Canada urged to help special court for Central African Republic survive

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is being urged to help plug a US$1-million funding shortfall that would allow the Special Criminal Court for war-ravaged Central African Republic to keep operating.That request comes with the release of a report on Wednesday by Human Rights Watch, which calls on Canada and several countries to help preserve the underfunded court, which is widely viewed as a key part of the West African country’s reconciliation process after years of sectarian violence that started in 2013.Elise Keppler, the report’s author, says there are a number of reasons why Canada should be contributing.She says Canada’s feminist foreign policy makes it a natural fit for helping combat the gender-based violence that has been an ugly feature of the country’s ongoing carnage.Canada has also supplied one of the deputy prosecutors to the special court, which Keppler says is a hybrid institution that has domestic jurisdiction but has international help because CAR’s justice system has also been largely destroyed in years of conflict.The latest United Nations estimate cited more than 60 cases of conflict-related sexual violence involving more than 150 victims between February and June of this year.Sectarian violence exploded in the country between 2013 and 2016 before a relative peace was restored, but continuing violence is undermining a series of peace agreements.“Canada has taken an important step by seconding a prosecutor to serve at the Special Criminal Court,” Keppler said in an interview from New York.“We would look to Canada to have an even greater return on that investment by stepping forward to also make a financial contribution to the court so it has the resources it needs to deliver justice for victims in the Central African Republic, where the crimes have included widespread killing, rape and other sexual violence.”Canada has a history of supporting international criminal justice, including a special tribunal for Sierra Leone, another West African country that was plagued by a decade-long civil that ended in 2002, she said.The CAR’s court’s annual budget is a modest US$12 million to US$13 million per year, compared with the US$30-million budget for the Sierra Leone court, which was established by the UN, she added.The Central African Republic is one of the African countries that is often cited as a possible destination for Canadian peacekeepers, but the government has yet to make a decision on where to deploy them.“Not to say that peacekeeping and prosecutions are at all the same,” said Keppler. “Something like peacekeeping is many times more expensive.”Wednesday’s report urges CAR to step up its investigations and urgently recruit additional staff so justice can be administered for victims of war crimes and other offences.Keppler and researchers from her New York-based organization conducted 25 interviews in the CAR capital of Bangui in April with rights defenders, lawyers, and victims. Government officials who work on the court were not available to speak.“Human-rights defenders and victims expressed strong concerns that vague provisions on justice in a peace accord signed in February could limit the government’s co-operation and support to the Special Criminal Court,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement accompanying the report’s release.The report also urges Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden to consider stepping forward with financial support. Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BCE to buy rival SuperNet operator to serve Albertas rural communities

first_imgTORONTO – BCE Inc. will buy the Alberta operations of Axia NetMedia Corp. as part of its commitment to provide SuperNet broadband internet service to schools, hospitals and other public institutions throughout the province under a government contract.Financial terms of the Axia acquisition, which is expected to close in the fall, weren’t announced Tuesday.BCE’s Bell Canada currently owns and operates SuperNet network assets serving 27 urban centres in Alberta while an additional 402 rural communities have been served by Axia NetMedia, a Calgary-based company.“We look forward to welcoming the Axia team to Bell as we integrate our operations to deliver the highest levels of service to Alberta’s SuperNet users,” Dan McKeen, Bell’s vice chair for Western Canada, said in a statement.A BCE spokesman said it wouldn’t comment about its plans for Axia on Tuesday because the deal hadn’t closed.The company’s announcement follows the Alberta government’s decision to award Bell a multi-year contract to operate SuperNet services provincewide following an extensive review and consultation process that began in 2016.Bell had been the prime contractor to build the SuperNet, which has been operating in 429 communities since 2005. At the time, Axia initially had a 10-year renewable contract with the government to provide managed broadband network services to more than 4,200 schools, hospitals, libraries and government facilities.Art Price, who founded Axia in 1995 and remains its chief executive, had warned last month that its latest contract to provide rural SuperNet service was set to expire June 30 and that there was a danger that service might be interrupted as of July 1 if the province didn’t announce its decision.Minister of Service Alberta Brian Malkinson formally announced on Friday that Bell had been chosen to operate both the urban and rural portions of the SuperNet service. The province had previously identified Bell as its preferred supplier.Axia NetMedia had been an independent, publicly traded company until 2016, when it was acquired and taken private by Partners Group, a global investment group with offices around the world including in Switzerland and the United Kingdom.Partners Group will remain invested in Axia’s operations in France, known as Covage, but will divest all of Axia’s Canadian operations to BCE to ensure uninterrupted connectivity to communities that rely on the SuperNet for their broadband, the company said in an emailed statement from London, England.“As such, the sale is in the best interests of all parties and especially to rural Albertans.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the deal was announced Monday.last_img read more

Killing of UN staffer in Pakistan sparks outcry from top officials

16 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of condemnation over the shooting death of a staff member of the United Nations refugee agency at a camp outside the north-west Pakistani town of Peshawar today. Secretary-General General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of condemnation over the shooting death of a staff member of the United Nations refugee agency at a camp outside the north-west Pakistani town of Peshawar today.The murder of Zill-e Usman, a 59-year-old Pakistani national who had served with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 1984, is the third killing of the agency’s staff in the country in the past six months. Mr. Usman was shot by unidentified gunmen in the Kutcha Gari camp on the border of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in North West Frontier Province (NWFP). Four to five gunmen reportedly opened fire as he was walking back from the camp administrative office to his car during a routine visit to the site.Another staff member was injured in the incident but is in stable condition in a nearby hospital, according to UNHCR. A guard working with a government-funded agency known as the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees was also killed. “The Secretary-General strongly condemns this brutal attack on humanitarian personnel who are working for the well-being of the Pakistani people,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres voiced his outrage at the killing of Mr. Usman, who leaves behind a wife and four children.“There is no justification for attacks on humanitarian workers dedicated to the protection and care of the most vulnerable people,” he said. Mr. Usman was working on the repatriation of people displaced by a conflict in Pakistan’s tribal areas that broke out in August 2008. UNHCR is among several agencies currently aiding some 2 million people displaced in NWFP by more recent fighting between Government forces and militants in regions surrounding the Swat Valley.Earlier this year, Syed Hashim, a UNHCR driver, was killed in the 2 February kidnapping of John Solecki, head of the agency’s Quetta office, who was later released. Then on 9 June, staff member Aleksandar Vorkapic died in the bombing of the Pearl Continental hotel in Peshawar.Mr. Guterres called on all armed groups to cease attacks on humanitarian workers whose mission is to provide protection and assistance to the needy. “It is unacceptable that humanitarian workers doing such vital and selfless work are attacked in this way,” said Mr. Guterres. “We urge all armed groups to show respect for their countrymen and for innocent civilians as well as for the humanitarian workers who are providing life-saving assistance.”Meanwhile, the UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan, Fikret Akcura, added his voice to those condemning the attack, which he said “underscores the difficult and dangerous circumstances we are working in and the risks our staff must take on a daily basis.” read more

St Catharines fire considered suspicious

Police in St. Catharines are considering an early morning fire to be suspicious.Firefighters responded at around 3:30 this morning to 151 Queenston Street. The fire took a couple of hours to put out, and the building suffered severe damage.Police spent Sunday gathering evidence, and are still investigating.Nobody was injured, and there are no suspects at this time.

Predictable and sustained international support vital for Afghan transition – UN official

“In a period of uncertainty, the Afghans must know that they will not be abandoned or forgotten by the international community. Predictable and sustained support will send that important signal,” Mr. Eliasson told a meeting at UN Headquarters of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan.The Group, which comprises more than 50 States and organizations, meets three times a year. Today’s meeting, convened by the Group’s Chairman, Ambassador Michael Koch of Germany, focused on preparations for next year’s presidential elections as well as the role of the UN beyond 2014, when the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is expected to leave. “Credible elections,” said Mr. Eliasson, “will give Afghans confidence in the future of their country, and help lay the foundations for further progress for security, reconciliation and development.”Elections will also be a major test of the capability of Afghan forces to plan and provide inclusive countrywide security during this crucial period, and can contribute to creating the conditions for progress.As for the UN’s future role, Mr. Eliasson said the world body is committed to a long-term partnership “in line with the wishes of the Government and the people of Afghanistan.”“How our partnership evolves to best meet Afghanistan’s priorities and needs is the subject of our ongoing dialogue,” he stated. Mr. Koch said the intention of today’s meeting was to highlight the “absolutely crucial” role that the UN and its many components have played since 2001, since the effort to create a new Afghanistan was launched. It was to highlight this role, commend the UN for the wonderful work that it has undertaken on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, and, perhaps most importantly, to launch a debate on what this role should be like once ISAF is drawn down, he told a news conference after the meeting.The Group also heard an extensive briefing by the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) on “the state of play there,” he added, and discussed ways in which the international community can help to make them “the best elections possible.” Ershad Ahmadi, Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, told reporters that the country is in a “very critical and decisive stage” as it continues to move forward in the transition. “The decisions that we are facing now will have wide-ranging implications for long-term peace and security,” he stated. “In this context, it is rather important to make sure that the international community stays engaged and focused on the priorities that we are dealing with and continue to support Afghanistan as we move towards the future.” read more

Football Austin Mack probable for Saturdays game against Army

Wide receiver Austin Mack comes down with a 31-yard reception in the third quarter against Oklahoma. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter exiting Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma in the second half with an injury, sophomore wide receiver Austin Mack is “probable” for the team’s game against Army Saturday, coach Urban Meyer said in his press conference.Mack made a leaping catch in the third quarter of the Oklahoma game and brought down the 31-yard pass, but hit his head when he landed and was forced to leave the game.“He’s just feeling much better today,” Meyer said. “So they’re very cautious about it. We’ll know more tomorrow. But I put him as probable for the game.”The second-year wideout has two receptions for 37 yards this season. The two receptions matches his total from a year ago, and the 37 yards eclipse last season’s total of 15. He has been listed every week as one of Ohio State’s starting wide receivers. Kickoff for Ohio State’s game against Army is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. read more

Communities Minister should take responsibility for chaos at LGC says Ganga

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCash-starved Local Government Commission shuts downFebruary 16, 2019In “latest news”Local Government Commission employees yet to be paid for January- CommissionerFebruary 2, 2019In “latest news”Having PNC Executive as Chair of LGC a conflict of interest- Fmr MinisterAugust 28, 2018In “latest news” By Rupa SeenarainePPP Parliamentarian, Ganga Persaud. Former Local Government Minister, Ganga Persaud has placed the blame for the chaos at the Local Government Commission (LGC) squarely at the feet of Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan, which, he noted, has been stymied due to the withholding of funds for its operations.Persaud noted that prior to the budget hearings, the Communities Minister was supposed to submit pertinent documentation, which would recognise the agency as a constitutional body. However, this was never executed and the organisation remained under the Ministry.“The Local Government Commission is a constitutional agency. However, there was need for the necessary documentation to be presented by the Ministry of Communities so that it could be recognised as independent of the Ministry. That didn’t happen. The budget was presented and the Minister of Finance in his wisdom reduced the allocation to that agency but the agency received an allocation which was approved by Parliament,” he said.Communities Minister Ronald BulkanHe added that there were high hopes on the part of the coalition Government that the Commission would have functioned as it was designed to, but this is not the reality. Questioning where the fault lies, he pointed towards the leadership of the Minister since Parliament is a legislature which cannot make such missteps.“The Local Government Commission promised a lot according to the Government and expectations were extremely high. Unfortunately, all those expectations have resulted in zero benefit and the only thing that came out of that process is frustration and uncertainty. The performance of that agency is seemingly stymied by the Ministry and one has to hold the Minister accountable. Where does the fault lie? Certainly, it cannot be the Parliament. It has to be the Administration, the de facto Government and more specifically, at the feet of the Minister,” the former Minister stated.Now that a reduced budgetary allocation was presented to the Commission, instead of the budget they requested, their work is being stymied due to lack of finances and moreover, staffers have been unpaid for their months of service.According to Persaud, this move is aimed at leaving the Commission with no other option but to relinquish its responsibilities to the Ministry; another way for Government to take control of local democratic organs.Persaud said to rectify this issue, the budgetary allocations must first be released to the Commission by the Secretary of the Commission, Emile McGarrell, since these monies were allocated during the budget. Adding to that, the Commission must be duly established to function as any other constitutional body.According to Chairman of the LGC, Mortimer Mingo, McGarrell said that the 2019 budget of the Commission for salaries was not in agreement with that of public service workers, hence he would not sign off on payments. Persaud related that this was not an excuse since employees of other commissions are not being paid in accordance to a public service scheme. read more

Pensioners could face jail over housing eviction

first_img“We’ve been around everywhere. 99% of them will not accept rent allowance. I’ve been everywhere. There is nobody who will accept rent allowance. The rent around here now has gone up to 1,400, 1,500, 1,600 a month.”The couple currently face jail over failure to meet a court order to vacate the property by the 22nd of this month.Martin Coyne has been on the housing list with Fingal County Council for the past four years but has been told that a residence may not be available for another three to four years.“We are up in court on the 27th of this month, I have no doubt the judge is going to order us out… we have no where to go. The wealthy get away with murder while they punish the poor. We’d be better off if Idi Amin was running the country.”On the potential eviction, Ruth Coppinger TD said: “Banks are upping the ante now as property prices rise in a mad rush for sales to improve their books. But people are living in these properties for years and have nowhere else to go. The Coynes are innocent victims”.Read: Homeless pensioner: ‘I want to live the rest of my life with some dignity’Read: 39 families were made homeless in July in Dublin alone TWO PENSIONERS FACE the prospect of homelessness or imprisonment ahead of a court battle to stay in their residence.Martin Coyne (73) and his wife Violet Coyne (63) are currently resident in Castleknock, Dublin. They are due to return to court on August 27.Last month, the pair were offered a home by an Irish woman living in the United States. Pam McMahon, originally from County Meath, offered the family home after hearing about the couples plight. The Coynes were unable to move into the house after it was found to be uninhabitable.The house is set to be repossessed by a receiver for ACC Bank. The Coynes are currently working with the Anti-Austerity Alliance on finding a solution. The eviction order came about after the owner of the property defaulted on the mortgage.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Martin Coyne said: “We’ve been living here for fifteen years, and we’ve never failed to pay the rent. We were only renting the property you see. It would have been the landlord who paid the mortgage and it appears he wasn’t.”The couple have been offered a hostel or hotel as alternative accommodation by Fingal County Council. Due to the rising cost of rents, the rent allowance is insufficient to cover a new property.last_img read more

La feuille de route 20122013 pour AMD

first_imgLa feuille de route 2012-2013 pour AMDAMD, célèbre fournisseur de microprocesseur américain, a détaillé son avenir hier, lors de sa conférence annuelle. Le moins que le puisse dire, c’est que le planning est chargé.Destiné aux analystes financiers, ce genre de conférence rassure généralement les investisseurs. AMD le sait et a présenté de nombreux et nouveaux produits. 2012 verra déjà l’arrivée de nouveaux processeurs AMD FX, nom de code VISHERA avec 4 à 8 coeurs Piledriver. Le fabricant devrait également revoir l’architecture Bulldozer actuelle et proposer l’APU successeur de Llano (notre photo), la Trinity (sur Desktop comme sur mobile). L’entrée de gamme verra l’APU Brazos remaniée avec une version 2.0, un mode Turbo et la possibilité de connecter de l’USB 3. Pour les tablettes, c’est principalement l’arrivée de Hondo (architecture Bobcat) qu’il faudra retenir, avec une enveloppe thermique (TDP) de 4,5 watts.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En 2013, AMD se concentrera sur l’architecture des CPU, remplaçant Piledriver par Steamroller, sur un APU nommé Kaveri (qui aura un GPU d’architecture GCN, gravé en 28nm). Deuxièmement, c’est Jaguar qui substituera Bobcat.Du point de vue graphique, c’est Sea Island qui devrait débarquer. Une nouvelle architecture avec fonctionnalités HSA (le nouveau Fusion). Durant cette période 2012-2013, AMD devrait également s’occuper des processeurs Interlagos et Valencia qui évolueront vers Abu Dhabi et Seoul, basés sur la nouvelle architecture Piledriver. Delhi fera également son apparition sur Socket AM3+. Pour ce qui est des Terramar ou Sepang, AMD abandonnera radicalement ces processeurs.Une année bien remplie en perspective pour AMD, qui aura donc du pain sur la planche, à en croire sa roadmap.Le 3 février 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE NXT Results – 91615 TakeOver main event made

first_img What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Snoop Dogg WWE NXT Results – 6/12/19 (Kushida takes on Drew Gulak in a Submission Match) WhatsApp Google+ Results courtesy of WWE.com:WWE NXT results: Sept. 16, 2015 – Bayley returns and is confronted by Sasha Banks ahead of WWE Iron Man MatchORLANDO, Fla. — With NXT TakeOver: Respect just three weeks away, the live extravaganza’s card began to take shape. NXT Women’s Champion Bayley returned, only to find a familiar face waiting in the wings to challenge her. The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic continued, with one team cementing their spot at TakeOver in the tournament semifinals.Dempsey challenged Tyler Breeze to a matchAdam Rose declared that he was here to poop on the NXT Universe and Tyler Breeze’s party, but Bull Dempsey was out for retribution after Prince Pretty brutally attacked him following their ouster from the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The New York Nightmare wanted a match with Prince Pretty, but Rose didn’t intend to step aside.But when Rose slapped Dempsey, the Bull-Fit Superstar clobbered him with a series of clubbing blows before nearly getting his hands on Prince Pretty after that. However, Breeze scampered from the ring as Bull roared at him, demanding a one-on-one battle. Dempsey will get his wish next Wednesday on WWE Network!Tye Dillinger def. Danny BurchLooking to get back on the right track, Tye Dillinger entered the ring this week to face a rugged competitor in the form of Danny Burch. Dillinger wasted no time in showing everyone why he feels he is “The Perfect 10.” Dillinger showed off his wrestling prowess and agility before removing his kneepad and driving his knee into the temple of Burch, picking up a victory that the NXT Universe scored a “Perfect 10.”Asuka arrives in NXT next Wednesday!Apollo Crews def. Solomon CroweThese two friends shook hands before trading holds, but that friendship went out the window temporarily, with Crowe kicking a second handshake away. The hacker soon realized he couldn’t match strength or agility with the powerful Crews, instead using his ring awareness to gain the upper hand. Crowe trapped his opponent under the ring apron before pummeling him with a barrage of fists. Crowe took control of the bout until Crews countered a sleeper hold with a jawbreaker. There was no stopping the fired up Crews, who powered his way to victory with his breathtaking gorilla press/standing moonsault combination.Baron Corbin & Rhyno def. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa (Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinals)Free agents Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa showed no fear when they stepped into the ring against the much larger duo of Baron Corbin & Rhyno. The independent stars looked to be well on their way to continuing their Cinderella run, unleashing a furious flurry of offense on their bigger foes, capped off with a series of dives to the arena floor that had the NXT Universe on their feet.Corbin put a stop to the outburst of offense, planting Ciampa into the canvas with a thunderous slam. Though the two titans took control, Ciampa fought back and mustered up the energy to reach his corner and tag Gargano in. The Cleveland native went right after The Lone Wolf, stunning Corbin with an over-the-ropes DDT. Gargano nearly had the three-count after evading Rhyno’s Gore and rolling up Corbin, but he charged right into the End of Days. With their victory, Corbin & Rhyno reserved their spot in the semifinals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic at TakeOver: Respect.Bayley def. Sarah DobsonMaking her triumphant return to Full Sail University, NXT Women’s Champion Bayley took a victory lap around the arena, celebrating with the fans who have been behind her since day one. She even brought her biggest fan, a young girl named Izzy, into the ring to share in the good times.The celebration came to an end, as independent competitor Sarah Dobson looked to make a name for herself against the newly-crowned champion. The aggressive newcomer brought the fight to Bayley, grounding the champion with a guillotine. The NXT Women’s Champion showed some of the fire that earned her the title, battling back to win the bout with a Belly-to-Bayley Suplex.After the bout, Bayley attempted to thank the NXT Universe again, but was cut off by Sasha Banks. The Boss congratulated the champion, but warned her that she was only better than The Boss for three seconds. Sasha declared that she wanted to beat Bayley again and again, and the champion was ready to fight. NXT General Manager William Regal was more than willing to grant both Divas’ requests, confirming that the two will square off in a 30-Minute WWE Iron Man Match at TakeOver: Respect on Oct. 7!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About ConcussionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:45 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Save the Date Food music and fundraising mark November events

first_imgThis will sound weird, but you won’t leave the Empty Bowls fundraiser hungry. For just $20, enjoy a supper of sourdough and soup ladled into a bowl crafted by local artisans, while enjoying live tunes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Woodland High School, 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland. Novice and experienced potters from the Clark College Art Department donated the bowls for this fundraiser aimed at ending hunger. Woodland Action created Empty Bowls as a way to use art to create discussion about economic struggles in Southwest Washington. 360-225-9998 or www.woodlandaction.org/events/empty-bowls.What if teens ruled the world? Well, it might look something like Teen Takeover from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 9 at Rocksolid Community Teen Center, 12919 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie. For students in fifth through 12th grade, there will be pizza, outdoor activities, inflatable obstacle courses, a chance to compete for prizes in a “Fear Factor”-style competition or snap a pic in the VIP photo booth. Teens should bring school ID for age verification; $5. 360-885-2181.Honor veterans on their day by rocking out. The Harvest Gold Veterans Day Benefit Show combines commemorations of Veterans Day and Neil Young’s birthday (Nov. 12). The event will be 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 11 at Old Liberty Theater, 113 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Billy C. Wolf opens with jams from Bob Dylan, before Harvest Gold, a Neil Tribute Band, rocks the stage until 9 p.m. A silent auction follows the concerts. Veterans get in free, and general admission is $12. A portion of general admission will benefit the American Legion. 360-831-4316 or www.harvestgoldny.com.This qualifies as quite the homecoming: Dr. Michael Barratt, a Camas High School grad who has completed two NASA space flights, will discuss how his education helped him become a NASA doctor and astronaut as part of “Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week: Lift Off to Innovation.” Barratt will speak from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Pearson Air Museum, 115 E. Fifth St., Vancouver. General admission is $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres. There will be a no-host bar. Columbia River Economic Development Council members get in for $20; college students are free with a student ID. 360-816-6230 or www.nps.gov/fova/learn/historyculture/pearson.htm.Speaking of homecomings, six young artists from past Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competitions will return to their roots for VSO’s inaugural “Legacy Series” concert. Paul Lee (cello), Hanami Froom (violin), Monica Chang (piano), Symphony Koss (violin), Christopher Yoon (piano), and Nicholas Dill (violin) will perform a variety of pieces starting at 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver; $10 to $25. 360-816-0352 or www.vancouversymphony.org/event/chamber-music-series-november-performance.last_img read more

County eyes midMay for commissioner appointment

first_imgThe Clark County Board of Commissioners could name a replacement to the vacant District 3 seat by mid-May.The three candidates seeking appointment to the open position, left vacant when Democrat Steve Stuart stepped down from it last month, could be interviewed during the week of May 12-16, said Axel Swanson, the county’s senior policy analyst. Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore, both Republicans, will likely decide who’s appointed the same day as the interviews.The three candidates are Ed Barnes, a retired labor leader, Kelly Love Parker, the executive director of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and Craig Pridemore, a former county commissioner and state legislator. The Clark County Democrats have said they’d like to see Pridemore appointed to the seat. He is also the only candidate who said he’d also run an election campaign. The District 3 seat expires at the end of the year. If commissioners choose to conduct the interviews between May 12 and 16, they’ll take place during the same week as the county’s candidate filing deadline. Pridemore has already filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission.Ultimately, when the interviews take place will depend on scheduling, Swanson said. So far, one day has been ruled out: May 14. That’s the same day of the commissioners’ weekly board time meeting.last_img read more

New Officer Assumes Senior Installation Management Post for Army

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham has become the Army’s new assistant chief of staff for installation management, replacing the outgoing Lt. Gen. David Halverson who retired from the Army following a 37-year career.The Senate confirmed Bingham for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general on June 29, and she assumed the duties as the 14th ACSIM on June 30. Bingham most recently served as commanding general for the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Life Cycle Management Command, Warren, Mich., according to a press release.Bingham previously served as the 51st quartermaster general of the Army and commandant of the Army Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Va., and commanding general of White Sands Missile Range, N.M.As the ACSIM, Bingham will serve as principal adviser to the chief of staff of the Army for installation management; facilities investments; and morale, welfare, recreation and family support programs.“I count it a tremendous honor and privilege to continually serve in the finest Army the world will ever know and to lead such an outstanding team of professionals,” Bingham said in an email to employees of the ACSIM office. “As a previous ‘customer’ of ACSIM, I have always been impressed by the impeccably high standards that each member of this team demonstrates daily while executing your duties,” she said.Halverson served as ACSIM since April 2014. From that point until November 2015, he also served as commanding general of Army Installation Management Command. At that time, the Army split apart its senior installation management post and Halverson relinquished command of IMCOM.Army leaders, along with friends and colleagues, celebrated Halverson’s career during a retirement ceremony at Fort Myer, Va., last month.last_img read more

President lauds SC for scrapping 5th 7th amendments

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid, acting chief justice Abdul Wahhab Miah and law minister Anisul Huq are seen at a function at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Photo: Focus BanglaPresident Abdul Hamid on Tuesday appreciated the Supreme Court for revoking 5th and 7th amendments to the constitution in a bid to establish democratic rights of the people, reports BSS.The president was addressing a function at the judges’ sports complex of Bangladesh Supreme Court marking the first-ever Supreme Court (SC) Day.The 5th amendment that indemnified the martial law since 15 August 1975 was passed during the BNP government in 1979 and the 7th amendment, brought in 1986, legitimised the martial law promulgated by Gen HM Ershad on 24 March in 1982.However, the ruling Awami League is critical of the cancellation of the 16th amendment to the constitution by the Supreme Court in recent times.The president, in his speech, focused on having good terms and coordination between the three state organs, and said they are not competitors rather complementary to each other.UNB quoted him as saying that the Supreme Court has the history of protecting the Constitution and ensuring people’s rights whenever needed.”The Supreme Court protected the constitution and established people’s fundamental rights discharging the responsibilities bestowed upon it whenever necessary,” he said.The president hoped that the Supreme Court will make positive contributions to flourishing democracy, socio-economic progress and establishing the rule of law in the future as well.Abdul Hamid recalled with deep gratitude brave judges who contributed to establishing rule of law without compromising with their conscience and bowing down at gunpoint.BSS said the president mentioned the important role of lawyers in establishing justice and rule of law, and hoped that they will help ensure prompt justice for people with their intellect, wisdom, honesty, sincerity, and exercising knowledge more and more.Stating that it is the time of digitisation with smart phones available in the people’s hands, the president asked the Supreme Court administration to bring dynamism into case management using all the facilities of the information technology.”Steps will have to be taken to carry out the official tasks of the country’s all the courts in digital system…as the Supreme Court is the court of record, efforts must be taken to turn its all files and records into digital ones,” he said.President Hamid also asked the Supreme Court administration to take steps for preserving all the activities from filing cases to delivering verdicts in digital system.”The measures can be taken to produce the accused before court from the jail and take depositions of witnesses through videoconferencing. The Supreme Court will have to be active in implementing the e-judiciary in the future as the government is very sincere about it,” he advised.Mentioning that the Supreme Court has the judicial review power, the president urged the judges to perform their major responsibilities with utmost caution.Abdul Hamid hoped that the Supreme Court Day will now be observed every year with due reverence.Presided over by the acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, the discussion was addressed, among others by, law minister Anisul Huq, justice Mirza Hossain Haider, attorney general Mahbubey Alam and vice-chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council senior counsel Abdul Baset Majumder.Bar association president Joynul Abedin also addressed the programme.The president earlier planted a sapling of Spanish Cherry (Bakul) on the complex.last_img read more

Active Case Of Tuberculosis Is Detected In A Fort Bend County High

first_imgPhoto: Kempner High School’s websiteAn active case of tuberculosis has been detected in Kempner High School, which is located in Sugar Land and is part of the Fort Bend Independent School District.An active case of tuberculosis has been detected in Kempner High School, which is located in Sugar Land and is part of the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD), the school principal told parents and guardians in a letter sent on Monday.In the letter, Principal Lori Oliver, explained that Fort Bend Clinical Health Services has notified Kempner High School about a case of active tuberculosis (TB).Tuberculosis is a bacterial illness acquired through breathing in infected droplets from the cough or sneeze of a person with active TB, but it is not easily transmitted.The illness is spread when a person inhales airborne germs over a long period of time in a confined area from someone with the disease who coughs or sneezes.“I can assure you the school is working actively with Fort Bend County Health and Human Services and taking all necessary steps in order to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff,” Oliver noted in the letter.The county’s health department has identified a small group of students and staff who will require testing and, according to the letter, they have received separate notification from both the school and the county’s health department.The letter details that the families which haven’t been contacted don’t need to have their children tested at this time, although they have the option to have them tested regardless.You can contact the Fort Bend County Clinical Health Services at 281-342- 6414. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. This year the program has set a goal for 100,000 women to make the promise and pass it on to all of the women in their lives. Help reach the goal of 100,000 promises. Make the promise. Then pass it on. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | October 13, 2013 Help The Promise to Me Program Reach 100,000 Promises 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). Related Content read morelast_img read more

FHL Banks New Housing Goals

first_img On Monday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a notice seeking comments on the proposed amendments to the existing regulation for the Federal Home Loan Bank’s (FHL Bank) housing goals.The new proposal seeks to replace the existing four separate retrospective housing goals with a single prospective mortgage purchase housing goal and establish a separate small member participation housing goal.Under the proposed rule, the FHFA would set a single prospective mortgage purchase housing goal as a share of each FHL Bank’s total Acquired Member Asset (AMA) purchase. It would also set a new small member participation housing goal for participation by small institutions.The FHFA said that the proposed rule also intended to eliminate the volume threshold and instead allow FHLBanks to propose different goals levels for mortgage purchases and small member participation, subject to FHFA approval as well as simplify and expand the eligibility criteria to enable federally backed loans to count for goals purposes.The proposed rule would also allow the Banks to request FHFA approval of alternative target levels for the proposed goals.  The rule is proposing to eliminate the existing $2.5 billion volume threshold that triggers the application of housing goals for each Bank.“To be successful housing goals should lead the FHLBanks to make affordable housing part of their business plans for AMA,” said FHFA Director Melvin L. Watt.  “The overall approach of the proposed amendments will encourage FHLBanks and their members to build on the strengths of the AMA program to assist targeted borrower groups in a safe and sustainable manner.”The Federal Home Loan Bank Act requires that the Director of FHFA establish housing goals with respect to the purchase of mortgages, if any, by the FHLBanks.  According to the FHFA, the goals should be consistent with those for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while considering the unique mission and ownership structure of the FHLBanks. FHLBanks purchase mortgages through the AMA program, which is voluntary for the banks. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News FHFA FHL Banks goals HOUSING mortgage 2018-10-29 Radhika Ojha October 29, 2018 575 Views center_img Share FHL Bank’s New Housing Goalslast_img read more

Gesy a good choice for young doctors

first_imgDespite the red tape, Gesy is an easier career option for newly qualified doctors than the old system was By Annette ChrysostomouLike the weather, our six-week-old national health scheme has become the fall-back topic at the dinner table.We talk about how Gesy-hating private doctors insist the system will not work, how Gesy doctors are drowning in unnecessary paperwork, and how patients are abusing the system as they inundate their new GPs with endless demands.But for newly qualified doctors just starting out, the Gesy project means something quite different: making a massive decision about their careers.Maria Antoniou has recently qualified in Germany. Significantly, she does not want to use her real name. She disagrees with those doctors who are bad-mouthing Gesy and just concentrate on the negatives, but she fears if she uses her real name it would complicate relations with doctors she may have to collaborate with in future.Gesy is giving young doctors more choices, she says.“Before Gesy there were only two things you could do: compete with established doctors in the private sector, or try to find a spot in the general hospital, the public sector,” she said.People registering at the Gesy officeBoth were difficult. A newly qualified doctor is unknown and has not had the chance to convince patients that they can look after them. Competing with already known private doctors takes time.  Getting a post in a public hospital was also tough, since the number of doctors in each field was small.All this has changed with Gesy. The Gesy website has a list with all doctors according to specialties, which, Antoniou says, translates into free advertising for the new doctors registered with the national health scheme.The competition with the established doctors is just not there anymore, she said.“People will think why pay rather than try a new one, let’s see what this other doctor is like, when it is so much cheaper.”The system also encourages doctors to work together, as all get paid the same, while before each private doctor was trying to make as much money for themselves.Under Gesy, two doctors, two GPs or two doctors with the same specialisation who decide to work together get money from the government which supports such moves.It also makes more sense for practitioners to set up small clinics or medical centres.Would she work for a state general hospital now? The answer is an emphatic no.“Before Gesy I would have, as there was a guaranteed fixed income, and appointments were made for you so you could meet clients and people,” she said.“Now this [the fixed income] can happen with Gesy and there are other positive things. You can judge how much time you need for each patient, you can space the appointments so you can take free time when you need it.”As regards GPs, it provides them with a fixed income.Before June there was no system helping patients choose a specialist. Patients basically had to self-diagnose, ask around and choose a specialist they thought could help. All too often, this was a waste of time and money. The GP system has changed all that.“From a medical point of view, a general practitioner is much better qualified to allocate the correct specialist,” she saidThe GP is meant to let the patient pick a specialist from the list on the Gesy website. Antoniou believes this will not always happen. The GP, when asked by a patient whom to choose, is likely to make suggestions. This does not mean the patient is then stuck with the suggested specialist.The referral by the GP is for three visits. These might be with one specialist, let’s say a cardiologist,  but the patient can also use the referral to visit three different cardiologists if they decide they are not satisfied with the first.But as with any bureaucratic system — and Gesy is most certainly that — the red tape is overwhelming for doctors, and also a significant investment.“It is a big hassle to get into the system, it took me about two months, and there is a lot of running around involved,” the young doctor said.First, she had to have her diploma recognised, something which is not straightforward. It meant registering as a specialist at the health ministry, than getting the diploma translated by the government’s Press and Information Office. Then a committee took about a month to decide if she was allowed to work according to what the diploma specifies.“And I studied in the EU!” she exclaimed.Each step costs money. “€500 just to be allowed to work as a doctor in Cyprus!”Apart from subscribing to the doctors’ association, which also costs money, she needed to get a social security tax number as she had never worked in Cyprus.She then had to rent an apartment to function as her doctor’s surgery.“For the registration, I had to show a telephone and an electricity bill for a place from which I had never worked.” You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. 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