first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is beefing up legislation aimed at making it easier for Canadians to vote and harder for foreign entities to interfere in federal elections.It has sponsored a number of amendments to Bill C-76, including one that would ban advocacy groups from ever using money from foreign entities to conduct partisan campaigns.When the bill was introduced last spring, the government proposed only to prohibit the use of foreign money by so-called third parties during the weeks immediately prior to an election being called and during the actual campaign, known as the pre-writ and writ periods.It is now proposing a blanket ban on the use of foreign funds at any time for the purpose of supporting or opposing a political party or candidate.The government is also sponsoring an amendment that would require online platforms, such as Facebook and Google, to create a registry of all digital advertisements placed by political parties or third parties during the pre-writ and writ periods and to ensure they remain visible to the public for two years.Facebook allows users to view current partisan ads but they disappear from the platform once the ad buy wraps up.The government is also proposing a number of other amendments, primarily aimed at bolstering the ability of Elections Canada to enforce election laws.Bill C-76 is an omnibus bill that would reverse a number of changes wrought by the previous Conservative administration’s widely denounced Fair Elections Act. The new legislation would restore the use of voter information cards as a valid form of identification and do away with measures that critics argued were designed to benefit the deep-pocketed Tories.Among other things, it would limit spending by parties and advocacy groups during the three-month period before an election is officially called. Conservatives, who’ve been stalling the bill at committee since last spring, argue that unless government spending announcements, ads and ministerial travel are banned at the same time, the pre-writ spending cap amounts to Liberals trying to rig next year’s election in their favour.The bill also represents a first stab at grappling with the spectre of social media being abused by bad actors — foreign or domestic — to manipulate the results of an election, exacerbate societal divisions, amplify hate messages or instill distrust in the electoral system. It comes in the wake of scandal over Russian interference in the last U.S. presidential contest and the misuse of personal information of millions of Facebook users during the United Kingdom’s Brexit campaign.Among other things, the bill would require political parties to put in place and publish policies designed to protect the privacy of Canadians whose personal information winds up in their massive voter data bases. But there would be no requirement for independent monitoring or enforcement of those policies.New Democrats are seeking to amend the bill so that privacy laws would apply to political parties. They’re also proposing to change the traditional Monday voting day in Canada to Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG — The Manitoba government says nearly 100 organizations have pre-qualified for the expansion of retail cannabis sales.While it’s not known how many will be approved, the government is opening the door to new stores that it hopes will eat into the black market.“Our goal remains for 90 per cent of the population to have access to retail (cannabis) within a 30-minute drive, within two years of legalization,” Blaine Pedersen, minister of growth, enterprise and trade, said in a written statement Wednesday.“The ultimate goal is to move to an open market through a streamlined application process in order to ensure Manitobans can access safe, regulated cannabis supplies.”The province originally chose four companies to sell cannabis when recreational pot sales became legal last October. The companies have opened 19 stores, mostly in Winnipeg and Brandon.Last summer, the province asked other potential retailers to submit bids to be part of a second wave of store openings. Roughly 100 passed the pre-qualification test, which included showing retail experience and access to at least $300,000 in cash holdings.The province plans to discuss potential new locations with municipalities. Any new outlets will have to get licences from the provincial regulator, which has specific requirements for storage, security and worker training.More than 20 of the new applicants are members of the Manitoba Hotel Association.Rural hotels often have beer vendors, which are a natural fit for cannabis sales, association president Scott Jocelyn said.“We’re looking for additional opportunities for operators, especially in those smaller communities, to continue to be relevant, to continue to collect the taxes that they do, to employ the people that they do, to be the centre of those communities,” Jocelyn said.The province has not yet indicated when the next round of store openings will be approved. One hurdle is an ongoing wholesale shortage of cannabis that has affected existing stores.Jocelyn’s members, who, like others, had to submit bids by the end of last August, are anxious to find out.“We’re kind of just waiting for the government to move us along in the next step.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc announced yesterday that St. Regis Hotels & Resorts will join charity Sentebale for the start of the 2013 Polo Season With HRH Prince Harry of Wales & St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras.Taking place at The Greenwich Polo Club on May 15, the highly-anticipated charitable polo match marks the luxury brand’s fourth year supporting Sentebale. Prince Harry, playing for the Sentebale Land Rover Team, and Nacho Figueras, captaining the St. Regis team, will compete in an exhilarating match in an effort to raise awareness and support for the improved healthcare and education of the children of Lesotho, Africa.“I am proud to join St. Regis, Prince Harry and Sentebale once again, and look forward to a great day of polo that will help raise awareness and funds to better the lives of the children of Lesotho,” said Nacho Figueras, St. Regis Connoisseur.“Polo and philanthropy are innate to the legacy of St. Regis, and we are honoured to continue our support of Sentebale through ‘the sport of kings’,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels Worldwide. “With Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras on the polo field, it is sure to be a thrilling and memorable day.”The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup signifies St. Regis’ ongoing support for Sentebale. Last year, Nacho Figueras led the St. Regis team against Prince Harry’s Sentebale team in Sao Paulo, Brazil to raise funds and awareness for the charity. In 2010, Prince Harry attended an “Evening to Honor Sentebale” at The St. Regis New York.The polo match will mark St. Regis’ return to The Greenwich Polo Club, one of the most prestigious polo clubs in the United States. In 2011, St. Regis held the inaugural St. Regis 1904 Polo Cup at the club, where the St. Regis team took home the winning trophy against the Airstream team, captained by Peter Brant.St. Regis has long been associated with the world of polo, beginning at the turn of the last century when polo matches on Manhattan’s Governors Island were the highlight of the New York social calendar and where St. Regis’ founding family, the Astors, were a prominent fixture. As St. Regis continues to grow globally, the brand expands its polo presence in nearly as many destinations: this year, hosting spirited polo matches and marquee events in London, Mexico City, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok and Beijing.Following The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Connecticut, St. Regis will host its sixth annual St. Regis International Cup on May 18 at Cowdray Park Polo Club in the United Kingdom. The Audi England team will play against South America, again captained by St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras, and VIP guests will enjoy the brand’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary, champagne and signature St. Regis Afternoon Tea.For more information on the St. Regis brand’s exclusive polo offerings and events, please visit www.stregis.com/polo. For more information about Sentebale, please visit www.sentebale.org.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Friday said that they have arrested two brothers from Gurugram who are involved in an attempt of honour killing case in Uttam Nagar area.The interrogation of the accused revealed that his sister got married to a person against the wishes of their family and the society for which they opted to take revenge. Police identified the accused as Neeraj (32) and Nitin (28) both natives of Hastsaal Village. Both are brothers. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Deo said that on May 15 a PCR call of firing was received at Uttam Nagar police station, it was found that the injured was shifted to hospital, subsequently, another call was also received from the hospital that an injured has been admitted. DCP Deo further added that the injured (gym trainer) is also resident of Hastsal Village. He stated that on May 14 at about 10 PM while he was passing a gym in Lal Chowk, along with his friends, he met one person and started talking to him, the elder brother of his wife, was also nearby. “Suddenly his wife’s younger brother came on a motorcycle and pulled out his pistol. The victim tried to flee from the spot after allegedly fired on him and the bullet hit in his right hand and he fell down on the spot,” police said. Both alleged brothers started hitting the victim shouting “shoot him in the head”. When the crowd started gathering at the spot, both the accused fled away. The DCP further said that on May 16, constable Sandeep from Inter-State Cell (Crime Branch) received information regarding the alleged persons are coming to Gurugram. The team departed to Gurugram bus stand, where they were nabbed. The Delhi Police in their press statement said that during the course of interrogation the accused persons Neeraj and Nitin revealed that his sister got married to a victim against the wishes of their family and the society. The accused Nitin has done MA.last_img read more

COEBURN, Va. — Inaction by Congress and the Trump administration is threatening a fund that supports coal miners suffering from black lung disease.The Associated Press has learned that lawmakers let an automatic tax rate cut on coal take effect in January.Federal budget officials say that has cut the flow of money so sharply into the fund that it might not have enough to cover the cost of doctors visits and medicines for about 25,000 retired coal miners starting next year.The cuts to the fund could save coal operators hundreds of millions of dollars a year.President Donald Trump vowed to save the coal industry during the 2016 campaign and has repeatedly praised miners.The shrinking of the fund comes amid a surge in black lung disease among Appalachian coal miners.Dylan Lovan, The Associated Press read more

27 December 2007Expressing his shock and outrage at the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “heinous crime” and called for those behind the attack to be brought to justice. The assassination of Ms. Bhutto, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, “represents an assault on stability in Pakistan and its democratic process,” Mr. Ban said in a statement.“While strongly urging calm and restraint to be maintained at this difficult time, I call on all Pakistanis to work together for peace and national unity,” he added. The Security Council made a similar appeal in a statement read out by Ambassador Marcello Spatafora of Italy, its president for December. Speaking to reporters after the Council meeting, Mr. Ban welcomed the 15-member body’s condemnation of the attack as “a very appropriate measure by the Security Council.”Echoing Mr. Ban’s comments, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed her shock at Ms. Bhutto’s death and condemned the attack, which took place at an election rally in the northern city of Rawalpindi.Louise Arbour also expressed concern about the impact of today’s event on the upcoming elections and urged the Government to ensure that all necessary protective mechanisms are in place to safeguard a free, fair and transparent electoral process.Adding his voice to those condemning the “cowardly act,” General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said the attack set out “to undermine the stability and democratic processes in Pakistan.”He urged the Government and people of Pakistan to work together to ensure peace and stability in the country, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly. read more

13 March 2008The Security Council today called on all Rwandan armed groups operating in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to surrender immediately to Congolese authorities and the United Nations peacekeeping mission known as MONUC. The Security Council today called on all Rwandan armed groups operating in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to surrender immediately to Congolese authorities and the United Nations peacekeeping mission known as MONUC. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body demanded that all members of the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), ex-Rwandan Armed Forces (ex-FAR)/Interahamwe and other groups present themselves to be disarmed, demobilized, repatriated, resettled and reintegrated. The Council also said these groups must “immediately stop recruiting and using children, release all children associated with them, and put an end to gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse,” adding that those responsible need to be brought to justice. Today’s resolution called on both the Governments of the DRC and neighbouring Rwanda to scale up their cooperation in implementing last November’s so-called Joint Nairobi Communiqué, under which the two countries agreed to work together against threats to peace and stability in the region. Council members welcomed the DRC’s decision to hold a meeting in Kisangani to address the issue of the presence of Rwandan armed groups in the country. They also voiced their “grave concern” at the ongoing presence of other militias in eastern DRC, which perpetuates a “climate of insecurity in the whole region.” The body noted that the agreement reached between the Government and armed groups in the east on 23 January represents “a major step towards the restoration of lasting peace and stability in the Great Lakes region,” and urged its signatories to implement its provisions immediately. read more

A crew of 18 officers and 110 sailors are onboard the ship. Once the ship is joined the SLN fleet, she will be utilized to patrol and surveillance missions in the deep seas around Sri Lanka providing the maritime security and assistance to search and rescue operations. The official taking over ceremony of P 625 ship to Sri Lanka Navy from China was held under the patronage of Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenna at the Shanghai Dockyard in China, the Navy media unit said today.Accordingly, the ship was officially handed over to Commanding Officer of P 625 Captain Nalindra Jayasinghe by the Director General of Equipment and Technical Cooperation Bureau of Chinese Army (Navy) Major General Fan Jianjun. This ship built in 1994, is 112m long and 12.4 in width and bears a displacement capacity of 2300 tons. The ceremony was attended by Defence Advisor to the Sri Lankan embassy in China Brigadier Kalpa Sanjeewa, a host of senior Sri Lankan Naval officers and the crew of the ship.The ship is scheduled for set sail for Sri Lanka on 14th June and is expected to reach the island by the end of June. read more

With nearly 3 million Afghans still living in Pakistan and Iran, the top United Nations refugee official will visit Afghanistan next week in an effort to solve the problem and develop new approaches to managing population movements within the region. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers will spend four days in the war-torn country, conferring with President Hamid Karzai and several ministers on ways that the reconstruction process can be sustained in order to encourage more Afghans to return home and ensure their successful long-term reintegration.He will also travel to the western city of Herat to meet the new provincial Governor and visit a nearby village where UNHCR has been running a shelter-building programme for Afghan families who have recently returned home, meet the governor of Kandahar province in the south and visit a camp where the agency assisting 50,000 Afghans displaced within their own country. Mr. Lubbers will stop in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, for talks with Pakistani officials dealing with refugee issues. Although more than 3.5 million Afghans have returned home since the start of UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation programme in 2002 after more than two decades of war, an estimated 1.8 million still live in Pakistan and just under 1 million in Iran. read more

The Kobe World Conference on Disaster Reduction opens tomorrow with the ambitious goals of reaching agreement on a 10-year global action plan to mitigate the worst effects of natural disasters through early warning systems, quake-proof buildings, accelerated response units and other measures that can reduce the toll.”Three weeks after the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, people realized the importance of having a good early warning system,” Sálvano Briceño, Director of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), said ahead of the opening, which comes 10 years and one day after the Kobe quake.”We very much hope that the Conference will come up with concrete results and a strong plan of action for reducing disaster losses over the next 10 years,” he added.A global tsunami early warning system has already emerged at the top of the priorities after the 26 December disaster killed at least 160,000 at latest count, injured more than half a million more and left up to 5 million others lacking basic services.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has already laid out plans for such a mechanism, including deep water buoys, tide gauges and a regional tsunami alert centre at a cost of $30 million to be operational for the Indian Ocean by June 2006, expanding worldwide a year later. The system would alert coastal regions in a tsunami’s path to evacuate hours before the devastating waves struck.”The fact that the World Conference is taking place in Asia is all the more relevant,” Mr. Briceño said. “Asia is the most disaster-prone continent in the world, before Africa and the Americas. Half the casualties resulting from disasters since 1994 have occurred in Asia.”The UN’s most senior humanitarian official has warned that the world faces an “enormous task” in preventing and preparing for natural disasters while mitigating their after-effects on an increasingly vulnerable population.Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told a press conference last month that the number of people at risk from disasters is rising mainly because economic migration has forced people to settle in large numbers in high-risk cities.”For once there will be world resources focusing on prevention through which the world can become a better place,” he said of the Kobe conference, adding that he expected donor nations to increase their financial support after the sessions. read more

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named Carolyn McAskie of Canada as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, a post closely aligned with the newly created Peacebuilding Commission which will aim to help post-conflict countries avoid sliding back into war.Ms. McAskie served most recently as the senior UN envoy to Burundi and head of the UN peacekeeping operation there. She served as a member of the Facilitation Team of the Burundi Peace Process in Arusha in 1999 under the late Julius Nyerere, the former President of Tanzania, and as Humanitarian Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the humanitarian crisis in Cote d’Ivoire in 2003.From 1999 to 2004, she was the UN’s Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, serving on a temporary basis as Emergency Relief Coordinator from 1999 to January 2001.Prior to joining the UN, Ms. McAskie had a 30-year career with the Federal Government of Canada in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), holding senior positions with responsibility for Africa and the Middle East, among a number of other appointments.Early in her career, she served in the Commonwealth Secretariat in London as Assistant Director of Finance and Personnel from 1975 to 1980 and as Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from 1986 to 1989.Throughout her career, Carolyn McAskie has played a prominent role in multilateral negotiations as a Canadian delegate to the UN Funds and Programmes and in the Governing Councils of international financial institutions. read more

“I have established democracy in my country and have taken action to get rid of political groups which were moving toward autocracy,” stated President Maithripala Sirisena, noting that since being elected in 2015, he had transferred executive powers to his country’s Parliament. In his address to the 72nd annual general debate at the United Nations General Assembly, President Sirisena further said that Sri Lanka had suffered a protracted conflict, lasting over 30 years and having devastating impact on the country’s economy. Therefore, sustainable development must be a priority for Sri Lanka, he added, noting that it should also be a global priority. Stressing the worsening impact of climate change around the world, the also said that the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change was essential for the future of humanity, and highlighted that Sri Lanka is focused on sustainable agriculture. Concluding his remarks, he said that national reconciliation is important, particularly given the country’s diverse population and expressed that while certain elements expected fast results which he said would merely be “short-term solutions.” Sri Lanka wants to create peace and unity and to promote brotherhood among its people through prosperity, he added, noting: “ours is a slow and steady pace.” read more

Florida Youth Football Coaches Face Gambling Charges

Nine youth football coaches or associates in South Florida are facing felony charges in connection with a system of rampant, elaborate and high-dollar gambling on little league football.The charges are the result of an almost 18-month investigation by the Broward Sheriff’s Office into gambling on youth football, an investigation called “Operation Dirty Play” prompted by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” show that exposed flagrant betting during games in the South Florida Youth Football League.Those arrested on felony bookmaking charges were: Brandon Bivins, Darren Brown, Vincent Gray, Brandon Lewis, Brad Parker, La Taurus Fort, Willie Tindal, Darron Bostic and Dave Small.Six of the nine facing charges — men who coached boys ages 5 to 15 — are ex-convicts with a history of felony drug, assault and theft charges. If found guilty of felony bookmaking, essentially organized gambling, each could be facing up to five years in prison.Though the games featured little boys, the gamblers made big bets, said Det. Solomon Barnes, whose confidential informant, along with other undercover deputies, placed bets on youth football during the police investigation. Barnes said $20,000 was bet in a rivalry game between the Northwest Broward Raiders and the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes a few weeks ago. And up to $100,000 would be bet on the youth leagues’ final championship games of the season, he said.“They take all innocence away from the game when they involve themselves in these criminal acts,” the detective said. “And it’s just mind-blowing what we discovered in this investigation.”The initial “Outside the Lines” story in May 2011 showed people exchanging money in the stands and along the sidelines in plain view of fans, children and even law enforcement. One coach swapped cash with other men at a playoff game. When “Outside the Lines” returned last December — after league officials said they would work to deter gambling — the flagrant betting seemed to be gone. But as detectives would later learn, the publicity only pushed the illegal wagering further underground.Not only was the gambling in full force, Barnes said, but the coaches were the ones promoting and organizing the bets and setting point spreads on the games. The gambling involved multiple youth football leagues.The detective said he and others witnessed two coaches taking bets on the sidelines of a game involving their own teams, another having collected a wad of cash that he waved in front of the players indicating how much was riding on them. Dozens of men crowded into a backroom gambling parlor where a special window serves those wanting to bet on youth games. read more

Kompany Man City wont fall in the same trap as past

first_imgVincent Kompany believes that Manchester City have what it takes to defend their Premier League title and not “fall in the same trap” as past champions.Manchester City have begun the title defence in impressive fashion and are already top of the table after winning Arsenal and Huddersfield comfortably in their opening two games, and Kompany believes the squad is capable of defending the title.“I can only say it’s different from previous years we have won the league,” he told Sky Sports.“There’s been so many warnings we have had and every single time we almost have to fight against ourselves and our nature, not to fall in the same trap as the other teams have done, my teams included, a few years ago.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I can see that everyone is training hard. There’s so much competition in the team that we have to anyway,” he added.“I’m not saying we are going to do as well as we did last year, but if it happens that the season is going to be different then it has to be because of the other teams being stronger, not us being weaker.”last_img read more

first_imgAn internal document from the National Park Service could indicate that the agency was planning as early as 2009 to take over the Pearson Air Museum.The document, obtained by The Columbian through a Freedom of Information Act request, asks for funding to catalog items at the museum because: “The National Park Service will reassume management of the Pearson Air Museum in January of 2010.”Elson Strahan, president of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, and Mike True, the chief financial officer, said they recall the cataloging effort, but had no idea of the wording on the internal Park Service document. The trust operated the museum for the city of Vancouver until Feb. 6, when the Park Service assumed control of the building and its management.“We did not see this document, we were not advised of this wording,” Strahan said.Instead, the trust was told that the effort, which spanned from 2009 to 2011, was aimed at using the Park Service cataloging and archiving expertise to help the museum keep track of the items in its collection, True said.“It was strictly just a function assisting the trust with its archival materials,” True said of the Park Service effort.The document for project PMIS 150379, created by Park Service Curator Theresa Langford, shows a $54,000 budget to process and catalog about 5,000 items in the collection between 2009 and 2011.last_img read more

first_imgThe Alaska Department of Law is defending its plea deal with an Anchorage man who was originally charged with kidnapping and assaulting a woman to whom he offered a ride. He was let off this week on time served, with some suspended, after what many considered a violent, sexually motivated attack.Listen nowAnd that has angered some, including Elizabeth Williams, who’s organizing a group to campaign against retaining the judge in the case, Michael Corey.“Especially in this state, it was just so incredibly insulting for the judge to let him walk out of the court a free man,” Williams said. “I was just absolutely appalled, and I think there was very much the feeling of, ‘Here we go again.’”Williams said the sentence is far too lenient considering the details. Warning: This story includes those details of the assault, as it was reported.Police said the victim in the August 2017 assault told them a man — later identified as Justin Schneider, now 34 — offered her a ride across town to her boyfriend’s house. Instead, Schneider drove to a different spot, where he choked her to unconsciousness and — at least according to the original charges — committed harassment by offensive contact with bodily fluids when he masturbated on her.Anchorage TV station KTVA reported that Schneider was a “free man” Wednesday after Judge Corey accepted a plea deal and sentenced him. The state had agreed to drop the kidnapping and harassment charges and Schneider was sentenced to time served: two years, with one suspended, the maximum under sentencing guidelines for the one count of assault.In court, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Grannik assured the judge the risk of Schneider re-offending is low.“I hope it doesn’t happen. That’s the reason why I made the deal that I made, because I have reasonable expectations that it will not happen,” Grannik said. “But I would like the gentleman to be on notice that that is his one pass. It’s not really a pass, but given the conduct, one might consider that it is.”Schneider got no prison time because Alaska law counts his time served while wearing an ankle monitor, living at home with his family, leading up to the sentencing.“I would just like to emphasize how grateful I am for this process,” Schnedier said in court.“Thank you, sir, I appreciate those comments,” Judge Corey replied.In a state with a rate of sexual assault two and a half times the national average — where more than half of those assaults involve Alaska Native victims — many Alaskans, women in particular, saw the laws and the justice system failing them. Especially given a white attacker and a Native victim.Schneider’s sentence also came amid news of unrelated charges against a Kotzebue man in the shocking kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of a 10-year-old Native girl earlier this month, as well as unrest about recent changes to state law that some feel has made Alaska criminal law too soft. Some have connected the Schneider case to the Kotzebue murder, anger over the law known as SB91, and the “me-too” movement to the greater, persistent issue of violence against women in Alaska.Schneider’s sentence was consistent with state law, but what many Alaskans saw in that TV news report was a court hearing that seemed disturbingly routine and cordial.Williams said the night she saw the KTVA story, she immediately went online discovered that the judge’s six-year term on the Superior Court was up for a retention vote this November.“Ultimately, it is the judge who’s responsible, because he’s responsible for who walks out of court, and in this case we really think he messed up,” Williams said. “I think there’s a very real sense of fear. I think it’s a fear that we live with as women all the time. I don’t think that’s anything new. We grow up with it, and I think this is another example. I would say there’s also a sense of rage.”John Skidmore heads the Department of Law’s Criminal Division. He said he understands the anger.“I find the facts horrendous, and I’m upset that this is the best that we can do,” Skidmore said. “I agree with them. I have a wife, and I’ve discussed this case with my wife. I have two small girls … I would be truly horrified if this had occurred to them in the same way that it happened to the victim in this case. It wouldn’t have changed the outcome that we could’ve achieved, because the law needs to be fixed. But I’d be outraged by that.”Skidmore said the facts, though, did not support the kidnapping charge, because the victim willingly got into Schneider’s vehicle, prosecutors were also unable to reach her to follow up on that and other issues ahead of the plea deal. Skidmore said that left the next highest charge, assault, because though the case involved sexual elements, it did not fit the legal definition of sexual assault.As it turns out, harassment by contact with bodily fluids — even when that fluid is semen in a clearly sexually motivated attack — is not currently considered a sex crime in Alaska. That’s something Alaskans, including all three candidates running for governor, say they want to change.Current guidelines restricted Schneider’s sentence to two years, and that’s what the judge imposed, at the risk of having it overturned on appeal.Schneider agreed to sex offender treatment, even though he was not — to the surprise of many — charged with a sex crime.Skidmore said the suspended time was necessary because prosecutors had been successful in negotiating that condition and needed the threat of more jail time to enforce it.“Those are conditions the judge would not have been authorized to impose if we had not gotten the defendant to agree to them, and that’s significant,” Skidmore said. “Sex offender treatment is not a small thing and is clearly needed in this case.”Skidmore echoed Gov. Bill Walker — the incumbent running for reelection and, ultimately, Skidmore’s boss — in saying he thought the laws needed to be tougher. He said he hoped Alaskans would push for that.Keeley Olson, director of Standing Together Against Rape, said she had seen a lot of “righteous rage” online and wondered if the Schneider case would be a catalyst for real change.But Olson said the Schneider plea deal seemed especially outrageous.“This is the best that we could do? For someone who was subjected to this level of violence and could’ve been killed? It’s tragic,” she said.Known as STAR, the sexual trauma awareness and response center sees more than 1,200 victims a year, and Olson said requests for their services have been skyrocketing.“If the system isn’t going to respond, then we have to do something. And we’re fed up. Enough is enough,” Olson said.As for Judge Corey, the Alaska Judicial Council’s recommendation that voters retain him, as well as every other judge up for retention still stands, though it was issued before Schneider’s plea deal.The Judicial Council’s executive director, Susanne DiPietro, said any changes in that recommendation would have to come from the council members themselves. The recommendations are based on surveys and other research of the judge’s entire six-year term, and DiPietro said voters interested in this case should consider that.“When we think about our own job performances, would we like to be judged on one thing that we did on one day, DiPietro said, “or would we feel that it might be a little more fair or relevant to be judged on our complete performance?”The opposition to Corey’s retention could be a real threat, because many voters skip that part of their ballot. Unlike higher-profile elections for political office, a few hundred “no” votes could result in Corey’s non-retention.Of the anti-retention campaigns known to the Judicial Council since statehood, DiPietro said only one has resulted in a judge not being retained by the voters.The Facebook group against retaining Judge Corey grew from a couple hundred, to a thousand, to more than 3,000 members, at last check. Members held an organizing session for and are planning at least one public rally.Williams, the organizer, said she understands that the judge was sentencing Schneider under the guidelines for the one criminal count in front of him. But if people are angry, Williams said, the judges are the ones they can directly affect.“You know, they’re already saying that they’re outraged,” she said. “I’m just saying, ‘Hey. There’s something tangible that you can do, and that’s just vote on it.’”Williams added that she thinks the laws should be tougher and prosecutors should feel pressure, too.“That’s an incomplete answer,” she said. “I think the laws are definitely a problem here in Alaska. But the judge’s hands weren’t tied. He could’ve done something different.”last_img read more

US labour dept nominee Puzder withdraws

first_imgAndrew Puzder takes part in a panel discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills. Reuters file photoIn a blow to President Donald Trump as he tries to assemble his administration, his nominee for labour secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday amid concerns that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed.Puzder’s decision to withdraw is yet another setback this week for a White House still grappling with fallout from Monday night’s abrupt resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, after less than a month in the job.Puzder, the chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc, which franchises fast-food chains including Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr, has been at the center of a swirl of controversies, complaints and potential conflicts.He admitted earlier this month that he and his wife had employed an undocumented person as a housekeeper. He faced a flurry of complaints and legal cases brought in recent weeks and months by workers against his business and its franchises. Most recently, a decades-old Ophrah Winfrey tape raising allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife resurfaced, though those allegations had been withdrawn.“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” Puzder said in a statement.Puzder’s withdrawal came one day before his scheduled confirmation hearing.At least seven Republican senators, including Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, declined to publicly back Puzder in advance of the confirmation hearing.For weeks now, Republican senators have been telling Senator John Cornyn, the second-highest ranking Republican, that they believed some of their colleagues would join Collins and Murkowski in opposing Puzder, according to a senior Senate Republican aide.DEMOCRATS CHEERThe Labour Department oversees compliance with federal laws that mandate safe working conditions, a minimum hourly wage, overtime wages and prohibit employment discrimination.As labour secretary, Puzder would have shaped the department’s approach to these issues, including whether to defend an Obama administration rule expanding overtime pay to millions of workers that has been challenged in the courts.Earlier this month, Puzder admitted he and his wife had employed an undocumented person as a housekeeper and had to pay back taxes as a result.Workers at some of CKE’s restaurants have filed claims in recent weeks alleging they were victims of wage theft or victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.Another possible problem were allegations dating back to 1986 that Puzder had physically abused his now ex-wife, Lisa Henning, now known as Lisa Fierstein.Fierstein filed for divorce in 1987 and later retracted her allegations, but not before appearing anonymously as a victim of domestic abuse on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”Last week, the OWN Network released a copy of that tape to the Senate committee so both Democratic and Republican members could view it, according to an aide.Democrats on Wednesday cheered over the news of Puzder’s withdrawal.“From the start, it’s been clear that Puzder is uniquely unqualified to serve as secretary of labor,” said Patty Murray, the ranking member of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.last_img read more

HPD Identifies Shooting Suspect Residents Still Coping

first_img The shootings happened early Monday near Weslayan and Law Streets. DeSai was dressed in a vintage military uniform and was hiding behind a tree randomly shooting at passing cars, acording to the Police. Officers cleared some civilians from the line of fire and shot him dead.Today, residents who happened to be in  the area at the time of the shooting remembered the situation. Lisa Diehl works nearby at Weslayan and U.S. 59. She talks about the call that she got yesterday telling her to stay away from the area. 00:00 /00:08 X Listen The parking lot at the corner of Wesleyan and Bissonnet was ornamented with blue and white balloons to honor first responders who handled the shooting. That’s the same parking lot where some of the  drivers who happened to be there at the time of the rampage took refuge. The deceased suspect of the shooting that left nine people injured  had already been mentioned by the HPD as the owner of a vehicle parked at the scene. Acting Chief Martha Montalvo had previously said at a press conference that the suspect had issues at his law firm.Desai’s former associate, Kenneth McDaniel, told Houston Public Media they closed their firm back in February because they were not making enough money and went their separate ways.Montalvo didn’t clarify whether that could be the motive for the shooting. “At this point we’re very open minded in terms of what the motive (is) and that’s why we have as our partner, the FBI, is involved with this investigation as well,” she said.Out of the nine people injured during the shooting, six were shot and three had minor injuries related to flying glass when the gunman opened fire, according to police. Three were discharged in good condition yesterday. One remained in critical condition but improved overnight, according to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where the person remains hospitalized. The hospital said that there is still another patient being treated for injuries.  – / 2The Houston Police Department formally named the gunman in yesterday’s mass shooting near West University Place. The Harris County Medical Examiner has identified him as 46 year old Nathan DeSai, a local attorney. They announced the identification via Twitter. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | March 06, 2014 Study: Variations in Breast Cancer Screening Follow-on Diagnostic Testing Raise Questions News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more March 6, 2014 — Spurred by provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other legislation, usage of breast cancer screening mammography and related follow-on diagnostic testing is expected to increase in the coming years. Yet there is wide variation in the utilization and sequence of follow-on testing on a patient-by-patient basis, including a high rate of “false positive” for biopsies. This suggests better methods for selecting suspicious lesions could reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies. Efforts by payers to ensure high quality and efficient care during the screening mammogram process should therefore extend to the tests used when those mammograms return suspicious results. This is according to a new study released today that analyzes commercial claims data, prepared by Milliman Inc. and sponsored by Gamma Medica.In the analysis, Milliman, a global consulting and actuarial firm, reviewed claims data from 2009-2011 from MarketScan, a database of all paid claims generated by approximately 30 million commercially insured lives from roughly 100 private sector payers. They identified a study population of roughly one million women aged 30-64 screened by mammogram. They found 17 percent of screening mammograms had follow-on testing, a recall rate higher than the 5-14 percent rates that have been reported in other studies. Follow-on testing can include further mammograms, sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), molecular breast imaging (MBI) and biopsy, among other procedures.Study authors determined the average breast cancer screening episode cost per 30-64 year old screened woman was $249.70, with the screening mammogram itself contributing 62 percent of the cost and the remaining 38 percent of the cost coming from follow-on diagnostics. Among follow-on diagnostics, nearly 18 percent of the total breast cancer screening episode cost was from biopsy, 8.3 percent from sonogram, 7.2 percent from follow-up diagnostic mammogram and 4.2 percent from MRI. Less than 1 percent of the total cost was attributed to molecular breast imaging and other radiological imaging procedures.The analysis noted wide variation in the utilization and sequencing of follow-on diagnostics. For example, some women had a single follow-on diagnostic followed by biopsy, while others received as many as four procedures with or without biopsy. Authors reported a breast biopsy rate (2.4 percent) from the study population twice as high as rates published by the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, which collects screening data on more than 2 million U.S. women. The report also suggested a “false positive rate” of 81 percent, higher than the 66-72 percent that has been reported by the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. That rate didn’t vary appreciably by the diagnostics that preceded the biopsy.The findings come at a time of transformation for the breast cancer screening landscape: adherence is expected to increase due to the ACA’s elimination of patient cost sharing, as well as a growing focus on the higher cancer risk facing women with dense breasts — an estimated 40 percent of women for whom mammograms are not as sensitive in detecting cancer. At the same time, the breast cancer screening continuum is expensive, with wide variation in the utilization of the follow-on diagnostics that encompass a significant portion of screening costs. These findings highlight the need for payers/employers to evaluate the quality and value of breast cancer screening follow-on diagnostic patterns. In order to do so, payers/employers can review their population’s breast cancer screening recall rates, biopsy rates and evidence of subsequent cancer detection. A review of benefit coverage policies that align with emerging best practices in light of new evidence and technologies is also recommended. See the study for payer/employer considerations.The study is titled, “An Actuarial Analysis of Utilization and Cost of Breast Cancer Screening and Follow-on Diagnostics in a Commercially Insured Population.” For more information: us.milliman.com, www.gammamedica.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems read morelast_img read more

Merit Medical Completes Acquisition of Cianna Medical

first_img News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Women’s Health | November 14, 2018 Merit Medical Completes Acquisition of Cianna Medical Merit will continue to market Cianna’s wire-free breast localization products, including Scout and Savi Brachy technologies Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more November 14, 2018 — Disposable device manufacturer Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced the closing of a definitive merger agreement to acquire Cianna Medical Inc., headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif. The deal structure includes an upfront payment of $135 million with potential earn-out payments of an additional $15 million for achievement of supply chain and scalability metrics, and up to an additional $50 million for achievement of sales milestones.Cianna Medical develops, manufactures and markets products for wire-free breast localization, designed to reduce costs, improve quality, and reduce the anxiety and stress breast cancer treatments place on women and their families. Its research and development (R&D) and commercialization teams developed the first non-radioactive, wire-free breast localization system and what it calls the world’s only technology that utilizes radar in human tissue. Its Scout and Savi Brachy technologies are U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared and address unmet needs in the delivery of radiation therapy, tumor localization and surgical guidance.The Scout device has grown from $1 million in revenues in its 2015 debut to a projected $29 million in revenues in 2018. Current estimated market share is approximately 5 percent with no revenues currently outside the United States.Merit Chairman and CEO Fred P. Lampropoulos said the Savi Scout is complementary to Merit’s strategic biopsy initiatives, noting that the product is pending CE mark approval in addition to its FDA clearance. Lampropoulos added that Merit intends to market the Savi Brachy, but only the catheter and not the radiation seeds.For more information: www.ciannamedical.com, www.merit.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more last_img read more