hansen was expensive and that the deal might be unnecessary to accomplish some of Canadian Tire’s most immediate goals. He also mused about whether managing a high-end, high-growth international brand is too far outside Canadian Tire’s wheelhouse.“While the acquisition gives Canadian Tire a platform for the international wholesale distribution of existing Canadian Tire house brands, Canadian Tire is not planning on capitalizing on this opportunity for at least several years,” he wrote in a note.“Canadian Tire’s immediate plans are to instead focus on deepening the relationship with HH by carrying a fuller offering of HH products at all of its banners, which we believe could have been accomplished without acquiring the brand.”Canadian Tire’s chief financial officer Dean McCann said he’s “very comfortable with the price.”He noted the acquisition presents three opportunities for the company: to strengthen its existing banners by carrying more Helly Hansen items, to take advantage of a very disciplined and well-managed business, and to sell in-house brands internationally.While Canadian Tire is not in a rush to fulfil the latter, “the opportunity is probably closer” than the several years Sklar indicates, McCann said.Canadian Tire reported Thursday a first-quarter profit attributable to shareholders of $78 million, or $1.18 per share for the quarter, down from $87.5 million, or $1.24 per share a year ago. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.38 per share. However, Sklar calculated that earnings adjusted for the one-time charge were closer to analysts’ estimates at $1.37 per share.Revenue totalled $2.81 billion, up from $2.72 billion in the same quarter last year.Consolidated same store sales were up 5.2 per cent in the quarter as Canadian Tire gained 5.8 per cent, Mark’s added 3.4 per cent and FGL, which includes the Sport Chek banner, gained 3.9 per cent.— With files from Armina LigayaCompanies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that Helly Hansen was founded in Oslo.
NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of Sep. 16Datadog – New York, New York, 24 million shares, priced $19-22, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs. Proposed Nasdaq symbol DDOG. Business: Provides a monitoring and analytics platform for companies’ technology stacks.Exagen – Vista, Calif., 3.3 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by Cowen/Cantor Fitzgerald. Proposed Nasdaq symbol XGN. Business: Sells blood tests that can diagnose, prognose, or monitor autoimmune diseases.Monopar Therapeutics – Wilmette, Ill., 4.4 million shares, priced $8-$10, managed by JonesTrading/Agegis Capital Corp. Proposed Nasdaq symbol MNPR. Business: Phase 3 biotech developing therapies for various types of cancer.Peloton Interactive – New York, 40 million shares, priced $26-$29, managed by Goldman Sachs/JP Morgan. Proposed Nasdaq symbol PTON. Business: Sells connected home fitness equipment and monthly class subscriptions.Ping Identity Holding – Denver, Colo., 12.5 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by Goldman Sachs/BofA Merrill Lynch. Proposed NYSE symbol PING. Business: Provides an enterprise security platform focused on identity access management.The Associated Press
Some 10,000 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been forced to flee to Uganda after the latest wave of fighting between Congolese Government forces and the rebel group M23, the United Nations refugee agency said today.According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the attacks occurred near the DRC’s border with Uganda’s south-west Kisoro district. Bombs reportedly fell very close to the border, and amid the shelling, some areas of Uganda were also hit.Yesterday morning, UNHCR began transporting refugees from the border to the Nyakabande transit centre. As of last night, more than 3,500 people have been moved, the largest number in a single day since fighting began in April last year.“Many local residents closed their homes and shops and moved away from the border area,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “Refugees arriving at the Nyakabande Transit Centre, some 20 kilometres away, told us that they had seen bodies on the DRC side.”UNHCR estimates that there are now around 8,230 people in the transit centre. The agency is providing them with shelter, emergency relief items, and food supplied by the World Food Programme (WFP). Mr. Edwards reported that many refugees are making their own way by foot to the transit centre despite cold and rainy weather, and he added that many of them are suffering from dehydration and diarrhoea.“We currently have enough emergency relief items for a population of 10,000. In addition to several hundred family tents, there are 11 communal shelters which each hold about 300 people. A 12th is being erected that will accommodate 600 people,” Mr. Edwards said. However, he added that supplying water to the centre remains a challenge as water pressure in the district is very low. “We are also facing shortages in surgical supplies due to the high number of injured we have received,” he said.The majority of those who fled are young children, and many have been separated from their parents while running from the border. Mr. Edwards said UNHCR has so far received more than 100 children arriving on their own, who are being housed separate tents.“The situation back in eastern DRC remains tense and volatile with no one prepared to return and people still crossing,” Mr. Edwards said. “Security officials report that the town of Bunagana is empty of civilians. As of this morning we are moving people by bus from Nyakabande to a refugee settlement at Rwamwanja, to the north. There they will receive more comprehensive assistance.So far this year UNHCR has assisted around 50,000 people arriving from DRC. In Uganda, Congolese refugees make up 65 per cent of the entire refugee population and the majority of these have arrived in the last three years.
The call from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the latest chapter stemming from a report report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the DPRK almost two years ago, which found “unspeakable atrocities” driven by policies established at the highest level of State.It follows similar appeals from the General Assembly to the Council, which alone has the power to make such a referral, as well as from independent UN rights experts.“The abduction of foreign nationals, the enforced disappearances, the trafficking and the continued movement of refugees and asylum-seekers makes this point clearly,” Mr. Zeid told the 15-Member body. “These, in addition to a litany of other gross human rights violations, have still not been halted or reversed by the Government of the DPRK. Victims are still unable to find judicial redress and there is still no accountability grounded in the work of an independent judiciary,” he said, noting that it was apt that today’s discussions were taking place on International Human Rights Day.“Once again, this year, the General Assembly has called on the Security Council to take action by referring the situation in DPRK to the International Criminal Court, which I believe to be essential, given the scale and extreme gravity of the allegations.”But he said calls for accountability must go hand in hand with an open dialogue to encourage the Government toward reform and cited an invitation from the DPRK Foreign Minister for him to visit the country as a “welcome” sign of tentative efforts to engage in the international area.“Millions of people in the DPRK continue to be denied their basic rights and freedoms,” Mr. Zeid said. “They are not allowed to move freely within and outside their country, or to speak out about injustices. They are not allowed to follow their faith. They are denied access to information not sanctioned by the regime, and the right to form organizations that can, in any way, be seen to be critical of the Government.” He cited the Commission’s graphic description of the appalling nature of the DPRK’s political prison-camp system, where people including children have been deliberately starved, made to carry out forced labour, subjected to extrajudicial killings and summary executions, tortured and raped, where hundreds of thousands of people have died over several decades.The camps are still believed to contain between 80,000 and 120,000 prisoners.“The continuing violations and systemic failings simply heighten international anxieties over the possibility of a precipitous turn, an event of great centrifugal consequence, which could rapidly engulf the region,” he concluded.“As we have stated time and again, if the international community is serious over reducing tensions in the region, more must be done collectively to ensure respect for human rights in the DPRK.”Also addressing the Council, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman stressed that the international community has yet to find an effective way to address the deplorable state of human rights in the DPRK.But he noted that although the DPRK has often made clear its objection to General Assembly resolutions on its human rights, unlike in 2014 it has refrained from raising the possibility of conducting a fourth nuclear test in its statements rejecting this year’s resolution.Particular challenges have been posed on how to balance calls for accountability and focus on security matters, and the need for engagement and dialogue, he said.
ZYFRA Group VIST Group has launched a robotised towing truck project in tandem with Nazarbayev University and Russia-based truck and engine manufacturer KAMAZ.As part of the project, a five-wheel tow truck, a KAMAZ 5490 Neo, will be equipped with computer vision systems to allow it to detect and autonomously manoeuvre around obstacles such as people, animals, traffic barriers and cones.The development comes shortly after VIST automated a BELAZ 7513R truck and BELAZ 78250 wheel loader for open-pit mining.Comparing the two autonomous applications, VIST said: “The implementation of the Kamaz autonomous truck is planned to take place on two fronts: one, the robot KAMAZ, due to its smaller (compared to BELAZ) external dimension, is more manoeuvrable and can facilitate the logistics of closed industrial zones at manufactures of various types, two, in the long run, a train of KAMAZ robot towing trucks could serve for long-distance transportation, probably on a separate lane.”The team is planning to finalise the project by September, it said.VIST is also working on completing its Intelligent Mine project – a complex solution for unmanned surface mining with application of self-driving vehicles. The company is planning to spend a material share of investment provided by ZYFRA to accelerate its R&D projects including self-driving vehicles, autonomous surface mining machines and appliances, broader IoT- and AI-based solutions application as well as predictive analytics, it said.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With polls showing that Malcolm Turnbull has given the Coalition the biggest lead over Labor in two years, the ALP have controversially begun sounding out television celebrities as potential pre-selection candidates for the federal seat of Wills in Melbourne’s north west – and two of the highest-profile names are from the Greek Australian community. Former Seven Network journalist Helen Kapalos, now Victoria’s multicultural commissioner, has reportedly been approached and has declined the offer, while ex-SBS presenter Mary Kostakidis has also been touted as a candidate but is believed to have said she’s not interested. While the Wills seat appears safe for Labor on paper – sitting candidate Kelvin Thomson won in 2013 with a two-party-preferred vote of 65 per cent – the ALP is fearful the Greens could overturn the seat that Thomson has held for 20 years, with the Liberal Party considering placing the Greens ahead of the ALP in its preferences. The Wills electorate covers Brunswick, Coburg, Pascoe Vale, Glenroy and Fawkner. Moreland councillor Lambros Tapinos.Controlled by Labor’s right, the local party has become increasingly divided and a number of competing sub-factions are likely to put forward their own pre-selection candidates. This week Moreland councillor Lambros Tapinos threw his hat into the ring. Speaking exclusively to Neos Kosmos Cr Tapinos that he would be putting put his name forward subject to discussions with local party members. “I’m certainly interested but there’s a process to go through,” he said. “But the national executive has absolute power.” Cr Tapinos, who has served on the Moreland City Council (which covers much of the Wills electorate) for seven years, said he hoped the national executive would agree to a local ballot to decide the candidacy. “Bill Shorten has spoken about the need for decisions to be made locally, and we don’t want someone flown in,” he said. “We need local people, people who are engaged in the area.” Cr Tapinos has twice been Mayor of Moreland. Ex-SBS presenter Mary Kostakidis.Among other possible preselection candidates are fellow Moreland councillor Meghan Hopper, former senator Mehmet Tillem, ex-Yarra councillor Joshua Funder, and Peter Khalil, a former SBS director of corporate affairs. Other names in the mix include ALP staffers Ben Maxfield, Anthony Cianflone, Anna-Maria Arabia and Mamamia editor Jamila Rizvi.
I spent a few hours playing Ubisoft’s next marquee murder simulator Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (not to be confused with either Assassin’s Creed Origins or Super Mario Odyssey which both released last year on the same day). But before I detail the standout new features like the warring ancient Greece setting, upgraded RPG elements, and Gerard Butler fighting style, I just have to tell you about the way I ended my demo. It’s about sex, so you understand the urgency.Before the demo even began the team explained how, as part of Odyssey’s new Greek drama-inspired dialogue system and branching storylines, your Spartan mercenary character can now romance certain NPCs like in a Mass Effect game. They even made a Trojan condoms joke. And that playable character could either be a man or a woman. I chose the woman, Kassandra, to pretend this was a Wonder Woman game.While playing through the handful of main quests available on the islands of Delos and Mykonos, I had pledged my support for the more aggressive tactics of a male warrior, all while concealing my Spartan nature. Each of these choices had alternate options. When the fight was won, I expressed my interest in pleasure beyond combat, and my target invited me back to his place. Of course, in order to find it I had to use my bird drone (returning from Assassin’s Creed Origins) to track his trail of flower petal and sexy white smoke across the Mediterranean terrain.Once I arrived I thought we would just do the deed. But first this fool wanted to fight be because he guessed my true identity. He said something about how fighting is the best way to truly know someone “bone to bone.” Kinky. I peppered him with arrows until he fell and the camera cut away while we presumably boned each other’s brains out.Once I was back in control I could choose my response to this encounter and my eyes lit up at one of the options. After my lover told me how much he adored me, I said, savagely, “I can’t wait to forget you.” You now see why I haven’t bothered to name him. We were better off teaming up as fighters anyway. But I could practically pinpoint the moment where his heart ripped in half. And to top it all off, I then earned a nice 6900 experience points.So that’s a thing that can happen in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. But even if you’re not interested in learning whether or not love can bloom on a battlefield, there’s plenty more the game has to offer. What I played very much felt like more of last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, even down to the UI, which makes since given this game is only coming one year after that acclaimed Egyptian semi-reboot of the franchise.Odyssey continues Origins’ huge and colorful take on an ancient historical world. The open naval exploration system lets you sail all across the Aegean Sea sinking ships in your way. I climbed up the butts of marvelous marble statues to synchronize the map. A time period dripping with this much (European) culture is a perfect fit for the Ubisoft empire.Odyssey also builds on Origins’ heavier combat feel and customization options. In addition to the new weapons and perks you pick up, you can create a loadout of special moves that burn your energy meter. These moves include health boosts and waves of arrows. But it’s a pretty safe bet most folks will lean towards the 300-style Sparta kick. It breaks guards, pushes opponents far away from you, and is just teaming with dumb awesome power. I kicked a bear in the face and a guy off of his own boat.See you at E3! pic.twitter.com/03NTPhCkCf— Assassin’s Creed (@assassinscreed) May 31, 2018Odyssey even manages to one-up Origins in terms of being an Assassin’s Creed prequel. Set in 431 B.C. there are no assassins with iconic hoods and hidden blades, at least in this demo. Just mercenaries like the player trying to make a living during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. You take contracts to make new friends (or enemies). Killing high-profile targets weakens the political strength of certain regions and makes the 300-man battles swing more in your favor.Of course, all the nonsense Assassin’s Creed lore we surely know(?) and love (?) will still be here. You’re still playing as Templar defector Layla Hassan in the present day. Only this time you’re looking for more clues about the First Civilization itself, the cyber Adam and Eve folks, instead of the Assassin Order. The player characters are descendants of famous Spartan King Leonidas himself and have his magic spear. But justifications aside, ancient Greece is just a great Assassin’s Creed setting, especially now that God of War has moved up Norse. Plus, it’s one step closer to my dream game about what really happened at the Crucifixion.Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches October 5, which is maybe a bummer for those of us who thought the franchise could benefit from longer development cycles. But if you’re looking for more Origins gameplay, more ancient Greece digital tourism, and more chances to shatter soldiers’ hearts, you won’t have to wait long.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Recommended for you Related Items:Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Planhotel Hospitality Group, world travel awards, Zanzibar Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Sandals Resorts win top prizes at World Travel Awards Gala in Exuma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, November 25th, 2015 – World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania, has been selected to host the Africa & India Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.Set to take place on Saturday, April 9th, 2016, the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions.Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, located on the north-western shores of magical Zanzibar, is set within stupendous exotic tropical gardens. The enchanting, luxurious and environmentally friendly resort has a total of 138 rooms, all with a private terrace and the majority with sea views.WTA President Graham Cooke said: “Our Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony will be the first stage on our 2016 Grand Tour and it will be a pleasure to visit Zanzibar, Tanzania, for the first time.“Zanzibar is famed and predominantly seen as a beach destination – with crystal clear warm cobalt-blue seas all year round and pure white sandy beaches. However, there’s far more to offer the discerning traveller.“From diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, deep sea fishing and many other aquatic experiences, as well as the often forgotten cultural experiences on offer.“WTA will showcase all this and more when we visit early next year.”WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.Commenting on the decision Andrew Cook, General Manager, Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est said: “Hosting the WTA Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 at Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est in Zanzibar is one of the proudest moments in the resort’s history.“It is also an opportunity and endorsement for all in Zanzibar to showcase our offerings and reaffirm our country as a fast developing tourism destination in the world.“We not only aim to showcase and educate our guests on ourDiamonds resorts but also with our authentic cultural interactions with the warm and vibrant local ethnic communities.“Zanzibar is a progressive nation, bursting with local enthusiasm, talent and creativity.”Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est is part of the Planhotel Hospitality Group.Founded in 1997 in Lugano, the group has been operating in the tourism sector for over 18 years as a leading hotel management company for resorts and hotels in the Indian Ocean.Planhotel is renowned worldwide for its unique combination of local tradition and Italian style in both its design and guest services, without forgetting its exemplary all inclusive formula.WTA Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.For more information on the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 head over to the official website.
Gov. Bill Walker has lobbied members of President Barack Obama’s administration on opening up parts of an Alaska refuge to oil drilling.Walker met with reporters Thursday after returning from Washington, D.C.Walker told Interior Secretary Sally Jewell his hopes of filling the trans-Alaska pipeline with oil drilled from a small section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He says both Jewell and the president have told him the proposal would be met with a lot of pushback.The governor acknowledges it will be a challenge, but it was important for him to get his plan on the administration’s radar.He says he might be able to craft a strategy from the pushback he heard. He says he’s not ready to give details yet, but does see a path forward.
ASHOKNAGAR: In a shocking incident, the body of a woman, who allegedly committed suicide, was taken for autopsy in garbage vehicles by police here in Madhya Pradesh. Terming it as a “blot on humanity”, Chief Minister Kamal Nath ordered stern action against those responsible for the “negligence”. Puja Ojha (22) allegedly committed suicide on the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday at her home in Ashoknagar city. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Some newspapers carried pictures of her body being taken to the district hospital for autopsy in a garbage vehicle on Tuesday. Nath on Wednesday assured strict action against those found guilty of negligence. “The incident of carrying a woman’s body in a garbage vehicle and a dumper (truck) in place of an ambulance (hearse) is a blot on humanity,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us “The pictures of such incidents are heart-breaking and this cannot be tolerated. Instructions are issued for strict action against those responsible for negligence,” he added. The deceased’s husband, Narendra Ojha, said his wife, who was three months’ pregnant, was depressed after her medical check-up revealed the foetus died in the womb. Advertise With Us On the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday, Puja Ojha allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling hook at their home here, according to the police. The husband alleged that the body was taken to the district hospital in a tractor-trolley, which is otherwise used for carrying garbage, instead of an ambulance. “The tractor-trolley also broke down mid-way and then the municipality sent a dumper, used as garbage transportation vehicle, for carrying the body,” he claimed. Additional District Magistrate Anuj Rohatagi said an inquiry would be conducted into the matter and action would be taken against those responsible for the negligence. Additional Superintendent of Police Sunil Shivhare, however, said claimed the tractor-trolley and dumper used for transporting the body were currently not being used for carrying garbage. “The local municipality is using other mini-trucks as garbage carriers these days,” he said, adding he did not know these vehicles were used for carrying garbage earlier. Meanwhile, the district’s chief medical and health officer J R Trivedia said it was the police’s responsibility to bring the body for autopsy. “So, they (police) are responsible, if the body was really brought in the garbage vehicle,” he said. He said a hearse of the district hospital had broken down and was undergoing repairs on Tuesday. “So, it was not available for use,” he added.
The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five Russians over abuses including the killing of a prominent opposition leader, days after top-level talks seemed to ease tensions between the powers.The State Department highlighted the actions against the five people, plus one entity, as it submitted an annual report required by Congress on actions taken under a law over human rights in Russia.The law, which blocks any US assets of blacklisted people and bars them from traveling to the United States, is named after Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption accountant who died in custody in 2009.Among the five newly blacklisted figures are Ruslan Geremeyev, an interior ministry official in the restive North Caucasus region of Chechnya who is close to its leader Ramzan Kadyrov.On his Telegram account, Kadyrov said the sanctions, were “clear proof that the United States is afraid of us.”Geremeyev has faced accusations of involvement in the 2015 killing in central Moscow of Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister turned leading critic of President Vladimir Putin.The US Treasury Department said Russian investigators twice tried but were blocked from bringing charges against Geremeyev as the possible organizer of the killing of Nemtsov — the most high-profile death of a dissident since Putin rose to power two decades ago.The United States also slapped sanctions on two Russian investigators, Elena Anatolievna Trikulya and Gennady Vyacheslavovich Karlov, for allegedly concealing facts over the death and detention of Magnitsky, the accountant.”Nearly 10 years after his death, we remain concerned by the impunity for this and other violent crimes against activists, journalists, whistleblowers and political opposition,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.She also voiced concern about “the intense atmosphere of intimidation for those who work to uncover corruption or human rights violations in the Russian Federation.”In response, the Russian embassy in Washington said: “These moves will be followed by reciprocal measures.””Moreover these unconstructive decisions clearly run counter to a positive outlook of the recent Russia-US talks in Sochi,” it said in a statement.The sanctions came just two days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Putin in the Russian resort of Sochi, with both sides voicing optimism at finding areas on which to work together.Pompeo said he still had deep disagreements with Putin but believed the two powers could cooperate on issues including finding a political settlement in war-ravaged Syria and seeking a denuclearization deal with North Korea.Also hit with sanctions were the Terek Special Rapid Response Team in Chechnya and its commander, Abuzayed Vismuradov.The Treasury Department said that the force had engaged in extrajudicial killings and torture, including in a crackdown on gay men that has drawn international condemnation.
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June 17, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Keeping up with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) best practices is a challenge for most businesses. Google always seems to have a major algorithm change on the horizon — not to mention the changes they make without telling anyone.Hiring a firm can be a valuable way to ensure your business stays on top of the SEO game but only if you find the right one. Here are 10 questions you should ask any SEO firm before signing on.1. What SEO services do you offer?SEO encompasses a lot of different tasks. You need to have a clear understanding of what the firm will be responsible for and what tasks are left for you. Which technical, off-page and on-page tasks are they prepared to handle? And since SEO, content marketing and PPC (Pay-Per-Click) are so interconnected, you might want to find a firm that’s set up to help you out with all three.Related: Here’s What Really Matters for SEO in 20162. Do you have case studies that demonstrate your work in action?Any SEO firm worth your time will have plenty of case studies and a portfolio of happy clients for you to look at. You should be able to see how some of their current clients are ranking well or at least significantly improving their rank. At the very least, they should be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their own site in search results. If they lack this evidence, it’s a red flag.3. How exactly will you increase my organic traffic?This is an important question to ask, because there are a lot of ways to create temporary holes in rankings that aren’t sustainable long-term. Specifically, you’ll want to know whether or not the firm will follow Google’s best practices to safeguard you from penalties later on. A high quality firm should be able to provide you with a clear outline of their action plan to increase your organic traffic.4. 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Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD September 23, 2008 – Accuray Inc. introduced at ASTRO 2008 its InTempo Adaptive Imaging System, which enhances the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System’s ability to continually track and correct for motion of the prostate during treatment.Studies have confirmed that the prostate can move significantly in only a matter of seconds during treatment delivery. With the introduction of the InTempo System, radiation delivery with the CyberKnife System automatically adapts to patient-specific intra-fraction prostate motion. By intelligently increasing imaging frequency during periods of rapid and erratic prostate movement, the CyberKnife System reportedly tailors treatment delivery uniquely to the movements of the prostate throughout the treatment session. This continual assessment of prostate motion combined, with the CyberKnife System’s automatic correction for movement in real time, not only helps to ensure prescribed doses are delivered to the prostate; it also helps to ensure surrounding sensitive structures are maximally spared.With conventional radiation delivery techniques, such as 3D conformal and arcing IMRT, large treatment margins are commonly used to ensure adequate dose coverage in the event a potential prostate shift occurs. This additional dose coverage often encompasses regions of the rectum, bladder and urethra, increasing the risks of related toxicities and complications.For more information; www.accuray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | September 22, 2008 InTempo Adaptive Imaging System Addresses Prostate Motion 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 | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. 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 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more
Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Comments Share Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Associated Press WriterTORONTO (AP) – Canada’s military is investigating the circumstances surrounding a video played during a formal dinner that featured an unidentified member of the Canadian Forces pretending to be Osama bin Laden’s brother, the commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force said.Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Thursday that he was recently informed of complaints that the video was inappropriate and culturally insensitive. He said those involved may face administrative, disciplinary or corrective action. He said that while members of the Canadian forces are heroes, “like all of us, they are not infallible.”The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations said it is tragic that days before Canada is set to celebrate its military history on Remembrance Day “an ignorant prank threatens to cast a shadow on our heritage.”Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the council, said the organization is heartened by Blondin’s decision to launch an investigation.“We have full confidence that a thorough investigation will hold those responsible to account and send a strong signal that xenophobia and Islamophobia will not be tolerated,” Gardee said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The man playing bin Laden’s brother wears brown makeup, a turban, and speaks with a thick accent in a four-minute excerpt of the video obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. A woman playing the role of a news anchor interviews the character, who jokes that his brother always gets all the credit for their work. He refuses to reveal where bin Laden is hiding.The video was shown at a mess dinner at 14 Wing Greenwood base in Nova Scotia in 2010. At the time, Canada was still involved in a combat mission in Afghanistan, which ended last year. About 950 Canadian soldiers remain in Afghanistan in a training, noncombat role.Blondin offered an apology to anyone who might have been offended and said the military has “zero tolerance for acts that do not reflect our Canadian values, especially the respect we owe to other cultures and religions.”Defense Minister Peter MacKay said he was awaiting the results of the investigation.“Religious and cultural tolerance are important and necessary components of any national and professional institution, including the Canadian Forces, and I know the contents of this video do not represent the wider military community and its leadership,” said MacKay. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Passengers from the ocean liner Celebrity Mercury were robbed at gunpoint en route to a famed tourist spot on the Caribbean island of St Kitts on Sunday (GMT-4).16 adults and one child were passengers on board a bus on the ship-sponsored outing, ‘Essential St Kitts’, and were on the way to Brimstone Hill Fortress when the bus stopped due to a tree blocking the road, Cruise Critic reported.As the bus driver exited the vehicle to move the tree, two armed men entered the bus and robbed the tourists of their wallets, cameras and jewellery.Celebrity Cruises assured that none of the passengers were harmed physically and that all seventeen passengers have since returned to the ship where they are receiving support. While Celebrity will still dock at St Kitts, the cruise line confirmed that the excursion ‘Essential St Kitts’ has been cancelled indefinitely, “pending the outcome of an investigation”. “We will work closely with law enforcement and government officials, which are taking steps to ensure the safety of everyone in St Kitts, including visitors,” Celebrity reportedly said in a statement. Local police are investigating the matter, but said in a statement that with over 500,000 cruise passengers safely disembarking in St Kitts last year, they are “committed to root out and expose the persons responsible”.”We deeply regret any type of incident that might tarnish our visitors’ experience.” According to the news source, as a direct result of the incident, the 17 November port call for the Grand Princess has been cancelled and replaced with St John’s, Antigua. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
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