Premier Darrell Dexter is urging Nova Scotians to vote for Yarmouth in the Kraft Hockeyville 2012 contest. Yarmouth’s Mariners Centre has been selected as the finalist from Atlantic Canada and is one of the top five communities in the running for the title. “Nova Scotians continue to proudly nominate their hometowns and vie for the Kraft Hockeyville title,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to throw their support behind Yarmouth and get out the vote.” Kraft Hockeyville sees communities across Canada compete to show their community spirit and commitment to the sport of hockey. The successful community will host an NHL pre-season game, have a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast in their community, and be awarded $100,000 for arena upgrades. “Hockey is a sport with deep roots in Nova Scotia — our province is widely thought to be the birthplace of hockey,” said Premier Dexter. “Unlike an election, Nova Scotians can cast their vote more than once. We need everyone to vote early, and vote often.” Nova Scotians can vote for Yarmouth online or on mobile devices at www.krafthockeyville.ca or by calling 1-866-533-8066 toll-free. Voting closes on Tuesday, March 20, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (12:59 a.m. AST).
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — As Canada prepares to sign on to a United Nations agreement on migration, Conservative politicians are pushing back, saying signing it would be tantamount to erasing Canada’s borders.But the Liberals say Conservatives are simply trying to court voters being fed conspiracy theories about the UN agreement fuelled by the online news outlet Rebel Media. The Global Compact on Migration is set to become the first, inter-governmentally negotiated agreement under the UN to cover all dimensions of international migration; it is aimed at improving co-operation between countries and will be signed by multiple countries next week in Morocco. Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is to sign on Canada’s behalf.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he strongly opposes this agreement, as he believes it would give foreign entities influence over Canada’s immigration system and would influence media coverage of immigration issues.But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accuses Scheer of using “Rebel Media talking points” — a reference to the controversial news website, which has been linked to the alt-right and has called the compact a means to normalize mass migration and silence media critics.
9 April 2007The United Nations today condemned separate bloody weekend attacks in Afghanistan, resulting in the killing of seven civilian de-miners and the deaths of six Canadian soldiers belonging to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which is helping to bring stability to the war-torn country. On Saturday a convoy of civilian de-mining and security personnel travelling on the Kandahar to Herat road in the south was attacked, leaving seven killed and two wounded and also killing two mine detection dogs. “The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemns this attack on individuals who are actively working to improve the lives and safety of the Afghan community,” spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. Separately, a UNAMA spokesperson in the Afghan capital Kabul expressed the world body’s sadness and condolences over the deaths and injuries to the Canadian soldiers, which also occurred in the south of the country. “The commitment and sacrifice of the men and women of the Canadian armed forces, together with all those serving together under NATO-led ISAF command is an inspiration to us all as they continue to play a crucial role in efforts to restore peace in Kandahar, Helmand and all of Afghanistan,” said Aleem Siddique. This latest bloodshed comes after the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Tom Koenigs spoke out on Sunday against the killing of Afghan journalist Ajmal Naqshbandi, who had been abducted by Taliban extremists early last month, and called for action to apprehend the perpetrators. Also in Afghanistan, UN agencies are continuing to help those affected by flooding in the impoverished country. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are providing emergency assistance, including the pre-positioning by WFP of 350,000 tons of food in five locations around Afghanistan for rapid deployment. In a related development, the World Bank’s Country Director for Afghanistan Alastair McKechnie told reporters in Kabul that while the country faces many challenges, not least of which is poverty and insecurity, progress has been made over the past few years, including much greater access to basic health care and more children in schools.
“Such incidents continue to cause damage and consternation among the civilian populations in these areas, disrupting their daily lives,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi said in a statement issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). Mr. Qazi recently discussed the issue with all relevant parties and urged them to use their good offices to ensure an immediate end to the shelling. He called on all concerned parties to refrain from activities that “can lead to further destabilization of the political and humanitarian situation in Iraq,” the statement noted.He stressed that “a stable, secure and peaceful Iraq is in the interests of Iraq, its neighbours and the wider region.” UN agencies have been in touch with the governorate and local authorities and have undertaken assessment missions to ascertain humanitarian needs, providing tents, blankets, cooking equipment and other emergency items to several hundred displaced families as well as emergency supplies to hospitals treating the wounded.Work was going on to ensure adequate water supplies to those affected, UNAMI added. 12 September 2007The top United Nations official in Iraq voiced concern today over the intermittent shelling of areas in the northern region of Kurdistan.
The new 168-page publication, released today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), shows how environmental degradation is thwarting the Kenya’s current and future development opportunities.Kenya’s “Vision 2030” is a national development blueprint that takes into account challenges it faces, including youth unemployment and rapid urbanization, and seeks to meet targets such as sustained economic growth in the next two decades.“Kenya: Atlas of Our Changing Environment,” launched in Nairobi by the country’s Environment Minister John Michuki and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, is the first of its kind to document environmental changes in a single country through satellite images from the past 30 years.“It highlights some success stories of environmental management around the country, but it also puts the spotlight on major environmental challenges including deforestation, soil erosion and coastal degradation,” the UNEP chief said.He stressed that making the leap from poverty to prosperity will entail embarking on a green path to realize Kenya’s development potential.The new atlas’ key findings include:The amount of land available to each Kenyan has plummeted from 7.2 to only 1.7 hectares between 1960 and 2005 due to a surge in population, soaring from 8 million in 1960 to 38 million currently. The population is expected to continue growing, with land available per person forecasted to shrink to 0.3 hectares by 2050.Only a 2 degrees Celsius climb in temperature would render large parts of Kenya unsuitable for tea growing, which accounts for more than one-fifth of the country’s total export earnings. Roughly 400,000 smallholder farmers grow 60 percent of Kenyan tea. Lake Olbollosat, which has dried up and come back to life in the past, may disappear for good this time due to rapid population growth and the conversion of land cover within its catchment. 13 February 2009An innovative United Nations atlas of Kenya using satellite images to pinpoint shrinking tea-growing areas, disappearing lakes, rising loss of tree cover and increased mosquito breeding grounds has highlighted the East African country’s need to invest in “green” development to escape from poverty.
SAN FRANCISCO — A California judge is ordering a retrial in a pregnancy discrimination case brought against the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group.The celebrated chef and his acclaimed restaurants — Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California — were cleared of wrongdoing by a jury in a June trial, which the plaintiff Vanessa Scott-Allen then appealed.The San Francisco Chronicle reports Wednesday that Napa County Superior Court judge Victoria Wood agreed with Scott-Allen’s argument that there was not enough evidence to justify the verdict. She says there was misconduct by the jury and defence counsel.Scott-Allen worked at Per Se for five years before requesting a transfer to Keller’s Napa Valley restaurant. She claimed she was let go after telling her bosses she was pregnant.The Associated Press
“Progressivism rests on the idea that children want to behave and they want to learn, the teacher needs to step back and allow the child to explore their natural curiosity, which will motivate them and keep them engaged,” Mr Bennett said.But this relies on an “overly optimistic view” of human nature that “fails to take into account the difficulties some children face”, he said.While this approach may work well for middle class children, the same cannot be said for their peers from more disadvantaged households who may have not been taught how to behave by their parents, Mr Bennett explained.“Some children come to school with loads of social skills, they’ve been taken to museums, taught how to shake someone’s hand and say hello,” he said.“But if you are used to shouting out to be heard, no one has ever taught you how to wait your turn or share, you’re not going to change suddenly in a classroom. You wouldn’t think that is wrong, you would think that is normal.”He said that these children need “support, they need really clear boundaries, and they need to be taught good behaviour too”.Trying to use progressive teaching techniques for all children, regardless of their background, is a “very good way to maximising misbehaviour”, he said.Earlier this month, the Department for Education (DfE) launched a new taskforce aimed at tackling bad behaviour in schools. The move comes against a backdrop of rising concern about classroom disruption, with a third of state schools marked as having poor behaviour, according to Ofsted inspection reports.Persistent disruptive behaviour is the most common reason for permanent exclusions in state schools, accounting for over a third (35.7 per cent) of all permanent exclusions in 2016/17.The £10 million crackdown, led by Mr Bennett, will focus on advising schools how to improve issues such as pupil attendance and punctuality and detention systems. Some children need support, clear boundaries, and they need to be taught good behaviour Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Progressive teaching methods have fuelled the rise in poor discipline, the Government’s bad behaviour tsar has said.Tom Bennett, who has been appointed by ministers to head up a taskforce into bad behaviour at schools, said that for several decades the issue has been “swept under the carpet”.In his first interview since his appointment, he said progressivism – the dominant ideology in education which became popular in the 1960s and 70s – has led to low level disruption going unchallenged.“There was a massive assumption that children would behave if you simply planned lessons correctly, if you allowed them to do lots of independent work, project work, group work and so on, and that these teaching methods would create great behaviour” he told The Telegraph.“I think that the failure of these methods to automatically create great behaviour has resulted in a lot of people in the education system pretending behaviour wasn’t an issue.”Traditional teaching methods include “direct instruction”, where a teacher stands at the front of the class and presents information, drilling, where pupils repeat words or phrases after the teacher, and memorisation.But these methods have been phased out in favour of the progressive “child-centred” learning methods, where the emphasis is on keeping students interested by allowing them to learn from each other rather than exclusively taking instruction from the teacher.This approach may involve asking students to work together in small groups, discuss issues among themselves and express their opinion. Child-centred methods have also been characterised as allowing pupils to proceed at their own pace and make discoveries independent of the teacher.
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY will be welcomed by President Barack Obama to the White House next week for the now-traditional ‘shamrock ceremony’.The ceremony began back in 1952, during the time President Harry Truman was in office, when the then-Irish ambassador John Joseph Hearn dropped a box of shamrock at the White House for him.Though President Truman was out of town, he later sent a message back to Ambassador Hearne in which he said that he hoped “relations between the two countries will continue to be on a good and effective level for generations.”St Patrick’s Day was seen as an opportunity to strengthen Irish-US relations in the wake of WWII and Ireland’s neutrality. Since 1952, the shamrock ceremony has given Irish politicians the chance to spend time in the public glare with the US president, which is a huge opportunity.President John F Kennedy receives shamrocks from the old sod from Irish Ambassador Thomas J Kiernan, at the White House in Washington on March 17, 1962. From left to right are: Rep. Michael J Kirwan, Kennedy, Kiernan, and Rep John E Fogarty. (AP Photo/John Rous)This year, President Obama will welcome Kenny to the White House on Tuesday, 19 March.In the morning, the two will meet in the Oval Office, before attending the traditional St Patrick’s Day lunch at the US Capitol.In the evening, the President and the First Lady will host a reception to celebrate their fifth St Patrick’s Day at the White House, during which the annual shamrock ceremony will take place.Here is a look back at the history of the shamrock ceremony:(US Embassy Dublin/YouTube)Read: How did the White House shamrock event first start?
We don’t yet know too much about Netflix’s new cyberpunk drama, Altered Carbon, but the initial trailer is nothing a statement, to be sure. Some have been calling it Netflix’s answer to Westworld, or that it’s got one of the coolest guns around. Me? I’m just excited to see the return of pulpy, near-future technological dystopias. And that’s because we need it.With the current state of… well… the world, we’re due for a critical re-examination of not only our relationship with technology (besides, I think Black Mirror has that covered), but something that really questions what life means at all in the future we’re dashing headlong towards.Much like Tom Scott’s eerie capitalist-critical short film “Welcome to Life,” Altered Carbon appears to be a critical look at what it feels like to divorce our mind from our biology — completely and utterly. Series protagonist Takeshi Kovacs gets revived after being dead for hundreds of years. He is placed in a generic, white body that isn’t his own. Divorced from his ethnicity and his past life, Kovacs tenuous connection to his new world through his new body is a bizarre one, but it’s perfect for the type of far-off, philosophical navel-gazing cyberpunk excels at.In science fiction (and fantasy for that matter), the extreme is often used to comment on something real or tangible. In this case, slipping into the warm, wet, meat suit of another human being is a little… unnerving, for sure, but it serves a large (albeit somewhat obvious) purpose of pointing back at the culture that would create such a thing in the first place. It’s hard to know at this stage what, if anything, Altered Carbon will have to say, but I’d argue just as well that there’s a role in pop culture for works that introduce or at least remind the popular consciousness of important thought experiments. In this case, I’ve been focused on, and reflecting upon the short film mentioned above. If you haven’t given it a look, it’s a phenomenal critique of where we can expect society to land in a few decades given our current obsession with collective consumption. We may, for instance, be treated to a near-perfect technological afterlife upon death, but can you imagine how bizarre and utterly inhuman it would be to inject ads into that experience? Or to mute songs you don’t have the rights to in your own mind? Grim though it may be, there are plenty of times these days when it really doesn’t feel too far off. And with the growing strength and influence of major hackers and hacking groups, I find it hard to imagine that a technological afterlife would be free from external torment by the living.How far Altered Carbon will ultimately delve into these issues is hard to say, but the trailer, at least, highlights the premise well — noting the ownership, in essence, of the afterlife by a banking company. There’s action, and rain, and neon too, all the aesthetic hallmarks we’ve come to expect. There’s even a big-ass pistol ready for future cop-man’s finesse, but I’m hoping that we’ll see a lot more of how this universe’s premise works, and what it means for people like you and me today. Because it’s one thing to say that a company will never own your life, and it’s quite another to live it. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Netflix is Launching New ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Anime SeriesT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Cyberpunk Shirts Stay on target
Former city attorney talks about @SDSUWest initiative https://t.co/95Uh1vJcYi#KUSINews pic.twitter.com/6zRgzweHDM— KUSI News (@KUSINews) March 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 27, 2018 What’s in a name? Councilman Scott Sherman shares why the title of the SDSU West initiative may violate the state education code. https://t.co/8dchSYecg0 pic.twitter.com/5NnnUsXi5X— KUSI News (@KUSINews) March 26, 2018Former city attorney Jan Goldsmith also weighed in about SDSU West. SDSU West says title does not violate education code Video Playerhttp://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/sdsu-west-response.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: http://www.kusi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/sdsu-west-response.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Kim Kilkenny of the SDSU West Steering Committee explains why they used SDSU’s name in the title of their initiative and whether the initiative requires the building of a stadium.Yesterday, Councilman Scott Sherman said the title of the SDSU West initiative violated the education code because it included the university’s name. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:35 AM March 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: kim kilkenny, sdsu stadium, SDSU West, SoccerCity, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter
If you goWhat: Dozer Day, a fairlike event where kids get to ride and drive heavy construction equipment, play in a pipe tunnel and dig for diamondsWhere: Cemex/Fisher Quarry, on the west side of Southeast 192nd Avenue and Brady Road intersection. Visitors encouraged to take C-Tran from the Northeast 164th Street Park & Ride to the event. The bus costs $2, and riders will get a free souvenir.When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and SundayCost: At the gate: $8 for children ages 2-12 and seniors age 55 and older, $10 for adults and free for kids under 2. Most events are free with admission. Bring cash for food and drink. No ATM on site.Information: http://www.nutterfoundation.org/dozer.htmlA caravan of Evergreen Public Schools buses lurched to a stop in the Cemex/Fisher Quarry in east Vancouver. When the doors opened, four classes of Crestline Elementary School kindergartners tumbled out, ready for the sneak preview of Dozer Day.Each year, the Nutter Family Foundation offers a district elementary school an opportunity to experience Dozer Day free of charge the Friday before the event officially opens. Last year’s selected school was Crestline Elementary. This
US soldiers keep watch near the wreckage of their vehicle at the site of a Taliban suicide attack in Kandahar. Photo: AFPTwo US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan’s restive southern province of Kandahar Wednesday when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of foreign forces.“Two US service members were killed in action in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when their convoy came under attack,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.“US Forces Afghanistan will provide additional information as it becomes available,” he added.The assault is the latest blow to NATO forces, who ended their more than a decade-long combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014.Since then Afghan troops and police, beset by soaring casualties, have struggled to beat back the resurgent Taliban, while facing the growing menace of the Islamic State group.Afghan officials said the attack, which was quickly claimed by the Taliban in a text message to AFP, happened around noon (0730 GMT) in the Daman area of Kandahar.NATO confirmed in a statement that a convoy was attacked and did “cause casualties” but did not immediately give further details.At least one witness reported seeing three bodies pulled from one of the vehicles.Mohammad Azim, a shopkeeper, told AFP: “I saw a foreign forces vehicle on fire after the attack. A while later helicopters landed in the area, they took three bodies out of the vehicle and flew away. There were three armoured vehicles in the convoy.”The Taliban have a heavy presence in poppy-growing Kandahar province and have launched repeated attacks there.They have been ramping up their campaign against beleaguered government forces, underscoring rising insecurity in the war-torn country during the summer fighting season, when the warmer weather tends to spur an increase in militant attacks.US troop increase?Early last month a US soldier was killed and two others wounded in an attack in Kandahar’s neighbouring Helmand province while conducting operations against the Taliban.Private First Class Hansen Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska died following the “indirect fire” assault, which means he was hit by a mortar or some other incoming round.The attacks come as United States President Donald Trump weighs sending more American troops to Afghanistan nearly 16 years after the US invasion to topple the Taliban regime.US troops in Afghanistan now number about 8,400, and there are another 5,000 from NATO allies, a far cry from the US presence of more than 100,000 six years ago. They mainly serve as trainers and advisers.American military commanders in Afghanistan have requested thousands of extra boots on the ground and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is believed to be close to presenting a new US military strategy for Afghanistan to Trump.Tuesday’s attack came a day after suicide bombers throwing grenades killed more than 30 Shiite worshippers at a mosque in Afghanistan’s main western city of Herat.No one claimed responsibility for the assault but IS has regularly attacked Shiites over the past year as it tries to make inroads in Afghanistan following setbacks in the Middle East, leaving Afghan forces and its international allies facing a twin Taliban and IS insurgency.
Singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, member of the ‘90s girl group TLC has lived beyond the years her physicians predicted with sickle cell disease, and has even been able to enjoy motherhood, which the condition compromises greatly.When Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, one-third of the girl group TLC, announced a decade ago that she suffered from Sickle Cell Disease, those with an understanding of the condition counted her fortunate. Characterized by fatigue and excruciating pain, Watkins, like most with the disease, had not been expected to live past age 30. Now living comfortably, in her 40s, Watkins is among the millions of African-Americans living with an inherited, genetic condition that has proven devastating to those living with it.Sickle Cell Disease is a group of disorders that impact hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. The cells turn sickle shaped, compromising oxygen flow to various parts of the body and causing irreparable damage to organs. Organ failure and death can occur as a result.And while a concerted effort to test and bring awareness to the nation stymied in the late 1970s, sickle cell continues to impact the lives of 90,000 to 100,000 Americans – and approximately 1 in 12 African-Americans. Sickle Cell Disease is a chronic, inherited condition for which there is no cure, and one that disproportionately affects those whose families come from Africa, South or Central America (especially Panama), Caribbean islands, Mediterranean countries (such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy), India, and Saudi Arabia. So why do most Americans believe Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is no longer an issue in the Black community?According to Sophie Lanzkron, director of the Adult Sickle Cell Center and associate professor of medication at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, many Americans believe the condition has been eradicated largely due to the success of early detection rates.“The biggest misunderstanding is that if it is not in the public view anymore that it is not still a chronic and terrible condition,” Lanzkron said, noting the aggressive grade school screening process that took place in the region in the 1970s was less of a necessity with the advent of mandatory newborn screenings. “The newborn screenings are amazing and allow each child screened to be followed until age 6.”Though newborn screenings have become universal and keep a child plugged in to health agents, Lanzkron said that those parents who are initially notified that their children are carriers of the trait, while not having the disease, are not necessarily following up on this information later. The inherited, genetic disease occurs when two people who carry the trait for sickle cell produce a child who develops the disease.“If you have traits and got a letter, but have not communicated it to your child, no one knows that child is a carrier for the condition until they get married or during the childbearing years,” Lanzkron said. “Too often, adults are unaware they have sickle cell traits until after pregnancies are confirmed, which is too late to keep the unborn child from being impacted.”According to data from the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, the most common signs and symptoms of SCD are linked to anemia and pain. Other signs and symptoms are linked to the disease’s complications, and include shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, coldness in the hands and feet, paler than normal skin or mucous membranes (the tissue that lines your nose, mouth, and other organs and body cavities) and jaundice (a yellowish color of the skin or whites of the eyes).Watkins, who began to feel sharp, dagger-like pains in her arms and feet around age 8, said,“It would stop me from walking if the pain was in my legs or feet; if it was in my hands, I’d be unable to hold a pencil or glass…that’s a crisis. When a crisis happens your blood clots and they have to give you IV fluids to flush your blood so you can get oxygen to your organs.”Almost all people who have sickle cell experience painful crises at some point in their lives. Some have these crises less than once a year. Others may have crises once a month or more. Repeated crises can damage the bones, kidneys, lungs, eyes, heart, and liver. This type of damage happens more often in adults than in children.In 1996 during the CrazySexyCool tour, Watkins passed out on stage.“I chose to be in a profession where I stayed stressed and never ate right, so it took a toll on my body. I never made it through a tour [with TLC] where I did not end up in the hospital. You know we danced hard and sometimes my lungs were weak,” said Watkins, who claims her body was just worn out.“I was tired and my body gave out. I’ve been through so many things including her heart almost stopping. Our immune systems are really low.”Watkins, according to sickle cell experts, took many unnecessary risks with her condition that could have proven fatal. In addition to putting her body through rigorous pacing, despite the pain she experienced, Watkins’ oxygen levels and general health had been compromised. Too often, even among average sickle cell patients, needless risks are taken.“The problem is that with sickle cell anemia, the person needs more iron, and they need to listen to their bodies. There is not much that can be done to fix the condition, but it is important that through dietary and lifestyle recommendations, infections, some issues like anemia can be addressed. Each patients’ care should be specialized and individualized,” Lanzkron said.Medications used to treat sickle cell anemia include: antibiotics therapy, which are administered to children with sickle cell anemia may begin around 2 months of age and continue taking it until 5 years old, to ward off infections like pneumonia. Hydroxyurea (Droxia, Hydrea) Therapy is often quite effective, when taken daily, in reducing the frequency of painful crises and need for blood transfusions. Hydroxyurea seems to work by stimulating production of fetal hemoglobin — a type of hemoglobin found in newborns that helps prevent the formation of sickle cells.“Hydroxyurea may be the first drug to effectively address SCD and is the first FDA-approved medication for this genetic disease. There is no other drug to offer patients. The only other options are transplants,” Lanzkron said.Current therapies for adults include: blood transfusions to increase the number of normal red blood cells, supplemental oxygen to help with acute chest syndrome or crises; stem cell transplants, also called a bone marrow transplant, wherein, bone marrow affected by sickle cell anemia is replaced with healthy bone marrow from a donor. Healthy stem cells from the donor are filtered from the blood. The healthy stem cells are injected intravenously into the bloodstream of the person with sickle cell anemia, where they migrate to the bone marrow cavities and begin generating new blood cells.Lanzkron said that as therapies improve the life expectancy of those living with SCD has increased from about 17, to the late 40s, accommodations are being made to better understand how the disease effects the lives of military personnel, college and professional athletes, and those women who were told they could not manage pregnancies.
By AFRO StaffWith the recent death of Speaker of the House Michael Busch, the Maryland House of Delegates is left with a yawning void. During the Speaker’s illness, Speaker Pro Tem Del. Adrienne A. Jones stood at the podium and steered the ship through the end of the Legislative Session. On May 1, the members of the House of Delegates will convene to elect a new speaker, and the AFRO American Newspaper endorses Speaker Pro Tem Jones, the first Black pro tem Speaker of the House in the state’s history, to become the state’s first Black Speaker of the House.Maryland Delegate Adrienne A. Jones (Courtesy Photo)Jones has been a member of the House of Delegates since 1997, when she was selected to finish the term of the late Del. Joan Parker. In 2003, Busch selected Jones to be his speaker pro tem and she has served effectively in that post for the last 16 years. Jones is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee and chair of the Education and Economic Development Subcommittee. She also serves on the vital Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission).At the end of the volatile 2019 Maryland General Assembly, Speaker Jones proved she is more than capable of leading the Maryland House of Delegates under difficult circumstances. During her years as a Delegate, she has worked to make the State of Maryland a better place to live and work. Although there are others worthy of taking the mantle of Speaker, we believe Jones is the best person at this pivotal time to lead Maryland’s House.
Stay on target X-Men: The Animated Series on the Fox Network was the first and some would say best-animated portrayal of the Marvel Comics universe that has ever made it to the small or big screen. Instead of aping television series of the 1980s for meaningless toy money, the creators of the show adapted existing X-Men material for the series and managed to keep the comic book violence by pitting X-Men like Wolverine against robot Sentinels, whom the censors would allow to be essentially disemboweled. The series was also had an internal continuity and wasn’t afraid to do multiple-episode story arcs. By the end of the series, there was an entirely new animation team on the show, giving the last season a different feel from the previous four. That’s pretty confusing, so we’ve narrowed it down to ten storylines from X-Men that we deem essential.And – look – of course the “Phoenix Saga,” parts 1-5, and the “Dark Phoenix Saga,” parts 1-4, were the best non-comic interpretation of that storyline, but that’s like saying “Watch the entire third season,” so we have spared you more platitudes about how the animated series managed to get right what two X-Men movies have gotten so wrong.Night of the SentinelsAfter trying and failing to boot up an X-Men animated series starring Kitty Pryde as the central role, the first story told by the new series was retooled to star Jubilee and most of the “Blue Team” from the Jim Lee run on X-Men comics. When Jubilation Lee’s parents put her name in the Mutant Registration Act, she’s attacked by Sentinels while at the mall and rescued by our core group of X-Men who let her know about the superhero team’s greater mission to protect mutants and encourage mutant and human understanding. Then, everyone has to stop the Mutant Registration Act files from being used to target Sentinels.It’s a pretty great way to get thrown into the entire story from Jubilee’s perspective without having to take a deep dive into the lore of the X-Men, and because of that it ends up being one of the essential episodes of the series. When the X-Men fight Sentinels, they go way beyond the cartoon violence that was on television at the time, which made it more fun (come on , it’s robot and laser combat!). Also, the series establishes Morph as part of the team only to have him (seemingly) killed in the second episode of the series. That set some real stakes meaning that at any time some lesser mutant could be killed off. Granted Morph returned (see below!), but that doesn’t lessen the impact of a superhero animated TV show killing off a protagonist early on just to provide real stakes for the robot laser fighting.Enter MagnetoThe third episode of the first season of the show introduces both Magneto and Sabertooth, the super villain counterparts to Professor Xavier and Wolverine. The creators of the show wanted to include Beast as part of the X-Team, but met resistance with the network, leading to the writer’s coming up with the solution of jailing the character in the premiere episodes and using him as a counter-point to the beliefs of Magneto, who emerges into the series fully formed (Professor X explains Magneto’s abbreviated backstory to Jubilee). After rejecting Magneto’s offer to break him out of prison, Beast goes on trial and – as he would go on to do frequently – quotes Shakespeare to explain the mutant condition.This episode also introduces Sabertooth as a possible ally for the mutant cause when he gets stunned after reacting to Beast’s mistreatment. Wolverine warns that Sabertooth cannot be trusted, but like everything with Wolverine, he doesn’t get into specifics about why. The answers have to wait until the next episode (“Deadly Reunions”), because the X-Men have to stop Magneto from starting a mutant/human war with some missiles. Storm manages to “short circuit” them with 1990s cartoon computer logic, and Magneto waxes poetic about how Charles chose the wrong side. A pretty solid introduction for Magneto, partially inspired by Uncanny X-Men #1, but distinctly animated series in fight/talk/fight/run structure.Slave IslandA single episode right in the middle of the season one continuity, “Slave Island” is X-Men’s most successful attempt to tackle the idea of one race enslaving another race because they think they are superior. After having been kidnapped off Genosha in the previous episode, Gambit, Storm, and Jubilee are taken to Slave Island, where mutants have explosive bomb collars that mute their powers and are forced to build a dam that powers a Sentinel factory.If you’re not into big mutant metaphors about slavery breaking everyone’s spirits, maybe fast-forward through the scenes where Jubilee manages to get out of her cell but is unable to rouse any of the other mutants to an escape attempt because they’re so hopeless. Maybe also skip the scene where claustrophobic Storm is placed in “the box” which is just a sweatbox, like, Bridge over the River Kwai style.There’s also some stuff about how the Geonosian government is corrupt and in league with Bolivar Trask who is still Sentinel crazy and in league with “Leader.” Cable helps Gambit break out and goes after Leader, which allows the X-Men to escape after teaming up with the other freed mutants to take out the dam and the factory. The Leader escapes to fight another day, and the X-Men fly off in the X-Jet.Come the ApocalypseIn an episode that very obviously inspired X-Men: Apocalypse the film adaptation (to the point where this animated Apocalypse has some of the exact same lines and the Oscar Issac version), picks up after the previous episode “The Cure” left off. Warren Worthington III, AKA Angel, is about to get the mutant cure from Doctor Adler, but after he’ strapped down, Adler reveals himself to be Mystique. See, there wasn’t a mutant cure; it’s a trap set by Apocalypse to assemble his Horsemen. Or – according to Mystique later in the episode – just fills them with hate for non-mutants.Unlike the Apocalypse in the movie, this version Apocalypse gives his Horsemen actual horses in the form of flying mechs. Angel becomes Archangel and gets his metal wings that shoot projectiles and the four of them tear up Paris to get the X-Men’s attention. Xavier sends Rogue after Doctor Adler after recognizing some of the new Horsemen as former patients. Rogue uncovers the truth as the X-Men battle the Horsemen, and the whole thing comes to a showdown at Stonehenge because…well, why not?Days of Future PastIf we’re having comic book and animated series fan real-talk here, the X-Men: The Animated Series version of “Days of Future Past” is better than the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past. The entire first season of The Animated Series is based on the threat of Sentinels and the “Days of Future Past” two-parter shows the eventual end game of that plot while doing a solid job of adapting the comic books the story originated in. Granted, in the comics it was Kitty Pryde who was sent back through time to stop the assassination of Senator Kelly, not Bishop like it is in the animated series or Wolverine like it was in the movie, but at least the T.V. show kept Mystique the villain as she was meant to be instead of having her flip-flop between Magneto and Professor X!The introduction of Bishop as a time travelling mutant but also as a strong character of color on a animated kids show about superhero fights justifies the swap for Kitty Pryde in the comics, and the addition that the Sentinels eventually turned on all humanity softened the whole mutant concentration camp stuff, but these episodes are still great outside the framing device. Bishop as a character who is constantly trying to do good but almost always ends up fighting the X-Men because he’s hot-headed gets paired off with Wolverine and Gambit for awhile, which is a perfect make-up for a mini-team filled with conflict. Also, Nimrod shows up in the 1990s for a fight to just give the first episode of the two-parter some extra kick. The second episode has a couple great late twists, the most consequential being the reveal that Mystique was Rogue’s adoptive mother (and the more fun consequence being that Bishop preventing the assassination did nothing to change his future).Till Death Do Us PartThe first season of X-Men: The Animated Series did pretty well and, along with Batman: The Animated Series, began a few years with some really great animated superhero content on television. The first season of X-Men had been low-key serialized, leading to an ending for the Sentinel conflict and allowing Magneto and his Brotherhood to fade into the background as occasional foes or allies. It took one whole season to get Beast out of jail too! Season two kicks off with this two-parter that shows us the marriage between Cyclops and Jean Grey, then unexpectedly brings back Morph to torment the X-Men.Morph was a character included to be killed off in the first two-part story, but I someone told the producers Morph was “popular” and he became the tortured antagonist of the first arc of season two. I’ve never met anyone that was really into Morph/Changeling, but if you were going to do a Morph episode, positioning him so he can perform the Jean Grey and Cyclops wedding ceremony is especially hilarious. Only on a cartoon in the 1990s would a character like Cyclops care that the minister that married him to the love of his life was a shape-shifter and therefore the whole wedding meant nothing. The episode doesn’t stop to ask if Cyclops and Jean filed all the correct paperwork with the State of New York, but I’m pretty sure those two are married by the episode’s end, even with Cyclops’ bemoaning that they’re not.Anyway, Gambit also tries to kiss a sleeping Rogue – which, to be fair, is a trick Morph sets up – and in sexually assaulting his sleeping teammate gets put in a coma. Rogue is mad, but…damn, Gambit, wake your girl up for consent first, maybe you deserve to have to nap it off.Time FugitivesHaving dispatched with the Sentinel threat in “Final Decision” from season one, we can now pick up the Bishop plot-line from where we left it in “Days of Future Past.” For X-Men: The Animated Series, the time travel episodes were some of the best ones (like flashback and alternate timeline episodes, if you ask me!), and this is probably the best of the time travel episodes. This two-parter continues Bishop’s streak of having good intentions but acting wrongly on them, adds in with a whole new take on the character of Cable, and throws in Apocalypse for good measure.Bishop in the future finds out that no one remembers he prevented an assassination, but a plague is wreaking havoc on mutant and humankind in 2055 that started back in the X-Men’s time. Bishop goes back to stop it and reveals the whole plague to be a plan by Apocalypse to stoke anti-mutant sentiment then kill the entire population of Earth. The X-Men manage to stop him and blow up his underground lab, but Apocalypse gets pissed off and kills them all.Oh, right, I should have started with this whole thing is seen through a framing device of Cable, who is now a resistance fighter in 3999 (there was no mention of him being a time traveler in season one) and sees his future (where he is also fighting Apocalypse) start to change. A temporal storm that looks a lot like a hurricane starts ripping through 3999’s Terminator 2 battlefield because the human race didn’t get certain antibodies developed by the “plague” years. Millions of people in Bishop’s time needed to die for billions of people in Cable’s time to be born. It’s pretty nuts, and that’s just part one of the two-parter. Part-two develops Cable’s character even further, and it’s great.Cold ComfortCold Comfort gets a little slow with it’s twenty minutes of plot but manages to convey just how big the X-Men universe is within the show. It opens with a mutant assault on a government-owned warehouse complex by Ice Man, Bobby Drake. Professor Xavier scrambles the team on the X-Jet to intercept Bobby and stop him from doing any damage to any humans or federal property. Cyclops is a real whiny jerk leader while Wolverine questions just why everyone is so concerned about this Ice Man character. Fans of the X-Men characters will know that Ice Man was part of the original “First Class” of X-Men, so it’s fun to see flashbacks to that team here – including a human Beast! – in their old costumes.After the X-Men capture Ice Man, the story slows down a bit to explain that Bobby Drake is pissed because he and Lorna (Polaris) tried to quit the X-Men and have a normal life. Lorna kept guilting Bobby telling him they should use their powers for good, but Bobby didn’t want to re-expose himself. Finally, it looks like Lorna has gone missing and the only clue he has is the name of that compound he was attacking. After Rogue breaks Bobby out of the X-Men’s captivity, they get caught by some mysterious mutants. The A-Team of X-Men gets sent in after them only to discover the mysterious mutants are actually X-Factor: Havoc, Polaris, Multiple Man, and Strong Guy. Forge even shows up at the end to explain the misunderstanding.Although there’s not a ton of substance in the plot, the X-Factor mutants fighting the X-Men and the various exploits of Ice Man actually show off some of the show’s best animation in a single episode.One Man’s WorthThink of this episode as It’s a Wonderful Life, but about Charles Xavier. Bishop is back to correct the timeline once again, this time, he needs to stop Master Mold (last seen on our timeline in season one) who sends a time traveling mutant and Nimrod back to the 1950s to kill a pre-Professor X Xavier. It turns out they succeed, which sends a ripple through time. In an alternate future 1990, Magneto leads all the mutants we’ve come to know and love against the robots controlled by the humans in an all out-race war. Wolverine and Storm are married (!!!) which becomes the centerpiece of the show when Bishop convinces the two alt-version mutants to go back in time to save the Professor.The two-part episode doesn’t focus so much on Professor X, considering he’s the one man referenced in the title, but becomes a story about Storm and Wolverine who are in love but know that they have to erase that relationship to rely on the promise of Charles Xavier. This is all dealt with at the arch level of an animated superhero cartoon action show, but that doesn’t make it any less melancholy when the episode ends, and we see Storm and Wolverine had reverted to just being members of the X-Men as we remember them. Storm’s re-design also has her sporting her white mohawk look, which is so much cooler.Beyond Good and Evil“Beyond Good and Evil” is a four-part story that takes place in the fourth season, and even though there are a handful of episodes and a whole fifth season after it, the story was originally planned to be the series finale of the show…which is very odd. Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister and the Brotherhood of Mutants team up, which makes for an excellent line-up of villains, but the rest of the “story” gets pretty weird. With Apocalypse’s discovery of the “Axis of Time” (which exists outside of space-time), he devises a convoluted scheme to kidnap the greatest psychics in the X-Men universe to break all of creation.This would have been a weird finale because there’s virtually nothing for the most popular characters of the series to do. Bishop tries to time travel back and help the X-Men, but gets bumped out of the time stream where he spends two episodes wandering around the Mario Kart Rainbow Roadmap before rejoining the narrative. Cable shows up to add another layer of time travel to try and stop Apocalypse, and eventually the professor and Jean Grey (married again!) join the plot for the climax. There isn’t a lot for the X-Men to do in this episode that was supposed to be the last, but that doesn’t devalue “Beyond Good and Evil” as a story arc that attempted to throw all the craziness of the series into four episodes. 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Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Today, fiber optics technology transports information in the form of classical data to homes and businesses. But researchers are currently working on ways to combine quantum data with the classical data in fiber optics networks in order to increase security. In a new study, scientists have shown how quantum and classical data can be interlaced in a real-world fiber optics network, taking a step toward distributing quantum information to the home, and with it a quantum internet. Explore further A tree network is often used to distribute classical data to homes via fiber optics. Researchers are working on co-propagating quantum information with the classical data to improve security. Image copyright: Iris Choi, et al. ©2011 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft The physicists, Iris Choi, Robert J. Young, and Paul D. Townsend, from the Tyndall National Institute at the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, have published their study on combining quantum and classical signals in a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics. While the feasibility of transferring qubits on modern fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks has previously been demonstrated, this is the first time that researchers have investigated how the operation would work in a real-world network.“I believe that our work constitutes the first really hard-nosed, pragmatic attempt to address the question of whether quantum key distribution (QKD) can work on a real fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network,” Townsend told PhysOrg.com. “The new scheme that we have developed and tested demonstrates that the answer is ‘yes it can.’ I say pragmatic and hard-nosed because we have taken a widely deployed classical FTTH system and have adapted QKD to interwork with it, leaving the design of the classical part of the system essentially unchanged. The alternative approach, sometimes taken in QKD research, is to leave out the classical system completely or to adapt it to work with the QKD. In our view this is not very practical for cost reasons.”The biggest challenge in transferring qubits in real-world networks is overcoming the crosstalk between the classical and quantum channels. Crosstalk is induced by spontaneous Raman scattering of photons in the optical fiber. Since the classical channels involve strong laser pulses while the quantum information is carried by single photons, the crosstalk primarily affects the quantum channel, making the error rate so high that the quantum channel is unable to operate.Previous research has shown that the Raman noise level can be reduced by optical filtering, although this technique is too expensive for practical use. So Choi, Young, and Townsend have developed and demonstrated a novel noise suppression scheme that involves creating gaps in the scattering, and sending quantum data in these gaps. More information: Iris Choi, et al. “Quantum information to the home.” New Journal of Physics 13 (2011) 063039 DOI:10.1088/1367-2630/13/6/063039 First, the researchers chose a configuration that used two different wavelengths for transmitting the quantum and classical channels. In this configuration, only the Raman-scattered light in the “upstream” channel (going away from a user’s house) can generate crosstalk for that user. Then, the researchers identified quiet periods between the bursts of noise generated by Raman scattering in the upstream channel. Using a time and wavelength-multiplexing scheme, the researchers demonstrated that quantum data generated by a quantum key distribution (QKD) scheme can be transmitted during these quiet periods with high fidelity.While building a purely quantum network could avoid the problem of crosstalk altogether, the researchers explain that combining quantum channels with classical channels is by far the more practical option.“I see this as an absolute requirement – a ‘must have,’ Townsend said. “That’s because optical fiber network infrastructure is enormously expensive to deploy, so it must last for a long time – perhaps 25 years or more – and be able to support a wide range of current and future, yet to be defined, systems and services. So it is extremely unlikely that an operator would ever deploy a network, or even dedicate fibers within an existing network, purely for quantum communications – it’s just too expensive to do so. Consequently, we have to develop techniques that enable classical and quantum channels to work together on the same network if we want quantum communication systems to become a practical reality.”By demonstrating that both quantum and classical information can be transmitted on a single optical fiber network in a way that satisfies real-world requirements, the researchers hope to bring quantum information technology one step closer to commercial applications.“As we have demonstrated, in principle the technology to do this is available now,” Townsend. “However, in reality further research is likely to be required to reduce the cost and improve the performance of certain key parts of the system such as the single photon detectors, before widespread applications emerge. In general, the ‘value proposition’ for QKD on FTTH and other networks is under intensive discussion today, but at the moment no clear consensus has emerged concerning if and when it might be adopted to replace classical encryption techniques. However, as demonstrated by this research, the QKD field is not standing still and systems are continuing to evolve to become more practical, improving the potential for adoption of the technology in the future.” Entanglement can help in classical communication Citation: Physicists take steps toward delivering quantum information to the home (2011, July 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-physicists-quantum-home.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
What is a Blesser?Think sugar daddy, but with a whole lot more money. He’s filthy rich and can set you up with clothing accounts, overseas holidays (Dubai is the current hot destination) and sometimes even a car. So when you date one, your life has been blessed. Financially anyway.It sounds like a straightforward business arrangement with fantasies fulfilled on both sides.The blesser gets to enjoy the company of a young, hot woman, while the blessed gets to buy all the bags and shoes she wants as long as she’s prepared to sacrifice body and soul for the rewards.The trend apparently started on social media, where unemployed women posted about their expensive lifestyles, claiming they had been “blessed”. This led to social media users asking the girls who their “blessers” were. This trend is now everywhere, where many young women have many blessers. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
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Technology | October 15, 2012 Breast Clips Are 90 Percent Water News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… 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 | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When women undergo multiple breast biopsies, it is imperative that multiple breast clips be available in order to distinguish the suspicious areas on a mammogram. HydroMark is the only breast marker made of 90 percent water which encapsulates a metal clip. Sonographically visible for an extended period of time, the polymer allows every needle localization to be performed under ultrasound, thus avoiding the painful compression of mammography. HydroMark has released an additional clip shape in multiple modalities.For more information: www.hydromark.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. read more 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 Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. 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
Related posts:Street fair raises funds, ruffles feathers in downtown San José Art City Tour offers free admission to city’s museums VIDEO: U.S. street artist combines social media and art with Costa Rica mural Art City Tour to celebrate half-decade of GAM Cultural The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, on Friday revoked an ordinance passed by the Municipality of San José requiring downtown street performers to get a permit.Justices unanimously accepted a complaint filed by two citizens who said the city’s requirement “was a violation of freedom of expression, religion, and assembly.”Municipal officials in February issued a ban on “spontaneous events” on the capital’s streets, sidewalks and boulevards. The ban applied to musicians, clowns, jugglers, and even preachers or people collecting signatures.The directive stated that those interested in performing or addressing people in a public space should first submit a written request. Then they would have to attend a hearing before a special committee whose members would decide whether or not to grant a permit.The full process would take about a month, the Municipality reported at the time.Sala IV’s justices also ordered the city council president and municipal police director to refrain from issuing future prohibitions. Facebook Comments