Smokey Robinson To Be Honored At Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Gala

first_imgGrammy Award-Winning singers Smokey Robinson and CeeLo Green, along with NBC’s America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon will join the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) at its Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.Philanthropists and Greenwich residents Anne and David Ogilvy will be presented with the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award. This award is presented annually to patients, caregivers, family members or advocates who inspire hope through their resilience, perseverance and dedication to the MMRF and its mission.“Anne and I are honored and humbled to receive this accolade. As a patient, I am immensely grateful to the MMRF for shifting the paradigm of cancer research and for revolutionizing the way myeloma is treated. Caregivers are the true spirt of hope and I am inspired by my caregiver, my amazing wife, Anne, for her unflappable bravery and strength, as well as my entire family. Without my doctors and the MMRF, I would not be here today,” said David Ogilvy, the president and owner of David Ogilvy & Associates Realtors.The renowned Grammy Award-Winning singer, songwriter and record producer Smokey Robinson will be presented with the MMRF Courage and Commitment Award. Mr. Robinson is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee and has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Howard University Honorary Doctorate, Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States.Both of these awards are presented to people in recognition of their extraordinary contributions and inspiration of hope through their life’s work.Grammy Award-Winning singer, songwriter and record producer CeeLo Green will serve as the evening’s headliner. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies will be Nick Cannon, the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and an entrepreneur, philanthropist and entertainer.Janssen Oncology and Takeda Oncology are the evening’s presenting sponsors.“The MMRF Gala allows us to publicly thank individuals who support our efforts to find a cure for multiple myeloma. We are excited this year to recognize longtime friends and supporters Anne and David Ogilvy as well as musical legend Smokey Robinson,” stated MMRF President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Giusti. “The awareness that we generate and the funds that we raise supports the MMRF’s unique Precision Medicine Model – the promise of delivering tailored cancer treatments based on a patient’s specific genetic profile. This is the future of cancer research.”The MMRF Fall Gala is the largest philanthropic event in Fairfield County and is attended by over 1,000 supporters including patients, family members, healthcare leaders and business executives – all with a mission to find a cure. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, premier silent and live auctions as well as world-class entertainment. It is always an uplifting, moving event.The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is one of the leading cancer research organizations worldwide. MMRF’s groundbreaking precision medicine model is the only end-to-end solution in cancer research today and the foundation is leading the way in the fight against all cancers with a goal of finding a cure.For more information for table/ticket or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
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Inuk designer says not everyone informed about Canada Goose program

first_imgSophie-Claude MillerAPTN NewsAn Inuk designer is skeptical about a new “social entrepreneurship” program being run by winter clothing giant Canada Goose.As part of its, ‘’honouring the north” initiative, Canada goose ordered an exclusive collection from 14 Inuit seamstresses.The company recently announced their Atigi collection that includes anoraks, parkas and the famous traditional Inuit amauti.But Victoria Okpik, a professional Inuk designer from Kangirsujuaq, says she wasn’t aware of project Atigi and according to her, neither were most Inuit.“Most of the people I think didn’t know about this project and it should have been well publicized and people that wanted to try should have had a chance,” said Okpik.Okpik said she’s happy for the people who took part in the project, but is concerned about the amauti patterns being shared with a big company such as Canada Goose.“I was really worried about our traditional amauti,” she said. “I know Pauktuutit Women’s Association of Canada, they have intellectual property rights, they worked on it for a long time and I was just worried about that part because a big company like Canada Goose, if it gets a hold of the pattern, I was really worried.”The Toronto based company said in a statement that all proceeds from the sale of the collection will go to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).The national Inuit organization is responsible for protecting and advancing the rights and interests of 60,000 Inuit.In an email, ITK was not involved in the planning, but said it will administer the proceeds of the sales.“’ITK will collect the proceeds and we will bring them forward to our board of directors, which is made up of the elected leaders of each of the four Inuit regions, to determine how to best use these funds in Inuit communities,” the email said.But Okpik still has concerns about the project.“I think Inuit should be the one that benefits from that and have the total right and not big companies like Canada Goose to gain anything out of it, out of amauti,” said OkpikAPTN asked Canada goose numerous times for an interview but they did not make anyone available.smiller@aptn.ca@sophieclaudelast_img read more

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Environmentalists welcome Sask carbon ruling that affirms federal climate role

Environmental groups rejoiced at a Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruling on carbon pricing that legal experts say strongly affirms the federal government’s essential role in the fight against climate change.Ian Bruce of the David Suzuki Foundation says the decision paves the way for a unified national program to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.Isabelle Turcotte of the Pembina Institute says the 3-2 ruling emphasizes that climate change is a national threat, even calling it an emergency.Meanwhile, legal scholars say the court has reinforced the doctrine that the provinces and the federal government share responsibility for the environment.Stewart Elgie of the University of Ottawa says the federal government can set standards and the provinces decide how to meet them, much as Canada already does in health care and social programs.Martin Olszynski from the University of Calgary says the Saskatchewan ruling is likely to foreshadow carbon price rulings in jurisdictions such as Ontario, where the arguments used were very similar.Mark Jaccard, an energy economist at Simon Fraser University, welcomes the decision, saying it’s appropriate the federal government has the power to address a global problem.   The Canadian Press read more

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UNbacked conference raises awareness of evils of antiSemitism

“Holocaust denial is anti-Semitism. It wounds the people who suffer the most – the survivors,” said Kiyo Akasaka, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, in a message to the International Conference on Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial in Dublin.“It extends this hurt to every Jewish person, as a heartless reminder of the unspeakable cruelty and the ruthless attempt to eliminate every member of their families,” Mr. Akasaka told the conference, which is co-sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information and Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, with the support of the Government of Ireland and other partners.The UN has called for the rejection of the denial of the Holocaust, in full or in part, through resolutions adopted by the 192-member General Assembly.Mr. Akasaka encouraged participants attending the two-day event to make efforts to dispel the myths associated with anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial and to fight discrimination.“We have not fully understood that discrimination against people anywhere hurts people everywhere. Minorities of all kinds continue to be persecuted and murdered. And too often, we have been indifferent,” he added.Through its ‘Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme,’ the UN helps to ensure that people everywhere are better educated about the events that led to the Holocaust in order to help prevent genocide in the future. 18 November 2010In continuing efforts to ensure that the crime of genocide does not occur again, the United Nations today co-sponsored a conference in Ireland to discuss both the historical and contemporary contexts of anti-Semitism, including Holocaust denial. read more

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New laws to ban sale of cigarettes near schools

He said the Government is committed to reduce the use of cigarettes in the country.As part of this move, the Minister said the Government has already increased the price of cigarettes and also increased the tax on cigarettes. (Colombo Gazette) New laws are to be introduced to ban the sale of cigarettes near schools, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said today.The Minister also denied claims that a new tobacco company is to be registered in Sri Lanka.

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Michael Vick Will Not Return to Eagles Next Season

Michael Vick’s frequent injuries have turned off the Philadelphia Eagles, who have decided not to re-sign the quarterback who lost the starting job to Nick Foles last season.The Eagles will seek another backup to Foles, a veteran who will be comfortable in the role, according to cbssports.com.Vick has said he believes he is a starter, an indirect indication that he wanted out of Philly.Sources say Vick’s injury history has given Philly pause, and he will explore other options in free agency. The Jets, Raiders and other teams are monitoring Vick. Vick played previously for Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg in Philadelphia.Vick joined the Eagles in 2009. In 2010 he won the Comeback Player of the Year award after throwing for 21 touchdowns and running for nine to lead Philly to the playoffs. read more

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Ohio State defense struggles on third down in 3521 loss to Virginia

Junior linebacker Joshua Perry (37) attempts to tackle Virginia Tech sophomore fullback Sam Rogers during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIt was a night filled with introspective discussion, historical significance and endless analysis. But despite all the circumstances surrounding it, Ohio State junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington’s short statement turned out to be the best assessment of his team’s 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech.“We did OK, but we just didn’t play good when we needed to play good,” Washington said after the game.The OSU defense may have forced three Virginia Tech turnovers and held the Hokies to fewer yards than its own team’s offense, but it also surrendered nine third-down conversions. Five of those came on plays where the Hokies needed to gain seven yards or more to extend the drive.OSU sophomore safety Vonn Bell had an interception and five tackles in his first start of the season, but his evaluation of the defense’s third-down play struck a similar chord with Washington’s.“(The Hokies) were just making plays,” Bell said. “We need to make plays to get off the field when we have to get the ball to the offense in those types of situations.”Junior linebacker Joshua Perry said the third-down defensive failures weren’t just the result of one player, but of all 11 men on that side of the ball.(Giving up a third down conversion) is something you never want as a defense. That is something we have to tighten up,” Perry said. “We have to look at what we were doing and see where we can make corrections. We have to put it on everybody to do their responsibilities.”Coach Urban Meyer said his analysis of the defense would have to wait until later, as his focus during the game was on adjusting his offensive scheme. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell — like some of his players — pointed to those third down plays that put OSU in an early hole as the moments that changed the game.“Ultimately, you look back and that’s what killed us. It’s not like they were third-and-two, third-and-threes,” Fickell said. “We’re talking third-and-eight, third-and-10, third-and-12, in the ideal position you’d want to be in, and we didn’t execute.”No Buckeye football team had ever played in front of an Ohio Stadium crowd as big as Saturday’s 107,517 total. Nor had many Buckeye players ever played against the kind of triple-option offense they saw against Navy, but the more conventional style employed by Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler still gave the unit problems.OSU co-captain and senior linebacker Curtis Grant said a combination of strategy and the play of visiting redshirt-junior quarterback Michael Brewer made the difference.“It was hard to get to the quarterback since (Brewer) was getting the ball out so quickly. We were coming, but it was hard to get to him when it felt like he was getting the ball out after three seconds,” Grant said. “(Virginia Tech) ran a lot of aggressive misdirection routes coming to the backside. That’s something we need to correct moving forward.”Junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) tackles a Virginia Tech player during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFickell also singled out Brewer’s decision-making as the x-factor on big plays.“We lost leverage, it’s not like we weren’t pressuring him,” Fickell said. “We were coming after him to hit him. He rolled the pocket a little bit, made some plays on us.”After giving up 21 points in the first half, the Silver Bullets kept the Hokies out of the end zone as the OSU offense came back to tie the game with 11:40 left on the clock. But the Hokies pulled out all the stops — including a reverse play that went for 17 yards — on their way to scoring the game’s winning touchdown with 8:44 remaining in the game.Senior cornerback Doran Grant said the Buckeyes weren’t expecting a trick play like that, but he still saw the team’s first-half performance as the game’s deciding factor.“We didn’t play well in the first half. [We] came out pretty strong in the second but it wasn’t enough to win the game.”Grant and his Buckeye teammates are set to look to regroup from their first regular-season loss under Meyer next week when Kent State is scheduled to come to Columbus. Kickoff is set for noon on Sept. 13. read more

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Pet dog has sex change in rare operation after vets discovered she

first_imgA pet dog has undergone gender reassignment in a rare operation after vets discovered she was a hermaphrodite.Molly, a Jack Russell who was born with male and female parts, has made a complete recovery after undergoing the rare gender reassignment surgery.Mary and Frank Finlay first took their puppy Molly to the vet when they noticed her unusual toileting behaviour. Ross Allan, a vet based in Glasgow, discovered she was intersex, with elements of both male and female external genitalia.This was causing her “significant” discomfort and abrasions, so she underwent a “complex” operation to improve her quality of life.Mr Allan said Molly, now around 18 months old, has made a complete recovery after the surgery last June.Mr Finlay told BBC Scotland’s Kaye Adams Programme: “We got Molly in November 2015 and noticed that around the house she would squat to do her pees but outside she would lift her leg.”I mentioned this early on in 2016 to one of Ross’s colleagues and they came up with the probability that she was a hermaphrodite, both sexes.”They did MRI scans and X-rays, and eventually she was operated on in 2016. We still call her Molly.” 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.  Jack Russell Molly with her owners Mary and Frank Finlay at home in Glasgow. The complex surgical procedure involved removing her pseudo male sexual organ and forming a functional urethral opening where the female genitalia would normally be found.Mr Allan, who works at the Pets’n’Vets Family’s Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital in Glasgow, said: “Molly was what is defined medically as a male pseudo hermaphrodite, or more commonly ‘intersex’.”Her particular anatomy meant that whilst Molly appeared to be a female, closer examination revealed elements of both male and female external genitalia, and unfortunately this was leading to significant genital discomfort.”If left untreated, this risked her developing a long-term and debilitating condition.”We decided that the very best solution for Molly was to proceed with definitive surgery to create an anatomical situation which would avoid ongoing issues or discomfort.”The surgery was a great success and Molly is much more comfortable and happier as a result.”Intersexism is rare in pets and some cases will not require any treatment at all.”In Molly’s case, it was a painful condition which was causing problems and surgery was an important step to ensure she was able to go on to live a pain-free life.” Intersex Jack Russell MollyCredit:PA  Jack Russell Molly with her owners Mary and Frank Finlay at home in GlasgowCredit:SWNS Intersex Jack Russell  Mrs Finlay added: “We’ve seen no change in her behaviour. She’s still the same wee Molly and we wouldn’t be without her, she’s too precious.”During the surgical procedure, Mr Allan found Molly’s internal sexual organs were that of a male, with testicles in the place of ovaries within her abdomen.last_img read more

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12yearold girl assaulted for her iPhone as warning issued over children carrying

first_img“Parents need more education; whilst phones are great for safety, they are also highly desirable items,” she said.Ms Bowyer added that “children are withdrawn from society” when using their phones or listening to music and therefore don’t recognise the potential dangers. Derbyshire Constabulary are still seeking information on the incident.Roger Critchell, director of operations at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Having a mobile stolen can be a really shocking and distressing for the victim. “Thieves look for people they can target easily, so when you are out and about only use your mobile when absolutely necessary.” The man is seen hurling the girl to the ground before snatching her rose gold iPhone 6s The man is seen hurling the girl to the ground before snatching her rose gold iPhone 6s Crime prevention officer at Derbyshire Constabulary, Kate Bowyer, said that whilst there was no blame on victims it was important that parents explain to children the responsibility and consequences of having expensive items such as phones and portable music players.  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. A 12-year-old girl was brutally set upon as a man tried to steal her mobile phone in an attack captured on CCTV.Derbyshire Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Derby in connection with the incident which happened on Cambridge Street on Sunday afternoon.The girl attempted to fight off the assailant for 25 seconds before he eventually made off with her rose gold iPhone 6s.Whilst the girl was left with no physical injuries the attack has prompted concerns over children carrying expensive goods. Director of criminology at the University of Kent, Dr Erin Sanders-McDonagh, said carrying such items leads to youngsters being “targets”, despite parents inventions of keeping their children safe.  She said: “Parents do have to take into account that their children can become targets when they are given phones. Having valuable items increases the chance of being a victim of crime, and children are easier targets for criminals. “Of course many parents feel that phones keep their children safe, and this is true, but does your child need say an iPhone 10 to check in with you.“Buying the most expensive and the best isn’t always needed, but perhaps is wanted. It is therefore important to balance what keeps your child safe and what can make them a target.” The girl fought back for 25 seconds The girl fought back for 25 secondslast_img read more

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Mother of sex abuse victim There was no one to help us

first_imgWe were told that he’d have to go on a waiting list to be assessed and because he went to the police, the HSE was our only option – no other place will touch you once you’ve reported it to the gardaí. It’s isolating enough without all of that. You’re already feeling guilty because you feel like you haven’t protected your child and the isolation is so phenomenal because people don’t know what to say, so you can’t even really discuss it with your friends.‘He feels like no one cares’Jennifer said that her son felt “absolute frustration trying to cope with his anger” over the nine months he waited to see a professional therapist to help him through his trauma.“He feels like no one cares, he wasn’t 16 when this started and he’s still a human being who has had this happen to him – just because the number crunchers say that he’s not included in that catagory, he’s left without,” she said. “What am I supposed to say to my son, that he should have reported it before his 16th birthday, after he had the courage to come out and tell me about it?”.“When your child is in dire need, you’ll do anything you can for them and I sat up all that night on Google, the longest night of my life, searching for places to help us,” she said. “I’ve sent numerous emails to Minister Frances Fitzgerald and her people wrote back referring me to CARI who I had already told them I contacted and couldn’t help me – they obviously weren’t listening to me and eventually I gave up”.Last week TheJournal.ie spoke to the CARI Foundation which has had its funding cut over the last number of years, resulting in the closure of its centre in Cork and a reduction in remaining services. CEO Mary Flaherty said the lack of counselling facilities for child sex abuse victims was an “inexplicable scandal” as the HSE receives an average of 2,500 reports of abuse each year.Flaherty also said that sexual abuse is not considered a mental health issue which further restricts a child’s access to HSE therapists.‘Standing in a shopping centre with tears streaming down my face’“I feel so isolated, you sit back and hold in your temper and all you want to do is lash out at everyone,” Jennifer said.“One day I realised I was just standing in the middle of a shopping centre with tears streaming down my face and you feel like a mad woman. I don’t know how to help him with the flashbacks, I just don’t know how to help him. When this happens you just feel like you’re letting your child down again and again and again.”Jennifer’s son has now been assigned a therapist which she said is a “huge relief”.I wouldn’t knock the work they do because I know they’re working in difficult situations but I just wish it could have been sooner. That’s nine months and if you look at the suicides for young people it’s hardly surprising because there’s nowhere for them to go. It wouldn’t encourage people to come forward because when a child is brave enough to do that they’re turned away – it’s horrific.Jennifer said she hopes to be able to campaign further down the line to draw attention to the lack of support for today’s child sex abuse victims and their families.*Some names and details have been changed to protect the identity of the people involved.Read: HSE failing today’s child sex abuse victims with lack of counselling services>Read: Child protection reviews reveal 378 abuse allegations about 146 individuals> THE MOTHER OF a child who was sexually abused has spoken out against the government after waiting nine months for a therapist to be assigned to her son.Jennifer’s* son was abused over a number of years and last summer, at the age of 16, he told her about it for the first time.“It was the longest night of my life,” she told TheJournal.ie. “We went to the police and over the course of eight hours they took his statement. That was the first time I had heard every single detail.”Jennifer said she had expected a counseller to be on hand to speak with her son while he was going through the process of reporting his abuse but she was told that there were no services available to him because of his age.“I was very naive, I thought there would be someone and we were told that there would have been if he was under 16, but there was no one to help us – it was just him and me,” she said.last_img read more

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He was given a beyond poor chance of survival now he urgently

first_img Short URL Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube By Nicky Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3329765 Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 6:50 PM Subscribe for more videos Share Tweet Email1 ‘He was given a beyond poor chance of survival – now he urgently needs a kidney’ Sam Kinahan was born with a severe bladder defect, leaving him in end-stage renal failure. Apr 8th 2017, 6:50 PM 12,539 Views 7 Comments SEEING SAM KINAHAN and his sister Ali play in the garden together, they both seem perfectly happy and healthy – Sam has a new scooter, and Ali is giving him tips on how to use it.But after a few minutes running around, Sam vomits, and his father Ivan comes running over to clean him up. Sam quickly gets back on his feet.This is normal for him, as is being limited to a tiny amount of fluid a day, can’t be fed orally, and spends most nights of the week hooked up to a dialysis machine for 11 hours. The almost three-year-old boy from Baldoyle in Fingal was born with a severe bladder defect. He’s now in end-stage renal failure, and urgently requires a transplant.His mother Chloe told TheJournal.ie that he still needs to grow another few centimetres before they can begin the process of having him assessed for a transplant – which will include seeing if any family members are a suitable donor – as doctors need to make sure his body can accommodate the organ.After that, they will also need to assess whether or not his bladder also needs further attention. She used an analogy to explain:They’re not going to put in a brand new boiler into a house that has dodgy pipes and dodgy radiators.Sam remains a cheerful toddler, and his parents say that while he doesn’t know any different to the life he’s currently living, a transplant will make a massive impact.Watch the video above for our full report.We spoke to Sam and his family as part of Organ Donor Awareness Week. More detail of how to become an organ donor are available from IKA.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Corinthia grape growers strive to meet international wine standards

first_imgDid you know that grapes bursting in foggy conditions sound like crickets? That was one of the things I discovered during a visit to the Peloponnesian region of Corinthia during the harvest season, which runs from August to October.The seedless grapes of the Thomson and Crimson varieties, especially those cultivated in the ideal climatic conditions of Corinthia, are considered of excellent quality around the world.Suntip is a company based in the area which focuses mainly on table grape production and wholesale. At its new packaging unit employees in the grape selection department pay special attention to each and every grape. The members of staff – about 150 in total – check each grape’s size (Asda, for instance, a Suntip client and British subsidiary of US giant Walmart, refuses grapes with a circumference of less than 17 millimeters), the state of the petioles and so on.Working with producers in the region, Suntip executives visit the vineyards to check on sugar levels, pesticide residue and acidity, among other factors, before the grapes are transported to the packaging unit.“About 15 percent of production is used for vinegar,” Evangelos Evangelaras, manager of marketing, sales and quality control, told Kathimerini, pointing out the metal container where the rejected fruit is placed.“If the product reaches the client and is not up to standard, not only do you not get paid but you must also cover the cost of destroying it,” he added.The markets that Greek grape producers and exporters have succeeded in penetrating are particularly demanding, with top destinations including the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.Consignments of Suntip grapes – 15 to 20 tons at a time – travel to Northern Europe in refrigerated trucks which maintain the exact same temperature right up to delivery.Greece, whose main production areas are Corinthia, Crete (Iraklio) and the northern city of Kavala, produced 292,700 tons of table grapes in 2012; among European countries only Italy topped Greece’s production figures. Last year, some 89,100 tons were exported, generating 124.7 million euros in revenues.In order to strike deals with leading foreign buyers, companies like Suntip need a top-quality product. This is possible through collaborations with people like Panayiotis and Roula Giannakopoulos, whose 6-hectare vineyard is situated just a few kilometers away from Suntip’s packaging unit.Nine months per year the husband-and-wife team ensure that each step is executed to perfection, from pruning in winter to spraying a few weeks before the harvest.“Everything has become so expensive in the last few years – fertilizers, fuel,” noted 45-year-old Panayiotis, while his spouse compared grape production to pregnancy.The size of the couple’s vineyard is considered large for the region. Among the principal structural disadvantages of the majority of Greek producers compared to their international counterparts is the relatively small size of the vineyards, which make production less competitive in terms of cost.Corinthia vineyards cover 2.5 hectares on average, compared to 24 hectares in France and even larger areas in California. Large vineyards allow for economies of scale – ranging from the cost of labor to machinery and negotiations with suppliers – which are not an option for Corinthia producers. Meanwhile, efforts to develop synergies between small producers in the region have yet to bear fruit.The lack of support from the state is another factor. While local grape production has long suffered from water shortages, the construction of a dam that could solve this problem has been a pending issue over the last 12 years – its completion is expected in 2016. Inefficient infrastructure – in this case the road to the western port city of Patra – also adds to transportation costs.The recent Russian embargo is one more issue. While Greece exports relatively small quantities of table grapes to Russia, out of the 142,800 tons of table grapes exported by the European Union to third countries in 2013, some 43,000 tons (31 percent) were destined for the Russian market. As a result of the embargo, EU countries exporting to Russia will now try to channel a large portion of their produce to the European market, a move which will weigh on prices.“For the time being demand is strong and there have been no instances of oversupply in the markets that we’re interested in,” noted Evangelaras. “Nevertheless, recent developments have been a cause of major concern.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Outcome of Board of Fisheries decisions on Southeast salmon herring

first_imgThe Board of Fish has ended in Sitka, adopting regulation changes to Southeast fisheries for the next three years. The commercial herring fleet will harvest at the same rate as in years past. ADF&G will also have broad authority to close areas to fishing near salmon rivers of concern. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)Southeast Alaska’s marathon Board of Fisheries meeting Tuesday night came to a close in Sitka.A handful of regulations for fishing have changed, while others did not pass muster.For Sitka locals, the most contentious votes had to do with the sac roe herring fishery and a controversial plan to close the final six weeks of winter trolling for king salmon.The board voted down Proposal 99, that would have scaled back the commercial harvest of herring in Sitka Sound.Sponsored by Sitka Tribe of Alaska, the suggested 10 percent cap to the guideline harvest level would have kept 5,500 tons of herring in the ocean and cost industry groups that profit from the fishery $6.7 million.Board member Al Cain of Anchorage saw both sides of the issue and tussled with what to do.“The earthquake last night wasn’t the only reason I lost sleep,” Cain said. “I have heard more than 100 individual voices in the past few days, some of which reflect millennia of experience and use of these herring stocks.”Cain then asked whether any board members would consider a less radical adjustment to the harvest rate.No one on the board took up the idea.Furthermore, board members did not take up the recommendation by the Sitka Advisory Committee to consider adopting the more conservative formula used in other parts of Southeast Alaska.If adopted, it would have reduced this year’s catch by 4,000 tons and cost industry groups $4.8 million.Sitka has a more generous harvest rate (blue line) than the rest of Southeast Alaska (orange line). Sitka Tribe of Alaska wanted a 10% cap (green line), which Board member Al Cain called “too much.” The Board voted to keep with the blue line, saying that a “reasonable opportunity” for subsistence harvest still existed. (Graph courtesy of ADF&G Herring Research Supervisor Kyle Hebert)In the end, the majority said that a “reasonable opportunity” existed for the subsistence harvest in Sitka and voted to maintain the status quo for commercial harvest.The fleet will harvest 11,000 tons this spring.This disappointed, but did not surprise longtime herring advocate Harvey Kitka, who brought these same concerns before the board in 1997.“They heard what we said, but they didn’t hear what we said. I don’t know how to put it any other way,” Kitka said. “It kind of went on by and didn’t stop.”The board did, however, recognize the need for protected areas for the subsistence harvest.They closed off more water near Sitka to commercial fishing, expanding the zone in which only subsistence users can gather roe (STA Proposal 106).Toward the very end of the meeting, the board deliberated action plans for salmon stocks of concern.In the end, the Board approved a strategy that would give Alaska Department of Fish and Game broad authority to close all king salmon fishing — including sport — in areas adjacent to the major salmon-producing rivers of Southeast Alaska.Tad Fujioka has trolled out of Sitka for the past seven years. He supported the board’s efforts to tightly regulate fishing where king salmon runs are known to be suffering. But he had problems with a broader measure.“A month-and-a-half of traditional winter fishing will be lost across the board, even in areas that have historically been clean,” Fujioka said. “I guess we got the sledgehammer and the scalpel.”The board gave Fish and Game the authority to close winter trolling on March 15, six weeks ahead of schedule.Fujioka believed that would be especially hard on trollers in communities like Kake, who may not routinely venture out on the ocean in the traditional summer opener.Troller Eric Jordan was nevertheless grateful that the board took the time to fully evaluate the options.“You’ve broken our hearts, but solved some problems,” Jordan said. “This has been one of the most remarkable board processes ever.”This story contained contributions from KCAW’s Emily Kwong and Robert Woolsey.last_img read more

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GTA 6 release date leaks and everything you need to know

first_img Video game news round-up: Far Cry 5 revealed, Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed and GTA 5 sales IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:41Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Grand Theft Auto, popularly shortened to GTA, is one of the bestselling videogame franchises in the world. Even before Rockstar’s cowboy gunslinging AAA title Red Dead Redemption 2 was released back in October last year, a plethora of rumours surrounding GTA 6 and Bully 2 started swarming the internet. Rockstar has not officially announced anything about either game, but the internet is ripe with leaks, resumes, job listings and anything people can get their hands on.Here are a few leads on GTA 6, mostly for fans to quench their excitement.The NDA-Breaking ResumeBibin Michael, an ex-Rockstar India employee listed GTA 6 amongst his work in an Art Station resume. Michael has since removed the entry from his resume. His LinkedIn profile shows that he worked for Rockstar Games India for 5 months but doesn’t have anything on specific games. The information was found by a member of GTAForums. The thread has comments from fans who don’t believe the story to be true. Some even believe the game won’t be out till 2023. Michael currently works as a 3D artist for Codemasters, known for racing games like GRID, Dirt and the F1 series. He was also credited in Red Dead Redemption 2. The Tampa gets a weaponized upgrade in GTA 5Rockstar GamesThe Job ListingsRockstar’s job listings have become a thing of interest for rumour hunters. In job listings reported on Gearnuke, Rockstar Games have been looking for Technical Face Developers, Motion Capture Specialists and Technical Artists to “develop new technology for future titles” and “build upon the next generation”. This could mean something grander is in the works, but as we have seen with RDR2 already, Rockstar does not hold back when it comes to perfecting tiny details.The European Leaker DevA European developer leaked information on Pastebin regarding various big titles. Among these is an entry which goes as follows – “GTA 6 Holiday 2020 most probably, not hearing anything ps4 related.” GTA 5 poster shown for representational purposesRockstar GamesThe same entry also mentions Miami and New York to be potential cities for the game. It was initially rumoured to be set in Vice City (which is based on Miami) so that information is in line with existing speculation. However, it should be taken with a pinch of salt, as the author has said that they are not sure about anything GTA 6-related.GTA 5 was released in 2013, five years after GTA 4. Despite the time, GTA 5 sales are still going strong due to the consistent updates, DLCs and the ardent GTA Online community. The multiplayer world of GTA is constantly updated with user-made missions and race tracks. Moreover, GTA V is still topping Steam charts, something which will probably be constant till they decide to release Red Dead Redemption 2 for the PC.Amidst all the love, we have a few brave/clumsy souls whose actions give fans something to speculate and look forward to. It would be a shame to not have another GTA, as it is one of the best-selling franchises not just for Rockstar, but the entire gaming industry.last_img read more

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BGE Awards 302000 to 64 Nonprofit Emergency Response and Public Safety Agencies

first_imgNew Market District Volunteer Fire Department — Technical Rescue EquipmentWestern Maryland K-9 Search & Rescue — CommunicationsHarford County:Abingdon Fire Company — EMP Protective VestsDarlington Volunteer Fire Company—Illuminated Outdoor Fire Station DisplayFallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company—Upgraded EKG MonitorsJarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company — Gas Meter ReplacementJoppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company — Turnout Gear WasherHoward County:Ellicott City Historic District Partnership—Helping Ellicott City RecoverEllicott City Volunteer Firemen’s Association—EMS Water Resistant Weather Gear Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department — Foam Educator and Blitz Fire MonitorArcadia Volunteer Fire Company — New Engine EquipmentChesapeake Search Dogs — General OperatingChestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company — Enhanced Safety Response TrainingCivil Air Patrol — CPR and Emergency Services Training InfrastructureCockeysville Volunteer Fire Company — Utility Truck ReplacementCommunity Volunteer Fire Department of Bowley’s Quarters  — Equipment Upgrades/TrainingGlyndon Volunteer Fire Engine and Hose Company No. 1—Replacement AED’sHereford Volunteer Ambulance Association—Replacement HosesHereford Volunteer Fire Company — LUCAS CPR DeviceInstitute of Notre Dame—Safety UpgradesLansdowne Volunteer Fire Association—Rapid Intervention Team BagsLoyola University Maryland—AED’sLutherville Volunteer Fire Company — Rescue ToolsMaryland Food Bank—MRE’s/Water for EmergenciesMiddle River Volunteer Fire Company — Water and Dive Team Communications/TrainingNorthpoint Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department—Rescue JacksPikesville Volunteer Fire Company—Upgraded Gas Meters and Replacement Rescue ToolsProvidence Volunteer Fire Company—Firefighting Foam OperationsReisterstown Volunteer Fire Company—LUCAS CPR DeviceRockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Company—Hose Nozzle ReplacementRosedale Volunteer Fire Company — New Supply HoseStevenson University—Emergency PhonesTowson University Foundation — Disaster Preparedness and Recovery ImprovementsWhite Marsh Volunteer Fire Company — Highly Visible First Responder JacketsWise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company — Safety and Operational ReadinessCarroll County:Change, Inc. — Emergency EquipmentCommunity Fire Company of Perryville Md Inc.—Safety EquipmentCecil County:Community Fire Company of Rising Sun Inc. — PagersWater Witch Fire Company — Radio Alert Pager ReplacementFrederick County:Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company—Rapid Response AED Program BALTIMORE – Baltimore Gas and Electric today awarded $302,000 in emergency response and safety grants to 64 nonprofit emergency response and public safety organizations at a press conference held at the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department. The organizations formally recognized represent 9 Maryland counties and Baltimore City and the grants are part of BGE’s Emergency Response and Safety Grant program. There were 22 first-time award recipients.Group photo of representatives of recipient organizations of BGE Awards.“These nonprofit public safety and emergency response organizations are the backbone of our community, selflessly volunteering to keep us safe, and today is BGE’s way of simply thanking them,” said Valencia McClure, BGE’s vice president of governmental and external affairs and corporate relations for BGE. “At BGE, we are committed to the safety of our customers and this grant program allows us to continue that commitment by supporting the men and women who bravely respond to critical incidents in our communities every day.”One notable first-time recipient is the Ellicott City Volunteer Firemans Association who will be outfitting EMS personnel in highly visible, water-resistant weather protective gear when responding to medical, rescue and fire calls for service. The Ellicott City Historic District Partnership will be using grant funding to aid in the reconstruction efforts taking place after the unprecedented flooding that impacted residents and businesses back in July.“From the very first moments after the devastating flood struck Ellicott City, I have been impressed by the steadfast determination of the residents, businesses and property owners from Main Street and the West End,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman.  “These grants will be used to better equip our volunteer first responders and contribute to rebuilding Main Street as a model resilient community.”BGE’s Emergency Response and Safety Grant program, now in its fifth year, is an integral part of BGE’s continued commitment to supporting safety and reliability while also enhancing the communities it serves.  It supports nonprofit emergency response and public safety organizations by providing funding that is vital to their success.  Some of this year’s grants will assist agencies in purchasing items such as thermal imaging cameras, smoke alarms, CPR devices and funding for emergency preparedness drills and equipment. To date, BGE has provided over $1.6 million to 258 emergency response organizations, who share BGE’s commitment to the safety of central Maryland residents. The following is a list of the organizations awarded with a 2016 BGE Emergency Response and Safety Grant:Anne Arundel County:Anne Arundel Alarmers—AED’sArnold Volunteer Fire Department — Fleet Vehicle PurchaseArundel Volunteer Fire Department—Outfit Medical Response VehicleFerndale Volunteer Fire Company —  Rescue Tool UpgradeLake Shore Volunteer Fire Company  —  Thermal ImagersMaryland Natural Resources Police Reserve Officer Association —Protective GearOdenton Volunteer Fire Company — Rescue Tools EnhancementOrchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company—Rescue Tool ReplacementSouthern Police Reserves Foundation — Safety InitiativeBaltimore City:National Fallen Firefighters Foundation — Smoke DetectorsBaltimore County:American Red Cross Central Maryland Chapter—Home Fire Campaign Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department — Hurst Rescue ToolMontgomery County:Maryland Emergency Management Association — MEMA Annual SymposiumPrince George’s County:Disaster Aid USA — Emergency Response TrainingKentland Volunteer Fire Department—Personal Protective Equipment WasherLaurel Volunteer Rescue Squad — Accident Response EquipmentNational Volunteer Fire Council—Fire Safety ResourcesPrince George’s County Fire Chiefs Community Advisory Council —Public Safety ProjectSilver Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad—TrainingWest Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad—Public Messaging BoardBGE encourages eligible 501(c)(3) emergency response organizations to apply for grants of up to $10,000 each.  Grant applications are available online at bge.com/emergencyrespondersgrant each September through the end of October.BGE presented $325,000 to last year’s 65 grant recipients.  In addition to supporting the emergency responder community in Maryland, BGE provides training for fire, police, 911 centers and emergency management organizations who routinely work around utility equipment.  BGE is recognized for its own emergency response record, ranking among the top utilities in the nation for rapid response to gas emergency calls and in working to prevent damages to energy equipment.BGE plays an integral role in working with Maryland communities to address economic development, public safety, civic issues and other initiatives that help enhance our neighborhoods. Through the use of shareholder dollars, BGE supports programs that deliver measurable and sustainable impact in areas of education, environment, community development and arts and culture. International Critical Incident Stress Foundation — Crisis Intervention TrainingMaryland Search and Rescue—Initial Operating Capabilitylast_img read more

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Soulful melodies

first_imgEarly morning is the best time to listen to music but our hectic schedule makes it difficult to enjoy the early morning hours. To make people relish live music, ‘Morning Ragas’, a series introduced by Legends of India in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi, was organised in the national Capital on last Sunday. The concept of this weekend concert was designed by Legends of India primarily for two reasons: firstly because Sunday mornings are for spending more time in bed rather attending a concert. Over the years Ragas to be played essentially in the mornings have been widely neglected. Secondly, this concept has been designed to promote the dedicated artists from the younger generation. These concerts showcase the Legends in the making.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPresent among the audience were some known musicians of Delhi such as Shrinjini Kulkarni, Nirmalya Dey, Navnita Chowdhury, Ashish Ghosh, Siddhartha Banerjee among others. Ustad Bahauddin Dagar who was also among the audience said, “These Baithaks help audience come closer to the artistes and understand music and the musicians,” ‘Morning Ragas’ helps enjoy the traditional Ragas as they are on the verge of extinction. The program which was held at Meghdoot Auditorium, Rabindra Bhavan, mesmerized the connoisseurs of Indian classical music.  On this occasion Shiraz Ali Khan chose to pay tribute to his father Late Dhyanesh Khan, grandfather Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and great grandfather Late Acharya Baba Allaudin Khan.The duet recital of Shiraz Ali Khan (Sarod) and Arindam Bhattacharya (Vocal) with Sourabh Goho (Tabla) began with Raaga Nat Bhairav (Alap, Jod and Jhala) followed by Vilambitgat in teental, gat in Madhalaya and Drut Bandish. The trio from Kolkata concluded with Raga Malika with vocal support of Kesariya Balam based on Raga Mishra by Arindam Bhattacharya.last_img read more

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A Look at Tomorrows Radiology Today

first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more See You In ChicagoThe entire ITN team is looking forward to taking a look at future technologies … and delving into what lies beyond in imaging. We will see you in Chicago! Related Content Blog | Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director | RSNA| November 05, 2018 A Look at Tomorrow’s Radiology Today FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Augmented ContentThis issue rounds out our year of continuous enhanced coverage of the industry through Blippar content. It’s an interactive and innovative way for you to view expanded content in several of our features in each issue. This issue, our augmented print campaign begins on this page, where you can learn more from RSNA President Vijay Rao, M.D., on how artificial intelligence plays a key role at this year’s conference. On page 16, learn more about patient engagement through the video “Achieving Meaningful Patient Engagement” (https://bit.ly/2Rb7jDQ). And on page 32, you will find additional information on hybrid imaging by watching the video “PET vs. SPECT in Nuclear Cardiology and Recent Advances in Technology” (https://bit.ly/2PURH7q). News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Melinda Taschetta-Millane, Editorial Director Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Tomorrow’s Radiology Today. This is the theme for the Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) 104th meeting and scientific assembly, and this year invites attendees to experience the hands-on, cutting-edge technology of artificial intelligence (AI), 3-D printing and virtual reality. The meeting will take place at Chicago’s McCormick Place Nov. 25-30, 2018.During a video interview with RSNA President Vijay Rao, M.D., she said that artificial intelligence is by far the most impactful new technology in radiology and it will be one of the leading topics at the 2018 RSNA annual meeting. You can watch the video interview, “RSNA President Says Artificial Intelligence is Hottest Tech Advancement in Radiology,” at https://bit.ly/2EOGKD8. And, going with the theme, many sessions will focus on this important topic. You can browse the complete education schedule for the conference at https://meeting.rsna.org/program/.This year, attendees can discover special courses, events and features to enhance the meeting experience. At the RSNA/ESR Sports Imaging Symposium, upper extremity sports will be discussed, including Shoulder Injuries in the Throwing Athlete, Soft Tissue Wrist Injury in the Athlete, and an interactive case discussion. The special interest session on Imaging Cognition 2018: Addiction, will discuss Addiction in America, PET as a Tool in Investigating Addiction, fMRI in Addiction, MRS in Craving with a Focus on Alcoholism and a panel discussion. And, Deep Learning in Radiology: How Do We Do It? will discuss how deep learning is being applied in the radiology practice.Be sure to visit the ITN team in the South Hall, booth 3112. We will be showcasing our recent editorial videos in the booth, as well as the October and November/December issues of ITN and much more. Our editorial team invites you to stop by the booth and chat with us about the new technologies and procedures that you are experiencing at RSNA. We’d also like to hear more about your interests, goals and concerns as we head into a new year. As a reader-driven publication, it is our ultimate goal to provide you with the information you need to remain competitive and informed in the industry … we want your feedback. News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more last_img read more

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Huge tornado levels Oklahoma City suburb in US killing dozens

first_imgA massive tornado up to a mile wide chewed through Moore, Oklahoma, a U.S. suburb of Oklahoma City, on Monday afternoon, grinding up entire neighborhoods and obliterating a school where third-graders who had huddled in a hallway were buried in rubble.Many of those children were pulled — wet and dirty but alive — from the shredded school. As darkness fell Monday, first responders continued to pick through the wreckage looking for children who might be trapped.The Oklahoma state medical examiner’s office said Monday evening that 91 people had been confirmed killed, but the death toll was quickly rising. At least 20 children had been killed, most of them under 12, Amy Elliott, of the state medical examiner’s office, told news agency AFP. CNN reported that at least 145 people had been hospitalized. Reporters for local broadcaster KFOR-TV saw children as young as 9 being pulled out of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, a residential community of 55,000.Anxious parents were being kept at a distance while search-and-rescue workers scrambled to free the students.A second elementary school, Briarwood, was also hit but did not appear to have sustained casualties.Helicopter footage showed a wide path of near-total destruction in a community that had endured a similarly powerful twister 14 years ago.U.S. President Barack Obama declared a “major disaster” in the state and ordered federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts.On the Enhanced Fujita damage scale of tornadoes, this was probably a 4 or 5, at the highest ends of violence, with winds reaching 200 miles per hour, said Russell Schneider, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., about eight miles from the path of the storm.“It’s a very wide swath of very intense damage, a large number of structures almost totally destroyed,” Schneider said. “That in and of itself is usually indicative of a violent tornado, EF4 or EF5.”Plaza Towers Elementary School, where scores of students took shelter as the twister approached, was completely destroyed. Nearby, cars and trucks were heaped on top of one another and homes were reduced to foundations covered with splintered wood.“I’m sick to my stomach,” said Jayme Shelton, a spokesman for the city of Moore, reached by telephone. “Send your prayers this way.”Shelton said the city’s roughly 160 police officers and firefighters were going door-to-door, checking for people who might be trapped in the rubble. Search-and-rescue teams poured in from every corner of the state.“This is terrible. This is war-zone terrible,” said a helicopter reporter for KFOR-TV Channel 4 in Oklahoma City. “This school is completely gone. … This whole area is destroyed. The houses are destroyed, completely leveled.”The tornado outbreak was part of an explosion of violent weather that slashed the nation’s midsection, inciting severe-weather alerts from Texas to Michigan. The atmospheric conditions include a powerful weather system from the west colliding with warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, a perfect recipe for tornadoes and super-cell thunderstorms, Schneider said. The bad weather will migrate to the east Tuesday.The Storm Prediction Center counted nine tornadoes Monday in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas, though that was a preliminary number based on eyewitness reports. Although much of that region of the country is rural, one monster cell ground its way directly through the southern suburbs of the Oklahoma City metropolis — an urban hit that brought to mind the Tuscaloosa, Ala., tornado of April 27, 2011 (64 dead), and the Joplin, Mo., tornado of May 22 of the same year (160 dead).The strength of the big tornado that hit Moore will be determined in coming days after closer scrutiny of the damage. The twister was on the ground for 40 minutes, ravaging a 20-mile path, Schneider said.“This was a very unfortunate path for this powerful storm,” he said. He noted that the likelihood of severe weather and tornadoes had been forecast many days in advance and that tornado watches had preceded the twister. But this was so powerful a storm, with such devastating winds, that people needed to be in basements or, better yet, a storm shelter, to be safe.“You really need to be below ground,” Schneider said.The citizens there had seen this kind of thing before, on May 3, 1999, when 44 people were killed by a tornado that struck Moore, Newcastle, Del City, Stroud and other suburbs. That tornado reportedly spawned winds that reached 318 mph, the highest ever scientifically recorded, according to a 2005 story in USA Today.“It’s as bad as it looks,” Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., whose district includes most of neighboring Oklahoma City, said Monday evening as he left the House floor, checking his phone for updates.The House will pause Tuesday for a moment of silence. Monday night, Obama spoke with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to share his concern and assure her that the administration is ready to assist the state’s emergency responders.The injured were brought to multiple hospitals in the area, including 20 people, eight of them children, to Oklahoma University Medical Center, said spokesman Scott Coppenbarger.About 60 patients were taken to Norman Regional Hospital and Norman HealthPlex Hospital, said Kelly Wells, spokeswoman for Norman Regional Health Care. She described the injuries as “a lot of trauma, a lot of lacerations, a lot of broken bones. Typical tornado injuries. We’re no stranger to this out here.”The two hospitals also received more than 30 patients from Moore Medical Center, the third hospital in Normal Regional’s network, which was destroyed by the tornado, Wells said.By Monday evening, a Facebook page created to help connect survivors with loved ones had a growing number of posts, most from people searching for the missing.“Looking for my Aunt Iris Irwin,” read one post.“Looking for 5yo Harry,” read another.Lenny Bernstein, Brady Dennis, Darryl Fears and Jason Samenow contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama visits tornado-devastated city Tornado, hail sweep through Heredia, killing one person, damaging houses, cars and power lines More Communities Hit By Flooding, Tornado Tornado Injures 36 in Dominican Republiclast_img read more

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Switzerland Tourism opens in Singapore

first_imgSwitzerland’s national tourist organisation, Switzerland Tourism is planning to open a regional office in Singapore from 01 June this year.Switzerland Tourism Executive Vice President for MICE Mr Urs Eberhard said the decision to set up an office in Singapore was to tap into the South East Asia tourist market.The role of the new Director, which has not been appointed, will be to build strong relationships and drive marketing and sales initiatives in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.The new regional office will also obtain support from the Swiss embassies in all four countries mentioned.Mr Eberhard who recently lead a delegation of representatives from Swiss tour agencies to Singapore said that the new office will also act as an educational facility to educate travel agents.He added that it will also carry out joint promotions, work with mainstream and social media platforms and apply e-marketing.Mr Eberhard said that on the whole Switzerland Tourism predicted the tourism arrival figures from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia to grow to 415,000 overnight visitors by 2015. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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Campbell is so good on the line apparently that

first_imgCampbell is so good on the line, apparently, that he even earned one vote as a defensive tackle.In 14 games in 2014, the 6-foot-8 lineman posted 7.0 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed and 48 total tackles. He fell just four tackles short of the career-high 52 he accumulated in 2011, but he played in two more games that season.Campbell was the only Cardinal to be named to a first or second All-Pro team, but several other Cardinals received one vote apiece at their respective positions: Jared Veldheeer (offensive tackle), Chandler Catanzaro (kicker), Larry Foote (linebacker) and Rashad Johnson (safety). Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Despite missing two games, this is the first year Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is earning some tangible recognition.In addition to being selected to his first Pro Bowl for his 2014 performance, the seven-year veteran was named Friday to the All-Pro second team for defensive ends. He received 11 votes, only trailing Houston’s J.J. Watt (45) and Buffalo’s Mario Williams (24) at the position. Fletcher Cox of the Philadelphia Eagles earned five votes and joined Campbell on the second team. Top Stories last_img read more

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