QuickSketch of Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault

17 Oct 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – A quicksketch of Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault, who is aiming to become premier when Quebecers go to the polls Monday:Age: 61.Born: May 26, 1957, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que.Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s in business administration, both from l’Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales.Professional career: Auditor with Ernst & Young from 1978 to 1984; co-founded Air Transat in 1986.Political career: Elected to legislature in 1998 as member of Parti Quebecois; minister of commerce and industry in 1998; minister of education from 1998 to 2002; minister of health in 2002 and 2003; finance critic from 2003 to 2009; co-founded Coalition Avenir Quebec in 2011.Current riding: L’Assomption, northeast of Montreal.Personal: Married with two children.Quote: “Mr. Couillard, I am not perfect. I sometimes make mistakes when I answer certain questions on immigration. I listen to people and I correct. You should preach less and listen to the population.” — Legault to Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard at the final leaders’ debate after campaign stumbles over immigration.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – A quicksketch of Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault, who is aiming to become premier when Quebecers go to the polls Monday:Age: 61.Born: May 26, 1957, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que.Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s in business administration, both from l’Ecole des hautes etudes commerciales.Professional career: Auditor with Ernst & Young from 1978 to 1984; co-founded Air Transat in 1986.Political career: Elected to legislature in 1998 as member of Parti Quebecois; minister of commerce and industry in 1998; minister of education from 1998 to 2002; minister of health in 2002 and 2003; finance critic from 2003 to 2009; co-founded Coalition Avenir Quebec in 2011.Current riding: L’Assomption, northeast of Montreal.Personal: Married with two children.Quote: “Mr. Couillard, I am not perfect. I sometimes make mistakes when I answer certain questions on immigration. I listen to people and I correct. You should preach less and listen to the population.” — Legault to Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard at the final leaders’ debate after campaign stumbles over immigration.last_img read more

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Leon Bridges To Perform at the 2018 Hammer Museum Gala in the

16 Oct 2019

first_imgThe Hammer Museum announced today that Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Leon Bridges will perform at its annual Gala in the Garden, which will take place on Sunday, October 14.Solange Ferguson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Darren Star will serve as co-chairs for the event honoring award-winning author Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon. Also participating in this year’s program are Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, who will deliver the tribute speeches for Atwood and Ligon, respectively. The annual celebration recognizes artists and innovators who have made profound contributions to society through their work.International shopping destination South Coast Plaza will partner with the Hammer Museum to present this year’s Gala in the Garden. The highly anticipated event attracts cultural and civic leaders in Los Angeles, as well as artists, collectors, and patrons of the arts. Last year’s event raised $2.4 million for the museum. Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques will once again create the menu.Proceeds from the gala will support the Hammer’s dynamic and internationally acclaimed exhibitions and public programs.Past honorees include Hilton Als, Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Joan Didion, Ava DuVernay, Dave Eggers, Frank Gehry, Robert Gober, Matt Groening, Todd Haynes, Diane Keaton, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Tony Kushner, Paul McCarthy, Joni Mitchell, Catherine Opie, Lari Pittman, Miuccia Prada, Charles Ray, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and Alice Waters.For event inquiries, please call (310) 443-7026 or email gala@hammer.ucla.edu.last_img read more

first_imgThe Hammer Museum announced today that Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Leon Bridges will perform at its annual Gala in the Garden, which will take place on Sunday, October 14.Solange Ferguson, Elizabeth Segerstrom, and Darren Star will serve as co-chairs for the event honoring award-winning author Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon. Also participating in this year’s program are Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, who will deliver the tribute speeches for Atwood and Ligon, respectively. The annual celebration recognizes artists and innovators who have made profound contributions to society through their work.International shopping destination South Coast Plaza will partner with the Hammer Museum to present this year’s Gala in the Garden. The highly anticipated event attracts cultural and civic leaders in Los Angeles, as well as artists, collectors, and patrons of the arts. Last year’s event raised $2.4 million for the museum. Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques will once again create the menu.Proceeds from the gala will support the Hammer’s dynamic and internationally acclaimed exhibitions and public programs.Past honorees include Hilton Als, Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Joan Didion, Ava DuVernay, Dave Eggers, Frank Gehry, Robert Gober, Matt Groening, Todd Haynes, Diane Keaton, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Tony Kushner, Paul McCarthy, Joni Mitchell, Catherine Opie, Lari Pittman, Miuccia Prada, Charles Ray, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and Alice Waters.For event inquiries, please call (310) 443-7026 or email gala@hammer.ucla.edu.last_img read more

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Family friends say Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook lived in fear before death

14 Oct 2019

first_imgWatt said police investigators last Tuesday showed up at the door to his one-bedroom apartment in the neighbourhood of Ottawa South and told him they wanted to take him to the station to ask him some questions. He said he was put in an interview room with a camera to record the conversation.At the time, reports surfaced the body of a woman was found in the Rideau River and he said he kept asking the investigators if the woman was Pootoogook.“Finally I told them, ‘I am not saying anything until you tell me if that was Annie.’ And they said, ‘Yes.’ I lost it. I broke down,” said Watt.That same Tuesday, investigators also travelled to The Oakes, an Ottawa centre providing addictions programs, to visit Pootoogook’s brother Pauloose Joanasie. When the officers told him his sister was dead, he started to weep.“I was hurt, I started crying, she’s my little sister,” he said, in an interview at The Oakes. “She was a famous painter too, her drawings and all that, she was okay.”Joanasie said he and Pootoogook shared the same biological parents but he was adopted out in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, before his sister came along. He said he used to go hunting for geese and bring back the country food to his biological parents when he lived in the North.He met Pootoogook on the streets of Ottawa after he spent some years in Montreal trying to make a living carving.“(She was) a very nice person, she wasn’t mean or anything, or wasn’t aggressive or anything, she was really friendly and easy to get along with,” said Joanasie.Joanasie said he knew his sister had troubles with her boyfriend Watt.“Her boyfriend keeps coming back for her looking for her, always takes her to his place and she even told me he tore up her drawings sometimes, don’t know why,” he said.Nancy Ainalik said she hung out with Annie Pootoogook on Ottawa’s streets. APTN/PhotoA similar story is shared by Pootoogook’s friends on Ottawa’s streets who say she lived in fear the last week of her life. They said she sought refuge at the Shepherds of Good Hope in downtown Ottawa. Pootoogook was found a few blocks from the shelter.“She would always complain about the boyfriend, being abused,” said Nancy Ainalik, who is also from Cape Dorset. “She was afraid.”Ainalik said all her Inuk friends on the street knew of Pootoogook’s fear.“Us Inuit know what she was saying, they are telling the same story, what she was saying before she passed away,” said Ainalik.Pootoogook’s cousin Inusiq Shoo also said Pootoogook wanted to leave Watt.“She always said she wanted to get rid of him, but she couldn’t,” he said.Watt said he loved Pootoogook and she never told him she wanted to leave him. On the day she left, a little over a week before she was found in the river, Pootoogook did not leave a note. He said she also left her identification behind. Watt said he believed she was again in one of her periodic episodes when she would disappear for a few days.“I don’t know if that is the truth, if that’s why she left because she didn’t want to be with me anymore,” he said. “She didn’t leave a note or nothing. I gave her a (kiss) on the cheek, I hugged her and I left to do my (panhandling). Then I came back at 11 with her booze and her cigarettes and she was gone. No letter,” he said.Watt said he did hit Pootoogook once, a few years ago. He hit her on the side of the face because he said she had given him a sexually transmitted disease. He said they went to a program after that and tried to work through it.“I loved her so much, I didn’t want to lose her,” he said.He admits he did yell at her often.“I yelled at her, I criticized her drinking. I called her a ‘fucking drunk. You fucking drunk, sober up,’” he said. “I guess that’s abuse.”Watt said he believes Pootoogook made up stories about his abuse to justify her drinking.“She resented me trying to keep her sober so she runs off, goes and does her thing and I try to give her space,” he said. “That is all rumours, she would go downtown and make rumours…it gives her an excuse to go get drunk, to be angry at me….All the Inuit people call me a woman beater…an abusive man. It’s just not true. It justified their anger, they always have to be mad at somebody.”Watt said he has no idea what happened to Pootoogook before her death.“I can’t speculate,” he said.Watt said something happened to Pootoogook about eight months ago that scared her enough to keep her away from downtown until her final departure from their apartment with the ‘Jesus Said’ magnet on the refrigerator and a framed print of a boat on the water on the wall of the living room.He said the police only interviewed him at the station for about five to 10 minutes. He wanted to tell them more, but couldn’t because he was in shock at news of her death.“There are things I want to tell the police. I don’t want it in the news or anybody to know. I want to know the good things of Annie. She was into shit that could’ve affected her,” he said. “I don’t want to say what kind of woman she was. What she was doing to make money. There could be, I don’t know, I have a thousand different thoughts. I can’t even go down there. I can’t try to talk to the Inuit down there, it’s just going to screw me up.”He said Pootoogook did not like the water and could not swim. She would never wade in deeper than up to her knees whenever they went to a beach on the Rideau River known as Mooney’s Bay.“Nobody is coming forward saying anything. They always drink as a group. Why isn’t anyone coming forward?” he said. Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWilliam Watt sits at a dining room table with a King James Bible and says he’s been an “emotional wreck” since police investigators told him his girlfriend of eight years, Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook, was found dead in the Rideau River.The table is the same place where Pootoogook used to compose her ink and crayon drawings that once raised her to international acclaim in the contemporary art world before she was swallowed by the darkness in the alleys and river banks of the capital city that have also obscured her last moments on earth.Watt said it hurts to know many of Pootoogook’s friends on the street believe he is the reason for her death. They say that she was fleeing in fear from him the week before she disappeared.“She always told rumours about me to everybody and all the Inuit said, ‘Annie says this, Annie says that.’ I can’t defend myself against rumours,” he said.The Ottawa police’s Major Crime Unit is treating Pootoogook’s death as suspicious. The police initially ruled out foul play, but later decided it needed a second, closer look.The investigation is being stymied by a lack of information on Pootoogook’s last movements. Police seized footage from area surveillance cameras, but Pootoogook was found in the water by a river bank obscured by trees along the far side of a park. Investigators have said they can’t find any witnesses to help chart Pootoogook’s last movements in the area before her death and issued a public plea for help.Watt is not a suspect in Pootoogook’s death.Annie Pootoogook in 2012. APTN/FileWatt’s voice often cracks with emotion and his words knot in his throat with sobs as he recounts his eight years with Pootoogook. Their relationship began in May one day by the Beer Store on Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa and they remained, mostly, together since.“You are supposed to go through these five stages of grief, and I am stuck. Not knowing what happened to her, I can’t seem to move on…from the pain. I try to get over it, I can’t get over it, I don’t know, I don’t know what to do,” he said. “When we were having troubles or getting miserable we used to tell each other, she used to say to me, I used to say to her, ‘Just remember Jesus loves you.’ And it used to help us a lot. But it’s not helping me.”He then begins to sob. Inuit community support worker Sytukie JoamieInuit community support worker Sytukie Joamie said he is upset with the way Ottawa police handled Pootoogook’s investigation, especially when investigators initially claimed no foul play was suspected in the death.“You have to understand that we’re in the capital of Canada and at 2016. This nation is dealing with missing and murdered women and they find an Inuk woman in the river and they call it not suspicious. That’s very odd,” he said. “We, the Inuit community, knew it was suspicious right from the beginning. We cannot prove it, but we know what she said, that led us to our own suspicions.”Joamie, who is also genealogist and traces the ancestry of urban Inuit to their home communities, said he is a relative of Pootoogook’s and it pained him when he heard the news of her death.center_img Pauloose Joanasie is Annie Pootoogook’s brother“She wanted to stay alive. She wanted to live, but she was found in the river, dead,” he said. “It’s difficult to find out somebody has passed away in those circumstances, whether they are Inuit or otherwise, but to find out your own relative, another fellow Inuk, is found in the river, it’s very sad.”Watt said he’s tried to keep a low profile since Pootoogook’s death. He recently went down to a bar on nearby Bank St. for a couple of beers, but wound up in an altercation with a stranger who confronted him on why he wasn’t out trying to find out what happened to her.He’s still surrounded by the remains of her life, some of her clothes in a top drawer, a sketching table they found in the garbage. On the sketch table may be one of the last drawing Pootoogook every made. It’s titled, Full of Love. It is of a woman sitting cross-legged, her fingers intertwined. The woman appears to have a slight smile on her face, a faraway smile of remembering.“She is in God’s care now,” said Watt.Full of Love, by Annie Pootoogook. The drawing was finished on Nov. 21, 2015.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera– with files from Annette Francis-Editor’s Note, story was updated on Oct. 4, 2016, to correct the name of Annie Pootoogook’s final drawing. It was called, Full of Love, and it was finished on Nov. 21, 2015.last_img read more

first_imgWatt said police investigators last Tuesday showed up at the door to his one-bedroom apartment in the neighbourhood of Ottawa South and told him they wanted to take him to the station to ask him some questions. He said he was put in an interview room with a camera to record the conversation.At the time, reports surfaced the body of a woman was found in the Rideau River and he said he kept asking the investigators if the woman was Pootoogook.“Finally I told them, ‘I am not saying anything until you tell me if that was Annie.’ And they said, ‘Yes.’ I lost it. I broke down,” said Watt.That same Tuesday, investigators also travelled to The Oakes, an Ottawa centre providing addictions programs, to visit Pootoogook’s brother Pauloose Joanasie. When the officers told him his sister was dead, he started to weep.“I was hurt, I started crying, she’s my little sister,” he said, in an interview at The Oakes. “She was a famous painter too, her drawings and all that, she was okay.”Joanasie said he and Pootoogook shared the same biological parents but he was adopted out in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, before his sister came along. He said he used to go hunting for geese and bring back the country food to his biological parents when he lived in the North.He met Pootoogook on the streets of Ottawa after he spent some years in Montreal trying to make a living carving.“(She was) a very nice person, she wasn’t mean or anything, or wasn’t aggressive or anything, she was really friendly and easy to get along with,” said Joanasie.Joanasie said he knew his sister had troubles with her boyfriend Watt.“Her boyfriend keeps coming back for her looking for her, always takes her to his place and she even told me he tore up her drawings sometimes, don’t know why,” he said.Nancy Ainalik said she hung out with Annie Pootoogook on Ottawa’s streets. APTN/PhotoA similar story is shared by Pootoogook’s friends on Ottawa’s streets who say she lived in fear the last week of her life. They said she sought refuge at the Shepherds of Good Hope in downtown Ottawa. Pootoogook was found a few blocks from the shelter.“She would always complain about the boyfriend, being abused,” said Nancy Ainalik, who is also from Cape Dorset. “She was afraid.”Ainalik said all her Inuk friends on the street knew of Pootoogook’s fear.“Us Inuit know what she was saying, they are telling the same story, what she was saying before she passed away,” said Ainalik.Pootoogook’s cousin Inusiq Shoo also said Pootoogook wanted to leave Watt.“She always said she wanted to get rid of him, but she couldn’t,” he said.Watt said he loved Pootoogook and she never told him she wanted to leave him. On the day she left, a little over a week before she was found in the river, Pootoogook did not leave a note. He said she also left her identification behind. Watt said he believed she was again in one of her periodic episodes when she would disappear for a few days.“I don’t know if that is the truth, if that’s why she left because she didn’t want to be with me anymore,” he said. “She didn’t leave a note or nothing. I gave her a (kiss) on the cheek, I hugged her and I left to do my (panhandling). Then I came back at 11 with her booze and her cigarettes and she was gone. No letter,” he said.Watt said he did hit Pootoogook once, a few years ago. He hit her on the side of the face because he said she had given him a sexually transmitted disease. He said they went to a program after that and tried to work through it.“I loved her so much, I didn’t want to lose her,” he said.He admits he did yell at her often.“I yelled at her, I criticized her drinking. I called her a ‘fucking drunk. You fucking drunk, sober up,’” he said. “I guess that’s abuse.”Watt said he believes Pootoogook made up stories about his abuse to justify her drinking.“She resented me trying to keep her sober so she runs off, goes and does her thing and I try to give her space,” he said. “That is all rumours, she would go downtown and make rumours…it gives her an excuse to go get drunk, to be angry at me….All the Inuit people call me a woman beater…an abusive man. It’s just not true. It justified their anger, they always have to be mad at somebody.”Watt said he has no idea what happened to Pootoogook before her death.“I can’t speculate,” he said.Watt said something happened to Pootoogook about eight months ago that scared her enough to keep her away from downtown until her final departure from their apartment with the ‘Jesus Said’ magnet on the refrigerator and a framed print of a boat on the water on the wall of the living room.He said the police only interviewed him at the station for about five to 10 minutes. He wanted to tell them more, but couldn’t because he was in shock at news of her death.“There are things I want to tell the police. I don’t want it in the news or anybody to know. I want to know the good things of Annie. She was into shit that could’ve affected her,” he said. “I don’t want to say what kind of woman she was. What she was doing to make money. There could be, I don’t know, I have a thousand different thoughts. I can’t even go down there. I can’t try to talk to the Inuit down there, it’s just going to screw me up.”He said Pootoogook did not like the water and could not swim. She would never wade in deeper than up to her knees whenever they went to a beach on the Rideau River known as Mooney’s Bay.“Nobody is coming forward saying anything. They always drink as a group. Why isn’t anyone coming forward?” he said. Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWilliam Watt sits at a dining room table with a King James Bible and says he’s been an “emotional wreck” since police investigators told him his girlfriend of eight years, Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook, was found dead in the Rideau River.The table is the same place where Pootoogook used to compose her ink and crayon drawings that once raised her to international acclaim in the contemporary art world before she was swallowed by the darkness in the alleys and river banks of the capital city that have also obscured her last moments on earth.Watt said it hurts to know many of Pootoogook’s friends on the street believe he is the reason for her death. They say that she was fleeing in fear from him the week before she disappeared.“She always told rumours about me to everybody and all the Inuit said, ‘Annie says this, Annie says that.’ I can’t defend myself against rumours,” he said.The Ottawa police’s Major Crime Unit is treating Pootoogook’s death as suspicious. The police initially ruled out foul play, but later decided it needed a second, closer look.The investigation is being stymied by a lack of information on Pootoogook’s last movements. Police seized footage from area surveillance cameras, but Pootoogook was found in the water by a river bank obscured by trees along the far side of a park. Investigators have said they can’t find any witnesses to help chart Pootoogook’s last movements in the area before her death and issued a public plea for help.Watt is not a suspect in Pootoogook’s death.Annie Pootoogook in 2012. APTN/FileWatt’s voice often cracks with emotion and his words knot in his throat with sobs as he recounts his eight years with Pootoogook. Their relationship began in May one day by the Beer Store on Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa and they remained, mostly, together since.“You are supposed to go through these five stages of grief, and I am stuck. Not knowing what happened to her, I can’t seem to move on…from the pain. I try to get over it, I can’t get over it, I don’t know, I don’t know what to do,” he said. “When we were having troubles or getting miserable we used to tell each other, she used to say to me, I used to say to her, ‘Just remember Jesus loves you.’ And it used to help us a lot. But it’s not helping me.”He then begins to sob. Inuit community support worker Sytukie JoamieInuit community support worker Sytukie Joamie said he is upset with the way Ottawa police handled Pootoogook’s investigation, especially when investigators initially claimed no foul play was suspected in the death.“You have to understand that we’re in the capital of Canada and at 2016. This nation is dealing with missing and murdered women and they find an Inuk woman in the river and they call it not suspicious. That’s very odd,” he said. “We, the Inuit community, knew it was suspicious right from the beginning. We cannot prove it, but we know what she said, that led us to our own suspicions.”Joamie, who is also genealogist and traces the ancestry of urban Inuit to their home communities, said he is a relative of Pootoogook’s and it pained him when he heard the news of her death.center_img Pauloose Joanasie is Annie Pootoogook’s brother“She wanted to stay alive. She wanted to live, but she was found in the river, dead,” he said. “It’s difficult to find out somebody has passed away in those circumstances, whether they are Inuit or otherwise, but to find out your own relative, another fellow Inuk, is found in the river, it’s very sad.”Watt said he’s tried to keep a low profile since Pootoogook’s death. He recently went down to a bar on nearby Bank St. for a couple of beers, but wound up in an altercation with a stranger who confronted him on why he wasn’t out trying to find out what happened to her.He’s still surrounded by the remains of her life, some of her clothes in a top drawer, a sketching table they found in the garbage. On the sketch table may be one of the last drawing Pootoogook every made. It’s titled, Full of Love. It is of a woman sitting cross-legged, her fingers intertwined. The woman appears to have a slight smile on her face, a faraway smile of remembering.“She is in God’s care now,” said Watt.Full of Love, by Annie Pootoogook. The drawing was finished on Nov. 21, 2015.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera– with files from Annette Francis-Editor’s Note, story was updated on Oct. 4, 2016, to correct the name of Annie Pootoogook’s final drawing. It was called, Full of Love, and it was finished on Nov. 21, 2015.last_img read more

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Moroccan-Ivorian cooperation, great example of south-south cooperation, Côte d’Ivoire’s Press

12 Oct 2019

Marrakech  – The multi-sectoral cooperation between Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire is a great example of south-south cooperation and of an Africa that takes its destiny into its hands, said Ivorian president Alassan Ouattara on Wednesday in Rabat.In a statement to MAP as he was leaving at the Marrakech airport, the Ivorian head of state underlined that several leaders and heads of states affirmed, at the opening of the 9th African Development Forum, Africa’s will to take its destiny into its hands and agreed to make south-south cooperation an engine for inclusive development in the continent.The strong ties between Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire and their multi-faceted cooperation give a great example of south-south cooperation, he said. “We are glad of the presence of Moroccan businesses in Côte d’Ivoire whether in the financial, the real estate or the industrial sectors,” he said, thanking King Mohammed VI for his invitation to take part in the Forum. read more

Marrakech  – The multi-sectoral cooperation between Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire is a great example of south-south cooperation and of an Africa that takes its destiny into its hands, said Ivorian president Alassan Ouattara on Wednesday in Rabat.In a statement to MAP as he was leaving at the Marrakech airport, the Ivorian head of state underlined that several leaders and heads of states affirmed, at the opening of the 9th African Development Forum, Africa’s will to take its destiny into its hands and agreed to make south-south cooperation an engine for inclusive development in the continent.The strong ties between Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire and their multi-faceted cooperation give a great example of south-south cooperation, he said. “We are glad of the presence of Moroccan businesses in Côte d’Ivoire whether in the financial, the real estate or the industrial sectors,” he said, thanking King Mohammed VI for his invitation to take part in the Forum. read more

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UNs review of population policy says lack of funding is retarding progress

06 Oct 2019

The State of World Population 2004, issued by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) a decade after the landmark conference in Cairo and nearly halfway into the 21-year timetable for achieving its goals, shows that donors have given only half of what they promised. In Cairo, international donors pledged to give $6.1 billion a year by 2005 for population and reproductive health programmes, but in 2002 – the most recent year with available figures – donors were giving only $3.1 billion. The report indicates that the huge funding gap is having a negative ripple effect, retarding progress in health, education and other fields, especially for women and girls. More than 350 million couples worldwide, for example, do not have access to a full range of family planning services; at least 500,000 women die each year from problems caused by pregnancy or childbirth, and most of those deaths are preventable; countless girls are unable to attend school; and five million people were infected with HIV last year. In sub-Saharan Africa, the HIV/AIDS picture is especially grim: 25 per cent of the workforce there is HIV-positive, reducing economic productivity and strangling opportunities for economic development. Adolescent health care also remains a problem, with early marriage and childbearing the norm for girls in many countries, and women aged below 24 disproportionately represented in statistics for sexually transmitted diseases. But the UNFPA review finds there have been many advances since 179 governments agreed in 1994 that poverty could be reduced and economic growth sustained if women were given greater rights and access to reproductive health services was made universal. The percentage of couples using modern contraception has risen from 55 per cent to 61 per cent; laws and policies to protect the rights of women, especially against violence, have been put in place; and population issues have become integrated into the heart of poverty-reduction strategies. Many nations are also much more aware of the need to tackle the scourge of HIV/AIDS, improve adolescent reproductive health and expand training schemes for health care, according to the report. UNFPA Director of Information and External Relations Safiye Cagar told a press briefing at UN Headquarters that “we have much to celebrate,” but she said increased donations are essential if the world is to achieve the reforms sought at the Cairo conference. read more

The State of World Population 2004, issued by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) a decade after the landmark conference in Cairo and nearly halfway into the 21-year timetable for achieving its goals, shows that donors have given only half of what they promised. In Cairo, international donors pledged to give $6.1 billion a year by 2005 for population and reproductive health programmes, but in 2002 – the most recent year with available figures – donors were giving only $3.1 billion. The report indicates that the huge funding gap is having a negative ripple effect, retarding progress in health, education and other fields, especially for women and girls. More than 350 million couples worldwide, for example, do not have access to a full range of family planning services; at least 500,000 women die each year from problems caused by pregnancy or childbirth, and most of those deaths are preventable; countless girls are unable to attend school; and five million people were infected with HIV last year. In sub-Saharan Africa, the HIV/AIDS picture is especially grim: 25 per cent of the workforce there is HIV-positive, reducing economic productivity and strangling opportunities for economic development. Adolescent health care also remains a problem, with early marriage and childbearing the norm for girls in many countries, and women aged below 24 disproportionately represented in statistics for sexually transmitted diseases. But the UNFPA review finds there have been many advances since 179 governments agreed in 1994 that poverty could be reduced and economic growth sustained if women were given greater rights and access to reproductive health services was made universal. The percentage of couples using modern contraception has risen from 55 per cent to 61 per cent; laws and policies to protect the rights of women, especially against violence, have been put in place; and population issues have become integrated into the heart of poverty-reduction strategies. Many nations are also much more aware of the need to tackle the scourge of HIV/AIDS, improve adolescent reproductive health and expand training schemes for health care, according to the report. UNFPA Director of Information and External Relations Safiye Cagar told a press briefing at UN Headquarters that “we have much to celebrate,” but she said increased donations are essential if the world is to achieve the reforms sought at the Cairo conference. read more

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UN envoy sees improvements and deficits in Zambias fight against HIVAIDS

06 Oct 2019

Video of press briefing [22mins] The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, launched by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, gave the southern African country $253 million, enabling the Government to expand its free AIDS treatment into rural areas. With the political leadership engaged as never before, the commitment has filtered through the society and generated unprecedented optimism, Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, told a news conference today at UN Headquarters in New York.“No matter where we went, the level of awareness of the pandemic was intense. To be sure, it was largely focused on the urgent need for treatment, but it also came through in conversation after conversation at the grassroots, about prevention and care and orphans and the special plight of women,” he said. “Once a country has reached such an all-embracing public dialogue, the winds of change are irreversible.”The roles of the Global Fund, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and, partly the World Bank, could not be underestimated, Mr. Lewis said, nor could help from the United Kingdom, which was giving money to improve capacity in the social sectors, and from the United States.Mr. Lewis had issued heartfelt appeals last June to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to drag the gruelling austerity programme it had imposed on Zambia to the first quarter of this year, but to end it last December as originally planned. He said the resulting economic crisis was having a grave impact on the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.Today he said, “Zambia has just met the IMF conditions imposed on debt relief, so that the excruciating debt service – tallied at $290.5 million owing to the International Financial Institutions in 2003 – may now (although it’s never certain) be alleviated.”Meanwhile, on the deficit side, there was a growing contagion of sexual assault and some 23 per cent of children were orphans, he said.A UN report released last week showed the expenditures on armaments had now reached $1 trillion a year, he said.“The Global Fund is asking for less than three-tenths of 1 per cent of that and can’t seem to get it,” he said. read more

Video of press briefing [22mins] The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, launched by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, gave the southern African country $253 million, enabling the Government to expand its free AIDS treatment into rural areas. With the political leadership engaged as never before, the commitment has filtered through the society and generated unprecedented optimism, Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, told a news conference today at UN Headquarters in New York.“No matter where we went, the level of awareness of the pandemic was intense. To be sure, it was largely focused on the urgent need for treatment, but it also came through in conversation after conversation at the grassroots, about prevention and care and orphans and the special plight of women,” he said. “Once a country has reached such an all-embracing public dialogue, the winds of change are irreversible.”The roles of the Global Fund, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and, partly the World Bank, could not be underestimated, Mr. Lewis said, nor could help from the United Kingdom, which was giving money to improve capacity in the social sectors, and from the United States.Mr. Lewis had issued heartfelt appeals last June to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to drag the gruelling austerity programme it had imposed on Zambia to the first quarter of this year, but to end it last December as originally planned. He said the resulting economic crisis was having a grave impact on the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.Today he said, “Zambia has just met the IMF conditions imposed on debt relief, so that the excruciating debt service – tallied at $290.5 million owing to the International Financial Institutions in 2003 – may now (although it’s never certain) be alleviated.”Meanwhile, on the deficit side, there was a growing contagion of sexual assault and some 23 per cent of children were orphans, he said.A UN report released last week showed the expenditures on armaments had now reached $1 trillion a year, he said.“The Global Fund is asking for less than three-tenths of 1 per cent of that and can’t seem to get it,” he said. read more

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Cut city wages sell golf courses to slim down spending CTF

03 Oct 2019

by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Jun 26, 2016 4:13 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 5:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cut city wages, sell golf courses to slim down spending: CTF Despite what Calgary’s mayor says, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation believes the city can cut spending without eliminating services.Alberta Director Paige MacPherson says if the city rolled back staff salaries by five per cent, it would give people a 2.5 per cent property tax cut and eliminate next year’s budget shortfall.She also says it’s time to get rid of gold plated pension plans.“For many city employees including councillors and the mayor they have these defined benefit pensions that very few people outside of government are enjoying right now. So it makes no sense to keep these, it’s not sustainable we should move towards a more realistic retirement savings plan like perhaps an RRSP style plan like we see for other workers in the economy,” she says.The CTF also recommends looking at contracting out services to the private sector, stop spending on public art and sell city-owned golf courses and other assets it doesn’t make sense to own.“I don’t think that subsidizing a few rounds of golf is high on the list of necessary government services that the city needs to provide,” says MacPherson.“We know that the city is already looking at contracting out the maintenance of golf courses to private vendors which is a great positive step so obviously they’ve identified that there is some savings to be found there, but I think it begs the question why is the city in the golf course business in the first place?” (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) read more

by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Jun 26, 2016 4:13 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 5:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cut city wages, sell golf courses to slim down spending: CTF Despite what Calgary’s mayor says, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation believes the city can cut spending without eliminating services.Alberta Director Paige MacPherson says if the city rolled back staff salaries by five per cent, it would give people a 2.5 per cent property tax cut and eliminate next year’s budget shortfall.She also says it’s time to get rid of gold plated pension plans.“For many city employees including councillors and the mayor they have these defined benefit pensions that very few people outside of government are enjoying right now. So it makes no sense to keep these, it’s not sustainable we should move towards a more realistic retirement savings plan like perhaps an RRSP style plan like we see for other workers in the economy,” she says.The CTF also recommends looking at contracting out services to the private sector, stop spending on public art and sell city-owned golf courses and other assets it doesn’t make sense to own.“I don’t think that subsidizing a few rounds of golf is high on the list of necessary government services that the city needs to provide,” says MacPherson.“We know that the city is already looking at contracting out the maintenance of golf courses to private vendors which is a great positive step so obviously they’ve identified that there is some savings to be found there, but I think it begs the question why is the city in the golf course business in the first place?” (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) read more

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Airplane maker ATR signs 536M 20aircraft deal with Iran

03 Oct 2019

FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2016, file photo, an Iranian Mahan Air passenger plane takes off as a plane of Iran’s national air carrier Iran Air, left, is parked at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran. European airplane manufacturer ATR said it signed a deal with Iran Air for 20 aircraft with option for 20 more on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File) by Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 2:02 am MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Airplane maker ATR signs $536M, 20-aircraft deal with Iran TEHRAN, Iran – European airplane manufacturer ATR said Thursday it sealed a $536-million sale with Iran Air for at least 20 aircraft, the latest aviation firm to strike a deal following Iran’s nuclear accord with world powers.ATR spokesman David Vargas confirmed the finalized deal for the 20 ATR 72-600s, a twin-propeller aircraft, and said Iran Air had an option to purchase another 20.“They will definitely help Iran Air to modernize and develop regional connectivity across the country,” Vargas told The Associated Press.Home to 80 million people, Iran represents one of the last untapped aviation markets in the world. However, Western analysts are skeptical that there is demand for so many jets or available financing for deals worth billions of dollars.Vargas declined to offer a value for the deal with Iran Air. The confirmed portion of the deal is worth $536 million at list prices, though buyers typically negotiate discounts on bulk orders. Iranian state TV described the deal as being worth about $400 million.The deal also already has the approval of the U.S. Treasury, Vargas said. The Treasury must sign off on aircraft deals when at least 10 per cent of the airplanes’ components are of American origin. The Treasury could not be immediately reached for comment.Farhad Parvaresh, the CEO of Iran Air, told the state-run IRNA news agency that the French-Italian company will deliver nine ATR 72-600s in 2017 and the rest in 2018. He said four of the aircraft will arrive within a month after signing the contract.In February 2016, ATR signed an initial agreement to explore selling the aircraft to Iran Air. ATR is the Toulouse, France-based partnership of Airbus and Italy’s Leonardo S.p.A., which specializes in regional turboprop aircraft of 90 seats or less.The ATR deal comes on the back of the nuclear agreement Iran struck with world powers, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.That deal allowed airplane manufacturers to rush into the Iranian market.Boeing Co. has already made a $16.6 billion sale already to Iran Air, while its European rival Airbus signed one estimated to be worth some 22.8 billion euros ($25 billion). The Treasury has signed off on both those deals.Chicago-based Boeing also signed a $3 billion deal earlier this month to sell 30 737 MAX aircraft to Iran’s Aseman Airlines, a firm owned by Iran’s civil service pension foundation. The Boeing sales represent the first major deals for an American company in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and U.S. Embassy takeover.U.S. politicians have expressed concern about the airplane sales to Iran. President Donald Trump remains skeptical of the atomic accord overall and has threatened to renegotiate it, without offering specifics.___Online:ATR: www.atr-aircraft.com___Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writer Adam Schreck in Dubai contributed to this report. read more

FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2016, file photo, an Iranian Mahan Air passenger plane takes off as a plane of Iran’s national air carrier Iran Air, left, is parked at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran. European airplane manufacturer ATR said it signed a deal with Iran Air for 20 aircraft with option for 20 more on Thursday, April 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File) by Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 2:02 am MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Airplane maker ATR signs $536M, 20-aircraft deal with Iran TEHRAN, Iran – European airplane manufacturer ATR said Thursday it sealed a $536-million sale with Iran Air for at least 20 aircraft, the latest aviation firm to strike a deal following Iran’s nuclear accord with world powers.ATR spokesman David Vargas confirmed the finalized deal for the 20 ATR 72-600s, a twin-propeller aircraft, and said Iran Air had an option to purchase another 20.“They will definitely help Iran Air to modernize and develop regional connectivity across the country,” Vargas told The Associated Press.Home to 80 million people, Iran represents one of the last untapped aviation markets in the world. However, Western analysts are skeptical that there is demand for so many jets or available financing for deals worth billions of dollars.Vargas declined to offer a value for the deal with Iran Air. The confirmed portion of the deal is worth $536 million at list prices, though buyers typically negotiate discounts on bulk orders. Iranian state TV described the deal as being worth about $400 million.The deal also already has the approval of the U.S. Treasury, Vargas said. The Treasury must sign off on aircraft deals when at least 10 per cent of the airplanes’ components are of American origin. The Treasury could not be immediately reached for comment.Farhad Parvaresh, the CEO of Iran Air, told the state-run IRNA news agency that the French-Italian company will deliver nine ATR 72-600s in 2017 and the rest in 2018. He said four of the aircraft will arrive within a month after signing the contract.In February 2016, ATR signed an initial agreement to explore selling the aircraft to Iran Air. ATR is the Toulouse, France-based partnership of Airbus and Italy’s Leonardo S.p.A., which specializes in regional turboprop aircraft of 90 seats or less.The ATR deal comes on the back of the nuclear agreement Iran struck with world powers, which saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.That deal allowed airplane manufacturers to rush into the Iranian market.Boeing Co. has already made a $16.6 billion sale already to Iran Air, while its European rival Airbus signed one estimated to be worth some 22.8 billion euros ($25 billion). The Treasury has signed off on both those deals.Chicago-based Boeing also signed a $3 billion deal earlier this month to sell 30 737 MAX aircraft to Iran’s Aseman Airlines, a firm owned by Iran’s civil service pension foundation. The Boeing sales represent the first major deals for an American company in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and U.S. Embassy takeover.U.S. politicians have expressed concern about the airplane sales to Iran. President Donald Trump remains skeptical of the atomic accord overall and has threatened to renegotiate it, without offering specifics.___Online:ATR: www.atr-aircraft.com___Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writer Adam Schreck in Dubai contributed to this report. read more

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LeBron James to be on sideline during Ohio State game against Wisconsin

02 Oct 2019

Lebron James of the Miami Heat gives a thumbs up before a 95-88 win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, June 20. Credit: Courtesy of MCTIn arguably its biggest game of the 2013 season to date, the Ohio State football team will hear from a fellow Ohioan and current NBA World Champion before its tilt with Wisconsin Saturday night.An OSU spokesman confirmed that Miami Heat forward LeBron James will be on the Buckeyes’ sideline during the game. The four-time NBA MVP will also address the team before kickoff according to media reports.James, a graduate of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, is a longtime fan of OSU, even though he never went to the school. The NBA star even has his own locker inside the newly renovated locker rooms at The Jerome Schottenstein Center.OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta showed his own support for the Heat star, when the new facility was released to the media. OSU was the first team to wear Nike’s LeBron line of shoes as well as have their jerseys sponsored by him in 2007.“He’s done a lot of things in his time, but I think from a standpoint we always want to pay our respects to him for what he did for us in ’07 in terms of we were the first LeBron school,” Matta said Sept. 3. “I know he’s very proud of what he does for us.”Matta was not the only person to express his gratitude for arguably the biggest star in sports.“I feel sorry that our fans won’t rally around LeBron because of the way he did his things, because for us, he’s been unbelievable,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said Sept. 3. “He’s always kept us at the top of his thoughts when he’s doing things.”OSU is scheduled to take on Wisconsin at 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

Lebron James of the Miami Heat gives a thumbs up before a 95-88 win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, June 20. Credit: Courtesy of MCTIn arguably its biggest game of the 2013 season to date, the Ohio State football team will hear from a fellow Ohioan and current NBA World Champion before its tilt with Wisconsin Saturday night.An OSU spokesman confirmed that Miami Heat forward LeBron James will be on the Buckeyes’ sideline during the game. The four-time NBA MVP will also address the team before kickoff according to media reports.James, a graduate of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, is a longtime fan of OSU, even though he never went to the school. The NBA star even has his own locker inside the newly renovated locker rooms at The Jerome Schottenstein Center.OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta showed his own support for the Heat star, when the new facility was released to the media. OSU was the first team to wear Nike’s LeBron line of shoes as well as have their jerseys sponsored by him in 2007.“He’s done a lot of things in his time, but I think from a standpoint we always want to pay our respects to him for what he did for us in ’07 in terms of we were the first LeBron school,” Matta said Sept. 3. “I know he’s very proud of what he does for us.”Matta was not the only person to express his gratitude for arguably the biggest star in sports.“I feel sorry that our fans won’t rally around LeBron because of the way he did his things, because for us, he’s been unbelievable,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said Sept. 3. “He’s always kept us at the top of his thoughts when he’s doing things.”OSU is scheduled to take on Wisconsin at 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

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MineSight will display new Atlas scheduler at AIMEX 2013

24 Sep 2019

first_imgMineSight Applications will be displaying its new MineSight Atlas multiple-activity, mine planning and scheduling technology AIMEX 2013, Sydney from August 20-23. MineSight Applications is the Perth-based branch of Mintec, the Arizona-based software developer founded in 1970, and which has now has grown into a network of mining professionals providing global technology, service, and support. According to the company, MineSight is a comprehensive modelling and mine planning software platform, offering integrated solutions for exploration, modelling, design, scheduling and production. Its latest MineSight Atlas product has been specifically designed to reshape the world of mine planning.Mintec Vice President-Technical, Glenn Wylde said “No one knows the pressure to produce better than a mine planning engineer. Mine planning is a highly demanding environment, fraught with complex needs. With a resource-based, true calendar approach to multiple-activity scheduling, MineSight Atlas quickly manages all material movement and reclaim. It works with multiple block models and makes areas for open pit and underground mining easy to manage.”Applications for MineSight Atlas can be used for:Manual scheduling for short to long-term schedulesResource-based schedulingMultiple activity typesCalendar-based schedule with Gantt representationDirect 3D design of polygons and solids“The slogan for this year’s AIMEX is ‘A World of Mining’, which makes it a fitting venue for this new product with global ambitions,” said Wylde.last_img read more

first_imgMineSight Applications will be displaying its new MineSight Atlas multiple-activity, mine planning and scheduling technology AIMEX 2013, Sydney from August 20-23. MineSight Applications is the Perth-based branch of Mintec, the Arizona-based software developer founded in 1970, and which has now has grown into a network of mining professionals providing global technology, service, and support. According to the company, MineSight is a comprehensive modelling and mine planning software platform, offering integrated solutions for exploration, modelling, design, scheduling and production. Its latest MineSight Atlas product has been specifically designed to reshape the world of mine planning.Mintec Vice President-Technical, Glenn Wylde said “No one knows the pressure to produce better than a mine planning engineer. Mine planning is a highly demanding environment, fraught with complex needs. With a resource-based, true calendar approach to multiple-activity scheduling, MineSight Atlas quickly manages all material movement and reclaim. It works with multiple block models and makes areas for open pit and underground mining easy to manage.”Applications for MineSight Atlas can be used for:Manual scheduling for short to long-term schedulesResource-based schedulingMultiple activity typesCalendar-based schedule with Gantt representationDirect 3D design of polygons and solids“The slogan for this year’s AIMEX is ‘A World of Mining’, which makes it a fitting venue for this new product with global ambitions,” said Wylde.last_img read more

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PeaceHealth deal with Quest will lead to layoffs

19 Sep 2019

first_imgPeaceHealth is selling some of its laboratory services and handing over the management of its hospital labs to Quest Diagnostics — a deal that will lead to layoffs for about 500 PeaceHealth employees.New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics will acquire the outreach laboratory services operations of PeaceHealth Laboratories (services in all outside clinics) and will manage 11 labs, which PeaceHealth will continue to own, within the PeaceHealth medical centers in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. PeaceHealth, a Vancouver-based nonprofit, and Quest announced the agreement Wednesday afternoon. The agreement is expected to be finalized in the spring; financial terms were not disclosed.The acquisition means PeaceHealth will layoff about 500 people — more than half of its 906 laboratory employees. The majority of affected employees should be contacted by Feb. 24, according to a “frequently asked questions” document PeaceHealth released with the announcement. Affected employees will receive information about specific timing, job openings, counseling, spiritual care and outplacement support services, according to PeaceHealth.Quest will hire up to 275 people for positions in its West region, primarily in Oregon and Washington, and is encouraging PeaceHealth employees to apply for those positions. Those who apply and meet the qualifications will be given priority status in the interview scheduling process, according to the PeaceHealth document.last_img read more

first_imgPeaceHealth is selling some of its laboratory services and handing over the management of its hospital labs to Quest Diagnostics — a deal that will lead to layoffs for about 500 PeaceHealth employees.New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics will acquire the outreach laboratory services operations of PeaceHealth Laboratories (services in all outside clinics) and will manage 11 labs, which PeaceHealth will continue to own, within the PeaceHealth medical centers in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. PeaceHealth, a Vancouver-based nonprofit, and Quest announced the agreement Wednesday afternoon. The agreement is expected to be finalized in the spring; financial terms were not disclosed.The acquisition means PeaceHealth will layoff about 500 people — more than half of its 906 laboratory employees. The majority of affected employees should be contacted by Feb. 24, according to a “frequently asked questions” document PeaceHealth released with the announcement. Affected employees will receive information about specific timing, job openings, counseling, spiritual care and outplacement support services, according to PeaceHealth.Quest will hire up to 275 people for positions in its West region, primarily in Oregon and Washington, and is encouraging PeaceHealth employees to apply for those positions. Those who apply and meet the qualifications will be given priority status in the interview scheduling process, according to the PeaceHealth document.last_img read more

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ComicCons Robert A Heinlein Blood Drive returns for its 42nd year

17 Sep 2019

GEG Blood Drive Completes Tenth Year

16 Sep 2019

first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchcenter_img Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has held its annual blood donation event in conjunction with the Macao Blood Transfusion Center under the Health Bureau for the 10th consecutive year. During the event, GEG set up blood donation booths at its properties and encouraged its team members to donate blood.Since 2009, upwards of 1,400 team members have participated in GEG’s annual blood donation event, the company said. The 2018 GEG Blood Donation Day took place at Galaxy Macau on Tuesday 9 July and at StarWorld Hotel on Wednesday 10 July.GEG Vice Chairman Francis Lui, Group Director of Human Resources and Administration Eileen Lui and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Kelley attended the event to express their support and heartfelt appreciation for the team members’ contributions to a meaningful cause.The two days also saw many long-term, repeat donors. Among them was Henry Chan, who works in the Design and Development Department. He has participated in the annual event for eight straight years. Chan said, “Since blood donation is a meaningful cause, I am sure to come support this event every year. Although it’s a small contribution, I will still do my utmost to help those in need.”Each year, the blood donation venues are nicely decorated and comfortable, thanks to the efforts of the GEG Staff Social Club. Additionally, members of the Food and Beverage Department prepare refreshments for the donors, and each donor is given a photograph that captures the moment he or she donates blood. As part of a drive to support the local cultural and creative sector, all donors this year received a handcrafted luggage tag made by members of the Fu Hong Society of Macau to mark this special occasion. Load Morelast_img read more

first_img JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchcenter_img Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has held its annual blood donation event in conjunction with the Macao Blood Transfusion Center under the Health Bureau for the 10th consecutive year. During the event, GEG set up blood donation booths at its properties and encouraged its team members to donate blood.Since 2009, upwards of 1,400 team members have participated in GEG’s annual blood donation event, the company said. The 2018 GEG Blood Donation Day took place at Galaxy Macau on Tuesday 9 July and at StarWorld Hotel on Wednesday 10 July.GEG Vice Chairman Francis Lui, Group Director of Human Resources and Administration Eileen Lui and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Kelley attended the event to express their support and heartfelt appreciation for the team members’ contributions to a meaningful cause.The two days also saw many long-term, repeat donors. Among them was Henry Chan, who works in the Design and Development Department. He has participated in the annual event for eight straight years. Chan said, “Since blood donation is a meaningful cause, I am sure to come support this event every year. Although it’s a small contribution, I will still do my utmost to help those in need.”Each year, the blood donation venues are nicely decorated and comfortable, thanks to the efforts of the GEG Staff Social Club. Additionally, members of the Food and Beverage Department prepare refreshments for the donors, and each donor is given a photograph that captures the moment he or she donates blood. As part of a drive to support the local cultural and creative sector, all donors this year received a handcrafted luggage tag made by members of the Fu Hong Society of Macau to mark this special occasion. Load Morelast_img read more

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78 saved into a workplace pension in 2016

15 Sep 2019

first_imgMore than three-quarters (78%) of eligible employees saved into a workplace pension in 2016, compared to 75% in 2015, according to research by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Its Workplace pension participation and savings trends of eligible savers official statistics: 2006 to 2016 report, which is based on analysis of members of all qualifying workplace pension schemes, also found that eligible employees saved a total of £87.1 billion in 2016, an increase of £3.8 billion on the amount saved in 2015.The research also found:73% of eligible employees working in the private sector saved into a workplace pension in 2016, representing a 31 percentage point increase since 2012.92% of eligible public sector employees saved into a workplace pension in 2016. This represents an increase of four percentage points since 2012.89% of eligible employees who work for a private sector organisation with 5,000 or more staff participated in a workplace pension in 2016.79% of eligible employees who work full time saved into a workplace pension in 2016, compared to 73% of eligible employees who work on a part-time basis.89% of eligible public sector employees aged between 22 and 29 years old saved into a workplace pension in 2016, an increase of nine percentage points since 2012.68% of eligible private sector employees aged between 22 and 29 years old saved into a workplace pension in 2016, compared to 24% in 2012.Employee contributions accounted for 30% of the total amount saved into workplace pensions in 2016, employer contributions made up 60% of the total, and tax relief accounted for the remaining 10%.77% of eligible employees saved into a workplace pension in at least three of the last four years, which is two percentage points lower than in 2015.Lee Hollingworth, head of defined contribution (DC) at Hymans Robertson, said: “Auto-enrolment has been a fantastic initiative in getting people starting to save towards a pension. It is really encouraging to see the sharp increase in participation since its introduction. But there’s a real danger of a missed opportunity to build on what has been started if the government doesn’t act now to engender higher saving rates.“As a nation we are still massively under-saving for retirement. Auto enrolment has been a commendable start but we need to go further.”Jeanette Makings, head of financial education at Close Brothers, added: “The introduction of auto-enrolment was a significant milestone for savers in the UK, one that these figures prove has been instrumental in increasing pension contributions since 2012, but we can’t rest on our laurels. Now this initial foundation has been laid, it’s more important than ever than employers are effectively communicating the benefits of pension saving to those who have yet to opt-in, and to encourage staff now part of a pension scheme to contribute more than the bare minimum to build their pension pots.“With a multitude of long-term saving options now available, the financial landscape has never been more complex to navigate. Employers can, therefore, play a pivotal role in equipping the UK’s workforce with the tools and support it needs to improve understanding and make the best savings choices, whatever their age, career stage or personal circumstances. ”last_img read more

first_imgMore than three-quarters (78%) of eligible employees saved into a workplace pension in 2016, compared to 75% in 2015, according to research by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Its Workplace pension participation and savings trends of eligible savers official statistics: 2006 to 2016 report, which is based on analysis of members of all qualifying workplace pension schemes, also found that eligible employees saved a total of £87.1 billion in 2016, an increase of £3.8 billion on the amount saved in 2015.The research also found:73% of eligible employees working in the private sector saved into a workplace pension in 2016, representing a 31 percentage point increase since 2012.92% of eligible public sector employees saved into a workplace pension in 2016. This represents an increase of four percentage points since 2012.89% of eligible employees who work for a private sector organisation with 5,000 or more staff participated in a workplace pension in 2016.79% of eligible employees who work full time saved into a workplace pension in 2016, compared to 73% of eligible employees who work on a part-time basis.89% of eligible public sector employees aged between 22 and 29 years old saved into a workplace pension in 2016, an increase of nine percentage points since 2012.68% of eligible private sector employees aged between 22 and 29 years old saved into a workplace pension in 2016, compared to 24% in 2012.Employee contributions accounted for 30% of the total amount saved into workplace pensions in 2016, employer contributions made up 60% of the total, and tax relief accounted for the remaining 10%.77% of eligible employees saved into a workplace pension in at least three of the last four years, which is two percentage points lower than in 2015.Lee Hollingworth, head of defined contribution (DC) at Hymans Robertson, said: “Auto-enrolment has been a fantastic initiative in getting people starting to save towards a pension. It is really encouraging to see the sharp increase in participation since its introduction. But there’s a real danger of a missed opportunity to build on what has been started if the government doesn’t act now to engender higher saving rates.“As a nation we are still massively under-saving for retirement. Auto enrolment has been a commendable start but we need to go further.”Jeanette Makings, head of financial education at Close Brothers, added: “The introduction of auto-enrolment was a significant milestone for savers in the UK, one that these figures prove has been instrumental in increasing pension contributions since 2012, but we can’t rest on our laurels. Now this initial foundation has been laid, it’s more important than ever than employers are effectively communicating the benefits of pension saving to those who have yet to opt-in, and to encourage staff now part of a pension scheme to contribute more than the bare minimum to build their pension pots.“With a multitude of long-term saving options now available, the financial landscape has never been more complex to navigate. Employers can, therefore, play a pivotal role in equipping the UK’s workforce with the tools and support it needs to improve understanding and make the best savings choices, whatever their age, career stage or personal circumstances. ”last_img read more

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Wilmington DPW Public Buildings Dept Complete Dozens Of Projects To Get Schools

11 Sep 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand recently publicly thanked the Wilmington’s Public Buildings Department and Department of Public Works for their efforts in getting each school’s building and grounds ready for the First Day of School.In memos to the School Committee, Brand shared many of the projects these two departments successful completed over the school summer break.The Public Buildings Department:cleaned all schoolsrefinished gym floors at all schoolsstripped and relined the Woburn Street School gym to include Pickle Balltested and inspected all fire extinguishers and alarm systems at all schoolsinspected and services all boilers and heating systems at all schoolschanged all filters and belts, and lubed all univents, air handlers and roof top units at all schoolsinstalled new energy efficient LED lighting fixtures at the West Intermediate Schoolmoved equipment to set up Tiny Tots and Recreation Department summer programsassisted school department in getting ready for their summer programs by moving equipment and teaching supplies from school to school for the extended year summer programreplaced A/C units at several schoolsinstalled new ceiling tiles in the 1st first foyer and hallways at the West Intermediate Schoolbuilt a new room for student services at Wilmington Middle Schoolinstalled new kitchen equipment at Boutwell Early Childhood Center and Shawsheen Elementary Schoolreplaced restroom partitions in 1st and 2nd floor men’s room at Wilmington Middle Schoolpainted restrooms at Wilmington Middle School and various other areas in school buildings throughout townThe Department of Public Works:painted all crosswalks and school zone stencils at all schoolsreadied all school fields and implemented its turf management plan (passed GMAX concussion testing at WHS Alumni Field)paved and added new granite to Woburn Street School‘s rear parking lotre-striped drop off lines at Woburn Street Schoolcompleted road paving projects on [1] Middlesex Avenue (Glen Road to Federal Street); [2] portion of Woburn Street; [3] Hillside Way; and [4] Arlene Avenue neighborhoodinstalled new traffic signals at Middlesex Avenue & Federal Street“The buildings looked great,” bottom-lined Brand, who noted Central Staff was able to visit each school building during Opening Day on August 27.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”UNDER CONSTRUCTION: WHS Gym Floor Finally Getting Replaced; Closed Until OctoberIn “Education”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand recently publicly thanked the Wilmington’s Public Buildings Department and Department of Public Works for their efforts in getting each school’s building and grounds ready for the First Day of School.In memos to the School Committee, Brand shared many of the projects these two departments successful completed over the school summer break.The Public Buildings Department:cleaned all schoolsrefinished gym floors at all schoolsstripped and relined the Woburn Street School gym to include Pickle Balltested and inspected all fire extinguishers and alarm systems at all schoolsinspected and services all boilers and heating systems at all schoolschanged all filters and belts, and lubed all univents, air handlers and roof top units at all schoolsinstalled new energy efficient LED lighting fixtures at the West Intermediate Schoolmoved equipment to set up Tiny Tots and Recreation Department summer programsassisted school department in getting ready for their summer programs by moving equipment and teaching supplies from school to school for the extended year summer programreplaced A/C units at several schoolsinstalled new ceiling tiles in the 1st first foyer and hallways at the West Intermediate Schoolbuilt a new room for student services at Wilmington Middle Schoolinstalled new kitchen equipment at Boutwell Early Childhood Center and Shawsheen Elementary Schoolreplaced restroom partitions in 1st and 2nd floor men’s room at Wilmington Middle Schoolpainted restrooms at Wilmington Middle School and various other areas in school buildings throughout townThe Department of Public Works:painted all crosswalks and school zone stencils at all schoolsreadied all school fields and implemented its turf management plan (passed GMAX concussion testing at WHS Alumni Field)paved and added new granite to Woburn Street School‘s rear parking lotre-striped drop off lines at Woburn Street Schoolcompleted road paving projects on [1] Middlesex Avenue (Glen Road to Federal Street); [2] portion of Woburn Street; [3] Hillside Way; and [4] Arlene Avenue neighborhoodinstalled new traffic signals at Middlesex Avenue & Federal Street“The buildings looked great,” bottom-lined Brand, who noted Central Staff was able to visit each school building during Opening Day on August 27.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”UNDER CONSTRUCTION: WHS Gym Floor Finally Getting Replaced; Closed Until OctoberIn “Education”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more

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Act against man for bid to molest daughter

06 Sep 2019

first_imgHimayathnagar: The Telangana State Civil Rights People’s Association (Praja Sangham) on Monday demanded action against a man who tried to seduce his own daughter by making her a slave for taking drugs.Jaya Vindyala, general secretary of the association, told press persons that Hussain of Vijaynagar Colony had got married 19 years back to one Najma, who went to Dubai. She gave birth to six children there. In this scenario Hussain got his daughter, Jehan, habituated to drugs and tried to misbehave with her in the recent past. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us His wife had lodged a complaint with the Nampally police. Hussain allegedly secured a certificate stating that Najma was mentally unstable, managed to collude with the police and got her admitted to a private hospital in Jubilee Hills, Vindyala stated. After her relatives raised a hue and cry, Hussain allegedly escaped to Dubai and got married to another woman there. She demanded, action against the police and Hussain for violation of law. Jehan demanded strong action against him for forcing her to take to drugs.last_img read more

first_imgHimayathnagar: The Telangana State Civil Rights People’s Association (Praja Sangham) on Monday demanded action against a man who tried to seduce his own daughter by making her a slave for taking drugs.Jaya Vindyala, general secretary of the association, told press persons that Hussain of Vijaynagar Colony had got married 19 years back to one Najma, who went to Dubai. She gave birth to six children there. In this scenario Hussain got his daughter, Jehan, habituated to drugs and tried to misbehave with her in the recent past. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us His wife had lodged a complaint with the Nampally police. Hussain allegedly secured a certificate stating that Najma was mentally unstable, managed to collude with the police and got her admitted to a private hospital in Jubilee Hills, Vindyala stated. After her relatives raised a hue and cry, Hussain allegedly escaped to Dubai and got married to another woman there. She demanded, action against the police and Hussain for violation of law. Jehan demanded strong action against him for forcing her to take to drugs.last_img read more

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Houston Fire Department Sounds The Final Alarm Bell For Captain Bill Dowling

02 Sep 2019

first_img 00:00 /01:21 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share – / 11It was standing room only as firefighters and friends remembered the man they called “Iron Bill.” Captain Bill Dowling died last week from injuries he sustained fighting a massive fire four years ago. The fire at the Southwest Inn killed four other firefighters. It was the deadliest day in Houston Fire Department history.   Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner remembered Dowling as a man who wasn’t just a dedicated firefighter, but someone who was deeply committed to his family and his community. “He served to protect our country, our freedom and our liberty,” said Turner. “He came home to serve, to protect, and to provide safety to our city. And he gave his life serving our city.”Before firefighters sounded the final alarm bell, the assembled heard emotional words from Jacki Dowling. She says she struggled with what happened to her husband until she came across his private prayer journal, where he listed the friends and co-workers who were in his thoughts.  “Bill is here lying in that coffin because he wanted God to use him to save you,” said Dowling. While the service was underway, firefighters from other departments manned Houston fire stations so colleagues could pay their respects. last_img read more

first_img 00:00 /01:21 X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share – / 11It was standing room only as firefighters and friends remembered the man they called “Iron Bill.” Captain Bill Dowling died last week from injuries he sustained fighting a massive fire four years ago. The fire at the Southwest Inn killed four other firefighters. It was the deadliest day in Houston Fire Department history.   Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner remembered Dowling as a man who wasn’t just a dedicated firefighter, but someone who was deeply committed to his family and his community. “He served to protect our country, our freedom and our liberty,” said Turner. “He came home to serve, to protect, and to provide safety to our city. And he gave his life serving our city.”Before firefighters sounded the final alarm bell, the assembled heard emotional words from Jacki Dowling. She says she struggled with what happened to her husband until she came across his private prayer journal, where he listed the friends and co-workers who were in his thoughts.  “Bill is here lying in that coffin because he wanted God to use him to save you,” said Dowling. While the service was underway, firefighters from other departments manned Houston fire stations so colleagues could pay their respects. last_img read more

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Neurosurgeons Harness 3D Technology to Map Brain During Surgery

27 Aug 2019

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons have begun using a high-definition imaging device to see inside the brain during surgery, allowing them to map safer pathways to reach and remove tumors. The device, called Brightmatter Guide, works like a GPS, providing real-time, brightly colored 3-D images that guide surgeons through the brain’s tiny neural connections while avoiding healthy tissue.January 10, 2017 — Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons have begun using a high-definition imaging device to see inside the brain during surgery, allowing them to map safer pathways to reach and remove tumors.The device, called Brightmatter Guide, works like a global positioning system (GPS), providing real-time, brightly colored 3-D images that guide surgeons through the brain’s tiny neural connections while avoiding healthy tissue. Until now, neurosurgeons have relied largely on conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that provide flat, two-dimensional renderings of the brain.“This technology allows for us to more safely enter the brain without disturbing the important pathways connecting the brain’s critical areas of operation,” said Keith Black, M.D., chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery and director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute. “An estimated 62,000 primary brain tumors and 150,000 metastatic brain tumors are diagnosed annually in the U.S. This new tool offers us a tremendous amount of hope for better outcomes for many of our patients.”In a new video, available for streaming, Black demonstrates how the device works and explains how it may help neurosurgeons cut surgery time and improve patient outcomes.Cedars-Sinai is the first medical center in California to employ the new system. The device includes a camera that tracks the physician’s tools and shows a detailed image of the patient’s brain on a nearby screen. The tool can be used by surgeons operating on brain tumors, aneurysms, vascular lesions, skull-based issues and the spine.Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons perform approximately 600 brain surgeries a year. Going forward, about one-third of those procedures will be performed with the new device.For more information: www.cedars-sinai.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Walk through of the Henry Ford Hospital MRI neuro MRI suiteVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:22Loaded: 44.84%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons have begun using a high-definition imaging device to see inside the brain during surgery, allowing them to map safer pathways to reach and remove tumors. The device, called Brightmatter Guide, works like a GPS, providing real-time, brightly colored 3-D images that guide surgeons through the brain’s tiny neural connections while avoiding healthy tissue.January 10, 2017 — Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons have begun using a high-definition imaging device to see inside the brain during surgery, allowing them to map safer pathways to reach and remove tumors.The device, called Brightmatter Guide, works like a global positioning system (GPS), providing real-time, brightly colored 3-D images that guide surgeons through the brain’s tiny neural connections while avoiding healthy tissue. Until now, neurosurgeons have relied largely on conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that provide flat, two-dimensional renderings of the brain.“This technology allows for us to more safely enter the brain without disturbing the important pathways connecting the brain’s critical areas of operation,” said Keith Black, M.D., chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery and director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute. “An estimated 62,000 primary brain tumors and 150,000 metastatic brain tumors are diagnosed annually in the U.S. This new tool offers us a tremendous amount of hope for better outcomes for many of our patients.”In a new video, available for streaming, Black demonstrates how the device works and explains how it may help neurosurgeons cut surgery time and improve patient outcomes.Cedars-Sinai is the first medical center in California to employ the new system. The device includes a camera that tracks the physician’s tools and shows a detailed image of the patient’s brain on a nearby screen. The tool can be used by surgeons operating on brain tumors, aneurysms, vascular lesions, skull-based issues and the spine.Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons perform approximately 600 brain surgeries a year. Going forward, about one-third of those procedures will be performed with the new device.For more information: www.cedars-sinai.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Walk through of the Henry Ford Hospital MRI neuro MRI suiteVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:22Loaded: 44.84%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Technology | Computer-Aided Detection Software | May 21, 2019 MaxQ AI Launches Accipio Ax Slice-Level Intracranial Hemorrhage Detection Medical diagnostic artificial intelligence (AI) company MaxQ AI announced that Accipio Ax will begin shipping in August… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 19, 2019 Third FDA Clearance Announced for Zebra-Med’s AI Solution for Brain Bleed Alerts Zebra Medical Vision announced it has received its third U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for… read more Videos | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | May 21, 2019 VIDEO: MRI Neuro-interventional Suite at Henry Ford Hospital This is a quick look inside the… read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more News | Neuro Imaging | May 17, 2019 New Study Evaluates Head CT Examinations and Patient Complexity Computed tomography (CT) of the head uses special X-ray equipment to help assess head injuries, dizziness and other… read more News | Neuro Imaging | January 10, 2017 Neurosurgeons Harness 3-D Technology to Map Brain During Surgery Cedars-Sinai Surgeons are the first in California to use new advanced imaging and navigation system that displays details undetectable by the naked eye or MRI Technology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 14, 2019 SyMRI Software Receives FDA Clearance for Use With Siemens MRI Systems SyntheticMR announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for clinical use of its SyMRI Image and SyMRI… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. 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. 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WestJets third quarter net earnings up 19 over last year

19 Aug 2019

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group CALGARY — WestJet continues to post big numbers in 2017, announcing that it reached record net earnings in the third quarter.According to its Q3 results, the airline had net earnings of $138.4 million, or $1.18 per fully diluted share, compared to $116 million, or $0.97 per fully diluted share in the third quarter of 2016. This represents a 19.4% and 21.6% increase, respectively.“Today we reported our 50th consecutive profitable quarter, which included record earnings, margin expansion, positive year over year RASM growth, and improved return on invested capital, as we achieved the highest ever quarterly load factor in our 21-year history and flew an all-time quarterly record number of guests,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.Saretsky also noted WestJet’s recent strategic initiatives, including the launching of Swoop in Summer 2018 as well as Boeing Dreamliner service starting in 2019. He said these initiatives “give us great confidence in our ability to deliver sustainable profitable growth and earnings expansion.” Tags: Profit Report, WestJetcenter_img WestJet’s third quarter net earnings up 19% over last year Tuesday, October 31, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Share Posted by Travelweek Group CALGARY — WestJet continues to post big numbers in 2017, announcing that it reached record net earnings in the third quarter.According to its Q3 results, the airline had net earnings of $138.4 million, or $1.18 per fully diluted share, compared to $116 million, or $0.97 per fully diluted share in the third quarter of 2016. This represents a 19.4% and 21.6% increase, respectively.“Today we reported our 50th consecutive profitable quarter, which included record earnings, margin expansion, positive year over year RASM growth, and improved return on invested capital, as we achieved the highest ever quarterly load factor in our 21-year history and flew an all-time quarterly record number of guests,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.Saretsky also noted WestJet’s recent strategic initiatives, including the launching of Swoop in Summer 2018 as well as Boeing Dreamliner service starting in 2019. He said these initiatives “give us great confidence in our ability to deliver sustainable profitable growth and earnings expansion.” Tags: Profit Report, WestJetcenter_img WestJet’s third quarter net earnings up 19% over last year Tuesday, October 31, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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US California forecasts recordbreaking cherry

13 Aug 2019

first_img U.S.: California forecasts record-breaking cherry … Chilean cherry production and exports are expected to fall by up to 20% year-on-year this season, according to industry sources.Last year exports nearly doubled to around 187,000 metric tons (MT) – equivalent to about 39 million boxes – which caused problems in some key points along the supply chain.However, the lower volumes expected this season should reduce the likelihood of those problems repeating themselves.”Last year was something quite atypical regarding production per hectare, and in the end, it was a year in which all the areas and varieties had a lot of fruit, and that is something that happens once every 10 years,” said Claudio Vial, general manager of the exporter Ranco Cherries.”On the other hand, normally after a year with lots of fruit there is one with less supply, and that is what we see for the next season.”Vial explained that so far they have seen fewer flowers in the orchards, indicating there will be a reduction in volumes.”Today we see that the production of cherries will be around 28 – 30 million boxes,” he said.Cristian Tagle, president of the Chilean Cherry Committee, added: “It is difficult to have the volumes of the past year.”However, Vial emphasized that although production would be down, there would still be much fruit. “Moving 25 or 30 million boxes to China is a gigantic challenge however you look at it,” he said.Both interviewees agreed that a lower volume of fruit would be less likely to generate problems seen last season related to logistics, packaging and oversupply issues in the Chinese market,”The risk of having the same problems as last season is small for several reasons. Firstly, for the volume and the concentration. Last year there was a very strong concentration in the last two weeks of December, and that’s a factor we hope not to repeat,” Tagle said.”The industry has been preparing, and there are more packaging lines than last year … the bottlenecks or the tightness of harvesting, packaging and shipping capacity should not happen.”October and November will be keyVial said the development of the flowering stage indicates this will not be an early season, and the next few months will be vital in determining how the campaign will develop.”We depend a lot on how spring evolves,” Vial said.Rainfall and frost events over the last few months in Chile’s central regions have also caused concern in the industry.”There are some occasional damages due to frost, but it is not general – we believe that there is no more than 3-5% of areas and orchards with an impact,” Tagle said.However, Vial said that the lower supplies would likely lead to better quality fruit this year.Decofrut forecasts a similar drop in exportsChilean market intelligence company Decofrut has predicted a reduction in exports of between 15-20%, anticipating around 150,000MT to be shipped, equivalent to 31 – 33 million boxes.It said the reduction was partly due to the natural effect in the orchards following such as high-volume year, and also because of some issues related to the accumulation of cold hours, especially in the central-northern growing areas.However, it said this estimate was subject to change and dependent on climatic conditions over the coming months. Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for … You might also be interested in U.S.: Northwest cherry crop set to be area’s “thir … October 24 , 2018 Hazel Technologies launches new USDA-funded produc …last_img read more

first_img U.S.: California forecasts record-breaking cherry … Chilean cherry production and exports are expected to fall by up to 20% year-on-year this season, according to industry sources.Last year exports nearly doubled to around 187,000 metric tons (MT) – equivalent to about 39 million boxes – which caused problems in some key points along the supply chain.However, the lower volumes expected this season should reduce the likelihood of those problems repeating themselves.”Last year was something quite atypical regarding production per hectare, and in the end, it was a year in which all the areas and varieties had a lot of fruit, and that is something that happens once every 10 years,” said Claudio Vial, general manager of the exporter Ranco Cherries.”On the other hand, normally after a year with lots of fruit there is one with less supply, and that is what we see for the next season.”Vial explained that so far they have seen fewer flowers in the orchards, indicating there will be a reduction in volumes.”Today we see that the production of cherries will be around 28 – 30 million boxes,” he said.Cristian Tagle, president of the Chilean Cherry Committee, added: “It is difficult to have the volumes of the past year.”However, Vial emphasized that although production would be down, there would still be much fruit. “Moving 25 or 30 million boxes to China is a gigantic challenge however you look at it,” he said.Both interviewees agreed that a lower volume of fruit would be less likely to generate problems seen last season related to logistics, packaging and oversupply issues in the Chinese market,”The risk of having the same problems as last season is small for several reasons. Firstly, for the volume and the concentration. Last year there was a very strong concentration in the last two weeks of December, and that’s a factor we hope not to repeat,” Tagle said.”The industry has been preparing, and there are more packaging lines than last year … the bottlenecks or the tightness of harvesting, packaging and shipping capacity should not happen.”October and November will be keyVial said the development of the flowering stage indicates this will not be an early season, and the next few months will be vital in determining how the campaign will develop.”We depend a lot on how spring evolves,” Vial said.Rainfall and frost events over the last few months in Chile’s central regions have also caused concern in the industry.”There are some occasional damages due to frost, but it is not general – we believe that there is no more than 3-5% of areas and orchards with an impact,” Tagle said.However, Vial said that the lower supplies would likely lead to better quality fruit this year.Decofrut forecasts a similar drop in exportsChilean market intelligence company Decofrut has predicted a reduction in exports of between 15-20%, anticipating around 150,000MT to be shipped, equivalent to 31 – 33 million boxes.It said the reduction was partly due to the natural effect in the orchards following such as high-volume year, and also because of some issues related to the accumulation of cold hours, especially in the central-northern growing areas.However, it said this estimate was subject to change and dependent on climatic conditions over the coming months. Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for … You might also be interested in U.S.: Northwest cherry crop set to be area’s “thir … October 24 , 2018 Hazel Technologies launches new USDA-funded produc …last_img read more

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