Incomprehensible failure Auditor general says federal government not improving life for Indigenous

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsThe federal government’s inability to help improve life for Indigenous people in Canada is an “incomprehensible failure,” according to the auditor general.A new scathing audit report states Indigenous Services Canada has not adequately collected data – and sometimes reported inaccurate data – about the well-being of First Nations living on reserve.With incomplete information on factors like education, income and health, Indigenous Services Canada has also failed to track the country’s progress in closing socioeconomic gaps between on-reserve First Nations and the rest of Canada, the report concludes.“There are so many discussions about the need to close the socio-economic gaps between Indigenous people and other Canadians in this country and we don’t see those gaps closing,” said Auditor General Michael Ferguson on Tuesday, after the report was tabled in the House of Commons.“We don’t even see that they know how to measure those gaps.”That also means Parliamentarians who have rubber-stamped funding for Indigenous communities have not had the full picture of life on-reserve.For example, the report states government spent $42 million over four years (2012-2013 to 2015-2016) for a First Nations post-secondary education preparation program.But auditors found only eight per cent of those enrolled actually completed program.“Despite these poor results, the department did not work with First Nations or education institutions to improve the success rates,” said Ferguson.The report also found the department reported inaccurate data to Parliament concerning the number of First Nations students who graduated high school within four years.The department reported almost half of First Nations students (46 per cent) finished high school, on average, between 2011 and 2016.However, auditors found only 24 per cent who started high school in grade 9 actually finished in four years.“These findings matter because, without complete and accurate information, Canadians, First Nations, and Parliamentarians were not fully informed about the true extent of First Nations’ education results or the education gap,” the report reads.The federal government was also “inconsistent” in its funding approach to educating students over age 21. While an elementary and secondary education program was meant for students aged four to 21, a “significant” number of students over the age limit were funded. Yet other older students wishing to return to high school were denied funding.Also, despite 30 years of federal funding to various employment training programs for Indigenous people, the report concludes the federal government failed to track whether more Indigenous people are successfully finding jobs and staying employed.“They didn’t have a definition of what sustainable employment means,” said Ferguson. “Even if somebody got a part-time job or a job for five days working on a construction project, they counted that as one of the clients getting a job, even though it’s very short-term.”Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said she welcomes the report’s findings, noting the Liberal government is working with First Nations to better track progress on closing socioeconomic gaps.Contrary to Ferguson’s characterization of the report’s findings, Philpott said the gaps are “absolutely comprehensible” considering how Indigenous programs and services have been underfunded for generations.But Ferguson said past governments are not solely to blame.The new Indigenous Services Canada department received $2.6 billion to fund its core education funding budget from the 2016-2017 fiscal year until 2020-2021. However, auditors deemed the department’s analysis to support this amount was “insufficient.”In August 2017, the federal government announced it was splitting Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada into two different departments: Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.Ferguson said this could be a step towards improving services for First Nations – but we won’t know unless there’s a way to track the outcomes.“What we really need to see is actual changes in results.”lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

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Modi to address BJP rally in Jammu on Thursday

first_imgJammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address an election rally in the Jammu district on Thursday, a BJP official said here on Tuesday. Avinash Rai Khanna, BJP National Vice President, said the grand start of the party’s election campaign in the region will take place from Modi’s ‘Vijay Sankalp rally’ scheduled to be held in the outskirts of Jammu city at the Doomi panchayat in Bhalwal. According to the official, Modi will seek votes for the two Bharatiya Janata Party candidates — Jugal Kishore Sharma from Jammu and Jitendra Singh from Udhampur — who are seeking re-election. Elections to the Udhampur seat is scheduled on April 11 while voting for Jammu will be held on April 18. Elaborate security arrangements are being made for Modi’s visit. An advance security liaison (ASL) team that protects the Prime Minister has already arrived here.last_img read more

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UN increasingly involved in democracy building says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spotlighted the growing trend for emerging democracies to seek help from the United Nations, in a message marking the International Day of Democracy.While democracy is considered as the optimal social and political system, the challenges to consolidating democracy around the world remain “formidable and numerous,” stressed Mr. Ban.“Demand for UN assistance with institution-building, elections, the rule of law, the strengthening of civil society and other key aspects of democracy have grown considerably,” he said on the second annual celebration of the Day. “Restoring or building new democracies, preserving fragile democracies and improving the quality of even long-established democracies requires commitment and hard work,” he added.To support the world body’s efforts in establishing democracies, Mr. Ban said he has created a set of guidelines committing the entire UN organization to principled, coherent and consistent action, and to “ensure that UN assistance truly helps to build national capacities and nurture democratic cultures.”Democracy contributes significantly to economic and social progress, international peace and security and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, said Mr. Ban, while calling for the UN to “rededicate ourselves to those principles.”Underscoring that although primary responsibility for democratic change lies within national societies, Mr. Ban said that the international community can play a vital supportive role.In a related development, the winners of a global online video competition aimed at engaging people in a conversation centred on democracy are slated to be announced at a gathering at UN Headquarters in New York today.Over 900 contestants from 95 countries submitted videos completing the phrase “Democracy is …,” with the six regional winners – ranging from a animated short film about life without free expression to a rap documentary on sound leadership – selected by the public through an online vote.Also today, a poll of 24 nations from around the world on political tolerance was released, showing that large majorities perceive people in their countries to not be completely free to express their views and that opposition parties have limited freedom to speak out.The WorldPublicOpinion.org survey is “very ambitious and representative,” Oscar Fernández-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told reporters in New York today.The poll –nearly 90 per cent of whose respondents said it is important to live in democratically governed countries – provides much “food for thought in terms of how the UN can use these findings in its actions on the ground,” he said.The Organization increasingly supports elections, but Mr. Fernández-Taranco highlighted that the world body plays a crucial post-election role by promoting good governance and respect of fundamental freedoms.At the same press briefing, Craig Mokhiber, Deputy Director, New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), pointed out that “the term ‘democracy’ has been much misused through the years.”In the UN’s view, he said, democracy encompasses free expression and opinion, equality before the law, and the will of the people as the basis of governmental authority, among others. 15 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spotlighted the growing trend for emerging democracies to seek help from the United Nations, in a message marking the International Day of Democracy. read more

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TSX Wall Street end in positive territory amid little economic news

TORONTO — North American stock markets finished the day in positive territory as traders continued to take a break amid a relatively quiet week scant of economic news.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto gained 8.96 points to 14,533.57, with advances in industrials and healthcare offsetting pressure from declining gold stocks.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 36.02 points at 18,595.03, the broader S&P 500 composite index rose 9.24 points to 2,173.02 and the Nasdaq composite was ahead 53.56 points to 5,089.93.The Canadian dollar lost 0.16 of a U.S. cent to 76.60 cents US, despite a gain in oil prices.The August crude contract was up 29 cents at US$44.94 per barrel, while the more heavily traded September contract gained 30 cents to US$45.75 a barrel.August natural gas fell seven cents at US$2.66 per mmBTU and September copper contracts added a penny to US$2.25 a pound.August gold fell $13 to US$1,319.30 an ounce. read more

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SpaceX to dock at ISS first commercial craft to do so

first_imgSpaceX, the private space transportation company, will be sending a shuttle to the International Space Station soon. As opposed to just flying close to the station in order to test its Dragon spacecraft, the mission will be a functional one. That means that the Dragon will dock on the ISS and resupply the station.This mission will effectively skip the test flight of the Dragon and the Falcon 9 launch vehicle and go straight to the docking and reentry mission. There is some added risk, but mostly for the ISS, as the Dragon is — at this stage — an unmanned capsule.The majority of the docking work will be done not by the Dragon but actually by a robotic arm on the exterior of the space station. For this the Dragon needs a high degree of accuracy in order for the arm to make a connection, but the arm will maneuver the capsule and basically plug it into the ISS. This video (MPG) shows a 3D modeled simulation of the docking procedure.We’ve known about SpaceX’s ISS mission for months now (they made the announcement on their site on April 15th) but at the time the projected November 30th launch date and the docking mission was only agreed upon in principle. At this point the deal is set and everything is go-for-launch, as they say in the industry.This is a Commercial Orbital Transportation Services mission and it’s being heralded as a major step not just for commercial space transport but for the international space programs as well.The craft will leave from Cape Canaveral on February 7, 2012, pending further safety checks and tests. It is not known what supplies the craft will be carrying.via New Scientistlast_img read more

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Des excréments humains pour faire rouler une moto

first_imgDes excréments humains pour faire rouler une motoUn constructeur de toilettes japonais, Toto, a mis au point un concept des plus étonnants : une moto fonctionnant grâce à l’énergie produite par les excréments humains ! Baptisée Toilet Bike Neo, cette moto est équipée en lieu et place de sa selle, d’un siège de toilettes.Le développement durable et la recherche d’énergies renouvelables peuvent donner lieu à de bien étranges idées. Au Japon, le plus grand constructeur de toilettes du pays a mis au point un siège permettant à une moto de fonctionner grâce aux excréments humains. Comme le rapporte en effet le site TreeHugger.com, la société Toto a crée le Toilet Bike Neo qui roule grâce au bio-gaz résultant de la fermentation des excréments de son conducteur.À lire aussiLa première station-service de “gaz de poubelle” inaugurée en MoselleCet étonnant concept, présenté sur le site Internet (lien non disponible) de la firme japonaise, a été développé dans le cadre du “Défi Vert Toto”, qui vise à réduire de moitié les émissions de CO2 émises dans les salles de bains, et ce à l’horizon 2017. Et l’originalité de la Toilet Bike Neo ne s’arrête pas là. En plus d’afficher des messages grâce à des diodes électroluminescentes, la moto émet de la musique et parle à son utilisateur, comme le font déjà d’autres modèles de toilettes de Toto. La firme entend construire un circuit de 1.000 kilomètres pour tester les performances de son incroyable moto. Mais Toto ne précise pas la quantité d’excréments nécessaire pour réaliser un tel voyage, ni les désagréments facilement imaginables, comme bien sûr, l’odeur émise par cet étrange véhicule…Le 16 octobre 2011 à 15:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Mercer acquires Sirota Consulting

first_imgMercer has acquired global employee engagement organisation Sirota Consulting.Sirota Consulting specialises in organisational research, providing assessments, surveys, technology and analytics in areas such as engagement, team effectiveness, leadership and culture.Mercer’s acquisition will enable it to build on its current consulting proposition in talent management, as well as reinforce its commitment to employee engagement.Ilya Bonic (pictured), president, career at Mercer, said: “Employee engagement is one of the most important human capital issues facing business leaders today, and the acquisition of Sirota strengthens our consulting insights by ensuring our [employer] clients have access to leading expertise and data-driven employee survey research programmes.“With Sirota’s highly regarded intellectual capital, global normative database, tools and assessments, Mercer has the ability to address current trends in the marketplace that will benefit organisations worldwide.”John Mallozzi, chief executive officer at Sirota, added: “Our mission is to help our clients solve their business problems through employee research. Both Mercer and Sirota have the tools, technology, and insights to help organisations execute their strategy, enhance their talent management programmes and unlock the full potential of their workforce.”The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.last_img read more

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49 Voices Benito Achas of Kodiak

first_imgBenito Achas of Kodiak (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KMXT – Kodiak)This week, we’re hearing from Benito Achas in Kodiak. Achas works with drug rehabilitation at Safe Harbor and immigrated to Alaska from the Phillipines in the mid 90s.Listen nowACHAS: I come to Kodiak because that’s where… my mother-in-law and her husband were already here in Kodiak. Actually they originated from Hawaii. They came to Kodiak to work in the cannery. I worked for like three months when I came here. But, after that, I kept looking for a job, and then I get the job that I wanted, but I don’t really stay long for that job. From the cannery, I used to work as a correction officer in the city of Kodiak, but I don’t like the job because I’d been in the military and the police force when I was still in the Philippines. And the setup is different from here.In the Philippines, we only have two seasons — dry season and rainy season. Here we have four. And at that time when we arrived here, that snow is really thick, you know. It’s like, I remember one time during Thanksgiving and you cannot got out from your house because it’s full of snow outside.We have our own Filipino-American Association of Kodiak. Me, I am the one who organizes Filipino youth movements against alcohol and drugs. This is one way, you know, to help the Filipino-American youth get away from the dangers of alcohol and drugs in this community.I usually have my own team for basketball with the young kids. We used to travel from Kodiak going to Anchorage to play against Filipino teams in Anchorage. That’y my passion, you know, travelling with kids and playing sports.last_img read more

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16 more bodies of Rohingyas recovered in Naf river

first_imgA body a Rohingya refugee child who died as the boat capsized while crossing the border through Bay of Bengal at Shah Porir Dwip near Teknaf. Reuters file photo Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Friday morning recovered 16 bodies of Rohingya people from different points of the Naf river and Shahparir Dwip in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar district.Officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station M Mainuddin Khan said 15 of the bodies were floating inside Bangladesh territory of the Naf river.Four of the deceased might have been shot to death, said the OC quoting witnesses.Besides, BGB men retrieved another body from the Naf river in Shahparir Dwip area, said the OC adding the victim might have died when a boat, carrying Rohingays, capsized in the river early Wednesday.last_img read more

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Bryant Makes His Bid to Represent Marylands Historic Sacred Office

first_imgSean YoesEven as Baltimore continued to digest the news that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will not seek re-election in 2016, the city was hit with another political bombshell on Sept. 14 when Empowerment Temple Pastor Jamal Bryant announced his bid to replace U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who represents the venerable Seventh Congressional District of Maryland.“I’m not opposing anyone, I’m proposing new ideas,” Bryant said during his announcement in the Bolton Hill community, outside of the recently dedicated Freddie Gray Youth Empowerment Center on Eutaw Place.The 44-year old pastor and community activist attempted to strike a delicate balance making his case to represent the people of the seventh district, while not disrespecting the work of the man who has held the seat since 1996. Bryant also seemed to acknowledge he’s running for the seventh on the assumption Cummings will seek the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.“I have not talked to Mr. Cummings, I think he’s done a wonderful job, he’s been an incredible leader for our community…if he decided to stay in (House of Representatives) I would have a conversation with him because I respect him that much,” Bryant said.On the same day as Bryant’s announcement, Cummings made an announcement of his own, `Not so fast.’“Anybody…who thinks or presumes that I will not run for this sacred office, that is the Seventh Congressional District of Maryland, where I live in a district that I love, their assumptions are definitely premature,” Cummings said.Many cherish the historic legacy of, `the sacred office that is the Seventh Congressional District of Maryland.’In 1970, Parren J. Mitchell became the first Black elected to Congress from a state below the Mason-Dixon line since 1898 and the first ever in Maryland, after he defeated the incumbent Samuel Friedel by just 38 votes. After the 1970 Census, the Seventh Congressional District of Maryland was redrawn to be a majority Black district in West Baltimore (the district now stretches from Baltimore City to parts of Howard and Baltimore County), the first in the history of the state. It was a major step in the consolidation of viable Black political power in Maryland and the Seventh served as a base for several subsequent successful political campaigns for Black politicians. The redrawing of the Seventh (and the burgeoning Black voting bloc) also helped bolster Baltimore’s role as the dominant Democratic stronghold in the state for decades.Mitchell, one of the early and most vocal members of the Congressional Black Caucus (the group was formed in 1969 just prior to Mitchell’s arrival), was the, “father” of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). In 1976, Mitchell attached an amendment to a $4 billion public works program, which required state and local governments applying for federal contracts to set aside 10 percent of the money for companies owned by people of color.Trailblazing was nothing new for Mitchell, who came from one of the storied families of Black Baltimore. His brother, Clarence Mitchell, Jr., (whose mother-in-law Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson was known as the mother of civil rights in Maryland, his wife Juanita Jackson was a civil rights firebrand and the first Black woman to practice law in Maryland), known as the, “101st Senator,” was the most effective lobbyist in the history of the NAACP. Mitchell, Jr., who was a star reporter for the Baltimore AFRO American Newspaper, was also part of the team (through a plan created by the AFRO and the Baltimore branch of the NAACP) that first attempted to integrate the University of Maryland in 1933.In 1950, Parren Mitchell integrated the University of Maryland’s College Park campus, the university’s last bastion of segregation.After Mitchell announced he would not seek re-election in 1985, Kweisi Mfume ran for and won the Seventh District seat and took up the mantle of leadership and service so carefully crafted by Mitchell.During his fourth term in Congress, Mfume became chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, the organization Mitchell had been so influential in helping establish. Mfume, later moved on to become president of the NAACP.In an ironic twist of fate, Mfume told me that during the Baltimore Riots of 1968 it was Parren Mitchell who confronted him (then Frizzell Gray) on the street, in the midst of destruction and violence and dissuaded him from engaging in activity that could have proven catastrophic to him or others. It was around the same time the trajectory of his life — he had been a multiple teen father, high school dropout and generally a hooligan — was changed radically. By the early 1970’s he adopted a new name and in 1978 he ran for a seat in the Baltimore City Council, winning by a mere three votes.This is part of the incredible legacy Cummings inherited (after a brutal political battle) in 1996. It’s going to be interesting to see if he’s ready to give it up with or without a fight.last_img

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Sony to announce OnLive or Gaikai deal at E3

first_imgI’ve discussed before how streaming games services pose a serious threat to the traditional ways we consume games. I also expected Steam to jump on the bandwagon and introduce a streaming games service first, but Sony may have beaten them to the punch.This is just a rumor at the moment, but it is expected that come June 4 and the start of E3, Sony will announce some sort of deal with either OnLive or Gaikai.If true, it means PS3 and PS Vita owners could soon have the option of streaming games directly to their machines through PSN rather than purchasing them outright. Not only does that open up new price points for gamers, it offers Sony an opportunity to add another form of subscription to its console.What we may also see is a sudden influx of games not currently available for Sony’s platforms, or even any consoles for that matter. How much of advantage would it be if Sony could advertise the ability to play Diablo III on its platforms, for example?Such a deal would also pose a problem for Microsoft. How much of a problem depends on its stance on game streaming and whether it already has such a service in the works for the Xbox 360. If it proved popular on Sony’s devices, and I see no reason it wouldn’t other than the price being too high, Microsoft would be forced to react and sign up with a competing service, be it Gaikai or OnLive.For now, this firmly remains a rumor, but one that could seriously mix things up at E3 in a couple of weeks if it turns out to be true.via VG247last_img read more

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Malware can take ugly leap forward to virtual machines

first_img(Phys.org) — A piece of malware categorized as a malicious rootkit can spread via an installer disguised as an Adobe Flash Player installer and is capable of spreading to four different platform environments, including Windows, Mac OSX, VMware virtual machines, and Windows Mobile devices. The news this week is that the malware, dubbed Crisis, not only affects Macs, as originally assumed, but these other systems as well. The discovery is an example of expert security companies building on each other’s efforts. Explore further Citation: Malware can take ugly leap forward to virtual machines (2012, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-malware-ugly-virtual-machines.html More information: www.symantec.com/connect/blogs … aks-virtual-machines This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img In July, security sleuths got the ball rolling in reporting that there was a Mac Trojan, dubbed Crisis, intercepting e-mails and tracking web sites. Kaspersky Lab said that it arrives on a compromised computer through a JAR file by using social engineering techniques. Symantec said it was beyond Mac and targeting Windows users. They saw executable files for more than one operating system.For those who follow the well beaten path of tricks that malware authors use to lure victims, it all sounds too familiar. There they are again, the two words, Adobe Flash. Crisis is distributed using social engineering techniques designed to trick users into installing a Java archive file masquerading as an Adobe Flash installer. It makes itself look like the installer and proceeds to deliver a corresponding JAR file to infect the system.But there is something not at all familiar, rather, annoyingly new. “This may be the first malware that attempts to spread onto a virtual machine,” said Takashi Katsuki, a researcher with Symantec. He thinks of it as a very unwelcome leap forward. Malware threats in the past tend to terminate themselves when they find a virtual machine monitoring application, such as VMware, to avoid being analyzed. Instead, this time, the malware authors have embraced VMware. Crisis can look for a VMware virtual machine image on the compromised computer and, finding it, the malware copies itself onto the image using the VMware Player tool. The VMware Player tool allows multiple operating systems to run on the same computer. “VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC,” according to the company’s site. “With its user-friendly interface, VMware Player makes it effortless for anyone to try out Windows 8 developer release, Windows 7, Chrome OS or the latest Linux releases, or create isolated virtual machines to safely test new software and surf the Web.”According to Symantec, though, Crisis does not leverage any vulnerability in VMware’s software itself but merely takes advantage of an attribute of all virtualization software, that the virtual machine is a file or files on the disk of the host machine.The Windows version of Crisis can spread to Windows Mobile devices connected to compromised computers by installing a module on the device. Android and iOS devices are not affected.In sum, the malware can sneak into a VMware virtual machine and drop modules onto a Windows Mobile device using Remote Application Programming Interface.Its payback includes an ability to record Skype conversations, monitor instant messaging programs and track websites visited in Firefox or Safari.Kaspersky Lab’s assessment has been that this is no work of amateurs. Sergey Golovanov, in a July posting, found the modules were written professionally and, “from the code we can see that the cybercriminals developed this Trojan in order to sell it on hacker forums.”Similarly, Intego, an antivirus software company, pegged Crisis as “a very advanced and fully-functional threat,” and noted that some of the malware’s code originated with commercial spying software.Symantec said the malware has infected less than 50 machines. Hackers hitting Macs with virus: industry experts © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Turkey bans this LGBTI film fest so were showing their films

first_imgDigital Pride is proud to screen these films – courtesy of Pink Life QueerFest in Turkey.Pink Life Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Solidarity Association has been running this amazing film festival in Ankara, the capital of Turkey since 2011. But on 18 November last year, the Ankara governor put in a blanket ban on LGBTI activities. He banned ‘film screenings, cinevision, theater plays, panels, talks, exhibitions’. Why? Because they may upset ‘social sensitivities and sensibilities’.Pink Life QueerFest says the ban is an ‘illegal, discriminatory and arbitrary’ attack on their fundamental freedom of expression.Sadly, it’s a typical tactic for homophobes and transphobes. They want to silence LGBTI people.But despite the ban, Pink Life QueerFest’s organizers are finding innovative ways to continue their work.So when Gay Star News heard about the governor’s ban, we offered to host some of the films as part of Digital Pride. We are bringing you one full-length documentary, a short film and a performance. They are only available until the end of Digital Pride this weekend, so don’t miss the chance to watch them now.Watch the Pink Life QueerFest films from TurkeyHatewalk tells the story of Deniz. She is a trans woman who is a sex worker in Mersin, a port city on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. When a gang, armed with knives, attacked her, they inflicted terrible wounds. Moreover, she try to flee but crashed a car in her getaway, seriously breaking her leg. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Hatewalk charts her recovery and her fight for her rights. It also shows how activists from 7 Colours, the leading LGBTI association in Turkey’s south region, supported her. Together, they try to increase their visibility to combat hate.Istanbul-born documentary director and film editor Serkan Çiftçi directs the film. He still works at the communication faculty of Mersin University.You can watch Hatewalk here.[embedded content]Rebirth is a beautifully filmed short and just four minutes long. Rebirth is a dance ceremony. Directors Zehra Gökçimen, Gökçe Oraloğlu take us through the performance as a doctor cuts the umbilical cord tying our hero to her former life.[embedded content]Despite the challenges facing Turkey’s LGBTI community, there is still joy. Watch 7 Colors Choir, the only LGBTI choir in Turkey, celebrating through music.They told us: ‘In our struggle against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism, we as LGBTI community in Mersin, choose music as a resistance tool.’[embedded content]We are grateful to our friends at Pink Life QueerFest for joining Digital Pride. And we’d like to thank the filmmakers for sharing their films for free.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Bill Nighy and other actors condemn Turkey’s ban of Pride movie screeningThe voice of tourism may make LGBTI in Istanbul happen todayTurkey to boycott Eurovision because of LGBTI preformersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/turkey-bans-this-lgbti-film-fest-so-were-showing-their-films/last_img read more

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first_img Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 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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News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | October 05, 2012 Bankruptcy Judge Approves Gamma Medica’s DIP Financing Company pledges to continue LumaGEM molecular breast imaging work Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 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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Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay October 5, 2012 — Judge Victoria Kaufman of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (San Fernando Valley Division) approved Gamma Medica Inc.’s $1.5 million debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing on a final basis on Oct. 3 as part of its Chapter 11 restructuring. This DIP financing order provides the molecular breast imaging (MBI) manufacturer with sufficient financing to pursue a reorganization or asset sale.“Gamma Medica’s LumaGEM molecular breast imaging system is already in the market and is very promising,” said recently named CEO Jim Calandra. “We also have industry leading preclinical imaging products. We plan on being sure our tools are in the hands of researchers and radiologists working in women’s imaging.”Gamma Medica’s Clinical Imaging Division, with its LumaGEM MBI system, has installed more than 20 systems in clinical and research facilities in the United States and Europe. Radiologists use the device as a diagnostic tool, adjunct to a traditional mammogram, and it is useful thanks to the ability to diagnose lesions in dense breast tissue. Gamma Medica also has a Pre-Clinical Imaging Division with its Triumph II tri-modality imaging system, which features the only solid-state SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) imaging available and market-leading PET (positron emission tomography) imaging technology, available for small animal imaging.Gamma Medica has also hired investment bank CRS Capstone LLC to advise the company on the sale or financial restructuring of one or more of Gamma Medica’s divisions. “We were already restructuring Gamma Medica when the company filed for Chapter 11 protection, so we are already on the path to emergence,” said Calandra, founder of the restructuring firm Birch Hill Partners. “We’ve made changes in management and we’re already refocusing operations on the needs of our customers.”“It is unusual for a startup company to have the creditor support to be able to go through Chapter 11 rather than liquidation, but the LumaGEM technology has been embraced in the market and its investors expect it to succeed,” added Calandra. “Its reimbursement is half the cost of MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] and radiologists tell us the images are much easier and faster to read.”For more information: www.gammamedica.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more last_img read more

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Longshoremen suspend strike to protect paychecks

first_imgThe 16-day longshoremen strike in Limón may finally be heading toward its end after Ombudswoman Monserrat Solano announced a deal to suspend the walkout Wednesday evening, according to several news sources. The deal negotiated puts striking workers from the SINTRAJAP union back on the job Thursday morning to avoid sanctions, including docked wages, for participation in the labor action.SINTRAJAP walked off the job and briefly seized the docks in the Caribbean ports of Moín and Limón starting Oct. 22 in their latest effort to block a concession granted in 2011 to the Dutch company APM Terminals to build a $1 billion container terminal in Moín. Solano agreed to mediate the conflict between the government and the union Tuesday after negotiations broke down on Friday, Oct. 31. Costa Rica duerme hoy confiada en que vamos por buen camino. El camino del diálogo. La huelga se acaba, retomamos la búsqueda de acuerdos.— Casa Presidencial CR (@presidenciacr) November 6, 2014 Limón, huelga; sanciones penales que correspondan a los detenidos NO SON ni serán objeto de negociación alguna. #FuerzaPúblicaCR— Celso Gamboa Sánchez (@CelsoGamboaCR) November 6, 2014 “Costa Rica sleeps tonight with the confidence that we are going down the right path. The path of dialogue. The strike ends, we take up again the search for an agreement,” tweeted Casa Presidencial on Wednesday evening.Dockworkers who returned to their jobs Thursday would not risk any sanctions from the Atlantic Port Authority, said port president Ann McKinley, according to the daily La Nación. But the agreement struck Wednesday evening did not resolve the strike or the ongoing conflict between the government and the longshoremen over the new terminal. Solano said that the agreement was the first step toward an eventual resolution.During an interview with Radio Monumental Thursday morning, Labor Minister Victor Morales reiterated that clause 9.1 of the contract, which deals with APM Terminal’s 33-year monopoly on handling containers, was not negotiable.A court in Limón declared the strike illegal last week, but SINTRAJAP appealed the decision Monday. Casa Presidencial said that it would not be appropriate to take action against striking workers, pending the union’s appeal.The docks remained open with contract labor as the strike dragged on, but business was anything but usual, with several companies complaining about costly delays.One group who did not get amnesty in the deal was troublemakers arrested during the two-week walkout. The president’s office and the Public Security Ministry said that those arrested during the strike for vandalism or other crimes would not avoid prosecution.center_img “Criminal penalties that correspond to those arrested ARE NOT nor will be subject to any negotiation,” tweeted Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa.The Public Security Ministry released a statement Monday that tires were burned and improvised road blocks were erected in Limón and Moín Sunday evening. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s Labor Ministry suspends talks with unions over port project after president’s picture burned UPDATE: Atlantic ports paralyzed after dockworkers go on ‘indefinite’ strike Hurting the bottom line: Delays from dock strike have impact on business Libertarian lawmaker Otto Guevara files criminal complaint against port authority officials for paying striking dockworkerslast_img read more

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Study Household Formations Now at PreRecession Levels

first_img New household formation in the United States has recovered from the widespread job losses that came with the recession, according to a new study from the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California.The study was conducted authored by Gary Painter, director of the Lusk Center, and doctoral candidate Jung Hyun Choi, to determine how long declines in household formation would last following a major economic shock such as a drop in employment that occurred during the recession.The study found that household formations consistently return to their previous levels in about three years regardless of whether employment has recovered at the same rate during that time.”This shows us that even a permanent increase in the unemployment rate will not have a permanent impact on housing formation,” Painter said. “As a result, policymakers and industry practitioners have a new level of predictability when it comes to how economic crises impact the rate of new households.”The researchers found in their study that household formations in the United States fell to almost zero during the recession’s peak years of 2008 to 2010, but then played three years of catch-up and have now recovered to pre-recession levels of about one million per year. Quarterly data from 1975 to 2011 showed that household recoveries typically lasted three years following periods of unemployment.”The freeze in formations is over and people are again moving out and forming households. This means that real estate professionals and policy makers should not keep waiting for pent-up demand,” Painter said. “So while a number of factors will continue to influence the housing recovery, household formation is no longer one of them.” Demand Household Formations Jobs Recovery Unemployment 2015-02-20 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News February 20, 2015 461 Views center_img Study: Household Formations Now at Pre-Recession Levels Sharelast_img read more

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Mortgage Servicing Drives Consumer Complaints

first_imgMortgage Servicing Drives Consumer Complaints Consumers ran into three major problems with the way their loan is being serviced, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) latest monthly consumer complaint snapshot.The CFPB’s report, released Tuesday, found that consumers face servicing problems when they are not able to make their payments.According to the data, as of April 1, 2016, the Bureau has handled approximately 859,900 complaints across all products, including approximately 26,500 complaints in March 2016.The top three most complained about products in the report were debt collection, mortgage, and credit reporting, together they represent about 69 percent of complaints submitted in March 2016. Mortgage make up 223,126 of the total complaints, 5,111 of these occurred in March, and they are up 13 percent from last month.The CFPB began accepting complaints from consumers about financial products shortly after opening its doors in July 2011. The mortgage market is the largest consumer financial marketplace in the country with more than $10 trillion in total value. The CFPB enacted new mortgage rules in 2014 to ensure strong consumer protections and also ensure that lenders offered affordable mortgages to consumers.The CFPB found that consumers are experiencing the following problems with the servicing of their loan:Problems when consumers are unable to pay: Consumers complained of prolonged loss mitigation review processes in which the same documentation was repeatedly requested by their servicer. Consumers also complained that they received conflicting and confusing foreclosure notifications during the loss mitigation review process. Confusion over loan transfers: Consumers complained that they were often not properly informed that their loan had been transferred. As a result, payments made to either the prior or current servicer around the time of the transfer were not applied to their account.Communication issues with servicers: Consumers complained that when they were able to speak with their servicer, the information they received was often confusing and did not provide the clarifications they were hoping for.According to the report, the most-complained-about mortgage companies between November 2015 to January 2016 were Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Ocwen, and Nationstar Mortgage.“Today’s report shows that consumers are still running into too many dead ends and obstacles in resolving issues with their mortgage servicer,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The Bureau will continue to press to make sure that people can get the right information and the timely help they need.” CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mortgage Complaints 2016-04-26 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Servicingcenter_img April 26, 2016 494 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The official injury report for the Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins Week 2 game. Daryl WashingtonLBCalfDNPDNPDNP Donte StallworthWRShoulderFullFullFull Jim DrayTEPectoralDNPLimitedLimited LaRod Stephens-HowlingRBHandDNPDNPDNP Friday Status DesignationsOut – Definitely will not playDoubtful – At least a 75% chance will not playQuestionable – A 50-50 chance will not playProbable – A virtual certainty of being available for normal duty Crezdon ButlerDBAnkle—LimitedDNP Joey PorterLBKneeDNPLimitedFull Brandon BanksWRKneeFullFullFull Comments   Share   Nick SundbergLSHandFullFullFull LaRon LandrySLimitedLimitedLimited Washington RedskinsPlayerPosInjuryWedThuFricenter_img Chris CooleyTEKneeFullFullFull Arizona CardinalsPlayerPosInjuryWedThuFri Brian OrakpoWLBAnkleLimitedLimitedLimited Keyaron FoxLBBack—LimitedLimited Daily Practice DesignationsOut – Definitely will not playDNP – Did Not ParticipateLimited – Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full – Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions) What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away DeAngelo HallCBBackFullFullFull Dave ZastudilPRight CalfLimitedLimitedLimited DeMarco SampsonWRHamstringLimitedDNPDNPlast_img read more

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