Court rules family of BC woman who stole from health authority is

first_imgVANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled a widower is liable for repaying nearly a quarter million dollars his wife stole from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority before she died.Court documents show Wanda Moscipan worked as an administer for both the authority and the University of B.C.’s faculty of medicine when she siphoned more than $574,000 from the authority between 2003 and 2011.Justice Leonard Marchand ruled this week that the health authority is entitled to be paid back both by her estate and her husband, who was found to be responsible for the portion of the stolen funds that were used as “a family expense.”In the ruling released online Wednesday, Marchand says her husband, Miroslaw Moscipan, must have had “constructive” knowledge that his wife was receiving funds through fraudulent means.Moscipan told the court he was a stay-at-home parent “who led a frugal life.”He said his wife was secretive with the family finances but he thought she made over $100,000 per year and received money from her father.Marchand’s decision says the family led a “richer lifestyle than a typical family of four or five” owning multiple vehicles and spending about $20,000 a year on transportation alone.The judge says the restitution on the part of her husband “is adequate to send a message to others that they do not stand to benefit from the misdeeds of others when they know or ought to know of ill-gotten gains.”The decision says the woman stole the funds “by having busy physicians sign blank cheque requisitions” that she directed to an account she controlled.The account had been created in 1994 to raise funds related to the death of a colleague within the department, but was otherwise dormant until she began using it for fraudulent purposes in 2003.She then used money in the account to pay herself, her husband and their son as well as write cheques for outstanding Visa balances held in their names.The woman began working at the university in 1974 as a junior assistant and was appointed as senior administrator for the departments of obstetrics and gynecology under both the university and health authority in 1997. She was described as “extremely helpful” and viewed as “an indispensable and central figure” in the department.The health authority was responsible for 80 per cent of Moscipan’s income while the university made up the rest.After her cancer diagnosis in 2010, a new department head, Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff, became suspicious of her activities when she decided to continue working evenings despite having medical benefits. Her actions in the following months continued to raise suspicions.“In one case, he had to hire a locksmith to access human resources and financial records which were in a locked filing cabinet. Ms. Moscipan claimed the key to the cabinet had been lost,” the decision says.An audit was ordered in 2011, and it was discovered that Moscipan was paying herself 80 per cent of a full-time salary from the university when it should have only been 20 per cent.It was also discovered she received a three per cent raise, which Cundiff testified he did not authorize.A meeting was called between both employers and her union.“Ms. Moscipan justified being paid 180 per cent of the salary of a full time employee on the basis that she worked so hard but acknowledged Dr. Cundiff was unaware of the amount she was paid.”She was fired and a separate lawsuit has been filed by the university.last_img read more

Private sale of historic tower restored with £3m of public money is

When the 175ft high gothic Hadlow Tower was bought last year for just £425,000, it was an undisputed bargain. More than £3million of taxpayers money had been ploughed into the restoration of the majestic, Grade I-listed folly, considered the tallest of its kind in the world, and the buyer became custodian of a vertiginous landmark.But the historic property near Tonbridge in Kent has been put up for sale for £2million, prompting fears that the public will lose access to the tower and anger that a private individual will reap the financial rewards of a building project brought to fruition by the hard work of a local community group.Lord Lloyd-Webber is among those to express grave reservations, warning that the sale could undermine everything the tower, in all its majestic glory, represents.“A huge amount of public money was spent on this project,” he said. “If it’s going to be sold, it should be returned to Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It can’t go into the pocket of a private person.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“I don’t think the public purse should be used to speculate – this seems to have slipped through the net.”The Save Hadlow Tower Action Group fought relentlessly to get the tower restored after it was severely damaged in the Great Storm of 1987 following years of neglect. Built in 1838, the tower was the brainchild of Walter Barton May, a wealthy merchant. It was used as a lookout post during the Second World War, but fell derelict before being rescued by the artist Bernard Hailstone. The stairwell of Hadlow TowerCredit:Strutt and Parker The musician and impresario is not only angry that the tower, which looms over Hadlow village, is being sold at such a vast profit, but he is also concerned at suggestions that any potential purchaser might try to buy their way out of a legal covenant that requires the tower to remain accessible to the public 28 days a year.When contacted about the sale, James Mackenzie, a director at Strutt & Parker, claimed the vendor, Christian Tym, a banker, had not had to show anyone around the property since he bought it 12 months ago and suggested that the covenant could be broken, at a cost.Lord Lloyd-Webber said if that were to happen, “we may we well stick two fingers up” at the Angel Awards.“Here we are trying to talk about the unsung heroes all over the country, raising money and giving all of their time to get public access for these buildings and this campaign was a huge success.“What we are trying to do with the Angel Awards is to say thank you to those people. With this tower it was the locals who came together and really fought for this. This sort of thing is exactly what we are trying to avoid.” Its dedication was recognised when it won two English Heritage Angel Awards, founded by Lord Lloyd-Webber, one of which, voted for by Telegraph readers, celebrated the work of local communities in rescuing important sites. The interior of the tower It changed hands several times before a compulsory purchase order was served by the local council in 2010 and it was sold to the Vivat Trust, a charity that preserved historic buildings, for £1.More than £3 million of public money was then ploughed into the tower, including more than £50,000 raised by community campaigners.The tower action group designed, financed and staffed a visitor centre on the ground floor, and from 2013 it was open to the public weekly in summer.In 2016, the Vivat Trust went into liquidation and Hadlow Tower was put on the market for offers over £1 million, as a four-bedroom home set over five of the tower’s eight storeys. It was eventually sold to Mr Tym, who is married with four sons, who said he was attracted by “the novelty factor”.   “However, the stewards decided to discontinue working there, the visitor centre closed and the number of visitors dwindled to zero.”Caroline Wetton, one of the organisers, said: “We raised a huge amount of money for this project and put in a lot of our own time. We are deeply disappointed it has come to this.” She said that 800 people visited the tower in 2017.  The stairwell of Hadlow Tower The interior of the towerCredit:Strutt and Parker  Mr Mackenzie insisted it was never Mr Tym’s intention to sell so quickly but he had found the building unsuitable for a large family. He told The Daily Telegraph the owner had “worked quite carefully” to change a lot of the legal covenants attached to the property to make it a more attractive purchase.The Heritage Lottery Fund said Mr Tym was due to report to it later this month with evidence of his compliance with the covenants and said they had no reason to doubt he had not done so.Mr Tym declined to comment. 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

Potash MA mania Allana Potash in Ethiopia is in play

first_imgBy Marc Davis, The recent headline-grabbing $39 billion bid by the world’s largest mining company for the planet’s top potash producer appears to be spurring potash-hungry Chinese investment funds into action. On the heels of BHP Billiton’s unsuccessful initial takeover offer for Potash Corp of Saskatchewan last month, China Mining United Fund has announced a move to more than double its treasury to $760 million. Launched just last year, it is one of China’s first private mining-oriented investment funds.China Mining United Fund’s mandate is to secure long-term supplies of key minerals and commodities. Most of which are needed to stoke the furnace of China’s thriving economy and to sustain a growing urban labour force that is increasingly demanding feed-intensive animal protein in their diets. Hence, potash is obviously at or near the top of the fund’s shopping list, especially since it already has small but strategic investments in place with privately-owned Brazil Potash Corp and Toronto-based Allana Potash Corp. Investment industry analysts believe that China Mining United Fund will likely favour Allana’s Ethiopian potash project in the near-term. That’s partly because the Chinese government committed earlier this year to investing billions of dollars in Ethiopia’s underdeveloped economy, which obviously also buys plenty of political influence.Allana’s deposit, which sits at the heart of Ethiopia’s historic Danakhil potash basin, has an inferred resource of 105 Mt of potash, averaging a favourable grade of 20.8%. Drills continue to turn in the anticipation of building upon this initial resource estimate, as well as validating the company’s view that one of the world’s lowest cost potash mines is in the offing. Company president Farhad Abasov says that as yet he hasn’t received any solicitations from China Mining United Fund to take a bigger stake in his company. “However, we’re already in talks with several other prospective Chinese and Indian investors, as well as other international mining organizations,” he says. “That said, there’s no urgency on our part to strike any additional deals, especially since we believe that our ongoing drilling successes will allow us to double or triple our existing potash resources by the year’s end.”A leading Toronto-based investment banker whose expertise is in the fertilisers and agricultural sectors told “I think this trend towards consolidation is a global trend and not entirely focused on Canada. These recent developments might propel the Chinese to get more aggressive by getting more involved in some of the junior potash developers. Certainly the juniors are much more ‘in play’ than they were before.”China Mining United Fund may therefore be keen to increase its stake in Allana, said the source, who chose to remain anonymous as he is not authorized to talk to the media. “So I think some of these investment dollars could very well be earmarked for Allana. It certainly is an indication that this Chinese fund is more liquid than was the case previously, which puts them in a good position to increase their stake in Allana,” he adds.In fact, China’s $300 billion sovereign wealth fund — China Investment Corp — may yet decide to underwrite China Mining United Fund’s plan to develop Allana’s potash project, says the China Mining Association’s web site, Whether the sovereign wealth fund is participating in China Mining United Fund’s latest financing has not yet been disclosed. Alternatively, China Investment Corp may opt to directly finance part of the project’s construction costs, according to remarks attributed to a senior official in China’s central government. Such developments demonstrate how anxious the Chinese are to ensuring long-term supplies of such an indispensible agricultural nutrient that is key to boosting China’s crop yields, an increasing amount of which is now needed for livestock feed.This imperative is underscored by the fact that the potash mining sector is in the process of a game-changing global consolidation. And this could conceivably place well over a third of the world’s potash supplies in the hands of just two major players. One of them would be BHP Billiton (assuming it succeeds in a hostile takeover of Potash Corp.) and the other would involve the pending merger between Russia’s two dominant potash producers, Uralkali OAO and Silvinit OJSC.The advent of a major shake-up of the potash sector was the focus of a research report published this August by Jaret Anderson, a Toronto-based chemicals, fertilizers and agriculture investment analyst for the investment bank, Salman Partners. “With 36% of the world’s potash supply potentially ending up in new hands, both China and India must be feeling some threat with regards to the security and stability of supply,” he says. “In our view the (potash) consolidation developments in Russia/Belarus and the BHP bid for Potash Corp have increased the incentive China and India have to fund the development of greenfield potash projects.”“The strategic value of in-development potash deposits (greenfield projects) to countries like China and India and to major mining companies means that: “development potash companies are well positioned to benefit in this environment,” he adds. Anderson concludes that the world’s four leading publicly-traded potash developers, which include Allana Potash “offer upside of 40 to 80% from current levels.”The three other companies that Anderson refers to are Western Potash Corp, Potash One and MagIndustries.last_img read more

I have five wives but its not about religion

first_imgBRADY WILLIAMS HAS five wives, 24 children but no organised religion.The newest polygamous family from Utah on reality TV considers itself progressive and independent. Williams and his wives slowly withdrew from the fundamentalist Mormon church in their rural community outside of Salt Lake City during the mid-2000s after re-evaluating their core beliefs.The family no longer teaches the tenets of fundamental Mormonism to their children at home, opting instead to take from other teachings such as Buddhism to instill good, morale values in their two dozen children, who range in age from 2-20.“Since we have left the religion, it’s now about love and it’s about commitment, and it’s about happiness as a family,” said Brady Williams, 43, a project manager in his brother’s construction business. “It’s not about the fear of hell or the promise of heaven.”It wasn’t the first time Brady Williams has crossed religious lines. As a teenager, his parents left mainstream Mormonism and joined polygamy. He said that transition was very difficult, but not as hard as leaving the fundamentalist church his five wives all grew up in.Family members pray for them to repent and returnThe women still have family members in the church who pray for them to repent and return. They haven’t been ostracised by family and friends in the community, but town leaders have made it clear to Brady Williams, a former church leader, that they prefer the family leave town.Dealing with that scrutiny may help the Williams as they brace for newfound attention now that TLC has debuted the one-hour special about the family, called My Five Wives. The show, which airs again tonight in the States, could turn into a full series depending on ratings.Non-affiliated plural families are actually quite common among the estimated 38,000 fundamentalists who practice or believe in polygamy, most living in Utah and other western states, said Anne Wilde, co-founder of a polygamy advocacy group called Principle Voices. The group estimates that about 15,000 are independent like the Williams.History of polygamyThe two largest organised polygamist churches are Warren Jeff’s Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on the Utah-Arizona border and the Apostolic United Brethren in northern Utah, of which the Williams used to belong.A statue of Mormon pioneer leader Brigham Young stands in front of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Temple in Salt Lake City. Pic: AP/PA archive.The practice of polygamy is a legacy of the early teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mainstream church abandoned polygamy in 1890 as Utah moved toward statehood.The family lives in two large multiplexes built by Brady Williams that sit across a valley from a breathtaking mountain range. One is a two-storey building that resembles a motel with three green doors on the bottom level, each the house of one of the wives. The other two wives live in the ground floor of an adjacent four-plex. The house in which the Williamses live. Pics: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer/PA Images.How it works day-to-dayTwo of the wives work outside the home and one in the construction business. The other two are taking college courses. Two of the wives are cousins, and all have been married to Brady Williams for at least 14 years.The five wives take turns fixing dinners on weeknights for 30 hungry people. Rosemary, the third wife, likes to experiment with new recipes while the other wives stick with the old standbys like spaghetti.“It’s like having Thanksgiving dinner five nights a week,” Brady Williams said.The family is taking some risk in coming out: polygamy is illegal in Utah and the trailblazers for polygamous families on reality TV, the Browns of the “Sister Wives” show, fled Utah for Las Vegas in 2011 after a local prosecutor opened an investigation after the first season aired.No charges were filed, but the family uprooted their lives and moved permanently to Nevada. The Browns challenged Utah’s prohibition on plural marriage and a ruling is pending from a federal judge.Law not enforced once it involves consenting adults The Utah Attorney General’s office does not enforce the law against consenting adults unless there is another crime involved such as child abuse, domestic violence or fraud, said spokesman Paul Murphy.Rosemary Williams, the third wife, said the fear of prosecution is always in the back of their minds, though they feel there is more acceptance for polygamous today than when the Browns came out. Brady Williams said the increasing social and legal acceptance of gay marriage has helped society open up toward plural marriage. But he’s still concerned, which is why the show isn’t saying exactly where they live for the family’s safety.At home with the Williamses. Pic: AP Photo/Rick Bowme/PA Images.In addition to the Browns and now the Williams family, TLC also has done a special featuring the Darger family of Utah. HBO’s fictional show about a polygamous family, “Big Love,” ran for five seasons.Negative mythsThese shows create nervousness among plural families but the net impact is positive for the polygamous community because they help dispel many of the negative myths, said Wilde, of Principle Voices.The Williams family said it chose to do the TV show after declining previous offers to show that polygamy can be healthy and stable.“There is an unhealthy stigma attached to polygamy,” Brady Williams said. “There is nothing wrong with consenting adults living and loving how they choose.”Meet the man with 107 wives, 185 children and a family of 5,000>Polygamist church leader Warren Jeffs convicted of child sex abuse>last_img read more

Tivoli Unveils Design Winners

first_imgTo mark its 10-year anniversary, premium audio company Tivoli created the elegant Model 10 radio. Then it sponsored an international design competition to help spread the word. Now the company has announced the winner: Huan Miao Khoo, a 24-year-old Malaysian man currently getting his Master of Architecture degree in Australia. Khoo’s design (shown here) depicts the Tivoli Audio Model 10 opening like a gift box, revealing an elegant tangle of wires and a violinist inside. Khoo will get a $3,000 top prize and will have his creation displayed in Times Square from now until January 1st.Tivoli is also getting into the branded store space, as it just opened the Tivoli Design Center, its first store, in the Natick Collection Mall in the Boston area. The idea behind the Design Center was to show off Tivoli’s entire collection, including its many fine wood finishes, in one location.last_img read more

Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7

first_img Share7 Tweet Email 43 Comments 23,309 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Diarmaid Mac Dermott Feb 6th 2017, 5:20 PM Updated at 5.20pm to include imagesA DUBLIN MAN who was arrested trying to transport 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives and three detonators on the Bus Eireann bus to Derry has been jailed for seven years by the Special Criminal Court.The court heard that Busaras had to be evacuated after Special Branch detectives intercepted Patrick Brennan on board the bus.Brennan (53) was arrested last June by officers from the Special Detective Unit (SDU) at Busaras, in Store Street, in central Dublin, following a tip-off.Brennan, of Lindisfarne Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, pleaded guilty to possessing four 400-gramme blocks of TNT and three electric explosive detonators on June 16, 2016.Under surveillanceDetective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, SDU, told the court that Brennan had been under surveillance “as part of an ongoing investigation” into the activities of IRA members in the Dublin area. Boyce said that on the day of the arrest, the married father of six was observed leaving his house at around 4.50am before immediately getting into a taxi. Source: Garda Press OfficeThe taxi took the accused to the bus station in Dublin’s city centre, where he waited for around 50 minutes before boarding the Bus Eireann 5.55am service to Derry, the three-judge court was told.At all times, Brennan had a blue canvas bag in his possession and this bag was placed in the seat next to him when he was arrested aboard the bus by three SDU officers.Detective Sergeant Boyce told prosecution counsel Ronan Kennedy that gardaí had made a “significant discovery” after Brennan was detained.He said: “In the base of the bag there was four blocks of Trinitrotoluene, commonly known as TNT and three electronic detonators in good condition strapped to the TNT.” Source: Garda Press OfficeOn discovery of the explosives, “the surrounding area was evacuated and the army was called”, Detective Sergeant Boyce said.Sole passengerBrennan, who had been jailed for four years in 2005 for IRA membership, was the sole passenger on the bus at the time of his arrest, Detective Sergeant Boyce added. He said that he believed the quantity of explosives could have been used in the construction of “six to eight” separate car bombs. Source: Garda Press OfficeHe said: “From devices that have been recovered intact, 200 grammes (of explosives) have been used.”And although the explosives weren’t armed, Boyce said the TNT had been “lethally packaged” and could have been detonated by a “static charge” whilst being moved.Sentencing him to seven years imprisonment backdated to last June, Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, said that while Brennan’s role was confined to transportation, acting as a willing courier was the same as taking part in terrorist activities.The judge said that the court was prepared to suspend the final two years of the sentence if Brennan gave an undertaking not to associate with members of unlawful organisations.However, after a brief consultation, Brennan’s counsel Diarmaid Mac Guinness SC said that his client was not in a position to give such an undertaking and the court imposed the full seven-year prison sentence.Dissident republican caught at Busaras with “four blocks of TNT” and detonators> Man found with explosives on bus in Dublin is jailed for 7 years Patrick Brennan pleaded guilty to possessing four blocks of TNT and explosive detonators. Monday 6 Feb 2017, 5:20 PMlast_img read more

Visitors up

first_imgInformation from DSEC—Macau’s Statistics and Census Service—indicate visitor arrivals for August 2009 increased by 6.4 percent year-on-year to 2,065,336.Analysed by place of residence, visitors from Mainland China increased by 8.9 percent year-on-year to 1,050,357 (50.9 percent of visitor arrivals), with 499,448 travelling to Macau under the Individual Visit Scheme, down by 15.3 percent from August 2008 (589,575). Visitors from Hong Kong (666,700); Taiwan (125,931); and Japan (37,505) rose by 2.9 percent, 12.6 percent and 27.1 percent respectively. Those from the Republic of Korea (25,727) and Malaysia (21,137) decreased by 15.4 percent and 13.9 percent. Same-day visitors (1,042,673) accounted for 50.5 percent of visitor arrivals, with 550,129 coming from Mainland China. Cumulative visitor arrivals totalled 14,191,418 in the first eight months of 2009, down by 9.6 percent year-on-year. Visitors from Mainland China (7,030,457); Hong Kong (4,574,626); Taiwan (860,662); and Malaysia (199,952) fell by 14.5 percent, 1.6 percent, 4.2 percent and 28.7 percent respectively. Those from Japan (232,250) registered an increase of 4.6 percent. The cumulative number of same-day visitors accounted for 53.1 percent of total visitor arrivals, at 7,536,321.Analysed by mode of transport, visitor arrivals by sea totalled 5,692,080 in the first eight months of 2009, down by 7.3 percent year-on-year. The numbers arriving at the Outer Harbour decreased by 24.6 percent to 3,950,737, while those arriving at the Provisional Ferry Terminal in Taipa surged by 143.8 percent to 1,555,490.Visitor arrivals by land dropped by 11.7 percent year-on-year to 7,464,425 in the first eight months of 2009; those arriving through the Border Gate totalled 6,932,085 and the majority were visitors from Mainland China (76.8 percent) and Hong Kong (15.1 percent).Visitor arrivals by air went down by 7.2 percent year-on-year to 1,034,913 in the first eight months of 2009. Visitors arriving at the Macau International Airport fell by 7.1 percent to 1,014,085, with the majority coming from Taiwan (39.4 percent), Mainland China (24.5 percent), Malaysia (7.7 percent) and Thailand (7.0 percent). RelatedPosts Load More Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchlast_img read more

Canada launches Digital Charter to combat hate speech and fake news

first_img “Canadians can expect that digital platforms will not foster or disseminate hate, violent extremism or criminal content. The launch of the charter follows Canada last week signing the Christchurch Call following the March terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. “The platforms are failing their users, and they’re failing our citizens,” Trudeau said. “They have to step up in a major way to counter disinformation. And if they don’t, we will hold them to account and there will be meaningful financial consequences.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Getty Images The Christchurch Call, led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, is a plan to prevent terrorists from uploading extremist content online, and to increase transparency around tech companies’ algorithms and the detection and removal of such content. Share your voice Politics Tech Industry Internet Security Culture Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Online Universal access. Safety and security. Control and consent. Transparency, portability and interoperability. Open and modern digital government. A level playing field. Ensuring data and digital media are used for good. Strong democracy. Freedom from hate and violent extremism. Strong enforcement and real accountability. “The Government of Canada will defend freedom of expression and protect against online threats and disinformation designed to undermine the integrity of elections and democratic institutions,” the charter says. Canada wants to promote both safety and innovation online. Government of Canada The last three principles deal with hate speech and disinformation. Commentscenter_img Canada was joined by the governments of Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Germany, France, the European Commission, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, the Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Spain and Sweden, as well as eight tech companies: Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, Microsoft, Daily Motion, Qwant and YouTube. 5 The 10 principles of the charter are:  “There will be clear, meaningful penalties for violations of the laws and regulations that support these principles.” Tags The charter will target fake news and hate speech online, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. The US didn’t sign the call. Canada has launched its new Digital Charter, designed to protect its citizens online and enforce rules governing social media platforms. Amazon Facebook Google Microsoft Twitterlast_img read more

Iran and Russia sign deal for delivery of S300 surfacetoair missile systems

first_imgRussia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with the long-overdue S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, said a top official of a Russian defence conglomerate on Monday.Sergei Chemezov, chief executive of Russian state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec, said Russia had agreed to finally deliver the long-overdue missile systems it had in 2007 committed to supply under an $800-million deal, reported Press TV citing Russian state-run RIA news agency.Moscow refused to deliver the systems to Tehran in 2010 on the pretext that the agreement was covered by the fourth round of the United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. The resolution bars sale of hi-tech weapons to Tehran.Following Moscow’s refusal to deliver the systems, Iran filed a complaint against the relevant Russian arms firm with the International Court of Arbitration in Geneva.In April this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a previous ban on the delivery of the S-300 to Iran.Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in mid-August “all changes” made to the S-300 system by the Russians over the years would be implemented on the equipment to be delivered to Iran.last_img read more

Speechimpaired girl raped

first_imgA speech-impaired girl was reportedly raped by the driver of Shyamnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer in the government quarter premises in upazila headquarters in Satkhira on Saturday, reports UNB.Police arrested driver Abdul Gaffar, 57, son of Gahar Gain, resident of Badoghata village, after the victim’s mother filed a rape case with Shyamnagar police station.The victim, a student of Shyamnagar Government Moshin Degree College, used to live along with her mother at Abdul Gaffar’s house in Badoghata village as tenants.On Saturday noon, Gaffar’s wife Amena Begum sent his launch through the girl. When the girl went to the UNO’s residence, Gaffar violated her inside his quarter 2:30pm, said sub-inspector Raj Kishore of Shyamnagar police station citing the case statement.Later in the evening, the girl informed the matter to her mother and Amena Begum filed the case against Gaffar.last_img read more

Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping speaks flanked by his wife Peng Liyuan (R), French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on 25 March. AFP File PhotoThe leaders of China, France, Germany and the EU were set to meet in Paris on Tuesday for “unprecedented” talks on how to improve ties, despite growing jitters over Beijing’s massive investments in Europe.It comes ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month and a day after Chinese president Xi Jinping signed an array of deals with France including a huge aircraft contract.At a glitzy state dinner on Monday evening French president Emmanuel Macron said he hoped to build a “new global governance” with China and would discuss this at the “unprecedented meeting with the German chancellor and the president of the European Commission”.”This is an important gesture that we are making now. It is testament to your deep attachment to China’s cooperation with Europe… and my desire to build a strong Europe,” he told Xi.German chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will join Xi and Macron at the Elysee Palace to explore “points of convergence” between the two trading giants.On Monday China and France inked a dozen deals on nuclear power, cultural exchanges and clean energy, while Beijing also committed to buy 290 Airbus A320s and 10 A350 airliners from Europe’s Airbus conglomerate.The order, originally for 184 A320s for 13 Chinese airlines, was first announced during Macron’s state visit to China in January 2018.All of the deals, including one on French exports to China of frozen chicken, amount to a total of some $40 billion.Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while pushing back against Beijing’s growing global clout.Speaking at the Elysee Palace on Monday following talks with Xi, Macron called for a “strong Europe-China partnership”, adding that this must be based on “strong multilateralism” and “fair and balanced” trade.Meanwhile Xi stressed that “a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world”.”China will always back European integration and its development,” he added in a statement to the press.Around 200 guests including the French actor Alain Delon, who is widely known in China, French electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and Chinese actress Gong Li attended the state dinner on Monday.New Silk RoadEarlier on his trip, Xi visited Italy, which became the first G7 state to sign up to China’s vast “New Silk Road” infrastructure project that has sparked unease in the US and the European Union.Macron announced that France and China will cooperate on a number of investment projects in some of the countries involved in the initiative, a massive undertaking to link Asia to Europe.Italy’s participation comes despite misgivings over the huge venture by other European nations wary of China’s growing influence.Xi has insisted the project will be a two-way street of investment and trade.But EU Budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger in a newspaper interview over the weekend expressed “concern that in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, high speed rail lines or harbours are no longer in European but in Chinese hands”.Europe’s distrust of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in next-generation 5G mobile technology worldwide, is also emblematic of the increasingly rocky relationship.The US is pressuring European allies not to use Huawei technology, saying it creates a security risk by potentially letting Beijing snoop on sensitive communications.France has so far not ruled out using Huawei technology.As well as addressing commercial cooperation and strategic issues with Xi, Macron has also been urged to deal with the case of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese former head of the France-based Interpol police agency.Meng’s wife has had no news of her husband since his arrest in China nearly six months ago. It emerged Sunday she had written to Macron asking him to bring up his disappearance with Xi.Meng is believed to be facing corruption charges.Despite the many sources of friction, France wants to engage China as a closer partner as Washington becomes more isolationist under Trump’s “America First” policy.For example, Macron may seek more Chinese support for the French-backed G5 Sahel force fighting Islamist extremists in Western Africa, French presidential aides said.last_img read more

Belarus connects with Asian partner India

first_imgIndia features very high on Belarus’ agenda. The country considers its ever expanding trade and economic cooperation with India as an important contribution to ensure long-standing traditionally friendly and constructive comprehensive ties.India is one of Belarus’ most important partners in Asia. Both the countries have considerably increased the volume of their bilateral trade. Belarus had previously contributed significantly both to the trade and economic component of the Soviet-Indian relations, supplying Belarus tractors, large capacity dump-trucks and other high-tech machinery to India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Today, the volume of bilateral trade in 2012 increased nearly 2.7 times compared to 2007 and totals $494.4 million. Export of Belarusian products to the Indian market increased over 2.6 times. Among Belarusian goods exported to India are potash fertilizers, large capacity mining vehicles, synthetic cord, acrylic fibers, tyres, bearings, transmitting and receiving equipment, leather, electronic integrated microcircuits and other products.The major Belarusian product supplied to the Indian market are potash fertilizers which are very important for increasing productivity of Indian agriculture and ensuring food security. There is also a dynamic increase of Indian import to Belarus. In 2012, the total volume of Indian goods delivered to the Belarusian market amounted over $ 230 million. India is the biggest supplier of medicine and pharmaceutical substances to Belarus. Among other imported goods are raw tobacco, tea, sea products, spices, nuts, vegetable oils, chemical products, cotton yarn, transformers. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSince 1998, the Intergovernmental Belarus-India Commission for Cooperation in the Fields of Economy, Trade, Industry, Science, Technology and Culture has been functioning. The Commission plays a decisive role in working out the consolidated approach of both the parties to cooperation in the above mentioned fields.Another effective tool to expand bilateral mutually beneficial business ties is the Business Council “Belarus-India” which functions under the aegis of the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Eight sessions of the Council have been organized so far. The visit of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus to India on November 13- 14, 2012 gave a new stimulus to the development of bilateral relations, including in trade, economic, investment and industrial fields.  In November 2012, over 60 enterprises, organizations and institutions of Belarus took part in the National Exposition of the Republic of Belarus at the 32nd Indian International Trade Fair in New Delhi. It provided a good opportunity to establish new business contacts between Belarusian and Indian companies.However, there is still a lot of work to do in the sphere of development of trade, economic and industrial cooperation and increasing of turn-over between our two countries. A wide unexplored potential exists in the sphere of technical and industrial cooperation and creation of Belarus-India joint ventures for production of agricultural machinery, engines, cargo vehicles, including high capacity mining trucks.Both the countries have vast perspectives of cooperation in pharmaceutical sphere. Belarus is very much interested not only in buying Indian medicine and pharmaceutical products but also to attract Indian upgraded technology in this field for the expansion of production of pharmaceutical goods and to contribute to the strengthening of the national health security. Belarus is an attractive and safe destination for foreign investments. The country has adopted a well-elaborated investment legislation aimed to encourage investment activities and protect the investors’ rights in its territory. Six free economic zones (FEZs) function in Belarus providing preferential terms of activities to their residents.Among the advantages of doing business in Belarus are favourable economic and geographical location along the eastern boundary of the European Union provides Belarus with an opportunity to serve as a strategic platform for foreign investors to start their business in the promising CIS markets. With the entry into force of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia and the formation of the Unified Economic Space, foreign investors enjoy a smooth access to a huge common market of the three states; political, social, and economic stability, low crime and corruption rate, absence of conflicts; highly skilled manpower makes the country’s labour market particularly attractive. Highly developed industrial and scientific potential has made the Belarusian economy an export-oriented one.last_img read more

Halloween in Delhi

first_imgEvolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. To celebrate the night of the dead, Delhiites dress up at their spookiest best.Skeletons, tombstones, spider webs and glowing pumpkins are amongst the popular decor items, but the list can go on and on. The day has become yet another excuse for youngsters to dress up at their horrific best and have some fun. Party stores, costume shops and make-up artists are gearing up to cash in on the trend to transform people into creepy characters ahead of the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Know to be an American holiday, Halloween seems to be gaining fast popularity in India. “People have started getting quite serious about their looks, as many popular pubs and nightclubs in the city are throwing parties that hold ‘ghostly’ competitions and give away fancy prizes to the best dressed,” said – a makeover expert. Recognising an increasing demand for Halloween parties director of a local bar said, “We have decorated our pub with scary chandeliers and skeletons, making it look like a dark dungeon. Our in-house DJ will play scary music all night to make it a complete Halloween experience. We are also calling three artists to paint faces.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChild-friendly Halloween setups also seem to be in demand as they are being organised to cater the needs of both parents and toddlers. “The idea is to involve the whole family in this festival, which is why we are going for a lighter Halloween theme party this year. We will have people dressed up in cartoon characters such as superman, spiderman etc. We are also organising a best-dressed competition and children will also be allowed to take instant photographs with their favourite cartoon character,” said an event organiser. In spite of being the most ‘in’ thing recently, Halloween somehow seems to be stuffed within the boundaries of a clubhouse or a private party. The famous trick or treat tradition is not that successful in a country where parents spend a lot of energy warning children not to talk to strangers. This puts us in a position to question the custom we have adopted mindlessly. Because let’s face it, no Indian parent would want their children to dress up in a blood sucking vampire costume, they would rather dress them up as engineers or doctors! While Dussehra was celebrated to fight good over evil then why to bring evil back in the form of Halloween? Think about it!last_img read more

Tooth loss in elderly linked to malnutrition

first_imgOlder adults with just 10 to 19 teeth are at higher risk malnutrition, warns a new study. These patients also had higher rates of weight loss, lower appetite and were at increased risk for dementia and/or depression as well as severe illnesses than those who had a normal nutrition status. “The mouth is the entry way for food and fluid intake. If its integrity is impaired, the functional ability of an individual to consume an adequate diet may be adversely impacted,” said Rena Zelig, lead author at Rutgers University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurther, the researchers said that dental clinics were ideal locations to perform nutritional status screenings as they can identify patients who may not regularly visit a primary care provider and who may be at risk for malnutrition. “Clinicians also can provide patients with referrals to Registered Dietitians and community assistance programmes such as Meals on Wheels to prevent further decline in nutritional status,” Zelig said. The study, published in Journal of Ageing Research and Clinical Practice, analysed the health records of 107 senior citizens treated aged 65 and above.The results showed that 20.6 per cent of participants were at risk for malnutrition and 4.7 per cent were malnourished. In addition, greater than 87 per cent of them partially or completely lacked teeth. However, further study was needed to examine the relationships between tooth loss and malnutrition risk and the impact of tooth loss on the eating experience and eating-related quality of life.last_img read more

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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more center_img News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following radiation therapy of the chest, neck or head… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | July 18, 2011 Christian Medical College & Hospital First to Upgrade Elekta Compact Linear Accelerator with MLCi2 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more July 18, 2011 – Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC) in Ludhiana, Ind., is the site of the first Elekta Compact linear accelerator in the world to be field-upgraded to an MLCi2-equipped Elekta Compact, completing the transformation in less than a week. MLCi2 shapes treatment beams, enabling doctors to provide more accurate delivery to the target while limiting radiation exposure to surrounding structures.An Elekta installation team, which worked to integrate the MLCi2 full field 80 leaf multi-leaf collimator in March, took only another three days to install the system’s iViewC digital imaging system. The Elekta team commissioned both technologies in a single day.”The speed with which we can integrate MLCi2 in Elekta Compact demonstrates not only the skill of our installation teams, but also the inherent modularity of MLCi2, such as the way the head itself is fitted and the installation of computer cabinets,” said Russ Cox, senior product manager. “iViewC was designed as a module to make it simple to install, and commissioning is easy because we’re dealing with a single energy for the treatment system. Installation teams are dedicated to achieving upgrades within specified timescales, even working longer hours if required to get the job done. We are committed to further reducing field upgrade times to make it even more seamless, enabling our customers to return to treating patients as quickly as possible.”The quick conversion of Elekta Compact – which uses asymmetric jaws and blocks for beam shaping – to an MLC-equipped Elekta Compact was impressive, according to M.K. Mahajan, M.D., professor and head, Department of Radiotherapy at CMC.”This was a commendable effort on the part of the Elekta installation team,” he says. “It was an easy process and has enabled us to begin working quickly to enter dose output data into the treatment planning system and complete dose modeling so we can start treating patients. I’m quite pleased with how easy this major technological improvement was.”Elekta Compact was designed for modular upgrades, which will help them to incorporate technological improvements as they become available or when CMC is ready for them, he adds.Mahajan predicts that CMC’s daily patient volume on Elekta Compact should quickly increase to 50 per day within a year. Consequently, he notes that Elekta was committed to providing not only a comprehensive multi-year service contract, but also rapid service response to address equipment issues. “They were glad to tell us that they will be able to provide service to us in less than 24 hours,” Mahajan said.For additional information: News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more December 12, 2012 — Anthro Corporation, Technology Furniture, the Portland, Ore., manufacturer of radiology sit/stand desks, introduced the newest member of its award-winning Steve’s Station family. The ergonomic design of Steve’s Curve wraps displays around the user for comfortable viewing and positions equipment within easy reach. The addition of this curved model gives imaging professionals a total of four Steve’s Station desk options with a variety of shapes and features. Steve’s Curve will be available in 2013 and was shown for the first time at RSNA, Nov. 25-30 in Chicago.More than just an electric radiology sit/stand desk, the two work surfaces of Steve’s Curve move up and down separately to custom fit the work style of any user. The independent movement of each work surface greatly increases the variety of positions and gives radiologists precise control of their work surface height and monitor placement.Steve’s Curve includes the same details as other members of the Steve’s Station family. Comfort controls like an air circulation fan to move air gently around the displays and keep the user refreshed. Twin LED task lights on gooseneck arms that provide just the right amount of light wherever needed without washing onto the displays. Convenient USB ports built into the work surface. Programmable height presets in order for the user to change positions quickly throughout the day.Additional ergonomic features include tilt adjustability of the front keyboard surface to ease pressure on arms, shoulders, neck and back. The back monitor work surface of Steve’s Curve includes Monitor Easy Track, a monitor management system that slides the entire monitor array forward and back in unison 10 inches to reach the user’s optimal focal depth.”Large monitor configurations have the tendency to prohibit users from having all monitors within the same focal distance,” said Michael Mullen, Design Development manager for Anthro Corporation. “This new curve shape encourages an ergonomic viewing experience and will reside comfortably in a corner, along a wall or in a pod arrangement.”The electric legs of Steve’s Curve move the desk quickly and quietly from 23 inches to 49 inches high to support a variety of users. The keyboard surface adjusts from 6” below and 7 inches above the monitor surface. With a total keyboard height range of 17 inches – 56 inches high, Steve’s Curve accommodates a wide variety of height preferences.Steve’s Station’s cable management system protects data and power cords and cables through the table’s entire range of motion so that connections aren’t strained when the table height or monitor depth are adjusted. Monitors are easy to reposition and replace with a single included tool.Lifetime Warranty against manufacturing defects on the table; two-year warranty on legs and electrical system. Lamps, cords, and plugs are not warranted.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more News | Breast Imaging | April 03, 2019 Konica Minolta Highlights New Exa Mammo Features at SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. will highlight new features of Exa Mammo, a picture archiving and communication… read more News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more Related Content News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of… read more Technology | December 12, 2012 Anthro Introduces Steve’s Station Curve at RSNA 2012 last_img read more

Thailand Wins Go Asia Awards 2012 at ITB Berlin 2012 Named Most

first_imgSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand Thailand was again named the “Most Popular Destination” and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was honoured as the “Best Asian Tourism Board” by Go Asia, at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) Berlin 2012, the world’s leading B2B platform for the travel and tourism industry. This is the ninth year in a row that members of Go Asia have chosen Thailand as Asia’s most popular destination, and the fourth year in a row that they have also recognised the TAT as the best Asian tourism board. Also in this year’s Go Asia awards, Thai Airways International received the “Best Asian Airline” award. In the private sector, the “Best Hotel in Asia” awards went to the Peninsula Bangkok, Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa, and the Mandarin Oriental Dara Dhevi in Chiang Mai.The awards reflect the outcome of an online poll conducted by Go Asia, a marketing network that specialises in marketing Asia as a destination for travellers. Members of the Go Asia network including tour operators, airlines, and tourism boards are eligible to vote in the poll. The two awards were presented to TAT Governor Mr Suraphon Svetasreni at the ITB Go Asia Award gala night.”The TAT is honoured to again receive such a high level of recognition from those in the travel and tourism industry. The Thailand brand has tremendous appeal for millions of visitors from all over the world, while the Kingdom’s tourism sector strives to offer an ever-increasing variety of unique and memorable experiences for visitors. This award will inspire us to continue developing Thailand as a destination of choice for international travellers from the German-speaking regions of Europe,” said Governor Suraphon.Go Asia is a dynamic marketing alliance that specialises in marketing Asia as a destination. Founded in 2003, Go Asia aims to enhance Asia in German-speaking regions through joint marketing activities; such as, the Go Asia website, participation in exhibitions and trade fairs, media relations and training initiatives.last_img read more

THAI Recruits 214 new Flight Attendants

first_imgTHAI Recruits 214 new Flight AttendantsTHAI Recruits 214 new Flight AttendantsThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) is recruiting 214 new flight attendants to provide services on board THAI flights, accommodating future route expansion.Flight Lieutenant Werasak Wiroonpetch, THAI Executive Vice President, Operations Department, said that as the Company is currently in the third phase of its Transformation Plan and is in the process of “strength building.” It is prepared to be a leading carrier or to go beyond the capabilities of competitors. The Company is in the process of recruiting 214 new flight attendants to serve THAI flights in preparation for future route expansion. THAI’s new flight attendants will hold a three year contract that may be renewed one time, whereby the contractual period will end on 30 September 2023. Applications were submitted online through during 2-26 May 2017, resulting in 2,003 applicants, which shows that the flight attendant career remains highly popular. Currently, applications are being reviewed for qualified applicants, submission of required application materials, measure of body weight and height, and consideration of personality and image. The list of qualified applicants will be announced on 24 June 2017, those of whom may take the written exam before proceeding with the selection process that includes overall interview, third language interview, swimming test, and physical examination.This group of flight attendants will be employed for a contractual period that will terminate at the end of contract, which is an employment policy used by other leading air carriers worldwide. It is an opportunity to take pride in working for the national carrier with exceptionally high standards of premium class service. Thai Airwaysbook your flights hereSource = THAI – Thai Airways Internationallast_img read more

Darnell Dockett DT Hamstring Full Full Full Probab

first_imgDarnell DockettDTHamstringFullFullFullProbable Anthony ShermanFBKneeFullFullFullProbable Adam SnyderGQuadricepDNPDNPDNPOut Top Stories Sam ShieldsCBAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo D’Anthony BatisteTToeFullFullFullProbable Green Bay PackersPlayerPosInjuryWedThursFriStatus Jamell FlemingCBBackFullFullFullProbable Jordy NelsonWRHamstringDNPDNPDNPQuestionable Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Jerel WorthyDEConcussionDNPDNPDNPOutDonald DriverWRNeck/ThumbLimitedFullFullProbable Greg TolerCBHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling John KuhnFBHamstringDNPDNPDNPOut Mike NealDEAnkleDNPLimitedLimitedProbablecenter_img Jermichael FinleyTEShoulderLimitedLimitedFullProbableT.J. LangGElbow/WristLimitedLimitedFullProbable Mike LeachLSBackLimitedLimitedLimitedProbableKerry RhodesFSBackLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Greg JenningsWRGroin/AbdomenOutOutOutOut Charles WoodsonDBCollarboneOutOutOutOut 0 Comments   Share   The official injury report for the Arizona Cardinalsand Green Bay Packers for their Week 9 game at University of Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Friday Status DesignationsOut – Definitely will not playDoubtful – At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable – A 50-50 chance will not playProbable – A virtual certainty of being available fornormal duty Jim DrayTEKneeFullFullFullProbable Arizona CardinalsPlayerPosInjuryWedThursFriStatusKevin KolbQBRibsDNPDNPDNPOut Daily Practice DesignationsOut – Definitely will not playDNP – Did Not ParticipateLimited – Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normalrepetitions)Full – Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions) Nick PerryLBKnee/WristDNPDNPDNPOut Todd HeapTEKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact B.J. RajiDTAnkleLimitedLimitedFullProbableAaron RodgersQBCalfFullFullFullProbablelast_img read more

No seat but increased Elam vote can only be a worry

first_imgLike some of its European counterparts, nationalists, Eurosceptics, and the far-right, the National People’s Front (Elam) saw a surge in voters on Sunday, almost tripling its support compared with the 2014 Euro elections, and doubling its percentage share since the 2016 Cyprus parliamentary elections.Although overall, the party came in fifth out of 13 parties with 8.25 per cent of the vote or 23,167 votes, and will not be going to the European Parliament, Elam’s share of the vote in Paphos reached 12.08 per cent and as high as 15.24 per cent in the Famagusta district.By comparison, Elam garnered only a 2.69 per cent share, or 6,957 votes, in the 2014 European elections and 3.71 per cent or 13,041 votes in the Cyprus parliamentary elections in 2016.Polls ahead of Sunday’s ballot had indicated that Disy was haemorrhaging supporters to Elam and that as many as 5 per cent of Disy voters could end up turning to the nationalist party. This appeared to be borne out as Disy support fell to 29 per cent on Sunday compared with the 37.75 per cent it received in the 2014 European elections, whereas rivals Akel gained ever-so slightly over the previous Euro ballot.Elam’s gains left both ruling Disy and Akel concerned, their leaders said, following the final results on Sunday.“We recognise that society has sent a message not only to the government side, but overall to the political system,” said Disy leader, Averof Neophytou.“The rise of the nationalist party, even if it has not elected a MEP, can only be a worry. You have to listen to society and to address the cause of the ‘birth’ of this phenomenon. As the Democratic Rally we will analyse seriously the election results and where required we will proceed with any changes needed.”A similar concern was expressed by Akel leader Andros Kyprianou.“We express our satisfaction that voters have blocked the path of the far right towards the European Parliament,” he said.“However, we note with concern the numbers recorded by Elam. Now everyone has to take on his responsibilities,” he added, referring to what failures might be evident within the political system that was leading to the rise of such nationalist parties.A spokesman for Elam, speaking after the final results on Sunday night, thanked “the thousands of people who supported the party”.“The whole political system has launched an attack on our party,” he said. “Our struggle was never electoral and you can expect us to be more united and stronger than ever before.”Some social media users also had things to say about Elam. “In real numbers, Elam got 23,167 votes. These are 16,210 more than the last European elections, 10,126 more than the parliamentary elections of 2016, 1,321 more than the presidential elections of 2018. Steady and terrifying increase,” said one.Responding to the above post, others commented that “indeed, most Elam voters are old village people, who still think we’re at war. If anyone sat down and talked to them, they might change their vote, but no one does so.”Another post added: “For anyone who hasn’t understood this yet, Elam did not lose, it got over 8 per cent. It just didn’t secure a MEP.”Others said this aspect should be celebrated, as it deprived the party of significant funding. But another responded: “Without wanting to downplay the significance of Elam’s failure to get a MEP seat, we still hear far-right rhetoric from other parties including Edek, which managed to secure the seat.”  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more