Stars Get Dressed By Kids For Oxfam

first_imgAmanda Holden, Sara Cox and Stephen Mangan get dressed by the kids for a fun new fundraising campaign shot by Rankin.Oxfam celebrity supporter, Amanda Holden said, “I like to think I’m pretty stylish when it comes to my dress sense, but that went out the window on this shoot. Today I look like I’ve stepped off the set of some mad 1980’s gameshow thanks to my two girls.“It’s pretty daunting to think that this is how they wanted to me to look for Dressed by the Kids Day, but it was impossible to say no for such a wonderful cause and we’ve had such fun being involved.”They were photographed on location at Rankin’s studio in London accompanied by their children who acted as stylists for the day – transforming their looks in a bid to transform lives in poverty.Taking place on 29 April 2016, Oxfam’s Dressed by the Kids Day dares the nation to put the children in charge of their wardrobe. Mums, dads, aunts, uncles and grandparents are encouraged to get dressed by their kids in exchange for sponsorship.Celebrities that posed for Rankin in support of Oxfam’s Dressed by the Kids Day include:- TV personality Amanda Holden and adorable daughters Holly, 9, and Lexie, 4.
- DJ and presenter Sara Cox and daughter Lola, 10
- Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley posed in an outfit selected by her two youngest children, Cassius, 14, and Coco Lux, 7. 
- Singer and TV personality Jamelia with her daughters Teja, 14 and Tiani, 11 
- BBC Radio 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny posed with his two sons, Arthur, 7 and Wilfy, 5.
- Actor Stephen Mangan was styled by his two sons, Frank, 6, and Harry, 3.
- Chart topping singer Andreya Triana was styled by her 13 year old cousin, Clara
- Scottish siren Talia Storm posed with her younger brothers Zac, 8, and Johnnie, 11.
- Storm model and presenter Rob Evans was styled by his friends daughter Summer, 11. 
- Eastenders star Nina Wadia and her two children, daughter Tia aged 12, and son Aidan, aged 9.- Actor and singer, Jason Donovan, with his daughter Jemma, 15, and son, Zac, 14.Those embracing the opportunity and taking part in Dressed by the Kids Day will raise vital funds for Oxfam’s fight against poverty. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved and in 15 more years, it can be ended for good.Rankin, who has supported Oxfam for several years, also commented “I’m more than happy to give my time for important causes and Oxfam is one close to my heart. Shooting today’s celebrities in such a fun and natural environment has been great. The real stars from the shoot were the kids. “Those who want to unite the family in something truly fun and unique can sign up via, where they will be issued a unique text code to allow family and friends to sponsor them in an instant.Dedicated Dressed by the Kids’ Day Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts will build momentum and add to the fun using #DressedByTheKids.Transform your look and transform lives in poverty.last_img read more

Airplane and oil deals at risk in Trump pullout of Iran deal

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – From airplanes to oilfields, billions of dollars are on the line for international corporations as President Donald Trump weighs whether to pull America out of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.Regardless of where they are headquartered, virtually all multinational corporations do business or banking in the U.S., meaning any return to pre-deal sanctions could torpedo deals made after the 2015 agreement came into force.That threat alone has been enough to scare risk-averse firms, like Boeing Co., into slow-walking deals agreed to months ago. A complete pullout by the U.S. would wreak further havoc and likely frighten off those considering making the plunge.“I absolutely think those on the fence will not jump in,” said Richard Nephew, a former sanctions expert at the U.S. State Department who worked on the nuclear deal and now is at New York’s Columbia University. “The only ones who will, will be those who see tremendous monetary benefit and no U.S. risk.”The 2015 Iran nuclear deal lifted crippling economic sanctions that had locked Iran out of international banking and the global oil trade. In return, Tehran limited its enrichment of uranium, reconfigured a heavy-water reactor so it couldn’t produce plutonium and reduced its uranium stockpile and supply of centrifuges.For Western businesses, the deal meant access to Iran’s largely untapped market of 80 million people. Most prominently, airplane manufacturers rushed in to replace the country’s dangerously dilapidated civilian fleet.In December 2016, Airbus Group signed a deal with Iran’s national carrier, IranAir, to sell it 100 airplanes for around $19 billion at list prices. Boeing later struck its own deal with IranAir for 80 aircraft with a list price of some $17 billion, promising that deliveries would begin in 2017 and run until 2025. Boeing separately struck another 30-airplane deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines for $3 billion at list prices.But Boeing has yet to deliver a single aircraft to Iran. The Chicago-based company’s CEO recently stressed it understands the “risks and implications around the Iranian aircraft deal,” which would be the biggest business agreement between an American company and Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and U.S. Embassy takeover.“We continue to follow the U.S. government’s lead here and everything is being done per that process,” Dennis Muilenburg said during a quarterly earnings conference call on April 25. “We have no Iranian deliveries that are scheduled or part of the skyline this year, so those have been deferred again in line with the U.S. government process.”Airbus, a European airline consortium based in Toulouse, France, likewise continues its sales at the discretion of the American government. At least 10 per cent of its aircraft components are of American origin, meaning it requires permission from the U.S. Treasury for its sales to Iran. Airbus has already delivered two A330-200s and one A321 to Iran.Airbus declined to comment when asked by The Associated Press about its possible plans ahead of Trump’s decision.European airplane manufacturer ATR struck a $536-million deal with IranAir for at least 20 aircraft last year. It’s already has delivered eight of its twin-engine turboprops to Tehran after earlier winning permission from the U.S. Treasury.“To date, we are on track to deliver the remaining ATR aircraft in due time, before the end of the year,” ATR spokesman David Vargas told the AP.The speed at which Western airplane manufacturers went into Iran is contrasted by a slow start by Western energy firms despite the country’s vast oil and gas wealth. The exception is French oil giant Total SA, which in July signed a $5 billion, 20-year agreement with Iran and a Chinese oil company to develop the country’s massive South Pars offshore natural gas field. The natural gas pumped by the deal will go toward Iran’s domestic market.The deal marked a return to Iran for Total, which pulled out of the country in 2008 as Western sanctions over its nuclear program began to ramp up. Total did not respond to requests for comment, though its CEO Patrick Pouyanne reportedly told Trump in February to stick with the deal.“If the framework, the rules of the game, change, of course we will have to re-evaluate,” Pouyanne told the Financial Times.French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen reached a deal in 2016 to open a plant producing 200,000 vehicles annually in Iran. Peugeot, once a major player in Iran’s car market before sanctions, did not respond to a request for comment.Meanwhile, fellow French automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault signed a $778-million deal to build 150,000 cars a year at a factory outside of Tehran.“The Renault Group is closely monitoring the evolution of the diplomatic situation,” the company said in a statement to the AP, without elaborating.Volkswagen also began exporting cars to Iran.“Currently we are tracking and examining the development of the political and economic environment in the region very closely,” the German carmaker said in a statement. “In principle, Volkswagen adheres to all applicable national and international laws and export regulations.”Nuclear deal co-signers Britain, France and Germany, which have urged Trump to preserve the deal, may seek exemptions to protect their companies if the U.S. snaps back sanctions, said Ellie Geranmayeh, a senior policy fellow studying Iran at the European Council on Foreign Relations.“This should include a series of exemptions and carve-outs for European companies already involved in strategic areas of trade and investment with Iran, with the priority being to limit the immediate shock to Iranian oil exports,” she wrote Wednesday.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at . 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Afghanistan hailing Bonn accords anniversary Security Council urges full democracy

In a statement to the press, Council President Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia said the members “welcome the progress made so far” in the implementation of the Bonn accord. Among other achievements, he cited the convening of the emergency Loya Jirga tribal council, the selection of President Hamid Karzai as head of State and the establishment of the Afghan Transitional Administration.”Council members reiterated their support for the efforts of the Afghan Transitional Administration to strengthen and promote stability, democracy and prosperity in Afghanistan,” Ambassador Valdivieso said. “The Security Council underlines the importance of the preparation of a new constitution and the convening by June 2004 of free and fair elections through which a broad-based, multiethnic and fully representative Government can be established.” read more

Immigrants targeted in naturalisation scam told to remain vigilant

first_imgIMMIGRANTS WHO ARE looking to become Irish citizens have been warned about possible fraud attempts.The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) said that some of their customers have been contacted by telephone by a person purporting to be from INIS indicating that they must pay a fine of €500.The fraudsters quote the INIS helpline number as some kind of legitimacy. The phone number is freely available on their website.Telephone scamThe INIS said they do not and will not contact applicants by telephone in relation to payment for services. They said their fees are published on the website and payable to INIS as part of the application process, stating that the payment of “fines” does not arise.They state that applicants should be vigilant and should not give details of their immigration application to telephone callers unless you are sure who they are. They add that if someone demands payment of a fine, the should contact INIS and the gardaí.Speaking to, the Irish Immigrant Council (ICI) said they welcomed that this was being flagged by the INIS, stating that there are many people out there that “are out to exploit people and their families who are in vulnerable positions”.Personal informationThe spokesperson said that “under no circumstances” should personal information be given out to third parties, said the ICI.They added that there had been scams in the past with visa charges, adding that it is something that does occur, but said people should remain vigilant in relation to potential scams.Read: Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling – ICI>Read: ‘Pimping and trafficking’ continues as Dáil reviews prostitution laws>last_img read more

Weird Wide Web Shopping on Facebook a Kim Kardashian app and a

first_img Source: Design UX/UI/Twitter Source: Paul Watson/Twitter WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Tech partnership of the weekIBM will be selling iPhones and iPads to businesses, as well as developing apps for them, the two tech giants announced this week.Logo controversy of the week Source: AirbnbTwitter was all a flutter when Airbnb unveiled its new logo with many users pointing out its resemblance to sex organs, BBC reported. This included a few variations on the logo that users cooked up themselves. These are just two of our safe for work favourites: Not to talk crap about Airbnb’s new logo… but it had to be done.— Jonathan Shariat (@DesignUXUI) July 16, 2014center_img And now for something completely different. New AirBnB logos reimaginings, many NSFW.— Paul Watson 🇿🇦🇮🇪 (@paulmwatson) July 17, 2014 Travel app of the weekRyanair launched a new version of its app that lets you use your phone as a boarding pass. Handy. Source: RyanairCopycat move of the weekTwitter has already made it possible to buy things directly from your feed but now Facebook is testing a feature that would let users to do the same, simply by pressing an on-screen “Buy” button. Source: in-a-perfect-w0rld via TumblrAbsurd app of the weekThere’s a Kim Kardashian app now, Business Insider reports. In the game, you’re just a lowly shop assistant in a clothing store in Hollywood. One day, Kim walks in needing a last minute glamorous outfit and, before you know it, you’re her stylist and close friend and she’s setting you up on fancy dates with exotic men. It’s every girl’s dream. Source: Kim Kardashian: HollywoodRead previous Weird Wide Webs>last_img read more

Youthful Leinster thrill RDS crowd with bonus point victory over Dragons

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ryan Bailey Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Leinster 28Newport Gwent Dragons 15– Ryan Bailey reports from the RDS FEW WOULD HAVE bet against this outcome at the start of the night, but the manner in which a youthful Leinster side stormed to an important bonus point victory leaves great grounds for optimism.Bristling with attacking intent and energy from the outset, Leo Cullen’s charges dispatched a limited Dragons outfit with minimal fuss on an evening many of the province’s young guns thrilled the RDS crowd.First-half tries from Peter Dooley, Ross Molony and Jack Conan were followed by Joey Carbery’s second-half score but there was so much more than the result to be excited about.Across the board, Leinster were superb and dominated every aspect of the game to bonce back from last week’s defeat to Scarlets in emphatic fashion.Five points sees them move level with Munster at the top of the Guinness Pro12 — and ahead of a busy, and crucial, month there were hugely encouraging signs with the province’s internationals still to return to duty.Luke McGrath demonstrated his growing prowess and maturity while Carbery pulled the strings until his withdrawal shortly after he crossed the line. Peter Dooley set the home side on their way with his first try for the province. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOBy that point, the hosts had sealed the bonus point and it allowed Cullen to look ahead to the resumption of the Champions Cup campaign next weekend and also hand the likes of Andrew Porter, Ross Byrne and debutants Charlie Rock and Max Deegan valuable game time.A flurry of second-half changes — Leinster used their full matchday 23 — sucked some of the energy out of the performance for the final quarter and it allowed Dragons add a touch of respectability to the scoreboard.But they were never really in the contest as the Welsh side found themselves being cut apart at will by Leinster’s lethal running game during the first 50 minutes.Right from the off, there was real purpose to the way Leinster went about their business. McGrath was a bundle of energy around the breakdown and every chance to restart the game as quickly as possible was taken.Jack Conan was superb and was duly awarded man-of-the-match for his efforts but it could have gone to a number of candidates. Rhys Ruddock, Hayden Triggs, Dan Leavy, Adam Byrne and Rory O’Loughlin all deserve mentions.It took Dragons 16 minutes to get their hands on the ball but by the time they managed to string a couple of phases together, they were already chasing the game.McGrath’s quick-thinking, and opportunism, to tap and go caught the visitors napping and Dooley didn’t need a second invitation to run over the tackle and power his way over for a first try in Leinster colours.An early lead was the least the hosts deserved for their bright start and it was only an indication of things to come. Carbery ran the game during an impressive cameo. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOIt was clear that Leinster would run with ball in hand when they could and it paid dividends almost instantly. The offloading was slick, handling even better and there was always a support runner available to maintain the impetus.McGrath was again the arthichect for the second try as his piercing run from halfway had the Dragons scrambling. Triggs provided the support and while he was hauled down yards from the line, Leinster did enough to recycle and keep the move alive.Noel Reid’s initial attempt to get it wide was foiled but there were blue shirts in numbers on the right to ensure the chance would be converted through the industrious Molony.At this stage, Leinster were running the ball at will with Carbery orchestrating proceedings.Byrne was particularly threatening on the right wing and looked like scoring everytime it came his way. The UCD man continues to grow in stature with every passing minute in a Leinster shirt and but for the bounce of the ball, would have added to his tally of five tries for the season.The third score did eventually arrive shortly after the half hour mark. After patient build-up, Conan burst through the tackle and had the simple task of dotting the ball down under the posts to stretch the lead further.Leinster thought they had sealed the bonus point before the interval but Rory O’Loughlin’s effort was chalked off after the referee, with help from his TMO, spotted a forward pass in the build-up. Luke McGrath was a bundle of energy throughout. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOBut the home crowd of 10,979 didn’t have to wait long for the maximum haul to be secured. O’Loughlin again was involved but on this occasion was the provider with a powerful run from deep before a deft offload allowed Carbery to seal his night’s work with a third try for the province.The flurry of changes allowed Dragons to regain a footing in the game and they crossed for two tries of their own. Firstly, Pat Howard finished off a well-worked move and after a period of sustained pressure, replacement Sarel Pretorius dotted down.The concession of late scores will frustrate Cullen and his coaching staff but overall it won’t take away from a thrilling performance which gives Leinster the perfect platform to launch themselves into an important festive period.Not a bad night’s work at the RDS.Leinster scorers: Dec 3rd 2016, 9:29 PM Tries: Pat Howard, Sarel PretoriusPenalties: Angus O’Brien [1 from 1]Conversions: Angus O’Brien [1 from 2]LEINSTER: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Adam Byrne, 13. Rory O’Loughlin, 12. Noel Reid (Tom Daly 19′), 11. Isa Nacewa (captain), 10. Joey Carbery (Ross Byrne 45′), 9. Luke McGrath (Charlie Rock 63′); 1. Peter Dooley (Andrew Porter 52′), 2. James Tracy (Richardt Strauss 52′), 3. Jeremy Loughman (Oisin Heffernan 52′), 4. Ross Molony, 5. Hayden Triggs (Mike McCarthy 63′), 6. Rhys Ruddock (Max Deegan 76′), 7. Dan Leavy, 8. Jack Conan.NEWPORT GWENT DRAGONS: 15. Carl Meyer (Tom Prydie 20′), 14. Pat Howard, 13. Tyler Morgan, 12. Jack Dixon, 11. Adam Warren, 10. Angus O’Brien, 9. Tavis Knoyle (Sarel Pretorius 55′); 1. Phil Price (Thomas Davies 46′), 2. Elliot Dee (Rhys Buckley 56′), 3. Brok Harris, 4. Nick Crosswell (Cory Hill 50′), 5. Rynard Landman, 6. Lewis Evans (captain), 7. Nic Cudd, 8. Harrison Keddie (James Thomas 46′)Replacements not used: 18. Lloyd Fairbrother, 20. James Thomas, 22. Geraint Rhys Jones.Attendance: 10,979Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Youthful Leinster thrill RDS crowd with bonus point victory over Dragons That’s now four wins from four for the provinces this weekend. 23,933 Views Share Tweet Email center_img Adam Byrne had another storming game on the wing. 31 Comments Tries: Peter Dooley, Ross Molony, Jack Conan, Joey CarberyConversions: Isa Nacewa [4 from 4]Dragons scorers: Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 9:29 PM Follow us: Short URL Joseph on the double as England down Australia to complete unbeaten year Adam Byrne had another storming game on the wing. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHOlast_img read more

Linspection dEndeavour a eu lieu

first_imgL’inspection d’Endeavour a eu lieuLa Nasa a indiqué que les astronautes de la navette Endeavour ont bien inspecté ce matin le bouclier thermique du vaisseau qui avait été endommagé lors de son décollage. Les astronautes d’Endeavour ont pu inspecter le bouclier thermique de la navette qui avait été endommagée lors de son décollage lundi dernier, grâce à une caméra et à un laser. Le bras robotique de l’ISS a retiré de la soute du vaisseau l'”Orbiter Boom Sensor System” (OBSS), une perche de 15 mètres au bout de laquelle se trouvait la caméra HD et le laser. L’OBSS a alors été relié au bras robotisé d’Endeavour, mesurant lui aussi 15 mètres de long, qui a pu se placer sous le côté droit de la navette afin d’examiner, de photographier et de procéder à des mesures laser des dégâts.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAL’inspection, débutée à 4h GMT, a duré deux heures. La Nasa a indiqué qu’il s’agissait d’une simple précaution, le responsable LeRoy Cain se disant “très confiant dans le fait que ce dommage sur une tuile thermique s’avérera bénin une fois obtenues les données de cette inspection”. Comme le rappelle Le Figaro, la tuile a été touchée par un débris de mousse isolante ou de glace dans les premières minutes de son vol, lundi. D’après les images prises depuis l’ISS mercredi, à l’arrivée d’Endeavour, l’impact mesurerait 8,2 centimètres sur 6,3.Les données et les images recueillies ont été envoyées à Houston, au centre de contrôle de la mission, pour être étudiées. La Nasa indique que les experts donneront les résultats de leur étude dans les 24 heures tout au plus, rapporte l’AFP. Il s’agit de s’assurer que la navette pourra retraverser l’atmosphère sans faire courir le moindre risque à ses occupants. En effet, certaines zones du bouclier thermique devront être capables de supporter les 1.500°C causés par le frottement de l’air sur la navette se déplaçant à très grande vitesse. Le 23 mai 2011 à 17:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hughton praises Gyokeres development

first_imgSwedish forward Viktor Gyokeres recently joined Brighton and Hove Albion and he could make his debut today against AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup.After playing three years with Swedish Superettan club Brommapojkarna, forward Viktor Gyokeres decided to move to Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Premier League.The decision meant the 20-year-old moved from the Second Division in his native Sweden to the First Division in England, a big change.That’s why he has not been ready to debut, until today where his team plays AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup.Brad Smith is loving his time at MLS Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Smith has been loaned from AFC Bournemouth to Seattle Sounders for a whole season, and the Australian footballer is enjoying his time there.“Viktor [Gyokeres] has done well – he’s added to his game like Jurgen Locadia in some ways,” Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton told the club’s official website.“He can play as a number nine and that’s his strength, but because of Aaron Connolly doing well, Simon Rusk has used him on the left or sometimes as a ten.”“He’s got a little bit more variety and flexibility in where he can play now – he was with us in the pre-season period and played in a couple of the matches,” he added.“He’s developed really well and has good physicality for someone of his age – at this moment our thinking is more to keep him here than see him go out on loan.”last_img read more

Pair of services set for teen racer

first_imgTwo services are planned for Peter Lenz, 13, the Vancouver motorcycle racer who was killed Sunday in an accident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.A vigil service, for Peter’s family and friends, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 400 S. Andresen Road in the McLoughlin Heights area.At 10 a.m. Friday, a funeral Mass at St. Joseph will celebrate the boy, and praise and thank God, according to a bulletin from the Rev. Gary F. Lazzeroni, priest administrator.The church campus will be closed to the news media, at the family’s request, during both services.last_img

Suprobhat Paribahan owner arrested

first_imgThe blood-soaked ID card of the victim Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury. Photo: UNBDetectives in a drive arrested owner of the ‘Suprobhat Paribahan’ from the capital’s Mugda area on Thursday in a case filed over the death of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury in a road accident at Pragati Sarani on 19 March, reports UNB.A team of DB police (north division) arrested owner of the transport company, Gopal Nandi Karmakar, around 6:30am, said deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Masudur Rahman.Abrar Ahmed died after being run over by a bus of ‘Suprobhat Paribahan’ in front of the main gate of Bashundhara residential area on 19 March.Meanwhile, police have arrested the driver.Victim’s father Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury filed the case at Gulshan police station.last_img read more

Prince Harry Meghan Markle To Marry May 19 On FA Cup Day

first_img Share – / 7Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19 — the same day as one of the biggest English sports events of the year, the FA Cup final.The date was confirmed Friday by the prince’s Kensington Palace office.While most British royal weddings are on weekdays, this one is a Saturday, and the same day as the soccer showdown at London’s Wembley Stadium.Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and other royals are expected to attend the wedding, along with Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland.The climax of soccer’s oldest cup competition could present a distraction for guests at the royal reception, although the events should at least be at different times. The FA Cup competition, which is open to hundreds of teams all the way from the top-ranked Premier League down to amateur clubs, began in August and is played every month until two teams meet in the final.England’s Football Association said in a statement that “May 19 promises to be a wonderful day with such a special royal occasion being followed by English football’s showpiece event.”The timing could be an issue for Harry’s older brother Prince William, who is expected to be the best man at the wedding. William is president of the Football Association. He attended this year’s match and presented a trophy to the winner, Arsenal — but will likely be otherwise engaged in 2018.Harry is an Arsenal fan, and may find himself conflicted if his team makes the final for a fourth time in the last five years.The prince and Markle announced their engagement last month after an 18-month romance.The 33-year-old prince, who is fifth in line to the British throne, and the 36-year-old divorced American actress met through a mutual friend in 2016, bonded during a camping holiday in Botswana and managed to keep their relationship secret from the media for several months.In a joint interview last month, Markle said Harry proposed over a roast-chicken dinner at home. He gave her a ring set with two diamonds that belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana.Markle is to be baptized in the Church of England before the wedding, and has said she will acquire British citizenship. That will require passing an eclectic citizenship test on British life and history that is famous for tripping up applicants.The wedding venue holds a central place in the history of the royal family.Windsor Castle, west of London, is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s main residences. The 15th-century chapel is as historic but more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where William married Kate Middleton in 2011.When the engagement was announced, the palace said the wedding of Prince Harry and Markle will “reflect their characters and personalities” and be a moment of “fun and joy.”last_img read more

Retiring DCPS Teachers Share Words of Wisdom

first_imgFrances Montez, Atlas Ingram, and Portia Etheridge are retiring educators from Minor Elementary School. (Photo by Christina Sturdivant)As a new class of teachers graduate from college and prepare to enter the D.C. Public School system, there are a few things they should know. “It’s not easy – it takes about five years to get it under your belt,” Portia Etheridge, a retiring kindergarten teacher at Miner Elementary School told the AFRO.“A lot of [young teachers] leave before five years because they’ve got a false perception of what this is about,” says Etheridge who is retiring after 47 years of service, 23 of which were at Miner in Northeast D.C.Oftentimes, the greatest resource for young teachers to navigate the education system is not their recent college education, but heeding the guidance of seasoned professionals. “At one time it was planted in their minds that we were the ones who were failing the system and they were coming to save it, but once they got into the system they realized that it wasn’t what they thought it was,” says Etheridge.Basic skills such as classroom management and lesson preparation are vital, says Frances Montez, who is retiring as assistant principal after years eight years at Miner and 50 years in education.Further, teachers should always be flexible, not just in the classroom. “Many young [teachers] don’t understand the lives of children and what happens during the night or the weekends,” says Montez, “You really have to know about people, you to be a people person, and be ready to assist any way you can all the time.”Atlas Ingram, a kindergarten teacher at Miner is no stranger to house visits. “I was speaking to a kid earlier today and he says ‘Ingram [I remember] that time you came over my house when I was sick and you brought me that fruit basket, you gave me a tie and you had a bag of toys for me’,” says Ingram, who is retiring after 11 years at Miner. “I almost forgot about it because it was earlier in the school year, but that made his day.”As an African American male, he has boldly answered the call to be a much-needed role model. “A lot of [these children] do not have a male presence at home and they need somebody as a father figure,” says Ingram, who began his career wearing a suit and tie everyday to exemplify the importance of professional appearance as a Black man.As the three educators reflect, there’s much they will miss. “The children and sharing ideas with colleagues,” says Etheridge. “Comraderie,” says Montez. “The songs,” and teaching students through music, says Ingram.Entrusting their work in the hands of incoming teachers, there’s also much to look forward to: second honeymoons, international and exotic vacations, and a trip to LIVE! Casino — all following a celebration dinner at American Great Steak Buffet for Francis and Etheridge.last_img read more

Indian tourists at greater cyber fraud risk abroad

first_imgMore than one out of three Indians  36 per cent – share personal data or sensitive information using public Wi-Fi while travelling which can lead to data stealing, a study by Intel Security revealed on Tuesday. The ‘Digital Detox: Unplugging on Vacation’ study was conducted across 14 countries (including India) with 14,000 people to understand consumer behaviour when travelling. India leads the pack when it comes to sharing information online. “Through this survey, we wanted to raise awareness about the need to adopt safe digital habits and share security measures to prevent personal information from being compromised while travelling,” said Venkat Krishnapur, Head, R&D Operations, Intel Security’s India Development Centre, in a statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNearly 37 per cent of Indians could not last a day on vacation without checking social media. This was second only to Japan (45 per cent) when compared globally. Majority of Indians (54 per cent) were not willing to leave their smart phone at home while on vacation. “Travelers can be targets for cybercriminals who count on human and device vulnerabilities to provide them with a point of access to consumers’ data and devices. They can gain access to sensitive information via unsecured smartphones, laptops and even wearables, while also collecting data from social channels,” the findings showed. Connecting to unprotected Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices can expose personal information to a cybercriminal. One should be especially careful when exchanging payment information. “With this in mind, make sure to update your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi history by removing previously ‘remembered’ wireless networks, like ‘cafewifi,’” the study noted.Whether it’s your location or selfie, criminals are more able to monitor your whereabouts via social activity and take advantage of you when you have the weakest protection. The pervasive use of technology in our day-to-day lives and popularity of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) ties our personal and work lives more closely than ever before – especially on vacation. “This can puts travellers at risk as they share their personal/confidential information online,” the study noted.last_img read more

Woman accidentally fires shot injures son during fight with wife

first_imgKolkata: Manoj Sharma, a resident of Golabari in Howrah sustained a bullet injury on Monday morning when a bullet was fired accidentally by his mother during an altercation between his wife Baby Prasad.Baby is a lady home guard. The Howrah city police received the information from Baby in the morning that her husband Manoj Sharma sustained a bullet injury at their home around 8 am. Police rushed to the spot and Manoj was immediately shifted to Howrah Hospital. He was later shifted to SSKM hospital where he is still undergoing treatment. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn the basis of the complaint by the lady home guard, a FIR was registered by the police. She said a quarrel took place between her and Manoj and mother-in-law intervened to resolve the issue. The complainant mentioned that Manoj was brandishing the gun at his mother. She further said her mother -in-law was holding the gun when it accidentally went off and the bullet injured her son. On the basis of the complaint, the Howrah city police arrested Manoj’s mother. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident.last_img read more

Carestream Begins Shipping MyVue Center SelfService Kiosk in Select Countries

first_img Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more News | PACS Accessories | November 16, 2017 Carestream Begins Shipping MyVue Center Self-Service Kiosk in Select Countries Kiosk helps patients print or share radiology reports, medical images at point of care Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 November 16, 2017  — Carestream Health began shipping its MyVue Center Self-Service Kiosk that can enhance patients’ ability to access and manage their medical imaging exam records. Patients may use the kiosk to print or share radiology reports and output their medical images onto Carestream DryView medical laser imaging film or a USB drive.This product is currently available in France, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia. Carestream plans to make it available in other countries in the coming months. The kiosk will be demonstrated at the upcoming 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov.26-Dec. 1 in Chicago.Patients can use the kiosk to gain rapid, convenient access to their medical exam information by utilizing a secure method of identification to obtain their medical images or radiology reports.The self-service kiosk also enables healthcare providers to enhance productivity and reduce operating costs by automating distribution of medical images and radiology reports to patients. The system is available on a monthly rental payment plan.Facilities that integrate MyVue Center with Carestream’s MyVue patient portal will enable patients to share access to their medical images and reports with physicians, friends or family members. Patients will be able to view and share their medical images and radiology reports from a variety of Web-enabled devices including laptops, tablets and mobile phones, or from a healthcare provider’s electronic medical record (EMR) portal.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read morelast_img read more

Advaxis Immunotherapy Offers Potential Combo Treatment for Anal Cancer

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | January 26, 2018 Advaxis Immunotherapy Offers Potential Combo Treatment for Anal Cancer All patients in Phase 1 clinical study who completed treatment had complete clinical response News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications January 26, 2018 — Advaxis Inc. (NASDAQ:ADXS), a late-stage biotechnology immunotherapy company announced that data from the investigator-initiated study of the company’s proprietary Lm-based antigen delivery product, in combination with chemoradiation as a treatment for high-risk, locally advanced anal cancer were published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology. The abstract is available online here.The Phase 1 study of axalimogene filolisbac (ADXS11-001), led by Howard Safran, M.D., at Brown University, evaluated the safety and preliminary efficacy of the combination of ADXS11-001 with mitomycin, FU and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in 10 patients with locally advanced, non-metastatic squamous cell anal cancer. Results showed that 9 patients achieved a complete response, and 8 patients (89 percent) remained disease-free at a median follow-up of 42 months. One patient progressed, approximately 6 months post-completion of study treatment and subsequently died from progressive disease, and one patient expired early in the study unrelated to study treatment.Treatment-related adverse events were consistent with the observed safety profile of ADXS11-001, and consisted of mostly grade 1-2 cytokine-release related events such as chills, headache and fever. Two patients experienced grade 3 treatment-related toxicities. There were no grade 4 events and ADXS11-001 did not cause any additive chemoradiation related toxicities. All adverse events occurred within 24 hours of treatment and resolved with standard care.These data show that ADXS11-001 can be safely administered with standard chemoradiation for patients with locally advanced, non-metastatic anal cancer.For more information: 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 Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | 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 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of Imago Systemslast_img read more

Visit US Virgin Islands in 2017 and receive 300 spending credit

first_imgVisit U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017 and receive $300 spending credit Posted by Tags: Promotions, U.S. Virgin Islands << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, January 5, 2017 center_img ST. THOMAS — The U.S. Virgin Islands is paying travellers to visit the destination – sounds too good to be true, right?In honour of its 100th year as a U.S. territory, the destination is offering US$300 in Virgin Islands spending credits to travellers who spend a minimum three consecutive nights on St. Thomas. St. John and/or St. Croix. Credits can be redeemed for cultural tours and activities.In addition, to commemorate the actual day Denmark sold the islands to the United States on March 31, any visitor who arrives during the month of March will receive a commemorative souvenir.The booking window runs from Oct. 1, 2016 to Oct. 1, 2017, for travel before Dec. 31, 2017. Booking code is CP17.Participating hotels in St. Croix include: The Buccaneer; Caravelle Hotel & Casino; Chenay Bay Beach Resort; Club Comanche Hotel; Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino; Holger Danske Hotel; Mt. Victory Camp; Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort; The Palms at Pelican Cove; Tamarind Reef Resort; and Sand Castle on the Beach.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaIn St. John, hotels include: Caneel Bay Resort; Coconut Coast Villas; Concordia Eco-Resort; Star Villas; and The Westin St. John Resort;In St. Thomas, hotels include: At Home in the Tropics; Bellavista Bed & Breakfast; Bolongo Bay Beach Resort; Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort; Galleon House; The Green Iguana Hotel; Lindbergh Bay Hotel & Villas; Secret Harbour Beach Resort; Two Sandals Bed & Breakfast; VI Campgrounds; and Windward Passage Hotel.For more information go to Share Travelweek Group last_img read more

Escazú sports bar popular among Gringos shutters its doors

first_imgNo related posts. Known for its U.S.-style food and constantly streaming sports, Time Out Tavern has been an expat staple in the southwestern suburb of Escazú for nearly six years. But after a series of citations and restrictions from the municipality, the bar closed its doors for good last week.“It’s really a bummer,” said Glenn Graham, a New Jersey native who owns the bar along with his brother Steven. “We’re like a family here.”According to the owners, the bar’s troubles started at 11 a.m. on Feb. 4, the day after the Super Bowl, when municipality officials showed up at the bar’s entrance to shut it down. The owners then received a notice that they would be closed, they said.According to Marielos Hidalgo, an administrator with the Municipality of Escazú’s Control Services, officials closed the bar because of an expired health permit and an expired liquor license. When the bar reopened, it did so without its liquor license, but the brothers continued working while they looked into renewing the license. After the initial closure, the municipality discovered the bar had more seats and tables than were permitted, insufficient parking and no record that it was paying into the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja.“They told us that with the seven parking spots we have that we can only have 42 seats in the restaurant,” Glenn explained. “At events sometimes we will have 80 people here. We could stay open with that, but we definitely couldn’t make any money.”When the owners announced the news on the bar’s Facebook page on Sunday, April 21, customers responded with shock. “Terrible news. How am I going to break it to my kids?” said one user. “No way… there won’t be sandwiches like yours in Costa Rica,” lamented another.Around 80 of the bar’s most loyal patrons showed up Monday for a speakeasy-style, open-bar and all-you-can-eat goodbye bash. Guests paid ₡15,000 ($30) each and were ushered in through the back alley. According to the owners tears were shed, goodbyes were had and plenty of booze was off-loaded.The restaurant stayed open throughout last week to sell off its remaining furniture and Thursday afternoon, save for the haphazardly strewn wall decorations and boxed-up liquor, the bar still seemed in full swing, with four customers firmly planted at the bar. “This was the spot,” said one customer who would only identify himself as Garfield. “It has the TVs, it has the sports.”Other long-time customers filtered in to say their goodbyes or to buy off the sports bar’s remaining giant televisions, which went for $400 a piece. One customer, Mark Sanson, was even confronted with two old bar tabs that Glenn dug out from an old file folder. He paid the ₡15,000, despite his incredulity.Sanson has lived in Escazú for the past 22 years and he’s seen plenty of expat bars come and go, and even owned a pool hall of his own, El Ché, years ago. Though he says he’ll find another bar, Sanson says he’s taking the loss pretty hard. “There is no other place like Time Out Tavern,” he said.Despite the response from customers, the brothers Graham don’t plan on opening another bar in Escazú. Instead, they are looking elsewhere to start up another business.“My family has been in the bar business since 1959,” said Steven. “I don’t know anything else. We are looking for other places and it might be in Costa Rica, but it definitely won’t be in Escazú.”Despite the sudden demise of their business, neither owner expresses any regret for the way things turned out.“It was a good run, I’ve got nothing bad to say,” said Steven. “It was good times, we made good friends and we did pretty well.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Philippine rights office to investigate mass grave

first_img Check your body, save your life 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Soldiers and policemen on Sunday unearthed at least 30 skeletal remains of people believed slain by New People’s Army, or NPA, rebels as suspected military spies in the 1980s, army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said.The remains were exhumed from a shallow grave discovered by a farmer in San Francisco town, he said.Cabunoc said some of the skeletons bore marks of torture, including cracked skulls.He said none of the remains had been identified, and appealed to those with missing relatives to cooperate with authorities in identifying them.Rosales urged caution before drawing conclusions. “We will investigate, but let’s not make any conclusion yet on who did it,” she said in a telephone interview.Leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the NPA, have acknowledged that some rebel commanders killed 600-900 suspected spies and government informers in the southern Mindanao region more than two decades ago.More than 60 other suspected spies were killed in Quezon province and outlying areas southeast of Manila, according to people who survived the purge.The guerrillas later acknowledged the killings as among the most horrible blunders in the Marxist insurgency, which has raged for 43 years. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates MANILA, Philippines (AP) – The Philippines’ human rights commission said Monday that it would investigate a report by the military that it has exhumed a mass grave containing at least 30 suspected victims of a 1980s communist rebel purge.Loretta Ann Rosales, chairwoman of the Commission on Human Rights, said her office would look into the mass grave, but that it’s too early to say whether the remains found in northern Quezon province were victims of a rebel purge. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Cristina Palabay, spokeswoman for the Philippine human rights group Karapatan, challenged the military to prove its allegation that the grave contained victims of the NPA.She said similar discoveries in the past had been used by the military as reasons to arrest left-wing activists allegedly linked to the mass killings.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Mother of US reporter missing in Syria pleads for answers

first_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Tice said “we have every reason to believe Austin is alive. As recently as a few weeks ago and a number of times over the past 33 months credible sources have told us Austin is alive.”“We are grateful to his captors for keeping him well and safe. Can my son be allowed these days to communicate with me by phone while I am in Beirut?” Tice asked.According to the family, Austin is believed not to be held by the Islamic State group, which has beheaded two American journalists and an aid worker over the past year.Tice said that for more than two years “we have been urging our government to directly engage with the Syrian government to find our son and secure his release.”The family’s request is based on “the fact that Austin went missing in Syria and the sovereign government should have the resources to search for him and to persuade his captors to release him,” she added. She also said that the United States and Syria are “communicating directly but more is needed. Communication must be regular and consistent.”Last week, National Security Council Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the United States government will continue “to work tirelessly” to bring Austin to his parents. Meehan added that Washington greatly appreciate the efforts of the Czech government, which acts as the U.S. protecting power in Syria, “on behalf of our citizens, including Austin.” “Because Austin is an American and because he is alive in Syria, we implore both governments to act on this commitment until we have the only measure as success, Austin’s safe release,” she said.“I long to hold my son in my arms. I want my family to be whole again.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories The vital role family plays in society “I am here asking for information and for help to find my son and bring him safely home,” Debra Tice said at a news conference in Beirut marking more than 1,000 days since his disappearance. “We know Austin is not being held by any part of the opposition. Still, after all these 1,009 days, we do not know where he is nor who is holding him.”“Someone possibly near this place knows something about my son and his whereabouts,” she said. She delivered her statement south of Beirut, near a main stronghold of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement. The armed Shiite group has sent thousands of fighters to Syria to battle alongside President Bashar Assad’s troops.“Are the holders of my son ready to meet face-to-face with one individual alone and let him meet with my son? A friend of the family and known by some Shiite leaders in Lebanon and beyond?” she said.Christophe Deloire, director-general of Reporters Without Borders, meanwhile urged the U.S. government to have more “periodic direct contacts” with Syrian authorities over Tice.“The Syrian government denies holding Austin, but we think it can help us bring him back safe and sound,” Deloire said.center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BEIRUT (AP) — The mother of an American journalist missing in Syria for nearly three years pleaded on Tuesday for information about him, saying she believes that he is still alive.Austin Tice, of Houston, Texas, disappeared in August 2012 while covering Syria’s civil war. A video released a month later showed the journalist blindfolded and held by armed men, saying “Oh, Jesus.” He has not been heard from since. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more