MONTREAL — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he and Quebec Premier Francois Legault are natural allies in the fight to defend provincial autonomy in the face of federal interventions.He made the comments today at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal, hours before a scheduled meeting with Legault in Quebec City.Kenney says he wants to revive what he called the historic alliance between the two provinces that existed at the time of the patriation of the Constitution. He said he plans to return to the theme during future visits to Quebec.But a clear hurdle in the way of the proposed alliance is Quebec’s opposition to any new pipelines carrying western Canadian crude oil through the province.Kenney is calling on Quebec to continue increasing its consumption of Canadian oil rather than buying it from foreign sources. He said the province benefits from oil revenues generated in western provinces through transfer payments.Legault told reporters earlier today he and Kenney agree on many issues, including increasing trade between the provinces and ensuring that provincial jurisdiction is respected. But Legault added that Quebecers don’t want any new oil pipelines.The Canadian Press
Toronto, ON – You’ve got Telefilm and other taxpayer-related grant agencies. And crowdfunding of course. But a major single source of cash for Canadian movies these days is the Toronto Film Critics Association. We criticize because we love.At its gala on January 9th Jan. at the Toronto Carlu – as it does each year – the TFCA will give $100,000 (courtesy of sponsor Rogers) to the movie its members deem Best Canadian Film of the Year.It’s the biggest cash prize for any Canuck filmmaker, enough for many to make several films. Last year, in a move that was consummately Canadian, the winner, Hugh Gibson (who won for his documentary The Stairs, about Toronto’s Regent Park), shared his winnings with runners up Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche) and Kazik Radwanski (How Heavy This Hammer). The runners-up got $5,000 each, so the trio split a combined $110,000. As if that wasn’t enough seed money for the industry, this august group of film know-it-alls (of which I happen to be a member) hands out the annual Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award (in the name of the late, great Toronto Star movie critic. It’s a career recognition, whose recipients (including Deepa Mehta, Alanis Obomsawin and Norman Jewison) are given $50,000 in post-production services from Technicolor to hand off to a young filmmaker of their choice. Other awards handed out by the TFCA include the Canadian Tire Allan King Award (not restricted to Canadians, but handed out in the past to Sarah Polley for Stories We Tell and Jennifer Baichwal for Manufactured Landscapes) and the $5,000 Manulife Financial Student Film Award. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
24 April 2010A top United Nations official today urged Member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to continue the current trend of reforms intended to improve human rights, saying authorities in the region had facilitated several positive social changes. “I believe it essential that, wherever possible, the current positive momentum is not just maintained but accelerated,” said Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who is on a 10-day visit of GCC countries. She has visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain and Abu Dhabi from where she will travel to Oman. “I believe, if the current trend continues, all the GCC countries may be on the cusp of some very dynamic changes that will bring major benefits to current and future generations,” Ms. Pillay told a news conference in Abu Dhabi.Ms. Pillay noted that women in all six GCC countries had access to higher education, pointing out that she had learned that more than half the university students in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait are women.“The next stage, which I hope will quickly gather momentum, is to ensure that all these educated young women have access to meaningful careers,” she said.Different forms of male guardianship for women, however, remained a problem in some countries, and distinct strands of discrimination persisted in others, Ms. Pillay said. It was, nevertheless, encouraging to see significant progress on women’s rights in all the four countries she has visited so far, albeit at different speeds and different stages of development, she said.The GCC countries had achieved a high level of success in access to social benefits, including health, housing, food and education, Ms. Pillay said, noting that many of those benefits were given without discrimination, with groups such as stateless people and migrant workers generally having access to certain key services.The access to full civil and political rights for some groups, however, remained uneven, although she had been reassured that progress was being made.“In all cases, the Heads of State and ministers whom I met expressed their interest to continue progress on attaining international human rights standards. I am especially heartened by the fact that, in the four countries where I’ve held talks with the Governments so far, there was agreement that human rights are not inconsistent with Islam,” Ms. Pillay said.She said the treatment of migrant workers was a major point of discussion in all the countries where problems arise from lack of protection safeguards in the so-called kafala – or sponsorship – system which leaves migrant workers vulnerable to exploitation in an unequal power relationship with their employers.She said Governments were aware of the problem, noting that Bahrain recently abolished the sponsorship system and adopted a new labour law and visa system that has transformed the relationship between employers and migrant workers into proper contracts.“However, in Bahrain – as well as in all the other five countries – the numerous highly vulnerable domestic workers do not yet receive anything like adequate legal protection. But, again, all the Governments I have spoken to so far recognize that this needs to change,” said Ms. Pillay.She said she was encouraged by the emerging national human rights institutions in the region, noting that Qatar’s national institution has already acquired the top-grade “A Status” – meaning it had satisfied a rigorous set of international standards as laid down by the UN General Assembly.Civil society organizations also continue to emerge in the region, but are still relatively few and fragile by comparison with many other countries, Ms. Pillay said.“In those countries where I have heard allegations that either human rights defenders or journalists are being stifled, or even arrested, I have urged the Governments to rectify the problem by establishing a proper legal framework that enables both civil society and the media to operate freely and contribute to healthy social and political debate,” she added.
Hamilton Police have arrested and charged the mother of the 15-month-old boy who was left alone in a house that caught fire last week.Last week police responded to a fire on Bay Street North and found the boy in a bedroom near the front of the home. The 15-month-old was taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.The boy has since been placed in the care of the Children’s Aid Society and the 25-year-old Hamilton mother has been charged with abandoning a child.
A response from the Council was expected soon, spokesperson Marie Okabe added. In addition to having been Environment Minister and three-time Minister of Development Cooperation in the Dutch Government, Mr. Pronk also has served in various capacities with the United Nations, including as Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Assistant Secretary-General in the UN Secretariat, Chair of the UN Conference of Parties of the Convention on Climate Change, and the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said for security reasons more than 106,000 Sudanese refugees have moved from the Chad-Sudan border to eight camps deeper inside Chad. The move was being made quickly to beat the rainy season which would make the roads impassable for the agency’s trucks. At Iridimi camp, some of the 15,008 refugees began moving into five-person tents from the transit centre part of the camp this week. UNHCR was also transferring 66 tons of corn, soya blend, rice, oil and beans provided by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to Am Nabak, where the agency was planning to open a camp. Some 3,000 refugees had already arrived at the site on their own and on foot from the border towns of Ogona and Tine, it said. So far this year, UNHCR said, it has brought in 1,700 tons of aid for the refugees in eastern Chad on flights from Tanzania, Pakistan, Denmark, Germany and Gibraltar.
Stark and graphic depictions of human suffering are amongst the shocking images used by the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, in an island-wide exhibition of photographs entitled Real People, Real Needs. The award-winning World Press Photo (WPP) images are part of a travelling exhibit that aims to raise funds and promote awareness and understanding of the plight of the world’s refugees and the difficulties they face in attaining social acceptance and freedom from intimidation in the countries where they seek sanctuary. A powerful visualisation of past and present atrocities, including starvation, genocide and mutilation in countries such as Chechnya, Rwanda, Afghanistan and the Sudan, ends with photographs of the Cypriot displacement camps of the seventies as a poignant reminder of the need for compassion for those affected by war and conflict.Currently displayed along Limassol’s popular seafront promenade, the photographic display will be moved to Paphos and Larnaca before its close at the end of the summer. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Best Buy has gaming laptop deals that rival those you’ll find on Amazon as Prime Day draws near. You’ll find discounted mobile rigs right now at Best Buy from Alienware, Asus, Razer and others just as we’re starting to see pre-Prime Day laptop deals on Amazon.You can scope all of Best Buy’s gaming laptops on discount here. Below are some of the deals that jumped out to me.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Alienware m17: $1,900 (save $600) $580 at Best Buy $1,000 at Best Buy Read the Alienware m17 review $1,359 Acer Asus Best Buy Intel Lenovo Razer Apple reading • Ready to upgrade your rig? Gaming laptops from Razer, Asus, Alienware and more are on sale at Best Buy This giant 17.3-inch beast packs an eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics along with 16GB of RAM and two drives — a roomy 1TB hard drive for storage and a speedy 128GB SSD for fast data access and boot times. It’s a larger version of the 15.6-inch model that’s currently on sale at Amazon. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Razer Blade Stealth: $1,190 (save $510) Read the Acer Nitro 5 review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Joshua Goldman/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Legion Y530: $824 (save $206) Asus Sarah Tew/CNET Asus ROG Strix Scar Edition: $1,000 (save $300) Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Mentioned Above Razer Blade Stealth (512GB, UHD) Read the Razer Blade Stealth review Read the Lenovo Legion Y530 review $1,190 at Best Buy Review • Razer Blade Stealth review: This slick new laptop will make your MacBook Air jealous Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Moving up the gaming laptop ladder a notch from pure entry-level, the Lenovo Legion Y530 is a 15.6-inch gamer powered by the eighth-gen Core i7-8750H CPU, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and 8GB of RAM. You lose out on SSD goodness, however, and must make do with a 1TB hard drive. Razer Blade Stealth Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier News • The best laptops 2019: Premium midsize category 1 This 15.6-inch entry-level gaming laptop uses a Core i5 CPU instead of a more powerful Core i7 and older GTX graphics instead of the current RTX series from Nvidia, but it offers enough oomph to play current games at medium to high detail settings at the laptop display’s full 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution. This model features the eighth-gen Core i5-8300H CPU, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The Blade Stealth is the smallest laptop in Razer’s lineup. This 13.3-inch marvel boasts a sleek, aluminum chassis and razor-thin screen bezels. Inside, this model features the eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8550U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. (This same laptop is sold at Amazon for nearly the same price — but it only comes with half the storage.) You won’t find dedicated graphics on this unit, which means gamers can keep shopping (or invest in an external GPU). But if you’re looking for a Windows version of Apple’s venerable MacBook Pro, however, the Blade Stealth might just be the ticket. • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See it Laptops $824 at Best Buy Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop: $580 (save $220) Comment See All $1,900 at Best Buy Another 17.3-inch beast, the Alienware m17 actually comes wrapped in an impressively thin chassis. This model boasts the eighth-gen Intel Core i7-8750H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 graphics along with 16GB of RAM, a hybrid 1TB/8GB hard drive and a 512GB SSD. A similar model (it lacks the hybrid drive) is less of a deal on Amazon at $1,800. Tags
Rohingya Muslim children and elders gather at the Thet Kel Pyin camp in Rakhine state during the Eid al-Adha celebrations on 22 August 2018. Photo: AFPBangladesh is taking all the preparations in coordination with Myanmar to begin the first batch of Rohingya repatriation on Thursday, says a senior official.”We’re taking preparations to begin it on Thursday. This will continue until 30 November with 150 individuals each day from 15 November,” the official who is working on the ground told UNB on Tuesday.He said the UNHCR will assess the voluntariness of Rohingyas’ return to make sure no one is forced to leave camp.Myanmar has given village-wise list of verified Rohingyas for the first batch return – 15-30 November, officials said.Earlier, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin the first batch of repatriation on 15 November and a list of 2,260 Rohingyas, including 450 Hindus of 485 families, has been handed over to the Myanmar side.Diplomatic sources said a total of 450 Hindus are willing to go back and 66 of them have valid documents and do not need any further verification.Bangladesh also has handed over a new list of 22,432 Rohingyas to Myanmar side during the last joint working group meeting between the two countries.”The list of 22,432 has not yet verified,” an official said adding that both sides want to complete the return of 2,260 Rohingyas if they are willing to go back.In the latest statement, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said his agency supports the voluntary and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees in safety and in dignity to their places of origin or choice, and will work with all the parties towards this goal.The high commissioner said before making a choice of whether to return or not, the Rohingyas verified by Myanmar as having the right to return should be allowed to visit their places of origin in Rakhine state, or other places to which they might choose to return, so that they themselves can make an independent assessment of whether they feel they can return there in safety and dignity.He emphasised that the responsibility to improve those conditions rests with Myanmar.Although UNHCR does not believe the current conditions in Rakhine state are conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of refugees from Bangladesh, the agency said it remains committed to supporting the government of Myanmar’s efforts to create such conditions, under the terms of the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).UNHCR also said it remains deeply grateful to the government of Bangladesh as it continues to generously host Rohingya refugees until they can voluntarily return to Myanmar in safety and dignity.Officials said the first batch return will be a test case to know how Myanmar treats them after their return to the place of origin as Myanmar assured all of their safety and security with confidence-building measures.An official involved in the repatriation process said Bangladesh and the international community need to know the “ground reality” and the repatriation needs to be started.Another diplomatic source said some are trying to give an impression that Bangladesh has taken it as a “business venture” and Bangladesh does not want the repatriation of Rohingyas. “This is absolutely wrong.”Bangladesh first handed over the list to Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka U Lwin Oo on 28 October and the UNHCR was also informed on the same day to take preparation.Earlier, India welcomed the decision taken by Bangladesh and Myanmar to start the repatriation of Rohingyas, who belong to the Rakhine state, in mid-November.”We welcome the agreement which was reached between the foreign secretaries of Bangladesh and Myanmar,” said spokesperson of Indian ministry of external affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar.Bangladesh and Myanmar formed the Joint Working Group (JWG) in December 2017 to start the repatriation of around 900,000 Rohingyas who fled a brutal military crackdown in August 2017.Permanent secretary of Myanmar’s ministry of foreign affairs Myint Thu told reporters that they have verified about 5,000 Rohingyas.A UN human rights expert has urged Bangladesh to shelve the plan to start repatriating Rohingya refugees to Rakhine this month, saying the Myanmar government has failed to provide guarantees they would not suffer the same persecution and horrific violence all over again.”I haven’t seen any evidence of the government of Myanmar taking concrete and visible measures to create an environment where the Rohingya can return to their place of origin and live there safely with their fundamental rights guaranteed,” said Yanghee Lee, the special rapporteur on human rights situation in Myanmar.Bangladesh foreign ministry and the UN agencies on the matter of Rohingya repatriation saying they are coordinating their activities on the issue closely.Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque earlier said Rohingyas need to decide on their own if they want to return to Myanmar. “It’s not Bangladesh’s decision. It’s not Myanmar’s decision and it’s not UNHCR’s decision. The return is a decision that must be taken by Rohingyas,” Haque said.He said Bangladesh has welcomed Rohingyas and is doing what is necessary for them. “They have to go back to their own country,” he said requesting all not to make it an issue for Bangladesh.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C., email@example.comOmarosa Manigault Newman went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” August 12 and spilled a lot of tea on the President and his current administration, sharing recordings and even telling host Chuck Todd that, “This is a White House where everybody lies.”Somehow after being fired three times on “The Apprentice,” hearing all of the President’s insensitive comments about women and people of color and the worst hit- being disinvited from Black cookouts by Twitter’s African American delegation- it took Manigault-Neman to be terminated from the White House to finally speak out against Trump and his allies.Reality TV personality and former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman is on media spree while promoting her book Unhinged. (Zach Pagano/NBC via AP)““I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation,” she said. “They continue to deceive this nation by how mentally declined he is, how difficult it is for him to process complex information. How he is not engaged in some of the most important decisions that impact our country. I was complicit and for that I regret,” the former reality star said.In the recording played, Manigault Newman is heard speaking to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who uses vague dismissive language to fire her from the White House.“It’s come to my attention over the last few months that there’s been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues,” Kelly is heard saying. The Chief of Staff implies that Manigault Newman had possibly used government vehicles, but said that “there’s some money issues and other things.” “From my view the integrity issues are very serious,” Kelly said.Then Kelly appears to threaten Manigault Newman.“I think it’s important to understand that if we can make this a friendly departure we can all be, you know, you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation, and then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation,” he said on the tape.When Manigault Newman asks Kelly to speak with the President he shuts her down.“We can talk another time. This has to do with some pretty serious integrity violations. So I’ll let it go at that. So the staff and everyone on the staff works for me, not the President,” Kelly said.Now that Manigault Newman is speaking out and playing tapes the President is none too pleased. As he does so often, The Tweeter in Chief took to Twitter Tuesday morning to reply to Manigault Newman.He claimed Manigault Newman begged for a position in his administration.“Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok.”He insulted her intelligence and said that Manigault Newman’s colleagues were not fans.“People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard really bad things. Nasty to people [and] would constantly miss meetings [and] work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me – until she got fired!“Manigault Newman, who once told Frontline, “Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down under President Trump” is doing everything but saying “GREAT things” about the President, all in service of her new book, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.
Kolkata: Kolkata Police has summoned the IAS officer from Rajasthan, Sanjay Dixit, who had shared the fake notification on Eid holidays on Twitter.The police summoned him on June 29 and he has been asked to turn up at the cyber cell of Kolkata Police by 11.30 am. It may be recalled that a controversy had sparked after an IAS officer shared the same on a social networking site and it took place after the city police had clearly stated in a tweet that it was a ” fake notification”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice had stated that “a fake notification is doing the rounds on social media about Eid Holidays. It is false. Those who have masterminded this will be strictly dealt with as per law”. Dixit had later deleted the tweet. He had uploaded the fake notification and stated in the same tweet: “Meanwhile, Islamic State of West Bangladesh declares the longest Eid holiday ever – a full 5 days of free salary and compulsory holiday for the faithful and infidel alike.”
Kolkata: Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, was put on life support on Friday evening after he developed acute breathing difficulty.89-year-old Chatterjee has breathing and cardiac problems, hospital sources said.He was earlier admitted to a Kolkata hospital in June. He was released after his improved after a few days. “Chatterjee is gradually improving but will take more time (to recover),” the senior hospital executive had said.He was admitted to a South Kolkata nursing home over a week ago with age-related ailments. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChatterjee’s condition became serious on Friday evening and he was put on life support system. A medical board has been constituted to monitor his health.The family members and doctors attending him did not disclose the ailment due to which the former Parliamentarian was admitted to the ICU earlier this week.Chatterjee, a legal luminary, was the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2004 to 2009. He joined the CPI(M) in 1968 and was a member of the party till his expulsion in 2008, after he flouted the party’s diktats. He was a Central Committee member of CPI(M) and was the leader of the party in Lok Sabha from 1989 to 2004. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee became an MP in 1971, fighting as an Independent candidate with support from CPI(M). He was re-elected as an MP nine consecutive times, except when he lost to Mamata Banerjee from Jadavpur Parliamentary Constituency in 1984. Chatterjee was unanimously elected as the Speaker in 2004.The CPI(M) expelled him in 2008 for not resigning as the Speaker after the party withdrew its support from the UPA-1 government over Indo-US nuclear deal.
Register Now » September 4, 2014 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Any millennial who’s ever undertaken the nail-biting chore of explaining technology to an elderly relative may soon sing the praises of a brand new tablet developed by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).The nonprofit organization and advocate for baby boomers has just launched its RealPad — the very first tablet, it says, specifically designed for technologically-illiterate users aged 50 and up.Created in conjunction with Intel, the modified Android device is priced at $189 and features a 7.85-inch screen and 16GB of memory. It is WiFi-equipped and also has front- and rear-facing cameras.And for those to whom an iPad may be too complex to maneuver, the RealPad boasts a pared-down interface, larger-than-normal icons and special settings to fix common mishaps instantly, the AARP said in a press release.Related: After Reportedly Blowing Up iPhones, Apple Plans to Make a Bigger iPadIt also comes equipped with toll-free customer service access — available around the clock — as well as built-in video tutorials on subjects as varied as touchscreen basics, how to download apps, how to browse the Internet and how to set up video calling and email accounts.While gadgets are often a source of “complexity, frustration and headaches” for the nation’s 76 million baby boomers, said AARP chief JoAnn Jenkins in a statement, the RealPad aims to help them embrace “the benefits of technology such as connecting with family, friends, communities and enjoying books, games and learning.”The device is available for pre-order via Wal-mart today, with shipments slated for mid-October. Its $189 price tag also includes a complementary one-year membership to the AARP, which comprises coupons and other discounts, a subscription to AARP magazine and important healthcare tools.Related: Your Brain Likes Plain Old Paper More Than It Likes E-Readers
News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | March 22, 2011 Intelligent Cardiac Structured Reporting Featured at ACC 2011 read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Digital Pathology | July 16, 2019 Paige Announces Clinical-grade Artificial Intelligence in Pathology July 16, 2019 — Computational pathology… read more News | Clinical Decision Support | July 18, 2019 Johns Hopkins Named Qualified Provider-led Entity to Develop Criteria for Diagnostic Imaging On June 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Johns Hopkins University School… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 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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Fujifilm’s booth is 2001.ISR is the latest addition to the Synapse family solutions to enhance clinical workflow and increase diagnostic certainty. The software aids efficiency by enabling cardiologists to read more exams in less time. It does this by incorporating an advanced tool set that directly ties echo measurement data and clinical statements to a comparative knowledge base. This helps improve the reading accuracy and report consistency when interpreting echocardiograms. Advanced capabilities of ISR include the ability to monitor input echo measurements in real-time, warn the user of inconsistencies and automatically complete an echocardiography report based on absolute and inferred data. The application also suggests further areas of evaluation, based on clinical findings, and outlines a treatment consideration for the patient. ISR brings a new clinical concept to echo reporting using the Agile Computing Theory. This technology makes frequent, real-time updates to Synapse Cardiovascular to ensure that the cardiologist and sonographers are equipped with the latest cardiovascular information. This data is standards-based and all suggestions provided by the system are directly traceable to a clinical source. The database includes thousands of peer-reviewed clinical papers so cardiologists have the ability to prove statements and perform further research.Fujifilm will also be featuring its full range of informatics products, including Synapse 3D and Synapse Mobility, at the 2011 ACC. For more information: www.fujimed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
Newly elected state Rep. Tom Barrett made the title official today at his first swearing-in ceremony. He was accompanied by his wife, Ashley, son Patrick, and his newborn daughter, Eleanora.Rep. Barrett resides in Potterville with his family. He is currently serving with the Army National Guard as a helicopter pilot. Barrett worked for the Michigan Department of Treasury prior to his election.“I promise to work hard every day to represent the interests of our community,” Barrett said. “I am honored and humbled to have this responsibility.”Barrett is representing the residents of the 71st House District in Eaton County. His office is located in the Anderson House Office Building, 124 S. Capitol Ave., Room 1090.##### 14Jan Rep. Barrett takes ceremonial oath of office Categories: Barrett News,News
Measures forgive debt, reduce hardship on families 14Feb Rep. Miller votes to end driver responsibility fees State Rep. Aaron Miller voted for legislation that will eliminate driver responsibility fees, forgive outstanding debt and give people a break when they seek to have driving privileges reinstated.Miller, of Sturgis, said the fees were initiated nearly 15 years ago by a previous administration that had spent taxpayer money carelessly and needed an influx of funding to fill a hole in the budget. Since 2003, hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents have been forced to pay a fee that did nothing to improve their driving skills.“If driver responsibility fees hadn’t put such a financial hardship on so many families it would almost be laughable,” Miller said. “It is time to lift this economic burden off the backs of families and improve their quality of life without driver responsibility fees.”Miller said the legislation will eliminate the fees as of Oct 1, and will forgive any unpaid debt caused by driver responsibility fees.The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill thorough Dec. 31 that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness, and others may participate in workplace development training programs to regain their driver’s licenses prior to Oct. 1.The bills now go to the governor for consideration.##### Categories: Miller News,News
29May Rep. Wentworth influences federal action on equity fairness for veterans State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, was recently instrumental in the enactment of a federal plan extending fairness to veterans in the housing market.Wentworth was the first to raise concerns to the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBA) on how the VA was rejecting VA home loans to veterans under Michigan’s previous site condo law. Wentworth worked closely with HBA and U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, of Watersmeet, to pass federal legislation requiring the VA to treat all single-family homes in Michigan the same.“Military veterans have made tremendous sacrifices in their selfless service to our country to protect our freedoms,” Wentworth said. “Programs like this are one of the few ways families can realize the dream of owning a home. For veterans to be put at a disadvantage in relation to others in the pursuit of this dream is simply unfair.”The Michigan Site Condo Act allows developers a more streamlined option for platting and developing property for single-family homes. Because of this, nearly 90 percent of all single- family homes built in Michigan are built on property developed through the state’s Site Condo Act.Even though these homes have the same characteristics as single-family homes built on traditionally platted property, they are deemed “site condos” in legal documents. The VA is rejecting loans for veteran applicants based on the difference in definitions. Veterans have the option to go through a lengthy, extensive process of paperwork to alter the definition of home status to ensure approval of a loan through the VA.“As an Army veteran, I have firsthand experience jumping through hoops and over financing hurdles trying to ensure my chances of a loan through the VA,” Wentworth said. “The process is 16 steps, two inches thick of paperwork and it took me three months to navigate through it. Many veterans don’t want to go through this process. This plan is about simplification and fairness in equity.”Wentworth also noted due to the vibrant real estate market in Michigan, resulting in multiple offers, sellers of homes are less willing to wait for a buyer with financing challenges or if there are questions that have to be resolved. Categories: Wentworth News
ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares September 14, 2014;Crain’s Detroit BusinessOne of the more impressive examples of nonprofit advocacy in this past year has to have been the efforts of the multiple organizations in the Detroit area that stood up for the tens of thousands of who were hit with water shutoff notices from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. This may sound harsh, but while some major part of the major attention of well-heeled foundations went to saving the billion-dollar collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, it was much smaller grassroots advocacy organizations like the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, the Detroit Water Brigade, the People’s Water Board, and a few others that were indefatigable in defending the interests of families who might lose running water as a result of tone-deaf, ham-handed, callous actions by DWSD leadership.These groups got the attention of the public across the country, and even the attention of the federal judge overseeing the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, forcing changes. Through these groups’ advocacy, the Department acceded to a temporary moratorium on shutoffs, developed with Mayor Mike Duggan’s help a structure for helping people pay bills, and now has cut a deal for restructuring the provision of water to Detroiters and the entire region.Earlier this month, the city of Detroit, the water department, and surrounding counties announced a plan to create a new regional “Great Lakes Water Authority.” The new entity will be governed by the city and the counties and be able to issue new bonds to help finance operations and improvements.However, one of the purposes of its new bond issuance will be to contribute to the city’s pension plan. The way the generally bankrupt DWSD will be able to issue bonds will be to increase the water and sewer rates four percent for the next 10 years. Remember, Detroit already charges water rates much higher than most cities. Why might it raise the rates it charges to consumers? Because already $410 million of the department’s $930 million annual budget is devoted to debt service. The Department already has $5.2 billion in bond debt that will be inherited by the regional authority.Does the shift to a regional authority benefit Detroit’s water customers? As of September 5th, DWSD reported that 27,000 residential customers were on installment plans to pay accounts that were at least 60 days delinquent. Including another 1,000 or so non-residential customers on payment plans, that adds up to $15.4 million in delinquent accounts.However, there are still reportedly 151,000 accounts still more than 60 days due with a total balance of $137 million. There hasn’t been much public discussion, but it appears that the moratorium on shutoffs is over. How the Department is handling the issue now, especially while the court examines the regional authority proposal, is unclear.Perhaps the bankruptcy judge might look at the recent finding that the way DWSD handled water account delinquencies and realize that the department played an active role in contributing to the city’s problems by the way it typically billed customers. The Department’s (and the city’s) practice since 2007 had been to attach water bills to property taxes, so that when property owners were hit by foreclosures due to the economic downturn, part of the reasons for their foreclosures was the impact of the water bills. With the change in 2007, the collection rate on water bills plummeted from 90 percent to 24 percent. Water bills didn’t drive properties into foreclosure, but they made the property debts larger, limited potential purchasers (other than speculators), and according to Ted Phillips, executive director of the United Community Housing Coalition, made a bad situation worse.Mayor Duggan implied that this new authority would be a mechanism of protecting the water services of the region as a public asset, preventing the possibility that the agenda of the Department and Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr might have been to sell the water department to a private corporation. The deal doesn’t quite sound as permanently public as the city is making it out to be, especially since the largest private corporation owning and managing water systems in the U.S., Veolia Water, has been hired by the Department to evaluate its management and operations. Given the indebtedness and the bond-induced increasing water rate, might the city and its suburban county partners be motivated to sell out at some future date, especially if the number of delinquent customers is not reduced?It all looks like a restructuring of the water system without clear indication of how Detroit’s lower income delinquent residential customers might actually fare. Hopefully, those advocacy groups that were active in helping push for protections for water customers will issue detailed analyses of the impact of the regional authority on the people who are still making a go of living in Detroit, not just bond holders and the DWSD executives.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share18Tweet9ShareEmail27 Shares“Stop Separating Immigrant Families Press Conference and Rally Chicago Illinois 6-5-18 1943,” Charles Edward MillerJune 18, 2018; Mercury NewsChildren are being pulled from their parents’ arms at the US-Mexico border, with no guarantee of reunification and no concern for the basic humanity of refugees fleeing violence. NPQ’s Cyndi Suarez wrote a feature today on the human cost of this terrible policy. But across the country, many Americans have drawn a line in the sand, and are pitching in to fight for children and their families.Perhaps the fastest-growing fundraiser was begun by Charlotte and Dave Willner, a couple from Silicon Valley who were some of Facebook’s earliest employees. They originally planned to raise $1,500 for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). The minimum cost of a bond to get someone out of detention is $1,500, but they can cost up to $10,000.The Willners leveraged their friends in the tech industry to help make their fundraiser easy to understand and support and got matching grants from larger donors. Julia Prodis Sulek of the Mercury News wrote, “When a potential donor was confused about how to donate, the Willners contacted a blogger friend who posted an explanation. When donors asked how they knew the Texas nonprofit was legitimate, they had a friend write up a post and add a link vouching for it.” By 9:45 am on Wednesday, they had raised $9,135,877 toward a goal of $11 million. NPQ has written about the phenomenon of rage donating before, and this week, many Americans have been seriously enraged.Jenny Hixon, director of education and outreach for Texas-based RAICES, told Sulek, “I have no better way to describe it than just absolutely stunned and incredibly grateful because the funds that have been raised will enable us to do so much work.” Hixon told Jessica Guynn of USA Today, “Our fundraising infrastructure is spartan. We have one development person on staff, which is me…and I’m also responsible for overseeing our shelter, volunteer operations, media, community outreach, and refugee resettlement. We’re very much a boots-on-the-ground kind of organization.”Dave Willner said that he and his wife were inspired by John Moore’s photo of a small girl crying next to her mother and border patrol agents and that starting the fundraiser was “the closest thing we could do to hugging that kid.”Hollie Larkey Ancharoff, a grateful donor, wrote, “Thank you for giving us something concrete to do!” In that, Ancharoff echoes the feelings of many Americans, who feel helpless in the face of such bare cruelty.Other organizations are responding to citizens’ wish to help. Multiple news organizations, including the Texas Tribune, Slate, ELLE, Money Magazine, the San Antonio Current, Nerdist, and InStyle, have posted articles about how to help the children and their families. They include links to legal aid organizations like RAICES, which can represent families and children in deportation proceedings; humanitarian aid groups, which send food, diapers, blankets, and other supplies to children being held in tents and former Walmarts; phone numbers for senators and comment lines where citizens can tell their public officials to take action; and how to find protests in your area.There are protests in abundance at the border and in cities around the country. The Families Belong Together coalition, a group of immigrant rights activists, held a Father’s Day protest at the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center in McAllen, Texas. Activist Jess Morales Rocketto led the crowd in shouting to the children inside, “Niños, no estan solos” and “you are not alone.”US Representative and US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) also led a protest on Father’s Day outside a tent city that houses children at the border. He was joined by Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts and hundreds of others. O’Rourke told the Texas Tribune, “We decided there wouldn’t be a more powerful way to spend Father’s Day than with children who have just been taken from their fathers, children who have been taken from their mothers, children who won’t be able to be with their family.” Other protests were planned by people in places as far as Minneapolis, Boston, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Detroit. (If you’re looking for a protest in your area, you can go to this website and enter your ZIP code to find one.)Activist groups are mobilizing their networks nationwide. The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights called June 14th a “National Day of Action, on family separations, initiated by We Belong Together and other partners.” NPR reported that the ACLU requested class-action status on Friday for their suit on behalf of an immigrant mother, known as Ms. L, who was separated from her daughter; they are collecting signatures on a petition to stop the separations.Not to be outdone, nine state governors have refused to send their National Guard troops to the border as long as the separation policy is in place. Ralph Northam (VA), Andrew Cuomo (NY), Larry Hogan (MD), John Carney (DE), Roy Cooper (NC), Gina M. Raimondo (RI), Charlie Baker (MA), Dannel P. Malloy (CT), and Bruce Rauner (IL) all said something similar to Governor Raimondo’s statement, “The Trump administration’s family separation policy is immoral, unjust and un-American. I will not deploy units from the Rhode Island National Guard to the southern border to support the administration’s policy that is ripping families apart.”Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order that prevents state resources from helping immigration authorities to separate families, and Governors Kate Brown (OR) and Phil Scott (VT) have also said they would not send troops when asked. Matthew Haag of the New York Times pointed out that these refusals “were largely symbolic, as their states were not among those that had been planning to send large numbers of troops in the first place,” but they nevertheless send a much-needed message of defiance.—Erin RubinShare18Tweet9ShareEmail27 Shares
Share20TweetShareEmail20 Shares“NRA March for our Lives,” Mike LichtAugust 3, 2018; Rolling StoneAre we witnessing the final days of the National Rifle Association?That’s what the NRA would have us believe. The NRA has filed suit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), and DFS Superintendent Maria Vullo, claiming that recent statements and judicial actions related to the NRA’s banking and insurance relationships are politically motivated and intended to cripple the organization.The lawsuit’s preliminary statement reads,This case is necessitated by an overt viewpoint-based discrimination campaign against the NRA and the millions of law-abiding gun owners that it represents. Directed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, this campaign involves selective prosecution, backroom exhortations, and public threats with a singular goal—to deprive the NRA and its constituents of their First Amendment rights to speak freely about gun-related issues and defend the Second Amendment…Defendants made it clear to banks and insurers that it is bad business in New York to do business with the NRA…Defendants’ abuses will imminently deprive the NRA of basic bank-depository services, corporate insurance coverage, and other financial services essential to the NRA’s corporate existence and its advocacy mission.This claim is based on two major actions by Cuomo, Vullo, and DFS, which the NRA says were partially motivated by pressure from Everytown for Gun Safety, Michael Bloomberg’s nonprofit, and partially by what they say is Cuomo’s career-long vendetta against the NRA.First, DFS investigated the NRA’s new “Carry Guard” insurance program, which offers insurance “to cover legal fees and liabilities arising from self-defense shootings.” (Yes, you read that correctly: If you shoot someone with a legally owned gun and claim self-defense, the NRA wants to make sure your legal bills are covered.) While it’s not unusual for insurance to be endorsed by or offered through a nonprofit, DFS claimed that this type of coverage violated the law and exacted a $7 million penalty from Lockton Affinity, the broker that offered the program.Then, Cuomo directed DFS to warn financial institutions “to review any relationships they may have with the National Rifle Association and other similar organizations. Upon this review, the companies are encouraged to consider whether such ties harm their corporate reputations and jeopardize public safety.” (NPQ has covered the increasing social responsibility expectations that consumers have of for-profit companies, as well as another governor’s attempt to bring NRA business to his state.) Following up, DFS issued a memorandum to New York insurers that read,There is a fair amount of precedent in the business world where firms have implemented measures in areas such as the environment, caring for the sick, and civil rights in fulfilling their corporate social responsibility…the Department encourages its insurers to continue evaluating and managing their risks, including reputational risks, that may arise from their dealings with the NRA or similar gun promotion organizations, if any, as well as continued assessment of compliance with their own codes of social responsibility.Lockton and another, unidentified “corporate carrier” both terminated all business with the NRA. (The NRA is suing Lockton for breach of contract, even though DFS mandated the cessation of all business between the two.) The NRA’s filing against Cuomo claims, “The Corporate Carrier severed mutually beneficial business arrangements with the NRA because it learned of Defendants’ threats directed at Lockton, and feared it would be subject to similar reprisals.”Now, says the lawsuit, the NRA is having trouble banking and buying insurance, both of which are critical to its activities, with other firms; no one wants to work with them, and they say it’s because firms fear action from DFS. The lawsuit claims, “Defendants seek to silence one of America’s oldest constitutional rights advocates. If their abuses are not enjoined, they will soon, substantially, succeed.”Dylan Matthews at Vox says that’s baloney. He argued, “the NRA is a mass-membership organization with powerful supporters in the federal government and the business community. A skeptical reader might argue that the NRA is trying to portray itself as more threatened than it really is in order to strengthen its case against Cuomo.” Revenue has been rising steadily, though it’s true the organization lost about $40 million last year.Cuomo has filed a motion to dismiss the suit, saying, “If I could have put the NRA out of business, I would have done it 20 years ago.” (Readers may remember when Boston Mayor Thomas Menino admitted that he could not prevent Chick-Fil-A from opening a Boston franchise because of its president’s anti-LGBTQ views, despite earlier threats to do so.)Several commentators, including organizer Linda Sarsour, US representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA), and comedian Chelsea Handler offered thoughts and prayers to the organization in its time of need.—Erin RubinShare20TweetShareEmail20 Shares
Middle East broadcaster Al Jazeera has accused Egypt of jamming its Egyptian news service’s signals.According to the MediaGuardian website, the broadcaster accused Egypt of blocking its transmissions after commissioning detection specialist Integral Systems Europe to investigate the problem. Al Jazeera’s Egyptian service, Al Jazeera Mubasher, which broadcasts on the Nilesat satellite platform, has been subject to jamming since early July.Al Jazeera has also accused Egypt of blocking its feeds to other broadcasters via the Arabsat satellite position.