Roundtable Wednesday: Let’s Fix The CFB Playoffs and Talk Big 12 Hunger Games

first_imgHere at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Kyle Porter: OK @everyone who can do it, let’s roundtable! Question is what would you do to fix/change the playoff, if anything?Kyle Boone: Bring back the BCS system and move it to a playoff format.Sam Aldrich: Expand to 8 teams — 5 major conference winners, 3 wild card spots.Kyle Cox: I have to agree with @sam.aldrich and @porter on that. eight would fix a lot, not all. Maybe just set an actual guideline that makes sense and stick to it? Combine BCS-type system with a committee. Wse the committee only for the tie breakers and to veto any obvious flaws in the system. Has to be high majority to overrule computers.Caleb Deck: Who’s better at math, me or a calculator? Calculator, by a larger margin than I can count. Point being: computers are important and objective instead of biased and subjective. I have no idea why they decided to rebrand the whole championship system for more equality and clarity and removed the most “fair” and objective thing about it all. Makes absolutely no sense. There’s definitely a place for a committee and for a bit of subjective discussion and debate (see OkState vs CMU *loss*) but the computers are important for surePorter: Everybody plays the same number of conference games and has a conference championship. Five conference champs — if the Big 12 is stupid enough to have its teams have a rematch for the conference title, that’s its own problem. Three wild cards so you get the Boise States or this year apparently Ohio State. Top four get home games in first round. Semis and finals are at current bowl sites. $1 trillion idea. Make it rain.Everybody has a path to the title, and you can’t (legitimately) complain if you don’t make it.Aldrich: Texas A&M will still complainPorter: Texas A&M would complain if the national title was an agronomy contest.Justin Southwell: Sorry, @porter, we need a plan that makes a little less sense. It’s too logical. Try again.Steven Mandeville: I like the idea of requiring explanations for placement… at least make them admit the hypocrisy.Cox: How about we take all the schools that are in the top-25 on the last week of the season, give them lottery balls based on blue-blood status. Alabama and Ohio State get more than say West Virginia. Then we do an NBA Draft-style lottery for the rankings. They’ve never had an controversy with that.Porter: What if coaches just competed on Legends of the Hidden Temple and the winners moved on to the playoffs?Chris Knox: screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-3-26-18-pmSouthwell: Any coaches? Like Coach Glass could represent Oklahoma State?Porter: Andre Sexton would crush.Boone: I’d nominate Coach Arroyo…he seems like he could be a warrior in the ring.Aldrich: It’s a Hunger Games scenario, you pick your champion.Porter: Big 12 Hunger Games between football and basketball coaches, who wins?Boone: Bob Huggins would win .. Just sit on his opponents.Cox: I think Shaka would be sneaky-tough to beat.Porter: Bill Snyder wins the Big 12 Hunger Games. Zero doubt.Aldrich: Caleb: Jim Grobe would last a long time. He’s really good at dodging controversial encounters.Porter: Whoooooooo.Boone: That’s fire Caleb. Bringing it!Caleb: I see several Survivor-style alliances starting I’m just not sure who could get more on board or how loyal they would be. Gundy-Stoops-Patterson-Kliff would probably be strong. Underwood-Self-Lon? Not so sure about that….Porter: Who goes out first?Boone: Scott Drew would probably just forfeit. I’ll go with him.Aldrich: It’s not even a question- Bruce Weber immediately eats nightlock berries and dies.Porter: I think everyone would turn on Drew and offer him as a sacrifice to President Snow. Man, how good was the real Hunger Games. I think I got pneumonia because I didn’t sleep for three days because I read through the entire trilogy.Caleb: Can we cite previous coaches? If so, Mangino goes out first. Other than that I’m not sure if Snyder makes it to the start…Aldrich: Is President Snow Bob Bowlsby?Porter: How insane would Dana be in a Hunger Games dome? He’s definitely on point with a bow. Like, in real life. Not in this made-up Hunger Games series.Boone: So Kirby Hocutt is definitely the gamesmaker, right? He just thinks up a bunch of random crap to try and bring down all the participants.Porter: The odds are ever in your favor (if you’re OU and not West Virginia).Aldrich: Too bad the Big 12 Hunger Games would probably get flexed to 11 AM and televised on FS1.Porter: That was a walk off. OK, would you guys rather have Jawun Evans for two more years or Mason Rudolph for one?Aldrich: One more year of Mason — we’ve got a real shot to win the Big 12 next year if he returns, and Underwood will probably need more than this year and next to be a Big 12 title contender in hoops. Plus, we’re in great hands with this guy taking the reins at point.Boone: I’d take Mason Rudolph for one more. BrUnderwood will have Trae Young and Zach Dawson next year, but next year the football team will be ready to take a B12 title. I’m not sure they will be able to do that behind Keondre Wudtee.Southwell: Mason Rudolph for one. We need another Big 12 Championship and he gives us the best chance. Kansas will probably continue to win conference championships in basketball regardless of if we have Evans, as much as I’d like for him to stay.Porter: I’d take Rudolph, too, I think. CFB Playoff is in play next year with Rudolph (unless they change it to Supermarket Sweep rules). That’s not true of OSU in hoops, I don’t think, in the next two years.Aldrich: Rudolph coming back also probably means The President stays. We all know how the stud QB-WR combo returning for one more year turned out in 2011…Boone: With Chuba, Justice Hill and J.D. King next year, he may never even have to throw the ball.Cox: Rudolph for one year  just because he means more to the football team than even Evans does to bball. plus football is king at this point. Who knows if it will ever go back to bball.Porter: I just saw this, I’m in tears!SHOCKING INTERVIEW WITH BIG 12 ASSOCIATE REGARDING OKLAHOMA STATE NIGHT GAMES pic.twitter.com/H71zua9CO4— Zachcoin® (@YaaaBoyZach) November 13, 2016Southwell: Lastly, I just wanted to point out that OkState hasn’t lost a game since being crowned the 1945 National Champions. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. 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Piccininni Experiences Greatest Day Of Wrestling Career

first_img“You know what? I’m going for it,” Piccininni said. “No one goes to NCAAs and says they don’t wanna place, so I’m going for that national title.”The Greatest Impressed By SonBefore the Big 12 Championships, Joe Smith was the only Cowboy in the starting lineup who hadn’t qualified for the NCAA tournament.With how he wrestled in Tulsa, he probably should have earned two bids. Smith swept his weight class with a 16-0 technical fall in the quarterfinals and an 8-0 major decision in the semis. In the 159-pound final, he won by another 8-0 major.Smith was one of three OSU wrestlers who did not allow a single point through the tournament.His dad was there to watch it all.“The will was there this weekend, the fight in him,” coach John Smith said. “I saw some things that he did that I haven’t seen all year, I mean I haven’t seen in his career. Found a few turns, and he did some things that kinda set me back on my heels.”Joe fought a knee injury for about two weeks. His training regimen had to change, and adapting to that helped his success in Tulsa, he said.“It’s pretty much 100 percent now, and I can do the things I wanna do to wrestle my style,” Joe said.His coach said now that he’s healthy, Joe has started to mount his approach to NCAAs.“There’s more in him,” coach John Smith said. “He needed to find himself through three matches. I don’t think he’s wrestled three matches since January.”Former Sooner Fan Finishes Big 12 Career With BedlamMidway through Kyle Crutchmer’s 174-pound final against Oklahoma’s Matt Reed, OU fans broke out in “Boomer Sooner,” and Cowboy fans yelled “Orange Power.”It was only fitting because Crutchmer, an OSU senior, grew up in Tulsa with the walls of his bedroom designed as an OU football stadium.Soon after the chanting, the first period ended, and he had a 3-1 lead. Crutchmer said wrestling in his hometown to finish his Big 12 career was special.“It’s surreal,” he said. “I’m just truly blessed to be here. I’m glad I came out on top.”Reed suffered a left ankle injury in the second period. Trainers had to tape his ankle on the floor, and he could hardly walk on it. But he fought through it. Crutchmer said that didn’t change a thing. In fact, because it was Bedlam, there was a little extra, he said.“Me being here, I felt a little bit more pressure than I probably would have if I was somewhere else,” Crutchmer said. “It’s Bedlam no matter where it’s at, if it’s there, if it’s here, anywhere. If we wrestled at nationals, it’s Bedlam.” Nick Piccininni’s veins jutted from his body as he screamed and sprinted down the red carpet back to his Oklahoma State teammates in the tunnel at the BOK Center on Sunday. Piccininni, a 125-pound freshman wrestler, was a Big 12 champion, and it was the most electric moment of the championships.Piccininni took down North Dakota State’s Josh Rodriguez, the tournament’s No. 1 seed at 125, in a 7-5 decision in the second period of a tiebreaker. The match went into sudden victory tied at 4 but neither wrestler could score, so it went to the tiebreaker. That’s where Piccininni earned the clinching takedown.“I was just pumped,” Piccininni said. “When it comes to a point like that and it’s overtime, you get that takedown, it’s pretty awesome. … I’m wrestling at the highest stage and the highest level of competition I’ve ever wrestled at in my life, so it’s definitely one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had.”A New York product, Piccininni grew up on Long Island 1,500 miles away from Gallagher-Iba Arena. The culture was complete different when he got to Stillwater, but having OSU printed on his warmups and wearing the orange singlet made it all much more powerful, he said.“That’s what it’s about,” Piccininni said. “That’s the reason why I came here. I embrace (Stillwater). I like it. I like my teammates. I like my coaches, so it’s easy.”After the NCAA Tournament though, OSU fans might not see much more of Piccininni. Commit Daton Fix is the next in line in Cowboy lore. He wrestles at 125 pounds as well and posted a 168-0 high school record with four state titles.The best way for Piccininni to have a shot at starting next year at 125 is by winning in two weeks at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

a month agoThe next one? Largie Ramazani exciting Man Utd management

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say The next one? Largie Ramazani exciting Man Utd managementby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United management are delighted with the progress of Largie Ramazani.For the U23s win over Fulham, it looked to be heading for a draw until Belgian winger Ramazani beat two men down the right flank before crossing for Dylan Levitt to turn home in the 85th minute.Ramazani has scored four goals and notched two assists in six appearances this season and Wood is urging the 18-year-old to continue his fine form.”He’s really improved,” U23 coach Wood said of Ramazani. “He had a really good pre-season, he’s come back and he seems to have matured his game on the pitch and he’s producing goals, he’s producing assists.”We thought his second half compared to his first half was really good and when he’s on that kind of form you kind of see what he can do, but it’s about getting him to maintain that level.” last_img read more

World Cup 2019: New Zealand and West Indies dark horses, say former stars

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 20:37 IST New Zealand West Indies are at the top of their game, says former stars (Photo: AP)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand tick all the boxes, says former Australian player Mark WaughAllan Border thinks West Indies are a very dangerous teamRashid Khan will help Afghanistan shine in the World Cup, says LeeExperts have picked West Indies and New Zealand as the dark horses ahead of the World Cup starting here in England and Wales on Thursday.New Zealand – the 2015 World Cup runners-up – tick all the boxes, according to former Australia opener Mark Waugh.”Probably New Zealand. They were in the last World Cup final. They’re probably going to rely on a few players like Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, and Trent Boult but they always seem to play well,” Waugh was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au.”They field well, they’re disciplined, they run between wickets well, they’re always well coached, always in for the fight. I think they could make the semis. They’re probably the dark horse,” he predicted.On the West Indies, Waugh said: “The West Indies probably have the batting but not the bowling to be a threat. South Africa, I suppose, they’re going to rely on Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and maybe Kagiso Rabada. They’ll be a threat but probably New Zealand will be a roughie.”Australia batting great Allan Border termed the Windies led by Jason Holder as a “dangerous” side for the showpiece event.”I look at the West Indies side and I think that’s a very dangerous cricket team. If they get some momentum going they could be very, very dangerous. I know as the game gets shorter they get more dangerous, but I think the 50-over game suits them playing in England. I think their cricket is well-suited to that. Watch out for the West Indies,” Border told the website.advertisementFellow Australian Andrew Symonds, a fiery all-rounder during his time, echoed Border, saying Chris Gayle will be raring to go in his possible World Cup swansong.”West Indies. I just think they’ve got a quiet little bit of confidence going on there at the moment. They’ve played pretty well in recent times. And Chris Gayle will be itching to potentially go out on a winning note. The grounds will suit the way he plays. They’re my dark horse.”Aussie pace ace Brett Lee has put his weight behind Afghanistan, saying their star studded bowling line up led by Rashid Khan can do the trick for them in the prestigious quadrennial event.”The dark horse would be New Zealand, but Afghanistan will play some good cricket. They probably don’t have the batting that they would like but their bowling unit is outstanding.”Also Read | New Zealand vs West Indies Live Cricket Score, CWC 2019 Warm-Up MatchAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh Warm-up Match, ICC World Cup 2019 Live Score: Mustafizur gets Dhawan earlyAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow west indiesFollow New ZealandFollow Pakistan World Cup 2019: New Zealand and West Indies dark horses, say former starsAustralia’s former players, Allan Border and Brett Lee believe that New Zealand and West Indies are in tremendous form in this World Cup. South Africa is also another team that can potentially win the World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

New Intimate Partner Training for Police

first_imgPolice officers in Nova Scotia are receiving enhanced domestic violence training so they can respond more effectively to incidents of intimate partner violence and abuse. “Intimate partner violence is an issue that has touched far too many lives,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “It is important we provide police officers with the training they need to deal professionally and effectively with victims and the children, who are often in the house when incidents of abuse occur.” The new training program is being given to all front-line officers across the province, including RCMP, municipal and military police. Over the next two months, six train-the-trainer sessions are being led by representatives from the Department of Justice, RCMP, Public Prosecution Service and Medical Examiner’s office. “Unfortunately, intimate partner violence continues to be a part of communities across Nova Scotia,” said Kentville Police Chief Julia Cecchetto, chair of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association sub-committee on intimate partner violence. “As police agencies we must continue to provide our officers the necessary tools and training to effectively address domestic violence and facilitate the support of families affected by it.” The program will help officers with assessing risk, investigation and arrest protocols, recognizing the signs of abuse or injuries that are not always obvious, supporting children on scene and emergency protection orders, among other topics. While men and women report similar rates of violence, the severity, frequency, and consequences are greater for women. For example, a woman is five times more likely to need medical attention or hospitalization. “I am very appreciative that police services across Nova Scotia are working with us to address intimate partner violence,” said Mr. Furey.last_img read more

The New Adventure

first_imgA lot of actors have entered the digital space in the last couple of years. Was it an organic process or a deliberate decision for you? Arjun Rampal (AR): It happened organically, but yes, I was very interested in this space. I just feel that there are a lot of stories that you can tell here that you cannot make films out of. It might be because they are lengthy or there is too much to say or you don’t have that kind of freedom. Here, in the digital world, you do have that, so it is a very exciting path to walk on. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotAs actors, we keep saying that we want to reinvent ourselves, we want to do something new, but we end up going and doing the same thing in every film. We fool ourselves that we are growing. Sometimes you feel that you are. But when you can actually push the envelope, which this platform allows you to do, it is very cool. It teaches you a lot and you can take a lot away from it. A lot of actors say they don’t see any difference between working on a film and on a long-format show. What are your thoughts? Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryAR: Yes, the biggest difference is the format because the craft is the same. Your process and approach are the same. But you get more time with the character, because there is lot more material to work with. You get more time to work on it and you shoot a lot more in the web space, in the same amount of time you would take to shoot a film. It is very hectic and tiring. Your prep has to be very solid before you get to the set to shoot. You have to go there really well-prepared. What was the prep that you had to do for this role? AR: The first thing you need to do is experience what it is to fly. I did a lot of simulation where I went to classes, flew the simulator aircraft, took off, landed, turned planes around, learnt which buttons were for what, how to move the throttle, learnt about radar, altitude, the different codes that you can use and much more. And Jaaved? We don’t get much information about your character in the trailer. Jaaved Jaaferi (JJ): My character is a billionaire and he has kind of been there, done that, seen everything. He is fed up of everything around him. His family life isn’t exactly going right either, so he has nothing much to look forward to. He has all the money in the world but his relationships are not working and there is an emptiness in him that he wants to fill. He is looking for something but he doesn’t know what it is. And in that journey, there was something that happened with him when he was a child. He has only one kind of connection with a spiritual entity which is probably based on luck or something. And he keeps this connect until destiny takes him on this particular flight where there are things happening with the other characters. How the lives of the people on that plane intertwine in that moment and how he in the last few hours of his life understands so much more and achieves what he was looking for, through another person who is there with him, shows how destiny brings people together to make sure that things happen as they are supposed to. Arjun, from what we saw in the trailer, your character is suffering from a trauma which makes him a little dark, a little flawed. How did you mentally prepare for the part? AR: There is a process that you have to use when you play disturbed characters. It’s not like you can just walk on to the set and say, let’s do this. (Laughs) You think like them and that comes from discussing a lot with your director, which Vijay (Lalwani) and I did. It also came from reading about depressed people. I read a lot about what causes depression, why it happens, how it is sometimes a chemical imbalance, a void that one feels. More and more people these days are facing depression as a result of social media. You think you are with the world, you think you are around other people, but you are isolated. Within the youth, depression and suicide numbers have gone up instead of down. Why is that happening? It is happening because we are isolating ourselves. We are a social species. We need to be with other people; we need to be part of a pack. It’s not just social, it’s your family, your religion, these are all groups where you can go and interact on a human level, in a way you cannot through a mobile phone. You see all of that and you decide how much to draw from what and put inside you and go forward. The web space was considered liberating partly because of the absence of censorship. Now there is talk of censorship on the web. As an actor, what is your take? JJ: In television, censorship works by saying that you cannot show certain things in certain time slots. But who controls how and when someone watches TV? There is a regulatory process when a film is in theatres because you can check ID. But in television there is no such thing. And if it is not there, the web is surely impossible. Can you stop a kid from just opening a phone and watching something on the internet? No. That is the nature of the web. Everything is available online; there is pornography, the dark web and unlimited access. The censor should be within you. Jaaved, you are known for your talent in the comedy genre. But with the horror film Lupt last year and now this mysterious character in The Final Call, you seem to be venturing into a lot of new spaces. JJ: My first film was Meri Jung, where I played a negative character. Then I played leads in films and did many roles in films like Jawani Zindabad and Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India, with stars like Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. I danced too and you can say that the kind of dance we are seeing today in this industry, I was a contributor to it since my time. I did other films, like Jajantaram Mamantaram, a children’s film where I was the lead. Then went on to do characters in movies such as Salaam Namaste, Besharam, Bang Bang! In some of these films I have played negative characters too. I had also done serious roles in films like Deepa Mehta’s Fire in 1996. But now suddenly, for the past few years, you have a lot to play with. Even if you like biryani, you cannot eat it every day. So it is as an actor. You love something but you cannot do it every day. I love comedy and people in the country love comedy. The audience is dealing with so much every day, the reality, the in-your-face harshness, that they just want to come out and have a good laugh. And people are producing content accordingly.last_img read more

DMK welcomes Lankas efforts on fishing issue

“This brings much relief to the Indian fishermen. Following this positive announcement from the Sri Lankan President, the Centre, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi, should make arrangements for bilateral talks involving fishermen to enable them arrive at a lasting solution for the long-standing problem,” he said in a statement. While Sri Lankan Navy regularly arrests fishermen from Tamil Nadu on the charge of poaching, the latter maintain they have traditional rights to fish in Palk Strait.Already three rounds of bilateral talks involving the fishermen have been held in Chennai and Colombo, but a solution has remained elusive so far. The Lankan President had assured to take steps to hold talks between fishermen of India and Sri Lanka to solve the fishing dispute in Palk Strait, a narrow sea strip separating the two countries, he said. Welcoming Sri Lanka’s efforts to solve the fishing dispute in Palk Strait, India’s DMK today urged the Centre to take steps for bilateral talks involving fishermen of the island nation and India and bring about a lasting solution to the vexed issue, the Press Trust of India reported.Referring to a meeting between fishermen association representatives from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena yesterday, DMK chief M Karunanidhi also welcomed Colombo’s decision to release 37 detained fishermen from the state. The former chief minister also welcomed the Centre’s move referring to a Joint Committee of Parliament, the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, which has faced stiff resistance from opposition parties and BJP’s own allies. read more

TSX closes lower amid falling commodities rising European concerns

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as another round of worry centred on the eurozone encouraged investors to take some profits from last month’s strong gains.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 51.2 points to 12,717.62 while the TSX Venture Exchange was 12.16 points lower at 1,216.5.The Canadian dollar lost 0.13 of a cent to 100.14 cents US.Losses were even steeper in New York as U.S. indexes retreated from five-year highs amid data showing durable goods orders for December coming in below expectations.The Dow Jones industrials was down 129.71 points at 13,880.08, the Nasdaq composite index fell 47.93 points to 3,131.17 and the S&P 500 index declined 17.46 points to 1,495.71.Factory orders increased 1.8 per cent from November, lower than the 2.5 per cent reading that economists had expected.And November factory orders were revised down to show a 0.3 per cent decline.Meanwhile, investors were looking to Europe, where Spain is generating concern as the government is increasingly embroiled in a corruption scandal.Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is denying allegations that he and his party received secret cash payments from businesses. The developments sent Spanish yields higher on two- and 10-year bonds by 20 basis points. One basis point is 1/100th of a percentage point.And in Italy, the upcoming election is proving to be a closer race than many people had thought. There are worries that the next government might dilute the financial reforms put in place by the administration of Mario Monti.Stocks had finished positive Friday in the wake of a solid U.S. employment report for January and other data showing the manufacturing sector expanding faster than thought, pushing the Dow industrials past 14,000 for the first time in over five years.But that gain followed a strong January which saw the TSX advance a respectable two per cent while the Dow industrials surged six per cent.Analysts observed that a pullback after a boost of that size is not surprising.“Everything is basically setting up for some sort of a correction, or pullback in the month of February,” said Sid Mokhtari, market technician at CIBC World Markets.“We do have some headwinds here and there which will give the markets some reason to pause given the magnitude of the advances we’ve had. We are in territories when you can envision a very overbought condition.”Commodity prices had been uniformly lower earlier in the morning amid a strengthening U.S. dollar. But by mid-afternoon, prices were off the worst levels.The base metals component led decliners, down 1.28 per cent as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange was two cents lower at US$3.77 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) dropped 49 cents to C$36.51.Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) slipped 10 cents to $7.57 after Mongolia’s president said his country should have more control of the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold project. Mining giant Rio Tinto has a 66 per cent stake in Oyu Tolgoi through its 51 per cent interest in Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill, formerly known as Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. The development is the world’s biggest copper mine under construction. Mongolia has a 34 per cent stake in the project.The energy sector fell 0.53 per cent as the March crude contract lost $1.60 to US$96.17 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) gave back 51 cents to C$33.20.Blue chips were also a drag on the TSX with the financials sector down 0.6 per cent. TD Bank (TSX:TD) dropped 62 cents to $82.96.The information technology sector was the leading advancer with shares in BlackBerry (TSX:BB) (Nasdaq:BBRY) up $1.98 or 15.22 per cent to $14.99 after Bernstein Research upgraded the stock to outperform and raised the share price target to US$22 from $12. The stock has been volatile in the wake of the launch of the new BlackBerry 10 product lineup. Part of the issue was profit-taking following a huge run-up on anticipation about the new product. But availability has become an issue as U.S. customers won’t be able to get the BlackBerry Z10 until March, a month later than in Canada.The company’s share symbol changed Monday. However, the legal name of the company is not changing from Research In Motion until shareholders vote for the official change to BlackBerry at the annual general meeting later this year, but the company has already started doing business as BlackBerry.The gold sector was ahead about 0.2 per cent as April bullion gained $5.80 to US$1,676.40 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 36 cents to C$35.88.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) has hired away a top executive from Canadian National Railway. Keith Creel is coming on board to be CP’s new president and chief operating officer. Creel had previously been an executive vice-president and the COO at CN (TSX:CN). He will be the second-in-command to CEO Hunter Harrison, who was previously chief executive at CN. CP stock declined $2.24 to $113.54. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2013 4:35 pm MDT TSX closes lower amid falling commodities, rising European concerns read more

Cigarette sales in Kentucky drop following tax increase

The coalition says cigarettes sales have been declining in Kentucky and across the nation, but the 10.1 percent decline was much greater than in recent years. It’s also a bigger drop than the nation as a whole, which saw sales decline 6.1 percent in 2019.The group says the Kentucky tax increase also raised $140 million its first year. LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – An anti-smoking group says cigarette sales in Kentucky dropped more than 10 percent in the first year of a tax increase.According to the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, in the first 12 months of a 50-cent-per-pack state tax, the number of cigarette packs sold in the state dropped by 36 million.- Advertisement – read more

Gotham Brings an Underwhelming Story to a Messy Pause

first_imgStay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img The  Sofia Falcone story has easily been this season’s least interesting. When you start the season with legal crime, the Scarecrow, Professor Pyg and a dumb Riddler, another mob story isn’t going to be as exciting. Sofia was a more interesting character when she was manipulating Jim in a fight for power. When she got it, she became just another gangster bad guy. And with last night’s episode, it would appear the show thought so as well. Its entire purpose was to put a bullet, literally, in her storyline. How? By throwing nearly every character on the show at her.You would expect a story like that to lead to some great moments of Gotham insanity. And a couple of times, it delivers. For the most part though, it’s juggling so many motivations, the scenes become disjointed. One second, we’re with Bullock and Gordon trying to arrest her. Then the next, we’re with Penguin and Riddler trying to kill her. Oh, and Lee as well. She didn’t take too kindly to Sofia breaking her hand open with a hammer. She wants to take back the narrows and end Sofia’s reign over Gotham. Those competing stories could have made for a cool episode: a criminals vs. cops race to either arrest or kill a mutual enemy. It could have gone that way if not for everything else this episode felt it had to get done.Ben McKenzie (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Penguin and The Riddler are back together again, and their partnership is easily the episode’s best element. It’s been so long since we saw these two villains team up, we almost forgot how good they are together. Watching Riddler come up with a ridiculously convoluted plan, and Penguin scream that it’s the worst idea he’s ever heard makes for some great moments of comedy. I didn’t realize I missed this dynamic from this show so much. They team up with Lee, but it takes some convincing. With her no longer in control of The Narrows, and down a hand, Riddler is less confident in her ability to help. Until she makes it clear that she wants to kill Sofia herself for what happened. She then suggests Riddler go seek out Solomon Grundy for some muscle.That’s where the episode starts trying to do too many things at once. Remember, Grundy knows remembers who he is now. Meaning he remembers that The Riddler isn’t his friend, that Edward Nygma tortured and nearly killed him and the woman he loves. So this meeting doesn’t go well. The disappointing thing is though; it ends with Nygma in Sofia’s hands anyway. We didn’t even really get any forward movement on the Butch/Grundy-Tabitha story for it. Butch drops Nygma off at Sirens, The Sirens deliver him to Sofia… There had to have been a more efficient way to do this. This segment is also evidence that the show never figured out what to do with Grundy. It made a big deal of his introduction early this season, then forgot about him after the midseason finale. Now, he’s back and he’s basically Butch again, but with grey skin. The show can’t figure out a good place for him in the story, so it’s just nonsensical and disappointing when he’s shoved into an episode like this.Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Bullock and Gordon’s story has one good moment before it loses track of itself. The two cops are working together again, and its’ great. I missed Detective Bullock, even if he’s not as jokey as he used to be. We get a nice little scene where he proves he’s determined to be a good cop this time. At least, a better one than Gordon. When Penguin gets tired of waiting for Nygma (who’s been captured by Butch), he leaves to figure out a new plan, and runs right into the arms of Bullock and Gordon. When everyone realizes they’re after the same person, Gordon makes a deal with the Penguin. Information on Falcone’s bookkeeper, Mr. Penn in exchange for the cops letting Penguin walk away. Bullock is done making deals with criminals, and arrests Penguin anyway. This could have lead to a great conflict or relationship building moment between the two, but the Mr. Zsasz shows up. He starts shooting, the cops start shooting… it’s not even that great of a shootout. It just feels pointless, as the only thing gained is that now Zsasz knows to search for Mr. Penn too. You know it’s a bad episode when Zsasz can’t even manage some dark-funny quip.The episode devolves into every character chasing one person for a while, then swapping gears so every other character is chasing a different person. After a while, you kind of just want them to get to the point. But hey, at least there are still some minor details and odd quirks that make Gotham fun, even when it isn’t particularly good. Like the Scandinavian Skinner turning out to be on old woman who runs a candy shop. That was fun. So was Mr. Penn being at a resort for older adults who like to pretend they’re babies. The setting at least added some life and colorful weirdness to the ensuing shootout once Zsasz and Sofia showed up.Crystal Reed (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Proving they’re the only good thing about this whole story, The Riddler and Penguin do not make an appearance at the resort. Penguin, at Lee’s recommendation, follows Riddler’s original idea to get close to Sofia Falcone. He has Mr. Freeze freeze him in a block of ice to sell to Sofia. (It was nice to see him again at least, if only for two brief scenes.) Inside the ice, Penguin has a timed heating device that will let him break out soon after the sale. He breaks out just too late. Riddler’s been tortured, but has refused to give Penguin up. For that, he’s been taken to Gotham’s favorite murder pier. Hearing of Riddler’s loyalty, Penguin ditches his plan to kill Sofia and save his friend instead. It’s the lone truly great moment in a messy, middling episode. They share a mutual desire to never see that pier again, and walk away together. It makes me so happy.The whole point of this was to deal with Sofia Falcone so it can get to the Jerome story it really wants to tell next week. That would be fine, and I’d be happy to see the show drive so quickly to end its least interesting plot. But it doesn’t really end it. Sofia chases Gordon through the kitchens of the resort, shooting him multiple times. Just when it looks like she’s about to kill him, we hear another gunshot. Lee has shot Sofia in the back, and as she turns around, Lee shoots her in the head. So that’s the end of Sofia Falcone’s story, right? A bullet to the head means she’s done, doesn’t it? Well, as we learn once Jim wakes up in the hospital, not really. She’s in a coma. Lame. Look, if you’re going to show a character taking a bullet to the forehead, commit to it. Don’t keep her around in the background to be brought back later whenever you feel like it. Especially when she’s a boring villain in a show full of great ones.Camren Bicondova and David Mazouz (Cr: David Giesbrecht/FOX)Either way, at least this storyline is out of the way for now. And this episode gave us some things to look forward to in the coming weeks. In addition to the Jerome arc, which we knew was coming, Bruce and Selina are starting to team up a bit. Yes, the best storyline this week was the one given the least amount of time. Selina shows up at Bruce’s house, looking for help in buying back the jewelry she stole from the family of the Wayne Biotech scientist ivy killed. Bruce agrees to help her, the pawn shop fence is a jerk about it, and it’s time for the two kids to kick some ass. It’s easily the best fight scene of the entire episode. The way Bruce and Selina work together is so well-choreographed. It’s cool seeing their future Batman-Catwoman chemistry take shape. Bruce even does his deep raspy voice thing before he knocks the pawn shop dude out. Then he throws money at the guy to prove he’s not a thief. Awesome. I just hope we get more of that next week. Oh, and Barbara is having visions of Ra’s Al Ghul, which could lead somewhere cool, I guess. It’ll probably be a few episodes before we get a sense of where that’s going though.last_img read more

County Council endorses state-level effort to ease rules on condos

first_imgThe Clark County Council has approved a resolution that encourages condominium construction and supports reducing the risk of builders getting sued.Condo construction has been an ongoing issue both in Clark County and throughout the state, leading state lawmakers to begin considering ideas to reform the state’s Condominium Act, which was enacted in 1989 and sets out rules for the construction and management of condos.The county council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Legislature’s efforts to amend the state’s Condominium Act in order to “address concerns about excessive litigation risk, and encourage construction of affordable condominiums while maintaining consumer protections.”“The efforts to reform the Condominium Act that are being pushed in Olympia are efforts to better resolve the issues for consumers,” said Councilor John Blom.The county resolution, introduced by Councilor Julie Olson, cites a 2016 report from the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington School of the Built Environment, which found that Washington law creates significant liabilities for condo developers, potentially creating a disincentive for development.The resolution also notes that Clark County’s population is expected to grow by 35 percent by 2040, and points to condos as an important part of the area’s housing stock to serve first-time homebuyers and older residents looking to downsize.last_img read more

Razor clam season set for Nov 1112

first_imgRazor clam digging will be open Friday and Saturday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildllife approved the two nights of digging after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.Low tide is -0.4 feet at 6:48 p.m. on Friday and -0.4 feet at 7:23 p.m. on Saturday. Most diggers begin an hour or two before low tide. Diggers must keep the first 15 clams dug. Each digger’s clams must be in a separate container.Digging tentatively also is scheduled for Nov. 25-26, Dec. 10 and Dec. 22-23 with final approval depending on marine toxin tests.“This season’s tides are not as favorable as those in the past few years,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Low tides will occur later in the day, so diggers will have to be prepared for the dark during evening digs in fall and winter.”An annual razor clam license costs $11. A three-day license is $6.60.last_img read more

Saudi to spend billions on Westernstyle entertainment

first_imgA handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on 21 February, 2018 shows Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman gesturing as he attends a graduation ceremony for the 93rd class of cadets of the King Faisal Air Academy in the capital Riyadh. ý Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would have been unthinkable not long ago.Long known for its ultra-conservative mores, the kingdom has embarked on a wide-ranging programme of social and economic reforms driven by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.At a glitzy press conference in Riyadh, General Entertainment Authority (GEA) chief Ahmad bin Aqeel al-Khatib told reporters the kingdom is set to invest $64 billion in its entertainment sector over the coming decade.”We are already building the infrastructure,” Khatib said, adding that ground had been broken for an opera house.Khatib said hundreds of new companies have sprung up over the past year, registering for licences to take advantage of the budding sector.”God willing, you will see a real change by 2020,” the entertainment chief said, adding that more than 5,000 events were planned for the coming year.The funding for new infrastructure and entertainment offerings will come from both the government and the private sector, he said.Behind Khatib, a screen teased the names of international acts like Maroon 5, Andrea Bocelli and Cirque du Soleil.Neither a breakdown of how the money would be spent nor a schedule for the cultural programme were provided.But it follows a series of events in recent months including concerts, a Comic-Con festival and a mixed-gender national day celebration that saw people dancing in the streets to thumping electronic music for the first time.Authorities have also announced plans to lift a decades-old ban on cinemas this year, with some 300 expected to open by 2030.Senior GEA official Faisal Bafrat said the past year had already seen exceptional development in the entertainment sector with more than 2,000 events involving 100,000 volunteers and 150 small and medium businesses organised in 2017.- ‘Don’t travel’ -The newfound openness, which includes plans to allow women to drive from June this year, has been hailed by some as a crucial liberalisation of Saudi society.Critics have pointed to continued restrictions however, especially on women who remain under a strict “guardianship” system that gives male relatives significant control over their lives.Yet even that could be changing.With the lifting of the driving ban on the horizon, Riyadh announced Sunday that women can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative.The reforms are part of Prince Mohammed’s ambitious “Vision 2030″ programme, which seeks to diversify the Saudi economy as it reels from a slump in energy prices, with the entertainment sector seen as a key potential source of growth.Saudis splurge billions annually on movies and visits to amusement parks in the neighbouring tourist hubs of Dubai and Bahrain, which is accessible by a land causeway.Khatib vowed turn around that trend.”I went to Bahrain. The bridge is being reversed,” he said, adding that Bahraini nationals were now coming to Saudi Arabia for events — accounting for 10 per cent of ticket sales in recent months.The goal to keep Saudis — more than half of whom are under 25 — spending their disposable income at home is part of a wider campaign called “Don’t travel”.Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, has been struggling to cope with persistent budget deficits that began in 2014 when crude prices plummeted.The kingdom withdrew around $250 billion from its financial reserves in the past four years.Authorities have also increased fuel prices, introduced a value-added tax and cut subsidies in an effort to reduce costs and boost non-oil revenues.The shift has been a painful one for many Saudis accustomed to a generous welfare system.In December, the government announced a budget with record spending as it seeks to stimulate growth.last_img read more

EU announces legal entity to keep up business with Iran

first_imgMinisters and officials including Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif arrive for a family picture after the last plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna. Photo: ReutersThe European Union said Monday its members would set up a payment system to allow oil companies and businesses to continue trading with Iran in a bid to evade sanctions after the US withdrew from a nuclear agreement.Iran and the European Union announced their defiance towards US president Donald Trump’s administration after high-level talks at the United Nations among the remaining members of the accord.The countries said in a statement that they were determined “to protect the freedom of their economic operators to pursue legitimate business with Iran.”With the United States and the dollar dominating so much of global trade, the statement said the new mechanism would “facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports (including oil) and imports, which will assist and reassure economic operators pursuing legitimate business with Iran.”EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, speaking at the United Nations alongside Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said the countries were still working out the technical details.”In practical terms, this will mean that EU member states will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran and this will allow European companies to continue to trade with Iran in accordance with European Union law and could be open to other partners in the world,” she told reporters.She said that the remaining members of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — would also maintain their commitments to support Iran on civilian nuclear energy.”The participants recalled that these initiatives are aimed at preserving the JCPOA, which is in the international interest,” she said.Pressure on Iranian economyIn line with findings of UN inspectors, Mogherini reiterated that Iran has been in compliance with the nuclear agreement — under which Tehran drastically scaled back its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions.The agreement was sealed in 2015 in a signature achievement for then US president Barack Obama.Trump pulled out of the agreement in May, describing it as a “disaster” and quickly moving to reimpose sanctions on Iran.Despite the protests of the European Union, a number of business including French energy giant Total and carmakers Peugeot and Renault as well as Germany’s Siemens and Daimler have already suspended operations in Iran for fear of triggering US sanctions.With Iran’s economy already feeling the pinch, US national security adviser John Bolton earlier Monday vowed to impose “maximum pressure” on Tehran, while insisting that Washington was not pushing for regime change.US Arab allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as Israel have long sought for Washington to work to curtail non-Arab and predominantly Shiite Muslim Iran’s influence in the Middle East, including in war-torn Syria.The EU move comes a day before Trump and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani separately address the UN General Assembly, with the US leader expected to take a hard line on Iran.last_img read more

US Rep Will Hurd Announces Narrow And Bipartisan Bill To Save DACA

first_imgMarjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, speaks at the Border Unity Rally on March 25, 2017.Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, on Tuesday said he would file what he called “narrow and bipartisan” legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants.The U.S.A. Act, co-authored with Democratic U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., would protect beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program and beef up the government’s efforts to secure the border. A spokesperson in Hurd’s Washington office said the legislation would be filed Tuesday evening.“Congress [over] the years has proven that doing comprehensive and partisan doesn’t do very well, so let’s try a different approach. Let’s be narrow and bipartisan, and that’s what this bill does,” Hurd said Tuesday during a news conference that was livestreamed on Facebook.The legislation, Hurd said, would also pave the way for the Department of Homeland Security to achieve operational control of the border by increasing the number of boots on the ground, technology and physical barriers on the border to reach that goal.The announcement comes days after the White House cast doubt on whether a deal to fix DACA could happen after President Donald Trump rejected a bipartisan bill proposed by a group of U.S. senators.  That was followed by outrage from Democrats after Trump apparently referred to some countries as “shitholes” and questioned why the United States should welcome people from those areas.But Hurd said his legislation has a chance because of its narrow focus, though he said it could be amended to include other provisions if there is a consensus to do so.“This can be used as a foundation for other conversations as well,” he said. “But let’s start with something that’s narrow, let’s start with something that everyone agrees on.”Hurd and Aguilar’s effort comes the same day that United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he’d appeal a ruling that blocked the Trump Administration from ending DACA. Sessions announced in October that the initiative, which has benefitted about 800,000 immigrants, including 124,000 Texans, would end in March. But last week U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled the program would stand while a legal challenge, filed by the state of California, proceeds. As a result, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Saturday it would once again begin accepting renewal applications — but not new ones.Lawmakers are up against a Friday deadline to pass a stopgap funding bill to keep the government functioning. Democrats have said they will vote against any measure that doesn’t include a legislative fix for the young undocumented immigrants, commonly referred to as “Dreamers.” Hurd said Tuesday the fact that his legislation has the early support of 40 lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, shows anything is possible even this late in the game.“Most folks, meaning y’all’s peers, said Republicans and Democrats couldn’t come together on anything in this politically charged environment,” he told reporters. “The U.S.A. Act proves that wrong.” Sharelast_img read more

Thermo Fisher Scientific Launches New Dosimetry Monitoring Service

first_img News | Radiation Dose Management | April 10, 2019 Qaelum NV and Toyo Corp. Sign Japanese Distribution Agreement for Dose Monitoring Solution Qaelum NV of Leuven, Belgium, and Toyo Corp. of Tokyo, Japan announced they have entered into a cooperation agreement… read more Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | March 07, 2019 Thermo Fisher Scientific Launches New Dosimetry Monitoring Service Medical facilities and other sites can now simplify their radiation safety program by accessing dosimetry technology and services from single provider News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more Feature | Medical 3-D Printing | April 29, 2019 | By Steve Jeffery The Development of Tungsten Collimators May Advance Medical Imaging In … read more 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. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read more center_img A 3-D printed tungsten X-ray system collimator. The tungsten alloy powder is printed into the form desired and is laser fused so it can be machined and finished. Previously, making collimators from Tungsten was labor intensive because it required working with sheets of the metal to create the collimator matrix.  News | Radiation Dose Management | May 31, 2019 Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical’s Safety FiRsT Grant Program The ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical Systems are now accepting applications for the 2019 Safety FiRsT grant program,… read more Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… 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. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more March 7, 2019 — A new dosimetry monitoring service from Thermo Fisher Scientific enables medical and imaging facilities, dental offices, veterinary clinics, nuclear power plants, laboratories and other facilities with radiation safety requirements to streamline management of their safety programs.Thermo Scientific Dosimetry Services are designed to enable facility operators to monitor and track individual employee accumulated radiation dose with both precision and accuracy. Facilities can now deploy the whole-body Thermo Scientific Harshaw thermoluminescence dosimeter (TLD), which is designed to accurately and reliably measure gamma, beta and neutron doses. Facility operators can use Thermo Scientific Dosimetry Services to deliver dosimeters, read and store cumulative data, and produce recurrent dose reports. Harshaw TLDs are durable and easy to wear in a ring, wristband or headband, and are designed to enable flexible extremity monitoring depending on the user’s need.Thermo Scientific Dosimetry Services are provided using a National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) accredited lab.For more information: www.thermofisher.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Book VIA Rail tickets at 20 off with limitedtime promotion

first_img MONTREAL — VIA Rail Canada is discounting its lowest ticketed fares as part of a new promotion to entice Canadians to discover their own backyard.Running from March 11 to April 7, the limited-time promotion includes 20% off in Sleeper Plus class and Touring class on the following trains:• Toronto-Vancouver (the Canadian)• Montreal-Halifax (the Ocean)• Winnipeg-Churchill• Jasper-Prince RupertTickets must be purchased between March 11 and April 7, 2019, inclusively, and at least seven days prior to departure. The trip must be taken between April 12-Sept. 7, 2019, inclusively.VIA’s Sleeper Plus class includes: access to the Business lounge; priority boarding; comfortable berths that can accommodate one or two people; meal service and snacks; access to different cars, and more.VIA’s Touring Class features spacious, reclinable seats, meal service, access to different cars and more.For more information go to viarail.ca/en/saleviarail.ca/fr/tarifs-et-forfaits/nos-meilleurs-tarifs. Travelweek Group Tags: Sales, VIA Rail << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, March 12, 2019 center_img Book VIA Rail tickets at 20% off with limited-time promotion Posted by Sharelast_img read more

US tanker saves Ticos Nicaraguan lost in Caribbean Sea

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica makes first large marijuana seizure of 2015 Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal Costa Rica Coast Guard confiscates 810 kilos of cocaine near Quepos Beachcombing along the Caribbean drug trail in Nicaragua The crew of the U.S. oil tanker Texas Star rescued two Costa Ricans and a Nicaraguan in a sinking ship off the coast of Jamaica on Wednesday morning, the Costa Rican Coast Guard reported.The three Central Americans were adrift some 500 kilometers off the Costa Rican coast in the Caribbean Sea after two motors on board their 6.5-meter boat failed. Traveling from Panama to Texas, the Texas Star responded to a distress call from the fishermen who were sinking, according to remarks from Martin Arias, head of the Costa Rican Coast Guard, on Thursday. Several containers of fuel were found on board the boat.The two Costa Ricans, Josué Miguel Mora Garita, 24, and Carlos Villarreal Núñez, 33, hail from Limón. The third crew member, Akdy Francisco Downs, 38, is from the Corn Islands, off Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast.The shipwrecked crew is set to arrive in Freeport, Texas, on Saturday, June 28, the 249-meter tanker’s original destination. There, U.S. immigration authorities will take custody of the crew and begin the process to repatriate them in coordination with Costa Rica’s consulate in Texas. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Kiosk robbed in Zygi

first_imgPolice are investigating a burglary at a Zygi kiosk where €500 and 150 packets of cigarettes were stolen early on Thursday morning.The alarm of the kiosk near the Kalavasos roundabout went off at 2.30am. Police officers found that unknown perpetrators had broken two doors to get to the main area of the building from where they took the money and the cigarettes before leaving.The kiosk has a video surveillance system, the footage of which is being examined by police.You May LikeBuzzSuper30 Celebrity Short Hairstyles For Women Over 60 To Look 10 Years YoungerBuzzSuperUndoAsk SolarCalifornia Program Giving Solar Panels To Homeowners With Electric Bills Over $99/monthAsk SolarUndoSimpleMostThese Women Are The Tallest Celebrities In Hollywood, Especially Maggie GyllenhaalSimpleMostUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoRouhani hopes British PM Johnson’s “familiarity” with Iran will help improve relationsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Minister hits back at Medical Association over arrested doctors

first_imgHealth Minister Giorgos Pamboridis said on Monday that the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) is confused as to its responsibilities over investigating its own members.Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC, Pamboridis refuted claims made by CyMA last week that the health ministry had not responded to letters CyMA had sent, calling for a probe into reports against a doctor who was recently arrested.Pamborides said that it is the ultimate responsibility of the CyMA to investigate cases involving its members and to take decisions.He added that the CyMA cannot claim that the ministry did nothing as by the time the CyMA had sent the letters reporting a state doctor in March, the ministry had already long before launched a probe, which led to his arrest.“But why should I tell them (CyMA)? We had the tip off and we reported to the competent authority, the police. Why didn’t they inform the police? Or should I inform them of my actions, and risk having this reach the (doctor) under investigation?” Pamboridis said.He added that disciplinary probes fall under CyMA’s responsibilities and that they are the ones that must reveal their findings on investigations on their members. “It’s been a while since I heard penalties imposed (by them) on their members,” he said.CyMA had also expressed its discontent as to how the arrested doctors are being tarnished even when investigations are still at the initial stages.It said that its committees will deal with the issue of each doctor after the final court decision and in case of the suspects’ civil or criminal prosecution.Last week, a 55-year-old contract neurosurgeon at Nicosia general hospital was arrested in connection with 10 alleged bribery-related offences, while earlier in the month, three public sector ENT doctors were arrested for allegedly taking backhanders to refer patients to a private hearing clinic.Pamporidis said his ministry is investigating more reports against doctors.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more