Wife of accused BC polygamist testifies about life as a sisterwife

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. – The first legal wife of a man accused of polygamy has testified in B.C. Supreme Court about her marriage and life as a sister-wife with up to two dozen other women.Jane Blackmore took the stand in a courtroom in Cranbrook, B.C., on Tuesday in the trial of Winston Blackmore and James Oler, who are each charged with one count of polygamy.Winston Blackmore is the head of a religious group in Bountiful, a community in southeastern B.C. where residents are known for practising a faith that condones plural marriage.He is accused of marrying 24 women, and Oler allegedly has four wives.Jane Blackmore told the court that she grew up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a group that broke away from the mainstream Mormon church at the turn of the 20th century.After pressure from her father, she agreed to be married and was taken to see a prophet who would determine a husband for her based on divine instruction.Blackmore said she learned at 10:30 p.m. on May 3, 1975 that her husband would be Winston Blackmore and they were married at 9 a.m. the next day.Jane Blackmore told the court that she knew other wives were likely to follow because the FLDS faith dictates that a man must have three wives to advance in the church and attain the highest level of celestial glory.Blackmore said she was sometimes asked to approve the marriages, but there were other unions she didn’t learn about until after the ceremony had occurred.She testified that there was one instance where a young woman who was marrying Winston Blackmore travelled up from the United States with her younger sister.Jane Blackmore told the court that the man conducting the ceremony claimed divine inspiration and married both sisters to Winston Blackmore.Jane Blackmore left Bountiful and her relationship with Winston Blackmore in 2003, but testified that her former husband married over 25 women during the course of their relationship.She also testified that Oler, her brother, had multiple wives and that she had attended the births of children he had with two of those wives.The criminal trial has been more than 25 years in the making, with RCMP first investigating allegations that residents of the isolated, religious community were practising plural or “celestial” marriage in the early 1990s.The trial is being heard by a judge alone and is expected to last at least two weeks. (Cranbrook Townsman)last_img read more

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Reporter to donate 55″ of hair to raise funds for mental health

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s been about eight years since NEWS 1130’s Lasia Kretzel last cut her hair. At first, it was a challenge to see if she could grow it as long as her mom once had it. But when her mother passed away, it became an opportunity to raise awareness.Lasia, who works at 660’s sister station in Vancouver, is now starting a six-week-long campaign to raise funds for Coast Mental Health. She will be shaving and donating all of her hair in hopes of making a wig for someone in need.“I want to raise money towards an organization that I know is going to help those who are struggling with substance abuse, with mental health issues,” she said. “My mother past away about five years ago, and one of the leading causes of her death was because of alcoholism.”Lasia Kretzel (right) and a picture of her mom Mary (left).She watched her mom struggle for years and would like to now help someone who may be going through something similar.“I wanted to raise money towards an organization that I really had a personal connection to,” she added. “We’re just going to try to raise as much money as we can. Right now the goal is set at $1,000. I would love to see, and I challenge people to surpass that, that would be amazing.”As a kid, Lasia said it was difficult to talk about her mom’s addiction, noting she felt embarrassed most of the time and didn’t really understood what it was.A picture of Lasia’s mom Mary.She said that’s why organizations like Coast Mental Health are important, to help both those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, but also those around it.Some of Lasia’s hair is now past her knees, which reminds her of photos she used to see of her mom when she was younger.“I’m hoping that they can make a wig or at least it can go towards making part of a wig. I know that it can take several heads of hair to make one wig.”Another thing she’s excited about? Less time in the shower.“It can be a hassle to maintain. People always ask how much shampoo I probably go through. The answer is a lot, but the answer for conditioner is even more.”To donate you can visit Lasia’s campaign page.last_img read more

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Murdoch Mysteries wins Golden Screen Award for TV Drama

first_imgTORONTO – (March 9, 2018) – Ahead of this Sunday’s 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy) today announced the winners of the 2018 Golden Screen Awards for film and television. The winners in each category will be awarded their statues during the pre-show gala, hosted by Ali Hassan and Sharron Matthews, and recognized in a montage during the broadcast live on CBC on Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT). The awards Gala will also stream globally at cbc.ca/watch and youtube.com/cbc.CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries is the winner of the Golden Screen Award for TV Drama. Murdoch Mysteries airs on CBC and stars Yannick Bisson, Hélène Joy, Jonny Harris and Thomas Craig. It is produced by Shaftesbury.CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada is the winner of the Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show. Hosted by Jon Montgomery, The Amazing Race Canada airs on CTV and is produced by Insight Production Company Ltd. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement De père en flic 2 is the winner of the Cineplex Golden Screen Award for Feature Film. De père en flic 2 premiered July 13, 2017 in Montreal. The film was directed by Émile Gaudreault, written by Gaudreault, Eric K. Boulianne and Sébastien Ravary, and stars Michel Côté, Louis-José Houde and Karine Vanasse.“The Golden Screen Awards give us an opportunity to highlight Canada’s most popular film and television productions,” said Martin Katz, Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “I hope Canadians continue to be inspired by the high quality television and films we produce, and to enjoy them at home and at the theatre.”The Golden Screen Awards for television is awarded to the highest-rated Canadian television programs in two select categories. Audience estimates are provided by Numeris based on a list of all Canadian television programming (series, limited series and TV Movies) provided by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Analysis is based on Total Canada, P2+, Average Minute Audience during the period of September 1, 2016 – November 15, 2017, original airings (“live plus 7 days”) with 50 per cent or more of the airings occurring during the 2016-17 broadcast season.The Cineplex Golden Screen Award for Feature Film is awarded to the Canadian film with the highest domestic box office..About Academy of Canadian Cinema & TelevisionThe Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television and digital media sectors.Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion and mentorship.The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media through a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday March 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).For information on membership and programming visit www.academy.ca..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Moroccos Princess Lalla Hasna Reviews Progress of AirClimate EcoSchools Program

Rabat – The board of directors congratulated Lalla Hasna on one of her most notable achievements this year, being appointed Ambassador of Goodwill by the heads of state and government at the 1st Summit of the Congo Basin and the Blue Fund in Brazzaville on April 29.For her part, Lalla Hasna commended the foundation’s efforts to fully carry out programs such as the extension of the Eco-Schools program was extended to preschools, with the aim of making sustainable development education an integral part of kids’ education.The meeting also touched upon updates of the foundation’s Air-Climate program which focuses on “Helping Morocco contribute to the mitigation of local air pollution and global warming; educating citizens, civil society, business and government about the impacts of greenhouse and climate change.” Read Also: Morocco’s Princess Lalla Hasna Receives Japanese Honorary DoctorateLalla Hasna launched several educational programs for sustainable development, coastal management, sustainable tourism, and a program to develop the Marrakech palm grove.The princess also visited Japan in November to represent her foundation. While there, she earned the the Goi Peace International Award in Tokyo for her lifelong commitment to environmental protection, and an honorary doctorate from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.The Goi Peace Foundation grants the award to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world in their fields.The Goi Peace Foundation has awarded its international prize every year since 2000 to prominent figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Gates, Oscar Arias Sanchez, and environmentalist Lester Brown.Education was the main driver behind Lalla Hasna’s visit to Japan. The princess met with Japanese Minister of Education Masahiko Shibayama. The pair discussed how to develop Morocco’s education, especially the learning materials and methods in Moroccan schools. read more

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Court orders medical examination on Duminda Silva

The Colombo Additional Magistrate today ordered a medical examination on former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva.The order was given after the Department of Prisons had informed court that Duminda Silva could not appear in court over a bribery case owing to poor health. The Colombo Additional Magistrate ordered a special medical examination on Duminda Silva in order to verify the claims of the Department of Prisons.Duminda Silva is currently on death row over the murder of former Parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. (Colombo Gazette)

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Annan submits final settlement plan for Cyprus referenda

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today submitted to Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders his final plan to settle the Cyprus problem before its entry into the European Union on 1 May, urging them to “seize this chance for peace” in a reunified nation.Mr. Annan stepped in to complete the blueprint that will be voted on by the Greek and Turkish Cypriots after six weeks of negotiations failed to broker an agreement. The 9,000-page text containing the basic settlement plan – which calls for a federal government composed of two constituent states both largely running their own affairs – as well as legal formulas and other annexes, will now be put to ballot in separate, simultaneous referenda on 24 April, four days later than planned.Speaking at the closing of a week of talks in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, the Secretary-General stressed that the United Nations strived to accommodate the concerns of both sides in order to create a “win-win” situation.”This plan is fair. It is designed to work. And I believe it provides Cypriots with a secure framework for a common future,” he said.Today’s agreement caps more than 40 years of United Nations involvement in the Cyprus problem. Since last month, the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, held negotiations in Cyprus on the basis of Mr. Annan’s much-revised plan.After the talks moved last week to Switzerland, officials from Greece and Turkey, joined early this week by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were on hand to lend a final push in the discussions.Addressing both sides this evening, the Secretary-General said he had written to the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders outlining the procedures for the referenda. “The time has come for you, the leaders, and for voters in both communities to assess what is before them as an overall package” in the lead-up to the balloting.”As the people of Cyprus, north and south, debate and consider their future over the next three and a half weeks, they will be looking to you, their leaders, for guidance,” Mr. Annan said.”There have been too many missed opportunities in the past. For the sake of all of you, I urge you not to make the same mistake again,” he said. “Let us seize this chance for peace in a United Cyprus Republic.” read more

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Most important breast cancer drug in two decades will not get NHS

first_imgDr Nicholas Turner, from the Institute of Cancer Research, London, who was on the Nice panel, said: “Palbociclib is one of the most important advances in treating the most common type of breast cancer in 20 years.”Clinical trials show the drug can substantially slow the progression of the disease and help delay chemotherapy, which often has life-limiting side-effects.”It is very disappointing that palbociclib is not being made available to patients, but cost is the limiting factor.”If the manufacturer, Nice and NHS England can find a way of making this treatment available for patients, they will substantially improve the lives of patients with breast cancer.”Prof Paul Workman, chief executive of the ICR, said: “Rapid action is needed to ensure that exciting new treatments like palbociclib are priced at a level that allows them to be judged cost-effective.”People with cancer must be able to benefit from the academic research that helps lead to effective new treatments like this, which extend survival and improve quality of life.”Prof Carole Longson, director of the centre for health technology assessment at Nice, said: “The committee needs more evidence of the drug’s impact on overall survival of people with breast cancer.”However, even when allowing for these potential benefits, it was still not enough to make palbociclib cost effective at its current price.”The ruling is now open to  public consultation. Cancer cell A cancer cell: In the USA women are offered palbociclib A new  drug described as one of the “most important” advances in treating breast cancer in two decades will not be approved on the NHS, under rationing plans.Around 6,000 women a year, many with terminal disease, could benefit from palbociclib.The treatment has been  found to stall tumours by 10 months – almost twice as long as standard drugs.But the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said the cost – at around £3,000 a month – was too high, and that clinical trials were unclear about whether the drug improved overall survival.Charities said the recommendation, in draft guidance, was “unacceptable”, proving that Britain’s drug appraisal system was “totally unfit for purpose”.They said the decision would devastate patients, especially those with incurable breast cancer, and called for urgent discussions with drugs manufacturers to cut the price of the drug.Experts said the case was particularly significant, because the treatment was the first in a new generation of drugs to be examined by Nice.They said treatments which could hold the key to an effective cure for cancer, were destined to fall foul of Nice’s processes, which compare innovative treatments with old generic drugs, which are cheap because they are now off-patent.In the last decade, just three drugs for breast cancer have been given the green light by Nice.The new treatment works by increasing the effect of other drugs, already doled out at a cost of just 20 pence a day.center_img Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “This is the clearest illustration to date that the drug appraisal system is totally unfit-for-purpose in assessing first-in-class breast cancer medicines.“For women with incurable breast cancer in England to potentially be made to wait years for such a promising drug – while NHS bodies and pharmaceutical companies haggle over pricing – would be totally unacceptable.”She said the drug could become the closest thing some breast cancer patients could get to a cure.Research presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference in Chicago last June showed that women taking palbociclib in combination with cheap aromatase inhibitors lived 10 months longer without disease spreading than than those on standard treatment.Typically, they enjoyed 24.8 months without their cancer progressing compared with 14.5 months for women on usual treatment. Some women had much better results.Palbociclib is licensed for women with breast cancer which is HER2 negative, oestrogen positive and has spread around the body.The Nice appraisal looked specifically at patients who had not been given any other treatment for advanced or metastatic cancer, with around 5,500 such cases annually. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Samsung creates terrible memorable 840 EVO SSD commercial

first_imgAs a geek, I am used to the mainstream tech and gadget advertising being a bit cringeworthy and focusing on the features of a device I don’t really care about. But at least most of those ad campaigns are well put together and use people who know how to act. However, that’s clearly not the case for Samsung’s latest commercial trying to entice the masses to purchase an 840 EVO SSD.I don’t envy any advertising agency given the task of selling an SSD to mainstream consumers. It’s a tiny, expensive storage device they’ve probably never considered buying before. Storage comes as standard in most devices people purchase, so what’s the deal? But the 840, and SSDs in general, are a great upgrade to a PC, so they need to try and get that across somehow.This Samsung advert doesn’t work, though, because they forgot one thing: to employ competent actors to read the script. Watch it below and you’ll see what I mean:The script isn’t great to begin with I’ll admit, but the actors really fail to pull off being genuinely excited about what they are holding. If that has been done on purpose then the advert is brilliant as it is already going down in history as one of the worst Samsung, or indeed any tech company, has put together.These people seem like they are really lacking in the acting department, but if they can still manage to install an SSD it must be easy, right? Hmm, maybe I should go buy an SSD.last_img read more

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Brock Lesnar announces he has resigned with WWE

first_img Brock Lesnar WhatsApp Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rusev Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Twitter Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Google+ When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img During a segment on this evening’s edition of ESPN Sportscenter, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar was interviewed by ESPN anchor Michelle Beadle about WrestleMania 31 this Sunday and his future with the company. Lesnar had the following to say, which was posted by the WWE on Twitter:“I’m here to say my legacy in The Octagon is over … I re-signed last night with @WWE.” – @BrockLesnar @SportsCenter”Triple H also posted the following on Twitter about Lesnar re-signing with WWE:“.@BrockLesnar is a global attraction. Happy to have him re-sign a multi-year contract with @WWE. @espn @MichelleDBeadleLesnar and WWE had been at a impasse in the last month over negotiations for a new contract and there was speculation that Lesnar would go back to the UFC.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 45.62%0:04Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Now Playing Up Next Triple H Videos Articles Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?last_img read more

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Council OKs pet license fee hike

first_imgOn a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the Clark County council approved an increase to pet licensing fees, the first time since 2004 that the county has asked pet owners to pay more money to cover the cost of animal control services.The increased fees are expected to generate about $237,000 over the next two years and will better fund the county’s beleaguered animal control services, allowing it, among other things, to hire an additional officer.Under the new fee structure, the license fee for a spayed or neutered dog will increase from $16 to $25. Fees for spayed or neutered cats will increase from $10 to $20. For dogs that haven’t been spayed or neutered, the increase will be from $40 to $50. For cats that haven’t been spayed or neutered, the increase is from $20 to $40.The increase kicks in Feb. 1 and affects pet owners in Vancouver, Yacolt and unincorporated Clark County. Discounts for low-income households and people over 65 will still be offered. Not licensing a pet carries a $100 fine.“It’s always a struggle when we talk about licensing fees for pets,” Councilor Jeanne Stewart remarked during the hearing.In November, the council, faced with a budget gap for animal control services, discussed raising the fees. Paul Scarpelli, county animal protection and control manager, told the council at the time that Clark County’s fees are lower than comparable or nearby counties and weren’t keeping pace with increased demand.last_img read more

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MP for West Grand Bahama and Bimini Speaks to the role of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Bahamas, October 5, 2017 – Nassau – New legislation is needed for the abuses in communication, whether it is fake news or irresponsible use of social media, said Pakesia Parker-Edgecome, Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, during her contribution in the House of Assembly.Mrs. Edgecombe made her remarks during the debate, in which she thanked the Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, for her Speech from the Throne.The Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister said that she oversees Cinemas and Films, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Bahamas Information Services, Cable Television, Relations with the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, and Relations with BTC.She stated that even though many strides have been made at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB), there still remain many hurdles that are faced.   “We are a democratic nation, and with democracy comes freedom.   With that freedom, however Mr. Deputy Speaker, we must remain responsible.”The BCB is where she started, noted Mrs. Edgecombe, and said it was good to her and played an integral role in where she is today.   “So therefore, Mr. Deputy Speaker, keenly aware of the challenges that the BCB may still face, I take it personal when persons continue to lambast the corporation and the many talented workers that are there.”Every entity has its difficulties, she added, and what exists today is as a result of many Members of Parliament having utilized ZNS as their personal public relations machine, the corporation thus following them at their whim.She pointed out: “Mr. Deputy Speaker, let me remind this House that ZNS is a news organization, while Bahamas Information Services is the government’s PR machinery.“That means the professionals get to choose what they deem newsworthy and of national importance at ZNS – the professionals.   So therefore, I appeal to my fellow Parliamentarians, let the staff of the BCB do their job without feeling that if they were to make a decision in the best interest of the organization, a pink slip will follow.“I also advise my fellow colleagues that the Bahamas Information Services is the government’s PR machinery.   Each Ministry is equipped with an Information Officer, all you need to know is the name of that person, and you will have your PR right intact.   BIS is here for you, that is the PR machinery.”Mrs. Edgecombe addressed what is a growing concern in the community.   “Whether it be fake news or the irresponsible use of social media, Mr. Deputy Speaker, it is high time that further legislation is brought, necessary to curb the abuses in communication.”   She added that she, along with her team, will work along that avenue.Communication will lead the way in all the work that needs to be done; and even though little attention was given to this area in the Speech from the Throne, she thinks that this will change in the future.By: Robyn Adderly (BIS)Photo Caption:  Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe.  (BIS Photo) 18003732876center_img Related Items:last_img read more

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ACB raids on AE house at Proddaturu recovered Rs 225crores

first_imgKadapa: On the charges of having disproportionate properties, the ACB officials have conducted raids on the house of AE P.Subbaiah located in Buddayapalli area in Proddaturu town recovered Rs Rs 2.25crores worth various properties on Tuesday. The accused has been working as Assistant Engineer in Panchayath Raj department in Mylavaram. According to the ACB DSP A.Nagabushanam, 1Kg gold ornaments, 12 house sites, 3 houses, car, and a motorcycle total worth of Rs 2crores government value properties were seized during the raids. The accuses likely to be produced before ACB court on Tuesday. Circle inspectors from Kadapa, Kurnool districts were participated in the raids.last_img

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Axis Bank set to take Freecharge off the market in a deal

first_imgAn employee speaks on his mobile phone as he walks inside Axis Bank’s corporate headquarters in Mumbai July 17, 2012.ReutersOnline retailer Snapdeal’s digital payments platform Freecharge has been up for sale for a while now and it looks like Axis Bank will finally take it off the market. India’s third-largest private sector bank is reportedly nearing a deal to buy Freecharge and the deal valued at about Rs 385 crore ($60 million) could be announced on Thursday, July 27.Jasper Infotech, a firm based in Gurgaon that also owns bleeding online marketplace Snapdeal, has been looking to sell Freecharge for two years, and it now looks like it has found its saviour in Axis Bank.The deal value of about Rs 385 crore is much less than the Rs 2,400 crore that Jasper Infotech had paid to acquire Freecharge in April 2015, which at that time was labelled as the biggest startup acquisition.While Snapdeal and Freecharge have remained tight-lipped about the deal, Axis Bank has sent out invites for an event on Thursday, during which it said that a “strategic announcement” would be made. It is also being said that Axis Bank would absorb Freecharge’s about 200 employees, but its CEO Jason Kothari is likely to leave after the deal formalities are completed.Meanwhile, acquiring the digital payments platform would mean that Axis Bank would also get access to about 20 million Freecharge customers and well as a million online and offline sellers.It was earlier reported that two private banks — one of them being Bank of Baroda — and a few other private equity firms had expressed an interest in acquiring Freecharge. Additionally, Paytm is also said to have made a bid of $10-15 million for the platform. Just a few days ago, Amazon was also said to have bid for Freecharge and its bid was in the range of Rs 500 crore ($70-$80 million), according to The Economic Times. FreechargeFreeCharge/FacebookFreecharge, which was popular with users and racked up about 12 million transactions in April 2017, has taken a hit from the bleeding state of online marketplace Snapdeal.In fact, Snapdeal itself was known to be in talks with Flipkart for a buyout deal. While it had rejected the e-commerce giant’s earlier bid of Rs 4,550 crore on July 4, Snapdeal is said to have accepted Flipkart revised bid of Rs 5,800 crore ($900-950 million) on Wednesday, July 26. The deal now requires Snapdeal shareholders’ approval, after which a formal announcement is expected.last_img read more

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Csections greatest burden among childbirth expenses icddrb

first_imgFamilies may be spending the highest amount from their pockets for caesarian section deliveries among different child delivery-related expenses in Bangladesh, said a recent icddr,b analysis.C-section deliveries fork out an average $250 (equivalent to Tk 21,121) out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure while a normal delivery burden on the pocket is only around $60 (equivalent to Tk 5,069) when childbirth takes place in healthcare facilities.This year World Health Day theme Universal Health Coverage (UHC) calls for greater access to quality health services without financial hardship, and reiterates that about 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of OOP spending on health.As indicated by the icddr,b study, cases of such lopsided OOP cost for c-section deliveries may be rising because C-section rate has gone as high as 31 percent of all deliveries in Bangladesh in recent years.This rate is well over WHO standards at 10 to 15 percent and icddr,b researchers have earlier urged to implement effective national monitoring on c-section deliveries.”No surprise that the wealthiest people spend around $280 on c-section, but the poorest people spend no less than $200 which is a huge burden on their pocket,” observes Abdur Razzaque Sarkar, icddr,b associate scientist and principal author of the study published in The International Journal of Health Planning and Management.Increasing rates of spending more from pockets on child deliveries, especially by the less wealthy people, is a grim indication because Bangladesh aspires to achieve UHC in order to make health systems equitable and quality healthcare available for people from all economic strata.Data on over 4500 delivery cases was analysed, based on Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS) 2014 data coupled with a cross-sectional survey on child delivery-related expenditure.”We have also found that mothers aged between 35 and 49 were spending significantly more and interestingly, moms with higher education and who received recommended antenatal services were also among those spending more on c-section, more frequently in urban Bangladesh,” comments Sarkar.”Over 85 percent families heavily rely on their family fund (including income and savings) to cope with this extra burden which has a huge impacts on the livelihood of these households,” he adds.In order to minimise child delivery-associated cost, the study suggests introducing social health insurance – an initiative in line with the core objective of the Healthcare Financing Strategy of Bangladesh that aspires to achieve UHC by 2032.icddr,b researchers have already highlighted that disadvantaged groups spend relatively more OOP and are in greater need of health insurance. These new findings on child delivery strengthen the case to make UHC a feasible way to lessen OOP burden in Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Houston City Council Map Could Change After 2020 Census

first_imgJoe Brueggeman/Houston Public MediaHouston City Council.At Wednesday’s council meeting, District E Councilmember Dave Martin said the city should consider redrawing city council district boundaries, particularly in his own district. District E includes two far-flung suburbs, Kingwood and Clear Lake. Martin said it’s a “ridiculously arranged council district” where it is difficult to coordinate meetings.  “I’ve always felt that the folks in Clear Lake do indeed deserve their own representation there, because it is tough for someone to drive 60 miles on a weekend to get to a certain area,” Martin said.Mayor Sylvester Turner agreed with Martin’s assessment of District E. “I will tell you it is an interesting drawing,” Turner said. “Because you certainly cannot go from Kingwood to Clear Lake for a town hall meeting, two town hall meetings.”Turner said he would support taking a look at the map after the 2020 census.“I don’t know what the thinking was back then,” Turner said. “But it does seem to be not in the best interest of two areas that are so geographically separated. I think it’s worth taking a look at.” The map was last updated after the 2010 census, when Districts J and K were added. The current map is below. View Fullscreen Sharelast_img read more

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Researchers restore light sensitivity to retina using polymerbased optoelectronic interface

first_img Citation: Researchers restore light sensitivity to retina using polymer-based optoelectronic interface (2013, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-sensitivity-retina-polymer-based-optoelectronic-interface.html The photoreceptor layer is replaced in the degenerate retina by the organic polymer. Credit: doi:10.1038/nphoton.2013.34 Explore further Journal information: Nature Photonics Zebrafish may hold the answer to repairing damaged retinas and returning eyesight to people This new research by the group follows up on research the team conducted two years ago, where they found that they could grow neurons on top of photovoltaic polymers. In this new effort, they placed the polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) on a small sheet of glass then followed that up by placing a damaged retina extracted from a rat on top of it. Using the same techniques they’d discovered in their earlier work, they coaxed the cells into incorporating themselves with the polymer. Once that occurred, they shined a light on the result and found that neural activity occurred that was very similar to what happens with retinas that are not damaged.The polymer used in the experiment is one of a class that is able to convert light into electricity without the need for any other power source. Such materials, the researchers believe, make them ideal candidates for use as a possible means of correcting vision problems in people with retina damage due to diseases such as macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa. In these cases, the rods and cones—photoreceptor cells—that make up the retina are damaged or destroyed slowly robbing their victim of sight. The idea with the new research is to see if photovoltaic polymers can be used to replace the damaged nerves, and thus restore vision.In their experiments the researchers found the retina/polymer combination responded to what they describe as average daylight brightness levels indicting it might prove useful as a means of treating certain types of blindness. They caution however that they also observed that the combined material did not respond to the full range of brightness levels as seen by a healthy eye, though they suggest they believe more research will produce better results. The team next plans to implant their polymer optoelectronic interface into blind rats to see if it can restore vision and if so, how well.center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers in Italy has successfully demonstrated a means for restoring light sensitivity to a damaged rat retina by incorporating an inorganic polymer with nerve cells. In their paper published in the journal Nature Photonics, the team describes how they placed a damaged rat retina atop a glass substrate covered with a light sensitive polymer and then found that shining a light on the mix resulted in neural activity similar to that which occurs with a healthy retina. © 2013 Phys.org More information: A polymer optoelectronic interface restores light sensitivity in blind rat retinas, Nature Photonics (2013) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2013.34AbstractInterfacing organic electronics with biological substrates offers new possibilities for biotechnology by taking advantage of the beneficial properties exhibited by organic conducting polymers. These polymers have been used for cellular interfaces in several applications, including cellular scaffolds, neural probes, biosensors and actuators for drug release. Recently, an organic photovoltaic blend has been used for neuronal stimulation via a photo-excitation process. Here, we document the use of a single-component organic film of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) to trigger neuronal firing upon illumination. Moreover, we demonstrate that this bio–organic interface restores light sensitivity in explants of rat retinas with light-induced photoreceptor degeneration. These findings suggest that all-organic devices may play an important future role in subretinal prosthetic implants. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Going beyond just pottery

first_imgWhen a Professor decides to hang up her boots and probe hidden embers of firing and glazes and clay constructions – it becomes more than a mere pilgrim’s journey. Manjari Sharma’s affair with stoneware began more than 15 years ago when exploring clay meant going beyond pots and bowls and platters – exploring clay meant an embodiment of the gestural spontaneity and visual momentum of abstraction as well as gauging degrees of expressionism along with the dramatic Shakespearean – like acceptance of imperfections that characterizes the creation of sculptural pottery in all its manifestations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfManjari works with a personal structural vocabulary which she pours overthrown shapes including cylinders, bowls, plates, clay slabs, and whatever forms her hand or mallet could pierce, press, pinch or paddle. Pottery is not only bowls and pots and platters, pottery is a journey that enfolds and explores and experiments with forms and glazes and textures and expression. Manjari moves a step ahead with human expressions that are full of drama and deep intensity. Her lamps with quirky lips are delightful, her bowls with human hands are truly sculptural, her jars with lids that have fingers are a statement in the power of human emotions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”A very noticeable outcome of my journey within was a loss of fear and hence the ability to play more. In the celebration of the “human experience”, I found greater acceptability of the good with the bad or the pretty with the ugly. I realized that everything is contextual. There are no absolute truths. In fact, I feel that perfection and beauty are fairly violent concepts they are so non-inclusive,” says sculptor Manjari Sharma. Curator Uma Nair who has followed her works for 20 years says,”Manjari doesn’t merely throw pots, she builds and fashions them. Indeed, she uses a potter’s wheel on which to spin the initial clay forms; but after that first rudimentary step the traditional method of wheel-thrown pottery is dramatically overturned.” The show which opened on April 16, will run till April 23 at Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan.last_img read more

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VIDEO Johnny Manziel threw 38 passes in front of 12 NFL teams

first_imgJohnny Manziel is starting to do end zone throws. pic.twitter.com/6y90Jbcd0U— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) March 22, 2018 Johnny Manziel is scheduled to throw around 30-35 passes today. pic.twitter.com/Ld2hRydKLd— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) March 22, 2018 Other than heavily edited social media videos, there hasn’t been much footage of Johnny Manziel actually playing football during his attempted NFL comeback. Until today.With representatives from 12 NFL teams in attendance Manziel threw 38 passes, in the rain, at the University of San Diego Pro Day during an extended workout. For those who care, he only missed two throws.Watch JFF in his first public workout of the comeback SZN.Johnny Manziel has started to throw. pic.twitter.com/BjbW22wgnR— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) March 22, 2018 Johnny Manziel throwing deeper routes now. pic.twitter.com/v5V69iQcBL— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) March 22, 2018center_img Advertisement Johnny Manziel at USD pro day. @nbcsandiego @USDFootball @NFL pic.twitter.com/S71kc9pHqz— Todd Strain (@TODDSTRAINNBCSD) March 22, 2018last_img read more

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Canon Medical Introduces EntryLevel Aquilion Start CT

first_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more March 14, 2019 — Canon Medical Systems Europe B.V. introduced the all-new Aquilion Start computed tomography (CT) system to the European market at the 2019 European Congress of Radiology (ECR), Feb. 28-March 3 in Vienna, Austria. Featuring premium technologies based on Canon Medical’s Aquilion family, the new Aquilion Start will provide the opportunity for medical institutions to extend their radiology practice.With the smallest installation footprint in its class, low power requirements and integrated dose-reduction technologies, Aquilion Start has the potential to fit into small X-ray rooms while providing high-quality 3-D CT imaging at lowest possible dose.Built around the needs of patients and clinicians. Aquilion Start incorporates a spacious gantry to allow for scanning large patients in a comfortable environment. Intuitive controls and increased automation help clinical staff to quickly familiarize with system operation. Advanced technologies ensure optimized patient safety, accelerated clinical decision-making and improved workflow efficiency.The system is developed and manufactured in Japan, and provides technologies also found in premium Canon CT systems:AIDR 3D Enhanced (Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction) with up to 75 percent reduction in dose;PUREViSION Detector to optimize image quality and lower patient dose;SEMAR (Single Energy Metal Artifact Reduction) to facilitate confident diagnosis of patients with metal implants; andSURESubtraction for e.g. automated bone-free CT angiography of superior quality.For more information: www.us.medical.canon FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 14, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Entry-Level Aquilion Start CT System suited for institutions aspiring to make CT imaging more accessible and affordable 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. 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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 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 morelast_img read more

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