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Advocates internationalize the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

first_imgMONTREAL — More than seven years after Raif Badawi was thrown in prison, lawyers and allies of the Saudi blogger are increasingly lobbying foreign governments in an effort to secure his release as Saudi Arabia prepares to host next year’s G-20 meeting.Irwin Cotler, a human rights lawyer and former federal justice minister who represents the family internationally, says advocates for Badawi have recently been meeting with foreign governments, UN representatives and others to encourage them to call for the release of Badawi, his sister Samar, their former lawyer Waleed Abulkhair and other imprisoned human rights defenders.Cotler sat down with The Canadian Press to discuss the intensifying effort to free the 35-year-old Badawi, who was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics.Cotler said it is urgent “to both internationalize and intensify our advocacy” as Saudi Arabia chairs the G-20 ahead of the meeting in Riyadh in November 2020.That effort appeared to yield results last month when U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence called on Saudi Arabia to free Badawi as well as three other jailed dissidents.The four dissidents, Pence said, “have stood in defence of religious liberty and the exercise of their faith despite unimaginable pressure, and the American people stand with them.”Pence’s statement followed one by European Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala in June, which describes Badawi’s sentence as “unjust, disproportionate and arbitrary” and urged the Saudi government to free him. The European Union awarded Badawi the Sakharov prize, its top human rights award, in 2015.Cotler sees significant progress in the year since Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s tweet calling for the release of Raif and Samar Badawi sparked a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia. (While neither prisoner is a Canadian citizen, Raif Badawi’s wife and three children live in Sherbrooke, Que., and were granted citizenship last year.)The fallout from the tweet saw Saudi Arabia suspend diplomatic ties, halt investment and Canadian imports and threaten to shut down scholarships for its citizens studying in Canada. “Not one democracy came to Canada’s defence,” Cotler said.He said that while he disagreed with Saudi Arabia being awarded G-20 host duties, he believes the Riyadh summit could be an opportunity to increase the pressure to free the prisoners — and give Saudi Arabia the chance to prove it can be a “credible” host.“If the Crown Prince wants to be taken seriously, if Saudi Arabia wants to be seen seriously as chair of the G20, he can’t call for reforms — which we support — regarding women, such as the right to drive, then imprison the same women who called for the reforms.”He said Pence’s statement came after he and Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, travelled to Washington earlier this year to meet with lawmakers and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, which has contacts with the vice-president.Cotler believes the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October, was a “wake-up call” for democracies that had previously hesitated to speak up against the Saudi regime.More than eight months after Khashoggi’s death, a UN special rapporteur released a report saying there was “credible evidence” to warrant further investigation and financial sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Efforts by Badawi’s advocates in the coming weeks and months include a renewed application for clemency, which argues that a pardon would be in line with Saudi law.Canada, too, has a part to play, says Cotler, who was Liberal justice minister from 2003-06. He plans to once again call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to grant Canadian citizenship to Badawi, which would ensure he could receive visits and has “diplomatic protection that is not now authorized.”Badawi’s advocates say that while he hasn’t received any more corporal punishment, his health has declined and he continues to suffer psychologically from the threat of lashings and the separation from his wife and children.And while some believe his prison conditions may have improved since the international pressure escalated, Cotler said his situation remains dire.“There’s a sense of urgency,” he said. “You meet with his children, and every day the children can’t be with their father is a loss for him and a loss for them.”Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party‏ Includes Charity Auction

first_imgThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) celebrated the 2013 Awards Season with their annual BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party on Saturday, January 12, 2013.The BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party is one of the most prestigious events in the annual awards calendar, celebrating and wishing the best of luck to all nominees for the awards season ahead.As well as honoring the year’s nominees and winners, the Tea Party also included a silent auction to raise funds and awareness for the BAFTA LA Community Outreach and Philanthropic programs including the Heritage Archive and Inner City Cinema programs. Awards Season Nominees along with Leading executives, British celebrities and BAFTA members enjoyed traditionally British tea and scones, and cocktails at the uniquely British Tea Party.Among the celebrities who attended were Ben Affleck (Argo), Jon Bon Jovi (Stand Up Guys), Helena Bonham Carter (Les Miserables), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Jason Isaacs, Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Nigel Lythgoe, Sienna Miller (The Girl), Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Thandie Newton, Dev Patel (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel/The Newsroom), Freida Pinto, Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), and many more.last_img read more

‘Together We Are Stronger’: Spanish Interior Minister Commends Moroccan Anti-Terrorist Collaboration

Rabat – Juan Ignacio Zoido, the Spanish interior minister, has once again underscored the importance of Moroccan-Spanish anti-terrorism cooperation, after the arrest of four individuals suspected of disseminating propaganda supporting terrorist groups.The first Moroccan-Spanish suspect was arrested in Tangier by the Moroccan authorities, while the three others were arrested in both Barcelona and Madrid. The anti-terrorist joint operation was led by Spanish and Moroccan authorities.After the success of the operation, Zoido hailed the joint security cooperation between the two countries, asserting that “together we are stronger” in the face of terrorist groups. Commenting on the arrested suspects, Zoido said that those arrested were aiming at radicalizing the largest possible number of internet users, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The Spanish official added that since 2015, the year in which the anti-terrorist alert has increased to level four, Spanish security elements managed to arrest 217 fighters in Spain.Zoido paid an official visit to Rabat in August, during which he stressed the importance of joint cooperations between the two countries to fight against terrorism and extremism.The Spanish minister said during his visit that “the close collaboration between Spain and Morocco in counterterrorism matters allowed the authorities to conduct 12 joint operations, which resulted in the arrest of 175 jihadists.”He explained that the world can only make an end to the terror threat through unity and international cooperation.“The alarming rapidity of radicalization imposes the need to work within the European Union in order to prevent and fight against terrorism,” he said.The minister also pointed out that “information exchange and preventive intelligence should be strengthened,” adding that “it is also necessary to promote meetings of analysts and investigations on terrorist organizations.” read more

Latest Bangladesh factory fire underscores need to do more to improve safety

At least nine people have reportedly been killed in the fire that broke out at Aswad Composite Mills near the capital, Dhaka, late yesterday. Media reports add that about 50 people have also been injured. More than 1,100 people died when another factory collapsed in April.“This latest fire to affect the ready-made garment (RMG) sector in Bangladesh reflects the sad and shocking truth that not enough is being done to address the safety and health of garment factory workers,” said a statement issued by the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder.“Despite the staggering loss of life over the past years, workers are still dying for reasons that could well be avoided if decent working conditions were in place.”The agency noted that following the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in April, the Bangladeshi Government and its social partners have been collaborating to improve working conditions, strengthen labour inspections and upgrade building and fire safety in RMG factories around the country.“But all efforts and commitments will be in vain until they translate into concrete actions to avoid further loss of life or injury to workers. The ILO, as always, stands ready to assist the social partners,” said the statement.“The fire at Aswad Composite Mills should not be just the latest tragedy to beset the industry. It must be the last.” read more

Global Goals offer special opportunity to change course of development Bosnian leader

From the podium, Željko Komšic spoke at length about the 2030 Agenda  and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sharing his country’s enthusiasm about creating “a self-sustaining environment that will benefit everyone”. In July, his country attended the UN High-level Political Forum in New York where, for the first time, it presented its voluntary national review as part of monitoring SDGs implementation. “By adopting the 2030 Agenda, Bosnia and Herzegovina has committed itself to initiating a systematic monitoring and supervision process for the implementation of this global agenda that integrates the social, economic and environmental dimension of development” he said, adding that its successful implementation “requires an agreement on foreseeable coherent and sufficient funding”.  “In an ever more divided world, we need a strong United Nations. The problems we face are real. But so is hope.”– @antonioguterres at opening of #UNGA General Debate.— United Nations (@UN) September 25, 2019 Mr. Komšic said that his country views the 2030 transformative agenda as “an opportunity and a mechanism of change”, to “comprehensively promote the social, economic and environmental aspects of the life of our population”.  And he expressed his hope that the review of his nations’ implementation activities will be finalized by the end of 2019. Regional concerns Bilateral relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and its neighbours are at the top of the country’s foreign policy priorities and serve as the foundation for continuous cooperation improvement, “based on mutual interest and the principal of equality, respect for one another and respect for State sovereignty and territorial integrity”, Mr. Komšic explained. However, he pointed out that within his country’s borders, he “occasionally witnesses” neighbouring nations’ activities, which cause “unrest and a degree of destabilization” that do not contribute to good neighbourly relations.   Peaceful solutions Expressing concern over the ongoing escalation of world violence, Mr. Komšic called for “an end of combat” and more cooperation on peaceful solutions. “Bosnia and Herzegovina has the principal view that the protection of civilians, respect for human rights and humanitarian law are a necessary priority in international relations”, he said, adding that his country prioritizes lasting peace and security in “all parts of the world”.   He singled out the importance of a world without nuclear weapons as the “ultimate goal”, saying that Bosnia and Herzegovina focuses on fulfilling its commitments with an emphasis on dialogue, and non-proliferation cooperation. Turning to peacekeeping, Mr. Komšic said that his country welcomes the UN’s commitment to support the participation of women in peacekeeping missions, pointing out “with particular pleasure” that Bosnia and Herzegovina is “one of the few countries that has been fulfilling its stated goals for a long time” – with over 20 per cent of women participating in peacekeeping missions.  He informed the Hall that in January his country signed the agreement on the suppression of sexual exploitation and abuse, which obliges Bosnia and Herzegovina to hold everyone responsible for all forms of sexual exploitation in UN peacekeeping or other humanitarian operations with zero tolerance for “this type of deviant behaviour”. read more

Australian industry presents its awards

first_imgWith Australia as a focus in the August issue it is appropriate to note the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM’) Awards, which recognise individuals with the commitment, drive and professional excellence that underpin mining success in the region and were presented last month. “The diverse backgrounds of the Awards recipients reflect the variety of contributions in mining,” said AusIMM President, Peter McCarthy. “Our industry’s success is built on achievement in a range of disciplines, such as safety, innovation, exploration as well as commitment to building a community of professional excellence through participation in The AusIMM.” Some key Award recipients included Pat Stephenson, who was presented with the Institute Service Award for his role as Chairman of the Joint Ore Reserves Code (JORC) Committee from 2000-2006. JORC sets the standard for reporting of mineral resources and reserves on the Australian Stock Exchange and has been instrumental in ensuring market integrity, and hence investor confidence, in the reporting of exploration results.Jeffrey Whittle was presented the Miota Award for innovation. In his ‘retirement’ Mr Whittle developed mining software that has changed the way the industry practices optimisation in mine design. Marketing was initially handled by his wife, Ruth. The software is now used in over 400 companies in 50 countries.The Institute Medal was awarded to Robert Bryan, who has driven four public companies, including Pan Australian Resources, from explorer status to producer. As well as driving the expansion of the industry, Bryan has a strong commitment to both research and sustainability in the sector and serves on the Boards of both the Sustainable Minerals Institute and the W H Bryan Mining Geology Research Centre, both within the University of Queensland.Peter Minahan received the Jim Torlach Safety and Health Award, for his significant contribution to the restructuring of the Queensland Moura mine disaster and findings of the Inquiry.The AusIMM Awards Dinner was attended by leaders from across research, industry and government. Attendees included Peter McCarthy, The AusIMM President and Managing Director of AMC Consultants, Charlie Sartain, Chief Executive of Xstrata Copper, Michael Roche, Chief Executive of the QRC and Peter Lilly, Chief of CSIRO Exploration and Mining (also Past President). “The Awards night is a great opportunity to get leaders from different parts of the industry together to celebrate what can be accomplished with the right mix of individual drive and sector collaboration,” said McCarthy.Future leaders in the industry were also present at the awards night with the Premium Sir Frank Espie/EEF scholarships presented to University students Sarah Wheeler (Mining Engineering) and Amanda Geard (Geology). Meanwhile the winner of the Atlas Copco Scholarship, which gives the winner a chance to visit Atlas Copco’s operations in Sweden, was Melanie ClasbergThe New Professional Award went to Michael Bartlett, who has organised a number of mining events for students and continues to be active in the mining community as he pursues a career as a mining engineer.”The Awards are not just about past achievements,” said Mr McCarthy, “They are also providing inspiration to our future leaders on what being a professional in the industry is all about and where mining can take you.”There was also a surprise award, from the Board of The AusIMM to the CEO of The AusIMM, Don Larkin, who has been CEO since 1999. The Award followed advice from Don Larkin that he would not be renewing his contract at the end of 2007 when it expires. The citation for the Award reads: “For taking The AusIMM to new heights of professional standing and relevance, from 1999 to 2007, through superior and sustained advocacy, inspiration, leadership and management”.Full awards citations can be requested from policy@ausimm.comlast_img read more

Opinion Trapattonis reign hanging in the balance

first_imgIT HASN’T QUITE been billed a ‘make-or-break’ week but the next five days will go a long way to determining what Giovanni Trapattoni’s future holds.Ireland, currently sitting third in Group C with two wins and a defeat, arrived in Stockholm last night ahead of tomorrow’s qualifier with second-placed Sweden. Then it’s back onto a flight to Dublin before they welcome Austria to Lansdowne Road on Tuesday.FAI chief executive John Delaney has recently insisted that there are plenty of countries who “would love to have six points out of nine” and on the surface it does look a respectable return so far. However, a late smash and grab win against Kazakhstan was hardly inspiring and the 6-1 mauling by Germany saw Ireland suffer their biggest ever defeat at home in a competitive fixture.Sure, we overcame the Faroe Islands easily enough but getting the better of the 153rd team in the world isn’t exactly worth bragging about.If Ireland are to have any chance of finishing as runners-up and securing a play-off place, realistically they need to be aiming to earn four points from these two games.With an excellent record of qualifying for major tournaments, Sweden are no mugs and, despite what you may read, do in fact possess more than one player.Zlatan Ibrahimovic certainly brings star quality to Eric Harmen’s side and the Paris Saint-Germain striker can produce something out of nothing – as we witnessed with his outrageous over-head kick against England.He sits top of the goalscoring charts in France’s Ligue 1 this season with 25 goals in 26 appearances and Ireland’s predicted centre-half pairing John O’Shea and Ciaran Clark have a real job on their hands to keep him quiet.CSKA Moscow’s Rasmus Elm is also a goal threat from midfield but it is the team’s ability to work for one another as a unit (as they showed coming back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Germany in October) which makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.The Swedes haven’t been beaten at home in a competitive outing since 2010 and Trapattoni would almost certainly be happy to settle for a draw at the Friends Arena.Austria, meanwhile, appear an inferior team to Ireland and getting three points at home should be well with their reach against a side who most recently lost out to Wales and the Ivory Coast.Training this week suggests Trapattoni will roll out his 4-4-2 with a flat back four, two holding midfielders, hard-working wingers and two men up front. It may be his tried and trusted formation but it is also, at this stage, a horribly tired one. His lack of faith in the goalscoring ability of the squad means persisting with Robbie Keane when dropping the record marksman for Wes Hoolahan to fill a  deeper role and help out the two midfielders by linking up play would be a much smarter option.Allowing opponents the lion’s share of possession and then attempting to nick goals through set pieces will work sometimes but when you come up against accomplished nations you are likely to get found out – as we discovered at the Euros.How these two matches pan out will ultimately determine the FAI’s next move. Four points or better and they may well carry on with their man and talk up our chances of making it to Brazil. On the flip side, a draw and a defeat could force their hand.But would they cut their losses and start fresh by paying Trapattoni off?Having nothing more than pride to play for in the remainder of the current campaign would allow a newly-appointed manager to take a look at all his options before setting out on the road to France 2016.An ever-growing number of players who have expressed their frustration at Trap’s abrupt management style and an increasing amount of antipathy and discontent from the Irish public are two other reasons why it should happen.There’s also the matter of a stadium to fill for unattractive home fixtures with Georgia and the Faroe Islands later in the year. Given low attendances for recent fixtures, imagine how few fans would show up if Trap was still in a job and Ireland were out of the running with five qualifiers still to play.Delaney was keeping his cards close to his chest when asked about Trap’s future recently but you get the feeling that, unlike six months ago, he could be ready to go through with a decision to end his tenure.And for all that the legendary Italian has achieved, the time is right for someone else to take the reigns in order for the current crop to progress.Delaney remaining tight-lipped over Trap’s futureTranscript: Marco Tardelli defends decision to drop Kevin Doyle by textlast_img read more

Philanthropic in our community give aid

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two Greek Australians, Brisbane doctor Paul Eliadis and Canberra developer Sotiria Liangis recently donated $1 million each to the University of Queensland and to the Canberra Hospital Foundation. Dr Paul Eliadis, Brisbane clinical haematologist, oncologist and patron of the arts, donated $1 million to the University of Queensland (UQ) to establish an academic Chair in Classics and Ancient History. Convinced that art, ancient history and the classics formed key elements of a well-rounded education, in one of his recent interviews the UQ graduate said that, in his opinion, Western universities that don’t have a department that teaches the classics don’t have a “birth certificate”. The University of Queensland is the state’s only tertiary institution to offer courses in history, culture, language and literature of Ancient Greece and Rome. A significant philanthropic donor in both art and medicine, Dr Eliadis’ assistance helped to establish high profile cancer clinics – Haematology and Oncology Clinics of Australia, now in their 25th year. On how he ended up studying medicine at University of Queensland, Dr Eliadis said it was his yiayia’s influence. “There are a lot of jokes about my grandmother and how she may or may not have influenced me, but she was always quite insistent that I was going to be a lawyer or a doctor. “I don’t know what it is about Greek families, but they want their children to get ahead and go to university, even though the parents have rarely seen the inside of a high school. “I ultimately decided on medicine because I felt it would be more absolute [than law], more scientific and not open to the whims of human beings. I was very wrong about that,” he said. The 60 year old medical specialist who is at the peak of his career, is in his Greek heritage that his interest in the classics originated from. “I am Australian, but my heritage is essentially Greek. The ancient Greek history is something Greek kids grow up with. I enjoy reading and I always find history, particularly the history of Greece and Rome, much more interesting than fiction. “The classics, in particular Greece and Rome, influence us all in Western civilisation no matter what you do. You can just walk through Brisbane and it is just there. The three main architectural forms of Greece are within a block, between City Hall and the Eternal Flame. I think the classics will always remain relevant as long as Western civilisation exists,” he indicated in the interview. Down south, in the national capital of Canberra, another Greek name made it in the philantrhropic news this month, when Sotiria Liangis, a Canberra property developer, pledged $1 million over five years to the Canberra Hospital Foundation. To date, Mrs Liangis donation alongside her son John has enabled the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children to create two special outdoor patient and families areas. The Therapeutic Courtyard is designed for children undergoing rehabilitation and treatment to experience it in a fun environment, while the Liangis Family Reflective Garden is intended for families to utilise if their baby or child is critically ill or has passed away. Names of Sotiria and her son John Liangis, are well known in the Canberra Greek community. Armed with an unprecedented support to worthy causes, Mrs Sotiria Liangis has supported the Greek community on many occasions. In the 1990s, the Greek community aged care centre was built as a result of collaboration between the ACT government and Liangis family. In 1996, the media-shy citizen of the ACT was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the Greek community.last_img read more

Myths Legends Tells Epic Tales of Time Lords

first_img American folklore heroes Davy Crockett, Molly Pitcher, and Paul Bunyan ain’t got nothin’ on the Time Lords.Richard Dinnick’s collection of epic tales from alien worlds, Myths and Legends compiles the most enduring stories passed down through the regenerations.From Princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara to the Vardon Horse of Xeraphin, “these stories shed light on the universe around us and the beings from other worlds that we meet,” according to BBC Books’ description.Whovians may recognize some of the anthologized characters, like the aforementioned, from classic Doctor Who episodes “Time-Flight” and “Snakedance,” both featuring Fifth Doctor Peter Davison with companions Nyssa and Tegan.“Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present, and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes, and fears,” BBC Books said.The first volume of illustrated Time Lord mythology, Myths and Legends is available now to pre-order as an e-book for $9.99, and scheduled for delivery on June 29; the hardcover edition is also on sale in the UK for £12.08 ($15.18).Dinnick’s publication is not to be confused with Myths and Legends, the three-part DVD box set released in 2010, featuring Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee as the Doctor in “The Time Monster,” “Underworld,” and “The Horns of Nimon.”Dramatist Dinnick has written TV scripts for MGM, BBC, ITV, and Disney; penned two Doctor Who novels, and works on Titan’s Doctor Who comic range. Legendary Entertainment is developing his first graphic novel.If you’re looking for something more academic, A Brief History of Time Lords, on sale for $13.51, pieces together the true story of Gallifrey from the various (often contradictory) accounts that survived the Last Great Time War—in an illustrated “secret” history of the oldest and most powerful civilization in the universe. All 160 full-color pages hit US shelves in hardcover and for Kindle on June 6. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Suspect in Ocean Beach homicide wounded in La Mesa police shooting

first_img Updated: 6:12 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 2, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLA MESA (KUSI) – A fugitive wanted in connection with a day-old homicide in Ocean Beach was wounded this morning in a police shooting that erupted during a trespassing investigation in a neighborhood near Lake Murray, authorities reported.Daniel Chase McKibben, 36, allegedly was armed with a knife and refusing to leave a home in the 7900 block of Rainey Street in La Mesa shortly before 9:30 a.m. when patrol officers contacted him.During an ensuing confrontation, one of the officers opened fire on the suspect, wounding him in a hand and shoulder, La Mesa police Lt. Brian Stoney said. Medics took McKibben to a hospital, where he was admitted in stable condition.Investigators subsequently identified McKibben as a suspect in the slaying of a woman found dead at a home in the 5000 block of Niagara Avenue in western San Diego about 2 a.m. Wednesday.McKibben’s brother was checking on the welfare of their mother, whom he had been unable to contact, when he saw his sibling running away from the residence. The concerned man then forced entry to a garage and discovered the body.Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the slain woman. center_img KUSI Newsroom, Suspect in Ocean Beach homicide wounded in La Mesa police shooting May 2, 2019last_img read more

Fire engulfs Northwest MiamiDade home

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews responded to the scene of a house fire in Northwest Miami-Dade.The blaze broke out at a home at the intersection of Northwest 81st Street and Eighth Avenue, around 6 a.m., Tuesday.7Skyforce flew over the scene, just west of Interstate 95, where flames could be seen shooting through the roof.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, they were not sure if anyone was inside the home.Westbound 81st Street was  shut down at Northwest Eighth Avenue, as officials investigated.Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Brent Sass First Yukon Quest Musher To Reach Dawson

first_imgBrent Sass was the first musher to reach Dawson during the 2015 Yukon Quest. (Photo by Emily Schwing/KUAC)Brent Sass was the first Yukon Quest musher to arrive today in Dawson City, the halfway point on the Yukon Quest trail.Download AudioThe 200-mile stretch of trail to Dawson City is the longest between official race checkpoints. Sass’s team overtook Hugh Neff’s when he blew through Pelly Crossing early Monday morning. Sass says he has been looking over his shoulder ever since, especially when overflow slowed his team just outside of Dawson.“When I got in that overflow I was like, ‘uh oh, they’re going to catch up to me right here,’ but it was like 15 minutes and I got through it,” Sass said.The 200-mile stretch of trail to Dawson City is the longest between official race checkpoints.If he crosses the finish line in Fairbanks, Sass will win the Dawson award: four ounces of gold, valued at roughly $6,000.“Oh the gold, I’m not going to talk about it until the finish line, because I had a little incident last year, but it’s great to be here, but my goal was never been to be here first, my goal has been to be to the finish line first and that’s still to happen and there’s a lot of work to do before then,” Sass said.The first Yukon Quest musher to arrive in Dawson City is awarded 4 ounces of gold.But, in order to keep the money, the team also has to finish the race. But, gold or not, mushers have to find a ways to get to Dawson with teams that can still be able to race on the Alaska-side of the trail.Allen Moore’s team arrives in Pelly Crossing. (Photo by Emily Schwing/KUAC)Allen Moore was explaining his race strategy when his alarm went off in the Pelly Crossing Checkpoint.“Uh oh, it’s time to get up. Alright, I’m awake!” he said.Moore says he’s only slept for two hours since the start, but because of the shorter mandatory layover in Dawson City, his team has had more rest than it did two years ago.“We figured we probably need a little more rest going into 24 instead of 36,” he said.Moore says he’s not so sure about is fellow competitors’ plans.“It’s going to be something at the end of the race to see who has what left with three teams a couple of them especially running hundred plus mile legs at the race and we’ll see what they have at the end,” Moore said.Early on, Jeff King ran his team for 100 miles straight to Braeburn.  Hugh Neff ran over a hundred miles straight between Carmacks and Pelly Crossing.  But Tagish musher Ed Hopkins says he is intentionally under-running his dogs.“Whenever they feel like they want to really take off, I’ll just stop and I’ll just let them roll around until they ‘ll take off again slow and start climbing,” Hopkins said. “So when it’s time for me to let them go, I’m just going to let them go.”Hopkins says that time won’t come until after he’s crossed the Alaska border.It’s the kind of plan experienced Quest mushers execute well, which is frustrating for well-known Iditarod musher and Quest rookie Ray Redington Jr.“In Iditarod, I kind of know where I’m at all the time, where here you’re just hoping you find the next spot,” he said.More than half the race still lays ahead. The trail includes three major summits and it’s notorious for both jumble ice and overflow. Whether banked rest or early long runs will pay off remains unclear.last_img read more

Gupta left SA before Zumas exit

first_imgAjay Gupta, one of the three Gupta brothers under investigation over accusations of corrupt links to ousted South African president Jacob Zuma, left the country for Dubai 10 days ago, a Johannesburg airport spokeswoman said on Friday.The three Gupta brothers, accused by the public anti-graft watchdog of using their friendship with Zuma to influence policy and amass wealth, have denied any wrongdoing, as has Zuma. Ajay Gupta was declared “a fugitive from justice” by South Africa’s chief prosecutor earlier this week.South African police launched a search for Ajay Gupta on Thursday after he failed to report to law enforcement officials investigating alleged high-level influence-peddling in Zuma’s government involving the Gupta brothers.Leigh Gunkel-Keuler, a spokeswoman for Johannesburg’s main airport, said Ajay Gupta was on an Emirates flight bound for Dubai on 6 February at 8.30 pm local time (1830 GMT).“I cannot confirm if Mr Ajay Gupta is back in the country; he may well be back in the country through another port of entry,” Gunkel-Keuler said.She added that the airport was handing over all relevant information to the Hawks, an elite police unit officially known as the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, which targets organised crime, economic crime and corruption.Zuma resigned on Wednesday on the demand of the ruling ANC and was replaced on Thursday by Cyril Ramaphosa.Eight people, several of whom have worked for Gupta firms, appeared in a South African court on Thursday in connection with an investigation into the siphoning off of millions of dollars of public money from a state-backed dairy farm.Among the eight were Gupta nephew Varun Gupta, who was an executive director of the Guptas’ Shiva Uranium firm. Zuma’s son Duduzane was a fellow director of Shiva.Earlier this week the Hawks raided Gupta properties in Johannesburg in connection with the dairy farm, which prosecutors last month called a “scheme designed to defraud and steal”.Ramaphosa is expected to give more details about how he plans to tackle corruption and boost economic growth on Friday when he delivers his first state of the nation address.last_img read more

Proposed Garbage Collection Fee To Achieve HPDHFD Pay Parity DPS Warns About

first_imgThursday, December 13, 2018Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaGarbage men pick up the trash in a Houston neighborhood.Boykins Proposes Garbage Collection Fee To Pay For Firefighter RaisesHouston city council member Dwight Boykins is proposing a way to raise firefighter’s salaries and establish pay parity between the local police and fire departments without laying people off.Virtually every major city in Texas bills property owners for garbage collection. Houston doesn’t. Boykins proposes charging a flat monthly fee of $25 to $40. He estimates that would generate revenues of well over $100 million a year.“Those revenues would then become part of a protected enterprise fund strictly for solid waste management,” Boykins says. “Money from the General Service Fund could then be used to pay firefighters pay parity that was mandated on November 6.”Boykins says the city council could approve the fee without having to go to the voters again. But the mayor and council members would have to levy that fee on voters in an election year.Edgard Garrido/APThe Texas DPS says the MS-13 gang is increasing its membership in Texas.Texas DPS: MS-13 Uses Houston As Hub For Criminal ActivityThe Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), one of the most violent and feared gangs in the world, is increasing its criminal activity in Houston, according to the Texas Gang Threat Assessment for 2018, which the Department of Public Safety has released this week.MS-13 is involved in drug and human smuggling, prostitution, murder and extortion, among other illegal activities. It was founded in Los Angeles in the 1980s by immigrants from El Salvador and later spread throughout the United States, Central America, and Canada.The report describes MS-13 as a Tier 1 threat and notes the gang has historically used Texas as “a transitional area or as a location to hide from criminal charges in other states or countries.” However, recent intelligence indicates Houston has gained relevance in the Mara Salvatrucha’s activity, so much that is has become a “hub.”The report adds that trend “is likely the cause of increased membership in Texas.”Courtesy of AppleApple’s new campus will be near its existing facility in the North Austin area.Apple Will Build $1 Billion Campus In AustinApple plans to build a 133-acre campus in Austin, Texas, that will cost $1 billion and employ 5,000 new workers, the company announced Thursday. The company says the move is expected to make it the largest private employer in Austin.Apple already employs more people in Austin, some 6,200 workers, than it does in any other city outside of its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The company now plans to add substantially to that figure.Its current main site in Austin is an office park roughly 12 miles north of downtown. The new campus will also be in North Austin, less than a mile from the current facilities. And it will have room to grow to 15,000 workers, the company says.The expansion comes six years after Apple signed a 10-year economic development contract in Texas, a move that put Austin at the front of the line for expansion, as member station KUT reported. That deal, which featured a 100 percent property tax rebate and other incentives, required Apple to invest more than $300 million to build a new campus. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D. Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Conversations with Greg Freiherr: Guerbet Unveils Portfolio of Advanced Digital SolutionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:46Loaded: 2.87%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Images courtesy of Bracco February 28, 2010 – Patients expressed a statistically significant preference for the taste of iohexol over diatrozoate, a feature that is especially beneficial for very ill patients whom have trouble tolerating the taste of contrast agents, concluded a recent study.Researchers from Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri and the Milton S. Hershey Penn State Medical Center conducted a study comparing the tolerability of iodine-based oral contrast agents, Omnipaque (iohexol) and Gastroview (meglumine sodium diatrizoate). The purpose of the study was to compare the efficacy and patient acceptance of iohexol verus meglumine sodium diatrozoate for abdominal and pelvic CT scans.Researchers presented on February 21 at the Abdominal Radiology Course Meeting held by the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiology and The Society of Uroradiology in Orlando.The study also concluded that:- There was no statistically significant difference between the two agents in the incidence of adverse reactions. – The extent and density of GI tract opacification also were similar between the two groups. – The cost of the two agents is comparable given the current low cost of low osmolar contrast agents. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more News | Neuro Imaging | March 18, 2019 Non-Contrast MRI Effective in Monitoring MS Patients Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without contrast agent is just as effective as the contrast-enhanced approach… read more News | February 28, 2010 Patients Prefer Iohexol Contrast Over Diatrozoate center_img Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Radiology Business | April 24, 2019 ITN Wins Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content April 24, 2019 — Imaging Technology News (ITN) was recently named the 2019 Jesse H. read more Related Content Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media | January 30, 2019 Captisol-enabled Contrast Media with Reduced Renal Toxicity in Development The medical imaging market relies heavily on contrast media, injected into patients to increase the contrast of bodil read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019 Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black… read more Sponsored Content | Videos | Contrast Media | January 22, 2019 itnTV “Conversations”: Guerbet Unveils Portfolio of Advanced Digital Solutions ITN Contributing Editor Greg Freiherr speaks with Guerb read morelast_img read more

FDA Warns Thermograms Are No Substitute for Mammograms

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 October 30, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week issued a release reminding patients that mammography is still the most effective breast cancer screening test. According to the agency, proper breast cancer screening lets healthcare providers check for cancer even before there may be signs and symptoms of the disease.In the release, the FDA said it has received reports from healthcare providers and patients that some health centers are providing information that can mislead patients into believing that thermography — a type of test that shows patterns of heat and blood flow on or near the surface of the body — is a proven alternative to mammography. The agency said, however, it is not aware of any scientific evidence to support these claims.Indeed, thermography has not been shown to be effective as a standalone test for either breast cancer screening or diagnosis in detecting early-stage breast cancer, the agency concluded.“Plenty of evidence shows that mammography is still the most effective screening method for detecting breast cancer in its early, most treatable stages,” said Helen J. Barr, M.D., director of the Division of Mammography Quality Standards in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “You should not rely solely on thermography for the screening or diagnosis of breast cancer.” The FDA regulates the medical devices used for breast cancer screening. About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer sometime in their lives, according to the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Rarely, men also can have breast cancer. But there has been a decline in breast cancer deaths in recent years, and one reason is because cancers have been detected earlier through mammography, according to the American Cancer Society.In fact, according to the FDA, the greatest danger from thermography is that those who opt for this method instead of mammography may miss the chance to detect cancer at its earliest stage.Thermography has only been cleared by the FDA as an adjunctive tool for use alongside a primary test like mammography. Patients who undergo a thermography test alone should not be reassured of the findings because the device was not cleared to be used other than with another testing method like mammography. The FDA provides more information about mammography for patients — including how it works and how to find a certified facility — on its website.Moreover, some websites claim that thermography can find breast cancer years before it would be detected through other methods and have unproven claims about improved detection of cancer in dense breasts. The FDA is aware of no evidence that supports these claims, the release stated.The FDA has taken regulatory action (including issuing warning letters) against healthcare providers and thermography manufacturers who try to mislead patients into believing that the thermography can take the place of mammography. To protect the public health, the FDA’s regulatory action can include scheduling a regulatory meeting, sending a warning letter or other correspondence, an establishment inspection, and judicial actions.The FDA said it continues to monitor this situation.Some women have sought out thermography because it is painless and does not require exposure to radiation. The FDA advises that if patients are worried about how a mammogram feels, they should talk to their healthcare provider about what they can expect. A mammogram can be uncomfortable for the person being screened because it briefly presses down on the breast to flatten out the breast tissue and increase the clarity of the X-ray image. The agency also has a section on its website about what patients can expect during a mammogram.The agency also recommends patients should talk to their healthcare provider if they have specific questions about mammography, including questions about when and how frequently they should be screened. As a rule, patients should also call their healthcare provider if they notice any change in either of their breasts such as a lump, thickening or nipple leakage, or changes in how the nipple looks.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 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 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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. 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). 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 | 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 | 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 Feature | Mammography | October 30, 2017 FDA Warns Thermograms Are No Substitute for Mammograms Agency responds to recent information that health centers are providing misleading information that thermograms are a proven alternative to regular screening mammography 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 Related Content 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. 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 last_img read more

LendingQB Launches Lean Lending Model

first_imgLendingQB Launches ‘Lean Lending’ Model in Technology Share January 14, 2014 510 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Compliance Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Qualified Mortgage Service Providers 2014-01-14 Tory Barringer “”LendingQB””:, a California-based loan origination software (LOS) provider, has unveiled its “”Lean Lending”” model designed to reduced origination costs by as much as half.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Using the model, lenders receive guidance on streamlining processes or eliminating functions, ensuring compliance issues early in the process, and driving continuous improvement with staff reviews and re-training.””It can take up to 3 years for lenders to understand a new LOS platform and create the best practices to take advantage of new technology,”” said LendingQB president Binh Dang. “”LendingQB can shorten the learning curve to just 6 months by providing a lean set of best practices.””In keeping with its Lean Lending strategy, LendingQB also announced the release of the Qualified Mortgage (QM) functionality within its platform. The new functionality checks the limits on loan features, automatically checks for caps on points and fees, and verifies test performances and calculation results for underwriting requirements, allowing for easy compliance with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new guidelines.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter MSC Cruises annual 96

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMSC Cruises’ annual 96-hour sale is back and is the perfect excuse for holidaymakers to book their next adventure, with savings of up to 50 per cent.Valid on selected itineraries travelling between February and November 2016, travellers are encouraged to take advantage with over 90 departures to choose from.Discover some of the world’s most beautiful destinations and enjoy exceptional value with savings available across  11 of MSC’s luxury ships. With itineraries cruising the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Northern Europe, and selected Grand Voyages, there is sure to be something for everyone.Bag a bargain and explore the Mediterranean with a seven-night cruise departing from Genoa on board MSC Preziosa starting at $426 per person.Holiday makers are encouraged to take advantage and cruise for longer with the option to combine itineraries. Combine the seven-nights east and seven-nights west cruise to embark on a 14-night Caribbean adventure on board MSC Divina starting from $1099 per person.The sale begins midnight 26 January 2016 and ends midnight 29 January 2016 EST.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Russian actor stage director Oleg Tabakov dies at

first_imgRussian actor, stage director Oleg Tabakov dies at 82 MOSCOW – Oleg Tabakov, a Russian actor and theatre director who for decades was one of the most revered figures in Russia’s theatre and film communities, has died. He was 82.The Moscow Art Theater said Tabakov died Monday of an unspecified illness at a Moscow hospital. Tabakov led the theatre for the last 18 years.Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended condolences to Tabakov’s family.Born in the Volga River city of Saratov, Tabakov joined the Sovremennik theatre after graduating from a Moscow theatre school in 1957. He performed in both classic and modern productions and also became widely popular as a film actor, starring in many Soviet films and lending his voice to cartoon characters. FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, gives a medal to artistic director of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater Oleg Tabakov during an award ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Oleg Tabakov, a Russian actor and theater director who has been one of the most revered figures in the Russian theater community and film industries for decades, has died. He was 82. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) center_img by The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2018 9:58 am PDT Last Updated Mar 12, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more