India has lost a great leader Kejriwal on Swarajs demise

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal condoled the death of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday, saying the country had lost a great leader. Swaraj passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Tuesday night. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran, who suffered a cardiac arrest, was 67. “India has lost a great leader. Sushma ji was a very warm and remarkable person. May her soul rest in peace,” Kejriwal said in a tweet. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday said the nation had lost a patriot and a leader who inspired countless people. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAAP leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Swaraj’s contribution to Indian politics would remain immortal. “The news of passing away of Sushma Swaraj is extremely sad. Her contribution to Indian politics would remain immortal. May her soul rest in peace,” he said in a tweet. Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said Swaraj was one of the most honourable politicians in the country. “In the sudden demise of #SushmaSwaraj our nation has lost a patriot and leader who inspired countless people,” the AAP said in a tweet.last_img read more

Robbers targeted passengers in moving auto after taking them hostage held

first_imgGhaziabad: With the arrest of three persons, Ghaziabad police have busted a gang of auto robbers who used to target passengers in moving auto after keeping them hostage during the journey. Police officials said that the gang had also robbed an elderly woman with cash and valuables in Sihani Gate area of Ghaziabad, earlier on Saturday evening. According to police, the arrested accused have been identified as Pappan, Kuldeep Kashyap and Sonu Kashyap, all natives of Sahibabad area in Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderShlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad said that the gang members board auto as passengers and rob the target during journey at gun/knifepoint. “The arrest was made by Sahibabad police on Sunday night from mother dairy roundabout. The modus operandi of this gang is somewhere similar to those auto robbers gangs which were arrested by police in past. One of the gang members drive the auto while other board as passengers. They rob the target during journey and dump the passenger at a secluded spot and flee away,” said Kumar. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that the gang had robbed a woman with cash and valuables in Sihani Gate police station area on Saturday. “Upon interrogating them, they told police that on Saturday, they picked up the woman from old bus stand area. The other gang members who were also present in the auto robbed her with cash and mobile phone at knifepoint before dumping her. The woman suffered critical injuries in the incident while a case under relevant sections of IPC was registered at Sihani Gate police station,” added Kumar.last_img read more

Annual pace of housing starts picked up in October topped expectations

first_imgOTTAWA – An increase in multi-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses helped push the annual pace of housing starts in October higher, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Thursday.The housing agency said the seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts last month came in at 205,925 units, up from 189,730 in September.Economists had expected an annual rate of 200,000, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CMHC said the six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates was 206,171 in October, down from 207,809 in September.BMO Capital Markets senior economist Sal Guatieri said the housing market continues to stabilize after getting dinged by tougher mortgage rules earlier this year, and remains healthy despite higher interest rates.“The report confirms that national housing construction, though slowing, remains healthy and above long-run household formation rates, supported by solid demographic trends,” Guatieri wrote in a brief report.However, CIBC economist Royce Mendes noted the growth was due to the multiples component.“The fact that headline starts rose on the month is still a positive for tracking estimates of the economy,” Mendes wrote.“But given that it came on the back of an increase in multiples coupled with a drop in singles, means that the latest reading on starts may not prove sustainable. We still see the cocktail of tighter lending rules and higher interest rates as causing housing activity to become a drag on the economy come 2019.”The growth in housing starts in October came as the annual pace of urban starts climbed by 8.6 per cent to 191,964 units.The annual rate of urban multiple-unit projects increased by 16.8 per cent to 145,442 units. Urban starts for single-detached homes fell 10.7 per cent to 46,522 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 13,961 units.Earlier this week, CMHC said it expected the real estate market to moderate over the next two years.In its annual outlook, the agency forecasted housing starts and sales to both decline in 2019 and 2020.It expects housing starts for single and multi-unit starts will fall to between 193,700 and 204,500 in 2019, while sales are expected come in between 478,400 and 497,400 units.Prices are anticipated to range from $501,400 and $521,600.last_img read more

Rahul Gayle pulverise MI attack post 1974

first_imgMumbai: World Cup hopeful KL Rahul slammed an unbeaten hundred, his first in the Indian Premier League, as Kings XI Punjab also rode on Chris Gayle’s pyrotechnics to post 197/4 in 20 overs against Mumbai Indians here on Wednesday. Rahul (100 not out off 64 balls) and Gayle (63 off 36 balls) joined hands for a 116-run opening wicket partnership to give the away side a blistering start. While Rahul hit six fours and six sixes, Gayle bludgeoned seven maximums and three sixes. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhGayle was dismissed in the 13th over after which Kings XI slowed down a bit. But Rahul ensured they get to a above par score by smashing Hardik Pandya 6-4-6-6 in the first four deliveries of the 19th over and then hit Jasprit Bumrah for a four and six in the final over as 38 runs came in the last two overs. Gayle, typically, took time to get going and it was only in the fifth over that the legendary West Indian changed gears by hitting Jason Behrendorff for three sixes and one four as the Aussue leaked 23 runs. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKings XI were 50/0 at the end of Powerplay with both batsmen looking in ominous form. Rahul hit last match’s hero Alzarri Joseph for a delectable six and a four in the seventh over to continue his good form with the bat as Mumbai bowlers looked rudderless without captain Rohit Sharma who could not play due to an injury. There was no stopping Gayle as he plundered a six and two fours off Pandya in the ninth over which costed the home team 17 runs as Kings XI raced to 93/0 at the halfway stage. Gayle then brought up his 26th fifty in the IPL off 31 balls by smacking Krunal Pandya for a six in the 11th over. Punjab badly needed to break the partnership and Behrendorff did it, coming back to remove Gayle. Trying to hit another six, Gayle holed out to Krunal Pandya at deep midwicket. David Miller (7) did not last long, caught behind by Quinton de Kock off Hardik Pandya as the scoring slowed down. Karun Nair — playing in place of injured Mayank Agarwal — followed suit managing only five runs before nicking one to de Kock behind the stumps of Hardik Pandya. Sam Curran (8) tried to be cheeky but Bumrah got the better off him as the England all-rounder scooped one to de Kock. But just when it looked like Mumbai had successfully reined in, Rahul went berserk in the last two overs. Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 197/4 (K L Rahul 100, Chris Gayle 63; Hardik Pandya 2/57) vs Mumbai Indians.last_img read more

Closing Bell North American markets end higher on gold energy gains and

Signs that the U.S. Federal Reserve may not put the brakes on its aggressive monetary stimulus program any time soon sent North American markets higher Tuesday.Here are the closing numbers TSX — 12,742.43 +129.38 1.03% S&P 500 — 1,669.16 +2.87 0.17% Dow — 15,387.58 +52.30 0.34% Nasdaq — 3,502.12 +5.69 0.16%The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 129.38 points to 12,742.43, also boosted by strong gains in the energy and gold sectors. The Canadian dollar was up 0.22 of a cent at 97.39 cents US.On Wall Street, both the Dow Jones industrials index and the S&P 500 again surged to record highs. The Dow closed ahead 52.30 points at 15,387.58, while the S&P was up 2.87 points at 1,669.16. The Nasdaq gained 5.69 points to 3,502.12.The increases came after St. Louis Fed president James Bullard said in a speech in Frankfurt, Germany, that the best course of action for the U.S. central bank is to continue with its $85-billion-a-month bond buying program, also known as quantitative easing.Investors had been worried that the Fed would begin pulling back its monetary stimulus since recent data has showed outlooks for housing and jobs in the U.S. were rosier than expected.Critics have questioned whether the recent record high closes for the Dow and S&P have been due to the relatively easy money coming from the Fed and how much the markets may suffer once the central bank turns off the tap.New York Fed president William Dudley reiterated those worries Tuesday in a speech saying any decision by the central bank may cause the markets to “overreact.”“Not only could such responses threaten financial stability, but also they might make it harder to calibrate monetary policy appropriately to the economic situation,” he said, according to notes of the speech delivered in New York.“We will need to think long and hard about how best to develop policy in a way that enables us to respond flexibly to a changing economic outlook, but in a way that is not disruptive to the economy.”Both Dudley and Bullard are voting members on the Fed committee that sets interest rates and their comments come ahead of a much-anticipated statement by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday before the U.S. Congress.Investors will also be watching for the release Wednesday of minutes from the Fed’s most recent policy meeting.Meanwhile, the Toronto stock market surged ahead following a long holiday weekend, boosted by strong gains in the gold and energy sectors.Gold stocks were the leading advancer on the resource-heavy TSX with a 3.16% increase. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) shares jumped nearly 3%, or 77 cents, to $27.35 while Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) rose more than four%, or 81 cents, to $19.88.The stocks advanced despite a decline in gold prices, with June bullion falling $6.50 to US$1,377.60 an ounce.The discrepancy between gold stocks and bullion prices signal a possible correction, said Norman Raschkowan, Mackenzie Financial’s chief North American strategist.“In some respects, we had this disconnect before — where bullion was doing okay and stocks were doing poorly,” he said.“Now this is just probably a sense that the stocks got a little overdone on the downside and it’s just a bit of a rebound to a more normal relationship with bullion.”The energy sector also provided a life to the TSX, with a 1.34% gain, as the July crude contract dipped 75 cents to US$96.18 a barrel. The June crude finished by dropping 55 cents to US$96.16 a barrel. EnCana Corp. (TSX:ECA) rose 3.7%, or 72 cents, to C$20.16 and shares in Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) were up $1.27 at $31.66.Meanwhile, metal and mining stocks also climbed, up 1.25%, as the price of copper dropped two cents to US$3.34 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was ahead 1.82%, or 51 cents, at C$28.49 while shares in Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) were up nearly four%, or 12 cents, at $3.64.Outgoing Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney delivered his last scheduled public speech Tuesday in Montreal, where he urged the country to seize its natural advantages.Carney told a crowd at the board of trade that the Canadian financial and economic system has served it well during the recent recession and in the current recovery, but the country shouldn’t rest on its laurels and just wait until the rest of the G7 countries repair their economies.His speech had little impact on the markets, as investors are more interested now in what incoming governor Stephen Poloz will say when he assumes the role at the beginning of June.Carney is leaving Canada to head the Bank of England.“He’s focused on his new challenge in the U.K.,” said Raschkowan. “There, you got an economy that’s struggling as many of the economies in Europe are, so he’s got quite a task ahead of him.”Meanwhile, it was pretty quiet on the corporate front, as Home Depot (NYSE:HD) reported an 18% increase in its net income for the first quarter thanks to the ongoing housing recovery.The world’s biggest home improvement chain also boosted its full-year earnings and revenue forecasts. Its shares closed ahead 2.54%, or $1.95, to US$78.71.For the three months that ended May 5, Home Depot Inc. earned US$1.23 billion, or 83 cents per share, up from US$1.04 billion, or 68 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts had predicted earnings of 76 cents per share.At a special hearing, executives at Apple Inc. (TSX:AAPL) disputed assertions by the U.S. Senate that the company avoided paying billions of dollars in taxes by shifting its profits to foreign affiliates. Tim Cook told the Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations that “we pay all the taxes we owe — every single dollar.”The subcommittee released a report yesterday detailing Apple’s practices and accusing it of exploiting tax loopholes.Shareholders at JPMorgan Chase, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services company, voted to let chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon keep both his jobs. At the bank’s annual meeting, just 32% of shareholders voted for a non-binding measure that would have advised the bank to split the roles. That was less than the 40% vote that a similar proposal received last year. What investors were watching today: Apple CEO Cook to Congress: ‘We pay all the taxes we owe’JPMorgan shareholders let CEO Jamie Dimon keep chairman jobCanada is working’: Carney praises economy, but warns against relying on household debt to stoke growthJulie Dickson, Canada’s top banking watchdog, to step down in 2014ON DECK WEDNESDAY ECONOMIC NEWS CANADA8:30 a.m. Retail sales (March): Economists expect 0.1% rise UNITED STATES 10 a.m.U.S. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on economic outlook before a Joint Economic Committee of Congress  Existing home sales (April): Economists expect 1.4% rise  2 p.m. U.S. Fed’s FOMC minutes from May meeting CORPORATE NEWS CANADA Sears Canada Q4 earnings UNITED STATES Hewlett-Packard Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 81¢ a share Lowe’s Companies Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 51¢ a share Staples Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 27¢ a share Target Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 86¢ a share PetSmart Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 96¢ a share read more

Softwood fight squeezes forestry firm with unique crossborder operations

The Canadian-U.S. softwood battle is putting the squeeze on one eastern company with a unique vulnerability to such disputes — its operations cross the border between the two countries.Headquartered in Maine with significant New Brunswick operations, the Twin Rivers Paper Co. operates integrated pulp and paper mills connected by pipelines crossing the St. John River. One pipeline carries pulp from Edmundston, N.B., to the paper plant, while another transports steam between facilities. Wood chips and biomass from Canadian sawmills help generate the steam used to make pulp.Twin Rivers President Ken Winterhalter says recently imposed duties — which total nearly 27 per cent — will drastically raise the costs of the wood chips and biomass, threatening jobs in both countries.“Increased costs have the potential to destroy the financial viability of the Madawaska paper mill and eliminate thousands of jobs in northern Maine,” he wrote in a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.Twin Rivers is a major employer for the New Brunswick city of Edmundston. It is also the biggest business in the Maine town of Madawaska, which has a population of just 4,000.Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard said in an interview that the two towns are closely connected because of the mills, with some employees crossing the border daily to get to work.“There’s a lot of preoccupation in the community because this could have an impact, and the importance of the forestry sector is tremendous.”Simard said it is helpful to have Maine Gov. Paul LePage in New Brunswick’s corner in requesting the U.S. government exclude the province from softwood duties, as has been the case over three decades.The Republican governor has urged the U.S. administration not to disrupt the lumber trade between Maine and the border provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick, arguing it would hurt good-paying jobs.“As we like to say in Maine: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the governor wrote earlier this month in a letter to Ross.Like U.S. President Donald Trump, LePage has a reputation for making controversial comments that generate widespread criticism.“I know the way he (LePage) does business and maybe this is the kind of language that some people in the White House understand in a better way,” said Simard.New Brunswick wants to be treated the same way as the other Atlantic provinces, which Ross said this week are likely to be excluded from duties when a final determination is made this summer.Twin Rivers general manager Gilbert Carre says the company isn’t seeking any special concessions.“We’re just asking that we be treated the same way that we were treated in the past and be totally excluded.”Edmundston Chamber of Commerce president Luc Michaud said businesses are taking the challenges in stride in part because the pulp and paper industry, including Twin Rivers, has faced layoffs and bankruptcy over the last 25 years.“People are already acquainted with bad news about Twin Rivers,” he said. read more

Welland crash victim Joe Mellen a prankster

(Update)Constable Joe Mellen had been on the Niagara police force for nine years. He had just finished a 12-hour shift in Niagara Falls — and was heading home to Welland when the crash happened.We are the at the Niagara Falls detachment. Joe Mellen’s platoon was supposed to start another 12-hour shift. However – the entire platoon is being given the night off and other officers are filling in for them.Constable Joe Mellen was the kind of guy who lived life to the fullest. There are all kinds of videos on YouTube of him playing and singing music.Here he is dancing up a storm.Chief Jeff McGuire: “He was also a great fun guy to be around. And everything I’ve learned is that he’s one of those guys who will be sorely missed.”Mellen brought comic relief to the job.Cst. Cliff Priest: “A very fun loving guy.  Policing is serious business and he could always see the light side of it.”Cliff Priest worked with Mellen in the traffic unit. Mellen also served in Grimsby before coming to Niagara Falls.He grew up in Welland. Was a divorced father of two children, ages five and seven. The chief visited his parents and sister today. They are devastated.Joe Serriani: “I couldn’t even imagine what his children would be even thinking. Having a daughter myself, my heart is just broken for them.”Even though the crash was on the highway, officers from the Welland detachment also responded. They saw the smashed motorcycle and when they ran the plate they knew then the victim was their friend and fellow officer Joe Mellen.Cst. Priest: “It’s so different when it’s someone you know. Not only someone you know but you know very well and you’ve worked with, can lead to all sorts of trauma.”Normally, Joe Mellen wouldn’t be going home at 5 in the morning, but he clocked out a little earlier. It was very busy in Niagara Falls last night and he just didn’t have time to take his lunch break. read more

Spains king to meet political leaders about forming a govt

MADRID — Spain’s King Felipe VI will meet with leaders of the country’s political parties to determine if there is a viable candidate who could receive the endorsement of parliament to form a government and avoid a second national election this year.The royal house announced Thursday that the talks between the monarch and politicians will be on Sept. 16 and 17.If the king believes that no candidate can get a majority in the 350-member lower chamber needed to form a government, he will proceed to call voters to the polls in November.Caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez appears to be the only possible candidate, but the Socialist leader already failed to earn parliament’s endorsement in July.The deadline to form a government is Sept. 23.The Associated Press read more

UN concerned over voluntariness of Burundians repatriating from Tanzania

With the number of Burundians returning home from Tanzania having rising over the last few weeks, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern that the repatriations have not been fully voluntary.“Returning refugees cite the declining levels of assistance as one of the major reasons for return,” UNHCR spokesperson Peter Kessler said in Geneva. “Others lament new measures imposed by local authorities which restrict their movements and now confine them to the camps.”Before the restrictions, refugees were able to move freely within a 4-kilometre radius of the camps, and many used this opportunity to cultivate crops or engage in other activities to supplement their food and other needs, Mr. Kessler stated.He added that many of the total 350,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania’s refugee camps who normally supplement their food by going out to work in nearby farms are now wholly dependent on food rations, which were halved at the beginning of the year because of shortages, worsening their burden.In other news, UNHCR reported a more enthusiastic response among refugees in Zambia to repatriate to Angola. More than 2,000 Angolans have registered under UNHCR’s phased voluntary repatriation programme set to start in two weeks. The gradual return – to be carried out over two years – would be to areas identified as having the essential facilities and environments that would make returns durable.Zambia hosts an estimated 90,000 Angolans in camps and settlements and another 98,000 elsewhere, mainly in urban centres. They are among 440,000 Angolan refugees in Angola’s neighbouring countries. UNHCR has noted a significant number of spontaneous returns since a ceasefire in Angola went into effect last year, ending 30 years of civil conflict. read more

UN rights experts urge Philippines to end wave of extrajudicial killings amid

“Claims to fight illicit drug trade do not absolve the Government from its international legal obligations and do not shield State actors or others from responsibility for illegal killings,” Agnes Callamard, the new UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, stressed in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).More than 850 people have been killed since 10 May when Rodrigo Duterte was elected President of the Philippines vowing to crackdown on crime. Some 650 people were killed in just the last month and a half.“The State has a legally binding obligation to ensure the right to life and security of every person in the country, whether suspected of criminal offences or not,” said Ms. Callamard.During his election campaign and first days in office, Mr. Duterte repeatedly urged law enforcement agencies and the public to kill people suspected of trafficking drugs who don’t surrender, as well as people who use drugs.“Concerning drug-dependency, this should be treated as a public health issue and justice systems that decriminalise drug consumption and possession for personal use as a means to improve health outcomes,” said Dainius Puras, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health.However necessary, he added, responses to the illicit drug trade must be carried out in full compliance with national and international obligations and should respect the human rights of each person.The President was also reported as promising impunity for such killings and bounties for those who turn in drug dealers ‘dead or alive.’ “It is effectively a license to kill,” said Ms. Callamard, underscoring that “directives of this nature are irresponsible in the extreme and amount to incitement to violence and killing, a crime under international law.” While welcoming recent reports suggesting that President Duterte is now publicly condemning vigilante justice, and called on all authorities to take a clear and public stance against it, the Special Rapporteurs pointed it out that “it is not enough.”“All allegations of killings and extrajudicial executions must be promptly and thoroughly investigated,” said the experts, urging the authorities to take immediate and necessary actions to protect all persons from targeted killings and extrajudicial executions.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Im alive today so Ill keep fighting Irish mother raising funds for

first_imgHarley is now using a prosthetic eye and is doing very well.‘I can live longest on this’ In December, Graham underwent a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy and lymph node clearance for her breast cancer. Following on from that she developed headaches and was sent for an MRI.That’s when they discovered the cancer had spread and she had a brain tumour.“The brain spread was discovered the 2 February, the same day breast radiation was due to start, so that was cancelled.”Graham was sent to see a leading London-based medic, Professor Justin Stebbing, by a UK charity called Team Verrico. That’s when she heard about pembrolizumab.We flew over on 7 March – he looked at all my records. They look at the tumour and your histology and take everything into consideration and I can live the longest on this. It’s showing great potential and great results.It was only when Graham returned to Ireland that she discovered that it wasn’t available to her here and her only option is self funding.I never did the ‘why me?’ because as soon as I joined my support group I realised how many people join this group everyday.“I’m alive today and I’m doing everything I can. I believe it’s all going to work out the way it’s supposed to.”Describing how she’s doing now, Graham said, “My breast cancer is really escalating so they’ve put me on a drug to try and keep it at bay but my most recent scan for my brain tumour shows its reducing as it should be.”‘I’ve had mammy my whole life and I want Harley to have that too’Graham says she’s putting all her focus on fundraising and that not only family and friends – but her whole community is gathering behind her.She described Drimnagh as “an old style community with a new fresh generation”.“The community spirit is keeping me going, from organising a pub quiz next week to a coffee morning this morning, people are doing everything they can. All the local shops are donating prizes and my neighbours drive me anywhere and arrive in with chicken soup.For someone with such bad luck, I just feel I’m so blessed. It’s incredible how all these people in my life have dropped everything to help me.The fundraising target is €100,000 and over €45,000 has already been raised.“I don’t want anybody stretching themselves, the small is all that’s needed. I don’t want to put any pressure financial on anybody.”Graham also discussed how she has ‘no worries’ for her husband Declan and Harley as they get on so well but that she wants to be there for Harley growing up.I have my mammy, I’ve had mammy my whole life and I want Harley to have that too.“I have no worries for those two but I want to be there.”To donate to Claire Graham, you can donate here. Read: ‘I was living in fear’: Kerryman thanks supporters as fundraising campaign passes €40k> Friday 7 Apr 2017, 7:40 AM Apr 7th 2017, 7:40 AM “HARLEY IS MY focus, it took a long time to have him, I’m not checking out when he’s not even potty trained.”Claire Graham is fighting a brain tumour and breast cancer while also caring for her two-year-old son who was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery to remove his eye – all in the last year.The 38-year-old Westmeath woman, who has lived in Drimnagh for the past 10 years, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer around this time last year.During her chemotherapy treatment, her two-year-old son Harley was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer that resulted in his eye being removed within one week.Graham later discovered her cancer had spread and she is now battling a brain tumour.She was told a drug called pembrolizumab is her best option but, while the drug is being trialled in Belfast, she cannot receive it here in the Republic.“I’ve exhausted every avenue and the only way I can do it is self funding and it costs €100,000 a year. Source: Edel O’MalleyEye removed within one weekIt all started when she developed a painful lump in her breast last March. Graham said she wasn’t expecting bad news when she went to get her test results.She told, “I hadn’t even brought anyone with me, I just couldn’t believe it. They had to call my husband to come for me. 19,372 Views I remember saying to the doctor, ‘Will I turn into a sick person now?’ I haven’t worked since, the chemo has been very difficult.Graham underwent chemotherapy from May to October. In August, right in the middle of her chemo treatment, her only son was also diagnosed with retinoblastoma – an extremely rare cancer of the eye. “That was a whirlwind”, said Graham.Both her and her husband had noticed a change in colour in a part of the pupil of Harley’s eye.I was having chemo that day so my husband took him to GP.The GP told Declan to take Harley to Crumlin Children’s Hospital and once there, Declan know something serious was wrong.He called me upset, the urgency scared him.The couple arrived back to the hospital at 8am the next morning. “It was a Wednesday and within one week, his eye was removed.It was in stage four and they needed to remove it quickly because the tumour was growing fast.Harley’s surgery was successful and test results show the cancer hasn’t spread but Graham said he will be monitored for life and will be in and out of Temple St, where he had his surgery, for the foreseeable future. Image: Edel O’Malley Share661 Tweet Email Image: Edel O’Malley ‘I’m alive today so I’ll keep fighting’: Irish mother raising funds for cancer drug not available in Ireland Claire Graham is battling both breast and brain cancer while caring for her son who was also diagnosed with eye cancer. By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 6 Comments last_img read more

Contamination au tritium dans le ValdeMarne dépollution en cours

first_imgContamination au tritium dans le Val-de-Marne : dépollution en coursL’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) a indiqué que des opérations de dépollution étaient en cours à Saint-Maur-des-Fossés dans le Val-de-Marne. Des traces de contamination radioactive par le tritium avaient été constatées sur le site de l’entreprise 2M Process.Six employés de la société 2M Process travaillant pour le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA), ont été contaminés au tritium après la manipulation d’un matériel censé être sûr. “Des expertises complémentaires sont en cours afin de déterminer plus précisément le niveau de ces contaminations”, précise l’ASN. L’Autorité contrôle par ailleurs les opérations de décontamination qui sont menées depuis quatre jours, “l’environnement immédiat” de la société présentant également “une très faible contamination au tritium, notamment dans certains végétaux”.A l’origine de la contamination, on suspecte un équipement expérimental équipé d’un “tamis moléculaire” (voir notre article).À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLa Direction générale de la santé a indiqué “qu’aucune disposition particulière n’est nécessaire” à ce stade. Néanmoins une réunion à l’attention des riverains devrait être organisée le lundi 15 novembre. L’ASN réfléchit à la possibilité d’effectuer un suivi des expositions à la radioactivité de certains riverains et d’organiser une surveillance de l’environnement autour du site. Le 11 novembre 2010 à 12:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Candidates for Clark County Council chair square off

first_imgRepublican Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring dismissed a comparison between her and former Councilors David Madore and Tom Mielke, saying that electing her council chair wouldn’t mean a return to a previous era of county politics.Quiring’s comments were in response to a remark made by Eric Holt, a Democratic candidate for county council chair, during a meeting with The Columbian’s Editorial Board. Holt said that although he likes Quiring he wouldn’t vote for her because “none of us want to go back to the Madore and Mielke years.”Madore and Mielke lost re-election and retired in 2016, respectively. Their time on council was marked with bitter feuds with the rest of the council, county staff and others. But Quiring said that era is over.“You can see the differences,” said Quiring. “I think there was a perceived discontent and rancor on the council. I think it was just a mix of people. I think that David Madore moved too fast with policy.”But she added that she agreed with their policies. “They’re conservatives; I’m a conservative,” she said.That was one of the more notable exchanges during a roughly hourlong interview of Clark County Council chair candidates with The Columbian’s Editorial Board. The race includes current council Chair Marc Boldt, an independent, who is seeking to retain his position from challenges from Quiring as well as Holt, a manager in a mining company, and Christy Stanley, an owner of several marijuana stores.last_img read more

17 million awarded for Northeast 68th Street sidewalk

first_imgClark County’s plans to build a sidewalk along Northeast 68th Street in Hazel Dell have received a $1.7 million boost from the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council.The council’s board of directors earlier this month selected the project, plus another proposed sidewalk improvement in Hazel Dell and a third project in Skamania County, to receive funds through the federal transportation alternatives program.Building a sidewalk on Northeast 68th Street has been a longtime priority for area residents and the Northeast Hazel Dell Neighborhood Association.Only a few sections of sidewalk exist on the street, from Northeast Highway 99 to Northeast St. Johns Road. Along portions of the street, there isn’t even a narrow shoulder that pedestrians can use.About 3,300 vehicles a day use this section of Northeast 68th Street. The road has a posted 35 mph speed limit, but nearly 400 vehicles a day speed through the corridor at more than 45 mph.According to Clark County, there have been 19 reported crashes along the street section in the past 10 years. Vehicles hitting roadside objects accounted for 10 of those crashes.last_img read more

Paul Merson slams Arsenals defence

first_imgSky Sports pundit Paul Merson says the Gunners have “one of the worst” defences in the league and believes they won’t go far with their current backline.Despite the summer arrival of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arsenal have been shaky at the back and Merson has urged his former club to strengthen at the back or risk achieving nothing this season.Arsenal have conceded the same amount of goals as West Ham and Watford, having shipped in 32 goals in 22 Premier League matches.“Defensively they are one of the worst sides I’ve ever seen in the top six of the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.“Even when they were on that unbeaten run, I wasn’t convinced and now they are showing their true colors.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Until they sort out the defence, they won’t be able to achieve anything. Aaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s best player last weekend – he’s leaving on a free. I don’t know where the club is going.“Unai Emery will need a few windows to sort it out but the players they’ve purchased haven’t been great.”last_img read more

61st Progress Days Brings Tradition Freedom And Fun

first_imgHundreds of people crowded the streets of Soldotna for the annual Progress Days Parade and to celebrate Soldotna, and get some free candy.Summertime isn’t over in Soldotna, though. For more information on events in Soldotna, click here. On Saturday the community of Soldotna came out for the 61st Progress Days with a free community parade, family activities, food and craft vendors, live music, rodeo events, community picnic and much more following the parade at Soldotna Creek Park.At the end of the weekend, Progress Days is about where Soldotna is and has come over the years. The events help us celebrate the past and look forward to the future. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Held annually the 4th weekend in July, Soldotna Progress Days is a celebration of the Soldotna community.last_img read more

Travis Scotts Astroworld Returns Rapper To Top Of The Charts

first_img Facebook ‘Astroworld’ Puts Travis Scott Back On Top travis-scotts-astroworld-returns-rapper-top-charts Data from album’s record-breaking first week nudges Drake down to No. 2 Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 13, 2018 – 2:37 pm GRAMMY-nominated rapper Travis Scott is so ready for his close-up that his third solo studio album, Astroworld, released on Aug. 3, features his big golden head as an amusement park ride, photographed by David LaChapelle. Now that its Nielsen data is out — with the tip-off for the Aug. 18 Billboard 200 — the album has him back at No. 1 in a big way, securely on the 2018 record-breaker leaderboard and taking the top spot from the extended residency Drake’s Scorpion occupied for five consecutive weeks.Astroworld’s straight sales reached 270,000 units, second in 2018 only to Dave Matthews Band’s Come Tomorrow. In streaming equivalents — a leaderboard dominated by Drake — the LP reached 261,000, the fifth best showing for an album ever. Including track-equivalents, this makes his 2018 debut week the second highest of the year, behind Drake. It is a personal best for the rapper. His first studio album Rodeo reached No. 3 in 2015, and the following year’s Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight peaked at No. 1 with 53,000 straight sales and a total, with streams, of 88,000 units.There was a real AstroWorld amusement park in the rapper’s hometown of Houston once, replaced by a housing development in 2005 while Scott was a teen. His effort to reimagine the fun he knew as a kid has blown up. The attention and raves the album has received match the  symbolic prestige of his golden bounce house quite nicely.Scott’s GRAMMY nominations to date were drawn to collaborations, beginning with his contribution to Kanye West’s “New Slaves,” up for Best Rap Song at the 56th GRAMMY Awards. In the past two years, Scott was nominated with Justin Bieber for Purpose, for Album Of The Year at the 59th GRAMMY Awards, and with SZA for his featured spot on her “Love Galore,” nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 60th GRAMMY Awards.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ Returns Rapper To Top Of The Charts News Email Twitter last_img read more

The Nebula Mars II portable projector hits its lowest price yet 330

first_img Tags 2:33 The versatile Nebula Mars II is a fully self-contained 720p projector with great speakers and a 4-hour battery. Anker Got wall? Cool. Let’s turn it into a home theater.Today only, and while supplies last, the Anker-made Nebula Mars II portable projector is on sale for $330 . That’s $30 less than the last time I wrote about it and the lowest price to date. (It normally runs $500.)See it at AmazonThe Mars II (sequel to the popular, but slightly flawed, Mars Portable Cinema) offers full 720p resolution, 10-watt speakers, a 4-hour battery, auto-focus and Android 7.1.That OS allows you to run just about any streaming app (Amazon Video and Netflix come preloaded), and the companion Nebula app turns your phone or tablet into a much-needed remote for those apps. That said, this thing would be downright incredible with a Fire TV or Roku UI.You can plug any source into the projector’s HDMI port, but obviously that source’s power requirements may limit overall portability.In my brief and informal product tests, I was impressed by image brightness and quality and the loudness of the speakers. Auto-focus could be a little slow when moving the projector around. But once it’s parked, it’s all good.Speaking of parking, the main appeal of the Mars II is its portability. It can run pretty much anywhere there’s Wi-Fi for streaming, though if you plug in a movie-filled USB drive, you don’t even need that. Indeed, this would be just about the perfect projector for those AtmosFX Halloween animations. Your thoughts?Read more: The best home theater projectors for 2019 Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Six things to know about home theater projectors Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment The Cheapskate CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Projectors Amazonlast_img read more

30 years after Baltic Way Hong Kong protesters form human

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators on Friday night (local time) formed human chains across large parts of the city in a call for direct elections in a display that recalled a major anti-Soviet demonstration from 30 years ago. Participants of the human chain, a part of the months-long protests over the now-suspended extradition bill that allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China for prosecution, spread across three routes totalling 20 miles over densely populated sections of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, The New York Times reported. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The plans developed quickly through a spreadsheet posted online this week after a march on Sunday drew hundreds of thousands who demonstrated in the rain, a sign that protesters had not been dissuaded by a police ban or warnings from the Chinese government. Starting from around 8 p.m. (local time) thousands of demonstrators during the protest on Friday sang protest songs and chanted slogans. While many joined hands, others held up their cellphones to illuminate the lines of people. Several held signs with flags of foreign nations and the phrase, “Thank you for supporting freedom and democracy!” Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The event followed a variety of protest efforts, including marches, petitions, advertisements in international publications and walkways filled with art, as well as more confrontational actions such as defacing government buildings, clashing with the police and blocking roadways and trains. The action was planned to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the “Baltic Way protest” when as many as two million residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania formed a human chain to call for independence from the Soviet Union. Avoiding the fate of the Soviet Union has been a preoccupation of the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, and other Chinese officials. During a 2017 visit to Hong Kong, Xi gave a stern warning that challenging China’s sovereignty “crosses the red line.”last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday November 18

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: 5-7 P.M.Since last Tuesday’s election of Donald Trump, much of the nation has been in a state of volatility, with many experiencing great anxiety and anger. We’ll dedicate both hours of AFRO First Edition to, “Liberation Music3,” featuring musicians and social change agents, Navasha Daya, Ama Chandra and Scott Paynter of Jah Works, playing some of their favorite liberation songs. Plus, thoughts on the week that was with AFRO managing editor Kamau High.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more