KTM today announced the launch of the much-awaited 125 Duke ABS.The 125 Duke comes powered by a single cylinder 4 valve, DOHC, liquid cooled, fuel injected 124.7cc petrol motor churning out 14.5bhp of peak power and 12Nm of peak torque. Fuel tank capacity is capped at 10.2 liters.The 125 Duke also gets a strong-yet-light trellis frame with an aluminum swingarm and a host of premium first-in-class equipment. The KTM 125 Duke gets upside down front suspension, ABS and more. The powerplant is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The top speed as claimed by KTM is 120kmph.In terms of design, the global variant gets the 390 Duke styling with its sharp DRLs, LED headlamps, touch screen instrument cluster, and aggressive naked sports styling. The Indian 125 Duke variant gets the KTM 200 Duke styling which means it misses out on the LED headlamps, LED DRLs, and the touchscreen instrument cluster.The KTM 125 Duke ABS has been launched at an introductory price of Rs 1,18,163 (ex-showroom Delhi) and will be available across 450 exclusive KTM showrooms in India.
Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 has been launched in India. This is notably the company’s first smartphone with a pop-up camera in the country and it comes at a mid-range price point to take on the likes of the Realme X and Oppo K3. The Y9 Prime 2019 also highlights a bezel-less, notchless display, dual tone design, triple rear cameras and a Kirin 710F chipset, among other things.The Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 price in India is set at Rs 15,990 and it comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone will go on sale on Amazon India on August 7 along with offers like No Cost EMI, 10 per cent instant discount on SBI Bank cards, exchange offer up to Rs 1,500, benefits worth Rs 2,200 from Jio and Rs 500 cashback via Amazon Pay. The Y9 Prime 2019 will be available in Emerald Green and Sapphire Blue colours. It will also be available through offline stores with offers. Those who pre-book the Y9 Prime 2019 can also get a free Huawei Sports BT headphones.Huawei Y9 Prime 2019 specificationsThe Y9 Prime 2019 is a kind of upgraded version of the Y9 (2019) that was launched in India earlier this year. The upgrade is in the form of a pop-up selfie camera that rises from the top left side of the frame which houses a selfie camera. This, of course, allows the Y9 Prime 2019 to offer a notchless display with slim bezels all around for an immersive viewing experience.Huawei’s latest mid-range smartphone sports a 6.59-inch FHD+ LCD Full View display with 91 per cent screen to body ratio and 391 ppi. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Kirin 710F chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB via microSD card.advertisementThe Y9 Prime 2019 comes with a triple rear camera system that includes a 16-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The pop-up camera houses a 16-megapixel selfie sensor. The main camera comes with a 6P lens to allow more light for brighter photos and AI scene detection.Battery capacity is rated 4,000mAh, but it is unclear whether the phone supports fast charging. The Y9 Prime 2019 ships with EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie. It measures 163.5×77.3×8.8mm and weighs 196.8 grams. The handset also sports a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ | Pixelbook 2 could get Google Pixel 4-like face unlock featureALSO READ | Xiaomi announces C+86 sports wristwatch with multi-function chronograph dial
Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – Soon after Stephen Harper began his first term as prime minister in 2006 he set out to cut $1 billion in funding across the board and one of the hardest hit departments was Status of Women.Satellite offices were closed across the country and funding was cut nearly in half.That was on the surface.Behind the scenes, Harper also wanted to cut funding to the Native Women’s Association of Canada that paid for its Sisters in Spirit program that was, for the first time in history, officially tallying the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women.“(Harper) was trying, but we fought back. I told them I wouldn’t do that and I’d go public,” said former NWAC president Beverley Jacobs. “I would have sued Canada for breach of contract. I had an awesome women legal team at that time.”The money the government was after was the $5 million, spread out over five years, to fund the research into Sisters in Spirit first announced by the Liberal government under prime minister Paul Martin in 2005.It was written in a contract.The Harper government backed off, but they weren’t done.Harper put NWAC in a proverbial chokehold – described as a slow and meticulous “death” that has left NWAC a shell of its former self today where staff “wait for the axe to drop” at any moment.And during Harper’s time in office almost 300 Indigenous women have been found murdered, died under suspicious circumstances or went missing according to data collected for APTN, as of May 2015, by well known researcher Maryanne Pearce.This while calls ring out across the country for a national inquiry that Harper says isn’t needed.This story is just as much a timeline of the events since 2005 as it as a narrative of Harper’s policy on missing and murdered Indigenous women as he seeks to become the longest serving prime minister in history on Oct. 19.SISTERS IN SPIRIT – $5 millionSherry Lewis was the executive director of NWAC from 2003 to 2007.In May of 2005, the Liberal government came to NWAC with a proposal to fund a five-year program to look into missing and murdered Indigenous women – what would be called Sisters in Spirit.Lewis said NWAC was at the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York on May 23, 2005 when she was approached by Fred Caron, then assistant deputy minister, of then, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.Caron offered NWAC $5 million over five years and part of the deal was NWAC had to take part in a press conference at the UN meetings.The deal was approved by Beverley Jacobs and NWAC’s board of directors.“It rolled out from there. We negotiated what that was all about,” said Lewis. “At the time, we ensured the ownership of the name, brand, everything belonged to NWAC.”Sherry Lewis, left, as seen at the United Nations in New York in 2005 announcing the Sisters in Spirit funding with Fred Caron, right of Lewis, assistant deputy minister for Indian and Northern Affairs of Canada.United Nations photo.Lewis said NWAC also enjoyed a “positive relationship” with the Liberal government. Frequently, staff was invited to take part in special gatherings, meet foreign dignitaries and the government would promote the organization.When the Harper government took control, it was like “night and day” said Lewis.“There was a lot of that stuff going on (under the Liberals). It kept us busy all the time,” she said. “When the Conservatives came in it was like a door slammed shut.”Lewis said the invitations to meet dignitaries no longer arrived and NWAC was in the dark.“They gave us minimally what was required under Sisters in Spirit,” she said.As Sisters in Spirit was in full swing the Harper government demanded documents on everything – every call from media, every trip taken, any and everything said former executive director Kate Rexe, who joined NWAC in April of 2009.Annual reports to Status of Women were binders four inches thick documenting their every move.“When I requested to only submit a 25-page report (because of the intense scrutiny and time it took to compile the report) they insisted that wasn’t enough and wanted everything we had done including numbers, media interviews, meetings, articles, presentations,” said Rexe. “Mainly, because I don’t think anyone believed we were actually doing what we said we would do: report the number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.”Kate Rexe, former executive director of Sisters in Spirit. APTN photoRexe believes there’s only one reason for this after their first report in 2009 detailing stories from families of missing and murdered women started to get media attention. Rexe, herself, spoke to the media a number of times to push the message.One time she said her comments enraged former Status of Women minister Helena Guergis who called NWAC’s office trying to get her fired.“As much as Minister Guergis may not have liked me (or) NWAC pushing the government or the attention in the media, I think she was the scapegoat for cabinet. It is my belief that she was pushing hard to have the work of SIS continue and the (Prime Minister’s Office) didn’t want to see it go any further,” said Rexe.APTN reached out to Guergis, through her lawyer, but never heard back.With funding to the SIS program scheduled to end in March 2010, NWAC released its second report saying there was 582 Indigenous women in Canada who were missing or had been murdered since the 1980s. They gathered most of the data from newspaper articles online and from families themselves.That’s when Harper made his next move.Every time NWAC submitted funding proposals to Status of Women any reference to Sisters in Spirit was scratched out or came with a clear message – that program no longer existed once the funding ran out. The name couldn’t even be used, said Rexe.NWAC was at crossroads. They had all this data – but was hitting another wall with the Harper government.That’s when Rexe left.She felt her name had become synonymous with NWAC and maybe it was doing more harm than good.“I was really worried I was going to become a hindrance to NWAC and Sisters in Spirit in moving forward if my name was attached to funding proposals,” she said, adding she was the ninth executive director of the program to leave since it began in 2005 – most due to stress.The pain of working with families and trying to help them only to be thwarted by the Harper government became too much for many at NWAC said Rexe.EVIDENCE TO ACTION – $1.89 million With funding for Sisters in Spirit coming to an end, NWAC had to come up with a different program, and they did. It was called Evidence to Action. The new three-year project would receive $1.89 million in funding from Status of Women beginning in February 2011. One of the conditions of this new money was that NWAC could no longer conduct any research into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Despite strict rules prohibiting research, APTN was told NWAC quietly kept updating its database. A volunteer was pulling names from media articles.Michele Audette, former president of NWACMichele Audette began her term as the outspoken president of NWAC during this time and almost immediately the RCMP came to her looking to access the database, which they hadn’t shared with anyone always citing privacy.It wasn’t the first time the RCMP had tried to peek inside the database.Mounties had been working on a memorandum of understanding with previous president Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, who replaced Jacobs, but the board didn’t want her to share the database said Audette.“That first week, August 2012, the RCMP asked me if we could work together on the MOU. I said ‘No. I’ll be here for the next few years and we should go further than the database,’” said Audette.A few months passed and the RCMP national headquarter’s spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Gagnon went public in February 2013 and “discredited” NWAC’s numbers of MMIW by saying the RCMP only knew of a few dozen names of MMIW said Audette.“Then boom. There that’s that Julie,” said Audette. “Whacking NWAC’s work and credibility.”The concerning part, for NWAC and Rexe, was the RCMP wasn’t being completely honest.The way Rexe explains it is she went to the RCMP in early 2010 with the 118 names of women they weren’t sure were Aboriginal and asked if the Mounties would confirm.They came back with 64 confirmed cases of Indigenous women but they knew it was only a portion of NWAC’s database.“I was furious,” said Rexe. “I thought you have completely taken that out of context.”Audette was furious, too.But, instead of fighting in the media, she “extended a hand” to Supt. Tyler Bates, who was then running the RCMP’s Aboriginal policing unit.They spoke a couple times on the phone, she said, and Bates offered to write every police force in Canada asking for their statistics on MMIW.From that point on NWAC and the RCMP had a working relationship, but Audette still wouldn’t hand over the database.Over the next year they would meet and discuss how the RCMP’s project into tallying the number of MMIW from 1982 to 2012 was going. Each time, the RCMP would inquire about the database, according to Audette and other sources.On Feb. 20, 2014, NWAC met with the RCMP again. Bates was supposed to be at the meeting but was called away.Other members of the RCMP at that meeting told NWAC they were 98 per cent done, the number of MMIW was over 1,000 and they just needed NWAC’s database to wrap it up.That’s when NWAC provided the database, but none of the personal statements from family members of victims, said Audette.APTN reported on April 30, 2014 that the number was over 1,000 and was supposed to be released on March 31 but the report’s release was being stalled by Public Safety Canada.APTN spoke to Bates before publishing and he said the report would come out “down the road.” About two weeks later the RCMP’s report was released in Winnipeg, away from the Ottawa spotlight, and Public Safety refused to answer questions on whether they stalled its released for March 31. The project found 1,181 MMIW cases between 1982 and 2012 with the help of every police force across the country pulling files.The RCMP denied any interference by Public Safety.“I was shocked that they did release the report because it was putting a bad reputation on the Conservative government,” said Audette. “Was it something that leaked and they no choice but to release it? I think we have an angel on our side.”The March 31 date is potentially important because on March 6 the government released its parliamentary report on violence against Aboriginal women. That report consisted of months of testimony from experts, families and government officials.A draft report of that committee’s findings called for a national inquiry into MMIW but when the final version was released that recommendation was nowhere to be found.It was reported first by CBC that the Prime Minister’s Office had removed it, as the Conservative Party represented the majority of MP’s sitting on the committee.The RCMP report renewed calls for a national inquiry across the country but Harper, again, refused to call one saying the time for more studies was over and the issue needed action.APTN sought comment from the Prime Minister’s Office on this story but never received a response.PROJECT PEACE – $750,000Funding for NWAC’s Evidence to Action was scheduled to run out April 30, 2014, but the organization had been trying to secure funding for a new project in the months prior.NWAC submitted a funding proposal for Project Peace in November 2013 but didn’t get anywhere. In February 2014, while working with the RCMP, staff at NWAC met with staff at Status of Women to talk money.They said part of the project would revive the Sisters in Spirit database.But when this was mentioned to Leitch’s staff they were against it, said Audette.“We spoke to Minister Leitch a few weeks ago … (and) her staff was saying no to us on missing and murdered. They wanted us to do something else. But during the meeting she said she was the one to make the decision,” Audette said March 26, 2014.Funding never came by the end of Evidence to Action and NWAC had to lay off staff.By Sept. 30, 2014, the money still hadn’t come.Audette and her staff met with Leitch, again, on Sept. 30 pressing the government to fund a scaled down version of Project Peace, after all, the government had announced a $25 million “Action Plan” to help end violence against Aboriginal women.It didn’t go well, according to Audette.Audette was running to be a member of the Liberal party in her home riding in the upcoming federal election and informed Leitch of this.“She got mad. She asked me to go outside of the room. She tried to kick me out,” said Audette, who refused. “The media are wondering what is going on with the funding, so what do I say if I go outside?”That’s when things apparently got heated.“Are you threatening me?’” Leitch said, according to Audette. “’Get out. Get out.’ She was yelling. I was shocked and said ‘no, I’m not going to get out.’”Leitch’s office denies there was a heated argument.“No such heated argument took place,” said spokesperson Andrew McGrath. “I was told this did not happen.”Project Peace was funded, but for $750,000, which was a fraction of what NWAC was appealing for. On its website, NWAC describes the project as an initiative to “promote safety, violence prevention and solution based approaches” for Aboriginal women and girls.Dwindling staff at NWAC feel the government has almost succeeded in ‘silencing us.”According to people APTN spoke to, they’re afraid to speak out and are praying for the Conservative government to be overthrown in the Oct. 19 election.“We jump through every hoop and bust our asses,” said a source inside NWAC. “There’s restrictions on what we can do. It’s always a shrinking budget. It’s always less than last year.”Many have moved on.Lewis works for the Brantford Native Housing Corporation. Jacobs is working on furthering her education and continues to speak for MMIW families. Audette was unsuccessful in her original nominated bid, but recently was appointed the candidate in another Quebec riding under the Liberal banner.As for Rexe, she wears the guilt of a person who feels they didn’t do enough like a wet shirt. Five years later she gets emotional when thinking about all the families she tried to help.“In many ways, I feel as though I failed many of the families when the (Sisters In Spirit) funding didn’t continue,” she said. “I really do feel like the Conservative government felt like we were gaining too much momentum and they were doing everything they could to shut us down.”firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW DELHI: In a fresh attack targetting the Congress party over the failure of alliance talks, chief minister of Delhi and AAP national convenor on Thursday said if the Bharatiya Janata Party retains power after the Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be responsible.The Aam Aadmi Party had repeatedly urged the Congress to form an alliance in Delhi, which it said would have ensured that votes against the BJP are not divided. However, the talks between the two parties failed. He also said AAP would do everything to stop BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from coming to power and would support any “secular mahagathbandhan” after the elections. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanHe also criticised Amit Shah for his remarks about removing “infiltrators” from neighbouring countries, except Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. “This proves that the BJP plans to remove all other religions except these three religions,” he said. He claimed that the country’s unity was being challenged by the BJP. “We will do everything to stop the Shah-Modi duo,” he said. “We will support any grand alliance government. The 2019 election is to save the nation, save the Constitution. We are Indians first, then Hindu or Muslim.” Also Read – Water supply disruption likely in some areasHe said the AAP tries its best to forge an alliance but it seemed the Congress wasn’t serious about it. Congress and AAP were in discussions for weeks but at the last minute, the talks failed over AAP’s demand for an alliance outside Delhi. “I want to ask Rahul Gandhi, which alliance is formed on Twitter?… They don’t have intention (to forge an alliance). For the past two months, we have been trying for an alliance. I am saying this with huge sadness that if Modi and (BJP President Amit) Shah return to power, only one person will be responsible – Rahul Gandhi,” he said. The talks crashed over AAP’s insistence that a seat-sharing pact be extended to Haryana and Punjab. AAP pointed out that it would not need Congress’s help to win the seven seats in Delhi but a tie-up would help limit the BJP in Haryana and in Punjab. Attempts for a pact between the AAP and the Congress started more than a month ago with a meeting at Maharashtra politician Sharad Pawar’s home, where Mamata Banerjee also urged Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi to talk.
At least 107 bodies have so far been found along a remote stretch of the Yemen coastline after a boat smuggling migrants from Somalia capsized on Monday in one of the deadliest single incidents in a perilous exodus that has brought more than 27,000 people across the Gulf Aden in the past year, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.“Witnesses said the boat which capsized well offshore was carrying 120 Somalis and Ethiopians,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “A second smuggling vessel, also carrying 120 people, forced all its passengers into the sea when the first boat capsized. The second boat then picked up the smugglers from the capsized vessel and headed back out into the Gulf of Aden, leaving 240 people in the high seas,” he added. According to survivor accounts, the migrants were in the water for several hours before the Yemen military came to their rescue. A military official said the victims were drifting at least half a kilometre off the coast, which made rescue efforts very difficult. Some 235 people on two other smuggling boats that approached Yemen on Monday made it to shore safely. Five people remain missing. Over the last month, UNHCR has recorded the arrival of 1,776 Somalis and Ethiopians on 20 boats. With the latest casualties, at least 136 died making the hazardous journey and many are still missing. Many of the new arrivals were badly beaten and told UNHCR the smugglers stole their money during the voyage. The Somalis said they fled their homes during and after recent hostilities between government forces and Islamic groups. Many said armed militias shot at them and took their money and belongings at checkpoints. Every year, thousands of people cross the Gulf of Aden, the Mediterranean and other waters, fleeing persecution in their own countries or searching for better economic opportunities. UNHCR has consistently tried to promote international and local action to combat the vicious smuggling practices and to focus more attention on conditions in the countries of origin that lead people to leave in the first place. Despite these efforts, the number of people leaving their homes and taking enormous risks has not decreased. 16 February 2007At least 107 bodies have so far been found along a remote stretch of the Yemen coastline after a boat smuggling migrants from Somalia capsized on Monday in one of the deadliest single incidents in a perilous exodus that has brought more than 27,000 people across the Gulf Aden in the past year, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
“I believe it will reveal the names of my son’s killers and expose what really happened,” he said. Amnesty International quoted Dr Manoharan as saying that he had given evidence to the Commission in that case and so he has a right to know what is in that report. Dr Manoharan has been fighting for an international investigation into his son’s killing.Twelve police Special Task Force (STF) are in remanded over their alleged involvement in the murder of the five students in Trincomalee in 2006. Dr Kasippillai Manoharan, the father of Ragihar Manoharan, one of the five students killed in Trincomalee in 2006, is to submit a petition to the UN Human Rights Council in September calling on the Sri Lankan government to make public a 2006 Presidential Commission report into 16 serious human rights violations.The UN Human Rights Council will meet in September in Geneva and with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visiting Sri Lanka this month, Sri Lanka is expected to be discussed at the September session of the council. The incident referred to as the ‘Trincomalee massacre’, occurred when the five Tamil high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and then shot dead.The incident drew a huge outcry among human rights groups calling on the government to bring to justice those killed in the incident.The killing of the five students was also mention by non-governmental organisations at the UNHRC in March this year. (Colombo Gazette)
“A political solution is the only way to bring an end to the horrific human rights violations taking place in Syria, including the systematic use of sexual violence,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, said in a statement.“Even as hope springs for peace, I reiterate my calls to all parties to the conflict in Syria to immediately refrain from the use of sexual violence which has been used as a tactic of war, a tactic of terrorism, and an instrument of torture.”Ms. Bangura issued the statement last night shortly after the Council gave the UN an enhanced role in shepherding the opposing sides to talks for a political transition early next month, with a timetable for a ceasefire, a new constitution and elections, all under UN auspices.Declaring it crucial for the UN and other actors such as the International Committee for the Red Cross to have regular access to detention centres run by the Syrian military and intelligence services where many women suffered sexual violence and torture, she called on President Bashar al-Assad and those services to grant such access as a signal of commitment to the peace process.She also voiced deep concern at the targeting of minorities for sexual violence, particularly by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other extremist groups. “This includes religious and ethnic minorities, as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals who have also been systematically persecuted, sexually tortured and killed,” she added.“These violations are an affront to our collective humanity and must cease immediately. The perpetrators must be held to account.”
By Julie JohansenAs the Emery County Commission meeting began on Tuesday, a motion was made to enter a public hearing to take public comment on submitting an emergency request to the Community Impact Board (CIB) for funding to upgrade the Utah Power and Light (UP&L) central warehouse building and surrounding properties.The county purchased the properties in 2019 and is seeking to upgrade the building infrastructure to allow new businesses to be established. These improvements include an electrical boost and natural gas for large machinery. Representatives from the CIB have visited the site and are prepared for the request from Emery County.After the public hearing closed, a motion was approved to have Commissioner Lynn Sitterud write the application and negotiate the possible terms of the grant.Other business that came before the commission included yearly renewals granting Questar Gas/Dominion Energy of Utah a franchise for construction, operation and maintenance of a gas distribution in Emery County; the cooperating operating plan between Emery County Sheriff’s Office and USDA Forest Service for law enforcement on the Manti-La Sal National Forest; and a site access agreement between Emery County and PacifiCorp.Emery County Clerk Brenda Tuttle next reported the 2019 tax sale proceedings to the commissioners. She stated that four parcels were auctioned but only three received bids, which means the remaining property becomes county property. The proceeds were about $3,300 on the three parcels sold. Emery County Treasurer Josie Stilson requested permission to set up payment plans for two parcels of property that have taxes that are five years past due. This procedure was approved.Market match funding for Green River Melon Days, Green River Car Show, Southeastern Utah Junior Livestock Show, Millsite Golf Course and Kasey’s Pro Shop was approved. These requests were approved by the Emery County Travel Bureau as well as the commissioners. The funds come from the Transient Room Tax (TRT funds) and must be used for advertising.Emery County’s State Fiscal Year 2020 BEAR Tax Funds plan and a letter of support for Castle Country Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) program were also approved.Mary Huntington, Emery County Personnel Manager, showed a video about workplace safety from a new program instigated in the county. These presentations will take place on the second commission meeting each month.
The LAS has now contacted nearly all of the people he treated alone, while police are tracking down everyone he responded to as part of a team.The service said it had addressed the system flaws that had allowed the suspect to respond to jobs.A spokesman said: “As soon as we became aware of the activities of this individual, we initiated a full internal investigation, informed the police and contacted patients affected.“The individual’s employment with us was also immediately ended.”Changes designed to eliminate the possibility of anyone with internal knowledge of our computerised systems being able to misuse them in this way, have already been implemented.”The case was reported at the time to the Care Quality Commission – the NHS watchdog – and NHS Improvement, which oversees the LAS.An unannounced two-day inspection was subsequently carried out by the CQC last week at the LAS NHS Trust, a spokesman said, with a report expected to follow.The security breach came to light in a recent report by the LAS on the “serious incidents” it had dealt with in recent months.It does not identify the individual involved, but says he was operating in north-east London.A source would not confirm the exact timescale of his offending, saying only it was longer than two weeks. An NHS Improvement spokesman said: “NHS Improvement has supported LAS during its investigation and we continue to do so as the trust ensures lessons are learnt to prevent this happening again.” A “fake” paramedic is believed to have treated more than 100 patients in London this summer, it has emerged.The trainee member of staff with the London Ambulance Service flunked his paramedic exams but carried out “unauthorised” responses to 999 calls for several weeks.It is understood he was able to pose as a qualified paramedic by infiltrating an internal computer system used by emergency crews while they are on duty.He would subsequently be sent to call-outs either alone or with a second trained paramedic, who were under the impression they were with a legitimate professional.Sources told the Daily Telegraph that the man responded to nearly half of the 999 calls alone.The plan was eventually rumbled by the service, which sacked him and reported the matter to the police in July.The Metropolitan Police confirmed a 21-year-old man had been arrested in September at an address in Hornchurch, Essex on suspicion of fraud, burglary, theft by employee, assault by beating, dangerous driving, driving otherwise in accordance of license, and driving without insurance.“He was taken into custody at a south London police station and later released under investigation,” the force said.“Inquiries are ongoing.”The assault and burglary claims stem from alleged unauthorised physical contact with a patient, rather than violence. None of the individuals he dealt with are thought to have been harmed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The President and CEO of Outotec Oyj, Tapani Järvinen has decided to retire at the end of 2009. He has been President and CEO of Outotec since the listing of the company in October 2006 and, prior to the listing, President of Outokumpu Technology since 2003. Järvinen will be 63 years of age in December this year. The Board of Directors of Outotec has already started a process to appoint a new President and CEO for the company. Järvinen comments: “The period of six years as President and CEO of Outotec has been extremely rewarding. With co-operative and knowledgeable staff I have had the opportunity to work for the listing of the company as well as for its strong growth and excellent success in utilising the raw material boom. Outotec’s financial structure is currently stronger than ever before, and I believe that the company is well prepared even for the most challenging market conditions.” The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Risto Virrankoski said: “Tapani Järvinen’s key achievements as President and CEO include the development and strengthening of Outotec’s structure and business model so that the company has been able to fully utilise the good market sentiment in the past few years. It has achieved strong growth and profitability. Tapani has been a humane leader and truly believed that employees are the most valuable asset for the company. Outotec has motivated and skilful personnel and management, which will help the new CEO to continue the development. On behalf of Outotec’s Board of Directors I wish to thank Tapani Järvinen for his very successful presidency.”
INCREASING THE height of two wind turbines near Kinnagoe Bay by up to 24 per cent has been refused by Donegal County Council who said the height would impact on the scenic skyline and driving section of the Wild Atlantic Way.Local residents welcomed the decision of the council, stating that the tip height of 132 metres of the turbines would be too high.Wild Atlantic WayThe Council’s refusal is based on a new national tourist development called the Wild Atlantic Way – which is Ireland’s first long-distance touring route, stretching along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to West Cork.The road passing Crockbrack Hill is now identified as a scenic driving section, a fundamental element of the route, providing the visitor with opportunities to see and experience the best land and seascapes along the route.Kinnagoe Bay is a discovery point, the third point on the Wild Atlantic Way when you start the route from Derry and the North.The council refused the height increase stating that the “subject site is located in a sensitive rural location and coastal environment”, and if permission were granted would give a “visually unbalanced” view within the environment and give an “inappropriate spatial dominance”.They added that it is there policy “not to permit development proposals which would detract from the visual quality/amenity on either the approach roads to, or the views to be had from significant tourist attractions”, concluding that it would visually “detract” from the ammenity that is the Wild Atlantic Way.Read: Rabbitte set to face questions on ‘shelving’ of UK wind export plan> Read: These five graphs dig into the figures behind wind energy in Ireland>
The Greater Columbus (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce is launching an initiative to eliminate the statutory caps on defense spending which prompted the Army last week to outline how it would eliminate 40,000 troops, including 3,400 at Fort Benning, by the end of fiscal 2018, the chamber said Monday.The chamber will pursue an aggressive campaign through a variety of elements, including public service ads on TV, radio and billboards; a website that will have updates, articles and videos; and an online petition in support of Fort Benning.The effort is intended to protect the post and the surrounding region from future cutbacks spurred by the Budget Control Act limits, as well as highlight Fort Benning’s unique assets, reported the Ledger-Enquirer.“It’s a crucial base that has, really, the fulcrum of our Army might, with the training brigades being here and the 75th Ranger Regiment, who basically are the first responders to a worldwide conflict if there ever is one,” said Brian Anderson, the chamber’s president and chief executive officer.“It’s critical to the security of our nation … Don’t let this artificial knee-jerk procedure stay in place. Do the responsible thing and reform the federal budget adequately that allows us also to be safe and secure,” Anderson said.The post would lose 3,400 soldiers under the Army restructuring plan announced last week as the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division is converted to an infantry battalion task force. Officials said they would need to shrink the Army’s active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers by the end of FY 2019 if the discretionary spending caps remain in place next year. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
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Map of GazipurA grocery trader was hacked to death and his wife injured over previous enmity centring land dispute at Tongi Bazar in Gazipur early Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Yeasin, son of Nazrul Islam, hailing from Munshiganj district. Yeasin used to live in a rented house with his wife at Tongi Bazar.Quoting family members, police said Yeasin had been at loggerheads with his uncle Nurul Amin over land issue.Couple of days back, Abu Bakar, son of Nurul Amin, came to Yeasin’s house at Tongi Bazar to pay a visit.Family members alleged Abu Bakar hacked Yeasin and his wife Rabeya with a sharp weapon around 3:00 am, leaving Yeasin dead on the spot and his wife injured.On information, police recovered the body and arrested Abu Bakar in connection with the incident, said additional superintendent of police Shakhawat Hossain of Gazipur sadar circle.Rabeya was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Police say a 3 year-old boy has died after being left in a hot day care center van for 3½ hours parked outside the center in northwest Houston.A statement from the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office said the child was found unresponsive when his father arrived at Discovering Me Academy about 7 p.m. Thursday to pick him up. The van was parked since 3 p.m., and deputies said its interior was 113 degrees when they arrived.The child was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital. An employee was questioned, but no charges were filed.The academy had been cited in 2015 for not reporting a wreck involving the van in a timely manner and for a driver not knowing how many children were in her group.The Harris County District Attorney’s Office said in statement sent out Friday that the Houston Police Department (HPD) is investigating this death in coordination with the child fatality unit of the DA’s Office and all the evidence will be presented to a grand jury.Constable says the temp inside the bus when officers got here was 113 degrees #khou11 pic.twitter.com/AHNLjRsfPC— Brett Buffington (@BrettKHOU) July 20, 2018 Share It takes very little time for a car to get too hot for children • Never leave a child alone in a car• Ensure car is locked when not in it so kids don’t gain access• If you see a child alone in a car, call 911• Set reminder on phone to ensure u dropped child @ daycare. https://t.co/sEV9H6rAd9— Chief Samuel Peña (@FireChiefofHFD) July 20, 2018 UPDATE: @Pct1Constable says child is 3-years-old, discovered when the father came to the daycare to pick his little boy up. The group of 28 kids had just returned to the daycare from a field trip. #khou11 pic.twitter.com/vWNHIxa0lN— Brett Buffington (@BrettKHOU) July 20, 2018
“This is our first really big foray into film production. Some of the films, not all, might get limited theatrical run,” an iflix spokesman told Variety. “The idea is to make them as widely available as possible, through our platform, but we also want to build the brand.” There are currently no plans to distribute the films outside iflix’s region.Indonesia is the biggest territory in iflix’s 28-territory footprint. The company’s operations span developing countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East.Indonesia is also the biggest market in the region for Wattpad, which counts 17 million users in Southeast Asia and has previously seen some of its content developed into shows in the Philippines. There it worked with TV5 to create and co-produce the Wattpad Presents series, with 250 episodes, based on 76 Wattpad stories.“This deal represents the future of entertainment, where technology and data converge with new voices in storytelling to transform how great content gets made and distributed. Working with iflix, we can bring our millions of passionate users in Indonesia and Southeast Asia exactly what they want: local stories that they already love and can’t wait to see adapted for the screen,” said Aron Levitz, head of Wattpad Studios.“With traditional distribution and platform requirements no longer a constraint and deep data and analytics available to measure performance and engagement, this deal allows us to create exciting original productions from hugely popular local stories,” said iflix chief content officer Sean Carey. Streaming video service iflix has teamed with Canadian online entertainment platform Wattpad to produce “dozens of original movies” in Indonesia over the next year.The stories will be selected from the 6 million pieces of Indonesian content uploaded to Wattpad. The companies say that machine learning will guide the selection process.Aggregate production budgets were not disclosed and multiple funding components are involved. Iflix and Wattpad have so far identified 26 project for production. Leading Indonesian production firm Screenplay is expected to commit to co-fund and co-produce at least 15 of them. Other titles are likely to find homes with other Indonesian producers, and be announced in the coming weeks.The finished films will play on iflix’s free tier and across all the countries in its footprint. Depending on the deals with Screenplay and the other local producers, some of the titles may be given limited theatrical releases in Indonesia. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Dual-detector G-armsSeveral vendors have taken the next step and now offer mobile C-arms that can do bi-plane imaging; these are often known as G-arms. Their detectors are positioned so they can capture images from two different directions, allowing simultaneous views across the two perpendicular planes. Whale Imaging, which introduced its first G-arm system at RSNA 2015, just released the second-generation G-Arm Duo in January. The system fires its two X-ray beams asynchronously for bi-lateral images and video, providing a more comprehensive picture than conventional C-arms, according to the company. The G-Arm Duo, which is reportedly compatible with all surgical tables, adds axial tilt for more precise positioning and provides better table access. Whale’s other bi-planar imaging system, the Multiscan G, was also introduced at RSNA 2015. The MultiScan provides simultaneous live AP/LT fluoroscopy images in the operating room (OR) without having to rotate the machine; it can rotate up to 270 degrees if needed. Motorized mechanics control orbital rotation, height and source to image-receptor distance (SID) for smooth motion and reduced disruption of the sterile field. A console touchscreen and touchpad allow easy image manipulation, patient retrieval and function selection, with numerous anatomic pre-sets included to simplify workflow and improve productivity. Bright HD 19-inch monitors allow easy viewing even in OR lighting. Mobile C-arm Comparison ChartITN has created a mobile C-arm comparison chart of the specifications for these systems. It can be accessed at www.itnonline.com/content/mobile-c-arms. This will require a login, but it is free and only takes a minute to register. The chart includes all manufacturers of mobile C-arms that sell systems in the United States. Digital DetectorsIn the interest of higher image quality at potentially lower radiation doses, many C-arm vendors have by now switched their detectors from analog image intensifiers to flat panel digital detectors. At the 2016 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in November, Ziehm Imaging highlighted its first full-size C-arms with CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) flat panel detectors — the Solo FD and the Vision RFD. CMOS offers an alternative to more traditional amorphous silicon (aSi) digital detectors, and the company said it provides higher image quality at a lower dose. Siemens entered the digital detector market in 2014 with the release of the Cios Alpha. The system features a 25 kW output and a field of view the company claims is 25 percent larger than conventional C-arms. The surgeon can fully control the system from one of three touchscreens — one on the C-arm itself, one on the mobile workstation and one on the tableside control. The Cios Alpha also sports vessel overlay software that provides the surgeon a better overview during vascular procedures. Philips also made the switch to digital detectors in 2014 with the launch of the Veradius Unity system, designed primarily for interventional procedures. Several navigational aids were incorporated into the system, including the ClearGuide function which correlates directions in the image (up/down/left/right) with physical markers on the detector (3/6/9/12). Operators can use a marker pen with the outline tool to create free format drawings on live fluoroscopy images, including vessel outlines and other anatomical references. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of GE HealthcareWith the demand for medical imaging growing exponentially and the prevalence of interventional procedures on the rise, mobile C-arms and the versatility they offer is becoming an important tool for hospitals. On any given day, they could be needed in the OR or radiology department to image any part of the body for a wide variety of procedures.Arguably the biggest advancement in recent C-arm development has been the transition to digital detectors for improved image quality. Vendors are also taking into consideration the demanding environments in which the systems are used, and making them easier for operators to maneuver. Finally, more bi-planar (“G-arm”) systems are entering the market to help providers see a more comprehensive picture of their patients. Feature | Mobile C-Arms | April 10, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis Mobile C-arms Going Digital This article originally ran as an introduction to the Mobile C-Arms comparison chart in the April 2017 issue. The chart can be viewed here. 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Many enhancements in recent years have focused on improving operator control of movement to allow more precise positioning.GE Healthcare’s newest C-arm, the OEC Elite MiniView, requires less physical force to maneuver the scanner around patient anatomy thanks to its orbital rotational access point design that leverages gravity for more fluid movement. The carbon fiber arm is 30 percent lighter than on previous models, and the gantry has a natural balance that resists drift to stay in position. Once the system is in position, SmartLock technology lets the user secure the spot with one push of a button (rather than turning multiple dials and levers). The system, designed for limb extremity surgeries, was launched in August 2016. Other vendors have turned to motorization to enhance movement capabilities. Ziehm’s Vision RFD 3-D and Vision RFD Hybrid are both fully motorized on all four axes, allowing the surgeon to have total control over movement through a dual-joystick system. The Vision RFD 3-D offers other ergonomic improvements, including a three-position memory feature and color-coding on the axes to help the surgeon guide the technologist through manual movements.Beyond the C-arm itself, some patient tables offer greater flexibility of movement. The Surgical C-Arm Table 840, introduced at RSNA 2016 by Biodex, employs free-floating movement (known as Smooth Glide) on three axes: It can move 35 inches head-to-toe; 10 inches side-to-side; and ranges from 33.5 to 43.5 inches up-and-down. In addition, the table offers isocentric lateral roll of 0 to ±15 degrees and Trendelenburg motions of 0 to 20 degrees. The table sports mushroom-top, hand and foot controls for optimal operator comfort. A low-profile base guarantees clearance for both portable and suspended C-arm systems. The Surgical C-Arm Table 840 features an extra-large radiolucent area of 71 inches and can accommodate patients up to 500 pounds. 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The 2019 Game Developers Conference published the results of their seventh annual state of the industry survey two days ago. The report added two new questions this time, should the games industry unionize? and will the games industry unionize?. Almost 4000 developers participated in the survey and nearly 50% of them believed that game industry workers should unionize. GDC 2019 is scheduled to take place March 18-22 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. 47 percent gamers said yes when asked whether they thought game industry workers should unionize; 26 percent said maybe, 16 percent said no, and 11 percent said they didn’t know. However, figures fell when it came to actual implementation. When asked whether they think video game workers actually will unionize, only 21 percent said yes. 39 percent said “maybe.” 24 percent of respondents said they don’t think it will happen, and 15 percent said that they don’t know. One developer responded saying, “There is too much supply: too many people want into the industry. Those who unionize will be shoved out of the way as companies hire those with fewer demands.” The gaming industry has been abuzz with talks of unionization for quite some time now. Game Workers Unite, is a democratic organization fighting for union rights and gathering support for unionization in the gaming industry. Last year, in December, a UK chapter of Game Workers Unite became a legal trade union. Developers were also asked what PC/Mac game storefronts they sell their games on. The most popular answer was Steam, with roughly 47 percent saying that they sell games on Valve’s storefront. However, when asked if Steam still justifies its 30 percent cut, only 6 percent said yes, and 17 percent said maybe. On asking developers (both indie and professionals) how many hours they work per week on average, 44 percent of developers worked more than 40 hours per week. Almost 6 percent worked 76 to 80 hours, “suggesting that deadline-related crunch can go far beyond normal working hours,” according to the survey. Other questions were based on what game platforms developers are creating for, iOS Android etc. The entire survey is available to be downloaded for free. Read Next Electronic Arts (EA) announces Project Atlas, a futuristic cloud-based AI-powered game development platform Packt partners with Humble Bundle to bring readers a stash of game development content Best game engines for Artificial Intelligence game development
New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements “There’s no suspect and we’re trying to find out the motive now … how it could get in there, and why,” he said.Nuclear officials said they had received no threats.Nyman said investigators were analyzing witness statements and security camera footage of the vehicle’s movements. He declined to give more details.Power utility Vattenfall said the clay-like, fist-sized explosive was found on a fire extinguisher in the forklift during a routine check as it entered the high-security enclosure, where the four reactors are situated, from the plant’s adjoining industrial area.“To me, it looked like the size of a fist,” Ringhals spokesman Gosta Larsen said, noting that the small gray mass would have been difficult to spot if the sniffer-dogs had not found it.There was no danger of explosion because the material did not have a detonator or triggering device, police and nuclear officials said. They insisted that even if it had exploded, the damage would have been minimal and would not have affected the plant.Police combed the outer enclosure of the Ringhals plant _ an area the size of 150 football fields _ but found no indication that the explosive had been brought in through or over the surrounding fencing, Gith Thedvall, a local police spokeswoman, said. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said it was aware of the incident and was in touch with Swedish authorities but declined to comment further.The Swedish government has not commented on the incident, saying that it would wait for the outcome of the police investigation.Ringhals, with more than 3,500 workers, is Sweden’s largest power plant, producing 28 Terawatt-Hours a year, or supplying around 20 percent of the country’s electricity.It is located near Varberg in Halland, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Sweden’s second-largest city, Goteborg.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories “So it must have been brought in by someone who came through the control gates,” she said, referring to the gates at the plant’s outer enclosure.Wednesday’s incident prompted Sweden to increase its security alert at the country’s three nuclear plants, including Forsmark and Oskarshamn.Police temporarily cordoned off the area immediately surrounding the forklift, but the find did not cause any other exceptional measures at the plant, officials said.“It’s serious that someone tries to bring in explosives to a nuclear plant,” Larsen said. “But it was a really stupid thing to do because there’s a 100 percent certainty that it would have been discovered. It would never have made its way through.”Critics slammed the plant and Sweden’s nuclear industry after the incident, saying it shows how vulnerable atomic power stations are.David Persson, a spokesman at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, said the agency considers the incident serious but doesn’t want to draw any conclusions or plan to tighten its guidelines or rules until police have established what actually happened.“We’re following this closely. There definitely shouldn’t be any explosive materials near a nuclear plant, but it’s positive that they found it,” Persson said. Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) – Two days after nuclear officials found a small amount of explosives on a forklift on the grounds of Sweden’s largest nuclear power plant, police said they still had no clues about possible perpetrators or how the material got there.Officers completed a search of the plant’s premises in the morning, but found no other explosives, police spokesman Tommy Nyman said Friday. Comments Share 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Top holiday drink recipes
TelePresence room in Sydney International ‘face-to-face’ meetings now possible Starwood team Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. unveiled Australia’s first publicly available Cisco TelePresence meeting room at Sheraton on the Park Sydney on Wednesday.The launch of the virtual meeting room was in conjunction with the launch of the same room more than 9000 miles away at the W Chicago City Center in the United States.The Cisco TelePresence rooms, developed in partnership with Tata Communications, are set to change the face of virtual conferencing for businesses across the world that do not have personal access to such facilities.Screens in the room, which face a stretch of table, are designed to show life-size and real-time images of participants on the other side of the world with voice-activated cameras.Guests and corporate clients attending the launch in Sydney and Chicago were given the opportunity to experience the TelePresence meeting suite through a virtual, interactive meeting between the two cities.In both locations, participants sat at a table and met “face-to-face” with others using ultra-high definition video and superior audio on a high-speed internet connection.The two properties are the first in Starwood’s global portfolio to feature this facility and are available to the public at a per hour rental rate.Starwood said it planned to build Cisco TelePresence rooms in 10 of its properties worldwide with the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and Sheraton Centre Toronto to come online in the next few months.“We intend to make telepresence available to as many users as possible with our global network of public telepresence rooms and our suite of managed telepresence network services for businesses” said Tata Managed Telepresence Services Director Peter Quinlan.“This opening is just the first step in that direction with many more in other key markets soon to follow this year”