Fuel Spills from Maersk Ship during Bunkering in Hong Kong

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license An unknown quantity of bunker fuel has spilled from a container vessel owned by Danish shipping giant Maersk during bunkering operations in Hong Kong, a company spokesperson confirmed to World Maritime News.“We can confirm that on January 6 our container vessel Maersk Gateshead had oil spilling during bunkering operations while at berth at Modern Terminal Limited in Hong Kong,” the statement read.The company said that bunkering operations were ceased instantly and the leakage was stopped.Hong Kong Marine Department and Environmental Protection Administration were informed and clean-up operations carried on throughout the day, on vessel deck, hull and sea surface.The 4,340 TEU Maersk Gateshead, which arrived at the terminal in the evening hours of January 5, has suspended all cargo operations and is awaiting further instructions.“Maersk takes this incident very seriously. In coordination with relevant authorities an investigation into the circumstances behind the incident has been launched,” the spokesperson added.last_img read more

Retired Mountie headed to US prison for smuggling narwhal tusks

first_imgBANGOR, Maine – A retired Mountie accused of smuggling narwhal tusks was sentenced Wednesday to five years and two months in a U.S. prison for related money-laundering counts.Gregory Logan, 60, of Saint John, N.B., smuggled about 300 tusks valued at US$1.5 million to US$3 million into Maine in false compartments in his vehicle, U.S. prosecutors said. They were shipped from a post office box in Ellsworth, Maine, to buyers across the U.S.Narwhals, protected in the United States and Canada, are known for their spiral tusks that can grow longer than eight feet and are valued for their use in carvings and jewelry-making.According to the indictment, Logan was working as a Mountie when he began bringing narwhal tusks across the border into the U.S. in 2000. He retired from the police force in 2003.Prosecutors said he asked his U.S. co-conspirators what they wanted in terms of size and quantity, and then contacted “Inuit co-operatives” in the Canadian north for the tusks.“Unlawful wildlife trade like this undermines efforts by federal, state, and foreign governments to protect and restore populations of species like the narwhal, a majestic creature of the sea,” said acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.Logan was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock on money-laundering and conspiracy counts to which he pleaded guilty under an agreement in which smuggling charges were dropped.He has already served four months of home detention and paid a $350,000 fine in Canada after pleading guilty to a related wildlife-smuggling crime.Logan was charged along with two U.S. residents. Andrew Zarauskas, of Union, New Jersey, was convicted and sentenced to 33 months. Charges against a Tennessee man were dismissed.Prosecutors said Logan was the “organizer of this enterprise.”“He directed and organized the way in which the tusks were smuggled and shipped as well as the ways in which the proceeds would ultimately be laundered into Canada. In sum, (Logan) was the ‘hub’ without whom the ‘spokes’ could not have succeeded in their joint criminal enterprise,” they said in court documents.Logan has spent 18 months in custody in the U.S after being extradited from Canada in March 2016. The extradition agreement with Canada limited the charges to the money-laundering counts.A press release from the U.S. Department of Justice detailed how the scheme worked:“Logan knew that his customers would re-sell the tusks for a profit and in an attempt to increase that re-sale price, Logan would occasionally provide fraudulent documentation claiming that the tusks had originally belonged to a private collector in Maine who had acquired them legally,” it said.“In addition to shipping the tusks from Maine, Logan maintained a post office box in the Ellsworth shipping store as well as an account at a bank in Bangor. Logan instructed his customers to send payment in the form of cheques to the post office box, or wire money directly to his Maine bank account.“Logan then transported the money to Canada by having the shipping store forward his mail to him in Canada, and by using an ATM card to withdraw money from his Maine bank account at Canadian ATM machines. At times, Logan also directed his customers to send funds directly to him in Canada.”last_img read more

Lebanon UN force commander confers with prime minister on security in south

19 November 2009The military chief of United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon today met separately with Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss the security situation in the south of the country. UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Commander Major General Claudio Graziano said afterward he told Mr. Hariri of the mission’s readiness to continue to work with the Lebanese Army and the Government on common objectives towards implementing the Security Council resolution adopted in 2006 on the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah militants.Resolution 1701 expanded UNIFIL, which currently has nearly 13,000 military personnel in south Lebanon, and called for an end to hostilities, respect for the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, the disarming militias and an end to arms smuggling.Hizbollah has not disarmed, and earlier this month Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said sporadic rocket launches into Israel, almost daily Israeli flights over Lebanon, the active maintenance of an arms depot by Hizbollah and the apparently Israeli surveillance equipment left on Lebanese territory raised the spectre of a potential escalation. read more

10 injured in multivehicle crash in Norfolk County

Ontario Provincial Police say charges are pending after a five-vehicle crash in Norfolk County Thursday morning.Police were called to a collision on Highway 24 just before 7 a.m.Ten people were injured, including one man who was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.Investigators say a pickup truck travelling on the highway stopped to turn left.Three vehicles behind it collided, while a garbage truck travelling the other way ended up in the ditch.A portion of the highway was closed for about ten hours for the investigation but has since re-opened. read more

Doug Fords Classroom Part 2 On campus a tough new landscape

Sarnia students Maddy Boucher, left, and Niamh Ellwood are preparing to enter post-secondary school one way or another despite sweeping changes to Ontario’s student loan system. Both say the thought of debt after school is a constant anxiety but one with which they’re learning to live, a common theme among post-secondary-bound students in the province. (Louis Pin/The Observer) Growing up with four siblings in a single-parent home, Cindy Tran said there was plenty of affection to go around.Money to go on to university? Not so much. Finances were tight in the Ottawa household.Hard work – she finished in the top 10 per cent of her high school class — helped Tran get to campus. Student loans, bursaries, scholarships and money saved for her, helped to ease the financial hit.With three years of an honours English degree under her belt, and returning to Western University this fall to finish, Tran isn’t sweating the money. The biggest hurdles are behind her.Instead, it’s her siblings she’s worried about.Doug Ford has priced their shot at post-secondary school beyond easy reach, if not out of reach.“I am not completely worried about tuition next year because I know there are scholarships and bursaries I can apply for,” Tran said. “But I have three younger siblings going to university – the debt on them will be significantly more.”For a generation of young people who watched Ontario’s education system expand under the former Liberal government at both ends, with the addition of full-day kindergarten and free post-secondary tuition for more than a third of all full-time students, Ford’s Progressive Conservative government is drastically changing the landscape.College and university students will get a 10 per cent tuition cut, but gone is the Liberal program begun in 2017 that helped more than 200,000 students, especially from low-income families, absorb the cost of higher education by covering their tuition through expanded grants from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).The Tories, elected in 2018 and battling a huge budget shortfall, said the cost had become “unsustainable.” Merrilee Fullerton, the Tory minister in charge at the time, accused the Liberals of “handing out OSAP money to some of Ontario’s highest income earners with virtually no meaningful criteria for success.”The Tory changes on campus don’t end there.Ontario’s 45 colleges and universities will also get less money from Queen’s Park, about $400 million less over four years. That’s a fractional cut, about one per cent a year. But new and different is that far more of what the schools get will depend on 10 performance measurements, including their graduation rates and how quickly their grads find jobs.In that, critics see an emphasis on turning out workers, not minds.Southwestern Ontario, as a region, stacks up well against other areas of the province on graduation and employment rates, but that does nothing for students just fighting to pull together the money to get to school in the first place.*** Maddy Boucher dreams of becoming an environmental lawyer.Ford’s reforms won’t derail her goal, but neither will they do anything to help grease her way.The Sarnia student is headed to the University of Guelph to begin first-year studies in biology, the start of a long and costly journey she hopes will eventually lead to law school. That was the plan when Boucher applied for university last January. It’s still her goal. But even as she applied, the Tories announced the end of the free tuition program and an overhaul of OSAP, the province’s system of non-repayable student grants and repayable loans.From $175,000 under the Liberals, the new family income threshold to qualify for some assistance under the Tories has fallen to $140,000. Low-income students will still qualify, but some of that will be loans and most of the reined-in grants will go to those whose families make less than $50,000 a year.The Tories are also doing away with a six-month grace period after graduation, in which the interest clock on student loans was frozen, and making it tougher for older students to qualify for OSAP on their own, often low, income levels.Under the Liberals, students weren’t considered independent of their families until four years after high school. The Tories have tacked an extra two years onto that, making students more dependent on their parents for financial help.Boucher was accepted for OSAP loans, but figures she will work during school to help avoid a debt trap.“If you want to go to school, you’re going to be stuck owing someone for the rest of your life,” she said. “I just don’t want to go into debt.”Her friend, Niamh Ellwood of Sarnia, who’s going into Grade 12, would have qualified under the Liberal program for free tuition when she goes to school next year. Now, she says, her future as an aspiring law student under the Tories looks a lot more cloudy, especially because she hopes to study in Toronto where living costs are Ontario’s highest.Both teenagers figure their undergraduate degrees will cost $70,000 or more, between school and living costs. Neither wants to rack up debt, but not going to school isn’t an option, they say.In Sarnia, Ellwood said, she’s been told “the only way to make money” is working in the Chemical Valley, the hub of petro-chemical industries in the area. Not for her, she said.“Working until your back breaks. My dad was a hard worker. He was a diesel mechanic and a farmer. He died at 41.”Tran worries that the PC government’s changes will alter not just the landscape on campus, but future prospects for many young people.ONLINE EXTRA Reporter Louis Pin analyzes the potential on-campus winners and losers. CLICK HERE TO READ IT“It’s very difficult to change your financial situation,” she said. “It (affects) future generations, especially those that don’t come from a lot of money. They can work minimum-wage (jobs) in high school, but that’s not going to be enough to afford the cost of university tuition.”*** Former premier Kathleen Wynne lost her government to Ford last year. Now, the Toronto MPP and Liberal education critic is watching the centrepiece of her administration, the free tuition program, crumble under Tory rule.“Young people from affluent families are four times more likely to go into post-secondary institutions than kids from less-advantaged families,” she said. “What we saw when we put free tuition in place is single moms, Indigenous young people and kids living in poverty, were more likely to go (to school).“It was working. It was doing exactly what we hoped it would do.”The Liberals said the program was opening doors to higher education to more young people and sparing them debt.But Ontario’s financial watchdog painted a different picture in her 2018 report, finding those receiving grants grew by 25 per cent in the program’s first year, but with only a fractional enrolment increase. Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk also reported most of the OSAP money, 98 per cent, was given out in grants that year, compared to 60 per cent the year before, and that the overall cost was on track to jump by more than 50 per cent by 2020-21 to more than $2 billion.The take-away for Liberal critics was that students already in school, paying their own way or using loans, soaked up the free money simply because they could — they qualified.*** Students themselves are deciding the fallout of another Ford government change on campus this year — the scrapping of mandatory student fees, which pay for things like campus clubs, student media outlets and even student daycare services —  that added hundreds of dollars or more to student bills.Instead, students are voting on what services they voluntarily want to fund as they register for school. At Western University, the student newspaper The Gazette — it cost students less than $20 each last year — faces an uncertain future. If it survives, its fate will go up for review with each back-to-school cycle.“This is like a direct referendum every single year” editor-in-chief Martin Allen has said.WHAT OTHERS SAID:“There still are a lot of grants. Low-income students, it’s no longer zero (tuition) grants, but there still are . . . loans. They are still looking out for low- and middle-income families.” — Samantha Iaccino, going into business administration at Lambton College in Sarnia“(Student) perception of debt is a much greater factor for their decision (whether) to access post-secondary education. It’s really important they don’t have that fear of debt acquisition” when deciding. — Cat Dunne, vice-president of Western University’s student council.“All of our universities and colleges . . . will get to determine the weight of each metric. . . . If they have a rough year one year, they’ll be able to make it up and respond accordingly.” — Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano, on new performance measures that will help to determine how much provincial money colleges and universities get.“When I went for OSAP (the free tuition) helped me quite a bit, especially because I’m a single mom with a single income.” — Kaylene Darby, returning to Lambton to become a personal service worker.READ IT HERE: Doug Ford’s Classroom, Part 1: Digital jolt looms large amid big changes read more

General Assembly adopts series of resolutions on international legal matters

The Assembly kept the question of reproductive cloning of human beings on its agenda for another year by deciding to convene a working group of its Sixth (Legal) Committee from 28 September to 3 October 2003.The Assembly also strongly condemned terrorism as criminal and unjustifiable by a resolution that urged its ad hoc committee to urgently continue elaborating a draft convention on international terrorism at its next meeting in March and April. The ad hoc committee was also urged to resolve outstanding issues impeding conclusion of an international treaty on nuclear terrorism. That committee has already successfully negotiated other anti-terror pacts.In another action, the UN’s main legislative body welcomed the work of the preparatory body for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which had laid the groundwork for the Court’s coming into being on 1 July. The Assembly took note of the report by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Court, and of the proposed resumption of the first session of the Assembly of States Parties early next year, at which the ICC’s judges and the prosecutor would be elected.As for the protection of UN personnel in the field, the Assembly urged the Secretary-General to continue to seek to include key provisions of an international treaty on the safety of UN workers in agreements related to peacekeeping operations. One provision recommended the criminalization of attacks against these personnel.Meanwhile, another resolution strongly condemned acts of violence against diplomatic and consular missions and representatives, as well as against parallel elements in intergovernmental organizations. read more

UN health agency and Africa mark fifth antimalaria day

“Let us re-dedicate ourselves collectively to a more coordinated fight against this public health challenge facing our continent,” Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo of the World Health Organization (WHO) said, marking the fifth annual Africa Malaria Day.In April 2000 Heads of State from 44 countries, or their representatives, met in Abuja, Nigeria, and signed the Abuja Declaration and Plan of Action committing their governments to halving malaria deaths by 2010 and reaching a target of about 60 per cent coverage for malaria prevention and control by 2005.The theme for the fifth commemoration is “Unite against Malaria” and the slogan is “Together We Can Beat Malaria.”Expressing satisfaction about the progress made, Dr. Sambo said available data now show that indoor insecticide spraying averages over 85 per cent in seven countries and 21 malaria-endemic countries have adopted Artemisin-based Combination Therapy, as the organisms became chloroquine-resistant, while 19 other countries are implementing a strategy for home-based care of the infected.WHO’s Roll Back Malaria Partnership, a worldwide grouping of governments, businesses and celebrities, founded in 1998, pointed to unprecedented recent strides in promoting the manufacture on the continent of anti-malarial medicines and millions of insecticide-treated bed nets.Twenty countries have reduced tariffs and taxes on imported bed nets and insecticides, with the result that about 20 million nets are now in use in the region, Dr. Sambo noted.Financial resources for Africa’s malaria-control activities have also dramatically increased, with the Global Fund for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an initiative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, allocating about $700 million to 35 countries for malaria prevention and control.Nonetheless, “five years after the Abuja summit, malaria remains a major contributor to the disease burden in Africa,” Dr. Sambo said, with about 60 per cent of the 350 million to 500 million global clinical malaria episodes occurring in African countries.Weak health care systems, absenteeism among school children and diminished or lost worker productivity all contribute to make malaria a significant contributor to low economic growth in endemic countries, costing Africa an estimated $12 billion annually, he said.The major regional commemoration was taking place in Zambia’s capital Lusaka with community groups, entertainers, and local, national and international dignitaries taking part.Lusaka would also welcome the participants in two events publicizing the fight against malaria, a 135-kilometre Bicycle Race against Malaria and the Nairobi-Lusaka Drive against Malaria. The latter featured disabled driver David Robertson, who has been distributing treated bed nets in remote areas of the continent. read more

Energy lumber prices push Scotiabank commodity index higher in August

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2012 9:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Energy, lumber prices push Scotiabank commodity index higher in August TORONTO – The Scotiabank Commodity Price Index rebounded in August, rising 3.1 per cent from July, thanks largely to stronger oil prices and the early signs of a recovery in the U.S. housing market.Scotiabank said oil and gas prices led gains with a 11.2 per cent move up in the month, boosted by political tensions in the Middle East and sharply lower output in the North Sea due to maintenance and strikes.Prices for forest products were also 2.3 per cent higher as Western Spruce-Pine-Fir 2×4 lumber prices jumped to US$310 per thousand board feet in August, their highest levels since May 2006.“After a challenging environment since 2008, linked to a prolonged and sharp downturn in U.S. housing, lumber and OSB producers, as well as medium-density fibreboard and particleboard manufacturers, will enjoy a substantial recovery in earnings in 2013,” said Patricia Mohr, commodity market specialist at Scotiabank.The report suggested that Western SPF 2×4 lumber prices will improve from an average of US$285 per thousand board feet in 2012 to US$315 in 2013 and US$350 in 2014.The improved outlook came as the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller index for July suggested home prices in the U.S. rose, helped by greater sales and fewer foreclosures.U.S. home prices rose 1.2 per cent in July, compared with a year earlier, according to the index. The U.S. report also said all 20 cities tracked by the index showed month-to-month increases between June and July.Sawmill closures in Canada and the United States since 2007 as well as fewer logging contractors, trades people and truckers in the building materials industry will create challenges in meeting higher demand, the report said.“The near-term outlook for OSB — used primarily in flooring and roofing in residential housing, but also in commercial construction — is even more compelling than lumber,” Mohr said.“Capacity re-starts will be needed in 2013, recently spurring announcements by Georgia Pacific and Arbec Forest Products, involving a mill in Miramichi, N.B. Limited OSB supplies for sub-flooring triggered panic buying and a spike in prices in August. “Meanwhile, the metal and mineral index slipped 2.4 per cent in August as weaker base metal, iron ore and uranium prices more than offset strength in gold.The agricultural index dropped 1.2 per cent for the month on lower wheat and barley prices that offset cattle prices and higher prices for salmon and Atlantic coast lobster. read more

Geek deals Project Management Professional certification training for 50

first_imgBeing a good project manager isn’t easy. Dealing with logistics, staff, and budgets requires loads of care and near-constant attention. Thankfully, StackSocial is offering a bundle of courses today that are aimed at teaching you the best practices for project management, and preparing you to earn relevant certifications for your career. The best part? You can save over $1400.• Project Management Professional certification training for $49.99 (List price: $1495)Once you’ve purchased this LearnSmart bundle, you’ll have lifetime access to the streaming video, but you’ll need to use your redemption code within 30 days. You’ll receive a certification of completion for finishing these courses, but more importantly, you’ll be prepared to pass the Project Management Professional and the Certified Associate in Project Management tests. And since this content counts toward the 35 contact-hours that the PMP requires, you’ll be primed for success.Whether you’re just getting started, or simply want to improve your management skills, these 70+ courses will help you make smart decisions, save time, and help facilitate excellent work all around.Usually, these courses sell for upwards of $1495, but you won’t have to pay retail if you act fast. If you buy the course from StackSocial, you’ll be able to get those dozens of hours of training for just $49.99 – a 96% discount. However, it’s only being offered for a limited time. If you want to be a top-notch project manager, get your order in ASAP.[Image credit: Caleb Roenigk, edited]Note: All sales final. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial website for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

City mulls strict dangerous dog policy

first_imgVancouver dogs: One bad bite, and you could be out.Following a severe attack on a 9-year-old boy near downtown this year and coming on the heels of a now-dead discussion on banning pit bulls, the Vancouver City Council said Monday they may be in favor of a no-tolerance policy on keeping dangerous dogs within the city limits.The policy wouldn’t ban pups who, unprovoked, make a minor nip that barely breaks the skin. Those dogs would be named “potentially dangerous.” But if that dog does it again, it could be labeled a dangerous dog — and would no longer be allowed in Vancouver. Or, if a dog with no previous history of aggression, unprovoked, inflicts severe injury — broken bones or disfiguring lacerations that need multiple sutures or plastic surgery — or kills a domestic animal or livestock, it too could be deemed a dangerous dog and could no longer be kept in Vancouver.The policy the city council discussed would make Vancouver’s law stricter than those in unincorporated Clark County.County Animal Control staff and the City Attorney’s Office had come to the meeting Monday to recommend that Vancouver make its rules the same as the county’s, to avoid confusion. The city hasn’t thoroughly updated its animal laws since the mid-1980s.In the county, a dog that makes a minor bite unprovoked is given a “potentially dangerous dog” label, and if it offends again, it becomes a “dangerous dog.” Dogs that aggressively chase, charge or commit other aggressive behavior can also be named potentially dangerous. Dogs that inflict serious injury or kill another animal, even on the first time, become dangerous dogs. Owners of dangerous dogs must do a number of things to ensure their dog has limited contact with the public thereafter, including installing a six-sided enclosure (one with a top, bottom and sides) and signage; and obtaining a $250,000 surety bond or liability insurance, as well as a microchip and inspections. Licensing also costs $300 initially and $100 a year after that. If the dog leaves the house, it must be muzzled at all times. If a dog somehow bites again, it is euthanized. All incidents are subject to an appeal by owners.last_img read more

Police Man accused of killing rapper Hellabandz in Miami Beach shooting caught

first_imgHe is considered armed and dangerous.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The man who allegedly shot and killed a rapper on Miami Beach was caught surveillance video fleeing from the scene, according to police.Miami Beach Police identified the victim in the early Saturday morning shooting as 24-year-old Ameer Golston, known to many as Hellabandz.On Monday, police released surveillance video from just after the shooting.The video showed the subject running across Washington Avenue while people trip over each other as they ran into traffic in an attempt to flee from the gunfire.“We now have surveillance video that we’re sharing for the first time of the shooter in this incident,” Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said.Officials released a statement on Sunday saying the Chicago rapper had a violent criminal history.“We do know the victim in this case,” Rodriguez said. “It was wanted out of Atlanta PD, actually, he had an active warrant for attempted murder. Lots of folks there. Thankfully, no one else was wounded.” Investigators said the incident took place along the 200 block of Española Way, near Washington Avenue, Saturday.“I was just walking by, and I heard gunshots,” a witness said. “It was just … It’s crazy. This town is going nuts.”Police said a second victim was injured in the shooting. Paramedics transported him to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in stable condition.Detectives initially said the shooting led to two police pursuits, a foot chase near the scene of the incident and a car chase that ended in a crash near 91st Street and Harding Avenue.However, police said Monday, those chases were not related to the ongoing homicide investigation.“It’s actually now determined that those bad guys that we were pursuing actually may not be related to this incident,” Rodriguez said.Officials have released still images of a suspect described as a 25- to 35-year-old male weighting approximately 200 pounds. He was also described as having short hair and was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt with the letters D and G on the front, light colored pants and white Nike sneakers. last_img read more

RBI Sale Expected in Second Half

first_imgLondon-based Reed Elsevier today said that it has received a “strong level of interest from buyers” and that it expects its divestiture of Reed Business Information to be complete sometime within the second half of the year. The announcement came as part of its first half 2008 financial results.Reed Elsevier posted encouraging first half financial results. The company reported adjusted operating profit from continuing operations (Elsevier, LexisNexis and Reed Exhibitions) for the first half was about $1.1 billion, up 12 percent from $940.7 million during the same period in 2007. Revenue was $3.9 billion, up 5 percent from about $3.5 billion during the same period last year.First half adjusted operating profit from Reed Business Information (considered a discontinued operation) was about $122.7 million, up 7 percent from $108.9 million during the same period in 2007. Revenue was $958.6 million, up 3 percent from $881.3 million during the same period last year. “We have made good progress in implementing our plans announced in February to accelerate growth: the planned divestment of Reed Business Information is progressing and we are seeing strong buyer interest in the business,” CEO Sir Crispin Davis said in a statement. Earlier this month, Davis announced his plans to step down as chief executive sometime next year.Reed announced its plans to divest RBI as part of the company’s preliminary financial results statement for 2007, which was released in February. Since then, Apax Partners, Permira, Providence Equity Partners and Cinven have been floated as possible suitors. Early estimates put a sale at about $2 billion.To help assure that RBI sells in one piece, Reed put together a group of banks to lend nearly $1.5 billion to the eventual buyer. The sale, however, faces steep hurdles due mostly to the soft economy.RBI publishes a number of trade magazines including Variety and Publishers Weekly. Early last month, RBI eliminated 41 jobs as part of a company-wide restructuring effort.last_img read more

Washington Conservatory of Music Concert

first_imgThe Washington Conservatory of Music will feature Michael Adcock’s fascinating exploration into the art of transcription at a free concert on June 5 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 West Moreland Circle NW. This is the final event of the Washington Conservatory Piano Plus! 2014-15 concert season. Suggested donations of $20 are welcome at the door.  For more information, Kathy Judd at 301-320-2770 or kjudd@washingtonconservatory.org.last_img read more

Goodbye Geeks Hello CrowdSourced Tech Help

first_img Anybody who has ever been stuck waiting as their PC strains to boot up, load programs or even open simple Web pages should know the value of keeping a clean, organized hard drive and up-to-date software.Unfortunately, few small-business owners have the luxury of an in-house IT department. And even the Geek Squad can get pricey. So as apps age, driver connections erode and storage space dwindles, small-business PCs tend to get weighed down — robbing you of an optimal computing experience.But rather than paying an IT specialist to whip your computer back into shape, you can now outsource to the cloud for free by way of PC optimization. The D’Iberville, Miss.,-based SlimWare Utilities offers a trio of free products that use the collective wisdom of an entire legion of tech geeks to get your computer back into prime condition. Here are the details for small-business users: What Is It: SlimWare Utilities offers three free-to-download programs that update and optimize your computer’s hardware and drivers to make them run more efficiently. The unique feature here is that these programs learn by crowd-sourcing their recommendations. Users rank programs and other fixes to tell SlimWare which tweaks work and which ones don’t, what a computer needs to have installed and what it doesn’t. What’s Available:SlimComputer cleans up new PCs by getting rid of all the pre-installed software that can gum up an otherwise pristine new machine. The program uses crowd-sourced recommendations for which of these programs actually get used and which ones don’t. Un-installed programs are stored in the cloud in case you actually need one of them someday.SlimCleaner uses SlimWare’s crowd-sourced recommendations to analyze and get rid of unneeded files on your computer as well as keep other programs updated. The program analyzes your system’s performance and then streams that information back to the cloud where it can help other users.SlimDrivers keep drivers for peripherals such as printers and Bluetooth up to date by scanning your PC for those that are missing, broken or out-of-date.Bottom Line:While nothing beats an in-house IT team, these tools can certainly help out many a cash-strapped owner aiming to stretch more life out of an old computer. The service takes a few minutes and works reasonably well, especially considering what an IT specialist would charge for an hour of their time.Could your computer benefit from a little house-cleaning? Leave a comment and let us know. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 30, 2011 min readcenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Nephrostomy Catheters Market spiraling at Rapid Growth Rate During 20182025

first_imgThe Nephrostomy Catheters market research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of Nephrostomy CathetersIndustry.Global Nephrostomy Catheters Market to reach USD XX billion by 2025.Global Nephrostomy Catheters Market valued approximately USD XX billion in 2017 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than XX% over the forecast period 2018-2025. The Nephrostomy Catheters Market is continuously growing in the global scenario at significant pace. A nephrostomy catheter is used to relieve a blockage in the urinary system. The catheter is inserted through the skin into kidneys. It will allow urine to drain into a bag outside the body. In some cases, it may also drain into bladder. Nephrostomy has a success rate of over 95% if performed by properly trained and qualified resources. Growing incidences of kidney diseases and increase in government support for nephrostomy catheters projects are the substantial driving factors of the market during the forecast period. Moreover, increasing research & development activities is likely to creating lucrative opportunity in the near future. However, competition from nephrostomy catheters industry players and availability of substitute such as ureteral stenting are the factors that limiting the market growth of nephrostomy catheters during the forecast period.The regional analysis of Global Nephrostomy Catheters Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. North America is the leading/significant region across the world in terms of market share due to increasing incidences of reproductive cancers in the region. Further, Europe is estimated to second largest region as terms of market share in the global Nephrostomy Catheters market during the forecast period. Asia-Pacific is also anticipated to exhibit higher growth rate/CAGR owing to increasing presence of local players in the countries such as India & China during the forecast period 2018-2025.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2961856?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ABThe major market player included in this report are:AmecathArgon Medical DevicesBard MedicalBoston ScientificCook MedicalEnvasteGohar Shafa Medical DevicesMedi-Globe CorporationMerit Medical Systems Inc.ROCAMEDTeleflex IncorporatedUROMEDUrotechUrovisionBy Type:BalloonLumenBy Application:HospitalClinicTarget Audience of the Global Nephrostomy Catheters Market in Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsGet a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2961856?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ABAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

KB971033 causing activation issues on Windows 7 Enterprise PCs

first_imgKB971033 causing activation issues on Windows 7 Enterprise PCs by Martin Brinkmann on January 10, 2019 in Windows – 28 commentsThe year 2019 begins like the year 2018 ended for administrators and users running Windows: troublesome.Microsoft’s cumulative updates for Windows 7 released on the January 2019 Patch Day caused networking issues under some configurations, and the whole Windows 10 version 1809 fiasco is still fresh as well.Reports are coming in that the update KB971033 is causing activation issues on Windows 7 Enterprise PCs. The update, which Microsoft released in April 2018, updates the Activation Technologies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate.Notice what is not included? Right: Enterprise! Even though the update should not be installed on KMS-controlled devices, it got on (some) of them apparently.Microsoft acknowledged the issue in KB4480960, the summary for the January 9, 2019 update for Windows 7.After installing this update, some users are reporting the KMS Activation error, “Not Genuine”, 0xc004f200 on Windows 7 devices.A system administrator opened a thread on Reddit reporting that thousands of Windows 7 VDI machines reported that they were not genuine this morning and that he found out after a lengthy troubleshooting session that the update KB971033 was the cause.The admin concluded that the activation issue had something to do with a change in how Microsoft Activation servers respond to standard KMS keys being sent to them.The admin resolved the issue by uninstalling the update from Windows, deleting the KMS cache and activation data from affected PCs, and re-activating against KMS.Woody Leonhard found a workaround published on Microsoft’s Technet forum for the issue. Nick Bryant published the following steps to address the issue.net stop sppsvcdel %windir%\system32\7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-5P-0.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0 /ahdel %windir%\system32\7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-5P-1.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0 /ahnet start sppsvcslmgr /ipk 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHHslmgr /atoA more detailed solution asked users to remove the update KB971033 that causes the issue as well. I have attached it just in case.Uninstall KB971033. If the machine doesn’t have KB971033 installed please follow the below steps.RebootRun Command Prompt as administrator manually or via a PowerShell script from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4032981/powershell-script-for-windows-7-non-genuine-issue-is-available/.Type: net stop sppsvcType: del %windir%\system32\7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-5P-0.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0 /ahType: del %windir%\system32\7B296FB0-376B-497e-B012-9C450E1B7327-5P-1.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-601632D005A0 /ahType: del %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\tokens.datType: del %windir%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkService\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SoftwareProtectionPlatform\cache\cache.datType: net start sppsvcType: slmgr /ipk 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHHNote: The 33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH key is for Windows 7 Enterprise. If the OS is different, find the corresponding KMS client key from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/kmsclientkeys and use it instead.Now You: What is your expectation for 2019 in regards to updates for Windows?SummaryArticle NameKB971033 causing activation issues on Windows 7 Enterprise PCsDescriptionReports are coming in that the update KB971033 is causing activation issues on Windows 7 Enterprise PCs.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSiemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more center_img Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | January 12, 2011 CT Helps Identify Bullet Trajectories January 12, 2011 – Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) provides an efficient, effective way to analyze wounds from bullets and explosive devices, according to a study published online and in the March issue of Radiology.“The information provided by MDCT has the potential to improve patient care and aid in both military and civilian forensic investigations,” said the study’s lead author, Les R. Folio, D.O., MPH, from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md.U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan face threats from increased sniper activity and the use of improvised explosive devices. Current clinical reports of wounds from bullets and bomb fragments do not include the progression of the trajectory or the direction of the wound path, despite the fact that ballistic injuries are not necessarily confined to a single anatomic structure. While research has shown the value of computed tomography (CT) in the analysis of ballistic wound paths, there is no widely accepted method for consistently and accurately pinpointing wound paths and determining the trajectory angles.For the study, researchers evaluated the accuracy of MDCT-based ballistic wound path identification. They had a marksman shoot six shots from a rifle into two simulated legs made from various synthetic materials to optimally represent real tissue. The legs were tilted at six different angles based on common sniper heights and distances.After the leg phantoms were scanned with 64-channel MDCT, several radiologists independently reviewed the CT images and recorded entrance and exit sites for the bullet trajectories. The angles measured on MDCT corresponded closely with those calculated from coordinates with actual shooting angles. Folio and his team concluded that radiologists could estimate the location of a sniper or an explosive device by extrapolating trajectories identified on MDCT when other factors, such as sniper distance and the victim’s position, are known.“Investigators want to know where the sniper was and where the bomb blast originated,” Folio said. “MDCT allows us to see the path and help determine these answers.”MDCT-based calculations of wound paths and angles of trajectory have other potential benefits, according to Folio, including assistance in crime scene analysis and the triage and treatment of patients. The work can also be applied to records from the Joint Theater Trauma Registry, a U.S. Department of Defense database of penetrating injuries in fatally and catastrophically wounded soldiers.“This technology allows us to analyze thousands of penetrating injuries, correlate them with external ballistics and use that data to help develop protective gear and prevent future injuries,” Folio said.Additional research into MDCT’s potential to analyze trajectories and wound paths in other areas of the body, including the head, chest and abdomen, is ongoing. Folio is currently leading a study on automated trajectory analysis in Vietnam veterans with traumatic brain injuries.Collaborating with Folio on “CT-Based Ballistic Wound Path Identification and Trajectory Analysis in Anatomic Ballistic Phantoms” were Tatjana V. Fischer; Paul J. Shogan, D.O.; Michael I. Frew, M.D.; Pil S. Kang, M.D.; Rolf Bunger, M.D., Ph.D.; and James M. Provenzale, M.D.For more information: www.rsna.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read morelast_img read more

Toshibas New Ultimaxi FPD Multipurpose System Expands Angiography Lab Capabilities

first_imgNews | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | November 03, 2015 Toshiba’s New Ultimax-i FPD Multipurpose System Expands Angiography Lab Capabilities Small system footprint utilizes existing space to improve patient access without major renovation News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Expanding the clinical capabilities of limited R&F room space with the industry’s smallest tilting C-arm multipurpose system available, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. introduces the newest addition to its X-ray portfolio. The Ultimax-i FPD multipurpose system has a small footprint that installs adjacent to back walls to improve patient access and allow for more complex procedures by providing routine angiography lab capabilities within an existing R&F space.Toshiba’s Ultimax-i FPD system is designed to efficiently use the space providers have to safely diagnose and treat all patients, without the need for major renovation. The multipurpose system can accommodate up to 500 lb. with a wide, high-capacity table to comfortably image a range of patients. The system features full-spectrum detection on a flat-panel detector with corner-to-corner, 43 cm x 43 cm coverage for high-resolution imaging. This large, flat-panel detector also helps reduce dose by limiting areas of anatomy receiving unnecessarily repeated radiation exposure, and thus results in safer exams.“At Toshiba, we believe hospitals shouldn’t have to endure costly construction to renovate smaller existing R&F rooms or delay a system upgrade to expand their imaging capabilities,” said Bill Newsom, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “With Ultimax-i FPD, healthcare providers don’t have to sacrifice on advanced imaging technology, allowing them to deliver better patient care and achieve the Triple Aim of reform.”Toshiba will showcase the Ultimax-i FPD multipurpose system at this year’s Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, November 29–December 24, 2015 (Booth #7336, North Hall).For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more last_img read more

El Salvadors Funes urges Panama to give up fugitive exPresident Flores

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica and Bahamas send El Salvador financial reports on fugitive ex-President Flores El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores to stand trial for embezzlement El Salvador graft trial set for ex-President Francisco Flores El Salvador court freezes ex-president’s bank accounts SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes asked Panama on Saturday not to grant political asylum to former Salvadoran President Francisco Flores, who is wanted on allegations that he misappropriated more than $15 million donated from the government of Taiwan.“According to the press, ex-President Flores is in Panama and will request political asylum. I hope that President [Ricardo] Martinelli fully evaluates the situation, because [Flores] is not a political target. … He is being pursued legally for crimes he committed as president of the republic,” Funes said Saturday on his radio and television program “Chatting with the President.”News media in Panama have published rumors that Flores is at a Panamanian beach, the guest of former President Mireya Moscoso (1999-2004).On Friday, Salvadoran legislative president Sigfrido Reyes officially asked Panama to help locate Flores, after a leader of the Revolutionary Democratic Party, Mitchell Doens, told the Panamanian newspaper La Estrella that the former Salvadoran president, who also served from 1999-2004, is in Panama.According to La Estrella, Flores was spotted on the coast in the province of Los Santos, on a yacht owned by Moscoso.Funes said that in Panama, “there are precedents of political asylum cases” whose beneficiaries “have been former government officials, ex-presidents who are considered political refugees, when in reality they are being targeted for common crimes and acts of corruption.”On April 30, prosecutors in El Salvador asked a court to order an arrest warrant for Flores, who is accused of illicit enrichment and embezzlement after allegedly stealing $15.3 million donated by Taiwan while he was president.The court, which has not yet ordered an arrest warrant, summoned Flores to a hearing last Friday to notify him of the charges against him, but Flores did not appear, sending his attorneys instead.Flores was investigated by the Congress and the Prosecutor’s Office over the embezzlement allegations, which were launched by Funes in October 2013. Funes accuses Flores of receiving three checks from Taiwan and made out to Flores in 2003 and 2004.On Feb. 26, a special legislative commission recommended the Prosecutor’s Office formally investigate Flores after concluding that he had received and misappropriated millions of dollars destined for the Salvadoran state. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

High court reinstates conviction in death penalty case

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories She said the exclusion of Ayala’s lawyers prevented him from making his strongest argument and impeded his ability to raise the issue on appeal.Sotomayor was joined in dissent by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.Kennedy wrote separately to note that Ayala has been held in solitary confinement for most of his 25 years in custody. He used the case as a springboard to raise concerns he has made previously about the growing trend of keeping inmates in solitary confinement up to 23 hours a day.Kennedy said research shows that “years on end of near-total isolation exacts a terrible price” and suggested that courts may be required in the future to decide whether there are better alternatives. Quoting Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Kennedy said: “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”In a brief retort, Thomas said “the accommodations in which Ayala is housed are a far sight more spacious than those in which his victims, Ernesto Dominguez Mendez, Marcos Antonio Zamora and Jose Luis Rositas, now rest.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies During the trial, Ayala’s attorney complained that prosecutors excused all seven potential jurors who were black or Hispanic. The trial judge then asked prosecutors to justify their actions, but he accepted their explanations at a private hearing at which Ayala’s lawyers were not present.A divided California Supreme Court found there were trial errors but said they were harmless. A federal court also rejected Ayala’s challenge. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Ayala was denied a fair trial because he wasn’t given a chance to challenge the state’s justifications.The Supreme Court ruled that the 9th Circuit should have deferred to state court findings that any error committed by the trial court was harmless.Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said Ayala could not show he was “actually prejudiced” by the trial court’s error. Even if Ayala’s lawyers had attended the hearing, Alito said, they would not have been able to convince the trial court to reject the prosecutor’s explanations anyway.He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas.In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said it “strains credulity” to suggest that a court dealing with a complex capital case would consider all the relevant facts to make a decision “without the presence of defense counsel to help bring it to their attention.” Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Quick workouts for men Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated the conviction and death sentence of a California man convicted of murder — even though a lower court made mistakes when it considered whether prosecutors illegally excluded blacks and Hispanics from the jury.Splitting along ideological lines, the justices ruled 5-4 that Hector Ayala wasn’t entitled to argue that prosecutors systematically excluded minority jurors during his 1989 trial for a triple murder during a drug robbery in San Diego. Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more