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UN rights chief urges protection amid sharp rise in Afghan civilian deaths

The human rights unit of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) recorded a total of 1,445 civilian casualties in the first eight months of this year, an increase of 39 per cent compared to the same period in 2007, when there were 1,040 deaths.“I call on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law, and to ensure every effort is made to avoid the killing of civilians,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay.“The Taliban and other insurgent groups must desist from practices that result in huge and indiscriminate loss of life. Efforts must also be made to hold such groups to account. There is a long history of impunity in Afghanistan – and that needs to change,” she added.While the number of killings by the Taliban and other anti-government forces almost doubled by comparison with the first eight months of 2007, the numbers killed by government and international military forces also increasing substantially, according to Ms. Pillay’s office.“There is an urgent need for better coordination between Afghan and international military forces to enhance the protection of civilians and the safety and welfare of war-affected communities,” said Ms. Pillay.“It is also imperative that there is greater transparency in accountability procedures for international forces involved in incidents that cause civilian casualties,” she said, adding that there should also be a rapid and independent assessment of damages and a fair and consistent system of condolence payments to survivors and relatives of victims.Last month was among the most deadly, with 330 civilians killed, including up to 92 deaths reported during an operation involving Afghan and international military forces in Shindand, as well as the killing of four non-governmental (NGO) workers by the Taliban on 13 August, in Logar province.The High Commissioner noted that this is the highest number of civilian deaths to occur in a single month since the end of major hostilities and the ousting of the Taliban regime at the end of 2001.Ms. Pillay also voiced concern at the continued attacks on aid workers. In the latest incident, two doctors working with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) were killed on Sunday, along with their UNAMA driver, by a suicide bomber in the border town of Spin Boldak, bringing the total number of aid workers killed so far in 2008 to over 30. “Targeted attacks on aid workers are not only atrocious in themselves, they also have far-reaching negative consequences on the poorest and most vulnerable segments of the population,” stressed Ms. Pillay. “In addition to the civilian deaths and injuries caused directly by the conflict, Afghans are continuing to face displacement, destruction of property and other assets, as well as disruption to healthcare, education, housing and other essential services,” she noted. 16 September 2008The top United Nations human rights official has called for ensuring the protection of Afghan civilians, as new figures show an almost 40 per cent increase in conflict-related deaths in the first eight months of 2008 compared to the same period last year. read more

Ban voices concern about lack of progress on key issues in Sri

Mr. Ban told reporters that he had “a frank and honest exchange of views” last Thursday about these subjects during a telephone conversation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, where the runner-up candidate in January’s presidential elections, General Sarath Fonseka, was subsequently arrested for alleged “military offences” and the parliament was dissolved.The Secretary-General and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have both voiced concern about the situation in the island nation, and Mr. Ban said last month that the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe will soon head to the island nation for talks with senior Government officials.Speaking at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban said today that he was “concerned with the lack of progress of the joint statement,” particularly political reconciliation, the condition of IDPs and the need for an accountability process.Government forces defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May last year, ending a civil war that had flared on and off for more than two decades. The conflict left hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced.“I made clear to President Rajapaksa that I intend to move forward on a group of experts which will advise me on setting the broad parameters and standards on the way ahead on establishing accountability concerning Sri Lanka,” Mr. Ban said.That accountability concerns possible breaches of international humanitarian law or abuses of human rights carried out during the conflict. 8 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concerns about the lack of progress on political reconciliation, the treatment of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the setting up of an accountability process in Sri Lanka since the United Nations signed a joint statement with the Government last year in the wake of the end of its civil war with separatist Tamil rebels. read more

Government open to deal with allegations

“This involves proving through independent and open judicial and investigation procedures,” he said. “We owe it to you as a Government to provide you an opportunity to clear your name. The way this can be done is not by standing in a street corner and shouting defensive slogans, or by sitting in protest in front of the Office of the UN or Embassies of Foreign Countries and antagonizing our partners, but by adopting sensible, meaningful, constructive approaches to these problems so that we lay these allegations to rest,” the Foreign Minister said at a ceremony held at the Defence Services Command and Staff College.He also noted that there are attempts by some to make an issue over the recent visit of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to the Navy Base in Trincomalee.“This again is a classic example of some interested parties trying to take political advantage of a situation. In fact the visit of the Working Group to the Navy Base proved to those both within the country and outside the country who allege that there are still secret detention centres in this site, that there are no such detention centres in existence anymore in the Navy Base in Trincomalee,” he said. “Our position is that our security forces do not deserve to be hounded by allegations of this nature for the rest of their days. That is not what you deserve as a reward for the many sacrifices you have made to enable us today to build the future of our nation on the foundation of peace that you have created for us,” he said.The Foreign Minister said that it is the duty of the Government to take steps to ensure that the cloud that hangs over the heads of the security forces is lifted once and for all. He however noted that never for a moment does the Government discount the sacrifices made by security forces personnel throughout the long years of conflict. The Government says it is open to deal with allegations raised against the armed forces over various incidents related to the conflict, ranging from allegations about secret detention centres, to torture, disappearances, rape and executions.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says as a democratic nation, Sri Lanka should be open to deal with such allegations as democracies do and the way to deal with such issues is by facing them and not by disengaging with those who raise such allegations. The Foreign Minister said that this kind of cooperation is what will re-create trust in the eyes of the public and in the eyes of the families of victims as well as the international community that the Sri Lanka security forces are responsible and professional. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Justice Minister holds talks with BBS and Batticaloa monk

Rajapakshe said that during his meeting with the the Venerable Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thera, issues faced, not just by the Sinhalese but also by Tamils and Muslims in Batticaloa was discussed. (Colombo Gazette) Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe met the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the Venerable Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thera of the Mangalaramaya Temple in Batticaloa today and discussed some concerns they have.Rajapakshe said he met the monks in order to resolve the issue at hand and ensure the reconciliation process is not harmed. General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena the Venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera said the talks were positive. Rajapakshe, meanwhile said that there are no minorities in the country as a whole and that it differs from district to district.He said that while in the Colombo district the Sinhalese are the majority, in Batticaloa the Tamils are the majority. He thanked the Minister for visiting Batticaloa to discuss the concerns the monks had. read more

UNESCO calls on all sides to protect journalists in Iraq after two

Condemning the recent murder of two reporters in Iraq as an outrageous attack on human rights, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today once again called on all authorities in the strife-torn country to give greater priority to improving the safety of journalists. Hind Ismail, a 28-year-old reporter for the local daily As-Saffir, was killed in the northern city of Mosul last week and Fakher Haider of the New York Times was killed this week in the southern city of Basra, bringing to 55 the number of journalists of killed in Iraq since the start of the war there in 2003, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. “I cannot find words strong enough to express my outrage at the deadly campaign waged against journalists and media workers in Iraq,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement, the latest on the carnage in Iraq by his agency, whose mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom.“I am also at a loss for words with which to express my admiration for these women and men who pay with their lives for their right to tell us what they see and think, and for our right to read and hear about what is going on,” he added.“The work of these people is essential for the reconstruction of Iraq as a free country and their murderers are clearly trying to crush the basic human right of freedom of expression along with all the other human rights which the people of Iraq deserve to enjoy.“It is in the name of these basic human rights that I exhort all authorities in Iraq to give greater priority, despite the difficult situation on the ground, to improving the safety of those journalists brave enough to carry out their important work in such appalling conditions,” he concluded. Mr. Matsuura has frequently condemned the murder of journalists around the world as an attack on one of the fundamental pillars of democracy. read more

Wellness Award winners announced

Two students recently received Wellness Awards from Brock University Health Management.Michaela Pasche and Kelly Benstead demonstrated a commitment to providing wellness to their communities to earn the monetary awards of nearly $700 each.The money is raised through penny sale tickets at the annual Employee Wellness Day for items that have been donated by Senior Administrative Council, staff, faculty and community partners.

Westminster terrorists shocked wife totally condemns his actions

first_imgWe are happy to make this clear and apologise to Rohey Hydara. “Since discovering that it was my son that was responsible, I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident.”I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity.”I wish to thank my friends, family and community from the bottom of my heart for the love and support given to us.”Scotland Yard said that, while it had not found evidence linking Masood to the group, he “clearly” had an interest in jihad.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national co-ordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing, said: “His attack method appears to be based on low sophistication, low-tech, low-cost techniques copied from other attacks and echoes the rhetoric of IS leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians, but at this stage I have no evidence he discussed this with others. Rohey Hydara: no connection with Khalid Masood or his actions. She said: “I am so deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions my son has taken that have killed and injured innocent people in Westminster. “I know when, where and how Masood committed his atrocities, but now I need to know why. Most importantly, so do the victims and families.” “There is no evidence that Masood was radicalised in prison in 2003, as has been suggested. This is pure speculation at this time.”While I have found no evidence of an association with IS or AQ (al-Qaeda), there is clearly an interest in jihad.”Mr Basu went on: “There has been much speculation about who Masood was in contact with immediately prior to the attack.”All I will say on this point is that Masood’s communications that day are a main line of inquiry.”If you heard from him on March 22, please come forward now, the information you have may prove important to establishing his state of mind. “I express my condolences to the families of the victims that have died, and wish a speedy recovery to all the injured.”I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this difficult time.”Masood killed four people in an 82-second rampage in Westminster last Wednesday.The 52-year-old was shot dead by armed police after fatally knifing Pc Keith Palmer, 48, in the Palace of Westminster’s cobbled forecourt.Separate inquests into the deaths of the killer and his victims will begin this week.IS called Ajao “a soldier of the Islamic State” following the attack, but the announcement was greeted with scepticism from commentators, with many noting that the terror group has a record of opportunistically claiming attacks. Correction – Rohey HydaraAn earlier version of this report included a picture that purported to show Rohey Hydara, the wife of Westminster terrorist Adrian Ajao / Khalid Masood.  In fact it showed a different Rohey Hydara, who is married with 5 children, lives in Gambia and has no connection of any kind with Ajao / Masood or the events in Westminster to which this report refers. Scotland Yard has said there is “no evidence” that the Muslim convert was linked to Islamic State or al-Qaeda.His mother said she is “deeply shocked, saddened and numbed” by her son’s actions.Mrs Ajao said she had “shed many tears” for the victims and did not condone the attack or the beliefs that led Masood to commit the “atrocity”. Rohey Hydara: no connection with Khalid Masood or his actions. 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. Reports have claimed that Masood’s phone connected with encrypted messaging service WhatsApp just before the atrocity, sparking debate over authorities’ capacity to intercept suspects’ communications.WhatsApp has said it is “co-operating with law enforcement as they continue their investigations”.On Monday, the family of an American tourist who was killed in the attack said they bore no ill-will over the incident.Kurt and Melissa Cochran, from Utah, were on the final day of a trip to London to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when they were mown down on Westminster Bridge by Masood’s car.Mr Cochran, 54, was killed and his 46-year-old wife was taken to hospital with a broken leg and rib and a cut to her head.The other victims who died after Masood drove into pedestrians on the bridge were Aysha Frade, a 44-year-old married mother-of-two, and retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75.Two men arrested in connection with the investigation remain in custody.The inquests for the victims will be opened and adjourned at Westminster coroner’s court on Wednesday at 2pm, Scotland Yard said.Masood’s inquest will opened and adjourned at the same court on Thursday at 2pm.The force declined to comment on reports concerning the speed Masood reached during the attack. The wife of Westminster attacker Khalid Masood says she is “saddened and shocked” by the atrocity, saying she “condemns” his actions.Rohey Hydara spoke out after Masood ‘s mother, Janet Ajao, said she had “shed many tears” for her son’s victims.In a statement released through the Metropolitan Police, Ms Hydara said: “I am saddened and shocked by what Khalid has done. I totally condemn his actions.last_img read more

SPOILER NXT performers backstage at tonights 113 RAW

first_img Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Cesaro Seth Rollins Twitter Now Playing Up Next Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Kurt Angle Facebook Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission NXT performers The Ascension (Konnor & Viktor) are said to be backstage at tonight’s 11/3 WWE RAW in Buffalo according to a report by Mike Johnson. It is said that Ascension will be soon called up from NXT to the main roster as licensees for future merchandise involving them have started up. It is not known if they will be used on tonight’s RAW or not. Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next SPOILER: New Slammiversary PPV match announced at Thursday’s TV tapinglast_img read more

Roberto Martinez Team matters more to Lukaku than Golden Boot

first_imgBelgium will face England tomorrow on a playoff match since their progress to the finals were halted by France and Croatia respectively.Belgium boss Roberto Martinez says defeating England to third place at the World Cup means more to Romelu Lukaku than pipping Harry Kane who tops the tournament scoring charts with six goals to the Golden Boot.“Romelu is here to help the team perform, not for individual awards,” said the Spaniard, who was celebrating his 45th birthday via Sport.“We don’t look at that sort of reward and Romelu is the first to show that with his play. We had a moment against Japan where Romelu has the ball in the box, the last second of the game.“Any striker that thinks he has 50 per cent chance of a goal takes that, but he made one of the best assists in the tournament.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Other awards are more interesting to us. To be able to finish third, the best finish for the Belgian national team, would be an achievement we salute more than individual awards.”“If you ask me ‘is he the best in the world?’, yes,” he said.“But I am biased. I worked first with him when he was 19 and I’ve seen an incredible, incredible journey in his career.“His numbers throughout his career are very difficult (to achieve). His biggest attribute is he is a goalscorer and a finisher.”last_img read more

Deputy pursuit that began in Palm Beach ends in North Miami 1

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a driver who led them on a chase that spanned three counties.The chase initially began in the southern part of Palm Beach County.Deputies said the driver, who was in a stolen car, took them onto Interstate 95, sending them through Broward and into North Miami.Ultimately, the car crashed and deputies were able to catch the suspect driving it near Northeast 129th Street and Griffing Boulevard.Investigators believe the suspect may have had an accomplice and are investigating to see what happened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Jan 17 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowTop Republican, Democrat in Alaska Senate differ on income taxAlaska Senate Republican leaders are pointing to rising oil prices as confirmation that their reticence to a proposed income tax was right. But the chamber’s leading Democrat says relying on oil gains would be shortsighted. Andrew Kitchenman/Alaska Public Media-KTOO – JuneauLawmaker skips training amid dispute over harassment probeAn Alaska state lawmaker has skipped required training to prevent sexual and other harassment, after her calls for a third-party review of how allegations of inappropriate behavior by a former lawmaker were handled went unheeded.The Associated PressRep. Young wants earmarks back, and he’s not aloneThe U.S. House is pondering whether to reinstate the use of earmarks, where lawmakers direct federal money to specific projects, usually in their home districts. One of the biggest proponents at a committee hearing today was Alaska Congressman Don Young.Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media – Washington, D.C.State-ordered investigation following BP leak finds no additional problem wellsA state-ordered review of thousands of oil wells on the North Slope is complete, following a multi-day oil and gas leak at one of BP’s facilities last spring.Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageOnce thought settled, Alaska LNG eyes alternative gasline routesPart of the federal permitting process for the Alaska liquefied natural gas project includes analyzing possible alternative routes, and some Alaska communities are asking the federal government to do just that.Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauCalls for service plummet amid new strategy at Anchorage shelterOfficials in Anchorage say a new pilot program has radically cut down the emergency calls from the area surrounding the city’s main homeless shelter.Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAmong 100-plus proposals, Sitka’s sac roe herring fishery a top issueSitka is packed to the gills with visitors to the Board of Fish meeting, where the board is reviewing over 100 finfish proposals. One of the major battles concerns the future of the Sitka sac roe herring fishery.Emily Kwong/KCAW/pkgMat-Su Borough Assembly rejects agreement with state on air qualityAt a sometimes tense meeting Tuesday night, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly voted down a resolution to increase efforts toward improving air quality.Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media – AnchorageState agencies provide stopgap timber for Southeast industryThe state just sold timber from its Southeast Alaska forest to the region’s largest mill as part of a multi-agency effort to keep the area’s logging industry alive. But some say it’s time to let it go.Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska – JuneauWorld’s ‘tightest house’ on the market in DillinghamA small Dillingham house that holds the unique title of the world’s “most airtight residential building” is on the market. The home is owned by Tom Marsik and his family. Marsik is an associate professor of Sustainable Energy at the UAF Bristol Bay CampusLiam Wright/KDLG – Dillinghamlast_img read more

Dr Reddys Labs Q3 net profit hit by forex loss Venezuela operations

first_imgShares of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) plunged by almost 3.50 percent on the BSE on Tuesday after the company reported lower-than-expected revenues and net profit for the third quarter ended 31 December, 2015. The Hyderabad-based company reported consolidated net profit of Rs 579.20 crore for the third quarter, a marginal increase from Rs 574.50 crore in the year-ago period. The company’s net profit was hit due to a foreign exchange loss of Rs 63.70 crore on account of “increasing risk of currency devaluation” in Venezuela, the company said in a regulatory filing to the BSE. Moreover, Dr Reddy’s Lab said that the impact could spill over to its March quarter earnings as well. Consolidated revenues of the company stood at Rs 3,967.90 crore, up 3.24 percent from Rs 3,843.10 crore.An average of estimates by analysts in a CNBC-TV18 poll had pegged the net profit at Rs 648.34 crore and revenues at Rs 4,007 crore. The company’s domestic sales and US sales were likely to record growth but the one-time write off due to devaluation of stocks in Venezuela and Russia was expected to hit net profit.Brokerage firm Angel Broking had estimated net profit of Rs 746 crore and revenues to come at Rs 4,420 crore.The company said it is evaluating its current arrangements with the Venezulean government to facilitate the payments related to import of pharma products at the CENCOEX preferential rate 6.3 VEF per US dollar. “The company will fully consider all the developments facts and circumstances during the three months ending 31 March, 2016, in evaluating the appropriate translate rate to be applied. If the facts and circumstances support a conclusion that the CENCOEX rate is no longer appropriate, it could have a significant impact on the consolidated financial statements of the company,” it said. In its analysis of the results, Angel Broking said, “The lower than expected sales performance is on back of the Emerging market (Rs 639.9 crore) which dipped by 28.0% YoY. Russia with sales of Rs 310 crore declined by 21% YoY, on back of deprecation of rubble.””The key regions — USA (Rs 1941.7 crore) posted a robust growth of 18% YoY, Europe (Rs 194 crore) posted a YoY growth of 14% and India did sales of Rs 581crore, a YoY growth of 34% (aided by the UCB acquired brands). Overall generic segment posted a sales growth of 7% YoY, while PSAI segment posted a sales de-growth of 17%,” the brokerage said. Shares of Dr Reddy’s Lab were trading at Rs 2,966.50 at around 2.20 pm, down 3.39 percent from its Monday close.last_img read more

Bullethit Rohingya man dies at Ctg medical

first_imgInjured Rohingya dies at CMCHOne of the two Rohingyas, who were shot injured on Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar, succumbed to his injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased Mohammad Musa, 22, son of Ismail, was from Maungdaw area in Rakhine State of Myanmar.CMCH police outpost in-charge sub-inspector Jahirul Islam said that two injured Rohingyas were brought to the hospital in the morning.“One of them succumbed to his injuries after one hour of admission,” he added.The condition of another Rohingya — Md Mokter, 27, son of Gul Mohammad Sheikh — who is undergoing treatment at the hospital, is critical, he added.Deceased Musa’s cousin, Kawser, said bullet-injured Musa and Mokter entered Bangladesh though sea route at around 2:00 am on Friday following fresh tensions in Rakhaine State of Myanmar.They sustained bullet injuries in Rakhine State around 3:00am on Thursday.last_img read more

Texas ACT Scores Drop as More Students Take the College Admissions Exam

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:16 X Thousands of Texas high school seniors are officially moving onto college this month. But this year’s freshmen might struggle more than last year’s freshmen class.That prediction comes from the latest test scores from the most popular college entrance exam, the ACT.In Texas, 26 percent of graduating seniors met the so-called “benchmark score” across all four subjects: English, math, reading and science. That means they have a good chance of getting a B or C in that subject in college.ACT officials blamed the drop in scores to a record number of students taking the exam.“This year’s ACT-tested class is more representative of the student population than any we’ve ever had,” said ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda in a statement.“We have likely added many more underrepresented students who may not have been preparing to go to college. In a situation such as this, it’s not at all surprising that overall achievement levels went down. Research clearly shows that scores initially decrease when states adopt the ACT for all students, but access and opportunities increase.”Bob Schaeffer with the advocacy group FairTest said that it’s more evidence that there’s too much focus on testing.“Kids who are not even on the college track are taking the test as well. And that both adds to the number of test-takers and lowers the average score,” Schaeffer said.What’s more, the gap grew between students from low-income homes and those from more affluent families making $80,000 or more a year. Schaeffer said that reflects the difference in opportunity for those kids, not their ability.“Kids whose parents have the means buy them test prep, get them special summer programs, send them to the best schools, and all of those show up in test scores, furthering the advantages that those children already have — since before they were born,” he said.Schaeffer contends that high school grades and rankings better predict how students will do in college. His group tracks how many colleges don’t require admissions exams or have flexible policies on tests. More than 75 colleges have joined that tally in the last three years.center_img Pexels Sharelast_img read more

Priya Cinema to open gates for Kolkatans after 6month hiatus

first_imgKolkata: After being closed for more than six months, the iconic Priya Cinema on Rashbehari Avenue of South Kolkata, will open its gates for cinephiles on Thursdayfor a special screening of Satyajit Ray’s cult classic Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. The landmark single-screen theatre, which had been closed off in the month of August after a fire broke out during one of its late-night movie screenings, has now been revamped with state-of-the-art seating arrangements and fire safety equipment. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe opening of the theatre has created quite a buzz in Tollywood, as celebrities like Prosenjit Chatterjee, Kaushik Ganguly, Arindam Sil, Gautam Ghosh and Abir Chatterjee, among others, will be attending the special screening which will begin from 7 pm. Arijit Dutta, the managing director of Priya Entertainment Private Limited, said: “After receiving licence from the Fire department, the theatre will be restarted on Thursday evening, where we will have a special screening of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne in the original black and white 35 mm print. We have particularly selected this movie for the screening as I feel that it is the most iconic Bengali movie ever made, which is of concern to the general public nationally as well as internationally.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from the celebrities, a considerable number of moviegoers will also get a taste of the special screening as some passes have also been handed out to the general public free of cost, after announcements were made on social media about the same. Extending his regards to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her support, Dutta said: “We have installed the most modern fire safety equipment available in the market and the structures of the building, which is more than 65 years old, have also been repaired. The seating arrangements have also been refashioned as we have drastically increased the leg space by bringing down the number of seats from 930 to 540, apart from installing recliner sofas. We have also done some revamping to the interiors as the lobby has been done up differently.” Followed by Thursday’s special screening, the theatre will screen movies like Kaushik Ganguly’s Nagarkirtan, along with shows of Double Dhamaal and Gully Boy on Friday.last_img read more

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first_img“We are finding new ways to equip physicians with easy access to important diagnostic information that can help optimize treatment decisions,” said Kao. “Embedding this imaging information in the report will also help radiologists gain a more comprehensive view of the patient, since they will be able to view these image links when viewing prior reports.” Carestream’s current Vue RIS platform was the one of the first platforms to be certified for meaningful use as an electronic health record (EHR) module and as a complete EHR for eligible providers. The company’s newest RIS is scheduled to support many Stage 2 meaningful use capabilities including: family health history, health information portability and sharing, online patient access to information and changes to comply with the way information is tracked to increase sharing efficiency and improve overall patient outcomes. November 25, 2013 — Carestream will announce a new generation of its Vue RIS platform (as a work in progress) at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2013) in Chicago. Vue RIS will support new features that will address Stage 2 Meaningful Use and new ICD-10 codes in the United States and innovative integrated radiology information systems (RIS)/picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) reporting that will expedite physician access to patient information and images. News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Vue RIS will also support the upcoming ICD-10 transition with larger data tables and more sophisticated algorithms that will help users work efficiently and expedite rapid access to codes.  Carestream also plans to introduce support for new rules from the American College of Radiology (ACR) for code tagging and tracking. 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 According to Cristine Kao, global marketing director for healthcare information solutions, Carestream, Carestream will demonstrate the ability for radiologists to insert bookmarks with key images that may contain vessel analysis or measurement data into their reports at RSNA 2013. Carestream Vue RIS streamlines reporting with auto-insertion of patient and exam information and integrates tightly with Vue PACS. It offers customized reporting, critical results tracking, peer reviews and a worklist that can be tailored to meet workflow needs. The RIS also integrates with a wide array of applications, tools, accessories and network peripherals and delivers user-friendly tools that equip RIS/PACS administrators to optimize staff and equipment resources. Related Content 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 Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Technology | November 25, 2013 Carestream Expands RIS Platform With Reporting Feature to Help Enhance Dictation Process Platform also demonstrates increased support for Meaningful Use Stage 2, new ICD-10 codes News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

US stocks open lower as China fails to halt market slide

first_imgA man walks past a screen showing the Hong Kong share index at a brokerage firm in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. The Hang Seng Index has dropped in morning trading following more big losses on mainland markets. Chinese stocks led a slump in Asian markets on Wednesday as the sell-off in Shanghai intensified and Greece’s future in the euro remained highly uncertain. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) Sponsored Stories NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower as investors worry about China’s ability to stem a stock market slide there.The Dow Jones industrial average declined 132 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,649 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.The Standard & Poor’s 500 gave up 13 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,068. The Nasdaq fell 32 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,965.Stocks fell 6 percent in Shanghai despite the Chinese government’s latest efforts to shore up the market. Chinese stocks have plunged in the last month but are still up 70 percent over the past year. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up Check your body, save your life European markets were broadly higher as talks continue on Greece’s debt woes.United Continental lost 1.5 percent after grounding all of its flights in the U.S. due to computer problems.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

Heres a closer look at everything that went down

first_imgHere’s a closer look at everything that went down in Week 15 in the NFC West.Los Angeles Rams 42, Seattle Seahawks 7Well, that was quite the statement.In a game for first place in the NFC West, the Rams avenged an earlier loss to Seattle, smacking the Seahawks by five touchdowns at CenturyLink Field.Todd Gurley totaled 180 yards from scrimmage and four total touchdowns and the Rams’ defense sacked Russell Wilson seven times and held the Seahawks to just 149 yards.The Rams scored on six of seven first-half possessions to build a 34-0 lead at the break. Gurley added a 14-yard touchdown catch from Jared Goff midway through the third quarter to make it 40-0.Seattle finally got on the board with 1:23 left in the third when Wilson hit tight end Luke Willson on a 26-yard touchdown pass.Stat of the Game: The 35-point loss was the Seahawks’ worst ever at CenturyLink Field and second-worst home defeat in team history. The New York Jets beat Seattle 41-3 at The Kingdome in Week 1 of the 1997 season.He Said It (Seattle): “Obviously, it was an embarrassing game for us.” — Wide receiver Doug BaldwinHe Said It (Los Angeles): “I think our guys knew it was a big opportunity to come in here and try to take a two-game lead in our division with two games left.” — Rams head coach Sean McVay. 1040438272 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 860321394 The Cardinals were simply dreadful in the red zone, failing to score on six trips inside the Washington 20. They were almost as bad on third down, converting only 4-of-19 opportunities.Late in the game, trailing by five, the Cardinals drove to the Washington 21, but Gabbert uncorked four straight incomplete passes to allow the Redskins to snap a two-game skid. The loss also officially eliminated Arizona from 2017 playoff contention.Stat of the Game: The Cardinals ran 80 offensive plays to just 47 for the Redskins. Arizona became the first team this season to lose a game having run 80 or more offensive plays.He Said It: “Time of possession doesn’t mean crap. It’s production time when you have it. That was poor.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce AriansWhat’s Next: The Cardinals return home to University of Phoenix Stadium to host the New York Giants on Christmas Eve.San Francisco 49ers 25, Tennessee Titans 23Robbie Gould hit a 45-yard field goal, his sixth of the game, as time expired, lifting the 49ers to a third consecutive win.The fourth quarter was a wild one. Tennessee took a 20-16 lead on a Marcus Mariota-to-Rishard Matthews touchdown pass with 13:31 left. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 680246337 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The Los Angeles Rams nearly beat the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season in L.A. A six-point game came down to a fourth-down throw that went through the hands of Cooper Kupp, giving Seattle a win.Sunday’s rematch didn’t come down to one play, as the Rams inched closer to their first division title since 2003 with a 35-point beatdown of the Seahawks.Meanwhile, the 49ers stayed hot behind Jimmy Garoppolo and the Cardinals couldn’t find the end zone if they programmed into their smartphone. Gould would then hit field goals from 50 and 48 to put San Francisco up 22-20 with just over three minutes left. Tennessee’s Ryan Succop answered with a 50-yarder of his own with 67 seconds left.But that left just enough time for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who drove his team 48 yards on seven plays to get into Gould’s range, and the kicker did the rest.Stat of the Game: Garoppolo, making just his third start for the Niners since being acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots, threw for a career-high 381 yards. It’s the most passing yards allowed by the Titans in a game this season. Garoppolo is now 5-0 as a starter in his NFL career, joining Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger as the only two active quarterbacks to win their first five career starts.He Said It: “I love it when they blitz us like that — it makes everything easier.” — GaroppoloWhat’s Next: The 49ers host the AFC South-leading Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams – The third-year back averaged 7.2 yards per carry in racking up a season-high 152 yards rushing. 1 Comments   Share   Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, left, is greeted by quarterback Jared Goff, right, after Gurley scored a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) 4100253337 What’s Next: The Rams can wrap up the division with a win or a Seahawks loss next week. Los Angeles travels to Tennessee to face the Titans, who have lost each of the last two weeks to NFC West opponents. The Seahawks are in Dallas to take on the Cowboys.Washington Redskins 20, Arizona Cardinals 15It’s really hard to win one — let alone back-to-back games — in the NFL without scoring a touchdown. The last team that accomplished that feat was the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, who went on to win the Super Bowl on the strength of one of the most dominant defenses in league history.The Cardinals beat Tennessee a week ago by getting four field goals from Phil Dawson and holding the Titans to one score in a 12-7 triumph.Dawson booted five field goals Sunday in Washington, but the Cardinals fell short of joining the 2000 Ravens, as they lost 20-15 at FedEx Field — the franchise’s eighth straight loss to the Redskins on the road.On Arizona’s third play from scrimmage, Anthony Lanier sacked Blaine Gabbert, forcing a fumble that Preston Smith smith scooped up and returned to the Cardinals’ 6-yard line. Washington scored two plays later on a Kirk Cousins-to-Jamison Crowder touchdown pass. TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints ForPoints Against Defensive Player of the Week: Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams – This dude is a beast. Donald had five tackles, three sacks for 37 yards in losses, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the Rams’ romp in Seattle.Special Teams Player of the Week: Robbie Gould, K, San Francisco 49ers – Six field goals (first time he’s ever done that), three of which came in the fourth quarter, including the 48-yard game-winner.Standingslast_img read more

Related Your free guide to downloading mobile apps

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August 1 2000 Time to peal the peaches An Arcosa

first_imgAugust 1, 2000Time to peal the peaches! An Arcosanti synergy brings us all together in the Cafeto start the process of making delicious peach products. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img