Michaelle Jean loses bid to hold onto job as Francophonie secretary general

first_imgYEREVAN, Armenia – Without even her home country supporting her, Michaelle Jean failed in her bid for a second term as secretary general of la Francophonie Friday as members chose Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.Three days after his government withdrew its support for Jean, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted the move was not part of a deal to advance Canada’s bid for a United Nations Security Council seat in 2020.“We supported the Rwandan candidate when it was clear that there was a consensus on the part of the African countries, and therefore of la Francophonie,” Trudeau told a news conference as the two-day Francophonie summit closed in the Armenian capital. He praised Jean for her “excellent work” as secretary general.He acknowledged, however, that Canada’s support for Mushikiwabo could prove beneficial at the UN.“We have worked with Africa for a long time, and we continue to work with Africa on many issues, including this request that we have been making for several years for support for the Security Council,” he said. While the Francophonie and UN campaigns coincided, “they are not directly connected,” he added.Mushikiwabo had the backing of France and many African Union countries going into the summit. But in a final attempt to sway the 54 voting members Thursday, Jean warned that rights and democracy shouldn’t take a back seat to partisan ambitions.“Are we ready to accept that international organizations are used for partisan purposes?” Jean asked. “Are we ready to accept that democracy, rights and freedoms are reduced to mere words, that we make them meaningless in the name of realpolitik?”It was a veiled criticism of her only opponent for the job, whose government has been accused of abusing democratic rights and freedom of the press. Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, was elected with nearly 99 per cent of the votes in 2017.Trudeau said he had a “frank and direct” discussion about human rights when he met Kagame at the summit Thursday. He said the countries of la Francophonie have “different levels of democracy and different levels of success in the defence of their citizens’ rights.”Named to the post in 2014, Jean was the first secretary general not to come from Africa since the position was created in 1997.Mushikiwabo hailed the return of an African to the office. She said she does not intend to make major changes to the direction of the organization, but she promised more transparency in Francophonie spending.Jean had been dogged by stories of excessive spending and questionable expenses during her mandate.Mushikiwabo did not name Jean in her acceptance speech, but she said “each bill spent is important” and no expense should be taken lightly.Jean spoke briefly Friday, saying she was happy to have advanced the organization of French-speaking nations on the international stage during her time.After a four-year term marked by controversy, the former governor general was considered a long shot for a second stint, but she refused to withdraw her candidacy even as support dwindled.In an interview with The Canadian Press Friday, Kagame pushed back against Jean’s criticism of his country. He said Jean came across as bitter and angry, considering a consensus had formed backing Mushikiwabo.“I think it was outright wrong,” Kagame said. “To tell people who’ve made a choice that they are wrong — that it should be her and not everyone else — in that way, I think it displays the problem.”For Universite de Montreal researcher Jocelyn Coulon, the tense battle over the secretary general post should serve as a lesson to the organization.“The process of selection and appointment of the secretary general is in crisis, as demonstrated by the psychodrama the organization was plunged into for a week,” said Coulon, who was an adviser to former global affairs minister Stephane Dion.“It must be reformed to make it more transparent, which will give more credibility to the person elected.”last_img read more

Maternal mortality in Eastern Europe Central Asia halved but still high –

12 November 2009The number of women in Eastern Europe and Central Asia dying from complications in childbirth and pregnancy has been slashed by more than half over the last 10 years, participants at a high-level United Nations gathering in Istanbul heard today. Despite cutting maternal mortality rates from 51 per 100,000 live births to 24, a recent UN Population Fund (UNFPA) progress report noted that many women in vulnerable groups remain at risk. In response, decision-makers and government officials from 20 countries attending the UNFPA meeting in Istanbul pledged to step up the fight against needless deaths and suffering resulting from pregnancy and childbirth. “Women who are poor, young, migrants, refugees and those living in remote rural areas do not have sufficient access to much-needed sexual and reproductive health services,” UNFPA Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Thea Fierens told delegates at the opening of the two-day meeting on maternal health and universal access to reproductive health.In a statement of commitment issued late last night, delegates at the meeting recognized that investment in the health and rights of women is “smart” economics and that family planning is one of the most cost-effective investments in reducing the maternal deaths that continue to affect the region. The UNFPA report said that in the last 15 years, the number of induced abortions has dropped from 1,049 per 1,000 live births to 493, and contraceptive use by women has increased, yet the region still has one of the highest abortion rates in the world.The report noted that in many countries in the region, there is limited access to modern contraception and other reproductive health products. In addition, the quality of antenatal coverage and skilled birth assistance varies widely depending on whether women live in rural areas, their level of education, their age or socio-economic status. “Investing in access to voluntary family planning and modern contraception is one of the most cost-effective ways for countries to make progress,” said Ms. Fierens. “Proper access to contraceptives not only saves lives, reduces the number of abortions and promotes equality, it is also a cost-effective investment and sound economics.” read more

More agricultural investment vital to combat hunger in AsiaPacific says UN official

7 July 2010The Asia-Pacific region – home to two-thirds of the world’s one billion malnourished people – must see growth in agricultural investment to tackle the hunger challenge, a senior United Nations official stressed today. The number of hungry people in Asia and the Pacific climbed by more than 60 million in 2009 to 642 million, Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in a video message to an investment forum in Manila, Philippines.“The sheer magnitude of food insecurity is the result of the low priority that has been given to agriculture in economic development policies,” he said, citing the plummeting share of agriculture in official development assistance (ODA) from just under 20 per cent in 1980 to 5 per cent today.Currently, agriculture accounts for 11 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) of Asia-Pacific’s developing countries and more than half of total employment.“In view of the critical dependence of this region’s people on agriculture for their food security, it is encouraging to note that the long-standing neglect of agriculture is finally being reversed,” Mr. Diouf stated in his address to the event, co-hosted by FAO, the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).The commitment made last year in Italy and again recently in Canada by the leaders of the so-called Group of Eight (G8) industrialized countries to boost resources for food security and agriculture is “a step in the right direction, provided that it is implemented effectively and rapidly,” he added.A recent FAO report warned that global food prices could climb by as much as 40 per cent in the coming decade, as the global population continues to surge.The Agriculture Outlook 2010-19 anticipates that wheat and coarse grain prices could jump to levels of between 15 and 40 per cent higher than they were between 1997 and 2006, while vegetable oil and dairy prices are also projected to rise by more than 40 per cent.Spikes in livestock prices are not expected to be as marked, even in the face of rising global demand for meat which is set to outpace demand for other commodities as some segments of the population in emerging economies alter their dietary habits due to increased wealth.“The role of developing countries in international markets is growing quickly, and as their impact grows, their policies also have an increasing bearing on conditions in global markets,” Mr. Diouf said at the report’s launch last month in Rome.As a result, these nations’ role and contribution is global policy is crucial, he stressed, urging a more global scope to discussions on fighting hunger and malnutrition. read more

Manitoba pork farmers scramble to contain virus thats fatal for piglets

by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2017 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Jul 11, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Farmers in Manitoba, Canada’s third-largest pork producing province, are scrambling to contain a mysterious outbreak of a rapidly spreading virus that’s deadly to piglets and threatens to harm their industry.Since May 2, porcine epidemic diarrhea has hit 51 pork operations in the province, housing about 20 per cent of the province’s sows as well as hundreds of thousands of young pigs.“It caught us off-guard,” Andrew Dickson, general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council, said Monday.“We had a total of 10 cases in three years, so that’s what’s throwing us off for a loop … What happened this year that we’ve suddenly got 50?”He said the virus has so far been contained to about a half-hour’s drive radius surrounding Steinbach, southeast of Winnipeg, and farmers are doing what they can — including reviewing biosecurity measures, equipment and clothing — to stop it from spreading.Although it doesn’t pose a threat to human health or food, porcine epidemic diarrhea is almost always fatal for pigs under three weeks of age due to dehydration.Dickson said trucks that ship swine to the U.S. used to have to be cleaned in Manitoba, where he says the process is more thorough than it is south of the border. But that requirement has been lifted, and he believes that may be a possible cause behind the outbreak.“I’m not going to say it’s caused all of them, but it doesn’t help knowing that some of these trailers may be coming back not clean, or been infected,” he said.Dickson said he has called on the federal government to put the requirement back in place and is hopeful it’s listening.Maria Kubacki, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said late Monday that the requirement to clean trucks in the U.S. is meant to prevent the entry of diseases that are in the U.S. but not Canada, and that on-farm biosecurity measures are the best line of defence to prevent the spread of the virus.Kubacki said there are discussions between the federal and Manitoba governments to examine all possible options when it comes to regulations.Megan Bergman, Manitoba’s chief veterinary officer, said that while there haven’t been cases of the virus directly tied to trailers, the province still encourages operators to wash trailers again in Canada because they can’t be sure how well they’ve been cleaned in the U.S.She said it would make sense to require trailers coming back to Canada be washed with the high-temperature water and heat drying used here that helps sanitize them.“It allows us to have that extra layer of security to be able to use these facilities in Canada. So certainly we believe that would be a tool in our toolbox, if we can limit the amount of washing that occurs in the U.S.”Bergman said the province and industry have also set up buffer zones around the affected farms and created a disease management group to share information and co-ordinate efforts.She said the province has also been helping with the mental health issues that come with widespread diseases.“The impact on individual producers and their farms can be very devastating.”According to the CFIA, the first confirmed case of the virus in Canada was in January 2014, in Ontario, just as an outbreak swept through the U.S., killing more than eight million piglets.Since then, the virus has also been reported in Quebec and Prince Edward Island. Manitoba pork farmers scramble to contain virus that’s fatal for piglets Pigs are seen in this file photo from April, 2009. Manitoba pork farmers are scrambling to contain a virus that’s deadly to piglets and is rapidly spreading. Andrew Dickson, general manager of the Manitoba Pork Council, says 51 pork operations are dealing with porcine epidemic diarrhea, up from about 40 a week ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz read more

Badgers backs run wild on OSU

The Wisconsin offensive line “did a great job protecting and showing, obviously, the run and then passing,” said defensive lineman Dexter Larimore. “But the bottom line is that our D-line didn’t give enough pressure and we, as a defense, didn’t collaborate on third down and get off the field.” Despite the defensive struggles, both Tressel and Heyward said that Wisconsin hadn’t done anything outside of the ordinary, nothing that they hadn’t prepared for. “If I had to bet (what they did on offense) wasn’t anything too earth-shattering, just excellent execution,” Tressel said. “This was probably a lot of their base package.” OSU special teams continued to give up valuable points when David Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a Badger touchdown. It sparked a horrendous first half for the Buckeyes. With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, OSU held the Badgers from within the 5-yard line for two downs before giving up a 1-yard touchdown to Clay, putting the Badgers up 21-0. After two field goal attempts, the Buckeyes headed to the locker room down 21-3. The defense improved in the second half as the Buckeyes outscored the Badgers by five points, but their efforts were in vain. “To Wisconsin’s credit, when it got to (21-18), they stepped up and kept that 10-point cushion on us the rest of the second half and they came up with the win,” Tressel said. The state of Wisconsin is known for its cheese, but it was Ohio State’s defense on Saturday that looked like a block of Swiss: full of holes for Badger running back John Clay. The senior racked up 104 yards in Saturday’s game, which Wisconsin won 31-18. In last year’s matchup at Ohio Stadium, Clay had 59 yards on 20 carries against the Buckeyes, but after just one quarter in Camp Randall, he had already racked up 71 yards, including a touchdown to put the Badgers up 14-0 early in the game. “Football is a game of execution,” OSU coach Jim Tressel said. “It’s one thing to talk about football, it’s another thing to draw it up on the board, and the big thing is to execute. They executed.” Senior captain and defensive lineman Cameron Heyward attributed Clay’s success in part to the line’s failure to execute defensively. “They did a pretty good job,” Heyward said. “But we didn’t do a good job of executing as well. But you’ve got to tip your hats off to them, they played their butts off.” After giving up 184 total yards on the ground to the Badgers, Heyward took much of the blame. “We have to learn from our mistakes.” Heyward said. “I didn’t perform as well as I wanted to, I take this loss very personally. If there is ever a finger to be pointed it’s at me. As a leader of this defense I think it starts up front and I don’t think we did a good job at all.” The final nail in the defense’s coffin came after quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeye offense had brought the team within three of the Badgers. Wisconsin had the ball on the OSU 12-yard line and Badgers’ running back James White scored to put Wisconsin up 28-18. read more

Pete Dunne off PROGRESS shows this weekend due to injury

first_img Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+ Pinterest Dwayne Johnson WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Prince Harry’s Big Heart And The Invictus Games Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Facebook LeBron James Can’t Have “Taco Tuesday” Videos Articles WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne has been pulled from this weekend’s PROGRESS shows that are taking place in the United States, tonight in Queens and on Sunday in Boston, due to an injury sustained at the Battle Club Pro indie event on Friday in Brooklyn.Dunne was busted open hardway during his match in the main event of the show and afterwards received 11 staples in the back of his head to close the wound.PROGRESS owner Jim Smallman posted the following video on Saturday confirming that Dunne was not going to be medically cleared to compete due to the injury, but would still appear on both PROGRESS shows.IMPORTANT: Co-owner @jimsmallman with an update on today and tomorrow. We are still going to CRUSH this. pic.twitter.com/SkJdW0gaMW— PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) August 12, 2017Dunne was scheduled to defend the WWE UK Championship on the PROGRESS show tonight against WWE star Gentleman Jack Gallagher. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipDwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of conventionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:20/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 35.20%0:03Remaining Time -1:17 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Julio Jones Becomes NFL’s Highest Paid Wide Receiver WWE announces King of the Ring quarterfinal matches for this Monday on RAW Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Man Paramotors Right By A Cable Carlast_img read more

Local designer showcase Couve Couture returns

first_imgParis, London, Milan, New York … the Couve?Local fans of fashion can rejoice at the revival of Couve Couture, Vancouver’s flashy show that puts a spotlight on Southwest Washington fashion designers. After two years of dormancy, organizers are breathing life into the runway again — this time at the Vancouver Barracks on the Fort Vancouver National Site, and spanning two days instead of one. “It’s a great visual experience. If for anything, just to be in the midst of the runway music, the lights coming down and the fashion coming down the runway,” said event founder and designer in this year’s show, Alisa Tetreault. “It’s a really cool experience.”What’s new?Six designers — including Tetreault and co-founder Brett Allred — will showcase their creations on 28 models twice on April 13, in a new feature adding a matinee show and evening show at the Artillery Barracks, 600 E. Hatheway Road. On the second day, designers and other fashion-oriented artisans will show off their creations at a Fashion Marketplace at the Red Cross Building, 605 Barnes Road, in a new partnership with Night Market Vancouver. “Knowing that we do have limitations, this is the first year that we’re doing a matinee and an evening show, which actually allows us to have 380 attendees per show giving us a total of 760,” said Tetreault, who also owns the small boutique shop called Most Everything Vintage, 815 Washington St.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola happy with Jesus performance

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted being more than happy with Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus’ performances this season.Gabriel has netted one goal during this season as well as featured in several games from the bench, however, City boss believes he couldn’t be happier with his contribution to the team.“He is happy,” said the boss via Man City’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“His performances are very good. His movement, his high pressing is excellent and he works very hard, but he is still young and of course, he has areas he can improve o“We are going to help him in final third and he has desire to improve – we will help him in training with that.”Jesus made his senior debut for Brazil in September 2016. Following 21 caps win and netting seven goals at youth level, which includes reaching the final of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and winning an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics.last_img read more

Kristin Gaspar on her Congressional run and being a woman in politics

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 5:40 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kristin Gaspar FacebookTwittercenter_img March 21, 2018 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 SettingsFormer Mayor of Encinitas and current chair of the San Diego Board of Supervisors Kristin Gaspar joined us on set at Coasterra to speak about a variety of topics.Gaspar shared her opinions on topics like being a woman in politics and winning, her Board of Supervisors position, and her future Congressional run. Kristin Gaspar on her Congressional run and being a woman in politicslast_img read more

3 kids aided locally in child prostitution raids

first_imgWASHINGTON — Declaring child prostitution a “persistent threat” in America, the FBI said Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities.More than a dozen state, local and federal agencies in the Vancouver-Portland area searched for individuals profiting from the sexual exploitation of children under Operation Cross Country last week.The FBI credits these local agencies for participating in the operation:o Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.o Vancouver Police Department.Authorities, working with the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, conducted the operation Friday and Saturday and recovered three children, including a baby, in the Vancouver-Portland area. Thirteen adults, likely to face prostitution charges, along with four pimps and a suspected fifth were also arrested.Farther north, three children were recovered and nine adults arrested by authorities in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett area through the nationally coordinated operation.Each child was provided with counseling, mental health services, medical assistance, housing and advocacy resources by law enforcement and social service providers, according to a news release from the FBI’s Portland division.The young people in the roundup, almost all of them girls, ranged in age from 13 to 17.The largest numbers of children rescued in the operation were in San Francisco, Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver and New Orleans.The operation was conducted under the FBI’s decade-long Innocence Lost National Initiative. The latest rescues and arrests were the largest such enforcement action to date.last_img read more

Terror Lake hydroelectric project expansion gets the goahead

first_imgKEA proposed diversion. (Courtesy of KEA)The Kodiak Electric Association received a permit to start its Terror Lake Hydroelectric Project expansion, which would increase the lake’s clean energy production.Listen nowPart of the project includes construction through federal land, which requires a lengthy permitting process with some steps KEA called “duplicative.”It had started on a legislative path to try to speed up that process, but KEA President and CEO Darron Scott said an agreement between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached the same goal.“We actually a while back started the process with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and they worked together with FERC to kind of come together on some of the process as well, some of the permitting process, to kinda streamline the time on that, and with all that, we recently got our right of way permit with U.S. Fish and Wildlife,” Scott said.According to legislative documents, FERC and Fish & Wildlife entered a Memorandum of Understanding for FERC to take the lead on that permitting process and avoid duplication.KEA plans to divert two streams in the Upper Hidden Basin into the reservoir through a 1.2-mile tunnel under Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge land.Scott said the expansion would help meet Kodiak’s growing population and energy needs.“This gives Terror Lake about 25 percent more energy than it had before, so this should provide us [with] several years for load growth as we see electrical loads growing in the town, and it’s renewable and keeps us in that renewable, near-100 percent renewable portfolio that we have, which has been incredibly successful for our town,” Scott said.Scott said KEA will put the project out to bid in the fall and line up contracts in the winter. He said construction should start next summer, and they hope to complete the project in two years, but it could easily take three.last_img read more

Is Culbersons Congressional Seat Vulnerable in 2018

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Abner FletcherConstituents speak with Congressman CulbersonSeveral congressmen are now under scrutiny for possible insider trading, including Houston Republican Rep. John Culberson. In 2018, he’s seeking a 10th term serving District 7. Earlier this year, Culberson was one of several elected officials who bought stock in an Australian biotech firm just as the price soared. The company’s stock tanked in June. One congressman is under review and more could be added, but that’s not Culberson’s only headache.His seat, District 7, is also attracting an unusually high level of national interest. It’s one of 23 districts in the country that elected Republicans to Congress in 2016 but also voted for Hillary Clinton.Democrats are already lining up around the block to challenge Culberson. Seven have campaign websites.At the Harris County Democratic Party headquarters, volunteer Neil Aquino made phone calls to District 7 voters about Culberson’s support for the GOP health care bill. Aquino didn’t have a hard time convincing one voter over the phone.“I know he’s terrible, ma’am, I know it,” he said. “We’re going to keep at him and see if we can help him see the light, or maybe get a better congressman next November- November of ’18.”Aquino hopes the health care bill will send voters to the polls, but Harris County Republican Party Chair Paul Simpson said Democrats eyeing the seat are overly optimistic.“The race in Georgia was a perfect example of that, a district very similar to the congressional District 7 here,” he said. “Democrats believed that they could win that election.”A campaign spokeswoman for Culberson said the congressman doesn’t mind the abnormally crowded field and is “more than ready to face Nancy Pelosi’s handpicked liberal nominee.” 00:00 /01:16 Listen Sharelast_img read more

Xbox One finally won a month in sales

first_imgIGN’s Daily Fix breaks down that, hey, Microsoft’s Xbox One finally won a month in sales. Despite trailing far behind Sony’s PS4 in terms of pure sales numbers, the Microsoft’s console is picking up a bit of steam. This could either be because console agnostics who already have a PS4 are now picking up its competitor, or because the Xbox One is getting the occasional system mover, such as the timed year-long exclusive that is the new Tomb Raider.IGN attributes Halo 5‘s launch to the successful Xbox One sales month.The Daily Fix also goes on to discuss Fallout 4’s crazy shipment and sales numbers, which we discussed here, and also broke down FF7’s own Cloud as an addition to Nintendo’s current Smash Bros. lineup. Will the addition be too little too late, or will Cloud’s reemergence on a Nintendo console spark rumors of Final Fantasy’s big-budget return to a Nintendo console? Only time will tell.Check out the above Daily Fix for more.last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | February 06, 2012 VuCOMP Receives FDA Approval for Mammography Computer-Aided Detection System February 6, 2012 — A developer of computer-aided detection (CAD) systems for automatic analysis of medical imagery, VuCOMP, Inc. announced premarket approval (PMA) of M-Vu, a cutting-edge CAD system for film mammography. M-Vu is indicated for use in screening mammography to identify areas consistent with breast cancer for radiologist review after completing an initial read. This is the first new mammography CAD system approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2007. A reader study performed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill proved that physicians were more effective at reading mammograms when using the M-Vu CAD system. Etta Pisano, M.D., primary investigator for the study, said, “Physicians using M-Vu demonstrated a significant increase in their ability to discriminate between cancer and non-cancer. This is an exciting advancement for mammography CAD.” “We are very pleased with the approval of M-Vu for film-screen mammography and are excited to turn our focus toward providing a digital version in the near future,” said Jeff Wehnes, president and CEO, VuCOMP, Inc.For more information: www.vucomp.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

Ocean Park Hong Kong celebrates its 40th Anniversary

first_imgTo mark its 40th Anniversary, Ocean Park has officially launched a year-long celebration that would feature a host of activities and special offers under the theme of ‘Making Memories’. The festivities kicked off with a limited-time offer for Hong Kong residents where local residents were able to purchase admission tickets for just HK$40 from the Park’s official website between January 11 to 22, 2017. Limited to 4,000 locals per day, these special tickets were valid for entry on any chosen day between January 16 to 22, 2017.At the ceremony, the Park unveiled a number of special programmes including a community-care initiative– a collaboration between Ocean Park, Chinachem Group and 18 District Councils and the Park’s first-ever partnership with Modern Education Research Society Ltd (Modern Education Research Society) to create exclusive, conservation-oriented educational materials for local kindergartens. The Park also revealed the results of the popular ‘Making Memories’ Photo Contest, and recognised current and retired long-serving staff.Additionally, Ocean Park has also launched an extensive series of merchandise in collaboration with well-known local and international brands, including Kee Wah Bakery, Chicks, Ten Ren Tea, LeSportsac and Wooderful Life.The Park is also offering classic Hong Kong street food from the 70s with a modern twist, which would be available for a whole year from January 10, 2017. Guests can indulge in contemporary fusion cuisine with the ‘Rediscovering Classics’ 40th Anniversary Set Menu as well as à la carte items at selected Park restaurants. A limited-edition Whiskers & Friends 40th Anniversary Jumbo Goblet with a snack set would also be available at designated food kiosks.The launch ceremony was officiated by C Y Leung, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Gregory So Kam-Leung, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Cathy Chu Man-ling, Commissioner for Tourism; Dr Peter Lam, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board; Payson Cha; Philip Chen and Dr Allan Zeman, the Park’s past Chairmen along with Leo Kung, Chairman of Ocean Park; Lau Ming-wai, Deputy Chairman of Ocean Park; Judy Chen, Chair of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong and Matthias Li, Chief Executive of Ocean Park.Leo Kung, Chairman of Ocean Park, said, “Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s home-grown and premier theme park. We are honoured to have helped create lasting memories for generations of the city’s residents over the past 40 years, as well as welcome over 140 million guests. From humble beginnings with just 12 attractions, the Park has evolved into a world-class theme park. As we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we will not rest on our laurels and are already getting set to unveil the next phase of Ocean Park’s development, including two new hotels and Water World.”“All of our achievements would not have been possible without the entire Ocean Park family, and I would like thank our staff, past and present, for their hard work, dedication and contributions throughout the years, which helped Ocean Park achieve recognition as one of the world’s top 13 theme parks. On this momentous occasion, I would also like to give a special thanks to The Hong Kong Jockey Club for funding the Park’s construction and operation from 1977 to 1987, and helping to bring so much joy to our city,” Kung added.last_img read more

Mid America Hires Underwriting Manager

first_img in Headlines, News, Origination 2018-10-22 Rachel Williams Jeff Bode, Owner and CEO of multi-state lender Mid America Mortgage, Inc., announced the firm has retained Pam Misner as Underwriting Manager. With nearly 30 years’ mortgage expertise, Misner will direct Mid America’s mortgage loan underwriting and collaborating on the expansion of origination and production teams for Mid America’s West Coast branches.“Pam’s background in advising and managing loans with challenging circumstances makes her a vital asset to Mid America Mortgage’s growing teams across the United States,” Bode said. “Pam has already exhibited great ability in increasing productivity, providing faster underwriting turn times and better relations with our production staff and underwriters so I have also tasked her with utilizing our digital mortgage platform Click ’n Close to remove risk and expedite underwriting decisions. ”Prior to joining Mid America, Misner lead Umpqua Bank’s Home Lending Underwriting team, where she helped in streamlining quality control and compliance processes to achieve record loan decisioning turn time while maintaining compliance with industry standards. Misner also previously served as VP and regional underwriting manager for HomeStreet Bank, where she built the firm’s Southwest Washington underwriting fulfillment team and managed the pipeline movement of nine fulfillment centers to increase productivity. In addition, Misner helped managed exceptions for conforming agency, jumbo underwriting policy and portfolio lending to ensure appropriate credit risk and balance for HomeStreet Bank.“I am excited to join such a progressive company and look forward to continuing the legacy of my predecessor, David Tracy, whom has moved on to Product Manager. Mid America represents the new face of private investment in the mortgage industry–on-the-ground players with the demonstrated ability to look beyond the surface to discern a loan’s fundamental soundness,” said Misner. “A key contributor to Mid America’s success in this area is the confidence it places on the internal systems and governance that generate its own high-quality retail loan production, and I look forward to maintaining Mid America’s standards of origination excellence.”Mid America is based in Addison, Texas. October 22, 2018 463 Views center_img Mid America Hires Underwriting Manager Sharelast_img read more

Government generates €255m surplus in January

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