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Ancelotti: Napoli still trying to sign James

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti says Napoli are still negotiating a deal to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid as Atletico Madrid reportedly circle.James has been linked with Napoli throughout the current transfer window, but a deal that would reunite the Colombia star and head coach Ancelotti is yet to materialise.Atletico have emerged as a possible destination for James amid a deadlock in talks between Napoli and La Liga giants Real. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Asked about Napoli’s pursuit of James, Ancelotti told TV Luna: “I’m not aware of a deal with Atletico.”We’re still talking for James, a player that I really like. I’m very attached to James, I rate him very highly and he can certainly improve our team.”He doesn’t need to re-announce himself, he’s a great player. But he’s not the only player we’re openly negotiating for. We’re assessing many players.”While negotiations for James drag on, Napoli are close to signing Fenerbahce and Macedonia midfielder Eljif Elmas.With Amadou Diawara now at Roma and Marko Rog poised to move to Cagliari, Napoli have turned to the 19-year-old Elmas as Ancelotti’s men look to dethrone Serie A champions Juventus in 2019-20.”We’re very close and I hope a deal closes quickly,” Ancelotti added. “He’s a very interesting player and we’re defining the final details. I hope he arrives before we leave Dimaro.”We were looking for a player skilled at playing between the lines, and Elmas has a lot of quality.”The squad is already very complete. We have to take a little step at a time. We’re very close to the top.”We’ll be happy as of August 31. Napoli are working and nothing is impossible, but then there are the wants of the players or problems with the clubs or agents.”Ancelotti has already seen his club make one major signing this summer, with Greek defender Kostas Manolas arriving from Roma for €36 million (‎£32m/$41m).Napoli have been continually linked with James, whom Ancelotti managed at the Bernabeu as well as with Bayern Munich.He is also keen to keep some of his side’s key players from departing, including left-back Mario Rui, who started 17 league matches for Napoli last term.last_img read more

Details Emerge From USC’s Decision To Keep Clay Helton

first_imgClay Helton running onto the field with the USC football team.LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans leads his team on to the field to face the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2018 season for the USC Trojans was extremely disappointing, as it will end without an appearance in a bowl game. While there was speculation that Clay Helton would be fired after yesterday’s loss to Notre Dame, the school announced he’ll remain the head coach.Helton won 10 games in his first season with the Trojans, and then won the Pac-12 title in 2017. It could be argued that his struggles to manufacture wins this season is because of the team’s youth.Well, details are emerging about the decision to retain Helton, and USC fans might not be happy about it.According to Arash Markazi, the Trojans thought the price to hire another coach and buyout Helton would be too costly.From what I’m told the combination of USC not having a president currently, Helton’s buyout and what it would cost to hire a big name coach, who is presumably already a head coach somewhere, resulted in Clay Helton remaining the head coach at USC for at least one more season.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 25, 2018As JT Daniels continues to mature under center, the Trojans could rise back to prominence in the Pac-12.However, it still remains unclear if Helton will be the coach for USC past the 2019 season. If he wants any chance of staying in California, he’ll need to rejuvenate this program.Pressure is on for the Trojans, and another 5-7 season will definitely not suffice.last_img read more

Appel de mises en candidature pour les prix des meilleurs vins

first_imgJusqu’à cinq vins d’établissements viticoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse pourraient être choisis pour recevoir le Prix du lieutenant-gouverneur pour l’excellence des vins de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’appel de mises en candidature pour le prix de cette année a été lancé aujourd’hui, 24 avril. Le prix, créé en 2014 par l’ancien lieutenant-gouverneur, J. J. Grant, reconnaît la qualité exceptionnelle des vins produits ici avec des raisins cultivés localement. Il souligne aussi l’engagement et les compétences des gens qui travaillent dans l’industrie viticole en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le prix est administré conjointement avec la Winery Association of Nova Scotia et Taste of Nova Scotia. Ces organismes expliqueront à leurs établissements viticoles membres les critères de mise en candidature et la procédure à suivre. Chaque établissement viticole est invité à présenter un maximum de trois vins vendus sur le marché et faits avec des raisins provenant à 100 p. 100 de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Les vins seront jugés par un groupe de 10 experts indépendants lors d’une dégustation anonyme. Les vins gagnants seront annoncés le 19 juillet au cours d’une cérémonie de remise des prix à la Résidence du gouverneur, à Halifax. « Ce programme de prix prestigieux soulignera, pour la cinquième année, l’incroyable travail que les vinificateurs font pour produire des vins de grande qualité et de renommée internationale, qui reflètent notre culture, notre cuisine et notre terroir, a déclaré Jerry White, directeur général de la Winery Association of Nova Scotia. L’industrie viticole continue d’être un catalyseur pour la croissance économique en milieu rural et une source de grande fierté pour les Néo-Écossais. » « Cela en dit long que nous ayons un prix vice-royal pour reconnaître la valeur de l’industrie viticole en Nouvelle-Écosse, a déclaré Emily Haynes, directrice générale de Taste of Nova Scotia. Quand vous avez cette reconnaissance à la maison, cela renforce la crédibilité de notre industrie sur les scènes locale, nationale et internationale. » En 2017, les gagnants étaient : Le Domaine de Grand Pré, à Grand Pré, pour son Riesling 2016 Le Domaine de Grand Pré, à Grand Pré, pour son vin de glace Muscat de 2016 Luckett Vineyards, à Wolfville, pour son Black Cab Mercator Vineyards, à Wolfville, pour son Mercator Sauvage de 2015last_img read more

Govt changes but issues of manhandling remain Congress on Acharyas exit

first_imgNew Delhi: Hours after Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Deputy Governor Viral Acharya quit, the Congress slammed the Modi government saying the government changes but issues of manhandling remain. Acharya is the third top official to quit RBI before completing their term. The first being former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and second being former Governor Urjit Patel. Taking a swipe at the BJP government, Congress media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted: “Government changes, but issues of economic manhandling remain. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “RBI Deputy Governor, Viral Acharya adds his name to the long list of experts who attempted to show the ‘Mirror of Truth’ to the BJP regime. Four economic advisors, 2 RBI Governors and a Niti Aayog Vice Chairman has resigned earlier.” According to sources, Acharya, who joined as the RBI Deputy Governor in January 2017, was against the central bank’s decision on repeated cuts of repo rates to support the government’s public spending and consumption boost measures to tackle the slowing growth.last_img read more

Restoring former glory

first_imgSonia Gandhi is heading the Congress party in an interim period until a full-fledged president is appointed. But decisions and actions cannot be interim in nature and unless she uses all her experience, sagacity and political credibility, Congress will not be pulled out of the quicksand it is in at the moment. She cannot afford to be stagnant and has a burdensome job of revamping the organisational structure to rejuvenate her party as it goes in the electoral battlefield of the assembly elections in coming months. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe earlier she starts, the better. But with the growing disillusionment within Congress, the scope of any radical restructuring seems impossible. While preparing for coming rounds of state elections, Sonia would, at most, be able to put a team of leaders to oversee various proceedings in the election-going states. The tradition of ‘committee system’ is so deep-rooted in her party that she also has to follow this rule book exercise. In the absence of Sonia, the old guard versus young Turk brawling would have taken a much more severe turn. The gap between the two has been widening with every passing day. That is put on hold temporarily. But a new trend of expressing dissent by leaders in the open is increasing at a worrisome pace and even Sonia’s presence at the helm of affairs is proving insufficient to contain it. There are leaders who have openly voiced their personal opinions against the official line and said that demonising Narendra Modi is harming Congress at the ground level. On the issue of the withdrawal of special status to Jammu & Kashmir, a number of leaders did not toe the conclusive line of the party. Also Read – Insider threat managementAiring of views by leaders such as Jairam Ramesh, Shashi Tharoor, Abhishek Singhvi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Harish Rawat, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Milind Deora on various issues recently is a very rare prodigy. All of them knew about the basic sentiments of Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi on the issues, still, they chose to go in a contrary direction that clashes with the formal line of their party. It won’t be right to find any parallel of recent developments with what happened in 1999 when Sharad Pawar, P A Sangma and Tariq Anwar expressed their opinion so openly or in the late 1960s when Syndicate took on Indira Gandhi, but the open expression of current dissension is certainly abnormal. At any other point of time, Congress high-command would have dragged the leaders up to the doors of the disciplinary action committee but this is not the time for taking suo moto cognisance of these activities. Sonia Gandhi is bound to fight the battle with her tied hands this time. But she must not ignore the importance of quickly getting her acts together. She has to remove the feeling of interim-ness from her mind and take every required step to save Congress from being irrelevant. Congress workers were extremely disheartened for two-and-a-half months after Rahul Gandhi left them in a lurch. A small ray of hope has reappeared after Sonia’s taking over, but if there won’t be any glimpse of structural change in coming weeks, assembly poll pitch will face serious dent. Congress practically has no individual chances of any major presence in the polls in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, which are slated to be held later this year. Similar is the situation in Delhi which will go to polls early next year. In all probabilities, there will be an election in Bihar also with the beginning of 2020. Congress alone cannot make any considerable mark in any of these states and the indications of opposition alliance are bleak, at least at the moment. Bhartiya Janata Party shall make every effort to make assembly elections multi-cornered in every state. What is in store for the Congress can be assessed by the fact that a number of its leaders in the election-going states are sitting on the verge of either shifting directly to BJP or creating their own political outfit if possible. Congress is a divided house in every state and whenever there will be assembly poll in any state, the party leadership will have to make really hard efforts to keep its folks together. Sonia’s quality of being believable is an incalculable asset for the Congress today when it is passing through a grave crisis. Her active involvement in forming alliances with other parties as well as maintaining cordiality among the players in her own state units has tremendous potential of improving Congress’ chances. Overhauling the party in the states that are going for elections is Sonia’s priority. Renewing old ties with like-minded parties is her priority. But at the same time, she has to focus on the central arrangements within Congress. More than Lok Sabha drubbing, it was the lack of central leadership that provoked state-level leaders to find options. Sonia has to walk many more extra miles to eliminate the perception that Congress is a sinking ship. For many Congressmen, it is a waiting period during which they prefer to observe the steps Sonia takes. This period will come to an end with the time for notification of assembly elections. My interactions with Congress leaders of different shades clearly demonstrate that they have no hopes of any sizable space for their party in forthcoming state elections. But it is never sensible to ignore reality simply because there is nothing you can do about it. Leadership, despite with tied hands, means forming a team and working toward common objectives that are tied to time, metrics, and resources. Congress must learn how not to tie dead with alive persons — the principal reason for its downfall in past years. Allowing the drain of energy, experience, talent and brain by not utilising it properly has been the cause of all its problems. Congress knowingly or unknowingly made way for ideologically undeveloped and childish elements to occupy positions of control. They worked against the primary faith of the Congress party. Today’s deeply ingrained pessimism within the party is an outcome of this. The hands of Sonia Gandhi are tied today because of the greed of the intermediaries that the system has generated. If your hands are tied towards anything that is in need of a strong helping hand, nothing could be more inauspicious. Nothing would be more regrettable in the times to come if Sonia doesn’t make herself able to untie her hands and push her party into a handsfree mode at the earliest. Good intentions can move mountains and I am sure, Sonia Gandhi has no dearth of very good intentions for making Congress great again. (The author is Editor and CEO of News Views India and a national office bearer of the Congress party. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Canadian actress Caterina Scorsone calls James Toback a predatory director

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Canadian actress Caterina Scorsone is accusing writer-director James Toback of being “predatory.”On Oct. 16, the Grey’s Anatomy cast member posted an article to her Instagram account that she originally wrote 17 years ago, outlining a “very negative experience” during an audition for an unnamed American director who was shooting a movie in Canada.She has since posted that the alleged story involved Toback. Scorsone followed up on Instagram by saying she decided to connect the story to Toback after reading in Rolling Stone magazine that he denies all allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against him. “I feel I must corroborate the stories of these women. I want to be clear that the predatory director I wrote about in the article I posted a few days back, was James Toback,” Scorsone wrote.She alleges that Toback wanted to meet her to discuss a role, so she arranged for it to happen “in a deliberately public place.” “It became immediately and alarmingly clear that there was a rider on my eligibility for the role, and that this rider was explicitly sexual in nature,” she alleges.Scorsone, a Toronto native who attended the U of T, said she told him bluntly, “I’m not going to have sex with you,” and didn’t end up getting the part.The two-time Gemini nominee, whose other credits include Private Practice, said many industry people knew about the incident and encouraged her to stay silent.Dozens of women, including actresses Selma Blair and Toronto native Rachel McAdams, have alleged that Toback sexually harassed or assaulted them.Toback has denied the allegations.THE CANADIAN PRESS Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Actress Caterina Scorsone attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures and Pure Film Entertainment’s “Same Kind Of Different As Me” at Westwood Village Theatre on October 12, 2017 in Westwood, California. (ALBERTO E. RODRIGUEZ / GETTY IMAGES) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

OECD tells Canada it needs to do more to cool its hot

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says Canada’s economy is growing so fast the country might soon hit full employment, but it remains worried about “overheating” housing markets in Vancouver and Toronto.Canada’s gross domestic product will grow by 2.8 per cent during 2017, double last year’s pace, the Paris-based think-tank projects, fuelled by gains in household wealth, a pick-up in oil and gas industry investment, low interest rates and government spending.“The federal government’s mildly expansionary fiscal stance will hasten the economy’s return to full employment,” the organization said in a report released Wednesday. “The labour market is strengthening. The unemployment rate is down about half a percentage point from a year earlier, and more people are coming into the labour force.”Don’t expect strong first quarter GDP numbers to continue, Capital Economics warns‘Some real problems with Canada’: Muddy Waters founder says Home Capital selloff among nervous-investor signalsStatistics Canada will release its jobs report for May on Friday. The unemployment figure for April was 6.6 per cent, and economists expect little change.But the OECD is concerned about the housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver. The OECD thinks Canada’s economy is expanding fast enough for the Bank of Canada to push interest rates higher toward the end of this year, and is hoping higher interest rates could help cool the housing markets in those cities.Provincial governments in Ontario and B.C. have introduced transfer taxes that aim to ease the Toronto and Vancouver residential real estate markets, but the OECD said the impact from those taxes will likely be short-lived.The OECD is also concerned that a broad expansion of rent controls in Ontario may discourage the construction of new rental buildings. This may actually harm the people Ontario’s new rules are supposed to help, the OECD said. “Low rental supply would hamper labour mobility — particularly for the poor and the young.”But rate hikes and transfer taxes won’t fully address the risks the Canadian economy faces from a “disorderly” housing price correction, the OECD said.The Canadian government last year introduced some rules that are designed to keep riskier borrowers out of the housing market. The OECD said Canada needs to bring even more of this type of “macro-prudential” regulation. For example, it said Canada could use different debt-to-income constraints in regions that have high home prices.“Higher interest rates will take some of the wind out of booming housing markets and rapidly rising house prices,” the OECD said. “Nevertheless, macro-prudential measures, which were strengthened during 2016, should be tightened further to address economic and financial risks related to the housing market.”The OECD’s outlook for Canada is quite bullish. The OECD’s forecast tops the Bank of Canada’s estimate for Canadian growth this year of 2.6 per cent. The OECD also puts the Canadian economy well out in front of the U.S., which the think-tank expects will grow 2.1 per cent this year.Canada’s economy is getting a push from what the OECD described as the federal government’s “mildly expansionary” deficit spending. Federal government spending accounted for 1.9 per cent of Canada’s 2016 GDP, up from 0.8 per cent the year before.But the OECD is also expecting the private sector to drive growth. Business investment dropped sharply after the downturn in the oil and gas sector, but the OECD now sees signs of a “modest” pick-up in investment, particularly if oil remains above US$50 a barrel.Indeed, although the OECD expects Canada’s economy to grow at a slower rate of 2.3 per cent in 2018, it’s looking for boosts in business investment and exports to keep the country’s economy expanding at a rate ahead of inflation.And Canada needs that business investment and export growth. Canada’s recent economic gains have been due to private consumption, housing investments and government spending. The OECD said those increases aren’t sustainable because they haven’t been matched against gains in income or output.The OECD said Canada faces several potential downside risks, chief among them the possibility of a “disorderly” decline in the Toronto and Vancouver housing markets.“Such a correction would reduce residential investment, household wealth and consumption. A sufficiently large shock could even threaten financial stability,” it said.The OECD also cautioned that Canadian export growth could be hit by protectionist measures, such as recently imposed U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.Financial Post dhasselback@nationalpost.com twitter.com/vonhasselbach read more

Federal appeals court says NY judge went too far in blocking 285M

Federal appeals court says NY judge went too far in blocking $285M Citigroup settlement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2014 10:04 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – A judge overstepped his authority when he blocked a $285 million settlement between Citigroup Inc. and government regulators over toxic mortgage securities, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan reversed a decision by Judge Jed S. Rakoff to set a trial date for the case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission in October 2011.A three-judge panel said the SEC had demonstrated it would face irreparable harm because the judge refused to reconsider his rejection of the settlement as he set a 2012 trial date.The settlement between the SEC and Citigroup came after the commission accused the bank of betting against a complex mortgage investment in 2007. It said the company made $160 million while investors lost millions.In November 2011, Rakoff found the deal inadequate and ordered a prompt trial. He said the settlement was “neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest … because it does not provide the court with a sufficient evidentiary basis to know whether the requested relief is justified under any of these standards.” Both the SEC and Citigroup appealed.Rakoff criticized the deal in part because it did not require Citigroup to admit wrongdoing.In a decision written by Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler, the 2nd Circuit said there was no basis in the law for a judge to require an admission of liability before approving a settlement.And it clarified that a judge must only determine whether the proposed consent decree is fair and reasonable and that the public interest would not be disserved.In returning the case to Rakoff, the appeals court said he should not infringe on the SEC’s discretionary authority to choose its terms of settlement and should not require the agency to establish the truth of the allegations it made against Citigroup.The appeals panel said Rakoff “with the benefit of copious submissions by the parties, likely had a sufficient record before it on which to determine if the proposed decree was fair and reasonable.”Still, it said he could ask each side to provide additional information so he can ensure there was not improper collusion between the settling parties.In a statement, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney said the agency was pleased.He said the SEC will continue to seek admissions of wrongdoing in appropriate cases but recognized that reaching settlements without admissions sometimes enable regulatory agencies to return money more quickly to harmed investors.Dennis Kelleher, president of Better Markets, a Washington-based group that advocates strict financial regulation, applauded the appeals court for citing previous law making clear that judges should not merely “rubber stamp” agreements but ensure they are fair and reasonable.Kelleher said the group looked forward to Rakoff’s analysis in future proceedings of whether there was collusion to reach the deal or an effort to mislead the judge about the scope and terms of the settlement.A message seeking comment from a Citigroup lawyer was not immediately returned.___AP Business Writer Marcy Gordon in Washington contributed to this report. read more

Average US 30year mortgage rate slips to 417 per cent

WASHINGTON – Long-term US mortgage rates eased slightly this week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans slipped to an average 4.17 per cent from 4.19 per cent last week. That was still sharply higher than a 30-year rate that averaged 3.65 per cent for all of 2016, the lowest level recorded from records going back to 1971. A year ago, the benchmark rate stood at 3.65 per cent.The average for a 15-year mortgage declined to 3.39 per cent from 3.41 per cent last week.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage fell this week to 0.4 point from 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year loans also declined to 0.4 point from 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year loans eased to 3.21 per cent from 3.23 per cent. The fee remained at 0.4 point. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 9, 2017 8:34 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Average US 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.17 per cent read more

Woodwind instructor makes solo clarinetist debut in Burlington

Music professor Zoltan Kalman will be blowing his own horn – or clarinet – this weekend with the Burlington Concert Band.Kalman, who serves as the band’s concert director, will be making his debut as a soloist with the band when he performs Clarinet Concerto by English composer Philip Sparke.Kalman fell for the piece last year when one of the clarinetists in the Brock University Wind Ensemble performed it under his direction.“And I said to myself, ‘Why don’t you play it?’ I fell in love with this piece,” Kalman told the Hamilton Spectator earlier this week. “I thought it was about time for the others (in the band) to see and hear me play the clarinet.”Kalman will take the stage at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Friday to perform the upbeat concerto, composed in 2003.For tickets, call 905-681-6000 or visit the performing arts centre online. read more

Column Considering Benazir Bhuttos mixed legacy six years on…

first_imgBENAZIR BHUTTO, the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had been prime minister of Pakistan twice: first in December 1988, and a second time in October 1993 after the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) managed to win two elections under her leadership. Both times the presidents (heads of state) dismissed Bhutto before she completed her full term.After losing the 1997 parliamentary elections she exiled herself until December 2007 when she returned to Pakistan to run for elections, called by exiting President General Pervez Musharraf. Assassinated on 27 December 2007, it is not clear whether she would have won that election as she was also contesting against another popular leader Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League.The Harvard- and Oxford-educated Bhutto came to power with a lot of promise. For one thing, she had much of the charisma and oratory skills of her late father, and she showed quite a bit of courage in dealing with the country’s ever powerful military. She also had considerable goodwill and support among Western and even Indian elite and opinion-makers. During her tenure as Pakistan’s ruler she had to face significant opposition from the Army, presidents (formal heads of state), opposition parties, and Islamist groups.Security and foreign affairsBhutto’s long-term legacy in most areas, especially the security and foreign affairs realms, is largely negative. She made some peace overtures toward India, but none were successful. However, two of her initiatives would prove fatal for Pakistan’s, and global, security. The first was the strong support her government extended to the Taliban in its civil war with the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in the 1990s.The Taliban’s victory in September 1996 was possible because of the material and political support Pakistan provided while she was in office. She appointed a pro-Taliban interior minister, Naseerrullah Babar, who spearheaded Pakistan’s military support to Taliban. It is possible she was undertaking such a policy at the behest of the powerful army and conservative clerics to checkmate India, but the consequences were far and wide, with the victorious Taliban spreading its influence into Pakistan and extending support to al-Qaeda and eventually enabling the 9/11 attacks.The second area in which Bhutto played a dangerous role was in the spread of nuclear materials and technology. She was prime minister when the A.Q. Khan network engaged in several of its activities spreading nuclear materials and weapons designs to countries such as North Korea, Iran, and Libya. Bhutto revealed in an interview with journalist Shyam Bhatia that she carried CDs in her overcoat containing nuclear weapon designs to Pyongyang in return for North Korean missiles for Pakistan’s nuclear delivery systems, a confession she later recanted.Bhutto’s efforts to improve relations with India also proved to be unsuccessful. Initially, she was able to build a rapprochement with Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and V.P. Singh. Like the other military and civilian rulers of Pakistan, her effort was also aimed at obtaining strategic parity with India. In response to India’s suppression of the renewed insurgency in Kashmir in the late 1980s, Bhutto’s government increased Pakistan’s support for radical groups fighting for Kashmir liberation, leading to considerable strains in relations with New Delhi. In addition, the efforts at nuclear weapons development were increased during her tenure despite the military’s attempt to hide the details of the programme from her. Benazir Bhutto, photographed at Chandini Restaurant, Newark, CA in 2004. Photograph by iFaqueer. Creative Commons License via Wikimedia Commons.Domestic policiesIn these areas, Bhutto adopted a hard realpolitik approach partially to placate the army and its powerful intelligence wing, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). She wanted to appear tough in her dealings with Pakistan’s neighbours, as well as towards her domestic opponents.The domestic political and economic situation under her rule also worsened as a result of the constant efforts by the army and civilian opposition, as well as the presidents, to undermine her authority. Moreover, her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, was involved in bribery and extortion cases, and was sent to jail after she left office in 1996 for six years. He was known as “Mr. 10 Percent” for the commissions he had allegedly obtained from clients for favours from the government. This happened despite the fact that the Bhutto and Zardari families were two of the wealthiest in Pakistan.After Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in December 2008, Zardari was elected president largely due to the sympathy vote, and showed a more conciliatory approach towards the army and the opposition parties than his wife did. Largely because of this, he was successful in completing his term in office even though the country’s situation in the economic and security dimensions worsened during his rule. The army’s cooperation under General Ashfaq Kayani was also pivotal for his completing the full term.Benazir Bhutto inherited a bitterly polarized and Islamised Pakistan left by General Zia-ul-Haq. She at times acted as a Sunni Muslim to placate the majority and did very little to remove the difficulties faced by her own Shia minority community. Nothing was done to remove the restrictions placed on the Ahmadi minority. She could not remove the sharia laws put forward by Zia’s regime, nor the blasphemy law which hurts the minorities in Pakistan even today.The treatment of women in PakistanShe was also not able to do much to improve women’s condition in Pakistan, despite promises to repeal the Hudood ordinance which treats women as second class citizens. This ordinance contained provisions like the flogging of both the man and his woman rape victim, and treating a woman’s legal evidence with only half of the value of a man.Despite the negatives she did receive international acclaim as a forceful spokesperson for Pakistan, and projected abroad a somewhat liberal face of the country. She was ideologically left of the centre. Her most important positive legacy was perhaps her strident opposition to the military rule of Zia-al-Huq and Pervez Musharraf. This opposition led to her imprisonment or house arrest several times and the assassination of her father and two brothers.Her decision to return to face elections was a significant effort to strengthen the democratic forces in Pakistan. The decision proved to be fatal as it took her life, but if a democratic system consolidates and the military refrains from coups in the future, she could be claimed as one of the key leaders who made that possible.T.V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations at McGill University, Canada and the author of The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World. This article originally appeared on the OUPBlog.We’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.iePakistan’s former president charged with Benazir Bhutto murderlast_img read more

Im focused on my job as leader of the country Kenny refuses

first_img Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter I’m focused on my job and my responsibility as leader of the country to continue in a very challenging time to deal with the preparations for what will be exceptionally difficult and challenging negotiations. Feb 16th 2017, 8:28 PM Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 8:28 PM By Cliodhna Russell THE TAOISEACH HAS refused to give any indication of when he may be stepping down, instead saying he’s focused on his job.Enda Kenny is under pressure to name the date for his departure with his own TDs demanding he give a timeline.But speaking at a press conference launching the north inner city task force report, the Fine Gael leader gave nothing away. https://jrnl.ie/3244044 ‘I’m focused on my job as leader of the country’: Kenny refuses to say when he’s stepping aside The Taoiseach has been told he’ll face a motion of no confidence if he doesn’t outline a timeline for his departure. 14,166 Views 91 Comments Enda Kenny refuses to say when he’s stepping aside – says he’s focused on his job as leader pic.twitter.com/FXngbyvrsm— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 16, 2017 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fine Gael’s vice-chairman Pat Deering has threatened a motion of no confidence next week if Kenny has not announced a timeline for his departure as party leader.Earlier this afternoon Kenny seemed to acknowledge he was under pressure when the chairman of the Finance Committee wished him well.He told Kenny, “These are difficult times and I want to wish you well personally”. The Fine Gael leader simply responded, ”C’est la vie”. Source: RollingNews.ieIt’s clear that there’ll be a host of Fine Gael TDs in a queue to replace Kenny when he does steps down.Both Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney told their party colleagues they needed to prepare for an early election during a parliamentary party meeting last night.While there has been speculation in the past that there could be a few Cabinet members interested in the job of Taoiseach, it really comes down to a two-horse race between Varadkar and Coveney.With reporting by Christina FinnRead: Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge him> Share Tweet Email last_img read more

Residents of Scottish island raise €51 million to buy out aristocrat landlord

first_imgWe also had some really generous donations from all over the world on our Just Giving page, and we also had a significant one from the Macquarie Bank so that’s gone a huge way.The island’s “laird” Jamie Howard put the island up for sale for £4.25 (€4.8) million, offering prospective buyers the opportunity to own “one of the finest private islands in northern Europe”.Soon after, tycoons began flying in for viewings, raising concerns among residents that they might be removed from the island.“When the island was on the market and the helicopters appeared, it was a real concern for us that a private owner would come in and close the island and they wouldn’t keep the residents or keep our business going,” said Munro.‘Phenomenally beautiful’Barry George, who has lived on the island for 22 years, told AFP: “It’s a phenomenally beautiful place, and it would be criminal to shut the place down, and that is my objective, to keep it open so that people can come and see what I see.”The new legislation has far-reaching implications in a region where half the land is owned by just 500 people, many of them absentee aristocratic landlords with castles and vast country estates.Ulva is an idyllic location with views of Ben More mountain and the spectacular Eas Fors Waterfall on the neighbouring island of Mull.It once had a population of more than 800 people. But now empty cottages, an abandoned church and the disused Ulva Hostel are falling into disrepair.“We’re never going to get back to those numbers but we need to make a healthy community so we’ll have to start doing that now,” said Rhuri Munro, 35, a fisherman.Its decline can be traced back to the Highland Clearances, when landlords conducted a wholesale eviction of Scottish farmers in the 18th century and turned their lands over to sheep grazing.Many Scots emigrated to the then British colonies and one Ulva native, Lachlan Macquarie, became a governor in Australia in the 19th century.The islanders received a £500,000 (€570,000) donation from the Macquarie Group, the largest investment bank in Australia which was named after the late governor.Roseanna Cunningham, the senior lawmaker in the Scottish government responsible for land reform, said the buyout could be the first of many.“Scottish government officials stand ready to support any community that wants to think about doing this, urban and rural,” she told AFP.“Ulva, in that sense, is quite iconic because it’s a big, big signal that, no matter the challenges, if you have the vision, we will support you.”© – AFP 2018 Share414 Tweet Email1 Jun 21st 2018, 10:51 PM Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 10:50 PM 37,504 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Coatesycenter_img THE LAST REMAINING residents of a dramatically depopulated Scottish island pledged to rebuild their community after finalising a €5.1 million deal to buy out their aristocrat landlord.The five tenants on the Isle of Ulva feared their way of life might be coming to an end when the island was put on the market after decades of ownership by the Howard family.But they succeeded in delaying the sale under a new Scottish law, allowing them to raise the money through public funds and hundreds of private donations.The Munro family and their only neighbour Barry George held a party on the island today with supporters from the neighbouring island of Mull to celebrate the sale being finalised.“We paid just over £4.5 (€5.1) million,” Rebecca Munro, 31, told AFP, adding that a large chunk came from the Scottish Land Fund, founded in 2000 to help communities buy their land from their landlords. 25 Comments By AFP Image: Shutterstock/Coatesy https://jrnl.ie/4084876 Residents of Scottish island raise €5.1 million to buy out aristocrat landlord They delayed the sale under a new Scottish law, allowing them to raise the money through public funds and private donations.last_img read more

Former Astronaut Mark Kelly Announces Bid for Arizona Senate

first_img Mark Kelly is a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer, NASA astronaut, author, activist, aerospace executive, and, as of Tuesday, Arizona Senate candidate.Kelly this week announced that his “next mission” is to run for Arizona’s Senate seat, formerly occupied by the late Sen. John McCain.“I care about people, I care about the state of Arizona, I care about this nation, so because of that, I’ve decided that I’m launching a campaign for the United States Senate,” he said in an official video.In four and a half minutes, Kelly reflects on his life—from his mother’s appointment as one of the nation’s first female police officers to his numerous spaceflights.Perhaps most stirring, though, are his musings on wife Gabrielle Giffords, the former Congresswoman who survived being shot in the head during a public event in Tucson in 2011.“I learned a lot from being an astronaut. I learned a lot from being a pilot in the Navy. I learned a lot about solving problems from being an engineer,” Kelly said. “But what I learned from my wife is how you use policy to improve people’s lives.”Following the harrowing event, Giffords and Kelly started a political action committee—Americans for Responsible Solutions—to promote gun-control legislation. NASA Twins Study Explores How Space Travel Impacts an Astronaut’s BodyAstronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA Changed in Space Stay on targetcenter_img My next mission… #FullSpeedAhead #ForArizona pic.twitter.com/5E36z7aztH— Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) February 12, 2019Kelly is mostly recognized, though, for his cosmic endeavors.Selected to become a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996, he flew his first mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108, and later went on to command STS-121 in 2006, STS-124 in 2008, and STS-134 in 2011.In order to help his wife through her recovery, Kelly retired from NASA’s astronaut corps and the U.S. Navy in 2011.Four years later, Kelly’s identical twin brother (and fellow astronaut) Scott Kelly left for a stint on the International Space Station. During and after Scott’s year-long mission, the siblings were studied for physical differences caused by living in space versus on Earth.Identical twin astronauts Mark (left) and Scott Kelly are subjects of NASA’s Twins Study (via NASA)Mark Kelly is not the first astronaut-turned-politician: John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth in 1962, served as a Democratic Senator for Ohio from 1974 to 1999.Kelly’s name will appear on the Arizona special election ballot on Nov. 3, 2020; other potential Democrats include current House of Representatives members Ruben Gallego and former Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton.“We’ve seen this retreat from science and data and facts, and if we don’t take these issues seriously, we can’t solve these problems,” the congressional hopeful said. “We’re going to need to bring people together, from all parts of the state, and all walks of life.”The contested Senate seat is currently held by Republican Martha McSally, a former Congresswoman appointed to finish the remainder of McCain’s term, following the politician’s death in August.More on Geek.com:‘Happy Suit’ Could Help Astronauts Beat Space BluesProlonged Spaceflights Can Weaken Immune SystemsArizona Lawmaker Proposes Porn Tax to Pay for Border Walllast_img read more

Blair announces return to politics to fight Brexit

first_imgFormer British prime minister Tony Blair said Monday he was plunging back into domestic politics in order to fight against Brexit.Blair, who led the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007, will not be standing in the June 8 general election.But he said he wanted to build a political movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the European Union.Blair, 63, who was prime minister for a decade from 1997 and whose legacy has been defined by the Iraq war, said he knew he would face intense criticism for doing so.But the ardent Europhile, who has largely been working on Middle East and African issues since leaving office, still wanted to get his “hands dirty” and re-enter the fray, saying voters should have the chance to change their mind once the final EU exit deal becomes clear.”This Brexit thing has given me a direct motivation to get more involved in the politics,” he told the Daily Mirror newspaper.”You need to get your hands dirty and I will.”I know the moment I stick my head out the door I’ll get a bucket of wotsit poured all over me, but I really do feel passionate about this.”I don’t want to be in the situation where we pass through this moment of history and I hadn’t said anything because that would mean I didn’t care about this country. I do.”I am not sure I can turn something into a political movement but I think there is a body of ideas out there people would support.”He said his push was not about defying the vote to leave the European Union.He said leaving the European single market and seeking a free trade agreement, as is Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s intention, would be “relegating ourselves” from the top order.Opinion polls put the Conservatives far ahead of Labour, a few weeks out from the general election.Blair, who won three straight general elections as Labour leader, was from the most centrist strain of the party, while current leader Jeremy Corbyn is from its strident leftist wing that reviles Blairite politics.”Unless you are providing answers for the future you are not going to win,” Blair warned.last_img read more

US embassy to remain closed 2 5 6 June

first_imgUS embassyThe US embassy in Dhaka, including its consular section, will remain closed on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday (2, 5 and 6 June) on the occasion of Shab-e-Qadr and Eid-ul-Fitr respectively.The American Center with the Archer K Blood American Center Library and the Education USA Student Advising Center will also remain closed. Shab-e-Qadr and Eid-ul-Fitr are Bangladesh’s national holidays.However, emergency services for American citizens will be available, said a press release on Thursday.last_img read more

Baytown Police Officer Fatally Shoots Woman After Struggle Over Taser

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /00:43 The Brixton Apartments via Google MapThe fatal incident happened on the evening of May 13, 2019, at The Brixton Apartments complex, located at 1601 Garth Road, in Baytown. Listencenter_img A Baytown police officer fatally shot a woman who police said grabbed his Taser and used it against him. The shooting happened late Monday in Baytown, about 25 miles east of Houston.Baytown Police DepartmentBooking photo of Pamela Turner.The Baytown Police Department said the woman’s name is Pamela Turner and she was 44 years old. Although Turner seemed to say she was pregnant during the incident, which was recorded on video, the Police Department said on Tuesday afternoon that the autopsy determined she wasn’t pregnant.Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris said the officer was patrolling an apartment complex and attempted to arrest Turner, whom the officer had previously dealt with, because he knew she had outstanding warrants.Dorris said the officer, an 11-year veteran of the police department, opened fire after Turner grabbed the officer’s Taser and used it against him.In the video, Turner is heard saying “You’re actually harassing me” and “I’m actually walking to my house.” Turner is on the ground and appears to reach toward the officer when she seems to be heard saying “I’m pregnant.” Moments later the officer fires five shots, killing her. Dorris said the officer didn’t suffer serious injuries.“It’s a tragic event for everybody involved,” Dorris said. “Of course, our hearts go out to the family of the deceased as well as our officer.”Dorris added that police were aware of the video circulating on social media and that investigators want to talk to the person who took the video, because he or she was a witness to the shooting. Xlast_img read more

Navi Mumbai Intl Airport to be operational by 2019 Fadnavis

first_imgMaharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has said the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport will be operational by 2019.“As all the environmental-related permissions are cleared for the Airport, this project will be operational by 2019,” Fadnavis posted on Twitter on Sunday morning.The project will be built on public-private partnership (PPP) on a land of around 1,160 hectares, out of which 592 hectares have been acquired and all clearances will be done by January 2015, he said. After the completion of first phase, 10 million people are expected to use it annually. The final phase will have a capacity to accommodate 60 million passengers annually, the CM said. “Seeing the rise in passengers, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will also be extended to accommodate 40 million passengers, annually,” Fadnavis further tweeted.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 10, 2019 IBA Launches Monte Carlo Patient QA for Varian Halcyon at AAPM 2019 IBA announced the launch of the latest functionality of the SciMoCa Monte Carlo Patient QA solution at the 61st annual… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more 360 Photos | CT Virtual Simulation | May 21, 2019 360 View of Dedicated Radiotherapy Treatment Planning CT Scanner at Henry Ford Hospital This is a… read more Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Technology | September 19, 2013 RayStation Version 4.0 Treatment Planning System Released Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 22, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Machine Learning to Automate Radiotherapy Treatment Planning Leigh Conroy, Ph.D., physics resident, Universi read more News | Radiation Therapy | July 09, 2019 Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Deliver Personalized Radiation Therapy New Cleveland Clinic-led research shows that artificial intelligence (AI) can use medical scans and health records to… read more Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more RayStation treatment planning systemSeptember 19, 2013 – RaySearch Laboratories AB announced that version 4.0 of RaySearch’s RayStation treatment planning system has been released for clinical use in several European countries, USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and is scheduled for market release in Canada, China, and South Korea.The new version includes a wide range of new features and improvements. For example, RayStation contains a unique solution enabling a more efficient treatment planning process called multi-criteria optimization. This highly intuitive tool lets the clinician evaluate the impact of changing different treatment priorities in real-time, which has a large potential to speed up the time-consuming treatment planning optimization process. With RayStation 4.0 the tool for Multi-criteria optimization is extended with support for creating volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatments in addition to intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). This means that the system stands out as the most intuitive treatment planning system for creating all advanced radiation treatments.Another new feature in RayStation 4.0 is atlas-based segmentation in the patient modeling module, which is a complement to the existing model-based segmentation tool. Atlas-based segmentation utilizes a structure template framework to create a versatile auto-segmentation tool. It allows the users to create organ atlases from clinical cases and new patients can then be segmented by automatic deformable registration of the best-matching atlas in the clinical database. The geometries in each atlas can be manually contoured or generated with model-based segmentation.RayStation 4.0 also contains numerous improvements and additions throughout the system such as several added features in 3-D CRT planning including support for static arcs. It offers even faster optimizations due to refined multithreading and improved handling of GUI updates during optimization. In the electron beam design module support has been added for all relevant collimators and the proton beam design module now supports the Mevion S250 machine. For a full list of new features please refer to the release notes.RayStation 4.0 was demonstrated at the annual American Association of Physicists in Medicine meeting held August 4-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana.For more information, visit www.raysearchlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Treatment Planning | July 01, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis New Treatment Planning System Technologies Treatment planning systems (TPS)… read more last_img read more

Central America not counting on more aid following Obama visit

first_imgCentral American leaders are happy to host U.S. President Barack Obama in Costa Rica in early May, but they’re not holding their breath for more financial aid from his government, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo told the daily La Nación on Sunday.“Times have changed. I don’t expect we’ll see a sudden influx of financial aid from the United States in this region,” he said, noting that the U.S. is focused on controlling its own public spending back home.Obama’s May 3-4 visit, when he will meet with seven Central American and Caribbean heads of state, will focus instead on strengthening political ties in Latin America, Castillo said.“The first [Obama] administration was marked by a distance and certain indifference towards Latin America with a few countries being an exception,” Castillo told La Nación.“I think now he is expressing more of an interest in regions with small countries, but where the U.S. has security and immigration interests,” he added.Obama’s visit could help shore up better cooperation on those issues by initiating channels of better political dialogue.Most members of the Central American Integration System have confirmed they’ll attend the summit, including Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina, Panama’s Ricardo Martinelli, El Salvador’s Mauricio Funes and Costa Rica’s Laura Chinchilla, who will host the event.Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said he would attend, following an embarrassing exchange last week when Ortega claimed Costa Rica didn’t invite him. The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry quickly produced a copy of a formal invite sent to the Nicaraguan Embassy in San José, contradicting Ortega’s claims.Honduran President Porfirio Lobo is expected to attend but has not yet formally accepted the invitation. Belize’s Dean Barrow also has not said if he’ll attend.Obama first will travel to Mexico on May 2, where he’ll meet with his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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