UNP and opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe made a special statement in parliament today on the fuel price hike.Wickremasinghe said that the fuel price hike had nothing to do with the world market price of oil or sanctions imposed on Iran. The UNP earlier staged a protest outside parliament against the fuel price hike. Wickremasinghe also noted that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) was once a profit making government institution but since the time the UPFA came to power it has been turned into a loss making State institution. He was of the opinion that the government was merely trying to fill its pockets with additional money. read more
Kumaratunga said that over a 100,000 telephone calls had to be analysed in the investigations and this revealed several telephone calls he had revived the day he was killed from a key individual. She says without the information in hand the police are unable to file any action in court. Kumaratunga said that some people are raising voices against the delay to take action on some individuals. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga says the police have unearthed evidence linking Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa to a Dubai bank account with millions of Dollars.Kumaratunga said that the police have approached the bank and sought details of the account but the bank has so far refused to release the information. However she noted that it takes time to nab a criminal and investigations are ongoing.She also said that vital information had been unearthed in the murder of former rugger player Wasim Thajudeen. read more
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok concluded the first phase of its 59th annual session by unanimously admitting Timor-Leste as a full member, bringing its total membership to 62, including nine associate members.Delegates also considered programme changes of ESCAP for this year and plans for the following two years. “The new work programme uses a results-based framework with emphasis on the achievement of the desired outputs. We have sharpened the focus of the programme of work to achieve greater impact,” ESCAP Executive Secretary Kim Hak-Su said. Other important issues addressed included a briefing on transit transport in multi-landlocked and transit developing countries ahead of a major August ministerial meeting in Kazakhstan. Delegates also agreed to closely observe the developments regarding the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that has affected the region more than any other part of the world. read more
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tom Krisher And Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2013 3:09 pm MDT Chrysler recall avoids showdown with US gov’t over Jeep models for fire risk DETROIT – After initially defying U.S. federal regulators, Chrysler abruptly agreed Tuesday to recall some older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions — a decision that will also affect some Canadian Jeep owners.But the recall, which came in an 11th-hour deal between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers only 1.56 million of the 2.7 million Jeeps that the government wanted repaired. The rest are part of a “customer service action” and many may not get fixed.About 180,000 of the recalled vehicles are in Canada, the company said.By giving in to U.S. government pressure, Chrysler sidesteps a showdown with NHTSA that could have led to public hearings with witnesses providing details of deadly crashes. The dispute could have landed in court and hurt Chrysler’s image and its finances.Yet the deal still leaves some Jeep owners with gas tanks that NHTSA just two weeks ago said were risky. Chrysler maintains that they are safe and need no repairs.Earlier this month, the automaker publicly refused the government’s request to recall Jeep Grand Cherokees from model years 1993 through 2004 and Jeep Libertys from 2002 through 2007.NHTSA, the U.S. agency that monitors vehicle safety, contends the Jeep gas tanks can rupture if hit from the rear, spilling gas and causing a fire. NHTSA said a three-year investigation showed 51 people had died in fiery crashes in Jeeps with gas tanks positioned behind the rear axle.Chrysler had until Tuesday to formally respond to NHTSA, but the deal made the response unnecessary.Here’s how the recall will work, according to Chrysler:— The company will recall 1.56 million Libertys from 2002 through 2007 and Grand Cherokees from 1993 through 1998. If they don’t have factory or Chrysler “Mopar” trailer hitches, dealers will install them. The heavy metal hitches bolt to the frame and help bolster protection for the gas tank.— About 1.2 million Grand Cherokees from the 1999 to 2004 model years will be part of the “customer service action.” Owners will get notices saying their vehicles are fine if they have factory or Chrysler trailer hitches. Dealers will inspect other trailer hitches to make sure they’re secure. But if the Jeeps don’t have trailer hitches, Chrysler won’t do anything, maintaining that the Jeeps are safe and do not need any changes. A Chrysler spokesman was not sure how many of the SUVs are without trailer hitches.In a letter to Chrysler dated June 3, NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation told the company all of the Jeeps should be recalled. “The defects present an unreasonable risk to motor vehicles,” the letter said, “because people … have burned to death in rear impact crashes.”NHTSA began investigating the Jeeps at the request of the Center for Auto Safety, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, that also says all the Jeeps should be recalled. “In view of Chrysler’s refusal to recall 1999-04 Grand Cherokees, we call on NHTSA to move to an initial determination of a defect in order to force their recall as well,” Clarence Ditlow, the centre’s director, said in a statement late Tuesday.Ditlow also said NHTSA should test the trailer hitches to make sure they protect the gas tanks.An agency spokeswoman said Tuesday evening that she was checking into details of the recall.Chrysler Group LLC, which is majority owned by Fiat SpA of Italy, wouldn’t say how much the hitches would cost, although they sell for about $200 each on websites.Erik Gordon, a law and marketing professor at the University of Michigan, said Chrysler realized it was headed for a public-relations disaster and decided to reverse course.“What happened is they get surprised by how loud the hue and cry is,” Gordon said.Chrysler’s image will still get dinged a little “because it looks as if they have done the right thing only because they were forced to,” he said.Chrysler executives probably realized their chance for success was slim because courts have given wide latitude to government regulatory agencies, said David Kelly, former acting NHTSA administrator under President George W. Bush.“They have some very smart people at Chrysler and probably looked into a crystal ball and didn’t think this would end the way they wanted it to,” Kelly said.NHTSA said in a statement that it’s pleased with Chrysler’s decision. The agency plans to keep investigating the issue as it reviews recall documentation from Chrysler.Ditlow said he is cautiously optimistic that the solution will make the Jeeps safer.He urged Chrysler to add Jeep Cherokee SUVs from 1993 through 2001 to the recall. The Cherokees are under investigation for the same problem.Chrysler will begin notifying owners about the recall in about a month, the company said.The last time an automaker defied a NHTSA recall request was early in 2011, when Ford refused to call back 1.2 million pickup trucks for defective air bags. Ford later agreed to the recall after NHTSA threatened to hold a rare public hearing on the issue.In a statement on June 4, Chrysler said its review of nearly 30 years of data showed a low number of rear-impact crashes involving fire or a fuel leak in the affected Jeeps.“The rate is similar to comparable vehicles produced and sold during the time in question,” the company said. It also said NHTSA left some similar vehicles out of its investigation.But NHTSA found at least 32 rear-impact crashes and fires in Grand Cherokees that caused 44 deaths. It also found at least five rear crashes in Libertys that caused seven deaths. The agency calculated that the older Grand Cherokees and Libertys have fatal crash rates that are about double those of similar vehicles. It compared the Jeeps with the Chevrolet S10 Blazer, Ford Explorer, Toyota 4Runner, Isuzu Rodeo, Isuzu Trooper, Mitsubishi Montero, Suzuki Sidekick and Suzuki XL-7.Among the 51 deaths was Remington “Remi” Walden, a 4-year-old boy from Bainbridge, Ga., who was killed when a 1999 Grand Cherokee driven by his aunt was hit from behind by a pickup truck in March 2012. The child was on his way to a tennis lesson when the SUV was struck. The fuel tank leaked, engulfing the Jeep in flames and killing the boy, according to a lawsuit filed against Chrysler by his family.“Numerous witnesses saw Remi struggling to escape and heard him screaming for help,” the lawsuit says.The lawsuit alleges that Chrysler placed the gas tank in a “crush zone” behind the rear axle and knew the location was dangerous, and that the company failed to protect the gas tank against rupturing.In court papers, Chrysler denied the allegations and said the pickup truck driver’s negligence was the sole cause of the boy’s injuries. read more
Grocery chain Metro commits to pass low food inflation savings to customers by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 12, 2016 5:37 am MDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The CEO of Metro said Friday the grocery chain is committed to passing savings on to its customers if food inflation continues to subside.Eric La Fleche said food prices continued falling in the third quarter as more fresh produce is purchased from local sources and the foreign exchange rate stabilizes.“The quarter was marked by rapidly declining food inflation,” La Fleche said in a conference call with analysts following the release of Metro’s results.The Montreal-based company’s internal food inflation measure fell to 1.5 per cent — down from 2.8 and three per cent in its first and second quarters, respectively.La Fleche cited meat costs as one example where the company, which operates more than 600 grocery stores in Quebec and Ontario, lowered prices for customers.“We will give back to our customers as the market, you know, plays out,” he said.The low-inflation environment has led other grocery chains, like Loblaw (TSX:L), to negotiate lower rates from suppliers.Earlier this month, Loblaw notified its suppliers that it will apply an automatic 1.45 per cent price deduction on all incoming shipments beginning Sept. 4 and reject any future increases with few exceptions related to costs such as fuel charges or foreign exchange rates.La Fleche did not say whether Metro plans or has made a similar move.“If something is happening in the market, we make sure we get our fair share,” he said. “You can count on us to continue to negotiate fairly but hard with our suppliers to make sure we have the right consumer offer in the right prices — as we’ve always done.”Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said grocery retailers have been under some pressure to keep their prices as low as possible and that has reverberated down the supply chain.“That is why we’re seeing a lot of distributors asking vendors to reduce their own prices of products,” Charlebois said.Another factor at play is greater competition from the likes of retail giants Walmart and Costco, he added.Metro (TSX:MRU) reported an eight per cent increase in its net profit from last year’s third quarter, rising to $176.5 million or 72 cents per share. That’s up from $163.5 million or 64 cents per share.Revenue was up 4.5 per cent year-over-year, growing by $173.1 million to just over $4 billion.In addition to the performance of its grocery stores under the Metro banner, the company was helped by its investment in Alimentation Couche-Tard — operators of Mac’s, Circle K and Couche-Tard convenience stores and gas bars. Couche-Tard contributed $15.5 million to Metro’s results, up from $8.7 million last year.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for Alimentation Couche-Tard. read more
“What motivates these gatherings is the knowledge that we can do a lot more to reduce unnecessary loss of life and livelihoods,” Robert Glasser, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said at the opening of the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference.Such efforts, he pointed out, are of particular significance for the least developed countries, where disasters may not amount to much in terms of absolute global economic losses but can have a crippling impact on long-term sustainable development.As the first major disaster risk reduction event of 2016, this conference aims at identifying needs and knowledge gaps; exploring new ways of working together and most importantly, making the science available and accessible.The launch of the UNISDR Science and Technology Partnership, and approving an Agreement on a Science and Technology Road Map for the implementation of the Sendai Framework are two outcomes to be expected at the conclusion of the conference.“It is most appropriate that this is focused specifically on science and technology,” said Mr. Glasser, adding that “the painstaking work of the hundreds of scientists who have contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) reports is an outstanding example of the public service and dedication to the greater good which we have come to expect from the global science community.” Following IPCC’s “convincing and actionable” guidance, Mr. Glasser highlighted three events in this regard. A UNISDR-backed innovative report in partnership with the Norwegian Government, entitled “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation,” which integrated for the first time the science on climate change with a disaster risk management perspective.Another event also taking place is the 2nd Global Platform on Emergency Telecommunications in Kuwait. Organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), it discusses how ICTs can help to disseminate early warnings and reduce mortality in disaster events.A third one was the International Recovery Forum held in Kobe, Japan, with participants from 37 countries exchanging experience on building back better after disasters, he said.Looking forward, as the Open Ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Indicators and Terminology for Disaster Risk Reduction will continue its work next month in Geneva, UNISDR will help build the partnerships that can provide scientific support to achieve the Sendai Framework targets on reducing risk and disaster.Recognizing the value of the partnership, Mr. Glasser particularly thanked the host and co-organizers of the current Conference, and encouraged all partners to continue for readiness for cooperation and announce any voluntary funding.The three-day Conference has been convened to “set the course for further collaboration on the implementation of the Sendai Framework and to support coherence in our understanding of disaster risk reduction across the other relevant international agreements,” said Mr. Glasser. The opening day attracted 700 scientists, disaster risk experts and government representatives.This is the first such gathering since the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was adopted last year by UN member States with the stated goals of reducing disaster risk and disaster losses with a focus on mortality, numbers of people affected, economic losses and damage to critical infrastructure. read more
Nintendo has announced the first Pokemon title for the 3DS handheld, Super Pokemon Rumble. A spin-off from the classic monster-collecting RPG franchise, this game is “a powerful battle between toy Pokemon,” according to the game’s Japanese-language trailer.In this game, there’s a world of “toy” Pokemon, and your Mii owns a collection. In gameplay, though, you directly control a Pokemon as it moves about a 3D, top-down world. As usual, players collect Pokemon as they win battles. In settings ranging from grassy plains to mountains, players fight against enemy toy Pokemon and loot defeated ones to level up. When you defeat boss monsters, you gain their appearance as optional skins.You can also enter a Battle Royale mode set inside a Pokemon-flavored ring. If you’re the last person standing, you win. There’s another mode, Team Battle, that allows three monsters to cooperate inside a dungeon. However, it’s a single-player mode.There are multiplayer modes. There is a two-player co-op mode requiring two cartridges. Additionally, the 3DS StreetPass feature is supported and you can gain new monsters to play with (or against) as your system sleeps.The game releases in Japan on July 28th at the standard retail price of 4,800 yen (US$59). As it’s Pokemon we can definitely expect to see this game heading to western shores.There’s also little doubt that the next duo of Pokemon games from the main series will be a 3DS exclusive, although we’re sure that’s going to be a tough decision for Nintendo to make. There are some 146 million DS handhelds in circulation. Would you really want to not keep supporting them for a while yet?via Andriasang read more
Looking to party in Sydney this New Year’s Eve? AMMOS’s Christmas party is sold out, but tickets are still available for their New Year’s Eve party. Tickets cost $120, including a three-course banquet, La Fiesta Brazilian Show, belly dancers, and the Amnos Live Band. To book call (02) 9599-5771 If you’re at Darling Harbour, head to Greek NYE at Dockside. The $170 ticket includes food, drink and a bottle of Chivas Regal per table, and features a DJ, bouzouki and magnificent views of the fireworks. Book on 1300 117 118. Also at Darling Harbour, Helm Bar is hosting Privelege, a Greek dance night for New Years. Tickets cost $50, including two drinks, entry to the after-party, and DJs from such events as HOME’s Mykonos Festival, Santorini Sessions, Enigma and Fashionista. Book at www.moshtix.com.au For a more gentle celebration, The Greek Orthodox Church of St Demetrios, at 120 Collett St, Queanbeyan, is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. The event has been run over the past 16 years, and Reverend Constantine Costakos said he expects up to 300 people. “Queanbean is full of very old families,” he said. So despite the music, dancing and DJs, the party probably won’t go too late. To RSVP call (02) 6295 2291 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Republic’s Central Elections Commission announced this week that a total of 531,136 Cypriot citizens have the right to vote in the parliamentary elections of May 22.The number of enclaved voters (Greek Cypriots who live in the Republic’s northern Turkish occupied areas) in the districts of Kyrenia and Famagusta will be announced at a later date.Voters for Nicosia district amount to 191,516, for Kyrenia district 28,280, for Famagusta district 107,914, for Larnaka district 53,598, for Limassol district 109,294 and for Paphos district 40,534.Parliamentary elections take place every five years in Cyprus for the 56 seat House. This will be the 10th poll since the Republic of Cyprus was established in 1960. Cypriot nationals who live abroad will also be able to vote.According to the 1960 Constitution, 50 deputies are elected to the House. In June 1985 the House, by a unanimous decision, increased this number to 80 (56 from the Greek Cypriot community and 24 from the Turkish Cypriot community) by virtue of the Law of Necessity.The Constitution stipulates that “the Greek community of Cyprus”, comprising Greek Cypriots, Latins, Armenians and Maronites, elects its own representatives to the House and “the Turkish community of Cyprus” its own deputies by a ratio of 70 percent to 30 percent. The Turkish Cypriots withdrew unilaterally from Parliament in 1964 following intercommunal fighting and as part of their rebellion against the government.Six political parties are currently represented to the House of Representatives which dissolved last week ahead of May’s elections: the left wing AKEL which received 31.16 percent (18 seats), the right wing Democratic Rally (DISI) with 30.33 percent (18 seats), the Democratic Party (DIKO) with 17.91 percent (11 seats), the Social Democrats Movement EDEK 8,91 percent (5 seats), the European Party (EVROKO) with 5.73 percent (3 seats) and the Ecologists with 1,95 percent (1 seat). read more
Despite rumours of exit and strained relationship with the boss, Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba has decided to channel his energy to footballWith United set to take on the Blues at the Bridge and with the club in danger of falling out of the title contention before winter, Paul Pogba is willing to give his all to rescue the situation.Pogba told Sky Sports: “For me, those games are the best games to play. You play against the best players, you play against a big club, a big story. You play football to play those big games with a lot of pressure. That’s what you want to play.“You can see this season [Chelsea] have a lot of possession obviously, they are winning, they have one character you cannot miss in Eden Hazard, they say he is on fire, this time he is probably the best player in the PL right now.Big smile 😃 Big personality 🙌🏽 Big game ⚽️ On @SkySportsPL from 11:30 on Saturday…Loved this chat! #CHEMUN #Pogba #ManchesterUnited pic.twitter.com/Qy6WKScTUcMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…— Laura Woods (@laura_woodsy) October 19, 2018“The team is going well, they have good results, for us, we come back from the Newcastle game, 3-2 winning at home, we need points, so it’s going to be a tough one. I think they need points, we need points.“The game is going to be very hard, we’re playing away. It’s a Chelsea vs Man United game, you know, so it’s a big one.”Up next for the Red Devils after the battle at the Bridge is a home clash with Juventus in the Champions League. read more
MIAMI (WSVN) – Thieves broke into a Miami pharmacy earlier this week and made off with an expensive haul of prescription drugs.Police say two men used a tool to break through the wall of the VH Pharmacy, Tuesday. Once inside, they ransacked the business and took nearly $500,000 worth of prescription drugs and cash.Surveillance video shows a dark SUV pull up behind VH Pharmacy on Southwest 1st Street, around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. With his window down, the driver’s face can clearly be seen as he talks on the phone. A man in a hoodie is seen getting into the back seat with the stolen drugs and cash.The driver soon notices that he is on camera, covers up his face and rolls up the window.Police said they are looking for three men between 25 and 30 years old.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more
Netflix You can expect a lot more interactive videos from Netflix. The on-demand entertainment service will double down on producing more interactive movies like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, according to a Tuesday report from Variety. “It’s a huge hit here in India. It’s a huge hit around the world. And we realized, ‘Wow, interactive storytelling is something we want to bet more on,'” Todd Yellin, vice president of product at Netflix, reportedly said at the FICCI-Frames conference in Mumbai, India. “We’re doubling down on that … It won’t necessarily be science fiction, or it won’t necessarily be dark.”Bandersnatch became a big hit because of its choose-your-own-adventure storytelling style, which lets audience members pick their own storyline. Set in 1984, the movie follows a video game programmer named Stefan who tries to create a text-based computer game inspired by a novel given to him when he was a child. The author of the novel went insane and decapitated his wife, which foreshadows the dark nature of Bandersnatch. Though Bandersnatch is a dark thriller, Yellin reportedly said that comedy and romance stories may also be made into interactive films. 1 Comment Digital Media Internet Services TV and Movies Share your voice Tags Netflix read more
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen Now Judge upholds Walker’s veto halving Permanent Fund dividendsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker’s veto of half the Permanent Fund dividend money will stand for now. A judge found Thursday that Walker had the authority to cut the money.Alaska Native corporation acquires oil and gas leases in Arctic watersElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Alaska Native corporation representing the North Slope has bought two federal leases in the Beaufort Sea, formerly owned by Shell. That gives the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation — or ASRC — the right to explore for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean. Such offshore drilling has historically been controversial.ConocoPhillips puts historic Kenai LNG plant up for saleRashah McChesney and Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy DeskConocoPhillips is looking to leave the natural gas business in Cook Inlet. The company said Thursday it’s putting its Kenai LNG plant up for sale.Anchorage man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a minorWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOn Wednesday, an Anchorage grand jury charged 63-year-old Paul Allen Harris on one count of kidnapping, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.Alaska Municipal League meets in Anchorage to discuss heroin addictionEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Alaska Municipal League meets in Anchorage this week. The annual convention brings together local government officials to discuss common concerns, like fiscal issues, clean water and sanitation, and how to meet state and federal requirements with inadequate staff.Remembering Nancy McGuireLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageEarly this morning, long time Nome Nugget editor and publisher Nancy McGuire died. McGuire had been battling cancer and in her last editorial bid a fond farewell to her beloved Nome community and residents.Coast Guard still investigating what sank the Alaska JurisLaura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaIt’s been four months since the F/V Alaska Juris sank in the Bering Sea, and the U.S. Coast Guard is still trying to figure out why its engine room flooded, forcing 46 crew-members to abandon ship near Kiska Island.Alaska ferry system plans more fare hikesEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe Alaska Marine Highway System plans its next round of fare increases to start May 1, when the new summer schedule begins.UFA hones in on salmon habitat issuesAaron Bolton, KSTK – WrangellAn Alaska commercial fishing advocacy group is beginning to get an idea of what its new Salmon Habitat Information Program – or SHIP – will look like. The program is aimed at engaging commercial fisherman around the state in salmon habitat issues.Kotzebue brothers release first keyboard for all 20 Alaska Native languagesZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWhen Barrow officially changes its name back to Utqiagvik on December 1st, people all over are going to encounter the same typographical challenge: writing out the dotted g, the name’s sixth character. Alaska Native languages have faced a growing technological challenge: meshing alphabets with all the new tools for communicating, like texting or Facebook. read more
Recep Tayyip ErdoganTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed to reveal the “naked truth” over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that he would make a new statement on the case next week.”We are looking for justice here and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth,” Erdogan told a rally in Istanbul.Saudi authorities conceded Saturday that Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist and a Riyadh critic, was killed inside the kingdom’s Istanbul diplomatic compound.Their admission came after a fortnight of denials with the insistence that the journalist left the consulate alive.Turkish officials have claimed they believe that 15 Saudi men who arrived in Istanbul on two flights on 2 October — the day when Khashoggi entered the consulate — were connected to his death.Riyadh said it fired five top officials and arrested 18 other Saudis as a result of the initial investigation.”Why did those 15 men come here? Why were 18 people arrested?” Erdogan asked in Istanbul.He said he would make a full statement on the case when he would address his ruling party MPs in parliament on Tuesday.The Turkish leader has so far refrained from making strong statements about the death of Khashoggi, often referring to a prosecutors’ investigation into the killing.Analysts see this as an attempt to avoid provoking a full rupture of relations with Saudi Arabia. read more
Watch your favourite streamers from GNU/Linux with GNOME Twitch by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on July 31, 2018 in Linux – 5 commentsStreaming is a big deal nowadays in the gaming world; what used to be boring and weird, watching someone else play a videogame, is now something that millions of people spend their free time doing, often watching their favourite Twitch / YouTube celebrities gaming.While there is a Twitch application available for Windows and Mac users, there isn’t an official one for GNU/Linux users – but there is an unofficial one: GNOME Twitch.Linux users may watch streams on the official Twitch website using their favorite web browser, or use GNOME Twitch to do so.InstallationInstallation of GNOME Twitch is easily accomplished in a variety of distributions. If you’re using a distro that makes use of flatpaks (most) then follow the simple instructions found here.Arch/Manjaro users can find gnome-twitch in the AUR.Ubuntu 18.04/Mint 19: sudo apt install gnome-twitchfor other distribution help, visit https://github.com/vinszent/gnome-twitchOverviewThe GNOME-Twitch application is pretty barebones, whether that’s for the better or not is up to you to decide. On the main screen that you’re faced with when the program opens, are the top streams being watched at the time. I will say that I’m quite happy with the way that the UI is sized, the large thumbnails and font, etc., are rather easy on the eyes.At the top of the screen are three buttons: Channels, Follows, Games. These are how you’ll find, whatever it is you’re looking for, save direct searching. Channels being the top streams, Follows will show you any streamers that you follow, and Games will show you the top games ranked in order.In order to log in (this took me a minute to figure out…Maybe my fault for missing it, maybe bad UI design? You decide) you’ll find a small Twitch logo in the top left corner of the application. That’s a button. Clicking the button will bring up a small menu where you can log in to your Twitch.tv account, as well as go to the settings menu, show the ‘About’ screen, and the quit button; very straightforward.Last thoughtsI personally don’t spend a great deal of time watching streams, but it has been growing on me more as of late, and the addition of GNOME-Twitch is nice for when I don’t need my browser, and just want to kick back and throw on a stream. The software was lightweight on my Ubuntu 18.04 Budgie system, streams ran smoothly, and I personally liked the minimal UI (with the exception of the button in the top left, not being obviously a button, to me.) Whether this entices me to watch more streams, time will tell!Now you: Do you enjoy watching streams? Do you use your browser, or a desktop application, and why? Let us know in the comments!Now Read: Amazon launches Free Games with Prime on TwitchSummary12345 Author Rating3 based on 3 votes Software Name GNOME TwitchOperating System LinuxSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://github.com/vinszent/gnome-twitch Advertisement read more
GAYSTARNEWS- Meet the 10 queens competing on the Thai version of RuPaul’s Drag Race WATCH: Drag Race Thailand releases fierce new trailer Closeted guy in anti-gay country: ‘Drag Race keeps me alive’Winter Olympics 2018: Gay Olympic medallist Adam Rippon channels RuPaul as he claps back at hatersMeet the amazing 85-year-old drag star: Maisie TrolletteRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-piyarat-drag-race-thailand/ RuPaul’s Drag Race just completed its tenth season in the US. Thanks to airing on Netflix, it’s become a worldwide hit. It’s hard to think of the show without anyone else at its helm besides RuPaul. Hard … but not impossible.Last year it was announced that Drag Race Thailand was being launched. Officially syndicated by the US version, Thailand TV production group, Kantana, picked up the franchise. The pressure to support the familyWith his striking, androgynous appearance, and family background Kaljareuk has become quite a media personality in his homeland (with over 195,000 Instagram followers). He’s a passionate believer in breaking down gender barriers and heteronormative stereotypes. He also wants to speak out for marginalized communities.His conversation today is a round-table conference with a handful of international journalists.We’re gathered at the So Sofitel Bangkok for the country’s first LGBT+ Travel Symposium, where Kaljareuk was interviewed on stage earlier in the day about how his country is changing and embracing LGBTI tourism.(Photo: @tae_kantana | Instagram)Same-sex activity is legal in Thailand, but there remains societal prejudice against homosexuality.Families still expect children to marry and carry on the family business (Natalia Pliacam, the winner of this year’s Drag Race Thailand, runs his family coffin-manufacturing business when not doing drag!).There is no Pride Bangkok. Although Phuket, in Southern Thailand, has an occasional Pride festival, the event is not taking place this year due to organizational problems.Same-sex marriageKaljareuk hopes that Pride festivals do soon begin in his country. He would also like to see same-sex relationships legally recognized. A bill to introduce civil partnerships in Thailand received cross-party support in 2014 but its introduction stalled in the wake of that year’s military coup and subsequent political upheavals in the country.The current government, operated by the National Council for Peace and Order under Prime Minister and military General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, has been criticized for human rights abuses. It’s one area where Kaljareuk has to choose his words carefully.‘I don’t know… I can’t say,’ he says when I ask him if he’s confident civil unions may become a reality soon.‘But I hope that at least for the future, it should be legalized at some point.’He points out that same-sex love and relationships are natural, and – perhaps as we’re discussing this at an LGBT+ Travel Symposium – allowing same-sex unions brings economic opportunities to Thailand.‘Long-lasting relationship are something good. [And] at least I don’t have to fly out of my own country to marry someone that I really love somewhere else. So, I would like to see it. I’d like to get married!’How soon he gets that wish remains to be seen. In the meantime, he has the search for Thailand’s ‘next drag superstar’ to worry about. Auditions for the second season will begin soon, with filming scheduled for the end of the year.The second season of Drag Race Thailand will premiere in early 2019.See alsoDrag Race Thailand has arrived and Twitter is losing its mind Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Why did the company decide to push to produce its own version of the show? That was down to one man: Executive producer Piyarat ‘Tae’ Kaljareuk.Piyarat KaljareukKaljareuk is an openly gay man who wields significant power in the Thai media industry. In a country where it’s traditional for businesses to pass down families, he’s the grandchild of the founder of Kantana. As such, he’s enjoyed a certain advantage when it comes to his career.[embedded content]However, he says life has not always been straightforward for him. Attending private school in the US, he says he was often picked upon – both for being Asian, gay and ‘looking different’. It didn’t help that English was not his first language.‘I went through a lot of difficulties growing up,’ he says. ‘I had a lot of depressions and I went through quite a lot of bullying, but I expressed myself through my creativity.His love of music and performing arts proved his salvation. ‘So I put all of my energy and focus into that at that particular time, because my English wasn’t, still is not that perfect. I’m the third generation in my family business … so obviously I’m attracted to art and creativities.’Drag Race ‘is something that everybody can enjoy’Just because he’s an heir to his family’s media empire doesn’t mean he can do what he wants. He first proved he had an eye for what might work by buying the rights to model search reality show The Face, which has now enjoyed four seasons in Thailand.On the back of its success, he began to look around for other TV formats that could work in Thailand.‘Someone I actually dated for a little bit, he introduced me to Drag Race. I didn’t know a lot about the TV format at the time. But I looked at the program and I thought, “OK, I’ll just take a look,” and once I looked at it I thought, “Hey, this is something that everybody can enjoy.”‘I was very intrigued. I tried to think of a way to introduce it to Thailand, because it was something new, and introducing The Face wasn’t easy either.’He says that it took him a couple of years to persuade a TV station and advertisers to support The Face, and it took him a similar amount of time to find support for Drag Race Thailand.However, the first season proved a hit. Kaljareuk is now working on the bringing the second season to the screen.Piyarat Kaljareuk has become a recognizable face in Thailand (Photo: Piyarat Kaljareuk | Facebook)‘How do we find a RuPaul in other countries?’The format sticks pretty closely to the US original with one big difference. Without one drag legend as host, it features two co-hosts: fashion stylist Art-Araya In-dra and drag performer Pangina Heals.‘How do we find a RuPaul in other countries?’ asks Kaljareuk rhetorically. ‘We can’t replace something like that. He’s iconic. And so I thought about how we can present it and introduce it to the Thai culture with our own unique direction, so I come up in my own head with two hosts, sort of because that was how I produced The Face.’Kaljareuk believes that having two hosts helps to educate local audiences about what exactly they’re watching, and provides an insight into drag and LGBTI culture. read more
Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more January 21, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week unveiled a plan containing 25 actions it intends to implement during 2011 to improve its 510(k) review of medical technology, the most common path to market for medical devices.Key actions include streamlining the “de novo” review process for certain innovative, lower-risk medical devices and clarifying when clinical data should be submitted in a premarket submission. The FDA said it will offer guidance that will increase the efficiency and transparency of the review process. The FDA will also establish a new Center Science Council of senior FDA experts to assure timely and consistent science-based decision-making.These actions will result in “a smarter medical device program that supports innovation, keeps jobs here at home, and brings important, safe, and effective technologies to patients quickly,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).Before marketing most low-risk medical products, such as some types of catheters or diagnostic imaging devices, manufacturers must provide the FDA with a 510(k) premarket notification submission. The designation is related to the section of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that describes this notification requirement. Generally, 510(k)s must demonstrate that a proposed product is substantially equivalent to another, legally marketed medical device that is also lower-risk.In September 2009, CDRH set up two internal working groups to address concerns relating to the premarket notification process – industry argued that the 510(k) process was unpredictable, inconsistent and opaque, while consumers and healthcare professionals argued that the review process wasn’t robust enough. At the same time, CDRH also asked the independent, nonprofit Institute of Medicine to study the program. The FDA said that review is still underway.In a transparent effort, CDRH sought public input during both the development and review of the two internal reports. The center held two public meetings in the Washington area and separate town hall meetings in Minneapolis, Boston and Los Angeles. The FDA also received 76 written comments to three public dockets from industry members, healthcare professional organizations, consumer groups, patient groups, third-party payers, venture capital groups, agency staff, trial lawyers, foreign regulatory bodies, law firms, members of the public, consulting firms and academic institutions.The two working groups issued 55 recommendations in August 2010. After reviewing public comment, CDRH now intends to take 25 actions to improve the 510(k) program in 2011, including new guidance and enhanced staff training. CDRH also is giving the Institute of Medicine an opportunity to provide feedback on seven recommendations before making a final decision and is planning for a public meeting in April to seek additional feedback on two other recommendations.”We look forward to implementing these changes in support of our overall mission: improving the health of the American public,” Shuren said.For more information: www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/CDRH/CDRHReports/ucm239448 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Jean-Michel Cousteau, Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, Chef David Thompson, Aqua Expeditions Founder and CEO Francesco Galli ZugaroAqua Expeditions announces departures on the Amazon and Mekong RiversAqua Expeditions, one of the world’s leading luxury river cruise lines, has announced its 2018 special themed cruises after the extraordinary success of the programs in 2017. Guests will have the exclusive chance of joining company founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, consulting chefs Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and David Thompson, and the renowned conservationist, Jean-Michel Cousteau, on its vessels on the Peruvian Amazon and Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. Guests on these select departures will participate in immersive itineraries that showcase the creative innovations and entrepreneurial spirit that make the company’s cruises one-of-a-kind.PERFECT FOR EXPLORERS: JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU-HOSTED DEPARTURESIn celebration of the launch of a new collaboration between Aqua Expeditions and conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the famed explorer Jacques Cousteau, the company has introduced a new series of Amazon cruises led by the world-renowned champion of environmental protection. Guests can join Cousteau for bike and kayak jungle excursions to spot wildlife and hear the legendary conservationist share stories from his many journeys. During evening talks with Cousteau, guests will discover the Amazon from the unique perspective of a conservationist as they learn about preserving wildlife habitats, delicate ecosystems, evolving cultural traditions and economic pressures which threaten the environment.Jean-Michel Cousteau-Hosted Departures:Aria Amazon: Seven-night departures from February 9-16, 2018 and October 5-12, 2018Aria Amazon: Four-night departures from February 12-16, 2018 and October 8-12, 2018Aria Amazon: Three-night departures from February 9-12, 2018 and October 5-8, 2018PERFECT FOR FOODIES: CHEF-HOSTED DEPARTURESPedro Miguel Schiaffino, consulting chef on the Aria Amazon and chef/owner of Malabar and ÁmaZ (two of Lima’s most cutting-edge restaurants), invites gastronomes to explore the flavors of the Amazon with him. Both restaurants, ÁmaZ and Malabar, were chosen among Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017. Guests will take cooking classes with Chef Schiaffino and travel together to the local markets to learn about locally grown and harvested ingredients that are essential to creating his signature dishes on board, such as the Coconut Tapioca with Mango Sorbet and Causa with Shrimp Escabeche.Chef-Hosted Departures with Pedro Miguel Schiaffino:Aria Amazon: Four-night departure from September 24-28, 2018Aria Amazon: Four-night departure from October 29-November 2, 2018Named as the 2016 Diners Club International’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner for Asia, Aqua Mekong consulting chef David Thompson is a master culinary artist who works with the flavors and methods of traditional Thai cooking. His Bangkok restaurant Nahm is the first Thai restaurant to earn a Michelin star and is ranked on “The World’s 50 Best” list. Having lived in Southeast Asia for many years, Chef Thompson is a knowledgeable guide through the vibrant local culinary landscape. Guests will have the opportunity to collaborate with Chef Thompson in preparing indigenous inspired dishes such as Cambodian Green Curry of Catfish and Lemon Basil Cashew Nut Pudding with Coconut Cream.Chef-Hosted Departures with David Thompson:Aqua Mekong: Four-night departure from June 22-26, 2018Aqua Mekong: Four-night departure from August 3-7, 2018FOUNDER-HOSTED DEPARTURESWhile exploring the sights during his favorite excursions, Aqua Expeditions founder and CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro will share his vision for creating the award-winning cruise company. Guests can join him on a biking adventure through the streets along the Mekong, or kayak with him on the gentle flows of the Amazon to spot indigenous wildlife. Over cocktails, Galli Zugaro will discuss his journey in building his cruise line from conceptualization and design to the construction and first launch of each vessel.Founder-Hosted Departures:Aqua Mekong: Four-night departures from May 4-8, 2018 and August 31-September 4, 2018Aria Amazon: Four-night departures from April 2-6, 2018 and November 19-23, 2018For more information on the hosted voyages, please visit: Aqua Expeditions Hosted Departures or contact the Sales and Reservations team at email@example.com.ABOUT AQUA EXPEDITIONSAqua Expeditions was the first adventure travel company to introduce five-star luxury cruises on the Amazon River in Peru and on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, founded Aqua Expeditions to cater to discerning, adventure travelers seeking to explore remote and culturally important destinations for luxury voyages on the world’s greatest rivers. Aqua Expeditions’ 16-suite Aria Amazon vessel entered service in 2011, a creation of Peruvian designer, Jordi Puig and featuring floor to ceiling windows, Jacuzzi, gym, sundeck and the haute Peruvian cuisine of Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. In October 2014, Aqua Expeditions expanded to Indochina with the launch of the Aqua Mekong with 20 design suites, sailing the historic Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam. For more information about Aqua Expeditions, please visit www.aquaexpeditions.com. read more
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