October 14

Outrage over community groups exclusion from Pickton inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsBritish Columbia’s Attorney General Bruce Penner has decided to deny all funding to community groups that were supposed to participate in an inquiry into why it took so long for police to get serial killer Robert Pickton.The move comes shortly after the inquiry’s commissioner recommended that they be funded to ensure their participation.Organizations are shocked at the change in plans.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has this story.last_img

October 14

Budget 2016 Water

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile not costed out, the Liberals promised to take care of the clean drinking water issues in 93 communities from Alberta to Newfoundland and Labrador.Today, the federal budget committed ??? to the issue.APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports.dwindigo@aptn.caFollow @delaneywindigolast_img

October 13

Company that runs BC casino says it follows rules on money laundering

first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. – The head of a company that runs a British Columbia casino alleged to have taken in millions that could be proceeds of crime says procedures to ensure compliance with regulations are strictly followed.Rod N. Baker says the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. has a “culture of integrity and transparency” and is committed to preventing illegal activities at all of its locations, including the River Rock Casino in Richmond.“We are proud of our track record, and the positive and open working relationship we have with our regulatory authorities and Crown partners,” he said in a statement released Monday.Last month, the B.C. government announced an independent expert’s review of the province’s policies in the gambling industry after concerns were raised about the possibility of money laundering at River Rock.Attorney General David Eby said he launched the probe after reading a report about the casino accepting $13.5 million in $20 bills in July 2015 that police said could be proceeds of crime involving Asian VIP clients.Baker said Great Canadian initially detected suspicious activity at the casino in 2012 and that its ongoing monitoring and reporting to the B.C. Lottery Corp. was crucial to identifying the individuals allegedly involved.The company provides records about unusual and large cash transactions directly to the lottery corporation, which assesses whether the transactions raise enough concern for further investigation, he added.“Contrary to suggestions in certain media reports, to our knowledge our company is not under investigation in any jurisdiction. Our employees followed all procedures required of them by BCLC and we do not believe our company’s actions would give cause to initiate any investigation,” he said.Baker said the company has contacted Peter German, who was appointed by Eby to conduct a review of the lottery corporation’s policies and practices to prevent money laundering.“Great Canadian is proud of its culture of integrity and positive interaction with our regulators and Crown partners, and will adopt any changes or improvements to the regulatory structure that result from the review.”Eby said he thought a July 2016 report commissioned by the province’s previous Liberal government should have been made public when it was completed. The report done by the accounting and consulting firm MNP compiled documents from B.C.’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.It says single cash buy-ins in excess of $500,000 with no known source of funds were accepted at River Rock.“Law enforcement intelligence has indicated that this currency may be the direct proceeds of crime,” the report says.The report makes more than a dozen recommendations, including implementing policies that casinos refuse unsourced cash deposits exceeding an established dollar amount, that anti-money laundering training programs are evaluated, and that casinos work to support cash-alternatives.A B.C. Lottery Corp. document in response said many recommendations in the report have been addressed though it was awaiting more direction from the Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch on dealing with and refusing large, unsourced cash deposits.The MNP report says its review wasn’t meant to provide an analysis about whether money laundering was actually occurring in B.C.’s casinos.last_img read more

October 12

Conservatives pledge to expand tax credit for volunteer fire, search and rescue

first_imgUPPER KINGSCLEAR, N.B. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to expand a program giving volunteer search and rescue workers and firefighters tax credits for their supplies.He says if elected, he’d lower the number of service hours required to qualify for the program, introduced by a previous Conservative government.Right now, volunteers must work 200 hours a year to access the credit, and the Conservatives are pledging to lower that to 150. Scheer notes that volunteers often pay out-of-pocket for equipment, uniforms, transportation, training, and insurance — costs that run into the thousands of dollars.The promise will leave the amount those volunteers can claim unchanged, and the credit is non-refundable, so those who qualify can use it to reduce their overall tax payments, but don’t get any of that money back.Scheer made the announcement in the town of Upper Kingsclear, N.B., where the entire fire department is run by volunteers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 12

New Traffic Laws in Morocco: What Everyone Should Know

By Myriam Ait MalkRabat – The Chamber of Representatives considered a new draft bill regarding traffic laws on June 20. The propositions in the draft bill include the addition of many new types of infractions, new types of motorcycle licenses and a reduction of cases in which vehicles are to be impounded.The draft bill, which was written and presented by the Ministry of Transportations, suggested three new types of motorcycle licenses, attributed depending on the power of the vehicle in question. Due to an alarming amount of motorcycle accidents, a new type of license called “AM” has been suggested. This addition would target citizens wishing to drive motorcycles of more than 50 cm3.Regarding the new infractions suggested in the bill, refusing to take a breathalyzer test will be illegal and could result in one year of jail time. If the perpetrator repeats the crime, the sentencing would be doubled.This draft also reinforces the prohibition of phone conversations and texting while driving. Furthermore, it guarantees that the driver’s license will not be taken away from him or her in an accident resulting in any type of injuries. The only exception would be if the driver shows signs of drunkenness or drug use.Last but not least, in regards to fixed fines, this new bill suggest a fine reduction of up to 50 percent if the driver pays right away or the same day. If the fine is paid within 15 days, the reduction can range from 29 percent to 33 percent.According to Telquel, this Bill will be voted on in plenary and will start its official course as soon as it is entered in the official record. read more

October 12

Australia and Morocco: Opportunity for Trade and Dialogue

By Isabella WangRabat – Distance previously kept Australia and Morocco apart, but with Australia’s new Rabat embassy and trade opportunities, bilateral relations are strengthening. The opening of the new Australian embassy in Morocco in June 2017 signified the burgeoning relationship between Australia and Morocco. Now emerges a partnership of opportunity and necessity from bilateral relations that have historically been scarce. Diplomatic relations only began 30 years ago in 1976 with a joint statement which announced intentions “to consolidate and strengthen mutual understanding and to stimulate cultural and commercial links.” Yet since then, little has been done to galvanize the intentions into actions. Rather, each country has sought to ascertain its presence within its own geographical region, asserting their significance through a geostrategically multifaceted identity. Morocco’s Maghreb identity is incredibly fruitful: its geography in North Africa has enabled the country to assert influence within the region while also fostering relations with Europe. Compounded with this is Morocco’s Islamic identity which has enabled the kingdom to forge a continuous dialogue with countries in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Australia has attained status due to the island’s geographical dominance of Oceania, which in turn has led to a fostering of relations with Southeast Asia. At the same time, Australia’s association with the Commonwealth and the West, heightened by a shared history in fighting wars has solidified the country’s relations with the UK, and more prominently the US.  With both Morocco and Australia’s growing influence, they now look towards further regions in order to achieve a network of bilateral relations and greater international sway. Like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle uniting, the bilateral relations between Morocco and Australia are ideal; each country’s distinct identity and regional influence provides a gateway for the new territories and relations the other desires. Opportunity for Trade and InvestmentAt the very basis of bilateral relations between Morocco and Australia is tangible economic gain through trade. With Morocco’s current concentration of trade in the EU region at 59.4 percent, the kingdom is overly dependent on the EU. In contrast, the European Union is not as reliant on Moroccan exports: Morocco sells 78.5 percent of its apparel exports to France and Spain, but these products are a miniscule portion of the two European countries’ imported clothing. For one of Morocco’s biggest export markets, France, the kingdom only comprises 0.7 percent of the garment imports. A plethora of opportunity awaits economic relations between Australia and Morocco. While both dominate specific sectors of the agriculture and mining industries, Morocco and Australia’s status within the global market is complementary rather than competitive: Morocco dominates the world’s phosphate and fishing industries while Australia heavily exports iron ore, coal, gas, and gold.  Yet as the Moroccan government noted, “Despite the advances in trade relations, the economic potential of Morocco-Australia relations remains unexploited.”As the impetus to improving economic potential, Morocco and Australia established the Australia-Morocco Business Council (AMBC) in 2017, which establishes a “platform of meetings, interaction and exchange of ideas, experiences and information on business opportunities, regulations, investment and market momentum between Australia, Morocco and their development zones.” The council makes efforts to bolster trade and investment links, while also emphasizing the strategic gateway that the partnership can be to open up economic relations with further regions. Signaling the efficacy of the council is Kasbah Resources, an Australia company which has finalized its production of underground mines in Meknes at El Hajeb, an area 55 kilometers southwest of Fez. The project has the potential to produce 750,000 tons of ore per year and has also brought the investment of Japanese companies, Toyota Tsusho and Nittetsu Mining, widening the breadth of Morocco’s investment relations. Can Morocco help Australia’s perception of Africa?Relations dependent on economic benefits are not enough. They craft a superficial interaction focused on narrow gains. For Morocco and Australia’s bilateral relations to truly hold impact, there must be genuine and meaningful dialogue, entrenched in an exchange of politics and ideology.  Such dialogue may impact Australia’s perception of Africa. Before opening its embassy in Morocco last year, Australia, held the least number of diplomatic posts in Africa—a mere eight—among the G20 nations. The reason behind the diplomatic deficit? Australia’s foreign policy on Africa has been defined by paralysis. Indecision and inaction have seized Australia’s engagement in Africa due to its inability to understand what it wants on the continent. Australia’s latest Foreign Policy White Paper, which establishes the framework for the government’s international aims, encapsulates both its inability to understand what it wants in Africa as well as an inability to truly understand the nuances of the continent. The paper lacks specificity and clarity when addressing its goals: it mentioned “Africa” only as a whole with specific mention only to “Morocco” in referencing the newly opened embassy. Such reflects Australia’s dominant political and public discourse on relations with African nations. Nikola Pijovic, a PhD scholar with the National Security College, Australian National University writes, “While the African continent is home to a very diverse set of 54 states, the traditional lack of foreign policy engagement with most of them, coupled with the general lack of knowledge about African states, allows Australian policymakers and the wider public to refer to the engagement with the continent in such generic terms.”Australia’s new focus on relations with Morocco could signify a closing of the ideological and rhetorical gulf between the realities of Africa and Australia’s perception of the continent. Australia-Morocco relations indeed signify a critical crossroads for Australia: to remain stuck in its indecision or to engage in a genuine dialogue with Morocco in order to truly understand the nuances of Africa. While the dominant narrative propagated by Australian politicians and diplomats stresses the nation’s support for the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, focusing on the 1970s-1990s, Australia’s relations with Africa also bear darker underpinnings. Until the 1970s, Australia directly supported the colonization of Africa and from the end of World War II also showed strong sympathy for “outnumbered whites” in South Africa and what was then Rhodesia.South Africa has been a primary locus of Australia’s relations in Africa, both political and commercial, due to their shared membership in the Commonwealth. The uneasy truth remains that Australia’s engagement with Africa is most prominent in South Africa due to continued colonialist sentiments, which emerges from policies focused on racial exclusion. The most recent Africa-related political activity has been a wave of conservative politicians from the incumbent Liberal Party stressing the need to help white South African farmers they believe are persecuted, even by means of a special visa category. At the same time, the rhetoric of politicians towards African residents in Australia, particularly to those of South Sudanese heritage, has resorted to stereotypes of violence and gangs. In an interview with Australian radio station 3AW, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had stated, “There is certainly concern about street crime in Melbourne. There is real concern about Sudanese gangs.” Similarly, home affairs minister Peter Dutton said people in Melbourne were “scared to go out to restaurants” because of “African gang violence.” Morocco: ideological and economic supporter of Africa As an integral part of Australia’s catchall understanding of “Africa” and as a nation which holds a multitude of historical, economic, and political bonds with African nations, Morocco presents an alternatively complex and refined view of Africa. King Mohammed VI himself has sought to play a dominant role in setting African foreign policy, making over 51 visits to 26 African states, with over 952 agreements and partnerships since his ascension to the throne. With growing relations with both Africa and Australia, Morocco has the potential to be a platform for genuine cross-cultural understanding which could inform Australia’s perception of Africa and demonstrate the richness and intricacies of the many African nations. The King emphasized in his 2016 royal speech on the King and People’s Revolution Day that Africa is a priority in Moroccan foreign policy: “For Morocco, Africa means more than just being part of a geographical area, or having historical bonds with the continent. Africa also means sincere affection, appreciation, close human and spiritual relations as well as tangible solidarity. Furthermore, Africa is the natural extension of Morocco and the embodiment of the country’s strategic depth.” The King’s speech in fact addressed colonialist roots to Africa’s problems and public perceptions, saying, “The problems plaguing African peoples today, such as backwardness, poverty, migration, wars and conflicts, in addition to despair and succumbing to extremist and terrorist groups, is the result of the disastrous policy adopted for decades by colonial powers.” He continued in perpetuating a respectful optimism for Africa, “Despite the extensive damage caused by colonialism, I believe Africa has the means to ensure its development and to take its destiny into its own hands, thanks to the resolve of African peoples and to the continent’s human and natural resources.”It is in both the countries’ national interests for Australia to foster deeper relationships with Africa. As Australia has said, but not acted upon, “The Government is also working to expand and diversify commercial links with Africa. Africa’s population of 1.2 billion will double by 2050 and its growing urban middle class is creating new demand for goods and services.” Morocco benefits greatly from foreign investment and development in Africa, particularly with Morocco’s various infrastructure projects across North Africa. As analyzed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), “in Africa, Morocco has a comparative advantage… and the potential to play an active economic, security, and diplomatic role.”Further dialogue with Australia would also enable a thriving and accurate discourse to spread to Southeast Asian countries. With more coverage on Morocco’s and Africa’s opportunity and prosperity could come a shift in the narrative on Africa: it is no longer a locus of poverty in need of aid, but rather a continent of burgeoning states on the rise and establishing its status internationally. China has embraced the change in the narrative with its national newspaper People’s Daily shifting its news coverage on poverty reduction in Africa to that of bilateral relations and diplomacy. Morocco’s relations with China has solidified the narrative shift: deviating from its traditional aid projects in Africa, China was able to orient the traditional conceptions of economic policy in Africa through a strategic partnership with Morocco. The bilateral relations were supported by a plethora of joint ventures in late 2017: the Chinese Haite group and Morocco’s BMCE bank signed a deal to invest $1 billion in an industrial and residential park in Tangier.King Mohammed VI’s historic visit to Bali in December 2017 for the 10th Bali Democracy Forum entailed talks with 58 countries, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. There, the King engaged in talks to “promote and foster regional and international cooperation in the field of peace and democracy.” The forum highlighted the efficacy of Africa’s changing narrative and a dialogue inclusive of Morocco’s insights.  An opportunity to understand Islamic culture Underpinning the growing relations between Morocco and Australia is also the convergent focus on terrorism and extremism. Described by Australian Ambassador to Morocco Berenice Owen-Jones as a “haven of stability,” Morocco’s image as a liberalized and democratic Arab nation presents Australia an opportunity to collaborate on issues of counter-terrorism and security.  Questioned by Australia’s Joint Standing Committee, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade responded that “an embassy in Morocco would increase Australia’s capacity to engage with a significant player in North Africa, including in the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.”Australia has relatively sparse ties to the Arab world, whereby its policy and monolithic understandings on the MENA region are derived from its alliances with the US and China. For example, at the end of 2014, Australia used its position on the UN Security Council to vote down a resolution for Palestinian statehood; Australia and the US were the only nations to vote down the resolution out of the 15 nations on the council. Very often, fundamental misconceptions, founded on Islamophobia pervade the political discourse in Australia. The former prime minister, Tony Abbott, had defended people’s rights to target Muslims and Islam, claiming “Islamophobia hasn’t killed anyone, Islamist terrorism has now killed tens of thousands of people. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that there be the strongest possible response at every level.”A study by Australia’s Charles Sturt University found that 79.6 percent of hijab-wearing women and 47.7 percent of their children are the direct or indirect targets of Islamophobic attacks. Despite only 2.2 percent of Australia’s population identifying as Muslim, prominent politicians capitalize on negative stereotypes and fear-mongering within their political rhetoric. Pauline Hanson, a Queensland senator and One Nation Party leader delivered a speech in late 2016, provoking fears that Muslims and Sharia law were invading the country: “Australia is now seeing changes in suburbs predominantly Muslim. Tolerance towards other Australians is no longer the case. Our law courts are disrespected and our prisons have become breeding grounds for Muslims to radicalize inmates.”Hanson went on to claim, “Muslims want to see sharia law introduced in Australia. This law is a totalitarian civil code which prescribes harsh feudal rules imposed on everything, firstly for Muslims, later for everyone.”She also called for an end to halal certification and for a ban on the construction of any further mosques, stating that the country was not safe with its current non-prohibitory policies. Need for dialogue between Morocco and AustraliaAustralia’s fear of Islam is present even in the country’s perception of Morocco, as manifested by its smart travel tips for the kingdom. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warns Australians to “exercise a high degree of caution in Morocco because of the threat of terrorist attacks. Terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) identifies the Maghreb region, which includes Morocco, as a target for terror attacks.”The department also claimed, “There is a general threat of kidnapping against Westerners in North Africa, including Morocco.”Yet, Morocco has experienced no terrorist attack since 2011, and kidnapping is scarce. Other countries, like the US, have refuted the hyperbolized dangers portrayed by Australia, presenting the reality that both terrorist attacks and kidnapping are rare. Compare Australia’s travel advisory for Morocco with its advisory for Spain, a country which experienced its latest terrorist attack just last year in August 2017 and fervently disruptive demonstrations in December 2017. Despite Spain’s more riotous and precarious conditions, Australia deems Spain more secure than Morocco with a basic notice: “Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behavior, as you would in Australia.”Morocco has the opportunity to enlighten Australia with a nuanced understanding of the Arab world. This would also align with Australia’s interests to “collaborate further on counter-terrorism and security issues” as outlined by a press release announcing the appointment of Australia’s new ambassador to Morocco. Understanding Islamic culture is the crux to combatting Islamic terrorism. With the help of Morocco, Australia can move beyond a fearmongering discourse which often obfuscates the real issues. The need to root out fears of Islam was exemplified in a conference hosted in Australia’s capital Canberra, featuring Youssef Amrani, delegate-minister for foreign affairs and cooperation. Amrani’s focus on reforms, centered on inclusive human development particularly in the religious field to promote a tolerant Islam, is a noteworthy lesson for Australian politics. Amrani aptly highlighted to Australia the nuances and complexities of Islam. When addressing the various current crises in the MENA region, Amrani emphasized the need for “a more comprehensive, coherent and pragmatic regional approach, in tune with the realities of each country in the region and in line with the aspirations and legitimate needs of the people.”It is this enlightening message to Australia which animates the possibility of Morocco and Australian relations. Amrani closed the conference by emphasizing Morocco and Australia’s common commitment to the values of dialogue, peace, and openness. Indeed, the future of Australia and Morocco’s bilateral relations depend upon a continual cross-cultural dialogue. This requires honest and genuine feedback with an openness for change so that Australia and Morocco can bridge not only the physical but the ideological distance between them. read more

October 12

Loblaw Companies Ltd. reports Q4 profit up from year ago, revenue edges higher

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Companies Ltd. reported its fourth-quarter profit improved compared with a year ago when it was hit by restructuring and other one-time charges.The retailer says it earned a profit of $221 million attributable to common shareholders or 59 cents per share for the quarter ended Dec. 29.That compared with a profit of $31 million or eight cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier.Revenue totalled $11.22 billion, up from $10.99 billion.On an adjusted basis, Loblaw says it earned $1.03 per diluted share from continuing operations, up from $1.02 per diluted share in the final quarter of 2017.Loblaw says the results included a decline in its financial services business, offset by an improvement in underlying performance of its retail operations and the favourable impact of the repurchase of common shares. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:L) read more

October 11

Without more funds for fight against TB millions face death Ban warns

24 March 2011Without additional funding in the battle against tuberculosis for research, improved prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, some 8 million people will die from what is largely a curable disease between now and 2015, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today. “There is cause for optimism,” he said in a message marking World Tuberculosis Day. “The recent adoption of a fast and powerful new diagnostic tool promises to accelerate international gains against the disease.“At the same time, our hope must be tempered by the sobering fact that multi-drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (MDR-TB) remain an ever-present threat that, if allowed to spread unchecked, could set back the steady progress made during the past two decades.”He cited major achievements achieved through the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Stop TB Strategy, including impressive improvements in the way TB care is delivered, with well over 40 million people receiving treatment in accordance with the strategy over the past 15 years.“Prevalence and death rates continue to fall, demonstrating the power of international commitment to save lives,” he said. “This progress could be lost if we are not vigilant. Efforts to carry out the strategy are severely under-funded, as is research to develop additional, badly needed tools. Without further improvements in tuberculosis prevention, early diagnosis and treatment, some 8 million people will die of tuberculosis between now and 2015.”The WHO Stop TB Strategy seeks to achieve universal access to high-quality care for all people with TB, protect vulnerable populations from TB, TB/HIV and multi-drug-resistant TB, and support development of new tools and enable their timely and effective use. It stresses the need for political commitment with adequate and sustained financing, early detection, standardized treatment with supervision, and effective drug supply and management.Earlier this week WHO warned that leaving MDR-TB, which does not respond to standard first-line drugs, untreated increases the risk of spread of drug-resistant strains. In 2009, it reported that 9.4 million people became ill with TB and 1.7 million died, including 380,000 people with HIV-associated TB. There were some 440,000 cases of MDR-TB and 150,000 deaths in 2008, the latest year for which estimates are available. The agency estimates that there will be more than 2 million new cases of MDR-TB between 2011 and 2015.Noting that TB care still fails to reach everyone in need, Mr. Ban said about a third of those infected do not benefit from accurate diagnosis and appropriate care. “Most of these nearly 3 million people are in vulnerable and marginalized groups, including slum dwellers, migrant workers and drug users,” he added. “We need to reach them by teaming up with civil society, health workers and businesses. In the 21st century, no one should die from this curable disease. Access to quality health care is a basic human right.” read more

October 6

UN refugee agency faces difficulties constructing camps in Pakistan

In a statement released at its Geneva headquarters, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the difficult security situation in Pakistan “has drastically limited the freedom of movement of UNHCR international staff, with supplies being ferried mostly by local contractors.” Despite these problems, UNHCR continues to build stockpiles of relief items in the areas bordering Afghanistan.The agency also announced that it would resume its relief supply airlifts, which had been briefly interrupted due to airspace restrictions in the region. Up to ten airlifts are planned over the next two weeks, if security conditions permit. The flights will alternate between Copenhagen and Peshawar and Copenhagen and Quetta, the key locations where UNHCR is building relief stocks to handle any refugee influx from Afghanistan.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to accelerate its overland deliveries to Afghanistan, using food convoys from Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. The convoys will each carry enough food for nearly 700,000 hungry Afghans for one week. Some 40 trucks have already departed Peshawar.WFP said the deliveries would raise the total food stocks inside Afghanistan to over 12,000 tonnes, sufficient for the needs of over 3.4 million people for one week. But the agency also cautioned that distribution networks, which have been disrupted, must be rebuilt. read more

September 24

When time and safety matter most Enerpac PowrRiser does the heavy lifting

first_imgSetting up heavy lift equipment to service heavy mining equipment like trucks can be  time-consuming and hazardous if not undertaken properly. Frustrating problems can arise in both workshop situations where space is at a premium, and in remote situations where normal plant services and lifting surfaces are not available. Enerpac offers a solution to such problems in the form of its easily manoeuvrable, self-contained, Pow’r-Risers® lifting jack which can be used in even the tightest locations and over rough terrain.The heavy-duty lifting system combines a high capacity (54-181 t) cylinder and an electric or air-powered hydraulic pump unit integrated into a mobile cart.It has the speed, power and versatility for a wide variety of on-site site applications, including servicing tyres, tracks and other maintenance functions on heavy equipment, lifting and positioning of large constructed elements and many other applications that require heavy lifting equipment in mines.Key features include:Can be rolled into position for easy placement.No exposed hoses or fittings to damage.Narrow width for hard-to-reach areas.Wide selection of capacities, strokes and jack heights for a variety of applications.Electric motor fully enclosed to withstand elements.54, 90, 136 and 181 t capacities with pneumatic or electric pumps for the toughest jobsSUP-R-STACKTM Extension System allows lifting at all heights without blocking.For safe mechanical cribbing of a lifted load, accessory Locking U-Rings can be placed around an extended piston and come in four lengths for each Pow’r-Riser capacity. They are available individually or in sets. Locking U-Rings are accommodated by storage racks integral to the Pow’r-Riser.last_img read more

September 22

VELUX EHF CL Metalurg Partizan HSV Dinamo and Constanta completed elite

RK Metalurg, RK Partizan, HCM Constanta, HSV Handball and Dinamo Minsk are completed VELUX EHF Champions League 2012/2013. Five teams had fantastic weekend, with more or less problems to qualify for the best European handball competition.FINALS:PARTIZAN – SLOGA DOBOJ 31:16METALURG – HASLUM 30:20HCM CONSTANTA – TATRAN PRESOV 26:21HSV – SAINT RAPHAEL 31:30 AFTER EXTRA TIMEDINAMO MINSK – BESIKTAS 31:24 – 30:22 ← Previous Story ASOBAL Super Cup: Barca continue to dominate! Next Story → Milan Vucicevic joins RK Kolubara VELUX EHF Champions LEAGUE 2012/2013 read more

September 21

The Facebook Phone is real and it runs Android

first_imgThere have been a lot of rumors about a so-called Facebook Phone in the last year, despite the fact that Facebook themselves firmly deny the rumor. In September, we heard that the Facebook Phone was going to be made by INQ and bundled with Spotify; a couple months later, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said that there would be no one single Facebook phone, but that he wanted every phone to come with Facebook. So which is it? A recent Bluetooth certification test has revealed that INQ is indeed working on a mobile phone called the Cloud Touch with Facebook pulsating at its core. The phone is described like this in the certification: An Android smartphone built to make messaging faster and smarter. It’s designed around the way people naturally communicate and has Facebook built into its core. The homescreen features multiple entry points to different Facebook functions, while a dynamic widget displays a feed of status updates, albums, videos and photos. That sounds like more than a casual integration with Facebook’s services. In fact, going by Zuckerberg’s statements, it sounds like the first handset of many baking Facebook’s core services deep into the OS and UI of a smartphone…. an interpretation given some additional credence by INQ’s quick response to the leak, which was to scrub any mention of Facebook from the Bluetooth certification. It certainly looks likely that 2011 will see the release of at least one Facebook phone. The question is, are more yet to come, and how involved is Facebook itself in INQ’s handset? Only time and an official announcement will tell. Read more at Crunchgearlast_img read more

September 20

2011 élue lannée la plus chaude depuis plus dun siècle par Météo

first_img2011, élue l’année la plus chaude depuis plus d’un siècle par Météo FranceMétéo France a établi un bilan qui révèle que l’année 2011 a été en France, l’année la plus chaude depuis le début du XXe siècle. Elle dépasse de loin le record de chaleur de 2003.Du 1er janvier au 26 décembre 2011, la température moyenne à l’échelle de toute la France a été de 13,6 °C. Il s’agit de 1,5 °C de plus que la normale (moyenne de référence 1971-2000), indique François Gourand, prévisionniste à Météo France. “Au niveau annuel, on est en présence en 2011 de l’année la plus chaude depuis qu’on fait des relevés météo”, résume-t-il.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?La principale explication à ce record de 2011 est un printemps “exceptionnellement chaud”, avec des températures dépassant en moyenne de 4°C les normales saisonnières en avril, et de 2,4°C en mai. De même, l’automne a lui aussi été particulièrement doux, souligne M. Gourand, avec un mois de novembre deuxième plus chaud depuis 1900, de trois degrés supérieur à la normale en moyenne. Le mois de décembre, lui aussi affiche des écarts de température de 2,1°C pour l’ensemble de la France, ce qui est “très doux” sans être un record. Globalement, tous les mois de 2011 ont dépassé la normale (moyenne de référence 1971-2000), à l’exception de juillet, qui a été étonnamment frais (le plus frais de ces trente dernières années), avec même un déficit de 1,3°C par rapport à la normale. Au niveau mondial, un bilan provisoire réalisé par l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) fin novembre indiquait que l’année 2011 était à ce stade la “dixième plus chaude à l’échelle du globe” depuis le début des relevés en 1850. Signe plus inquiétant des conséquences du réchauffement climatique, les treize années les plus chaudes qu’a connues la planète sont toutes concentrées sur les quinze dernières années, rappelle Sciences et Avenir.Le 28 décembre 2011 à 14:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20

Apple se sépare de Sharp pour la conception de liPad 3

first_imgApple se sépare de Sharp pour la conception de l’iPad 3L’accord était quasi conclu mais Sharp ne réalisera pas l’écran de l’iPad 3. Le cahier des charges fourni par Apple n’aurait pas été rempli, notamment concernant la résistance de la dalle.L’iPad 3 serait rentré en production, sa sortie prévue entre mars et avril se faisant de plus en plus précise. Et le nom des fournisseurs de la Pomme font leur apparition, comme celui des recalés. Selon etNews, Sharp, après des mois de travail avec l’entreprise américaine, ne réalisera pas la conception de l’écran de la future tablette tactile, le cahier des charges établi par Apple n’ayant semble t-il pas été rempli.À lire aussiSurface Pro 3 vs MacBook Air : Microsoft attaque Apple, mais qui est le meilleur ?Les écrans proposés par le constructeur ne seraient pas assez résistants aux rayures, au goût d’Apple et l’on connaît le perfectionnisme quasi maladif de la marque sur le choix de ses composants.Mais cet arrêt de partenariat ne signifie pas des relations déteriorées. Sharp serait en train de finaliser la dalle d’un autre produit très attendu, le prochain iPhone. Cet écran devrait bénéficier d’un procédé de fabrication à basse température baptisé p-Si LCD connu pour diminuer la consommation électrique ainsi que l’épaisseur et le poids des écrans.Toutefois, Apple avait fait part de son intention d’investir 1 milliard d’euros dans l’une des usines de Sharp. Ce petit couac dans la production de composants aura t-il suffi à refroidir les ardeurs du géant américain? Le 16 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20

The Geeksplainer Altered Carbon

first_img Netflix is Launching New ‘Altered Carbon’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Anime SeriesT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Cyberpunk Shirts Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img A key tenet of geek culture is knowledge – we judge and are judged based on our encyclopedic knowledge of games, sci-fi, comics, anime, collectibles and more. But it’s impossible for one human being to know everything, no matter how many chips you get put in your brain. That’s where we come in. With this series of “Geeksplainers,” we’ll give you everything you need to know to get up to speed on some of the most complicated, intense subjects in the pop culture universe. No longer will you have to fake it in conversations until you have time to run to the bathroom and engage in a 45 minute Wikipedia session. Let us be your guide, now and forever.This installment: Netflix’s new sci-fi show Altered Carbon looks like a breakthrough hit. Get up to speed on the cyberpunk novels that spawned it.What is Altered Carbon?Published in 2002, Altered Carbon is the first in a trilogy of novels by English author Richard K. Morgan. It takes place in the 26th century, where private investigator Takeshi Kovacs deals with the ramifications of technology that lets people upload their consciousness to new bodies or “sleeves.” In the first book, his consciousness is housed in the body of a policeman so he can investigate the death of a man named Laurens Bancroft, who can’t remember the 48 hours before he was killed. The journey takes him to some very dark places, melding classic detective fiction in the Raymond Chandler mode with gritty futurism. It won the Philip K. Dick Award for best science fiction novel in 2003.Who Is Takeshi Kovacs?One of the great antiheroes in modern sci-fi history, Kovacs is an amazing fulcrum to build this kind of story around. He used to be an “envoy,” a special class of personality designed to be beamed to distant places and kill people, and as such many of his moral and ethical safeguards have been surgically removed, lending him a penchant for extreme violence. These books are gory – one extended torture sequence ranks as one of the most intense things ever published. Kovacs’ personality has been dormant for a hundred years before the first book begins, lending him a fish out of water quality as well as he struggles to get acclimated to the shifting future.So Why Wouldn’t You Just Live ForeverThe thing with getting “re-sleeved” is that bodies don’t come cheap, especially young ones. Only the very wealthy can afford to have their minds put into new young bodies, and they’re called “Meths,” short for “Methuselahs.” They have their original bodies cloned and frozen until they’re ready to jump into a new one. It’s no secret that the aging process sort of sucks, and going through it over and over isn’t ideal, so the poorer folks often don’t re-sleeve after they die, or they wind up in low-quality android bodies or in a computer simulation without a body at all.Why Is It So Good?Morgan grabs the explicitly political nature of a dystopian future and squeezes it hard in these books. Things haven’t gotten much better for capitalism, and even though the technology is advanced it’s not used for the most ethical or humane of purposes. The trilogy takes the central conceit of detachable consciousness and moves it to some very interesting places. Not only can you be sleeved into a new body, but you can also be dumped into a virtual world instead – which leads to one of the book’s darkest and most disturbing scenes. Imagination is given full flower here, for better or for worse, and it’s full of incredible ideas that would translate great to the screen.Who’s Behind The TV Show?Screenwriter and producer Laeta Kalogridis optioned the book fifteen years ago for a TV series, but that was before the golden age of prestige television we find ourselves in. Kalogridis is probably best known for writing the English adaptation of Russian horror actioner Night Watch, as well as James Cameron’s upcoming Alita: Battle Angel. The first episode is directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who has lensed shows like Fringe and Game of Thrones. Starring as Takeshi Kovacs is Joel Kinnaman, no stranger to dystopian sci-fi from his turn in the recent Robocop remake. The first season is set to run ten episodes,and early screeners show that it’s not skimping on the hard R rating – it’s gory, sexual and intense.Will Transplanting Consciousness Ever Be Possible?We’re not sure, but that’s not stopping people from trying. By conservative estimate, the human brain’s 86 billion neurons would take at least 10 terabytes and as much as 2.5 petabytes of digital storage to replicate. And that’s just a straight-up digital comparison of one byte for each neuron in the organ. But simply putting together a list of these on-off switches probably won’t get your personality downloaded – the connections between these neurons is the tough part. Called the “connectome,” this has yet to be mapped by science. Many people are trying, though, including Russian millionaire Dmitry Itskov who has sunk his fortune into making consciousness transfer possible by 2045.Sounds good? You can buy Altered Carbon on Amazon, as well as the other two Kovacs books.last_img read more

September 9

Ask a Climatologist Record cold at Iditarod start wont last

first_imgTeams rest in Nenana, Tues. March 7th, 2017. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes)It’s hard to talk about the Iditarod without mentioning weather and climate. And this year is no exception, with mushers and dogs enduring extreme cold in first part of the race.Climatologist Brian Brettschneider looks into how this year’s cold and snow stacks up to weather records from past races. He says the start Monday in Fairbanks was -19, by far the coldest in Iditarod history.Listen now“If you look at the low for the day, it was -38, but it had warmed up — using the term “warm” loosely — to -19,” Brettschneider said.Since the Iditarod started in 1973 that was the coldest start by a wide margin. The cold is only supposed to last for a couple of days, then rise into the 20s or even 30s, with lows in the single digits and teens.“So the extreme cold going on right now is a short term phenomenon,” Brettschneider said.As for snow, there’s plenty on the route already, but “none of the checkpoints along the way are forecasting even a flake of snow,” Brettschneider said. “That’s subject to change, potentially, but to have no snow for that long a period for the entire route is really uncommon.”Even though March is the driest month of the year in much of Alaska, there have been very few years when the week of the Iditarod recorded no snow.The extreme cold seems notable now, but “when you average the beginning to the end, it’s going to go down as probably a pretty typical race period, temperature-wise,” according to Brettschneider.Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with climatologist Brian Brettschneider each week as part of the segment, Ask a Climatologist. What do you want to ask?last_img read more

September 3

Zimbabwe court says military takeover was legal

first_imgTimeline of the political crisis in Zimbabwe since 6 November 2017. Photo: AFPA Zimbabwe High Court has ruled that the military takeover that led to Robert Mugabe’s ousting was legal, raising immediate concerns about judicial independence under the country’s new administration.Army chiefs put military vehicles on the streets of Harare and placed veteran leader Mugabe, 93, under house arrest, before he resigned on Tuesday.Many Zimbabweans celebrated the end of Mugabe’s 37-year rule, but fear the new government under President Emmerson Mnangagwa could also be an authoritarian regime.“Actions by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to stop the usurping of power by those close to former president Robert Mugabe are constitutional,” state-run ZBC media on Saturday reported the court as saying.In an apparent reference to Mugabe’s wife Grace and her supporters, it said the court ruled Friday that the takeover was “to ensure the non-elected individuals do not exercise powers that can only be exercised by (those) elected”.Grace was alleged to have positioned herself to be Mugabe’s chosen successor, prompting the military to intervene and usher in their preferred candidate Mnangagwa.Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday, vowing sweeping changes and moves to attract foreign investment to revive the moribund economy.He also used his inauguration speech to pay tribute to the increasingly frail Mugabe, describing him as one of the “founding fathers of our nation”.‘Dangerous precedent’?“The court has endorsed the military’s interpretation that it is permissible and lawful for it to intervene in the affairs of the executive,” Zimbabwean legal expert Alex Magaisa wrote Saturday.“This is a dangerous precedent which places the government at risk from the power wielded by the military.”Alongside another court ruling that Mugabe’s earlier sacking of Mnangagwa as vice president was illegal, Human Rights Watch questioned the courts’ independence.“Two incredible judgements,” Dewa Mavhinga, southern African director of HRW, wrote on Twitter. “Strange, captured judiciary?”Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe’s closest allies, took the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare before thousands of cheering supporters, dignitaries and foreign diplomats.The army has warned that criminals have been impersonating soldiers during the political turmoil to extort money from the public and it called on Zimbabweans to obey the law.Mugabe had ruled since Zimbabwean independence in 1980, exercising almost total authority to crush any sign of dissent and rig elections.His iron grip on power ended on Tuesday when his resignation letter was delivered to a special parliamentary session where previously-loyal lawmakers had convened to impeach him.last_img read more

August 31

Researchers study complex morphology of the protoplanetary disc around star MWC 758

first_img 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. Located some 500 light years away from the Earth, MWC 758 (also known as HD 36112) is a young Herbig Ae star, known to have a circumstellar disc around it. The disc is about 3.5 million years old and has an accretion rate of approximately 100 millionth of a solar mass per year.What is so special about MWC 758’s disc is its complex morphology. It has a large cavity of a few tens of AU in radius, asymmetries in the dust continuum emission and two spiral arms seen in near-infrared scattered light that might be spiral density waves launched by planets of a few Jupiter masses.Now, a team of astronomers led by Yann Boehler of the Rice University in Houston, Texas, presents the results of ALMA observations conducted in order to obtain more detailed information about the morphology of MWC 758’s disc. The observations were carried out in September 2015 in an angular resolution of 0.1″ to 0.2″, what provided new insights into the disc morphology.”Our new observations image the MWC 758 system in both the dust continuum emission, at a wavelength of about 0.88 millimeter, and in the 13CO and C18O J = 3-2 emission lines. The observations achieve a resolution of 0.1″-0.2″, or 15-30 AU according to the distance of the system, which corresponds to a factor 4 of improvement with respect to previous millimeter-wave observations, and reveal unprecedented details of the disc morphology,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, the disc’s cavity, which might contain a mildly inner warped disc, has a radius of roughly 40 AU. The scientists detected dust emission at millimeter wavelengths what suggests the presence of the inner disc. They also found a twist in the velocity curves in the cavity, as well as indications of a shadow projected toward the west outer region, what indicates that this inner disc could be mildly warped.Beyond this cavity, the outer disc features two large dust clumps at 47 and 82 AU that form a double-ring structure. The clumps are associated with elongated structures which are tracing the double-ring structure.Furthermore, ALMA observations revealed the two spirals previously detected in near-infrared and two arc-like features, which were also found by previous near-infrared studies.The researchers concluded that the complex morphology of MWC 758’s disc could be explained by the existence of two massive planets orbiting the star.”Our observations are consistent with the existence of two massive planets. A planet in the inner region of the disc which carves the cavity, and another planet in the outer regions to produce the spirals and the dark ring between the two dust clumps,” the authors of the paper concluded. Citation: Researchers study complex morphology of the protoplanetary disc around star MWC 758 (2018, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-complex-morphology-protoplanetary-disc-star.html Explore further Study reveals insights into the nature of protoplanetary disc around HD 169142 ALMA images of MWC 758. Left: Map of the dust continuum emission obtained using super-uniform weighting. Right: Map of the disk cavity in logarithmic scale. Credit: Boehler et al., 2017. More information: The complex morphology of the young disk MWC 758: Spirals and dust clumps around a large cavity, arXiv:1712.08845 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1712.08845AbstractWe present Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) observations at an angular resolution of 0.1-0.2″ of the disk surrounding the young Herbig Ae star MWC 758. The data consist of images of the dust continuum emission recorded at 0.88 millimeter, as well as images of the 13CO and C18O J = 3-2 emission lines. The dust continuum emission is characterized by a large cavity of roughly 40 au in radius which might contain a mildly inner warped disk. The outer disk features two bright emission clumps at radii of about 47 and 82 au that present azimuthal extensions and form a double-ring structure. The comparison with radiative transfer models indicates that these two maxima of emission correspond to local increases in the dust surface density of about a factor 2.5 and 6.5 for the south and north clump, respectively. The optically thick 13CO peak emission, which traces the temperature, and the dust continuum emission, which probes the disk midplane, additionally reveal two spirals previously detected in near-IR at the disk surface. The spirals seen in the dust continuum emission present, however, a slight shift of a few au towards larger radii and one of the spirals crosses the south dust clump. Finally, we present different scenarios in order to explain the complex structure of the disk. © 2018 Phys.org Using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, an international team of researchers has studied the disc surrounding the star MWC 758. The new observations reveal further insights into the complex morphology of this disc. The study was presented in a paper published December 23 on arXiv.org.last_img read more

August 27

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first_img Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Related Content 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 Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more News | October 29, 2010 Wireless Version of D-EVO DR System to be Shown at RSNA October 29, 2010 – A wireless version of Fujifilm’s FDR D-EVO digital radiography (DR) X-ray detector will be making its world debut for the first time at RSNA 2010 in Chicago. The FDR D-EVO was released earlier this year. The wireless version will provide all of the benefits of a standard 14 x 17 inch cassette with the flexibility and image quality of a wireless detector. The new detector will offer increased flexibility in uses and in positioning and will provide a cost effective way for facilities to upgrade to digital. The FDR D-EVO Wireless requires FDA 510(k) clearance and is not yet available for sale in the United States. For more information: www.fujimed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

August 18

Activists say Cayman must stop farming sea turtles

first_imgAssociated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Wildlife activists urged the Cayman Islands on Thursday to permanently halt the farming of green sea turtles at a popular government-owned tourist attraction that has released thousands of juveniles into the sea and harvests some for meat.The Florida-based Sea Turtle Conservancy joined the London-headquartered World Society for the Protection of Animals in a campaign to stop the Cayman Turtle Farm from farming green sea turtles, which is an endangered species that when fully grown can weigh 700 pounds (317 kilograms). The Sea Turtle Conservancy’s call comes more than two months after nearly 300 juvenile green sea turtles died at the facility in the Cayman Islands, where turtle steaks, fritters and soups are on local menus and the delicacy is considered part of the islands’ heritage. The farm, which had a total of some 5,000 turtles in January 2011, said the creatures died after a water line broke and reduced the water supply to several tanks.The World Society for the Protection of Animals recently released a video and photographs purporting to show turtles in overcrowded, dirty tanks at the Cayman Turtle Farm. The group maintains that some of the sea turtles have resorted to cannibalism in their enclosures.The turtle farm said it has methodically maintained the health and wellbeing of its turtles through established veterinarian treatment. It insists it has found no basis for what it called “sensational allegations” and remains focused on operating a unique tourism attraction that supports research and conservation of sea turtles.It also disputes the conservancy’s accusations that the turtle release program endangers wild populations by spreading disease and genetic problems. Some 150 research papers support its conservation efforts, and there have been increased numbers of adult female turtles returning to Cayman’s beaches to nest, the facility says. Comments   Share   Last year, about 10 percent of the farm’s total herd of turtles was harvested for meat. The facility is the only legal source of turtle meat in the Cayman Islands and such sales are designed to undercut illegal poaching.___David McFadden on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmcfadd Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Conservancy director David Godfrey said in a statement that “it’s time to turn things around” at the roughly 40-year-old facility, which features captive breeding and research areas along with a lagoon where visitors can swim with sea turtles, “touch tanks” where children can pick up young turtles, and the biggest swimming pool on Grand Cayman. It touts itself as the British Caribbean island’s premier wedding destination.The turtle farm, bought by the Cayman government in 1983, says it carefully follows internationally accepted and humane animal husbandry practices. More than 31,000 yearlings have been released into the wild, it says. The farm has agreed to be independently evaluated in December.Over the years, thousands of tourists have flocked to the coastal facility in West Bay to watch tagged, captive-bred turtles getting released into the sea.“Despite the lack of evidence that the turtle release program actually benefits the wild population, countless individuals around the world are led to believe that the program works and that it is a successful option for saving and restoring wild sea turtle numbers,” said Godfrey, who contends the facility’s captive turtles can spread genetic complications and diseases to wild populations. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Four benefits of having a wireless security system How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more