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PM Narendra Modi to lead Yoga Day celebrations in Ranchi, Rajnath Singh in Delhi

first_imgPM Narendra Modi to lead Yoga Day celebrations in Ranchi, Rajnath Singh in DelhiWhile the Prime Minister will lead the nation in celebrating the occasion by participating in a mega event in Ranchi, Amit Shah will be in Rohtak and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 00:29 IST All necessary arrangements were being made at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, amid tight security, officials said | File PhotoTop government functionaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, and other senior BJP leaders will attend International Yoga Day events across the country on Friday.While the prime minister will lead the nation in celebrating the occasion by participating in a mega event in Ranchi, Shah will be in Rohtak and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) working president J P Nadda will perform yoga, along with other party leaders and workers, at a park opposite the headquarters of the saffron party on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Marg here.Besides, newly-elected Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will participate in an event to be held on the premises of the Parliament House complex, officials said on Thursday.In Delhi, a host of events have been planned to mark the day celebrated globally on June 21.All necessary arrangements were being made at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, amid tight security, officials said.The defence minister will attend an early morning yoga session at Rajpath, along with New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi and a large number of people.The Delhi BJP would host around 300 yoga sessions across the national capital, in which about 10 lakh people were expected to participate, its chief Manoj Tiwari said.”Senior BJP leaders and Union ministers will take part in 40 big events on International Yoga Day,” he added.Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and East Delhi MP Gautam Gambhir will attend a yoga session at the Yamuna Sports Complex in Shahdara.advertisementOther Union ministers who would be attending International Yoga Day events in Delhi were Ravi Shankar Prasad (Hauz Khas), Piyush Goyal (Lodhi Garden), Harsh Vardhan (Kudesia Garden, Civil Lines), Smriti Irani (Dada Dev Ground, Raj Nagar), Thawar Chand Gehlot (Sangam Vihar), Dharmendra Pradhan (Talkatora Garden), Ramesh Pokhriyal (Burari), Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (Ramjas Sports Ground, Patel Nagar) and Arjun Munda (Lado Sarai), among others, a Delhi BJP leader said.The events were scheduled to begin at 6.30 am, he added.Tiwari, who represents North East Delhi in the Lok Sabha, will perform yoga, along with BJP national general secretary Arun Singh and Union minister Purushottam Rupala, at Ghonda in his constituency.All three BJP-led municipal corporations in the national capital have also planned events for the day.The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) will host an event at Qudsia Bagh, near Kashmiri Gate, ISBT, while the south corporation will hold an event at Talkatora Stadium.Also Read | I’m fakir trying to make country strong: Baba Ramdev rubbishes reports of falling Patanjali salesAlso Read | Baba Ramdev demands capital punishment for adulteration in foodAlso Watch | Organise yoga demonstrations on International Yoga Day: UGC to universitiesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySrijit Das Tags :Follow Yoga DayFollow Prime Ministerlast_img read more

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Transport Minister Urges Caution on the Roads

first_img Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is imploring Jamaicans to be extremely cautious and responsible on the nation’s roads during the festive season.His warning comes against the fact that 303 persons have lost their lives in road crashes since the start of 2017.“I want to appeal to every one of us to behave ourselves in the traffic environment. The speeds recorded in the black boxes that are involved (in road crashes) are frightening,” he said.He noted that pedestrians “are being hit between 38 kilometres per hour and 100 kilometres per hour and they are never able to survive such impacts”.“Too many of our people have been injured or killed because of excessive speed; therefore, as we look forward to this Christmas period, I appeal to every Jamaican to walk, ride and drive for the family and for other persons,” he added.Minister Henry was speaking at the Child Health Initiative and the National Road Safety Council’s (NRSC) Policy Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, December 14.Minister Henry noted that while strides have been made in improving road safety, particularly among pedestrians who are children, “there are more negative behaviours to be arrested”.“We are below the numbers of (road deaths) for the year before, (but) persons are dying needlessly, leaving behind their precious children to grow up without a mother or a father, but more predominantly, without a father, since male casualties account for over 85 per cent of the fatalities. This leaves a negative impact on the social economic stability of the family structure,” he pointed out.He expressed particular concern about the behaviour of motorcyclists. “Already, 88 of them have been killed so far this year. I am calling on them to cut out the dangerous practices on the roads,” he urged.Minister Henry also called on persons who have outstanding traffic tickets to take advantage of the second traffic ticket amnesty now under way, which ends on January 13, 2018.The Child Health Initiative and NRSC Policy Forum involved partnership with the FIA Foundation, an independent charity known for global philanthropy focused on road safety and sustainable mobility.The event, which involved stakeholders from various government entities and the private sector, had the objective of, among other things, examining the Road Safety Act and facilitating discussions towards creating a policy to provide greater protection for children on the roads.Vice Chairman, NRSC, Dr. Lucien Jones, urged motorists to look out for children on the roads.“Road crashes are the global number-one killer of school-age children, especially older children. Here in Jamaica, we will be stepping up our efforts and practical steps to protect our children as they take the journey, often a challenging one, from home to school and back,” he said.FIA Foundation Deputy Director, Avi Silverman, noted that around the world, children are among the most vulnerable on the roads.“We must do all we can to protect them. Jamaica has the potential to make huge progress and to become a global leader in this effort. We’re delighted to be able to support our partners in Jamaica in this fight to save lives. Every life we save is precious, and every child deserves a safe journey to school. We must not fail our children,” he added. Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is imploring Jamaicans to be extremely cautious and responsible on the nation’s roads during the festive season. “Too many of our people have been injured or killed because of excessive speed; therefore, as we look forward to this Christmas period, I appeal to every Jamaican to walk, ride and drive for the family and for other persons,” he added. He expressed particular concern about the behaviour of motorcyclists. “Already, 88 of them have been killed so far this year. I am calling on them to cut out the dangerous practices on the roads,” he urged.last_img read more

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Pilot program 247 aims to reduce homelessness in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the help of a new pilot program called “24/7” a young mother of three children, who has been on the streets for four months, is turning her life around.The Edmonton project has not only helped her to find a new apartment, it is also given her a sense of hope.APTN’s Keith Laboucan brings us the story.last_img

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Moroccan Baccalaureate Exam Leaked on Facebook

Rabat – After the decision of the Ministry of Education to tighten control over the Baccalaureate students who took the first session exams on Tuesday, “Tasribat” (leak) Facebook pages challenged the ministry and posted photographs of exam sheets and answers only a few minutes after the exam started.The Facebook page disregarded the ministerial decision to punish all proven involvement in the leaks of exams, posting and asking fans to post and share answers.Despite the severe guidelines set by the ministry concerning students who would be caught cheating during the baccalaureate exams this year, many baccalaureate candidates took pictures of the questions and posted them on Facebook within five minutes of the start of exams. Although the ministry has banned the use of mobile phones in school and reportedly assigned committees equipped with hi-tech devices to inspect the use of mobile phones in class, this incident proves that there has been no improvement in the issue of fighting cheating in baccalaureate exams read more

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Ban looks forward to concrete progress at upcoming meeting of Cypriot leaders

The meetings on Monday and Tuesday between Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Dervis Eroglu, will be the fifth time the Secretary-General will be present at the United Nations-facilitated talks. “The Secretary-General looks forward to a productive meeting and concrete progress,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson, which added that the UN chief has conveyed his expectations to the two leaders. “He believes that with political will and firm commitment the two leaders can and should reach a much-needed settlement on Cyprus,” it added.The UN-facilitated talks began in 2008 with the aim of eventually setting up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot constituent states of equal status.Earlier this month, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, told reporters in Nicosia that Mr. Christofias and Mr. Eroglu will continue to make efforts to reach agreement on core issues, including governance and power-sharing, property rights, territory and citizenship.The UN has maintained a peacekeeping mission (UNFICYP) in Cyprus since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal tensions. 20 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is looking forward to “concrete progress” when the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet in New York next week to discuss reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation, his spokesperson said today. read more

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Plazacorp trumps Huntingdon Capital with 8 per unit offer for KEYreit

TORONTO — KEYreit says it has agreed to takeover deal from Plazacorp Retail Properties Ltd. and an offer worth $119-million for the small-box retail property owner.Fredericton-based Plazacorp says it will pay $8 per unit in cash or 1.6326 Plazacorp shares for each KEYreit unit in a deal that trumps an earlier, hostile takeover bid of $7.50 per unit by Huntingdon Capital Corp.The cash component of offer from Plazacorp, which owns and develops real estate properties in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario, is subject to a maximum $59.5-million representing 50% of the price.Plazcorp will also assume debt, bringing the total value of the transaction to $320-million, KEYreit said.KEYreit described the Plazacorp deal as “significantly more attractive” than the Huntingdon bid and said it was advising unitholders to take up the new offer.“We are very pleased with the results of our value maximization process which we believe represents an excellent outcome,” KEYreit chairman Donald Biback said of moves taken by the company since Huntingdon first announced its intentions.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, KEYreit units were up 27 cents, or 3.64% at $7.69 Monday morning, while Plazcorp stock fell 25 cents, or 5.15%, to $4.60 on the TSX Venture Exchange.Huntingdon increased its bid to $7.50 last week after an earlier offer of $7 had been rejected by KEYreit, which has 226 properties in nine provinces across Canada.The higher Plazacorp offer is subject to a minimum tender of two thirds of units as well as various regulatory approvals. KEYreit has also agreed to non-solicitation covenants , a right by Plazacorp to match any superior offer and a $5-million break fee payable to Plazacorp under certain circumstances in the event the deal does no go through.John Bitove, KEYreit’s CEO and its largest stakeholder at 16.5%, has entered to tender to the offer.It is anticipated that units tendered to the Plazacorp offer will be taken up in May.Meanwhile, in accordance with an order of the Ontario Securities Commission made on March 14, the unitholder rights plan adopted by the KEYreit board on March 8 will be cease traded on March 27, it said.The Canadian Press read more

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Bail denied to woman charged in triple homicide southwest of London

A woman charged in connection with a triple slaying late last year just outside of Oneida of the Thames First Nation has been denied bail.Kirsten Bomberry, 36, is charged with three counts of accessory in connection with the deaths of Melissa Trudy Miller, 37, Alan Grant Porter, 33, and Michael Shane Jamieson, 32, all of Six Nations of the Grand River, just outside of Brantford.A publication ban was placed on the evidence at the bail hearing before Superior Court Justice Marc Garson.Bomberry was arrested on Nov. 23, but no one has been charged directly with the deaths. The police have been tight-lipped about causes of death.Miller was seven months pregnant with a baby boy at the time of her death. Porter and Jamieson were best friends.Their bodies were found with a stolen, grey Silverado pickup truck on Bodkin Road near Jones Drive, about 100 kilometres from Six Nations.Mystery surrounds the investigation.The police haven’t said whether the deaths had any connection to the slaying of Douglas Hill, 48, who went missing from his Brantford home in June 2017 and whose remains were found near Southwold in August 2017, at the opposite end of Bodkin Road from where the more recent bodies were discovered.Hill died after he was struck in the head with the claw end of a hammer.After an Ontario Court preliminary hearing, a Brantford man and woman, who had been charged with being accessories after a murder, had their charges dropped after a judge determined there was not enough evidence to send the case to trial.A murder charge against a female teen in the Hill case was dropped days later. Her identity is protected from publication because of her age.The mystery surrounding the November triple homicide has pained the victims’ loved ones. Last week, Ontario Provincial Police published a video featuring one relative pleading for anyone with information to come forward.jsims@postmedia.comtwitter.com/JaneatLFPress read more

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Massinburg returns to lead No 22 Buffalo over Marist 7649

AMHERST, N.Y. — CJ Massinburg scored 21 points, Jayvon Graves added 16 and No. 22 Buffalo overcame a slow start to beat Marist 76-49 on Saturday.Massinburg returned after missing one game with a sprained knee and shot 7 of 10 from the field with six 3-pointers in 25 minutes off the bench.Jeremy Harris had eight assists and Nick Perkins pulled down seven rebounds for the Bulls in their second blowout victory at home.Buffalo found its 3-point range, making 16 of 32 from beyond the arc after shooting below 28 per cent from deep over its first four games.Ryan Funk and Austin Williams each scored 10 points to lead Marist (1-4).Marist led early while Buffalo struggled with turnovers and scored on only seven of its first 21 possessions. Buffalo pulled ahead with a 10-2 run and outscored Marist 23-7 over the final nine minutes of the first half to build a double-digit lead.BIG PICTUREBuffalo: Making their AP Top 25 debut last week following a win at then-No. 13 West Virginia, the Bulls have won their first five games for the first time since joining Division I in 1994-95. The last 5-0 start came in 1986-87 when Buffalo was in Division III.Marist: After finishing at the bottom of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference the past four seasons, the Red Foxes are finding their way under new coach John Dunne, who spent the past 12 years with MAAC rival Saint Peter’s.UP NEXTBoth teams visit Northern Ireland for tournament games in the Belfast Hall of Fame Classic.Marist will meet Dartmouth on Thursday and Buffalo plays Milwaukee on Friday.https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Jonah Bronstein, The Associated Press read more

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Prince Philip and Tom Cruise share a joke as Hollywood royalty pays

Tom Cruise cut a relaxed figure with his hands in his pocketsCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA The event marked the 75th anniversary of the Outward Bound Trust – supported by Cruise – which helps young people from all walks of life develop and reach their potential through outdoor pursuits.It also offers courses for young people to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The pair both support the charityCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA TOm Cruise Duke of Edinburgh Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke of Edinburgh, Lord Kirkham (centre) and Tom Cruise at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA The Duke has been patron of the Trust since 1999 and was previously the charity’s chairman of trustees.The dinner was attended by supporters of the charity, including deputy patron Lord Kirkham, the founder and chairman of sofa retailer DFS. It was the moment Hollywood royalty met a genuine Prince.Film star Tom Cruise appeared to get on remarkably well with Prince Philip after they were introduced to one another at a charity dinner at Buckingham Palace. Duke of Edinburgh and Tom Cruise The Duke of Edinburgh, Lord Kirkham (centre) and Tom Cruise at Buckingham Palace Cruise, 54, and the Duke of Edinburgh were pictured laughing together after the Mission: Impossible actor was presented to the 95-year-old Duke on Wednesday evening.The actor looked relaxed as he chatted to his royal host, even having his hands in his pockets at one stage.  read more

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Number of peaktime repeats on BBCs flagship channel has risen by 65

The number of peak-time repeats on the BBC’s flagship channel has risen by 65 per cent in the past year, as financial pressure forces the corporation to recycle old shows.Mrs Brown’s Boys and episodes of Fake or Fortune were among the programmes being peddled to audiences for the second time.Viewers who tuned in to BBC One between 6pm and 10.30pm may also have experienced a sense of deja vu when watching Pointless Celebrities on Saturday nights or Would I Lie To You mid-week.The number of repeats in the channel’s most watched timeslots rose from 4 per cent in 2016/17 to 6.6 per cent in 2017/18, a decade after the BBC’s then chairman, Sir Michael Grade, pledged to make BBC One a repeat-free zone within 10 years.The corporation has been criticised by Ofcom for showing too many repeats during the day, but the watchdog is also likely to have concerns about peaktime re-runs, which filled more than 100 hours of viewing last year.The figure is at a four-year high despite repeats being one of the biggest sources of complaints from licence fee payers.The trend has continued this summer, with re-runs of Mrs Brown’s Boys Pointless Celebrities and Inspector Gently on some Saturday nights in the past month leaving only one show, the quiz Who Dares Wins, as new peak-time programming. Mrs Brown's Boys Mrs Brown’s BoysCredit:BBC BBC Two continues to give over more than a quarter of its peak-time schedule to repeats, up to 26.7 per cent last year.The corporation said the BBC One figure was high last year because there was no major sporting event to fill the evening schedules, such as the Olympics or a World Cup.But it has also conceded that it is facing a financial squeeze at a time when its rivals, including Netflix and Amazon, have huge budgets to spend on original programming.Sir David Clementi, BBC chairman, warned this week that “the market around us is increasingly dominated by a very small number of very large, global players with extraordinary creative and financial firepower. As the BBC, we need to think very carefully about how we respond to all these pressures.”The BBC made savings of £160 million last year, and from 2020 must shoulder the cost of free television licences for the over-75s, which was previously met by the government.Its other key challenge is declining audiences, as younger viewers turn away from BBC television.According to the annual report, 40 per cent of people aged 16-34 no longer watch the BBC, up from 35 per cent in 2016/17.Among those aged 55 and over, 93 per cent remain BBC viewers. But the corporation can take heart from the success of iPlayer, which had a record 272 million programmes streamed each month during the last financial year.The most popular programme on iPlayer was Blue Planet II, with 4.8 million requests for the first episode. ENDSA BBC spokesman said: “More than 93 per cent of BBC One’s peak-time schedule last year was new programmes, and while the level of repeats is low it’s always slightly higher in a year when there aren’t major sporting events like a World Cup or the Olympics.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Man Utd attempting to sign Alderweireld

first_imgManchester United are reportedly attempting to complete a £55m deal for Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham, claims Manchester Evening NewsThe defender is widely expected to leave Spurs in the summer after falling out of favour with head coach Mauricio Pochettino over the course of this season.While the Argentine remains keen to tie down Alderweireld to a new long-term contract, Spurs are reluctant to match the Belgian’s wage demands.The Norton London side are currently not in a position to be forced into anything with Alderweireld as they have the option to renew his current deal by another year, meaning that the 29-year-old will have to wait until 2020 to leave the club as a free agent.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire 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…However, Alderweireld will have the option himself to activate a £25m release clause for the remaining two weeks of the 2019 summer transfer window.In light of this, it seems almost certain that Pochettino will sell the defender with Davinson Sanchez having performed well in the heart of the Spurs defence in Alderweireld’s place.Jose Mourinho has been alerted to this latest development and has identified Alderweireld as someone that will fit in well with his system at United.The Portuguese coach has grown tired of Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof’s struggles and will be in the market for a new centre-back this summer.last_img read more

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Washougal woman charged with stealing from Little League

first_imgA one-time president of East County Little League has been charged with embezzling more than $11,000 from the league by writing checks to herself between 2009 and 2010.Kimberly A. Dimes-Garner, 41, of Washougal was summoned to appear in Clark County Superior Court Tuesday to face charges of first-degree theft and money laundering.Trial was set for March 26.According to court documents filed in December, Dimes-Garner, the league’s president between 2008 and 2010, allegedly wrote 60 checks to herself from the league’s checkbook, which were then deposited into her personal bank accounts. The alleged embezzlement occurred between September 2009 and October 2010.The league was alerted to the missing money in spring 2010 when a new board of directors came in; a board member notified the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in November 2010.Of the checks deposited into Dimes-Garner’s account, the money was taken by cash withdrawals or “used to pay the suspect’s personal expenses via a debit card or via checks written by Dimes-Garner,” according to the court summons written by Deputy Prosecutor Scott Ikata.last_img read more

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City Shows off Plans for First Phase of Alameda Point Redevelopment

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Alameda hosted residents at an event last month to show off plans for a major component of Alameda Point and to celebrate the most recent property transfer from the Navy at the former Naval Air Station Alameda.The 2.5-mile walking tour focused on the city’s plan to redevelop the area surrounding Seaplane Lagoon, which calls for several large parks, a 500-acre federal wildlife habitat, housing, retail and a ferry building. Site A is slated to have 800 homes, including some reserved for low-to-middle-income residents, and 600,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, reported the East Bay Times.“This is a completely unique opportunity,” said Alameda City Planner Andrew Thomas. “There’s nothing like the Seaplane Lagoon in the Bay Area. As Alameda residents, you should be thrilled.”One of the parks will provide a stunning view of downtown San Francisco, the lagoon and a decommissioned aircraft carrier. One goal of the event was to build interest among residents and park enthusiasts for the city’s plan to turn another portion of the site, now a concrete slab, into a park.“We need people to know about ‘De-Pave Park’ so when it comes to advocating for money to build it, we have people contacting their representatives,” Thomas said.Mayor Trish Spencer is confident the city has come up with the right formula for reusing the site. “We’re all excited about the new development,” Spencer said. “It’s been almost 20 years since the base closed.”The city is directing the project itself. Its development team includes commercial builder srmErnst, retail company Madison Marquette, residential developer Thompson Dorfman Partners and nonprofit Eden Housing. The team hopes to start on the first phases of the project within the year, according to the story.last_img read more

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Abbotts MailIn Ballot Push Creates Backlog For County Election Workers

first_imgRYAN POPPEAbbott Campaign Mail-in Ballot ApplicationGov. Greg Abbott’s campaign to register mail-in ballot applications for seniors ahead of the deadline is creating costly headaches for many county election officials.  During a primary election season, campaigns will try to help senior citizens register for mail-in ballots. But Texas election officials, including Bexar County’s election administrator Jacquelyn Callanen, are mailing back hundreds of applications, all of them linked to one campaign.“When we receive a primary election, we receive a number of mail-in ballot applications from a number of campaigns and we started to receive some last week that did not have a party check on them,” Callanen said.Those incomplete applications came from Abbott’s re-election campaign and were mailed not only to seniors that voted Republican in the last election but also to traditional Democrat and independent voters, according to the campaign.Campaign spokesman John Wittman said part of its effort is to attract voters who don’t traditionally vote in a Republican primary.“This mail-in ballot application drive is result of a test that Texans for Greg Abbott did in 2014. This election, we’ve expanded it 10-fold,” Wittman said.Glen Maxey, who heads up the Texas Democratic Party’s mail-in ballot campaign, was one of the first to notice problems with the Abbott application, which he said is decorated with the Abbott campaign logo and has very small printed instructions informing the voter they must indicate whether they need a Democrat or Republican mail-in ballot.“This application is about six-point type. A person of age — such as myself — I can’t read the application even with my glasses,” Maxey said.Callanen said it is costing individual counties hundreds of dollars to reject the incomplete applications, and the extra effort of sending out all the rejection letters is slowing down her office’s productivity.The deadline to submit an application for a mail-in ballot is Feb. 23. Sharelast_img read more

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AFRO Exclusive Social Media Star B Simone Dishes on Life and Her

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comFor those who haven’t stumbled across her rants, raps, skits and famous “B. Simone tone” on Instagram, her improvisational comedy on “Wild ‘N Out” or her music, B. Simone is becoming a name to know and remember.  The entertainer with 2.1 million followers on Instagram is now on a nationwide comedy tour that is making a stop in D.C. on Dec. 26, and she is inviting people to come learn more about her and have a fun night of laughs.“It’s about my life, my personal life.  My comedy’s about my relationship, sex life, what I’ve been going through with men and it’s just super relatable. And I’ve turned tragedy and heartbreak into comedy,” B. Simone told the AFRO.Instagram and “Wild ‘N Out” star B. Simone will be in D.C. on Dec. 28 at City Winery in Northeast, D.C.The rising star has not always been a comedienne, but she has always been an entertainer.“I come from a background of girl groups and R&B pop singing. So I started off   wanting to be a singer honestly.  I’ve been in five girl groups.  I moved to Atlanta from Dallas to pursue music and acting. And social media is what made me a comedienne,” she said.Even in the earlier days of social media, with sites such as MySpace, B. Simone was active.“I’ve been doing it a long time before Instagram.  I’ve been on Instagram for almost four or five years.  So it’s not like I just blew up overnight.  It took me a while to get to this point, and it’s consistency and constantly putting out content,” she said.However, it has only been recently, through her Instagram fame, that she gained recognition and became a true comedienne.“I started doing ranting videos,” she told the AFRO. “I didn’t even know it was comedy, I was talking to the camera about relatable topics and my followers just thought I was funny.  I was just being myself, so they made me a comedienne,” the millennial entertainer explained.This is B. Simone’s first time taking her comedy on the road.“I’ve been on stage with people who have been doing standup for 20, 15, 10 years.  I’ve only been doing standup for 11 months.  So I’m very new at it, but I have the privilege of growing with my fans,” she told the AFRO.Despite being a neophyte to the comedy game, from the looks of the sold out shows, her first tour is going well.“Almost every single show has been sold out, and it’s just an amazing, amazing experience,” B. Simone said.B. Simone (center) with “You’re My Boooyfriend Comedy Tour,” co-stars Darren Brand (left) and Desi Banks.Although she’s doing well on the road, the path to getting in the door was not easy.“We decided to put on the tour and my manager really fought for me,” she explained.  These clubs are like, ‘Who is B. Simone?’… ‘Is it Bruce Bruce?  Is it Kevin Hart?  Is it DeRay Davis?  How is she going to sell tickets?’ And they just had to have faith that my fans are going to come out and support.Simone, who is doing her own promo for the show, thanked Instagram and her followers for her success on and off the road. She isn’t fazed by the haters who question her trajectory, “just because she’s Instagram famous.”“It just shows that you can do anything you want to do.  The world is different,” she said. “But I’m going to use my platform to make money.  And the world is going to excel and move forward.“I’m going to use it and I’m going to move forward in a positive light. I don’t take any of it for granted.  I say it all the time- Instagram put me in a different mindset of what I can really, really do.  I’ve touched so many people,” she told the AFRO.“So I encourage young Black women to use it to your advantage.  I don’t care if you’re a doctor, and you need more people in your doctor’s office, or if you’re an actress…  That platform is needed for whatever occupation you’re in,” she said.The entertainer is also an entrepreneur.  A licensed cosmetologist who practiced 15 years, B. Simone is launching an upcoming vegan, cruelty-free makeup line and encouraged her followers to stay tuned for when its released.In the meantime, the comedienne is grinding on the road with the “You’re My Boooyfriend Comedy Tour” featuring Desi Banks, with whom she famously collaborates on skits, and “Wild ‘N Out” co-star Darren Brand.  The D.C. stop is on Dec. 26 at City Winery the Ivy City (1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002).“It’s going to be an amazing show.”Click here for tickets and for all things B. Simone, follow her at @thebimone2 on Instagram.last_img read more

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Stylish yet easy ways to decorate ceiling

first_imgWhile decorating house, one often forgets about the fifth wall – the ceiling. Even though a simple white ceilings looks perfect, but there are many ideas to decorate the ceiling of your living space to make it look good. Experts share some tips on decorating ceiling this festive season. -Stencil work for a custom look: Stencils works well on smooth ceilings, and give the rooms a feeling of wallpaper. It acts as a special ingredient, which adds an individual touch to our living space. The stencil arts give the room a custom look and a sense of luxury. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA painted stencil is an economical way to renovate a space with a beautiful decorative element. If you want, you can appoint a professional to stencil your ceiling, but it’s also a Do It Yourself (DIY) project for a person with a good eye and a steady hand. The only limitation is the gravity working against you. -Simply paint it: If you are worried about the ceiling designs, then the simplest way to decorate your ceiling is by painting it. This costs very less. You can each time add a different colour to the ceiling. If the colour of the walls is light, then paint your ceiling darker with a contrasting colour or vise-versa. In case you have a small room, then paint the ceilings in same colour as the walls or one shade lighter. When you do this, it will create an illusion of a large space and your room will appear much larger. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Give a luxury touch with lightings: Ceiling are also a good location to add ambient lighting. Deciding on a ceiling lighting fixture is a very important process, especially when you are planning to decorate your room’s ceiling. They are not just an evident decoration on your ceiling, but also a significant component of the quality of light throughout your living space. Thus, buying proper lightings for your ceilings is very important. -Go with roof hanging décor items: Décor items which are hung from the ceiling add shape and style to your room. The best way is to use airy suspended gardens to beautify your room in a natural way. Many people have opted for these airplants that have their own universe in which they thrive. It can also be an indoor solution for air pollution. This could be a DIY craft where you can use kokedama to decorate your ceiling. Use wood moldings for ceiling: Small decorative wood moldings are inexpensive, and with a bit of paint or stain and a touch of hot glue, you can easily transform a ceiling into the most interesting feature or an accent ceiling of the room.last_img read more

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Siemens Healthineers Introduces Magnetom Vida MRI Scanner With BioMatrix Technology

first_img Related Content News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more February 28, 2017 — Magnetom Vida, the new high-end 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner with BioMatrix technology from Siemens Healthineers, was launched to the public at University Hospital Tübingen, Germany, where the first system is installed. It has been undergoing clinical tests in the hospital’s Department for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology since December 2016.Magnetom Vida will be presented at the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) in Vienna, Austria, from March 2 to 5.Due to high levels of exam variability, MRI is often considered to be one of the most complex medical imaging modalities. Physiological and anatomical differences between patients, as well as different experiences levels in users, contribute to this unwanted variability. This frequently is a source of errors, rescans and inefficient workflows in MR imaging. Siemens Healthineers addresses precisely this issue with its new BioMatrix technology.BioMatrix Sensors in the table automatically track a patient’s respiratory pattern, giving users insights into a patient’s individual ability to hold his or her breath during the scan. This allows the user to select the optimal exam strategy, while also saving time during the examination. BioMatrix Tuners can help avoid rescans, which represent a major burden on productivity as well as a driver of additional costs in radiology. In cervical spine examinations, for example, this feature uses intelligent coil technology to automatically set the optimal scan parameters based on the individual patient anatomy, all without any additional user interaction. BioMatrix Tuners also improve the quality and reproducibility of whole-body diffusion. Precise control of scan parameters in real-time to match the individual patient anatomy makes it possible to avoid distortions, which can render diffusion imaging non-diagnostic, especially in 3 Tesla MRI.  Innovative interfaces also help ensure a consistently high examination quality, accelerating workflows and improving quality of care. BioMatrix Interfaces accelerate the scanning process by up to 30 percent.  Automated patient positioning based on intelligent body models automatically moves the patient table to the correct scan position. An intuitive touchscreen user interface integrated onto the scanner allows for one-touch positioning. A new, easy-to-move motorized patient table further simplifies examinations, especially for adipose, immobile and trauma patients.Prof. Konstantin Nikolaou, medical director of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at University Hospital Tübingen, considers Magnetom Vida to be part of the general trend toward precision medicine: “To provide our patients with individual therapies, we need every piece of information available. When it comes to imaging, this means that we need robust, standardized and reproducible image data that are always of the same quality regardless of the patient or user. Only then we can compare results and link them with additional information, such as data from laboratory medicine or genetics,” said Nikolaou, referring to the clinical validation of the new MRI scanner in his department. “Magnetom Vida gives us this data quality and comprehensive image information so that we can choose the right kind of personalized therapy and evaluate it – to see, for instance, how a patient responds to chemotherapy before tumor removal. This MRI scanner along with BioMatrix technology is the perfect fit for our current medical approaches, and is helping us on our way to quantitative radiology,” said Nikolaou.“We can examine sick patients faster with Magnetom Vida,” said Prof. Mike Notohamiprodjo, who, as head of MRI at University Hospital Tübingen, works intensively with the new scanner. “The scanner offers the highest degree of patient comfort with the performance of a research system, which speeds up our workflows,” he said. As examinations in Tübingen show, the new scanner decreases measurement times for musculoskeletal and prostate imaging compared to previous MRI systems, and it does so with significantly improved image quality, according to the hospital. “The signal-to-noise ratio in the clinical images is up to 30 percent higher than with systems from the previous generation,” said Notohamiprodjo.Magnetom Vida’s all-new system architecture offers extremely high performance and long-term stability without requiring any more space than previous clinical systems. The new scanner’s 60/200 XT gradient system provides over 2.7 megawatts of power, making it the most powerful commercially available gradients in a 70-centimeter bore scanner, according to Siemens. And, thanks to a very large field of view (55x55x50 cm), Magnetom Vida can also cover larger body regions in one step, such as full coverage abdominal exams.The result is a great increase in productivity for routine examinations of the brain, spine, and joints – from correct patient positioning at the touch of a button to transferring the clinical images to the picture archiving and communication system (PACS). This is made possible by the GO technologies, which automate and simplify workflows from the start of the scan right through to the quality control of the image data. A new user interface allows not only for automated acquisition and processing, but also more advanced post-processing applications to run at the scanner. With spine examinations, for instance, GO technologies reduce the time needed by about a fifth. This means that a department could carry out four additional spine examinations per day and per system. Given the decline in reimbursement rates, this is of great value to many radiological institutes, according to Siemens.The system also allows customers to access additional clinical growth fields – for instance, by serving patient groups that were previously deemed unsuitable for MRI due to issues such as cardiac arrhythmias, excess weight or health problems that prevent them from actively supporting the scan. Magnetom Vida also expands Siemens Healthineers’ Compressed Sensing applications – which can make MRI scans up to 10 times faster – to cover more body regions. It features Compressed Sensing Cardiac Cine, which allows free-breathing cardiology examinations, even when using contrast medium for comprehensive tissue characterization. Now, Compressed Sensing Grasp-Vibe, which enables dynamic, free-breathing liver examinations in one comprehensive scan by the push of button and for every patient, is also available. Dynamic liver imaging traditionally required four steps, with breath-holds and complex timing. Grasp-Vibe technology also makes the post-processing of liver images significantly faster. During the studies he carried out in Tübingen, Notohamiprodjo found that post-processing times fell from 20 to just 4 minutes.Magnetom Vida even simplifies whole-body scans, which are currently particularly challenging because they have to cover multiple scan sections and demand highly trained users. A new technology, the Whole-Body Dot Engine, allows these difficult scans to be carried out in predictable time slots, as short as 25 minutes, with very high quality. This is accomplished through intelligent automation. The planning and execution of the scan requires only a few simple clicks. Combined also with its strong 60/200 gradients and a large homogeneous field of view, the system makes whole-body examinations simple to perform, reproducibly and with very high quality. This is a major advantage, particularly when treating oncology patients, such as those with multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, where guidelines have recently been moving toward whole-body MRI scans for therapy control.Magnetom Vida offers not only numerous clinical advances, but also a number of improvements in energy consumption. These help to lower the total cost of ownership of the system over its entire life cycle. Technologies such as Eco-Power provide an intelligent control of power-hungry components by switching them off when they are not needed for longer periods of time. The result is an MR scanner that consumes 30 percent less energy than the industry average for 3 Tesla scanners, as reported by the European Coordination Committee of the radiological, electromedical, and healthcare IT industry (COCIR).Magnetom Vida is pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance.For more information: www.siemens.com/healthineers FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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French diplomat doesnt see Iran nuke deal by end of June

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean The three European countries are negotiating alongside the U.S., Russia and China.The proposed deal would freeze Iran’s nuclear program for a decade, while providing Iran tens of billions of dollars’ worth of sanctions relief.Iran says its program is solely for peaceful purposes. Many governments fear it harbors nuclear weapons ambitions.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — France’s ambassador in Washington says world powers and Iran will probably miss an end-of-June deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement.Gerard Araud says it’s “very likely” there will be no deal in the next five weeks, or even afterward.He says much technical work remains, meaning any understanding reached could just be “fuzzy air.”Araud spoke Tuesday at an Atlantic Council event alongside the British and German ambassadors to the U.S. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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Home Prices Rise Marginally in September

first_img Black Knight Financial Services Home Price Index Home Prices 2015-11-29 Staff Writer Black Knight Financial Services’ Data and Analytics division released its September 2015 Home Price Index (HPI) report, finding that U.S. home prices rose marginally by 0.1 percent in September.But don’t let this small rise fool you, home prices are still up 5.5 percent year-over-year.The HPI reached $253,000 in September and is now just 5.4 percent off its June 2006 peak of $268,000. In addition, the HPI is up over 26.9 percent from the market’s bottom in January 2012.Leading the gains among the states is New York with 0.9 percent month-over-month home price increase. Wrapping up the top five states with the largest monthly HPI changes are Wisconsin (0.7 percent); Utah (0.7 percent); Wyoming (0.6 percent); and Nevada (0.5 percent).In September, Connecticut and North Carolina had the most negative home price movement, as home prices fell 0.7 percent month-over-month in both states. Missouri (-0.5 percent), New Hampshire (-0.3 percent), and Massachusetts (-0.3 percent) followed with negative home price appreciation.According to Black Knight, Missouri was the only state out of the nation’s 20 largest states that had negative year-over-year home price appreciation, with home prices falling 1.9 percent.Meanwhile, Wisconsin and Florida held six of the nation’s top ten best performing metros, with Janesville, Wisconsin leading the pack with a 1.4 percent increase in prices. Reno, Nevada (0.9 percent), Sebastian, Florida (0.8 percent), New York City, New York (0.8 percent), and Green Bay, Wisconsin (0.8 percent) wrapped up the top five metro with the highest home price increases. Metro areas in North Carolina, Connecticut and New Jersey made up all ten of the worst performing areas in SeptemberThe data showed that New York, Tennessee, and Texas all hit new home price peaks again in September at $352,000, $177,000, and $216,000, respectively.Of the nation’s 40 largest metros, Black Knight found that eight hit new peaks in September: Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Portland Oregon; San Antonio, Texas; and San Francisco, California.Click here to view the full report. November 29, 2015 608 Views Home Prices Rise Marginally in Septembercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News Sharelast_img read more

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