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World Indigenous Nations Games to hit central Alberta in July

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsThe second annual World Indigenous Nations Games is heading to Enoch Cree Nation and Edmonton July 2-9 said 0rganizers at its official launch Monday in Enoch.So far 14 countries have registered to compete in the games, some of which include Panama, Finland, New Zealand, Uruguay and Russia.“I take full responsibility to work with our predecessors who blazed these trails for us to celebrate sport and culture on not just a national but an international level,” said Chief Billy Morin of Enoch.“We look forward to taking care of all Indigenous peoples of the world for that time that they’re here. They’re going to be our people. They’re going to be our brothers and sisters. We’re going to feed them, house them and make them feel comfortable.”Peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity is the theme for the games. Surrounding First Nations, the Metis Nation of Alberta, Edmonton and the University of Alberta will join Enoch to sponsor the event.“Our commitment to reconciliation goes beyond the walls of our institution,” said Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse on behalf of U of A. “We are very proud to contribute to the success of these games. We see these games as an opportunity to be a pillar of the lifting up of Indigenous people from around the world.”Over the course of eight days spectators will witness various sporting competition taking place in Enoch and Edmonton. Traditional games will also be featured where Indigenous peoples from Canada will showcase horse relays, lacrosse and Denesuline hand games.Founder and ambassador Dr. Wilton Littlechild said the games will showcase the strength and beauty of cultural diversity from around the globe.“Sport has the power to change lives,” said Littlechild. “We’ve gone through a very sad chapter in Canada where our cultures have been suppressed. We are calling on all governments to join us in leaving a positive legacy for all humanity.”The games are expecting up to 4,000 athletes and participants with registration from at least 30 countries. A budget of $25 million is the goal with fundraising efforts still in motion.Organizers welcome volunteers to submit an application on its website at www.wingames2017.comThe event is designed to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 140th anniversary of Treaty 6.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Missing crew member from UN Liberia copter crash confirmed dead

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today confirmed that Friday’s crash of a UN helicopter which took the lives of two crew members also killed the third person on board, who had been listed as missing.The cargo helicopter which went down near Ganta, Nimba County, in northeastern Liberia killed the Pilot in Command, Vitali Drozdov (42); Co-Pilot Sergey Kolosov (53); and Flight Engineer Nikolai Zhorikov (58). All three were nationals of the Russian Federation.“The United Nations recognizes and appreciates the valuable contribution made to the work of UNMIL by these three men, who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” the mission said in a statement.Meanwhile, an extensive investigation has been launched in an effort to determine the causes of the crash. 5 November 2007The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today confirmed that Friday’s crash of a UN helicopter which took the lives of two crew members also killed the third person on board, who had been listed as missing. read more

At UN Jordan urges stronger international efforts to end Middle East conflict

29 September 2008The diplomatic Quartet guiding international efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must step up its pressure on the two sides to fulfil pledges they have made towards a possible comprehensive settlement, Jordan’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today. Salah Bashir said the Quartet – comprising the United Nations as well as the European Union, Russia and the United States – is indispensable to efforts to move “the political process towards reaching a peaceful solution, ending the Israeli occupation, dismantling the settlements in the Palestinian occupied territory. “Also, the Quartet is necessary to fulfil the ambitions and hopes of the Palestinian people, in accordance with international legitimacy by ending the occupation and establishing its own national State on its national territory, including East Jerusalem, and the return of the refugees to their homes, cities and villages, which they were forced to leave in 1948.” Mr. Bashir said the negotiating track launched last year in the US city of Annapolis, which Jordan supports, was now reaching a vital stage. “The last months of this year will be critical in the journey of these negotiations,” he said, urging the Quartet and the wider international community to “demand the parties” fulfil the pledges they made as part of the Road Map, which foresees two States eventually living side by side in peace. After meeting on Friday at UN Headquarters in New York, the Quartet called on Palestinians to commit themselves to non-violence and recognition of Israel, and on Israel to freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth, and to dismantle outposts erected since March 2001. Mr. Bashir said it was critical that Israel has the political will to solve the conflict, and that the daily living conditions of the Palestinians are improved and their state institutions strengthened. “This will require mending the rift in Palestine against the backdrop of the Arab peace initiative [a 2003 proposal for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] and to promote the position of the Palestinian Authority in negotiation and strengthen it on the international arena.” read more

UN agency against HIV voices concern over conviction of Malawian gay couple

27 May 2010The head of the United Nations agency fighting HIV/AIDS has expressed concern over the recent conviction in Malawi of a gay couple and their sentencing to 14 years in jail, warning that it could undermine health-care efforts aimed at helping people living with the disease. Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said on Tuesday that the conviction of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga earlier this month for “indecent practices between males” and “unnatural offences” had worrying health, societal, cultural and human rights ramifications.“Evidence from several countries in Africa shows a significant number of new HIV infections occurring among sex workers, people who use drugs and men who have sex with men,” said Mr. Sidibé.“Opening a societal dialogue on these sensitive and critical issues is the only way to guarantee access to health services and restore dignity to all.”Mr. Sidibé and Michel Kazatchkine, the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, made a joint official visit to Malawi this week to see first-hand the country’s efforts to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic.They held talks in the capital, Lilongwe, with Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika, who is also the current Chairperson of the African Union (AU), and raised the issue of the convictions of Mr. Monjeza and Mr. Chimbalanga.Mr. Mutharika said he was confident that the cultural, religious and legal dimensions of the debate generated by the couple’s case would lead to a positive outcome, according to a press release issued by UNAIDS.Mr. Sidibé and Professor Kazatchkine also discussed the broader Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the set of anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, with Mr. Mutharika. They commended the President and his country for their efforts to try to attain the MDGs and combat AIDS. read more

President calls for cooperation to eradicate poverty

Delegates from BIMSTEC Member States- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand attended the Meeting. Addressing the Meeting President Maithripala Sirisena said that a strong cooperation programme is needed to eradicate poverty in the region and to promote prosperity. The President emphasized on the need for a commitment to eradicate poverty from all of human society and not only in the region. He also said that it is the responsibility of the world’s powerful nations to ensure that no one will starve in the world.The President said that he was pleased to hold the BIMSTEC event in Sri Lanka at a time when the BIMSTEC region is becoming an important player in international geopolitics. Representatives, including the State Minister of Finance and Planning of Bangladesh, Muhammad Abdul Mannan, Bhutan’s Minister of Finance, Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Minister of Internal Affairs of Thailand attended the Meeting.Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage S.B. Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry Sriyani Weerakoon and others participated on this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena today called for strong cooperation to eradicate poverty in the region.The Third Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo, today. read more

Loonie drops half a cent after inflation slips to more than 3

Loonie drops half a cent after inflation slips to more than 3 year low TORONTO – The dollar pulled back more than half a cent Friday after Statistics Canada reported the country’s inflation rate fell to its lowest level in more than three years.The loonie moved down 0.61 of a cent to 100.66 cents US.Statistics Canada said the annual inflation rate dropped to 0.8 per cent in November, affected primarily by lower gasoline prices and discounting by car dealers to attract sales. Economists had expected the inflation rate to fall to one per cent, a drop of two-tenths of a per cent from the rate in October.The agency also reported Canada’s gross domestic product grew 0.1 per cent in October.The Conference Board of Canada said Friday that its index of consumer confidence was down again in December, the third month in a row, dropping by 2.4 points from the previous month to 77.9. The index is based a monthly survey of consumer attitudes about a number of personal and general financial issues.Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to grapple with the uncertainty of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.Republican leaders postponed a vote on legislation that would raise taxes on wealthier Americans, bringing the country closer to the so-called “fiscal cliff.”House Speaker John Boehner conceded late Thursday that there were not enough votes from Republican lawmakers for his plan that would have allowed higher tax rates for those making $1 million and above.Many Republicans don’t want higher taxes at all.Congress will reconvene on Thursday after the Christmas holiday.A deal must be reached by the end of this year to avoid going over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” which would involve the automatic imposition of hundreds of billions of dollars in spending cuts and tax increases that could plunge the world’s largest economy back into recession and depress economies around the world.In commodities, the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slid $1.47 to close at US$88.66 a barrel.March copper was up 3.1 cents at US$3.57 a pound. February bullion added $14.20 to US$1,660.10 an ounce. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 21, 2012 6:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

€600k in leftover funding used to manipulate taxpayer Creighton claims

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS been accused of planning to ‘manipulate taxpayers to vote in a particular way’ using funds it still receives for expelled TDs, or TDs that have left coalition parties.Deputy Lucinda Creighton told the Dáil last night that “almost €600,000 in top-ups is being paid by the taxpayer to the headquarters” of Fine Gael and Labour.However, a government minister said that it is now lawful for public funding to be used in elections. “This money has been allocated to the party in my name and those of my colleagues,” she said.“We are no longer members of the parliamentary party because we have been expelled and some of us are no longer members of the party at all.”The remarks were made last night during a debate on the Oireachtas Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Amendment Bill 2013.If passed, it could mean a ten per cent cut in allowances for party leaders and independent politicians, amounting to a saving of almost €840,000 a year.Any unspent money will be repaid.Creighton also accused the government of becoming caught up in an ‘unacceptable’ stand-off with Standards in Public Office Commission over how funds are collected for elections.“The vast majority of the fund-raising carried out by political parties is done by individual branches throughout the country,” she said, calling it an “obvious way” to avoid transparency.ExpelledIn the cutting exchange, Creighton detailed that the extra funding amounts to €300,00 for six expelled Fine Gael TDs and €284,000 for four Labour deputies who have left the party.She claimed that a senior source within Fine Gael informed her that the party would use this money in elections.“That is a complete manipulation and distortion of the democratic process which obtains in this country,” she said.Minister for Public Expenditure later responded to similar queries from deputies that “one cannot use public money for election purposes”.“It is not lawful”, he said.Creighton added that it was “repulsive” that Exchequer funding for political parties had increased despite other budgetary cuts.Explained: This is how the government plans to tackle the politicians’ allowance bill >Reform Alliance: 9 things we learned from their ‘monster meeting’ >last_img read more

EUs Exclusion of Agriculture Disappointing for Soy Growers

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is disappointed that the European Union has voted on a mandate to move forward with an EU-U.S. Free Trade Agreement that excludes agriculture. The EU is a critically important market for U.S. food exports, including soybeans.Soybeans exported to the EU in 2017 were valued at $1.6 billion. ASA applauded the initial decision to launch comprehensive negotiations between the U.S. and European Union in order to liberalize trade and investment in a variety of sectors.“We had high hopes that some of the longstanding concerns regarding the EU’s policies on agricultural biotechnology and on revising the EU’s pesticide laws would be addressed,” said Davie Stephens, Kentucky soy grower and ASA president. “With the EU now formally excluding ag, it will be difficult if not impossible to address these non-tariff barriers that severely inhibit trade between our countries.”ASA maintains that the EU approach to biotechnology, gene editing and pesticide regulation needs to be risk-based and consistent with international practice under the Codex Alimentarius (Codex), which is the foundation of internationally-accepted standards and guidance. The current and emerging EU regulatory approaches lack alignment with Codex, are based on hazard rather than risk–based assessments, and represent barriers to trade.ASA urges the U.S. Administration to push back on the EU and insist that these vital agriculture issues are addressed either in the context of an FTA or through bilateral discussions.last_img read more

Police aim to strengthen relationship with South Florida community

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida officials took action, Thursday morning, to build a better relationship between officers and the local community.“This is how you get this message across to the people,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley. “Not just this forum. You have to take it to the community.”A panel of experts, including Adderley, participated in a forum to discuss tensions between officers and the local community. They will be addressing topics on how to rebuild trust and confidence within the public.“You have to have the dialogue with the people that just don’t understand, and the more you can educate them, the better for the public,” added Adderley. “And when people realize what the situation actually is, rather than jumping to a conclusion without the facts, then I think you have a much better way of convincing the public whether the officer was justified or not.”The program was held at the Tower Club, on Third Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, and began at 7:30 a.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Browser Not Apps Still Biggest News Channel on Tablets

first_imgHowever, it appears that while two-thirds of tablet owners have a news app on their device, most are still accessing news content through a Web browser. This is not what content publishers want to hear. As the study points out, publishers banked on apps as the key mechanism for content delivery and sales. “When it was launched, many observers believed that the tablet might help change the experience of news consumers and the economic ground rules of digital news consumption,” says the report. “That belief was based on the sense that people would consume information on tablets largely through special applications or apps that provide content from a favorite news organization like the New York Times or one’s local newspaper.”Forty percent of respondents that read news on their tablets get it via a Web browser. From there, 31 percent use both the browser and a news app, while 21 percent use primarily apps to get their news.Consequently, the economics around news content are constrained. The study finds that 14 percent of respondents have paid to access news on the device. Twenty-three percent get their digital access through a print subscription bundle. And 21 percent would be willing to pay $5 per month if that was the only way to get news from their favorite source on the tablet. Of those that have the news apps, 83 percent said being free or low cost were major factors in downloading the apps.Nevertheless, while desktop computer habits were cited as a potential reason for the continued reliance on browsers for news access, users are beginning to substitute their tablets for other devices when consuming news content. According to the study, 90 percent of news users consume content on the tablet that they used to get through other devices. Eighty percent say they now get news on their tablets that they used to view on their laptop or desktop computers. And tablets are creeping up on print and television, too. Fifty-nine percent of respondents say the tablet has taken the place of magazines and newspapers for news and 57 percent say the same for television. While consuming news has become one of the more popular activities for tablet users, access to it is still largely conducted through a browser, not specialized apps, says a new study released by the Pew Research Center and The Economist Group.Further, generating revenue from news content continues to be a challenge. The study, called “The Tablet Revolution and What it Means for the Future of News”, aims to benchmark tablet usage, particularly in relation to how news content is accessed and consumed. According to the study, tablet owners are avid news consumers. Fifty-three percent of respondents say they consume news daily on the device-more than social networking (39 percent), gaming (30 percent) and reading books (17 percent). Only sending and receiving email, at 54 percent, edged higher. last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Graphic & Technical Designer by PetRageous DesignsFull-TIme Special Hazards Technician at Hiller CompaniesFull-Time Fire Alarm Technician & Installer at Hiller CompaniesFull-Time Telecommunications Cable Technician at MTS Services Inc.Full-Time Human Resources Intern at Charles River LabsFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Delivery Driver at Optima ShippingPart-Time Spanish Teacher at Abundant LifeFull-Time & Part-Time Mover at Two Men And A Truck(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Dunleavy names new AG corrections and public safety commissioners

first_imgGovernor Mike Dunleavy announced his new public safety team Wednesday morning.Kevin Clarkson is the new Attorney General. The private practice attorney is replacing Jahna Lindemuth. Clarkson’s clients have included a homeless shelter that turned away a transgender woman, and opponents of campaign-finance restrictions. He received relatively poor ratings from lawyers when he applied for a state Supreme Court seat two years ago.Amanda Price, a victim’s advocate, will take over the Department of Public Safety from former commissioner Walt Monegan.The Department of Corrections will be led by Nancy Dahlstrom. She is a former Alaska House member from Eagle River who was recently elected again to the House. Her appointment creates a vacancy in the House. She is taking over from Dean Williams.During the announcement at the Crime Lab in Anchorage, Dunleavy stressed the importance of public safety and crime reduction.“The primary function of any governor and any state government, to be frank, is to keep people safe,” he said. “And that’s why we’ve taken time to really look at folks that we believe are going to get us. And we’re not rolling out people individually one at a time, we’re working as a package – as group – because we have to start working out of our silos. We have to work as a package, as a team.”Dunleavy said his team will be working with others to repeal and replace SB 91, one of his campaign promises. SB 91 is the criminal justice reform bill passed in 2016.He said he will shift money from other state departments toward efforts to reduce crime.Dunleavy said only a couple of the at-will state workers who recently were asked to submit their resignations say they don’t want to continue to work for the state.“I would anticipate that the vast majority of those individuals will be back. They’ve expressed a desire to do so,” he said. “And so the commissioners will be taking a look at the individuals that want to be part of those departments.”Some other workers didn’t comply with the request to resign. Dunleavy’s team said those workers will lose their jobs.Correction: A previous version of this story said that Dahlstrom was a state legislator from Eagle River, and would resign her house seat. She is a former legislator who was elected again to a non-consecutive term and has not yet been sworn in.last_img read more

Google Photos Update Stabilizes Shaky Videos

first_img Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantLGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google Stay on target The latest version of Google Photos reportedly includes a video stabilization feature.Built-in optical image stabilization (OIS) is becoming standard in most new smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V20, and Apple iPhone 6 Plus.Embedded in the lens itself, the technology promises clearer images and smoother videos. But for us regular handset owners, an app-based OIS function—like Google Photos’—is a welcome addition to phone filmmaking.First spotted in the Photos APK in August by Android Police, a proxy appears to have been replaced with the new, functioning extra. The highly anticipated component is rolling out now to Android users, according to the tech blog, which detailed the simple stabilization process:Open a video in the viewer, tap the edit icon, and look for the new “stabilize” button in the bottom left. Tap to start, then watch your progress on screen; upload time depends on video duration, resolution, frame rate, and device processing power.Once finished, the stabilize button turns blue to signify an active effect; toggle it on and off to compare results.“Since this is electronic stabilization, there will naturally be some cropping of the video, but the results seem fairly good,” Android Police’s Cody Toombs wrote in an app teardown.Check out this side-by-side demo user Daniel Stone uploaded, or compare Verge writer Chris Welch’s nauseating walk to lunch with the Photos-stabilized version (equally vomit-inducing with its warping effects).The official Google Play app description makes no mention of stabilization; last week’s update officially includes a set of “smart, dynamic filters,” advanced editing controls, and more editable movies.Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.It remains unclear whether the same function will be pushed out to iOS users.Microsoft introduced a similar feature two years ago with the Hyperlapse app, available for Windows PCs and phones, as well as Google’s Android operating system.last_img read more

Ramzan Spread

first_imgIftar is a meal taken just before sunset, to break the fast. Traditionally, Muslims eat three dates in adherence to the Prophet Mohammad as he preached and practiced the same.Dates are followed by a sumptuous healthy meal, which traditionally consists of choley or kaale chane, pakode, dahi vade, fruit salad, samosas and sandwiches followed by light drinks like Roohafza, shikanji or fruit juice.The roze-daar (faster) strives to eat as healthy as possible for sehri or suhoor. The meal before the fast, eaten in the morning. The sehri should be very healthy as for a 14-15 hour fast, the body needs energy all day long. So, eat right as so is his will. For many people, iftar quite naturally translates into sumptuous meal. But, some prefer to keep it simple and light. Saad Mohammad, a foodie from Zakirnagar says, “biryani is a must in the gap of iftar and Tarawee”. For him, an essential iftar meal is incomplete without delicious chunks of Chicken or Mutton. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Whereas, Aiman Sartaj of Old Delhi believes in keeping it light for iftar by including boiled chana, fruit salad and lemonade in her meal. Being a weight-conscious girl, she avoids eating the traditional khajla and phaini for sehri as the gracious use of ghee bothers her. What is the ‘right food’? What is an ideal Ramzan meal like? What do we eat for iftar? What to have for sehri? Well, here are some of the easily available tasty and healthy items that can be in your perfect meal. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDrinks:Flavored lassi – To quench parched throats, with a flavorful drink, Lassi is the drink to have in summers. Available in many flavors, it can really refresh you.Sandalwood Sherbet – Giving a subtle woody aroma, this sherbet has a great cooling effect. Its a great choice as an iftar drink.Starters:Pineaple raita – It is a yogurt based serving in which pieces of pineapple and pomegranate are added, as they are healthy and tasty. Raita, due to the ease in digestion it gives can be part of sehri as well. Chicken shammi kebab – A lavish iftar spread is incomplete without a non-vegetarian dish. Chicken tikka serves the purpose of keeping it light and flavourful, which can either be fried or baked.Chicken kebabs, fried or baked, make for the perfect ingredient for a lavish iftar spread, as it is light and flavorful, especially for a non-veg dish.Main Course:Whole wheat naan – A naan made of wholewheat floor is a good choice to make part of your Iftar meal. Its very nutritious and served best with daal makhni or any other curry based dish.Biryani – Biryani is an integral part of Iftar spread not only in India but in several other countries. Healthier than white, brown rice is better in terms of both nutritional and other health benefits. Adding chickpeas, carrot, beans, paneer or even chicken to brown rice makes it a healthy meal.Desserts:Seviyan Kheer – Vermicelli kheer is a healthy and low fat dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. Almonds and cashews can be included in the kheer, if a little bit of natural fat doesn’t bother you. Do not forget, it tastes best when served chilled.Mango Mousse – This light, mango flavored creamy mousse is sure to delight you after the fast.Happy Fasting & Feasting!last_img read more

Parents obesity may delay development in kids

first_imgAre your toddler’s fingers and hands movement slow? Is his/her ability to relate to and interact with others as well as problem-solving skills delayed? Blame it on your obesity, researchers say.The findings showed that apart from health related issues, children of obese mothers were nearly 70 per cent more likely to fail tests of fine motor skill – the ability to control movement of small muscles, such as those in the fingers and hands – by age 3, when compared to children of normal-weight mothers.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChildren with obese fathers were 75 per cent more likely to fail measures of social competence – an indicator of how well they were able to relate to and interact with others by age 3. Those born to extremely obese couples were nearly three times more likely to fail tests of problem-solving ability by age three.“Our study is one of the few that also includes information about fathers, and our results suggest that dad’s weight also has significant influence on child development,” said lead author, Edwina Yeung, from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the US. However, it is not yet known how parental obesity might increase children’s risk for developmental delay. Animal studies have indicated that obesity during pregnancy may promote inflammation, which could affect the foetal brain and could also affect the expression of genes in sperm. If the link between parental obesity and developmental delays is confirmed, physicians may need to take parental weight into account when screening young children for delays and early interventional services, the researchers said.last_img read more

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first_imgCarver said the hospital jumped onboard to help assure the safety of its staff after the system was first demonstrated.   The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Related Content Feature | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 | Niki Fitousi, Ph.D., and An Dedulle Can CT Image Truncation Cause False Dose Alerts? One of the main benefits of a radiation dose management system is the possibility to automatically generate alerts when… read more Carver said the actual understanding of radiation safety is not as robust as it should be. “Getting hospitals to understand radiation is one of those issues in our profession that folks really do not think about it. You can’t see it, you can’t smell it, you can’t hear it. Unfortunately, it’s out-of-sight out-of-mind,” he explained. “The biggest benefit is awareness,” Pollak said. “Once physicians and staff can see their individual exposure levels, it becomes personal. Radiation loses its cloak of the silent killer with a visual cue that warns them of the ever-present danger.” Carver agreed and said, “We’ve definitely seen behavioral changes. When physicians and staff are more aware of their personal doses they are more apt to change their behavior.”As with any capital purchase, the cardiology departments had to justify the expense of adding the monitoring systems.  “There is a general fear of cancers associated with radiation, such as cataracts and hair loss, but no one can say conclusively that cancer is a direct result of radiation exposure,” Stevenson said. “We are absolutely worried about radiation exposure.” Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Studies showing these dangers in the cath lab and technological improvements made to newer angiography systems that now enable something to be done about lowering dose have helped bring the issue to the forefront, said Robert Stevenson, M.D., cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Penn.  He said people do not worry about potential dangers in their lives, they worry about immediate dangers, so unless there is something to show them they are in danger, it is difficult to change behavior. “Radiation exposure doesn’t seem like an immediate danger to most physicians and clinical staff until it becomes an obvious danger when cancer, cataracts or other health issues make themselves present,” Pollak explained. Technology | Radiation Dose Management | July 11, 2019 Fluke Biomedical Introduces RaySafe 452 Survey Meter Radiation measurement often requires different devices for varying applications, adding to the cost and complexity of… read more “Of course we are concerned about it,” explained Scott Pollak, M.D. cardiologist at Central Florida Cardiology Group, Orlando, Fla. “But although radiation exposure is a real issue and exposure within the cath lab and its potential consequences are real risks, everyone in the field is aware of it, but the truth is that it is not something we actively think about, until we are forced to do so.” Pollak said shielding and wearing conventional lead gear helps reduce radiation exposure, but it does not eliminate the danger and most people do not realize when they are getting additional exposure because of where they are standing or if their hands enter the X-ray field Education is KeyHospitals need to develop a radiation exposure educational program and create radiation safety committees that can take action, Carver said.  The new monitoring system allows recording of each staff member’s dose, so Carver e-mails reminders to physicians and staff to alert them of their individual radiation exposure. A weekly report also is posted in a public area for all to see.  PreviousNext Figure 1: Example of an intentionally truncated CT image. The truncation percentage was calculated as the ratio of the patient border touching the field of view to the total patient border (red/(read+blue)). Image courtesy of Qaelum. While concerned, most interventionalists traditionally have not made radiation exposure a topic of conversation in the cath lab, said Miles Carver, manager of invasive cardiology services at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Penn. “The challenge is we need up-to-date reminders often, so the information is not only regularly communicated to us but the most recent findings about the personal risks are in the forefront of our minds. The education about radiation and radiation exposure that physicians and staff receive in the beginning of their careers is sometimes forgotten when they become practitioners of their craft.” There is always room for improvement and everyone from the physicians, staff to the administrators, share in that responsibility, Stevenson said. “The hospital is responsible to provide the latest technology to protect the staff and the day-to-day proper operation of the equipment and its ability to protect the staff is the responsibility primarily of the physician,” he explained.  Carver said Good Samaritan also installed different color floor tile at the six-foot radius mark around the tube as an easy visual cue to all in the room when they are entering an area of potentially higher radiation exposure.  News | Radiation Dose Management | July 15, 2019 Mirion Showcases Instadose2 Wireless Dual Detector Dosimeter at AAPM and AHRA Featuring dual detectors, the Instadose2 dosimeter addresses international requirements for independent deep [Hp(10)]… read more “Education is the key to making lasting changes,” said Carver. “You also need a champion radiation safety committee, and the committee needs to be very active. Yes, hospitals must take measures to protect staff but the staff needs to also take responsibility for their actions and utilize the tools provided to the best of their ability.” News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more The physicians agreed the efforts towards improved safety in interventional labs must be ongoing in an effort to build awareness around the issue of radiation exposure. Feature | May 07, 2015 Real Time Monitoring of Staff Dose in the Cath Lab Users say being able to see and be warned about live X-ray exposure helps keep clinicians out of the radiation field Real time radiation dose monitoring in the cath lab enables staff to see their level of exposure any time and can alert them when their levels are spiking. Staff wearing RaySafe i2 real-time dose monitoring badges.With increased discussion and awareness placed on patient radiation exposure in medical imaging, similar concerns have been raised by clinicians about their own exposure and how it might be reduced. Physicians and staff working in cath labs are constantly exposed to direct X-ray beams and scatter radiation. Traditionally cath lab staff wear radiation badges to record exposure, but these only provide historical data, long after the exposures have taken place. To be meaningful and change habits to reduce exposure, some labs have adopted real-time dose recording systems, which all staff to see the doses they are receiving so they can literally take a step back to reduce their dose. A key maker of these types of systems is RaySafe, owned by Fluke biomedical, which is now offered as an add-on technology by all the interventional lab angiography X-ray imaging system manufactures on the U.S. market. Concerns about DoseWith numerous reports coming about radiation risks to interventional cardiologists, cath lab staffs are concerned.  “It is the responsibility of hospitals to protect their employees by leveraging available solutions for the enhancement of safety within interventional suites,” said Pollak. “This action, coupled with possible regulatory changes in our future mandating radiation protection, will help ensure the safety of physicians and staff.” Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Introduction of Real Time MonitoringBoth Florida Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital installed the RaySafe i2 system to help reduce radiation exposure their labs The real time dose monitoring system allows the cath lab team to get real-time feedback of their radiation exposure at any given moment during a procedure. That information allows physicians and staff to immediately modify their behavior to mitigate radiation exposure. “We’ve seen changes in behavior and noticed after updating our lab equipment and installing RaySafe i2 we were able to significantly reduce radiation exposure to patients and staff,” Stevenson said.  News | Radiation Dose Management | July 09, 2019 Radcal Exhibits Accu-Gold Touch Systems at AAPM 2019 Radcal Corp. will be presenting the new Accu-Gold Touch platform, a multi-analyzer the company says is the latest in X-… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Dose Management | May 31, 2019 Applications Open for ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical’s Safety FiRsT Grant Program The ASRT Foundation and Canon Medical Systems are now accepting applications for the 2019 Safety FiRsT grant program,… read morelast_img read more

Out Now Collette new look Americas Brochure

first_imgOut Now, Collette new look Americas BrochureOut Now, Collette new look Americas BrochureCollette has launched their new look ‘The Americas’ 2020-21 brochure with North, Central South America and the Antarctica all included for the first time, totalling 37 unique tours across these spectacular continents.“The new brochure will make it that much easier for travel agents to help travellers plan their trips to this region. We have found that Australian travellers want to get as much out of their long-haul flights and see as much as they can across the Americas and Antarctica, and now all the information is there in one brochure to help them with their research,” said James Hewlett, Head of Marketing for Collette Australia.To launch The Americas 2020-21 brochure, Collette is offering a 10% saving* on their Top 10 Americas tours including favourites: America’s Music Cities; Best of Eastern Canada; Canadian Rockies by Train; Islands of New England; America’s National Parks. As well as popular new tours; Washington DC, Niagara Falls & New York City; Painted Canyons of the West; Bluegrass Country and The Smoky Mountains; and Central/South American tours: Galapagos and Machu Picchu, and Tropical Costa Rica.*Valid for bookings made by 22 August 2019 for departures between 1 January 2020 to 30 April 2021.Visit https://www.gocollette.com/en-AU for bookings and further information.Source = Collettelast_img read more

Falling Loan Applications Tilt Toward StillNascent Recovery

first_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Falling Loan Applications Tilt Toward Still-Nascent Recovery Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Agents & Brokers Barack Obama Capital Economics FHA Fixed-Rate Mortgage HARP Home Prices Housing Affordability Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-03-07 Ryan Schuettecenter_img In signs that a stable housing rebound may still be ways off, mortgage applications contracted by 1.2 percent last week, even while the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) offered a still-steady buttress for refinance activity.[IMAGE]The “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) found in a weekly survey that mortgage application volume also declined by 10.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis.The Purchase Index went up by a seasonally adjusted 2.1 percent from last week, while it climbed by 14.7 percent on a seasonally unadjusted basis.The four-week moving average dipped by 1.77 percent for the seasonally adjusted Market Index, 0.47 for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index, and 2.04 percent for the Refinance Index.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Paul Diggle””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/property-economics/paul-diggle.html, a property economist with consultancy “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/, wrote in a note that “”the continued weakness of mortgage applications highlights that there is little chance of significant and sustained house price gains.””Refinance share of mortgage activity plummeted to 77 percent from last week ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the lowest since December last year. Adjustable-rate mortgages scaled up to 5.4 percent from 5 percent of total volume from the week before.He attributed a 9.7-percent rise month-over-month in refinance applications to “”the expanded HARP refinancing scheme”” as government officials continue to deploy broad refi opportunities for the market.The Obama administration announced earlier Tuesday that the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/fhahistory (FHA) would slash refinance premiums to 0.1 percent, estimating that the revisions could impact anywhere from 2 million to 3 million borrowers who refinance their government-backed mortgages.The Capital Economics note coincided with a “”CoreLogic””:http://www.corelogic.com/ index that found prices falling 3.1 percent year-over-year and 1.1 percent in January, which Diggle deflected with analysis that suggests prices rose 0.9 percent month-over-month in lieu of normal seasonal variations.Suggesting that market conditions may keep a hold on the still-nascent recovery, the MBA said that interest rates for fixed-rate mortgages largely remained flat last week, with a marginal decline for the 30-year loan and a slight increase for FHA-insured loans. March 7, 2012 438 Views last_img read more

Syncora Settles Lawsuit Against Countrywide for 375M

first_img Another Countrywide lawsuit has been finalized, with the announcement that “”Syncora Guarantee Inc.””:http://www.syncora.com/ has settled its claims with the company and its affiliates. [IMAGE]Syncora, a subsidiary of “”Syncora Holdings Ltd.””:www.syncora.com/, received $375 million from Countrywide to conclude its litigation against the company.[COLUMN_BREAK]In exchange for the payout, Syncora has agreed to release all claims against Countrywide and “”Bank of America Corporation””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/. An official release about the lawsuit noted that Syncora’s filing originally stemmed from the “”provision of insurance in relation to five second lien transactions,”” as well as “”claims in relation to nine other first and second lien transactions.””The statement went on to state that in wrapping up the case, Syncora transferred assets to subsidiaries of BofA, and accordingly, BofA “”transferred or agreed to transfer”” certain preferred shares, surplus notes, and other securities held by Syncora and its parent company.Since posting its first-quarter financials, Syncora has reportedly “”remediated several credits with total cash disbursements . . .of approximately $96 million.”” Comments from Syncora following the release of first-quarter data expressed the company’s expectation that the “”materially positive effect”” of the surplus would be reflected in its second-quarter financial statements.In closing, however, Syncora admitted that it continues to face “”significant risks and uncertainties,”” as per the company’s latest financial analysis. Share Syncora Settles Lawsuit Against Countrywide for $375M July 20, 2012 438 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-20 Abby Gregorylast_img read more

Capella Singapore a hotel of distinction on Sento

first_imgCapella Singapore, a hotel of distinction on Sentosa Island, welcomed its first guests today.Michael Luible, general manager, Capella Singapore, commented “As the first Capella in Asia, it is our intention to set a new standard of personalized service. Our guests are invited to determine the experiences they desire, and we will do everything to facilitate it. Our personal assistants, a Capella hallmark, are well equipped to facilitate every need – from planning a culinary tour of Singapore specialties, to booking a corporate meeting, to arranging a romantic dinner, children’s birthday party, deep sea fishing or even a private jet.”The hotel has opened with two high-profile events in its first days. Iconic luxury brand Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is previewing its new 200EX model, while Gucci will be showcasing their spring/summer 2009 collection with a fashion show lounge event in the ballroom.Capella Singapore is situated just ten minutes from the bustling business and shopping district; however, once within the 30 acres of lush greenery, you will be instantly captivated by the serenity and discreet splendor of the hotel. Once settled in, explore the history of the majestic colonial buildings, appreciate the specially commissioned art pieces, or embark on a culinary journey at one of the dining venues, Cassia and The Knolls.Guests can opt for one of the four Constellation Rooms, each featuring its own private rooftop Jacuzzi for an indulgent treat. Even more spacious are the Sentosa Suites at 83 square meters (893 sq ft) and Capella Suites at 99 square meters (1,066 sq ft), targeted at the discerning traveler who values space and privacy.www.capellasingapore.comlast_img read more