New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday granted interim protection from arrest to Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, till August 20 in a money laundering case linked to the AgustaWestland Chopper scam. Justice Sunil Gaur said the Enforcement Directorate is at liberty to ask Puri to join the investigation. The court granted the interim protection till next Tuesday, when it would further hear Puri’s plea challenging a trial court’s order denying him anticipatory bail. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Prui’s counsel submitted that he be given interim protection till the next date of hearing as he apprehends arrest. ED vehemently opposed the plea. ED’s counsel said no relief should be given to him as a non-bailable warrant was issued against Puri on August 9 and he was absconding and not joining the investigation in the case. Earlier in the day, the court asked the ED to file a status report apprising its about the development in the money laundering case linked to the now scrapped, Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland Chopper deal after Puri was denied anticipatory bail last week. The court said the status report should explain “the exact role of petitioner (Puri) in (alleged) money laundering which is detected so far”. The court also asked the ED the reason for seeking his custodial interrogation.
APTN National NewsA protest in front of the White House has resulted in hundreds of arrests.The demonstrators want U.S. President Barack Obama to halt the development of an oil pipeline that would run from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.
APTN National NewsThe organizers of Idle No More are trying to turn away from divisive actions like road, rail and bridge blockades.Instead, they want to show Canadians a lighter side.In Edmonton, they were handing out tea and celebrating through Dene song and dance.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan was there.
16 November 2011UN officials stressed today the value of practising active tolerance at a time of unprecedented economic and political changes, and called for countries to embrace diversity and combat discrimination. Top United Nations officials stressed today the importance of practising active tolerance at a time when the world is undergoing unprecedented economic and political changes, and called for countries to embrace diversity, combat discrimination and increase education efforts about human rights. “Our practice of tolerance must mean more than peaceful coexistence, crucial as that is. It must be an active understanding fostered through dialogue and positive engagement with others,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message to mark the International Day of Tolerance. “Practising tolerance can serve as the antidote to prejudice and hatred,” he said, emphasizing that engaging with others is crucial to combat discrimination. “We all have a responsibility to protect those vulnerable to discrimination, whether based on race, religion, nationality, language, gender, sexual orientation or other factors.” Director-General of UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova echoed Mr. Ban’s remarks, underscoring active tolerance as a way to make the most of human diversity as a source of vitality, creation and social cohesion. “In a world that is more connected than ever, intolerance is not an option, and ‘passive tolerance’ or mere peaceful coexistence is not enough,” she said. Ms. Bokova stressed that the key to active tolerance is quality education that enables individuals to take part in informed debates, listening and integrating different points of view. “The building of an ethic of real tolerance today calls for each of us to improve our skills and our ability to embrace global diversity, by sharing knowledge, mastering languages, discovering cultures and learning the lessons of history,” she said. President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser also emphasized the importance of education to promote tolerance and understanding, and urged countries to step up their efforts “to teach children about tolerance and human rights, about diversity and other cultures, and about other ways of life. Peace education needs to be a part of the teaching in all educational institutions.” Mr. Al-Nasser added that even though there is a growing acknowledgement of the need for tolerance and dialogue, the world is still witnessing discrimination, extremism and radicalism every day. Mr. Al-Nasser underlined the importance of mutual listening and solidarity to sustain peace, saying that given the current complexities and challenges, the world needs “enhanced respect, understanding and appreciation between individuals, families and communities.” “I encourage Member States to reaffirm their commitment to promoting the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of their peoples by supporting activities that build tolerance,” he said. “In doing so, we will enrich our oneness and our diversity, and thereby help to build a peaceful world for all. To mark the day, UNESCO also announced the winners of its Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence, who will be honoured during a special ceremony on 9 December in Paris.Afghan women’s rights campaigner Anarkali Honaryar and Palestinian peace activist Khaled Abu Awwad will be recognized for their contributions.Ms. Honaryar has helped women who suffer from domestic violence and abuse in her country, and last year became the first non-Muslim woman to become a member of the lower house of the Afghan Parliament, while Mr. Awwad is one of the main leaders in the reconciliation process between Palestinians and Israelis, working for development and democracy in the region.
TORONTO – Scotiabank boosted its first-quarter profit as the last of the big banks to report their earnings showed resiliency against the backdrop of a gloomy economy.But CEO Brian Porter warned Tuesday that he anticipates challenging market conditions and depressed energy prices will persevere, at least for the first half of this year.“We expect there to be additional provisions for some of our loans in the energy sector,” Porter said during a conference call to discuss the bank’s results.“Notwithstanding these headwinds, we are encouraged by some of the recent trends we have seen in selected businesses. … As we look forward to the balance of 2016, we expect concerns about the global economy to persist. Here in Canada, we expect the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half, and benefit from a strengthening export economy.”The bank (TSX:BNS) reported quarterly net income of $1.81 billion, up five per cent from the $1.73 billion it reported during the same period last year, as earnings from both its Canadian and international banking operations grew.The earnings amounted to $1.43 per diluted share, up from $1.35 per share a year ago, while revenue grew to $6.37 billion from $5.86 billion.Scotiabank also boosted its quarterly dividend by two cents to 72 cents per share, and Porter noted that the lender’s balance sheet is strong enough to “selectively pursue acquisitions.”However, Edward Jones analyst Jim Shanahan said the bank’s first-quarter results, which may seem positive at a glance, reflect some troubling trends.“They’re lending more in this environment and their loan growth was stronger than we expected,” Shanahan said.“That’s a positive, but it concerns me when you observe a bank increasing lending activity and raising the dividend when it seems they should be hoarding capital.”Despite warnings that oilpatch woes would hit the lenders’ loan books and the sluggish domestic economy would hamper earnings growth, four of Canada’s six biggest banks managed to increase their first-quarter earnings and revenue.Only Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and National Bank (TSX:NA) reported lower net income compared to the same quarter last year.Combined, Canada’s six largest lenders reported $8.80 billion in quarterly profits, up from $8.58 billion a year ago.In revenue, the banks raked in a combined $34.29 billion, compared to $33.05 billion during the first quarter of 2015.Like its peers, Scotiabank reported that it is setting aside more money for bad loans, boosting its provision for credit losses by 16 per cent, or $76 million, to $539 million.Shanahan said the true impact of the oil price shock on the banks’ loan books is not evident from the lenders’ first-quarter results. That’s because the banks have been working with challenged oilpatch companies and providing them with some relief on their debt obligations, he said.“The oil and gas companies are going to generally report this as good news,” said Shanahan.“The banks are going to under-report it because it masks what is otherwise deteriorating loan quality.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2016 4:21 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Scotiabank grows first-quarter profit amid backdrop of economic challenges
Theresa May has vowed to fight Emmanuel Macron if he attempts to scrap British border controls in Calais and said that they benefit France as much as the UK.The Prime Minister said that Mr Macron, the new French President, has secured a “very strong mandate” and urged voters to put her in a similar “strong position” as she negotiates Brexit. She said that if she wins the election she will “sit down” with Mr Macron and discuss the Le Touquet agreement, under which British border officials can carry out border checks in France. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. During his campaign Mr Macron said that the Le Touquet agreement “must be renegotiated” amid concern in France about the “Jungle” camp in Calais.The Prime Minister said: “He has been elected with a very strong mandate. We must make sure that in the UK we also have a strong mandate to take a strong position into our negotiating table.”As for the Le Touquet agreement, actually it works for the benefit of both the UK and France and obviously in the government that’s elected after June 8 we will be sitting down and talking to Mr Macron and others about how that system has worked both to the benefit of France as well as to the benefit of the UK.”During the EU referendum David Cameron warned that the Calais “jungle” could move to Kent if Britain left the European Union.
The note read: “If this van is for anyone but Number 14 then you have no right to be parked here. “I couldn’t give a s— if the whole street collasped (sic). Now move your van from outside my house.” A 26-year-old woman has been charged with a public order offence in connection with an incident where a foul-mouthed note was left on an ambulance windscreen.Kirsty Sharman, from Tunstall, Staffs, was arrested on Monday following a plea by West Midlands Ambulance Service staff.They had reported over the weekend that colleagues found a hand-written note from a resident who had complained the vehicle was parked in a resident’s parking bay outside their house.The crew was also allegedly subjected to verbal abuse while responding to a 999 call in the Tunstall area of Stoke-on-Trent.In a statement, Staffordshire Police said officers had also charged Sharman with a breach of a restraining order. She will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Tuesday. Katie Tudor, the paramedic mentor who posted a picture of the note on TwitterCredit:WMAS So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning! Along with this note left on their 🚑 they received a load of verbal abuse!😡😔@OFFICIALWMAS @StaffsPolice pic.twitter.com/c4UYdcjv86— Katie Tudor (@wmaskatietudor) February 18, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Chief Inspector John Owen, commander for Stoke North local policing team, had earlier said: “We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services. “Paramedic mentor Katie Tudor posted a picture of the note on Twitter, copying in the police.
A Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The area affected is approximately 1km square in size.”Firefighters are tackling the fire from three locations using specialist wildfire fighting equipment plus hose reels and beaters.”Mountain rescue officers and United Utilities are assisting at the incident.”Crews remained at the scene on Friday morning as they continued to tackle the smouldering fire. Good Morning from Winter Hill, Bolton. Deployed at 03:45 to support @CumbriaFire , @LancashireFRS and @manchesterfire 🚒☀️🔥 #moorlandfires #999Family pic.twitter.com/4ylKdZz7nv— Carnforth Fire (@Carnforth_Fire) June 29, 2018 Dave Saxon, director of operations at Tameside Council, said the local authority was monitoring air quality, which had improved on Thursday, and there had as yet been no increase in GP appointments or attendance at A&E.Cause of England’s biggest wildfire is probedFire chiefs say they are “not confident” of finding out how the Saddleworth blaze – the worst biggest wildfire in living memory – began, given the size of the blaze, but there was no evidence it had been started by BBQs or off-road bikers.Around 10 fire engines, along with specialist vehicles, helicopters, mountain rescue and Army trucks, are now deployed at Swineshaw Reservoir, Stalybridge, as an operating base.Video: Saddleworth fire seen from drone Fire crews working to control the spread of the flames on Winter Hill on Thursday nightCredit:Danny Lawson/PA Huge plumes of smoke could be seen from the area surrounding the moorland. If the fire worsens, GMFRS will be able to call out an RAF Chinook helicopter, based at RAF Odiham, Hampshire.It would be used to lift a high-volume pump, capable of pumping 7,000 litres of water a minute, to pump water up on to the moors. Video: Huge blaze engulfs Saddleworth Moor The spokesman said there was no immediate risk to livestock, domestic properties or infrastructure but residents were warned to keep doors and windows closed.Army helps tackle Saddleworth Moor fireSpeaking about the Saddleworth blaze, Tony Hunter, assistant chief fire officer of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), said there had been a “significant effect” on the fire in the past 24 hours and work was continuing with the help of the Army.”We have made significant improvements but I would put an air of caution there though, we had a similar occasion yesterday where we thought we were on top of it and it flared up.”Mr Hunter cautioned that while the fire was now “contained and under control”, he said “things can develop” and if the wind blows the flames back on to the moors, it will act as a “fuel source” for the fire. Smoke billows from the fire on Winter Hill, near BoltonCredit:Danny Lawson/PA A series of “apocalyptic” wildfires on the Pennine moors could take weeks to put out, the fire service has warned, after a second major blaze broke out just 30 miles from a fire that has raged for days.Seven square miles of Saddleworth Moor has gone up in flames, blanketing the Greater Manchester region and beyond in smoke and ash. Fire chiefs are considering setting fire to Saddleworth to create brakes to stop the out-of-control blaze, amid fears that trapped industrial pollution in the peat could be released into the air.Scottish soldiers from the 100-strong A Company of the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, known as the Highlanders, have joined more than 100 firefighters who have been battling the blaze since Sunday, leading to a “significant improvement”.Meanwhile, a new moorland blaze – on Winter Hill, near Rivington, Lancashire – broke out on Thursday with huge plumes of smoke visible from the area surrounding the moorland.Fifteen fire engines from Lancashire Fire and Rescue spent the night on the moors preventing the fire, near Bolton, from spreading further. He said the operation could last for weeks before the fire burns itself out, though the Army deployment is for an initial 48 hours.Mr Hunter said a good downpour of rain was needed to saturate the dry ground and vegetation – but none is forecast for days as the heatwave continues. Blaze was ‘towering inferno… very apocalyptic’Pete Woodward, whose home backs on to the hills just 22 yards (20m) away, spent the night at his brother’s home nearby after being evacuated on Tuesday evening.Mr Woodward said: “I got back to the house last night to a towering inferno behind, very apocalyptic in view, and it was quite scary but exciting at the same time.” Seven fire engines from Greater Manchester initially went to the scene, along with five from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, when the fire started shortly before 3.30pm.The Manchester crews were later replaced by more Lancashire crews. Major Phil Morgan, commanding the Army detachment, said: “We meet every challenge and commit 100 per cent in what we do.”Currently we have broken our boys down into various locations and we are beating the fire with paddles and we are supporting them by moving equipment, we are putting water on the fires and we are doing everything we can to stop this fire at the moment.”We are truly really happy and excited to be here and the boys are cherishing every moment of it.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
THE OVERRIDING FEELING when reflecting on the experience of prostitution is simply this: loss. Loss of innocence, loss of time, of opportunity, credibility, respectability, and the spiritually ruinous loss of connectedness to the self. I could go on and on, but the primary element is always loss.The battle continues forever against the loss of self-worth. There is no magical shift back to your former self on the day you leave prostitution. You do begin the task of reclaiming what is left of your former self, as I have said; but how much is really left? And how qualified are you now, permanently altered as you are, to identify it?What is left of me?I cannot identify all that is left of me after the mental and emotional carnage of prostitution, but I do know that this book, this dissection of the prostitution experience, comes from a place inside me that rejects prostitution on a very deep level, both for myself and for other women; and so I know that whatever it was that drove me to write it is something that prostitution did not manage to destroy. How much is really left I do not know, but this much is left, enough to make this effort, and I am glad of that.The general assessment is that prostitution involves a very private loss, which of course it does, but I do not know how well people consider the numerous other losses it disseminates. This is understandable to me as I doubt I would ever have had cause to consider them much had I not been prostituted myself.Because the business of prostitution creates and is then carried out in a highly depersonalised environment, the focus of the commodification has no option but to begin to accept the depersonalisation of her own self. Loss connects all the negativities in prostitution. It is both the dominant ingredient and the binding agent; it makes up the basic flavour and brings together all the other components of this recipe.‘Once a whore always a whore’The losses to the prostituted individual are limitless. They are limitless not only because they are innumerable but also because there is no cap, no ceiling, no time-frame limit on when they will cease intruding into a woman’s life. There also are no socially accepted boundaries which a woman can erect between prostitution and herself. The common saying: ‘Once a whore always a whore’ makes reference to this. A woman may be a former prostitute of several years, like myself, who worries about the impact of her history on her child, or she may be a former prostitute decades older than me who worries about the teasing and bullying of her grandchildren.The losses here are of safety and security, dignity, reputation and social status. They are old losses and hold no surprises, but they are horrible losses to see projected onto our loved ones. It is both heart-wrenching and nauseating to see those we love tarred with shame by association here.There is another loss I hesitated to include here; it is the loss of humanity. I hesitated to include it because I do not believe I was ever less than human in my life, but I certainly know I was treated as if I were. In prostitution, men dehumanise women and women dehumanise themselves in order to be able to perform the acts men require of them. This does not mean that women are made less than human; it means that they are treated as such and operate in an environment in which they must not only accept such treatment from others, but actively seek it and learn to deliver it to themselves.I lost my humanityAnd yes, there is loss here: it is the loss of the belief in and the experience of your own humanity. And what is the loss of anything if not the loss of connectedness to it? In that sense, I lost my humanity. I lost my humanity in that I lost touch with it. While I never quite forgot about it, I pretended, because I was paid to pretend, that it was of no consequence. There are areas of life where it is necessary to buy into certain untruths.My environment told me my humanity didn’t matter, and I needed to believe that. Why? —Because it is easier to detach from an irrelevance. There is also the loss I’ve mentioned to prostituted women as a group. Sadly, and in a sense paradoxically, one of the biggest losses to prostituted women as a group is derived from the fact that they are a group. It is in the fact that they must acknowledge and accept that they are collectively removed from the rest of society, and behave as such, and comfort each other in the knowing of it.For my own sake, I believe I was lucky to have the company of other prostituted women. They understood me. They didn’t judge me. We couldn’t judge each other; but our very connection as a group solidified our separation from the rest of society. Yes, certainly we would have been worse off had we been removed from society individually, but, in a physical sense at least, we were not, and our coming together as a group was a natural convergence.Wariness of passersbyThere were positives and negatives in this, and of the negatives, the principal ones were defined by loss. We shared a collective lack of social standing and a dearth of respect from the world. We understood this, intensely, painfully. This was particularly obvious to me during my street-walking years. Besides the men who’d come there to seek us out, I don’t think any member of the public ever walked by us without a wary glance and a quickening of the step. Had any of them any idea what a normal casual ‘Good evening girls’, would have meant, I wonder?To be excluded as part of a group may not sound as horrendous as being excluded as an individual, and if those two methods of exclusion worked independently of each other it would be true that it is not, but the truth for all those who are excluded as part of a group is that they are excluded as individuals also. They are debarred and expelled on both counts. This is not only true of prostitutes; it is true of the members of all socially excluded groups.Prostitution clearly promotes the depersonalisation of sex, which can never be good news for women – any women. Prostitution has a ripple effect. It creates the illusory view in the minds of men that women are not human beings as men are, but simply the walking carrier of a product, and that they serve one principal function, whether or not they are paid for it, which is to be used as vessels for the sexual release of men.Women as objectsThey are effortlessly and imperceptibly relegated from the realms of the human. They are not people on a par with their male counterparts. Prostitution obscures women’s humanity from society generally, but it also causes women specifically to lose sensitivity to their own humanity by way of tolerating the prostitution of others of their gender. When women tolerate prostitution they are actually tolerating the dehumanisation of their own gender in a broader and more encompassing sense. Countries with male-majority governments are implementing the legalisation of prostitution with frightening rapidity throughout the western world. Where is the female revolt towards all this?There is no widespread female revolt because female sexuality has so long been viewed as a commodity that woman have begun to believe in the necessity of a separate class of women to provide it. If a woman tolerates this treatment of her fellow women, if she accepts it under the banner of ‘liberalism’ or anything else, then she must also accept that she herself is only removed from prostitution by lack of the circumstances necessary to place her there.The acceptance of prostitutionThe acceptance of prostitution makes all women potential prostitutes in the public view since there are only two requirements for a woman to work in a brothel: one is that circumstance has placed her so (and who knows when that can happen, to any of us?) and the other is that she has a vagina, and all women are born meeting at least one of these requirements.It bears repeating: if the commodification of women is to be accepted then all women fall under that potential remit. If a woman accepts prostitution in society, then she accepts this personal indenture, whether she knows it or not; and yes, that is a loss.`Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution by Rachel Moran is published by Gill & Macmillan and is out now, priced at €16.99. Read: Campaign against sex-trafficking targets potential punters>Read: Shatter publishes human trafficking bill to tackle forced begging>
If you are considering a switch to Linux as an operating system, then giving it a trial run first couldn’t be easier. There are multiple distributions that have the option of running the OS from a USB stick or dual booting with your existing OS before deciding to replace it completely. It’s actually more difficult to buy a new PC with Linux preinstalled than it is to replace a copy of Windows, but Linux Mint is trying to change that.Last year Linux Mint and CompuLab teamed up to produce the MintBox. It’s a small form factor PC that ships with a copy of Linux Mint installed. There ended up being two versions launched–the MintBox Basic and MintBox Pro. They ran AMD processors, came with 4 or 8GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and 1 year warranty for $476 or $549, respectively.This year, we can expect to see this collaboration between the two companies continue with the release of the MintBox 2. It’s a big update to last year’s hardware (they claim 4x the performance) and sees the PC switch over to a Core i5 processor. There’s 4GB of RAM included, but hopefully you can upgrade that, and the hard drive size has been doubled to 500GB. Best of all, that 1 year warranty has been extended to 5 years, and the price has only increased slightly to $599.One of the problems with the original MintBox was getting hold of one outside the US due to the custom charges involved. This time around Linux Mint is attempting to stop that happening by making the MintBox 2 available through Amazon in Germany. Hopefully that will mean other European countries will get local stock, too.We don’t know a release date for the MintBox 2 yet, or exactly which model of the Core i5 processor they have decided to use, but if you are in the market for a new Linux PC this is certainly worth keeping an eye on.
Bobbi Hyrman misses movie popcorn. But, for the most part, she says she lost more than 100 pounds without drastic life changes.Hyrman, who went from 358 pounds to about 255 pounds in less than a year through the Washington State University Clark County Extension Diabetes Prevention Program, opted for walking to the movie theater about a mile away from her Vancouver home instead of driving.Hyrman, 38, also began to track her calories with an app. The week after she started, she went to the movies, checked the popcorn’s calorie count and thought: “Oh, this is very sad.”“I do miss movie popcorn,” Hyrman said.That’s a small sacrifice, one of a handful of such changes Hyrman had to make while enrolled in the prevention program.The program, which is approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a one-year lifestyle program supporting people in efforts to reduce their risk for Type 2 diabetes. The program is led by Amy Cooley, a lifestyle coach, and involves weekly group meetings.“It’s about getting over that diet mentality,” Cooley said. “Some people think it’s all about losing weight.”But Cooley said the aim is to be healthy, not to improve your appearance.A recent CDC report showed that 4.3 percent of adults with diabetes don’t know they have it. The CDC also reported that more than 30 millions Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and around 90 to 95 percent of them have Type 2 diabetes, sometimes called adult onset diabetes. It is linked to sedentary lifestyle and poor diet.Hyrman’s biggest exercise change involved walking more often, which is important since she works an IT desk job. She set a goal of 6,000 steps per day, and while she doesn’t have structured times committed to exercise, she is able to meet her goal through getting to work early and walking around the office, walking to the theater, walking around her house or the neighborhood, and even walking around while watching video on her phone.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a move for Paris Saint-German midfielder Adrien Rabiot before the end of the January transfer window.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is eager to strengthen his squad, with Rabiot his main target, as reported by Daily Mail.However, a move for the French midfielder is only possible if Paris Saint-Germain, who want to sign Idrissa Gueye from Everton m, manage to bring in a replacement for Rabiot.Rabiot’s current deal with PSG expires in the summer but the French champions are eager to get a fee instead of losing him for free.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Le Parisians boss Thomas Tuchel has made the 23-year-old train with the club’s reserve squad for the past month.Barcelona are believed to be keen on signing Rabiot on a free, but Spurs are determined to sign the France international to help solve their injury crisis.The North London club didn’t make a single signing during the summer transfer window and are yet to strengthen their squad this month.
A Vancouver man was flown by Life Flight to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Tuesday after his pickup truck rolled on Interstate 5, about five miles north of Castle Rock.At 1:18 p.m., Michael S. Hiller, 41, was northbound on I-5 near milepost 55 in his 1997 Chevrolet S10 pickup when the pickup drifted to the right, veered off the roadway and rolled, coming to rest upright, according to the Washington State Patrol. Hiller was transported by helicopter to PeaceHealth. The state patrol said the crash was caused by Hiller driving with wheels off the roadway; the agency is investigating.A hospital official said Hiller was treated and released.
WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON Senator Elizabeth Warren Unveils Universal Child Care Early Learning Proposal
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Farm Bill Includes Key Warren, Markey ProvisionsIn “Government” WASHINGTON, DC — Below is a press release from Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office:United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently unveiled a proposal outlining the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, a comprehensive plan to provide millions of families with free, high-quality child care and early learning options and to ensure that every family in the country can affordably access these services.Over the past generation, wages have effectively remained flat while the cost of child care has skyrocketed. In nearly half of all states in America, infant child care costs are higher than the cost of in-state public college tuition. Meanwhile, low-income families spend almost a fifth of their entire income on child care, and only a third of families are able to send their children to child care centers or home-based day care sites at all.This lack of access to high-quality, affordable care prevents parents from fully participating in the workforce, holding them back from career and educational opportunities and placing a drag on our entire economy. Lack of affordable, high-quality care also means many children in the U.S. start kindergarten without the skills they need to reach their full potential.“In the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, high-quality child care should be a right for all of our children and not just a privilege that only the wealthiest families can afford,” said Senator Warren. “We need a government that invests in our children because they are our future and that is what the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act will do.”This proposal would fund a system of locally-run, affordable, and high-quality child care programs inspired by the bipartisan Comprehensive Child Development Bill of 1971, which was vetoed by President Nixon. Senator Warren’s proposal builds on the successes of both the federal Head Start program and the U.S. Department of Defense military child care program.The Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act would:Ensure universal access: This plan would provide federal funding to establish and support a locally-run network of Child Care and Early Learning Centers and Family Child Care Homes so that every family, regardless of their income or employment, has high-quality, affordable child care options for their children from birth to school entry.Guarantee affordability: Families below 200% of the federal poverty line (about $51,200 for a family of four) could access these child care options at zero cost. According to an independent analysis by Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi and Sophia Koropeckyj, 8.8 million kids would have free access to child care and early learning options through the program. Families with higher incomes would pay a subsidized fee based on their income, similar to the military child care program. No family would pay more than 7% of their income for these public child care options.Provide high-quality, essential development services: The Centers and Family Child Care Homes would meet high-quality standards based on current U.S. military child care and Head Start program standards. Providers would receive support and time to meet new requirements, which would focus on early learning and social-emotional development.Be locally-administered and federally-supported: As originally envisioned in the Comprehensive Child Development Act of 1971, the federal government would partner with sponsors – states, counties, cities, school districts, tribal organizations, or other nonprofit community entities – to administer the program in a way that prioritizes local community needs and coheres early childhood systems.“Substantially increase the number of children able to receive formal child care,” according to Zandi and Koropeckyj. It is estimated that 12 million children will access this high-quality option, up from about 6.8 million children who receive formal child care today.Senator Warren’s proposed federal investment in universal child care and early learning would cost $700 billion over 10 years, according to Zandi and Koropeckyj, and could be funded with approximately a quarter of the revenue raised from Senator Warren’s proposed Ultra-Millionaire Tax. “The Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act is thus deficit neutral over the 10-year budget horizon on a dynamic basis,” said Zandi and Koropeckyj.“Coalition for Social Justice is pleased to hear that Senator Warren will be prioritizing early education and care for all. It’s a vital policy that will support parents, aide in the healthy development of children and help boost our economy.” — Deb Fastino, Coalition for Social Justice“On behalf of All Our Kin, I am thrilled by Senator Warren’s bold vision for a universal child care system that works for children, families, and educators. Senator Warren’s proposed bill recognizes and responds to the critical importance of children’s development in the earliest years; meets the needs of today’s working families; and gives parents the power to make meaningful choices about how and where their children are cared for. For two decades, All Our Kin has worked to increase the supply, quality, and sustainability of community-based child care programs, and we have seen first-hand the difference that quality care for children ages 0-5 makes in the lives of children and families. This is an investment too long overdue, and I celebrate this proposed step forward.” — Jessica Sager, All Our Kin“Ask any parents about their financial worries, and they are certain to put the rising cost of child care high on their list. Parents are caught in a bind-they need to work to support their kids, but more and more of their paychecks are going to child care. That’s money families could be spending directly on their children or saving for college. And the astronomical cost of child care is keeping more and more parents, especially mothers, out of the workforce. In fact, child care is more expensive than the cost of college tuition in 28 states. This is bad for children, bad for families and bad for our economy. Sen. Warren knows what it’s like to balance work and child care-she’s been in the same situation as millions of parents. Sen. Warren’s Universal Child Care Act would put us on a path to guaranteeing that every family in America has access to high-quality, affordable child care options the same way that every family has access to a neighborhood public school. And it would ensure child care workers have a voice to advocate for their profession and for what kids need, and to earn wages that enable them to support their own families.” – Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers“Stagnant wages make it challenging for working families just to make ends meet, let alone get ahead. Child care can be an overwhelming expense, often exceeding the cost of rent or a mortgage. Senator Warren’s bold proposal would ease the burden, creating a cohesive system and giving more people peace of mind that they can go to work without worrying about the safety of their children. It’s time to ensure that all families have access to affordable child care, which also pays providers a fair wage for the important work they do.” — Lee Saunders, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees“Research shows that effective, affordable early care and education has beneficial multi-generation effects, helping parents enter the workforce, gain critical skills and be self-sufficient while providing their children the early developmental resources they need to succeed in school and life. Access to these resources supports families and the future of our families, workforce and country.” — James Heckman, a Nobel Laureate economist who has extensively studied the returns on public investments in high-quality early childhood education“This proposal represents an extraordinary vision for meeting our nation’s neglected early learning and child care needs. It would create and improve hundreds of thousands of jobs and would reduce persistent racial and gender inequality holding back millions of adults and children alike. An ambitious plan like this would help secure our nation’s economic future and should be core to a new social contract with families and communities.” — Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality“This proposal is a thoughtful, ambitious attempt to deal with two problems plaguing the child care market: the high cost of care experienced by many families and the low quality of services offered by many child care providers. By creating a system of publicly supported child care–in which generous financial assistance is offered in tandem with strong quality standards–this plan effectively places the dual policy goals of cost reduction and quality improvement on equal footing. As a result, it will enable more parents to enter the labor force while improving children’s school readiness.” — Chris Herbst, Arizona State University School of Public Affairs“Rigorous research makes clear that investments in children are of key importance to promoting economic and educational opportunity. Such investments also improve physical and mental health for our next generation. As a new parent returning to work, I know firsthand the importance of quality, affordable childcare. Expanding access to such programs, and improving wages for and skills of child care workers, is a smart policy solution to ensure every child and family has the high-quality early care and education necessary for success.” — Alison Baulos, Center for the Economics of Human Development at The University of Chicago“Much of our social policy in the realm of early childcare still relies on an outdated model of marriage and family–two income earners with dad going to work all day and mom staying home. Whether we like it or not, this is not reality. The bulk of childcare duties rests on mothers who must stop their education and career advancement to care for children. We are losing a lot of talent this way. In the alternative, so much lifetime development happens during the ages of 0-5 and many children are falling through the cracks. This is especially true for many LMI communities, especially black and brown communities that have inadequate early childhood services. This bill will be a boon for those communities… It will allow mothers and fathers who want to work and go to school to do so and it will provide a safe and nourishing environment for the future. This is the most important issue we can be focusing on right now in the realm of gender equality.” — Mehrsa Baradaran, Author of The Color of Money.In October 2017, Senator Warren delivered a speech at the National Women’s Law Center in which she spoke about her experiences as a mother juggling school, work, and raising her two young children, and about the urgent need for government to help lower the cost of child care and truly invest in America’s children.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren.)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 email@example.com.
News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019 Carestream Health To Sell its Healthcare IT Business To Philips Carestream Health has signed an agr read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 31, 2018 Greenville Health System Adopts Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging System Agfa HealthCare and Greenville Health System (GHS), South Carolina, announced the successful implementation of a… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | September 04, 2018 Novarad Highest Rated in Customer Satisfaction on Gartner Peer Insights VNA Category Novarad Healthcare Enterprise Imaging has taken the highest rated spot on Gartner’s Peer Insights technology review… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | August 09, 2018 Visage Signs Mercy for Visage 7 Open Archive Visage Imaging Inc. announced that it has signed a seven-year contract with Mercy, the fifth largest Catholic health… read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more September 8, 2011 – KOM Networks, provider of storage management solutions for secure archiving, compliant data protection and retention, announces the KOMpliance i-Series Archive Gateway.The i-Gateway allows companies to add a secure universal archive repository using their Internet small computer system interface storage area network (iSCSI SAN) repository.This will reduce expenses, complexity, and admin costs associated with iSCSI storage while increasing compliance levels and archived data protection.York Hospital in York, Maine recently replaced their EMC Centera with the new system to file McKesson picture archiving and communication system (PACS) addressing HIPAA compliance and disaster recovery.“The total cost of a KOMpliance archive storage solution combined with EqualLogic storage, saves us approximately $80,000 per year,” commented Kevin Foster, network administrator at York Hospital. “And that includes three years of 24/7 support.”NMB Insurance Brokers in London deployed the system with their iSCSI SAN to provide compliant long-term archive for Open Text e-docs. “KOMpliance has helped us to easily fulfill our compliance requirements and limit our liability. Knowing our data is secure and our technology is sustainable, allows us to control our future costs and maximize our return on investment,” stated Simon Edwards, system manager at NMB.The gateway combines high-end performance and advanced NAS features, while delivering “eWORM” tamperproof secure archives using iSCSI SAN storage resources.For more information: www.komnetworks.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | September 08, 2011 KOM Networks Launches KOMpliance i-Series Archive Gateway News | Archive Cloud Storage | December 20, 2018 IMS Announces Integration of Cloud Image Viewing Platform With Google Cloud International Medical Solutions (IMS) recently announced it will provide Google Cloud account users with the ability to… read more Technology | Archive Cloud Storage | November 19, 2018 Intelerad Launches Nuage Disaster Recovery Platform November 19, 2018 — Intelerad Medical Systems announced the launch of the nuage Disaster Recovery (DR) Platform. read more Related Content News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 30, 2018 Children’s Hospital Colorado to Manage Medical Images Via the Cloud With Nucleus.io Platform NucleusHealth and Children’s Hospital Colorado’s (Children’s Colorado) Center for Innovation have formed a strategic… read more
Feature | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | January 29, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis VNA Enables Next Steps in Enterprise Imaging As healthcare technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, the amount of patient data being collected continues to read more Provider directories and trust mechanisms for the push and query retrieve models of healthcare information exchange (HIE) are being constructed at a national level. HIEs are piloting exchange, but data flow is limited. No matter what governance and operational characteristics are selected within various regions — either full electronic health record (EHR) or a secure direct messaging system for disaster recovery — the value of HIE to patients, physicians and payers must be quantifiably demonstrated. In other words, HIE will need to develop a business model where sustainability is paramount and moves beyond generating revenue for the vendors who today control the allocation of resources.Leaders are needed who are interested in working collaboratively to create a common vision and one-care team across multiple facilities for patients. In order to attract funding for innovative initiatives where the mission is to improve the quality of patient care, healthcare leaders need to proactively discuss plans to ensure quality care that truly supports the sharing of operating costs and governance across health plans, community stakeholders and providers for continued growth at the local level. One of the most under-valued, or under-considered, medical data is the use factor and importance of providing a clinical view of medical images through the HIE. While an imaging report is valuable, a picture is much more useful for the clinician and the patients as care options are discussed. Vendor neutral archives (VNAs) are a smart tool for managing imaging data locally and regionally, and should be at the top of the list of priorities for collaboration tools. It is widely understood that VNAs improve the way healthcare providers access patient data and, when implemented correctly, can provide the clinician with a more complete patient record that could lead to better care. Perhaps lesser known is the potential of the VNA to serve as a pathway for all care providers to access patient imaging data, or all data if configured as an XDS repository, when and where it is needed. Information in this article will help local and regional healthcare leaders focus on the stage that is being set to procure the necessary infrastructure to build and maintain federated architecture while constructing a case for VNA in their region. Transforming the IndustryThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 called for the brightest minds to improve the quality of healthcare, achieve better outcomes for patients and reduce medical errors. Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) called for the spread of EHRs, incentivizing providers to collect data by receiving payments. Stage 2 MU promoted healthcare IT adoption. Stage 3 MU is moving HIE toward certification. In response, activity in the healthcare industry to invent and transform technology that will efficiently and effectively implement the electronic exchange of data is slowly taking off. Some strategies are showing signs of maturity. Primary care executives and senior level staff are increasingly confident discussing and procuring contracts such as the business associates agreement (BAA) to work with third-party health information organizations (HIOs). A number of HIE organizations are pursuing national accreditation to exchange data via DirectTrust1 and become part of Healtheway to exchange trust anchors.Since 2010, the number of hospitals having a basic EHR has tripled. More than 38 percent of physicians reported adopting basic EHRs in 2012 according to a report by Harvard School of Public Health, Mathematica Policy Research and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.2 According to the study, hospitals were more likely to implement EHR functions to record patient demographics, vital signs and smoking status than they were functions for electronically submitted lab reports or summary records for patient transitions between care settings. From an observational perspective, many healthcare industry drivers are not playing well together. Providers are fighting to secure preferred referral status. Payers and provider groups are building competing HIEs in the same region. Insurers are fighting to keep networks competitive. And what is the result? Many local healthcare leaders are turning over the reins of their charge to vendors whose interests are not necessarily best for doctors and patients or for the advancement of HIE. VNA Allows Data Sharing Without Data Ownership HIMSS 2013-2014 Public Policy Principle 5.7 encourages the responsible use of data consistent with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) policies and guidelines. One of the principles is “data control governance and stewardship rather than data ownership.” While accreditation, contracts and interoperability standards setting are important, more groundwork and infrastructure are needed at the local and regional level to enable data sharing. When patient record searches become universal, the question remains how content will be managed in data repositories for maximum flow of data across healthcare communities. One-third of the United States hospital market as of last year adopted VNA.3 Patient matching is a major barrier to HIE implementation that will not be resolved with technology or policies and procedures alone. A third-party will need to work in concert with accountable care organizations (ACOs) and HIEs to clean and align the data. VNA could be the platform for access to data at rest featuring a single control point for stored data if configured correctly, and gives the ability to provide interoperability outside of the organization. A true VNA has the capacity to store all of patients imaging and continuity of care document (CCD) data. According to Ascendian Healthcare Consulting VNA expert, Jon Shoemaker, “A true VNA offers a singular integration point to an HIE as opposed to multiple integration points throughout healthcare enterprise systems with different levels and abilities. A VNA has the capability to publish the data into the registry utilizing standards and act as a singular enterprise repository.”A Healthcare Informatics survey found that patients want online access to medical images. According to editor Rajiv Leventhal, “The overwhelming majority of patients would like to have Internet-based access to their medical images and reports to share with other physicians, and to provide a more convenient way for them to access and store their records and their children’s records, according to a study conducted by IDR Medical, an international healthcare marketing company.”A common registry of scanned documents, specifically medical images, operated jointly between ACOs using a neutral third-party is arguably preeminent to patients and providers alike for EHR transactions to have the kind of value that can drive the long term sustainability of HIE as a business model. Focus on the MilestonesUnderstandably, providers are evaluating their practice to determine compliance with Stage 3 MU to meet the medical imaging provision, assessing and training technologists, radiologists and other staff on new technology to avoid radiation dosing. Federal financial incentives have helped, but the last mile will need to include organizations that are willing to include VNA interoperability in the planning discussions for their enterprise and region.Cost is still the largest barrier to successful adoption to new technology.4 Some health plans such as Aetna and UnitedHealth Group (UHG) are seeking to diversify their business and license a platform for exchange. Two models of pricing are available in HIE: •Transaction/fee — HIE charges for each set of data sent and received to parties that benefit from the service; and•Subscription — Predetermined level of access to data.VNA enables the consolidation of vendors and prevention of monopolies within the market by health plans and EHR vendors. Planning a VNA in local and regional health communities is a way that leaders should focus on small, successful milestones that will build a stronger case to secure additional funding. References:1. DirectTrust provides governance over direct exchange and works with The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) to develop and offer an Accreditation Program for Trusted Agents, which includes health internet service providers (HISP), certificate authorities (CA) and registration authorities (RA). 2. “Health Information Technology in the United States: Better Information Systems for Better Care,” by Harvard School of Public Health, Mathematica Policy Research, and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, 2013. www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/reports/2013/rwjf406758. Accessed Aug. 22, 2013.3. Ridley, Erik L. “Vendor Neutral Archives Offer Imaging IT Market Opportunity.” Aunt Minnie, Dec. 6, 2012. www.auntminnie.com/index.aspx?sec=ser&sub=def&pag=dis&ItemID=101866, accessed Aug. 21, 2013.4. Golzweig CL, Towfigh A, Maglione M, Shekelle PG. “Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology: New Trends From the Literature.” Health Affairs 2009; 28(2): w282-w293.Ifetayo Freeman is an analyst at Ascendian Healthcare Consulting and a frequent writer and thought leader on the health information exchange (HIE) topic. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content VIDEO: GE Healthcare’s CCA Analytics Provides Governance for Enterprise ImagingGE Healthcare Centricity Clinical Archive (CCA) Analytics, shown at RSNA 2018, works directly with the vendor neutral archive (VNA), allowing users to evaluate clinical, financial and operational processes across the healthcare system.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:35Loaded: 2.93%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | February 07, 2019 Connecticut, California Imaging Centers Deploy Ambra Cloud VNA Ambra Health announced that Naugatuck Valley Radiology and Insight Imaging are among the latest groups of leading… read more Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay News | PACS | December 19, 2018 Infinitt Showcases New RIS/PACS Features at RSNA 2018 Infinitt North America highlighted a range of healthcare information technology (IT) products and applications at the… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more Sponsored Content | Whitepapers | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | June 04, 2019 Considerations for a Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) The evolution from standalone PACS to extensive Enterprise Imagining Solutions created the need to archive informatio read more
News | August 26, 2014 Toshiba is First MR Manufacturer to Meet Network Security Guidelines of U.S. Department of Defense Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more 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 Related Content August 26, 2014 — Toshiba America Medical Systems’ MR (magnetic resonance) systems have received approval to operate (ATO) with the U.S. Air Force. This makes Toshiba the only manufacturer to have fully certified MR systems (Vantage Titan 1.5T and Vantage Titan 3T) for use on the Air Force Network. This follows the recent Air Force ATO for Toshiba’s CT (computed tomography) systems.By achieving ATO status, Toshiba met the Air Force and Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) Platform Information Technology (PIT) guidelines for ensuring protection of patient health information and guarding against malware, viruses and malicious attacks. To meet these requirements, Toshiba enhanced its MR platform to include Microsoft Windows 7 and application whitelisting software to proactively identify and prevent viruses and malicious solicitations.“Toshiba understands its customers’ business and makes data security one of its highest priorities,” said Beverly Plost, director, MR Business Unit, Toshiba. “This approval is proof that when a customer partners with Toshiba, they are getting the same protection and security expected by our nation’s armed forces.”For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more
An ‘invisible’ fuselage will allow passengers to look through the body of the plane, down onto cities or up at the stars. The concept plane incorporates streamlined engines into the fuselage. Airbus has revealed ideas for a concept plane with streamlined engines and the ability for its fuselage to become invisible.At the push of a button the captain would send an electrical pulse through a hi-tech ceramic skin making the main body of the plane see-through, Der Spiegel reported.The futuristic design would allow travellers to look down on cities and landscapes below, News.com.au reported.The concept is reminiscent of James Bond’s Aston Martin Vanquish (renamed ‘Vanish’) in the 2002 film, Die Another Day. In the film, the car could project images of its surroundings to appear invisible.Researchers at Airbus said the design would allow travellers to see through the body of the plane, directly below onto cities and landscapes, or gaze up and around at the starry heavens. The sensation would be that of floating unassisted through the sky, they said.”Passengers in an airplane like this would experience flight in a completely new way,” Airbus’ head of research and technology, Axel Krein, said.The proposal is one of a number of plans being considered by engineers at the European aerospace giant.Also in the works from Mr Krein’s team is an aircraft skin that can repair itself in the event of cracks or breaches and streamline engines that are embedded in the plane’s fuselage rather than attached to its wings.”We told our engineers to give their imaginations free rein. What emerged were completely realistic visions of flight in the year 2050,” Mr Krein said.”Our people are grounded in reality, after all. And most of the necessary technology already exists.”What are some other concepts you’d like to ‘see’ adopted by aircraft manufacturers? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C
The economy added 165,000 jobs in April–rebounding from a weak report for March–and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.5.percent, its lowest level since December 2008, the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)””:http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/empsit_05032013.pdf reported Friday. Economists had forecast payrolls would grow by 153,000, and that the unemployment rate would remain at 7.6 percent.[IMAGE]Payroll growth for March, originally reported at 88,000, was revised upward to 138,000, and February was revised to 332,000 from 268,000.Average weekly hours fell to 34.4–the equivalent of job losses–while average hourly earnings rose.Compared with the disappointing report for March, the April report showed very few negatives. The labor force–the sum of employment and unemployment–rose for the month with employment increasing 293,000 and unemployment falling 83,000. Unemployment, as used in this report, is a defined term including individuals meeting three tests: out-of-work, available-for-work, and looking-for-work.The labor force participation rate remained at 63.3 percent, low by historical standards. It had been 66.0 percent before the recession began in December 2007. The current rate is the lowest since December 1978, in part reflecting an increase in school enrollment, which could affect the “”available-for-work”” test.The employment-population ratio, a broad measure of the employment status of all those over 16, rose to 58.6 percent, but is still far below 62.7 percent in December 2007. The inverse of the employment-population ratio is a crude unemployment measure, suggesting 41.4 percent of all those over 16 do not have jobs, without adjustment for students or otherwise not seeking jobs.The net increase in payroll jobs came despite a loss of 11,000 government jobs–8,000 federal jobs, including 3,500 postal jobs. Local governments shed 2,000 jobs as state payrolls contracted by 1,000.Most industry sectors showed gains, but the number of construction jobs fell a net 6,000. Most of the job losses involved non-residential construction. [COLUMN_BREAK] Despite a drop in builder confidence, the number of residential construction jobs–including specialty contractors–increased 13,300. The information sector dropped 9,000 jobs in April, primarily in the movie and sound recording industry, which could have regional impacts on the coasts.Manufacturing jobs, according to the report, were flat in April after growing by a scant 2,000 in March, suggesting an impact of federal budget sequester cuts on defense-related employment, though the report does not contain a specific line item for defense related manufacturing or employment.Professional and business services added 73,000 jobs in April, including almost 31,000 temp jobs, which are often considered an entry point to permanent employment. Temp jobs though can also reflect a lack of confidence on the part of employers.The financial sector added 9,000 jobs, most of which were credit-related positions, such as underwriters, on the eve of the home-buying season. That said, the number of real estate jobs contracted by almost 2,000.The weak spot in the report was the cut in the average workweek, which slipped back from 34.6 hours last month. Cutting hours is a technique used by some businesses to reduce payroll spending while at the same time keeping trained workers available for a rebound in the economy. The reduction in hours though–despite an increase in average hourly earnings–reduces average weekly earnings, which fell by $3.29 in April and will have an impact on consumer demand.Reducing average weekly hours could also reflect a shift to part-time employment which rose 107,000 in April in a run-up to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act next January.With the reduction in hours and average weekly earnings, aggregate wage income fell in April. Wages, on average, represent about 55 percent of total personal income, which fuels personal consumption spending.The continued drop in the unemployment rate, which has fallen for three straight months, has added significance with the Federal Reserve having said the target fed funds rate would remain at its historic low, 0 to ├âÔÇÜ├é┬╝ percent, at least until the unemployment rate fell below 6.5 percent. The Fed also set an inflation target for keeping rates low and continuing its program of purchasing mortgage securities and investing in U.S. Treasury securities. Inflation has remained tame since the Fed announced its plans for reversing course on monetary policy.The number of persons out of work for 27 weeks or longer–“”long term unemployed””–fell 258,000 to 4,353,000 the lowest level since May 2009 but the number of person unemployed 15 to 26 weeks rose 230,000._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-05-03 Mark Lieberman Unemployment Rate Down to 7.5% as Payrolls Increase by 165K May 3, 2013 398 Views Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
The record-high tourist arrivals, which rose an annual 15 per cent over the past 7-month period edging 2 million is a credit positive for Cypriot lenders, Moody’s Investors Service said.The increase in tourist arrivals this year, accompanied by a 22 per cent rise in revenue in January to May, helps Cypriot banks, plagued with a mountain of non-performing loans, improve their asset quality and find new lending opportunities, the rating company said in an emailed statement on Sunday.“Bank of Cyprus, for instance, disbursed €39m of new loans to hotels and restaurants in the first quarter of 2017, accounting for 8 per cent of new lending, and sold €1m of hotel property over the same quarter, generating net proceeds 17 per cent above book value”.The largest Cypriot lender’s real estate management unit is likely to find better opportunities to sell five foreclosed hotels worth €73m in the current industry environment, Moody’s said, adding that “the tourism industry’s revival is having positive ripple effects across the economy”.With tourism’s contribution to employment seen at around 7 per cent of the workforce and loans to companies of the hospitality sector accounting for 10 per cent of total credit, the improved performance of the tourism sector helped boost cashflows, reduce the unemployment rate to 10.8 per cent in June, and a second quarter growth rate of 3.5 per cent, the rating company said.Still, as the tourism sector is booming, non-performing loans in the accommodation and food services sector dropped 33 per cent to €1bn in March, compared to May 2014, accounting for 48 per cent of total exposures, Moody’s said.You May LikeDr. Marty3 Warning Signs Your Dog Is Crying For HelpDr. MartyUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola