BCCI to play third umpire to Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan appointments today

first_imgEven though the Indian players have begun to assemble in Mumbai to depart for Sri Lanka, the coaching staff is yet to be finalized.  Keeping up with the current pattern in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decision making, a committee will finalise who will assist the recently announced head coach Ravi Shastri.The unnamed BCCI committee which has equal representation from Committee of administrators (COA), BCCI office bearers and professionals in the board will meet on Tuesday in Mumbai.They will sit in judgement of the decisions made by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. They checked on Rahul David and Zaheer Khan ‘s availability and confirmed their willingness to take over as batting and bowling consultants for the national side respectively.The COA after first wholeheartedly complimenting the CAC legends for ‘their comprehensive recommendation covering all aspects of the coaching requirement’ have clarified these were mere recommendations. The committee now will have to try and arrive at a decision regarding the appointments of Dravid and Zaheer.The BCCI headquarters was buzzing with activity from Monday itself as the batting coach Sanjay Bangar came calling to meet the CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager MV Sridhar, Cricket Operations Rahul Johri, with whom he had spent a lot of time in West Indies last week. BCCI sources who have been working overtime of late told India Today this was ‘to ascertain the new coaching contracts stand the test of new conflict of interest guidelines’.advertisementThis is also an indicator that David and Zaheer despite being consultants may not be allowed to earn from another coaching assignment in conflict (IPL). If Zaheer’s requirement is for a very limited period, it may up to him to say thanks but no thanks. This may simplify matters for head coach Shastri, who sources tell us wants his ex-team mate Bharat Arun as the bowling coach.Acting BCCI President CK Khanna who reached the headquarters a day before the meet to take stock, told India Today — “Please don’t conclude that there is any confusion. Let the committee meet than decide if there is any confusion.”He also thanked the CAC, whose decisions were being reviewed for ‘its fantastic work in bringing in the changes’.last_img

Attorney General Announces Judicial Appointment

first_imgAttorney General and Justice Minister Cecil Clarke has announced the appointment of Marci Lin Melvin as a judge to the family court and provincial court of Nova Scotia. “Ms. Melvin brings many years of experience to the bench from her unique perspective,” said Mr. Clarke. “She will serve Nova Scotians well, and will contribute to the fair and effective administration of justice.” Ms. Melvin was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1982. She was a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Yarmouth where she specialized in family law. She has 24 years of experience in practice. She will upgrade her French-language capacity to hear cases in French. She is also a published author of six children’s books and one historical romance. All proceeds of her books have been donated to children’s charities and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Provincial court judges are required to have at least five years experience as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and must meet other criteria set by the Advisory Committee onProvincial Judicial Appointments. Committee members include two members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the chief judges of the provincial and family courts and four laypersons appointed by the Minister of Justice. The provincial court has exclusive jurisdiction over all summary offences under provincial statutes and federal acts and regulations. The family court provides a forum for hearing issuesrelating to the family including maintenance, custody/access, family violence between spouses or between parent and child and child protection matters. For more information on Nova Scotiacourts, see the website at www.courts.ns.ca .last_img

New Brunswick judge delays Oland murder hearing because of unresolved issues

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – There are many issues that need to be resolved in the retrial of accused murderer Dennis Oland before a date can even be set for it, the judge says.Crown prosecutors and lawyers for Oland appeared in a New Brunswick court Tuesday for a hearing to set a date, but the judge put off determining when the trial will be held.Oland is charged in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his multimillionaire father, Richard Oland, who was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.“It seems to me there are a number of factors which are going to have an impact on when this trial starts,” Judge Terrence Morrison told the lawyers.“Some of them include the number of Crown witnesses, an estimated schedule of their testimony, voir dires concerning admissibility of evidence — how many of them will there be and how long they are going to take, and if there are going to be any pre-trial or charter motions,” he said.“It seems to me, until these issues are fleshed out in some detail, it’s going to be very difficult to set a trial date that has any hope of being realistic,” Morrison said.Oland lawyer Gary Miller and Crown prosecutor P.J. Veniot agreed.Morrison has given the lawyers until Oct. 26 to make their submissions to him, and set Nov. 2 for the lawyers to meet with him again in Saint John for a pre-trial conference.He said they’ll be able to set a trial date after that.Oland’s first trial lasted 65 days, and court documents indicate the retrial could last just as long.Oland was in court Tuesday, but quickly left the courthouse afterwards and made no comment.His lawyers also declined comment, but when asked if he thought the new trial would be in 2018, Alan Gold said “yes.”An autopsy showed Richard Oland suffered 45 sharp and blunt force blows to his head, neck and hands. A murder weapon was never found.During the first trial, the court heard Dennis Oland had visited his father’s office the night before the body was discovered and was the last known person to see him alive.Oland was convicted in 2015, but was released on bail last October when the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, citing an error in the judge’s instructions to the jury.Dennis Oland had told police he was wearing a navy blazer when he visited his father that evening, but witnesses and video evidence showed him wearing a brown Hugo Boss jacket that was later found to have tiny traces of blood and DNA that matched his father’s profile.The Crown portrayed Oland’s original statement about the jacket as an intentional lie, while the defence said it was an honest mistake. The appeal court said the trial judge did not properly instruct the jurors as to the probative value of that statement.In July, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application by the Crown to restore the conviction, and a cross-appeal seeking an acquittal.The new trial date was originally supposed to be set last month, but Oland’s lawyers and the Crown said then there were matters they needed to iron out.last_img

From Russia With Love Bond girl Nadja Regin dies at 87

first_imgLondon: Serbia-born actor Nadja Regin, best known for starring in Bond films “From Russia With Love” and “Goldfinger”, died Monday at the age of 87. The official James Bond Twitter account shared the news on the microblogging site. “We are very sorry to learn that Nadja Regin has passed away at the age of 87. Nadja appeared in two Bond films, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and GOLDFINGER. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time (sic),” the tweet read. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USShe was best known for her role as the mistress of Kerim Bey in “From Russia with Love” and had a smaller appearance as Bonita in the pre-credit sequence of “Goldfinger”, which featured Sean Connery as the iconic British spy. Regin also worked for the small screen and her TV roles included shows such as “The Avengers”, “Danger Man”, “The Saint” and “Dixon of Dock Green”. The actor appeared in several British TV programmes in the 1960s and also appeared in the 1964 New Zealand film “Runaway”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn the 1970s, she worked in select scripts for film companies including Rank Films and Hammer Films. After a decade, the actor moved away from the limelight to set up a small publishing company alongside her sister Jelena, which specialised in history and philosophy. She also wrote a novel, titled “The Victims and the Fools”, which she published under her full name Nadja Poderegin. The news of Regin’s death comes a week after her “Goldfinger” co-star Tania Mallet, 77, passed away.last_img

Moroccan Minister Calls for Prohibiting Fajr Friday Prayers in Childrens Camps

Raba – During an informal press conference Wednesday in Rabat, the Minister of Youth and Sports lambasted some religious practices during children’s holiday camps. Rachid Talbi Alami, who made a scathing attack on the performance of Al-Fajr and Friday prayers on children’s holiday camps, is said to have been particularly addressing his criticisms to scout organizations sympathetic towards the PJD (Justice and Development Party).“It is forbidden to wake children up at 3 am during holiday camps for performing Al Fajr prayer”, the minister told journalists on Wednesday.Rachid Talbi Almi, who is a known sympathizer, and member of the executive committee of the Centre-Right party RNI (National Rally of Independents), also said in his conference that “We cannot tolerate that children be expected to sit in the sun during Friday prayers.” He also announced that his ministry is working on programs aimed at countering such practices and especially conceived for holiday camps, warning that “Associations that do not respect the rules and regulations that the new programs will introduce won’t be authorized to organize holiday camps.”Some associations and observers have perceived the minister’s comments as a “not-so-veiled hostility” towards associations and youth organizations close to the PJD.Sâad Hazim, president of Ar-Rouad, one of the associations that the minister’s comments supposedly targeted, is alleged to have retorted to Talbi Alami’s remarks by saying that they are “statements full of fallacies. The first one being the allegation that those children are forced to perform Al Fajr, which is a lie.” He allegedly explained that children who take part in the activities organized by his association are not forced to do anything. “They spontaneously perform their prayers, having been used to doing so in their family homes.”“Children can’t be prohibited from praying, just as they can’t be told to pray, as many of them have not yet reached the legal age for that”, Sâad Hazim was quoted as also saying.Sâad Hazim, however, seems to share the Youth and Sports Minister’s opinion on children’s prolonged exposure to the sun during Friday prayers.“I do not remember that we ever put children in such a position.”“I am of the minister’s opinion when he lambastes the singing to children of lyrics that do not correspond to their age”, Hazim concluded, citing, by way of example, the singer Chaabi Zina Daoudia, whose lyrics and songs he deemed inappropriate and “incompatible” with a very young audience.

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 129.27 points to 14,948.73, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 57.01 points to 21,377.05. The S&P 500 index climbed 7.85 points to 2,417.60 and the Nasdaq composite index rose 38.46 points to 6,127.92The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.58 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 77.24 cents US.The August crude contract was down $1.61 to US$43.91 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up two cents to US$2.90 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down $9.00 to US$1,213.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was down two cents at US$2.64 a pound.

Japan govt welcomes pact automakers urge more effort

TOKYO — Japanese automakers have urged government officials to do more to improve their business environment after their government signed a trade deal with the U.S. that only kept auto tariffs unchanged.Japanese and U.S. leaders signed a trade agreement that would allow more American imports into Japan and reduce the U.S. trade deficit.Japanese automakers were hoping to see auto tariffs eliminated, but Japan could only keep them at 2.5% and a promise for no more for now.Trade Minister Isshu Sugawara invited heads of automakers to a meeting Thursday after the agreement was signed to gain their understanding.Toyota Motor Co. president Akio Toyoda urged government to do more, citing harsh business environment.Sugawara said the deal would help assure free and fair trade between the two nations.Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press

Angola Annan extends appointment of chief envoy for African issues

In a letter to the President of the Security Council released today, Mr. Annan writes that the efforts of Ibrahim Gambari, his Special Adviser for Special Assignments in Africa, have had a positive impact on relations between the Angolan Government and the United Nations system in opening new channels of cooperation. However, “there are still many issues which need to be addressed in Angola, such as getting the parties to agree to negotiate under the Lusaka Protocol, supporting civil society, assisting the Government in developing pilot projects for resettlement, helping to create conditions for the holding of credible elections, and management of the peace and reconciliation fund as requested by the Government of Angola,” the letter says.Mr. Gambari has also been providing the Secretary-General with advice on other African issues, including the Great Lakes region, southern Africa and the work of the General Assembly’s Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group on the Causes of Conflict and the Promotion of Durable Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa. In other news from the region, Mr. Annan informed the Council of his intention to appoint David Stephen as his Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and chief of the UN Peace-building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) starting next February. Mr. Stephen, currently the chief of the UN Political Office in Somalia, will succeed Samuel C. Nana-Sinkam.

KASSEL IS THE PLACE Rhein Neckar Lowen defeated by Melsungen

dkb bundesligaMT MelsungenRhein Neckar Lowen Rhein Neckar Lowen suffered defeat after long run of win in DKB Bundesliga. Tough schedule ended with one bad night in Kassel, where MT Melsungen were highly motivated to add another big scalp after beating THW Kiel in the first weeks of the season. MT Melsungen – Rhein-Neckar Löwen  29:26 (15:13)MT Melsungen: Sjöstrand, Simic (2); Kühn (9), Lemke, Golla, Reichmann (5/2), Mikkelsen (1), Danner, P. Müller (2), Boomhouwer, Schneider (3), Allendorf (5/1), Jaanimaa (1), M. Müller (1), Haenen,Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid(8), Bliznac, Sigurdsson (4/1), Radivojevic, Baena, Tollbring, Rnic (4), Mensah (1), Pekeler (1), Groetzki (2), Reinkind (1), Taleski, Guardiola, Petersson (5)RESULTS:SC Magdeburg 28 – 22 ErlangenHSG Wetzlar 30 – 21 LudwigshafenHannover-Burgdorf 27 – 20 StuttgartMinden 29 – 37 Fuchse BerlinKiel 29 – 19 LemgoFlensburg-H. 38 – 23 HuttenbergMT Melsungen 29 – 26 Rhein-NeckarSTANDINGS:1. Fuchse Berlin 14 11 1 2 428:379 232. Flensburg-H. 13 10 1 2 384:318 213. Rhein-Neckar 12 10 0 2 364:303 204. Hannover-Burgdorf 13 9 1 3 365:342 195. MT Melsungen 13 9 1 3 357:339 196. SC Magdeburg 14 9 0 5 434:393 187. Kiel 13 8 1 4 377:331 178. Leipzig 13 7 1 5 357:354 159. Lemgo 13 5 3 5 340:353 1310. HSG Wetzlar 13 5 2 6 338:324 1211. Minden 13 3 5 5 335:355 1112. Goppingen 12 2 5 5 331:336 913. Stuttgart 13 4 1 8 315:352 914. Gummersbach 12 3 0 9 307:340 615. Ludwigshafen 13 2 2 9 312:351 616. Erlangen 13 2 2 9 304:364 617. Huttenberg 13 1 3 9 333:377 518. N-Lubbecke 12 0 3 9 258:328 3 ← Previous Story On #SharingIsNOTCaring and why Nora Mørk is fighting for us all Next Story → Magnus Landin to join THW Kiel

Northern Ireland boss condemns one or two mindless idiots over sectarian chants

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aaron Gallagher Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 4:53 PM Mar 28th 2019, 4:53 PM Northern Ireland boss condemns ‘one or two mindless idiots’ over sectarian chants in Belfast pub A video surfaced on Sunday which showed people in replica Northern Ireland jerseys singing anti-Catholic songs. NORTHERN IRELAND MANAGER Michael O’Neill has condemned supporters who were witnessed singing sectarian chants over the weekend.A video surfaced on Sunday, in which people wearing replica Northern Ireland football jerseys chanted: “We hate Catholics, everybody hates Roman Catholics.”It’s understood that the video was recorded in a Belfast pub on the same day Northern Ireland defeated Belarus 2-1 in a Euro 2020 qualifying game.Speaking today, O’Neill criticised those responsible, describing them as “mindless idiots” who do not reflect the make-up of his side’s support base.“It’s unnecessary,” said the former Shamrock Rovers boss, as quoted by the Belfast Telegraph. “There’s no place for that kind of behaviour. It’s one or two mindless idiots and not a reflection on 99.9% of the support. O’Neill praised those supporters inside Windsor Park on Sunday. Source: Brian Lawless“The Northern Ireland team is for everyone and that’s the message. We’re stronger together and we’ll continue in that vein.“I certainly don’t think it’s a reflection on Northern Ireland as a team, or in terms of our support either. We had a fantastic game here on Sunday night and a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium.” He added: “We would ask for the supporters to behave themselves away from the stadium. It’s a tiny minority of people, whether it’s the influence of alcohol or not, it’s disappointing, but not something we need to dwell on.“We’ve had fantastic support here. The atmosphere in the stadium is always great. Anyone that comes to the games from outside Northern Ireland always talks about the atmosphere.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Image: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO Short URL Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. Image: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO 24,687 Views 45 Comments https://the42.ie/4565570 Share36 Tweet Email Subscribe Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.last_img

The rise of the common sense bully

first_img“Thank you to Prime Minister of Australia for telling the truth about our very civil conversation that FAKE NEWS media lied about.” US President Donald Trump resorted to his favourite medium, Twitter, to disperse concerns about the relationship status between the two countries. At around the same time, a man whom Americans recognise as ‘The Boss’ offered an apology to Australians. Opening his Melbourne concert with a cover of the 1962 pop hit Don’t Hang Up by the Orlons, Bruce Springsteen told his audience: “We stand before you, embarrassed Americans, tonight. We’re gonna use this to send a letter back home.” Springsteen joined his voice with those of hundreds of American citizens offering apologies to Australians for their new president’s rude behaviour. Not everyone is so keen on appeasing stunned Australians, still reeling from their PM being bullied by the US president. Some broke the united-in-indignation Australian front by taking the side of the bully, not least among them One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts, who applauded the US president’s hard-line stance. “It shows the difference between these two leaders,” he told Sky News. “Donald Trump understands his main responsibility as a government is to protect people’s lives, to protect property and to protect freedom. He is standing up for his country in scrutineering this deal.”Malcolm Roberts, of course, was seen celebrating Donald Trump’s electoral win by opening up a bottle of champagne outside Australian Parliament, alongside his party’s leader, Pauline Hanson. Now they have other reasons to drink up.Recent polls show One Nation on the rise, gaining support of 10 per cent of voters, which has justifiably caused alarm to the progressives of the left, the moderates in the right, centrists and all those in favour of science, truth, humanism, compassion and sensibility. The term ‘sensibility’ is used here to describe ‘common sense’, and that is because the latter term has been hijacked by Cory Bernardi, who uses it as the basis for his newly-formed ‘Conservative’ party, after his recent defection from the ranks of the Coalition. Before deciding to become a headache for the government, the South Australian senator had spent some time in the United States, where he reportedly was inspired by the ‘Trump movement’. He’s been even seen sporting a red hat with the slogan ‘Make Australia Great Again’, an homage (or rip-off) of Donald Trump’s one. Asked by the ABC if if he felt validated after Trump’s election win, Senator Bernardi said: “There’s a part of me that does, yeah. You know, because it was very unfashionable to support him. It’s not about his character, it’s not about all of his policy positions, but I thought, he is the catalyst for change and that many of the issues that he has been targeted about and criticised for I think are absolutely mainstream.” So, according to Senator Bernardi and his like-minded colleagues in the Senate, it is now ‘cool’ to be a Trump supporter, and though it may be tempting to dismiss this new trend as a kind of ‘revenge of the nerds’, things are serious. The ascent of One Nation may not be related to Donald Trump, but it is already obvious how his presidency is already affecting the political tectonic plates movement in Australia. The same poll that showed One Nation’s rise confirmed that voters are disillusioned by the two major parties. This kind of disillusionment and rejection of the political ‘establishment’ is exactly what has allowed for populist forces to ride the political wave. Of course, Donald Trump did this by hijacking the Republican Party and presenting himself as an anti-establishment candidate. This is not something likely to happen in Australia. What might happen is a further strengthening of the conservatives within the ranks of the Coalition (and a possible return to power for Tony Abbott), but policy-wise, there’s not much leg room to the right, at least as long as the country still has a healthy middle class. And, for all its setbacks (largely outlined in the property market and the way rising prices forbid young Australians from becoming owners), the Australian middle class is still the backbone of society. By comparison, both in the US and the EU, it has been struggling recently, threatened by austerity, unemployment, and the low competitiveness of the economy. What is striking is the inability of the left to present a viable, credible alternative. Greece and Spain have been the exception here, seeing a rise in leftist parties as response to the way Europe dealt with the GFC effect on their economies (though SYRIZA in Greece is conducting itself as any centre-left government would), but overall, it is xenophobia and nationalism that is rising to cover the ground lost by the centrists. In a way, this is political karma in action; after doing their best to dismiss the value of the welfare state, after normalising read more

Do not miss the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2017

first_imgDo not miss your chance to attend the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2017, taking place on 9 June at the Artillery Garden at the HAC in London.The annual Employee Benefits Awards celebrate best practice and recognise employers’ benefits achievements over the last year.Winning organisations will be unveiled across more than 20 categories, from best mental health strategy through to best pensions communications.The coveted Employee benefits professional of the year accolade will also be bestowed upon an individual who has made their mark on the employee benefits industry.Following the awards ceremony, reward and benefits professionals can network and share ideas over a drinks reception or unwind at the on-site fairground.The event will provide a fantastic opportunity for the industry to come together to network and celebrate the successes of the last 12 months.For more information or to book your table.last_img

Alaska Highway 75th Anniversary tribute to vets who helped build road to

first_imgLarkins talks with reporters after Tuesday’s chamber meeting, as program presenter Meadow Bailey looks on.(Greg Martin/Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce)Alaskans will celebrate the Alaska Highway’s 75th anniversary this year, and organizers of those celebrations plan to include tributes to the African-American soldiers who helped carve the road out of rugged wilderness. On Tuesday, a roomful of people at the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce meeting got to meet one of them.Listen nowLeonard Larkins was a skinny 21-year-old buck private from Louisiana when he arrived in Skagway in May 1942, along with about 1,200 other black soldiers with the Army’s segregated 93rd  Engineer Regiment. They were part of a force of more than 10,000 U.S. soldiers who hacked their way through wilderness to build a 1,500-mile overland supply route to help defend Alaska from attack by Japan.Meadow Bailey is a state Transportation Department spokeswoman who introduced Larkins in a talk she gave on the Alaska Highway’s 75th anniversary during Tuesday’s chamber meeting at the Carlson Center.“The 93rd worked on the road until it was completed in October 1942, and then they had the pleasure of spending the winter in Interior Alaska in tents,” Bailey said. “So they worked on the road until it was complete, and then they were sent to the Aleutian Islands because of that threat from the Japanese. And Leonard remained in the Aleutian Islands for the rest of World War II.”Leonard Larkins was sent to Alaska with about 1,200 other black troops in the segregated 93rd Engineer Regiment soon after he joined the Army in 1942.(Credit Larkins Collection, Leonard Larkins)Historians say despite harsh treatment and lack of equipment, the 3,500 or so black soldiers in four segregated Army units excelled in their work on the highway, a project some say rivaled the Panama Canal.“According to historian Douglas Brinkley, the Alaska Highway was not only the greatest engineering feat of the Second World War, it was also a triumph over racism,” Bailey said.But the black soldiers’ role in the project and its role in desegregating the military remained an historical footnote until recent years, when prominent national leaders such as former Sen. Ted Stevens and former Secretary of State Colin Powell began to insist the soldiers be given their due.“The achievements of these soldiers set the stage for the desegregation of the armed forces in 1948,” Bailey said. “And thus earned the Alaska Highway that distinguished nickname of being the road to civil rights.”After the meeting, Larkins told reporters he didn’t have any idea that he’d be working on such an historically significant project. The soft-spoken 97-year-old veteran said he was cutting sugar cane in Louisiana for five bucks a ton and enlisted in the Army to get a job that would pay better.“At that time, about $20 a month,” Larkins said, referring to his soldier’s salary.Larkins said after he got out of the Army, he worked at a U.S. Public Health Service hospital in New Orleans until he retired. And like a lot of veterans, he really didn’t talk much about his Army service, according to his son, Kirby, who along with two other brothers accompanied their father on his return trip to Alaska.Larkins and his sons are visiting the state to take part in events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the construction of the Alaska Highway. From left, Kirby, Leonard Sr., Bert and Errol.(Greg Martin/Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce)“He told me, ‘I didn’t talk to you all much about that because I tried to put that behind me – because it was so rough,” Kirby said.But Kirby Larkins said his dad has been sharing more memories about the highway project over the past year, since he was visited and interviewed by a couple of authors who are writing a book about the project.The Larkinses will travel to Delta Junction later this week to take part in Alaska Highway 75th anniversary celebration Saturday at Fort Greely. Then they’ll travel to Anchorage next week for more commemorative events to be held there.last_img

Benjamin M Phillips IV Elected AFRO President

first_imgJake Oliver, chairman of the board and CEO of the AFRO-American Newspapers, announced the election of Benjamin Murphy Phillips IV as president of the company. As president, Phillips will be the chief operational officer of the company reporting directly to Oliver, overseeing a myriad of operational responsibilities that may from time to time be assigned to him. Since 2007, Phillips has been the director of Global Markets responsible for the marketing, web technical management, circulation and distribution of the company’s electronic and print products. Prior to that time he had been involved in many different capacities. Phillips is a member of the AFRO board of directors, executive committee, and prior to his election as president, served as secretary of the company. Phillips’ team was responsible for the successful 2009 launch of the Prince Georges County Edition of the AFRO as part of the company’s hyper-localism initiative.In 2013, Phillips was elected vice president of the Maryland – Delaware – DC Press Association whose mission is to “serve the diverse needs” of its newspaper members in areas of common concern. Phillips is a 2009 graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) “The Leadership” and Leadership of Baltimore County (LBC). Phillips has more than 25 years of corporate experience at IBM and Xerox Corporation where he held a number of technical sales and management positions. His successful career in the corporate arena was lauded by multiple Presidents Club honors.A native of Baltimore, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Morgan State University and numerous continuing education and professional development certificates.last_img

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first_img House Energy and Commerce Chair, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).April 23, 2010 – House Energy and Commerce Chair, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Ways and Means Committee Chair, Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), and Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chair, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), recently called on the General Accountability Office (GAO) to perform a study regarding the effects of physician self-referral of advanced medical imaging and radiation therapy treatments on Medicare spending. Congressman acted at the request of the American College of Radiology (ACR), which issued a public statement on April 22, underscoring the problem with self-referrals. The college noted, “previous GAO reports as well as peer-reviewed studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and elsewhere have shown that when physicians refer patients to imaging facilities in which they have a financial interest, a process known as self-referral, utilization is significantly increased.” According to a number of private insurance studies, as much as half of self-referred imaging is unnecessary. The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP) has cited self-referral as a primary, preventable driver of a six-fold increase to Americans’ radiation exposure from scans since 1980. The March 2009 Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) report to Congress states that overall Medicare imaging utilization growth for 2006 – 2008 was two percent or less nationally. This figure is at or below the growth rate of other major physician services. However, the number of self-referred magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans in the Medicare system as well as Medicare spending on self-referred MRI and CT grew at nearly double the rate of that performed by other providers. According to the ACR, “appropriate use of imaging and radiation therapy treatments can be addressed by wider adoption of ACR Appropriateness Criteria, which help physicians prescribe the most appropriate imaging exam or radiation therapy procedure for a given clinical condition, and computerized physician ordering systems based on these criteria.” The accreditation of imaging facilities, which will be mandated for non-hospital providers under Medicare, effective Jan. 1, 2012, “should be expanded to radiation therapy facilities and include all providers, including hospitals,” the ACR said in its statement. “This can provide a baseline quality of care, cut down on radiation dose received from duplicative scans (as well as the cost of duplicative scans), decrease likelihood of adverse events occurring, and help to ensure that patients receive the appropriate dose per scan or treatment.”While government regulation should address financially driven self-referral, the ACR discourages Congress and the regulatory agencies from doing so using across the board reimbursement cuts. The ACR says this only encourages more self-referral and restricts patient access to quality care. The fear is these cuts will run those who do not self-refer out of business or force them to limit the number of Medicare patients they receive. In the statement, the ACR also stressed that MRI, CT, positron emission tomography (PET) and radiation therapy procedures are not ancillary services. As such, “the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should remove them from the ‘in-office ancillary exception’ to federal law, which allows providers to directly profit financially from referring patients to scanners or radiation therapy equipment which they own,” the statement said.The ACR also points out CMS should clamp down on leasing arrangements. Currently, nonradiologists can lease time in an imaging center and claim that the center is thus part of their practice. By doing this, they can refer patients to be scanned in that center during the time they have leased. This creates a direct financial incentive to do more imaging which studies have shown significantly increases the number of scans performed.”Elected officials, government agency staff, and referring physicians need to support these steps to eliminate financially driven self-referral and make sure that every patient receives the right scan or treatment, at the right time, for the right indication,” said the ACR in the statement.For more information: www.acr.org and www.qualityimaging.org/analysis/GAOHEHS.pdf FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog read more

8 Reasons why architects love API driven architecture

first_imgEveryday, we see a new architecture popping up, being labeled as a modern architecture for application development. That’s what happened with Microservices in the beginning, and then all went for a toss when they were termed as a design pattern rather than an architecture on a whole. APIs are growing in popularity and are even being used as a basis to draw out the architecture of applications. We’re going to try and understand what some of the top factors are, which make Architects (and Developers) appreciate API driven architectures over the other “modern” and upcoming architectures. Before we get to the reasons, let’s understand where I’m coming from in the first place. So, we recently published our findings from the Skill Up survey that we conducted for 8,000 odd IT pros. We asked them various questions ranging from what their favourite tools were, to whether they felt they knew more than what their managers did. Of the questions, one of them was directed to find out which of the modern architectures interested them the most. The choices were among Chaos Engineering, API Driven Architecture and Evolutionary Architecture. Source: Skill Up 2018 From the results, it’s evident that they’re more inclined towards API driven Architecture. Or maybe, those who didn’t really find the architecture of their choice among the lot, simply chose API driven to be the best of the lot. But why do architects love API driven development? Anyway, I’ve been thinking about it a bit and thought I would come up with a few reasons as to why this might be so. So here goes… Reason #1: The big split between the backend and frontend Also known as Split Stack Development, API driven architecture allows for the backend and frontend of the application to be decoupled. This allows developers and architects to mitigate any dependencies that each end might have or rather impose on the other. Instead of having the dependencies, each end communicates with the other via APIs. This is extremely beneficial in the sense that each end can be built in completely different tools and technologies. For example, the backend could be in Python/ Java, while the front end is built in JavaScript. Reason #2: Sensibility in scalability When APIs are the foundation of an architecture, it enables the organisation to scale the app by simply plugging in services as and when needed, instead of having to modify the app itself. This is a great way to plugin and plugout functionality as and when needed without disrupting the original architecture. Reason #3: Parallel Development aka Agile When different teams work on the front and back end of the application, there’s no reason for them to be working together. That doesn’t mean they don’t work together at all, rather, what I mean is that the only factor they have to agree upon is the API structure and nothing else. This is because of Reason #1, where both layers of the architecture are disconnected or decoupled. This enables teams to be more flexible and agile when developing the application. It is only at the testing and deployment stages that the teams will collaborate more. Reason #4: API as a product This is more of a business case, rather than developer centric, but I thought I should add it in anyway. So, there’s something new that popped up on the Thoughtworks Radar, a few months ago – API-as-a-product.  As a matter of fact, you could consider this similar to API-as-a-Service. Organisations like Salesforce have been offering their services in the form of APIs. For example, suppose you’re using Salesforce CRM and you want to extend the functionality, all you need to do is use the APIs for extending the system. Google is another good example of a company that offers APIs as products. This is a great way to provide extensibility instead of having a separate application altogether. Individual APIs or groups of them can be priced with subscription plans. These plans contain not only access to the APIs themselves, but also a defined number of calls or data that is allowed. Reason #5: Hiding underlying complexity In an API driven architecture, all components that are connected to the API are modular, exist on their own and communicate via the API. The modular nature of the application makes it easier to test and maintain. Moreover, if you’re using or consuming someone else’s API, you needn’t learn/decipher the entire code’s working, rather you can just plug in the API and use it. That reduces complexity to a great extent. Reason #6: Business Logic comes first API driven architecture allows developers to focus on the Business Logic, rather than having to worry about structuring the application. The initial API structure is all that needs to be planned out, after which each team goes forth and develops the individual APIs. This greatly reduces development time as well. Reason #7: IoT loves APIs API architecture makes for a great way to build IoT applications, as IoT needs read more

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