Ottawa formally requests clemency for Canadian sentenced to death in China

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Trudeau government is seeking clemency for a Canadian sentenced to death in China amid growing tensions between the two countries.The formal request for Robert Schellenberg was given to China’s ambassador to Canada.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has always been opposed the death penalty.“We believe it is inhumane and inappropriate, and wherever the death penalty is considered, with regard to a Canadian, we speak out against it — and indeed with regard to others. That is what we are doing here.”Foreign Affairs Minister @cafreeland says the government has spoken with China’s Ambassador to Canada and requested clemency for Robert Schellenberg. He was in a Chinese jail over a 2016 conviction for drug smuggling, but was retried yesterday and sentenced to death #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 15, 2019Schellenberg was jailed in China in 2016 for drug smuggling, but was retried on Monday and sentenced to death after an appeals court in that country agreed with prosecutors who said he was punished too leniently.His original sentence was 15 years.Freeland, who calls this a complicated and difficult moment in Canada’s relationship with the People’s Republic, says she spoke with Schellenberg’s father to offer support and sympathy.“It was a very emotional conversation,” she says.Meanwhile the prime minister has been working the phones and seeking more international support in this tense dispute, speaking with the leaders of Argentina and New Zealand after receiving the backing of other countries like the U.S., the U.K. and Germany.The tensions began with Canada arresting a Huawei executive in Vancouver at the request of the Americans, which then led to the arrests of two Canadians in China, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.China and Canada have also since traded new travel advisories, warning their citizens of the risks of travelling to the other country.last_img read more

Earth Wind Fire replaces Aretha Franklin at Toronto fundraiser

first_imgAdvertisement Aretha Franklin has been replaced by Earth, Wind & Fire at the second annual AMBI Gala in Toronto on Sept. 7.Franklin announced this week she would cancel several concerts this summer and fall for health reasons.“I’m disappointed. We are very sad that we will miss Aretha Frankin and we hope that we can have her at the next AMBI Gala,” said Andrea Iervolino, who cofounded the gala and AMBI Pictures with Monika Bacardi and called the entertainer “one of the best bands.” Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The gala will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Jamieson said. Tickets for the event are $2,500 with proceeds going to the Toronto Children’s Aid Society and the Regent Park U For Change, a group that mentors youth in a variety of artistic endeavours, including music, acting, playwriting, photography, fashion design and DJing.Motown star Diana Ross “blew the roof off” at last year’s event during an hour-long concert and mixed with guests afterward, Jamieson said. Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

Cairo suicide bomber identified as exarmy officer

first_imgCAIRO – Jihadists have released a video of a suicide bombing in which an ex-army major reveals himself as the attacker who tried to kill Egypt’s interior minister in September.A senior interior ministry official confirmed the bomber, Walid Badr, was a major in the military before his expulsion in 2005 for “extremist” views.In the video posted on YouTube on Saturday by the Sinai-based Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, Badr can be seen explaining his motives before detonating a car bomb close to a convoy carrying Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim. The revelation of Badr’s army past comes at a time of heightened conflict between Islamists and the military, which overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July after mass protests demanding his resignation.More than 1,000 people, mostly Islamists, have been killed and 2,000 arrested in an ensuing crackdown.The Al-Qaeda-inspired group had previously claimed responsibility for the September 5 attack outside Ibrahim’s home, which killed one person but did not harm the minister, who was travelling in an armoured car.The attack was seen as a precedent by Sinai militant groups that had previously limited their operations to the restive peninsula.The army has sent tanks and aircraft to north Sinai to battle Islamist militants who have killed more than 100 policemen and soldiers since Morsi’s overthrow in July.“The Egyptian military has declared war on our religion,” said Badr in the video, in uniform and reading from a prepared speech.The bombing took place less than a month after police dispersed two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, setting off clashes that killed hundreds, mostly Islamists.In the 31-minute video, Badr lambasts Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist political groups for taking part in the “farce of democratic Islam.”He chides Morsi’s supporters for not responding to the president’s ouster with armed attacks.Army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi “had thought you would avenge your religion, so he beefed up army and police units in anticipation of your reaction,” Badr said.“Instead all he got was slogans and screams and bare chests, making you easy prey,” said Badr of the Islamists’ mainly peaceful protests.“Why do you shy away from armed confrontation,” he asked.In the video, Badr is introduced as an ex-army major who left the military to fight in Afghanistan and Syria, and spent a year in detention in Iran.Several Egyptian military officers are known to have joined jihadist groups in the past.President Anwar Sadat’s assassin in 1981 was an army officer, and a top Al-Qaeda military commander known as Seif al-Adel was also in the armed forces.Interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif told AFP that the military expelled Badr in 2005 because “he embraced extremist tendencies.”Abdel Latif said Badr returned to Egypt under Morsi, blamed for pardoning convicted militants or allowing them to return to the country during his turbulent one-year rule.Many Islamists convicted on terror charges were released after finishing their sentences following the ouster of veteran president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011.The releases took place during the interim military rule that followed Mubarak’s ouster and during Morsi’s term in office.Security officials say some of those freed, or who returned to Egypt after fighting abroad, have joined militant groups in the Sinai.last_img read more

Canadian dollar advances as trade deficit narrows commodities rise

Canadian dollar advances as trade deficit narrows, commodities rise AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2013 8:56 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday after the latest trade figures showed Canada’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed in January.The currency rose 0.19 of a cent to 97.14 cents US as Statistics Canada said the trade deficit with the world narrowed to $237 million in January from $332 million in December.Exports rose 2.1 per cent to $39.1 billion while imports decreased 1.9 per cent to $39.3 billion.Meanwhile, the U.S. trade deficit widened in January, reflecting a big jump in oil imports and a drop in exports.The U.S. Commerce Department says the deficit rose to US$44.4 billion, an increase of 16.5 per cent from December. U.S. exports dropped 1.2 per cent to $184.5 billion while imports rose 1.8 per cent to $228.9 billion as oil imports surged 12.3 per cent.Even with the wider U.S. trade deficit in January, economists say they think it will narrow slightly this year, in part because of continued gains in U.S. energy exports.Commodity prices were higher with the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.13 to US$91.56 a barrel.May copper rose three cents to US$3.52 a pound while April bullion added 20 cents to US$1,575.10 an ounce.Traders also looked ahead to Friday’s release of Canadian job creation figures for February, with economists predicting that 7,500 jobs were created last month.The U.S. non-farm payrolls report for February also comes out Friday. Expectations for job creation were ratcheted up after payroll firm ADP said Wednesday that the private sector created 198,000 jobs last month.Optimism rose further Thursday after the Labour Department said that the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell by 7,000 last week, driving the four-week average to the lowest point in five years.Overseas, the European Central Bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.75 per cent, holding off on further stimulus even though the euro area remains stuck in recession.And the Bank of England opted against injecting more money into the ailing British economy, which has one foot in a recession. The Bank’s main policymaking body decided to maintain its asset purchase program at 375 billion pounds.A number of economists were expecting another 25 billion pounds infusion. Last month, Governor Mervyn King had pushed for such an increase in monetary stimulus.The Bank also kept its main interest rate at the record low of 0.5 per cent.On Wednesday, the loonie fell 0.33 of a cent after the Bank of Canada kept its key rate unchanged at one per cent and indicated that persistent economic weakness and low inflation means a hike is a long ways off. read more

Ahead of monsoon season UN supports Bangladeshs efforts protect Rohingya camps from

“The adverse weather conditions, including potential cyclones, could put tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees staying at the highly congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar district at serious risk,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters at the regular press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday.The findings of an initial risk analysis of the world’s largest refugee settlement area in Kutapalong and Balukhali indicate that at least 100,000 of the more than 569,000 refugees there could be in grave danger from landslides and floods.Up to one third of the settlement area could be flooded. As a result, more than 85,000 refugees could lose their shelters. Another 23,000 refugees living on steep slopes within the site could be at risk of landslides, Mr. Mahecic said.Key services in the settlement are also at risk of being washed away, including latrines, washrooms, tube wells, and health centres, and access roads into the settlements could be blocked and inaccessible to vehicles, making it hard to provide emergency aid. There is also a high risk for public health situation, especially of outbreaks of communicable diseases, he added.The Government of Bangladesh has acknowledged and committed to addressing these concerns, while UN and humanitarian partners have set up an emergency preparedness group to co-ordinate these efforts.UNHCR has already taken a number of steps, including provision of biodegradable sandbags to help anchor the structures in heavy rains.Several engineering projects are also underway to build bamboo-reinforced footpaths and stairs, raised bridges, bamboo/brick/concrete retaining walls for soil stabilisation and drainage networks.The work is scheduled to start within the next few weeks to level some of the steep hilltops to reduce the risk of landslides, as well as to increase the amount of useable area.A relocation of some families living in the most precarious parts of the camp will also start soon.Early warning systems are also being put in place, with public information campaigns also underway. UNHCR is also working with the Bangladeshi authorities and other key operational agencies to pre-position materials and heavy-lifting machinery. read more

Enda Kenny has no responsibility to tell TDs what he thinks of

first_imgENDA KENNY HAS “no responsibility” to tell TDs of his views about former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet’s refusal to appear before the forthcoming Oireachtas banking inquiry, according to Dáil authorities.The Taoiseach has said he expects political leaders to attend the inquiry, but Dáil questions on the Trichet issue were disallowed by the Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett this week.He said: “An Taoiseach has no official responsibility to Dáil Éireann for these matters.”Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin had tabled two questions asking the Taoiseach if he was disappointed at Trichet saying he would not be able to attend and for his views on the matter.A second question asked if the Taoiseach had written to the European Commission to ask if they would change the rules that Trichet claims prevent him from attending in order to allow him to attend the inquiry and answer questions.Politicians charged with investigating the collapse of the Irish banking system will view Trichet as a key player given he opposed the idea of burning Anglo bondholders and is said to have forced Ireland to issue a blanket guarantee of all assets and liabilities in the banking system.However, the former banker told Newstalk earlier this month that the ECB’s constitution prevents him from attending.“If the rule was changed, I would apply the new rule,” he told Newstalk’s Shona Murray. “All decisions are taken collectively by all members and the responsibility of explaining decisions are in the hands of the national governors.”The Taoiseach’s office did not respond to a query about about the matter this week.A spokesperson for Martin said that the latest development does little to allay concerns that the banking inquiry is being used for “political point scoring”.“Any genuine attempt to get at the truth of what happened to the banking sector in this country would see Jean Claude Trichet at the top of the list of potential witnesses,” the spokesperson said.“However, in this Dáil, the Taoiseach simply dismisses questions about his involvement and says he has no responsibility to explain his position to TDs.”Read: ‘It’s like the Third Secret of Fatima’ – Noonan says ECB letter could be released for inquiryMinister: Trichet is disrespecting us by refusing to go before banking inquirylast_img read more

Palliative care volunteers needed

first_imgMelbourne Citymission Palliative Care are looking for volunteers for people with terminal illnesses living at home in the cities of Hume, Moreland, Darebin and Yarra. As a palliative care volunteer, you will be making an important contribution to the end-of-life care provided by their dedicated interdisciplinary staff including doctors, nurses and counsellors. By visiting clients and their carers on a regular basis, you will help to provide the emotional, practical and spiritual support they need to achieve the best possible quality of life at a significant and often difficult time in their lives. Your initial training will include communication and listening skills, dealing with loss and grief, spirituality and a basic understanding of life-threatening illness. You will also meet and share experiences with other volunteers at ongoing training sessions throughout the year, and be supported every step of the way by your Coordinator of Volunteers. Palliative care volunteers offer help through respite sitting, companionship, shopping, transport, gentle hand massage, bereavement follow up and administration/office duties. Working in palliative care is one of the most rewarding volunteer choices you can make. The opportunity to draw on your own reserves of compassion and caring will not only make a huge difference in the lives of people living with a terminal illness, it will also enrich your own life. Anyone can volunteer, however palliative care volunteering involves dealing with death and dying, so it’s not for everyone. While you do not need formal qualifications or previous experience in palliative care, your volunteering role will require compassion and emotional maturity. For this reason, and because life experiences and life skills are enormously beneficial, palliative care volunteers are generally over the age of 18. Volunteers come from various backgrounds, however they share a common generosity of spirit and a willingness to help clients and carers living with a terminal illness. he qualities required of palliative care volunteers are: patience; flexibility; reliability; understanding and acceptance of other peoples’ beliefs and values; the ability to listen and ‘be present’ with others; confidence in visiting independently; commonsense and good judgement. If you are interested in volunteering in the Melbourne Citymission Palliative Care program, contact (03) 9486 2666. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Church rebuilds after 911

first_imgAn orthodox church destroyed by the September 11 attacks in 2001 will be rebuilt after images were publishes on the website of architect Santiago Calatrava. The original St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, was crushed when the south tower of the World Trade Centre collapsed following the attacks.The new design will pay homage to Byzantine design from churches Hagia Sophia and Church of the Holy Savior in Chora, both in Constantinople. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Bakayoko disappointed with Chelsea situation

first_imgChelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has been left disappointed following his axe from the Chelsea team for the upcoming season, according to Mirror Football.The France international has been told by new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri he’s surplus to requirements ahead of the upcoming campaign as AC Milan prepare a loan move for him.The former AS Monaco midfield enforcer joined Chelsea last summer for a reported fee of £40million by struggled to make any positive impact, moving in and out of the team due to his inconsistencies.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Bakayoko who was voted in the UEFA Champions League team of the season for the 2016-17 season missed out on France’s successful World Cup campaign, after he was left out by the French national team head coach, Didier Deschamp.The 23-year-old is drawing attention from Italian side AC Milan who are keen to bring him on loan to the San Siro but with an option to buy on a permanent basis.The arrival of Jorginho from Napoli and Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid into an already packed midfield at Chelsea should convince Bakayoko to make the move to Italy to get the necessary playing time his career deserves.last_img read more

Countys Ecoli outbreak reaches 10 confirmed cases

first_img KUSI Newsroom, County’s E.coli outbreak reaches 10 confirmed cases July 12, 2019 Posted: July 12, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county’s E. coli outbreak involving children who attended the San Diego County Fair and did not wash their hands after visiting the animal exhibits stands today at 10 confirmed and one probable case, one of which was fatal, health officials said.County health officials have tracked E. coli cases related to the fair since June 28, when the Health and Human Service Agency announced that it had received reports of four confirmed or probable cases of the bacteria.The fair shuttered its animal exhibits the same day, after 2-year-old Jedidiah Cabezuela’s death was reported, and the fair closed for the year on July 4.As of Wednesday, the number had increased to 10 confirmed cases and one probable case, all of which involve children ranging in age from 2 to 13. The county did not disclose the age or gender of the four new cases confirmed this week, but said all of the patients visited the fair’s animal exhibits and petting zoos.People can avoid contracting the bacteria by thoroughly washing their hands after making contact with animals at places like farms, petting zoos and fair exhibits. Young children, older adults and people with weak immune systems are at particular risk, according to health officials.The HHSA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture collected environmental samples at the fair after the first cases were reported to confirm the bacteria’s origin. However, results of the collected samples were not available prior to the fair’s closure and have yet to be disclosed.County health officials repeatedly cautioned that more confirmed cases were likely despite the fair’s closing due to local doctors intentionally looking for symptoms of the bacteria and its multi-day incubation period. As such, the county has not indicated that the cases are part of a larger, countywide outbreak linked to common causes like contaminated produce.While most people who contract the E. coli bacteria do not develop severe complications, roughly 5 to 10% of those who do can develop a potentially life-threatening kidney infection. Symptoms do not appear for three to four days after contraction and can include severe abdominal cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea and vomiting.Residents should promptly contact their doctor if they believe they have contracted E. coli, according to the county. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Kalama trucker involved in injury accident

first_imgA Kalama trucker was involved in a Saturday night collision in Molalla, Ore., that injured two teenagers.According to Oregon State Police, the accident occurred about 7:50 p.m. on Highway 213 at the Toliver Road intersection.A 1995 Ford Explorer SUV driven by Sarah Musgrove, 18, of Molalla was attempting to turn left onto the highway when it was struck in the driver’s side by the northbound tractor-trailer rig. She sustained serious injuries and was taken by Life Flight helicopter to a Portland hospital.The truck driver is Andrew Rueckert, 29, of Kalama. He was not injured.Musgrove’s passenger, Lorene Dooley, 16, of Mulino, Ore., was reported to be less severely injured.The investigation into the accident is continuing, according to police.The highway was closed for two hours.last_img read more

Miami Seaquarium to release 500pound manatee to the wild

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – A manatee at Miami Seaquarium will soon be returned to the wild.On Thursday, Saber is expected to leave Miami Seaquarium and go back to his natural waters. The 500-pound mammal was rescued in early December, off the coast of Fort Myers.Saber had been at the seaquairum recovering from neurological issues caused by toxic red tides. Now, he’s fully recovered and ready to join his manatee mates.“He’s very well,” said animal care supervisor Jessica Schiffhauer. “He’s been eating up a storm, and he’s ready to go.”Schiffhauer added that caring for these animals and seeing them released is a wonderful feeling. “Knowing that they are going to go out and helping the population is the best thing in the world.”The animal care team said they took in nearly 20 injured animals in 2016.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Crude oil prices post biggest weekly losses since March this year

first_imgCrude oil prices extended its losses on Friday to post their biggest weekly fall in eight months amid intensifying concerns over supply glut.Brent crude, the global benchmark for oil, fell 1% to $43.61 a barrel, reaching the lowest levels not seen in more than six years.Overall, oil prices have fallen 8% this week, witnessing the largest weekly losses since March this year. In seven out of the past eight sessions, oil prices had been on a decline.The official data released in the US on Thursday showed oil inventories in the country rose to their highest level since April, accelerating the slide in oil prices.Further, oil prices came under pressure after a report from oil consultancy firm Baker Hughes showed an increase in oil rig count in the US for the first time in the past 11 months. The weekly rig count went up by two to 574 against 1,578 in the same period last year.The decline in oil prices this week is also due to reduced demand in China and a strengthening US dollar.”Driving the move lower is evidence of a general economic slowdown outside the US, combined with supply gluts in many different commodities,” The Wall Street Journal quoted Bill O’Neill, a broker with Logic Advisors, as saying.The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated the global oil demand to slow to 1.2 million barrels a day in 2016, after touching a five-year high of 1.8 million barrels a day this year.”Everybody right now is hearing, ‘Too much oil in the world’, ” said Michael Hiley, an energy trader at brokerage LPS Partners Inc. “When you do have something from IEA that points out how much is there, it’s sort of a wake-up call.”last_img read more

Perspectives On Guns From Texas State Rifle Association Member And Student Organizer

first_imgWhether the call for “common sense gun rules” is unreasonable:Tripp: I’ve come to hate the word “common sense” as much as I hate the term “gun violence.” The Ten Commandments pretty much covered it all; anything else since then has been kind of a run-around, knee-jerk reaction. We’ve got truck violence in some countries, pressure-cooker violence after the Boston Marathon. Let’s look at the whole picture: the perpetrator, the school security, Facebook, let’s talk about all of it. There are no gun laws missing that would’ve stopped any gun-related tragedy.   Share What they would say if they had coffee with someone with a different view on gun regulations:Tripp: What we need to find is the root cause for what’s happening. It’s not ever just one thing. It’s what was missed, what can be done for that particular school, how the perpetrator was allowed to come in that school. Don’t go with a simplistic vision of what happened to cause this terrible tragedy.Alhayek: I would say that we’re not as different as you think. People think we’re trying to take away guns, but that’s not the issue we’re focused on. We’re trying to regulate the amount of gun violence.No one should have a military-grade weapon for defense and universal background checks are something that everyone can get behind because that ensures the right people are getting their hands on guns. On the argument that gun violence isn’t the issue, it’s criminals:Alhayek: Without that gun, that person would never be able to do the action that they’ve done. When it comes to suicide, one of the biggest ways a person dies by suicide is by a gun. That person would never be able to shoot themselves with that gun. The same thing with mass shootings: You would never be able to kill so many people if it wasn’t for that AR-15. It’s how do we regulate that gun so that those kind of people don’t get their hands on a gun. Whether the call for gun control is a lost cause in Texas:Alhayek: You have students who are leading [this fight]. Our generation is the post-Columbine generation. We’ve seen tragedy after tragedy after tragedy. After the Parkland students stood up, even older people are saying, “Why have we accepted ‘thoughts and prayers’ on Twitter?” Our generation has so many stereotypes, that we’re lazy, that we’re entitled, but one stereotype we embrace is that we’re stubborn. If we believe in something, we keep fighting for it until it happens. I think that’s a good reason why this isn’t a lost cause. Whether President Trump’s call for programs to train and arm teachers would make schools safer:  Tripp: Texas is way ahead of the curve and pretty much every other state. It happened because of Sandy Hook, Columbine, all these other things. The president can call for it all day, but he needs to call the other 49 states. Texas has it covered. RICK HOLTER / KERA NEWSLeft: Alice Tripp is the legislative director of the Texas State Rifle Association. Right: Waed Alhayek is a student at UT Arlington and leads Rally4Reform.The National Rifle Association’s annual meeting kicks into high gear Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.In their Friday Conversation, KERA spoke with people on both sides of the gun issue.Alice Tripp is the legislative director of the Texas State Rifle Association. Her organization was instrumental behind legislation permitting concealed carry, open carry and campus carry laws.Waed Alhayek is a student at the University of Texas at Arlington and leads Rally4Reform, a student organizing group that formed after the “March For Our Lives” protests.last_img read more

State Officials Want To Know How Much Damage Remains From Hurricane Harvey

first_imgMichael Stravato for The Texas TribuneJeremy Boutor at his flood-damaged rental home in one of the neighborhoods flooded in Addicks Reservoir in Houston on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.More than nine months after Hurricane Harvey devastated homes in nearly 50 Texas counties, the state agency charged with overseeing the largest housing recovery in American history is trying to gauge how much devastation remains.The General Land Office is teaming with University of Texas at Austin researchers to survey Texans in the dozens of counties declared disaster areas after the storm slammed ashore and inundated several cities with historic floods. Among the questions they’re asking: Whether Harvey victims are still displaced from their homes and how much damage to their homes has yet to be fixed.The survey comes just as this year’s hurricane season begins and officials across a wide swath of the state prepare to spend billions in U.S. Housing and Urban Development disaster relief funds on long-term recovery projects, which will include rebuilding Texans’ homes.“We want to make sure we are using continuously updated information,” said GLO spokeswoman Brittany Eck.More than 890,000 families applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief aid in the months immediately after the storm. And while the information in those applications — and subsequent FEMA inspections — provide a glimpse into the level of devastation, it doesn’t tell the full story of how badly Harvey damaged Texans’ homes.That’s because FEMA is charged with immediate and short-term responses to disasters, not long-term recovery efforts that usually take several years after major storms like Harvey. And because no single state or federal agency tracks that information, the exact level of destruction the storm wrought is not known.UT researchers aren’t trying to reach every household with the online survey and phone calls to Texans in the affected areas, so the new survey won’t fill in all the gaps. Instead, the university’s Bureau of Business Research is aiming to obtain a large enough sample size in each county to determine the collective level of remaining damage and housing needs.The surveyors are also asking respondents which GLO housing recovery programs would best serve their housing needs, according to research scientist Matt Kammer-Kerwick.“So we’re testing the affinity of community members in these different counties to the different housing options that the GLO is interested in providing,” he said.Marjorie Kamys Cotera/For Texas TribuneGov. Greg Abbott, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp (head of the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas) and leaders of several state agencies give an update on Harvey recovery efforts at the FEMA Joint Field Office in Austin on Sept. 14, 2017.While state agencies like the GLO typically oversee long-term recovery efforts after disasters, Gov. Greg Abbott and FEMA last year also tapped the agency to handle short-term housing recovery. It was billed as a way to revinent disaster response in America, but a Texas Tribune investigation found that reinventing the recovery playbook slowed federal and state responses in ways that left an unknown number of Texans living in limbo for months after the storm.Texas is so far set to receive more than $10 billion in federal money for long-term housing recovery. While that money is approved by Congress and the GLO will oversee it, the money will be disbursed by Houston, Harris County and several regional planning organizations in the impacted areas. Eck, the GLO spokeswoman, said results from the survey will help state and local officials tailor recovery plans to better use limited federal resources.The GLO has submitted its plans for more than $5 billion in expected funds to HUD and is awaiting approval of their plan. She said the state agency intentionally waited until now to survey residents so the money is spent based on Texans’ current needs.“If you do it too far in advance, the survey may no longer be relevant,” she said.Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more August 18, 2011 – At the 39th Annual AHRA Meeting and Exposition, Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. announced the commercial availability of Synapse Mobility, a zero-footprint application that enables access to Fujifilm’s suite of Synapse products from hand-held mobile devices, as well as Macintosh- or Windows-based PCs. Using the Web browser of their choice, radiologists and referring physicians can now have on-the-go access to the images and information stored in Synapse PACS and Synapse RIS, increasing accessibility to patient information and improving workflow.Synapse Mobility displays high quality, interactive 3-D images – not just static, Flash files – in any platform in which it is accessed. The new application provides radiologists and referring physicians with on-the-go access to the images and information stored in Synapse PACS and Synapse RIS using the Web browser of their choice, increasing accessibility to patient information and improving workflow.Available on a wide variety of products including on iPads, iPhones and Android Smartphones, Synapse Mobility is readily deployed because it is browser-independent and scalable, providing facilities with virtually an unlimited number of users. It provides advanced viewing capabilities for physicians to view 3-D images as well as to be able to zoom, window and level, and use MIP/MPR just as they would do at a clinical workstation. Synapse Mobility is for non-diagnostic use only.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more center_img Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Related Content 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 | August 18, 2011 Fujifilm Synapse Mobility Now Available in the U.S. News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read morelast_img read more

Wollongong secures new HarleyDavidson event

first_imgImage credit: Dee Kramer Photography.Wollongong’s stunning scenery, accommodation and local produce will be on show at Harley Days 2016, a new three-day festival bringing together Harley-Davidson bike owners and motorbike enthusiasts from around Australia.Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward said Harley Days confirms NSW’s place as Australia’s favourite State for hosting inaugural events.“Harley Days will be Australia’s biggest ever celebration of the world’s favourite motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson, and we are delighted to have secured it for New South Wales,” he said.“Set to attract more than 2,000 international and domestic visitors and deliver more than $1 million in visitor expenditure, Harley Days will provide a significant boost to the local visitor economy while highlighting Wollongong’s beautiful natural setting,” Mr Ward said.New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the new event will join a bumper line-up of sporting, music and foodie events for the region.“Wollongong is the perfect destination to host this event with its spectacular scenery, coastal riding routes, extensive accommodation options and its close proximity to Sydney,” he said.“I encourage motorbike enthusiasts and those wanting to take a short-break to plan a trip to Wollongong to experience this exciting Australian-first event,” Minister Ayres said.Nigel Keough, Managing Director of Harley-Davidson Australia & New Zealand said that Harley Days is set to become Australia’s largest celebration of motorcycle culture.“With an unprecedented line up of custom motorcycles, live entertainment, stunts and spectacles, the entire weekend is dedicated to celebrating the bonds that recreational motorcycling can create amongst communities, whether you are a rider or not,” Mr Keough said.Harley Days 2016 will include events such as a Show and Shine, demonstrations, live entertainment, guided rides and a Thunder Run – a mass participation Harley- Davidson motorcycle ride showcasing key locations in Wollongong and surrounds.Harley Days will take place at Stuart Park, Wollongong from 28th–30th October 2016.For further information on the event program, please visit the website. Visit WollongongSource = Destination NSWlast_img read more

SixMonth Delay for DoddFrank

first_img Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve OCC Processing QRM U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission 2011-06-16 Ryan Schuette in Government, Origination On Tuesday the “”Commodity Futures Trading Commission””: (CFTC) issued a six-month delay for the finalization of rules and regulations in sync with the Dodd-Frank Act, temporarily checking a host of new requirements that analysts fear will distress the derivatives, financial, and mortgage banking markets.[IMAGE]The “”Federal Reserve””:, FDIC, and the “”Office of the Comptroller of Currency””: (OCC) fell behind schedule in the lead-up to Dodd-Frank’s implementation phase, which goes into effect on July 16 despite that over half of the required 387 provisions need writing, according to _The Wall Street Journal_.A spokesperson for the “”CFTC””: could not be reached for comment.David Barr, a spokesperson for the “”FDIC””:, faulted “”timeframes”” for the postponement. “”Some [of the new rules and regulations] have longer deadlines than others, others have earlier deadlines,”” he said. “”We have been approaching this from the standpoint of meeting the timelines prescribed by the legislation.””Barr said that each of the three regulatory agencies “”handle their own regulations,”” despite some overlap and shared responsibility by the “”FDIC””: and OCC. Each agency is “”responsible for issuing [its] own regulations,”” and that affects the implementation of the regulatory structure.He declined to speculate about how new rules and regulations would impact banks that regulators deemed “”too big to fail.””[COLUMN_BREAK]Asked how new regulations might affect key economic indicators, including loan origination volume or the $600 trillion derivatives market, Barr said that “”it was up to others to decide.””Some analysts praised the “”CTFC’s””: delay.””This delay is a better thing,”” said Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the “”Cato Institute””:, adding that “”ultimately this means we get better rule-making out of this.””One of the rules proposed by the Fed includes a risk-retention rule, which would require banks to retain 5 percent of the risk stemming from non-exempt mortgage-backed securities. Regulatory agencies extended a commentary period for the rule and a Qualified Residential Mortgage exemption after calls from industry leaders for more time.Asked whether the “”CTFC’s””: delay would give the commentary more heft, Calabria said, “”I think [legislators and regulators are] going to be very tough on this. Legislators have long not had very much sympathy for loan origination.””I don’t think the legislators are concerned that whatever behavior they take is going to adversely impact the mortgage origination industry,”” he said.The CFTC’s ruling follows a “”Barclays Capital””: report that forecasts fallout in the broker channel of loan originations as a result of the Dodd-Frank framework. According to the report, new regulations will affect as much as 90 percent of the compensation that brokers receive from lenders, forcing business shutdowns and making a drive to high-balance loans by brokers more likely.Discussing the Barclays report, Calabria said that the Dodd-Frank framework will force mortgage lending “”in-house. We already saw it before the housing bubble burst. I think we’re going to see a very large-scale replacement by brokers with in-house loan officers.””I don’t think that’s going to be the end of the broker model,”” he said. “”I think the very large place brokers had in the economy over the past decade is going to shrink”” once the new rules and regulations go into effect. June 16, 2011 527 Views center_img Six-Month Delay for Dodd-Frank Sharelast_img read more

Justin Bieber joined his partner Hailey Baldwin on

first_img Justin Bieber joined his partner Hailey Baldwin on Sunday as they swung by an exhibit dedicated to his career in Stratford, Ont., and sparked new questions about their marriage status. A cut-out of Justin Bieber sits at the Stratford Perth Museum for the Steps to Stardom exhibition about Justin Bieber in Stratford Ont. on Saturday, Feb.17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon Justin Bieber brings ‘wife’ Hailey Baldwin to hometown exhibit on his career Justin Bieber joined his partner Hailey Baldwin on Sunday as they swung by an exhibit dedicated to his career in Stratford, Ont., and sparked new questions about their marriage status.Organizers at the Stratford Perth Museum wrote on Instagram that Bieber “very graciously introduced Hailey as his wife” during the visit.“Perhaps just a term of endearment?” the museum added in the comments section of the post.It’s the latest morsel Bieber and Baldwin have offered in the ongoing speculation over whether the couple has tied the knot. People Magazine reported in September that they married in a New York courthouse, though Baldwin later denied those claims on Twitter.The couple was engaged in the Bahamas in July.John Kastner, general manager of the Stratford Perth Museum, says the pop singer and the model spent about 45 minutes mingling with fans at the exhibit, which showcases memorabilia from 24-year-old singer’s tours and early years in Stratford.Baldwin signed “I (heart) you forever” on a blackboard reserved for fan messages.It’s not the first time Bieber has visited the museum.Since the Steps to Stardom exhibit opened Feb. 18, Kastner says he’s stopped by numerous times, both alone and with his grandparents.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.center_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2018 1:30 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2018 at 2:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

The power struggle over the norths electricity

first_imgBy Aydin CalikA heated dispute has erupted in northern Cyprus over a new energy agreement with Turkey – just as talks to reunify the island have reached a critical moment.The deal aims to provide the north with cheaper, cleaner electricity via an undersea cable, but critics in the north fear it will increase the Turkish Cypriots’ dependency on Turkey.The Greek Cypriots, too, are angered by the provisional agreement, viewing it as further evidence – following a Turkish water pipeline to the north – that Ankara has no intention of ever letting the north sever its umbilical cord with Turkey.  They filed an official protest with the United Nations earlier this week.The complaint drew attention to the existing grid connection between the north and south, part of the two leaders’ confidence building measures package, and that the two sides have on occasions sold electricity to each other.Yet, the aim of interconnecting the electricity systems between the north and Turkey would appear to be a rational endeavour for the Turkish Cypriots, on the surface at least.‘Finance Minister’ Serdar DenktashIn an interview with Kibris TV, ‘Deputy Prime Minister’ and ‘Finance Minister’ Serdar Denktash said the main aim in signing the ‘Energy Cooperation Agreement’ with Turkey is to secure ‘cheaper, cleaner and constant electricity’.He also stressed it was only a ‘framework agreement’. The details would be worked out later.Signed on 11 October, the agreement also includes mutual cooperation in renewable energy and exploration of oil and natural gas resources.Kalecik power stationThe current unit price of electricity in Turkey is roughly 0.14TL (€0.04). In the north, it is 0.60TL (€0.17) and in the Republic it is (€0.15). There are obvious advantages for the Turkish Cypriots, who rely on inefficient diesel and thermal power generators, to tap into the gigantic Turkish electricity market.‘Economy and Energy Minister’ Sunat Atun, who signed the agreement, said it was essential for the north to be included in the region’s emerging energy picture and be connected to the European grid. “This is a global move. It also means cheaper electricity for us.”Interconnecting grids allows utilities to draw power from more efficient sources. It also allows countries to access cheap bulk energy by getting power from different sources such as hydro, solar and wind. Buying and selling excess production decreases energy costs in the long run.But since the signing of the agreement, politicians and academics have been quick to express reservations.Ayla Gurel, a senior research consultant at the Prio Cyprus Centre (PCC), told the Sunday Mail there should be much more openness, transparency and public participation in the process.“There doesn’t seem to be a coherent plan here, what is the master plan? There isn’t one. We don’t want to be constantly fed things to us by Turkey.”Gurel says Turkey is once again framing the plan as if they are making sacrifices for their Turkish Cypriot ‘brothers’.“We are not going to reach a good deal with this sort of attitude,” she said. “We are left with the impression that Turkey is trying to integrate north Cyprus into Turkey.”Alluding to the water pipeline crisis that erupted early last year, which ended in the collapse of the CTP-UBP coalition government, Gurel said that lessons should be learned from this episode.The coalition collapsed on April 5 because of deep divisions over the distribution and sale rights of the water from Turkey.The 80km-long subsea pipeline was completed in September 2015, piping water from Mersin, Turkey, to a receptor station in Kyrenia. The pipeline, a €500m project, is expected to transfer 75 million cubic metres of water per year to northern Cyprus.The 80km-long subsea water pipeline was completed in September 2015Ankara demanded that the water distribution system in the north be privatised, effectively cutting an important source of revenue for municipalities, to which CTP was strongly opposed.The stalemate delayed the signing of the Turkey-‘TRNC’ financial protocol, starving the Turkish Cypriot administration of much needed loans – de facto donations – which led to a financial crisis. When public servants’ salaries couldn’t be paid, UBP pulled out.Then, there is the question as to whether the interconnector project is even feasible. Two studies, one commissioned by Kib-Tek, the ‘state’-controlled electricity authority in the north, and a more recent one by the ‘Chamber of Electrical Engineers’ said it was.Almost all electricity in the north is produced using fuel oil, which creates high levels of environmental pollution, harbours the risk of oil spillage into the sea – as happened in 2013 at the Kalecik (Gastria) power station – and causes an increase in sea temperatures.The Kib-Tek operated Teknecik power station is due to end its economic life in 2024 and the guarantee of purchase agreement with the privately owned, Aksa-operated Kalecik power station ends in 2024.According to the electrical engineers’ report, the north currently consumes on average 1,200 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. The 700 million kWh generated from the Aksa plant in Kalecik and 500 million kWh from Teknecik amounts to around 840 thousand tons of CO2 emissions per year.The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates one ton of CO2 has a social cost of around $40, bringing the total cost in the north to $33.6 million per year.This colossal damage to the environment is not going unnoticed. President of the Green Action Group Dogan Sahin stresses the need for more investment in renewable energy.“The TRNC has to increase its renewable energy sources in solar, wind and even in wave power,” he told the Sunday Mail.“With a few years’ investment, 50 per cent of north Cyprus’ electricity demand can be met through these sources.”The electricity cable, he fears, would endanger such an opportunity. “If it is going to get rid of the TRNC’s own production capabilities, then I do not support it,” he said.Similarly, Communal Democracy Party president Cemal Ozyigit said that “nobody is opposing agreements with Turkey, but if they sideline our institutions and make us dependent, we don’t want such agreements.”The proponents of the cable say it offers cheaper, cleaner electricity with the opportunity to diversify production. But Hasan Ulas Altiok, an economist at the Eastern Mediterranean university disputes this.“Given the current price of oil, exchange rates and the wholesale electricity price in Turkey, the proposed cable is not feasible,” he told the Sunday Mail.Altiok says decisions should not be made based on a “snapshot” of the current picture and that a serious study must be undertaken.He also said the claim by the electrical engineers’ chamber was misleading because it failed to include the costs of keeping back-up power production on the island for when the cable experiences faults and needs to be maintained. When the cost of keeping current power plants operational is factored in – paying employee wages, maintenance costs – the electricity cable becomes “unfeasible”.Like Ozyigit, Altiok stresses the importance of ensuring the energy independence of the north.“We need to buy natural gas stations and diesel stations and get rid of the thermal power generators. There is no way around it,” Altiok said, adding that with the guarantee of purchase agreement ending in 2024, the money the north pays to Aksa for two years, the Turkish Cypriots could easily buy their own power plant.An added issue is whether a future electricity cable would connect northern Cyprus to the continental European grid via Turkey or just a power station in Turkey.‘Economy and Energy Minister’ Sunat Atun (left) signing the agreement with Berat Albayrak, the Turkish energy ministerWhile Turkey is connected to the European grid and is an observer member of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (Entso-e) it may prove difficult to add the north to the network.Spokesman for the Transmission System Operator in the Republic, George Ashikalis, told the Sunday Mail, “there is a clause in the agreement between Turkey and Entso-e that states it cannot connect to another grid without the approval of other members.” This clause was apparently added at the Republic’s insistence during Turkey’s negotiations to connect to the network.Without a solution to the Cyprus problem, it is highly unlikely that the Greek Cypriots will agree to the north being connected European grid, though it is unclear what steps the Republic could take to prevent this from physically happening.Meanwhile in their protest letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon earlier this week, the Republic denounced the energy agreement between Turkey and north Cyprus.“It constitutes yet another deliberate act of provocation by Turkey aimed at further consolidating its effective political and economic control over the occupied part of Cyprus, deepening the existing division and creating new faits accomplis on the ground,” the letter said.The existing electricity grid connection between the north and south means that if the cable goes ahead, Turkey would in theory be indirectly connected to the south.Factor in the EuroAsia Interconnector project, an agreement made between Greece, Cyprus and Israel to interconnect each other via an undersea power cable, then an opportunity to develop the island as an energy hub appears to be emerging.Oil spill at Kalecik power station in 2013Atun says, with the Turkey-north Cyprus agreement, it would also be possible to share this electricity with countries south of the island. Referring to the Greek Cypriots he called for cooperation, adding “let’s set up a joint transmission office together”.If the two sides do manage to overcome this week’s deadlock in the talks and reach an agreement such suggestions might not sound so far-fetched.This assumes that in the event of a solution, the Greek Cypriots give the go ahead for the project, as it is looking increasingly unlikely that a constituent state alone would be able to make such an agreement without the consent of the federal government.But what is Turkey’s stake in this? “There are people who say Turkey is making all of these investments because it knows there will be a solution,” said Gurel.“Therefore, Turkey is making sure it is attached to the island in all sort of ways, like with the water pipeline and now with the electricity cable.”Since the failure of the Annan plan in 2004, state and private investments from Turkey have increased significantly. So, in the case of a federal solution, Ankara would be locked into the island through the Turkish Cypriot constituent state and gain a foothold in the EU.Whatever the current criticisms and issues, as things stand, the project looks likely to go ahead, according to Atun.“With this cable, electricity will be cheaper, but even if it isn’t, it will come.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more