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EUCanada CETA Steps Closer to Ratification

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first_imgzoom After months of uncertainty, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has received positive statements from a German Court and the European Parliament, paving the way for its ratification.The EU-Canada agreement, which features a positive maritime chapter and will lay the basis for future free trade agreements (FTAs), has now taken a further step to ratification.“The CETA agreement is one of the best agreements the EU has ever negotiated, not only for shipping but for the EU in general. Through CETA the European Commission should show that it will not cave in to populism and that free trade is important for sustained European growth,” Director EU Affairs, Simon Bergulf from the Danish Shipowners’ Association, said.The Committee will vote on CETA on December 5, 2016, followed by a plenary vote in January 2017.  If approved CETA will then be applied provisionally and before all EU national parliaments have had their official say.Additionally, this Thursday, the last big hurdle was averted as the German Federal Constitutional Court rejected a legal challenge to CETA and gave a green light for the German government to sign the provisional agreement.Now the Council is expected to ratify the agreement at a Trade Ministers meeting on October 18, which should then pave the way for the Commission to sign the provisional agreement on an EU-Canada Summit scheduled for the October 27, 2016.The CETA agreement will benefit trade with Canada, but also includes several specific maritime initiatives such as opportunities to provide maritime services like dredging, moving empty containers, and the shipping of certain cargo within Canada.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Colchester and Yarmouth Counties

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first_imgCOLCHESTER COUNTY: Innovation Drive Bridge Innovation Drive Bridge on Innovation Drive, about 600 metres north of the intersection of Highway 4 (Pictou Road), will be closed for repairs from Thursday, Sept. 12, until Saturday, Oct. 5. Detour signs are in place. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge Closure Starting on Monday, Sept. 16, the Indian Sluice Bridge on Route 308 will be closed for three days to all traffic through Wednesday, Sept. 18. The hours of closure are 9:00 a.m to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The bridge will be open at all other times and on weekends. The work involves chip sealing of the timber deck. Pedestrians will not be allowed to cross while work is being done. Bridge users should plan their trips using the above schedule. Heavy equipment working on the bridge can be removed in case of emergency. -30-last_img read more

ExKolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar dodges CBI seeks more time

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first_imgKolkata: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Monday skipped questioning on the Saradha cheat fund scam, and instead sought seven days time from the CBI. Kumar was summoned for questioning at 10.30 a.m., but he sent a letter seeking a week’s time before he could present himself for the questioning, stating “personal reasons”. Two CID officials went to the Central Bureau of Investigation office at Salt Lake and delivered the letter. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The development came hours after late on Sunday, the West Bengal government reinstated Kumar as CID Additional Director-General, a post from which he was shunted out by the Election Commission and sent on central deputation on May 15. The state government in a notification said Kumar was being reinstated as the model code of conduct had expired. The CBI on Sunday served notices on the former top cop at his residence and his office summoning him to be be present at its Salt Lake office at 10.30 a.m. on Monday for interrogation in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The CBI team issued the notices after they failed to locate him. It also issued a lookout notice for the senior IPS officer and alerted all airports to scuttle any effort on his part to escape abroad. The Supreme Court on May 17 had withdrawn the protection from arrest granted to Rajeev Kumar by its February 5 order. It, however, had given him seven days time to approach a competent court for relief. Kumar last Monday had moved the apex court seeking extension of the protection from arrest in view of the lawyers’ strike in Kolkata, but the court had rejected it.last_img read more

Manitoba moves to allow floorcrossing may end stall tactics by ousted MLA

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first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government introduced legislation Thursday to allow politicians to jump from one party to another — a move that should end stalling tactics by ousted former Tory Steven Fletcher.Justice Minister Heather Stefanson introduced a bill that would lift a ban on so called floor-crossing — where politicians elected under one party’s banner join another party without a by-election.The ban was introduced by the former NDP government and was being fought in court by Fletcher, who was kicked out of the Tory caucus in June after criticizing the government’s plans for a new Crown corporation to promote energy efficiency.Now an Independent legislature member, Fletcher said the Manitoba ban is the only one of its kind in Canada and violates his freedom of association and expression.To protest the ban, Fletcher single-handedly brought proceedings in the legislature to a halt on Wednesday — the first legislature sitting since the summer break — by raising nine procedural complaints that had to be debated and voted on individually in the chamber.On Thursday, Fletcher relented.“The objectives of yesterday were achieved,” Fletcher said.The bill has yet to be debated and the government hopes to have it become law by Nov. 9. As a backup, Fletcher has a court date in December when his lawyer will ask a Court of Queen’s Bench judge to strike down the ban as unconstitutional.Fletcher has previously said he has no intention of joining another party, but would not rule it out Thursday.If he were to join the Liberals, it would give the struggling party a fourth legislature seat — enough for official party status and the extra funding that the designation brings.Liberal house leader Jon Gerrard played down that possibility Thursday.“I have met with Steven Fletcher on a number of occasions, but he has been very clear that this is not about him going to join another party like the Liberals, it is all about the fact that this is a point of principle.”While Fletcher ended his stalling manoeuvres Thursday, legislature business was disrupted for another reason — a phone threat that prompted the evacuation of the historic building.The fire alarm rang and politicians, staff and visitors were ordered out just as Question Period was winding down. They spent almost 90 minutes on the front lawn before the all-clear was given.“I understand it was a phone threat and it was very quickly made and difficult to track,” Premier Brian Pallister said under a shady tree.“It’s a behaviour that’s counter-productive to creating a sense of security and there’s always a balance in terms of how we react to it. You don’t want to let the prankster win.”last_img read more

Associated Press Confuses Morocco with Monaco

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New York – The Associated Press confused the principality of Monaco with Morocco, erroneously saying that the North African country is expecting to celebrate the birth of royal twins.Most Moroccans living in the United States will tell you that they have come across Americans who confuse Morocco with Monaco.While this confusion is common among the average citizen and can be blamed on the ignorance of people and their indifference toward the rest of the world, it is uncommon to see large media corporations making the same mistake. On Saturday night, the Associated Press published a story reporting that Prince Albert of Monaco and his wife are expecting twins.But when publishing the story, they said, “Morocco to celebrate birth of its royal twins.”The story was immediately reported by several news outlets, which published the story with same title, such as the My Foxal, the Item live and Tricities, and many others. At the time of writing, those websites have still not corrected the title of the news story.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

China reaffirms support for UNs leading role in world affairs

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“We will, as always, abide by the UN Charter and fulfil in good faith our obligations under international conventions,” he told the 192-member body on the opening day of its annual session.“We will intensify cooperation with fellow developing countries, and support their greater say in international affairs. We will remain forever a good partner and brother of developing countries.”Mr. Wen spent much of his address listing China’s successes over the past three decades – its increased economic and overall national strength, the marked improvement in the livelihood of its people, its continually expanding cooperation with the outside world – elements which he called “a historic leap from mere subsistence to moderate prosperity.”But he also cited the shortcomings. China’s gross domestic product (GDP) is the third largest in the world, but in per capita terms, it is only one tenth of that of developed countries. It has enjoyed over 30 years of fast growth, but its further development faces energy, resources and environmental constraints. It is a leading producer of important products, but remains at the lower end of the global industrial chain. “China’s coastal areas and some of the big and medium-sized cities thrive in modernization, but many places in the central and western regions and the vast rural areas are still rather backward, and we have 150 million people living below the poverty line set by the United Nations,” he said.“The Chinese people’s livelihood has made significant improvement, but we do not yet have a full-fledged social security system, and we are confronted with high employment pressure. Our people are more and more actively engaged in the country’s social and political development, and citizens’ basic rights and interests are better protected, yet our democracy and legal system still have room for improvement and such social ills as inequity and corruption still exist.”China faces unprecedented challenges brought by problems both old and new and remains a developing country. “These are our basic national conditions. This is the real China,” he said.Mr. Wen pledged that China will continue to deepen institutional reform, develop the public sector of the economy as well as encouraging and guiding the development of the private sector, pay greater attention to improving people’s well-being, further reform income distribution, and improve the social security system, including old-age support, medical care and unemployment benefit programmes.“China will be even more open to the world. Mutually beneficial cooperation for win-win progress is a long-term strategy that we will stick to in opening up to the world. We will follow established international rules in expanding business ties with other countries. We will continue to improve the environment for foreign investors, optimize the structure of foreign capital utilization and explore new ways for overseas investment and cooperation,” he said, condemning protectionism in all its manifestations.“China will stay firmly committed to peaceful development. You may ask, ‘What is the essence of peaceful development?’ It is to foster a peaceful international environment for our development and at the same time contribute to world peace through our development. This is something inherent in the concept of socialism with Chinese characteristics.” 23 September 2010China will continue to firmly support the leading role of the United Nations in international affairs, and its economic development will not harm or pose a threat to anyone, Premier Wen Jiabao assured the General Assembly today. read more

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U of T Med students spend week at NGH

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Four students from the University of Toronto’s Medical School got a first hand look at rural medicine by spending a week at Norfolk General Hospital.“We spent the week shadowing a bunch of different doctors, and understanding what rural medicine is like and the comprehensive care that’s practised out here,” said Matt McGarr. “It’s very appealing to me, coming from a larger city.”McGarr was joined in Simcoe by fellow students Gianluca Sampieri, Sabrina Yeung and Tiffany Got.Norfolk General Hospital has been involved in this Rural Medicine Week with U of T for about 10 years. The week is a means of connecting the students to hospitals outside of the city.The students each spent a day of the week shadowing a doctor in anaesthesia, internal medicine, family medicine, ophthalmology, and a hospitalist.“I really enjoyed shadowing family medicine. Personally, I’d like to go into family medicine,” said McGarr.McGarr said he enjoyed seeing that family doctors also have other specializations, which is appealing to him.“One highlight for me was while I was shadowing the ophthalmologist, I’ve never shadowed an ophthalmologist before and I’ve never got to see the surgeries done on the eyes,” said Got. “It’s very delicate and takes a high degree of skill. It was just amazing to watch that.”The students participated in workshops  including intubating, putting in IVs, suturing, and putting on casts.On Friday the four medical students met with Simcoe Composite School’s health sciences class to discuss post-secondary education in medical fields. The SCS students asked them questions about GPA, tuition, and choosing a school or program that is the right fit.The high school students also participated in the casting clinic, where they learned how to put a cast over an injury.After the work days were done the medical students were shown around Norfolk. They went to different restaurants in the area, including Erie Beach Hotel and 211 Main, and were able to try out stand up paddle boarding and zip lining.“I’ve learned a lot about rural medicine, a lot about Norfolk General, and a lot about the communities of Port Dover and Simcoe,” said Sampieri. “I’ve learned a lot about what happens in a rural setting compared to a more academic setting that I’m used to at the University of Toronto. This is definitely a nice change of pace.”Norfolk General Hospital has nearly 130 students come through its doors annually for different types of programs, co-ops, and internships.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

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Iraq Annan welcomes US decision to release holds 410 humanitarian contracts

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In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said he was “encouraged” by the US decision on Friday to release holds placed on 410 applications valued at $703.5 million. The applications related to the agriculture, food handling, education, electricity, health, housing, water and sanitation, and oil sectors. The statement also appealed to all Security Council members to “expedite the approval of applications and spare no effort in lifting the remaining holds placed on applications.”As of the end of May, 1,651 applications valued at $3.7 billion were on hold, according to the statement.”The Secretary-General has repeatedly expressed his grave concern regarding the unacceptably high level of holds placed on applications for contracts submitted under the humanitarian programme for Iraq” – known as the oil-for-food programme – “and has called on the members of the Council to reduce the level of holds drastically,” the statement said. read more

Asked by Assembly UN Secretariat will report on Jenin other Palestinian cities

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Yesterday, the General Assembly adopted a resolution requesting Secretary-General Kofi Annan to “present a report, drawing upon the available resources and information, on the recent events that took place in Jenin and in other Palestinian cities.””The Secretariat will review available information,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. “It will also request the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to provide information.””We hope that the parties will cooperate fully with us as we prepare this report,” he added. “We will prepare the report as expeditiously as possible, bearing in the mind that we will need to gather and review all available information, and that we hope that the parties will provide us with information.”In requesting a report on “Jenin and other Palestinian cities” in its resolution, the Assembly sought a broader scope than that called for by Security Council resolution 1405, which specified only “recent events in the Jenin refugee camp,” Mr. Eckhard noted.Asked who would be involved in preparing the report, Mr. Eckhard said primarily personnel from the Department of Political Affairs, including at least one person who had been assigned by that Department to the fact-finding team assembled by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.Those preparing the new report “will be using all information available, so that would include anything that the fact-finding team had assembled in Geneva before it was disbanded,” the spokesman noted. read more

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As threat of hunger rises in Malawi UN food agency appeals for

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With the number of Malawians threatened by hunger climbing to more than 5 million, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged donors to quickly provide crucially needed aid to offset a crisis marked by sharp rises in malnutrition rates and maize prices three months earlier than the traditional lean season.“For six months WFP, together with other aid agencies, has been warning of an imminent food crisis in Malawi and the rest of Southern Africa,” WFP Regional Director for Southern Africa Mike Sackett said. “Rising maize prices and malnutrition rates now mean that more people than before will need help to survive the lean season.“Before this turn of events we already had a massive shortage of funds, so it’s critical that donors redouble their efforts to ensure no one starves, especially children,” he added, saying the number of people WFP is now targeting in southern Malawi for the period up to April next year by almost a million to 2.9 million.The Government and other organizations have committed to feeding an additional 2.2 million people elsewhere in the country during the hunger period.Even before the increased needs for Malawi, WFP was facing a critical funding shortfall of $152 million for programmes in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The situation is particularly acute in Malawi where this year’s maize production was the lowest since 1994 due to prolonged dry spells and shortages of seeds and fertilizer during the critical planting season.“Our window of opportunity to help Malawi and the rest of the region is closing fast,” Mr. Sackett said. “It can take up to four months to get food to those who need it, so cash and food donations must be given now if we are to reach the neediest in time. It will be too late once emaciated images appear on television screens.”Food prices usually rise from December up to the March/April harvest, when maize is scarcest and often unaffordable on the market and people have consumed their own reserves. But this year prices have not only rocketed to levels not normally seen until the height of the lean season in January/February, there is also less maize available.Earlier this week, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said some 12 million people would need food assistance in southern Africa until the next harvest, up from an earlier estimate of about 10 million. read more

Chas Hodges from Chas and Dave diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus

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first_img 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 pair are both born-and-bred north Londoners and became friends after being introduced through a mutual school pal.The act played Glastonbury in 2005 and opened for Led Zeppelin at Knebworth in 1979.Before teaming up with Dave Peacock for a musical partnership that would stretch more than 40 years, Hodges was a member of The Outlaws and backed some of the all-time greats during the late Fifties and early Sixties, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent and Bill Hayley. As a member of Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, he also appeared as special guest to The Beatles on their final British tour in 1966.Chas & Dave split temporarily in 2009 following the death of Peacock’s wife of 36 years. Sue died after a battle lung cancer.Chas formed his own act called Chas And His Band before the duo re-formed a year later.center_img Chas Hodges, one half of music duo Chas & Dave, has cancer of the oesophagus.The 73-year-old will begin treatment “immediately” after the illness was caught “at an early stage”, the band said in a Facebook post.They added: “Chas recently underwent hospital tests which revealed cancer of the oesophagus. Luckily this has been spotted at an early stage and he’ll be undergoing treatment immediately.”The star “expects to be back out on the road with Dave” soon, but the duo have cancelled several dates scheduled across February.Performances at Potters Bar, Norwich and in Milton Keynes on February 17, 18 and 19 “will need to be rescheduled”.”Apologies to ticket-holders for the inconvenience. The venues themselves will advise regarding re-scheduling/refunds,” the statement added.The duo, famous for hits such as Gertcha and Rabbit, formed in the 1970s and are the creators of a musical style dubbed rockney – a mix of rock and cockney.last_img read more

Fan creates free cutesy Game of Thrones retro platformer

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first_imgThe HBO series Game of Thrones is famous for its sweeping visuals, high-quality special effects, and droning yet rhythmic theme music. A fan-made video game version of Game of Thrones is quite the opposite. The PC game, created by Spanish game designer Abel Alves, is a retro-style 8-bit platformer. Interestingly, it’s still recognizable as GoT, and even follows a rough outline of the story.The game starts out with a steep vertical climb up the Wall with the player taking on the role of John Snow. Over the course of the game you also play as other characters, like Daenerys. The gameplay is classic platforming, where you move from left to right across the level, defending against various enemies in the process. It even has a chiptunes version of that rhythmic theme music.The controls are straightforward. The left and right arrow keys move you side-to-side, and the up arrow jumps. The Z and X buttons are the regular and special attacks, respectively. It seems responsive, but there is the occasional bug. It’s freeware, though, so you shouldn’t complain much.The developer isn’t charging anything, but HBO is probably still going to be upset. Not only is the game using characters from Game of Thrones, it has dialog and screenshots from the series. A cease and desist is probably being drafted right now. So if you’ve got a hankering for some platforming at King’s Landing, better act fast. The game is just 68MB in size and PC-only.last_img read more

Rally for Cyprus

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Justice of Cyprus Coordinating Committee has organised a number of events in July to remember the 1974 invasion of Cyprus by Turkey, ending with the all important Rally for Cyprus on Sunday night. The aim of the rally is “to call attention to and to protest the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the continuing illegal occupation, the violation of human rights of the people of Cyprus”. On 20 July 1974, heavily armed Turkish troops invaded the northern part of Cyprus, forcing many Greek Cypriots to flee south. By the time a ceasefire was agreed three days later, Turkish troops held three per cent of the territory of Cyprus.The committee is using these events to remember the loss of ancestral homelands to an invading army intent on ethnic cleansing of the northern part of the island of its majority Greek / Cypriot inhabitants and creating a permanent partition.On Wednesday, the committee organised a demonstration outside the Turkish embassy. A small crowd gathered to demonstrate against the Turkish invasion and continuing illegal occupation and to demand the right of return of all refugees to their ancestral homes.At the demonstration the Cypriot refugees from the 1974 invasion continued their resolve and their commitment towards justice and peace in Cyprus. They reaffirmed that the present status quo is unacceptable and that Turkey’s military presence in the island is a flagrant violation of UN resolutions. Last night, there was a candlelit vigil outside Parliament House and later a Frugal Supper was held at the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria Centre, 499 Lygon Street, East Brunswick. The supper commemorated the hardships suffered by the thousands of Greek-Cypriots who fled their homes and villages as the Turkish army advanced, leaving all their possessions behind. They believed their absence would be temporary, but 37 years later they are still waiting their return. There was a short musical program, speeches by various dignitaries and information regarding the latest developments. The Rally for Cyprus will begin at 1.00 pm on Sunday on Lonsdale Street and will end at the steps of the Parliament of Victoria. Before the rally, a memorial service for the fallen will take place at 10.00 am at Saint Efstathios Church, Dorcas Street, South Melbourne.last_img read more

Pour Noël offrez vous un morceau de banquise

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first_imgPour Noël, offrez vous un morceau de banquiseEn cette période de Noël et de surconsommation, deux artistes ont décidé de proposer au monde entier d’acheter un morceau de banquise, afin de sensibiliser à la fonte des glaciers sur notre planète.MyPolarIce est un projet soutenu à l’origine par deux artistes qui se sont rendus dans l’océan Arctique afin de récolter dans l’eau des morceaux de banquise actuellement en train de fondre. Ainsi, ils veulent donner l’opportunité aux gens d’acquérir un morceau historique de cette glace amenée à disparaitre. Seulement 1.000 pièces de glace ont été mises en vente, et cela dans des capsules spéciales de vingt-deux centimètres de long. Le morceau de glace vendu contient autant d’éléments que du calcium, du magnésium, du potassium et du sodium, et vous donne la chance unique de “montrer à vos enfants et petit-enfants un véritable morceau de banquise”.Chaque pièce de banquise est vendue 24,95 euros et chaque capsule transparente est numérotée. Loin de l’objet de décoration ou de collection, la glace de banquise est vendue dans un emballage spécial qui la protège de la fonte durant environ trois heures. Vous pouvez alors directement observer le phénomène de fonte des glaces avant de l’imaginer à l’échelle de la banquise. Un cadeau qui permettra peut-être de prendre conscience de la dégradation de notre planète, et de commencer l’année 2011 avec de nouvelles résolutions plus “vertes”.Le 24 décembre 2010 à 13:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

3 dead after fatal scooter crash in Miami Beach highway reopened

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first_imgDrivers on the side streets were also affected. Some drivers expressed their frustrations on the length of their commutes.Some drivers said their commutes took upwards of two hours.“I’m driving from Biscayne — I came from the gym — it’s been 25… more than that, it’s been 40 minutes for less than one mile,” said one man.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The investigation into a fatal crash that killed three people in Miami Beach caused traffic headaches for those attempting to use Interstate 195, also known as the Julia Tuttle Causeway.Traffic is now flowing in both directions after the eastbound lanes were shut down on the causeway, causing traffic problems at the height of the morning rush hour.The situation began at around 5 a.m., Tuesday, where a motorcycle crashed into a scooter, which then crashed into a fisherman standing on the side of the road.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene on the causeway, just after Biscayne Boulevard, where two body bags were seen along with a destroyed scooter that was in the middle of the roadway.Florida Highway Patrol was also called to assist Miami Beach Police during the investigation.Officials shutdown all lanes on I-195 eastbound, past Biscayne Boulevard, due to the early morning investigation. They reopened about five hours later.While the lanes were closed, delays affected other highways in Miami, delaying traffic on the John F. Kennedy Causeway, the Dolphin Expressway and Interstate 95. last_img read more

Two former Jesuit officials resign from Gonzaga University after revelations about abusive

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first_imgSituated on Gonzaga’s campus, between the university’s business school and the St. Aloysius Rectory, Cardinal Bea House played host to at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse. (Photo by Emily Schwing for Reveal)This story was produced in partnership with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.Two priests in high-level positions at Gonzaga University resigned Friday. Both previously held leadership roles in the Jesuits’ Oregon Province while it sent Jesuits accused of sexual abuse to live in a home on campus.President Thayne McCulloh announced the resignations of Father Frank Case, university vice president and men’s basketball chaplain, and Father Pat Lee, vice president for mission and ministry, in a brief statement emailed to the Gonzaga community. Both men served on the University President’s cabinet.Case was named in an investigation by the Northwest News Network and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting about sexually abusive Jesuits whose victims were predominantly Native girls, boys and women in Alaska and the Northwest. A Jesuit home on Gonzaga’s campus, Cardinal Bea House, became a retirement repository for at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of such sexual misconduct dating back as far as 1986.In 1989, while serving as head of the Jesuit order’s Oregon Province, Case wrote a letter to the Catholic chaplains association backing Father James Poole’s application to become a chaplain at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.“(Poole) is a Jesuit priest in very good standing, and it is my strong expectation that he will serve in such a ministry in a manner that is both generous and effective,” Case wrote. Poole got the job, working at the hospital until 2003 when he was removed from ministry and sent to live at Gonzaga.Poole was a serial sexual predator. The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks has received at least 19 reports of abuse by Poole. In 1988, Poole had been removed from his position at a radio station in Nome after young women who had volunteered at the station wrote letters to the bishop in which they accused Poole of sexual misconduct.In a 2008 deposition, Case said he did not review Poole’s personnel file before writing the letter because he had no indication of misconduct. In a statement through Gonzaga University’s public relations office last week, Case said he did not have access to Poole’s personnel file.Father Patrick Lee led the former Oregon Province through bankruptcy proceedings brought on by abuse claims between 2009 and 2011. The Oregon Province merged with the Jesuits’ California Province to become Jesuits West in 2017.“It is the only way we believe that all claimants can be offered a fair financial settlement within the limited resources of the province,” Lee reportedly said in statement at the time.Cardinal Bea House is located in the middle of Gonzaga’s campus, but is owned by the Jesuit order and Gonzaga does not make decisions about who was assigned there. Priests living in the house who had been accused of abuse were given “safety plans” to restrict their interactions with students. Our investigation found they were not rigorously enforced.Priests accused of sexual abuse were assigned to the house as far back as the 1980s. The last known Jesuit on a safety plan was moved off of Gonzaga’s campus in 2016.Earlier this week, McCulloh issued a written statement to faculty, staff and students saying that he knew Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse were living in a Jesuit residence on campus, but he had not been aware that any of them might be a threat to students.McCulloh said he relied on Jesuit leadership “to inform us of any Jesuit whose history might pose a threat to our students or campus community. I deeply regret that I was not informed of the presence of (Father James) Poole, nor any other Jesuits who might pose such a danger.”It’s unclear exactly when McCulloh learned about the accused priests living on campus. His statement provides what appears to be contradictory information.“It is important for me to share with you, that in the years following the 2011 Oregon Province bankruptcy, I learned that there had been priests under supervised ‘safety plans’ living at the Jesuit retirement community (Bea House),” he wrote.But in the next sentence, he says, “It was not until 2016, when the Province chose to begin relocating a number of retired men to the Sacred Heart Community in Los Gatos, that I learned that among them were Jesuits who had been on safety plans (and were moved).”News organizations also reported on some of the accusations against Poole and his presence at Gonzaga as far back as 2005. McCulloh has worked at Gonzaga since 1990 and was appointed as interim president in 2009.McCulloh would not make himself available to clarify his statement. He also had declined to be interviewed for the original investigation. McCulloch, Case and Lee could not immediately be reached for comment.The revelations from the investigation are expected to be mentioned during Mass this weekend at St. Aloysius Church, a Jesuit-owned parish on Gonzaga’s campus. The church’s parish priest, Father Tom Lamanna, also a Jesuit, told us we should not attend the service and are not allowed to record the proceedings.last_img read more

UPDATE HISD Cancels Classes For The Week And Other Latest Closures

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first_img Share Gail DelaughterI-45 Northbound towards Main Street in Houston, on Aug. 27th, 2017.Schools across Greater Houston are updating their plans after Hurricane Harvey has left many areas flooded. Here’s an updated list from News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee.UPDATED AS OF SUNDAY, AUG. 27, at 12:55 p.m.Alvin ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1Clear Creek ISD will be closed through Friday, Sept. 1Conroe ISD, closed Friday, Aug. 25 Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5Fort Bend ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5Harris County Department of Education, closed Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 28-29Houston ISD, closed through Tuesday, Sept. 5Katy ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5Klein ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5Lone Star College, all locations, closed through Sunday, Aug. 27Pasadena ISD, closed Friday, Aug. 25Pearland ISD, closed Friday, Aug. 25Rice University, closed Sunday and Monday, Aug. 27-28Spring ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1, to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5Spring Branch ISD, closed through Friday, Sept. 1Stafford Municipal School District, closed through Monday, Aug. 28Texas A&M University at Galveston, classes canceled until Monday, Sept. 4Tomball ISD, closed Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 28-29University of Houston, including UH Katy and UH Sugarland, closed Monday, Aug. 28 The University of Houston-Downtown will remain closed Aug. 28, 29 and 30UT Health Science Center, closed through Monday, Aug. 28last_img read more

Police needed fingers 3D printed to access a dead mans phone

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first_imgSmartphones have taken larger and larger roles in our lives. As we dump our most important information — texts, emails, social media accounts, financial information, etc. into them — they’ve become a bigger target for criminals looking for an easy snatch and law enforcement trying to crack a case. There’s the now-infamous San Bernadino case, which the FBI believed held key information that could help them understand and prevent future mass shootings, but there are also countless smaller instances where investigators have begun pushing boundaries on what they can and cannot do.Last month police solicited the help of Anil Jain, a computer science professor at Michigan State University. Jain works in biometric authentication and specializes in making them as secure as possible. These officers wanted him to do something a bit unusual, though. In an interview with Fusion.net, Jain and his student, Sunpreet Arora, went over the basic request.There was a murder and the police thought there might be some clues on the victim’s phone, but it was locked with a fingerprint scanner. The police had prints on file (the victim had been arrested previously) and wanted to use a 3D printer to recreate the victim’s fingers. If you know much about how modern smartphones work, however, you know that’s not quite enough.Older touch sensors use what’s called a resistance touch screen. It simply detects pressure applied to it and registers a touch there. Capacitive screens, however, are far more complicated, and they’re the kind most commonly found in phones. They use human skin, or something with the same electrical properties as skin, to complete a circuit. Then, the phone uses changes in the electrical field caused by the presence of a finger to isolate the touch.While it’s come a long way, 3D printing fake fingers isn’t quite enough. To make the fingers usable, investigators had to coat the models with metallic microparticles that would also work to complete the phone’s circuit and allow the model to be read.As of right now, the models are being tested, and they may not work, but the (arguably gruesome) tech to do so isn’t far off. And it’s the latest in a series of phone privacy cases that are pushing the limits of what we allow our society to do in the name of justice.The fact that the fingers are of the victim and not the suspect however, means that there’s no chance that they’d be bringing a criminal case against the man — regardless of what’s found on his phone. But it does beg the question — does the right to privacy end when we die?last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 October 18, 2011 – DR Systems will exhibit its meaningful use (MU) Imaging Electronic Health Record (EHR) a complete, cloud-based, imaging-centric ambulatory electronic health record, at RSNA 2011.The DR Systems MU Imaging electronic healthcare record (EHR) is designed to qualify radiologists for the maximum federal incentive payments available MU compliance supporting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) goals for improved and efficient patient care. An estimated 90 percent of radiologists are eligible for incentive payments from the CMS, according to the American College of Radiology. Radiologists will have to qualify before Oct. 1, 2012 to earn the maximum bonus of $44,000, however. Radiologists who do not comply with meaningful use will be penalized with lower reimbursements from CMS.”Most radiologists seem to believe that they weren’t included in the meaningful use regulations, but the opposite is true,” said Murray Reicher, M.D., DR Systems co-founder and chairman. “The real challenge is meeting the requirements in time to get the largest bonuses — and just as important, to avoid future penalties.”Reicher is a recognized MU authority and co-author of an article about meaningful use published in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR).Benefits of the MU Imaging EHR, which will be demonstrated at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, include: Vendor-neutral, offering plug-in options or standalone. The MU Imaging EHR can be used as a Web-service plug-in to any existing HIS, RIS, CVIS, or PACS, enabling radiologists to more rapidly meet the Oct. 1, 2012 deadline. The MU Imaging EHR can also be used as a standalone system. Interoperability for efficient data aggregation. The MU Imaging EHR’s cloud-based design enables radiologists who work at multiple locations to easily aggregate their data, a requirement for reporting to CMS. Single radiology-centric solution. MU Imaging EHR is customized for a medical imaging professional’s workflow and does not require aggregating data from other certified modules. Complete and low cost. Because the MU Imaging EHR is cloud-based and requires no dedicated hardware, it can be efficiently deployed by both individuals and large group practices.DR Systems will be demonstrating the MU Imaging EHR at Booth #2822 in South Building, Hall A. RSNA 2011 will be held Nov. 27 – Dec. 2 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.To qualify for bonuses and avoid penalties, a radiology practice must implement a complete ambulatory EHR or its equivalent –– that is, a collection of modules that in total meet the technical requirements of a complete system.Thus, radiologists could attempt to meet the MU requirements by upgrading their existing installed systems. But this approach is time-consuming and requires substantial investments in both hardware and software. Interoperability will be a challenge if data aggregation from multiple locations is needed.”Our EHR approach is designed to address every aspect of the challenge in the most efficient way possible, while also improving the practice of radiology and patient care,” said Reicher. “This last point is crucial. Even though the meaningful use bonuses are substantial, they wouldn’t be worth it if meeting the requirements were too expensive or slowed down a radiology practice’s workflow.”Certification of DR Systems’ MU Imaging EHR is anticipated for 4th quarter 2011 and General Availability in 1st quarter 2012.For more information: www.drsys.com News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | July 29, 2019 New AI Tool Identifies Cancer Outcomes Using Radiology Reports Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have demonstrated that an artificial intelligence (AI) tool can perform as… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. 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Zillow OneThird of Homebuyers Lack Basic Mortgage Knowledge

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first_img With mortgage rates low and affordability relatively high, the housing market is seeing buyers return in force–unfortunately, many of those would-be owners are woefully unprepared and misinformed when it comes to taking out a mortgage, “”Zillow””:http://www.zillow.com/ discovered in a recently released survey.[IMAGE]According to Zillow, homebuyers participating in its Mortgage Marketplace Survey answered basic questions on mortgage information incorrectly nearly one-third (32.5 percent) of the time.For example, 34 percent of first-time homebuyers are not aware that they might be able to get a home loan with a down payment of less than 5 percent. According to Zillow, the number of lenders on the company’s Mortgage Marketplace that quote loan requests with a down payment between 3.5 and 5 percent has risen by 570 percent over the past two years.In addition, homebuyers seem not to understand how to secure the best possible interest rate and loan terms. Twenty-six percent of homebuyer respondents believe–incorrectly–they are obligated to close their loan with the lender the pre-approved them. Separately, 24 percent believe the best interest rates and fees can always be found through the bank with which they currently do business.””All too often buyers focus on renegotiating a lower home price and ignore the importance of finding the right loan. If a home buyer can lower their interest rate by even half a percentage point, they can not only increase their purchasing power, but save thousands of dollars over the life of the loan,”” said Erin Lantz, director of mortgages for Zillow.Prospective buyers aren’t the only group who demonstrated a lack of basic mortgage knowledge.According to Zillow, an estimated 14 million homeowners (about one in five) said they did not believe underwater borrowers could refinance. (According to the “”latest data””:https://themreport.com/articles/mortgage-rates-continue-to-attract-harp-activity-in-february-2013-05-07 from the Federal Housing Finance Administration, nearly 2.4 million underwater borrowers had refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program as of the end of February 2013.)Separately, 47 percent of current homeowners incorrectly believe they must wait at least one year between refinancing.In an effort to educate potential and current homeowners, Zillow is offering an online “”Mortgage IQ Quiz””:http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/quiz/ that contains detailed information on common mortgage misperceptions. in Data, Origination Zillow: One-Third of Homebuyers Lack Basic Mortgage Knowledge May 8, 2013 443 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Customer Satisfaction Demand HARP Investors Lenders & Servicers Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers Zillow 2013-05-08 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more