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Threat reduced to BC coast as fuel barge on its way to

first_imgBELLA BELLA, B.C. – A loaded fuel barge that broke away from its tug off British Columbia’s central coast was being towed to safety on Monday as the threat of a spill diminished, officials said.The barge, loaded with 3.5 million litres of diesel and 468,000 litres of gasoline, was set to anchor off Campbell Island in the Inside Passage.A U.S.-registered tugboat, the Jake Shearer, was pushing the barge through Queen Charlotte Sound when it broke free southwest of Bella Bella on Sunday.Roger Girouard, assistant coast guard commissioner, said the vessel encountered strong seas and suffered damage, which broke the pin arrangement connecting the tug to the barge.“The control of the barge was lost and the barge started drifting onto the B.C. coast,” he said.On Sunday evening, the barge crew laid an anchor, which held and kept the barge off the rocks near Goose Island, Girouard said.He said coast guard resources, including the Norman Reid, arrived on the scene in stormy weather. A decision was made to let the anchor hold as conditions were expected to improve.“We watched and were ready just in case the anchor did drag, but it did not,” he said.The tugboat Gulf Cajun picked up the barge — identified by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre as the Zidell Marine 277 — and it was scheduled to reach its destination off Campbell Island on Monday evening.Washington state-based Harley Marine Services owns both the tug and barge. Vice-president of safety Rich Softye said the incident is regrettable.“We’re doing a full investigation to make sure that if there’s anything that is a problem on the operation side that could have been changed, we will change,” he said.The company was also speaking with the manufacturer of the linking system, he said.He said the company has been using so-called articulated tug barges — where a tug pushes a barge rather than pulls it — for years and has never had any safety issues.“We were hit by a couple of very large waves, cross-wise, from the port side that caused everything to be slammed over,” he said. “With that, the separation took place.”Articulated tug barges are more fuel-efficient and require fewer crew members than traditional tugboats, but they are more difficult to control in rough seas or bad weather, said Mike Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of Robert Allan Ltd., a naval architecture and marine engineering firm.“If you’re in really rough weather, barges need to be towed. If you’re in sheltered waters, they can be pushed,” he said.Girouard said the tug was en route from Seattle to Alaska and was in international waters, defined as being more than 12 nautical miles from Canada’s shoreline, when it hit heavy weather.After the Nathan E. Stewart sank near Bella Bella and spilled 110,000 litres of diesel last year, greater restrictions were placed on access to Canadian waters by U.S. tugboats, he said.“This, along with the Nathan E. Stewart spill, will cause us to take a look at the spectrum of rules and the guidance that this type of vessel has along Canadian waters,” he said.Heiltsuk First Nation Chief Marilyn Slett said her community is still recovering from last year’s spill and this latest incident shows a response centre is needed on the central coast.She called on the federal government to help fund an Indigenous response centre that would have equipment and vessels as well as training and certification for its members.“We can’t continue to hope, as we did last night when the anchor dropped,” she said. “We have to do better than that. We have to make sure the infrastructure and capacity are in our communities.”— By Laura Kane in VancouverNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version based on information provided by the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the barge is named the Jake Shearer.last_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

New funding needed to fight HIVAIDS TB and malaria UN chief warns

“The Fund is successful,” he told politicians, philanthropists and health experts gathered in New York in support of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on the margins of a three-day UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that seek to slash a host of social ills, including disease.“In just seven years, it has saved close to 5 million lives. Very few initiatives can make such a claim,” he said of the Fund, a public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to fight the diseases, bringing together governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities.Since its creation in 2002, it has become the main funding tool for such programmes, with approved funding of $19.3 billion for more than 572 programs in 144 countries. It provides a quarter of all international financing for AIDS globally, two thirds for tuberculosis and three quarters for malaria.Laying out the challenges ahead, Mr. Ban noted that some $26 billion to $42 billion will be required annually between 2011 and 2015 to meet global targets on women’s and children’s health, and a further $28 billion to $50 billion each year during the same period to reach universal access targets.“These figures can be intimidating. But other figures are even more compelling,” he said. “For every two people who start anti-HIV treatment, there are five new infections. Every day, 4,500 people die from tuberculosis. And every 45 seconds, a child dies of malaria. So, while we are making progress, the picture is uneven, and much remains to be done. I know you are putting all your energies into meeting these challenges.“World leaders at the summit are striving to fulfil their commitments to the Millennium Development Goals. Let us make sure that investments in global health are sustained, despite economic constraints. Supporting the Global Fund is one of the best ways that this investment can be made.”Mr. Ban also took note of past health successes, with new HIV infections decreasing by 17 per cent since 2001, tuberculosis efforts saving some 6 million lives, and financing secured for almost all the bed nets needed to fight malaria.“These successes owe much to dramatic increases in investments in health,” he said. “Indeed, it is unusual in development work to see such a direct correlation between investment and results. We are here, however, not to celebrate success. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria brought us together because we must do more. Global health needs champions, to mobilize the resources needed to continue our work.” Those attending today’s event included Botswana’s former president Festus Moghae, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Melinda Gates of the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Zambian community health activist Carol Nyirenda. 21 September 2010With 4,500 people dying from tuberculosis every day and a child succumbing to malaria every 45 seconds, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sought to drum up support for a United Nations-backed Fund to combat such lethal diseases. read more


October 11, 2019 0

African Unions peace council powerful tool for preventing conflict Annan

“With the establishment of this important body, the African Union has crossed yet another significant threshold in its quest to promote lasting peace and stability, strengthen democratic institutions and support sustainable development throughout Africa,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the official ceremony Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, marking the Council’s inauguration.”The wise counsel and vigorous diplomacy of its members will be crucial in guiding the continent through the troubled waters of instability and economic stagnation to the calmer seas of peace and development,” the Secretary-General said through his Special Representative for Ethiopia and Eritrea, Legwaila Joseph Legwaila.Mr. Annan noted that the ceremony was occurring on the date on which the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was inaugurated 41 years ago, and which is now commemorated throughout the continent as Africa Day.He said the OAU’s inauguration “carried the hopes and aspirations” of Africa’s peoples for an independent, peaceful and prosperous continent, and that independence was achieved due in no small measure to its work.”That Organization has given way to the African Union, which now has the responsibility to guide Africa’s future as it strives to fulfil the aspirations of its constituency and meet the challenges ahead,” the Secretary-General said, pledging the UN’s full commitment to assisting African leaders “in every way possible in your pursuit of integration, development and peace.” read more


October 6, 2019 0

Four in ten Albertans have little wiggle room to pay down debt

Four in ten Albertans have little wiggle room to pay down debt: survey (Stock photo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by 660 NEWS Staff Posted May 9, 2017 11:01 am MDT Albertans could use a crash course in financial literacy, according to a new survey.More than half of us are concerned about our current level of debt, and two out of three Albertans are less than very confident in their ability to stick to a budget.Donna Carson is a licensed insolvency trustee with MNP LLP.She said a lot of people in the province are getting back to work after layoffs, but their challenges aren’t over.“A lot of them are not at the same levels of either hours or income,” she said.It means old debt is sticking around.Carson says about half of Albertans are regretting how much they owe — and 40 per cent are close to the edge.“(They are) less than $200 away from being unable to pay their debt.Carson said forming habits is key to balancing a budget, and it doesn’t hurt to brush up on understanding of things like compound interest and credit ratings. read more


October 3, 2019 0

Libya UN welcomes new political agreement as first step towards peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced encouragement at the initialing of a critical agreement between Libyan stakeholders aimed at resolving the country’s political crisis, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today.The Libyan Political Agreement – initialed yesterday in Skhirat, Morocco, following consultations between various parties – comes amid ongoing fighting across the North African country.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General looked forward to “the speedy conclusion of the full agreement and its implementation.”“The act is a clear demonstration of political will and courage and brings the country one step closer to resolving the current institutional and security crisis,” the spokesperson continued. “The Secretary-General calls on all Libyans to move the political transition process forward, in a spirit of unity, through the formation of a Government of National Accord.”The fighting in Libya has provoked a growing displacement crisis within the country with the number of people displaced almost doubling from an estimated 230,000 last September to more than 434,000, according to the UN’s refugee agency.The largest bloc of internally displaced, some 105,000 people, is located in Benghazi, where the UN has been working with the municipality, as well as local and international NGOs to distribute items to some 6,000 of the most vulnerable IDPs between March and June.Meanwhile, the violence has also added to the mounting list of casualties. Last week alone, at least 10 fatalities were reported among civilians in Benghazi including a number of children, according to information provided by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).To that point, UNSMIL head and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, celebrated the initialing of the Libyan Political Agreement as “a very important step on the road to peace” which all stakeholders had been long seeking to achieve.“Through this text,” Mr. León declared from Skhirat as he addressed the ceremony of the initialing of the Agreement, “you are laying the foundation for a modern, democratic state based on the principle of inclusion, the rule of law, separation of powers and respect for human rights.”Both Mr. Ban and Mr. León confirmed the UN’s continued support for the Libyan people as the country’s stakeholders now move forward in building institutions and good governance. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Consolidated Woodjam Copper acquires 100 of the Woodjam coppergold project

first_imgConsolidated Woodjam Copper Corp has entered into an agreement with Gold Fields Netherlands Services, whereby Woodjam Copper will purchase all of the shares in Gold Fields’ wholly owned subsidiary, Gold Fields Horsefly Exploration Corp. Gold Fields Horsefly holds a 51% interest – in a joint venture with Woodjam Copper – in the Woodjam property, which is subdivided into the Woodjam North and Woodjam South projects. Gold Fields optioned the Woodjam North and South projects from Woodjam Copper in 2009 and 2010 respectively. This purchase will give Woodjam Copper control of 100% of the Woodjam copper-gold-molybdenum projects located near the community of Horsefly, some 45 km east of the regional centre of Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada.The management and board of Consolidated Woodjam Copper say they “are pleased and excited to move forward with the Woodjam project under its control and to have Gold Fields as a significant shareholder in the company. The company would also like to acknowledge the exceptional exploration work carried out by Gold Fields on the Woodjam Project over the last several years.”An updated resource completed by Gold Fields for the Southeast Zone was published in a news release in May and outlined 227.5 Mt grading 0.31% Cu. The Deerhorn and Takom Zones resources were also completed and add significantly to the property’s potential. The Megabuck and Three Firs Zones have not yet had NI 43-101 compliant resource calculations.Southeast Zone resource:Category         Tonnes (Mt)    Au (g/t)           Cu (%)             Au (‘000 oz)    Cu (Mlb)Inferred           227.5*                                     0.31                                         1,541.9*Gold, molybdenum and silver do occur in the Southeast Zone, but were not included in the resource calculationDeerhorn Zone resource:Category         Tonnes (Mt)    Au (g/t)           Cu (%)             Au (‘000 oz)    Cu (Mlb)Inferred           32.8                 0.49                 0.22                 516.2               158.2Takom deposit resource: Category         Tonnes (Mt)    Au (g/t)           Cu (%)             Au (‘000 oz)    Cu (Mlb)Inferred           8.3                   0.26                 0.22                 68.2                 39.7The tonnes and grade are reported at a $8.60/t NSR cutoff grade constrained within an optimised pit shell. The pit shell is based on a price assumption of $1,650/oz Au and $3.90/lb Cu. The NSR calculation uses recoveries of 85% Cu and 60% Au for the Southeast Zone and 56% Au and 64% Cu for the Deerhorn and Takom Zones. The results were estimated using GEMS® software.Management of Woodjam Copper believes there are significant opportunities for expansion of the resource base laterally, at depth and by infilling known zones. Additionally, there are untested exploration targets ready for potential discovery. The company intends to aggressively advance the Woodjam Properties.Conditions of the agreement require Consolidated Woodjam Copper to issue 12,285,463 new Woodjam Copper shares to Gold Fields to take its aggregate holding in the company to 19.9%. The Woodjam Copper shares held by Gold Fields shall be topped-up (to a maximum of 50,000,000 additional shares) on the third anniversary of the agreement, for no additional consideration so that Gold Fields’ holding at that time remains equal to 19.9% of the then issued and outstanding shares of Woodjam Copper. Any top-up will be adjusted to take into account any shares disposed of by Gold Fields over that three year period. Gold Fields will furthermore have the option of maintaining its interest by participating in future share placements. Gold Fields will also retain a 2% Net Smelter Return Royalty (NSR) over all unencumbered land owned by Woodjam Copper, which may be reduced at any time to 1% by paying Gold Fields $5,000,000 in cash. An NSR of 0.5% will apply to certain encumbered claims, subject to terms and conditions. In addition, Woodjam Copper will pay Gold Fields all past accumulated refundable BC mineral exploration tax credits earned in Gold Fields Horsefly, as they are received. The agreement is subject to acceptance by the TSX-Venture Exchange.last_img read more


September 24, 2019 0

Croatia CO Zagreb wins over Nexe to warmup for Kiel

After third place in SEHA League at the F4 tournament last weekend in “Zagreb Arena”, C.O Zagreb began Championship campaign in domestic Championship with a win over the biggest rival in Croatia, Nexe from Nasice 32:26 (15:13). This was the first match for a new coach, Slavko Goluza and the last one before the first clash with THW Kiel in “Arena” next weekend in Velux EHF Champions League 1/4 Final.Croatia osiguranje Zagreb – Nexe 32:26 (15:13)Croatia osiguranje: Šego 16 saves, Marić 1, Brozović, Kopljar 4, Matulić 2, Šprem 4, Špiler 5, Šebetić, Gojun, Horvat 8, Pešić 2 saves J. Valčić 3, Vukić 3, T. Valčić 2, Balić, KalebNexe: P. Lelić 5 saves, Kozina 3, Mataija 2, Eter 1, F. Lelić 6, Mrđenović 1, Barišić-Jaman 3, Varvodić 2, Kedžo 1, Markotić 5, Slišković 2, Pivac , Obad 1, Kević, Velić, Šunjić 6 saves C.O ZagrebCroatia handballNexe Našice ← Previous Story Liudmila Bodnieva stays in Krim Mercator Next Story → WRHL: Buducnost beats Zajecar read more


September 22, 2019 0

It couldve gone worse Monchi

first_imgThe Roma director of sport is happy with the group drawn for his team for the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions LeagueItalian Lega Serie A team Roma has been drawn in Group G of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League.And on that group, the Italians will have to face current champions from Spain Real Madrid, as well as Russia’s CSKA Moscow and Czech Republic’s Viktoria Plzen.And for Roma’s director of sports Ramón ‘Monchi’ Rodríguez “, it could’ve gone better and could’ve gone worse,” as he told Football Italia.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“We have to respect all the other teams in our group. Real Madrid obviously are the reigning champions, CSKA Moscow have valuable experience and Viktoria aren’t known to many, but are still very dangerous.”“We work for all the tournaments, trying to find the motivation for players to go as far as possible. There is hunger in the squad to do even better than last year,” he said.“I am convinced Eusebio Di Francesco will find the right approach, similar to the second half against Atalanta, and that the first half performance in that game will be forgotten,” he concluded talking about the team’s next match.last_img read more


September 18, 2019 0

Church saved from demolition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApprovidenciales, TCI, November 3, 2016 – Church saved from demolition in the Bight as purported owners cancelled the levelling of the First Pentecostal Church of God.Bishop Collen Delancey says he is hurt, and went into his 20 year old structure to pray for divine intervention and apparently got it.  There is outrage at the idea that a developer would bulldoze a church and even now Bight residents are debating the audacity of the move.  People were actually in prayer meeting at First Pentecostal Church of God at the time the bulldoze was supposed to happen.Member of Parliament, Porsha Smith was on the scene and other political and church leaders have congregated too.  All trying to ascertain what is going on.  PDA Candidate and brother of Bishop Delancey, Dozzle Delancy called it “skullduggery.”The problem stems from the PDMs time in office says the Bishop; they failed to give him freehold title.  When the PNP became government, they too failed to  give him freehold title he says.  Now the property is sold, reportedly by the bank to a financial services business owner who wants the prime real estate which sits adjacent Jericho Baptist Church to be cleared.For now there is no power; Fortis TCI had removed the electricity meter but there is no going forward with demolition…at least not today. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#churchsavedfromdemolition, #savechurchlast_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

Carlsbad car chase ends in crash 2 sent to hospital

first_img KUSI Newsroom July 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 9, 2018 CARLSBAD (KUSI) – Two people in a stolen car suffered serious injuries after speeding away from police and crashing into another car in Carlsbad, police said Monday.The crash happened shortly after 10:58 p.m. Sunday on El Camino Real near Kelly Drive in Carlsbad, Carlsbad police Lt. Christie Calderwood said.Officers attempted to stop the stolen Acura car traveling north at El Camino Real and Faraday Avenue before the driver sped out of sight of officers and collided with a BMW traveling south near Kelly Drive, Calderwood said.The 25-year-old man driving the Acura and a 43-year-old woman also in the Acura were transported to a hospital with serious injuries.The 27-year-old woman driving the BMW and a 28-year-old man also in the car suffered minor injuries in the crash, Calderwood said.Officers closed portions of northbound El Camino Real from West Ranch Street to Tamarack Avenue and southbound El Camino Real from Tamarack Avenue to Kelly Drive from 11 p.m. to around 4 a.m. to investigate the crash. KUSI Newsroom, Carlsbad car chase ends in crash, 2 sent to hospitallast_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

Foodpanda may sell its Indian arm as competition gets tough

first_imgGlobal online food ordering firm Foodpanda Group is reportedly planning to sell its Indian arm as the competition has become fierce in the food-ordering business.The Berlin-headquartered company has contacted at least three of the top companies in the country’s online food ordering space, said sources close to the developments.”The talks started sometime in August and are in very early stages,” Livemint quoted sources as saying.Backed by Rocket Internet, Foodpanda is now looking to change its strategy as the going gets tough in the Indian market.Founded in 2012, Foodpanda operates in 40 countries. It is facing intense competition from TinyOwl, Swiggy and Zomato in India.Senior executives of the company in Germany along with co-founder and group chief executive Ralf Wenzel are reportedly planning on selling Foodpanda.”I can confirm that we are not planning or intending to sell Foodpanda India and there are no discussions regarding that matter. We are very happy with Foodpanda’s developments in India and will keep on investing into India as one of our core markets,” Wenzel said.Last month, an ET report said that Rocket Internet was looking to sell its top e-commerce firms Jabong, Foodpanda and FabFurnish amid intense competition in the Indian online retail sector.Some analysts said that a shift in the company’s strategy underlines that its model of operations in India has been unsuccessful.”(Rocket Internet’s) model of owning 90% of a venture simply doesn’t motivate the founders, who, for obvious reasons, are not going to have the same values as that of Narayana Murthy or a Nandan Nilekani. The risk is imminent,” said a fund manager.last_img read more


September 5, 2019 0

Muslim inmates sue over combined faith services in Arkansas prisons

first_img Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Shouldn’t have committed the crime if you can’t do the time. Poor crying babies are all going to hell, anyway. Alexandra says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Jim Johnson says: Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Am not sure that Allah has any power to forgive them or save anyone’s soul from hell. But, thanks for your comment about holding on to hope for their souls to the end.,Life stories — not sermons — guide Gilead Church in Chicago Southerners are going to give Muslim prisoners as little as they can legally get away. They don’t like them. News News March 6, 2019 at 6:08 am Share This! March 5, 2019 at 10:52 am Share This! Brian Curtis says: By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan The solution? Post a copy of The Great Kibosh of All Religions on all the prison bulletin boards. And let’s hope that this is something that they will not be able to get away with. Art says: They don’t unlimited rights. Johnetta says: March 4, 2019 at 9:34 pm March 5, 2019 at 10:02 pm Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 March 5, 2019 at 10:55 am News Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,14 Comments Click here to post a comment March 5, 2019 at 10:23 am March 10, 2019 at 8:58 pm March 5, 2019 at 11:28 am Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Jim Johnson says: March 5, 2019 at 8:17 am center_img Share This! https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/482/342/O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz, 482 U.S. 342 (1987):“Respondents, prison inmates and members of the Islamic faith, brought suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 contending that two policies adopted by New Jersey prison officials prevented them from attending Jumu’ah, a Muslim congregational service held on Friday afternoons, and thereby violated their rights under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.”^“The Court of Appeals erred in placing the burden on prison officials to disprove the availability of alternative methods of accommodating prisoners’ religious rights. That approach fails to reflect the respect and deference the Constitution allows for the judgment of prison administrators.”^“Even where claims are made under the First Amendment, this Court will not substitute its judgment on difficult and sensitive matters of institutional administration for the determinations of those charged with the formidable task of running a prison.” Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Well, Sunni Muslims are certainly members of a different religion from the other two. Why not make Southern Baptists attend Cathoolic Mass each week? Same thing. Bill Paca says: TagsAmerican Islam anti-Islamic Arkansas Department of Corrections Gregory Holt halal Nation of Gods and Earths Nation of Islam,You may also like CitizenWhy says: they’re in prison. stop doubling down on your parasitism. Michael G Warren says: March 5, 2019 at 1:22 pm March 5, 2019 at 11:20 am Mark Connelly says: Rational Conclusions says: Bill Paca says: Ilpalazzo // LV-420zymandias says: Share This! 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By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Muslim prisoners in Arkansas have sued the state’s prison system for requiring them to attend a combined Friday prayer service with members of the Nation of Islam and Nation of Gods and Earths.The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights advocacy group, filed the lawsuit Mar. 1 against the Arkansas Department of Correction on behalf of Tucker Maximum Security Unit inmates Gregory Houston Holt, Rodney Martin and Wayde Stewart.Though the three groups, which overlap in their histories and theology, follow distinct religious teachings, the Arkansas Department of Correction requires followers of Islam, the Nation of Islam, and the Nation of Gods and Earths who want to worship to attend a single prayer service.“Religious freedom protects everyone’s ability to worship with those who share their faith,” CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri said in a statement. “Followers of Islam, Nation of Islam and the Nation of Gods and Earths should be permitted to worship separately in a manner of their choice, just as Arkansas currently offers such accommodations for Catholic, Baptist, Jewish and Buddhist worship services.”The Nation of Islam, founded as an African-American Muslim movement by Wallace Fard Muhammad in 1930, combines elements of traditional Islamic teachings with black nationalist ideas and is now led by Louis Farrakhan. It’s estimated to have about 100,000 U.S. adherents. The Nation of Gods and Earths, also known as the Five-Percent Nation or the Five Percenters, split from the Nation of Islam in 1963 and has fewer than 50,000 followers.Muslim inmates say that attending Friday prayer services with other Muslims is a mandate of their faith. The Arkansas prison system policy requires that Muslims attend the combined Friday prayer services or risk losing their designation as Muslims — which could cause them to lose religious accommodations such as a specialized Ramadan meal program.CAIR claims that when Holt stopped going to the prison’s combined Friday services in protest, his other Islamic accommodations were taken away.The suit, filed in federal court in Little Rock, claims that Arkansas has violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.“It is unacceptable that Arkansas thinks it may define who is a Muslim based on whether or not they attend Friday services, all while refusing to provide spiritually valid Friday services,” said Carolyn Homer, CAIR’s national trial attorney. “No one checks how often Christians in the facilities attend Sunday services before letting them celebrate Christmas.”She also noted that Arkansas’ prisons currently recognize seven different Christian denominations and offer separate prayer services for those who identify as Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Baptist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Pentecostal, and Protestant and offers general Christian services.The Federal Bureau of Prisons lists Islam and the Nation of Islam as separate faith groups. CAIR’s lawsuit asks for Arkansas to do the same and to recognize the Nation of Gods and Earths as a separate faith group.The lawsuit follows other recent high-profile cases of Muslim inmates being denied religious accommodations, including a Supreme Court decision last month to greenlight the execution of an Alabama man without allowing his imam to be present in the death chamber with him.Another lawsuit filed last month by the group Muslim Advocates on behalf of five detained Somali refugees alleges that Immigration and Customs Enforcement denied them halal meals, ability to perform daily prayers, access to prayer rugs and other accommodations. And a Muslim man detained by Customs and Border Protection claimed last month that the only food offered him was a pork sandwich. Muslim dietary laws rule out pork.Holt, known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad after his conversion to Islam, has sued Arkansas’ prison system successfully before. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the prison’s no-beard policy was unconstitutional.A 2008 report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Religious Freedom in U.S. prisons found that from 2005 to 2007 Muslim inmates submitted the largest number of religious discrimination complaints of any religious group and initiated almost 30 percent of federal lawsuits under the Religious Land Use Institutionalized Persons Act from 2001 to 2006. March 6, 2019 at 6:16 am March 5, 2019 at 10:05 pm Michael G Warren says: In most prisons there is a generic Protestant service.This suit is going nowhere. Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 True, they have to serve their time. But if they are attending religious services it might mean some of them have repented and that Allah has forgiven them and they will not go to hell. Remember to hold hope for their souls to the end. Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. In Alabama every prisoner gets as little as they can legally get away with.The state is not rolling in money.last_img read more


September 3, 2019 0

Lighting up the world of underprivileged

first_imgEmpathy goes beyond sympathy. Not everyone can feel what others go through and lend a helping hand. With so many deprived and disabled children around the world, a little effort to make their lives better can be a big contribution. There are currently an infinite number of non-profitable and non-governmental organisations in and around Kolkata which are involved in helping out underprivileged children by providing them with the basic necessities for survival. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf‘Bandhab Sealdah’ is one such philanthropic organisation which aims to improve and relieve the plight of children living in poverty. The organisation, which was formed in 2014, is run by the diesel Running Staff (Train drivers) of Eastern Railway, Sealdah Division. In a disproportionate period of time, ‘Bandhab Sealdah’ has been able to light up the world of many. In an attempt to make life easier for needy children, they provide orthopedic appliances to the needy students of Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy. They also bear the entire cost of education of 50 orphans at Kamakhya Balak Ashram, an orphanage located near Barasat and sponsor physiotherapy based aids and appliances to the ones suffering from Multi-Sensory disabilities through the Institute of Visually Handicapped.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBesides these, it also runs a scholarship scheme with a total budget of Rs 3,60,000 for the meritorious students of rural Bengal and organises informative seminars, debates and lectures. “We have been working to help the students who are financially challenged and propagate education even further,” said Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, one of the founder member of the organisation. “During 2015-16, we donated Rs 60,000 to Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy and Rs 78,000 to the orphans,” he added. Amid the festive mood, ‘Bandhab Sealdah’ organised a programme on October 4, where new garments were distributed among forty needy students of a free coaching centre located at Swami Vivekananda Ancestral House.  The event was organised at the Sealdah Railway Officers’ Club in coordination with the members like Udoy Bhattacharjee, Mansur Ali Khan, and Uttam Das among several others.Secretary of Swami Vivekananda Ancestral House Swami Purnatmananda Ji Maharaj was called upon to grace the event with his presence, where he urged the fellow audience to come forward for the cause of the unprivileged section of the society.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

More rain forecast for West Bengal till Wednesday

first_imgKolkata: Cyclone Phethai has weakened into a well-marked low pressure as it moved in a north-easterly direction, the Meteorological Department said Tuesday while forecasting more rain till Wednesday morning in West Bengal. Intermittent rain and chilly wind continued through the night in most places of West Bengal, causing hardship to school children and office-goers in the morning. The weather is likely to improve from Wednesday morning in West Bengal as the well-marked low pressure will further weaken into a low pressure system and move to the north-eastern states, where it will cause heavy rain at isolated places, the Met department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The weatherman forecast light to moderate rain in most places of Gangetic West Bengal and in some places of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal. In Kolkata, the maximum day temperature has come down to around 22 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal, owing to an overcast sky and continuous light rain. The Met department has forecast generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers in the city till Wednesday morning.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Skin and Bones Oh the Body Parts You Can Make With 3D

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer If Vincent Van Gogh were alive today, doctors could have replaced his ear like new, thanks to recent mind-blowing breakthroughs in 3-D bio-printing.The world’s first 3-D printer debuted back in 1983. In the three decades since, 3-D printers have churned out everything from holiday ornaments to electric cars to chocolate bars and beyond.  But perhaps their most important contributions so far are the kind humans can benefit from the most — living replacement body parts manufactured on-demand from a blend of real, live cells and synthetics.  Here’s an eye-opening roundup of body parts already being 3-D printed throughout the U.S.1. Skin: Regenerative burn tech that’s more than skin deep.What if real skin cells were printer jet “ink”? It sounds impossible, but they already are.Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have custom built a 3-D bio-printer that actually prints human skin cells directly on burn wounds.First, the machine uses a scanner to scan, assess and map the patient’s burn wound size and depth. Next, data “guides the printer as it applies layers of the correct type of cells to cover the wound,” according to the researchers.To create skin, one of the printer’s inkjet valves emits the enzyme thrombin while another emits cells blended with fibrinogen, the body’s principal protein in blood clotting, as well as collagen, the body’s main structural connective tissue protein. After the printer applies these, it finishes the process by printing a layer of human fibroblasts and, finally, a layer of skin cells known as keratinocytes.A smaller, portable version of the skin printer is in the works for use in war- and natural disaster-torn areas.  2. Ears: Rat tails and cow parts — the stuff that 3-D printed ears are made of. Bioengineers and doctors at Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College have 3-D printed an artificial ear that looks and feels real using a freaky mix of ingredients from some interesting sources, including rat tail bone collagen and cow ear cartilage.The soft, flexible bioengineered ear, which its makers say is “practically identical to a human ear,” gives hope to thousands of children born each year with microtia, a congenital ear deformity. People who have lost part of their external ear from cancer or from an accident could also benefit from the replacement ear.   3. Bones: 3-D bio-printers can help mend them.Yes, an inkjet printer can pump out bones that look, feel, and act real. Researchers at Washington State University used a 3-D bio-printer to print out a bone-like material that could one day help treat dental problems, complex bone fractures and bone disorders like osteoporosis.The printed substance, which was successfully tested on rabbits and rats, serves as a support scaffolding for new human bone cells to form on. It conveniently dissolves once bone regeneration is complete. Doctors might eventually use this technology to print bone grafts on demand right from their exam rooms.Pretty cool, right?What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. Listen Nowcenter_img March 12, 2014 3 min readlast_img read more


August 30, 2019 0

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first_img June 9, 2008 – Cardinal Health today launched a new system that leverages the company’s dispensing technologies to enable clinicians access to a patient’s medications and medical supplies from one system.The Pyxis DuoStation system allows clinicians to dispense both medications and medical supplies from a single dispensing machine, reportedly increasing workflow efficiency and cost savings opportunities through inventory reduction and increased charge capture.The new automated dispensing system is built on the foundation of the Pyxis MedStation system and Pyxis SupplyStation system. The Pyxis DuoStation system functions similarly to Cardinal Health’s existing dispensing technologies. Nurses use identifiers, like an employee ID number and their fingerprint, to log onto the system. After log-in, a screen appears and the nurse selects a patient and sees a list of medication orders that have already been verified by one of the hospital pharmacists. Additionally, the nurse can toggle to a medical supplies screen and select the supplies needed to care for the patient.In addition to the safety benefits of dispensing the right medications for the right patient, the system records the medications and supplies used for each patient and then transfers the information to the hospital’s billing system. The Pyxis DuoStation system also generates reports that can be used to help identify and prevent potential diversion, optimize medication and supply utilization and manage costs, said the company.The Pyxis DuoStation system provides a scalable approach for non-automated hospitals, while offering larger acute care facilities a single point of access for medication and supply dispensing. The enhanced flexibility of the Pyxis DuoStation system supports specialty care and procedural areas within acute care facilities, community hospitals, surgical centers and outpatient clinics.For more information: www.cardinalhealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 08, 2008 Cardinal Health Introduces Combined Medication, Medical Supply Management System last_img read more


August 27, 2019 0

Increased disabled access to sea

first_imgParalimni municipality has installed a seatrac system on one beach to allow disabled access to the water, while others are to be installed soon, it was announced on Wednesday.Mayor Theodoros Pyrillis said that his municipality will install two seatrac systems at the beaches of Ayia Triada and Louma. The one in Ayia Triada has already been installed.The aim, Pyrillis said, is to give the opportunity to people with disabilities to enjoy the sea like everyone else.The first such system has been installed five years ago, in Vrysi beach, Pyrillis said, and continues to operate without any problems.Next year, three more systems are expected to be installed, he said.You May LikesaikoyThe1 Selling IPTV ServicessaikoyUndoTopGearUp.com20 Disappearing Jobs in The Near FutureTopGearUp.comUndoMilitary MachineDid You Know Civilians Could Buy These Aircraft?Military MachineUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


August 9, 2019 0

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February 28, 2019 0

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February 23, 2019 0