Scheer mum on persistent questions about blame in Rick Dykstra affair

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer refused to say Tuesday what fate might await those involved in the party’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against Rick Dykstra during the 2015 election campaign.Scheer, who called a news conference to pillory Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his tony Bahamian vacation with the Aga Khan, was instead peppered yet again with questions about the misconduct controversy roiling both the federal Conservatives and their Ontario counterparts.Most of those questions he deferred to a promised third-party investigation that has yet to begin, since the details have yet to be sorted out. But Scheer said he wants to move quickly so the report can inform the structure of the next campaign.Until it is finished, Scheer said he won’t comment on statements being made by anyone — including former prime minister Stephen Harper — about the fact the party knew Dykstra was facing accusations dating back to 2014 but kept him on the ballot in 2015 because no charges had been filed.“There are statements now out there by some people involved; those statements speak for themselves,” Scheer said.“I’ll leave it to the findings of the third-party investigation to determine what happened, what went wrong, what can be done going forward.”Harper, his former chief of staff and one of the Tory campaign chairs in 2015 have now all come forward publicly with accounts of how the matter was handled following a Maclean’s magazine report on the allegations against Dykstra and the fact that removing him as a candidate was discussed by the party.Dykstra, who resigned his position as president of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, denies the allegations, which have not been tested in court nor confirmed independently by The Canadian Press.Dykstra was a friend and fellow MP of former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, whose sudden downfall and resignation last month amid similar allegations — all with a provincial election looming this summer — helped to precipitate the current controversy.Brown surfaced Tuesday on Twitter to thank those who continue to support him, and to again protest his innocence.“I am immensely grateful for all the support expressed to my family and myself,” he tweeted. “#Metoo can be a tool to lift society and I applaud that effort. False allegations however undermine that good work.“The truth will come out. Thank you to all.”Scheer refused to say whether those involved in the 2015 incident remain welcome in the party.“I’m not going to speculate, I’m not going to try and guess what may or may not be in that report,” he said. “My job is to make sure that those types of mistakes can’t happen going forward.”Conservative MP Michelle Rempel chastised those involved in the decision in the aftermath of the report last week, saying they should no longer hold any positions of influence.On Tuesday, she said she’s “satisfied at this point in time with the level of severity and the degree of seriousness that the leader of my party is placing on this issue.”Scheer is implementing a code of conduct for his MPs, as well as training. The party is also requiring all candidates who want to run in 2019, including incumbent MPs, to say whether they have ever been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour.“This is not an issue that is being faced by just one party,” Scheer said.“It crosses all party lines and I really do sense good faith between party leadership of all parties to deal with this in a way that is meaningful.”Indeed, Liberal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said as much Tuesday, suggesting that the Parliament Hill community is conscious of the need for permanent change and seized with making it happen.“That consciousness is obviously much greater than it would have been 10 years ago — that’s a very positive thing,” LeBlanc said.“Everyone, I think, has become much more aware in a positive way of the steps that have to be taken to ensure that you’re not standing idly by while something inappropriate happens.”Also Tuesday, the NDP — wrestling with a harassment allegation of its own against caucus member Erin Weir — said University of Ottawa law professor Michelle Flaherty, a former vice-chair of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, had been appointed as its independent investigator.Weir was suspended from caucus duties last week after a reply-all email from caucus colleague Christine Moore alleged “harassing behaviour towards women, specifically members of the NDP staff team,” leader Jagmeet Singh told a news conference.The Liberals, meanwhile, are promising a “rigorous green-light process” for its candidates in the 2019 election.“The details of that process are still being reviewed and finalized,” party spokesman Braeden Caley said in an email.last_img read more

BC government to bring lower transgender surgery to the province

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Reconstructive lower surgery for transgender people will soon be available in British Columbia.Health Minister Adrian Dix says the trans community has advocated for a number of years for improved access to care for the complex surgeries in B.C.Up until now, those wanting the surgery had to travel to Montreal or the United States, which Dix says resulted in additional medical risks associated with travelling long distances after surgery and with follow-up care.The Health Ministry says gender-affirming surgery will be available at Vancouver Coastal Health starting next year and trans people will also have improved access to publicly funded chest and breast surgeries throughout the province.Dix says B.C. is the first province in Western Canada to provide the surgeries.The government says about 100 people travel out of the province for the lower surgeries every year and about 200 chest and breast surgeries are expected to take place in B.C. in the coming year.last_img read more

Ottawa awards prescription drug contract to company owned by chiefs organization under

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The subsidiary of a Manitoba chiefs organization currently under a forensic investigation has been awarded a Health Canada contract to distribute prescription medicine.The federal Public Works department awarded the $328, 750 contract, which includes provisions for two one-year options, to Muskehki Distributors Inc. Muskehki is majority owned by Manitoba Keewatinow Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) and North West Company in a 60-40 partnership. The windfall from the contract could hit the millions of dollars as a result of profits from fees from prescription and over the counter medication along with sales of medical supplies and equipment.Public Works said Muskehki beat out Grand Medicine Health Services for the contract. Public Works awarded the contract on behalf of Health Canada on Jan. 21,When asked if the current forensic audit faced by MKO impacted Muskehki’s winning bid, Public Works said the contract was awarded “in accordance with the evaluation criteria specified in the request for proposals.”Aboriginal Affairs said in a statement that MKO was still under a “forensic investigation” triggered by a complaint against the organization which represents 30 Manitoba communities that rate among the poorest in the country.The forensic audit, conducted by KPMG, is probing MKO’s use of federal training dollars. Auditors have so far uncovered that $1.9 million from a federal training program never made it to MKO’s member communities. The money is supposed to be used to provide training to students looking upgrade their education and find employment.MKO Grand Chief David Harper has faced criticism from member chiefs over the use of MKO funds for personal expenses. Two communities have already quit the organization over its financial health.Harper has said he’s done nothing wrong.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Indigenous LGBTQ2 rep says theyre being left out of key initiative by

first_img(The new coin produced by the Canadian Mint and on display at the human rights museum in Winnipeg.)Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsIndigenous LGBTQ2 people and advocates gathered outside the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg to speak out on how federal departments and crown corporations are leaving their community out of key initiatives.Last week in Toronto, the federal government unveiled a new one dollar coin that pays tribute to Parliament’s passing of legislation that initiated the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada in 1969.“I was surprised to learn about the launch in Toronto, because I wasn’t aware of any two-spirit people who had been involved in designing the coin, and I was unsure if any two-spirit representatives had been invited to the unveiling,” says Albert McLeod, co-director of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc.However, in an e-mail from the Director of Communications for the Royal Canadian Mint, it states, “The Royal Canadian Mint was pleased to have two-spirited Elder Andre Morrisseau at the event.”(Albert McLeod, co-director of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba Inc)The Canadian Museum of Human Rights organized a program with the Canadian Mint, and invited The Rainbow Resource Centre, and Pride Winnipeg, to take part in an event following last week’s unveiling.However, there was no Indigenous representation invited.“I’m disappointed to learn about the planned coin exchange with two Crown corporations and LGBTQ representatives that do not include two-spirit people,” says McLeod.“It makes us feel like we are not the right kind of gay, that we had no role in Canada’s history or the LGBTQ rights movement.”Canadian Museum of Human Rights spokesperson Maureen Fitzhenry says the Two Spirited People of Manitoba Inc., raised concerns about the planned program.“They didn’t feel the event represented enough of the diverse community,” she said.“We reviewed their concerns and in the end we had to agree.  It wasn’t sufficiently diverse to just have those two representations speaking – we should have included the two-spirit community and other,” adds Fitzhenry. (Maureen Fitzhenry is the spokesperson for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights)She explains it wasn’t their intention to exclude anyone, but to have a public dialogue about the historical and current struggles of people with diverse sexual orientation and gender identities.In November 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House of Commons for decades of systematic oppression and rejection they faced.“It’s been a year and a half after the apology, these kind of exclusions shouldn’t be happening,” said McLeod.“People should be briefed and have protocols in place that acknowledge two-spirit people.”He hopes this gathering will be a message to other departments, corporations, and organizations.“We kind of get the same treatment of being excluded – not just from non-Indigenous organizations, but from Indigenous ones as well,” said McLeod.“Everyone needs to know Indigenous people are LGBTQ as well and we’re part of the community, and all federal departments and crown corporations should reflect that.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Brother of convicted murderer arrested again

The brother of the man serving a life sentence for the murder of Burlington’s Matthew Daly, has been arrested and is facing a number of charges including counselling to commit murder, possession of a firearm, and robbery.Hamilton police arrested 29-year old Sarann Nop after a number of incidents throughout the city.It’s alleged that Nop held someone inside a home who’d stolen from him, then assaulted the person until an arrangement was made for reimbursement. Nop has been arrested before and he has two separate prohibition orders banning him from possessing firearms.

Federal government posts third straight doubledigit deficit with 14B shortfall

OTTAWA — The federal government’s latest annual financial report shows it ran a $14-billion deficit in 2018-19 for its third consecutive double-digit shortfall.The deficit for the fiscal year that ended March 31 was $900 million smaller than the government projected in last spring’s federal budget.The report says revenues in 2018-19 expanded by $21 billion — or 6.7 per cent — compared to the previous year.The revenue gain was partially offset by an increase of $14.6 billion — or 4.7 per cent — in program expenses and an expansion of $1.4-billion — or 6.3 per cent — in public debt charges.The 2018-19 deficit follows two straight $19-billion shortfalls, and the annual financial numbers haven’t shown a surplus since 2006-07.The state of federal finances has already been the subject of political debate during the ongoing election campaign as parties argue whether the government should make an effort to balance the federal books — and how quickly.The Canadian Press read more

General Assembly postpones special session on children

In a unanimously adopted resolution on the matter, the Assembly did not set a new date for the session, which was to have convened from 19 to 21 September with the expected participation of more than 70 heads of State or government. Reacting to the decision, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Carol Bellamy, issued a statement pledging to help the world’s neediest children “with deepened resolve.” “We are all touched by the events that struck New York and the US on Tuesday,” she said. “The City of New York needs to focus its energy on more urgent matters right now.” “We regret the awful circumstances that have caused this summit to be postponed, but if this tragedy makes anything clear, it is that creating and defending a world that is fit for children is hard, hard work,” she said, adding, “On days like today, it seems harder.” Her call for re-dedicated efforts on behalf of children was echoed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who urged the Assembly to keep young people’s concerns high on its agenda. “The issue is still very much with us,” he said. “I think we should stay the course and adopt a concrete agenda for action for this decade.” read more

Iraq needs 36 billion for reconstruction for 20042007 UN assessment

The missions were undertaken by the UN Development Group and the World Bank Group with assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) soon after major combat ended in Iraq and are in addition to the $20 billion the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) has said are needed in critical sectors, including security and oil.According to the missions’ findings, Iraq’s overall reconstruction needs today are vast and are a result of years of neglect and degradation of the country’s infrastructure, environment and social services.The assessment notes that not all of the identified needs may require external financing. Already in 2004, about $1 billion of these needs are covered by ongoing contracts under the UN Oil-for-Food programme, through which the sanctions-bound regime of Saddam Hussein was allowed to sell oil for humanitarian supplies.The Madrid conference, scheduled for 23 to 24 October, will seek funding from the donor community to address priority reconstruction and rehabilitation needs, focusing on both urgent and medium-term requirements for supporting sustainable development.In other news, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iraq, Andreas Mavrommatis, has delayed a scheduled trip to the country because of the terrorist attack on UN headquarters there on 19 August.The Rapporteur is to submit a report to the General Assembly focusing on newly available information about violations of human rights and humanitarian law by Saddam Hussein’s government over many years. read more

Lack of modern fuels contributes to 16 million deaths a year UN

The report from UN-Energy, an interagency body established to coordinate the system’s multi-disciplinary response to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), is called “The Energy Challenge for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”In working out their national strategies to meet the anti-poverty and other targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), too many countries were ignoring the fact that access to energy is an essential component of poverty reduction and national development, it cautions.Based on estimates by the International Energy Agency, the report says $9.6 trillion in investment will be required from 2001 to 2030 to meet the growing demands of developing countries and countries in transition. Public sector resources were a vital investment in energy service delivery for the poor “due to the private sector’s limited appetite for risk in emerging markets,” the report adds.The lack of modern fuels and electricity in most developing countries entrenches poverty, constrains the delivery of social services, limits opportunities for the women who must spend time using it, and erodes environmental sustainability, it says.Reforms of the energy sector should protect the poor, especially the 1.3 billion people who live on less than $1 per day, and should recognize that most of the poor are women, it says. read more

As fighting rages in southern Lebanon Annan reiterates call for cessation of

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and Hizbollah have continued to exchange fire close to United Nations positions in southern Lebanon over the past 24 hours, with heavy fighting observed on both sides, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reported today.There were five incidents of shelling near UN positions from the Israeli side, UNIFIL said in a statement issued in the Lebanese city of Naqoura, and Hizbollah launched rockets from the vicinity of three UN positions. The statement added that UNIFIL has protested strongly to Israeli and Lebanese authorities about the firing.UNIFIL said also that it has been unable to re-supply some of its positions in the area near Kafr Kila because of heavy exchanges of fire and shelling.The intense fighting continued as Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in an interview last night with the Al-Jazeera television network, said he has told Security Council members how vital it is that they press for an immediate cessation of hostilities as a starting point to ending the conflict.Mr. Annan called for “a way forward that will lead to a cessation of hostilities, a longer term ceasefire, a political framework that will resolve the problem once and for all, and deployment of an international force to the south to work with the Lebanese Government and the Lebanese army to allow the Government to extend its authority throughout the territory and implement Resolution 1559.”Noting that Council members “sense the urgency” of the situation, he warned that if urgent measures are not taken, then the fighting could escalate and possibly spread across the region.In the past three weeks in the Middle East, violence has forced around 1 million people to flee their homes – an estimated 800,000 in Lebanon alone – and hundreds have been killed. Lebanon’s Government said recently that 620 people had been killed and 3,225 injured, while Israeli authorities have said 56 people have been killed and 1,733 wounded in the northern part of the country.“In this conflict, it is the civilians who have paid the price – women, children and unarmed civilians,” the Secretary-General said.Meanwhile, UN spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York that a meeting of potential troop contributors for a proposed international stabilization force in Lebanon, scheduled to take place today, has been delayed.Mr. Fawzi said it was decided to postpone the meeting until there is an agreed political framework for ending the conflict in the Middle East and determining what kind of mandate such an international force might have.“The Member States who are making the decisions in this house need a little more time to make up their minds about the political framework in order to make for a better, more constructive meeting,” he said. read more

Jaguar Land Rover launches new scheme to tackle youth unemployment

As the latest unemployment figures show a fall in the number of jobless in the UK, Jaguar Land Rover has launched a new work experience scheme to boost the prospects of young people in search of work.The company’s ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce’ scheme is targeted at 16-23 year-olds not currently in employment, education or training, and aims to develop their skills so they can enrol in sustainable employment within the automotive industry.The programme, designed in collaboration with Birmingham Metropolitan College, is being piloted this week at JLR’s Castle Bromwich plant, and will use the site’s new Education Business Partnership Centre. 150 young people in all will take part over the next nine months.Mike Wright, Executive Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said, “Youth unemployment is at a record level yet there is a skills shortage in the UK. It makes sense therefore for a responsible business like Jaguar Land Rover to use its success for good and develop a programme that will engage and inspire those who may feel they have no employment prospects for the future.“This programme forms part of our Business in the Community ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ legacy and I am confident with the support of our delivery partners we can make a tangible difference to the lives of all participants.”Those embarking on the programme will take on a wide range of activities, from community projects to outdoor team-building pursuits, and will receive specialist maths and English support. In addition, there will be the opportunity to gain a manufacturing qualification.17-year-old Jake Bickerstaff hails from Solihull, has four GCSEs, and has been seeking work for over a year. “I’ve struggled to find a job because of a lack of experience and qualifications,” he said. “I started applying for every job I found but was not getting anywhere.“I’ve signed up for Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce because I think the experience will make me stand out in the future and will give my CV an edge. It’s a great way to get into engineering and finding out more about Jaguar Land Rover.”To find out how to get involved in ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’s Workforce’, go to www.bmetc.ac.uk/itw.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

LeBron pushes Lakers past Jazz for 7th win in 8 games 9083

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James had 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and he seized control of an ugly game with nine points in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ seventh win in eight games, 90-83 over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.Brandon Ingram scored 24 points while the Lakers struggled in their first game back from an Eastern Conference road trip, committing 24 turnovers and managing just 10 assists all night.Neither team took a commanding lead in the second half until James hit a layup and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions with 3:15 to play. James then blocked a shot by Alec Burks in the final seconds as Los Angeles held on to snap its seven-game skid against Utah.Donovan Mitchell scored four points before he bruised his ribs in the second quarter and didn’t return, depriving the Jazz of their top scorer.Burks scored 17 points and Joe Ingles had 16 for the Jazz, who have lost three straight and five of six.Neither team did much to distinguish itself early on the first game back from Thanksgiving. The Lakers held Utah under 30 per cent shooting for most of the first half, but then blew an 11-point lead in the final 3 1/2 minutes while committing 13 turnovers in the first half.Ingram and Lonzo Ball were Los Angeles’ biggest contributors early, with both youngsters going hard to the hoop. James had only four points in 16 minutes at halftime, and he had only five assists on the first 21 field goals by the Lakers’ stagnant offence.TIP-INSJazz: Mitchell was 2 of 9 and committed two turnovers before his injury. … Rudy Gobert had 13 points and seven rebounds.Lakers: Josh Hart played 14 scoreless minutes despite a strained tendon in his left ankle. … After returning at 4 a.m. Thanksgiving morning from a trip to Florida and Cleveland, Los Angeles has begun a stretch with six of seven at Staples Center. … JaVale McGee had 12 points, and Ball added nine points and 10 rebounds.UP NEXTJazz: At the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Orlando Magic on Sunday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsGreg Beacham, The Associated Press read more

Messi set to start in Catalan derby against Girona

first_imgLionel Messi would be restored to Barcelona’s starting line-up in Sunday’s Catalan derby against Girona according to manager Ernesto Valverde.Messi, 31, failed to travel with the squad in the midweek loss to Sevilla in their Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg.The Argentine’s absence raised a lot of eyebrows considering he made a cameo appearance in last week’s La Liga win over Leganes at Camp Nou.“It was a decision based on the coach’s criteria, who is the person who knows his players best,”“Valverde said in a news conference via ESPN on Saturday when asked why he had not started top scorer Messi in either of the last two matches. “I have to make those decisions.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“No one else has the data I have on my players. I do what is best for the player, for the team and for the club.”Valverde has challenged Malcom to earn a regular spot in the team with the Brazilian linked with a move away from Nou Camp.“We want him to have that continuity [of playing regularly] and to be a player that intimidates the opposition in the final third,” he said.“There are other players playing [in his position] but when he does play he has to try and win his place in the team so that it can’t be taken away from him.”last_img read more

I Am The Highway A Tribute to Chris Cornell AllStar Concert In

first_imgCornell’s GRAMMY wins came at the 37th GRAMMY Awards for his work with Soundgarden. “Black Hole Sun” won Best Hard Rock Performance and “Spoonman” won Best Metal Performance.The unique evening is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Funds raised by the tribute concert will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. A limited number of tickets are still available at Cornell’s website.Chris Cornell: Public Vigil To Mark First Anniversary Of Soundgarden Frontman’s PassingRead more All-Star Chris Cornell Tribute Concert Tonight i-am-highway-tribute-chris-cornell-all-star-concert-la-tonight Twitter “I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” All-Star Concert In L.A. Tonight Incredible array of rockers proves the Seattle-sound singer’s legacy lives on as a powerful source of inspirationPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 16, 2019 – 1:33 pm Solo artist, Seattle grunge rocker and GRAMMY-winning member of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell and his life’s work in music will be memorialized on Jan. 16 in Los Angeles at “I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell.” In addition to members of Audioslave and Soundgarden as well as Temple of the Dog, the career retrospective concert features performances by Ryan Adams, Fiona Apple, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, Josh Homme, Adam Levine, Ziggy Marley, Metallica, Miguel, and Chris Stapleton.On May 17, 2017 Cornell’s death at age 52 in Detroit shook music lovers everywhere. Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said, “Chris’ extraordinary talent will forever live on and inspire fellow musicians and fans worldwide.” Tonight’s tribute lineup is a case in point.  News Facebook https://twitter.com/chriscornell/status/1085332205298012160 Email last_img read more

Mullah Omar lived next to US Afghan base

first_imgTaliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in AfghaniMullah Omarstan for years, according to a new book that suggests embarrassing failures of American intelligence.US and Afghan leaders believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader fled to and eventually died in Pakistan, but a new biography says Omar was living just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in Zabul province, where he died in 2013.”Searching for an Enemy”, by Dutch journalist Bette Dam, says the Taliban chief lived as a virtual hermit, refusing visits from his family and filling notebooks with jottings in an imaginary language.Dam spent more than five years researching the book and interviewed Jabbar Omari, Omar’s bodyguard who hid and protected him after the Taliban regime was overthrown.The author spent years reporting in Afghanistan and also wrote an earlier book about former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 which led to the fall of the Taliban, the US put a $10 million bounty on Omar and he went into hiding in a small compound in the regional capital Qalat, Dam writes.The family living at the compound were not told of the identity of their mystery guest, but US forces twice almost found him.At one point, a US patrol approached as Omar and Omari were in the courtyard. Alarmed, the two men ducked behind a wood pile, but the soldiers passed without entering.A second time, US troops even searched the house but did not uncover the concealed entrance to his secret room.Omar decided to move when the US started building Forward Operating Base Lagman in 2004, just a few hundred metres from his hideout.He later moved to a second building but soon afterwards the Pentagon constructed Forward Operating Base Wolverine — home to 1,000 US troops, and where American and British special forces were sometimes based — close by.He dared not move again, Dam says, rarely even going outside and often hiding in tunnels when US planes flew over.Though he listened to the BBC’s evening Pashto-language news broadcasts, even when he learned about the death of al-Qaeda supremo Osama Bin Laden Omar rarely commented on the outside world, the book says.The book goes on to claim that Omar became ill in 2013, did not see a doctor and refused to travel to Pakistan for treatment, later dying in Zabul.- ‘Piles of evidence’ -The allegations sparked mixed reactions, with the Afghan government quick to deny the claims.”We strongly reject this delusional claim and we see it as an effort to create and build an identify for the Taliban and their foreign backers,” tweeted Haroon Chakhansuri — a spokesman for the Afghan presidency.”We have sufficient evidence which shows he lived and died in Pakistan. Period!”Former CIA director and US military commander in Afghanistan David Petraeus also appeared sceptical, saying the Taliban leader’s alleged decision to stay in Afghanistan would have been laden with risk.”We had access, as needed, to anywhere inside Afghanistan, and I would be very surprised if Mullah Omar would have taken the risk that we could come calling some evening,” said Petraeus according to the Wall Street Journal.”I have piles & piles of evidence which shows he lived & died in Pakistan,” added Amrullah Saleh, who was head of Afghan intelligence from 2004-2010.Afghan officials have repeatedly accused Pakistan of harbouring Taliban insurgents.Omar’s Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, and has waged an insurgency since then.Dam’s book says Omar delegated effective Taliban leadership after 2001 and appears to have acted as more of a spiritual leader after that. The militants kept his death secret for two years.The latest account of Omar’s life comes as the Taliban and US are holding ongoing peace talks aimed at bringing an end to the nearly 18-year conflict.The US and Taliban have remained tight-lipped about the most recent round of talks in Doha, which have been ongoing for two weeks, sparking expectations that they may be inching closer to a deal.last_img read more

Art that explores balance

first_imgMaking India shine on International art scene, Delhi based artist Gouri Sahni, who is known for her figurative works, has been selected and invited to showcase her works at the prestigious Venice Biennale 2015. A total of four art works, titled Laxmi Narayan has been selected for exhibit at Venice Biennale. Laxmi Narayan is a series of work depicting yin and yang- of Goddess Laxmi and lord Vishnu – symbolised by the lotus and Shesh Naag. The works explore the balance of life, of body and mind, man and woman and emphasise on cosmic balance. The works depict how opposite forces are complementary to each other, how opposites create the perfect balance.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The lotus, symbolic of Goddess Lakshmi depicts prosperity, peace and harmony while Sheshnag, represents Lord Vishnu in power, control and reverence. It is different in anomaly but shows a balanced co-existence. All the works are done on canvas with oil and acrylic.“I am honoured to be part of the prestigious Venice biennale. More so, because the organisers have selected my Laxmi Narayan series which is so Indian yet global. Although, my inspiration is Indian mythology, however the series has worldwide relevance as it highlights Yin and Yang,” says Gouri.Titled La Biennale di Venezia, this is the world’s most prestigious art event running in its 56th edition in Venice, Italy. The biennale opened on  May 9 and will be on until November, showcasing all forms of creative art.last_img read more

Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancercapable Cells

first_img Related Content Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. July 18, 2019 — Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-capable cells a competitive advantage over normal cells in healthy tissue, scientists have discovered. Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge studied the effects of low doses of radiation in the esophagus of mice.The team found that low doses of radiation increase the number of cells with mutations in p53, a well-known genetic change associated with cancer. However, giving the mice an antioxidant before radiation promoted the growth of healthy cells, which outcompeted and replaced the p53 mutant cells.The results, published July 18 in Cell Stem Cell, show that low doses of radiation promote the spread of cancer-capable cells in healthy tissue. Researchers recommend that this risk should be considered in assessing radiation safety. The study also offers the possibility of developing non-toxic preventative measures to cut the risk of developing cancer by bolstering our healthy cells to outcompete and eradicate cancer-capable cells.Every day we are exposed to various sources of ionizing radiation, including natural radiation in soil and rock, and important medical procedures like CT scans and X-rays.Low doses of radiation, such as the exposure from medical imaging, are considered safe as they cause little DNA damage and apparently minimal effect on long-term health. Until now, other effects of exposure to low levels of radiation have remained hidden, meaning understanding the true risk associated with low doses of radiation has been difficult.Researchers have previously shown that our normal tissues, like skin, are battlefields where mutant cells compete for space against healthy cells. We all have cancer-capable mutant cells in healthy tissues, including those with p53 mutations, which increase in number as we age, yet very few eventually go on to form cancer.In this new study, researchers show that low doses of radiation weigh the odds in favor of cancer-capable mutant cells in the esophagus. The Sanger Institute researchers and their collaborators gave mice a 50 milligray dose of radiation, equivalent to three or four CT scans. As a result, the p53 mutant cells spread and outcompeted healthy cells.David Fernandez-Antoran, Ph.D., first author from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said: “Our bodies are the set of ‘Game of Clones’ — a continuous battle for space between normal and mutant cells. We show that even low doses of radiation, similar to three CT scans’ worth, can weigh the odds in favor of cancer-capable mutant cells. We’ve uncovered an additional potential cancer risk as a result of radiation that needs to be recognized.”Researchers then gave the mice an over-the-counter antioxidant, N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), before exposure to the same level of radiation. The team discovered that the antioxidant gave normal cells the boost needed to outcompete and eradicate the p53 mutant cells.However, the antioxidant alone without exposure to radiation did not help normal cells battle the mutant clones.Kasumi Murai, Ph.D., an author from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, said: “Giving mice an antioxidant before exposing them to low doses of radiation gave healthy cells the extra boost needed to fight against the mutant cells in the esophagus and make them disappear. However, we don’t know the effect this therapy would have in other tissues — it could help cancer-capable cells elsewhere become stronger. What we do know is that long-term use of antioxidants alone is not effective in preventing cancer in people, according to other studies.”Prof. Phil Jones, lead author from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge, said: “Medical imaging procedures using radiation, such as CT scans and X-rays, have a very low level of risk — so low that it’s hard to measure. This research is helping us understand more about the effects of low doses of radiation and the risks it may carry. More research is needed to understand the effects in people.”The team suggests this research also highlights the possibility of developing therapies to prevent cancer. By making healthy cells fitter they naturally push out cancer-capable cells, without any toxic side effects for the patient.For more information: www.cell.com/cell-stem-cellReference1. Fernandez-Antoran D., Piedrafita G., Murai K., et al. Outcompeting p53¬-mutant cells in the normal esophagus by redox manipulation. Cell Stem Cell, July 18, 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2019.06.011 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells New research in mice helps to understand the risks around exposure to low doses of radiation, such as CT scans and X-rays Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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BP makes significant find in Gulf of Mexico

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies LONDON (AP) – Oil company BP says it has made a “significant” discovery in the Gulf of Mexico in a well it co-owns with ConocoPhillips.The company says the find at an exploration well on Keathley Canyon Block 93 is about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans and in approximately 4,900 feet (1,493 meters) of water. BP says more drilling is necessary to determine how big, and potentially how valuable, it might be. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life Top Stories ErrorOK ErrorOKMeanwhile, BP also announced it was taking a $230 million loss related to the costs of an unsuccessful well off Brazil’s coast, together with an $850 million write off for the value allocated to the block as part of the 2010 acquisition of Devon Energy’s interests in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and Azerbaijan.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

House Prices and the Possible Fed Effect

first_img October 27, 2016 805 Views House Prices and the Possible Fed Effect House Prices Housing Market USC Lusk Center for Real Estate 2016-10-27 Seth Welborn Rodney Ramcharan is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Research Director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. Previously, Ramcharan worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, serving most recently as the first chief of the newly created Systemic Financial Institutions and Markets Section. In that role, he helped develop analyses to understand better the role of financial institutions in the US economy, and contributed to the regulatory policy discussions at both the Federal Reserve and at Basel. His research has appeared in many of the top economics and finance journals, including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Finance. Ramcharan recently spoke with MReport about current house prices, the current state of the market, and the possible effect of Fed action on the market.When you combine current house prices with other housing and economic fundamentals, how would you assess the current state of the housing market?I would hate to sound like Pollyanna, but I think it’s pretty positive. I think interest rates are low, and house prices are moving in a positive way. These markets tend to have a little bit of built-in momentum in them. It’s been positive now for, I think, about six to eight quarters, if not longer. Expectations are it’s going to continue to be positive. The only wrinkle in this outlook would be when the Fed begins to raise rates. I think expectations are in December, and that could put things on pause, depending on what the long rate or how the the five year and ten year Treasury yield behave. That is potentially, I think, the only sort of looming factor that could affect the continued growth in house prices.How would action by the Fed affect house prices?The causal effect of the impact of the Federal Reserve rates on markets is going to be causally negative, and why I stress that word causally is because you’re likely to see a simple positive association between interest rates and housing prices, but I think the deeper effect is going to be a negative one. Let me be clear—it’s hard to judge. It’s going to depend on what the Fed actually says. If they say that this is a 25 basis point increase as part of a continued spike in interest rates, then that’s going to have a bigger effect as opposed to if they say, “We’re going to make a 25 basis point increase and wait and see.”Rodney RamcharanIf home price appreciation continues at 5 percent or so for the next 12 months, as is widely forecasted, and a couple of Fed rate hikes are mixed in, what does the market look like?That’s a great question. I cannot give you a definitive answer—I can only give a little bit of a framework to think about it. Just briefly, the Fed is raising rates in expectation that house prices are going to be solid, house price growth. If they get that expectation right, then the impact of the rate increases are going to be minor. If they get it wrong, then the impact could be quite large. Now, I’m hedging here because this is like asking us to forecast the weather six to nine months out. It’s really very difficult.All that being said, I think from where I sit, things look pretty positive. The interest rate pace is going to be well-judged, and house prices are growing quite solidly. If you look at the Case-Shiller index, it’s pretty much spread across all of the 20 cities. They’re all experiencing some positive growth. That’s a pretty good sign that the housing market, broadly speaking, is doing well. There’s good reason to be optimistic about where it’s going to be in the next year.What areas of housing do you think need improvement right now?I think there’s the question of affordability. That is something that’s going to become more and more pressing as house prices continue to increase. That’s not necessarily coming from the Fed, but that’s going to depend on what local governments do to ease the building restrictions in some cities to allow people to build more easily. I think that’s one thing that could make a difference. That’s the main cloud that I would see, which is the flip side of a strong housing market is affordability.center_img in Commentary, Daily Dose, Data, News Sharelast_img read more