322 new UP MLAs are crorepatis

first_imgA whopping 322 of the 403 new lawmakers elected to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly are ‘crorepatis’ ( while as many as 143 have criminal cases, including of murder, pending against them.According to a report by the National Election Watch, the list of multi-millionaires elected members is headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Ajay Pratap Singh elected from the Colonelganj constituency in Gonda. As many as 1,455 multi—millionaires contested the assembly polls, the results of which were declared on Saturday. Of the 143 new legislaors who have declared pending criminal cases against them, 107 face serious charges including of murder and crimes against women. 40 womenOn the gender side, among the newly elected legislators only 40 are women.last_img

Congress seeks transparency on NRC revision process; CM warns against rumours

first_imgCivil society activists in the past have expressed fears that the National Register of Citizens revision process may be used to target genuine citizens from the minority community by the first BJP government in Assam.Calling it an outcome of the “historical Assam Accord” signed between former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the All Assam Students Union in 1985, the Congress said on Monday that it would ensure that the process of update was carried out with “complete integrity, transparency and accountability”.To stand by citizens“We assure the people of Assam that Congress leaders and workers will leave no stone unturned to ensure that not a single claim of any citizen is left unaddressed and not a single family or a section of people suffers on account of lack of appropriate verification of their documents or claim,” said Randeep Surjewala, chief spokesperson of the Congress.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal played down the possibility of the minority community being harassed.Rare possibility“There may be a one or two cases of mistaken identity. It is a Himalayan task of verifying over six crore documents. The entire process is being monitored by the Honourable Supreme Court. Some vested interests are trying to spread false ideas but I want to thank the people of the State who have taken part in the process irrespective of their religion, caste or region,” he said.“The security forces are there to inspire confidence among the people. But the entire process is supported by the people of Assam as it will settle the Foreigners’ debate for all times to come. It is in the nation’s interest and anyone who opposes is an anti-national,” the Chief Minister said.Warning against rumoursMr. Sonowal said people whose names did not figure in the draft NRC need not panic as “there is an in-built rectification process.”Mr. Sonowal warned against “inflammatory and objectionable posts in social media” on missing names. “People whose names have not appeared can go through the ‘claims and objection’ process and get their names in. If someone uses such instances to spread rumours and false information to create tensions, our government will hand out exemplary punishment,” he said, speaking to The Hindu.last_img read more


first_imgRising Pune Supergiants (target: 58 runs from 11 overs)Rising Pune Supergiants (target: 58 runs from 11 overs) Ajinkya Rahane not out 42 Usman Khawaja c Iyer b Morris 19 George Bailey not out 8 Extras: (LB-2 W-4 NB-1) 7Total: (For 1 wkt in 11 overs) 76 Fall of wickets: 1/31Bowling: Zaheer Khan 3-0-19-0, Nathan Coulter-Nile 3-0-21-0, Chris Morris 2-0-12-1, Amit Mishra 2-0-10-0, Mohammed Shami 1-0-12-0. PTI PDS PDSlast_img

Over 30 New York City Street Musicians To Raise Funds By Recording

first_imgMusic blog, limited edition book, record and scholarship The Noise Beneath The Apple (TNBTA) has announced the launch of a RocketHub campaign to raise funds for their new recording project, celebrating New York City’s street music culture.TNBTA has gathered over 30 of New York City’s best buskers to record Billy Joel’s hit song, “New York State of Mind,” at Grand Street Recording in Brooklyn, New York on May 14th.The recording will be arranged by Best Revenge Records recording artist Keaton Simons, and co-produced with TNBTA’s Editor-In-Chief, Heather Jacks. The track will feature the sounds of Penn Station, Times Square and the L Train — unique vocalists, an accordion, cello, harmonica, banjos, musical saw, and even a washboard. “Think Michael Jackson ‘s ’We Are The World’ meets New York City street musicians,” says Jacks.Proceeds from the RocketHub campaign will cover the multiple-use licensing of the song, the entire recording process including studio rental and staffing, the editing, mixing and mastering of the track, and the production of the finished product, to be determined. After all costs are covered, additional proceeds will go towards TNBTA’s scholarship at Brooklyn College for an arts/journalism student. RocketHub supporters can choose from an array of awards including MP3 downloads, time in the studio on the day of recording, and dinner with the directors in NYC amongst others.The “New York State of Mind” recording project is just one of many successful offshoots to The Noise Beneath The Apple’s initial endeavor, which is a limited edition, hardcover, art-style book celebrating the busking culture and street music scene of New York City. The book is over 200 pages long and includes photos, interviews, and commentary from notable artists such as Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, as well as an audio component on vinyl. It is the vision of music journalist Heather Jacks . A book release party is currently scheduled for May 16, 2013 at Martin Lawrence Galleries in NYC.“While working on this book, we thought it would be cool to bring all of these street performers together under one roof,” says Jacks. “We wanted to create something truly genuine, authentic and unique, to capture a piece of the busking culture in a way that would be far bigger than any one of us individually.”To learn more about TNBTA’s “New York State of Mind” recording project and/or to support the RocketHub campaign, please visit: Let’s Record New York State of Mind.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Strike at CP Railway postponed commuter and freight service to continue

first_imgCALGARY – A rail strike has been temporarily averted after the federal labour minister ordered employees of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. to vote on the company’s final offers, just hours before they were set to walk off the job.Statements from both CP Rail and two unions representing workers say the minister’s order to administer a ratification vote on each of the two offers follows advice of federal mediators.In a release late Friday, representatives for the unions recommended that their members reject the company’s offers.Earlier this week, the Teamsters and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers gave the railway a 72-hour notice of strike action.CP Rail said in a statement that the minister’s order means there will be no disruption in commuter or freight service.“CP will immediately begin to execute a safe and structured start-up of its train operations in Canada,” the railway said in a statement Friday night.However, a statement from the unions says the company’s offers don’t have a “chance in hell of being ratified.”An electronic vote on the offers will be conducted by the Canada Industrial Relations Boards at an undetermined date.The unions say if the offers are rejected, workers will be free to strike.A shut down of CP Rail services would have wide ranging repercussions.Via Rail Canada had warned passengers Friday that a strike might force it to cancel morning trains on Saturday and Sunday between Sudbury and White River, Ont.And Greater Toronto transit operator Metrolinx had warned of possible delays for customers on its Milton and Barrie lines. It noted CP also owns a section of corridor leading into the Hamilton GO Centre and train service to and from this station would not be provided, although regular GO bus service would continue and extra buses would be put into service.The BC Rapid Transit Company said Friday it would provide buses if a CP Rail disruption stopped its West Coast Express train service in the Greater Vancouver area.VIA Rail and Metrolinx had advised customers to check their websites for updates.Companies in this story: (TSX:CP)last_img read more

Government Ministers for 13A

Minister Rajitha Senaratne, who also attended the joint press briefing, said that they will question the Parliament Select Committee if it decides to dilute the 13th Amendment. Ministers Reginald Cooray, D.E.W Gunasekera and Vasudeva Nanayakara were among those who addressed the press briefing.Dew Gunasekara said that a common consensus should be achieved by the two leading political parties, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party on arriving at a permanent solution to the national problem. He has also pointed out the need to decentralize power in order to expand democracy and to make it more meaningful.Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that the people in the north should be given the opportunity to elect their public representatives in freedom.He also said that the unitary nature of the state should be further consolidated making the provincial council system, more meaningful. He said that if an attempt is made to abolish it then such an attempt will not receive a 2/3rds majority in parliament. Government Minister Tissa Vitarana says the 13th Amendment to the constitution cannot be defeated in Parliament.Speaking at a joint press conference with several government members including some Ministers, Vitarana said that the 13th Amendment must be strengthened and not diluted. read more

Thousands attend rally for Berlusconi despite his conviction for tax fraud

first_imgTHOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS of the former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi have attended a rally to protest against his recent conviction by a Milan appeals court for tax fraud.Supporters cheered their hero at Brescia’s ‘Everyone for Silvio’ rally, as police in riot gear separated them from jeering opponents.As some arrived, waving pro-Berlusconi banners, some detractors shouted “jail, jail.” Helmeted police holding plastic body shields moved in between the noisy camps to prevent any physical violence.The appellate court, in its ruling on Wednesday, also upheld a four-year prison term and a five-year ban from political office.Berlusconi – who remains an MP while his party participates in Enrico Lette’s coalition – is to appeal to a higher court. The statute of limitations could run out on the case before the final appeal runs its course, which would essentially make the conviction fall by the wayside.“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Berlusconi told the crowd, almost drowned out by both applause and derisive hoots.The billionaire businessman has regularly attributed his many criminal cases to prosecutors who he believes support left-leaning political rivals.Detractors say his former governments made laws tailor-made to help his judicial woes, including one that said premiers can cite official duties as a “legitimate impediment” to put off trial hearings, delaying the end of trials and making it more likely statute of limitations could kick in.Forced out – but became kingmaker againBerlusconi was forced to resign in 2011 under the pressure of financial markets during the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis.Pushing for a political comeback that has seen his popularity steadily rebounded in opinion polls, he saw his forces win enough seats in Parliament in elections earlier this year to make his People of Freedom party the main coalition partner in Enrico Letta’s fledging government.That made Berlusconi the coalition kingmaker at a time when the nation is counting on action to create jobs and enact political reform.His supporters billed the rally as a pro-democracy event, dismissing criticism that it was a Berlusconi cheerleading opportunity.Rally participants came “to say a flat ‘no’ to the political use of justice,” said Mariastella Gelmini, who had served as a Cabinet minister for Berlusconi. “It’s a problem regarding democracy, and not just Silvio Berlusconi,” she added.The show of support comes as another crucial verdict by a criminal court nears.Berlusconi is on trial in Milan on charges he paid an underage Moroccan teen for sex during infamous “bunga-bunga” parties at his villa and then used his office while premier to try to cover it up. Prosecutors are set to wrap up closing arguments on Monday.Berlusconi has denied ever paying for sex and both he and the woman, Karima el-Mahroug, better known as Ruby, deny having any sexual contact. A verdict could come later this month.Read: Court upholds Berlusconi’s tax fraud sentence, seven years after trial first startedlast_img read more

Radical science guide to Dublin wins €10000 prize

first_imgYouTube/LittleMuseumOfDublin What do you think makes Dublin so special? Let us know in the comments section…VIDEOS: What makes Dublin “Uniquely Dublin”>“Cracker of a buuuurd”: Schoolchildren teach visitors some Dublinese>Is this the world’s worst attempt at parallel parking? WE BROUGHT YOU this video earlier this month when it was shortlisted for the Uniquely Dublin competition, and now it’s only gone and won the top prize.The satirical short spits out facts like “Dublin’s Spire was erected to celebrate Ireland’s manned space programme” and “water from the Liffey is routinely collected to cure syphilis”.The competition was launched earlier this year asking filmmakers, musicians and artists to produce their vision of what makes the city the way it is. You can check out some more of the entries here and here.A public vote chose the overall winner – this film by Oisín Byrne and Gary Farrelly:last_img read more

What do we know about the US Samsung Galaxy S3

first_imgFor two years now, Samsung has been hard at work trying to release a unifying device on every network in the US. The Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy S2 line of phones both accomplished that goal, but at the cost of every device looking and feeling different. Not only different from one another, but also different from the International variant of the device. In fact, most users were completely unaware that the Galaxy S branding stretched across the networks, connecting these devices. Another year has passed, and Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S3. At CTIA this year it was made clear that the US would be getting a separate launch party for the Samsung’s next Galaxy, but there’s been little other information officially released about the US variants of the device.Verizon Wireless – SCH-i535The downside of being “designed for humans” is that the device is prone to let a few secrets out before the official launch. The Verizon Wireless variant of the device was accidentally discovered on the Bluetooth SIG website recently, announcing that the phone will be Bluetooth 4.0 ready. The photo used on their website is a press shot offered up be Samsung at the UK launch of the Galaxy S3, so there’s no real confirmation that the phone will look exactly like that. Since it is a Verizon phone, the Galaxy S3 will be packing LTE. The use of an LTE radio more than likely means we’ll be seeing a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. This falls in line nicely with the user agent profile leak that was discovered the day before the International release of the device.I’m not entirely sure how the US audience would handle the return of the physical button on a Samsung phone, and it seems unlikely at this point that Samsung would take advantage of the software buttons that are available in ICS. The button layout on the International version of the device makes sure to include a soft menu button, so the OS isn’t marred by any legacy artifacts from apps that haven’t updated to support Android 4.0 yet. While the Verizon leak certainly leaves more questions unanswered than it answers, Verizon was smart to pick up what will most likely be the biggest Android phone released this year.AT&T SGH-I1747With many recent releases, AT&T devices have often been found to be very similar to sister devices released in Canada, since these carriers use the same or compatible bands. Based on the FCC report that was found on the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S3, the SGH i1747, it would appear as though this phone fill follow suit. The HSPA+ and LTE ready device will undoubtedly be the AT&T flagship device for some time, but since the bands are compatible with several Canadian carrier we may also be looking at the Galaxy S3 of the great white north as well.The FCC filing shows off the familiar shape of the Samsung Galaxy S3, with the top corners coming in a bit sharper than the bottom corners. While we still don’t know about the button layout, it is nice no know that we’re not looking at a completely different hardware profile for the AT&T variant, like we saw with the Galaxy S Captivate. The FCC filing doesn’t mention whether or not there’s NFC onboard with this version of the device, an issue that has marred several AT&T releases this year. We won’t hear anything official on this device until Samsung has their US unveil, but it stands a good chance we are looking at a Quad Core Snapdragon S4 for this phone as well.Sprint – SPH-L300, SPH-L710, or ?There’s no shortage of leaks and rumors about the Galaxy S3, it’s been that way since long before the International version of the device was announced. Since most manufacturers have many devices in their pipeline at any given time, sometimes it is hard to nail the right rumor or leak to the right device. This is the problem Sprint hopefuls are having right this very moment. Several model numbers, paired with several different descriptions an even a photo or two of a Samsung device have shown up. Historically, Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy devices has been the most different, usually paired with the title of “Epic”. If Samsung tries to make the Galaxy S3 any more epic, especially in screen size, it might as well be called the Note 2.We know that Sprint is pushing their not-yet-live LTE network, and as such it is unlikely that we will see another device on Sprint without LTE snuck in their somewhere. There’s pretty much zero chance we’ll be seeing the return of WiMAX on the Galaxy S3. Sprint has been the most NFC friendly of the carriers to date, so it seems likely we’ll see Google Wallet pre-installed and NFC ready to go. There’s a few rumors that point to a dual core Snapdragon S4 for this version of the phone, but since we’ve already seen a dual core S4 on Sprint from HTC, it’s probably not in Samsung’s best interest to offer less than a dual core to compete with HTC. Sadly, there’s not much on the Sprint version we can confirm, but the sheer noise surrounding the device makes it more than likely we’ll see the Galaxy S3 on Sprint with all of the others.T-MobileThe little non-LTE network that could seems to also be getting the Galaxy S3. Since T-Mobile was the first to release a Galaxy S phone with the Fascinate, the Galaxy S3 will be right at home on the HSPA+ only network. The benefit here, however, is that the T-Mobile variant of the device is the closest to the International version of the device. This could mean that the T-Mobile version of the phone will hit the US packing Samsung’s Exynos processor. We’ve waited a long time now for Samsung’s fables processor to hit these shores, and this might be the device that does it.A T-Mobile internal document was passed to the guys at TMoNews recently that outed the Samsung Galaxy S3 as possibly having a June 20 release. If Samsung is keeping to that schedule, it would mean that invitations to the US reveal of the device would be showing up any day now. It’s unfortunately unlikely that the Galaxy S3 would drop on all of the carriers on the same day, meaning we’re probably looking at T-mobile just being the first to release the phone.Final ThoughtsThere’s no shortage of buzz about this phone, even after the International launch. The Samsung Galaxy S3 will more than likely be the biggest Android phone for this year. In our hands on with the phone, the Galaxy S3 certainly looked and felt like Samsung was putting their best foot forward and releasing a true Android flagship phone. With any luck, this time next month all four major US carriers and maybe even a handful of the regional carriers will be offering this phone up for mass adoption.last_img read more

Orton vs Mahal Nakamura Smackdown debut tonight at Backlash

first_imgFacebook Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Wooo Nakamura! Google+ WhatsApp Bryan Cranston Sat On A WWE Champions Lap On Broadway Without Even Knowing It Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Charlotte Flair 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show May 21, 2017 at 6:06 pm Becky Lynch Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles Randy Orton defending the WWE Championship against Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura making his Smackdown Live in-ring debut against Dolph Ziggler are being heavily promoted as the top headliners by WWE for tonight’s Smackdown-only Backlash PPV in Chicago.Two more championship matches are scheduled including Kevin Owens defending the WWE United States Championship against AJ Styles and The Usos will defend the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships against Breezango.Here is the scheduled card for Backlash tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).WWE Championship MatchRandy Orton (c) vs. Jinder MahalWWE United States Championship MatchKevin Owens (c) vs. AJ StylesShinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph ZigglerWWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships MatchThe Usos (c’s) vs. BreezangoSami Zayn vs. Baron CorbinLuke Harper vs. Erick RowanNaomi, Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs. Natalya, Carmella and TaminaKickoff Show:Tye Dillinger vs. Aiden EnglishWrestleview.com will have live coverage of WWE Backlash tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT) along with brief results and live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 62.85%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 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 Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Steven Herrera 1 COMMENT Pinterest Comments are closed.last_img read more

Guardiola Liverpool and Spurs are better than City

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that Liverpool and Tottenham are better than his team after losing their second game in a row at Leicester.Guardiola was left disappointed after City lost 2-1 to Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day, a few days after Crystal Palace got a 3-2 victory at the Etihad.The defeat meant that Tottenham climbed up to second place after they demolished Bournemouth 5-0, and the Champions dropped to third place.“They [Tottenham and Liverpool] deserve it, they win games, we don’t win games, so the gap increases. Last season we were so consistent in making a lot of points, and this season especially Liverpool and Tottenham they are so good,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.“So at the end today we finish the first round and we have of course these last two defeats, but we have done enough points to be champion! A lot of points we have done!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.“But the problem is the other ones have made a lot, and that is the reality, they are better than us in that moment, you have to accept it, and it is important to accept where we are, and they are improving.“The reality is there are two or three teams better than us, so they are better. We’re not talking about whether we can take Liverpool or get to Liverpool or whatever, the issue is about winning another game, and thinking in ourselves about how we can improve.”last_img read more

Dhaka Delhi to discuss security border coop Sunday

first_imgDhaka, Delhi to discuss security, border coop Sunday. Photo: UNBIndian home minister Rajnath Singh is set to arrive in Dhaka on Friday on a three-day visit to discuss on how the two neighbouring countries can strengthen cooperation in security areas showing zero tolerance to terrorism and radicalisation.Bangladesh home minister Asaduzzaman Khan and his Indian counterpart Rajnath will co-chair the 6th meeting of the Bangladesh-India home minister level talks.The meeting will begin at 10:30am on Sunday at the home ministry, reports UNB.Issues related to radicalisation of youths by the terrorist groups, border issues, fake currencies, border killings, cattle smuggling, visa issues, movement of illegal immigrants and Rohingya issues are likely to be discussed during the meeting apart from discussing ways to further strengthen mutual cooperation in preventing terrorism.Home minister Khan will receive his Indian counterpart at Bangabandhu Air Base at 6:30pm upon his arrival by a special aircraft on Friday.Rajnath will meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday morning to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two countries during his visit, an official told UNB.The Indian home minister along with his Bangladesh counterpart will open a mega and integrated Indian Visa Application Centre at Jamuna Future Park in the capital on Saturday.State-of-the-art IVAC will have 50 counters together giving an opportunity for around 700 applicants together.Later in the afternoon, Rajnath will visit Bangladesh Police Academy in Sardah of Rajshahi to jointly inaugurate the Bangladesh-India Friendship Building there.The two home ministers are expected to discuss issues related to security, border management, cooperation in countering illegal activities and travel arrangements, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.The visit is taking place in the context of home minister level talks held on a regular basis between India and Bangladesh. The last home minister level talks was held in New Delhi in July 2016.Rajnath will also visit Bangabandhu Museum to pay respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.He will also visit Dhakeshwari Temple and will offer prayers there after visiting the museum.A 12-mmber delegation consisting of Indian home ministry officials and high ups of the Border Security Force (BSF) is likely to accompany Rajnath Singh.The visit is expected to facilitate a comprehensive review of the excellent bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India and contribute to the further strengthening of ties, said the high commission.Home ministry sources said they have taken all the preparations for the visit which might see signing of three bilateral cooperation documents including revised travel arrangements 2018.Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla and home minister Khan will host dinners in honour of the Indian home minister on Friday and Saturday evening respectively.Rajnath will leave Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

Tulip resigns from UK shadow ministry

first_img.Shadow minister Tulip Siddiq has resigned from the Labour frontbench, telling the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, that she could not reconcile herself to the party’s three-line whip to vote for triggering article 50.In her letter to Corbyn, the shadow minister for early years said voting to start the process of leaving the EU would be a betrayal of her north London constituents, three-quarters of whom voted to remain in the EU, reports The Guardian.“I have always been clear – I do not represent Westminster in Hampstead and Kilburn, I represent Hampstead and Kilburn in Westminster,” Siddiq wrote in her resignation letter. “I feel that the most effective place for me to counter Theresa May’s hard Brexit is from the backbenches.”Siddiq said she had made the final decision to resign after Corbyn confirmed to the shadow cabinet on Thursday morning that Labour MPs would be expected to back the article 50 bill and a three-line whip would be imposed. “I do not support the triggering of article 50 and cannot reconcile myself to the frontbench position,” she wrote in her letter to Corbyn.Siddiq was first elected in May 2015 with a majority of just 1,138, and appointed to the Labour frontbench in Corbyn’s reshuffle following his reelection in September.About 75% of Siddiq’s constituents voted remain in the EU referendum. Her Hampstead and Kilburn seat is a tight three-way marginal and in 2010 her predecessor, Glenda Jackson, had the smallest majority in the country, with just 42 votes more than her Conservative rival.The Lib Dems also have a strong presence, with their candidate in third place on just 841 fewer votes than Jackson in 2010.In her resignation letter to Corbyn, Siddiq wrote: “Leaving the European Union presents enormous uncertainty for my constituents, with most believing that the disadvantages of leaving outweigh any potential benefits. Many still don’t have firm guarantees that their residential rights will be protected after Brexit.”Siddiq said she had real concerns about giving the government the nod to proceed with leaving the EU without guarantees on membership of security agencies, environmental or employment rights.The MP said she understood Corbyn had a difficult job as leader and “it is not my intention to cause more complications” but added she believed that Corbyn would understand her commitment to her constituents. “We are both united in our values of fairness, social justice and equality and I know you, above everyone else, will recognise my commitment to my local constituents,” she wrote.“I will look carefully at amendments brought to the debate, consider them in their own right and work constructively to develop such guarantees. I support Keir Starmer and my Labour colleagues, and know they are working to get the best deal for Britain throughout this process.”Corbyn told Sky News on Thursday the bill was “clearly a three-line whip”, but acknowledged it would be difficult for some MPs.“I fully understand the pressures and issues that members are under, those who represent leave constituencies and those who represent remain constituencies. Labour is in the almost unique position of having MPs representing constituencies in both directions, and very strongly in both directions.”The government is to allow the Commons five days to debate the bill triggering article 50, it said on Thursday, prompting some MPs to complain this was insufficient time to scrutinise the legislation.last_img read more

Webster Donation Puts JSC Mission Control Restoration Into Hyperdrive

first_img 00:00 /01:13 Space Center HoustonSpace Center Houston hopes to restore Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center to exactly as it looked during the Apollo years.The $3.5 million donation will be funded by the hotel occupancy tax. Hotels expect the control room restoration will attract more overnight stays from visitors to the area. William Harris is president and CEO of the non-profit Space Center Houston.“Currently it’s one of our most popular stops on the behind-the-scenes tram tour of Johnson Space Center, and you can go into the visitation area and we do an orientation so people can see the actual room through the glass, exactly.” The control room on the floor below continues to be used for the International Space Station. Space Center Houston is raising $5 million for the renovation to the second floor control center, which was declared a National Historic Landmark and taken out of operation in 1995.“Our goal is to restore it to the Apollo era. So, restore the consoles, illuminate them, add other artifacts, so it looks like a working space as it did, you know, forty, fifty years ago.” Curators can look at old pictures and film to see how the control room once looked, and retired control center employees are helping to convey what the environment was like. The Space Center hopes to complete restoration by 2019, in time for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listenlast_img read more

Santa Fe Church Community Reflects On Texas Shooting

first_img Share Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaCalvary Crossroad Church, seen two days after Friday’s deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School.Sunday morning, people in Santa Fe, Texas, flocked to local churches, seeking comfort after this week’s high school shooting that killed 10 people and injured 13 others.The residents of this deeply-religious community are just starting to process their emotions, as they also look for answers as to how such a thing could happen.“Lord I need you, oh I need you,” sang the choir at Arcadia First Baptist Church. It was the refrain of many who are turning to faith to deal with the grim reality that this familiar, and tragic, American routine has now come to their town.Pamela Pannell’s grandson would have been in the art class where witnesses said the shooting started, but he was in another room that day for Advanced Placement testing.“That’s the hard part,” she said. “To come that close to losing him.”Pannell held back tears, saying her heart goes out to the people who have lost a loved one in the shooting.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott attended the Sunday service. Later, he talked about what he called “obvious” ideas to prevent future shootings, including tightening school security and keeping a closer watch on who leaves and enters school grounds. Abbott has also pointed to a mental health program that intervenes when kids show warning signs that they might become violent.For Pannell and other churchgoers here, the answer is simpler.“We need God back in our schools,” she said.Almost two decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court told the Santa Fe Independent School District that it had to stop allowing student-led prayers at school events. It’s a case that still reverberates in the community today.Just down the road from Pannell’s church, at Calvary Crossroads Church, Pastor Del Toler told his congregation to think about that court case the next time they get a chance to vote. He said there might be a number of ways to prevent a shooting, but religion should be at the center.“I think the church is a focal point,” he said, “and I think we’ve gotten the cart before the horse, and we want the other things, but we don’t want God.”His thoughts about changing gun laws reflect familiar attitudes in Texas.“Guns helped shape America,” he said. “Guns have insured our freedom. It’s the heart in a man that steers him to do wrong.” Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaPastor Del Toler of Calvary Crossroad Church says there might be a number of ways to prevent a shooting, but religion should be at the center.Eighteen-year-old Santa Fe High School student Megan Dunford is one of Toler’s church members. She was friends with Sabika Sheikh, the Pakistani exchange student killed in the shooting.“It’s been really different, knowing that she’s gone,” Dunford said. She described Sheikh as instantly friendly, someone who one day just decided to sit with Dunford at lunch and start talking.“I liked everything [about her],” Dunford said. “She made me laugh and stuff, she was very helpful.”As the national debate swirls about how to prevent another school shooting, Dunford is just trying to deal with the loss of a friend, talking it out with her family, like so many others in this grieving community.last_img read more

The Downward Spiral and Tragic End of F Scott Fitzgerald

first_imgOne of the life’s — make that death’s — great ironies: Sixties rock star Jim Morrison died in an apartment on Paris’ Right Bank. Legendary writer F. Scott Fitzgerald expired in a ground-floor apartment just off L.A.’s Sunset Strip. On December 21, 1940, Fitzgerald, a man so closely associated with the East Coast literary community, who spent the 1920s as one of the Lost Generation of exiles living in Paris — among them, Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, and Gertrude Stein — would take his last breath in the apartment of gossip columnist Sheilah Graham.F. Scott Fitzgerald – sketch by Gordon Bryant for Shadowland magazine.The two were lovers and had been living together for the last three years of Fitzgerald’s life. He was married to Zelda at the time, but his wife, suffering from mental illness, was institutionalized in North Carolina.Fitzgerald ventured West for the same reason so many of his East Coast literary colleagues did: the money.His first foray into Hollywood was in 1927, his wife Zelda in tow, to work on a script for United Artists. It was rejected and the two went back East. Fitzgerald would return in 1937 to give movies another shot. This time, he came alone.English-born, Hollywood gossip columnist Sheilah Graham (1904 – 1988), circa 1940. Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty ImagesIn 1937, Fitzgerald moved into a villa at the Garden of Allah Hotel on the Sunset Strip. Once owned by Russian actress Alla Nazimova, the 2.5-acre estate was later turned into a residential hotel.It was there that Fitzgerald worked on the script for Red-Headed Woman, a Rita Hayworth vehicle. He wasn’t the only well-known writer in residence: Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley also stayed there from time to time.In fact, it had become a kind of gathering place for transplanted East Coast literati, but Fitzgerald, in particular, held a particular allure for the Hollywood crowd. “He is famous even in Hollywood, where his meteoric arrivals and departures are discussed in film circles as avidly as they discuss themselves,” wrote Dorothy Spear in the Saturday Evening Post.Black-and-white photographic portrait of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and wife Zelda at Dellwood, one month before daughter Scottie’s birth. Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.Fitzgerald would meet attractive blonde-haired, Brit-born Graham at a party thrown by a mutual friend. Shortly afterwards, the two fell in love.Like Fitzgerald, Graham was a writer with a keen eye and a fierce wit. After leaving the Garden of Allah Hotel, Fitzgerald stayed with Graham at her Malibu beach house for a while, then moved into the guest house of a friend.American actress Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962, left) with English-born, Hollywood gossip columnist Sheilah Graham (1904 – 1988) at Graham’s wedding reception, February 14, 1953. The reception, held at Graham’s home in Beverly Hills, California, follows her wedding to her third husband, Stanley Wojtkiewicz. Photo by Archive Photos/Getty ImagesBy April 1940, Fitzgerald was living in a walk-up apartment in West Hollywood. (One of his neighbors: Lucille Ball, who at the time was dating Desi Arnaz.)For Fitzgerald, things were slowly spiraling downward. Studios weren’t thrilled with his work and he continued to drink heavily, while working on a novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, which would be published posthumously, under the title The Last Tycoon.American author F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940) attends a formal event with his wife Zelda (1900 – 1948), circa 1935. Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty ImagesThat same year, Fitzgerald suffered a minor heart attack at the legendary Schwab’s Drug Store, a popular hangout for the show biz crowd, while standing in line to buy cigarettes.His doctor suggested he avoid strenuous activity, and Fitzgerald, realizing that a walk-up apartment wasn’t ideal for someone who’s just had a heart scare, moved in with Graham, who lived nearby, in a ground floor apartment.Fitzgerald would attend his last party on December 13th, at the home of young novelist Nathaniel West, who had made a splash with The Day of the Locust. (Eerily, West and his wife would be killed in a car accident the day after Fitzgerald’s death.)F. Scott FitzgeraldExactly one week later, on the night of December 20, 1940, Fitzgerald and Graham attended the premiere of This Thing Called Love, starring Rosalind Russell and Melvin Douglas.As the couple were leaving the theater, Fitzgerald, feeling dizzy, stumbled and leaned on Graham for support, whispering to her, “They think I am drunk, don’t they?”The following day, Fitzgerald was eating a candy bar and leafing through his Princeton alumni newsletter. Suddenly, he jumped up from his armchair, clutched the mantelpiece, gasped, and crumpled to the floor. At 44 years of age, F. Scott Fitzgerald, suffering a massive heart attack, was dead.The grave of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland. The quote is the final line of The Great Gatsby.Fitzgerald’s body was transported to his native Maryland. There was a small turnout at his funeral, only 20 or so people, including his only child with Zelda, Frances “Scottie” Fitzgerald Lanahan, then 19.The burial took place at Rockville Union Cemetery. Fitzgerald’s family wanted him interred in the family plot at Catholic Saint Mary’s Cemetery, but the Roman Catholic Church denied the request, since Fitzgerald wasn’t a practicing Catholic.Upon her death, Zelda Fitzgerald was buried next to her husband. In 1975, their daughter Scottie successfully petitioned to have her parents’ remains moved to Saint Mary’s.American novelist Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896-1940) and wife Zelda sitting outside on lawn at her mother’s home. Photo by Time Life Pictures/Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesSheila Graham would go to write about her life with Fitzgerald, mostly famously in her 1958 autobiographical book, Beloved Infidel (co-written with Gerold Frank).It was made into a movie in 1959, starring Gregory Peck as Fitzgerald and Deborah Kerr as Graham. In a particularly poignant scene, Fitzgerald (played by Peck) learns that a play based on one of his stories is being produced in Pasadena and decides to check it out, taking Graham (Kerr) with him.Read another story from us: The Bizarre “Love Advice” Ernest Hemingway gave to F. Scott FitzgeraldWhen Fitzgerald arrives, he discovers that it’s a high school production put on by students — many of whom don’t even realize that the author is alive.last_img read more

Brief radar failure creates delays at Cancun Airport

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A brief radar failure at the Cancun International Airport Tuesday morning caused aircraft to land at alternate airports until the system was repaired and deemed functioning normally. The Servicio a la Navegación en el Espacio Aéreo Mexicano (Seneam) failure, which lasted less than one hour, resulted in 12 aircraft landing at alternate airports while four had their departures affected. On Tuesday morning, flights with Interjet, Volaris, Southwet, Copa United, Jet Blue, Delta, Viva Aerobús and Frontier were affected by the radar malfunction. Unofficial reports say that the Cancun Airport had problems with the satellite network. The affected flights were forced to land at other airports including Cozumel, Merida and Belize before it was repaired and functioning normally. center_img An Asur spokesman reported that the failure “was a few minutes on the radar of the Seneam. After 11:15, the operation returned to normal.” Seneam provides assistance services to air navigation with safety, fluidity and order in Mexican airspace in accordance with applicable national and international regulations.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgNews | December 23, 2011 Intelerad Ranked No. 1 in KLAS Ambulatory PACS December 23, 2011 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced it has been ranked No. 1 by KLAS in the Ambulatory PACS category with its IntelePACS solution. This ranking measures healthcare vendor performance based upon customer surveys and interviews conducted by KLAS. The ranking is published in the organization’s 2011 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Professional Services report.”Since 1998, the objective of the Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards report has been to help healthcare providers make informed decisions,” said KLAS President Adam Gale. “The Best in KLAS distinction represents a commitment to meeting customer expectations and we congratulate the vendors making strides in every phase of customer relations—from the sales presentation to implementation to ongoing service and support.”IntelePACS is a scalable distributed radiology solution featuring an integrated workflow and universal worklist and the easy to use InteleViewer, allowing radiologists the freedom to report studies from any location. It is part of the recently launched InteleSuite, a comprehensive suite of radiology information system/picture archiving and communications system (RIS /PACS) solutions.For more information: www.klasresearch.com, www.intelerad.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 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 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 | 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 center_img 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 Related Content 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 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 | 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 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

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | September 04, 2013 Provision Center for Proton Therapy Selects RayStation 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 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more RaySearch Laboratories AB has received an order for its RayStation treatment planning system from Provision Center for Proton Therapy. This partnership with Provision represents a milestone since it is the first proton center to select RayStation since RaySearch and IBA initiated a collaboration in the field of proton therapy earlier this year.  Provision Center for Proton Therapy is one of only 14 proton therapy centers in the United States. Opening in early 2014, the Center is part of Provision Health Alliance’s comprehensive outpatient cancer treatment campus located in Knoxville, Tenn. The comprehensive campus at Dowell Springs is both patient and physician-friendly and is the new model for future healthcare delivery.  “The Provision Center for Proton Therapy is excited to be the one of the first proton therapy facilities in the United States to utilize RaySearch’s advanced treatment planning system,” said Mary Lou DuBois, president of Provision Center for Proton Therapy. “RaySearch’s innovative products, commitment to research and development, and strong collaborative approach to deliver high quality patient care perfectly aligns with our mission at Provision.”  RayStation will be implemented for clinical use at Provision Center for Proton Therapy beginning in the first quarter of 2014. This will include uniform scanning and passive scattering proton beam planning, IMRT for photons with multi-criteria optimization, as well as cutting edge technologies such as full deformable registration and adaptive re-planning. Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS) dose calculation capabilities that will allow for Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) will be introduced sometime in mid-2014.  Niek Schreuder, vice president and chief medical physicist for Provision Center for Proton Therapy said: “The RayStation system offers a much needed improvement of the treatment planning environment for proton radiation therapy. Using the RayStation system will help us to improve our efficiency in producing highly optimized treatment plans for our patients and will offer advanced plan evaluation tools to the clinical team. We are excited to start using the system on our very first patients in January 2014.”  Marc Mlyn, president of RaySearch Americas said: “We are excited to partner with Provision Center for Proton Therapy. Their state-of-the-art treatment center represents an ideal environment in which we can work together to enable efficient and ultra-modern patient care.”  Johan Löf, CEO of RaySearch added: “In May we entered into a collaboration with the leading proton therapy equipment supplier IBA to further refine our treatment planning solution for proton treatments delivered with IBA systems. That collaboration enables us to provide the best proton treatment planning system on the market and I can’t think of a better clinical partner than Provision to successfully implement these cutting edge technologies.”  About Provision Center for Proton Therapy  Opening in early 2014, the Provision Center for Proton Therapy will be the first of its kind in Tennessee and only the second in the Southeastern United States. Open to all credentialed physicians and health systems in the region, the Provision Center for Proton Therapy will have three treatment rooms and will be able to treat up to 1,000 cancer patients annually, and will bring in many patients from outside the area. The center brings to Knoxville an advanced cancer treatment capability that presently is available in only a handful of cities. Upon opening, it will be one of only 14 proton therapy centers in the nation.  For more information: www.provisionproton.com  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications 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.  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 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

Smoking ban on Thai beaches

first_imgSmoking ban on Thai beachesSmoking ban on Thai beachesThailand is imposing a smoking ban on some 20 popular beaches across the country as part of the country’s sustainable tourism plan efforts. The ban comes into effect in November 2017.These beaches are in the provinces of Phuket (Patong); Surat Thani (Bo Phut on Ko Samui); Krabi (Phra Ae and Khlong Dao on Ko Lanta); Chon Buri (Bang Saen and Pattaya as well as Tam Pang on Ko Si Chang); Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Khao Takiap); Phetchaburi (Cha-am); Phang-nga (Ko Khai Nok and Ko Khai Nai on Ko Yao); Songkhla (Chalatas); Pattani (Tha Wa Sukri); Rayong (Mae Phim); Chanthaburi (Laem Sing), and Chumphon (Sai Ri).Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “These beaches are among the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, and the aim is to keep them that way.”Many tourists include a visit to one or more beaches as part of their holiday in Bangkok and wider Thailand, and these beaches offer the opportunity to enjoy some unique Thai local experiences.“People who do smoke need not worry, as they will still be accommodated. The new smoking ban on Thai beaches is aimed at maintaining a clean and safe environment for everyone and to help with Thailand’s positive image as a wonderful tourist destination,” Mr. Yuthasak added.While the smoking ban covers the beaches themselves, officials say there will be designated smoking areas provided inland with refuse containers for the disposal of cigarette butts.Cigarette butts, apparently, are the main reason behind the new smoking ban on Thai beaches. More precisely, the disposal of butts, or even more precisely, the disposal of butts in the proper way.Thailand’s Department of Marine And Coastal Resources says it has had to retrieve tens of thousands of butts from the sands of beaches, with this accounting for a large amount of all rubbish collected. A department official said up to 138,000 butts had been collected from just one particular beach – a 2.5 km stretch of Phuket’s popular Patong Beach.Come November, the new smoking ban on Thai beaches that has been making Thai tourism news recently will carry a fine of up to 100,000 Baht or a year in prison. Far better, it will be, to head to the designated smoking areas for a cigarette.Officials say the ban initially being implemented on the 20 or so beaches could be expanded to all beaches in Thailand, if it is successful in tackling the waste problem. Meanwhile, under consideration is a similar measure against smoking on tourist boats.Thailand became a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on 27 February, 2005. Since then, the country has become one of the world’s forerunners in the fight to ban smoking from public places.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more