OTTAWA – Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz wants Canadians to get used to the idea of three per cent interest rates as the new normal, now that the era of rock-bottom borrowing costs is gradually fading away.Poloz raised the benchmark rate last week for the fifth time in just over a year to 1.75 per cent — its highest level in about a decade.He sent signals that future hikes could arrive sooner than previously expected, in large part due to the economy’s resilience and the removal of some business uncertainty following the recent agreement on an updated North American trade pact.Testifying before MPs on Tuesday in Ottawa, Poloz said many adults are used to the lower rates and are too young to remember the much-higher rates of the 1980s, when they climbed into the teens.Poloz says the current rate is still too stimulative for the improved economy and he’s reiterating his warning that it will rise to what the bank considers its neutral range of between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent.He says the pace of future rate increases is still unknown, but he adds the bank will carefully analyze how well the hikes are absorbed — particularly for the many households that have piled on considerable debt in the low-rate environment.“We sought to put more emphasis on the notion that someday we’re going to be back at neutral — and that neutral is 2.5 to 3.5 per cent — so that people would begin to digest that as an approaching fact,” Poloz told the House of Commons finance committee.“It shouldn’t be a hard thing for people to service their debt at those kinds of interest rates. But if people have overextended themselves, given the low interest rates, then we’ve got a transition issue. That’s why we’re putting so much emphasis on that and analyzing it so carefully, and choosing our pace as we gather the data.”
CALGARY – Canadian oil producers are pocketing higher profits as a rise in world oil prices meshes with an improving supply-demand balance that has reduced the price discounts they faced earlier this year.Analysts say temporary shutdowns at Alberta oilsands projects for scheduled maintenance this spring have eased the pipeline congestion that had been exacerbating the difference between bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude prices.That means the oil producers — some of whom cut back output in the first quarter because of poor prices — are seeing benefits from WTI prices that rose to three-and-a-half-year highs above US$71 per barrel this week following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.“The rally in WTI has some fundamental support and is not all related to Iran and Venezuela,” energy analyst Randy Ollenberger of BMO Capital Markets pointed out in an email on Friday.“Demand is clearly improving … A further drop in Venezuela production is also a real possibility that could provide a further boost to prices.”Iran is the third-largest producer of crude within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, exporting about 2.6 million barrels per day in April. Prices rose this week on speculation that its exports could be interrupted if sanctions are reapplied by the West.Global oil prices are also being supported by factors including sliding heavy oil production from Venezuela, which is wracked by political instability, and strong adherence to production limits from OPEC and Russia under their 2016 agreement, said Kevin Birn, vice-president of the North American crude oil markets for IHS Markit.“Western Canadian producers, any higher price is unambiguously good for them,” he said.“The situation on pipelines has temporarily been resolved, primarily because of the upstream outages and (maintenance) turnarounds going on, which is allowing the system to clear… and hopefully allowing time for rail to come in.”Uncertainty continues to plague proposed new pipelines. The Keystone XL project from Alberta to Texas has been delayed, the future of an expanded Trans Mountain line to Vancouver is in doubt and a routing dispute has emerged over Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 export pipeline replacement project.Birn said the WCS-WTI discount, which closed at US$19.73 on Thursday, narrowed to an average of about US$12 per barrel last year due to demand in North America for heavy oil but rose quickly after November due to pipeline constraints. It peaked at about US$30 per barrel in the first quarter.The discount is expected to return to more typical levels of about US$15 — accounting for the difference in quality versus WTI and transport to market — this spring but will likely rise to US$17-$19 per barrel later in the year because of the higher price of shipping crude by rail, he said.Ollenberger agreed the discount will rise in the second half of the year, noting that new production from Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills oilsands mine as it ramps up to its 194,000-barrels-per-day capacity will be added to existing oilsands output as maintenance shutdowns end.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Shoppers raised the most funds Provincially and Nationally through their four-week National Fundraising Campaign to enhance woman’s health in the communities they serve.From October 6th to November 2nd, 2018 ‘butterflies’ were sold and then displayed in the windows of Shoppers. There was also a draw to win a giant M&M character which allowed customers to support the Campaign in a different way.October 12th, the Hospital Foundation was on-site selling raffle tickets thanks to West Jet who provided the Foundation round trip flights for two to any regular scheduled WestJet destination. They sold 500 tickets on that day. “The fantastic response to this Campaign is all thanks to our amazing staff at the store and our generous community,” said Tammy Koopanyas, Shoppers FSJ Manager. Dale Bobby, Executive Director of Shoppers Drugmart Canada was very impressed a small community could raise so much.The FSJ Shoppers team chose the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation as their charity of choice. With FSJ having one of the highest birthrates per capita in Canada, the funds that were raised from this event will be used to purchase equipment for the hospital that will help woman, babies and children at the Fort St. John Hospital
Rabat – Rachid Madrane, a Belgo-Moroccan politician, has been serving as president of the Brussels Regional Parliament since July 18. Madrane was elected in the 2019 Regional Elections.At the age of 51, Madrane is one of the leading figures of the French Socialist Party (PS) and the Belgian political scene. His motto is “work and perseverance always pay off.”Madrane told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that, as president, he has big dreams for Brussels. “I dream of a creative and dynamic city that embodies the future of big cities, where it is pleasant to live,” he said optimistically. For Madrane, “there are several priority issues to be tackled, particularly the topic of mobility which is one of the main sources of concern in Brussels.”As for employment, the president finds pride in the “uninterrupted” decline of Brussels’ unemployment rate. However, Madrane stressed that more effort is needed to fight hiring discrimination.This type of discrimination is “an issue that has always been important to me and one I have worked hard on,” says the politician. His adherence to the PS dates back to 1985, in the wake of “Don’t touch my friend” campaigns led by the SOS Racisme association.“When I was a teenager, I started to understand and experience racism and its effects, and so I started to get involved with associations, but as time went on, I realized that if I wanted to make a change, I would have to do so through politics,” he explained.After having worked as a radio and newspaper journalist, Madrane held the position of spokesman in ministerial cabinets. He was then elected for the first time at the Etterbeek Municipal Council in 2000.From June 2004 to June 2009, he was a member of the Brussels Parliament. In 2010, he joined the Federal Parliament.In 2014, Madrane integrated the Wallonia-Brussels Federation government, where he was designated Minister for Youth Aid, Houses of Justice, and Promotion of Brussels.The now-president was in charge of the departments of Sports and Youth respectively in 2016 and 2018.At the head of the Brussels Parliament, Madrane has taken the challenge to promote participatory democracy, to involve citizens in the decision-making process, and to reconcile them with politics.
Poverty and indigence rates remained practically constant since 1997, says the report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), with the sole exception being 2000, when better economic performance brought with it a reduction in the volume of poverty by more than 4 million people.An advance version of the “Social Panorama of Latin America 2002-2003,” the report estimates that 11 per cent of the population is undernourished and about 55 million people of the region suffered from some degree of malnutrition toward the end of the past decade.In addition, almost 9 per cent of children under five suffer from acute malnutrition and 19.4 per cent from chronic malnutrition. More women than men bear the brunt of the poverty and female household heads have less monetary income than men for poor- and high-income households.Due mainly to the lack of growth in per capita gross domestic product (GDP), living conditions in most countries should remain without significant changes in most countries this year, the report forecasts.
Fifteen members of Brock’s National Model United Nations group made the recent trip to New York for a conference involving students from around the world. His goal is to work in international relations, and if Alex Hobbs is successful, he’ll look back at the National Model United Nations conference as a turning point in his career.The second-year Brock Political Science student met international diplomats, including Samantha Power, the United States’ ambassador to the UN, while debating and discussing policy and global issues with thousands of like-minded students from across the globe.“After going through everything, it’s exhausting,” Hobbs said. “At the end of the day, it’s so very worth it.”Hobbs, 19, is president of Brock’s National Model United Nations, which includes 17 students from different Faculties. The group met each week to learn about policies respective to each UN country that would be at the national conference. They also refined skills such as speaking, negotiation and writing a working paper.“There’s a difference between doing it in a closed environment (at Brock) and doing it in front of an audience of 1,000 people,” Hobbs said. “It’s a big difference and a steep learning curve.”Fifteen members of the Brock group (two were sick) made the recent trip to New York, where they were split into UN sub-committees. Hobbs was in Security Council and spent much of his time debating issues in Syria. More than 5,000 students from close to 400 universities around the world attended the conference. Many of them were also working in government. One student, Hobbs said, already had three degrees and was studying pre-med while also working for his government’s department of defence.“It’s really an amazing opportunity to be able to get the opportunity to debate with them, negotiate with them and connect with them,” Hobbs said. “(They are) people who know what the political environment really is, how they want to move forward, and know about all these different things and being successful already. It was a huge experience.”The conference, while “stressful at times,” also gave students a chance to network.“There is nothing else like it,” Hobbs said. “There’s nothing else that I know of where you will be able to meet and discuss and learn from people who are as important as these people are,” Hobbs said, noting Elliott Harris, director, United Nations Environment Programme, and Leanne Smith, deputy chief, Peacekeeping Best Practices Section, as two examples. “It’s people like that, so this experience as a whole – not just learning policy or how to negotiate – it’s a lot of meeting people.”
It was a game the Ohio State men’s soccer team had to have to keep their hopes of a conference championship alive, and it was a game they got by defeating No. 24 Penn State, 2-1, on Sunday. “We’ve kept our hopes alive,” coach John Bluem said. “There are a whole bunch of teams in the running now for it but we’re real happy for the guys. That was a great win for us.”Under sunny skies at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes came out playing very aggressive and with a sense of urgency. They looked for early scoring opportunities, which finally paid off in the 14th minute of play.The Buckeyes struck when Austin McAnena put one into the left corner of the goal. It was set up by a great outlet pass from Konrad Warzycha, who crossed the ball into the middle of the field and McAnena finished it off by giving the Buckeyes the 1-0 advantage.For McAnena, it was his fourth goal of the year and the freshman seems to be developing into a solid player for the Buckeyes. There have been multiple times this season when McAnena has been on the receiving end of a pass into the middle of the field and several times it has ended with a Buckeyes goal.Early in the second half, the Buckeyes added another goal. This time it was Konrad Warzycha who got his first goal of the season to give the Bucks a 2-0 lead. Sam Scales and McAnena each had an assist on the score. “That was a great goal by Austin to get us off to the good start and then an electric goal by Konrad in the second half really made the difference,” Bluem said.For the Buckeyes, it was McAnena, Warzycha, and Scales who provided the offense for OSU. All three were involved on both goals. Penn State was not done, though, as the Nittany Lions tried to mount a comeback. In the 59th minute of play, Frank Costigliola kicked one from deep that somehow went into the net and cut the Buckeye lead to 2-1. Penn State turned up the heat once they scored and had several good chances to tie the game but OSU found a way to hold them off and get the conference win. The Buckeyes (8-3-3, 2-1 Big Ten) continue to keep pace with the top teams in the conference. OSU will return to action on Wednesday for its last home game of the regular season. It will also be the Bucks’ last non-conference game of the season, as they face West Virginia at 5:30 p.m.
Twitter claimed that it deleted more than 200 accounts that it tied to Russian operatives. These were among the same group that snuck political ads on Facebook — in defiance of American law governing political advertising. It also said that three accounts connected to the Kremlin and Russian news site RT spent more than $270,000 on advertising last year.These are some of the latest developments in the investigation of Russian interference in the US election. What happened at the upper levels — i.e. whether the current administration colluded with the Russian government to manipulate, in some capacity, the election results — remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that there were multiple attacks on a variety of fronts, at the very least, with a good chunk of them leveraging lax regulations in internet advertising to skirt standard election commission rules.The United States requires that sources for political advertising funding be disclosed along with the ad, which is why you’ll always here “I’m X politician and I approve this message,” which generally signifies that the campaign itself paid for it. Back in 2004, when John Kerry got hit with ads from “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” those had to have a different disclosure since they weren’t tied to either the Republican Party or George W. Bush directly.Senator Mark Warner of Virginia hammered Twitter following a hearing on the matter, saying that it clearly wasn’t taking the problem seriously enough, and was “deeply disappointed” at the “inadequacy on almost every level.”“[Twitter] showed an enormous lack of understanding… about how serious this issue is, the threat it poses to democratic institutions,” Warner said, according to the Washington Post.For its part, Facebook has recently gotten very aggressive in handling instances of election tampering, information manipulation, etc., as it did recently with the German elections. But, it too let the issue fester for quite some time, leading to thousands of Russian ads that sought to exploit the racial intolerance of many Americans for political ends.These ads were served up using the vast quantities of data pulled in by social media companies. Some, for example, served up ads of Muslims supporting Hillary Clinton targeted at those who were suspected of harboring Islamophobia.Disturbing as it is, now the question turns to next steps. Congress has suggested that Twitter do a full internal investigation. Right now, the only accounts pulled were those linked with similar data that Facebook shared a bit ago. Representative Adam Schiff (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that “there are serious questions about whether Twitter has the capability to do the forensics necessary to determine how much the Russians used their platform.”After its hearings with both the Senate and the House of Representatives, Twitter said that it was doing its best, and would be cooperating fully with the congressional investigation.“Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process,” the company wrote in a blog post. “[It] is a cornerstone for all democracies. We will continue to strengthen Twitter against attempted manipulation, including malicious automated accounts and spam, as well as other activities that violate our Terms of Service.”And the world spins on.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature
Related Items:court case, fortis tci, ilandcom TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Recommended for you Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2014 – Since 2011, Fortis TCI and Islandcom have been in a legal wrangle which ended yesterday with the power company winning in a final ruling. The two were battling over a frequency which Islandcom claimed it had exclusive right to… and one which the telecoms company said Fortis infiltrated, costing them an undisclosed bundle of the money in order to remain operating in the TCI. Fortis won the first case; Islandcom appealed at the Privy Council and again Fortis has won seemingly on the basis that the frequency was not proven to be exclusive to Islandcom. In a statement yesterday, Fortis said: “it is pleased to announce that the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, in the matter of FortisTCI Limited vs. Islandcom Telecommunications Limited, has ruled in favour of the Company on all three grounds of appeal.” FortisTCI President and Chief Executive Officer Eddinton Powell said, “We are happy to have this matter behind us.”
In two weeks, weather geeks from around the Northwest will gather at OMSI for the annual winter weather forecasting conference hosted by the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. The meeting, open to the public, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Details are at http://ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon.Forecasters who will deliver prognostications for the upcoming months include Clinton Rockey of the Portland office of the National Weather Service, Kyle Dittmer, George Taylor and Jim Little. Jesse Nicola from the Mount Hood Ski Resort will explain using weather data to design ski resort forecasts.Good news for anxious skiers and snowboarders: Our mild wet weather will migrate to a cool showery pattern late in the week, with some good mountain snows down to low elevations including the foothills to our east. Perhaps the snow-sports season will get a Thanksgiving start this year.The cooler air mass forecast to settle in later in the week will be coming from the interior of Canada and pushing mainly to our far east bringing widespread cold and snow to Idaho and the Rocky Mountain region. Cold air will circle out over the ocean and arrive as a maritime air mass with chilly damp conditions — showers and highs in the 40s — to make it feel like winter.Rainfall reports are coming in for October and I will share them soon. One observer had over 20 inches!The leaves are falling quickly in what I would call some of the most brilliant colors I have seen for a few years.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.
Approaching the end of her contract with the Washougal School District, Superintendent Dawn Tarzian says she will retire when this school year is over. Tarzian, 59, first shared the news with other district leaders at a Tuesday night board meeting just after the first special election results were released for Washougal’s construction bond measure. The district then publicized the news Wednesday.As of Wednesday afternoon, the $57.7 million bond measure was passing by a slim margin, sitting about seven-tenths of a percentage point above the necessary 60 percent approval threshold. The measure — which would fund the construction of a new elementary school and replacements for Jemtegaard Middle School and Excelsior High School — is likely to become Tarzian’s legacy with the district. But regardless of whether it maintains enough support as the final votes are counted, Tarzian said she planned to announce her retirement that night anyway.“I knew that either way, there was a new chapter,” she said. “I thought that this was a natural time for there to be a new leadership chapter.”
6:53 New Lexus RX 450h adopts radical style, retains stellar hybrid fuel economy The 2020 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series is making us Nori Green with envy More From Roadshow 2019 Lexus LS 500h review: Full-size hybrid offers luxury with tradeoffs 12 Photos Coupes Luxury cars 2019 Lexus LC 500h: Slow and steady wins the race Share your voice Enlarge ImageLexus’ LC500 Inspiration Series gets a gorgeous new color and gigantic 21-inch wheels. Lexus Lexus’ LC-series of cars has been a little polarizing, but we’re fans of how it looks. We’re even bigger fans since Lexus announced on Tuesday that it would be releasing a special Inspiration Series edition of the top-tier LC 500 coupe. What makes the Inspiration Series special? The biggest thing is its color, something that Lexus is is calling Nori Green. It’s a deep green metallic and wouldn’t look out of place on an Aston Martin. It’s seriously dreamy. Next is the interior. Lexus’ interior game has been especially strong lately, but this time, the company is taking things to another level. The interior of the LC 500 Inspiration is a mix of Saddle Tan and Black Amber leather. The seats are trimmed in Lexus’ finest aniline leather, but the door inserts are — somewhat unfortunately in our opinion — Alcantara. Other changes over your standard LC 500 include big ol’ 21-inch two-tone wheels and special, unique-to-the-Inspiration Series sill plates that are meant to — and this is Lexus talking here — “function as a subtle reminder of this car’s rarity every time you open the door.” Mechanically, the car is unchanged, so you still get the very lovely 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 which still produces a healthy 471 horsepower. That engine is, you guessed it, paired once again with Lexus’ 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s a good combination for a luxury grand tourer but could use something to make it a little bit more exciting when you’re ready to turn the wick up on a mountain pass or a winding country road. Lexus is keeping tight-lipped about the Inspiration Series’ cost and about just how “rare” the car will be. We do know that it’s supposed to hit dealers this fall, so if you’re as into green-on-brown GT cars as we are, keep your peepers peeled. 2020 Lexus RX first drive: Sharper image 0 Tags Post a comment Lexus Now playing: Watch this: Lexus
India captain MS Dhoni walks back after being dismissed in the second ODI against New Zealand, October 20, 2016IANSRain may play spoilsport in the India-New Zealand World Cup semi-final clash at the Old Trafford cricket ground on July 9. According to the British MET department, play may be interrupted by rain on the matchday and also the reserve day. The MET department stated that there are chances of rain at around 10 am in the morning just before the start of the match and it can delay play for some time and there are chances of rain in regular intervals also.Although the ICC have a reserve day for the semi-finals, the weather forecast on the reserve day also seems gloomy as according to the forecast there are chances of heavier rains on July 10.The DLS method can come into play if play happens, so the team batting first will have an advantage. But if there is no play for two days then India will qualify for the finals on the basis of having more points and finishing above New Zealand in the group stage of the World Cup.The group stage fixture between the two semi-finalists got washed out due to rain without a single ball being bowled in Nottingham. Getty ImagesVirat Kohli led Indian squad topped the group stage of the World Cup and finished with 15 points. The Men in Blue have been in scintillating form throughout the tournament. The star performers for the Indian squad have been Rohit Sharma, who has scored five centuries in the tournament, and Jasprit Bumrah, one of the best performers with the ball in this edition of the World Cup. In the later stages of the competition, Mohammed Shami joined the party and contributed by scalping 14 wickets in just four matches. On the other hand, New Zealand lacked consistency in the group stage but qualified with good performances from their bowlers and their most dependable batsman, skipper Kane Williamson. The Kiwis lost miserably in their last fixture of the group stage to England. They will be looking forward to getting their form back and beat India.Men in Blue are the favourites to win the match but the Kiwis should not be under-estimated.
Jasprit Bumrah has been Virat Kohli’s trump card across all the three formats and the bowler has been especially menacing with the red ball. By bagging a 5-wicket haul in Antigua, he became the first bowler from Asia to notch up a fifer in England, South Africa, Australia and West Indies.After his menacing spell in Antigua, Bumrah revealed to Rohit Sharma how he sliced through West Indies with his out-swinger a trait, which has developed in the recent past. He gave the first glimpse of his new weapon in England and breathed fire in Antigua, which even prompted Andy Roberts and Curtly Ambrose sit up and applaud.’The chap is very good’ “Perfect length. You can’t get better than his. The chap is very good. He is hitting the right areas straightaway. Not too many do that,” Roberts told Indian Express.After getting rid of Kraigg Brathwaite, Bumrah shattered the stumps of John Campbell with a menacing swinging ball and this prompted Roberts to equate him to Michael Holding.”That’s a brute. You can’t do anything against. Just bad luck. Was the kind of ball Michael (Holding) used to bowl back in our days. And later Malcolm Marshall. This is a serious ball and can get the best batsmen out,” Roberts further added.There was another legendary bowler in the audience as Bumrah unleashed hell and well, Curtly Ambrose, the more expressive of the two, was up and about excited about with what he was seeing. Jasprit BumrahMichael Dodge/Getty ImagesThe former fast-bowler even equated Bumrah with the crop of bowlers West Indies had back in the glory days and when they were dismantling batsmen across all conditions.”At times, he rekindles memories of our prime. The pace, aggression, the hostility, the craft. The way he outclasses the batsmen, the way he out-thinks them. He could have been one of us, he’s so complete a bowler that he could have played in any era,” Ambrose said.For the free-spirited people in West Indies, Bumrah is special, for they remind them of their own crop of champions who had batsmen shivering in their sight.”It’s the pace that catches my eyes first. I wouldn’t say pace is the biggest asset of a fast bowler but I would say it’s the most valuable one,” Roberts added.
A woman was slaughtered allegedly by her son at Dhubil Mehmanshahi village in Salanga of Sirajganj district on Thursday.The deceased is Zohura Begum, 55.Locals held Zohura’s son Tutul, 25, as they saw a bloodstained sharp weapon in his hand around 2:30pm, said Salanga police station officer-in-charge Waheduzzaman.Later, they found Zohura’s slaughtered body in their house.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital for autopsy and arrested Tutul.A case was filed in this connection.
Dr. Frank M. Reid IIIBethel AME Church will host a month long celebration to honor the leadership legacy of Dr. Frank M. Reid III, who, with more than 25 years served, has broken the record of tenure for Bethel pastors.Dr. Reid is highly esteemed as a pastor, teacher, leader and civic servant, and continues to lead the congregation with innovative partnerships including schools and underserved communities. Most recently, Dr. Reid partnered with community leaders and developers in revitalizing the Bethel Community Outreach Center. He is sensitive to and on the cutting edge of ministry beyond the walls of Bethel to the community. This year he hosted a town hall meeting with the city leaders and officials to address arresting the tide of violence plaguing Baltimore with tangible plans to follow up with resolutions.As a preacher, Dr. Reid is recognized universally for his clear and relevant articulation of the gospel. He is sought after throughout the world to bring clarity and guidance through the word of God. He hosts Radio One’s number 1 gospel broadcast, Sunday Morning Joy, 8 a.m. – noon every Sunday. The broadcast features Dr. Reid’s timely inspirational excerpts that inspire and inform a vast listening audience.With a long history of service, Dr. Reid announced his aspirations for the Episcopacy in the AME Church and gained the support of the Baltimore Annual Conference and leaders. He will seek election for Episcopal office at the 2016 General Conference.This celebration is unprecedented inasmuch as the participating bishops preside over denominations. Bethel is pleased to welcome Bishop Paul Morton, presiding bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist International Fellowship, Oct. 1 and Bishop Charles Blake, presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Oct. 15.Bishop George Bloomer will minister 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Oct. 12.At the end of the month, Oct. 31, Bethel welcomes Pastor Marvin Sapp as the preacher for the Awards Presentation Service.The services are free and open to the public. For more information go to www. bethel1.org or call 410-523-4273.
Kolkata: Purnendu Bose, minister of Technical Education, Training & Skill Development in the state on Tuesday stressed the importance of training among local youths in various sectors like soil testing labs, soil diagnosis, seed production and production of bio-fertilisers.If the unemployed youths are trained in these sectors they will be able to contribute towards the growth of agri-economy in the state, Bose said. He was speaking at the final day of Rural Connect-2018, organised by The Bengal Chamber at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”For quality crop production a sound knowledge of superior quality seed production is a must. There is need for training on how to use fertilisers and water judiciously. It has been observed that plants treated with bio-fertilisers give better results than those on chemicals. The whole concept of using the bio-fertilisers opens up immense scopes for training and employment,” Bose maintained. He also added that there are various government departments that are rendering assistance on skill developments, thereby helping village youths to get employed. Farmers need to learn the art of business, accounting operations, banking operations and how to market their produce, the minister said. It may be mentioned that the Utkarsh Bangla Scheme which was launched by the Bengal government has been providing vocational training to unemployed youths. The beneficiaries of the scheme are being imparted knowledge on skill development. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”It is crucial to train farmers. There are about 72 lakh farming families in the state. We also need to identify the youths who have some expertise and experience. They will be trained and then sent to fields where they can apply their knowledge during cultivation. We need to have a target to move forward,” Bose added. During his speech, Prof Swapan Kumar Dutta, Former DDG (ICAR) and V-C, Visva Bharati University said Bengal has a wide range of indigenous medicinal plants which can play a very important role in human health in 21st Century. There is a need to create conducive environment to grow these in controlled green houses or glass houses so that mass production can be achieved. Prasanta Kr Sarkar, director West Bengal State Medicinal Plant Board who was present in the programme, said medicinal plants are used in general medicine, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathic and Siddha medicines. Around 12.5 percent modern medicines are from medicinal plants. Medicinal plants are chiefly exported to the UK, the US, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, Phillipines, Bangladesh. Currently, medicine plants are also being grown as cluster cultivation where three different plants are grown together in a common space.
Bengal Creations and Nothing Beyond Cinema, from Bangladesh and India, respectively, are jointly producing Balighawr, a film based on Suchitra Bhattacharya’s story ‘Dheu Ashe Dheu Jai’, to be presented by Abul Khair and Arindam Sil. For the first time in the history of joint-venture film productions in the country, two of the biggest names of Indian and Bangladeshi music – Bickram Ghosh from India and Chirkutt from Bangladesh – are joining hands to compose and collaborate. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfComprising of a multi-star cast Balighawr’s actors include Abir Chatterjee, Rahul Banerjee, Anirban Bhattacharya and Parno Mitra from India and Arifin Shuvo, Nusrat Imroze Tisha and Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed from Bangladesh.The film will be directed by Arindam Sil, with Samik Halder on board as the cinematographer. Shooting will begin on March 21 2018, and is set to be held in Kolkata, Santiniketan, Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar after joint venture permissions are in place in both the countries.A press meet was held at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka, on January 20 where the cast and producers were present.
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Taiwan is considered by many as the most LGBTI-friendly country in AsiaThis is especially true when compared with Taiwan, which is often considered the most progressive country for LGBTI rights in Asia.In a landmark case last year, the country’s top court ruled that the law which banned same-sex marriage was unconstitutional thereby setting the grounds for same-sex marriage legalisation. Last January, the Taiwanese government announced it would be adding a third gender to passports and national ID cards.China’s pressure of censorship on the LGBTI-friendly state is something which would be all-to familiar to members of LGBTI communities, many of whom would have experienced censorship or attempts of subjugation in their lifetimes. ‘There are substantive issues of erasure, marginalization, and discrimination that non-cis gendered persons generally all too familiar with,’ said Chong.‘A test of the organizers’ moral bearings’‘Is the Gay Games now going to turn around and treat an entity in the same type of ways that they have historically been treated, have called out, and are rallying against? That will be a test of the moral bearings of the organizers and supporters of the Gay Games.’There is no clear-cut choice for the organizers who will be facing mounting pressure from both sides. However, those involved in the games would be very much aware of obvious criticisms they set themselves up for should they capitulate to China’s demands.‘There will be a lot of irony if a LGBTI rights events censors a place that has a decent record of supporting LGBTI rights,’ said Chong. ‘If the censorship does happen, the event organizers will be open to accusations of hypocrisy.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- LGBTI athletes waved Taiwan’s flag at the Gay Games opening ceremony in ParisChina is trying to stop Taiwan from flying its flag at the Gay GamesCHINA: LGBTI activists arrested by policeRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/old-tensions-brew-between-taiwan-china-in-lead-up-to-gay-games/ The Gay Games will kick off in Paris on Saturday (4 August), where some of the world’s most highly trained LGBTI athletes will be vying to be the best in their field.However during the lead-up to the games, the usually jovial and celebratory atmosphere was marred by the depressingly predictable resurfacing of tensions between competing nations, Taiwan and China.China still considers Taiwan as part of its territory, and does not recognise its sovereignty. The dispute between the two countries often manifests during major sporting events, and this year’s Gay Games were not spared.Late last month it was reported that China were pressuring the hosts and the organisers of the games to block Taiwan from flying the Taiwanese national flag, causing an outcry from Taiwan’s LGBTI community and sports fans. In the past, pressure from China on host nations of sports competitions has forced Taiwan to compete as under the titles ‘Chinese Taipei’ or ‘Taiwan (China)’.‘The Gay Games is an interesting case’Dr. Ian Chong, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore and expert on international relations in the Asia-Pacific, spoke to GSN about why these tensions have resurfaced, and what it might mean for the Gay Games.‘Sporting events tend to be high profile and many feature national teams,’ said Chong. ‘Beijing feels that to the extent that China can circumscribe Taiwan’s participation or representation, it can deny legitimacy to Taiwan or even erase it from the public mind.‘The Gay Games is an interesting case. It has been getting increasingly more profile, so I can see why China wishes to diminish Taiwan’s presence there,’ Chong adds. ‘However, China isn’t the best on gender and LGBTI issues, so the degree it can win support may be in some question there.’ Rainbow Taiwan flag at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. | Photo via Instragram (charlesc1025) After four years, the world’s most high-profile LGBTI sporting event has almost arrived.
News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… 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. September 24, 2018 — AngioDynamics Inc. announced an agreement to acquire RadiaDyne, a privately held medical diagnostic and device company that designs and develops patient dose monitoring technology to improve cancer treatment outcomes.This transaction expands AngioDynamics’ growing oncology business by adding RadiaDyne’s early-stage, proprietary OARtrac real-time radiation dose monitoring platform and other oncology solutions, including the IsoLoc/ImmobiLoc and Alatus balloon stabilizing technologies.RadiaDyne’s recently launched OARtrac system provides precise, real-time measurement via a proprietary intracavitary device. The system delivers critical dose feedback to medical and radiation oncologists, providing customized adaptive radiotherapy, reduced side effects, and improved clinical outcomes across all forms of radiation and photon beam therapy.RadiaDyne’s endorectal technology, IsoLoc/ImmobiLoc, removes transient rectal gas using a patented gas-release tip and reliably reduces prostate motion and radiation toxicity. RadiaDyne’s Alatus Vaginal Balloon Packing System provides physicians with an improved method for optimal dosimetry protection and decreased complications. 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