Women leaders at UNhosted forum urge peaceful end to IsraeliPalestinian conflict

3 June 2010Women leaders attending a United Nations-hosted conference in Madrid today called for a just and peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including an end to the three-year-old blockade of the Gaza Strip. The conference, co-hosted by the International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Peace, was convened in part to mark the 10-year anniversary of the passage of Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.The landmark resolution, adopted by the Council in 2000, stresses the importance of giving women equal participation and full involvement in peace and security matters and the need to increase their role in decision-making.“There are reasons for hope,” Inés Alberdi, Executive Director of the UN Development Fund (UNIFEM), told participants at the opening of the two-day meeting yesterday. “Women in conflict-affected regions worldwide have successfully leveraged support for women’s leadership and inclusion at all stages of conflict resolution and peacebuilding as mandated by UN resolution 1325.”Conference participants, including government leaders and nearly 100 experts on women’s human and political rights and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening joint action in seeking an end to the occupation and achieve a two-State solution, with Israelis and Palestinians living side by side in peace. An urgent priority, according to a news release issued at the end of the conference, was the “pressing need to end the siege on Gaza, which motivated the civilian-led humanitarian flotilla.”On Monday Israel raided a six-ship convoy that was carrying humanitarian goods and activists and heading for Gaza. The attack, which left 10 civilians dead and many wounded, drew international criticism, including from UN officials, as well as a call for an immediate investigation into the incident. Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate and honorary member of the Commission, urged the Israeli and Palestinian participants to see the attack on the flotilla as a tipping point and vastly scale up mobilization for peace, justice and women’s leadership in resolving the conflict.Participants also highlighted, among others, the importance of mobilizing Israeli and Palestinian constituencies and leaders to demand concrete steps towards ending the occupation and achieving a sustainable two-State solution.The Commission, formed in 2005 in an effort to strengthen implementation of resolution 1325, is comprised of Palestinian, Israeli and international women’s leaders and is co-chaired by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Finnish President Tarja Halonen. read more

US factory orders drop 1 per cent in May demand in key

WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories fell in May by the largest amount in three months, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped for a second month.Factory orders declined 1 per cent in May from April, when orders retreated 0.7 per cent, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Orders in a category that serves as a proxy for business investment were down 0.4 per cent.Much of the weakness in May reflected a big 35.3 per cent fall in demand for commercial aircraft. But even outside of the volatile transportation category, orders were up only a tiny 0.1 per cent. The lacklustre showing suggests that manufacturing is still struggling with challenges such as lower energy prices and a strong dollar, which dampens exports.Durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, dropped 2.2 per cent in May, even weaker than a preliminary report last week that had estimated a 1.8 per cent drop. Orders for nondurable goods edged up a slight 0.2 per cent.American factories have struggled this year because a strong dollar has made U.S. goods more expensive overseas, hurting American exports. Falling energy prices have also trigged sharp cutbacks in investment spending by oil companies.Those factors, combined with an unusually harsh winter, sent the economy into reverse in the January-March quarter. But economists are optimistic that economic activity rebounded in the April-June quarter to growth of around 2.5 per cent and will strengthen further in the second half of this year.They expect continued solid gains in employment will boost household incomes and spur stronger consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity. A separate report Thursday showed that the labour market created a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate dropped to a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent.Giving hope that manufacturing prospects are brightening, the Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday that its gauge of manufacturing activity rose to 53.5 in June, up from 52.8 in May. The June reading matched January’s level for the highest this year, and it offered evidence that manufacturing growth has accelerated over the past two months. Any reading above 50 signals expansion. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2015 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Jul 2, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US factory orders drop 1 per cent in May; demand in key investment category also down read more

Caribbean States lighting path towards sustainable future says UN chief in Barbados

This is a year for global action, with international community in the final stretch of preparing a transformative post-2015 agenda for sustainable development that will be agreed in New York in September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Bridgetown, where, two decades ago, the Barbados Programme of Action was adopted to tackle vulnerabilities facing small islands. “I want to salute Caribbean countries for taking on ambitious renewable energy targets. By 2020, for example, Barbados will be one of the world’s top five leading users of solar energy on a per capita basis. You are lighting the path to the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during a high-level symposium focused on sustainable development in the Caribbean. This meeting was among the UN chief’s first stops in Barbados, where later today he is expected to make opening remarks to the 2015 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit, and where tomorrow, he will, among others, hold an interactive dialogue at the University of the West Indies. “Twenty years ago, this very building was the site of the First Global Conference on Small Island Developing States that adopted the Barbados Programme of Action – the first compact between this group and the international community,” he noticed. For small island developing States, Mr. Ban added, this space is “hallowed ground.” Encouraged by the presence of so many leaders of governments, regional and international organizations, the private sector, academia, and civil society, the Secretary-General highlighted the “continuing Caribbean commitment to put our world on a safer, more sustainable and equitable pathway,” a few days from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “As leaders of some of the most vulnerable countries in the world, you don’t need to be told that our planet is at grave risk. You are on the climate frontlines. You see it every day,” he continued. Convinced that sustainable development and climate change are “two sides of the same coin,” the UN top official went on to say that this generation could be the first to end global poverty, and the last to prevent the worst impacts of global warming “before it is too late.” To get there, he underlined, the international community must make sure that the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) are “focused, financed and followed up – with real targets, real money and a real determination to achieve them.” Considering these goals as a sort of a “to-do list for people and the planet”, Mr. Ban emphasized that it will take partnerships to make that happen. In that regard, he said, the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States in Samoa last year laid a pathway for collective action and success within the post-2015 development agenda. But, as the world prepares for a new sustainability framework and the sustainable development goals, a number of critical partnership areas must be strengthened, in particular the need for capacity building; financing; access to technology; and improved data collection and statistics. Member States also must continue working together to link the global agenda to regional agendas and to deepen regional integration and to address the “unique needs and vulnerabilities” of small island developing states and middle-income countries, such as the debt challenge. “And we need to keep forging the way forward towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathway that will benefit both people and the planet,” the Secretary-General underlined. He gave the assurance that, through the Green Climate Fund, and in working with world leaders, he will continue to insist that small islands and least developed countries are top funding priorities. “My main message to you is to remain fully engaged and keep working with us to strengthen our partnership during this vital year for humanity. Together, we can build a better, more sustainable world, for all.” Later, in an address to an event on ending violence against women, the Secretary-General said the Caribbean has among the highest rates of sexual assault in the world. Three Caribbean countries are in the global top ten for recorded rapes. Moreover, he noted that in the eastern Caribbean, UNICEF estimates that child sexual abuse rates are between 20 and 45 per cent – meaning at least one in five precious children are affected. Most are girls who have no choice but to live close to their attacker. “They desperately need our help. Too many women are afraid to seek help. One study showed that up to two thirds of all victims suffer without ever reporting the crime. I am outraged by this. Shame belongs to the perpetrators – not the victims. We have to change mindsets – especially among men,” declared the UN chief. In that light, he said he was proud to be the first man to sign onto the UN’s HeForShecampaign, and he invited more men to take the HeForShe pledge. “I encourage you to join UNICEF’s End Violence global campaign. And every day, I count on all of you to work for true equality.” In the margins of the 36th meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in Barbados, the Secretary-General met with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Maxine McClean, of Barbados, a country he congratulated for its upcoming leadership of CARICOM. read more

There Is No Presidents Trophy Curse But That May Not Help The

The New York Rangers’ Stanley Cup hopes are officially on life support. New York trails the Washington Capitals 3-1 in the series going into Friday night’s game, and the Rangers have just a 16.5 percent probability of advancing to the Eastern Conference Final if you calculate their odds using each team’s regular-season Simple Rating System (SRS) scores.The Blueshirts’ potential upset loss is particularly significant because they won the Presidents’ Trophy for the 2014-15 season, an award given annually to the team with the NHL’s best regular-season record. By definition, winning the trophy is an accomplishment reserved for great seasons, but there’s also a reputed downside to the honor. The widespread perception around the league is that the Presidents’ Trophy is cursed, its winner having only gone on to hoist Lord Stanley’s Mug eight times in the 28 full seasons since the Presidents’ Trophy was first awarded for the 1985-86 season.And you can change that record to 8-for-29 if the Rangers fall to the Caps.But hockey is a notoriously unpredictable sport. If the competing roles of talent and luck in a team’s record are roughly even over an 82-game regular season, randomness reigns supreme in the playoffs, where even great teams can be beaten in a best-of-seven series if the puck bounces the wrong way a few too many times. Luck may be hockey’s “bullshit dump,” but there’s also no denying that the game is, in many ways, built on a foundation of chaos.Given that, have the Presidents’ Trophy winners really won all that much less than you would expect from teams with their talent levels?As it turns out, not only have they not won less, they’ve actually won slightly more. Specifically, they’ve captured more Cups and more overall playoff series than we’d expect based on their regular-season SRS ratings after simulating the postseason brackets for every year from 1986 to 2014:In fact, Presidents’ Trophy winners have won more playoff series than expected in 41 percent of postseasons since 1986, matching expectations 23 percent of the time and falling short 36 percent of the time.Statistically, then, there’s no significant difference between how much playoff success you would expect Presidents’ Trophy winners to have based on their regular-season performance and how much they actually wound up having.In other words, there is no curse of the President’s Trophy.The Rangers might become the latest regular-season league-leading squad to fall short of the Stanley Cup. But that’s more a testament to their own play — and the chaos of playoff hockey — than any curse hanging over Madison Square Garden. read more

Exclusive Top public school head resigns after year of controversy

first_imgA headmaster at one of Britain’s leading private schools has resigned following a long-running row with parents and former students over his alleged draconian methods.Richard Pleming, who was targeted last year by an online petition to get him sacked at Charterhouse, which costs £12,000 a term, says he is stepping down halfway through the school year to return to teaching.​  The claims in the petition, which were largely made anonymously, were all denied. Former students and teachers claimed Mr Pleming, 54, and his wife Rachel, 51, were disliked by some parents, staff and members of the board of directors. Cricket at Charterhouse School, Surrey Cricket at Charterhouse School, SurreyCredit:Chris Mole/Alamy Last year “Pleming Out” graffiti was reportedly daubed on buildings and several members of staff were said to have walked out over his claimed authoritarian methods – claims which are denied by the school.However, Mr Pleming made no mention of the criticism in his resignation letter yesterday. Instead, he said he had considered his position with his wife while they were on a tour of the Far East.“The trip also gave us an opportunity to reflect on our time at Charterhouse so far and consider our plans for the future,” he said. “The last three years have been very rewarding, but school leadership is an increasingly complex and challenging business, and having been a headmaster for five years now and given the job my all at two different schools, I have come to the conclusion that I want to spend the remainder of my career back where I started.”center_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. Mr Pleming said he will remain as head until Christmas, “after which Andrew Turner will take on the day-to-day running of the school as acting headmaster, while I will be working on a number of strategic projects for the governors until I depart at the end of CQ17.”He added: “Teaching has always been my first love, and I want to enjoy a few more years in the classroom, engaged in the core business of our profession.“This is a decision I have been weighing for some time, and it has certainly not been taken lightly.”Simon Robinson, chairman of Charterhouse’s governing body, said in a separate letter that he accepted Mr Pleming’s resignation “with deep regret”.Mr Robinson wrote: “Richard has made an enormous contribution to our school in his three years here and we shall all be very sorry to see him go.”One source said the decision was “long overdue”.“The only thing that’s surprising is the timing. He was not well liked, but in recent months the clamour for him to go had calmed down.”Allegations of poor exam results, low morale and “mass resignations from teaching staff” were first raised last summer by parents of pupils at the school in Godalming, Surrey.A former pupil, Jessica Rees, 52, whose father Brian was head between 1973 and 1981, said there had been “vociferous criticism” of Mr Pleming. Ms Rees, an expert forensic lip reader, reported claims of “over-the-top discipline during which pupils are faced by [the] head without any support or representation”. She said there had also been claims of “foul language in public”.Marina Lademacher, 19, who went to Charterhouse sixth form, began the petition – now removed – which was said to have received 200 signatures calling for him to go. last_img read more

Alevel results day 2018 Highest number of top grades for six years

Students across the country are receiving their A-level results on Thursday, with many subjects re-designed so that coursework and modules are axed. The number of top A-level grades is at a six-year high, despite the introduction of new “tougher” exams this year, national figures show. For the second year running, boys are winning more of the highest grades than girls, with 26.2 per cent of girls achieving As or A* compared to 26.6 per cent of boys. This is the second year in a row that the A*-A pass rate has risen. One in 12 (8 per cent) entries scored… In total, 26.4 per cent of students were awarded either an A or A* this year, the highest since 2012 when 26.6 per cent achieved these grades. 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

VIDEO Baby porpoise rescued after becoming stranded on Dublin beach

first_imgA BABY PORPOISE was rescued yesterday by the Irish Coast Guard after becoming stranded on Portmarnock beach in Dublin.Just after 3pm, the coast guard was requested to assist the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) and the decision was made to bring the beached baby mammal back into the sea in the hope it would swim away.The boat team carefully placed the porpoise on board and brought it a kilometre out into the open water.(Irish Coast Guard/YouTube)The porpoise now named ‘Fungie Beag’ [little Fungie] was placed in the water, and the coast guard said that after some “initial hesitation” it successfully returned to the water and swam back into the Irish Sea, hopefully returning to its family.Porpoises are very similar to dolphins but have shorter beaks and are seen in the Irish Sea with the same swimming patterns as dolphins.Read: Man dies of suspected drowning off Wexford coast>Read: Three rescued after boat sinks off Bray>last_img read more

Gardaí probe boiler suitwearing gang who use new technology to steal highend

first_img 40,431 Views GARDAI IN NORTH Dublin probing a spate of car thefts are investigating claims that two men dressed in what appeared to be boiler suits were carrying out the crimes using a new type of technology which allows easy access to vehicles.The men were captured on CCTV leaving a property in Portmarnock last month. It appeared that they were wearing white boiler suits. They stole a vehicle which had been newly bought by a family just weeks previously. A garda spokesperson also confirmed that officers are investigating an incident of car theft in the Portmarnock area where it was claimed the boiler suit wearing men struck. Investigations are ongoing.The vehicle was taken using a method known as ‘relay theft’. Relay theftMany new cars now have electronic signals which send a message to the car to communicate that the key and the car are close to each other. These signals enable the car to be unlocked. Two thieves are usually required for a robbery involving ‘relay theft’. One will circle the house with what is known as a ‘repeater’, which will pick up the real signal emitting from the key.This signal is then passed to a bogus key which is held by someone standing by the car. The signal then travels to the bogus key and the thieves are able to access and start the vehicle. Most newer cars are fitted with this type of new of key. Gardaí believe that in this latest case, they are looking for two men with extensive criminal histories. This is due to the fact they were wearing what appeared to be boiler suits, which could potentially protect them from leaving any DNA. Officers believe that the men’s DNA profiles may have previously been taken.Stolen vehiclesAround 20 vehicles have been stolen from the Portmarnock and Malahide areas of north Dublin since the middle of June. Many of the vehicles have been written off by joyriders. However, gardaí believe that the more expensive vehicles are being brought north of the border where they are either stripped for parts or sold on. It is believed that while some homes are broken into or signal relay is used, on other occasions a method known as fishing is used. This is where the car keys are fished from a location inside the house, through the letterbox by using a specially adapted rod.In one incident in the Sutton area last month, two cars were stolen from outside a house using this method.Gardaí confirmed those incidents to TheJournal.ie.A spokeswoman said: “A burglary occurred at Bayside Square North, Sutton in the early hours of this morning Friday, 28 June, 2019 and the keys to two cars were taken from the house and the cars then stolen.” Image: Shutterstock/Gitanna 54 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Gitanna Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 12:05 AM Share12 Tweet Email6 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4793712 Gardaí probe boiler suit-wearing gang who use new technology to steal high-end cars The men were captured on CCTV leaving a property in Portmarnock last month. By Garreth MacNamee Sep 3rd 2019, 9:41 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

NYCC Doomsday Clock Gets Your Watchmen in My DC

first_imgStay on target Sipping wine and looking at comic book pages blown up and displayed as paintings in an art gallery feels like something out of an Andy Warhol pop art party. But at New York Comic Con what made this scene even more surreal was that these unfinished, dialogue-free, black-and-white pages were in fact the first issue of Doomsday Clock, the controversial upcoming twelve-part DC Comics event finally mashing up the DC Universe with the straight-up literary masterpiece Watchmen.You could practically feel Alan Moore and his snake god seething as we looked at illustrated tableaus featuring Batman reading Rorschach’s journal, Superman being turned into clock pieces by Doctor Manhattan, and Ozymandias putting his hand on Lex Luthor’s shoulder. Even though we’ve had over a year of teasing to prepare for this crossover, it still feels pretty audacious. “It’s dangerous,” said representatives in the room.It also feels pretty dumb. Watchmen is a perfectly self-contained, thematically complete story that has nothing to gain by interacting with other superhero universes. The premise of Doomsday Clock will probably satisfy my appetite for irony. The original book will always exist so I say do whatever dumb extra stuff you want. Throw Doctor Manhattan in Injustice 2. Why not? But at the end of the day there’s a reason Alien is art while Alien vs Predator is just fun.However, writer Geoff Johns wants to prove suspicious attitudes like that wrong. So he took us through the pages of Gary Frank’s artwork (of course done in nine-panel grids) and explained the beginning of story, as well as dropped some hints for later issues and character interactions. Unfortunately, right now we can only talk about and show you the first six pages.There are some juicy details here. It’s now 1992 in the Watchmen universe and the political climate has taken a nosedive since the squidtastic catastrophic events of the 1980s committed by Ozymandias, the smartest man in the world. Rorschach also makes an appearance, despite being dead. Johns wants to explore some heavy personal stuff, and not shy away from our own real-life political Hell (Russian! Make X Great Again!), but there’s plenty of humor as well. And of course the creators are trying their best to fit within the world the original Watchmen established, down to the tiniest clockwork details.We’d love to tell you more but DC would probably throw us out of a window for spoiling what comes next. So see for yourself when Doomsday Clock begins November 22. And browse through some sample art below!View as: One Page Slides1/91. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Crisis on Infinite ClocksLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Damon Lindelof Starts Beef With Alan Moore Ahead of HBO’s ‘Watch…Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 last_img read more

Police Dundee mom vanished after buying snacks pills

first_imgMCMINNVILLE, Ore. — Investigators say a 38-year-old Dundee woman vanished last week after withdrawing a small amount of money from an ATM, fueling her SUV and buying a Gatorade, trail mix and a non-lethal amount of sleeping pillsCapt. Jeff Kosmicki of the Newburg-Dundee police said Tuesday the disappearance of 38-year-old Jennifer Huston is still considered a missing person case, with no evidence of criminal activity or danger to the public. He says her husband, Kallen Huston, has passed a polygraph test.The Yamhill Valley News-Register reports she left home late Thursday afternoon to run errands, and her husband reported her missing at 5 a.m. Friday.Police say there’s been no cellphone or credit card activity, and it’s apparent from surveillance video at her stops that she was alone.last_img read more

State Parks Encourage Alaskans To OptOutside For Black Friday

first_imgThere are nine State Parks on the Kenai Peninsula including: Clam Gulch, Deep Creek and Ninilchik State Recreation Area near Ninilchik, which has great beach access. Kasilof Area State Parks – two of these three parks offer great fishing at Crooked Creek and Kasilof River, and the third offers a wooded, lakeside setting. Anchor River State Recreation Area and Stariski SRS Near Anchor Point, which offers Insta-worthy views of the Alaska Range across Cook Inlet. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Vehicle parking fees are waived for the day at all parks managed by Alaska State Parks on Friday, November 23, to encourage Alaskans to #OptOutside. For more information about these fees, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/fees.htm. Kenai River Special Management Area and Captain Cook State Recreation Area, an over 3,400 acre park sits at the end of North Kenai Road. Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park These two parks sit across the bay from the town of Homer, offering cabins, backcountry camping, and miles of trail. Park visitors are encouraged to get outside and share their outdoor adventures on social media, and throughout the holiday season, by hashtagging: #OptOutside, #alaskastateparks and #akstateparks. Wendy Sailors, Business Development Specialist with the Alaska State Parks: “The idea is that you and your family and your furry friends can go park for free for this one day, and enjoy the outdoors.”  Caines Head State Recreation Area and Resurrection Bay State Marine Parks in Seward, which features six remote coastal park units.last_img read more

Pentagon Needs to Prepare for Threat of SeaLevel Rise Panel Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR As rising sea levels pose risks to coastal installations and military readiness over the remainder of the 21st Century, the military will need to make its infrastructure more resilient and work closely with its host communities, according to a new report from the Center for Climate and Security.“A number of coastal military bases and training sites are already experiencing the effects of sea level rise, tidal flooding and storm surge, and recent research shows that these effects are accelerating and will continue to do so more quickly than previously thought,” said Heather Messera, who chaired the  panel of retired flag and general officers that wrote the report. “Now is both the operationally practical and fiscally responsible time to act,” Messera said, reported Inside Climate News.The panel calls for DOD to integrate climate impact scenarios into its long-range plans for upgrading its infrastructure to mitigate flood risks. As the military develops plans for dealing with climate-related effects at installations, it also should include neighboring communities in its planning efforts. Such efforts will require policymakers to determine how military and civilian communities can best work together, according to the report. The panel highlights the efforts underway in the Hampton Roads, Va., region as the level of collaboration that can be established among the services and the communities that support them.“Sea level rise and extreme weather adaptation and resilience for the Department of Defense requires a ‘whole of government and community’ approach, both inside and outside the fence line, across the full extent of federal, state, local government and society writ large. DOD takes this ‘responsibility to prepare’ seriously — the threat is real — but it can’t do it alone, and it has no time to waste,” said retired Rear Adm. Ann Phillips.Photo by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramoslast_img read more

Bauer Business Focus Supreme Court To Hear Case On Corporate Whistleblower Protections

first_img 00:00 /03:29 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen This morning in our Bauer Business Focus, we’re looking at what can happen when you decide to become a “whistleblower.” The case involved Paul Somers, an employee at a San Francisco-based technology company. According to court documents, Somers alleged he was fired after telling his bosses that the company was breaking federal financial regulations. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case this fall. Here to help explain it is Ksenia Krylova, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business.center_img Maggie MartinKsenia Krylova, clinical assistant professor, UH Bauer College of Business Sharelast_img read more

Repairs On A Water Main Require A Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory In

first_imgpexelsGlass of waterThe city of Houston has issued a precautionary drinking water advisory for some residents in North Houston in the vicinity of Will Clayton Parkway, east of the airport and west of US 59.Officials said while the city has completed repairs on a 66 inch water main near Beltway 8 North and U-S 59 lower water pressure and low disinfection residuals require the precautionary advisory.This advisory called for residents in that area to boil water prior to doing things like brushing teeth, drinking, or washing hands.In an e-mail, Houston Public Works says the City knows of no resulting quality problems with the water supply in that area, and final results from water samples should be available in the next 24 hours. Sharelast_img read more

Grace Kellys Wedding Gown – The Most Popular Bridal Dress of All

first_imgThe wedding of Hollywood actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco took place on April 19, 1956, in Monaco. To this day, it is considered as the most stylish, dreamy wedding on record. What is most remembered about this royal wedding is Grace Kelly’s wedding dress. It is the most popular wedding dress in the world and continues to inspire brides and designers for creating new models.It was assumed that Edith Head, a close friend of Kelly and a famous American costume designer, would be asked to design the wedding dress.Grace Kelly Wedding. Photo by Caroline Picard CC BY-SA 4.0However, Kelly asked Helen Rose, a double Academy winning designer who worked in the wardrobe department of MGM.Helen Rose worked closely with Kelly in designing the dress that used over 400 yards of fabric, including a 125-year-old rose point Brussels lace.L. to R. : Annabella Levy (hairdresser), Elizabeth Taylor, and Helen Rose (costume designer) on the set of Rhapsody (1954) – publicity still.The dress broke down into ten parts, all created piece by piece. The skirt was made of ivory faille with three petticoats: a smoothing petticoat, ruffled petticoat, and foundation petticoat. The gown was made of 100 yards of silk net. There was also the skirt support, the under bodice, and the lace bodice which came with a slip.The veil, 90 yards long, was made of very fine, lightweight netting, and it was specially designed to keep her face as visible as possible. As an A-list movie star, Kelly’s wedding attracted the attention of 30 million viewers who observed from afar, while the ceremony was attended by 600 guests.Princess Grace Kelly in her wedding dress at Prince’s Palace. Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesInstead of a tiara, Kelly chose a Juliet cap to hold the veil. The headpiece was adorned with lace, orange blossoms, and jewels such as seed pearls. Finally, a train insert and silk faille cummerbund completed the outfit.Instead of lots of flowers, in the style of devout mid-20th-century brides, Kelly carried a Bible. She received the book as a gift which was later embellished with silk, lace, and pearls at MGM. She also carried a petite bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley.Princess Grace and Prince Rainier before Pope John XXIII at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, 1959.At the time, the estimated manufacturing and material cost of Kelly’s bridal dress was $7,266, without the designer’s fee, and the fee for the 30 seamstresses that worked for six weeks.And it was the wedding gift from MGM Studios to their beloved actress Kelly Grace.Since Prince Rainier’s height stood close to Kelly’s height, she wore just 2½-inch heels. The pumps were designed by David Evins, the “King of Pumps” and the “dean of American shoe designers.” He added lace and seed pearls. In the left shoe, Evins embossed Kelly’s name and his own in the right shoe. He also put a copper penny in the right shoe for good luck.(Photo by 3777/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)The wedding involved two separate celebrations – the civil ceremony and the church marriage held on consecutive days. Kelly wore her wedding dress on the second day, while at the civil ceremony she wore a pink floral ensemble, accessorized with a Juliet cap. Again, the design was by Helen Rose.Two days before the wedding, details of the dress were disclosed and it was described in the media as “serenely regal.”There was one columnist who wrote that Kelly’s dress was beautiful but hardly an outstanding one. However, the consensus was that the gown was magnificent. And it still is.Read another story from us: Vintage Supermodels – “Glamorous” Dresses in the 1860sToday, the dress is owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2006, for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Grace Kelly’s wedding, the museum displayed the dress through the months of April and May, later reporting that it was probably the most popular exhibition in the Museum.last_img read more

Windows 7 to Linux Backup and Media creation

first_imgWindows 7 to Linux: Backup and Media creation by Martin Brinkmann on October 15, 2018 in Linux – 48 commentsThis is the second part of our migrating from Windows 7 to Linux guide. We talked about general preparations in the first guide that looked at choosing the right Linux distribution, finding out if a certain Linux flavor supports needed features or software, or how one would go about migrating data to Linux.Microsoft will retire Windows 7 on January 2020 for home users and small businesses. The company won’t release security updates for the operating system after January 2020 which means that any vulnerability that is detected after January 2020 remains unpatched.While Enterprise customers may extend that period by up to three years, no such option is available for anyone else.Windows systems can be upgraded to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10; Linux is an alternative and while it certainly means more getting used to time it is free and relatively easy to setup and use.In this particular guide, we’ll walk you through the creation of system backups of the Windows installation and Linux media creation.Creating a backupWhile you don’t need to create a backup of the Windows installation if you plan to switch to Linux, it is recommended that you do as it provides you with an option to restore data should the need arise.You could backup only personal files and data instead of the entire system. It is ideal if you have a secondary hard drive or external Flash drive that you can store the backup on.We use the free Paragon Backup & Recovery to create the backup. Download it here from the Paragon website.You can use other backup software, e.g. Clonezilla or Macrium Reflect as well; just make sure that it includes an option to create recovery media that you can boot from.Installation of Paragon Backup & Recovery is straightforward. Note that you do need to create an account on the Paragon website.First thing you need to do is create a new backup job. Click on the plus icon in the interface to start the process.Select backup source afterward to select what you want to back up. Options are to backup the entire computer, individual disks or volumes, or files & folders.The selection depends on what you want to back up. I suggest you back up the entire c: drive as well as any important data. If all data is on c:, you’d simply select disk/volumes and pick the drive.  If you just want to back up personal files, you’d select files/folders instead to do so.I assume you want to back up the entire c: drive (with the Windows installation files) and describe how you’d do that:Select Disk/Volumes to open the disk selection screen.Locate the c: drive and select the hard drive in its entirety. You may select additional drives or volumes here as well. Click ok afterward.Click on Destination.Select a local drive, external drive, or network location for the backup, e.g. F:\Backups and click ok.Switch to the Options listing in the main backup job window.If you want to protect the backup, enable the Password Protection option so that it is necessary to supply the correct password to access the backup or restore it.You can change the container format to VMWare, Virtual PC or Hyper-V images instead of Paragon’s own format. The advantage of these formats is that you may load the image in the right virtual machine on Linux to run the operating system or access backed up data. Select VMWare if you want that.Other options include changing backup compression and splitting options.Once you are done, hit the back up now button to create the backup.The backup time depends on the data that you have selected, the destination, and other factors such as compression.You should get a “backup completed” notification after the backup.We need to create recovery media in the second step as it allows us to restore the backup or data that is on it at a later point in time. Note that this may not be necessary if you plan to mount the backup image in a virtual machine later on.Select the options button and on the page that opens the Recovery Media Builder option listed in the sidebar. The selection starts the creation process that creates WinPE-based bootable media.Select “Use this Windows image (no ADK required) and next on the page that opens.Insert Flash media and select it as the destination for the recovery media.Follow the on-screen instructions.You can boot using the media to access the backup at any time.Creating installation mediaNow that you have backed up all important files it is necessary to create installation media for Linux.Linux users have two main options when it comes to that usually:Download an ISO image and burn it to DVD.Create USB installation media.You need to select a Linux distribution. I picked Linux Mint for the tutorial series but others such as Ubuntu, Manjaro or Zorin should work out fine as well.Download the latest Linux Mint ISO from the project website. Linux Mint is offered with three different desktop environments: Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. Cinnamon’s resource usage is a bit higher but it is more modern in many aspects.Download Etcher, a free tool to create bootable media from ISO images. Read our full Etcher review here for additional details.Run Etcher.Select the Linux Mint ISO image that you downloaded as the source image.Select a removable drive, e.g. a Flash Drive, as the destination.Click on Flash to start the writing process.Note: You cannot use the same USB Flash drive that you used to create recovery media for the backup.Closing WordsWe have created a backup of the existing Windows installation and important files, and created Linux installation media in this part of the tutorial.The next part covers installation of the Linux distribution on the computer.Now You: Which version of Linux would you pick for Windows users who want to migrate to Linux?SummaryArticle NameWindows 7 to Linux: Backup and Media creationDescriptionThe second part of the Windows 7 to Linux tutorial series covers creation of a system backup and creation of Linux installation media.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Two Cancun traffic officers suspended after physical assault

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — An investigation into the physical assault of a motorcycle driver by Cancun police has been ordered by the city’s new mayor.Municipal president María Elena Lezama Espinoza ordered an investigation into the two traffic agents who were recorded physically assaulting a motorcyclist in Region 92. Witnesses to the assault say that a motorcycle carrying two people was stopped by police because the driver was not wearing a helmet.However, the traffic stop, which took place Monday night, quickly turned into a physical assault which was recorded and released on social media Wednesday. The video shows two police officers physically assaulting the driver of the motorcycle with one of the officers holding him to the ground with a knee on his neck.The driver of the motorcycle was let go after neighbors began to arrive and outnumber police.Secretary of City Council, Jorge Aguilar Osorio, said that on instructions from the municipal president, the incident will be fully investigated and that the results of the investigation will be released. The two traffic agents have been suspended until the investigation is complete.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PreOrder Final Fantasy XV Xbox One PlayStation 4 For Lower Prices On

first_img Share Tweet Submit A few hours ago, the soon to release role playing game Final Fantasy XV could be pre-ordered for a reduced price on the Microsoft store. As expected, the game went out of stock shortly after the deal went live, but if you didn’t manage to take advantage of it, you may still be able to get the Day One Edition of the Square Enix role playing game for a reduced price.Retailer Newegg is currently offering the Final Fantasy XV Xbox One Day One Edition for only $29.99 instead of the full $59.99 price. Needless to say, this is an excellent deal, so make sure to take advantage of it before the game goes out of stock. The PlayStation 4 version of the Final Fantasy XV Day One Edition is also available for a slightly reduced price, $49.99 instead of $59.99.The Final Fantasy XV Day One Edition includes an additional DLC weapon that can be obtained in any other way.Day One Edition includes the followingFINAL FANTASY XV gameMasamune DLC Weapon – Add the legendary Masamune to your arsenal and cut foes down to sizeEarlier this week, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata confirmed that the game will be getting a day one update named Crown update which will introduce new features and several gameplay tweaks. Among the biggest additions are new cutscenes, the ability to use Warp outside battles, new screen effects that better indicate Noctis’ HP current status, new battle actions, camera improvements and much more.Final Fantasy XV launches next week, on November 29th, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We will keep you updated on the game as soon as more comes in on it, so stay tuned for all the latest news.last_img read more

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first_img News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | June 20, 2011 New Generation of Mobile C-Arm Offers Lower-Cost Imaging Option for Hybrid ORs Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Feature | Mobile C-Arms | July 01, 2019 | By Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, M.D. Mobile C-arm Technology Helps Build Efficiency A mobile C-arm is a medical imaging read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more Image courtesy of GE Healthcare Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more June 20, 2011 – A new version of the Ziehm Vision RFD mobile C-arm is now available. Offering outstanding imaging and a liquid cooling system that allows it to be used over an almost unlimited period of time, the new version is an attractive choice for hybrid operating rooms (ORs). Thanks to its mobility and significantly lower investment costs, the Ziehm Vision RFD hybrid edition is a reliable alternative to fixed installations in hybrid ORs, especially for hospitals with space and budgetary constraints. Users can bundle the Ziehm Vision RFD with the SmartVascular software for vascular surgery.Complex procedures in cardiovascular surgery or cardiology can only be carried out in conjunction with reliable, high-resolution intra-operative imaging. The hybrid edition features innovative flat-panel technology and delivers distortion-free images with over 16,000 shades of gray and a resolution of 1.5 k x 1.5 k pixels. The detector is not affected by magnetic fields so it also produces distortion-free, detail-rich images when close to MR scanners. The square display format creates a significantly larger visible area with up to 60 percent more information per X-ray than conventional image intensifiers.The high-power hybrid edition from Ziehm Imaging is tailored exactly to hybrid OR requirements. The compact, 20 kW monoblock generator with a rotating anode guarantees a variable pulse width between 4 and 50 ms for crystal-clear images. With up to 25 images per second, the hybrid edition also produces high-quality X-rays of moving objects such as a beating heart. Its active liquid cooling system keeps the operating temperature steady, preventing the generator from overheating and disrupting imaging. The injector interface synchronizes injection of contrast media with the imaging process.This next-generation C-arm also comes with SmartVascular, Ziehm Imaging’s software that simplifies imaging in vascular surgery. SmartVascular introduces an entirely new workflow for fast results. It enables surgeons to create a digital subtraction angiography at any time without having to use the touchscreen. It automates all process steps from DSA to roadmapping, allowing vascular procedures to be planned with minimum amounts of contrast media and shorter fluoroscopy times. The new software is compatible with all Ziehm Vision C-arms.The hybrid edition smoothes the transition from conventional to minimally invasive surgery. It increases reliability by enabling surgeons to check progress during procedures, which in turn reduces the risk of follow-up operations and speeds patient recovery. In 2011, Ziehm Imaging’s mobile C-arms were recognized by market analysts Frost & Sullivan as an integral part of interventional radiology in hybrid ORs.For more information: www.ziehm.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more last_img read more

Manchester united by tourism as visitors flock to the city

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H As the world focuses on London for the upcoming Olympic Games, there is another British city catching the eye of budding travelers to the UK: Manchester. Statistics from UK tourism office VisitBritain show international travelers made 936,000 overnight stays in Manchester last year (compared to the 2010 figure of 811,000) as overseas tourism to the area grew 15 per cent.VisitManchester gateway marketing manager Emma White attributes the “fantastic increase” in visitor numbers to the city to a number of factors.“The ongoing route development at Manchester Airport and an increasing number of international conferences in the city has really made its mark,“ she told e-Travel Blackboard. “Our activity in 2012 will focus on a number of cities across Europe with direct flights into Manchester and we will continue to ‘warm up’ markets on the West Coast USA and China, particularly Hong Kong.”With the city Britain’s third most popular destination, local tourism bosses pointed to events like the 2011 Manchester International Festival (featuring performances by Bjork and Damon Albarn) and the Christmas Markets for boosting the city’s profile.But it is still the city’s shopping and sporting attractions that continue to be Manchester’s major draw cards.  As well as boasting an increasing number of luxury and boutique stores, the city is home to two of Europe’s biggest football clubs: Manchester United and recently crowned English champions Manchester City. And the soccer doesn’t stop there, with the National Football Museum (opening next month) expected to boost overseas visitors numbers by a further 350,000 this year alone. For Americans visiting the Greater Manchester area, New York-based Ms White said there would be a wealth of sporting and cultural events to choose from.“Manchester is a great gateway to the whole of the north of England,” she said, highlighting the recent launch of United Airlines’ inaugural flight from Washington DC to Manchester.“Whether it’s Manchester’s heritage, arts and culture, music, events or indeed soccer, visitors can combine a trip to Manchester with all of the fantastic destinations surrounding it, such as Liverpool, Chester and the Lake District.”According to the Manchester Evening News, the city is set to earn £30 million from Olympic events over the summer as it hosts men’s and women’s football matches (featuring teams from USA, Brazil, Spain and UK) and warm-up games for the US men’s and women’s star-studded basketball teams. “Visitors can take in the drama at an Olympic Football match, see the Olympic Torch Relay and visit events at Manchester’s African-themed festival of music, dance and art, We Face Forward,” Ms White added. “July 2013 will see the biennial Manchester International Festival return to the city, for 18 extraordinary days of world premieres from across a complete spectrum of performance art.” Manchester’s music scene is considered one of the UK’s best (Image VisitManchester)last_img read more