A successful meeting, in which a strong case was made for Nova Scotia, is how Premier Rodney MacDonald described his meeting today, Oct. 17, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Premier MacDonald is in Ottawa for Nova Scotia Days, promoting and raising awareness about Nova Scotia, its people and its business advantages. The premier met this afternoon with Prime Minister Harper discussing fiscal imbalance, promoting development of Nova Scotia as the gateway from Europe and Asia to North America and the province’s bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “Nova Scotia has all of the ingredients to stand on its own and have an independent future, but we must be on a level playing field,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Today I was able to put forward a strong case for Nova Scotia in the spirit of working together with the federal government, and my provincial counterparts for a solution that is fair and good for Canada.” Premier MacDonald also participated in Nova Scotia Days along with business leaders and cabinet ministers from Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia Days was an excellent chance for us to show businesses the many opportunities available in the province and we have been very encouraged with the feedback we have received,” said Premier MacDonald. “Nova Scotia Days was a marvellous opportunity to come to Ottawa as partners with the provincial government and other businesses to show what is happening and what can happen in Nova Scotia,” said Andrew Webber, president Armament Technology Inc. “I appreciate the team approach to showcase our many strengths in Nova Scotia.” “I think this was a worthwhile initiative for business, educational, and government people to get together in Ottawa to listen, exchange ideas and perhaps, most importantly, let others know about the very positive things happening in Nova Scotia,” said George Sutherland, general counsel Michelin North America (Canada). “I appreciated the opportunity to attend.” A number of representatives from Nova Scotia businesses travelledto Ottawa at their own expense to participate in Nova Scotia Days.
October 17, 2019
OTTAWA – The government is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to quash an order for the release of documents about four senators at the heart of the 2013 Senate spending scandal.The appeal filed late last month came on the same day lawyers for the federal transparency watchdog filed their own appeal to more fully reveal details in dozens of pages about Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, Patrick Brazeau and Mac Harb.Both sides believe a Federal Court judge erred in his analysis of how federal officials decided to withhold more than two dozen pages of internal documents and his subsequent decision to release parts of the documents.Neither side in the case has responded to a request for comment.It is the latest twist in a two-year-old legal battle between the Prime Minister’s Office and the information commissioner stemming from an access to information request The Canadian Press filed in 2013 at the height of the spending scandal.And it all arrives as the Liberals are facing criticism over legislation to reform the transparency law at the centre of the case.Sean Holman, an expert on the access to information regime, said the arguments in the case show the divide over the transparency law before Parliament.“On one side, you have those who believe that decision-making should be private and all aspects of it should be hidden from public view and on the other side you have those who believe at least some of that information about decisions should be in public hands,” said Holman, an associate professor of journalism at Calgary’s Mount Royal University.“This is the perennial argument.”In September, a Federal Court judge ordered the Privy Council Office, the central bureaucracy that serves the prime minister and cabinet, to partially release the documents — including a memo Canada’s top bureaucrat wrote to then-prime minister Stephen Harper — ruling they were wrongly classified as sensitive legal or ministerial advice and thus exempt from public release under the access law.Justice James O’Reilly also agreed that portions of the documents related to Duffy, Brazeau, Wallin and Harb should remain out of public view — although those details of the written ruling were among large swaths that remained redacted in order to give the government a chance to appeal.The government decided to do so on Oct. 13. So too did lawyers for information commissioner Suzanne Legault.Both appeals argue that O’Reilly incorrectly assessed the sensitivity of the information in the documents and erred in his evaluation of how officials decided to refuse releasing multiple pages.In August 2013, The Canadian Press filed an access to information request to the Privy Council Office for any records created since March about the four senators.Officials refused to release 27 of 28 relevant pages, providing only what O’Reilly described as “innocuous information” like letterhead, signatures, dates and names.The information commissioner took the Prime Minister’s Office to court in late 2015, believing officials “erred in fact and in law” when they declared every word on the 27 pages to be exempt from the Access to Information Act.
October 16, 2019
Bill Clinton honored recipients at the sixth annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards in New York City in a ceremony featuring performances by recording artists and appearances by heads of state and celebrity philanthropists on Monday.The Clinton Global Citizen Awards recognized individuals from various sectors who demonstrate visionary leadership in addressing global challenges. Carlos Slim Helú, founder of Fundación Carlos Slim; Luis A. Moreno, president of Inter-American Development Bank; Denis O’Brien, chairman and founder of Digicel Group; Pepe Julian Onziema, programme director and advocacy officer of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG); The Right Reverend Christopher Senyonjo, executive director of St. Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre; and Katie Stagliano, founder and chief executive gardener of Katie’s Krops, accepted awards this year.“The work being done by this year’s honorees is nothing short of extraordinary,” said President Clinton. “Tonight I’m proud to honor two Ugandans who risk their lives to secure basic human dignities many of us take for granted, three leaders whose contributions have positively impacted communities across the Caribbean and Latin America, and a social entrepreneur on pace to take my job before she turns 16. These are some truly amazing folks. They embody the spirit of CGI and inspire us all to be more responsible citizens of the world.”Actress Bebe Neuwirth emceed the show that featured performances from Grammy Award-winning singer Seal, slam poet Joshua Bennett, Grammy Award–winning Beninoise recording artist Angélique Kidjo, and Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan. Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Lt. Governor of California Gavin Newsom, Matt Damon, Rosario Dawson, Donna Karan, Eva Longoria, and June Sarpong also made appearances in honor of the recipients.The honorees were nominated by a collection of CGI members and global leaders and selected for their visionary leadership, demonstrated impact, and sustainable and scalable work in solving global issues. Recipients were chosen from government, civil society, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.
October 14, 2019
Amber BernardAPTN NewsFrustration is one word Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) uses to describe her feelings towards budget 2019.“NWAC is extremely disappointed, very frustrated because we just recently signed an accord on February first. We recently had a meeting with the prime minister, we felt our relationship with the government of Canada was moving forward and not seeing any lined items specifically for Indigenous women in Canada is just a slap in the face,” she said.Joe is upset that there is nothing in the budget specifically for Indigenous women.She said if the federal government refuses to find a solution – then NWAC is ready to take it to the election polls this fall.“If they don’t have an answer then I’m going out as well as my provincial and territorial members associations to ensure women use their right to vote in the next election,” she said.Not everyone is pushing back against Budget 2019.Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand is happy with the money promised to the Metis Nation.“This is when some people have said reconciliation is no longer going to be there, we lost two ministers, that has never been the case,” Chartrand said.“Reconciliation champion is still there, he’s the prime minister and his commitment to the language fund shows that they are serious about the preservation of our indigenous languages are important to maintain.”The Metis figure prominently in the budget.$362 million spread out over ten years for post-secondary education, $50 million over five years to enhance the funding of the Metis Capital Corporations to support the start-up of small and medium sized businesses, and $30 million to recognize the contribution Metis veterans made in World Word Two.After the war Metis who enlisted were promised a financial package.That promise never came through.“And the big one for me is that I’ve been fighting for 20 years for the metis veterans to get there justice in this country,” he said.“They never received it when they got back home form World War Two.”Across the country, chief’s associations are slowly reacting to the Tuesday’s budget.In Saskatchewan, a tepid response.“While we are grateful for the investments in some areas for First Nations, including Post-Secondary, Jordan’s Principle and commitments to end the long-standing boil water advisories inmany of our communities, this budget failed to address the desperate need for housing or child welfare” FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron said in a release.“We also now need to focus on the flow through of these funding investments and ensure that they reach our First Nations communities. We need this Federal Government to instruct the bureaucrats to quit stalling these important issues and expedite the funding desperately needed now.”In Ontario, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation which represents 49 communities in the northern part of the province is also questioning missing details.“This budget makes significant commitments to improve access to affordable housing for millennials and the middle class but is lacking in specifics for NAN First Nations,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler in a statement.“Budget 2019 promises investments to Indigenous Services Canada to improve health, education but does not provide detail on how these services will be delivered in our communities.“For example, the budget provides funding to mitigate ‘climate related hazards’ but does not commit funding for the relocation of Kashechewan First Nation, which is severely affected by seasonal flooding. This government has made progress on many of its commitments to reconciliation and improving infrastructure in our communities, but we need to see specific commitments to support the long-term sustainable growth of our communities.”email@example.com@abernardnews
October 13, 2019
The east landslide could also move again during the spring, but is still 200 m from the Old Fort Road and does not pose any immediate threat to other houses in the Old Fort.The PRRD will hold a community meeting on December 17 at 7 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre to present the Geotechnical report to residents of the Old Fort.The Regional District is also working with the Province and consultants to establish monitoring options. There is also an option that the District creates a new position within the Regional District to help residents of the Old Fort, called the Recovery Manager. This person would be hired if the Province approves funding for an initial six month period.To full geotechnical report is included below:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has released the full geotechnical report on the Old Fort Landslide.The report is included in the agenda for the December 14, PRRD Board meeting. The report says the potential for the massive rockslide to move again is high, but there is no imminent danger to homes in the area that haven’t already been affected.The report from Westrek Geotechnical Services says “Both the channelized earthflow and the west landslide are expected to move again, probably during spring freshet, severely damaging the temporary access road leading to the Old Fort and continuing to impact the house at 7605 Old Fort Road.”
October 11, 2019
4 March 2010So-called ‘honour killings’ are an extreme symptom of discrimination against women, which – including other forms of domestic violence – is a plague that affects every country, the United Nations human rights chief says, calling on governments to tackle impunity for this crime. “The reality for most victims, including victims of honour killings, is that State institutions fail them and that most perpetrators of domestic violence can rely on a culture of impunity for the acts they commit – acts which would often be considered as crimes, and be punished as such, if they were committed against strangers,” states High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.In a statement issued today ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day, which is observed annually on 8 March, Ms. Pillay notes that traditionally, there has been some debate around the issue of State responsibility for acts committed in the private sphere. “Some have argued, and continue to argue, that family violence is placed outside the conceptual framework of international human rights,” she says.“However, under international laws and standards, there is a clear State responsibility to uphold women’s rights and ensure freedom from discrimination, which includes the responsibility to prevent, protect and provide redress – regardless of sex, and regardless of a person’s status in the family.”It has been estimated that as many as one in three women across the world has been beaten, raped or otherwise abused during the course of her lifetime. And the most common source of such violence, Ms. Pillay states, comes from within the family, and amongst the most extreme forms of abuse is what is known as ‘honour killing.’ “Most of the 5,000 honour killings reported to take place every year around the world do not make the news, nor do the other myriad forms of violence inflicted on women and girls by husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, uncles and other male – and sometimes even female – family members. “In the name of preserving family ‘honour,’ women and girls are shot, stoned, burned, buried alive, strangled, smothered and knifed to death with horrifying regularity.” The UN human rights chief points out that the problem is exacerbated by the fact that in a number of countries’ domestic legal systems, including through discriminatory laws, still fully or partially exempt individuals guilty of honour killings from punishment. Perpetrators may even be treated with admiration and given special status within their communities. “Honour killings are, however, not something that can be simply brushed aside as some bizarre and retrograde atrocity that happens somewhere else,” she adds. “They are an extreme symptom of discrimination against women, which – including other forms of domestic violence – is a plague that affects every country.” Addressing the UN observance of International Women’s Day in New York yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed out that injustice and discrimination against women persist around the world, manifesting in violence in some cases. Over two thirds of women experience violence in their lifetime, most commonly at the hands of an intimate partner. “We sometimes hear it said that such practices are a matter of culture,” the Secretary-General said, strongly emphasizing that “they are not.”In a related development, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) today announced that it has recorded 183,132 actions to end violence against women through its Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women initiative, surpassing the initial goal for Say NO of stimulating more than 100,000 actions by International Women’s Day. Launched in November 2009 as a web platform to facilitate, showcase and count efforts to address gender-based violence by individuals, governments and civil society, Say NO is a direct contribution to the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign.Also today, UNIFEM launched a Global Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence against Women and Girls. The one-stop centre will support practitioners around the world in effective design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes. The web-based site brings together lessons learned to date and recommended practices gleaned from initiatives on ending violence against women and girls, whether originating from the women’s movement, civil society organizations, governments, the UN system or other actors.
October 8, 2019
The public have been urged to make complaints if there is political interference at independent institutions, the Ministry of Finance said today.The Ministry quoted Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake as saying everyone must get together to create a new Sri Lanka following the political and social change in the country. He said that the police is now able to operate independently unlike before where there was political interference. The Minister said that the Government is keen to ensure the law is fully implemented. The Minister said the police must now show the public that there is a change instead of misusing their powers.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake made these comments at a function held in Borella today. (Colombo Gazette)
October 3, 2019
STRATHMORE, Alta. – One of Canada’s largest pork companies has taken over southern Alberta hog producer Pinnacle Farms.Olymel L.P says it becomes the owner of all Pinnacle’s assets, which include quarantine, sow, nursery and finishing barns.It also takes over management of the operation near Strathmore, east of Calgary.The cost of the acquisition isn’t being disclosed.Pinnacle, which employs 30 people, has been supplying finishing hogs to Olymel for more than four years.The pork giant says its goal is to produce more than 1.5 million hogs annually in Western Canada by 2020 to meet a growing demand from customers.Olymel has a processing plant in Red Deer, Alta., with more than 1,500 workers.The company employs almost 11,500 people, including more than 8,000 in Quebec, and has large facilities in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.It exports nearly one-third of its total sales to more than 65 countries, but mainly to the United States, Japan and Australia. Annual sales are pegged at $3.2 billion.The company markets its products mainly under the Olymel, Lafleur and Flamingo brands. Pork giant Olymel takes over southern Alberta hog producer Pinnacle Farms by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2016 10:07 am MDT Last Updated Nov 25, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
September 21, 2019
Διοικητής NASA Jim Bridenstine σε @ERTsocial “οι ΗΠΑ επιστρέφουν στο φεγγάρι για να μεινουν/αυτή τη φορά πάμε με έναν συνασπισμό διεθνών εταίρων/είμαστε ενθουσιασμένοι που ΕΛΔΟ έχοντας συμπληρώσει έναν χρόνο λειτουργίας θα είναι μαζί μας στη Σελήνη @nikospappas16 #SpaceSymposium pic.twitter.com/PIALpwtilN— Lena Argiri (@lenaargiri) April 8, 2019READ MORE: Acropolis photo during last full moon among National Geographic’s most popular for 2018READ MORE: Greek uni student creates lunar habitat as part of Wild Moon Base project Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Με τη συμφωνία ΕΛΔΟ-NASA για την αποστολή “H Ελλάδα στη Σελήνη”, η χώρα μας μπαίνει στην κατηγορία των ελάχιστων χωρών, οι οποίες θα έχουν πατήσει στο έδαφος της Σελήνης με δικό τους όχημα. Η χώρα αναβαθμίζεται και μπαίνει στην πρωτοπορία της παγκόσμιας έρευνας. pic.twitter.com/wQmy4Xn42U— Νίκος Παππάς (@nikospappas16) April 8, 2019ELDO CEO Mr Mantzouris shared the sentiment, stating that the benefits of the mission will be immense for society, science, the economy, and in particular for young people.“That’s why we urge young people to join the Hellenic Space Organisation and we all come to realise this co-operative agreement that we just signed up to,” he said.“As CEO of ELDO, I am pleased to announce that we will shortly be in the process of completing the staffing of the organisation, and with all our efforts we will serve the strategic goals that the state has set for the period until 2040 and who knows….” Greece is one step closer to exploring the moon, following the signing of an historic agreement with NASA on Monday.The Joint Declaration of Cooperation was signed by representatives of the Hellenic Space Organisation (ELDO) and NASA on the first day of the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado by signatories ELDO CEO Georgios Mantzouris and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Also present, were Greek Minister for Digital Policy Nikos Pappas and ELDO Chairman Christodoulos Protopappas.“… when we go to the moon, we will go with a coalition of international partners. And we are excited that the Hellenic Space Agency, which has now completed one year of operation, will be with us this time we return to the moon,” declared Mr Bridenstine.As part of the agreement, Greece will take part in the Lunar Orbital Platform—Gateway (LOP-G) and exchange information and data for academic and scientific research. Greek educational institutions will also have the chance to participate in international programs, among other benefits.Meanwhile, ELDO has its sights on landing its own robotic lunar vehicle to carry out its own exploration and experiments.Mr Pappas stressed the historic significance.“One year after the establishment of Hellenic Space Organisation, Greece will go to the moon. It will be in the small group of countries in the history of humanity who have sent their own vehicle to the moon,” he said.“The Greek research community does not have to envy any of the research communities in other countries and I think we have a section that will give a new breath to both the research and the international displacement of Greece.”READ MORE: NASA gives Cypriot dialect names to rocks on Mars surface
September 20, 2019
Here’s the Story Behind the World’s First Major Internet AttackTry These Four Policies to Dismantle Online Hate Groups If you’ve been on any message board, you’ve heard of Godwin’s Law: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” It was coined in the 1990s, epochs before Twitter and Facebook, back when Usenet was the big flame war battleground. It was even added to the Oxford English Dictionary.Godwin’s Law isn’t just an Internet meme that grew in the petri dish of newsgroups. It was created by Mike Godwin, a techno-lawyer. Well, a regular lawyer who’s worked for and with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Source Initiative in the past. He’s also the author of Cyber Rights: Defending Free Speech in the Digital Age.For decades, Godwin’s Law has been an Internet adage as well-established and common as Rule 34. It’s also served as shorthand for a declaration that an argument has gone too far and hyperbolic rhetoric has been used to the extent that, well, someone’s been called a Nazi. It’s an argument-ender, a statement that the discussion has become so heated it isn’t anywhere close to what it was originally about. Instead, someone’s been called a Nazi, and it’s hard to go anywhere from there.As of last night, that law has been ruled inapplicable when referring to the white supremacy movement, Neo-Nazis, and any other groups who marched in Charlottesville, VA as part of the “Unite the Right” demonstration. Godwin himself has ruled it in a tweet:By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I’m with you. It’s a fairly reasonable statement, because Charlottesville has shown that this country is now dealing with actual Nazis. Literal swastika-waving, Hitler-saluting, blood-and-soil-chanting Nazis. And no amount of rebranding or soft-selling will change the fact that Unite the Right had people waving Nazi flags and yelling about Jews. It’s pretty clear-cut.This isn’t the first time Godwin has informally amended his law. In 2015, as Donald Trump’s campaign was picking up, he wrote that it’s acceptable to call anyone a Nazi if you actually put the work and thought into justifying it:If you’re thoughtful about it and show some real awareness of history, go ahead and refer to Hitler or Nazis when you talk about Trump. Or any other politician. Again, that’s fair. Don’t just sling accusations of Nazism around. Actually, back it up with some thoughtful logic pointing out historical parallels of rhetoric and tactics. You know, like torch-waving white people shouting “Blood and soil” and waving Nazi flags.Now, with all of these reasonable stipulations for calling people Nazis out of the way, we should point out that Godwin’s Law isn’t an actual law. It’s an Internet adage, and while it can certainly be observed often it is only as official as Rule 34. It isn’t something officially codified, enforced, or scientifically proven or anything else that makes it an actual “law.”It also isn’t a moral judgment. Godwin’s Law is an observation, a tongue-in-cheek note that someone’s going to be called a Nazi if you argue for long enough. The law itself doesn’t actually declare the argument to be over or even call it incorrect. You should, of course, be thoughtful when accusing anyone of anything horrible, but that goes beyond Godwin’s Law. That’s just about being halfway decent.But this is where we are. 25 years ago, getting called a Nazi meant someone really hated your Next Generation fanfic. The idea of a “Unite the Right” movement bringing hundreds of people with torches marching on college campuses while waving Nazi flags and chanting Nazi chants was ridiculous. But now it’s become a reality, and Godwin’s Law says you can totally call them Nazis.And if you march alongside them, or refuse to condemn them for their Nazi bullshit, you might get accused of being a Nazi, too. Because at some point in this lurch towards goose-stepping and seig heiling you could have put your foot down and explicitly kicked these Nazis out of the circles you run in, or left those circles yourself. Stay on target
September 19, 2019
One person was killed, and another critically injured, in a crash near Southeast 164th Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver Wednesday evening.Emergency crews were called to the area around 6:40 p.m., for a report of a crash near Mill Plain Elementary School. Vancouver police Officer Ilia Botvinnik said the call came out as a single vehicle crash, after a vehicle hit a tree.One person died, and another suffered critical injuries, Botvinnik said.As of 8 p.m., officials were diverting north- and southbound traffic on Southeast 164th Avenue between Mill Plain Boulevard and Southeast First Street around the crash area, according to police.Botvinnik said it was possible traffic in the area could see delays for hours as investigators go over the scene.
September 19, 2019
The family of a man who died in the Clark County Jail while being restrained by corrections deputies in 2015 has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the county and individual officers, alleging the use of lethal excessive force.Attorneys representing Mycheal Lynch’s parents and his estate say the family is hopeful the suit will not only procure justice for Lynch but ultimately prompt changes in the jail’s policies to avoid a similar situation from occurring in the future.The complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma demands a jury trial and seeks unlimited punitive damages for Lynch’s “pre-death mental distress, pain, suffering and ultimate death,” according to a press release jointly issued by Vancouver attorneys Jack Green of Green & Ritchie PLLC and Greg Ferguson. A tort claim served on the county in 2015 claimed damages in excess of $4 million.Vancouver attorney William Nelson of Baumgartner, Nelson & Wagner PLLC is also representing Lynch’s family and estate in the federal suit. He represented the family of Marius Asanachescu, who sued the county and its health care contractor in 2013 over their son’s death while being restrained in the jail. That case settled outside of court for $700,000, according to Columbian archives.“As this lawsuit progresses, we expect to explore in detail what appears to be a troubling pattern of inmates being injured and ultimately dying at the hands of county corrections deputies while being restrained,” Ferguson said in the press release.
September 16, 2019
CENTRALIA — Cowlitz River fish managers projected columns of numbers of how many young salmon and steelhead could be raised on the river at a meeting last week.“There is a missing column up there — what our punch cards tell you,” Mike Ferris of Auburn exclaimed. “We don’t like smoke and mirrors,” Ferris said. “We want it straightforward.”Representatives of Tacoma Power, which operates the hatcheries on the Cowlitz, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife didn’t have statistics on how many Cowlitz fish anglers catch and record on their punch cards. However, many fishermen who spoke at the meeting agreed that catch levels have declined over the years.More than 100 people attended the lively, standing-room-only meeting at Centralia College.“We fish, and we’re not seeing the returns,” Ferris said. “I want to see something in your policy that there will be fish for the fishermen.”“This is supposed to be a fisherman’s river,” said Ace Wade of Toutle. “It’s a Tacoma Power river is what it looks like.”
September 9, 2019
As of this week, Alaska left that minority, but it’s not been easy. At the time, the council had four, full-time employees and a contractor who administered grants, took care of artwork and organized events like the Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards and Poetry Out Loud. When the council closed its doors, Brown said Alaska became part of a small minority of states. That’s when the governor released his initial round of budget vetoes that effectively shuttered the arts council. Juneau artists hold up their work at a demonstration outside Sealaska Heritage Institute protesting the budget cuts to the Alaska State Council on the Arts on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO) “Not having a state arts agency has only really happened once before, about a decade ago in Kansas, and it led to the loss of really important programming in Kansas,” Brown said. Brown believes the funding for his organization wasn’t re-vetoed because the programs the council supports — like the license plate design contest — have broad public appeal across the state. “It felt horrible. The 28 of June, that was a very rough day for all of us,” said council chair Ben Brown. But he didn’t repeat all of them. Among the funding the Alaska Legislature restored that the governor let stand was $3,869,600 for the Alaska State Council on the Arts. It caps a turbulent ride for the council. When Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed the state’s final operating budget earlier this week, he repeated his earlier vetoes for many state programs and agencies. “It still has caused tremendous disruption to the staff, and I am still in the process of working with the executive director whom we hope to bring back on board as soon as possible,” Brown said. Once the office is up and running again, artists and arts organizations who had their grants canceled this summer could get some good news.
September 3, 2019
Rescuers work at a collapsed house following a quake in Amatrice, central Italy. Reuters file photoThree earthquakes hit central Italy Wednesday in a stinging triple-punch that brought fresh terror to an area still reeling from deadly quakes last year and struggling to cope with heavy snowfall.Monitors said the first quake, which struck at 10:25 am (0925 GMT) was around 5.3 magnitude. A second, some 50 minutes later, was put at 5.7 magnitude by the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and was quickly followed by a third, measured at 5.5.The tremors were felt across the Abruzzo, Lazio and Marche regions and also in Rome, over 100 kilometres (60 miles) away.Train services on some mainlines and the Rome underground were suspended on safety grounds. The Italian foreign ministry building and some schools in the capital were evacuated.Those schools that were not already closed due to snow in towns and villages closer to the affected area were also evacuated.Emergency services mobilised helicopters to check the impact of the quakes and the national civil protection agency was assessing the damage in villages closest to the epicentre.There were no immediate reports of building collapses but residents of the city of Aquila, where over 300 people died in a 2009 earthquake, rushed into the snow-covered streets in scenes of panic.- ‘Did we do something bad?’ -The epicentres of the quakes were pinpointed in an area close to Amatrice, the mountain town devastated by the first of the earthquakes which struck the mountainous centre of the country between August and October last year.Nearly 300 people died in that 6.0 magnitude quake, most of them in or close to Amatrice, a beauty spot which was packed with holiday makers at the height of the summer season.Two further quakes rattled the region in October, with the most powerful measuring 6.5 magnitude.The latest quake came in the wake of 36 hours of continuous snowfall in areas close to Amatrice and another badly-hit mountain town, Norcia.Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi cursed his town’s bad luck.”I don’t know if we did something bad. That’s what I have been asking since yesterday. We have got up to two metres of snow and now another earthquake. What can I say? I have no words.”Stefano Petrucci, mayor of nearby Accumoli, described the situation as “dramatic.””The roads are unpassable because of the snow and we have hardly any trucks available to clear them, some of them are broken down. We can’t fight a war with bows and arrows.”- A vulnerable country -As a result of last year’s quakes many residents have been evacuated to temporary accommodation outside the earthquake-prone zone.The last of 2016’s major quakes, which struck on October 30, was the most powerful since a 6.9 magnitude one struck near Naples in southern Italy in 1980, leaving 3,000 people dead.The October quakes did not directly result in any deaths but thousands were left homeless and scores of historic buildings suffered serious damage, much of it irreperable.Italy has long been accustomed to dealing with earthquakes and the Amatrice disaster in particular led to questions being asked as to why so many buildings had not been upgraded to ensure they did not pose a threat to life in the event of predictable tremors.Much of Italy’s land mass and some of its surrounding waters are prone to seismic activity with the highest risk concentrated along its mountainous central spine.Italy straddles the Eurasian and African tectonic plates, making it vulnerable to seismic activity when they move.The worst disaster of recent times was the 1980 one near Naples. The worst of the 20th Century was in 1908 when an estimated 95,000 died in tidal waves following a quake centred in the waters between mainland Italy and Sicily.
September 3, 2019
DengueThere is a profusion of Aedes mosquito larvae at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Mugda Medical College Hospital in the city. Ironically, these are the hospitals where the highest number of dengue patients are being treated. This was revealed in the latest report of the government’s disease control unit.Entomologists have said that Aedes mosquito larvae was found in 80 per cent of discarded bottles, buckets and bowls as well as window ledges of the Mugda hospital. It is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.Director of Mugda Medical College Hospital, Amin Ahmed Khan, told Prothom Alo, “It is only normal for mosquitoes to be here. The hospital is built on a marsh and there is water-logging all around when it rains.”He said that the hospital is being extended upwards and water is accumulates on all the floors. The water from the air conditioners is not being cleared away either. So far, 30 nurses and 12 physicians of the hospital have been afflicted by dengue.According to a survey carried out by the disease control unit from 31 July to 4 August, the most Aedes larvae was found in discarded utensils in Mugda Medical College Hospital, Kamalapur BRTC bus depot, Kamalapur railway station and the Shahjahanpur slum.The situation is the same at the Gabtoli bus terminal, Dhaka Medical College Hospital and the Mirpur-12 BRTC bus depot. The survey said that 60 to 80 per cent of the discarded utensils in these places had Aedes mosquito larvae. Discarded tyres are the best places for mosquitoes to breed.Under construction buildings and other infrastructure are best for mosquito breeding. Senior entomologist of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Bhupender Nagpal, during a recent visit to Dhaka, said that if mosquitoes in under construction buildings and other infrastructure could be destroyed, then dengue would decrease by 40 per cent. The concerned construction contractors should be responsible for destroying these mosquitoes.The survey found Aedes mosquito larvae in 20 to 60 per cent of the discarded containers and other utensils of the Metrorail project, in the Mohakhali Korail slum, Syedabad bus terminal and Rajarbagh police lines. Work on the Metrorail project is being carried out from Uttara, to Pallabi, Mirpur, Farmgate, up till Motijheel.Speaking to Prothom Alo about the results of the survey, BRAC chairperson, economist Hossain Zillur Rahman, said it is evident that the awareness efforts have been restricted to rhetoric. The government is talking about awareness, but the key places are not being cleaned or rid of mosquitoes. Awareness has to be defined by action.
September 1, 2019
BALTIMORE (AP) — A health care enrollment fair on Saturday drew hundreds of Maryland residents who lined up and waited to beat Monday’s midnight deadline to enroll in a health care plan.People said they generally waited about an hour at the Baltimore Convention Center before sitting down with a navigator to help guide them through the process. Several said it then took between 15 and 30 minutes to enroll.LaVerne Henson, a 49-year-old Baltimore resident who hasn’t had health insurance since 2009, said she decided to take advantage of the in-person help after trying six frustrating times to enroll herself through the state’s troubled online exchange website.”Coming here, we had no problem,” Henson said. “We went straight through it in less than 20 minutes.”Amber LeSane, 33, said she had had trouble understanding how different health care plans worked when she used the website, and she wanted to meet with someone to get more information about deductions and tax credits. After waiting an hour to see a navigator, LeSane said she enrolled in a plan in 30 minutes.”It was actually pretty good,” LeSane, of Randallstown, said. “The wait time wasn’t as long as I expected, and the navigator was very friendly, very helpful, so it was overall a good experience.”Organizers reported a steady stream of people attending.”Very easily we’ll see 500 today,” said Kathleen Westcoat, CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland.U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., spoke to a roomful of people who were sitting down with 33 navigators. He implored them to tell friends and neighbors who don’t have health insurance to enroll by the deadline.”I am not asking you to talk to them. I am begging you to,” Cummings said.Karen Snead, a 50-year-old Baltimore resident who enrolled, said she would do just that.”I’m going to pass the word on to all the people I know that don’t,” Snead said.Maryland residents can continue to get help in person at a variety of locations across the state on Monday. Locations and hours of operation can be found on the Maryland Health Connection website at www.marylandhealthconnection.govThe state’s health exchange board has adopted a plan to help people who have tried to enroll before the deadline at the end of the month but were unable to complete an application. Consumers will be able to let the exchange know that they have started an application but have been unable to finish it. State residents who call by March 31 will get a call and special assistance for enrollment for coverage that begins May 1.Maryland is one of 14 states that created its own health care exchange, which crashed on the day it debuted Oct. 1 and continues to have serious problems. The last-minute signups come as state officials have been thinking about whether to adopt another state’s exchange technology, move to the federal exchange or make more fixes to the state’s exchange. Gov. Martin O’Malley said Friday an announcement on how the state will proceed will be made in the coming days.A meeting of the state’s health exchange board, which would make the decision, is scheduled for Tuesday. One potential solution that has been discussed for weeks is to adapt the Connecticut health exchange system for Maryland for qualified health plans.Sen. Ben Cardin, who greeted residents at the enrollment fair, said he believed it would be the right time to reconsider a new platform after the first signup period ends Monday.”That’s what I think the state is considering, a new platform where we can get better service — not only to those who want to enroll but those who are currently enrolled, because this is a continuing process,” Cardin said. “So we want to have a very friendly consumer platform, so you can go on the Internet at any time, get the information you need, change things if you have to, enroll if you haven’t already, so I think the state recognizes that it made a mistake. It’s now correcting it.”
August 27, 2019
News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform New platform brings advances from Philips Azurion image-guided therapy platform to mobile C-arms, adapting to needs of a range of surgical specialties News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more 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 Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content February 18, 2019 — Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray systems that are brought into the operating room (OR) to provide live image guidance during a wide range of surgeries including orthopedic, trauma and vascular procedures. The Zenition mobile C-arm platform brings together innovations in image capture, image processing, ease-of-use and versatility pioneered on Philips’ Azurion platform. Zenition allows hospitals to maximize OR performance, enhance their clinical capabilities and offer their staff a high-quality user experience. Zenition will be introduced in the U.S., Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the first half of 2019, and will subsequently be rolled out in further markets.The scope and complexity of surgical interventions – especially in the rapidly growing area of image-guided minimally invasive surgery – continues to increase, as does the number of patients requiring treatment. In order to treat more patients at a lower cost, hospitals require a versatile fleet of C-arms with varying capabilities that easily adapt to the needs of different types of surgery and different operators. Zenition mobile C-arms are easy to move between operating rooms, simple to position around the patient and intuitive to operate.Read the article “Mobile C-Arms Mature But Improving”“The Philips Zenition is a user-friendly system that’s intuitive to use for both surgeons and nursing staff,” said Nikolaos Bonaros, associate professor of cardiac surgery at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. “Its simplified workflow means that we can convert a room from a conventional OR to a high-quality interventional room more quickly. At the same time the system provides high image quality at the level required for hybrid OR procedures.”Philips Zenition supports increased OR performance across the healthcare facility. The platform’s tablet-like user interface and simple Unify workflow mean that once an operator has learned to use one system on the platform, it is easy for them to operate them all. The systems make point-and-shoot image capture fast and intuitive during any interventional or surgical procedure. Zenition’s compact design, Position Memory feature (only available on Zenition 70) and BodySmart software, which captures fast and consistent images even at the edge of the image intensifier or flat detector, reduce the need for C-arm repositioning by 45 percent .For crisp high-quality image viewing, Zenition C-arm systems incorporate the same image processing algorithms used on the company’s Azurion platform, offering high-definition visualization of patient anatomies and a greater viewing area. Image quality is assured by features such as Philips’ MetalSmart software, which automatically adjusts the contrast and brightness of images to improve image quality when metal objects such as implants are present in the field of view – a feature that makes Zenition systems especially useful in orthopedics.The Philips Zenition platform is designed for the future, allowing for longer clinical relevance of the systems. With two different detector and image intensifier options and the ability to subscribe to Philips’ Technology Maximizer program, Zenition offers users the latest software and hardware technology releases for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them individually.Philips’ Zenition C-arms are CE marked and have received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They will be showcased at the 2019 European Congress of Radiology (ECR) exhibition, Feb. 28 – March 3 in Vienna, Austria.Read the article “Mobile C-Arms Going Digital”For more information: www.usa.philips.com/healthcareReference Results obtained during user tests performed in November 2013 by Use-Lab GmbH, an independent company. The tests involved 30 U.S.-based clinicians (15 physicians teamed up with 15 nurses or X-ray technicians), who performed simulated procedures in a simulated OR environment. None of them had worked with a Philips C-arm or with each other before. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more
August 16, 2019
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced its successful growth strategy of increasing the company’s presence in state capitals and key cities, forging new partnerships and strengthening its brand presence with Radisson RED and midscale brands Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites.Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s India portfolio comprises of 140 hotels in operation and under development across 60 cities in India, including 16 state capitals. The operating portfolio’s Compounded Average Growth Rate (CAGR) is a remarkable 17% since 2010. The group also witnessed healthy Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) growth in India with eight percent increase vis-à-vis the industry’s performance of six percent for 2016. On track to open eight hotels this year, the group recently launched Radisson Blu Jammu and Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru in Q1.“As one of the leading international hospitality operators in India, we have established a nationwide presence through a significant footprint and deep understanding of this key market. We believe in the further expansion of our plans through new strategic partnerships and growth opportunities to augment our existing strong brand presence,” said Thorsten Kirschke, President- Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.To drive organic growth, the group’s South Asia team has expanded its presence in state capitals, while accelerating growth in emerging secondary and tertiary cities as connectivity and infrastructure in the country improves.“With continued investment in technology and revenue driving platforms, we are optimistic and in a good position to double our portfolio size in the mid-term with future opportunities in anchor markets and portfolio deals. In addition, with a strong workforce of about 15,000 committed employees, our growth promises rewarding career opportunities,” added Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer- South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
August 10, 2019
1. Fly your own planeWant to fly an A380? You only need to be nine to pilot one at the Emirates Aviation Experience, located on the south bank of the River Thames at one end of the Emirates Airline cable car. Sit in the driving seat up in the cockpit for a 30 minute session – four people can join a single session for £45. If this is a little steep for half an hour then the centre is still worth a look – you’ll find out what happens behind the scenes on board an airplane as well as back on the ground in the airport – and admission is just £3 for adults and £1.50 for under 12s.Click on the image to read the real life confessions of a private jet pilot. Credit: ©Matt Brown / Flickr Have any tips on family travel in and around London? Let us know in the comments below and and we may share your advice in our next feature.For more inspiration on what to see and do in London, check these out:6 best budget sleeps in LondonDid you know it’s possible to stay in central London for free?12 of the best places to eat and drink in LondonFrom fine dining to hipster hangouts to tables with a view, check out 12 of London’s best places to eat.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Credit: ©Laika ac / Flickr4. Hit the ice and avoid the crowdsIce skating in the capital in winter usually means elbowing your way on to the rink outside Somerset House or the Natural History Museum. Prefer to skate in peace this winter? Broadgate Circus ice rink tends to be London’s quietest, tucked away between the towering city skyscrapers, right next door to Liverpool Street station, and open from November 16th to February 25th. Book your slot online in advance; tickets cost £13 for adults and £9 for children. When you’ve worked up an appetite you could decide to see the city from above and grab dinner at one of London’s impressive tables with a stunning skyline view. Credit: ©Nigel Chadwick CC BY-SA 2.05. Float above the River ThamesSince the Shard opened in 2013, Tower Bridge has had to fight off stiff competition for the title of best viewpoint across the capital. But the iconic landmark has upped its game and now has a glass floor. Be suspended above the Thames on the high level walkways and look down as the people and boats stream by beneath your feet – for the ultimate selfie, strike a pose lying down on the glass overlooking the city. Tickets cost £9 for adults and £3.90 for children, with a range of discounted family tickets also available. Tower Hill and London Bridge are the most convenient Tube stations.Click on the photo for 10 more terrific things to see and do in London. 3. Meet the dodo and cuddle quaggasGet up close and personal with some of the exotic animals that roam our earth, and some that have long-been extinct, at the Grant Museum of Zoology, part of west London’s University College London. Home to all manner of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid, kids will love the ‘ick’ factor of the brain collection, while the dodo bones and quagga skeletons will be the closest you’ll ever get to these now extinct species. 10. Pull some stringsThe Little Angel Theatre is London’s only permanent puppet theatre and its 100-seat performance space is the place to go for original and engaging puppet theatre, all aimed at family audiences. Get there on the Northern and Victorian Lines, stopping at Angel, Highbury and Islington. Until October 28, follow Polar Bear on his hunt for a new home after the ice starts melting in The Journey Home, and from November 21 check out the theatre’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. Tickets cost from £11 for adults and £9 for children with the Friday 5pm show costing just £5. Credit: ©Anatoleya / Thinkstock Editorial7. Go back to schoolSchool on a Sunday? The kids just might agree when you tell them the adults are going too – and will be subject to the same strict Victorian rules! Every first Sunday of the month the Ragged School Museum in Mile End teaches an authentic 45-minute lesson in its Victorian classroom. The school was set up in 1877 by Dr. Thomas Barnardo to provide a basic education for local children – today expect to be taken through your three Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic for those of you not born in the eighteenth century) in true Victorian style. General admission is free but a suggested donation is £2 and lessons are first come, first served, at 2.15pm and 3.30pm. Can’t make it on the right Monday? Check out their website for family craft days during the half-term.Once you’re done swatting up, head to The Greedy Cow on Grove Road for a thoroughly modern kangaroo burger on a sourdough bun. Credit: ©-JvL- / Flickr 6. Have one foot in each hemisphereStand one foot in each hemisphere at London’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich and admire sweeping views back over the city. It also has the Peter Harrison Planetarium, which uses state of the art technology to fly you into the heart of the sun, show you the birth of a star and even land you on Mars. Entrance to the Royal Observatory plus one planetarium show costs £12.50 for adults and £6.50 for children – admission to the Astronomy Centre is completely free! If you get bored looking at he stars then the Cutty Sark is just around the corner, once a fine British tea clipper, now a state of the art museum dedicated to the chai trade and all things nautical. 2. Go on a city tour with a differenceSee London from a whole new angle with London Duck Tours, who take you from the road into the river – without switching vehicles. You’ll see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace before splashing into the Thames. They also have a number of themed tours, including a slick James Bond ride past some of the movie’s famous sights. Tickets cost £24 for adults and £16 for under 18s. All ages can join the tour, though only two under ones are permitted on each bright yellow duck boat. RelatedToursome! 10 tours with a twistForget open-top bus sightseeing tours, get on your bike, or your kayak, or your…Top 10 things to do in LondonLondon holds infinite possibilities for all tastes, from riotous nights out to fascinating trips back into history.Things to do in London at Christmas that will make you feel festiveTwinkling lights, towering Christmas trees, mulled wine and ice rinks, the capital knows how to do Christmas. Whether you’re heading down to London with the kids this festive season or yo’re just looking for some Christmas ideas to get you in the spirit, here’s our guide on where and how… Credit: ©Karen Bryan / Flickr8. Walk on the roof of The O2The O2 isn’t just for pop concerts, it also offers one of London’s best views, from the very top of the dome! Get all the abseiling gear on and head up and over the roof of this London icon (52 metres at it’s highest point) for a 360-degree panorama over the capital – you can see for up to 15 miles away on a clear day. They even have an app you can download with a labelled view so you spot all of the major London sights. Children must be at least 10 years old and 1.2 metres tall. Tickets cost £28 for weekdays and £35 for weekends, public holidays, sunset and twilight climbs. And don’t fret, the rain won’t stop you having fun: they won’t cancel a climb unless the weather is really rough, and believe us, it’s well worth getting a little wet for! 9. Get down on the farmThere’s always something going on down on the farm, especially if it’s in the heart of London’s East End. The 32-acre Mudchute City Farm is the city’s largest and home to numerous British rare breeds, such as saddleback pigs and the white faced woodland sheep. There are also donkeys, llamas and goats for to cuddle up to. There’s also an equestrian centre on site with an all-weather riding arena and horses for all levels available for private and group lessons. Open daily (including bank holidays), entrance is free, but as this is run by a local community charity all donations are gratefully received.