Moroccan Classrooms Go Interactive

first_imgTahannaout- Saloua Ben Fethalla is a math teacher at Almajd School in Tahannaout, Morocco, a picturesque rural town at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Her 13-year-old students are just beginning middle school.Until recently, the class of over 40 students would sit in rows, straining to listen as Fethalla lectured. With classes this size, it was difficult for students to work in teams and for teachers to provide one-on-one coaching to students. Traditional  rote learning, not comprehension, was the norm.With USAID assistance, the situation has changed for the better. USAID’s Improving Training Quality to Advance National Education project in Morocco is reducing middle school dropout rates by improving teacher performance and creating a better environment for learning. At the start of the last school year, in April 2012, Fethalla attended a series of USAID-organized trainings showing teachers how to create a more interactive classroom. Now, her students collaborate in groups, and she has more time to focus on their individual needs and unique learning styles. Fethalla now uses everyday examples from the children’s lives to give context and realism to her lessons.During basic trigonometry lessons, students are organized in groups around the classroom. They eagerly raise their hands, hoping to be called upon to answer questions.  Before this program began, quiet children could get lost in large classes. Now, their teacher draws them out. Fethalla recounts that she used to explain things through one-way communication. “Now the students learn on their own,” she says. “I’m just the coach.”Like Fethalla, 70 percent of teachers who received the USAID training have improved their classroom techniques. Their students have scored up to seven points higher on tests, including Arabic, compared with students whose teachers did not receive the training.Source: USAID Moroccolast_img read more

Premier Ford could sabotage Toronto waterfront plans based on Sidewalk Labs concerns

On the other hand, concerns about the nitty gritty of data governance and privacy issues have also been ramping up in recent months, with Bianca Wylie, co-founder of the policy advocacy group Tech Reset Canada, emerging as one of the leading voices raising questions about the Sidewalk Labs project.Speaking to the Financial Post, Vaughan specifically mentioned Wylie by name.“I’m nervous that they’re going to stall Waterfront Toronto and in doing so, hand over to casino operators and Doug Ford some of the most important real estate in the country, all because they don’t like Google,” Vaughan said.“It puts at risk the city’s waterfront, and that’s a 40-year project to which many of these players — Bianca included — are new to the conversation.”In response to Vaughan’s comments, a spokesman for Ontario Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton said the government is considering further action.“The report documented numerous concerning facts. Waterfront Toronto shared ‘almost no information about the project’ with one of its overseers. We were shocked to learn the board was given one weekend to examine the most important transaction in its history before being asked to approve it,” communications director Lee Greenberg said in an email.“We took decisive action in responding to that report, as you know, by making changes to the Board of Directors. Any discussion at this point about specific actions we may or may not take is speculative. And I won’t speculate.”In response to Vaughan’s comments, Wylie said that Toronto is facing a range of challenges, and people shouldn’t think of the Sidewalk Labs project in terms of a tradeoff between digital governance issues and urban renewal on the waterfront.“It’s critical that the response to immediate political pressures doesn’t come at the expense of due process and democratic resident engagement regarding physical and digital infrastructure,” Wylie said in an emailed statement. “Modern urban planning requires thoughtful digital governance, they’re mutually reinforcing. Toronto deserves both.” As the Sidewalk Labs smart city project on Toronto’s waterfront enters a key phase in the first half of 2019, Liberal MP Adam Vaughan is warning that data privacy concerns shouldn’t be used to undercut “momentum” for the project.Vaughan’s riding covers the Quayside district just east of the downtown core where Sidewalk Labs is proposing an ambitious urban innovation development, reimagining public space, transportation and digital systems to make the city function more effectively.But Vaughan said he’s worried that the provincial government is going to use data governance and privacy concerns as cover to “blow up” Waterfront Toronto, the federal-provincial-municipal agency mandated with revitalizing the city’s lakeshore, and the agency directly managing the Quayside development. ‘Terrifying if we get it wrong’: Sidewalk Labs needs to slow its process, advisory panel experts say Sidewalk Labs is already collecting data on Torontonians in Thorncliffe Park Ontario sacks three Waterfront Toronto board members amid Sidewalk Labs controversy “Doug Ford has been trying to sabotage Waterfront Toronto since the days he was on city council and I was on council with him,” Vaughan said.“He has never won the argument with serious city planners on his vision for the waterfront, but you know, with a couple high-tech activists and a really flimsy, poorly written auditor’s report, he’s got the cover he needs to reverse 25 years of good, solid work and 40 years of dreaming on the Toronto waterfront, and I’ll be damned if I surrender that just because you don’t like the way Google or Facebook or Twitter handles personal data.”Sidewalk Labs is owned by Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google LLC.In December, Ontario’s auditor general issued a report calling into question aspects of how Waterfront Toronto handled portions the Quayside project, and in response to the report, the provincial government sacked the three provincial representatives on the Waterfront Toronto board and vowed more rigorous oversight of the agency.At the time, Mayor John Tory said he spoke to Premier Doug Ford about concerns that the provincial government was going to “blow up” Waterfront Toronto.“I certainly was satisfied from our discussion yesterday that there’s not some broader attempt here to sort of take the waterfront corporation apart or dismantle it at all,” Tory said at the time.All of this is happening at a critical time for the Sidewalk Toronto project. In the first few months of 2019, Waterfront Toronto is expected to intensify its work developing digital governance policy, and around the end of March or the beginning of April, Sidewalk Labs is expected to publish a draft Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) for public comment, before delivering a final revised version by the end of June.Members of Toronto’s tech business community have raised concerns that if the project doesn’t proceed, it will put a chill on foreign investment in Canada, and Toronto will develop a reputation as being hostile to ambitious innovation projects.It puts at risk the city’s waterfront, and that’s a 40-year project to which many of these players — Bianca (Wylie) included — are new to the conversation.Liberal MP Adam Vaughan read more

ABB develops return on investment software tool

first_imgThe open pit mining division of ABB Automation, a leader in power and automation technologies, has developed a software tool to calculate the return on investment (ROI) for electrical and mechanical retrofits/upgrades of open-pit mining machinery – shovels and draglines. This success was achieved in close cooperation with RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Open Pit Mining, in Germany. An important consideration for decision making is the ROI time period. The newly developed ROI calculator is based on long-term investigations of mining machinery, data issued by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and by Info Mine Inc. The ABB ROI calculator evaluates the effects of the retrofit on energy consumption, maintenance costs, management & labour costs, impact on operating time, productivity, and many other factors.Using a computer-based calculation model, the ABB ROI calculator provides reliable information about the potential payback period and displays the result on annual production and maintenance costs, as well as other data. To achieve the highest results, comprehensive case studies are available to meticulously plan refit-scenarios for large machinery, such as draglines.The ABB Centre of Excellence for Open Pit Mining has more than 50 years of experience in electrical engineering and automation of mining machinery. RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Open Pit Mining in Germany has been developing state-of-the-art mining technologies since 1966.last_img read more

22 reminders that will turn your bad day around instantly

first_imgSOMETIMES, IT CAN feel like you’re having a really bad day. Source: ImgurAnd sometimes we all need a reminder that it could be worse.Are you ready? Source: WordPress1. First off, let’s get some perspective. This wasn’t your mistake. Source: Imgur2. You’re not this nurse. Source: Imgur3. You still have your awareness of glass doors. Source: Imgur4. Unlike this guy, you’re still allowed to hold cameras. Source: Viralnova5. And nobody has seen you do this. Source: Imgur6. In career terms, you haven’t accidentally destroyed your workplace in a glass-collecting incident. Source: Imgur7. And no matter what your relationship status, you’re in better shape than some. Source: Mikesacks8. So look. We’ve all been in difficult situations. Source: Dumpaday9. Sometimes life throws us hard lessons. Source: Viralnova10. The most naturally gifted people can have off days. Source: Imgur11. And it’s hard not to vent your frustration. Source: Imgur12. But while you never know what having a bad day can bring… Source: Imgur13. … there’s always someone who’s known worse. Source: Buzzfeed14. So look on the bright side. You’re not this person.15. Or this one. Source: Imgur16. Or this one. Source: Netdna-cdn17. Or Captain Missing Sandwich. Source: Buzzfeed18. This isn’t your car. Source: Imgur19. Or your dog. Source: Imgur20. You didn’t lose a fight with a sandwich board. Source: Thumbpress21. You’re not this guy, whose face shows that he’s realised the policeman is only radioing for his mates Source: Imgur22. And this is still the worst day ever. Source: ThumbpressSo there you go. Your day isn’t so bad.Feel free to bookmark this post and come back to it when you need a reminder.PS: here’s a baby polar bear getting tickled. Source: ImgurMore: 9 facts that will definitely cheer you up>last_img read more

It could have been a little nipper Shark snatches dog from Sydney

first_img 33 Comments AN AUSTRALIAN COUPLE have spoken of the ‘traumatic’ moment their pet dog Molly was taken by a shark at a Sydney beach.The pair were playing fetch with their American Staffordshire Terrier when they threw a stick into the water only for the dog to be taken by a shark when it went to retrieve it.“We were just throwing the stick in the water. The tide was really far out and there was a bit of a drop off [where the water became deeper],” dog-owner Nigel told the Sydney Morning Herald.“It was very quick. It just took her under the water.”Nigel said they were unable to retrieve the dog’s body. He estimated the shark to be 3.5m long.The local council in the south Sydney Kurnell area has been informed and lifeguards are now patrolling the beaches to ensure nobody enters the water.Dog owners are also being warned to be cautious when out walking their pets.“It could have been a little nipper. What’s the difference between a little nipper in a wetsuit and a small dog?,” local dog owner Ellie Warner told 7 News Sydney.Authorities have said they believe the shark in question may have been a bull shark.Read: Irishman up for Pride of Australia Medal after he saves friend from great white shark attack >Read: A 400-year-old Greenland shark has been found to be the world’s oldest vertebrate > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘It could have been a little nipper’ – Shark snatches dog from Sydney beach Some beaches in the Kurnell area have now been closed to swimmers. By Rónán Duffy Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 9:11 AM http://jrnl.ie/3262812 37,024 Views Feb 28th 2017, 9:11 AM Short URL Share16 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

SPOILER New stipulation added to Survivor Series match

first_img Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Triple H Twitter Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Google+ WhatsApp John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Facebook Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles During last night’s 11/18 WWE Smackdown tapings in Knoxville, Tennessee for the show to air this Friday (11/21), it was announced in an in-ring interview conducted by Michael Cole with WWE COO Triple H that if Team Cena loses to Team Authority at this Sunday’s 11/23 Survivor Series PPV in St. Louis, Missouri, all 5 members of Team Cena (John Cena, The Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan) will be fired from WWE.It had been previously announced by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon that if Team Authority loses to Team Cena, the Authority will no longer be in power in the WWE. Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE 205 Live Results – 2/6/18 (Cruiserweight Title Tournament continues on Tuesday) 7/21 WWE Live Results: Lexington and St. Louis (Reigns and Rollins, Triple Threat Match) Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Mixed Match Challenge Results – 2/6/18 (Uso and Naomi vs. Goldust and Rose)last_img

Marco Silva tired of bits of advice to buy strikers for

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva is not bothered about Everton’s ability to score more goals and the need to secure more strikers.January transfer window is a few days away and Silva is tired of being told to buy a striker to take the place of Romelu Lukaku.Ronald Koeman lost his job over a year ago and was succeeded by Sam Allardyce who brought in Cenk Tosun last January. However, the Turkey international has not thoroughly impressed as the club wanted and is being used sparingly ever since.“I understand the reasons why I keep getting asked about buying a striker,” Silva said, according to the Guardian.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But what I can tell you is that Richarlison has scored nine goals. That is not a bad number considering he was banned for a couple of matches and has not played every game up front.“It would be ideal to have someone scoring a goal in every game but that is not easy. When you look at the list of the best strikers in the Premier League this season Richarlison is not far from the top. To have someone scoring more would be fantastic but we have to be fair to the players we have.“It is not just in that position we can improve either. It is not right to be always talking about the same position in the squad. You can improve everywhere. Even the best team in the world can improve.”last_img read more

TCI Ministry of Health defends its public handling of Zika virus

first_img Related Items:Ministry of health defends its handling of Zika virus, potential law to allow ticketing for individuals breaking DEH health codes, public thinks government is too closed mouth about zika, residents need to do more to prevent breeding sites Many believe the same is happening with Zika which has spawned resort cancellations to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.Origin of the Zika cases we asked?  No, we cannot know but three countries were confirmed as the source places.Why so slow for us to know we asked?  Confirmation on the five cases as Zika was needed, media was told.  Yet all five cases are separate instances and we only knew at five.  Now there are reportedly eight; this approach to not sharing from the very first case has many believing that the TCI is beyond the eight revealed cases which includes a pregnant woman. What about the $550,000 in Solid Waste Management money we asked?  We were told it is for the Premier to say.  The Premier, who is also the Minister of Health was not there at the press conference to say.  And when Magnetic Media asked why?  Well there was no true reply, except that one day, some day, the Health Minister will share the solid waste management plan.New to your fight?  Door to door inspections and visits supported by the TCI Red Cross, we were told.Also new… ticketing for breaches in the environmental health codes for residential, industrial and commercial properties. The law, however, to get that enforcement started is likely three months from implementation.At times it was a rowdy exchange between media and the two health directors in the hunt for clarity, transparency and accountability… including a cocksure posture by Health Officials about public perception on what is or is not being done.We informed that most believe nothing is happening to stop Zika Virus spreading in these islands.Biggest problem?  The public which refuses, in some cases, to acquiesce to the law and best practices to decrease breeding of that aedes Eqypti mosquito.Another, but not mentioned today by the Medical & Environmental Health Directors is the incessant rain.  A leaf is a great birthplace for a mosquito and so is a plant pot.The TCI is not alone and other countries do have Zika; but the TCI is unique and is one of the countries which has opted to omit the facts.  Often conveyed to Magnetic Media by Joe Public is concern over the secrecy and guardedness of info when this global health crisis which has now hit home within the past four weeks is a fight for the health and for the wealth of the nation by all.In the meantime, please do your part to become and advocate and participant in keeping the TCI free of more mosquito breeding sites. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 16, 2016 – The Turks and  Caicos Ministry of Health defends its public handling of the Zika Virus; despite media conveying that residents are critical of their Public Relations. In a media conference today to share the national action plan, missing was the Minister of Health, Dr Rufus Ewing and present were Dr. Nadia Astwood and Mr Kenrick Neely who repeated commonly communicated information and gave little insight into the cases detected and confirmed; and scant information on what is new.Though the campaign against mosquito breeding at various times can be labeled vigorous, it has failed to resonate in a way to drive down the dangers as mosquito breeding sites continue to exist and actually flourish in too many communities.  The inability to get some residents to fall in line has actually led to the mushrooming of two mosquito borne diseases in the TCI; Dengue Fever since 2011 and Chikungunya Virus in 2014.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Cover Crops Working Group to Publish Recommendations for Expanding Soil Health

first_imgThe National Working Group on Cover Crops and Soil Health will publish recommendations this week that offer action items for expanding cover crop acreage and additional improvements to soil health.American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Ray Gaesser is one of the 18 Working Group members. The 10 action items all pertain to USDA agencies and programs and cover a range of policies from research to crop insurance to conservation programs. Among the recommendations are creation of grant programs within existing USDA research programs to fund regional research and education efforts on cover crops; partnerships to develop improved cover crop germplasm; a triple-strategy conservation approach for fields coming out of CRP; and decoupling cover crop terminations from Federal crop insurance eligibility. The report will be published on the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) website by next week.last_img read more

Queen Adam Lambert Set For 2018 Las Vegas Residency

first_imgLegendary rock band will grace Sin City with The Crown Jewels at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las VegasRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 7, 2018 – 1:12 pm Las Vegas, get ready for a music-induced Sheer Heart Attack. Queen with Adam Lambert are heading to Sin City this fall.On May 7, the GRAMMY-nominated band announced they will be taking over Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas for a limited 10-day engagement starting Sept. 1 and concluding Sept. 22. Aptly titled The Crown Jewels, fans can expect plenty of gems from the Queen catalog — “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and more — courtesy of Lambert and co-founders guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Facebook Queen, Adam Lambert Will Rock Vegas Strip queen-adam-lambert-set-2018-las-vegas-residency News Twitter center_img Email “We’re ready to take on the ultimate challenge … to dazzle Vegas,” May said in a press release, a sentiment echoed by Taylor, who said, “Looking forward to rocking the Strip.””I’m so excited to help share The Crown Jewels with the Strip,” added Lambert, who has served as the group’s lead singer since 2011. “You’ll be humming them all night!”Tickets for Queen’s Vegas residency will be available to presale members starting May 8, with tickets opening to the general public on May 11.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Queen, Adam Lambert Set For 2018 Las Vegas Residency last_img read more

49 Voices Candidates for Alaska Zoo president

first_imgThis week on 49 Voices: an election special. Zoo election, that is.Supporters of the Alaska Zoo will be electing a president of their own on Nov. 8. Today we’ll hear from three candidates — Aphun the polar bear, Denali the wolf and George the Magpie — as well as their two campaign managers, Stephanie Hartman and Heather Doncaster. The spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Anne Hillman.Donors to the Alaska Zoo can cast one vote per dollar given until Tuesday, Nov. 8.Listen Now Aphun one of the candidates for Alaska Zoo president (Photo by Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)ANNE HILLMAN: Hey, Aphun… you’re not even looking at me. You’re sleeping. You’re sleeping on the job. She just lays around. Is that what the president is doing?STEPHANIE HARTMAN: Yeah. Well, polar bears, if you think about it, they want to conserve energy so that they can build up a really big fat layer and be able to sustain themselves over periods of time with no food. So them being “lazy” is actually them being really good at conserving energy. Come on Aphun… good girl.HILLMAN: So what makes you a good president Phun bear?APHUN: (grunts)HARTMAN:  Denali is this guy right over here hanging out in the shade under this tree.DENALI: (barks)HARTMAN: He’s very family-oriented so wolves, obviously, are very social, very highly intelligent animals. They’re used to living together in groups and, in fact, surviving in those family groups, known as packs. And these guys being very social and very smart, and Denali being the calm, confident leader that he is, being their primary male, or Alpha male, he loves his family. He does everything for his family. He’ll howl with his family.DENALI: (howls)HEATHER DONCASTER: So this is George the Magpie. She can talk at any time. She only really talks when she’s excited about something. Her brain power is just very, very large. Because she is a Corvid. Actually, the keepers have told me that they find George’s toys in the raven exhibit all the time. That means that she is feeding them out of her exhibit. The wild ravens get them. Then they trade the toy, our ravens, for food. Right now George is demonstrating her aloofness and that’s about all she’s doing. I was afraid that this would happen.last_img read more

Sikh temple priest in California assaulted

first_imgWashington: Media reports said on Friday. The priest, Amarjit Singh, told local Fresno Bee newspaper that an intrude “I stand with my friends in the Sikh community at this terrible time. This disgusting attack is not representative of who we are and we must find the person responsible,” Congressman Josh Harder said. “This is part of a larger pattern of hate against minority communities in the Central Valley. An attack on one minority community is an attack on all minority communities — whether it’s Sikh, Latino, Muslim, LGBTQ, Assyrian or anyone else,” he added.last_img

Journos become increasing targets for killings Watchdog

first_imgLogo of Committee to Protect JournalistsJournalists faced growing dangers of being targeted for killing for their work in 2018 even as the risks from war and conflict declined, a media watchdog said Wednesday.The Committee to Protect Journalists said 34 of the 53 journalists killed on duty this year around the world were “singled out for murder.””The number of journalists targeted for murder in reprisal for their reporting nearly doubled in 2018 from a year earlier, driving up the overall count of journalists killed on the job,” the New York-based watchdog group said in a report.”The number of journalists targeted for murder in reprisal for their reporting nearly doubled in 2018 from a year earlier, driving up the overall count of journalists killed on the job,” the New York-based watchdog group said in a পডড়গপট.ঠবড reported echoed concerns in a similar report this week from Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, which found the death toll at 80, using a different methodology that includes bloggers, citizen journalists and media workers.Both reports cited an alarming increase in reprisals against reporters, highlighted by what CPJ called the “brazen murder” of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.The CPJ report said that while the total number of journalists killed on duty hit its highest level in three years, the number killed in conflict fell to its lowest since 2011.The total is up from 47 killed in 2017, of which 18 were “pinpointed for murder,” CPJ said.”Afghanistan, where extremists have stepped up deliberate attacks on journalists, was the deadliest country and accounted for much of the increase,” the report said.AFP’s chief photographer in Afghanistan, Shah Marai, was among 25 people killed along with eight other journalists, in an April bomb attack.The press rights group lamented “a lack of international leadership on journalists’ rights and safety” that may be increasing the dangers for the news media, illustrated by the Khashoggi killing.”The most vocal head of state in Khashoggi’s case has been Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government has effectively shut down the independent media and is jailing more journalists than any other around the world for the third consecutive year,” said the report by CPJ’s Elana Beiser.”The White House, traditionally a strong defender of global press freedom, has equivocated on the blame for Khashoggi’s murder… Essentially, (US President Donald) Trump signaled that countries that do enough business with the United States are free to murder journalists without consequence.”CPJ said it was investigating the killing of another 23 journalists in 2018, but so far not confirmed that the deaths were related to their work.last_img read more

Judges Ruling Would Let Texas Consumers Buy Booze From Walmart And Costco

first_imgBy Michael ConnellWiggy’s Liquor, August 2010, in Austin.A protectionist Texas law that has kept Walmart, Costco and other giant retailers from selling hard liquor was found unconstitutional by a federal judge this week, prompting cheers from free-market advocates — and vows of a quick appeal from one of the parties on the losing side.The Texas law that was struck down —  unique in the United States — forbids publicly traded businesses from owning liquor stores while allowing family-owned companies to grow into giant chains without fear of competition from large national or international corporations.  If the late Tuesday ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman survives appeals, Texas consumers — like those in at least 31 other states and many foreign countries — will be able to buy vodka, tequila and bourbon from Walmart-owned stores and from other multinational retailer outlets.“For decades, these laws have stood in stark contrast to Texas values,” said Travis Thomas, spokesman for Texans for Consumer Freedom,  which advocates for free-market reforms in Texas. “The State of Texas should not pick winners and losers in private industry.” The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the chief defendant in the litigation, declined comment, citing the ongoing nature of the lawsuit. The Texas Package Stores Association, which has fought to keep the law on the books and intervened as a defendant in the lawsuit, promised to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. The association’s executive director, Lance Lively, said the group was disappointed at Pitman’s ruling, saying it would “overturn decades of Texas law regulating the sale of liquor in Texas.” The Texas Package Stores Association represents state liquor store owners.  “We will appeal the trial court’s decision and continue to fight for family-owned liquor store owners against the world’s largest corporate entities that seek to inflate their profits by upending sensible state laws that protect both consumers and small businesses,” Lively said.Experts said an appeal could take more than a year to play out in the federal court system — longer if it were to wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court. In the meantime, Texans can expect the status quo in liquor retailing. If publicly traded companies are allowed eventually to sell distilled spirits, existing law would still require the companies to build separate facilities, though they can be adjacent to existing stores.The fight over the arcane Texas liquor laws began three years ago when Walmart sued the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in federal court in Austin, arguing state liquor laws unfairly gave family-owned chains the right to obtain unlimited liquor store permits while shutting the largest U.S. retailer out of the lucrative market entirely. In a sweeping 50-page opinion, Pitman sided with Walmart, ruling that provisions of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code violated both the Commerce Clause and the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection under the law.“Texas is the only state in the nation that issues package store permits to privately owned corporations, but refuses to let publicly owned corporations participate in the retail liquor market,” said Walmart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. “Walmart filed suit because these laws are unfair and hurt our customers. We are grateful for Judge Pitman’s thoughtful opinion, finding that these laws violate the U.S. Constitution.”Walmart Stores Inc. has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

Houston Among Eight Cities Contending For 2020 Democratic National Convention

first_img Share AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, FileFILE – In this July 28, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to delegates after her speech during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Clinton is facing the most important debates of her life as she squares off against Donald Trump beginning Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 _ three high-stakes contests that could set the momentum for the remainder of the presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)Houston is among eight cities in the running to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, NBC News reported on Wednesday.The Democratic National Committee sent requests for proposals to the cities last month.The other cities are Atlanta, Denver, New York, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Miami Beach, and Birmingham. The 2016 Democratic convention was held in Philadelphia.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | May 16, 2013 Positron Introduces Next Generation PosiRx Pharmacy Automation Systems News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more center_img May 16, 2013 — Positron Corp. announced the release of the PosiRx 3000-Series, its latest pharmacy automation systems. The PosiRx 3000-Series are the first systems to automate and encompass the complete compounding process, from generator elution to dose distribution, of multiple diagnostic single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) agents in an environment engineered to be ISO Class 5 and USP 797 compliant. Designed for facilities dispensing as many as 300 patient-specific doses per day, the PosiRx 3000-Series will benefit providers and patients by enabling unit dose radiopharmaceuticals to be prepared more cost effectively and accurately than previously possible.The PosiRx line of automation systems features DoseLink, Positron’s state of the art proprietary software. Developed for precision and customer ease of use, DoseLink maximizes the functionality and efficiency of operating the PosiRx system through a robust and intuitive interface that can be operated from a variety of interfaces. Whether accessed from a desktop, tablet or smartphone, DoseLink empowers the user to control drug preparation and plan daily production, as well as store and retrieve data in a secure environment. Additionally, the operator may interact with Positron support personnel for assistance with any task in real time, across any platform.”The release of the PosiRx 3000-Series is a true milestone that marks the next phase in nuclear pharmacy automation,” stated Charles Conroy, RPh, MBA, Positron’s chief operating officer. “For over 20 years, the nuclear pharmacy community has been seeking an automation solution that can efficiently and accurately prepare patient specific unit doses. Through the ability to compound a wide selection of radiopharmaceuticals, coupled with the system’s speed and efficiency, the 3000-Series is that solution and stands in a class by itself. By powering the system with DoseLink, PosiRx users will benefit from the unprecedented flexibility and control to operate across all types of devices and a variety of platforms. By controlling the preparation process from any place at any time, our customers will see significant revenue enhancement from increased patient throughput and a decrease in cost of goods.”To support commercialization efforts, Positron has launched a dedicated website for the PosiRx portfolio of products. The new website is part of Positron’s plan to further develop its corporate identity and is designed to help distinguish between the company’s cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) business and high tech automation products. By highlighting innovative features and further expanding its capabilities, the site allows visitors to gain a comprehensive understanding of the PosiRx System.Conroy added, “The PosiRx system with DoseLink software provides a solid platform for growth into other diagnostic areas, additional pharmaceutical classes and new markets. The dedicated website will be very important as we work with our partners to expand Positron’s offerings.”For more information: www.positron.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more last_img read more

Former British Airways pilot admits being over alcohol limit

first_img LONDON — A former British Airways pilot has admitted being over the legal limit for alcohol while in a commercial airplane cockpit.Julian Monaghan pleaded guilty to reporting for duty while his blood alcohol count was over the legal limit in Crawley Magistrates’ Court Tuesday.The 49-year-old had been arrested at Gatwick Airport in January. Officials say his blood alcohol count was more than four times the legal limit for a pilot.He is no longer working as a pilot. He is scheduled to be sentenced later in June. Travelweek Group Former British Airways pilot admits being over alcohol limit Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Tags: British Airwayscenter_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img

Calm in the face of EEZ violation is no weakness says minister

first_imgCyprus will not get dragged into any actions that create tension in the region, Defence Minister Savvas Angelides said on Wednesday, as the government embarked on a diplomatic drive to inform EU members of Turkey’s violations inside the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).“In line with our established approach, fully composed, we will not be dragged into actions that lead to tension in the region,” Angelides said.Angelides discussed the matter with his Greek counterpart, Evangelos Apostolakis, during a scheduled meeting that is part of regular contacts between the two countries.The Cypriot minister said Cyprus’ calm should not be perceived as a weakness, as Cyprus was coordinating with Greece and the EU, as well as other friendly countries.“Cyprus and Greece have been established in the minds of the international community as pillars of stability and credibility in our region and as EU member states we aim at further bolstering the role we have assumed to tighten relations between Europe and the Middle East,” Angelides said.Turkey has issued a navigational telex, announcing its intention to start drilling off Cyprus until September 3. Drillship Fatih is in an area west of the Akamas peninsula within the EEZ and continental shelf of the Republic of Cyprus.President Nicos Anastasiades, meanwhile, travelled to Romania, to take part in the Informal European Council on Thursday.According to the presidency, Anastasiades will raise the issue of Turkish actions in the EEZ following the strong protests that have been made.The president will also hold bilateral meetings with heads of state and government of EU member states.Nicosia is also considering asking the EU to squeeze Ankara on the matter of the EU-Turkey customs union, or blocking Ankara’s access to EU pre-accession funds.Russian ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy said on Wednesday that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will be visiting Cyprus sometime this year but the visit did not appear to be related to developments in the area.The ambassador said Lavrov had been informed of the issue in the Eastern Mediterranean and was in touch with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides from the first moment.“We think that during this difficult time in this region any step that undermines the potential for negotiations must be avoided,” Osadchiy said.“We really believe that all differences can be resolved at the negotiating table. We support this and hope something is done as soon as possible that would lead to a solution of the Cyprus problem.”The ambassador said Lavrov is scheduled to visit Cyprus but no date has been set yet. He expressed hope that the visit will take place this year.In a comment on the developments, Stratfor think tank said reunifications talks were unlikely to make progress anytime soon.“It also means Cyprus’ efforts to explore for energy in the disputed waters will continue to face disruptions from Turkey.”For the European Union, the standoff adds yet another notch to its deteriorating ties with Turkey, Stratfor said, but the bloc was unlikely to introduce any meaningful sanctions against the country, especially as the EU will need to maintain some degree of cooperation with Ankara to keep migration flows under control.On Tuesday as Fatih remained stationary and did not carry out any drilling, Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougalos and Apostolakis denounced Turkey’s attempted illegal drilling in Cyprus’ EEZ.The vessel and three support vessels are located about 60km west of Paphos, well inside Cyprus’ EEZ.The Turkish energy ministry said in an announcement that the country and the north cannot be excluded from the energy equation in the region and called on all to benefit from Turkey’s win-win approach. The ministry argued that Turkey’s activities in the Eastern Mediterranean stem from international law and that it is not possible to accept declarations made by internal and external factors about Turkey’s activities on its own continental shelf. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?UndoTales from the Coffeeshop: Lies, lies and holy revelationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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