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Kings County Family and Childrens Services Joins Community Services

first_img a risk-management process consistent with provincial child protection and children in care standards training, as required, to reaffirm and reorient staff to provincial child welfare standards work with the board, staff and regional resources to develop an action plan to address all of the issues identified in the review The integration of Family and Children’s Services of Kings County and the Department of Community Services will provide consistent service delivery for children and families, Judy Streatch, Minister of Community Services, announced today, May 21. “Community Services, along with the board of directors of Family and Children’s Services of Kings County, feel it is in the best interest of local children, families and staff, that they integrate with the department,” said Ms. Streatch. “Our priority is to protect children and families who need help and support.” Community Services staff will work with the Kings County agency to manage and provide support throughout the integration process, which will become final when their board and agency status is dissolved on Dec. 31. The department will be responsible for service delivery and the staff will become civil servants on Aug. 31. “The board members of Family and Children’s Services of Kings County will continue to be strong advocates for children,” said Mark Mander, president of the board of directors. “By moving the agency over to the Department of Community Services, board members will be able to concentrate their efforts more on the needs of children and community development.” A recent audit on the agency’s files by child welfare staff from Community Services found management and direct practice concerns that included poor documentation, inadequate assessments and inconsistent response times. The audit results were presented to the agency’s board of directors and they decided, in recognition of other agencies integrating with the department, it would be an appropriate time to amalgamate. Effective today, May 21, Leonard Doiron, former acting director of child welfare for the province, will manage the Kings County office on an interim basis to address concerns identified in the audit. In addition to the appointment, these measures will be implemented immediately: The department’s overall objectives are to ensure the province’s standards, policies and guidelines under the Children and Family Services Act are followed, and to review the abilities of professionals assigned to each file. The Department of Community Services is auditing all child welfare offices and agencies in the province.last_img read more

BC election outcome still murky two weeks after voters go to the

first_imgVICTORIA – The final count in British Columbia’s tight and inconclusive election will be known on Wednesday, but the possibility of a judicial recount means the actual outcome might not be known for weeks.The race between the Liberals and New Democrats in one key Vancouver Island riding swung back and forth on Tuesday.The latest ballot count in the hotly contested Courtenay-Comox riding showed a 101-vote lead for New Democrat Ronna-Rae Leonard over Liberal Jim Benninger. Earlier, Benninger was ahead by three votes after starting the day 13 behind.At stake is a one-seat Liberal majority if Benninger wins.But if Leonard wins, there could be a Liberal or NDP minority government with the support of the Green party in the 87-seat legislature.After the May 9 election, the Liberals had 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens had three seats.On election night, Leonard was ahead by nine votes in Courtenay-Comox.“Where they stand now, it’s a possibility there will be a judicial recount,” said Elections BC spokesman Andrew Watson.Elections BC did a recount in Courtenay-Comox before it began counting absentee ballots. Almost 180,000 absentee votes are being tallied provincewide as part of the agency’s final count, which must be completed on Wednesday.An application for a judicial recount must be filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia within six days of the final result being declared.“Within 72 hours after an application has been filed, the courts, if the application is approved, must set the date and time and the place for the judicial recount to occur and that must be set no later than eight days after that time,” said Watson.The results of the judicial recount are subject to an appeal to the B.C. Court of Appeal, he said. An appeal must be filed within two days of the judicial recount and the result of the appeal must be determined within 10 days.“Since 1995, when the Election Act came into force, there’s been four judicial recounts and none of them have gone to an appeal,” Watson said.The most recent judicial recount was after the 2013 election in Coquitlam-Maillardville riding, where 35 votes separated the Liberal and NDP candidates, which was less than 1/500 of the total ballots considered that triggers an automatic application from the district electoral officer for a judicial recount under the act.The final vote counting was still underway in several B.C. ridings. Liberal candidate Jas Johal was declared the winner in Richmond-Queensborough by a margin of 134 votes.As the counting continued, several groups opposed to the Site C hydroelectric dam and the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion called for a pact between the New Democrats and Greens, if the final results produce a minority government.A wide range of social, environmental and First Nations groups say the election result represents a chance for the two political movements to work together as a unified force.“We have a unique and historic moment in the history of B.C. to change the course of history,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Chiefs.About 50 people were at the legislature to present an online petition signed by 25,000 people since the election.Carole James, a former NDP leader, and Sonia Furstenau, a newly elected member of the legislature for the Greens, accepted the petition asking the two parties to co-operate.James and Furstenau declined comment about negotiations that are underway between the two parties.“I’m not going to get into specifics,” said James. “We’re in discussions. I’m going to leave it at that.”NDP Leader John Horgan has said his party and the Greens share political similarities when it comes to introducing reforms to the electoral system and campaign financing. The two parties are also opposed to the Kinder Morgan pipeline project and the Site C dam.Green Leader Andrew Weaver has said there are more similarities between the Greens and NDP on major issues, but that didn’t preclude his party from working with the Liberals.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version referred to Rona-Rae Leonard’s last name as Rae Leonard.last_img read more

Scheer Lyme and lumber how federal politics touched Canadians this week

first_imgOTTAWA – It was an intense week of repudiation on Parliament Hill.U.S. President Donald Trump entrenched — with gusto, and to Canada’s consternation — his inward-looking approach to global affairs by stridently announcing his intention to pull out of the Paris accord to prevent climate change.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard shattered the back-burner status of constitutional truce by launching national discussions meant to deal with his province’s long-standing concerns about being excluded from the Constitution.And Liberal hopes to address energy and the environment in tandem — by introducing carbon pricing while also approving the Kinder Morgan pipeline — were thrown into disarray by this week’s pact between the B.C. Greens and the NDP to wrest provincial power from Christy Clark’s Liberals.Amidst all the moving pieces, there were concrete developments in the dynamics of the House of Commons, in confronting Lyme disease and in dealing with the softwood lumber dispute with the United States.Here are three ways politics touched us this week:SCHEER MAKES HIS MARKThe new Conservative leader finally took up his post in the House of Commons this week, beginning to better define the political dynamic that will accompany voters into the next election.Andrew Scheer received a warm welcome from his caucus and even the other parties’ MPs as he took up the mantle of leader of the official Opposition.He then set down some markers that will undoubtedly return as key themes leading up to the next campaign. He highlighted familiar Conservative policies on balanced budgets and smaller government, and resurrected Stephen Harper’s focus on a “job-killing carbon tax.”And he added a flavour of his own, calling for a denial of funding to universities that stifle full freedom of speech by shouting down and drowning out unpopular views. He also cited “radical Islamic terrorism” — a politically loaded phrase — and the threat it poses as justification for his call to send Canada’s fighter jets back to the Middle East.LICKING LYME DISEASEAs tales of torrents of ticks swarmed through social media this week, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the government’s intentions to improve research around Lyme disease.Ottawa will put $4 million towards a better understanding of the disease, setting up a network to improve diagnosis and treatment.Critics say the pace of government programs is no match for the pace of infected ticks and the complexities of the bacteria they carry.Lyme-carrying ticks can now be found in most provinces in Canada, and no longer just the southernmost points of Ontario. Experts predict the number of people affected by the disease will grow steadily, from 700 in 2015 to about 10,000 a year by 2020.Diagnosing and treating Lyme disease is often very tricky; it can sometimes take years to defeat the disease in a single person.LUMBERThe federal government is papering over the pain of its eternal softwood lumber dispute with the United States, putting up $867 million this week to boost the competitiveness of companies and give new skills to sideswiped workers.The supports are meant to partially make up for damages caused by the U.S. imposition of duties introduced in April on Canadian lumber sales into the United States.The package is just one of the ways the federal government is stickhandling through its increasingly antagonistic trade relationship with the United States.Ottawa is also threatening to end its talks to buy Super Hornet fighter jets from Boeing Co., now that the U.S.-based aerospace company is using the American legal system to challenge Canadian government support for rival Bombardier Inc.And on climate, Ottawa is finding common cause with the rest of the world in sticking steadfastly with the Paris accord to cut emissions while loudly proclaiming its disappointment with the Trump administration for pulling out of the pact.On NAFTA re-negotiations, however, the federal government is being careful not to make any loud, aggressive moves for now — preferring to watch quietly while Trump sorts out his position.last_img read more

Indigenous artists shine at Folk on the Rocks festival in Yellowknife

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsFestival goers from across Canada flocked to the annual Folk on the Rocks weekend in Yellowknife.This year, many notable Indigenous artists took to the stage sharing their talent with the crowd.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img

Pond Inlet family suing Nunavut RCMP after fatal shooting

first_imgRCMP in Nunavut and three of its officers are being sued by the family of David Kunuk. Photo: APTN FileKent DriscollAPTN NewsThe family of a Pond Inlet, Nunavut man who was shot and killed by RCMP on March 18, 2017 are suing the officers involved, and the RCMP.According to a statement of claim filed in the Nunavut Court of Justice, if the RCMP had done more to make sure police services were available in Inuktitut, the death could have been prevented.The claim says David (Kunuk) Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq died of a single gun shot wound fired by Const. Patrick Higgins.The claim also names Const. Kyle Longmire, and Cpl. Terry Hamlin as defendants. According to the claim, both Longmire and Hamlin “participated in the encounter with Kunuk which lead  to his death.” Hamlin was in charge of operations for the Pond Inlet detachment on that day the claim says.The RCMP has not filed a statement of defence at this time.Read the statement of claim: David (Kunuk) Qajaakuttuk QamaniqAll three defendants have since been transferred out of Pond Inlet, a small community of 1,617 people at the northern end of Baffin island, 1,067 kilometres northwest of Iqaluit.According to the claim, on March 18, 2017, the one year anniversary of Kunuk’s younger sister Enooya’s death by suicide, David Kunuk was supposed to go hunting with a friend but slept in. He was disappointed to “miss the chance to hunt for his family.”The claim says together with his mother “he cried for his lost sister and expressed “despair” and suggested to his mother that he was considering suicide.He then told his family that he was going rabbit hunting and left with a .22 rifle.Kunuk’s mother contacted RCMP on their non-emergency line, concerned with her son’s welfare.RCMP discovered Kunuk at the beach with the rifle.When Kunuk’s family saw RCMP approaching, his father told Cpl. Hamlin that his son was “sober and straight.”He then shouted to his son in Inuktitut to come home.Kunuk replied in Inuktitut that he was going rabbit hunting. According to the claim, the father believed his son was now focused on bringing home some food and drove back to Pond Inlet.By the time Kunuk’s father got home, his wife had received a call from the local Health Centre, Kunuk had been shot by Constable Higgins.“The Qamaniqs were eventually permitted to see their son very briefly,” says the statement of claim. “There was blood everywhere in the treatment room. Kunuk was struggling to breathe.“The Qamaniqs were only able to exchange eye contact with Kunuk and were escorted out of the examination room.”The father went back home to be with his other children.“After a long time, two nurses emerged from the examination room and advised Leah Qamaniq that her son Kunuk had died.”The civil case claims that at the time of the shooting, Kunuk had done nothing illegal, was of sound mind, and wasn’t a risk to himself and others, and claim the RCMP were negligent in killing Kunuk.“Any confrontation which arose, and the subsequent homicide was provoked by and as a result of the negligence or deliberate acts of the officer or officers involved, individually and collectively.”It also claims the Nunavut RCMP haven’t spent enough time training their officers in mental health, suicide, non-lethal confrontation, and de-escalation, that they have failed in recruiting Inuktitut speaking officers.While the claim does not cite a specific amount of money they are requesting, it does list factors (loss of future earnings and pan suffering of the family) that would be the basis of any award.The family also asks that any court case take in place in Pond Inlet with a judge and jury trial.The Ottawa police investigated the shooting and cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img read more

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Salvadoran journalist

“This killing is an attack on the people of El Salvador’s right to enjoy the basic human right of freedom of expression,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. “I trust that the authorities will do all in their power to find and prosecute the culprits of this heinous crime, in the interest of justice and democracy.” Mr. Sánchez Roque, 37, who was shot near his home in the city of Souyapango, had been reporting for several radio stations on abuses and extortion by gangs. His mother has been quoted in the local media as saying that she was told by Mr. Sánchez Roque that he had recently received threats. Attacks on journalists have been infrequent in El Salvador, according to the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). 26 September 2007The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of Salvadoran radio reporter Salvador Sánchez Roque who was shot dead on 20 September, calling the act an assault on the Central American nation’s freedom of expression. read more

The NCAA Bracket Checking Our Work

Not all the numbers work out so neatly, however. Another bin contains all those favorites with win probabilities in the 50s (anywhere from 50.0 percent to 59.9 percent). These teams were supposed to win about 55 percent of the time. In fact, they’ve won 38 of 63 games, or 60.3 percent of the time. So the teams performed a little better than expected in these games.By contrast, teams with win probabilities in the 60s (from 60.0 percent to 69.9 percent) have won 35 of their 60 games, or 58.3 percent. That’s a bit worse than expected.What’s going on here? How are the somewhat heavier favorites, with win probabilities in the 60s, performing worse than those teams whose win probabilities were in the 50s? Are the heavier favorites getting cocky? Is there something wrong with the model?Probably not. Instead, these differences are well within the ranges that might result from random chance. This is easier to explain visually, as in the following graphic, which portrays the results of games from each bin along with their confidence intervals. Our NCAA tournament forecasts are probabilistic. You could say that FiveThirtyEight is “calling” for Michigan State to defeat Virginia on Friday, but it isn’t much of a call. Our model gives Michigan State a 50.7 percent chance of winning, and Virginia a 49.3 percent chance. For all intents and purposes, it’s a toss-up.Other times, of course, one team has a much clearer edge. Duke was a 92.9 percent favorite against Mercer last week, but Mercer won.Still, upsets like these are supposed to happen some of the time. The question in evaluating a probabilistic forecast is whether the underdogs are winning substantially more or less often than expected. The technical term for this is calibration. But you might think of it more as truth in advertising. Over the long run, out of all the times when we say a team is a 75 percent favorite, is it really winning about 75 percent of the time?FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA tournament projections have been published each year since 2011. The formula has changed very little over that period. (The only substantive change has been adding a fifth computer power rating, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, this season.) That gives us a reasonable baseline for evaluation: a total of 254 games, counting the 52 played so far this year. (These totals include “play-in” games.)You can find a file containing our past predictions here. It’s important to emphasize that these predictions were published at The New York Times or ESPN versions of FiveThirtyEight in advance of each game — these are actual predictions and not hindcasts.Overall, FiveThirtyEight’s favorite won 70.0 percent of the time. How often was the favorite supposed to win? According to our model, 72.1 percent of the time. So at a macro level, the forecasts have been pretty well calibrated (70.0 percent is well within the 95 percent confidence interval drawn by simulating the results 100,000 times).But that doesn’t tell us everything. It’s also important that the heavier favorites, like Duke in its game against Mercer, win more often than the slim favorites, like Michigan State against Virginia.To evaluate this, we can break the 254 games down into bins. The most intuitive way is to use five bins based on the first digit of the favorite’s win probability. For example, one bin contains the 40 games in which the favorite’s win probability was somewhere in the 90s (that is, anywhere from 90.0 percent to 99.99999 percent; in practice, the heaviest favorite in our database is Ohio State, which had a 99.7 percent chance of beating the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011.)We’d expect the favorite to win about 95 percent of these games. In fact, the favorite won 38 out of 40, or exactly 95 percent of the time. The exceptions were Duke this year and Missouri in 2012, which lost to Norfolk State despite being a 97.2 percent favorite. Each result is within its respective confidence interval. The calibration is not perfect. But the deviations from perfect calibration are not statistically significant. We encourage you to check our work, and let us know if you think there’s a better way to judge our results. But overall, the tournament’s results have been reasonably true to the FiveThirtyEight probabilities. Just don’t tell that to your buddy who had Duke winning it all this year.Correction: Speaking of checking our work: a reader, D.K., discovered that our database incorrectly listed Kentucky as the winner of its 2011 national semifinal against Connecticut. The chart, table and text have now been changed to reflect the correct result. We appreciate D.K.’s assistance and apologize for the error. read more

Vandalised Queen Victoria Statue being restored

Workers attached to the High Court were on Tuesday seen working judiciously to restore the historic Queen Victoria Statue, which fell victim to vandalism over the weekend.When INews visited the monument located in the compound of the High Court, a red liquid substance (suspected to be paint) had been thrown over the marble statue.The Queen Victoria Statue was sculpted by Henry Richard Hope-Pinker and commissioned in the year 1887. However, it was not until 1894 that it was unveiled outside the law courts in Georgetown.When Guyana gained Independence in 1966 and became a Cooperative Republic in 1970, the statue of Victoria was removed to Georgetown’s Botanical Gardens.However, in 1990, the statue was restored and re-erected in front of the Supreme Court of Judicature in Georgetown. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinibus driver, conductor charged for assaulting peace officerFebruary 18, 2019In “Court”Woman accused of killing abusive husband to stand trial in High CourtJanuary 16, 2019In “Court”Soesdyke man to face High Court trial for alleged murder of teenAugust 19, 2019In “Court” read more

46 people killed in workplace accidents last year

first_imgTHERE WERE 46 people killed in work-related accidents over the course of 2013, figures from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) reveal.The figure for last year is down slightly on 2012′s figure of 48 deaths, with a reduction from 21 to 16 in the agriculture sector, which remains the sector with the highest instance of workplace fatalities. Four children are included in the number of people who lost their lives on Irish farms last year.Martin O’Halloran, CEO of the HSA, commented that the authority will “never accept that these deaths are inevitable and cannot be prevented”.“We are working to foster a culture of safety in the sector but high accident rates show that the pace of change is too slow,” he said. “I am calling on farmers to make 2014 the safest year on farms ever recorded.”ConstructionThe construction sector recorded the second highest number of fatalities with 11 killed in 2013, making it the third year in a row that fatalities increased in this sector. The main causes were the movement of vehicles on site and falls from height.O’Halloran said that while he welcomed any news that the construction sector is recovering, he is concerned at the increased fatality rates.The industry did previously have a poor safety record and, to its credit, industry stakeholders got together and worked on improving standards. We cannot allow those gains to be eroded, especially in the context of economic recovery and the anticipated increase in construction activity. TragedyFatalities in the fishing sector fell from seven to four in 2013 and deaths of workers in water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities were also down.Generally, most of the incidents involved vehicles at work and the highest number of fatalities last year was 12 in Cork. Dublin and Waterford recorded the second highest number of fatalities with four in each.Of the 46 killed in work-related accidents in 2013, there were eight non-worker fatalities, the HSA said.While the overall number each year is declining, O’Halloran said “the fact is that each year people still lose their lives because of a work-related accident”.“This is a tragedy for the victims, their families, friends and the wider community,” he added. “Generally our investigations show that these tragedies could have been prevented.”Read: Teen dies after suspected electrocution on Limerick farm>Read: Farmers’ association urges caution as busy farms signal rise in accidents>last_img read more

Chladni Plate experiment makes for a jawdropping video

first_imgWe all know you can’t see sound, but you can certainly see the effects of it. 18th century physicist Ernst Chladni was one of the first to realize that when he devised an experiment to visualize the effect resonant vibration has on an object. The so-called Chladni Plates are still one of the most visually striking experiments in physics that can be performed without a face shield.Chladni used a flat metal plate covered with a dusting of sand. He ran a bow along the edge until the plate began to resonate. What he saw all those centuries ago is not terribly dissimilar to what you can see in the video below.Whereas Chladni used a bow, modern recreations of the experiment use an electronic signal generator. This allows the frequency of the sound to be precisely controlled and considerably higher. What you’re seeing here is a physical manifestation of a standing wave.As the sound waves resonate through the sheet of metal, they reflect back toward the source. The overlap of the waves causes an interference pattern of nodes and peaks. The places where the sand bunches up and appears to stand still are the nodes. As the frequency varies, the location of the nodes shifts.What’s especially cool about this experiment is how the nodal pattern grows increasingly complex as the frequency is cranked up. A higher frequency means more peaks in the sound wave, and thus more nodes in the resulting interference pattern.The way the sand skitters around the plate, transforming itself into increasingly complicated geometric shapes looks almost magical. But it’s really just science in action.last_img read more

Blekko le moteur de recherche qui se voit déjà grand

first_imgBlekko, le moteur de recherche qui se voit déjà grandÉtats-Unis – Blekko est un nouveau moteur de recherche. Il veut faire la différence en appuyant ses résultats sur les contributions des internautes.Blekko s’est inspiré de l’encyclopédie en ligne Wikipedia pour créer de nouvelles techniques de recherche sur le net. Ce sont les internautes eux-mêmes qui décideront des résultats les plus pertinents en fonction des mots clés tapés dans la barre de recherche. Rich Skrenta, directeur du nouveau moteur, justifie cette position : “Tout le monde n’a pas besoin de participer : la plupart des gens n’éditent pas Wikipedia, et pourtant cela a donné une vaste encyclopédie qui dépasse depuis longtemps l’encyclopédie fermée Britannica.” Ce style de recherche en ligne permettrait, entre autres, d’avoir des liens commerciaux en tête de pages. Google, leader de la recherche en ligne, doit-il s’en inquiéter ?Le 2 novembre 2010 à 12:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Loss of Obamacare could affect 750000 Washington residents

first_imgOLYMPIA — Repealing all aspects of Obamacare, and the federal money that came with it, could take away health coverage from about 750,000 Washington residents and throw the insurance market into chaos, state officials said Wednesday.“It depends on how rash (members of Congress) are,” said Bob Crittenden, senior special assistant for health reform to Gov. Jay Inslee.Like many states, Washington accepted federal money to expand access to Medicaid under the law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act. That amounted to $2.7 billion last year and will total an estimated $3 billion this year.If Congress were to repeal the law and funding immediately, without a replacement plan in place, that would take away the expansion of health care coverage in the state since 2013.In a letter to U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers last month, Inslee and Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said the state has an extra 750,000 people with health coverage because of the law, and the uninsured rate is down to 5.8 percent from 14 percent before the law went into effect. Increased health care spending has helped add 51,000 health-related jobs to the state economy, they added.Some 20,000 people on plans available through the Affordable Care Act have been treated for cancer since 2014, Crittenden noted.If Congress decides to keep Obamacare, and the federal money needed to pay for it, until it develops a replacement with some of the more popular features of the law, there wouldn’t be such a dramatic effect on residents or the economy, he said.last_img read more

UK should stick with austerity OECD

first_imgUK should stick with austerity – OECD6 viewsUK should stick with austerity – OECD6 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00UK should stick with austerity – OECD6 viewsBusinessThe hustle and bustle of London, and the sound of economic success. The UK economy is the fastest growing in the G7 with growth forecast to hit 2.6 percent this year. That’s the assessment from theVentuno Web Player 4.50The hustle and bustle of London, and the sound of economic success. The UK economy is the fastest growing in the G7 with growth forecast to hit 2.6 percent this year. That’s the assessment from thelast_img

M6 slip road closed due to lorry fire

first_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Driver named following fatal collision Update:  The road has now reopened A slip road off the M6 motorway has been closed in Cheshire due to an ongoing lorry fire this afternoon (Tuesday May 14). The exit slip road off the northbound carriageway at junction 19 is currently shut due to the HGV fire. Highways England first confirmed the route was closed at around 4.20pm, with firefighters making their way to the scene. A Highways England spokesman said:  “M6 northbound exit at J19 (Tabley A556 Northwich) has been closed due to a large goods vehicle on fire. Traffic Officers and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service en route. “Traffic is slow on the approach towards Knutsford Services.” Police say the slip road is likely to remain closed for some time. At around 5.30pm, a North West Motorway Police spokesman said:  “M6 J19 exit slip north bound is likely to be closed for quite some time, HGV that was on fire is still smouldering, please find a different route off the network, thank you for your patience.” We will bring you an update on this story as soon as one becomes available. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

Update Soldier stabbed and companion raped

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! On Tuesday (September 27), reports came through of a soldier who had been stabbed to death at Lions Park.It is believed the soldier was with a female companion.The two were attacked by three suspects who were armed with knives.The suspects stabbed the soldier in the neck.The woman was raped and hospitalized after emergency services arrived.This story will be updated once we have more information.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS Accessories | June 13, 2019 M*Modal and Community Health Network Partner on AI-powered Clinical Documentation M*Modal announced that the company and Community Health Network (CHNw) are collaborating to transform the patient-… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | May 13, 2019 FDA Approves Zebra Medical Vision’s HealthPNX AI Chest X-ray Triage Product Zebra Medical Vision has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for HealthPNX, an artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | May 01, 2019 University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation International Medical Solutions (IMS) and the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging have signed a… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more September 8, 2011 — EVOCS has released a cloud-based medical image sharing platform to enhance image management, distribution and data exchanges between referring physicians and hospitals, regardless of geographical location. Fysicon was one of the first to create this picture archive solution and has since gone on to control 85 percent of the Dutch market. More than 60 million images have been exchanged via the EVOCS image sharing technology.The 2011 EVOCS Advanced Webviewer is an XDS, XDE, and HL7 compliant cloud-based platform for document exchange medical imaging management application. It is the first that allows reports to become embedded with the Dicom image. Consultants can communicate directly, share information and images simultaneously via the built-in video conferencing facility.This technology greatly increases quality of care and patient safety, improves referrals, and aids business continuity between hospitals and consultants. It improves service and promotes tighter integration between referring medical institutions.  EVOCS eliminates the need for CDs and traditional radiology film because authorized facilities can now easily and instantly transmit images either in-house or externally faster than any conventional hospital VPN. All users can send/receive, DICOM Query/Retrieve regardless of the size of hospital, number of picture archiving and communication system (PACS) vendor servers or consultant radiologists. EVOCS can compress and transmit all modality images, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammograms and computed tomography (CT) scans via the clinical application.The image sharing capability accelerates diagnosis and treatment and helps avoid unnecessary imaging rescanning. Images can now arrive at the emergency center well ahead of a referred; this allows studies to be read and clinicians to be prepped and ready as soon as patients come through the doors.For more information: www.fysicon.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | September 08, 2011 Fysicon Cloud-Based Medical Image Sharing Platform Launched in Europe News | PACS Accessories | May 28, 2019 Intelerad Showcases Clario SmartWorklist at SIIM 2019 The Clario SmartWorklist intelligently manages picture archiving and communication system (PACS) reading workflow by… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more last_img read more

Top reasons to use Google Lighthouse 30

first_imgIf you create web applications as a profession then you would be definitely needing an auditing tool to check what works and what doesn’t in your app. Google Lighthouse is one such tool. It saves a lot of time for you to assess your website’s performance and make it better. You can simply put any URL into Google Lighthouse, (with proper permissions of course) and it will audit it for performance issues and will create a separate report for each issue with ways to rectify it. You can use Lighthouse from the chrome dev tools or you can use it with npn tools as well. Google has announced the release of Lighthouse version 3 in the latest Google I/O conference. The new features of Lighthouse are mentioned below: Lighthouse 3 comes equipped with a new audit engine called Lantern. This helps in improved audits and also minimizes the variance between different audits. The reason for improved audits is that Lantern runs the audits in the same CPU and network environments and simulates the app performance in a regular environment. Lighthouse comes now with a new and improved UI that helps developers to better understand the issues related to their apps and take actionable insights from it. Image Courtesy: Google Uniformity of operation: Both the CLI based version as well as the Node.js version have the same set of controls so that it’s easier to use and less confusing for different sets of developers. Lighthouse has changed their scoring model which now considers 50 out of 100 score as 75 percentile. They have made it systematically harder to achieve the perfect score making the testing and auditing process much more stringent. 4 new audit types have been introduced. The first shows the time to load the first image or text, the second shows the validity of the robots.txt file. The third test shows ways to change videos to gifs and still preserve the video tag to improve the load time. The fourth test enables links to preload before the website loads. The final report is now distributed into three parts to facilitate the developer’s understanding of the scenario and improve the performance. These are the 1hr report which reports the results of the audit, the artifacts property report which includes the data collected from Chrome, and the final report includes the formatted report HTML/JSON/CSV as a string. Will these changes impact the way you develop your apps and make them fare better in the crowd? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section. Read Next Top 5 Google I/O 2018 conference Day 1 Highlights What can Google Duplex do for businesses? Google announces Chrome 67 packed with powerful APIs, password-free logins, PWA support, and morelast_img read more

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first_img Monday, April 3, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img PHILADELPHIA — AMResorts is well on its way to achieving 100 all-inclusive properties by 2020, a growth strategy that was outlined at Tianguis Turistico Mexico 2017 last week.According to company executives, the company plans to unveil 10 new openings by 2020 in Mexico alone. This represents a record number of consecutive openings in a single country.The AMResorts portfolio currently includes more than 50 properties across its six award-winning brands, 28 of which are in Mexico.“As a nation of many culture-rich destinations with room to grow and strong economic figures to back it, Mexico will continue to yield significant investment opportunities well beyond AMResorts’ development plans,” said Gonzalo del Peon, AMResorts President. “Mexico as a whole has proven to be resilient against ups and downs, welcoming 94.6 million international visitors in 2016, up 8.6% since the previous year.”Next year will see several new builds throughout Mexico, including the 120-suite Zoëtry Chamela Costalegre Mexico, and Breathless Playa del Carmen Resort & Spa, perfect for adults with its 500 modern suites.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaBy 2019, AMResorts will have over 60 resorts, representing more than 24,000 rooms throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Its footprint will span 30 destinations in 11 countries, including entry into the new destinations of Aruba and Puerto Rico. Tags: AMResorts, Breathless Resorts & Spas, Mexico, Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts AMResorts sets its sights on 100 properties by 2020, with focus on Mexicolast_img read more

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first_img TORONTO – Saskatchewan comedian Kelly Taylor was booked for a cancer benefit outside Saskatoon the day after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.But as the tragic headlines poured in, the passionate hockey fan struggled to find his lighter side.“I spent some of that day texting hockey buddies and hearing a lot of them breaking down,” he said. “It was on another level.”He didn’t want to back out of the charity event, but Taylor said he couldn’t shake the sadness that had overtaken the hockey community he grew up around. He took the stage that night, but an hour into his show, he told the audience he was having trouble focusing on anything besides the overwhelming loss.“I knew when I did I wouldn’t be able to hold together,” he said. “But it felt like a lot of people were feeling that way.”The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game April 6 when their bus and a semi collided at an intersection in the country near Tisdale, Sask., killing 16 people and injuring 13 others.Taylor finished his set with another 20 minutes of comedy, hoping to leave the audience with boosted spirits. Later this month, he hopes to strike a similarly optimistic tone when he performs at the Humour for Humboldt fundraiser at Edmonton’s the Comic Strip on May 17.The showcase features Taylor alongside “Letterkenny” star K. Trevor Wilson and the venue’s owner Rick Bronson, who will serve as host. It’s being promoted as a night of comedians raising money for the Humboldt hockey community.Taylor, who was raised a couple hours away from Humboldt in Prince Albert, Sask., grew up playing hockey, but eventually traded dreams of suiting up in the pros for the comedy scene.His jokes still emphasize his love for hockey. A major part of his act focuses on the sport, its players and other barbs about the Canada’s game. He’ll decide on the quantity of hockey punchlines once he takes the temperature of the crowd.“I’m just going to go there, try and have a real good set and maybe give people (some time) away from it,” he said.Regular tickets for Humour for Humboldt start at $75, while a VIP ticket for $125 gets attendees access to a meet-and-greet reception with the comics.The money raised will be split between Humboldt-area junior hockey teams and the Stars Air Ambulance, which helped transport some of the victims from the crash.Laughing in the wake of tragedy is important to Bronson, the Comic Strip’s owner.He points to David Letterman who took to the airwaves a week after Sept. 11 with a sense of class and a light dose of humour.“Several of the late-night talk show guys were instrumental in showing us how important it was to return to our daily routines and lives — and laugh,” Bronson said.“That’s certainly an important emotion in my life.”Bronson began making plans for the comedy show about a week after the Humboldt crash, he said.Two years ago, he launched a fundraiser with former “Saturday Night Live” alum Rob Schneider to raise money for victims of the Fort McMurray wildfires. It wound up collecting $100,000 for the Red Cross.Striking the right tone for this particular night of comedy is important to Taylor, who has played shows in the face of tragedy before.Over a decade ago, he performed at a military base in Cold Lake, Alta., only hours after a pilot died in a crash, though he acknowledges the “show must go on” attitude of the military differs from most other communities.Taylor said he’s sympathetic to concerns raised over the recent Humboldt Broncos tribute concert where two American comedians made jokes deemed racially insensitive to Indigenous people. While Taylor wasn’t offered a spot at that charity concert, he insists he would’ve gone through his act “with a fine-tooth comb” to ensure nothing was offensive.The comedian also acknowledged there’s “no right answer” to when it’s appropriate to laugh after a tragedy. But he found some assurance in comments made by Broncos assistant coach Chris Beaudry after the bus crash.Beaudry reminded Canadians to enjoy happiness whenever they could find it — even if the moment was fleeting.“When you’ve got dark times, if you can sit there and laugh, let it in,” Taylor echoed.“Otherwise the sadness is going to eat you up.”—Follow @dfriend on Twitter by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2018 12:05 pm PDT Last Updated May 8, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Comedian Kelly Taylor is photographed at his nephew’s hockey tournament in Winnipeg, Friday, April 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods center_img Hockey comic Kelly Taylor leans on humour to heal after Humboldt tragedylast_img read more

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