NDP critic slams minister for shameful comments to family of Kanina Sue

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsAs the family of Kanina Sue Turtle continues to struggle for answers about how their daughter was able to film her own suicide in a Sioux Lookout foster home the minister responsible for child welfare in Ontario says they could always give him a call.Children and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau was asked in Ontario’s Queens Park Monday morning if he was going to let Turtle’s family know what happened, as they say they’ve been kept in the dark for over 16 months.“She was a very troubled youth. She was left alone and she took her own life,” said Monique Taylor, NDP MP and critic of children and youth services, during question period.“Will the minister tell this family what happened to their daughter?”Coteau had this to say in response: “Of course any family that wants to connect with the ministry, and with me, to talk about any issue in regards to their children, I’m always available.”Turtle’s mother Barbara Suggashie lives in Poplar Hill First Nation near the Ontario/Manitoba boarder. It’s a world away from Queens Park in Toronto.In a follow-up interview with Taylor she slammed Coteau for the comments.“I think it’s shameful that it was like a one-off, ‘well just give me a call’. No, minister it’s time to get serious,” said Taylor.Watch the full exchange at Queens Park Monday: Suggashie has told APTN News she just wants answers as how her daughter was able to film her own suicide when she was suicidal and visited the hospital at least two times for self-harming within nine days of her death on Oct. 29, 2016.Turtle also tried to kill herself the day before death and filmed that too.APTN first reported the video last week after viewing it through the family’s lawyer Marco Frangione.First story: Family wants to know why daughter left alone to film her suicide in foster homeThe video shows it takes about 45 minutes before a foster care worker comes to check on Turtle.“Without question, the video was the most horrific thing I have ever seen in my life and career,” said Frangione. “My take on the video is that it really is the visual embodiment of how our system is broken, particularly as it relates to Aboriginal children in care.”Suggashie said Tikinagan Child and Family Services never told her how Turtle was left alone to kill herself when it first happened or that there was a video that was filmed on Turtle’s iPod.“Tik didn’t tell me anything at all,” she said.Suggashie said she didn’t find out about the video until months later when she said police returned Turtle’s belongings, including the iPod, last summer. Turtle’s father told APTN police said they were unable to access the device but advised the family of the video’s existence. The family later determined the device’s passcode and saw the video.Turtle is seen propping up her iPod as the video begins and she hangs herself. She doesn’t say a word.It happens quickly and then nothing until a worker abruptly comes through the door to check on her. A baby is heard crying in another room.The follow: Family feels hounded by Tikinagan to hand over video of daughter’s suicide: LawyerThe unidentified female worker realizes the iPod is recording at about the 50-minute mark of the video as she is on the phone with 911.Tikinagan has refused to answer questions citing privacy for the family.Coteau’s office has also declined to offer any answers as to what happened, including any ramifications for the foster home as a result of the death.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Rahuls Wayanad candidature a shortsighted decision D Raja

first_imgWayanad: CPI leader D Raja has attacked the Congress for pitching its president Rahul Gandhi against the Left candidate in the April 23 Lok Sabha election from coffee-rich high-altitude constituency of Wayanad in Kerala and said it was a “short-sighted” decision.”What is the message the Congress wants to convey to the whole nation by fielding Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad? In a way, they are subjecting Gandhi to embarrassment by forcing him to fight CPI and the Left,” Raja told PTI in an exclusive interview on Thursday. Gandhi, accompanied by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and a host of Congress leaders, filed his nomination papers from Wayanad Thursday morning. P P Suneer of the CPI is the LDF candidate from the constituency while the BJP-NDA has fielded Thushar Vellappally. PTIlast_img read more

Akshay shoots song for brotherinlaws Blank

first_imgMumbai: Actor Akshay Kumar has shot for a special song for his brother-in-law Karan Kapadias “Blank”, and says it is his way of wishing him good luck. Karan, the cousin of Akshay’s wife Twinkle, will be making his Bollywood debut with “Blank”, which has been helmed by Behzad Khambata. Akshay shot for the song on Monday at a studio here. The groovy number is picturised on Akshay and Karan. It is composed by Arko and sung by B Praak, who recently gave his voice for the song “Teri mitti” in “Kesari”. The dance number is choreographed by Ranju Varghese, read a statement. “The boy has genuine acting skills and I saw a spark in the boy for a short film that he again did all by himself that was recognised by Cannes,” Akshay said. “And with ‘Blank’, this boy has gone multi-fold in terms of acting and performance. Karan has chosen an unconventional route for his debut and I am proud of him. Doing this song for him is my way of wishing him all the best,” he added. The story line of the action thriller revolves around the life of a suicide bomber essayed by Karan. The film is presented by Carnival Motion Pictures and EaseMyTrip.com, and backed by Echelon Production, Shrikant Bhasi, Nishant Pitti, Tony D’souza, Vishal Rana and &Pictures. It also stars Sunny Deol, and is set to release on May 3.last_img read more

Criticism over failure to mention Muslims completely baseless says Scheer

Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer says criticism over his initial failure to mention that Muslims were targeted in the recent mass murder in New Zealand is “completely baseless” and driven by “disgusting” Liberal efforts to score political points from the tragedy.But in answering a question Saturday about how he deals with that criticism, the federal Conservative leader once again initially made no reference to Muslims.“I deal with it by pointing out that the criticisms are completely baseless,” Scheer told the Manning Networking Conference, an annual gathering of this country’s conservative thinkers, strategists and politicians.“When you look at statements I’ve made condemning hateful ideologies, those who would promote any type of superiority of one race or religion over the others, I condemn that unequivocally.”Scheer noted that the second statement he issued on the day of the New Zealand shootings “absolutely did include the reference to the faith community that was attacked,” although he did not at first identify that faith community.On March 15, an avowed white supremacist shot and killed 50 Muslim worshippers at two New Zealand mosques. In a statement posted that day on Twitter, Scheer condemned the attacks as “a despicable act of evil” against “peaceful worshippers,” without specifically mentioning where they occurred or who was targeted.A few hours later — after the initial statement drew criticism — Scheer issued a second statement, which he referred to Saturday as his “official statement.” It specifically referred to the horrific “terror attack on two New Zealand mosques” and voiced his “profound condemnation of this cowardly and hateful attack on the Muslim community.”On Saturday, Scheer blamed the Liberals for stirring up the controversy, accusing them of attempting “to score cheap political points in a very disgusting manner.” Moreover, he argued that initial tweets by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Governor General Julie Payette also didn’t specifically mention mosques or Muslims.Later, as he took questions from members of the audience, Scheer was asked why he’s never said the word “Islamophobia.”“I don’t believe that’s true,” he responded, noting that all parties supported a motion last week in the House of Commons. That motion, which he didn’t describe, condemned the mosque attacks and affirmed the need to “confront hatred, Islamophobia, and white supremacy, in all their forms.”“I reject anyone who would speak out based on Islamophobic principles, whether or not that’s somebody who is trying to lump all people of the Muslim faith in together or whether it’s people who are trying to antagonize elements of society to have a more negative reaction to those who practice that faith,” Scheer added.“To me the important thing is to speak out against those who in any way give oxygen or space to those who are trying to promote one group of people over the other.”Scheer also used his appearance at the Manning conference to promise that a Conservative government would balance the federal budget — but he didn’t say when.He said the Liberals have made such increases to government spending that a Conservative government could get most of the way to balance simply by holding annual spending increases to the rate of inflation and population growth. As well, he said billions could be saved by scrapping “some big-ticket items” introduced by the Liberals such as the federal infrastructure bank.The longer Prime Minister Justin Trudeau goes racking up large annual deficits, the harder it will be return to balance, Scheer suggested. But he said Canadians have “a window” in this fall’s federal election to “limit the damage and get back to balanced budgets over a shorter period of time.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s latest budget forecasts deficits of almost $20 billion in each of the next two years, declining to just under $10 billion in five years. It makes no attempt to forecast when the budget might be balanced. read more

Police searching for suspects after armed robbery

Regina police are asking for the public’s help to locate two suspects following an armed robbery at a business in the 1100 block of Angus Street.According to a police news release, the incident occurred just before 3 a.m. Saturday when a woman at the business was approached by two men.Allegedly, one of the men sprayed the victim with bear spray while the other struck her with a machete before fleeing the area with the victim’s property.The victim suffered only minor injuries, police say.The first suspect is described as a man wearing a black hat with a white logo, a black and white bandana and running shoes that are blue, purple, white and yellow. He was also carrying bear spray.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The second suspect is described as a man carrying a machete and wearing a black hoodie with white sleeves, blue jeans and black and white runners. Anyone with information that could assist police in this investigation is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). read more

UN health agency probes new human bird flu death this time from

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Cambodian authorities have sent a joint mission to Kampot province to investigate the circumstances of this latest case, the first reported in Cambodia of H5N1 infection, which last year sickened some 50 people, over three dozen of them fatally, and resulted in the deaths or culling of more than 100 million birds in nearly a dozen Asian countries.WHO has repeatedly warned that in a worst-case scenario the outbreak could give rise to a new human virus with pandemic potential. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-20, which was not related to bird flu, is estimated to have killed 20 million people worldwide.The 25-year-old woman from Kampot province developed respiratory symptoms on 21 January, sought medical care in neighbouring Viet Nam on 27 January and died in Kien Giang Provincial hospital there on 30 January. Tests undertaken at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, were positive for bird flu, it added.Three more people are reported to have died of the disease in Viet Nam and if confirmed by the Ministry of Health, these latest three cases will bring to 13 the total number of human H5N1 cases, excluding the Cambodian woman, identified there since mid-December.WHO has warned that cooler winter temperatures and increased poultry marketing, transportation and consumption linked to the Lunar New Year this month could increase the risk of further human cases. read more

Opinion Dualthreat Tate Martell provides Ohio State best option as starting quarterback

Ohio State freshman quarterback Tate Martell warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorRarely in the recent history of Ohio State has the team not started a mobile quarterback under center.A program that takes Woody Hayes’ iconic quote, “Three yards and a cloud of dust” to heart, Ohio State historically won national titles on the shoulders of running backs, but has since relied on mobile quarterbacks as another option to run the ball and pass only when needed.Dwayne Haskins is not that type of quarterback. Tate Martell is.Martell was listed as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class, having flashed a powerful enough arm to complete passes downfield while also demonstrating an elusive running style that is more similar to the style of Braxton Miller rather than J.T. Barrett.Coaches have spoken of Martell with nothing but praise, acknowledging the progress he has made both in maturity and skill set since stepping foot on campus in the spring 2017. Martell embraced his role as scout team quarterback last season, helping the defense prepare while also working to improve his game during practice.The knock on Martell is that he lacks the experience of both Haskins and redshirt junior Joe Burrow. Haskins appeared in several games in 2017, including carrying the team in its win against Michigan. Martell has never appeared in a collegiate game, but that has not stopped quarterbacks in the past. Barrett began the 2014 season as the starting quarterback lacking college experience, admittedly filling in for the injured Miller. His predecessor started games in his true freshman campaign, taking over under center in just the fourth game of the 2011 season.Experience should be a factor, but it shouldn’t always be the deciding factor when examining how to maximize a team. Head coach Urban Meyer has leaned on mobile quarterbacks throughout his coaching career, ranging from Alex Smith to Tim Tebow to Miller to Barrett. The only time he had a pocket-passing quarterback at Ohio State was when Cardale Jones began the 2015 season as the starting quarterback, replaced later in the year by Barrett.Martell offers the Buckeyes an explosive runner who can make things happen even when the pocket collapses around him. If no one is available downfield, Martell has the ability to move. And while Martell might not be able to connect on as many deep passes as a quarterback like Haskins, he should still be effective enough passing to keep teams wary of his throwing ability.Martell is not viewed as the favorite to win the job and his legs give him the option to play other positions. But in a typical Ohio State offense, there is no better fit than a player like Martell. read more

Looking for work in Cork 200 new jobs are on the way

first_imgAfter years of a shrinking economy, skyrocketing unemployment and an exploding deficit we managed to stabilise the economy and begin to turn things around. Today the economy is growing and we have seen over 58,000 new jobs created in the past year.The Taoiseach also had a meeting planned today with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook who addressed staff at the company’s Hollyhill office.Read: Apple CEO Tim Cook to meet with Taoiseach in Cork later today>Read: Another ‘vote of confidence’ from IBM with up to 40 new jobs> TWO COMPANIES IN CORK have announced the creation of over 200 jobs over the next few years, as Taoiseach Enda Kenny spent the day visiting a number of firms in the county.Global hedge fund administrator HedgeServ opened its Dublin office in 2008 and now employs over 380 people there. The company has recently recruited over 50 employees in Cork and intends to employ more than 200 “over several years”. The firm did not offer a more specific timeframe for the job creation.Making the announcement today, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this is a “positive sign of progress” in the financial services sector.“This is made possible by our best asset – our people – and I am delighted that we are seeing new opportunities in Cork for our talented, flexible workforce,” he said.This expansion is supported by the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland and its CEO Barry O’Leary said today that it “adds to the reputation of Ireland as a global hub for the hedge fund industry”.Kenny visited IT solutions firm Westbourne where another expansion was announced, involving 51 jobs.Commenting at the announcement, he said:last_img read more

Lait maternel ou lait de vache de nouveaux éléments

first_imgLait maternel ou lait de vache : de nouveaux élémentsIsraël – Une étude récente reconnaîtrait des bienfaits à la consommation de lait de vache par les nourrissons.L’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) insiste sur le fait que le lait maternel est le meilleur qui soit pour l’alimentation des nourrissons. Ainsi, les mères préférant le biberon au sein se sentent parfois désapprouvées par le personnel soignant ou leur entourage. Une récente étude israélienne pourrait finalement les déculpabiliser. À lire aussiBaccalauréat, l’alimentation à la rescousse !L’équipe du professeur Yithzak Katz, de l’université de médecine de Tel-Aviv, a mené une étude concernant les habitudes alimentaires de plus de 13.000 bébés. Elle a mis en évidence le fait que ceux qui avaient consommé du lait de vache pendant les quinze premiers jours de leur vie étaient dix-neuf fois plus protégés contre les intolérances à ses protéines que ceux qui avaient été exclusivement nourris au sein. Ainsi, le lait de vache, lorsqu’il est donné tôt, aurait lui-aussi ses vertus. Le 20 juillet 2010 à 12:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

A Final Farewell to the Opportunity Rover on Mars

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor This month, the NASA rover Opportunity was declared dead. Lost to one of the Martian surface’s many dust storms, the bot was originally launched way back in 2003 alongside its sister, Spirit. The pair were only meant to operate for about 90 days. Opportunity (often affectionally referred to as “Oppy”) managed to hang on for more than 50 times that — covering more than 28 miles and making all manner of major discoveries. It’s also considered one of the greatest successes in the history of space exploration.To be clear, Oppy’s been out of commission for almost a year at this point. Due to a planet-wide dust storm last year, the rover was likely covered in a layer of dust that kept it from soaking enough solar power to keep running. It entered hibernation back on June 12, 2018, with engineers and staff hoping that it would come back online after the storm cleared, but it never did.An artistic illustration of NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell University)It’s hard to say exactly what happened for sure, but it’s unlikely it was damaged in the way we’d normally expect. While Martian storms are bad, the atmosphere is so thin that winds don’t have a lot of actual force behind them. Still, it’s possible that dust or small rocks or just about anything else damaged some critical component— or that the panels are still caked with dust. In either case, NASA’s sent hundreds of “wake up” signals since then, only to be met with silence.As you might expect from more than a decade of exploration, Opportunity had some phenomenal accomplishments. To date, it’s gone farther than any other rover on any other extra-terrestrial surface. As of 2015, it clocked a complete marathon — 26.2 miles. One of Oppy’s firsts — Heat Shield Rock — was the first meteorite ever found on another planet. Named for its proximity to Opportunity’s discarded heat shield, the stone was an exceptional find in itself, though, admittedly, it wasn’t what the rover had been sent to find, per se.Opportunity used its panoramic camera to take the images used in this approximately true-color composite of the first meteorite of any type ever identified on another planet on Jan. 6, 2005, the rover’s 339th martian day, or sol. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell)The biggest questions surrounding Mars are whether or not it ever supported life. Now, we are certain that Mars has and has had liquid water. But at the time Oppy landed, NASA was only just beginning to understand the nature of Martian geography — relatively speaking. Early on, the team concluded that Opportunity landed on the edges of what was once an ancient coastline. Evidence for this is complicated — involving detailed observations of rock and mineral formations — but extensive. Hematite, the shiny gray stones you might find in a new age shop, are among the strongest indicators. And Opportunity found loads of it. Taken with the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity’s front hazard-avoidance camera on the 45th martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission (March 10, 2004), this image shows the area dubbed “Berry Bowl,” where many dark and mysterious spherules or “blueberries” collected in a depression on the surface of a rock. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)The mineral often forms when water flows through rocks, but can come from certain types of vulcanism. In time, however, the rover found other telltale signs of water, including small spherical rocks dubbed “spherules.” These had an almost polished appearance, and showed up in some odd places, including on a bowl-shaped rock. The formation was known as the “berry bowl,” because scientists, being some of the smartest, most observant folks on the planet, thought it looked kinda like a bowl of berries.While a bit old hat now that NASA’s follow-up, Curiosity, has all but confirmed the presence of liquid water, we can forget just how groundbreaking this was just a few years ago — not to mention the effects these types of discoveries have on our understanding of the rarity of life in the universe. To the robot who turned 90 days into 15 years of exploration:You were, and are, the Opportunity of a lifetime.Rest well, rover. Your mission is complete.(2004-2019)https://t.co/POzRmYauHo#ThanksOppy pic.twitter.com/oZLBc7XMJD— Spirit and Oppy (@MarsRovers) February 13, 2019Opportunity, and by extension, its companion, Spirit, have helped lay the foundations for further exploration of our closest planetary neighbor. The Red Planet has long puzzled the minds of our kin — both ancient and contemporary. As our society gears up to potentially settle on the planet in the coming decades, Opportunity will be remembered as the bedrock of future exploration.Well done.More on Geek.com:40 Incredible Images of the Surface of MarsNew Images of Mars Show Valleys From Ancient RiversPlanned Mars Rover Named After Female DNA Pioneerlast_img read more


Chinas Streaming Giant Tencent Music Could Go Public By Christmas

first_imgNews With its uniquely micropayment-fueled profitability, Tencent Music contemplates an IPO just in time for the holidaysPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 26, 2018 – 2:09 pm Having delayed plans to go public last month, Tencent Music Entertainment is uniquely poised to pull the trigger on its planned public offering over the next 30 days. This merits a closer look at the company and its parent’s unique family of apps, as well as the micropayments which have been a key contributor to the streamer’s fast-growing profitability.Digital Music News recently explored how international events have made the music streamer’s decision when to schedule its offering into a high stakes guessing game, as it seeks to raise a minimum $2 billion valuation on the portion of its stock offered for sale. As investors ponder whether the sale will arive in time to make it onto their personal Christmas lists, the unusual profitability of TME’s micropayments are impressive but deserve scrutiny.China’s two leading internet companies are Alibaba and Tencent, hosting scores of apps each for a nation of 1.4 billion people that went online primarily mobile-first. In early October, Tencent Music Entertainment filed documents to go public as its own separate entity. They own several apps and TME’s parent Tencent operates many more. As uncovered thanks to the filing, the profitability behind TME is mostly from the millions of dollars it receives in service fees from micropayments that users can make to their favorite artists as well as other personalities online.Major internet platforms and music streaming services in the West do things differently and none of them have made kicking some spare change over to artists an option, although there are independent payment services such as Patreon where fans can support creators. Tencent has leveraged its scale and control to also allow large-in-aggregate micropayments to flourish. https://twitter.com/theglennpeoples/status/1047194137815134208 Facebook The SEC filing revealed that TME’s $263 million profits rose 341 percent compared to last year. Only 9.5 million of TME’s more than 23 million paying users contributed by making donations through the micropayments feature, but the company’s cut of this action added up to 70 percent of TME’s growth in profit. Who knew busking for spare change on the internet could be so lucrative? The company’s plans to go public are still being scrutinized by investors doing “due diligence,” but Sony, Spotify and Warner Music have already invested.Copyright law in China is growing but internet infringement in China is common despite the Chinese government’s efforts. The combination of TME’s corporate profit-margin and ease-of-use for micropayments raises the unexpected question that our internet giants might be leaving money on the table. On the other hand, one thing voluntary payments to artists don’t have going for them is fairness. Easier donations with aggregate service fees has fun and corporate profit going for it, but the push in the U.S. and Europe is to close the “Value Gap” that chisels all streaming artists of fair compensation.In the U.S., the Music Modernization Act was unanimously passed by Congress and sined into law by President Trump on Oct. 11 — a generational success after years struggling to make U.S. copyright law more fair. Donations to musicians is an old business that could play more of a role someday online, but it’s no substitute for rational incentives in a fair music marketplace.Apple Music Announces Distribution Program That Will Benefit Indie ArtistsRead more China’s Streaming Giant: Tencent Music Could Go Public By Christmas Will China’s Tencent Music Go Public By Christmas? chinas-streaming-giant-tencent-music-could-go-public-christmas Email Twitter last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Sept 14 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewsListen nowSen. Sullivan defends support of Trump nominee KavanaughCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska Sen. Dan Sullivan says he has spoken to Brett Kavanaugh amid Kavanaugh’s pending nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court about concerns raised by the Alaska Federation of Natives this week.As administration pursues ANWR drilling, Trump official accuses federal employees of creating ‘road bumps’Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageIn an interview last month, Balash described what he called a “really difficult management challenge” with Fish and Wildlife Service employees. He said during a recent meeting with the agency in Alaska, he felt employees weren’t eager to carry out the new law.Dunleavy absent from candidate debates, speaking eventsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe candidates for governor have been invited to seven debates or speaking events since the primary. Independent Governor Bill Walker and Democratic former U.S. Senator Mark Begich have been at all seven. Republican former state Senator Mike Dunleavy has been at three.State and federal officials apologize to Alaska Natives for effects of bird regulationsWesley Early and Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOfficials issued an apology for the consequences of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which prohibited the spring and summer harvests of migratory birds and their eggs during the 1960s and 1970s.Meet the married retirees pushing Anchorage to change homeless policyZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAn increasingly organized group of residents say the current approach is too, and has allowed lawless camps to persist along popular trails.AK: Petersburg’s Rainforest Festival teaches the public about salmonAngela Denning, KFSK – PetersburgThe 11th annual Rain Forest Festival wrapped up in Petersburg last weekend. This year’s theme was salmon, but there were many events on and off the water.49 Voices: Bobbie Sue Wolk of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Bobbie Sue Wolk in Anchorage. Wolk is originally from California and was the state’s first licensed professional coach with the International Coaching Federation. Today she helps health professionals manage their stress.last_img read more


Remembering Rajiv Gandhi

first_imgFormer Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s 75th birth anniversary was observed throughout the country on Tuesday with fervour. Congress leaders paid homage for the initiatives he had taken to modernise India and to take it into 21st century. How do we remember Rajiv Gandhi, or any other leader for that matter? There are three ways of remembering the leaders depending on which side you are. One would like to see only the positive aspect. The other would be eager to point out the failures. Both are subjective. The objective way is to take both successes and failures into consideration and assess the leader’s personality in an unbiased manner. Pandit Nehru can be credited with building a new India. He can also be criticised for losing a war to China. Indira Gandhi can be praised (Vajpayee called her Durga Maata) for handing a humiliating defeat to Pakistan and liberating East Pakistan and founding Bangladesh. She can also be held guilty of Emergency excesses. PV Narasimha Rao can be hailed as a reformer who brought Indian economy back from the precipice and demolished the cursed licence and permit raj leading to spectacular growth. He can be castigated for allowing Babri Masjid to be felled by the Hindu zealots. Like any other leader, Rajiv Gandhi also had his quota of plus and minus points. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us Objective assessment Rajiv’s political life started late and ended very early and abruptly. He was the only leader who worked for an organisation for a living before becoming prime minister. He was a pilot with Air India. The sudden death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi in an air crash in Delhi in 1980 forced Rajiv to step into his brother’s shoes to help his mother. The assassination of Indira Gandhi by her Sikh guards catapulted Rajiv into prime minister’s chair at the age of 40 making him the youngest top political executive of the country. Soon after taking over, he went for fresh elections. The Congress party won more than 400 out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats in 1984 elections, thanks to the sympathy wave in favour of the ruling party on account of Indira Gandhi’s assassination. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister from 1984 to 1989. When he took the oath, he was at an angle who cannot do anything wrong. In the first year everything went on well for him. Even his gaffes were taken lightly. The next two years were trying. Everything went wrong in the final phase resulting in a disaster. Adopting modern approach to governance, panchayat raj reforms, anti-defection act, bringing peace to Assam and Mizoram, modernising the army and reforms in higher education top the list of good things Rajiv had achieved. Rajiv’s critics cite his handling of Shah Bano case in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment, which he diluted by amending the constitution to appease maulvis. Allowing Shilanyas at Ayodhya is termed as another blunder which was followed by launching 1989 election campaign from that very place promising ‘Rama Rajya.’ He was advised by his colleagues in the party to opt for soft hindutva line. Jawarlal Nehru or Indira Gandhi would never have done it. Rajiv’s detractors say he paved the way for the growth of Hindutva and the consequent demolition of Babri Masjid. It can be said without any fear of contradiction that Shilanyas helped BJP, which won just two Lok Sabha seats in 1984 elections, to rise and capture power at the centre. He was accused of alienating Dalits, Muslims and the Backward Classes from the Congress helping in the process the likes of BSP, SP and RJD to emerge and consolidate. Bofors episode was his undoing. Sending Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka did not go well either. Advertise With Us ‘I have my dreams’ Rajiv cannot be accused of manipulation. He is not capable of it. He can be found fault for arrogance and tactlessness. He was unblemished and clean when he took over the reins. He was cheered lustily when he told American Parliament that he is young and he has his dreams. People believed him when he told at a public meeting on the occasion of AICC conclave in Mumbai that he would end corruption in the party. He told the delegates that out of one rupee spent by government on welfare measures, only 15 paise reach the poor and the needy. The rest is pocketed by middlemen. It was not possible for him to root out corruption. Rajiv was no different from others who preceded him as party presidents. The credit for ushering peace in Assam and Mizoram goes to him. He held talks with Assam student leaders Prafulla Mohanta and Bhrigu Phukan for hours and days. On some occasions, the talks went into small hours in morning. He had successfully resolved Mizoram issue by having negotiations with rebel leader Lal Denga. Rajiv knew that his party was not going to gain either in Assam or Mizoram. He always thought country is more important than his party. When Rajiv visited Assam for election campaign after the accord was signed, he waved smilingly at the people who were shouting ‘Rajiv Gandhi Jindabad, Congress party murdabad.’ He tried to end violence in Punjab, but the killing of Sant Longowal by terrorists damaged the prospects of peace. After signing an accord with Harcharan Singh Longowal, Rajiv was accused of failing to protect the life of the Sikh leader. Terrorism in Punjab spread its tentacles during Rajiv’s tenure. Top terrorists made Canada their base to propagate Khalistan message. Rajiv ordered ‘Operation Blue Thunder’ in 1988 to quell the terror groups. The operation was far more successful than ‘Operation Blue Star’ conducted under Indira Gandhi’s watch, which allegedly took more lives than warranted. It was PV Narasimha Rao who ultimately tamed the terrorists and brought peace back to Punjab with the active cooperation of super cop KPS Gill. Top terrorist Gurbachan Singh Manochahal was considered a major threat to Rajiv and his family. The dreaded terrorist was ultimately arrested. The unabated violence in Punjab truly bothered Rajiv throughout the second half of his term. Grass roots democracy Panchayat Raj and Nagara Palika Bills were the result of hard work on part of Rajiv Gandhi who spoke to almost all the district collectors in the country. He was extremely keen on devolution of powers and funds. He wanted to send money to Panchayats straight without routing through the State governments. When he was told by a reporter at a press conference that the State governments run by Congress party are not prepared to part with powers, Rajiv replied saying that was all the more reason why an Act is needed to force State government to devolve powers to local bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions. ‘No politician would like to part with power,’ he commented. Rajiv himself introduced Constitution Amendment Bills and got them approved in Lok Sabha. It fell short by five votes in Rajya Sabha. The 73rd and 74th Amendments were ultimately passed by Parliament during PV Narasimha Rao’s tenure. Rajiv recognised the fact that India is an ancient country, but a young nation. He got the 61st Constitutional Amendment lowering the voting age from 21 to 18, giving the youth an opportunity to get involved in practical democracy. He was an icon for the youth of the country. Strengthening Defence Rajiv Gandhi presented a step by step proposal for nuclear disarmament in the UN. He modernised Indian Army and Navy. It was his government that had exceeded the unwritten limit of 4% of the GDP for defence budget. He spent about 4.25% of the GDP at that time. It was his regime that purchased Mirage 2000 fighters and MIG fighter. The highly controversial Bofors guns, which marred his career although he was proved innocent in the courts, are the best bet even today. The Kargil war could be won because of the Bofors guns. The armaments procured during Rajiv’s rule more than three decades ago are being used even today by the Indian army. Rajiv and Arun Singh, the defence minister in early years, did a wonderful job in strengthening the armed forces. Computer Revolution Rajiv Gandhi and his close friend Sam Petroda brought about telecom revolution in India. It was during Rajiv’s tenure that Public Call Offices (PCOs) were introduced connecting rural India to outside world. ‘Having missed industrial revolution, India cannot afford to miss computer revolution,’ he said. They were planning software exports in those days itself. Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) was Rajiv’s initiative. He is rightly called the Father of Indian Information Technology. Rajiv also laid foundation for the economic reforms that were introduced in 1991 after he passed away. The election manifesto released by the Congress party in 1991 elections spoke of economic reforms. The manifesto committee was headed by PV Narasimha Rao and the manifesto was released by Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv might have committed a number of mistakes. But he was a patriot to the core. The place and the way he was killed had put separatist sentiments in Tamil Nadu to rest. He wanted India to grow as a regional power. That was why, he sent commandos to rescue the president of Maldives, who was under seize. Indian commandos successfully foiled the coup and got the president released. The idea behind sending IPKF to Jaffna also was to act as a big brother helping a neighbouring country. His intentions cannot be faulted. Rajiv did many good things. He also had some failures in his account. He is a martyr who laid his life for his country.last_img read more


From mothers lap to death

first_imgThe inconsolable family members of 19-month-old Tamim, who was ran over by a covered fan on Monday. The photo was taken at Kushtia General Hospital. Photo: Prothom Alo.A 19-month-old boy was killed in a road accident on the Kushtia-Ishwardi Highway on Monday.The accident took place when a motorcycle the baby, Tamim, and his parents Alfaz and Tamanna were on, lost control after its front wheel got into a pothole. The boy, who was in the lap of its mother, fell on one side of the vehicle while its parents fell on the other side. A covered van then ran the baby over.Family sources said Tamim’s parents were taking him to a doctor when the accident took place. Both his parents fainted on the scene seeing the horror before their eyes.Witnesses said all the vehicles were moving slowly as the highway is full of potholes.Police have detained the covered van’s driver and his assistant, but they have denied any wrongdoing, saying the dilapidated condition of the road is to blame.last_img read more


Houston Religious Leaders Train For Active Shooter Situations

first_imgMORE: Pastor John McCrutcheon and Harris County Constable Alan Rosen discuss church safety seminars on Houston Matters. 00:00 /08:02 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:06 Davis LandOfficer Barry Curtis, Houston Police Department’s clergy liaison, speaks to Houston religious leaders about safety in houses of worship.The Houston Police Department is training area religious leaders on how to keep worshipers safe from active shooters.Last weekend in a Houston church a man allegedly brandished a gun and threatened the congregation just a few weeks after the deadly shooting in Sutherland Springs. With these events in mind, Houston area pastors are turning their attention to security in houses of worship — dozens of them packed in the Houston Police Union Auditorium. “The reality is that it could happen anywhere,” said Barry Curtis, a clergy liaison for the Houston Police Department, “so that’s why we’re having this kind of conference.”Churches and other religious institutions need to have a plan, Curtis said. Learning from past shootings helps create a more effective plan, he said.Those plans include having a plainclothes police officer there, or training ushers and greeters to look out for suspicious activity, but not shutting and locking doors to the public.“I think most churches are still of the mind — we’re not going to close our doors,” said Dave Welch of the Houston Area Pastor Council. “At the end of the day the church is there to welcome all who come.”Welch says that makes it the church’s responsibility to protect its congregation. X Sharelast_img read more

What Looks Different In Android P

first_imgOnly around 1.1% of Android phones are running Oreo, but, hey… don’t let that spoil the mood. Google’s got another big update in the works, and they’re finally ready to let developers take a look at it!Yes, you can now download Android P and install it on one of Google’s Pixel phones. If you don’t have one, you can always launch it in a VM on your desktop or laptop and play around with the new features. And if you can’t be bothered with that, well… you can read posts like this one and watch some videos instead.So what’s new in Android P? There’s quite a bit, actually, like Wi-Fi-based indoor position tracking and privacy restrictions for background apps. Google’s made a lot of visual changes, too.AdChoices广告Image: 9to5 GoogleThey’ve been rounding off some corners, for example, echoing the curves from the Pixel 2 XL’s display. You’ll see them in your notifications, in the quick settings panel, and on settings pop-ups. A semi-transparent background has slid under the launcher, too, and its corners are also rounded (this one’s technically part of the updated Pixel Launcher, not part of Android P itself).The settings app — which was already given a major overhaul in Oreo — has been tweaked again. Google’s drawn bright, colorful circles behind the icons to make things look a little less drab. The round icons show up in quick settings, too, though they’re limited to more subdued gray and blue hues.Access your device’s volume settings and you’ll see the slider appear as a pop-up on the right-hand side, as the power menu does in Oreo. And speaking of the power menu, it looks a little different in Android P, too. Different because Google decided that was a good place to add a screenshot button.Own a phone with an always-on display? When you upgrade to Android P you’ll see how much juice you’ve got left in your battery at the bottom of the screen.The biggest visual change coming with Android P, though, is the notch. The developer preview lets you add a virtual notch to any device to see how it’ll impact the user experience. A bunch of Android OEMs have already shown off phones with notches, including Asus, Huawei, and LG… and Google no doubt thinks that there will be many more who follow the trend.Lead image: Ryan Whitwam/ExtremeTech Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Google Maps Predicts How Crowded Your Train Bus Will Be

first_imgStay on target Google Maps’ AR Navigation Rolls Out to More DevicesGoogle Maps Highlights Bike-Sharing Stations, Availability Public transportation can be heaven or hell, depending on the day.One day you’re sitting back, relaxing, listening to your favorite podcast without interruption. The next, you’re being jostled around a crowded carriage and running to make your connection.Thankfully, two new Google Maps features make it easier to plan your ride—and stay comfortable along the way.AdChoices广告Android and iOS users in nearly 200 cities across the globe can now see live traffic delays for buses.“Unfortunately, transit schedules don’t always reflect real-time traffic conditions that impact your ride, which can cause a lot of unnecessary stress when you end up arriving later than you thought you would,” Project Manager Anthony Bertuca wrote in a blog post.Google Maps live traffic delays for buses (via Google Maps)To ease your anxiety, Google will highlight hold-ups, noting, for instance, that there is an “8 minute traffic delay” on the number 78 bus. It also provides more accurate travel times based on conditions along your planned route.Monitor the in-app map to see exactly where the interruptions are, so you know what to expect, and can make different arrangements, if necessary.When you’re already under pressure to make that important meeting on time, the last thing anyone needs is to be packed like sardines on a hot, sweaty train.Which is why Google introduced transit crowdedness predictions: so you can see how congested your bus, train, or subway car is likely to be, based on past rides.Google Maps crowdedness predictions (via Google Maps)“Now you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to squeeze on, or wait a few more minutes for a vehicle where you’re more likely to snag a seat,” Bertuca said.Folks in South America—particularly Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo—can certainly benefit from Google Maps latest features.The Argentinian and Brazilian cities, respectively, boast six of the highest crowdedness reports during peak morning commuting hours. The Paris Métro Line 13, Chuo Line and Nippori-Toneri Liner in Tokyo, and New York’s famed L train round out the top 10.Check out Google’s blog post for more transit crowdedness trends from around the world.More on Geek.com:Google Maps Highlights Restaurants’ Most Popular DishesGoogle Maps Shows Speed Limits, Camera Traps in 40+ CountriesYou Can See These 4,000-Year-Old Termite Mounds in Google MapsWeird Sh*t Discovered With Google Mapslast_img read more


How to lower the WhatsApp data usage

first_imgHow to lower the WhatsApp data usage by Martin Brinkmann on March 20, 2017 in Google Android – 5 commentsThe following guide provides you with instructions on lowering the data usage of the popular messaging application WhatsApp.Created for Android devices, you can use the guide if you run WhatsApp on another mobile operating system as well.Applications that you run regularly on your mobile devices can use a considerable amount of data when they are running.Many apps continue to run in the background once they have been started on a device. This is certainly true for most messaging applications, as they check regularly for new messages and other content to notify you the moment it is detected.How to lower the WhatsApp data usageFirst thing you need to do is verify WhatsApp’s data usage on your device. How that is done depends largely on your device. On my Xiaomi Mi4c, I select Security > Data Usage to find out about the data usage of the app. You may find data usage in a different location on your device, for instance under Networks > Data Usage.If you cannot find that option, or don’t have it, then you may need to install a third-party data tracking application. You can use My Data Manager for that for instance. I suggest you run it at least a week before you check WhatsApp’s data usage during that time.Once you have the number, you need to decide whether it is too high, or acceptable. If you think it is too high, you can modify some WhatsApp settings to lower the application’s data usage.Select WhatsApp > Menu > Settings.Select the Data Usage menu when the Settings page opens.There you find the following options to lower WhatsApp’s data usage:Configure media auto-download. You may configure this independently for mobile data, WiFi data, and roaming.The default setting downloads photos when on mobile, all attachments when connected to a Wifi, and nothing at all when roaming.To lower the usage, consider blocking all downloads from being processed automatically on mobile and / or on WiFi. The latter depends on whether the wireless networks that you connect the mobile device to are limited in regards to bandwidth.Note that you may still download any attachment manually. WhatsApp displays a placeholder for attachments that have not been auto-downloaded by the app. A tap on the placeholder downloads the attachments to your device.Low data usage. This setting enables the low data usage mode during WhatsApp calls. Please note that this goes hand in hand with a reduction in call quality. If you use WhatsApp for calls regularly, you may want to test the setting to see if you can live with the quality reduction, and whether reducing it has a big enough impact on the data usage of the app to make it worthwhile.Chat Backup settings are another thing that you may want to check. While not configured by default to send data to a cloud provider, WhatsApp may be configured to do that.Go to Menu > Settings > Chat > Chat Backup to get started. You find the “back up to Google Drive” option on the page. If it is enabled, consider disabling it as WhatsApp will transfer data to Google Drive regularly when it is enabled.You may change other preferences there, for instance so that videos are not backed up to Google Drive, or the frequency of backups.Closing WordsThe settings that WhatsApp provides may help reduce the application’s data usage. You may do your part as well, for instance by running WhatsApp only occasionally and not 24/7. While that may mean receiving some messages a bit later, it may have a positive impact on bandwidth usage.Now You: Do you worry about mobile data usage?SummaryArticle NameHow to lower the WhatsApp data usageDescriptionThe following guide provides you with instructions on lowering the data usage of the popular messaging application WhatsApp. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


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first_imgNews | February 18, 2015 Radioactive Bead Therapy Now Used for Head, Neck Tumors Holmium beads offer pinpoint radiation dispersal, can be monitored through multiple modalities Related Content 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 | 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 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 | 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 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 February 18, 2015 — Researchers at University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht are developing an innovative cancer treatment involving the injection of radioactive beads into tumors, thereby enabling a very precise localized radiotherapy. The treatment is being developed with the help of a grant from Alpe d’HuZes/Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) of nearly 300,000 euros.Direct injection of radioactive beads may be an effective treatment of tumors that are difficult or impossible to remove surgically. This is the basic principle of medical biologist Frank Nijsen, M.D., dental surgeon Robert van Es, M.D., and nuclear physician Marnix Lam, M.D., of UMC Utrecht. They are working together with Bas van Nimwegen, M.D., of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University to treat head and neck tumors with radioactive beads. The treatment involves holmium microspheres that appear on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a nuclear scan. Using image-guided injection, the microspheres can be inserted into a tumor in a highly precise and localized fashion. In the first three millimeters, the holmium microspheres emit 90 percent of their radiation. The treatment is radically different from similar approaches involving radioactive yttrium microspheres. Holmium microspheres can be located using MRI, computed tomography (CT) and nuclear imaging techniques. This enables improved monitoring of the holmium treatment’s safety and effectiveness.In collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University the treatment is now being tested in pets with tumors. The preliminary results are positive. Over the past four years, 15 cats and dogs have been treated for predominantly aggressive tongue tumors. The treatment was effective in the majority of animals. On average, tumor size was reduced by 80 percent and the tongue could still be used.“The results in these animal patients are very promising,” said Ron Koole, M.D., of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of UMC Utrecht. “That is why I brought together scientists working on this subject to make the treatment available to human cancer patients as well.” The grant from Alpe d’HuZes/KWF will be used by the Utrecht researchers to expand their activities in this field. This should result in a phase I clinical trial studying the safety of the treatment in cancer patients. One of the most important questions is how these microspheres should be injected in order for them to effectively spread within the tumor and produce maximum effect. Possible side effects of the treatment should also be identified.“Head and neck tumors are of course only one application of this treatment,” says Frank Nijsen, M.D., of UMC Utrecht. “In principle, it is possible to treat any fixed tumor that can be reached with a needle with holmium microspheres. However, we first need to prove that we can inject tumors repeatedly and in a controlled manner.”For more information: www.umcutrecht.nl FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more 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 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 | 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 | 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 last_img read more