New Delhi: It was a cool Thursday morning in the city, with the minimum temperature settling at 18.7 degrees Celsius, normal for the season. Partly cloudy skies are forecast for later part of the day with the maximum temperature settling around 39 degrees Celsius, said a MeT department official. Humidity was 69 percent at 8.30 AM, he said. The maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 17.6 and 36.8 degrees Celsius, respectively, on Wednesday.
29 year old welder Joshua Farrell was electrocuted while working at a site at a Hamilton lime quarry in 2014.On Monday an inquest started to look into the details of his death, to see if anything could be done to prevent similar accidents.Farrell had been working for Rassaun Steel for about 2 years, and hadn’t been welding for long. For about a month, he had been complaining to his wife about the job hazards.June 25, 2014 was a hot day. Farrell was doing work for his company at the Carmeuse Lime Quarry in Dundas. Philip Wiersma testified that employees planned to take a lot of breaks. It’s a dirty, hot job, he said.They were welding a coal bin to reinforce it, and Farrell’s location was up a few staircases and awkwardly placed behind duct work. He had been having trouble, but wanted to keep trying.Then Wiersma noticed farrell was standing oddly. He went up and shook his shoulder, and knew something was wrong.Arc Welding uses a cable with what’s called a whipper-stinger on the end, where a welder attaches an electrode – a stick of metal that melts down to bond other piece of metal.Farrell was found with the electrode stuck about four centimeters into his neck. He died from the electrical current.The Ministry of Labour and the Rassaun Steel have lawyers in the courtroom, there are about 7 witnesses and this is expected to wrap up on Wednesday and then 5 jurors will try and come up with a recommendation.
In a note to correspondents issued this morning, the UN spokesperson confirmed that Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura had invited “as many of the parties as possible” to the Geneva Consultations on Syria scheduled to begin on 4 May at UN Headquarters in Geneva and expected to last for an initial period of five to six weeks. The meetings, the noted added, would serve to facilitate discussion on the “dire situation” in Syria today and provide a forum for all parties to deliver their “candid views on where we stand vis-a-vis implementation of the Geneva Communiqué almost three years since it was adopted.” According to the UN spokesperson, the Special Envoy and the Deputy Special Envoy, Ramzy Ezzeldine Ramzy, will conduct closed and separate consultations with each party.
TRANSPORT MINISTER LEO Varadkar has said that he would not turn down the opportunity to become the Minister for Health, but has insisted he would “love to stay where I am”.Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s planned reshuffle next year has led some, including the Irish Examiner this morning, to suggest that Varadkar could be in line to replace James Reilly at the Department of Health.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Varadkar said that this was “news to me anyway” saying he had not had any conversations with the Taoiseach, and adding: “But I have to say, I think James Reilly is doing a very good job there.”He said he had a lot of objectives next year that he wanted to carry out in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, but quoted Michael Collins in saying “we govern to serve not to rule.”“I am willing to serve anywhere the Taoiseach wants me,” adding that he “wouldn’t run screaming from any challenge” when quizzed about the negative reputation of the Department of Health and its alleged description as “Angola” by one former minister.‘The Gathering’On the same programme, Varadkar also praised ‘The Gathering’ after research showed it brought as many as 275,000 people to Ireland this year.The Minister said that there are 20,000 more people working in tourism now than there was two years ago and said the report by project director Jim Miley shows it did not just have economic value but that there was also a social dividend from the initiative, particularly in rural Ireland.He rejected claims from actor Gabriel Byrne that it was “a scam”, saying: “It wasn’t a shakedown but we never pretended that it wasn’t about tourism.“Tourism was key to this and it did bring in, looks like, about €170 million in revenue for an investment of €13 million. So it was a pretty good return in investment.”Varadkar also defended the government’s response to concerns raised by the political standards watchdog SIPO about it being unable to audit small units of political parties.The Minister said it “is not really for them to determine” if smaller sections of parties should be audited, saying some of these have “eight or nine members” and are “not in a position to be doing audited accounts”.Read: Reshuffle in late 2014 with junior ministers and backbenchers in line for promotion
8. They follow gas parody accountsMinister for Health Leo Varadkar a big fan of this Stewie Griffin account, as we can see. In other news, it’s 6 months till Christmas….— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) June 25, 2014 Greatest response ever to a Gerry Adams >15 people who prove that your worst fails can become victories > The only way 2 start the Twelfth. pic.twitter.com/3OjdMMohMW— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) July 12, 2014 Source: Leo Varadkar/TwitterWhile Mary-Lou McDonald prefers @TheTweetOfGod. Source: Mary Lou McDonald/TwitterAnd Lucinda favours Ross O’Carroll-Kelly. Source: Lucinda Creighton/Twitter9. They count down to eventsJerry Buttimer and Aodhán O’Riordáin getting excited for Christmas already. Source: Jerry Buttimer/Twitter Source: Jerry Buttimer/Twitter Source: Dr James Reilly TD/Twitter Source: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD/Twitter WHEN IT COMES to Twitter, TDs are just like us. If you think they’re all about interacting with constituents or promoting policy, you’re dead wrong.Don’t believe us? Read on.1. They RT to winCase in point: Colm Keaveney and Mary Mitchell O’Connor, who both desperately want those vouchers and don’t care who knows it. Source: Colm Keaveney/Twitter Source: Mary Mitchell O’Connor/Twitter2. They retweet ~celebs~Here’s Shane Ross reminding us to tune into Amanda Brunker on the radio for some reason. Source: Shane Ross/Twitter3. They get nostalgicSee: closet punk Mary Lou McDonald and girl power advocate Ciara Conway. Source: Mary Lou McDonald/Twitter Source: Ciara Conway/Twitter4. They retweet topical gagsHaha, Seán Sherlock, you madzer! Source: Sean Sherlock/Twitter5. They retweet articles that justify their bad habitsMinister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan all like, “See, science says not drinking wine is actually bad for you.” Source: Charlie Flanagan/Twitter6. They reuse the same jokes and hope nobody will noticeWe saw that, Ged. Source: Gerald Nash/Twitter Source: Gerald Nash/Twitter7. They make mistakesÉamon Ó Cuív mistaking Twitter for Google not once, but twice. Source: Éamon Ó Cúiv/Twitter Source: Éamon Ó Cuív/TwitterJames Reilly: wrestling aficionado. @WWE— Sen Dr James Reilly (@DrJamesReilly) April 6, 2013 10. They follow Earth Pics, History In Pics, etc.When not working, Joe Costello has a very keen interest in tropical holiday destinations. Source: Joe Costello/Twitter Source: Joe Costello/Twitter11. They love anything relating to animalsSenator Averil Power <3 puppies. Source: Averil Power/Twitter12. They follow embarrassing accounts“Joanna Tuffy followed Sandra Bullock Web” Source: Joanna Tuffy/Twitter13. And they post photos of their mediocre-looking food Source: Gerry Adams/Twitter
The English forward joined Southampton from Liverpool after three years with The Reds; he only played 14 matchesDanny Ings joined Southampton this Thursday night, on a season-long loan from Liverpool.And comments about his new club and what is expected from him came soon.Southampton boss Mark Hughes spoke to the club’s website to say something about the new loan.“There was significant competition for Danny, with a lot of clubs keen to complete a deal for him, so we’re clearly delighted that he chose to join us,” he was reported saying by Sky Sports News.“We have admired him for some time now, not only for his ability but also his character and personality, which we feel will be an ideal fit in our dressing room,” he added.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s obviously a local boy, who gives us another excellent option up front. He didn’t get to play as much as he would have liked at Liverpool, but he has been injury-free for some time now and has a real point to prove,” the manager commented.“It’s a great boost for us on the eve of the season to bring another quality player into the squad, and we’re excited about what he can bring to the group.”Your newest Saint! ? #saintsfc pic.twitter.com/7ClbxOeCTk— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 9, 2018
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Against the backdrop of rapid urbanization and growing metro culture which has created vulnerability of the traditional artistes, the project presents a compelling vision for indigenous design, the redesign of new economies centred on innovation, well being and compassion. The project emphasise values like, How the wisdom of the past can be made accessible to people.The project presents both traditional and new instruments based on Indian sitar, Burmese saung harp, Thai xylophone, Korean kayagum, Chinese guzheng and pipa, Vietnamese dan tranh, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, chanting and others. New instruments with embedded computation demonstrate interactions through gesture, touch, pull, movement, gaze and kinesthetic action. In addition, through responsive computing, people by their position, gesture, and movements control musical events in the exhibition environment.The museum landscapes exhibition builds on a series multimedia museum works, showing intersections between traditional and modern art, design and technology, such that the results help both traditional and modern societies. The works show that the wisdom of traditional communities can positively negate the homogenising aesthetics of modern media technology.When: On till 16 January 2014Where: National Museum
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- As she sings, her father is seen off-stage cheering her on with a smile.The show’s history with inclusionIn 2012, the show won a GLAAD Media Award for its inclusion of LGBTI talent.Last season the show also featured a drag queen contestant, Chris ‘Nedra Belle’ Weaver.On the worldwide scale, the series is also successful with diversity.Jordan Gray became the first ever out trans contestant on The Voice UK in 2016. Two years previously, Tom Atias competed on The Voice Israel. However, he didn’t come out as trans until after the season finished.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Angel Bonilla auditioned with a rendition of Sam Smith’s number Lay Me Down.She didn’t get her own segment on the episode, but a montage. However, the judges were impressed with her vocal chops and she ended up on Adam Levine’s team.Her segment begins around the 49 second mark.[embedded content]Her storyBonilla, 31, is from the Philippines. After she sings, she tells the judges she was born Carlos.‘As early as 5-years-old, I already knew that I am a girl, trapped in a boy’s body,’ she says during her reel. ‘Growing up in a very conservative family, it was very difficult for my father. When my dad saw me as a girl for the first time, he was puzzled. He wasn’t sure if I was his son, but he embraced me.‘I promised him I would do great things. I wanted my father to be proud of me and I’m doing this to honor him,’ she finishes through tears. US singing competition show The Voice featured its first ever transgender contestant on Monday (5 March) night’s episode. Former American Idol hopeful returns as a drag queen and slays judgesBlind Date hosts first ever drag queen episode and some viewers aren’t happyDrag Race queens respond to RuPaul’s comments on trans performersRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/voice-first-trans-contestant/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Contestant Angel Bonilla. | Photo: YouTube/The Voice
The short answer is yes, and no. The long answer is, well, read on to find out. Several have been asking the question, including myself, wondering whether Artificial Intelligence is just another passing fad like maybe the Google Glass or nano technology. The hype for AI began over the past few years, although if you actually look back at the 60’s it seems to have started way back then. In the early 90s and all the way down to the early 2000’s, a lot of media and television shows were talking about AI quite a bit. Going 25 centuries even further back, Aristotle speaks of not just thinking machines but goes on to talk of autonomous ones in his book, Politics: for if every instrument, at command, or from a preconception of its master’s will, could accomplish its work (as the story goes of the statues of Daedalus; or what the poet tells us of the tripods of Vulcan, “that they moved of their own accord into the assembly of the gods “), the shuttle would then weave, and the lyre play of itself; nor would the architect want servants, or the [1254a] master slaves. Aristotle, Politics: A treatise on Government, Book 1, Chapter 4 This imagery of AI has managed to sink into our subconscious minds over the centuries propelling creative work, academic research and industrial revolutions toward that goal. The thought of giving machines a mind of their own, existed quite long ago, but recent advancements in technology have made it much clearer and realistic. The Rise of the Machines The year is 2018. The 4th Industrial Revolution is happening and intelligent automation has taken over. This is the point where I say no, AI is not overhyped. General Electric, for example, is a billion dollar manufacturing company that has already invested in AI. GE Digital has AI systems running through several automated systems. They even have their own IIoT platform called Predix. Similarly, in the field of healthcare, the implementation of AI is growing in leaps and bounds. The Google Deepmind project is able to process millions of medical records within minutes. Although this kind of research is in its early phase, Google is working closely with the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to implement AI and improve eye treatment. AI startups focused on healthcare and other allied areas such as genetic engineering are some of the highly invested and venture capital supported ones in recent times. Computer Vision or image recognition is one field where AI has really proven its power. Analysing datasets like iris has never been easier, paving way for more advanced use cases like automated quality checks in manufacturing units. Another interesting field is Healthcare, where AI has helped sift through tonnes of data, helping doctors diagnose illnesses quicker, manufacture more effective and responsive drugs, and in patient monitoring. The list is endless, clearly showing that AI has made its mark in several industries. Back (up) to the Future Now, if you talk about the commercial implementations of AI, they’re still quite far fetched at the moment. Take the same Computer Vision application for example. Its implementation will be a huge breakthrough in autonomous vehicles. But if researchers have managed to obtain an 80% accuracy for object recognition on roads, the battle is not close to being won! Even if they do improve, do you think driverless vehicles are ready to drive in the snow, through the rain or even storms? I remember a few years ago, Business Process Outsourcing was one industry, at least in India, that was quite fearful of the entry of AI and autonomous systems that might take over their jobs. Machines are only capable of performing 60-70% of the BPO processes in Insurance, and with changing customer requirements and simultaneously falling patience levels, these numbers are terrible! It looks like the end of Moore’s law is here, for AI I mean. Well, you can’t really expect AI to have the same exponential growth that computers did, decades ago. There are a lot of unmet expectations in several fields, which has a considerable number of people thinking that AI isn’t going to solve their problems now, and they’re right. It is probably going to take a few more years to mature, making it a thing of the future, not of the present. Is AI overhyped now? Yeah, maybe? What I think Someone once said, hype is a double-edged sword. If it’s not enough, innovation may become obscure and if it’s too much, expectations will become unreasonable. It’s true that AI has several beneficial use cases, but what about fairness of such systems? Will machines continue to think the way they’re supposed to or will they start finding their own missions that don’t involve benefits to the human race? At the same time, there’s also a question of security and data privacy. GDPR will come into effect in a few days, but what about the prevailing issues of internet security? I had an interesting discussion with a colleague yesterday. We were talking about what the impact of AI could be for us as end-customers, in a developing and young country like India. Do we really need to fear losing our jobs, will we be able to reap the benefits of AI directly or would it be an indirect impact? The answer is, probably yes, but not so soon. If we drew up the hierarchy of needs pyramid for AI, it would look something like the above. For each field to fully leverage AI, it’s going to involve several stages like collecting data, storing it effectively, exploring it, then aggregating it, optimising it with the help of algorithms and then finally achieving AI. That’s bound to take a LOT of time! Honestly speaking, a country like India lacks as much implementation of AI in several fields. The major customers of AI, apart from some industrial giants, will obviously be the government. Although, that is sure to take at least a decade or so, keeping in mind the several aspects to be accomplished first. In the meantime, buddying AI developers and engineers are scurrying to skill themselves up in the race to be in the cream of the crowd! Similarly, what about the rest of the world? Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but if you ask me, AI is a really promising technology and I think we need to give it some time; allow the industries and organisations investing in it to take enough time to let it evolve and ultimately benefit us customers, one way or another. Read Next: You can now make music with AI thanks to Magenta.js Splunk leverages AI in its monitoring tools
Last week, Open AI’s new algorithm that is trained to play the complex strategy game, Dota 2, beat the world champion e-sports team OG at an event in San Francisco, winning the first two matches of the ‘best-of-three’ series. The competition included a human team of five professional Dota 2 players and AI team of five OpenAI bots. Dota 2 is a complex multiplayer strategy game, where two teams of five players each, compete to destroy a large structure that is defended by the opposing team known as the “Ancient”, while also defending their own. The game consists of over 100 unique characters, deep skill trees, etc. The five Open AI bots had been trained using deep reinforcement learning techniques and had played 45000 years worth of Dota 2 gameplay in a span of 10 months. OpenAI constantly kept improving by playing itself in a virtual environment. During Dota 2, each team had to pick out of 17 heroes. In the first match, OpenAI used different aggressive tactics and human players managed to survive for more than 40 minutes. One such tactic used by the OpenAI bots involved spending the earned in-game currency to revive heroes upon death, during the start of the match. In the case of the second match, OpenAI’s performance got even better and gained an early edge against OG. Overall, it took less than 20 minutes for the AI to win against humans. The last round was won by the humans. This was the last planned public demonstration of OpenAI’s bot, however, Open AI’s research team is now working on new software that allows humans to collaborate alongside the OpenAI Five software in real time. This will allow the team to learn from its unique strategies and patterns. OpenAI is also planning to release a platform, called Arena, that would allow the public to play against OpenAI Five. The platform will be open for three days from April 18th at 9 PM Eastern time. However, this collaboration may not be made available to the public. Apart from that Sam Altman, Co-founder, and CEO, OpenAI, is focussing on a different area of research, which involves making the AI adapt to work in less perfect simulators. Also, OpenAI is working on using reinforcement learning to provide robotic hands more human-like movement, reports the Verge. “What OpenAI is trying to do is build general artificial intelligence and to share those benefits with the world and make sure it’s safe. We’re not here to beat video games, as fun as that is. We’re here to uncover secrets along the path the AGI”, said Altman. Public reaction to the news is largely positive with people congratulating OpenAI for the win: Read Next OpenAI LP, a new “capped-profit” company to accelerate AGI research and attract top AI talent OpenAI introduces Neural MMO, a multiagent game environment for reinforcement learning agents OpenA’s new versatile AI model, GPT-2 can efficiently write convincing fake news from just a few words
Travelweek Group Fire breaks out at Grand Bahia Principe Tulum Share MAYAN RIVIERA — Guests at Grand Bahia Principe Tulum in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera were definitely feeling the heat over the weekend, not from the sun but from a large fire that broke out late Friday night.A resort employee confirmed to Global News that the area was evacuated due to the fire, and that the resort resumed normal operations on Saturday. The resort also confirmed in a release that “the situation was kept under control at all times.”No injuries were reported, while damage to the resort was “limited to material losses,” the statement said. The statement also noted that the fire started as a “result of an unfortunate short-circuit.”Popular among Canadians, Grand Bahia Principe Tulum offers 978 rooms, three pools, five restaurants and seven bars. It is located approximately 100 kilometres from Cancun. Monday, January 16, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Mexico
Fresh fruit. The room rate includes this beautiful arrangement with coffee and toast, and I don’t know where the fruits were picked, but there are several nice trees in the garden. If you eat meat, you’ll get some savory specimens fried up as well. For other meals, you are supposed to go out and support the local economy, or order in from places nearby.Majority owner Eric Climent said he wanted people to feel at home in a quiet place, close to Puerto Viejo, close to Playa Cocles, but apart from the world as well. There’s no television or air conditioning and not many wild parties. On an ecological note, the Blue Conga features solar hot water.Climent, who is French, bought the hotel half-built in 2007, after putting his finger on the map. “It is the truth,” he said. “It is here. Never have I been in Puerto Viejo, never in Costa Rica. It is the truth.”He confirmed his geographical premonition with a two-week visit. He and a friend were supposed to spend one week on this side and one week on the Pacific coast, but he fell in love and never went to the western shores. The Blue Conga was up and running by 2009, and the pool completed the feel in June 2012.Caretakers at Hotel Blue Conga can help arrange anything you need. They’ll rent you bicycles, snorkeling gear and laundry services. Most reservations are made online at hotelblueconga.com, where you fill out an inquiry form. I was nervous that my inquiry would vanish into space, but our caretaker, Marise, responded within an hour during one of the busiest times of the year, and arranged a room for the same evening. We managed to contact her during our bus delay, and she adjusted our arrangements so we could arrive in the middle of the night with no problems whatsoever – except for children’s confusion about the proper time to sleep.Going thereRoom prices range from about $60 to $110, depending on the size and the time of year. Hotel Blue Conga is a short taxi ride from Puerto Viejo, or a ten minute walk from downtown towards Playa Cocles: look for a sign by a small road on the right. Facebook Comments No related posts. The best way to arrive at Hotel Blue Conga is probably in the dark. We did this after an extended commute from San José to Puerto Viejo: the noon bus was full, the 2 p.m. bus was full, the 4 p.m. bus was late and we hit a road obstruction near Limón. Basically, an easy four-and-a-half-hour trip to the Caribbean shores nearly tripled, and we would have been happy to sleep on a dirty piece of gravel underneath a tarp. But our kids slept on the bus, so they were ready to party when we fell into room one at Blue Conga just after midnight.It was a clean, tiled room with painted concrete walls and some varnished log furniture, the room’s nod to the standard Tico cabin aesthetic. The little ones (3 and 6) splashed in the warm shower while we stumbled around rustling snacks, dreaming of a quiet place under a tarp.Finally we did sleep, and when I opened the window in the morning, I remembered we were not in a Motel 6 in some dusty Texas town – we were on the corner of a tropical paradise, and everything was green and blue and flowered and quiet. The quietude seemed like a trick of nature, at least compared to the night rhythms of Puerto Viejo locales like Rocking J’s, just around the corner, where you can buy condoms at the front counter and rent a hammock for $7. At Hotel Blue Conga, however, the quiet seemed like a visual feature. There are 12 rooms in two main buildings, and a tropical garden courtyard with a small pool nestled against the dining area, which was both bright and shady.The space is actually rather small, but the vegetation and the way the buildings are set up make you feel you might be in a lodge miles deep into the jungle, and that the caretakers simply wandered off to forage for beautiful fruits to arrange on white plates. Paul Brohaugh
Related posts:24-year-old US tourist shot in Costa Rica robbery gone wrong Life jackets not distributed before Costa Rica catamaran began sinking, killing 3, says president’s office US Coast Guard to assist in investigation of deadly catamaran accident After 80 days, investigation continues into US man missing in Costa Rica Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) reported that a 53-year-old U.S. citizen with the last name Levine died in a car accident in the popular beach town of Jacó Tuesday afternoon.According to initial reports, Levine was driving a lightweight vehicle with another passenger on the highway when for an unknown reason the car veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a truck carrying gas to San José. The impact knocked the U.S. driver’s car off the road and into a ditch. The other passenger in the car was unhurt.The truck driver passed a breathalyzer test, according to the statement.OIJ is investigating the case. Facebook Comments
Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It is not just the Saudi king who will be skipping the Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders. Most Gulf heads of state won’t be there.The absences will put a damper on talks that are designed to reassure key Arab allies, and almost certainly reflect dissatisfaction among leaders of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council with Washington’s handling of Iran and what they expect to get out of the meeting. The influential Abu Dhabi crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will lead the Emirati delegation. The president’s half-brother, he held talks with Obama at the White House last month.Abdullah, the Emirati professor, said the Gulf ties with the United States remain strong, but they have been strained during Obama’s tenure.He said Obama is seen within the region as impersonal compared to his predecessors. He also noted that recent comments to The New York Times in which Obama warned that dissatisfaction at home was perhaps a bigger threat than Iran came across as unnecessary “lecturing.”“You just pre-empted the whole meeting with this kind of statement,” he said.Among those who will be at the summit is the Kuwaiti emir, Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. He arrived at Andrews Air Force Base on Monday, the official Kuwait News Agency reported.Also, Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is scheduled to depart Monday to take part in the meeting.___AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace contributed to this report.Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adamschreck .Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science at Emirates University, said Gulf leaders were staying away from the Camp David gathering to signal their displeasure over the nuclear talks.“I don’t think they have a deep respect, a deep trust for Obama and his promises. There is a fundamental difference between his vision of post-nuclear-deal Iran and their vision,” he said. “They think Iran is a destabilizing force and will remain so, probably even more, if the sanctions are lifted. … They’re just not seeing things eye to eye.”The sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said, is among those staying away. The sultanate will be represented instead by the deputy prime minister, Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, and other officials, the country’s official news agency announced.The sultan’s absence comes as little surprise. The long-serving monarch, whose country maintains cordial relations with Iran and has served as a go-between for Tehran and Washington, returned home in March after spending several months in Germany being treated for an undisclosed illness.Health issues will also keep the president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, from attending. He suffered a stroke in January last year and has not been seen publicly since. The tiny island kingdom of Bahrain said separately that its delegation would be headed by the country’s crown prince, Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.Bahrain, whose leadership has close ties to the Saudis, is an important military ally of the U.S. It is the longstanding host to the Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is responsible for operations around the Arabian Peninsula and northern Indian Ocean, and is Washington’s main naval counterbalance to Iran.At the summit, leaders of Gulf nations will be looking for assurances that they have Obama’s support at a time when the region feels under siege from Islamic extremists and by Iran’s rising influence. The Gulf states worry the nuclear pact taking shape with the U.S., Iran and other nations may embolden Tehran to act more aggressively in the region.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed similar concerns, saying the emerging deal will leave too much of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure intact while giving it quick relief from economic sanctions.Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of the deal, raising tensions with the White House. U.S. attempts to reassure Israel that the deal will have strong safeguards have done little to ease its concerns. Netanyahu has claimed that moderate Sunni Arab countries see “eye to eye” with Israel on the matter, though he has not elaborated. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Rulers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman never publicly announced they would attend the summit — so officially at least, there was no reversal of plans.However, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in Washington on Monday that Saudi King Salman had formally accepted the invitation to meet with President Barack Obama ahead of the summit.Late on Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced that newly installed Salman will not be attending. The ostensible reason was because the upcoming summit on Thursday coincides with a humanitarian cease-fire in the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Shiite rebels known as Houthis.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also interior minister, will lead the Saudi delegation and the king’s son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is defense minister, will also attend.Obama had planned to meet Salman one-on-one a day before the gathering of leaders at the presidential retreat but the White House did not take the Saudi king’s decision to skip the summit as a sign of any substantial disagreement with the United States.The king, who took power in January after his brother King Abdullah died, has not traveled abroad since his ascension to the throne. Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system
Marking first for the Indian travel industry, Yatra.com has launched ‘Smart Watch Wear App’ for Android devices. By this, the app will allow users to access the booking flow of flights, hotels, buses, trains, homestays, activities and cabs along with various ongoing offers.Users need to create their profile in the app and then they will be updated about their upcoming trips, flight details and other bookings.The application is curated in sync with the growing demand of travel industry to inculcate technological advancement. It also enables users to do web check-ins and keep a track of real-time flight status. Additionally, it will also direct travellers to their accommodation location via maps. Commenting on the development, Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C), Yatra.com, said, “With the ever evolving landscape of technology, the Android smartwatch wear app will be an easy to use solution for all travellers. Catering to the needs of the modern day traveller, the app is built to literally help them wear their travel schedule on their sleeves. We believe that this app will help Yatra in reaching out to a wider and more diversified audience, and are confident that it will be well received by all.”
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surprise purchase of the Doctors Hospital building on the eve of its opening preserved the status quo It also raised questions about the organization’s motive in the acquisition which effectively blocked the threat to Altru’s dominance in the regional health care marketFor now the status quo of a one-hospital town is intact Altru officials say it is the best way to serve the community They cite an intensely competitive health care industry in which retaining patients and improving quality of care is of utmost importanceAdditionally hospital leaders say the cost of health care in Grand Forks could actually have increased had Doctors Hospital opened as plannedAt the same time supporters of more hospital options have publicly criticized the way Altru has handled the situation The debate has played out on the Opinion pages of this newspaper as well as on Internet chat boards and in community conversationMore precisely people are asking the question: Would competition in the local health care market better serve patients and the communityFinancial impactHaving Grand Forks’ only hospital makes Altru the primary provider of care in the region But apart from not having to share its market Altru benefits from being Grand Forks’ only hospital through millions of dollars in revenue it would not have otherwiseAltru is designated as a sole community provider by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services giving it a higher rate of reimbursement from those federal agencies CEO Dave Molmen said the designation means $6 million to $9 million in annual revenue for Altru and they are determined to protect their status "Our plan was to maintain the sole community provider status no matter what" Molmen said The higher federal reimbursement means more investment in health care in the area It allows Altru to offer services it could not afford without it he said"It really is a community asset and important for everyone in the community" Molmen saidThe Medicare program spends $7046 per enrollee in the Grand Forks service area according to Dartmouth College’s Atlas of Health Care That is similar to spending in the Minneapolis service area where Medicare reimburses $7042 per enrollee Medicare reimburses $6213 per enrollee in the Fargo-Moorhead area $5673 in the Bismarck area and $6299 in the Minot areaAn advantage and a riskAltru leaders have been mindful of losing the hospital’s sole-provider status since the Aurora group’s efforts to open a second hospital began in 2007 The group asked the Grand Forks City Council for a $26 million property tax abatement for a new hospital a proposal that split the council and did not pass Supporters of the tax abatement argued that Grand Forks consumers needed another choice for a hospital Council members cited support from constituents who complained of long waits for appointments or bad experiences with Altru The debate over a second hospital has been framed as an alternative to a dominant provider "It could have a huge impact on us" said Dennis Reisnour Altru’s chief planning executive in 2007 referring to a loss of the sole provider designation At the time he estimated the value of the designation at $95 millionAltru Chief Financial Officer Dwight Thompson also brought up the issue in the company’s April 2010 quarterly financial statementWhile Altru officials have said that blocking competition was not a factor in its purchase of the Aurora properties an independent bond rating firm has noted that it boosted its financial position In rating Altru’s recent $126 million bond issue Moody’s Investors Service characterized the acquisition of the facility as an advantage but also a potential riskIts report described "high capital spending" by Altru this fiscal year "primarily driven by the recent opportunistic acquisition of a number of medical buildings located at the Aurora Medical Park""While the acquisition eliminates a potential competitive threat and helps Altru preserve its sole community provider status the addition somewhat stresses the balance sheet and could present a challenge to organizational profitability" the report statedMoody’s called Altru’s outlook stable but said "increased competition resulting in a loss of market position and revenues" could make the bond rating fall Jeff Sandene chief operating officer of Sanford Health’s Fargo division said the purchase of the hospital may have created a public relations problem for Altru but agreed with the importance of defending the sole provider status"It was a very wise move I would have done the exact same thing" he said "Sole community status is that important"Room to growDespite this Altru officials maintain that the purchase of the Doctors Hospital facility was driven by the need for space not to block competitionMolmen and Chief Operating Officer Brad Wehe said Altru has been juggling its space to accommodate the doctors it is hiring to meet patients’ demand for reduced waiting timesAltru has added more than 50 new physicians this year and last yearWehe and Molmen said the facility purchase was the only option that would meet their immediate needs and new construction would not provide the needed bridge to the completion of $200 million in construction by 2022 or 2024Altru had been offered the buildings in the past after plans for the Aurora Hospital stalled Molmen and Wehe said At the time Altru had not completed its planning for expansion so it did not pursue the offer"It was really the completion of the master plan in the meantime that brought home the need for a bridging solution" Molmen saidA heavy handAltru’s explanations of its purchase have not been sitting well with some in the medical community who claim a pattern of heavy-handed treatment of competition"They think they should be the only player" said Dr Jerry Smith who along with others hired by Doctors Hospital lost his job when Altru purchased the Aurora facilities Smith said his wife was offered a nursing position with Altru only to have it rescinded when the system found out she was married to an Aurora employee Smith also said Altru employees have been fired or threatened with firing for doing work for Altru’s competitors or having spouses employed by competitors He bases the accusation on conversations with Aurora staff"It was made clear to them and their colleagues at Altru ‘Don’t go over there or you won’t have a job’" he said Asked to respond to accusations by Smith that Altru would "intimidate employees by firing them or taking other job action if they or their family member associated with" Doctors Hospital Molmen denied retaliatory actions He said the system was concerned about employees having business relationships with competitors as a potential conflict of interest but denied Smith’s charges"If someone had a conflict of interest that would be something I would be concerned with" he saidAltru provided a three-page copy of its conflict of interest policy to the Grand Forks Herald It lists eight examples of potential conflicts One example is employment or other activities that "cause or appear to cause divided loyalties between Altru and another interest" or that compete against Altru Another is "having a family member who owns a material financial interest in a competitor supplier or customer of Altru" The policy defines such an interest as "any kind which in view of all the circumstances is substantial enough that it would or reasonably could affect an Altru Member’s or family member’s judgment in situations affecting Altru This includes all forms of compensation by an Altru Member or Altru Member’s family member" Dr Noah Chelliah a cardiologist with a private practice at the Heart Institute of North Dakota and a former Altru doctor criticized Altru’s behavior toward competition in an April 29 letter to the Herald He said Altru’s stance toward competition extended to its employees "People who work for them are afraid They’re intimidated" said Chelliah Altru doctors and managers have defended the organization’s actions since the purchase of the Aurora facility "Competition is as intense as ever and for many years we have been the regional underdog facing much larger very well funded organizations That hasn’t changed" wrote Reisnour in an April 23 letter to the HeraldMolmen agreed that competition was increasing in the industry but he said it was not Altru’s primary focus"Competition is really the last of our concerns for the organization" he said "It’s not the driver The driver is the patient care"Reach Bjorke at (701) 780-1117; (800) 477-6572 ext 117; or send e-mail to cbjorke@gfheraldcomSenate Bill 2287 which failed in an 11-35 vote would have reduced the length of time a well can flare from one year to 90 days It also would have limited the volume of natural gas that could be flared each day and removed some exemptions from the current flaring policyPrime sponsor Sen Jim Dotzenrod D-Wyndmere said the amount of natural gas that’s flared in North Dakota most 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