Sheriffs identify victim and suspect in Vista attempted murder

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:38 PM VISTA (KUSI) — Authorities Tuesday released the name of a 19-year-old North County man who was gravely wounded over Presidents Day weekend in a shooting allegedly carried out by his older brother.Juan Sixto of Vista was admitted to a hospital shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. He was not expected to survive the injury, Lt. Rich Williams said.After serving a search warrant at the Pomelo Drive apartment the victim shares with his sibling, 27-year-old Fredy Sixto, detectives arrested the older man on suspicion of attempted murder.The suspect was being held at San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.Officials disclosed no suspected motive for the shooting.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Posted: February 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img Sheriff’s identify victim and suspect in Vista attempted murder Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 20, 2018last_img read more

Pedestrian killed in hitandrun crash in Spring Valley

first_img KUSI Newsroom, July 31, 2019 Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run crash in Spring Valley Posted: July 31, 2019 SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) – A pedestrian was struck and killed by two vehicles Wednesday morning in Spring Valley, one of which fled the scene, authorities said.The crash was reported around 2:10 a.m. near the intersection of Jamacha Boulevard and Whitestone Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr said.Details about the crash were scarce, but investigators believe the unidentified pedestrian was struck by two vehicles, one that remained at the scene and one that fled following the collision, Doerr said.The unidentified pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.No details about the vehicles or drivers involved were immediately available. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Imperial Pacific tax payments plummet in 2019

first_img RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team It comes after the company revealed last month a loss attributable to owners of the company of HK$2.97 billion (US$378.4 million) in FY18, compared with a profit of HK$637 million 12 months earlier. IPI said at the time that the loss was due to lower VIP volume on the back of the FIFA World Cup, tightening marker credits and disruption caused by typhoon Yutu, with gross gaming revenue at its Saipan casino down 58.2% year-on-year to HK$3.26 billion (US$415.3 million).IPI Chairman Mark Brown told the Saipan Tribune that the company intended to fulfil its tax obligations and was in the process of pursuing trade receivables, which amounted to HK$9.67 billion through the end of 2018. IPI also wrote off trade receivables to the value of HK$4.69 billion last year.“Since we have been here, we have been paying our taxes. We have paid about US$155 million of BGRT in cash,” Brown said. “When you see our receivables, VIPs come and they are not paying us back, the island still got US$155 million of tax in cash.“In the couple of months that people are saying that we are behind, we are actually meeting with our accountants and looking into credits that we have coming to us. What does that mean? Do we or don’t we have credits coming? Once we have the answers to that, which we will be getting by this week, then we will go back to continue to pay what’s due.”Brown also pointed to lower business volumes on the back of Typhoon Yutu as having impacted the payments.“We used to pay BGRT in the amount of US$10 million, US$15 million, US$8 million but, obviously, businesses have slowed down,” he said. “We will get back up to that number again one day.“As everyone else understands, many businesses had problems on staffing, some businesses closed [but] we didn’t. We are still struggling along. We are losing money every month but that’s the reality.“The credits we still feel that are coming to us on those monthly recent BGRT moneys, our accountants and chief financial officer are trying to find out and, again, once we get the answer, we will go back and update the money for the previous months.” Load More Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International (IPI) has paid just US$41,000 in Business Gross Revenue Tax (BGRT) since 1 July 2018, according to officials from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.The tax figure was revealed last week during a House Ways and Means Committee meeting, local media reports, representing a steep decline from the US$40.9 million IPI paid in 2016, US$67.7 million in 2017 and US$43.6 million in 2018.last_img read more

Union Budget 201314 Summary Chidambaram Focuses on Economic Growth

first_imgFinance Minister P. Chidambaram presented Union Budget 2013-14 in Parliament on Thursday amid economic slowdown concerns with India’s economic growth rate falling to 5 percent in the current fiscal year.Here is Union Budget 2013-14 Summary Given Out by Finance Ministry:BUDGET SUMMARY The Union Budget for 2013-14 aims at ‘higher growth leading to inclusive and sustainable development.’ With this as mool mantra, the Finance Minister Shri P Chidambaram has sought to increase allocation to key areas and provide incentives for investments and savings while containing the fiscal deficit to 4.8% of GDP.Presenting the Union Budget in Parliament today, the Finance Minister expressed the hope that the India would achieve high economic growth despite slowdown in the global economic growth.The Minister said that his government has been able to contain the fiscal deficit at 5.2% in 2012-13 by following the path of fiscal consolidation.  But the current account deficit (CAD) is a greater worry, the Minister added. He, therefore, proposes to encourage foreign investment that is consistent with India’s economic objectives.The Finance Minister said that the other areas of concern addressed by his Government are inflation and government expenditure. “Our efforts in the past few months have brought down headline WPI inflation to about 7.0 percent and core inflation to about 4.2 percent. It is food inflation that is worrying, and we shall take all possible steps to augment the supply side to meet the growing demand for food items,” he said.The Minister further said that he had no choice but to rationalize government expenditure in view of huge fiscal deficit in 2012-13. “We also took some policy decisions that had been deferred for too long, corrected some prices, and undertook a review of certain tax policies.”THREE PROMISES: TO WOMEN, YOUTH AND THE POORShri Chidambaram made promises to the women, the youth and the poor –  the three faces that represent the majority of the people of India. Stating that the government pledges to do everything possible to empower the women and to keep them safe and secure, he said that a number of initiatives were underway and many more would be taken by the Government as well as non-government organizations. He announced the setting up of a fund – Nirbhaya Fund – with the Government contributing Rs. 1000 crore.The Minister also announced a Rs. 1,000 crore scheme for training youth to boost their employability and productivity. The National Skill Development Corporation will be asked to set the curriculum and standards for training different skills.  Trained youth who pass a test at the end of training will get a monetary reward of Rs.10000 on an average. This initiative is likely to motivate 10 lakh youth.For the benefit of the poor, the Minister assured that Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes will be rolled out throughout the country during the term of the UPA Government. “We are redoubling out efforts to ensure that the digitized beneficiary lists are available; that a bank account is opened for each beneficiary; and that the bank account is seeded with Aadhaar in due course,” he said.RURAL DEVELOPMENT, AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITYThe allocation for Rural Development Ministry has been raised by 46 percent to Rs 80,194 crore in 2013-14.Pradham Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-II has been carved out to benefit States that have substantially fulfilled the objectives of PMGSY. This will benefit states such as Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.Ministry of Agriculture gets a rise of 22 per cent over the revised estimates (RE) for 2012-13, at Rs 27,049 crore. Rs 500 crore is being allocated to start a programme on crop diversification. It will encourage farmers in the original green revolution states to choose alternative crops. A pilot programme on Nutri-Farms will be started for introducing new crop varieties that are rich in micro nutrients, such as iron-rich bajra. A sum of up to Rs 200 crore is to be provided to start the pilots.The Budget seeks to support Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO), including Farmer Producer Companies (FPC) which have emerged as aggregators of farm produce and link farmers directly to markets.The target of agricultural credit for 2012-13 (Rs. 5,75,000 crore) is likely to be exceeded, and a target of Rs 7,00,000 crore farm credit has been fixed for the next year.The interest subvention scheme for short-term crop loans is proposed to be continued for loans by public sector banks, RRBs and Cooperative banks, and expanded to private scheduled commercial banks. Under the scheme, a farmer who repays the loan on time is able to get credit at 4 cent per year.Rs.307 crore have been provided for setting up of the National Livestock Mission. This will attract investment and enhance livestock productivity. A sub-mission of this Mission seeks to increase the availability of feed and fodder.Expressing the hope that the National Food Security Bill will be passed by Parliament as early as possible, the Finance Minister has set apart Rs. 10,000 crore towards the incremental cost that is likely under the Act.OTHER MAJOR ALLOCATIONSEducation has been allocated Rs. 65,867 crore, an increase of 17 per cent over the RE for 2012-13.ICDS gets Rs. 17,700 crore representing an increase of 11.7 per cent. A multi-sectoral programme to tackle maternal and child malnutrition that was announced last year will be implemented in 100 districts during 2013-14. It will be further scaled up to cover 200  districts the year after.Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been allocated Rs. 37,330 crore.  Of this, the new National Health Mission that combines the rural mission and the proposed urban mission will get Rs. 21,239 crore – an increase of 24.3 percent over the RE.The Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) has been allocated Rs. 11,500 crore and will include a State component for Bihar, the Bundelkhand region, West Bengal, the KBK districts of Odisha and the 82 districts under the Integrated Action Plan.Science and Technology related Departments have been allocated funds with substantial enhancements.A National Institute of Sports Coaching is proposed to be set up at Patiala at a cost of Rs. 250 crore over a period of three years. Drinking water and sanitation will receive Rs. 15,260 crore. Rs. 1,400 crore is being provided for setting up water purification plants to cover arsenic and fluoride effected rural habitations.The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) will receive Rs. 14,873 crore as against RE of Rs. 7,383 crore in the current year. Out of this, a significant portion will be used to support the purchase of upto 10,000 buses, especially by hill States.Defence gets an allocation of Rs. 2,03,672 crore and the assurance that constraints will not come in the way of providing any additional requirement for the security of the nation.Stating that adequate funds must be provided for programmes that benefit women, children and minorities, as also the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, the Finance Minister proposed to allocate Rs 41,561 crore to the scheduled caste sub-plan and Rs 24,598 crore to the tribal sub-plan. The programmes relating to women get Rs. 97,134 crore and child budget, Rs.77,236 crore.The Ministry of Women and Child and Development has been asked to design a scheme that will address women’s concerns, and an additional sum of Rs. 2,000 crore has been provided to the Ministry to began work in this regard. Ministry of Minority affairs has been allocated Rs. 3,511 crore and the Department of Disability Affairs, Rs. 110 crore.INVESTMENT AND INFRASTRUCTUREThe Finance Minister stated that the key to restart the growth engine was to attract more investment, and that the government will improve communication of its policies to remove any apprehension or distrust in the minds of investors. A number of steps to mobilize investment have been announced in the Budget keeping in view that as per 12th Plan the private sector will share 47 percent of Rs 55,00,000 crore investment in infrastructure. Infrastructure Debt Funds (IDF) will be encouraged. India Infrastructure Finance Corporation (IIFCL) will offer credit enhancement to infrastructure companies that wish to access the bond market to tap long term funds. Some institutions will be allowed to issue tax – free bonds up a total sum of Rs 50,000 crore (as against Rs 25,000 crore in 2012-13).Assistance of the World Bank and Asian Development Bank will be sought to build roads in the North Eastern States and connect them to Myanmar. The corpus of Rural Infrastructure Development Funds (RIDF) is proposed to be raised to Rs. 20,000 crore. A sum of Rs 5,000 crore will be made available to NABARD to finance construction of warehouses, godowns, silos and cold storage units designed to store agricultural produce.Shri Chidambaram informed that the newly set-up Cabinet Committee on Investment has held two meetings and taken decisions in respect of a number of oil and gas, power and coal projects. CCI will take up some more projects shortly, he said. The Minister also informed that a regulatory authority is being constituted for the road sector. Bottlenecks stalling road projects have been addressed and 3,000 km of road projects in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh will be awarded in the first six months of 2013-14.The Budget introduces an investment allowance for new high value investment. A company investing Rs. 100 crore or more in plant and machinery during the period 1.4.2013 to 31.3.2015 will be entitled to deduct an investment allowance of 15 percent of the investment (in addition to depreciation).INDUSTRIAL SECTORPlans for seven new cities have been finalized for industrial corridors and work on two new smart industrial cities at Dholera (Gujarat) and Shendra Bidkin (Maharashtra) will start during 2013-14. A comprehensive plan is being prepared for the Chennai Bengaluru industrial corridor. Preparatory work has started for the next corridor – Bengaluru Mumbai industrial corridor.Two new ports will be established in Sagar (West Bengal) and in Andhra Pradesh. In addition, a new outer harbour will be developed in the VOC port at Thoothukkudi (Tamil Nadu) through PPP at an estimated cost of Rs 7,500 crore.A power transmission system will be constructed from Srinagar to Leh and for this Rs. 226 crore have been provided in 2013-14.The oil and gas exploration policy will be reviewed to move from profit sharing to revenue sharing contracts. A policy to encourage exploration and production of shale gas will be announced. The natural gas pricing policy will be reviewed and uncertainties regarding pricing will be removed.To provide greater support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), the refinancing capability of SIDBI is proposed to be enhanced from Rs. 5,000 crore to Rs. 10,000 crore per year. SIDBI will also be provided a corpus of Rs 500 crore to set up a Credit Guarantee Fund for factoring.Apparel Parks are proposed to be set up within the Integrated Textile Parks, to house apparel manufacturing units. A new scheme, Integrated Processing Developing Scheme, is being started to address to environmental concerns of the textile industry. Working capital and term loans to the handloom sector will be available at a concessional interest of 6 per cent. This will benefit 1.5 lakh weavers and 1,800 primary co-operative societies.SAVINGSThe Budget proposes three measures to promote household savings. One, the income limit for Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme for first time investors is being raised from Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh. Two, persons taking loan for first home up to Rs 25 lakh will be entitled to an additional deduction of interest of up to Rs 1 lakh. Three, instruments such as Inflation Indexed Bonds will be introduced to protect savings from inflation.FINANCIAL SECTORShri Chidambaram proposed to constitute a Standing Council of Experts in the Ministry of Finance to analyse the international competitiveness of the Indian financial sector.The Finance Minister announced that Rs. 14,000 crore worth of capital infusion will be made into public sector banks. It will be ensured that these banks meet the Basel III regulations.India’s first women’s bank is proposed to be set up with Rs. 1,000 crore as initial capital.The government has finalized a number of proposals relating to the insurance sector in consultation with IRDA. These include empowering insurance companies to open branches in Tier II cities and below without prior approval of IRDA, having an office of LIC and a public general-insurance company in all towns with the population of 10,000, and  permitting banks to act as insurance broker.The Rashtriya Swasthiya Bima Yojana, which cover 34 million families below the poverty line, will now be extended to other categories such as rickshaw, auto-rickshaw and taxi-drivers, sanitation workers, rag pickers and mine workers.The Finance Minister proposes to evolve a comprehensive social security package by converging various schemes for life-cum-disability cover, health cover, maternity assistance and pension benefits.A number of proposals relating to capital market have been finalized in consultation with SEBI. These include simplification of procedure and uniforms norms for foreign portfolio investors, clarity relating to FDI investment, allowing FIIs to participate in new areas, etc.BUDGET ESTIMATESThe total expenditure in the Union Budget 2013-14 is pegged at Rs. 16,65,297 crore. Out of it Rs.5,55,322 crore (33%) is Plan expenditure.  The non-Plan expenditure is estimated at Rs 11,09,975 crore.The Plan expenditure in 2013-14 will be 29.4 per cent more than the revised estimates of the current year. All flagship programmes have been fully and adequately funded.Juxtaposing economic welfare with the economic policy, the Minister said that the link between policy and welfare can be expressed in a few words: opportunities, education, skills, jobs and incomes. The Budget has before it one overarching goal – to create opportunities for the youth to acquire education and skills that will get them decent jobs or self-employment that will bring them adequate incomes that will enable them to live with their families in a safe and secure environment. The Budget sets a target of skilling 90 lakh people in 2013-14, for which funds will be released by the National Rural Livelihood Mission and National Urban Livelihood Mission.TAXESThe General Budget reiterates that clarity in tax laws, a stable tax regime, a non-adversarial tax administration, a fair mechanism for dispute resolution and independent judiciary for greater assurance is underlying theme of tax proposals. It is proposed to set up the Tax Administration Reforms Commission.As regards Direct Taxes, a relief of Rs. 2000 for the Tax Payers in the first bracket of Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 5 lakhs have been proposed. A surcharge of 10 percent on persons (other than companies) whose taxable income exceeds Rs.1 crore have been levied. Surcharge has been increased from 5 to 10 percent on domestic companies whose taxable income exceed Rs. 10 crore. In case of foreign companies, surcharge will increase from 2 to 5 percent, if the taxable income exceeds Rs. 10 crore. Additional surcharges to be in force for only one year. Mr. Chidambaram said, education cess to continue at 3 percent.The Finance Minister announced the grant of investment allowance at the rate of 15 percent to manufacturing companies that invest more than Rs. 100 crore in plant and machinery during the period 1.4.2013 to 31.3.2015. Concessional rate of tax of 15 per cent on dividend received by the Indian companies from its foreign subsidiary proposed to continue for one more year. It is proposed that TDS at the rate of one percent on the value of the transfer of immovable property where the consideration exceeds Rs. 50 lakhs to be levied.Agricultural land to be exempted from TDS. Modified provisions of GAAR will come into effect from 1.4.2016. It is also proposed to increase the rate of tax on payments by way of royalty and fees for technical services to non-residents from 10 percent to 25 percent. The Budget also proposes to introduce Commodities Transaction Tax (CTT) in a limited way. However, agricultural commodities will be exempted. A number of administrative measures such as extension of refund banker system to refund more than Rs. 50,000, technology based processing, extension of e-payment through more banks and expansion of in the scope of annual information returns by Income-tax Department.With regards to Indirect Taxes, the Finance Minister proposed no change in the normal rates of 12 percent for excise duty and service tax. Similarly, no change has been made in the peak rate of custom duty of 10 percent for non-agricultural products. Custom duty on free gold limit increased to Rs. 50,000 in case of male passenger and Rs. 1,00,000 in case of a female passenger subject to conditions.Duty on imported luxury goods such as high end motor vehicles, motor cycles, yachts and similar vessels increased. Custom duty on Set Top Boxes increased from 5 to 10 percent while on raw silk increased from 5 to 15 percent to boost domestic production. Custom duty on specified machinery for manufacture of leather and leather goods including footwear reduced from 7.5 to 5 percent. The Budget also proposes that period of concession available for specified part of electric and hybrid vehicles extended upto 31 March 2015.Excise duty on SUVs increased from 27 to 30 percent. However, this will not apply to SUVs registered as taxies. Cigarettes will cost more as specific excise duty increased by about 18 percent. Similar increases are proposed on cigars, cheroots and cigarillos. Duty on mobile phones priced above Rs. 2000 has been raised to 6 percent from the current one percent.The Budget proposes ‘Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme’ where a defaulter may avail of the scheme on condition that he files a truthful declaration of Service Tax dues since 1.10.2007. It is a one-time scheme in which interest, penalty and other consequences will be waived.The Budget proposes to mobilize Rs. 18,000 crore in which new proposals in indirect taxes will yield Rs. 4,700 crore and direct taxes of Rs. 13,300 crore.In a major step to rationalize taxation on goods and services, the Budget has earmarked Rs. 9,000 crore towards the first installment of the balance of CST compensation. The Minister said that overwhelming majority States have agreed that there is a need for Constitutional amendment to pass GST law. It will be drafted by the State Finance Ministers and the GST Council, the Minister added.last_img read more

Amazon ties up with Vodafone to boost its online market

first_imgAmazon India has tied up with Vodafone in an attempt to expand its customer base by attracting potential customers to go online. The two firms have launched a pilot project across the telecom company’s 40 stores in Bangalore, the Economic Times reported, to rope in those who are reluctant to shop online.The Vodafone stores will now display smartphones that are exclusively sold on Amazon, like Redmi Note 3, Lenovo K 4 Note and Cool Pad range. Customers can try out the new models in the presence of a “trained product specialist,” reports ET. The setting will give potential customers the touch-and-feel experience of these smartphones. Customers can also place online orders instantly and return to the store for post-purchase assistance.”With an aim to acquire incremental set of customers who are not yet shopping online, we are focusing on providing them with opportunities to experience the benefits of shopping on Amazon.in and build trust in the brand,” Arun Srinivasan, category leader of consumer electronics at Amazon India, was quoted as saying in the report.Amazon is leaving no stones unturned in this latest move. The e-retailer had announced project Udaan earlier this year, under which Amazon-branded physical stores will be opened in tier-2 and tier-3 cities to help customers without reliable internet connection shop online.The strategy, for which the e-retailer will have to consider tie-ups with physical stores, seems inevitable given the realities of bank account penetration and the latest available data on Prepaid Payments Instruments (PPI), which includes internet accounts and mobile wallets used to make online payments.According to a 2015 report by Price Water Coopers, PPIs contribute only 40% of all real-time transactions, suggesting that a majority of transactions (or untapped customer base) are still active offline.Amazon’s move appears to aim at this largely offline customer base. A reality check brought out by a 2016 Deloitte report says India’s e-commerce spending accounts for a mere 2 percent of the total retail spending in the country.For e-tailer like Amazon and Flipkart, making inroads into the realms of brick-and-mortar market or rural areas was hence only a matter of time. Flipkart had earlier announced it would set up 20 stores in 10 cities to let customers collect their purchase at a time convenient to them. These stores will also be pivotal to Flipkart’s “rural expansion strategy”, Mint had reported.last_img read more

India factor missing from Bangladesh polls campaign Indian Express

first_imgThe India factor — which has been part of the pre-election rhetoric in the past — is missing from electioneering in Bangladesh, said The Indian Express on Friday.According to the Indian media outlet, in the previous polls, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia, who is now in jail in a corruption case, would accuse the ruling Awami League, led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, of being “pro-India”“It’s very interesting to see that India did not get mentioned at all by the two prominent political parties during their election campaign,” an Indian diplomat in Dhaka was quoted to have said in the report.It added that none of the leaders from either the BNP or Awami League churned up anti-India sentiments during the campaign.“I think they realised that the BNP was not benefitting by alienating India,” the diplomat was also quoted.Sabihuddin, foreign affairs advisor to Khaleda Zia, told The Indian Express that India is not a factor here this time.“We should not be bothered whether BJP or Congress is in power in Delhi. Similarly, the Indian government should not bother whether Awami League or the BNP wins the elections,” the BNP leader told the Indian media.The report says, “The BNP, which has traditionally led the charge against India in previous elections, nuanced its position, having burnt its fingers in 2014. As the BNP had boycotted the elections, Delhi did not push the Hasina-led Bangladesh government to hold re-elections — rather, it endorsed Hasina’s victory. That was a huge setback, which many within the BNP felt was a ‘blunder’”.According to The Indian Express, India worked on the Bangladesh relationship quite seriously over the last few years, suggests some of the increased interaction at the highest level.“There were 10 meetings between prime minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina, six video conferences and five telephone calls in the last five years — 19 development projects were inaugurated jointly by the two leaders, and they signed over 90 bilateral agreements in new areas like space, IT, electronics, cybersecurity, civil nuclear energy among others,” the report added.It adds that India’s development assistance to Bangladesh increased from $3 billion to $8 billion in three years. Bilateral trade has increased by 31.5 per cent from $7 billion to $9.3 billion.Ashikur Rahman, a senior economist at the Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh, told The Indian Express: “I think Sheikh Hasina has navigated the geopolitical terrain quite skilfully. And, Awami League has a win-win partnership with all international stakeholders.”last_img read more

Arch Social Clubs Community Network Black Film Festival

first_imgThe Arch Social Club in Baltimore will host, the Arch Social Community Network (ASCN) and the 2017 Baltimore Black Film Festival beginning on June 9. The film festival will feature provocative Black- oriented political films and documentaries. Go to archsocialcn.org for more information and the schedule of films.last_img

Plan for Obama Presidential Center Advances over Protests

first_imgThe Associated PressConstruction of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago took a major step forward May 17 with a city commission’s decision to sign off on the project after hours of testimony from both supporters and opponents of the project.The Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved a proposal to build former President Barack Obama’s center in Jackson Park on the city’s South Side. The action came over protests from opponents who want an agreement that local residents will benefit from the $500 million project.Crowds protest outside a planning commission meeting for the Obama Presidential Center at City Hall demanding a Community Benefit Agreement, May 17, 2018, in Chicago. (James Foster /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)“Community residents have no ownership, no say-so, no input,” said Devondrick Jeffers. “We know this is a huge investment in the community, but it’s not truly an investment if residents don’t benefit from this as well.”However, Obama Presidential Center supporters cheered the plans for the presidential center, saying it would bring job opportunities to the area and foster economic development.Obama Foundation chairman Martin Nesbitt told the commission former president and Michelle Obama pushed planners not to limit their imagination on the possibilities for the community that would surround the center.“Our vision is that the center is a public campus integrated into the park as a part of it and not apart from it,” Nesbitt said. “When families and young people come to our campus, we hope to have them inspired to see that they have the power to change the things in their lives and the communities they live in.”Nesbitt claimed 20 percent of the jobs at the center are reserved for residents who live in lower-income neighborhoods and contractors hired to build the center are mainly African-American-owned firms.Officials want to break ground on the center this year, with the opening slated for 2021. The plan for the center still has other hurdles to clear, including City Council approval.The city also must contend with a lawsuit filed this week by a non-profit group trying to block the project on the grounds it is not a true presidential library. The group takes that stance because the center will only have a digital archive of documents and not the documents themselves.last_img read more

Oculus founder explains 3 ways virtual reality can make you throw up

first_imgHumanity first dabbled in virtual reality a couple decades ago, but only in the last few years has VR technology really taken off. A plethora of startups and established companies are getting into VR, including Oculus. Some early VR experiences are still a bit hard for consumers to swallow — specifically, they can cause the reverse of swallowing. If you’re worried about VR nausea, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has three things you should watch out for. According to a recent interview with Luckey, changes in velocity are one of the most common things VR developers fail to take into account. A VR experience that makes you feel like you’re moving at a high speed is fine, but repeatedly changing velocity can cause people to get sick — and it’s specifically the changing that does it for most people. Going from high speed to stopped in an instant won’t cause problems most of the time.The second potential vomit trigger is the way the camera is controlled. VR takes over your entire field of vision, so it’s different than looking at a regular screen. Many standard games will let the player grab the camera and point it wherever they want, even if that’s not connected to what the character is doing. If you do that in VR, the movement doesn’t match what your vestibular system (sense of balance and spatial awareness) is expecting. That can make you feel sick quickly. The last point is rather common sense. Spinning can make you sick in VR just like it can in real life, but it can happen faster. It’s similar to the situation above. Your vision says that you’re spinning, but your inner ear says you’re not. The mismatch is extremely disorienting, and there’s no easy way to fix that, unlike the camera that can just remain tied to your head movements. You’d need to actually be spinning in real life to counter this one. Maybe that’ll come with the Oculus 2.last_img read more

Alabama Gov Kay Ivey Apologizes For Wearing B

first_img Vasha Hunt Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Apologizes For Wearing Blackface… by NPR News Jessica Taylor 8.29.19 8:33pm Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has apologized for wearing blackface during a skit at Auburn University more than 50 years ago.Ivey said Thursday she still doesn’t recall the incident, but after a recording surfaced of her discussing the sketch with her then-fiancé and later first husband, Ben LaRavia, Ivey admitted it must be true.”Even after listening to the tape, I sincerely do not recall either the skit, which evidently occurred at a Baptist Student Union party, or the interview itself, both which occurred 52 years ago. Even though Ben is the one on tape remembering the skit — and I still don’t recall ever dressing up in overalls or in blackface — I will not deny what is the obvious,” Ivey said. “As such, I fully acknowledge — with genuine remorse — my participation in a skit like that back when I was a senior in college.”According to the interview Ivey and LaRavia did with the campus radio station in 1967, the sketch was titled “cigar butts” and “did not require a lot of talent, as far as verbal talent, but did require a lot of physical acting, such as crawling around on the floor looking for cigar butts and things like this, which certainly got a big reaction out of the audience.”Ivey is the latest politician to be swept into scandal over the wearing of blackface, a racist practice that has its roots in minstrel shows. Earlier this year, Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam admitted he had put black shoe polish on his face to dress up like Michael Jackson for a dance contest — an admission that came after a photo of a man dressed up in blackface aside another man in Ku Klux Klan dress appeared on Northam’s medical school yearbook page. Northam has denied either man is him. Soon after, Virginia Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he had put on blackface when dressing up like a rapper during college. Other politicians have come under fire for appearing in Confederate uniforms.In a state like Alabama — infamous for its violence against and treatment of African Americans during the civil rights movement — Ivey’s admission could draw even more scrutiny. Ivey alluded to those tensions in her apology, saying it’s “not what my administration represents all these years later.””I offer my heartfelt apologies for the pain and embarrassment this causes, and I will do all I can — going forward — to help show the nation that the Alabama of today is a far cry from the Alabama of the 1960s,” Ivey said. “We have come a long way, for sure, but we still have a long way to go.”In February, the Auburn student newspaper uncovered yearbook photos of members of Ivey’s sorority appearing in blackface, but the governor denied she ever participated.Rep. Terri Sewell, the state’s only Democratic House member, tweeted that “Gov. Ivey’s admission today only deepens open wounds” and her “words of apology ring hollow if not met with real action to bridge the racial divide.”But the state Republican Party has come to Ivey’s defense: “The Alabama Republican Party appreciates and supports Gov. Kay Ivey taking ownership of and responsibility for this 50-plus-year-old incident. While it occurred when she was a college student, Governor Ivey has stood up, admitted her mistake and offered a sincere apology though she has no recollection of the event,” Alabama GOP Chairman Terry Lathan said in a statement. “Her extraordinary record of public service shows her ability to work with all people regardless of race, religion or party affiliation.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

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first_imgTalking about the unifying power of music, Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan recently said that he doesn’t respect convention in music or in religion and lamented the state of the 21st century world, driven by religious strife. “I don’t respect convention. It is a very unhealthy word. Even regarding religion, my father often told me all of us have a common God. In this 21st century, we are still fighting and killing each other on account of religion,” Khan said here at a literary meet. The master of strings regretted that education has failed to instil compassion and kindness in human beings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”How can a (person holding a degree like) PhD be radical or communal? This is the problem of the whole world, not only in India,” he pointed out. Expressing gratitude to the Almighty for the unifying power of music, Khan said, “I think the 21st century is the worst time for the world, which should have been the best time. People are afraid to travel internationally, there is a problem of security. Thank God that music has connected the world whereas language creates barriers.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to the Padma Vibhushan awardee, this message of common God and race should have been given by every priest but they don’t talk as ‘they are paid servants’. “At this age, I want to give my opinion and share my thoughts with the people,” he said. About presentation and breaking convention, the legend said, “Presentation is a different art. Grammar and literature are important for everybody to learn but very few musicians realise the level of poetry. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was an amazing combination of a poet and musician. He took liberty in every Raga and I think only a genius can do that and the rest follow the convention”. As a young boy, he said, he did not like Rabindra Sangeet but later liked it due to Suchitra Mitra, one of the finest exponents of Rabindra Sangeet.last_img read more

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University of Missouri Research Reactor Files to Start US Production of Medical

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News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | April 13, 2017 University of Missouri Research Reactor Files to Start U.S. Production of Medical Isotopes Facility expected to begin sending molybdenum-99 to partners in mid- to late 2018 News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… 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 April 13, 2017 — The University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) and its partners Nordion and General Atomics (GA), announced in March that MURR’s License Amendment Request (LAR) has been submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This marks a critical step towards implementing domestic U.S. production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99). Once operational, production from this facility will be capable of supporting nearly half of U.S. demand for Mo-99, which currently must be imported from outside North America.A medical isotope is a safe radioactive substance used by health professionals to diagnose and treat patients who suffer from a variety of conditions, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Almost 50 million such procedures are performed every year. The most important isotope, technetium-99m (Tc-99m), is produced from Mo-99 and is used in more than 80 percent of all nuclear medicine procedures.“This LAR submission shows the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that we will have all of the technology, expertise and safety measures needed to begin producing Mo-99 in place and ready to go once approval has been received,” said Ralph Butler, executive director of MURR. “As a public research institution, we are proud to play a partnership role with GA and Nordion in helping America secure a new, domestic source of Mo-99.”Once approved by the NRC, MURR will begin producing Mo-99 using selective gaseous extraction (SGE), a proprietary technology developed by General Atomics to extract the isotope from Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) targets. This patented approach will produce Mo-99 of the highest specific activity, while avoiding the production of liquid uranium waste, a significant problem with existing technologies that require Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU). Extracted Mo-99 will be transported to Nordion’s facility in Ottawa, Ontario, for final purification and distribution to radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, after which it will be distributed to hospitals and medical facilities around the world.Nordion will start receiving Mo-99 from MURR in mid- to late 2018, according to Phil Larabie, vice president, medical isotopes for Nordion. In addition, Nordion is maintaining its conventional Mo-99 processing capacity through March 31, 2018, in the event of a significant global shortage of Mo-99.The MURR project is being conducted with the active support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which was mandated to help secure a new, reliable domestic supply of Mo-99 by the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2012 (AMIPA). 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Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more last_img read more

Pilot Study Initiated for BloodBased Breast Test

first_img May 1, 2018 — Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, Wash., announced it has enrolled 85 patients in a pilot study of a blood test to assess breast cancer risk. The test may determine which women with abnormal or inconclusive screening mammography results are at low risk for invasive breast cancer. This technology, requiring a simple blood draw, will help physicians assess the likelihood of invasive cancer or precancerous lesions with difficult-to-interpret mammogram images, thus potentially reducing the need for invasive biopsies.The EarlyGuard Breast Test is being developed by Toray Molecular Oncology Laboratory (TMOL) in Brisbane, Calif. The multi-center prospective clinical trial is enrolling 400 patients at seven medical institutions nationwide. Overlake is the only hospital in Washington State participating, and is the second highest enrolling site nationwide.Despite its effectiveness in reducing breast cancer deaths, screening mammography is associated with a high false positive rate, or inconclusive results that lead to costly and invasive follow-up procedures, such as additional breast imaging tests or a tissue biopsy. “It’s satisfying to be a part of advancing science,” said Overlake’s Steve Scallon, M.D., the study’s principal investigator. “It may be a helpful way for clinicians to better differentiate between high- and low-risk patients in the future.”According to the American Cancer Society, for every woman screened, approximately 10 percent will be recalled for further testing, of which only three percent ultimately will be diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 65 percent of women in the U.S. over the age of 40 are being screened every other year. For those patients who have been recommended to have an ultrasound guided biopsy, 75 percent of them will have a negative result. These false positives have the consequence of increased short-term anxiety for the women undergoing evaluation.For patients like Reshil Offutt of Woodinville, Wash., whose screening mammography placed her in the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) Category 4 meaning suspicious for malignancy, the waiting period before the biopsy and afterwards while waiting for results was stressful. “I scaled back on work after the biopsy and spent that week researching online and worrying,” said Offutt, whose biopsy showed her lump to be benign. “Anything that shortens the wait time is a good thing.”Results of the pilot study are expected in early summer 2018. A pilot study is a necessary first step in exploring a new clinical intervention. 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Malawi lauded on antigay law moratorium

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How do cataracts affect your vision? Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona In May, President Joyce Banda announced that she wants to repeal Malawi’s laws against homosexual acts, going against a trend in a continent in which gays are being increasingly singled out for prosecution. Traditionalists and religious leaders condemned her, saying she was trying to please Western donor nations. They argued that homosexuality is alien to Malawi’s cultural and religious values.Kasambara said the suspension of arrests was ordered because “if we continue arresting and prosecuting people based on the said laws and later such laws are found to be unconstitutional it would be an embarrassment to government.”Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that arresting people for consensual same-sex conduct violates international human rights standards and constitutional guarantees of equality in many countries.“Malawi has taken a bold step forward, putting respect for its own constitutional guarantees of equality front and center,” said Tiseke Kasambala, a Malawian who is the Africa advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “Malawi’s decision has given hope to thousands who risk prison sentences under such laws.”Amnesty International also praised Malawi for the “historic step in the fight against discrimination in the country”. Top Stories Associated PressBLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) – Going against a trend in Africa, Malawi’s government is moving to suspend laws against homosexuality and has ordered police not to arrest people for same-sex acts until the anti-gay laws are reviewed by parliament.Human Rights Watch called the decision “courageous” and said it should inspire other countries that criminalize homosexuality.Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara last week told a public debate on minority rights that the police have been ordered not to arrest anyone suspected of engaging in homosexuality. Anyone convicted under Malawi’s anti-gay laws, some of the toughest in the world, can get up to 14 years in jail with hard labor. Kasambara said parliament will soon discuss the laws. Comments   Share   center_img At least 76 countries, 38 of them in Africa, have criminalized consensual same-sex conduct, according to Human Rights Watch.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Stena Line ferry receives international recognition

first_imgSource = The Stena Navigator The Stena Navigator, which operates on the Stranraer-Belfast route, has succeeded in picking up the accolade for ‘best ferry conversion’ in the annual ShipPax awards, a global industry voice for ferries and cruise ships.ShipPax, which is based in Sweden and publishes the influential monthly Cruise & Ferry Info magazine along with several other titles, presented the prestigious award at its annual shipping conference.The Stena Navigator which was purchased from SeaFrance last summer, was given a major makeover back in the autumn before entering service in November. The £2m refurbishment was carried out by Northern Ireland company MJM and was designed by Swedish company Figura.ShipPax said the project was “more than a simple revamping of an older ferry”.  It applauded the vessel’s “surprisingly fresh interior themes”, including its artwork, and praised the designers for creating a warm and welcoming environment for customers.Paul Grant, Stena Line’s Route Director for Stranraer-Belfast, said: “We are extremely pleased with this award because it supports our view that the Navigator is a great addition to our route.”A lot of time, money and effort was spent on turning the ship into the first class vessel which we have today. We think she looks fantastic and it’s great that ShipPax feels the same way.”The company’s Scandinavian heritage was built into the design, most notably in our luxurious Stena Plus Lounge on the Stena Navigator and this has really added to the overall look and feel of the ship.”The Navigator boasts substantial passenger areas including Barista coffee house and bar and The Met restaurant which both seat up to 270, a Sports Bar which seats up to 160 and Stena Plus which seats up to 150. The ferry, which caters for both passenger and freight traffic and has acapacity of up to 1,200 passengers and up to 280 cars or 50 lorries, alsohas two cinemas showing free movies, a Curious George play area for kidsfeaturing an interactive zone, soft play area and mini cinema, Teen Townwith the latest video games for teenagers, internet surf stations, freewi-fi and an onboard shop which offers a wide range of gifts, jewellery andfragrances. There are dedicated facilities for freight drivers as well, including a drivers’ restaurant and a separate truckers’ lounge with state of the art internet facilities, a large touch screen and a relaxation area offering the ultimate in driver comfort. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/27414/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

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