Liberals pass Canada Post back to work bill

first_imgLegislation ordering postal workers back to work was passed in the House of Commons during a special session that dragged on into the wee hours of Saturday morning.Bill C-89 passed third reading by a vote of 166 to 43.The Senate is now set to sit Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday, to deal with the bill, which would go into effect at noon eastern time on the day following royal assent.The legislative push came as Ottawa, as well as smaller towns in Ontario, B.C., and Quebec became the latest targets of rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Despite the rush to pass the legislation, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu encouraged Canada Post and CUPW to remain at the bargaining table.“They can still pull a deal off,” she said.That said, Hajdu added: “Obviously, we would prefer that the parties are able to negotiate an agreement together, but the time has come that we need to be prepared to take action if they cannot.”Hajdu referred to mail delivery as an “essential service” and said small businesses that rely on the postal service to deliver their goods over the busy Christmas season could go bankrupt if the situation isn’t remedied quickly.“And when I say small, I mean really small. I mean people that, you know, sell marmalade or handmade goods, that this is the most profitable time of their year and if they are unable to make their earnings this time of year, they very well might be facing the end of their business.”Labour leaders and New Democrat MPs slammed the government for undermining the collective-bargaining process. The government has removed all incentive for Canada Post to reach a negotiated settlement now that the agency knows workers will be ordered back to work by early next week, they charged.“The right to strike is an integral part of the collective bargaining process,” said Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff. “Without it, an employer has no incentive to bargain in good faith, and workers have no recourse to demand a fair process.”Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas wouldn’t come without a back-to-work bill, added CUPW president Mike Palecek.“The mail was moving, and people know it,” he said. “People have been getting their mail and online orders delivered. That was the point of our rotating-strike tactics, not to pick a fight with the public.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh accused the Liberals of hypocrisy, professing to believe in the right to collective bargaining while bringing in what he called the “worst, most draconian” back-to-work legislation.“They’ve shown their true face … that this government is not a friend of working people,” Singh said.New Democrat MPs voted against the motion to speed up debate on the back-to-work legislation, with many making an elaborate show of walking out of the Commons after voting, raising their fists in salute to postal workers watching from the public gallery. The votes of those who walked out were not counted.Six New Democrats remained in the chamber – representative of the small number the party maintained would get a chance to speak during the subsequent expedited debate on the bill.CUPW maintains the bill is unconstitutional and is threatening to challenge it in court.The union won a court challenge against back-to-work legislation imposed on postal workers in 2011 by the previous Conservative government. The court ruled in 2016 that by removing workers’ right to strike, the bill violated their right to freedom of association and expression.Hajdu argued that her bill is “dramatically different” from the “heavy-handed” approach taken by the Harper government and takes into account the concerns of both the union and Canada Post.But two independent senators, Frances Lankin and Diane Griffin, wrote Hajdu to express their concern that the bill may not be constitutional. The pair said Hajdu had promised to issue a government analysis detailing how the bill does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but it still had not materialized by Friday evening.CUPW members have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots, though Canada Post and the union dispute how big the pileup is.Canada Post says it could take weeks – even stretching into 2019 – to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.CUPW’s 50,000 members, in two groups, are demanding better pay for rural and suburban carriers, more job security and minimum guaranteed hours.Waseem is a letter carrier for #CanadaPost. He tells us why these striking postal workers are in MP Morneau’s Toronto constituency office. #CDNpoli @CityNews @680NEWS— Tony Fera (@tonyfera1) November 23, 2018last_img read more

Moroccan Sahara Among Worlds Top 10 Arid Destinations Telegraph

Rabat – The Moroccan Sahara has been ranked among the world’s top 10 arid destinations for desert holidays and tours, according to the British daily newspaper the Telegraph. AT 9.4 million square kilometers, the Sahara is the largest desert on the planet. It covers larges sections of Morocco, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.According to the Telegraph, the Moroccan section of the Sahara, which can have dunes up to 600ft (183m), is the most accessible in the current political climate. Tourists visiting the Moroccan Sahara can climb dunes, quad biking, camel trekking, sand boarding and stay in Bedouin camps.The Moroccan Sahara topped the Telegraph Top 10 arid destinations list.It was followed by the Kalahari Desert (Botswana), the Empty Quarter (United Arab Emirates), Atacama Desert (Chile), Gobi Desert (Mongolia), Great Sandy Desert (Australia), Bardenas Reales Natural Park (Spain), Mojave Desert (USA), Sonoran Desert (USA) and Antarctica.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Trump backs Fla plan to import lowercost meds from abroad

WASHINGTON — In a move sure to get attention in a 2020 battleground state, President Donald Trump indicated Thursday that his administration may approve a Florida plan to import lower-cost prescription drugs from abroad for use by residents.It’s the latest flashpoint in a confrontation between the Trump administration and the pharmaceutical industry, which for years successfully has fought off importation proposals. Drugs in other economically advanced countries are often much cheaper because governments set prices.Speaking at a White House event where he pledged to end “surprise medical bills” for patients with health insurance coverage, Trump segued to the subject of prescription drug costs.“We may allow states to buy drugs in other countries if we can buy them for a lesser price, substantially less price, and that is going to be very unique,” he declared. “But we will allow them to go to other countries because the drug companies have treated us very, very unfairly, and the rules and restrictions within our country have been absolutely atrocious.”He added that with “certain permissions” states will be able to import prescription drugs from abroad “if they can buy them for 40%, 50%, 60% less.”Trump’s comments were an obvious reference to an importation plan recently passed by the Florida legislature and expected to be signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally who made it one of his priorities.DeSantis told reporters in Florida on Thursday that he had talked with Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar this week about the plan and that the president told Azar, “You work with this governor to get it done.”Florida’s program would have to be approved by Azar’s department before it could be implemented.Under the plan, Floridians could eventually gain access to cheaper Canadian prescription drugs. Supporters say imported drugs would have to meet federal Food and Drug Administration standards and that 80 per cent of drug ingredients used in the U.S. are foreign-made now.The bill overcame stiff opposition from major pharmaceutical companies and medical organizations who claimed importing drugs would lead to risks of counterfeit or ineffective substances and would be difficult for the U.S. or Florida to regulate.Some experts have been skeptical of allowing imports from Canada, partly from concerns about whether Canadian drugmakers have the capacity to supply the much larger U.S. market. But consumer groups have strongly backed the idea, arguing that it will pressure drugmakers to reduce their prices here, where government traditionally has not set such limits.AARP pushed hard for the Florida plan, saying it’s possible to safely import lower-priced, equally effective drugs and that would promote worldwide price competition.The drug industry lobby, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said the Florida plan will put state residents at risk, potentially allowing counterfeit or adulterated medications. “These proposals cannot guarantee that patients wouldn’t be put in harm’s way nor is there evidence they will save patients money,” the group said in a statement.___Anderson reported from Miami.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Curt Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Top UN envoy calls for speedy return to constitutional rule in Mauritania

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Said Djinnit, met with General Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, the new head of the High State Council.During those talks, the envoy voiced regret that the 6 August coup had taken place and stressed the international community has unanimously condemned the move.Mr. Djinnit urged authorities to respect international obligations, such as those on human rights, and appealed to the General to release President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who remains under arrest, as well as other detained persons, who have since been released.While in Mauritania, Mr. Djinnit held consultations with members of the Government, various political parties and representatives of civil society and labour unions. He also met with visiting officials of the African Union and the League of Arab States.In a statement issued on 6 August, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the recently toppled Government was democratically elected last June, and “called for respect for the rule of law and for the immediate restoration of constitutional order in the country.” 12 August 2008The top United Nations envoy to West Africa has called for an immediate return to constitutional rule in Mauritania after wrapping up a three-day visit to the country, where military leaders last week overthrew the Government. read more

Financial market highlights on Monday SPTSX 1531602 down 354 points

Highlights at the close Monday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,316.02, down 3.54 pointsDow — 21,409.55, up 14.79 pointsS&P 500– 2,439.07, up 0.77 of a pointNasdaq — 6,247.15, down 18.10 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 75.54 cents US, up 0.17 of a centPound — C$1.6848, down 0.36 of a centEuro — C$1.4819, down 0.34 of a centEuro — US$1.1194, down 0.07 of a centOil futures:US$43.38, up 37 cents(August contract)Gold futures:US$1,246.40 per oz., down $10.00(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.808 per oz., down 28.7 cents$733.28 per kg., down $9.22

Increased commercial jet deliveries helps Boeing 1Q profit retirement plan brings writeoff

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Increased commercial jet deliveries helps Boeing 1Q profit; retirement plan brings write-off Boeing’s increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders.In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company’s assembly lines — more jets than the same period last year. That increased rate contributed to a $965 million profit for Chicago-based Boeing Co. post in the first quarter.The net income was actually down 12.7 per cent from last year’s $1.1 billion first quarter profit, but that is because Boeing took a $330 million accounting write-off related to changes in its retirement plans. The company also noted that its 2013 earnings were inflated by a one-time research and development tax credit.Net income per share dropped to $1.28 per share from $1.44 during last year’s first quarter. But adjusted to exclude the write-off, earnings were $1.76 per share, beating the estimate of $1.56 per share from Wall Street analysts surveyed by FactSet. Shares rose $2.38, or 1.9 per cent, to $129.93 in midday trading.The company reported $20.47 billion in revenue, more than the $20.15 billion expected by Wall Street. That’s up 8 per cent from the $18.9 billion in revenue during the same period last year.Revenue at Boeing’s commercial plane unit rose 19 per cent. The business grew thanks to increased production rates on its 737 manufacturing lines. In April, the 737 program reached a production rate of 42 per month. Boeing hopes to increase that to 47 airplanes a month in 2017 to help feed a worldwide demand for the narrow-body jet.The company’s much delayed 787 Dreamliner also showed progress, reaching a production rate of 10 per month — although only 18 were delivered during the first quarter. Still, that’s a major improvement over last year, when only one Dreamliner was delivered due to a worldwide grounding of the fleet over concerns about its lithium-ion batteries catching on fire.Boeing has backlog of 5,100 airplanes on order with a combined book value of $374 billion.On the defence side, revenue fell 6 per cent and Boeing lowered its full year revenue guidance for military aircraft to $14.2 billion, down from $15 billion. Its global support and services revenue is expected to climb, however, from $7.8 billion to $8.6 billion. Both changes reflect a realignment within the defence unit.Boeing also repurchased 19.4 million shares for $2.5 billion during the first quarter.__Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at by Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2014 6:31 am MDT A worker walks past a nearly completed Boeing 737 airplane May 30, 2013 in Renton, Wash. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ted S. Warren read more

The Walking Dead Saints Sinners is the First VR Game Set in

first_img All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF Stay on target The Walking Dead franchise has expanded beyond the comic books that spawned it and become one of the biggest franchises out there. We’ve seen a number of video games based on the zombie infested series over the years, but an upcoming title promises something new. Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Skydance Interactive unveiled The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. What makes this title stand out is that it is a Virtual Reality game. Players will get to experience the popular post-zombie apocalyptic world like never before.The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is set in the flooded ruins of New Orleans. Players must not only contend with the undead, but with survivors who may or may not be friendly. Today’s press releases says players can “choose the path of a saint, or that of a sinner.” I’m not entirely sure what this means but perhaps there is some sort of player choice. This would make sense given how The Walking Dead is all about characters making wise or unwise choices.If you’re attending San Diego Comic Con, Skydance Interactive and Skybound Entertainment will show off some teaser art for The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. The art will also be showcased in a “come-to-life setting” at the Harbor House Restaurant from July 18 to 21. Those at home can check out Skybound’s The Walking Dead live stream over on Twitch on Thursday, July 19th at 12 pm Pacific and on Saturday, July 21 at 4 pm PT.To be honest, I’m surprised it has taken this long for someone to make a VR The Walking Dead game. The franchise seems like a natural fit for a virtual reality experience. The prospect of being able to make choices that affect the game world also sounds extremely appealing.Make sure to check out the game’s official site as well as its Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can follow Skydance Interactive on Facebook and Twitter as well.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Video WWE posts rare match between The Undertaker and Triple H from

first_img WWE has posted a rare video clip (above) featuring The Undertaker vs. Triple H from a live event in Kuwait City, Kuwait back in 1996 as part of the Kuwait Cup tournament.Undertaker and Triple H took part in a match in the semi-finals. The full match is being advertised as part of the “Hidden Gems” section of the WWE Network.The tournament, which was later won by Ahmed Johnson, also featured: Aldo Montoya (Justin Credible), Bob Backlund, Bret Hart, Bushwhacker Butch, Duke Droese, Isaac Yankem DDS (Kane), Leif Cassidy (Al Snow), Marty Jannetty, Owen Hart, Savio Vega, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The British Bulldog and Yokozuna.In preparation for Undertaker and Triple H facing each other for the final time at the Super Show-Down event in Australia on October 6, WWE has also uploaded interviews with WWE stars and personalities talking about the upcoming match. Thanks to for help with this report. Twitter Super Show-Down: John Cena’s new look, Triple H on MCG, IIconics react to family video WhatsApp Interviews following Super Show-Down on Saturday, Promo for WWE Evolution on October 28 Pinterest Google+ Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 10/6 Super Show-Down Highlights: Undertaker vs. Triple H, Bryan vs. Miz, The Shield in actionlast_img read more

Parents taxpayers have 6 days to tell officials what you want out

first_imgWhat do you want your children to get out of Washington State’s public schools? What barriers are standing between kids and their goals? What should state education officials focus on?Your answers to these and other questions on an online survey can influence the state’s educational priorities for the next three years. The Washington State Board of Education, a 16-member board that designs policies around graduation requirements, school accountability and other K-12 issues, is using the nine-question survey to solicit public feedback for its 2019-2022 strategic plan.If this request sounds familiar, that’s because just a few months ago, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal, who leads the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), put out a call to the public asking for feedback on legislative priorities.There’s a lot of crossover between the board and OSPI. Reykdal himself sits on the board. Both agencies worked together to create a framework to gauge how well schools are doing — think the Every Student Succeeds Act, but on a state level.last_img read more

Punjab womens panel wants action against Honey Singh for

first_imgChandigarh: The Punjab State Women Commission has sought action against rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh for allegedly using vulgar lyrics against women in a recent song. Taking suo motu cognizance, chairperson of the women panel Manisha Gulati has written to the state home secretary, Punjab Director General of Police and Inspector General of Police (Crime), recommending appropriate action against the singer. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “We have asked the police to register an FIR against the singer for using vulgar lyrics against women in his song ”Makhna”,” Gulati said. The women panel has asked the police to submit a status report in the matter by July 12, she said. Gulati said the song with the objectionable lyrics against women should be banned in the state.last_img read more

Provide quality food to students MPP orders MEO in Karimnagar

first_imgSaidapur (Karimnagar): Mandal Praja Parishad (MPP) president Sarabudla Prabhakar Reddy ordered the officials of education department to take measures for providing quality food for the students of Model School as part of mid-day meals scheme. He made a surprise visit and inspected Saidapur Model School on Wednesday and checked the records and attendance register. Later he interacted with the students and enquired about the education provided to them and the food during mid-day meals programme. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The MPP also inspected the hostel and facilities provided to the girl students staying in the hostel.The students told the MPP that snakes and scorpions are coming into the hostel due to lack of compound wall and they have problems with insufficient toilets in the hostel.After having lunch with the students, MPP S Prabhakar Reddy expressed ire on the officials for not maintaining quality in the food provided to the students. He immediately called on Mandal Education Officer Narasimha Reddy and spoke to him about the issue and gave him strict orders to provide quality food for students. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us MEO Narasimha Reddy, who rushed to the school, explained to the MPP about the arrangements that are being made to provide mid-day meals to the students and assured the MPP that he would take appropriate measures to provide quality food. The MPP ordered the school staff to provide high standard education to the students along with imparting general knowledge to them.Sarpanch Paidimalla Susheela, Thirupathi, Lakshmannapally,Ramulu, Vennampalli, Budla Raju Reddy were present along with others.last_img read more

A type of semitransparent polymer that can be mended at room temperature

first_imgCredit: Yu Yanagisawa A small team of researchers at the University of Tokyo has created a polymer that can be repaired when broken into two parts by applying a small amount of pressure at room temperature. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes how they came upon the polymer, how it was made, and how well it can be repaired. Materials may lead to self-healing smartphones This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Journal information: Science The researchers report that to test the material, they cut a small tile into to two pieces, then pressed the two pieces together into the original configuration using just a small force at room temperature. After 30 seconds, they further report, the healed tile could support a 300-gram weight. They note that pressing the material for longer amounts of times allows for even stronger bonds to form—eventually, after a couple of hours, the material reaches the same degree of bonding as it had prior to being cut or broken.More work will have to be done with the material before it can be used in a smartphone screen, however, such as making it more transparent. More information: Yu Yanagisawa et al. Mechanically robust, readily repairable polymers via tailored noncovalent cross-linking, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7588AbstractExpanding the range of healable materials is an important challenge for sustainable societies. Noncrystalline, high molecular weight polymers generally form mechanically robust materials, which, however, are difficult to repair once they are fractured. This is because their polymer chains are heavily entangled and diffuse too sluggishly to unite fractured surfaces within reasonable timescales. Here, we report that low molecular weight polymers, when cross-linked by dense hydrogen bonds, give mechanically robust yet readily repairable materials, despite their extremely slow diffusion dynamics. A key was to utilize thiourea, which anomalously forms a zigzag hydrogen-bonded array that does not induce unfavorable crystallization. Another key was to incorporate a structural element for activating the exchange of hydrogen-bonded pairs, which enables the fractured portions to rejoin readily upon compression. Engineers around the world have been working hard to find a type of glass or plastic that can be healed easily when broken to address the problem of broken screens on phones and other portable devices. While some progress has been made, there still exists a need for something better. In this new effort, the researchers report on a new type of plastic that can be healed by simply pressing the broken pieces back together.As the researchers describe it, a team member was investigating glue properties with polymers when they discovered that one of the polymers under study could mend itself just by pushing the pieces together. Intrigued, the group looked closer. They found that the hydrogen bonds in the polymer formed in a way that did not crystallize, allowing the molecular chains to move freely. This allowed the bonds to re-form easily under just a small amount of pressure. After working with several configurations, the team settled on a polymer called polyether-thioureas (TUEG3)—it offered the best healing properties of those tested. Citation: A type of semi-transparent polymer that can be mended at room temperature using small pressure (2017, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

The Oldest Cheese in Recorded History Found in an Egyptian Tomb

first_imgNo one is saying, “Bon appetit,” but it’s a discovery that is newsworthy, to say the least. The oldest solid cheese known to humanity was discovered in an ancient Egyptian tomb. Several years ago, scientists identified a “solidified whitish mass” in a collection of jars in the tomb of Ptahmes, the mayor of the ancient city of Memphis in the 13th century B.C.Cheese had never before been found in Ancient Egypt. Tests recently confirmed that it was cheese, made from a mixture of cow milk and either sheep or goat milk.Photo by University of Catania and Cairo UniversityThis ancient cheese would have had a “really, really acidy bite,” cheese historian and chemistry professor Paul Kindstedt told the New York Times.It was amazing to the researchers that the cheese lasted so long.“The interactions for thousands of years with the strong alkaline environment of the incorporating soil rich in sodium carbonate and the desert conditions did not prevent the identification of specific peptide markers which showed high stability under these stressing conditions,” said study author Viale A. Doria of the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Catania, Italy.Rumi cheese (Egyptian Arabic: جبنه رومى‎ gebna rūmi [ˈɡebnæ ˈɾuːmi], also known as gebna torki [ˈtoɾki] in Alexandria) is one of the main types of cheese in Egypt. Photo by Tour d’Afrique CC BY 2.0The cheese might have posed a danger in the ancient world, interestingly.“Other peptides in the food sample suggest it was contaminated with Brucella melitensis, a bacterium that causes brucellosis,” the researchers said. “This potentially deadly disease spreads from animals to people, typically from eating unpasteurized dairy product.”Brucella melitensis colonies growing on agar.Brucellosis comes from consuming unpasteurized dairy products and it is still a problem today. Symptoms are fever, sweating and muscle aches.Chemist Enrico Greco says he did not sniff the cheese but given its degraded state it is unlikely to have an odor, pleasant or not, according to Live Science.The burial site, at the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo, was dug up in 1885. But, after being lost, it was rediscovered in 2010.The oldest standing step pyramid in Egypt,designed by Imhotep for King Djoser, located in Saqqara, an ancient burial ground at 20 miles south of modern-day Cairo.Many discoveries have been made in the last year in ancient Egypt, including the fact that embalming took place much earlier than researchers realized.A prehistoric mummy found near the banks of the Nile holds the key to understanding the “recipe.” The mummy is dated to about 5,600 years ago, but the ingredients used to preserve it were also employed much more recently in the history of Egypt.The continuity in the mummification recipe means that it must have been invented in the distant past.The ancients mixed plant oil, heated resin from conifers, a plant gum or sugar, and an aromatic plant extract into a sticky paste that was then spread on the fabric wrappings. It seems that antibacterial properties seeped through the textiles to prevent decay.University of York archaeologist Stephen Buckley said to the BBC, “Until now, we’ve not had a prehistoric mummy that has actually demonstrated — so perfectly through the chemistry — the origins of what would become the iconic mummification that we know all about.”Most recently, archaeologists found dozens of mummified cats.An Egyptian archaeologist cleans mummified cats during the demonstration of a new discovery made by an Egyptian archaeological mission through excavation work at an area located on the stony edge of King Userkaf pyramid complex in Saqqara Necropolis, south of the capital Cairo, on November 10, 2018. Photo credit KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty ImagesAn Egyptian archaeological mission recently discovered the cat mummies in seven ancient tombs that are believed to be 6,000 years old, at a site in a pyramid complex in Saqqara, south of Cairo.Antiquities minister Khaled el-Enany said the team also discovered a rare collection of mummified scarab beetles.Three of the tombs were devoted to the cats, which held a special place in ancient Egypt and were mummified as religious offerings.Besides the cat mummies, the scientists found 100 wooden and gilded statues of cats and one in bronze dedicated to the cat goddess Bastet.Read another story from us: The Oldest Weapons Ever Used by Humans in North America Found in TexasCats were respected for their ability to kill poisonous snakes and were believed to have protected the pharaohs since the time of at least the First Dynasty.last_img read more

read more

first_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 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… 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 more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | 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 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more April 29, 2010 – Merge Healthcare announced today it completed the acquisition of Amicas Inc., in which Merge purchased all of the outstanding shares of Amicas common stock for $6.05 per share. To finance the transaction, Merge placed $200 million senior secured notes due 2015, and completed a private placement of preferred and common stock of $41.75 million. The combined customer base of the two companies accounts for approximately 1,500 hospital and 2,200 outpatient sites in the United States. With the merger, the health care information technology (IT) conglomerate now has distribution agreements in more than 35 countries. For outpatient imaging businesses, the newly combined company will offer solutions for revenue cycle management, radiology information systems (RIS), referring physician connectivity solutions, picture archive and communication systems (PACS), and computer-aided detection (CAD) solutions. For hospitals, Merge will offer interoperability and healthcare IT solutions, as well departmental solutions for cardiology, radiology, and perioperative departments. In conjunction with the completion of the transaction, the stock of Amicas has ceased trading on the NASDAQ stock market. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | April 28, 2010 Merge Finalizes $200 Million Acquisition of Amicas News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read morelast_img read more

Group criticizes US screening of asylum seekers from Honduras

first_imgAmong the deportees Long interviewed in Honduras, soon after they were flown from Texas in U.S. immigration custody, were a man who had been shot and nearly killed by strangers in an apparent gang initiation rite, and a woman who had seen her mother murdered during a gang shootout outside a carwash and cafe.“I was selling candy and nuts at a shop, and I saw some men with guns. They started shooting at me for no reason. Only God saved my life,” recounted the man, identified only as “Marlon,” who was reached by cellphone this week in the city of San Pedro Sula. After six months in a hospital, he said, he went into hiding, then decided to flee the country after his brother -in-law, a tortilla seller, was shot dead for refusing to pay a monthly gang “war tax.”According to Human Rights Watch, “Marlon” was caught and detained twice at the U.S. border this year. He said he tried to tell officials what had happened to his family but was deported anyway. “The men told me, ‘I’m sorry, but we can’t do anything for you,’ ” the man recalled. He said he is now in hiding with various relatives. A security contractor hired by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Mesa, Arizona, prepares to handcuff Honduran immigration detainees before their deportation flight bound for San Pedro Sula, Honduras. ICE operates 4-5 flights per week from Mesa to Central America, deporting hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained in western states of the U.S. John Moore/Getty Images/AFPIn the second case, a young woman identified as “Alicia” said she went to meet her mother at a clothing shop when some armed “criminals” appeared, apparently looking for someone else. “They killed my mother right in front of me,” she said in a video that is part of the report. “I have been fleeing ever since because I know they are looking for me.”Soon after the murder, “Alicia” fled to the U.S. border. She said she told officials there about it but did not have any proof of the crime with her. She was deported in August. Last month, Long obtained her mother’s death certificate, a photo of her bloody corpse and local news articles about the shooting.Adults who try to enter the United States illegally are not given the same rights as children who arrive alone, who are given shelter and allowed to remain in the custody of relatives while awaiting immigration hearings. Most adults are kept in custody and processed for deportation unless they can make a convincing case that they would face harm or persecution if sent back.Critics of lenient immigration policy note that illegal immigrants frequently concoct false stories to gain admittance to the United States and assert that the vast majority should be deported. They say that both the explosion of gang violence in Central America and the surge of unaccompanied children welcomed at the border have given adult migrants extra impetus to make up tales of suffering and threats.But some experts on Central America say the plague of criminal violence has become so widespread, particularly in Honduras, that few communities are safe. Pro-immigrant groups complain that the Obama administration, under pressure from conservatives, has hiked its deportation figures by speeding up removals of adults who arrive at borders illegally or commit other crimes. A security contractor frisks a female immigration detainee from Honduras ahead of a deportation flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP© 2014, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico has key role in confronting surge of Central American migrants Central American child migrant crisis ‘one of the greatest tragedies,’ says Costa Rica’s Solís US nation-building efforts should be in Central America, not Iraq and Afghanistan Nearly three quarters of US citizens think their country should shelter (not rush to deport) unaccompanied minorscenter_img WASHINGTON, D. C. – Adults who flee gang violence in Honduras and reach the U.S. border illegally are being swiftly screened and deported back to dangerous conditions without adequate opportunity to explain why they fear being sent home, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch charged in areport released early Thursday.The report, based on interviews with Honduran migrants who were recently deported or are still in U.S. custody, called the system for assessing such asylum claims at the border “seriously flawed.”Read the report here. “In its frenzy to stem the tide of migrants from Central America, the U.S. is sending asylum seekers back to the threat of murder, rape and other violence,” said Clara Long, a researcher who authored the report. Long visited Honduras several times this fall and spoke with 25 people who had just been deported, as well as 10 who were still in U.S. immigration custody. A refrigerated unit at a morgue in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, contains five bodies, all the result of killings that took place before lunchtime on June 3, 2014. Photo by Sean Sutton/Panos Pictures for The Washington PostBeyond anecdotal reports, Human Rights Watch said it had obtained U.S. government records that showed that, during 2011 and 2012, “the vast majority of Hondurans, at least 80 percent,” were put on a fast track for deportation from the border, and less than 2 percent were allowed to speak to an asylum officer about their fears of returning home.The group said the 2 percent figure for Hondurans granted “fear interviews” was among the lowest for all nationalities. For illegal immigrants who arrived from China during the same period, 66 percent were given asylum interviews on arrival; the numbers for Nepal and Bangladesh were even higher. The worldwide average was 21 percent.Experts familiar with immigration procedures said migrants detained at the border are asked a series of questions about their motives for fleeing and personal circumstances.If they express fears of returning home, they may be referred to an asylum officer, who asks more detailed questions and decides whether they should be allowed to stay and apply for permanent protection. Spanish-language interpreters are available during those so-called “credible fear” interviews.Human Rights Watch acknowledged that people have “mixed motives” for fleeing Central America, including poverty and the hope of being reunited with relatives in the United States. But the report also said that many, especially Hondurans, were “acutely” afraid of gang violence and threats and that some of their stories, “if true, should qualify them for asylum.” A man lies dead June 4, 2014 in Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa, after gunmen drove up and opened fire while he was reading a newspaper with his car door open. The man was shot 13 times at close range outside his workplace. The reason for the killing was unknown, but many businessmen have been slain for failing to pay fees extorted by the gangs. Photo by Sean Sutton/Panos Pictures for The Washington PostThe report said that all the deportees interviewed expressed fear of being returned, but that less than half had been referred to an asylum officer and almost all had been “summarily deported” under new or previous legal orders.Honduras has one of the world’s highest per capita murder rates, and it has become notorious as a hub of armed gangs that fight over drug trafficking, extort civilians for money and take violent reprisal if they fail to pay, and force their own members to commit violent assaults or be killed themselves.last_img read more

Outburst after town bans performance of gay play

first_imgState theatre organisation Thoc said on Wednesday it may take legal action against Sotira local authority for banning a performance of the play, Cock, because residents objected to its perceived gay content.Cock by Mike Bartlett tells the story of a man who after breaking up with his boyfriend falls in love with a woman and the efforts of his ex to win him back.It was scheduled to be staged at the Sotira municipal theatre for one show, but the town’s local government announced on Tuesday after an extraordinary meeting that they unanimously agreed that the show was to be cancelled “to preserve order and normality within the municipality and to avoid any unpleasant incidents”.Mayor of Sotira, Giorgos Takkas, seemed embarrassed on Wednesday as he awkwardly tried to explain the council’s decision.He said that even though he felt that reaction against the play were over the top, he did not want to risk strife within the local community.A publicity poster with the two male co-stars of the play kissing seemed to be the immediate cause for the town’s objections.“I spoke to several people, what bothered them was the poster,” Takkas told Sigma TV.He said that people who opposed the play had warned the municipality they would cause trouble.“We didn’t want to create strife within the municipality. Caution was necessary. As a mayor, I wouldn’t want to see people fighting each other over such an issue.”Takkas said he had made attempts to alleviate concerns. “Unfortunately, no side would budge, so, to avert scuffles, we decided that the show would not be staged.”Thoc on Wednesday said that although it believed the show must be staged as part of its mandate to reach audiences in all districts, the municipal council decision had forced it to pull the performance. But it said that “it reserved the right to exercise any legitimate right resulting from the decision of the municipal authorities of Sotira, to protect its prestige and function”.Thoc said it had scheduled staging the play in Sotira, in cooperation with the municipality, believing they were offering a “high-level artistic production that sensitively and humorously touches issues that concern society, such as those of companionship, self-determination, freedom of choice and acceptance of diversity”.Reactions to the play are possibly due to misinformation on the content of the show which has been staged successfully in Nicosia and Limassol without having raised any protests, it said.Following the rejection by Sotira, mayor of neighbouring Deryneia, Andros Karayiannis, offered to host the play instead.Artistic director of Thoc, Savvas Kyriakides, said that they would seriously look into the possibility of staging the play in Deryneia if an official proposal is made to them.Kyriakides stressed that Cock is not about homosexuality.“It begins with a gay couple but it is about co-existence, self-determination, acceptance of the other person,” Kyriakides told the Cyprus Mail.He added that the show has been staged in Nicosia and Limassol over the past two months without a single problem, as it “approaches the issues it deals with great sensitivity, and not aiming to provoke”. It is also one of Thoc’s most successful plays, he said, playing to near capacity audiences.Sotira’s decision has also stirred strong reactions in the wider community, including Accept LGBT-Cyprus.“It reminds us of periods of Nazism and reveals efforts to limit public awareness,” the head of Accept, Costas Gavrielides said.Education Minister Costas Kadis also expressed his disappointment. “Such approaches are not justified in an open, tolerant and democratic society,” Kadis tweeted.Cock is to be staged in Larnaca later in the week and will return to Nicosia next week until January 13. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Webber honors regional youth soccer champions

first_img18Oct Rep. Webber honors regional youth soccer champions Categories: Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber today welcomed the Nationals Union 02 Girls Black soccer team to the Capitol. The team, coached by Jeremy Harkins, won the U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championship this summer.Rep. Webber and Gov. Rick Snyder honored them with a tribute from the Michigan House of Representatives.“I’m very excited to host this remarkable group of young athletes today,” Rep. Webber said. “The Nationals Union 02 Black team has had an outstanding season under the leadership of Coach Harkins. I’m certain this team will continue to work hard and achieve great things.”All National Union 02 Black soccer team players reside in the southeast region of Michigan, including the Greater Rochester Area. The U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship series is a prestigious national youth soccer tournament, providing approximately 185,000 players on over 10,000 teams the opportunity to showcase their athletic skills.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Michael Webber today welcomed the Nationals Union 02 Girls Black soccer team with Gov. Snyder. They were joined by head coach Jeremy Harkins in the Michigan House of Representatives.last_img read more

House Insurance Committee approves Rep Bellinos air ambulance legislation

first_img30Nov House Insurance Committee approves Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation Categories: Bellino News The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe.Bellino’s measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and are eventually slammed with outrageous medical bills.“This legislation is a much-needed remedy for patients in hardship,” said Bellino, who serves on the committee. “Through no fault of their own, patients bear a heavy cost when being transported by air rather than ground.”Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.“We are simply trying to protect patients and their pocketbooks,” Bellino said. “As a Legislature, we need to make sure residents across the state are not faced with unnecessary financial burdens.”House Bill 5217 now moves to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

Rep Vaupel posts perfect voting record

first_img State Rep. Hank Vaupel finished his second term in the state House of Representatives with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 roll call votes during the 2017-2018 session.“The people of Livingston County elected me to be their voice in Lansing,” Rep. Vaupel said. “I take that responsibility very seriously and believe it is important to be present and participate in every vote. Over the next two years, I will continue working hard to represent the interests of the 47th District.”Rep. Vaupel is currently serving his third term in the Michigan House of Representatives. 08Jan Rep. Vaupel posts perfect voting record Categories: Vaupel Newslast_img