NEW YORK — A Soviet-born convicted felon who worked on real estate deals with President Donald Trump was accused in a lawsuit Monday of plotting to use Trump-branded skyscrapers to launder money allegedly stolen from a Kazakhstan bank.BTA Bank and the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, allege Felix Sater conspired with the son of the city’s former mayor to use some of the $440 million to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow.Sater, who was due to testify before Congress this week about his work with Trump, started pushing the Moscow project in 2005 and tried to kick-start it during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, but it was never built.The bank also alleges Sater helped the mayor’s son, Ilyas Khrapunov, mask $3 million as down payments on three condominiums in Trump SoHo, a New York City hotel Sater helped develop as an executive at Bayrock Group LLC.Sater arranged for Trump and Khrapunov to meet and discuss potential investments, the lawsuit said, avoiding any suggestion that Trump engaged in impropriety or that he was aware Sater and Khrapunov allegedly stole money.Sater’s lawyer said Tuesday in a written statement that the bank had hired a Sater-owned company to recover some of the assets and that the lawsuit is “cheap and desperate retaliation” after that company sued over an unpaid bill.Sater’s company helped the bank recover more than $50 million in stolen assets and was owed $10 million for the work, lawyer Robert Wolf said. The bank said in a court filing it did not know Sater was connected to the asset-recovery company until he said so in a deposition.Messages were left with representatives for Trump and his company, the Trump Organization. Khrapunov is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan. His lawyer noted that all claims against him regarding alleged money laundering have been dismissed by federal courts in New York and California.Sater’s work on the Trump Tower Moscow project has made him a key figure in the House Democrats’ investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia. The congressional probes are moving forward after Attorney General William Barr on Sunday said that special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence Trump colluded with Russia to influence the election.Sater’s public testimony, however, will wait.The House Intelligence Committee postponed Sater’s appearance, scheduled for Wednesday. It wasn’t clear whether he would still meet with the House Judiciary Committee in a closed-door session Thursday.Khrapunov’s father-in-law, former BTA Bank chairman Mukhtar Ablyazov, is accused of embezzling billions of dollars from the bank and funneling the money into offshore entities. The lawsuit said that, once caught, he turned to Khrapunov to monetize and launder remaining assets.Khrapunov knew Sater through his family and asked him to join the scheme in 2011, the lawsuit said. Sater had been involved in coal extraction and oil drilling ventures with Khrapunov’s family and attended Khrapunov’s 2007 wedding to Ablyazov’s daughter, the lawsuit said.Sater and two other people are named as defendants, along with five companies, including Bayrock. In addition to the money laundering allegations, Sater is accused in the lawsuit of stealing $40 million for himself and an associate.Sater, 53, is among the more colorful characters in Trump’s orbit. He served 15 months in jail in the early 1990s and permanently lost his stockbroker’s license for stabbing a man in the face with the stem of a broken margarita glass at a Manhattan bar.A few years later, he got caught in a $40 million pump-and-dump stock fraud, turned state’s evidence against two New York crime families and then continued providing the government with information related to national security and other matters.In another Trump connection, BTA Bank hired his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen in 2017 to help with litigation over Ablyazov’s alleged embezzlement but dumped him within two months because it says he “did absolutely nothing of value.” Sater and Cohen worked together on the Moscow project in 2016.___Follow Sisak at twitter.com/mikesisakMichael R. Sisak, The Associated Press read more

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Speaking at an election rally in Agalawatte, the President said that the gazette notices on business hours of liquor outlets and one allowing women to be employed at liquor outlets will be reversed. Under the revision, establishments with retail licenses to sell beer, ale, stout and wine were allowed to remain open from 8.00am to 10.00pm.Tourist Board approved premises selling beer, ale, stout and wine were allowed to be open 11am to 11pm while establishments not approved by the Tourist Board were allowed to be open from 11am to 10pm.The Finance Ministry also announced last week that the schedule in the Excise Notification no.666 of the Gazette Extraordinary of 1979 had been amended to allow females over 18 years to purchase alcohol legally and also to be employed at licensed premises without prior approval from the Excise Commissioner. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena said this week that he had decided to call for the reversal of the two gazette notices issued by the Finance Ministry on liquor. It was announced last week that the business hours of liquor licensed establishments have been revised.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera issued a special gazette notification under the excise ordinance which revise the business hours of the liquor licensed establishments in the country. Cabinet has decided to withdraw two gazette notices issued by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera on the sale of liquor.The unanimous decision was reached when cabinet met today, Minister Mahinda Samarasingha said. read more

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Sri Lanka is facing the challenge of an aging population and the matter will be discussed at the third meeting of the Asia-Europe Political Forum (AEPF) and the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo from 5 to 7 April 2019, the Foreign Ministry said.Approximately (90) ninety participants representing political parties in Asia and Europe are expected to be in attendance at this International Conference. In the recent past several political parties in Sri Lanka have been actively participating in ICAPP activities. Considering the positive contribution made by Sri Lanka towards the progress of the ICAPP in the past, the ICAPP Secretariat invited the Government of Sri Lanka to host the 3rd meeting of Asia-Europe Political Forum (AEPF) in Colombo from 5 to 7 April 2019.Park Ro-byug, Secretary General, ICAPP visited Sri Lanka on 22 March 2019 and met the President, Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment and senior officials of the respective Ministries. Subsequent to these deliberations, the Government of Sri Lanka consented to host the AEPF in Colombo in April 2019. Launched in Manila, Philippines in September 2000, ICAPP is a forum of political parties of Asia-Oceania countries. ICAPP is headquartered in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Its objectives are to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties with various ideologies, to enhance mutual understanding and trust among Asian countries; to promote Asia’s regional cooperation through political parties; and to create an environment for sustained peace and shared prosperity in the region. The Conference will be organized by the Ministry of Primary Industries and Social Empowerment in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This will be an occasion for Sri Lanka to create a platform bringing together political parties from both the ruling and opposition parties of ICAPP member countries in Asia and Europe, for consultation and exchange of ideas drawing from each other’s experience. Further, the conference will help boost the image of Sri Lanka as a ICAAP member country, prepared to share global values and challenges with the rest of the world.The theme of the conference is “How political parties can handle the challenges of social security and employment of the increasing aged population as well as items of current urgency in the Asian region”. read more

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This ship in Las Palmas, Spain, is being loaded with WFP supplies and 1,920 metric tons of USAID-donated commodities and headed for Ebola response operations in Guinea. Photo: WFP/Enrique PulidoAlso on the ground, the first-ever UN emergency health mission, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), is working to respond to immediate needs related to the fight against Ebola while supporting the operations of its partners in the Organization’s wider response, including WFP and the UN World Health Organization (WHO). UNMEER chief, Anthony Banbury, today welcomed the arrival of a German aircraft which will be delivering needed supplies and material to countries in western Africa affected by the Ebola virus.”This flight is a welcome reflection of the international community’s support for the efforts to stop Ebola and help those affected by it – this support is vital if we are to stop the virus,” Mr. Banbury said. “I hope that we will see more of this in the coming days and weeks.”The C160 aircraft, from the German air force, arrived at Kotoka International Airport in the Ghanaian capital of Accra today, where it was loaded with UN humanitarian supplies and equipment.These include materials to construct warehouses that will be used in the logistics supply chain for future aid delivery in Sierra Leone and five tonnes of high-energy biscuits for delivery to people affected by the crisis in Guinea.UNMEER liaison officers led the project that will use the UN humanitarian air corridor set up to help rapidly deploy aid to the field. The aircraft will make its first flight to Sierra Leone on Thursday and then return to Accra before flying to Guinea. The deliveries include materials to construct warehouses that will be used in the logistics supply chain for future aid delivery in Sierra Leone. Photo: UNMEER/Aaron J. BuckleyThe ongoing UN effort to scale up the response and alert the international community to the breadth of the crisis was also bolstered today by the Security Council, which issued a Presidential Statement recognizing the strenuous efforts made by West African Member States, especially Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, to lead the ground-level response, as well as to address the wider political, security, socioeconomic and humanitarian impacts of the Ebola outbreak on community’s. The members of the Council also affirmed the importance of preparedness by all Member States to detect, prevent, respond to, isolate and mitigate suspected cases of Ebola within and across borders. They also recalled the International Health Regulations (2005), which aim to improve the capacity of all countries to detect, assess, notify and respond to public health threats.Meanwhile, later this week 35 Ebola survivors will meet in Kenema, one of the epicentres of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, to share their stories on overcoming the scourge and discuss how best to deal with the psychological aftermath, UNICEF announced today. The conference, the first in a series of similar meetings planned over the next six months, hopes to involved people who have survived Ebola and are now immune to it, involved in the regional response. Survivors will also have a chance to meet mental health experts to discuss the many hardships that arise after they recover from Ebola, including being stigmatised and shunned by their own communities. “A key challenge that parents, care workers and many of us working on the Ebola response are facing is how to care for children who have been affected or infected with Ebola without putting their care givers at risk,” said Roeland Monasch, UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone.“One creative way to address this gap is to work with Ebola survivors who can provide these children with the love, care and attention they so badly need,” he added.People who have survived Ebola often face high levels of stigma, shame and discrimination from their own communities. UNICEF says children are particularly vulnerable, especially when they or their parents have to be isolated for treatment. About 96 per cent of the 1,400 households surveyed in a recent UNICEF study reported some discriminatory attitude toward people with suspected or confirmed Ebola. About 76 per cent said they would not welcome an Ebola survivor back into their community. According to WHO, more than 650 adults have survived Ebola since the beginning of the outbreak in Sierra Leone. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that its logistical support to the global Ebola response is in “high gear” – with the latest supply en route from Italy to Liberia.The flight, carrying 58 metric tons of supplies including water tanks, washing units and generators, is one in a series of dispatches this week containing protective gear, emergency health kits, relief items and other equipment for use throughout the affected region. “The world is mobilizing and we need to reach the smallest villages in the most remote locations. Indications are that things will only get worse before they improve. How much worse depends on us all,” said Denise Brown, WFP’s Regional Director for West Africa. In addition to supply flights, the WFP is delivering 7,000 metric tons of rice by ship scheduled to reach Sierra Leone by the end of the week, before heading to Liberia’s capital of Monrovia. There, WFP is also running a logistics hub with plans to set up 12 more in remote areas in affected countries. An additional 100 WFP staff – engineers, operations support officers and telecommunications specialists – have been mobilized across the region to support more than 360 WFP colleagues already on the ground. read more

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first_img 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. When you start to look, it is quite alarming… Grades really do matterProfessor Robert Coe “Part of the reason for the re-grading process was because the top grades ad become a bit too common, and you want something that discriminates a bit more,” he said.“But the trade-off is that it is more likely to be wrong, with people awarded a grade that they shouldn’t have got. When you start to look, it is quite alarming. Individual subject grades can make a huge difference to someone’s whole life course. They do really matter.”Students will receive their GCSE results this week for the first time under a numerical system which uses grades one to nine, rather than from A* to G.The grades were designed by former Education Secretary Michael Gove as part of a package of reforms to toughen up syllabuses and to counter grade inflation at the top end, since A and A* are split between seven, eight and nine. Students will receive their GCSE results this week for the first time under a numerical system which uses grades one to nine, rather than from A* to GCredit:Vladimir Smirnov\\TASS via Getty Images Students will receive their GCSE results this week for the first time under a numerical system which uses grades one to nine, rather than from A* to G Dennis Sherwood, a consultant who has previously carried out research for Ofqual, said that the new system is a “catastrophe”.“This affects everyone but the people on the bottom end are getting an extra kick in teeth,” he said. “If you are a child from a disadvantaged school and can’t afford to appeal, and you got a D instead of a C, you will be in the dustbin for the rest of your life.”Michelle Meadows, Ofqual’s executive director for strategy, risk and research, defended the changes, saying: “New GCSEs have been designed from first principles to deliver better differentiation on the new nine to one grading scale.“The new GCSE exams and mark schemes have been created to support better spread of grade boundaries and reliable assessment.”center_img Mr Sheldon, a chief examiner with one of the UK’s leading exam boards, said that “doing away with grades altogether” would be the best solution, and instead pupils should just be given their a mark as a percentage.Ofqual warned last year of the “profound impact” that grading overhaul will have on likelihood of correct grades. Thousands of students are set to receive the wrong GCSE mark this week under the new numerical grading system, experts have said, as they warn of its “alarming” consequences.The proportion of pupils who will receive an unreliable grade for their English GCSE this Thursday is set to rise from 30 per cent to 45 per cent, statisticians predict, as they call for a system where students are awarded percentages rather than grades.Robert Coe, a professor in Durham University’s School of Education, said that in some cases a child’s grade will be “not much more than chance”. Since there is uncertainty around each grade boundary, the chance of a candidate getting a wrong grade multiplies when more boundaries are added, expert say.Prof Coe, who is director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, one of the UK’s leading educational research centres, said a solution would be to abolish grades altogether and give marks as percentages.Neil Sheldon, vice-president for education and statistical literacy at the Royal Statistical Society, said that the new process “is bound to produce inaccurate results”.“Even though [examiners] are doing their best to get things right, inevitably more will fall the wrong side of the boundary,” he said. “Near every grade boundary there are going to be candidates that have the wrong grade. If there are more boundaries there will be more children getting the wrong grade  – there is no doubt whatsoever about that.” Pupils will be marked under the new system for English Literature, English Language and Maths, while the rest of their subjects will be marked under the old A* to G grades.Under the new system, the grade boundaries that affect the vast majority of candidates have increased from four (A* to D) to six (nine to three).last_img read more

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first_imgUpdated 20.20 pmABOUT 600 HOMES in Donegal remain without power after high winds hit power lines overnight and this morning.Northern Ireland’s electricity network has been damaged following the severe weather today, leaving 1,400 homes without power this evening.This video shows the scene today in Derry:(YouTube/john mayr)ESB Networks say that over 2,500 homes had earlier been affected in Donegal  but repairs have been undertaken throughout the day.Outages were reported in a number of areas including Ballybofey, Buncrana and at the border near Derry.Areas in Meath and Dublin had also been affected by outages with around 200 homes in Trim still without power.Coastal areas in Dublin such as Malahide and East Wall had also experienced problems but power has now been restoredthere.Information on the specific areas affected can be found at on the ESB’s Power Check website which also gives information on how to report a disruption.Northern Ireland Electricity say that up to 2,700 of their customers are currently without power with crews responding to over 250 faults on the electricity network across Northern Ireland.AA Ireland have also warned motorists that strong crosswinds have affected a number of routes.The N11 Wexford to Dublin Road has reopened northbound at Glen of the Downs following the removal of dangerous trees but traffic restrictions are in place in Wicklow Town due to flooding.Some flight disruption may be expected this afternoon into and out of Scotland and northern England. Passengers are advised to check with their airline’s website before travelling to the airport.Met Éireann say that a weather warning remains in place due to gale force winds but that winds should ease throughout the day.Gusts of up to 120kph were recorded in the north-west of the country overnight with Munster and Leinster experiencing winds winds of up to 110kph.Additional reporting Christina Finn Read: Winter’s here as weather warning issued over winds >last_img read more

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first_img http://jrnl.ie/3240176 So there is a direct and significant contradiction there between the Justice Minister and her opposite number in Fianna Fáil – one which is unlikely to be resolved independently.Later in this evening’s Dáil session, the Tánaiste was asked when she first became aware that Tusla was involved in the Maurice McCabe case, first by Labour leader Brendan Howlin.As I have said consistently, the facts as they emerged on the [Prime Time] programme in relation to false allegations – the first time that I heard of those details was when I went home and I saw the Prime Time programme. By TheJournal.ie Team Feb 15th 2017, 12:54 AM Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire The correct sequence was that I was informed through officials in my office that the Minister intended to meet Sergeant McCabe, and last Tuesday she informed me that she had met Sergeant McCabe.There is a serious question mark over the plausibility of Kenny’s claim that he was simply “mistaken” in his description of a conversation with Katherine Zappone, which he now admits never took place. There are specific, objective reasons for this.Firstly, on Sunday he recounted specifically a personal, one-one-one conversation with Zappone before her meeting with McCabe, saying “I told her”.Secondly, he recounted his (supposed) exact words to her, in a conversation which he now admits never took place, claiming he advised her: “If you do have a meeting, make sure you have a thorough account of it.”As Labour leader Brendan Howlin put it, later in tonight’s session, “I can’t understand how you would have such flawed recollections of such significant meetings.”The Taoiseach’s characterisation this evening, echoed by his Fine Gael colleague Bernard Durkan on tonight’s RTE Radio One Late Debate, that he simply did not have “the correct sequence” of events, is also implausible.The implication here is that Kenny was, on Sunday, recalling the conversation he had with Zappone last Tuesday, but accidentally dating it to before her meeting with McCabe in January.But remember what he recalled saying to her: “If you do have a meeting, make sure you have a thorough account of it.”It is implausible in the extreme for the Taoiseach to have said this (advice about a potential, future meeting), during a conversation about a meeting, after it had already happened.Kenny did not inaccurately recall what he said in a conversation with Katherine Zappone in January, nor did he mistakenly recall comments made to a third party as having been made to Zappone.And he did not simply get the date of the conversation wrong.He volunteered details, down to the exact wording of what he supposedly said to his Children’s Minister, in a conversation that never took place.Unless they’re met with a sensible, logical and comprehensive explanation, these facts will continue to damage the Taoiseach’s credibility.5. When did Frances Fitzgerald first learn that Tusla was involved in the Maurice McCabe case?It is agreed by both Frances Fitzgerald and Fianna Fail Justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan that the two met in Leinster House on Wednesday evening.They also agree that O’Callaghan notified the Tánaiste about a Prime Time documentary about the alleged smear campaign against Maurice McCabe, to be broadcast the following night.They also agree that O’Callaghan wanted the Tánaiste to expand the Terms of Reference of what was then a Commission of Inquiry, to take into account what was to be included in the documentary.However, the two disagree on whether O’Callaghan told Fitzgerald that the documentary involved Tusla, specifically.Fitzgerald said tonight:At no time did Deputy O’Callaghan mention Tusla, and if he had mentioned it, or if he had said to me he wanted a particular reference in relation to Tusla, I would have included it. It would have been to my advantage to include it, if I had been told about it and if he had made it clear to me that Tusla, because Prime Time were covering it, should be included, I would have absolutely included it.O’Callaghan responded:I disagree with you – I referred to Tusla in our conversation… Share215 Tweet Email File photo Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire File photo IN RESPONSE TO the growing controversy and scandal surrounding false allegations made against Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe, the Dáil last night hosted ‘Statements of Clarification on Statements made by Taoiseach and Two Ministers’.It was intended for Enda Kenny, Frances Fitzgerald and Katherine Zappone to clear up any remaining confusion over what they knew about the unfolding debacle, and when they knew it, and for other TDs to have their questions answered.However, not everything was clarified. Here are the five most serious and significant questions that the government did not give a proper or sensible explanation for tonight.1. When did Enda Kenny first hear about the false allegations against Maurice McCabe?The Taoiseach was asked this question on several occasions last night, without giving a direct or specific answer to all but one of them – something that was not lost on opposition TDs.Finally, he gave a response to Sinn Fein’s Maurice Quinlivan, claiming that he first became aware of the false allegations against Maurice McCabe, “When I watched the Prime Time programme last Thursday night”.However, this contradicts the Taoiseach’s own remarks from earlier in the evening, when he confirmed that two days before the Prime Time broadcast, Katherine Zappone had told him that in her meeting with Maurice McCabe in January, she had discussed “false allegations of sexual abuse made against Maurice McCabe to Tusla”.Furthermore, Labour leader Brendan Howlin had raised those false allegations during a high-profile contribution to Leaders Questions, the day before the Prime Time broadcast.Another Sinn Féin deputy, Jonathan O’Brien, followed up on these discrepancies, pointing out the fact that Howlin had raised the false allegations before the Prime Time broadcast.The Taoiseach acknowledged this, even venturing to say “And I responded to Deputy Howlin”, which confirms the obvious – that he had heard the Labour leader’s contribution, which was addressed to the Taoiseach.And yet, Kenny reiterated at the very end of the Dáil session that the first time he had heard of the false allegations against Maurice McCabe was during the Prime Time broadcast.It remains to be seen how the Taoiseach can reconcile those seemingly irreconcilable facts.2. What did Enda Kenny and Katherine Zappone discuss in their conversation before last Tuesday’s cabinet meeting?In his opening remarks last evening, the Taoiseach stated that, in a meeting with Minister Zappone before last Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, she “did not divulge any of the details” about her meeting, in January, with Maurice McCabe.I was aware of the meeting between Minister Zappone and Sergeant McCabe, but I was not aware of the details or of the very serious and disturbing issues that arose at the meeting. …As Minister Zappone has confirmed, she did not divulge any of the details of those very serious issues to me or to anyone else in government, and that was absolutely the correct course of action.However, this was contradicted by Katherine Zappone, who later told the Dáil that in her meeting with the Taoiseach last Tuesday, she told him that she and Maurice McCabe had discussed “false allegations of sexual abuse made against Maurice McCabe to Tusla”.Unless the Taoiseach does not regard this as one of the “serious and disturbing issues that arose” at Zappone’s meeting with McCabe, his account of the Tuesday meeting is irreconcilable with Minister Zappone’s account of the Tuesday meeting.In response to questioning from the AAA-PBP’s Paul Murphy, the Taoiseach reiterated that he “was not aware of any of the details of the discussion that Minister Zappone had with the McCabe family”.Just seconds later, though, he added: “What Minister Zappone did say to me was that she had met the McCabes, and that they had discussed false allegations of sexual abuse that had been sent to Tusla”.As you may have observed, this directly contradicts Kenny’s separate claim, made just seconds earlier, that he “was not aware of any of the details of the discussion that Minister Zappone had with the McCabe family”.This is a contradiction that remains to be reconciled by the Taoiseach.3. On what basis did Enda Kenny assure Katherine Zappone that allegations against Maurice McCabe would be included in the Commission of Inquiry?This goes to the heart of the criticism faced by Katherine Zappone, after it emerged last week that, after her meeting with Maurice McCabe in January, she didn’t raise the issue of false allegations being made against him to Tusla, during last Tuesday’s cabinet meeting.In her opening statement tonight, Katherine Zappone told the Dáil that in her meeting with the Taoiseach, before last Tuesday’s cabinet meeting:I told him that I had met with the McCabes, that we had discussed false allegations of sexual abuse made against Sergeant McCabe to Tusla. The Taoiseach said this would be covered by the Commission of Investigation. (Emphasis added).Later on, in response to questioning by Ruth Coppinger, the Taoiseach said:I had looked at the terms of reference and I was clear in my mind that anything to do with allegations of a sexual nature would be covered by the terms of reference.When pressed on whether he had indeed given Zappone an assurance that these matters would be included in the Commission of Inquiry, the Taoiseach confirmed this:Yes, I said these would be covered in the terms of reference because they were false allegations of a sexual nature. I had never been briefed on a Tusla file, I did not know whether there was any Garda involvement, for example, with Tusla, in relation to Maurice McCabe. 15,366 Views 5 serious questions for the government that Dáil ‘clarifications’ did not clarify Enda Kenny, Frances Fitzgerald and Katherine Zappone said they were going to clear up any remaining confusion last night. Here’s how that went. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 48 Comments I never knew there was a councillor involved, I never knew about the set of false allegations that had been made from the councillor to Tusla – I had no information on those facts, as they emerged on the Prime Time programme.What’s notable about this is that the Tánaiste did not say that she was unaware of any Tusla involvement in the Maurice McCabe case, before the Prime Time broadcast, but rather that she was unaware of specific details contained within the programme.However, O’Callagan also asked if it was credible that a justice minister would agree to amend the terms of reference of a Commission of Investigation based on a television programme but wouldn’t even ask what that programme was about?Read: Enda Kenny takes a number of different positions on Zappone conversationExplainer: What exactly is a Tribunal of Inquiry? As it happened: There will be a Tribunal into alleged smear campaign against Maurice McCabe The Taoiseach went on to reiterate that Zappone had not told him “the detail of the discussion she had with the McCabes”.As shown in the previous section, this claim is incompatible with the Taoiseach’s own description of what Zappone told him about her meeting with Maurice and Lorraine McCabe.In any event, there is a major question mark over the Taoiseach’s claim that, on the one hand he was not aware of the details of the allegations against McCabe, and his assurance to Katherine Zappone that they would be covered by the terms of reference of the commission.This is because the terms of reference of what was to be the Charleton Commission of Inquiry related exclusively to the alleged smear campaign against Maurice McCabe.Therefore, as was pointed out by Today FM political correspondent Gavan Reilly, as well as AAA-PBP TD Mick Barry and Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty, it would have been impossible for the Taoiseach to assure Katherine Zappone that the false allegations against McCabe would be covered by the commission, unless he knew that those allegations were related to that alleged smear campaign. And that would mean the Taoiseach was aware of greater detail about the false allegations against Maurice McCabe than he admitted tonight in the Dáil.This is another inconsistency in the Taoiseach’s statements tonight.4. Did Enda Kenny just make a “mistake” in saying he spoke to Katherine Zappone before her meeting with Maurice McCabe?The Taoiseach had what he called a “mea culpa” in the Dáil at Leaders Questions, earlier today.He admitted that, in an interview with RTE Radio One’s This Week on Sunday, he was “guilty of not giving accurate information” about a conversation he had supposedly had with Katherine Zappone, before her meeting with Maurice McCabe.That conversation did not, in fact, take place.During This Week on Sunday, host Colm O’Mongáin asked the Taoiseach: “What did Katherine Zappone tell you, and what did her officials tell your officials?”The Taoiseach replied:Minister Zappone is doing a very good job, did tell me that she intended to meet Sergeant McCabe in a private capacity, and that’s all I knew. I said to her: ‘If you do have a meeting, make sure you have a thorough account of it.’It’s noteworthy here than O’Mongáin, in his question, referred to ‘what her officials told your officials’.Given that it was, in fact, Zappone’s officials who notified Kenny’s officials in advance of the meeting, this would appear to have been a perfect cue for the Taoiseach to accurately describe what had happened.But he did not do that.And during tonight’s Dáil session, Kenny stated:In referring to this last Sunday, I mistakenly said that I had spoken to Minister Zappone before her meeting with Sergeant McCabe. That comment was inaccurate. Short URL Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 12:54 AMlast_img read more

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first_imgAll date are subject to change. But there are plenty of Marvel movies to stay on top of too. And the DCEU has some interesting projects for the rest of the year and next. We are sure MovieBob will have a lot to say about Iron Fist again. Stop on top of all comics news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Comic movies get all the attention, but there are tons of great TV shows based on comics out there. When you think about it, TV is actually a better medium for comics adaptation than feature films. Both tell stories in an episodic format, both spend all year building to some big finale or event, and both have a long tradition of crossovers and cameos. It’s no wonder some of our favorite TV shows are based on comics.The networks and streaming services have caught on too. There are so many new and returning comics-based TV series ahead, it’s hard to keep track of when all the premieres are. Thankfully, you have us to do it for you. Let Geek tell you when your favorite comic book TV shows are happening and never miss a moment of your favorite superhero. (The Flash! It’s The Flash, Right? Yeah, it’s The Flash.)Iron Fist – September 7Marvel’s most critically-maligned first season (until The Inhumans) returns with a new showrunner. All episodes premiere Friday, September 7 on Netflix.Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – September 17The wacky 2D animated avengers of four genetically modified adolescent reptiles come to a new generation of kids. The new series premieres Monday, September 17 on Nickelodeon.Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest – September 23T’Challa must once again team up with his sister Shuri and his fellow Avengers to protect Wakanda in this animated series. Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest premieres Sunday, September 23 at 9 p.m. on Disney XD.The Gifted – September 25The Strucker family is divided and on the run in this second season of the X-Men-based series. Season Two premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 8 p.m. on FOX.The Walking Dead – October 7The ninth season of AMC’s zombie drama based on Robert Kirkman’s comic will be the last to star Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. The Walking Dead returns from the grave Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. on AMC.The Flash – October 9Barry Allen, the fastest man alive, returns for a fifth season and he’s bringing Elongated Man Ralph Dibny back with him. What new foe awaits Team Flash. We’ll find out when The Flash Season Five premieres Tuesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. on The CW.Black Lightning – October 9The newest DC superhero show to appear on the CW quickly became one of the best. The Pierce family will continue to balance family life with superhero work in a complicated world. Season Two premieres October 9 at 9 p.m. on The CW.Riverdale – October 10The Black Hood mystery is solved, but things are far from normal in Riverdale. Especially with Archie arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. Just when you think Riverdale can’t get any wilder, it tops itself. Season Three premieres October 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.Titans – October 12The first original series to premiere on DC Universe, Warner Bros.’ new standalone streaming service. We’ll finally know why Robin has such harsh words about Batman. The first season premieres October 12 on DC Universe. New episodes will become available every Friday.Supergirl – October 14Who needs Superman? Supergirl is the empathetic, optimistic and still action-packed show you expect from this hero. And it’s not afraid to dive deep into the stranger parts of DC Comics canon. Supergirl Season Four premieres Sunday, October 14 at 8 p.m. on The CW. Arrow – October 15The series that started The CW’s massive interconnected DC universe returns for its seventh season. Oliver and his team try to keep Star City safe in a show that now feels oddly dark compared to everything else in the Arrowverse. Arrow Season Seven premieres Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. on The CW.Constantine: The Legend Continues – October 15The Arrowverse-connected Constantine only ran for one season on NBC. That wasn’t the end of the character, though. The story continued in this animated web series on CW Seed. Now, it’s airing all at once on The CW proper. See what happened between Constantine and the character’s debut on Legends of Tomorrow when Constantine: The Legend Continues airs on Monday, October 15 at 9 p.m. on The CW.DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – October 22The most fun, joyously silly Arrowverse series returns at the end of October. A collection of heroes and villains from the other Arrowverse shows travel through time to fix errors in history, and usually screw things up worse. Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 premieres on Monday, October, 22 at 9 p.m. on The CW.The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – October 26Just in time for Halloween, this supernatural spinoff of Riverdale stars Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman. Like Riverdale before it, this is a darker version of the character than fans of the ’90s sitcom may remember, based on the also-darker comics with which it shares a name. All episodes of Season One premiere on Friday, October 26 on Netflix.Marvel’s Runaways – December 21The first season of Marvel’s Runaways was a fantastic adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s 2003 comic. It expanded on the source material in smart ways, mixing teen drama with a superhero story, and fleshed out the parents to be more than a cabal of evil supervillains. Season Two will continue that trajectory and bring in more fan-favorite moments from the comics. Runaways Season Two premieres Friday, December 21 on Hulu, with new episodes released every week.Daredevil – Late Fall 2018The world thinks Matt Murdock is dead after the events of The Defenders, but they’re obviously mistaken. The third season of Marvel’s first Netflix series is set to stream later this year, though no official release date has been given. If it follows the pattern of 2017’s The Punisher, we may not get one until a couple of weeks before its release. Expect to see Daredevil Season Three drop sometime in late 2018 on Netflix.Christopher Meloni, Patton Oswalt (Photo via Syfy)Happy! – Late 2018Syfy’s manic, violent, creepy, hilarious series starring Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt got renewed right before last January’s Season One finale. No official release date yet, but Syfy expects Season Two to premiere sometime in 2018.Cannon Busters – April 1, 2019Based on the comic by LeSean Thomas, Canon Busters follows friendship robot S.A.M., repair robot Casey Turnbuckle, and fugitive Philly the Kid traveling the world and searching for the heir to a kingdom under siege. This animated series is set to premiere April 1, 2019 on Netflix.Gotham – Early 2019The final season of Fox’s Batman prequel got a last minute order at the end of spring. Season Five will introduce yet more Batman villains and get us to the point where Bruce Wayne donning the cowl. There’s no firm premiere date yet, but expect to see Gotham in January or February of 2019 on Fox.iZombie – Early 2019A late renewal by the CW ensured that Liv would keep eating brains and solving crimes for another season. This darkly comedic zombified take on a police procedural usually premieres at midseason. Expect new episodes in early 2019 on The CW.Dan Stevens (Photo via FX)Legion – Mid 2019David Haller went full on supervillain at the end of Legion’s second season. It’s entirely unclear how, or if, they’re going to pull him back from this one. We’ll see when this mind-altering X-Men series returns for Season Three in late winter/early spring of 2019 on FX.Krypton – Mid 2019Syfy’s Superman prequel got a Season Two renewal, but no premiere date yet. All we know for sure is that this one introduces Lobo to the series. We can probably expect to see Krypton Season Two sometime in late winter/early spring of 2019 on Syfy.Cloak and Dagger – Spring 2019Marvel really knocked it out of the park with their first series on Freeform. Tyrone and Tandy were irresistible on screen together, and we’ll see a lot more of them in Season Two. This one sees Detective O’Reilly’s transformation into Mayhem. Expect to see Season Two of Cloak and Dagger in Spring 2019 on Freeform.Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Summer 2019Instead of premiering this fall or at midseason, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sidestepping Avengers: Infinity War altogether by waiting until after Avengers 4 comes out. No premiere date is set yet, but we’ll catch up with Coulson and the gang in the summer of 2019.Wynona Earp – Summer 2019The fourth season of this demon-hunting show was announced right after the premiere of the third. Based on the comic by Beau Smith, Wynona Earp follows the great-great-granddaughter of Wyatt Earp as she hunts down the spirits of outlaws her ancestor killed. Going by past season premiere dates, Season Four of Wynona Earp should arrive in the summer of 2019 on Syfy.Fear the Walking Dead – Spring/Summer 2019This spinoff of The Walking Dead was already renewed for another season. If the past few are anything to go by, this one should be split up into two parts, one premiering in the spring and one in the summer of 2019 on AMC.The Umbrella Academy – 2019This animated series about a dysfunctional family of superheroes is based on a comic by My Chemical Romance lead singer, Gerard Way. It’s set to hit Netflix sometime in 2019.Watchmen – 2019Very little is known about Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic comic for HBO. We don’t even know how closely it will stick to the source material. We certainly don’t know when we’ll see it. Watchmen is set to premiere sometime in 2019 on HBO.Deadly Class – 2019Based on the comic book by Rick Remender, Deadly Class follows a kid in 1987 drawn into a school of assassins. The Russo Brothers-produced series will premiere in 2019 on Syfy.The Boys – 2019Based on the comic by Garth Ennis, The Boys is about a group of ordinary vigilantes who make it their mission to take down corrupt superheroes. The series will premiere on Amazon sometime in 2019.The Tick – 2019Season One of The Tick on Amazon Prime may be the most faithful adaptation of Ben Edlund’s superhero satire yet. This iteration of The Tick takes itself as seriously as any other superhero show and is all the better for it. The second season premieres on Amazon sometime in 2019.Young Justice: Outsiders – 2019Season Three of this beloved animated series is long overdue. We finally get to continue the story thanks to DC Universe. With no official release date yet, all we know is Young Justice: Outsiders will be out sometime in 2019 on DC Universe.Swamp Thing – 2019Executive produced by James Wan (Aquaman) and Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow) this is one of the more exciting shows coming to DC Universe in 2019.Harley Quinn – 2019Unrelated to the series of movies starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, this animated TV series is set to premiere on DC Universe in 2019.Doom PatrolDC Universe is making sure there’ll be plenty of original content to keep you subscribed. Get ready for some Grade-A superhero strangeness when Doom Patrol comes to DC Universe in 2019.last_img read more

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first_imgTony Khan attacked a fan on Twitter after the supporter asked him to step down from his position as Fulham lost against Burnley.Fulham FC was defeated 2-1 by Burnley in yesterday’s English Premier League fixture.And fans are angry as their team lay in the 19th position in the table, just three points ahead of the last place.One Fulham supporter took his frustration to Twitter, where he asked the team’s vice-chairman Tony Khan to step down from his position.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“Never. I’ll die at this club. Go to hell,” replied Khan.“To squad, staff, and supporters, some people are waving the white flag and saying we should surrender, people said the same when we were 6 & 4 points behind the past 2 seasons; we closed the gap both times,” he was quoted as saying by The Independent.“Our squad has great moments, but they’ve shown their abilities more often than they’ve gotten the points we need. But we can close this gap.”“As with last January we’ll make multiple signings to improve the squad, but it’s on our players now to fight, finish & win. Come on Fulham!” he concluded.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Youth Business Workshop exceeded expectations and the Ministry of Education and Department of Youth Affairs remain committed to helping students learn more about successful approaches to training young entrepreneurs, and workshops like this are a vital. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 22, 2018 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Education, through the Department of Youth Affairs hosted the first ever Business Presentation Workshop. The Workshop took place on Saturday, 17th February at 9am-1pm at the HJ Robinson Auditorium.Over 50 students sat and listened as Kerwin Boxill shared his 3 Crucial Strategies and that youth entrepreneurship is an effective way to contribute to the economic development of the community.  Young people, young leaders, are the key mechanism for such development. The Workshop allowed all to unlock their entrepreneurial potential as young leaders.Students were told to spend additional time on their plans outside of the workshop. Some of the students submitted their business plans for review and assessment by the Department of Youth affairs upon completion of the youth business plan. The Youth Business Presentation workshop covered strategies to help teens learn important and crucial strategies. Students were given a skill set that included how to present your business, how to create clients for life and how to increase profitability.Workshop Objectives:Learn and understand interaction and representationBecome one with businessAttraction MarketingHave clients begging for your service or productIncrease loyal clients for lifeMaximize profitCreate their own path and follow it Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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first_imgVijay Sethupathi in Super Deluxe.PR HandoutThiagarajan Kumararaja could not have asked for more as his second directorial movie Super Deluxe has earned a lot of positive words even before its theatrical release. The first authentic review about the Tamil film, which has some of the leading names from South India, are out online.Bollywood’s noted author and film critic, Anupama Chopra is raving about Super Deluxe. On her Twitter account, she wrote, “The film to watch this weekend is #Superdeluxe – such a masterful blend of high & low, the sacred & the profane! Thiagarajan Kumararaja (@itisthatis) creates a narrative that encompasses marriage, relationships, religion, politics, porn & life itself! Don’t miss it. [sic]”Her short and crisp review is expected to have a great impact on the movie and lift the spirit of the film team.Writer and filmmaker Sudhish Kamath too has tweeted about Super Deluxe and posted, “My first reaction to #SuperDeluxe was exactly a year ago! The film was still being edited. After this, I have watched the film twice and still plan to catch it in the theatres this week because of how much cinema @itisthatis has packed in three hours. An unpredictable mad ride!: The picture that he shared can be seen below:Indeed, the good words said by the aforementioned people about the Tamil film come as a boost to the makers ahead of the Tamil film’s release on Friday, 29 March. Super Deluxe is a film that you binge watch. So loving shot and the BGM and sound design a glorious reminder of the 80s, Ilayaraja, SPB, Mithun and Bappi Lahiri! And of course love loss betrayal sexuality Universe atoms molecules God Human gender sex and black plastic bags. https://t.co/l2iHmzYoAq— Vasan ??L? (@Vasan_Bala) March 28, 2019Super Deluxe has Vijay Sethupathi, Malayalam actor Fahadh Faasil, Samantha, Ramya Krishnan and Mysskin in the key roles. The film has Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music, PS Vinod and Nirvah Shah’s cinematography and Sathyaraj Natarajan’s editing.The movie is about a couple of characters with different backgrounds, landing in unexpected situations on a fateful day. How their lives are connected will be narrated with lots of twists and turns.My first reaction to #SuperDeluxe was exactly a year ago! The film was still being edited. After this, I have watched the film twice and still plan to catch it in the theatres this week because of how much cinema @itisthatis has packed in three hours. An unpredictable mad ride! pic.twitter.com/iZecJ2Oqoa— Sudhish Kamath (@SudhishKamath) March 28, 2019The major attraction of the movie is Vijay Sethupathi plays the role of a transgender named Priya in Super Deluxe.last_img read more

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first_img It seems Amazon is preparing for a push into the wearable device market with a voice-activated gadget capable of detecting human emotions.As Bloomberg reports, the in-development wearable, which goes by the codename Dylan, was revealed by internal documents the publication has seen. While it’s unclear what type of wearable this will be, a fitness tracker-style device or smartwatch seems most likely. It will be equipped with microphones and require pairing with a smartphone app to function.The device is being developed by Lab126 and the Alexa software team internally. Lab126 is known for having developed the Kindle, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, Fire Phone, Echo smart speaker, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, so it certainly has the required experience to create an Alexa-using wearable (beyond Alexa Earbuds).Internal documents alone are not enough to prove anything beyond a hardware experiment is underway, however, a person familiar with the program who requested anonymity told Bloomberg that beta testing was underway. Clearly Amazon has something worth trailing already, even if the company is refusing to comment at the moment, which is understandable.Consumers are very willing to have an always-listening smart assistant present in their homes, but how will they react to a device that can sense emotions being felt? We’re already used to wearing fitness trackers and having our body’s data collected, so this probably isn’t a massive leap for people to accept. What’s key is how Amazon uses the emotion information to enrich our lives, but just as importantly, how it uses the data for its own benefit. 2 min read May 23, 2019 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on PCMag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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first_img Share this video Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA lorry has overturned on a major Stoke-on-Trent road this afternoon – with one man taken to hospital as a result. The accident took place on Reginald Mitchell Way between the A500 D Road (Kidsgrove / Tunstall Turn Off) and A50 High Street (Sandyford). The road was fully closed while emergency services clean up a diesel spillage but has now reopened. The accident is on the stretch between the A500 and the roundabout by Wickes, according to traffic data company INRIX. The vehicle is believed to have overturned shortly before 2.30pm this afternoon – and police, paramedics and firefighters are at the scene. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “At 2.27pm today we received a report of an overturned lorry on Reginald Mitchell Way. Officers are currently at the scene, alongside colleagues from the Fire and Rescue Service and Ambulance Service. “One lane is currently closed due to a diesel spillage, but recovery has been arranged. Click for Sound The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.com Reader Shannon Rebecca Wright sent us the above video of the accident. Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Monday, April 16 Click to playTap to playcenter_img Video will play in  The overturned lorry (video by Shannon Rebecca Wright) Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch again The stretch of road the lorry has overturned on (Image: Inrix) “Drivers are advised to avoid the area if possible.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said one person had been taken to hospital following the accident, although we have no details in their injuries at this stage. The spokeswoman said: “We were called just before 2.30pm to the roundabout near Wickes on Reginald Mitchell Way to reports of an overturned lorry. “One ambulance was on scene and we conveyed one patient, a man, to Royal Stoke University Hospital.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. Related Content News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more December 28, 2009 – The Medical College of Wisconsin will license a novel molecular imaging technology designed to rapidly diagnosis cell death in organs such as the brain and heart. The technology, using imaging probes with a radiopharmaceutical compound, was invented by Ming Zhao, Ph.D., assistant professor of biophysics. The probes bind to dead and dying cells making them useful for detecting acute cell injury and cell death. When the active component of this molecule is attached to a radioactive tracer, it can be used in nuclear medicine imaging techniques, such as positron emission tomography (PET) or single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), to produce three-dimensional images of where this cell death is occurring. “Imaging agent discovery and development is an important aspect in molecular and medical imaging research,” Zhao said. “The process is critical for the improvement of existing imaging technologies and for early detection of acute cell death, cancerous tissue growth and major vessel diseases.” He said the ability to image dead and dying cells can have major clinical benefits. For example, it could allow oncologists to rapidly monitor tumor response to a specific therapy. Another potential application is for rapid diagnosis of myocardial infarction. Often patients come into ER complaining of chest pain and need to have an expensive overnight hospital stay so they can be monitored while their lab results are being processed. This compound could allow clinicians to noninvasively image the heart and determine within a few hours if the patient actually had a heart attack or something else. The university announced today it signed a licensing agreement with GE Healthcare to further evaluate and develop the technology with the option to commercialize it. For more information: www.mcw.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | December 28, 2009 PET, SPECT Capture Cell Death in 3D News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read morelast_img read more

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first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… 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 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 The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 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 Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, ACR IT and Informatics Committee Vice Chairman and Government Relations Representative.March 17, 2010 – After 2015, incentive payments for meaningful use will no longer be issued, according to the proposed implementation of the Medicare/Medicaid program on meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. Physicians outside of hospital settings who are not meaningful users would be penalized with incremental payment reductions unless exempted. The American College of Radiology (ACR), American Board of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine called for the meaningful use criteria to be modified to consider the needs of radiology and radiation oncology. The committee stressed that since 74 percent percent of 30,000 post?training professionally active radiologists are eligible professionals (EPs), the certified EHR technology should be defined in such a way that is clinically relevant to the practice of radiology.The following are some of the comments from the combined committee:1. EPs should only need to incorporate in their combination of EHR Modules the modular products they would normally use. Therefore, if the EP does not order services, that physician should not need to add an EHR Module that covers the computerized order entry (CPOE)?related certification criteria. If a physician does not have a need for transmission of prescriptions, that physician should not need an eRx EHR Module. 2. The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s (ONC) should recognize RadLex as the adopted vocabulary standard for radiology.3. The patient’s electronic record should include radiation dose data in a structured form.4. There should be an electronic exchange of diagnostic images, which would reduce radiation risk and costs by eliminating duplicative procedures, and any discussion of interoperability facilitated by EHR technology should also include radiology considerations.5. CPOE for radiology services should inherently include CDS to provide real?time, actionable, evidence?based guidance to ordering physicians about the appropriateness of any requested imaging procedures based on the clinical scenario/indications.“The meaningful use requirements must be modified in the final rule to be cognizant of the needs and workflows of those specialists that meet the eligibility criteria, including many radiologists. Medical imaging and radiation oncology serve an increasingly vital role in the healthcare system. The needs of radiology must be addressed in any national infrastructure in order to accomplish the broader goal of providing the best patient care possible,” said Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, ACR IT and Informatics Committee Vice Chairman and Government Relations Representative, in an ACR public statement.According to Khan M. Siddiqui, M.D., chair of ACR’s IT and Informatics Committee, there is a need for “patients and their physicians to have secure and reliable electronic access to pertinent health information, including radiology reports and diagnostic images.” The ACR and committee members concluded their public comments by stating, “The certified EHR technology definition must support radiology’s scope of practice to the extent possible, as it should for all EPs. The ONC’s conception of the “EHR Module” is an excellent start, but the requirement that a proper combination of EHR Modules must cover all certification criteria does not make clinical sense.”For more information: www.acr.org 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 Related Content News | March 17, 2010 ACR Wants EHR Criteria to Meet Radiology’s Needs News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read morelast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Inter-American Dialogue honors Guatemalan businessman, civic activist Salvador Paiz The man saddened by statistics: In memory of Carlos Sojo In this holiday season, finding ways to make a difference ‘The Salt of the Earth’ focuses on photographer Sebastião Salgado On December 10, 2004, Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental and political activist, became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In her acceptance speech in Oslo, she said, “I am especially mindful of women and the girl child. I hope [this] will encourage them to raise their voices and take more space for leadership … and urge them to use it to pursue their dreams.” Ms Maathai left us in 2011, but I can’t help but think she must be proud to see young girls raising their voices and following in her footsteps.A few hours ago, exactly 10 years after Ms. Maathai received her historic prize, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai became the youngest woman to be the recipient of this international honor. As the world now knows, Malala raised her voice to advocate for girls’ access to education in Pakistan. Because of her efforts, she was shot in the head by the Taliban on Oct. 9, 2012. Her bravery in overcoming the attack and continuing her advocacy reminds us, once again, that bullets can sometimes be defeated by words, that passionate voices can silence guns, and that courage can disarm violence. Sharing this year’s award with her is Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian peace activist who leads efforts against child exploitation and, like Malala, works to protect children’s right to go to school. Satyarthi’s efforts become even more commendable at a time when Unicef just named 2014 as one of the worst years for children. These two powerful changemakers have shown incalculable courage, absolute conviction and an unrelenting commitment to their noble quests.Malala’s struggle in Pakistan should be a call to action for all women and girls to fight for their right to knowledge and education. In Central America as a whole, and, yes, in Costa Rica as well, we urgently need more Malalas to raise their voices. In this year’s annual Global Gender Gap Index developed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Iceland tops the list for the sixth year in a row, followed closely by all the Nordic countries — Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. On a remarkable note, Nicaragua comes in sixth place for the first time ever, which obviously indicates they must be doing some things right. The rest of Central America does not fare so well. Panama and Costa Rica are ranked at 46th and 48th, respectively, while Honduras (73rd), El Salvador (84th), and Guatemala (89th) leave much to be desired.It’s time to take a hard look at the reality of women and girls in our region. Central America faces many challenges in the 21st century. Ideologies, dogma and political affiliations seem irrelevant in our time, and the best route towards development is unclear. Uncertainty prevails. However, in the midst of this confusing panorama, one of the few things we can be certain about is that investing in girls’ education can only yield the best returns in the future. Education is the key to opportunities. Girls who have access to education develop a strong sense of self-worth and self-esteem. This enables them to exercise with dignity their freedom and autonomy over their own lives.I was inspired to write about Malala and her cause because of what I experienced on another day like this one. I was a young girl on Dec. 10, 1987, when I watched my father walk down the aisle of the University of Oslo Auditorium as he was called to accept the Nobel Peace Prize for that year. I remember sitting in the second row and staring at the gigantic Edvard Munch paintings that covered the walls while I waited for the ceremony to start. What has endured in my memory throughout the years is the sound in that room, or rather, I should say, the lack of sound. As my father walked down the aisle, a silence I had never experienced filled the air. 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first_img Top Stories On Tuesday, the Vatican indefinitely suspended the press credentials of L’Espresso’s veteran Vatican correspondent, Sandro Magister, saying the publication had been “incorrect.” A letter from the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, to Magister advising him of the sanction was posted on the bulletin board of the Vatican press office.Magister told The Associated Press that his editor, not he, obtained the document and decided to publish it.“I just wrote the introduction,” Magister said in a text message, adding that he had promised the Vatican to keep quiet about the scoop.In the draft of the encyclical, Francis says global warming is “mostly” due to human activity and the burning of fossil fuels. He calls for a radical change in behavior to save the planet for future generations and prevent the poor from suffering the worst effects of industry-induced environmental degradation.Several Vatican commentators hypothesized that the leak was aimed at taking the punch out of Thursday’s official launch of the encyclical, in which the Vatican has lined up a Catholic cardinal, an Orthodox theologian, an atheist scientist and an economist to discuss the contents. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The vital role family plays in society Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments   Share   In the aftermath of the “Vatileaks” scandal, the Vatican City State updated its criminal code to include severe penalties for anyone who leaks a Vatican document or publishes news from it: Up to two years in prison and a 5,000 euro ($5,600) fine.Vatican commentator John Allen, writing for the Boston Globe’s Crux site, said the leak highlighted the clash of cultures at play at the Vatican over different understandings of embargoes: The Vatican regularly provides accredited journalists with embargoed documents to give them time to read them and prepare articles, with the understanding that they will only publish at a fixed time.While the Vatican cried foul that the encyclical embargo had been violated, L’Espresso obtained the article independently of the Vatican press office, and thereby wasn’t beholden to the noon Thursday embargo that had been set.“As a final observation, the frenzy probably will boost interest in Thursday’s official presentation, if for no other reason than to see whether there are actually any substantial changes between the leak and the real deal,” he said.___Follow Nicole Winfield at www.twitter.com/nwinfield Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility They noted that conservatives — particularly in the U.S. — attacked the encyclical even before it was released, chiding the pope for talking science in a church document and insisting that global warming isn’t a scientific reality. It would be in their interest, the argument goes, to fudge the pope’s message via a scoop by L’Espresso, since Magister has championed views of the conservative Catholic camp hostile to Francis.Italian daily La Stampa suggested that the leak might have come from conservatives inside Vatican, noting that Francis’ reform plans for the Vatican bureaucracy have been resisted by the more conservative old guard who would have an interest in sabotaging Francis’ labor of love.A leak, however, was to be expected, given that drafts of the document have been circulating for months and that the text had been translated into multiple languages before its official release.Not to mention that the Vatican has had a long and storied history of leaked documents: The last big scandal in 2012 resulted in the pope’s butler being put on trial for stealing his private papers and passing them off to an Italian journalist. He was convicted but was eventually pardoned by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories VATICAN CITY (AP) — There’s something of a whodunit going on in the Vatican to discover who leaked Pope Francis’ environment encyclical to an Italian newsweekly, deflating the release of the most anticipated and feared papal document in recent times.L’Espresso magazine published the full 191 pages of “Laudato Si” (Be Praised) on its website Monday, three days before the official launch. The Vatican said it was just a draft, but most media ran with it, given that it covered many of the same points Francis and his advisers have been making in the run-up to the release. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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