first_img(Photo from www.melaric.ca)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsTroubled suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau is headed to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation “resort” set in a bucolic environment with its own private lake, a community garden, bed-and- breakfast-type bedrooms along with volleyball and softball fields.Brazeau was sent to the Melaric rehab centre, which is about 133 kilometres east of Ottawa, by a Quebec provincial judge Friday as a result of negotiations between Crown prosecutor Stephany Robitaille and Gerard Larocque, the defence lawyer for the fallen Algonquin politician. Brazeau was released on $5,000 bail which required no deposit and the rehab centre was among a list of imposed conditions.Brazeau was facing the prospect of remaining in jail until his next court appearance on June 17 as a result of his latest run in with the law involving alleged domestic assault. Brazeau was charged by Gatineau police with assault, uttering threats, cocaine possession and breach of conditions following an incident involving his current girlfriend and another man early Thursday morning.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty.Brazeau wore the same dark sports jacket he wore for his initial appearance. His faced appeared to be scarred and swollen. He did not look at the gallery which was full of reporters awaiting his appearance. Brazeau fixed his gaze on the judge, saying only, “Yes sir, No problem, yes.”Brazeau was given 72 hours to get himself into the Melaric, but he is restricted to visiting only two addresses in the interim, that of his father’s and a friend’s home. Aside from having to refrain from drugs and alcohol, he was also given curfew forcing him to stay inside between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Brazeau won’t be able to leave the rehab centre without permission, said Robitaille.Brazeau was also told to stay away from the woman he allegedly assaulted and Marc Lamontagne, the man he allegedly uttered threats against.Neither Robitaille nor Larocque would say how long Brazeau would remain in the rehab centre, which boasts hardwood floors, therapeutic baths and rooftop balconies overlooking a private lake. The self-described “resort,” also features a living room with a fireplace and at least one bedroom with a canopy over the bed, according to photos posted on Melaric’s website.Photo http://www.melaric.ca/It seemed Brazeau was fashioning a new life before everything shattered amid blue and red lights, shouting and white powder in the early morning hours Thursday.With his political career in shambles after he was suspended from the Senate, Brazeau seemed, on the surface, to have been reconstructing a new persona.He became involved with a woman he met a little over a year ago. Photos on their Facebook pages depicted a happy couple snuggling, gazing into each other’s eyes and showing off their arm tattoos. One photo featured Brazeau strumming a guitar and crooning to the woman.He had also landed a new job as the day manager of a strip bar in Ottawa’s trendy Market neighbourhood and seemed to relish the position. Brazeau was also preparing to referee a charity pro wrestling event in Smith Falls on May 10 featuring the famed Honky Tonk Man. In a video interview promoting the event, he even claimed that he threw his 2012 charity boxing match with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to cash in on the three to one odds.Patrick Brazeau poses for a recent promotional for Great North Wrestling. Photo courtesy of Great North Wrestling.But that life ended up strewn on the snow in the backyard of the house owned by his latest love. His personal documents, photographs of his childhood, music CDs, letters, Senate business cards, a bag of marijuana and his sport jackets all were left piled in angry disorder.At the time of Thursday’s arrest, Brazeau was already on conditions from previous assault and sexual assault charges against another former partner. Brazeau was arrested by Gatineau police in February 2013 after police received two 911 calls from a woman.According to court documents, Brazeau choked and spat on the woman, grabbed her breasts and pushed her down the stairs. The documents also reveal that he pulled her pants down hard enough to snap a button and break a zipper.The allegations have not been tested in court.He was scheduled to appear Friday for a hearing to determine the trial date for those charges. That date was pushed to April 25.The trial for the February 2013 incident is expected to cross-pollinate with another set of charges laid by the RCMP in relation to a separate investigation into Senate expenses and housing allowance claims. Brazeau, along with retired Liberal Senator Mac Harb, were both charged with fraud and breach of trust this year following that investigation.Larocque, who is representing Brazeau in both Quebec cases, said he had obtained video of the RCMP’s interview of the victim from the February 2013 incident as part of a recent batch of disclosure. The woman was interviewed as part of the RCMP’s investigation into Brazeau’s housing allowance claims. Larocque hopes to use the video interview to test the woman’s credibility in the assault and sexual assault trial.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservatives say it might help Canada’s bargaining position on the North American Free Trade Agreement if the Liberal government were to agree to American demands that it join the U.S. continental missile defence system.However, leader Andrew Scheer said Wednesday he still thinks there is a chance to preserve NAFTA as a trilateral trade deal between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and that Canada shouldn’t give in to one-on-one trade talks with the U.S. yet.Scheer’s interim predecessor Rona Ambrose warned last month it would be “dangerous” for the Conservatives to attack the government as it tries to get a new NAFTA deal, fearing it would look as though they were siding with President Donald Trump.On Wednesday, Scheer continued to express support for the government in some areas, but sharpened his attack in others.He didn’t reject outright the notion of a bilateral trade deal with the United States, but said Canada should continue to focus on renegotiating the full three-country deal.“I believe as long as it’s possible to preserve NAFTA, all three parties, that should of course be the priority,” Scheer said.“Canada has a significant amount of trade with Mexico and we believe that NAFTA has served Canada very well over the past two decades. So I think that it’s important that there is where the focus is.”If things change, however, the government’s focus might have to as well, he added. And he said he concurs with the government’s position rejecting a so-called “sunset clause” in NAFTA, saying deals with longevity are usually better.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau summarily rejected Wednesday the idea of one-on-one trade talks with the U.S., and last week he described drawing a line in the sand with the U.S. over the idea of a five-year sunset clause in NAFTA.But Scheer also made it clear Wednesday that the Conservatives are less than thrilled with how Trudeau has handled the negotiations.He said there’s more the prime minister could do to both manage the talks and protect Canadian workers, and he repeated his concerns about Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods — a response to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs — taking effect a full month after the American measures did.On NAFTA, he said the government’s insistence on making environmental issues and gender equality a priority at the negotiating table have helped to bog down the talks.Foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole said Canada could generate some goodwill with Trump if it joins the U.S. missile defence system, an idea that was rejected in 2005 under the tenure of former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin.Last September, Trudeau opened the door to the possibility that could change. The government is now reviewing its options on missile defence, particularly in light of the new, modern nuclear threat that’s been taking shape on the Korean Peninsula.O’Toole floated the idea as a balm for the NAFTA talks in an opinion piece published Wednesday in the National Post.“Enhancing our (North American Aerospace Defence Command) relationship will remind the Americans that both our economic and security interests are integrated in such a way that you could not possibly view them as apart,” O’Toole wrote.Trudeau stressed Wednesday that there is House of Commons unity on the NAFTA file, even taking time in question period to thank the Conservatives and other parties for their support during the negotiations.“With this particular American administration, we have to be ready for everything.”Conservative commentator Goldy Hyder, president of Hill and Knowlton Strategies, said there’s no harm in the Conservatives taking a critical view of some foreign policy issues.“It reminds me of the expression, ‘Unity doesn’t require unanimity,’” Hyder said.“Conservatives can continue to be fully supportive of the government’s goal of securing a win-win-win NAFTA agreement without necessarily agreeing with each and every concession or counter-offer.”Hyder said Trump is going to “aggressively exploit” any angle he can find, but sometimes having political opposition at home can give negotiators the political cover they need to push back at the negotiating table, he added.last_img read more

first_imgPYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of — More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts.Even on the clearest days, plumes of smoke from two towering chimneys linger over the centre of Pyongyang. The Soviet-era Pyongyang Combined Heat and Power Plant smokestacks are one of the North Korean capital’s most recognizable landmarks.Possibly more than anything else, this is Kim Jong Un’s Achilles heel as he turns his attention from developing the country’s nuclear weapons arsenal to building its economy.If stalled nuclear talks with Washington ever get back on track, helping Kim solve his country’s chronic energy deficit could be one of the biggest carrots President Trump has to offer. Washington, Seoul and Tokyo tried that back in the 1990s, and were even ready to pay for and build those two reactors Kim’s father wanted.Years of intensive sanctions have severely impacted North Korea’s supply of fossil fuels from the outside world, but they also have spurred the country to cobble together a smorgasbord of energy resources, some of them off the grid and some of them flat-out illegal.Here’s a look at where Kim stands and what he is doing to win his country’s real struggle for power.___THE BIG PICTUREAmong the most iconic images of North Korea are nighttime satellite photos that reveal it as an inky abyss ringed by the bright lights of China, South Korea and Japan.The whole nation of 25 million people uses about the same amount of electricity each year as Washington alone. It uses as much crude oil in a year as the U.S. consumes in just 12 hours. South Korea has about twice the population of the North, but its electricity consumption in 2014 was about 40 times bigger.Hydroelectricity, which is subject to seasonal swings, provides about half of the fuel supplied to the national energy grid. Coal accounts for the other half.The grid is leaky, archaic and badly needing repairs.That smoke-spewing power plant in the capital, which supplies much of the power and hot water needs for central Pyongyang, dates to the 1960s. Lights in the huge concrete apartment blocks of Tongil Boulevard across town stay lit thanks largely to the East Pyongyang Thermal Power Station — built by the Soviet Union in the 1980s.What electricity there is is unevenly distributed.The showcase capital and cities near coal or hydroelectric power plants get the best coverage. Military facilities also take precedence and often have their own supply. So do important party and government operations, some of the higher-profile residences and hotels in the capital and even some restaurants. Lights used to illuminate portraits of the leaders at night never go out.Still, it’s not uncommon for the power even in many higher status locations to flicker on and off. Dancing beams of flashlights are commonplace on the streets or in otherwise darkened apartments. In rural villages, even that often fades to black.___KEEPING THE OIL FLOWING …North Korea must import about 3 million to 4 million barrels of crude oil each year to sustain its economy.Most of it flows through one pipeline.The China-North Korea “Friendship Oil Pipeline” runs from the border city of Dandong under the Yalu River to a storage facility on the North Korean side about 13 kilometres (10 miles) outside the city of Sinuiju. From there, some is sent across country by truck or rail to the east coast, where it is stored at the port of Munchon. More is transported to Pyongyang for priority recipients such as the military, government departments and state enterprises, and to the port of Nampo, southwest of Pyongyang.The pipeline —technically there are two, one for crude and the other for refined products — was built between 1974 and 1976.North Korea used to have two refineries. The pipeline from China terminates at the Ponghwa Chemical Factory, which produces gasoline and diesel. The other refinery was built by the Soviet Union in the north near the Rason Special Economic Zone in the 1970s. It shut down in 1995 with the collapse of the Soviet empire. The pipeline that connected it with Siberia has long been out of use.Under U.N. sanctions imposed late last year, North Korea can import a maximum 500,000 barrels of refined oil products along with 4 million barrels of crude oil per year.Along with its Chinese connection, the North has been supplied by Russian tankers that ship oil and petroleum products to Munchon and another east coast port, Hungnam. It has found willing suppliers in the Middle East, or on the open market.Since the imposition of the import cap, Pyongyang has been implicated in increasingly sophisticated schemes to augment its supplies with hard-to-track transfers of oil by tankers at sea.Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told the Security Council in September the United States tracked at least 148 instances of oil tankers delivering refined petroleum products obtained through illegal ship-to-ship transfers in the first eight months of this year. She claimed the amount of illegally transferred oil — about 800,000 barrels — was 160 per cent of the annual 500,000 barrel cap.“In reality, we think they have obtained four times the annual quota in the first eight months of this year,” Haley said.___… AND GOING OFF THE GRIDDavid von Hippel and Peter Hayes of the Nautilus Institute have been following North Korea’s energy issue for years.Comparing Chinese trade figures from 2000 through 2017, they found explosive growth in North Korea’s imports of passenger cars and trucks that put an additional 107,000 vehicles on its roads. Tractor sales also rose and sales of “electricity propelled” bicycles or scooters, a category that wasn’t even listed until last year, doubled to 128,000.The truck and tractor sales almost certainly reflect an upgrade to the North’s transportation and agricultural sectors. Being able to get around is a key to doing business in a market-centric economy, and so is having enough spending power to buy things like electric scooters.Moreover, in a study released this month, Hayes and von Hippel also found that imports of diesel- and gasoline-powered generators, coupled with solar panels that are already ubiquitous in the North, are creating an energy system increasingly independent of the national power grid.“The data … reinforces a picture of a DPRK in which a more vibrant, modernizing, increasingly (at least functionally) market-based economy is providing households, business and institutions with the wherewithal to invest in both off-grid electricity supplies and increased transport services,” they wrote, using the acronym for the North’s official name.Still, keeping the power on often can be an elaborate routine.Solar panels, the cheapest option, can keep a room lit, a mobile phone working and maybe a TV or another appliance going. When electricity from the grid is actually flowing, it can be used to charge batteries before the next blackout hits.Those with a little more clout or money use diesel- or gas-powered generators that can power anything from a restaurant to an apartment block.Or a military installation.___Talmadge is the AP’s Pyongyang bureau chief. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter: @EricTalmadgeEric Talmadge, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — An activist investor in Hudbay Minerals Inc. says it will push for a new slate of directors at the company’s next annual meeting after accusing the board of mismanagement.Waterton Global Resource Management Inc. says it is advocating for change at the mining company to address “massive value destruction and chronic underperformance”.The investment fund, holding about 10 per cent of Hudbay shares, says it pushed for dialogue with the company in October on potential changes to the board but was disappointed with the response.Waterton has also pushed to halt Hudbay’s plans, announced at the end of October, to acquire Mason Resources Corp. in a deal that valued the company at $31 million.The fund also requested a special meeting for an advisory resolution that Hudbay scheduled for February, but has withdrawn that request while announcing it would instead push for a new slate of directors.The push for new directors comes as hedge fund Paulson & Co. Inc. successfully led an overthrow of Detour Gold Corp.’s board of directors Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) announced today that one of its aircraft has flown the key Darfurian elder and rebel figure Suleiman Jamous to Kenya for medical treatment, in line with an agreement reached last week by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.Mr. Jamous left the UN hospital at Kadugli, the capital of Southern Kordofan state, for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, for further treatment today.Last week, during his visit to Sudan, Mr. Ban said Mr. Bashir’s decision to allow Mr. Jamous to leave the country will “create conditions conducive to peace negotiations.” Mr. Jamous is a leading member of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM).Earlier this month, UN and African Union (AU) envoys Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim had vowed to pursue the case of Mr. Jamous, who had been detained by Sudanese authorities, “in view of the role Mr. Jamous can play in the political process.”The political negotiations between the Government and Darfur’s many rebel groups are slated to take place in Libya on 27 October under the lead of Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim.The talks are designed to try to resolve the underlying issues – including a lack of economic development and scarce resources such as water – driving the conflict that since 2003 has led to the deaths of more than 200,000 people.Another 2.2 million Sudanese have had to flee their homes because of the fighting between the rebels, Government forces and allied militias known as the Janjaweed. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued warrants for the arrest of two suspects over alleged war crimes in Darfur, and the UN and AU are setting up a hybrid peacekeeping force (UNAMID) to quell the violence. 14 September 2007The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) announced today that one of its aircraft has flown the key Darfurian elder and rebel figure Suleiman Jamous to Kenya for medical treatment, in line with an agreement reached last week by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. read more

Aceto was president and CEO of online bank Tangerine, formerly ING Direct Canada, from 2008 to 2017.Scotiabank acquired ING Direct Canada in 2012, and later changed its name to Tangerine.Aceto’s appointment as CannTrust CEO comes just weeks before Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use on Oct. 17. TORONTO — The former chief executive of Scotiabank’s online bank Tangerine is now CEO of marijuana company CannTrust.The Ontario-based licensed medical cannabis producer says Peter Aceto has been appointed to the top job, effective immediately.Canadian cannabis companies on $2-billion fundraising spree as legalization loomsCanadian-listed marijuana companies with U.S. operations warned of delistingCannTrust says co-founder and CEO Eric Paul has stepped down from his role at the helm and has been named chairman of the board and special adviser.Former Tangerine CEO Peter Aceto is now chief executive officer of marijuana company CannTrust. Galit Rodan/Bloomberg read more

Unemployment is down in many countries from recent peaks, but long-term and youth unemployment persist Recent trends in commodity prices and exchange rates Global growth is forecast to strengthen slightly to 3.1% in 2015 and 3.3% in 2016 World gross product The impact of falling energy prices and the appreciation of the US dollar varies from country to country To reduce risks and meet challenges, the report says, it is imperative to strengthen international policy coordination. In particular, macroeconomic policies worldwide should be aligned toward supporting robust and balanced growth, creating productive jobs, and maintaining long-term economic and financial stability.Analyzing countries and regions around the world, the report said that the United States fared well among developed economies, maintaining growth above 2 per cent in 2014, and expecting to continue growth in 2015 (2.8 per cent) and 2016 (3.1 per cent). The forthcoming further normalization of the US Federal Reserve’s monetary policy posed significant risks and uncertainties for the global economic outlook, depending on the timing and strategy of the monetary tightening, as well as the response by financial markets.Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Western Europe failed to regain its pre-recession peak and Japan’s economy was expected to slow down on the back of reduced private consumption. The recovery in the Euro area was precarious, with the report citing great risks remaining. Underlying growth momentum was so slow that an exogenous event could return the region to recession. The report saw divergent growth rates in developing countries and economies in transition during 2014, and projected continued growth momentum in Africa, with GDP growth there expected to accelerate to 4.6 per cent in 2015 and 4.9 per cent in 2016. East Asia was expected to grow fastest at around 6 per cent in both upcoming years, with South Asia set to see a gradual pick-up in economic growth.Many developing countries and economies in transition faced vulnerabilities due to tightening global financial conditions, aggravated geopolitical tensions and the Ebola epidemic. Large current-account deficits and rapid credit growth in some large emerging economies were causes for concern, particularly if tested by a sudden change in market sentiment, similar to mid-2013 and early 2014. A broad-based downturn in emerging economies, particularly a sharp slowdown in China, would weigh on economic performance worldwide.Oil price volatility also posed risks to exporters and importers, while geopolitical crises like Ukraine, Iraq, Libya and Syria hampered economic development and remained causes of uncertainty. Long-term unemployment remains a major problem The UN World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report, which was launched today, estimates growth in 2015 of 3.1 per cent and in 2016 of 3.3 per cent. Those figures are higher than the 2.6 per cent growth recorded this year, where the pace of expansion has been moderate and uneven.“While some economic indicators are positive and moving in the right direction which points to the potential for a gradual return to consistent economic growth,” said Pingfan Hong, Director of the Development and Policy Analysis Division for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, “many risks and uncertainties could dash efforts to get the global economy on track and moving forward.”Over the course of 2014, unemployment remained historically high in some regions, though appeared to have stopped rising, while inflation varied, despite being broadly subdued. Trade growth was expected to pick up, while fiscal tightening was expected to continue at a slower pace in most developed economies. Foreign direct investment inflows remained the most stable and relevant source of financing for developing countries, while capital flows were sensitive to changes in risk appetite. The dollar was expected to remain strong. read more

Students returning to Brock for 2017 are discovering a much more convenient approach in how some key services are provided.On Jan. 9, a number of services previously housed at separate locations across campus came together in the new Brock Central@The Registrar’s Office, on the 3rd floor of Schmon Tower.In this latest step to update Brock’s administrative structure and make it more user-friendly, the one-stop access centre centralizes the delivery ofundergraduate admissionsenrolment servicesstudent account services andstudent financial assistance.The new era is instantly evident to anyone walking into the Registrar’s Office, where a dramatic facelift has torn out 1970s-era counters and obsolete equipment to make way for a bright, open-concept space whose technology transforms how students do everything from registering for courses to paying fees.This new bundling of student services also comes with longer hours of operation — open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.But the most revolutionary change is the use of a wireless system designed to eliminate lineups and reduce wait times. The new software replaces physical queues and waiting rooms with virtual, mobile lines. Students can roam freely while waiting for service, and students will receive text updates from Brock Central about their approximate wait time.“This new arrangement addresses our need to meet students exactly where their needs are,” said Tania Melnyk, Manager of Student Information and Services.“Everything from the queuing software to the floor space was carefully laid out so the new approach will help students address multiple inquiries and requests in one convenient location. Brock Central will enhance the delivery of exemplary service for our students to enhance the Brock experience.”University Registrar Geraldine Jones said students’ time is precious, and this major project will help them better manage their time by not having to stand in a line and wait.“We’re also attempting to have a more holistic approach to administrative service,” said Jones.“The student experience here is part of the appeal of choosing Brock. We believe in providing an inclusive, supportive and encouraging environment to create unique experiences for all students. The team at Brock Central will positively impact students’ higher education journey, and truly make a difference.” read more

7HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper9216240:260-205 8HC Vitjaz9009241:334-930 3Riihimäen Cocks9702292:2375514 1Põlva Serviti10901334:2647018 4Dragunas Klaipeda10514284:2602411 5HC Meshkov Brest10406279:283-48 6Celtnieks/LSPA11308317:364-476 In a postponed match of the BHL on Sunday, Dragunas Klaipeda took a very important win by beating HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper at home 28-22 (15-10) and secured even more their fourth place in the table.Dragunas started very strongly and took a 5-1 lead. Kehra tried to fight back, but could not get closer than three goals with the first half going for the hosts by 15-10. Second half was much similar and quite low-scoring, but Dragunas gradually slipped away from the visitors. Miglius Astrauskas’ men eventually took a 28-22 win. Evaldas Grieže scored 6 goals for the winners, while Jürgen Rooba was Kehra’s best with 5 goals.Dragunas secured their fourth place and are now in the pole position for the place in the Final Four. The Lithuanian club have 11 points from 10 games, while their closest rival HC Meshkov Brest is three points away. Next games – a total of 9 – in BHL will be played during three days between 28 February and 2 March.STANDINGS: BA read more

first_imgThree Clark County men, members of the rock band Trip, escaped with their lives and with horrific memories of that deadly night 10 years ago. A fourth local man was badly burned in the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I.Trip opened for Great White, a metal band from the late 1980s. The fire erupted during a pyrotechnics display as Great White played its first song.Trip bassist Jason Williams crawled from the chaotic scene, and drummer Johnny Reagle was able to flee the single-story wooden roadhouse.Guitarist and lead vocalist Michael Shapiro went outside after Trip played and was in the parking lot when the fire started.The band’s manager, Bill Long, suffered burns on his back and was treated at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I.— Patty HastingsWEST WARWICK, R.I. — Along a busy commercial road here sits a 10-year-old scar that hasn’t healed. Next to a crumbling parking lot, rusty folding chairs sit amid dozens of handmade crosses decorated with beads, stuffed animals and fading photos.This is where 100 people were killed Feb. 20, 2003, when the tour manager for the rock band Great White set off a flashy pyrotechnics display in an overcrowded nightclub. Its owners had tried to stem noise complaints by lining the walls with what turned out to be flammable packing foam.In less than a minute, a Thursday evening out for more than 400 music lovers and club employees turned into a nightmare as flames raced through the one-story wooden roadhouse. Some were lucky to escape with nothing more than bloody cuts or singed hair. Others were crushed beneath a throng that surged for the front exit, or died from breathing toxic fumes created by the burning foam. Others survived but were horribly burned, some losing their eyesight or their hands, or becoming so troubled from the horrors they saw that they attempted suicide.last_img read more

first_imgSanket Banker is a versatile singer, performer and a popular Youtuber based in Mumbai. He is ranked #2 on ReverbNation’s Mumbai Pop charts (July 2019) and his music videos garnered close to 3 million views on Youtube last year. A self-confessed fan of Kishore Kumar, Shankar Mahadevan and Pritam, Sanket takes a special liking to mimic Kishore Da’s characteristic yodelling style. He has demonstrated his versatility by showcasing songs of different moods on Youtube, cutting across emotional and peppy genres.Very few are aware that Sanket is a successful banker-cum-investor. Although he always dreamt to be a playback singer, his mother knowing the rigours of the industry and the time required to establish oneself, challenged him to pursue MBA degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management (IIM) as a pre-condition to allow him to pursue a career in music. Sanket did complete his MBA from IIM-K, post which he also took up a job offer at a leading American bank. However, despite the heavy workload and severe time constraints, Sanket always took out time for riyaaz and pursued his passion for music relentlessly alongside his successful banking career. He honed his skills by studying classical music at the Shankar Mahadevan Academy and is also vocally trained at the Berklee School of Music.His debut single “Tu Kahe” (written by Jitendra Jaiswar and composed & directed by Beno) garnered over 750,000 views on Youtube. His second original song with Pragya Patra, “Behna Ka Pyaar” (co-written by Hritik Gathiya and Sanket himself, and composed & directed by Beno) was showcased by Big FM as a Rakhi exclusive in 2018.Sanket and his band have performed at several prestigious venues and have also featured on DD Sahyadri’s chat show (January 2019). His new releases include a friendship anthem released this month by Hungama Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music, and a Nepali song on brother-sister relationship in collaboration with the legendary Nepali singer, Anju Panta.Sanket’s songs are available on all leading streaming platforms and his music videos can be viewed at his Youtube channel .IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

first_imgFrench President Emmanual Macron arrives at a primary school in Berd`huis, northwestern France, on April 12, 2018, for a television interview in which he is expected to react to the ongoing strikesFrench president Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that he would respond to “proof” that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, “at a time of our choosing.””We have proof that… chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad,” Macron said during an interview on France’s TF1 television.Macron said that he would respond “at a time of our choosing, when we judge it to be the most useful and the most effective.”last_img

first_imgThe Antioch Baptist Church PIC Ministry, 1105 50th Street NE, will host the “Laughter Is Good For The Soul” Comedy Show on Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Show will feature local comedians Veleda Jones, Curtis Gaskins and E- Boogie. Refreshments will be served and vender space is available. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, contact Jermal at 301-537-1857.last_img

first_imgIt finally happened — a Dragon Ball Z scouter mod has been created for Fallout 4. I’m surprised it took this long for someone to whip up a mod like this. Seems like a natural fit given how a scouter is essentially a Pip-Boy you can wear on your face. Regardless, this is a pretty cool new fan-created add-on that isn’t just a simple cosmetic mod.The scouter mod comes to us from modder Ruddy88 who has made it available on the ever-popular NexusMods website. The scouter comes in a variety of different colors for users to choose from and nicely into the world of Fallout. The mod also grants the player special abilities such as slow motion, night vision, and a targeting HUD. Best of all, you can even have your good buddy Dogmeat wear it!You can see the scouter in action thanks to this video by theDeluxeSam, who releases weekly updates about the latest Fallout 4 mods. The video itself also highlights some other sweet mods you may want to check out.As far as official Fallout 4 add-ons go, the game will be getting some new DLC starting this month. The first one out of the gate will be “The Automatron,” in which players will have to take on crazed robots which are terrorizing the Wasteland. April will have “The Wasteland Workshop,” where users can build cages to trap dangerous wildlife which they can then use against foes. Finally, May will offer up “Far Harbor,” which will have an entirely new area to explore.last_img read more

first_img September 9, 2008 – Siemens Healthcare has received FDA 510(k) market clearance for the Ysio, a new generation digital radiography system with a wireless detector (wi-D) for maximum positioning flexibility.Offering one digital radiography (DR) solution for the growing digital radiography market, the Ysio can be customized to suit the patient’s needs – such as one or two detectors, with or without a patient table and with fully automated or synchronized movements. Due to its versatility, the Ysio serves radiography many imaging volumes, protocols and patient profiles, and its performance features are geared toward short examination times designed for increasing daily patient throughput.Ysio is available in a variety of configurations based on customers imaging needs: as a wall stand with an integrated detector, a wall stand and table system with a wireless detector, or even as a mixed detector solution for high throughput and flexibility. Users can control workflow from registration to image data management with features like more than 500 automated system positions; power-assisted movements; table design with the wi-D; and a color touch screen panel.The more than 500 different preset examination positions aims to save preparation time and effort. The wireless remote automatically moves the X-ray tube into position. The system can be configured to bypass room fixtures during its automated travel to the imaging position. Power-assisted servo movements help to further reduce the strain of heavy workloads while the collimation can be adjusted from anywhere in the room via remote control.Ysio’s ergonomic table is designed for pediatrics and bariatrics, offering a 660-pound weight capacity and a low table height of 21 inches for convenient positioning when shifting sick or elderly patients from wheelchair to table.The wi-D handles like a cassette and can be removed from the table and placed directly underneath or next to the patient for exposures that are difficult or impossible to take using a fixed detector. Ysio also offers MaxTouch, an interactive, color touch screen user interface, which supports easy access to key technical factors during examinations. MaxTouch clearly displays easily recognizable icons for speed, accuracy, and access to a comprehensive range of options for adjustment. The detector matrix has more than 7 million pixels and a pixel size of 144 µm. With DiamondView Plus, a post-processing function that optimizes image quality, the detail resolution of images is given a final polish of contrast enhancement and noise reduction. And Ysio’s comprehensive CARE radiation reduction program combines various advanced radiation reduction functions designed to keep exposure levels as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).For more information: www.usa.siemens.healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. 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first_imgNicosia municipality rejected suggestions on Tuesday that tactile paving — usually used to guide people with impaired vision — on a stretch of the Eleftheria Square had been installed improperly with lampposts obstructing the path.The municipality, which has been under constant fire over delays in completing the square, was forced to issue a statement after fresh criticism over the installation of tactile paving on Costakis Pantelides Street, which links the square with the bus terminal.Photos on social media showed a stretch paved with tactile tiles, used to guide visually impaired people, with lampposts fitted at regular intervals along the route.In a post on its Facebook page, the local authority said the tiles had been properly installed.“Tactile marking on Costakis Pantelides Street on the same line with benches and lampposts is not a path for visually impaired people,” the municipality said.It said that the road is shared space between pedestrians and vehicles constructed on the same level.The tactile paving had been installed to alert people with disabilities that they were entering a stretch used by motorists, the municipality said, providing a photo from London where the same concept had been used.Even so, some observers pointed out that the tiles used on the square – mostly raised, flat-topped bars – were normally used as guidance tactile whereas blister tactile was used on even surfaces to warn visually impaired people that they were at the end of the footway and there was a carriageway ahead.South Kensington, London You May LikeIQgal7 Early Warning Signs of Cancer Women Shouldn’t IgnoreIQgalUndoForReasonAccessories To Liven Up Your Summer OutfitsForReasonUndoLowerMyBillsPay Off Your House At A Furious Pace If You Owe Less Than $625kLowerMyBillsUndo Two of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgCyprus had the second-highest private debt to GDP ratio among European Union countries in 2013, according to the latest data released by Eurostat.Private sector debt, consolidated (including non-financial corporations, households, non-profit institutions serving households) reached 344.8 per cent of GDP, or €62,482 billion.By comparison the private debt to GDP ratio stood at 331.4 per cent in 2012 and 330.7 per cent in 2011.Luxembourg held the highest private sector debt ratio at 356.2 per cent of GDP, or €161 billion. In third place after Cyprus was Ireland with 266.3 per cent private debt to GDP.According to the same data, the balance sheets of Cypriot banks shrunk by 19.5 per cent in 2013 compared to the previous year.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan vehicle buyers, joining her House colleagues in overriding a gubernatorial veto.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“This legislation is in the best interests of the people of Michigan,” said Hughes, of Montague, after the House joined the Senate in overriding a veto of legislation from Gov. Rick Snyder. “It’s good for our economy. It’s good for our auto industry. And it’s good for our hard-working families.”The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in. 17Jan Rep. Hughes votes to bring faster sales tax relief to Michigan car buyerscenter_img ####last_img read more

first_img The state Legislature this week fulfilled one of Rep. Lee Chatfield’s top priorities, approving bills to lower income taxes for Michigan families.The bills headed to the governor preserve and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, saving families hundreds of dollars overall.“This session of the House of Representatives began in January 2017, and from the very first day I’ve been leading the fight to lower income taxes,” said Chatfield, of Levering. “I’m proud to say we have approved legislation that will allow Michigan seniors and families to keep more of their own hard-earned money. This is a victory for retirees and every hard-working person in the state – our teachers, first responders and everyone else who heads to work every day to build a better life for their loved ones. They’re all going to save money.”The legislation approved this week ensures Michigan taxpayers can continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes, a necessary step after federal tax reforms signed into law in December. In addition, the bills increase the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,900 by the 2021 tax year.That translates to significant savings. The technical fix related to the federal reforms saves $170 per person per year — or $680 for a family of four – on state income taxes. The plan to raise the personal exemption to $4,900 provides $102 in additional relief for a family of four.While Chatfield wholly supported the bills approved this week, his preference continues to be a rollback of the Michigan income tax rate such as he proposed with the very first bill introduced in the state House in 2017.“There’s more than one way to lower taxes, and I am pleased we have found a broad and bipartisan consensus this week that saves money for all Michigan residents,” Chatfield said.###The legislation: Senate Bills 748 and 750. Categories: Chatfield News,News 17Feb Chatfield: Tax cuts approved by Legislature are a ‘victory’ for Michigan familieslast_img read more

first_img Categories: Reilly News 20Feb Reps. Reilly and Webber to present joint legislative update State Reps. John Reilly and Michael Webber will present a joint legislative update to local residents on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Oakland Township Hall located at 4393 Collins Road in Rochester. The presentation will take place during the Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting that evening.Information on legislation regarding auto insurance, tax reform and local issues will be among the key issues discussed.“I’m looking forward to giving residents an update on what we’ve been working on in Lansing,” Rep. Reilly said. “I encourage anyone in Oakland Township to join us and participate in this unique and informative event.”“Attending local events is a great way to connect with people one-on-one. Webber said: I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing ways we can improve our communities.”For additional information, contact Rep. Reilly at 517-373-1798 or via email at JohnReilly@house.mi.gov. Rep. Webber’s office may be reached at 517-373-1773 or MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov.last_img read more