IOA proposes boycott of 2022 CWG for dropping shooting

first_imgNew Delhi: In an unprecedented move, the Indian Olympic Association Saturday proposed boycott of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games for dropping shooting from the roster, and sought the government’s approval. In a letter to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, IOA president Narinder Batra requested him for an early meeting to deliberate on the proposal. The development comes a day after the IOA pulled out of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) General Assembly, to be held in Rwanda in September, protesting the dropping of shooting from the 2022 CWG roster. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe IOA had also withdrawn the nomination of its secretary general Rajeev Mehta for the election of a regional vice-president as well as that of Namdev Shiragaonkar for sports committee member. While proposing a boycott of the 2022 CWG, Batra lashed out at the CGF leadership for having an “India bashing mindset” and for “trying to change rules” whenever the country does well in the Commonwealth Games. He even went to the extent of saying that India is no longer a colony of any country. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We want to express our protest by not taking part in 2022 CWG in the UK to make the CWG understand that India is not prepared to take India bashing anymore and the people with a particular mindset in CWG need to understand that India got its Independence in 1947 and India is not a colony of anyone anymore and is now the fifth largest economy in the world and by far the fastest growing economy in the world,” the IOA chief said in the letter. “We have been noticing over a period of time that wherever India seems to be getting grip of the game and performing well, then somehow we find that either the goal posts are shifted or rules are changed. We feel it is time for us in IOA/India to start asking tough questions and start taking tough positions,” he said. Batra said the IOA cannot take a decision of this magnitude with such far-reaching implications by itself and requested the sports minister to grant an early meeting to discuss the boycott proposal. “We realise and understand that such decisions have to be taken by keeping in mind the political sensitivities (sic) and we in the IOA are not the experts in the field and that is why we vide through this letter seek appointment for IOA President along with IOA office bearers and few other members to meet with your good self to deliberate further on the issue of the proposed boycott of 2022 CWG by India.” In its Executive Board meeting last month, the CGF left out shooting from the 2022 Birmingham Games while recommending the inclusion of three new sports. Mehta had then said that India would not be averse to taking the unprecedented step of pulling out of the Games. The decision to leave out shooting has dealt a big blow to India which had won as many as 16 medals out of 66 in the 2018 Gold Coast CWG. The sport has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970. The CGF, however, had taken the position that it was the host nation’s prerogative to decide the fate of shooting, which has always been an optional sport in the CWG. In Saturday’s letter to the sports minister, Batra pointed out that without shooting, India’ medal tally as well as ranking is expected to come down. “By removing shooting from 2022 CWG, the medal ranking of India will go down from 3rd in 2018 to anywhere between 5th to 8th in 2022 CWG and the total number of medals won will also come down from 66. “Even though the government, NSFs and IOA will be working hard for 2022 CWG but the impression that will go down is of bad performance because overall number of total medals may come down along with the overall ranking based on medals won,” he said. Batra also pointed out that such a big country like India does not have a single member in the CGF Executive Council as well as in any functional committee. “CWG has 53 countries across all continents and the total population of 53 countries is 2.4 billion out of which India alone comprise of 1.26 billion that is 52.5 percent. “It will be very interesting to note that India does not have even a single member in CWG Executive Council and not does it have a single member in any of the functional committees of CWG.”last_img read more

Pair wrongfully dismissed from fire department jobs in Vernon BC

first_imgVERNON, B.C. — An arbitration board says two employees were wrongfully dismissed from their jobs with the fire department in Vernon, B.C., after a videotape showed them having sexual relations in the fire chief’s office.The pair were fired two days after the incident in March 2018, but their union grieved the dismissals and proposed four-month suspensions.A camera had been installed in the office several months earlier after David Lind, who was the interim chief at the time, became concerned that someone might be accessing his locked file cabinet, which contained sensitive staffing and budget documents.A majority of the arbitration board found that while fire captain Brent Bond and dispatcher Cara-Leigh Manahan’s conduct was worthy of “harsh discipline,” the dismissal was an “excessive disciplinary response.”Bond is to be reinstated effective Feb. 1, with no loss of seniority or benefits.The board ordered Manahan to be reinstated without loss of seniority or service but since dispatch services for the department have been contracted out, the employer must compensate her for the severance or any other payment she would have received when her job was terminated.Neither will be compensated for lost wages during the time they were fired.The Arbitrators Association of B.C. says in its decision released Tuesday that the two employees became close friends in early 2017 and developed a sexual relationship away from work later that year.“Although Capt. Bond knew the relationship was inappropriate, he did not take any steps to try to have him and Ms. Manahan assigned different shifts,” James Dorsey, chair of the arbitrators association, wrote in the decision.A disciplinary suspension of five months will also be on Bond’s employment record and he will be demoted to the rank of first class firefighter until Feb. 1, 2022, when he will be reinstated to the rank of captain.  “Key to this consideration ought to be that the grievors have already suffered a heavy penalty,” said Dorsey. “They have undergone embarrassment, dishonour, rumours in the community and destruction of their family life. This is (a) far harsher penalty than could be ordered by an arbitrator.”The union had applied to have Bond and Manahan remain anonymous, which the board denied.“There is no exceptional personal privacy circumstances or persuasive labour relations reason in this situation that justifies departing from the open court principle,” said Dorsey.The decision by the board to reinstate Bond and Manahan was not unanimous.John McKearney, retired chief of the Vancouver Fire Department, said the activity between Bond and Manahan must be considered cause for termination.“The conduct was antithetical to Bond’s responsibility as captain and leader of the shift and has created a poison work environment for other females in the hall, and for males,” he wrote. “His actions were a gross violation of his duty to create a welcoming work environment for all, and especially for women.”Will Pearce, chief administrative officer for the City of Vernon, said he is disappointed in the decision of the arbitration board.“It sends entirely the wrong message to fire personnel across the country and to staff of the City of Vernon,” he said. “It is not now and never will be acceptable or ethical for a direct supervisor to engage in a sexual relationship with junior and subordinate staff.”The city is “exploring a range of options” in response to the arbitration decision, Pearce said.(Kelowna Daily Courier)Andrea Peacock Kelowna Daily Courier, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN Messenger Of Peace Honoured For AntiHunger Efforts

first_imgUnited Nations Messenger of Peace Princess Haya Al Hussein, of Jordan, has been awarded the 2015 Hunger Hero Award by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) during a ceremony at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan speaks during the 2015 Hunger Hero Award ceremonyCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark GartenUN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon presented the award. A former WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, Princess Haya was honoured for her works to address hunger during a special event and panel discussion on Empowered Women and Innovation, hosted by the WFP, on the margins of the Forum.In his remarks at the ceremony, Mr. Ban said Princess Haya’s work epitomizes the spirit of partnership the world needs. “[She] shines a bright spotlight on the Millennium Development Goals, especially our hunger target,” he said, noting that she had supported United Nations operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and different parts of Africa and raised money and awareness, travelling to Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States to act and advocate.Her Royal Highness created the first Middle Eastern food assistance nongovernmental organization (NGO), Tikiyet Um Ali (TUA), in her native Jordan, which ensures that any Jordanian family unable to pay for food receives a generous monthly ration. Even with the influx of refugees from Syria and Iraq putting extra pressure on Jordanian resources, the number of recipients had tripled in recent years. The Organization also played a prominent role in feeding Gazan families during the conflict in 2014.At the global level, Princess Haya chairs the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, the largest logistics centre for aid distribution, which is used by the WFP along with eight other United Nations agencies and dozens of NGOs, and, as a WFP ambassador, she visited WFP operations in many countries, including Malawi, Syria and Cambodia.“Princess Haya’s steadfast support for our expanded capacity and operations out of Dubai as well as her advocacy for the people we serve throughout the world are greatly appreciated,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin ahead of the award ceremony. “She is a true champion of WFP’s mission, and I look forward to continuing our work together in the future.”In her role as a UN Messenger of Peace, Princess Haya has worked hard to raise attention for the Millennium Development Goals, especially with regard to hunger. She supported UN operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and sub-Saharan Africa through numerous field visits, fundraising and publicity.Source:United Nationslast_img read more

Fight against terrorism must not exclude respect for rights UN official says

“Respect for human rights and human security are inextricably linked,” Louise Arbour, the newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, yesterday told the Geneva-based Human Rights Committee, which monitors compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Ms. Arbour cited as evidence various hotspots now under international scrutiny. “Afghanistan, Darfur, Iraq – these examples show us that the prevention of, and solution to, conflicts depends on the implementation of fundamental human right standards,” she said.The High Commissioner hailed the Committee’s determination that the treaty is valid for troops serving in other countries. “Your pronouncements on the applicability of the Covenant to national contingents of international peacekeeping operations, as well as to multinational forces, and on the interdependence between principles of humanitarian law and human rights law, are important and timely,” she said.Ms. Arbour, who served most recently on Canada’s Supreme Court, said her experience there corroborated this finding. “We concluded that the successful protection of citizens and the successful protection of their rights are not only compatible with each other but are, indeed, interdependent,” she said.”There can be no genuine personal security if rights are in peril, any more than legal guarantees can exist in an environment of fear and anarchy,” she stressed.The High Commissioner recalled that since 2001, the expert panel has examined “how anti-terrorism regulations may operate to undermine Covenant guarantees.” UN human rights bodies, she observed, provide “a crucial supplement to the work of the Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee.”Ms. Arbour took over her post from Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed along with 21 others in a terrorist attack on the UN’s headquarters in Baghdad last August. read more

UN demands immediate end to demolitions and forced relocation of displaced Sudanese

Sima Samar, Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Sudan, told a press conference in Khartoum that there had been reports “of a number of deaths,” including some children, during the demolition operation. “I call on the authorities to immediately halt the forced relocation and allow access to the area so services can be provided to the population,” Dr. Samar said. In a statement released today the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said heavily armed policemen and tanks surrounded the squatter camp at Dar Assalam, situated about 43 kilometres from Khartoum, about 8 a.m. yesterday. With only a few minutes’ notice, bulldozers then moved in and demolished hundreds of houses. UN officials in the area were barred entry and told to leave after they heard gunshots. UNMIS, which has also condemned the operation and asked for immediate access to the area to assess the humanitarian situation, said it was particularly concerned because Dar Assalam residents and authorities had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) earlier this year indicating that there would be no forced relocations until another site acceptable to both sides had been found. “The UN remains ready to provide all necessary assistance to ensure that any relocation of the people of Dar Assalam takes place on the basis of the MoU and with due regard to the human rights and humanitarian needs of all residents,” according to the UNMIS statement. Most residents of Dar Assalam have lived there since the 1980s, having fled western Sudan during the famine of that period. read more

EYEWITNESS Holding on…

…to bitter (bauxite) mythsOne of the constants of politics in divided states is the cultivation, nursing and retention of myths of persecution and oppression by the “other”. This tendency, of course, helps immeasurably to create the divisions in the first place!! Given the opportunity – or creating the opportunity – it becomes a case of “payback time” when the shoe is on the other foot, or the cutlass is in the other hand!!Like all myths, there’s always at least a grain of truth at the centre, but that truth is always burnished and augmented to bring home the “point” in a way that even the most “hard-headed” can understand; and be aroused.Take the case of the bauxite industry, and, more to the point, the bauxite workers. Marxists talk about the “working class” of the developed countries being a “labour aristocracy” because of their vastly better wages and working conditions than those in the Third World.In Guyana, up to the time when Burnham nationalised the Bauxite Industry in 1970, Bauxite workers were our very own “labour aristocracy” – compared to all other Guyanese workers – but especially sugar workers. They were all African, after the 1964 ethnic cleansing.However, a decade after nationalisation, the PNC, under Burnham’s direct involvement, had brought the industry to its knees. By 1992, when the PPP took over, the Industry was producing just one-third of its optimum production. The Alumina Plant – which added value to the bauxite and justified free electricity to all of Linden – had long been shuttered, and its workers sent into the streets by the PNC.When Desmond Hoyte called in the IMF to bail out Guyana from the debt albatross bequeathed by the PNC, one of that entity’s demands was that the Bauxite Industry be privatised. Hoyte had already given away the Berbice bauxite operations to ALCOA for a song, without even the need to pay taxes or shipping fees etc. It was a blueprint for Trotman’s Exxon oil contract!! Inheriting this snafu in 1992– especially with ALCOA playing hardball and threatening to walk away — the PPP obviously had to make some hard decisions based on the triage principle: sacrificing some parts for the survival of the whole.And that’s the kernel of truth African-Guyanese activists like Lincoln Lewis and David Hinds have stubbornly nurtured to beat the PPP over the head as “racists” – especially when they contrapose the PPP’s supposed pandering to the sugar industry and sugar workers who’re their supporters and Indian to boot. It is rarely, if ever, mentioned that the PPP kept the PNC-imposed draconian sugar levy that sucked all profits from the sugar industry.During the same years, they kept bauxite alive on life support funded by that levy.…to old shibbolethsThere are some interesting economic statistics this newspaper’s been mining from the year-end reports the Finance Ministry has to issue. Dragged, kicking and screaming, Minister Jordan’s been forced to concede the economy’s growth has been inexorably shrinking, contrary to the rosy projections he appears impelled to issue at Budget Time.But that, of course, is more tragic than interesting. What’s interesting is the revelation that there are even more taxes being collected – especially from individual and corporate income taxes — even as economic growth is headed south!! Why that’s interesting is because it’s contrary to the advice of economists from every school out there – from the Keynesians to the New Monetary Theorists! Very simply put, one way to revive the economy is to place more money in the pockets of consumers and businesses – who can then inject it directly into the economy!!Now the Finance Minister will say the increased revenues are due to better tax collections. But duh!! Why hasn’t he proposed and implemented income tax cuts?? …to MarxIt’s Karl Marx’s 200th birthday. Your Eyewitness thinks it’s rather serendipitous that Cheddi Jagan, his most faithful follower, just had his 100th birthday commemorated.Marx had a statue donated by China to his home town, while Jagan has some stamps issued by the PNC Government to his relatives. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Politics…January 29, 2019In “EYEWITNESS”RUSAL commissions $4.6B Kurubuka minesMarch 12, 2015In “Business”Granger, Roopnarine and Solomon have been teaching the people of Linden that their primary problem is the PPP/C Central GovernmentJanuary 25, 2014In “Opinion” read more

Garda investigation underway following claims of online abuse targeting Munster rugby players

first_imgGarda investigation underway following claims of online abuse targeting Munster rugby players A probe into the claims has been ongoing for the past few months. By David Raleigh We are aware that certain people have made complaints, which we are investigating.Gardaí would not comment on the alleged nature of the complaints they received.“All I can say is that an investigation is underway into complaints from individuals. The investigation has been taking place over the last couple of months,” Smart said.“It’s ongoing. No arrests have been made,” he added.‘Destroy reputations’Gardaí said they were not aware of an actual complaint by the Munster Rugby club itself, but rather the complaints are understood to have been made by individuals linked to the club.According to a report in the Limerick Leader, a source at the club claimed the alleged perpetrators were “actively looking to destroy reputations and falsely represent people”.Social media accounts were manufactured “for the purpose of attacking and abusing players, while also falsely claiming to be Munster Rugby players online,” they claimed.Gardaí said they were not aware of reports that the club had sought the help of a “forensic scientist” to help players deal with the alleged abuse.The Leader reported that a club source told them: “It affects us all, but we all work together to try and get through it. This abuse has been going on for months.“This is not rugby-related. This is targeted abuse and has moved beyond the players’ themselves. It has linked to their family and friends.“With the online world you cannot control most of it. It’s other peoples’ accounts, other peoples’ posts. We cannot remove, we can’t delete them. Obviously, we report them, we use the mechanisms that are available to us with regard to reporting on the social media platforms, but it is on-going, it is continuing to happen.”Munster’s season is reaching a critical stage with the team facing a crucial Guinness PRO14 clash with Zebre at Thomond Park this Saturday.The squad travels to BT Murrayfield the following weekend, Saturday 30 March, for a Champions Cup quarter-final showdown with Edinburgh.Munster Rugby did not respond when asked for comment. 20 Comments Friday 22 Mar 2019, 8:14 PM Image: DAMIEN EAGERS via PA Images Short URL Image: DAMIEN EAGERS via PA Images center_img 27,988 Views A MAJOR GARDA investigation has begun into allegations of serious online abuse and harassment of Munster rugby players.Senior gardaí revealed today that a probe into the claims has been ongoing for the past few months.It’s understood some of the alleged abuse was posted online via fake player profiles.The alleged abuse – believed to have targeted players as well as their loved ones – was reportedly posted via accounts on Twitter and Instagram.Superintendent Derek Smart, Henry Street Garda Station, said: Mar 22nd 2019, 8:15 PM Share32 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Clark County Methodists reject church ruling on LGBTQ

first_img“Stop the harm!” was shouted from the stands after the United Methodist Church voted Tuesday to maintain bans against LGBTQ clergy and same-gender marriages. The refrain pointed to the ethos of John Wesley, the Methodist movement’s founder: Do no harm, do good and stay in love with God.“It was devastating to watch the church protest each other,” said the Rev. Meredith Gudger-Raines, pastor at Ridgefield United Methodist Church. At last week’s general conference in St. Louis, she observed the ruling and protests that left the church divided.“Today, Methodists are reeling. We’re in grief and we want to be better than we are. The clergy I know are working furiously to remind LGBTQ folks that they’re beloved children of God,” she said. “We are working furiously against our own church.”The United Methodist Church is one of the largest Protestant denominations in the world. There are about a dozen churches in Clark County; they are part of the Western Jurisdiction that took a stand against Tuesday’s ruling, saying the jurisdiction remains committed to fully including everyone regardless of sexual orientation. The jurisdiction has defied the denomination’s rules for years.“The clergy in the Western Jurisdiction don’t stop at just ‘you can come in our doors.’ We affirm people in that we recognize that you are created perfectly, and we love you and God loves you exactly as you are,” said the Rev. Susan Boegli of Battle Ground United Methodist Church.last_img read more

Emilio Estefan introduces weekly musical performances with local talent

Emilio Estefan introduces weekly musical performances with local talent

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Emilio Estefan has announced plans to introduce a weekly ensemble of live musical performances featuring local talent.The event will be called the Palm Court Performance Series.“When we put Estefan Kitchen, we decided to promote the Miami music, to show the diversity we have, you know — all kinds of music,” Estefan said. “Especially the new musicians, and the symphony — so the diversity we’re gonna have is great. Every Friday, the biggest happy hour is gonna be here.”The show will be every Friday night at Estefan Kitchen to show off Miami’s hottest and brightest talent, including Gloria and Emilio’s daughter, critically-acclaimed singer Emily Estefan.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

PVNR remembered on 98th birth anniversary

PVNR remembered on 98th birth anniversary

first_imgHyderabad: Rich tributes were paid to former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao on his 98th birth anniversary on Friday. Prominent leaders of different political parties offered floral tributes to the late Prime Minister at PV Gnana Bhoomi here on Friday. Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, BC Commission Chairman B.S. Ramulu, Telangana BJP President Dr. K. Lakshman, Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao, ex-MLA Marri Shashidhar Reddy, Advisor to TS Govt Dr. K.V. Ramanachary and other senior officials and other eminent personalities visited the PV Gnana Bhoomi to pay tributes. Also Read – Woman found dead, relatives stage dharna in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Talasani described Narasimha Rao as an immensely talented personality who had vast knowledge and command over several languages. He said India had emerged as an economic super power due to the reforms introduced by Narasimha Rao Government. He demanded that the Central Government confer Bharat Ratna to Narasimha Rao. Talasani also announced that the Telangana Government would organise birth centenary celebrations of PV Narasimha Rao in 2021 at a grand scale. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) also organised Narasimha Rao’s birth anniversary celebrations at Gandhi Bhavan.last_img read more

Ball says we can together to UKs Rexam

first_imgBall says we can together to UK’s Rexam80 viewsBall says we can together to UK’s Rexam80 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Ball says we can together to UK’s Rexam80 viewsBusinessThey’re already the world’s two biggest makers of drinks cans. Now they want to combine to become a global packaging giant. US company Ball Corp has offered a cash-and-stock deal valued at 4.43Ventuno Web Player 4.50They’re already the world’s two biggest makers of drinks cans. Now they want to combine to become a global packaging giant. US company Ball Corp has offered a cash-and-stock deal valued at 4.43last_img read more

Former VP Joe Biden to Speak at Morgan Graduation Ceremony

Former VP Joe Biden to Speak at Morgan Graduation Ceremony

first_imgOn May 20 Morgan State University will hold its undergraduate Spring Commencement Ceremony at the Hughes Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. University President David Wilson announced that former Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address and will receive an honorary doctorate along with White House journalist, April Ryan and philanthropists Sylvia Brown and Sheldon Goldseker.Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the graduating class of Morgan State University on May 20. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Ryan is a Morgan State graduate and has spent more than 30 years within the field of journalism and was recently hired by CNN as a political analyst. Brown is the co-founder of the “Turning the Corner Achievement Program,” a program dedicated to helping African-American middle schoolers in Baltimore. Goldseker is the founding board member of the Goldseker Foundation which has given over $100 million to local non-profit organizations and projects over the past 42 years.The ceremony will also highlight Morgan’s sesquicentennial year and the more than 1,200 candidates receiving their degrees.Morgan State has awarded over 50,000 academic degrees over the past 150 years. Founded in 1867, Morgan State is a Carnegie-classified Doctoral Research Institution and is known as Maryland’s premiere Historically Black Institution and offers more than 70 academic programs.Today Morgan is the largest producer of African-American decorates in the State and one of the largest in the nation and has recently been designated as Maryland’s Public Urban Research University by Gov. Larry Hogan. In a letter to students and faculty Wilson wrote ““The State will also be signaling with the signing of this legislation that Morgan is Maryland’s only public comprehensive urban research university. This is a giant step forward for us. We are hopeful that funding will eventually follow to support our ascendancy as an economic, educational, and social development engine that will anchor Baltimore’s progress.”The undergraduate ceremony will take place May 20 at 9:30 am at the Hughes Memorial Stadium and the graduate ceremony will take place on May 18 at 9:30 am at the Murphy Fine Arts Center.last_img read more

BlackOwned Medical Cannabis Dispensary Opening in Capitol Heights

BlackOwned Medical Cannabis Dispensary Opening in Capitol Heights

first_imgBy Brianna Rhodes, Special to the AFROMary and Main, a Black owned medical cannabis dispensary located in Capitol Heights is softly open for business before it officially opens it doors later this month. The dispensary, founded by Hope Wiseman, and her mother Dr. Octavia Simkins-Wiseman, offers patients the opportunity to receive an introduction to the dispensary’s products and services, including educational opportunities.The soft opening is also giving employees the chance to run through their operations and review improvements that could be made before the official grand opening at the end of the month.Mary and Main is a new Black-owned dispensary in Capital Heights, Maryland. (Courtesy Photo)Thirty to 40 people were in attendance for its opening on Labor Day.“We had a great time,” said Dr. Simkins-Wiseman. “A lot of our patients were so pleased with everything that they saw and looking at the educational things that we offered to them.”The dispensary has a wide array of products that are available for patients from different growers and processors in the state, according to Dr. Simkins-Wiseman.“At Mary and Main, we try to pride ourselves in providing our patients with customer care that’s unlike other places,” Dr. Simkins-Wiseman said. “We want you to feel comfortable. We have a lot of African Americans in our community and we want to make sure we provide them with the necessary one-on-one services they will need to find products that will fit their particular illness. So we’re going to be doing a lot of educational pieces so that they understand what they’re using and why.”Mary and Main will be hosting a grand opening block party on Sept. 29. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the dispensary at  8801 Hampton Mall Drive N. Capitol Heights, Maryland 20743.last_img read more

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on New Content Policy We Rolled This Out

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on New Content Policy We Rolled This Out

first_imgHe also made clear that Spotify never had any intention of targeting any one particular artist. “The whole goal with this was to make sure that we didn’t have hate speech,” said Ek. “It was never about punishing one individual artist or even naming one individual artist.”While there have been reports that the decision was so controversial internally at Spotify that global head of creator services Troy Carter nearly exited, Ek gave no hint of dissension within the ranks. “It was a debate we had internally at the company,” he said. “It’s something we keep on discussing.”Spotify lost $49 million in the first quarter of 2018 as the company toils under the overhang of escalating royalty payouts to record labels. But Ek pointed to the positive cash flow he’s maintained in recent quarters as the primary metric to which he’s focused. “As long as that’s the case we don’t have to go the markets and ask them to keep funding the company,” he said.Ek also shed light on Spotify’s video programming strategy, which has had a few false starts in recent years outside of some success with video-filled playlists like Rap Caviar. While he made clear he will always see Spotify as an audio-first platform, he sees a growing place for video content in his plans. “I do think over time video will be a more important part of our platform than what it is today,” he said.As for Spotify’s early struggles with video, he acknowledged, “In video, we went way too fast and way too early.” But he also said that with little regret, citing the company’s habit of charging aggressively into a space and then dialing it back in future iterations.Returning to the centrality of growing Spotify’s audio audience, Ek compared the relative size of the global video market–$1 trillion–to the $100 billion he estimated the music and radio industries comprise together. “Are your eyes worth 10 times more than your ears? I don’t think so. That’s what the market is right now.”Spotify is facing increasing competition from Pandora, which announced a new $15 family plan earlier this week, and YouTube, which recently relaunched its own streaming music offering.  Last month, Apple Music disclosed more than 50 million users via paid subscriptions and free trials. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek admitted his company fumbled the deployment of a new content policy that sparked considerable controversy within the music industry.Spotify reportedly rethought its controversial decision to ban certain artists from playlists based on their “hateful conduct” and moved to reinstate rapper XXXTentacion, but not another artist, R. Kelly. The initial announcement met with immediate backlash.“We rolled this out wrong and could have done a much better job,” said Ek on Wednesday night on stage at the Code Conference in a keynote Q&A.Ek, who took personal responsibility for the botched rollout, deemed the policy too ambiguous and open to interpretation. But asked by Variety whether the policy was no longer in effect, he made it clear it was still up on the company’s website, though subject to future iterations. The Spotify IPO valued the company at $26 billion in April via a rarely-used process called a direct listing that comes without underwriters. Ek opened up to interviewers Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka of Recode about his rationale for going to market in that manner, including eliminating a double standard that often attends traditional IPOs: “What happens is investors get to sell early on and the employees do not. I wanted everyone to have the same opportunity to sell and buy.”On its first earnings report, Spotify disclosed 75 million paying subscribers, and revenue of €1.139 billion (around $1.36 billion). The company had 170 million monthly active users in March. The company forecasts to have 92-96 million paying subscribers by the end of the year, as well as 198-208 million monthly active users. 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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

MMTCs Festival of Gold starts

MMTCs Festival of Gold starts

first_imgMMTC is ushering in the propitious occasion of Akshay Trithiya at its Festival of Gold exhibition-cum-sale with new medallion designs inspired by religious deities. Silver medallions in 50 gm are available in eight different colour representations of gods and goddesses. The prestigious miniratna has also introduced its bestselling 8 gm gold coin for the first time in 22 carat.The Festival of Gold was inaugurated on May 4, at the Community Centre, MMTC Colony on Inderjeet Verma Marg by MMTC’s CMD Ved Prakash, who described the Company’s initiatives as serving consumer preferences and promoting consumer interests. Besides the main venue, the retail event is also being held at MMTC’s sales outlets at SCOPE Complex, Cross River Mall, and Delhi Regional Office Jhandewalan, and will continue up to May 8. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Festival of Gold is popular for its range of hallmarked gold and studded jewellery, which are on offer per usual, alongside sterling silverware from MMTC’s in-house brand Sanchi, collections of rashi stones, and the Government of India’s Indian Gold Coin with special discount for the festival period. Akshay Trithiya is synonymous with the tradition of buying and gifting gold, and MMTC is adding shine to the festivities with another successful edition of its Festival of Gold.last_img read more

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first_img Related Content September 19, 2014 — Tops Comprehensive Breast Center, Houston, was a part of a recent study conducted by Stephen L. Rose, M.D., medical director of Tops Comprehensive Breast Center, and colleagues (Andra L. Tidwell, BSRT (R)(M); Mary F. Ice, M.D.; Amy S. Nordmann, M.D.; Russell Sexton Jr., DO; Rui Song, M.D.) conducted exclusively at Tops, leading to advancements in screening mammography and 3-D mammography.In the United States, women have routine full-field digital mammography (FFDM). This exam, while widely accepted, has known pitfalls when it comes to high recall rates and low cancer detection when used as the sole screening method. While new screening tools are constantly being tested and discovered for early detection, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) has been proven as one of the better approaches. DBT enables the reconstruction of cross-sectional images aimed to assist radiologists with the interpretation process through better visualization of breast tissue.Rose and colleagues set out to compare performance of prospective interpretations of clinical tomosynthesis (DBT) plus FFDM examinations with retrospective readings of the corresponding FFDM examinations alone.For the study, seven Mammography Quality Standard Act-qualified radiologists interpreted 10,878 FFDM examinations that had been interpreted by other radiologists using a combination of FFDM and DBT. When comparing recall rates between the two clinical interpretations, those interpretations that had utilized both FFDM and DBT recalled 588 cases; compared to those that depended only on FFDM where 888 cases were recalled.While none of the technologies used currently are perfect, it is hard to deny the benefit of FFDM and DBT together to exclude outliers and identify more clearly which screenings will indeed require a diagnostic work up. The consistency of the findings for the group was not only encouraging, but also a confidence builder that the combination of DBT plus FFDM for screening women resulted in a 35 percentreduction in recall rates and a simultaneous increase in cancer detection rates when compared to retrospective interpretations of corresponding FFDM examinations alone. The study showed an increase of 55 percent more cancers were found than digital mammography alone and increased detection of invasive cancers by 66 percent.Rose stated, “This study should put to rest much of the current confusion over the benefits of mammography. With this new technology, tomosynthesis (3-D mammography), we can significantly reduce the patient anxiety generated by recalls for additional imaging. Simultaneously, the new technology will increase the accuracy of traditional digital mammography in the early detection of invasive tumors.”Rose and Andra Tidwell, BSRT, imaging director of Tops Comprehensive Breast Center, also published a study last year in the American Journal of Radiology comparing 3-D screening with the prior year’s standard digital mammography. The study actually demonstrated a 37 percent reduction in recalls and over a 50 percent increase in the early detection of invasive tumors. “I truly believe that as experience grows with 3-D mammography, we will see the recall rates continue to drop, and we will detect tumors earlier when less treatment is required. This is a very exciting study for all women undergoing screening mammography,” stated Rose.Tops Comprehensive Breast Center has served the North Houston area for more than 10 years and has a team passionately devoted to providing patients with high quality breast care. Tops Comprehensive Breast Center, with locations in North Houston, Willowbrook, Kingwood and The Woodlands, is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by American College of Radiology (ACR). Tops Comprehensive Breast Center is affiliated with Tops Surgical Specialty Hospital, a patient centered, physician driven healthcare facility managed by United Surgical Partners International. Both the Hospital and Breast Centers are committed to their mission: To provide first-class surgical services for the local community in a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment; one in which we would be happy to treat our own families.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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US woman acquitted in Costa Rica murder trial

first_imgNo related posts. A Costa Rican criminal court on Monday acquitted U.S. citizen Anne Marie Patton on charges of murdering her husband, John Felix Bender. The court said reasonable doubt existed about the cause of Bender’s death.The trial began on Jan. 14 in the Southern Zone canton of Pérez Zeledón. Prosecutors alleged Patton had murdered her husband in order to steal millions of dollars worth of fine jewels.Bender was found shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2010, at the couple’s luxury home south of Costa Rica’s capital.Patton, 42, maintained throughout the trial that her husband committed suicide because he had bipolar disorder and suffered constant episodes of depression. She said he was treated several times in the U.S.During closing arguments, prosecutor Fernando Oses refuted Patton’s version of events, pointing to testimony by a handful of experts and crime scene investigators.He said that “with the position in which the body was found, and the path and the trajectory of the bullet, it was impossible for the victim to shoot himself.”Investigators found no trace of gunpowder residue, neither on Bender nor on Patton.Prosecutors had requested a 25-years prison sentence for Patton. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2018 2:08 pm PDT Last Updated May 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Trump meets with Kim Kardashian West WASHINGTON – The Latest on Kim Kardashian West at the White House (all times local):7 p.m.President Donald Trump has met with reality TV star Kim Kardashian West as she visited the White House to advocate on behalf of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offences.Trump is confirming the meeting — as he often does — via Twitter, writing, “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.”He included a picture of the two in the Oval Office.Kardashian West has been urging Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, 63, who has spent more than two decades behind bars and is not eligible for parole.Kardashian West had also been expected to meet with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, who is overseeing the administration’s push to overhaul the nation’s prison system.__5:05 p.m.Reality television star Kim Kardashian West has arrived at the White House for a meeting with presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner.Kardashian West was seen posing for photos in front of the West Wing before entering to discuss criminal justice reform with Kushner, the president’s son-in-law.Kardashian West has urged the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug offence.Attorney Brittany K. Barnett, who says she’s part of Johnson’s legal team, says Kardashian West also hopes to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss the case.Kardashian West’s husband, rapper Kanye West, sparked a social media maelstrom earlier this month with his support for Trump.__4:10 p.m.Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West was heading to the White House to make a star-powered case for prison reform and advocate on behalf of a woman serving a life sentence.Kardashian West has urged the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, 63, who is serving a life sentence without parole for a nonviolent drug offence.In an interview with Mic, Kardashian West said she’d been moved by Johnson’s story after seeing a video by the news outlet.“I think that she really deserves a second chance at life,” Kardashian told Mic. “I’ll do whatever it takes to get her out.”center_img Kim Kardashian, center, arrives at the security entrance of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) last_img read more

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