CSIS allowed targeted assassination of 2 residents on Canadian soil says exspy

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanadian spies used death threats to secure sources and allowed the assassination of two people on Canadian soil by a foreign agency, a former intelligence officer alleges in documents filed with the Federal Court.Danny Palmer, a former intelligence officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), also said he authored two threat assessments in April and August 2001 warning of an “aerial attack” against the U.S. that were never passed on to U.S. authorities, according to court documents.Palmer, a 12 year-veteran of CSIS, claimed in court documents he was fired from the spy agency because he repeatedly raised concerns about some of CSIS’ practices. He said the practices undermined the agency’s operations along with “national and international security.”According to the court record, CSIS said it fired Palmer because of his “poor performance.”The allegations and claims are contained in letters forming part of a Federal Court case where Palmer sought a judicial review of a Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) decision to not reopen his grievance against CSIS. Palmer initially settled with CSIS in 2007, but tried to have the settlement thrown out because he claimed the agency withheld important information about his case.CSIS terminated Palmer’s employment in July 2003. The Federal Court dismissed Palmer’s application for the judicial review in April 2013.Palmer, however, continues his battle with CSIS.Palmer’s Montreal lawyer Jean-Francois Mercure sent a letter to the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) in October giving it notice they are considering filing for a mandamus order to force the CSIS watchdog to review Palmer’s case.SIRC turned down a 2007 request to look into Palmer’s case.Mercure said his client did not want to cooperate with APTN National News lest he open himself up to accusations from CSIS that he violated the federal Security of Information Act.Mercure said Palmer still wants reinstatement. In one of his letters from March 31, 2006, Palmer described himself as a “loyal and law-abiding intelligence officer” who “was dismissed because of his concerns over unethical and illegal practices.”March 31, 2006, letter from Danny PalmerPalmer stated in letters filed with the court that his allegations were “well documented for two years.” He claimed CSIS investigated the allegations after he was fired, but the agency refused to release the result to the labour board because it proved his case.“As you also know, it is standard practice to not investigate potential criminal matters within CSIS, as it may cause political embarrassment,” wrote Palmer, in an Oct. 19, 2004, letter to Justice Canada lawyer Daniel Roussy, who initially represented CSIS on the case.In a July 30, 2009, letter to a PSLRB official, Palmer wrote that the agency’s habit of “omitting important facts and manipulating (massaging) other facts caused in the end the undermining of national and international security (sic).”In the same letter, he stated, “when ‘massaging facts’ (CSIS jargon) is for the sole purpose of promoting one’s career and is placed ahead of national security, I considered this to be a serious breach of trust (sic).”CSIS dismissed Palmer’s claims after APTN National News provided the agency with an email detailing the main allegations.“These allegations, coming from an unhappy former employee who was asked to leave our organization many years ago, are patently absurd,” said CSIS spokesperson Tahera Mufti.Mufti said CSIS would not comment on what Palmer’s role was with the agency and provided no other information about the case.July 30, 2009, letter from Danny PalmerAPTN National News contacted Public Safety Minister Steve Blaney’s office and provided an email detailing Palmer’s allegations to spokesperson Jean-Christophe de Le Rue. But a statement provided by the department did not deal with issues requested.“The Security Intelligence Review Committee provides robust and objective review of CSIS, including the publishing of an annual report,” said the emailed statement. “CSIS abides by Canadian laws, regulations and ministerial directives.”Aside from Palmer’s letters, APTN National News was unable to review any documents that supported his allegations.The court file, however, contains a list of secret and top secret documents that were requested by Palmer and his lawyer during the labour board hearings.List of documentsA whole volume of Palmer’s Federal Court case is marked “Top Secret” and is locked away, according to court officials. Several exhibits in the remaining three volumes available for viewing have also been removed.An official with the PSLRB denied a request from APTN National News to view unclassified portions of two cases involving Palmer saying both were “classified” and unavailable to the public. The Federal Court record, however, shows that some of the evidence submitted during the labour board hearings were not classified.None of Palmer’s allegations have been tested in court.Internal Security NotePalmer wrote eight letters containing the allegations between 2004 and 2009. The letters were addressed to Roussy and Susan Mailer, the director of registry operations and policy for the PSLRB.Palmer’s letters were filed by the spy agency as exhibits in Federal Court to support an affidavit sworn on April 27, 2012, by Tiffanie Jennings, CSIS’ chief of the labour relations unit at the time. The affidavit summarized testimony delivered during a previous PSLRB hearing, including evidence presented by CSIS’ then-chief of physical security Ken Brothers who stated some documents distributed by Palmer after he left the agency “contained classified information.”Tiffanie Jennings affidavitPalmer’s main stated allegations centre around the use of “implied death threats” by CSIS agents to secure sources.“The tactic, in its simplest form, involved stating to the prospective source that should he cooperate with CSIS, then he would be protected against assassination from the Mossad (the Israeli intelligence service) or the CIA,” wrote Palmer, in an Oct. 23, 2005, letter to Mailer. “Should the prospective source not cooperate, then CSIS could not guarantee his protection and as a casual reference it was mentioned CSIS is in regular contact with the CIA and Mossad…Given the countries where most of these prospective sources come from such as Iran, torture and assassination by their own domestic services is commonly known.”In the same letter, Palmer alleged the tactic was in common use by CSIS agents on the “Counter Proliferation desk” in the Toronto and Quebec regions.Palmer’s description echoes the tactic employed by a CSIS agent by the name of “Victoria” who was caught on video by APTN National News meeting with a First Nations activist in the 2010 run-up to the G20 meeting in Toronto. The agent warned the activist against setting up a blockade on Hwy 400.“I will tell you that straight up because there’s going to be people travelling there from all over the world and different countries do not have the same perspective on activists as our county does…There’s other forces that are from other countries that will not put up with a blockade in front of their president,” said Victoria, to Harrison Friesen, a member of the group Red Power United, according to the exchange caught on video.“The point is there was more than tacit approval in using this tactic,” wrote Palmer. “Please note that my ‘allegations’ of this tactic being used on the Counter Proliferation desk were never contested nor ever investigated while I was employed in Quebec Region.”Palmer wrote he “cautioned” at least two other CSIS agents against using “implied death threats,” which he believed were “against policy, unethical but also illegal.”Oct. 23, 2005, letter from Danny PalmerThis, he wrote, is the real reason he was fired from the spy agency. He blamed the current president of the Canada Border Services Agency Luc Portelance, who was his superior in the Quebec region at the time, for pulling the trigger.“That is why after reading my performance comments that noted my warning again against such tactics that the only option Mr. Portelance saw in order to protect his career and that of others was dismissal, not a transfer or a demotion that is advocated in service policy and in employment law,” wrote Palmer, in the same letter.Palmer’s correspondence was written in direct response to an Oct. 11, 2005, letter from Roussy to Mailer. In the letter, Roussy stated CSIS did not use threats as part of its operations.“I wish to make it very clear that the service is not in the business of threatening anyone, using threats, intimidation or reprisals against anybody,” wrote Roussy. “Should Mr. Palmer or anyone else feel threatened, I invite these individuals to complain to the Security Intelligence Committee.”Roussy also said CSIS was “extremely concerned” Palmer faxed a letter containing “a source’s codename and methodology.”Oct. 11, 2005, letter from Daniel RoussyPalmer planned to call at least three sources as witnesses for his labour board hearing, according to an Oct. 31, 2005, letter. The letter identified the individuals as “source codename Cxxxx, source codename Dxxxxxx and Mr. Rxxxxxx.” He also planned to call an ex-KGB officer known as “Mr. Pxxxx” and a psychiatrist. Palmer also requested a TV and VHS machine to play two tapes during the hearing.Roussy, however, objected to allowing testimony from the individuals identified by Palmer as sources and the ex-KGB agent.“If indeed these individuals were or are sources of the Service or even a target of the Service, which I cannot confirm or deny, I am of the view that their presence will not serve to establish whether Mr. Palmer was actually doing his job to a satisfactory level,” wrote Roussy, in a Nov. 2, 2005, letter. “An informer or a target is not in a position to provide an assessment as to how well Mr. Palmer performed his job at his workplace. They should not be aware of how Mr. Palmer does his jobs nor the methods used by the Service to control information they would provide. Unless otherwise informed, Mr. Palmer was employed by the Service and not these individuals.”Oct. 31, 2005 letter from Danny PalmerNov. 2, 2005, letter from Daniel RoussyThe next year, in another letter to Mailer, Palmer leveled his most serious allegation, saying CSIS allowed a foreign intelligence agency to target two people in Canada for assassination.“The conduct and discipline measures against me and my dismissal involved my concern over the undermining of operations, violations of policies and the actual criminal negligence, such as allowing two Canadian residents to be targeted assassination in Canada by a Foreign Intelligence Service and associated CSIS target (sic),” wrote Palmer, in the Nov. 15, 2006, letter.Palmer did not say where or when he believed this alleged targeted assassination occurred.There is no response to this particular allegation from Justice Canada or CSIS in the public Federal Court record.Nov. 15, 2006, letter from Danny PalmerA Dec.1, 2006, letter from Roussy to Mailer made no mention of Palmer’s Nov. 15 letter. Instead, the letter requested a planned Dec. 12 labour board hearing be closed to the public.Palmer wrote a follow up letter to then CSIS director Jim Judd on Dec. 4, 2006, alleging “illicit” and “illegal” activities. Palmer’s letter is not included in the available court record. Evidence of the letter is contained in CSIS’ response, which was filed. The response, written by David Vigneault, a CSIS assistant director, and dated March 22, 2007, said the agency couldn’t deal with the allegations because Palmer’s case was before the labour board.“I am responding to your letter of December 4, 2006, addressed to the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in which you bring to the director’s attention…complaints regarding alleged illicit/illegal activity,” wrote Vigneault. “Considering that the issues you have underlined have been brought before an independent tribunal…it would be inappropriate for the service to comment on these activities outside the current PSLRB process.”March 22, 2007, letter from David Vigneaulthttps://www.scribd.com/doc/246593928/CSIS-letter-Mar-22-2007-pdfThere is also no record of a Justice Canada or CSIS response to Palmer’s claim that he wrote two threat assessments in April and August 2001 warning of 9-11-type attacks. The claims are contained in correspondence dated Nov. 30, 2004, and addressed to Roussy requesting a letter of recommendation from CSIS.“You can include, for example, my warnings of a possible aerial Al-Qaeda attack on a specific US target at a specific time in April 2001 as outlined in a threat assessment,” wrote Palmer. “And my August 2001 assessment of a likely attack on the World Trade Centre that could have, if provided to US authorities, altered the events of September 11, 2001.”Nov. 30, 2004, letter from Danny Palmerjbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Wife stepsons charged in death of Malaysian govt fund CEO

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The wife of the CEO of a Malaysian government venture capital firm who died in an incident that attracted national interest has been charged with murder, along with his two stepsons.The venture capital firm, Cradle Fund Sendirian Berhad, provides seed money to tech startups. Its CEO, Nazrin Hassan, was found dead in his bedroom last June with burn marks on his body.His death was initially blamed on a fire allegedly caused by an explosion of his cellphone while it was charging, but investigators later suspected foul play after traces of gasoline were found at the scene.His body was exhumed for a second autopsy that led to the indictment Monday of his wife, Samirah Muzaffar, and her two sons. The boys cannot be identified because they are minors.The Associated Press read more

Two UN human rights experts here this week on key visit

“Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its history and we hope that our recommendations will contribute to setting out a path for the future that will be fully aligned with the international human rights obligations of the country,” the Special Rapporteurs added. United Nations human rights experts Mónica Pinto and Juan E Méndez will carry out a visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016 to assess recent developments and identify challenges related to the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the independence of the justice system.“We are encouraged by the recent steps taken by the Government to advance respect for human rights, including their support to Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 on ‘promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on the independence of judges and lawyers, and on torture. The human rights experts, who visit the country at the invitation of the government, will meet with governmental authorities, members of the judiciary and prosecution services, lawyers, civil society, the National Human Rights Commission, and victims and their families.In addition to visiting Colombo, they will spend several days in the different provinces of the country, including the Northern, North Central, Eastern, Central and Southern. Accessing places where persons are detained will also be a key component of the visit. “We look forward to engaging with the authorities and key actors on the challenges faced by the country to ensure the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, due process and fair trial guarantees, and access to justice, and to eradicate torture and other ill-treatment, while promoting accountability and fulfilling victims’ right to reparations,” they said. The two Special Rapporteurs will share their preliminary observations and recommendations at a press conference to be held on Saturday 7 May 2016.The Special Rapporteurs will each present a comprehensive report containing their findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2017 and June 2017, respectively. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Home Depot 1Q profit rises thanks to housing recovery raises 2013 profit

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Home Depot Inc.’s first-quarter net income rose 18 per cent, thanks to the ongoing housing recovery, despite a chilly and wet spring.Its quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations, and the world’s biggest home improvement chain boosted its full-year earnings and revenue forecasts Tuesday. The company’s shares rose to a 52-week high.Home Depot, which operates 2,257 stores, and other retailers are enjoying easing pressure as the housing market slowly improves.“While weather negatively impacted our seasonal and exterior businesses, our core interior project business remained strong throughout the quarter,” said CEO Frank Blake. “This was encouraging and consistent with the views that the housing market is starting on the path to recovery.”For the three months that ended May 5, Home Depot Inc. earned $1.23 billion, or 83 cents per share. That’s up from $1.04 billion, or 68 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts predicted earnings of 76 cents per share, according to a FactSet survey.Revenue for the Atlanta company rose 7 per cent to $19.12 billion from $17.81 billion. Wall Street expected $18.62 billion.The company has been improving its online business, and during the quarter completed its rollout of a program that lets shoppers buy online and have items shipped to a local store.“So far, the growth we’ve seen from this has been ahead of our expectations, and one out of five customers who pick up an order at the store also buy some additional items while there,” Blake said.Revenue at stores open at least a year, a key gauge of a retailer’s health, climbed 4.3 per cent. This figure excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.Total transactions rose 1 per cent. Purchases under $50, which represent about 20 per cent of U.S. revenue, were down 1.6 per cent, mainly because of fewer purchases in its garden business. Purchases over $900, which also represent about 20 per cent of U.S. business, rose 9.7 per cent in the first quarter, helped by strength in appliances and continued improvement from the company’s business with professional contractors.The chain anticipates fiscal 2013 earnings of $3.52 per share, with revenue up about 2.8 per cent. Its prior guidance was for earnings of $3.37 per share, with revenue rising about 2 per cent. The revised outlook implies revenue of $76.83 billion, based on 2012’s $74.75 billion.Analysts expect full-year earnings of $3.54 per share on revenue of $76.98 billion.S&P analyst Michael Souers raised his target price by $7 to $62 for the stock. But he reiterated his “Sell” rating.“Despite continued expected improvement in housing, we caution that refinancing activity would likely slow should interest rates rise, hurting remodeling,” he said.Shares rose $1.95, or 2.5 per cent, to close at $78.71 Tuesday, after reaching a 52-week high of $79.47 earlier. Home Depot 1Q profit rises thanks to housing recovery; raises 2013 profit, revenue forecasts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michelle Chapman And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2013 6:23 am MDT read more

Autopsy reveals alleged prowler was shot in chest

first_imgDead man’s kin: ‘We just think it’s unfair’A 19-year-old Portland man who was shot by a Vancouver resident early Tuesday morning died of gunshot wounds to the chest, the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday.Iosif Dumitrash was fatally shot about 4 a.m. Tuesday. Police took a 911 call about a reported prowler, later identified as Dumitrash, who was outside of a home at 14802 N.E. 33rd St. Four minutes later, police received another call that the homeowner, Sean Doucette, had shot Dumitrash in the street where police later found “numerous empty shell casings,” according to court documents.Doucette, who was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, was released from the Clark County Jail Thursday on $250,000 bail. In court Wednesday, Doucette’s attorney, Steven Thayer, said Dumitrash had attacked Doucette. He said the shooting was in self-defense.Another witness, unnamed in court records, told investigators that Doucette and Dumitrash had fallen to the ground during the altercation. The witness said the two then separated, and Dumitrash began to walk away when Doucette shot him, according to records.last_img read more

Borough Residents Have One Request Every Dipnet Season Keep Our Beaches Clean

first_imgThe local Stream Watch organization also puts together “trash-ercize” events for the community to come out and clean up areas of the beaches. Stream Watch volunteers work every summer to try and make a difference for the rivers on the Kenai Peninsula by keeping the beaches clean. To find out ways you can get involved visit the City of Kenai website by clicking here. “Please cleanup after yourself people! Also it’s a PERSONAL USE FISHERY!!” “I have seen more abuse and disrespect for the resource and environment during dipnetting season than than both sport and commercial combined in their entire history. A lot of bad behavior by some spoiled it for others. Sad.” “The beach was absolutely pristine on Monday, hopefully it stays that way!” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Hundreds of pounds of litter amass the local beaches, especially during the month  of July. We’re used to seeing people take to social media for various reasons, but this time a local outcry campaign is being used to encourage people to keep the local bleaches clean, something we can all get behind. Residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough have taken to Facebook with the same request they cry each year at the start of the infamous personal use dipnet season “keep our beaches clean”. For the 11th year in a row, the KCHS ski team picked up trash twice times a week last year while the Kenai personal-use dipnet fishery was open. The Kenai River dipnet fishery opened Wednesday, and will run until July 31. Each year the City of Kenai grapples with how to keep the beaches clean from fish waste and trash left behind by dipnetters and beach users each season.last_img read more

The meaning of names Part 2 A family history

first_imgWhat’s in a name? For some, it’s just a name. For others, it represents generations of family history.Cordelia Qiġnaaq Kellie.(Photo courtesy of Cordelia Qiġnaaq Kellie.)Cordelia Qiġnaaq Kellie started using her Iñupiaq name at work a few years ago for practical reasons. In this second installment of a five-part series, Kellie talks about what her Native name tells people about her.Cordelia Qiġnaaq KellieUvaŋa Qiġnaaq.Download AudioMy name is Cordelia. Ulġuniqmiuguruŋa. I am from Wainwright. Tagarookquyaaġlu, James quyaaġlu.I use my Iñupiaq name for very practical reasons. I was emailing back and forth with a cousin of mine for work. She was working at the North Slope Borough at the time and I was emailing as Cordelia and signing my name as Cordelia. Finally I actually inserted my Iñupiaq name and said, “Alright, see you later. Qiġnaaq.” And she replied, “Oh, it is you! I thought it might be you!”She didn’t know me as Cordelia. She didn’t know she was emailing with her cousin. It was only when I said “Qiġnaaq” that she knew who she was speaking with and I thought to myself that there must be a lot of other people that might only know me as Qiġnaaq first and Cordelia second. So I added it on Facebook so that if I’m friending somebody, they know who I am.If I say “Cordelia Kellie” that doesn’t mean anything. It unlocks nothing about me like saying “Qiġnaaq” can because when I use that name, it immediately associates me with the person I was named after and who he was and who my family is.When you hear “Qiġnaaq” you’re going to know that I’m named after somebody from Wainwright and I have a connection to Wainwright, which is where my family is from. If you say “Qiġnaaq” it’s going to shed light on the fact that I’m Iñupiaq and that I come from a northern region. It’s going to shed light on my relationships and my family connections to 150 people that are closest to me in a way that “Cordelia” is just not going to do.This is part two of a five-part series:Part One: Indigenizing governmentPart Three: A time for changePart Four: The aftermath of generational traumaPart Five: The world of social medialast_img read more

Peratrovich dollar coin will either have her likeness or a symbolic Tlingit

first_imgRyan Strickland, a security and information specialist for the state of Alaska, works the front desk of the Alaska Capitol on Tuesday in downtown Juneau. In the front lobby a bust of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich greets capitol visitors. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)The 2020 dollar coin honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich will either have a literal image of the Alaska Native civil rights leader on it, or a Raven holding a key — a symbol of her Tlingit Raven moiety and her role in agitating for an anti-discrimination law.Listen nowWhile a final decision by the head of the Treasury Department is months away, a lot has gone into getting the Peratrovich onto the flipside of the Sacagawea dollar coin up to this point.Since 2009, the reverse of Sacagawea dollar coins has been redesigned annually to honor Native American heritage. The coins aren’t made for general circulation anymore, though coin collectors do buy them directly from the U.S. Mint above face value.“For each year we go to our staff of artists and they generate designs,” said Mike White, who has been with U.S. Mint for 28 years. “We consult with various Native American groups,” White said. “In the instance of the 2020 (coin) we’re consulting with the Tlingit tribe.”The 2020 Sacagawea dollar coin design will feature one of two designs on the “tails” or reverse side: A raven unlocking a door (pictured above) or a picture of Elizabeth Peratrovich featuring her Tlingit Raven clan moiety. (Image courtesy U.S. Mint)A team of five artists in Philadelphia worked with various stakeholders on coin designs, including the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, the Sealaska Heritage Institute and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.The artists want to ensure the designs fit historically and culturally.“We’ve got a very talented group of artists that work on them,” White said. “When we go before the committees, we try to give them a real variety of designs and a good representation of whatever the theme is chosen that year.”The organizations White’s referring to are the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts. The coin advisory committee endorsed the Raven perched on a door handle grasping a key. The fine arts commission chose a design showing a three-quarters profile of Peratrovich with a symbol of her Tlingit Raven moiety.Thomas Luebke is secretary of the Commission of Fine Arts. His background is in architecture. He said coins aren’t that different from designing sculptures and buildings.“It’s sort of graphic and it’s sort of 3-D at the same time,” Luebke said. “It’s interesting to try to convey the meaning in a symbolic way on a very small medium. I think that everyone likes to see the mint stuff.”The abridged version of Peratrovich’s story begins when she and her husband moved from Klawock to Juneau in the 1930s or 1940s. As Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand President Cecelia Tavoliero tells it, the couple faced housing discrimination because they were Alaska Native.“They found there were barriers, and they were not subtle like they are now. They were very blatant,” Tavoliero said. “They were disrespected and told that they couldn’t live in certain areas. They took objection to that and decided to do something about it.”A plaque explains the importance of Elizabeth Peratrovich and the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945 above a bust of the Alaska Native civil rights leader in the Alaska Capitol in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)With the support of Alaska Native Sisterhood and Alaska Native Brotherhood, Tavoliero said Peratrovich took the fight to Alaska’s territorial legislature.“Seeming like David and Goliath because there were very many of the senators speaking very blatant negative about the Native people, basically calling the Native people inferior,” Tavoliero said.Peratrovich is credited with successfully advocating for the passage of the Alaska territory’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. Alaska became the first U.S. state or territory with such a law, which guaranteed equal voting rights and equal access to commercial accommodations and services – years before the civil rights movement protesting racial segregation in the Lower 48.“With her testimony, even though there were other folks involved in trying to get the bill passed, the anti-discrimination bill, she’s the one that pushed the final stone over the mountain,” Tavoliero said.Raeanne Holmes, the communications coordinator for the Tlingit and Haida Central Council, said the coin is an exciting recognition.“It’s the perfect way to mark the 75th anniversary of the state of Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. We can’t think of a better way to honor the memory of her as our civil rights leader and that landmark passage.”last_img read more

Excise staff conduct Haritha Haram drive

first_imgNagole: The Excise department organised Haritha Haram programme at the Hindu Burial Ground in Bandlaguda on Thursday. Superintendent Pradeep and local corporator Cheruku Sangeetha who were chief guests at the programme planted saplings. Uppal incharge Chandrasekhar, SI Srinivas, Bandlaguda Goud Association members and others were present.last_img

Turner Warns Feds State Endangering Houston With Harvey Aid Delays

first_img 00:00 /01:09 Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo: Andrew Schneider | Houston Public MediaGoverno Houston Mayor Sylvester TurnerHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is warning that a government shutdown could significantly set back Harvey recovery efforts.The federal government is set to run out of money Friday. Most observers expect, at best, Congress will pass another continuing resolution to keep the lights on a few more weeks. Meanwhile, Turner says, spring is just a few months away – and with it, the risk of fresh flooding, such as the region suffered in 2015 and 2016. “And so to not vote on the Harvey relief package, let’s say on the 19th, and if it’s postponed another month, it’s just not going to put people in the best position to get prepared for the next storm.”Turner says the City Council would need to send a delegation to Washington to lobby for Harvey aid, a call several council members echoed.“The expression in Kingwood is ‘Kingwood Strong,’” says District E Council Member Dave Martin. “No offense to people in Kingwood, but not a darn thing has changed. I get more help from my Democratic mayor than I do from my Republican state officials and my Republican federal officials. That makes me sick.”Turner also wants to lobby Governor Greg Abbott to tap some of the state’s $11 billion Rainy Day Fund, which Abbott has so far refused to do. Xlast_img read more

Its not a pools chlorine that turns your eyes red its something

first_imgEver get burning, red, irritated eyes after you’ve been for a swim in a pool? You may have blamed the chlorine, but man, were you off. Way off. The truth is that it’s a sort of swimming pool cocktail that does indeed contain chlorine, but it also contains a good deal of urine. Swim in a urine-free, chlorinated pool and your eyes should be just fine — but the minute someone goes and puts the “P” in “pool,” you’re headed for a world of aquatic irritation.The CDC made this disgusting revelation last summer in their healthy swimming report. Since it’s summertime and public pools are once again full of overheated folks looking for an inexpensive way to cool down, it’s worth restating their findings.There’s a very good reason that you’re not supposed to pee in the pool. For one thing, it’s super gross. For another, science will make everyone else in the pool pay for your misdeed. Although more than 90% of urine is water, there’s other stuff in it, too. Nitrogen is the culprit here: it latches onto the chlorine in the pool water and forms chloramine. “Non-optimal” levels of chloramine in the water lead to red, burning eyes. Do your part: jump out every now and then and use the bathroom to do your business.And please, everyone, please, please, please heed the very first warning from the CDC’s Protect Your Family This Summer release: “stay out of the water if you have diarrhea.” Oh, and don’t change diapers in the pool either, because that’s definitely something you should have to warn people about.last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative 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 | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Related Content Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more 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 | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | October 09, 2013 Fujifilm Medical Systems Selects AppDynamics to Provide Application Performance Management for Mission Critical Application News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more 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 October 9, 2013 — Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. and AppDynamics Inc. announced a joint initiative to provide applications performance management solutions to hospital and outpatient imaging centers using Fujifilm workflow applications.Because these applications power critical information — scheduling appointments, generating diagnostic results and providing access to results to physicians and patients — in a hospital or imaging center, it is critical the applications perform well under any circumstances.Fujifilm is currently using AppDynamics in almost every stage of the application lifecycle. Developers and quality control engineers must ensure new codes meet performance thresholds in AppDynamics before it can be released to customers. Likewise, larger hospitals and imaging centers use AppDynamics around the clock in both test and production to ensure performance issues can be caught before they affect performance.For more information: www.fujimed.com, www.appdynamics.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Protesting Macedonians demand governments resignation

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The government of the tiny, landlocked Balkan nation of about 2 million people is reeling from a massive, long-running wiretap scandal and a shootout a week ago between police and ethnic Albanian gunmen that left 18 dead in a border town. In a region with a long and bloody history of ethnic conflicts and political instability, the developments have caused consternation both domestically and abroad.The great majority of the protesters in Skopje departed Sunday night, but hundreds of opposition supporters have put up tents outside the government building, intending to stay for days.“Freedom and democracy have no price for us. No price. And we will not stop until we see this dictator resigning,” said opposition supporter Mirjana Janov.The crowd outside the government building in Skopje chanted “goodbye Gruevski” and “resignations, resignations,” and a poster was held aloft showing Gruevski behind prison bars.“We have come for our future. I am sending a clear message: Gruevski, don’t procrastinate. leave!” Zaev told the crowd. Former diplomats, human rights activists and journalists also spoke.Majority ethnic Macedonians and minority ethnic Albanians mingled together in the crowd. Parents, stop beating yourself up Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered Sunday in the center of the Macedonian capital to demand the resignation of conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.Zoran Zaev, leader of the opposition Social Democrats and the keynote speaker in the rally, claimed that more than 100,000 attended the incident-free rally.“More than 100,000 citizens were here today and we got support from different ethnic groups of our country. This could not possibly have been organized by only one party,” Zaev told The Associated Press. He said the rally was “a strong message to our government and to the prime minister to submit their resignations.” Comments   Share   “I am here to say goodbye to Nikola. I want this government to leave immediately because people have suffered for too long under his regime”, said Blagica Nikolova, 52, who was in the crowd.Mirjana Najceska, a human rights activist, said the protest was about freedom: “the same freedom that my father took up arms to fight fascists for when he was 17 and who has come again here today now that he is 90.”Zaev is demanding the formation of a caretaker government that will organize new elections.In January, Zaev began releasing a cache of wiretapped conversations, and claimed that Gruevski was behind the mass wiretapping of more than 20,000 Macedonians. The conversations are claimed to reveal corruption at the highest levels of government, including mismanagement of funds, spurious criminal prosecutions of opponents and even attempted cover-ups of killings.Zaev said those conversations were leaked to him by “patriots” in the domestic intelligence service.Gruevski, who has won successive elections since 2006, angrily rejects the accusations. He accuses Zaev of participating in a coup plot backed by unnamed foreign spy agencies.Richard Howitt, a British MEP and former European Parliament rapporteur for Macedonia’s EU accession, said in a written statement that he hoped his presence with other international representatives would help promote calm, following last week’s events where anti-government protests turned violent and the deadly attack in Kumanovo. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy A pro-government protest has been called for Monday evening in front of the Macedonian parliament building, less than 1 kilometer (3,000 feet) from the government building. The government hopes it will be at least as massive as Sunday’s opposition rally.Police say they will put many officers on the ground to ensure attendees in the two rallies do not come in contact.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories “Current events must not allow a return to inter-ethnic violence in a country which we see as our partner, now and in the future,” Howitt said.The government says it’s doing what it can. Three government officials who were among Gruevski’s closest aides — the interior and transport ministers, Gordana Jankuloska and Mile Janakieski, and intelligence chief Saso Mijalkov, a relative of Gruevski — resigned last week, saying they did so to calm the situation. The three were the voices most heard on the recordings.Zaev said the resignations aren’t enough.“There is nothing that Nikola Gruevski can do except to leave this (government) building behind us,” Zaev said.He also called for the resignation of Macedonia’s chief prosecutor, new leadership for the national TV broadcaster, and the formation of a caretaker government to organize free and fair elections.Zaev told the AP that he will meet Gruevski on Monday, adding that he hopes that “through dialogue Gruevski will be persuaded to submit his resignation.”Zaev and Gruevski have been invited by the European Parliament for talks to resolve the crisis on Tuesday in Strasbourg. 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Blasts at Kurdish party offices in Turkey injure 6

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Less than three weeks before Turkey’s general election, two separate explosions in buildings housing the local headquarters of a pro-Kurdish political party injured at least six people, the party said.The explosions in the local branches of the People’s Democratic Party, or HDP, in the southern cities of Adana and Mersin, occurred some 10 minutes apart. Six executives and workers of the party’s local offices were hurt in Adana, the HDP said in a statement. The private Dogan news agency said the explosions were caused by bombs placed in a package delivered to the Adana branch and a pot of flowers left outside the door of the Mersin branch.The HDP is expected to play a key role in Turkey’s general election on June 7.If it passes a 10-percent threshold it could prevent the ruling party from getting a sufficient majority in parliament to allow it to change the constitution — effectively thwarting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans of turning Turkey’s parliamentary system into a system with an all-powerful president.The attack on the Mersin office came hours before HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas was scheduled to visit the city to deliver a speech and the day after he held an election rally in Adana.The HDP said the attack was aimed at disrupting the party’s election campaign.It held Erdogan and ruling-party officials responsible, saying they had turned the HDP into a target for attacks during their election rallies.Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, condemned the attack, saying it was an assault on all political parties.Kalin however, rejected the HDP’s accusations against the Turkish leader saying to make such claims before the investigation was concluded was “unacceptable.” 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Kylie is coming to Mardi Gras

first_imgKylie has announced she will be coming to Australia to celebrate all the glitter and excitement of Sydney Mardi Gras with all her loyal fans this year.The announcement comes as the superstar is also celebrating her 25th anniversary as a music icon, otherwise known as K25, 25 years of Kylie. Kylie told a Mardi Gras spokesperson “I’m coming home for Mardi Gras and I simply can’t wait to be there for it,”“Your support over the years has been phenomenal and being there for Mardi Gras is going to be a beautiful way to celebrate 25 years of this relationship.” A spokesperson for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras said they will be producing further information on the announcements that portray both the excitement and pride they share with strategic partners at Destination NSW over the exciting news.“Kylie’s visit is not just wonderful news for our LGBTQI community and Sydney at large, but also for her multitude of fans around the world. As such, this becomes of great economic value to our tourism industry and a feather in our cap as a premier international destination that knows how to treat visitors to an unforgettable time,” a Mardi Gras spokesperson said.“While we were busy preparing to share Sydney’s best kept secret with the rest of the world this week, Kylie sent us an “I can’t wait to see you” video and personally asked us to share it with you all.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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first_img Berries Australia: Govt must do more to address la … Challenges for the sector include variable weather conditions, labor, and using natural resources sustainably.”Work is being done with sustainable materials in production and packing, and together with the plastics industry we are revising progress in research around more sustainable materials,” the representative said.According to Aneberries, 97% of production goes to the U.S. and Canada, while the remainder is sent to 33 countries with more or less a 50-50 split between the EU and Asia.  March 26 , 2019 Mexican berry industry group Aneberries has observed much higher volumes this season to date, with 41,000 metric tons (MT) shipped in the campaign to Week 11 (March 11-17).This compares to earlier forecasts of 23,510MT in the season to that date.The organization estimates peak volumes will start at the end of March, with final numbers set to close at around 13 to 15 million boxes.”In April harvests are expected during the peak of production…which could finish with a season total of 48,000MT,” a representative of the group noted. You might also be interested incenter_img NA: Heatwave, thunderstorms to affect grape, berry … Mexican berry growers’ sales dip amid U.S. border … Always Fresh Farms, Giddings Fruit to offer 52-wee …last_img read more

Main suspect in Strovolos murders says he wants to change not guilty

first_imgThe main defendant in the Strovolos double murder trial told the court on Thursday that he wanted to change his not guilty plea to the charges he is facing.His lawyer persuaded the court to allow him further consultation with suspect Loizos Tzionis before any further details could be revealed.During the start of the hearing, Tzionis had asked to be given time to address the court, prompting his lawyer to intervene immediately.He asked the court to allow him to consult with Tzionis because he had been unable to meet his client after Wednesday’s hearing, which was cut short after Tzionis declared himself psychologically unable to continue observing the proceedings.Tzionis insisted that he did not need any consultation, and upon being questioned by the court on what he wanted to say, Tzionis replied: “I want to change my plea to the charges I am facing.”After a 10-minute recess to allow the defendant to consult with his lawyer, the latter asked that the hearing be adjourned so that he could meet with his client at the central prisons “to discuss his wish to change his plea to some charges”.The court agreed to postpone the hearing to 9am on Friday after the prosecution did not object.On Wednesday, Tzionis had declared himself psychologically unfit after the prosecuting team requested to present in court the written testimony of 15-year-old Constantinos Hadjigeorgiou, son of couple Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and Dina Sergiou, 59 who were killed in a botched robbery in Strovolos in April last year.The court was to announce its decision regarding whether it would allow the presentation of the 15-year-old’s statement in court on Thursday. The announcement of that decision has now been shifted to Friday.Also on trial for the double murder are Lefteris Solomou the half-brother of Tzionis, and friend Marios Hadjixenophontos.The three face two counts of premeditated murder, conspiracy to commit felony, burglary, robbery and abduction. Premeditated murder carries an automatic life sentence. All three have pleaded not guilty to all charges.A fourth defendant, Tzionis’ ex-girlfriend Sarah Shams, was sentenced to four years in jail in February on a single charge of conspiracy to commit robber. She had agreed to cooperate with the state in prosecuting the other defendants.Shams was expected to testify before the court on Wednesday, but her testimony was postponed due to the absence of the lawyer of Hadjixenophontos for health reasons.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoA new way of doing businessUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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