15 April 2010Mexico became the first country today to launch a national version of the United Nations-led “Blue Heart” campaign against human trafficking, which is regarded as one of the most lucrative forms of illegal activity for criminal groups. “I admire Mexico’s leadership in fighting this modern slavery demonstrated through its strong commitment to the ‘Blue Heart’ campaign,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which spearheaded the global campaign.“Since almost everything we consume has been stained by the blood, sweat and tears of trafficking victims, we have a shared responsibility to act,” Mr. Costa added, saying that taking action against human trafficking is not just the responsibility of governments.As part of Mexico’s launch, more than a dozen emblematic buildings were lit up in blue across the capital, Mexico City, in a symbolic act to raise awareness about the Blue Heart campaign. More than 2.4 million people – up to 80 per cent women and girls – are currently being exploited as victims of human trafficking, either for sexual or labour exploitation, the UN has said. Other forms of human trafficking include domestic servitude, the removal of organs and the exploitation of children.“I was blindfolded and forced into a car,” a Guatemalan child told the UN Information Service in Vienna (UNIS).The girl – just six years old at the time – was forcibly removed from her home by a child trafficking ring and taken to a brothel in Cancun. She is now taking refuge in a shelter for human trafficking survivors in Mexico City.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called last week for strengthened global cooperation and more innovation in the battle against organized crime. He also urged governments to ratify and implement the 10-year-old UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its three additional Protocols, which aim to suppress trafficking in persons, the smuggling of migrants, and the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms and ammunition. In June, Spain is expected be the next country to join the Blue Heart global awareness campaign.
OTTAWA — Canada’s continental partners are simply trying to work through difficult bilateral sticking points on NAFTA, federal insiders insist, even as the Canadian government appears to have been left out of ongoing talks between the United States and Mexico.A senior government official said Tuesday that the U.S. and Mexico’s return to the table to sort out their differences is a positive sign for the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement — even if Canada wasn’t invited to take part.Top Canadian negotiators are expected to rejoin NAFTA talks by mid-August although no meetings have been scheduled yet, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter in public.U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo will meet again this week in Washington to discuss NAFTA, according to media reports. They also met face to face last week.Trade talks between the two countries have intensified since the recent election win by Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has assigned his own experts to work with officials from the outgoing administration on pursuing an updated NAFTA before he takes office Dec. 1.American optimism about a new NAFTA deal has also been heating up. In recent days, the Trump administration has signalled an agreement could be reached on the pact by the end of August.So far, however, Canadian negotiators have yet to participate in the summertime, high-level push towards an update to the three-country deal.The Canadian official rejected the idea Ottawa has been frozen out of the talks and argued it’s not unusual for two of the NAFTA partners to hold discussions on bilateral issues without the third partner in the room. They said Canada is confident NAFTA will remain a trilateral deal, even though U.S. Donald Trump has threatened in the past to ditch it for one-on-one trade agreements.The official also noted that the U.S. and Mexico have issues to figure out between themselves, such as their differences on labour changes in the auto sector, textiles and seasonal fruits.Another senior Canadian source said Tuesday they’re “not that fazed at all” by the U.S.-Mexican meetings on NAFTA.“I actually feel somewhat, cautiously encouraged by the fact that the Mexicans are able to be back at the table,” the government source said, also on condition of anonymity.“I think the fact they’re able to carve out some space to pick up on the conversation from where it was at, without knowing the outcomes, that at least in and of itself isn’t a bad thing.”NAFTA’s renegotiation has mostly been stalled since May, when the three sides were unable to strike a deal before the Mexican presidential election campaign. Lopez Obrador won the July 1 vote.One of the Canadian officials said Ottawa has seen a meaningful change in approach from the U.S. on NAFTA — externally and internally — over the last seven days.On Monday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he thought there was a good chance American negotiators were on a “pretty rapid track” when it comes to NAFTA talks with Mexico, noting that Washington has fewer issues with Canada in the talks.“Mexico is, intellectually, the more complicated of the two; so if we can solve that, we should be able to fill in with Canada,” Ross said during an appearance at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Indo-Pacific Business Forum.His comments followed other optimistic remarks from senior Trump officials, including Lighthizer.Last week, he told a U.S. Senate panel that an updated NAFTA deal to be concluded by the end of August.“That’s not an unreasonable time frame if everybody wants to get it done,” Lighthizer said.“My hope is that we will before very long have a conclusion with respect to Mexico and that as a result of that, Canada will come in and begin to compromise. I don’t believe that they have compromised in the same way the United States or Mexico has.”Ahead of last week’s NAFTA talks between Lighthizer and Guajardo, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr met with Lopez Obrador in Mexico City.Following the meeting, Freeland said she was hopeful NAFTA negotiations could hit a higher gear.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with a file from Jordan Press
Faltering global talks on farm trade reform and increased United States subsidies for its crop and dairy industries could impede Africa’s efforts to achieve the goals of reducing poverty and hunger set by the United Nations Millennium Summit of 2000, according to the latest report of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).“Medium term prospects for Africa depend to a great extent on external developments,” ECA said today in a press release on the 2003 edition of the “Economic Report on Africa” (ERA 2003), its annual flagship publication to be launched on 30 July. The main theme this year is accelerating the pace of development, which examines how Africa can achieve growth rates necessary to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.“Unfortunately for Africa, the World Trade Organization talks on farm trade reform – by far the most important issue in the Doha (Qatar) development round for Africa – appear to have faltered,” the ECA release added. “The US decision in May 2002 to introduce a six-year $51.7 billion farm bill increasing crop and dairy subsidies by 67 per cent will not help Africa’s prospects.” The report warns that the subsidy will reduce agricultural prices, making it difficult for small African countries to compete.ERA 2003 finds Africa’s economic performance last year lacklustre, with growth slowing to 3.2 per cent in 2002 from an average 4.3 per cent in 2001. The slowdown reflected the weaker global economy, effects of low commodity prices in 2001, droughts in various parts of southern and eastern Africa, and political and armed conflicts, notably in Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and the Central African Republic.But some well-managed reformers with a record of stability and good governance, like Uganda, Rwanda and Mozambique, managed to buck the trend with growth rates of 6.2 per cent, 9.9 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively.The report includes in-depth analyses of seven African economies – Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda and Uganda. The purpose of the country-specific chapters is to identify policies that provide the best stimulus for sustained growth and development.The importance of fiscal discipline is demonstrated by Ghana’s economy, hobbled by massive public expenditure hikes during electoral cycles. Mozambique demonstrates the importance of implementing pro-poor policies in order to tackle deep pockets of poverty, since although the economy has grown by more than 10 per cent in the past few years, over 60 per cent of the population still live in poverty.Countries where second generation reforms are entrenched, like Mauritius, have managed steady growth over long periods with lower poverty rates. These economies provide the best opportunities for the private entrepreneurs to flourish, while Egypt shows that public sector reforms need to focus on strengthening the sector’s ability to manage the economy, rather than concentrating on quantitative targets like overall wage bill and staffing levels.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email $16.5M public fund was ‘significant factor’ in expanding in Halifax, Chorus says by Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2012 1:23 pm MDT HALIFAX – A $16.5-million funding package from the Nova Scotia government helped influence Chorus Aviation Inc.’s (TSX:CHR.B) decision to keep its Halifax heavy maintenance base open over its London, Ont., facility, the president of the airline operator said Monday.Joe Randell said Jazz Aviation, a subsidiary of Chorus, was strongly swayed after the provincial government offered financial incentives to expand its heavy maintenance operations in Halifax.“This assistance from the province was a significant factor in making the decision to consolidate our heavy maintenance here,” Randell said following a news conference at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to announce the funding.The five-year funding deal includes a $12 million interest-bearing repayable loan, a $2.5 million forgivable loan and $2 million to recruit and train new workers. It is expected to create 150 maintenance, management and technical support jobs, Premier Darrell Dexter said.Dexter said the agreement was an example of his government’s commitment to create jobs in his province.“The province everyday competes with other jurisdictions for jobs, for economic investment, and frankly, I like to win,” Dexter said.Randell said Chorus also had discussions with the Ontario government, but concluded that expanding in Nova Scotia was in the company’s best interests.“I’m not going to get into the details of that,” he said. “But clearly we had several alternatives that we had to evaluate and this one for us … was the best one.”But a spokesman for Ontario’s economic development minister said the company did not give officials in that province a chance to find a way to keep the London, Ont., facility operating.“We were aware that Jazz had been conducting a strategic facility review, but Ontario officials were not given an opportunity to engage in this review or offer support to retain the facility in London,” Andrew Block said in an email.“We understand that one significant consideration for Jazz had been physical limitations at their site in London driven by significant fleet changes.”The announcement comes days after Chorus announced it would add six new planes to its fleet, but in doing so will close its London, Ont., site next summer, a move that will affect about 200 workers. Randell said some of them will be offered employment in Halifax.The Canadian Auto Workers union said about 100 unionized employees, which includes aviation maintenance and shop workers, will be offered work in Halifax. But about 50 workers could lose their jobs as a result of the move, said Ron Smith, the CAW’s transportation director.“Closing either base is a hardship on our membership,” Smith said from Toronto, adding that members may also be able to relocate to other facilities across the country.“People are in the part of the country they’re in because that’s where they would like to be … so obviously our members in London are not happy about this issue.”Smith said the union will begin talks Tuesday with Jazz Aviation to look at relocation packages, retention payments and voluntary separation packages.The consolidation will make the Halifax facility Jazz’s only heavy maintenance base and help the company be more efficient, Randell said.In addition to an expansion of its base at the Halifax airport, the government funding will also help Jazz Aviation set up an office in the city, he added.
New Brunswick forecasts $391-million deficit in final budget before election by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2014 11:08 am MDT FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Tory government is forecasting its fourth consecutive deficit but trying to reassure the public of an economic turnaround in its final budget before the September election.Finance Minister Blaine Higgs delivered an $8.4-billion fiscal plan Tuesday drenched in red ink, breaking a promise to balance the books by the end of their mandate.A $391.1-million shortfall is projected for the 2014-15 fiscal year, with the debt to rise by $531 million to $12.2 billion.There are no tax increases and few big spending promises, aside from $27 million allocated for the province’s new catastrophic drug plan and a three per cent hike in social assistance rates to take effect in April. The government also released a $555-million capital budget, but only $35 million of that is for new projects while the rest is to maintain existing infrastructure.“This is not a typical election budget,” Higgs told a news conference prior to delivering his budget.“We are staying the course with our capital spending levels as well as continued disciplined approach in our ordinary spending.”The province is anticipating a deficit of $564.1 million for the 2013-14 fiscal year, up from its previous estimate of $538.2 million.But Higgs is banking on a boom to lift the province out of its economic doldrums within three years. He is projecting a surplus of $119 million for 2017-18 based on continued spending cuts and economic growth spurred by natural resources development, including the proposed Energy East Pipeline project.“These are not smoke and mirror opportunities,” Higgs said. “These are real jobs — mining, forestry, the natural gas development and what can come from the pipeline.”Following two years of declining revenues, Higgs is projecting a 4.3 per cent increase in revenues for the upcoming fiscal year. He said that will be the result of the global economic recovery, the full implementation of last year’s tax increases and a $107 million rise in equalization payments — the first increase from Ottawa in four years.He also said a new forestry plan will be released soon that will increase the amount of fibre available to lumber mills, thereby further strengthening the province’s economy.Liberal Opposition Leader Brian Gallant said the government’s estimates were lofty because it has consistently overestimated revenues and underestimated expenses.“I think they’ve lost all credibility when it comes to fiscal management,” Gallant said. “Unfortunately, we see that this is a government that can’t create jobs, that can’t grow the economy.”NDP Leader Dominic Cardy said he was alarmed by the growing debt, which breaks down to $16,136 for every man, woman and child in the province.“We can’t afford to keep adding the hundreds of millions of dollars to the debt each year that we’re continually piling on for future generations to pay back,” Cardy said.Cost-cutting measures in the year ahead include reducing the number of elected members to 49 from 55 and further planned cuts to the size of the public sector.Higgs said the government has reduced its public service by 1,211 positions through attrition, close to its goal of eliminating 1,500 positions.He said the government will also introduce fiscal accountability legislation requiring the auditor general to report on the government’s finances 60 days in advance of each fixed election date. It would also require political parties to release an independent estimate of the costs of their election promises.That’s welcome news to Kevin Lacey, Atlantic director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, who said too often politicians make promises they can’t afford.“That is potentially a significant change and could reduce the election lottery in every election we’ve seen,” he said.The next election is set for Sept. 22. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by Keven Drews, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 23, 2015 4:34 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The City of Burnaby’s bylaw battle against the Trans Mountain pipeline has been shut down by a B.C. Supreme Court judge who has declared that the National Energy Board rules take precedence over the city’s.The Metro Vancouver city has tried to hamper preliminary planning in advance of laying the 1,100-kilometre-long pipeline between Alberta and coastal B.C. through two separate bylaws.But Justice George Macintosh said in a ruling posted online Monday that the National Energy Board has the constitutional power to direct or limit the enforcement of Burnaby’s bylaws.Macintosh said the energy board can take such action when city bylaws interfere with or block the regulation of the pipeline and expansion project, ruling NEB laws are supreme.“Where valid provincial laws conflict with valid federal laws in addressing interprovincial undertakings, paramountcy dictates that the federal legal regime will govern,” said Macintosh.“The provincial law remains valid but becomes inoperative where its application would frustrate the federal undertaking.”Macintosh ruled the city’s bylaws were lawful but constitutionally inoperative and inapplicable.“Burnaby appears from the filed evidence to be using the bylaws to make Trans Mountain’s preliminary work on the expansion project difficult, if not impossible, to undertake,” he added.A spokeswoman for the City of Burnaby said officials received Macintosh’s ruling on Monday and will be reviewing the decision and considering an appeal.Ali Hounsell, with the Trans Mountain expansion project said in an email that the court’s decision simply reaffirms earlier rulings upholding the NEB’s jurisdiction as it relates to the project.Macintosh decided not to rule on a separate constitutional question raised by the city, calling the question “an abuse of process.”In that question, the city asked the court to rule that the energy board did not have the “constitutional jurisdiction” to direct or limit the enforcement of bylaws by the city.Macintosh declined to answer the question, noting the city had failed to win the same argument in earlier hearings before the Federal Court of Appeal and the energy board.The city was ordered to pay the company’s legal costs.The dispute dates back to Dec. 16, 2013, when Trans Mountain asked the energy board for a certificate for the expansion project.Mounties arrested more than 100 people during protests last year on Burnaby Mountain, where Trans Mountain crews were conducting test drilling at two locations.A judge later tossed out civil contempt charges against many of the activists who were arrested for violating a court injunction ordering them to stay away from the drilling areas.The company admitted that it had provided the wrong GPS co-ordinates when it asked for the original court order and the measurements were so inaccurate that the site was outside the area covered by the injunction. B.C. city loses Trans Mountain court battle, ordered to pay company’s costs
Infrastructure bank may bear large portion of risk in projects, documents show by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2017 11:38 am MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The man appointed to help advise Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on setting up a new infrastructure financing agency was told it could take on a “significant” amount of risk to help projects come to fruition, documents show.The agency would “help bear a significant portion of the risk” in a project if the government took on an equity stake in order to make a project more attractive to private investors, says a confidential briefing package prepared for special adviser Jim Leech.The Feb. 20 briefing document says the bank could take on debt that allows other debtors to be paid first in order to provide a “loss buffer,” or invest on an equal footing “at concessionary terms.”That latter reference could mean giving a private partner exclusive rights to use and receive revenue from a piece of infrastructure like a rail line — like that in place between the U.K., France and the private companies involved in the Channel Tunnel — making the project more attractive to private sector investment.The briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, says agency officials would look to structure deals that “most effectively crowd-in private sector investment, as well as the expected return on investment” to the government.The government has said that the bank won’t put taxpayer money into projects that are too risky, and that it plans to move as much risk as possible to the private sector.The plan for the next 11 years is to infuse the agency with $15 billion in cash and $20 billion in financing like loans, which officials say wouldn’t hurt the government’s bottom line because the money would be paid back.The bank will not borrow money; rather, its funding will come from the government on a per-project basis as projects are approved for funding, meaning the agency won’t receive all the funding up front in one lump sum.The hope is that the funding lures three or four times that amount from the private sector to build bridges, roads, and energy transmission networks that cross city, provincial and even national borders.The departments overseeing the creation of the bank say funding agreements will include provisions about how revenues that exceed expectations are shared among all involved, and how the pain is spread around if revenues fall short of expectations.During a technical briefing Monday, officials said any losses must be balanced among other factors, such as whether the piece of infrastructure would have ever been built, or would have required much more taxpayer funding to do so.The focus of any funding would be to minimize the amount of public funding required to make the project financially viable, shifting to the private sector any risks from a shortfall in revenues. The rate of return to private investors from any project will be tied to their share of the risk — the bigger the risk, the bigger the payoff — and negotiated on project-by-project basis.The legislation to create the bank is contained within the government’s budget implementation bill, which is nearing Commons approval despite opposition concerns that there hasn’t been enough time to scrutinize the plan.In recent days, the government has sought to cool concerns about the agency. Last week, Trudeau told a national gathering of municipal officials that use of the bank would be optional and that most infrastructure spending would be delivered through grants.Cities and provinces may pitch projects directly to the bank. Others the bank may identify from project lists provinces put forward for funding through traditional funding programs; and yet others may be unsolicited, non-government proposals.There is also a section in the document about federal projects for the agency, but officials have blacked out the contents citing it as advice too sensitive to release publicly.
DOZENS MORE BODIES from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are set to arrive in the Netherlands as the EU prepares to hit Russia with fresh sanctions.Foreign ministers from the 28-nation bloc said they would meet in Brussels on Thursday to draw up a new list of Russian individuals and entities to be slapped with sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis.The European Union agreed to speed up the imposition of wider sanctions and examine tougher measures after the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in strife-torn eastern Ukraine, allegedly by separatist rebels backed by neighbouring Russia.The first bodies from the crash site arrived in the Netherlands yesterday, bringing the grief-stricken nation to a standstill as it mourned the 298 passengers and crew who left the country on the ill-fated journey a week ago.An overwhelming 193 of the victims were Dutch and the country has been united in grief and anger because of delays in getting bodies home and over the way pro-Russian separatists have treated the site, the victims’ remains and personal possessions.In a poignant and sombre ceremony, uniformed Dutch military personnel hoisted 40 wooden coffins from two planes and placed them in individual hearses at Eindhoven airport in the south of the country.Tears flowed as a trumpeter played the Last Post at a gathering of around 1,000 bereaved relatives, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and representatives of the other mourning nations met the planes. Dutch King Willem Alexander, third left, and his wife Queen Maxima watch on as the bodies are removed. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOfficials from the Netherlands who are leading the investigation on the ground in Ukraine say they have received 200 bodies from the rebels.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has warned it could take months for the bodies to be identified.Dutch police have been visiting the bereaved to retrieve DNA samples from items such as hairbrushes and from details of tattoos and fingerprints, as well as consulting medical and dental records to help with the identification.Two warplanes shot down Ukrainian government troops are pushing on with their offensive to wrest control of east Ukraine’s industrial heartland from the pro-Moscow separatists.In a dramatic development in the conflict hampering the MH17 recovery and investigation effort, Kiev said missiles fired from Russia took down two of its warplanes in the rebel-controlled area of the crash.“According to preliminary information, the rockets were launched from Russian territory,” Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council said.A spokesman for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic told AFP its fighters shot down the two aircraft.Both pilots managed to parachute out of the Su-25 jets, which came down some 45 kilometres (25 miles) south-east of the MH17 crash site towards the Russian border.The incident came as the International Committee of the Red Cross said it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, and warned both sides to abide by the Geneva Conventions.Putin is staring down fresh European sanctions just a week after the latest set was unveiled over its role in the Ukraine crisis, which has chilled East-West tensions to the lowest point in years. Malaysias flag bearer wears a black armband during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesEU weighs tighter sanctionsMinisters will decide on a list of “entities and persons, including from the Russian Federation,” for providing “material or financial support” to those responsible for the March annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea territory and destabilising the east of the country, where MH17 came down, the EU said Tuesday.The EU “remains ready to introduce without delay a package of further significant restrictive measures” if Russia does not reverse course and cut the flow of fighters and material across the border into eastern Ukraine, a statement said.US intelligence officials have said they believe the rebels mistakenly shot down the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with a surface-to-air missile.The plane’s black boxes have been delivered to Britain for expert analysis, and Dutch analysts said that they had successfully downloaded the data from the cockpit voice recorder and there was no evidence it had been tampered with.© – AFP 2014Read: Valid data downloaded from flight MH17 black box >
Amazon has carved out a nice segment of the tablet market with its Kindle Fire tablets. The company is expected to be unveiling a new version of the Fire HD later this month, but some images of the 7-inch slate appear to have leaked out. The images show a device with rearranged components, a landscape Amazon logo, and a beveled edge along the back.From the orientation of the logo, camera location, and speaker placement, it seems Amazon intends this version of the device to be held in landscape. The back slopes down in a rather extreme beveled edge. This makes the large power and volume button easy to get at. The stereo speakers are at the top of the unit.The Kindle Fire HD 2 is expected to have a 1920 x 1200 screen, the same resolution as the new Nexus 7. The rumored internals include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 ARM chip and 2GB of RAM. The 8.9-inch model, which is not in any of the leaked pics, will reportedly have the same internals, but a higher resolution of 2560 x 1600. That matches the Nexus 10, but will have a higher pixel density because it’s slightly smaller.There is no word on pricing yet, but it will probably be in-line with the current Fire pricing of $199 for the 7-inch and $269 for the 8.9-inch model. The upcoming Kindle tablet will again run Amazon’s special version of Android, which does not include Google services. Instead users get the Amazon equivalents.If you’re in the market, you can check BGR for a few more images.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Do you recall a photo of three grandmothers sitting on a bench on the island of Lesvos, bottle feeding a child to assist a Syrian refugee mother? It’s likely you do considering it went viral earlier this year in February.The baby was in the hands of Emilia Kamvysi. And while the 86-year-old may be a conventionally significant figure, she has since become a symbol of Greek generosity. As a result the grandmother has received two nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize by academics and lawmakers, amongst others, for her effort towards refugees, reports USA Today.Owner of a bed and breakfast on the island, Roula Kyparisi is hopeful the local will win it.“It’s so strange that your neighbour is a candidate for a Nobel Prize,” said Ms Kyparisi. “It’s good for the island and good for the grandmas.” Ms Kamvysi will find out whether she is an official laureate on Friday, joined by big name hopefuls President Obama, Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev.“I wish that Greece wins this prize, not just me,” said Ms Kamvysi. She has also pledged that if she goes on to win a share of the US$1.2 million prize, she will donate the full amount to the Greek healthcare system, stating that she is content living off her US$360 pension each month.“What am I going to do with it anyway? There are many people that helped the refugees – the fishermen, the volunteers. It wasn’t just us. Those poor babies, escaping war and drowning in the waters. It’s such a shame. We’re all crying in the village whenever there’s a shipwreck,” Ms Kamvysi said, demonstrating yet again why she is a worthy candidate.Also in the photo were Ms Kamvysi’s cousins, sisters Maritsa, 85, and 89-year-old Efstathia Mavrapidou, who don’t really understand the hype around the photo, given they were acting out of the kindness of their hearts.“Concerning the photo that people talk about, we didn’t do really anything,” Ms Mavrapidou said. “The mother came out of the boat, soaking wet. We held and fed her baby while she was changing. I have 16 grandchildren. Our hearts break to see so many children on the refugee boats.”For Ms Kamvysi, each refugee that arrives on the shores of Greece is representative of her parents. They were also refugees, forced to flee their home on the island of Moshonisi (now known as Cunda) during the Greek-Turkish war in 1922.“My mom was born in Turkey,” she reveals.“She left persecuted and arrived here when she was only 17 years old. They came with hurt souls. It’s exactly how I see the refugees are today. When they arrived in Greece, the locals didn’t want them and saw them as foreigners.”
In what is already deemed as “worst bodybuilding contest ending ever”, Giannis Magos professional bodybuilder competed for a title that was not for grabs: that of the sorest loser. The athlete took part at the 2016 IFFB Diamond Cup, one of the leading events held by the International Federation of Body Building and finished second (the coveted title going to Christos Pistolas, instead), a turn of events that was not to his liking. Approaching the judges tables, Magos, who had won the 100kg division the previous day, started protesting the decision and asking the judges for a reason that they seemed to change minds from one contest to another. When one of the long-time respected judges, Armando Marquez, got in his way, the irate bodybuilder from Rhodes gave him a slap across the face, throwing him to the ground. He then went on to subverse all the judges’ tables and – according to some sources – flash his penis, shouting profanities. The video of his behaviour quickly became viral, attracting much attention to him, both whithin and outside the bodybuilding community. Social media users have demanded his immediate suspension saying what he did was shameful, while leading website Evolution Of Bodybuilding has called for him to receive the harshest penalty.“There is no place for the actions that followed in the any sport and especially in bodybuilding”, the statement read. “Armando [the judge] is a true gentleman to the sport of bodybuilding and is one of the hardest workers in the organisation. The competitor that was involved in the incident should get the harshest penalty that the IFBB can give.” It is not yet clear as Magos will be suspended for life, or for two year, but the debate in the Bodybuilding world continues, as this decision will set a precedent. A harsh penalty would be too strict, but a lighter one might seem as a green light for such behaviour to become the norm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Antarctique : comment les écologistes veulent protéger les baleinesChaque année, des centaines de baleines sont tuées pat les baleiniers japonais qui revendent leur viande à très bon prix. Malgré son interdiction, la pêche va bon train et les organisations écologistes luttent sur place pour éviter ce massacre.L’organisation écologiste Sea Sheperd (ce qui signifie “Berger des mers”) lutte dans l’Antarctique pour sauver les baleines chassées par les pêcheurs japonais. Malgré l’interdiction concernant la chasse commerciale des baleines, les Japonais continuent à tuer en prétextant œuvrer dans un but scientifique.L’organisation écologiste invite les volontaires à venir lutter avec eux. Toutefois, elle déconseille l’aventure “aux grincheux, trouillards et à ceux qui aiment leur matelas”. En effet chaque jour la vie des militants et menacée et en contrepartie, pas de salaire ni d’horaires de travail.Le dirigeant de Sea Sheperd, Paul Watson, lutte depuis longtemps contre cette pêche et n’hésite pas à s’interposer entre les baleines et les chasseurs japonais comme le rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Plusieurs Etats ont d’ailleurs avertis les Japonais et les militants des vies humaines que ces affrontements mettaient en jeu.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauDéjà, l’an passé, le trimaran en kevlar de Sea Sheperd avait coulé après avoir été percuté par la flotte de sécurité du baleinier Shonan Maru II. Selon les rapports des autorités de Nouvelle-Zélande, la responsabilité de ce naufrage serait partagée. Mais ni le gouvernement australien ni le gouvernement néo-zélandais n’interviennent pour mettre fin à cette violation de lois internationales.Les organisations écologistes parviennent cependant à quelques résultats puisque l’an passé elles ont évité la mort de quelque 340 baleines.Le 5 février 2011 à 11:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
The shutdown is the longest in US history. Getty Images Hit hard by the longest government shutdown in history? Verizon says it “has your back.” The carrier on Monday said it’s “waiving late fees and agent assist fees for federal government employees directly impacted for the duration of the shutdown. “We appreciate everything you do and we’ll continue to do what we can to help you stay connected,” Nancy Clark, Verizon’s senior vice president of customer support, said in a statement. Verizon says federal employee customers who aren’t getting paid can use its self-service tools or speak directly to a customer support rep by calling 1-866-266-1445. Last week, Verizon said government workers could use its Promise to Pay program and set up a date for future payment. Instructions for setting up Promise to Pay can be found here. Since Dec. 22, More than 800,000 federal employees have either been furloughed or are working without pay as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats spar over $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border. The shutdown affects the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.T-Mobile and AT&T both announced similar efforts last week. T-Mobile said customers affected by the partial shutdown can call T-Mobile Customer Care at 1-877-746-0909 to spread out or defer service payments. AT&T said its customer service team will work with customers to adjust late fees, provide extensions and revise payment schedules as long as the shutdown remains in effect. People who pay their bills online can click here to get started. DirecTV users can learn about flexible payment options here. Updated at 4:50 p.m. PT: Adds information about AT&T’s payment options. Share your voice 0 Rylo Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. 0 Post a comment Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It $520 at HP Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags $210 at Best Buy $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo Apple iPhone XS Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Mobile Tech Industry The Cheapskate What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Boost Mobile See it T-Mobile Verizon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Angela Lang/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon See at Turo Sprint Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Post a comment Tags Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon
For the past year, the SEARHC and Sitka Community Hospital have been in talks about consolidating services. An outside consultant is now recommending a merger and will present his findings to the Sitka Assembly tonight (03-21-17). (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)An outside consultant has concluded that Sitka’s two hospitals should merge. Those are the findings of ECG Management Consultants, a firm hired by Sitka Community Hospital and SEARHC last year. Leadership at the city-owned hospital opposes the idea.Listen nowHealthcare is the main topic Tuesday (March 21) night at a special meeting of the Sitka Assembly. They’ll dive into ECG’s report on the future of Sitka’s two hospitals. The 27-page Powerpoint recommends that SEARHC, which runs Sitka-based Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, purchase Sitka Community Hospital’s assets and absorb all of its health care operations.The two hospitals have been conversing for months about ways to collaborate. Sitka Community Hospital was interested in a joint venture, where the two medical providers would work as a team. But talks fell apart in January.“We couldn’t reach consensus,” Sitka Community Hospital CEO Rob Allen said.A slide from the ECG report says that a merger model “best achieves all the objectives articulated by the City of Sitka.” (Presentation by ECG Management Consultants)ECG’s Kevin Kennedy, the lead consultant, has concluded that a joint venture is too costly – requiring $20 million in start-up capital – and calls a merger is a win-win for the community. “If Sitka Community does decide to join SEARHC and to come together with them, it not only pays for itself, but it produces so much extra revenue that can be channeled into the health needs of the community,” Kennedy said. A merged venture, he adds, could hire a full-time cardiologist or dermatologist and do away with the duplicate services.The report also concludes that while Sitka Community Hospital has stabilized its cash flow, there are some dark clouds on the financial horizon – like a negative balance sheet, an expensive electronic medical records system, and deferred capital needs.“The average age of capital of that facility is well above what we see with other hospitals,” Kennedy said. “There’s going to be some pretty big checks to write. It’s going to be up to the Assembly to decide whether they want to write those checks to try to maintain two hospitals in a city that most people would acknowledge should really only have one.”Allen disagrees. In the past two years, he’s helped bring the hospital back into financial solvency and has no plans to shut down.“We’re moving forward like this is not happening and figuring out what we need to do be sustainable, to respond to the competition, and to be successful,” Allen said.The hospital recently held a visioning session. One of their top goals is to implement a less expensive electronic medical records system, that’s more responsive to changes in Medicare and Medicaid. Allen added that most of the $5.8 million dollar operating loss is from retirement and PERS and “has nothing to do with how financially sound we are.” He also anticipates the hospital will scale down operations in the future. “We need to be the right size, providing the right services, and that’s what our focus is going to be on the next year.”As for the report? Allen called it “overly pessimistic”about the hospital’s financial future. “I don’t think our future is quite as dire as that. We have some options and we’re working on different ways to become more resilient and able to respond to a lot of uncertainty.The decision about what to do next – explore the merger option, maintain the status quo, or something else – rests in the hands of the Sitka Assembly. But for Kennedy, the answer is clear. Should a merger take place, SEARHC plans to retain all employees and give Sitkans a role in in governance. “I really hope that the Assembly decides to avail themselves of that,” Kennedy said. “It’s really the sort of thing that only happens once in a generation.”SEARHC, which operates 18 facilities throughout the state, hasn’t made a formal offer to acquire Sitka Community Hospital. CEO Charles Clement was traveling and could not be reached for comment for this story.
Khaleda condemns govt for stopping BNP’s aid for Rohingyas. Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday condemned the ruling Awami League for allegedly obstructing the trucks carrying relief materials for distribution among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday.In a twitter message, the former prime minister described the government’s step of preventing relief trucks as an “abuse of state power”.“The government’s obstacle to the BNP’s help to displaced Rohingyas is an abuse of state power for selfish ends. It deserves the strongest condemnation,” Khaleda tweeted.Read more: BNP’s 22 relief trucks to Ukhia obstructedOn Wednesday, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) alleged that 22 trucks carrying relief materials for Rohingya refugees in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, were stopped by the government.The trucks contained rice, lentils, flattened rice (cheera), oil, salt, sugar, biscuits, water and other relief goods.UNICEF on Thursday said nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the persecution carried out by Myanmarese security forces and their allies on the minority group into Bangladesh since 25 August, with thousands more arriving every day.Around 60 per cent are children, according to preliminary estimates.
00:00 /12:16 X It’s like Houston’s months-long fever finally broke on Tuesday – temperatures suddenly dropped into the 50s and 60s, and now we’re experiencing some potentially record-breaking cool weather here.And yeah, it may not snow much here, but Houston does have its own version of winter, and there are some things you should know, and probably questions you have.In the audio above, KHOU 11 meteorologist Brooks Garner joins Houston Matters host Craig Cohen to preview the winter of 2018-2019, to discuss what global factors will influence our climate, and to answer listener questions about Houston weather.Abner FletcherHouston Matters host Craig Cohen and KHOU 11 meteorologist Brooks Garner. Abner FletcherKHOU 11 meteorologist Brooks Garner. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share
News | September 30, 2009 Brain Malformation Treated Using Novalis Tx Radiosurgery System News | Radiation Therapy | July 05, 2019 Aktina Medical Partners With Elekta for Global Distribution of Interlocking SRS Cones Aktina Medical announced that Elekta Instrument AB, based in Sweden, will offer and distribute the Aktina line of… read more Amar U. Kishan, M.D., presents data about stereotactic body radiation therapy at ASTRO 2018. Feature | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | October 23, 2018 | By Greg Freiherr WEB EXCLUSIVE: SBRT As Safe And Effective As Conventional RT For Some Prostate Cancer Patients With its shorter course of treatment,… read more News | Radiation Oncology | October 30, 2018 High-dose Radiotherapy Greatly Improves Survival in Patients Once Thought Incurable October 30, 2018 — In the first randomized, phase II clinical trial of its kind, researchers have shown that an aggre read more The picture shows that time series signal is extracted from a series of ultrasound frames for classification. Each patch across a number of frames inside the prostate is classified into either cancerous or normal tissue. The image at the lower right corner shows the overall result for those frames. Image courtesy of Pingkun Yan and researchers from NIH, University of British Columbia and Queens University. News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | November 01, 2018 SBRT Considered Safe Treatment Option for Patients With Multiple Metastases The NRG Oncology clinical trial BR001 tested the hypothesis that stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) could be used… read more The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW. News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 28, 2019 Improved Imaging for Prostate Cancer Could Lead to More Effective Treatment Engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working to improve imaging methods in order to make medicine more… read more News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… read more September 30, 2009 – A 17-year-old female with a complex arteriovenous malformation of the brain has become the first person in India to be treated using the fast Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform from Varian Medical Systems and BrainLAB. Doctors at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai performed the pioneering stereotactic radiosurgery treatment in a single session that took just a few minutes to complete.”The patient’s malformation, which was near the motor cortex on the right side of the brain, had been partially embolized and it was considered that no further treatment was possible,” says Ram K. Narain, M.D., the hospital’s chief operating officer. “Following Novalis Tx radiosurgery treatment, the patient’s symptoms had alleviated considerably. She will now have an MRI scan every six months to monitor her progress. The medical team was very happy with her treatment.”Arteriovenous malformations are abnormal connections between veins and arteries and are normally congenital and frequently inoperable. Bleeding from an arteriovenous malformation can be devastating, particularly in the brain, where it can cause severe and often fatal strokes.Dr. Narain said that Kokilaben Hospital was proud to be the first in India to introduce the Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform clinically. “Image-guided, frameless and non-invasive radiosurgery is very much today’s innovation and tomorrow’s radiosurgery technique of choice,” he said. “It offers a more patient-friendly alternative to conventional radiosurgery systems that require immobilization with a head ring that attaches to the skull.”According to Dr. Narain, the team at Kokilaben Hospital will use the Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform to perform radiosurgery and stereotactic radiotherapy for a number of indications, including lung, brain, liver, and prostate metastases, recurrent brain tumors, pituitary adenomas, acoustic neuromas and meningiomas. “In particular it will help us to manage complex skull-base tumors and arteriovenous malformations with multimodality treatments, including stereotactic radiosurgery,” he said.The Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform features very high dose delivery rates, which contributes to shorter treatment times. It also offers dynamic fine beam shaping and non-invasive, precise patient positioning for rapid and more comfortable treatments. Integrated imaging capabilities pinpoint the target before and during treatment and enable positioning of the patient with millimeter precision.Kokilaben Hospital is a private center that treats approximately 3,000 new cancer patients each year from across India. Waiting lists are a major problem for cancer patients in India and the speed and flexibility of the Novalis Tx radiosurgery platform will enable Kokilaben Hospital to treat more patients. The hospital’s parent group, Reliance, plans to invest further in new technology as well as establishing satellite specialty clinics.For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Lung Cancer | April 23, 2019 New Study Redefines Therapeutic Dose Guidelines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Non-small cell lung cancer is a common cancer for both men and women. Many people who are diagnosed with this type of… read more Related Content Feature | ASTRO | October 30, 2018 Late-breaking Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials at ASTRO 2018 October 30, 2018 — The American Society for Radioth… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | January 31, 2019 Stereotactic Radiotherapy Improves Long-Term Survival in Stage-IV Cancers The first report from a phase II, multi-center clinical trial indicates stereotactic radiation can extend long-term… read more
Facebook Comments As soon as police raided the home of former Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and questioned him early Friday, red-shirted activists of his Workers’ Party took to the streets. Fist fights broke out with police as well as with those applauding the detention — a preview of the unrest that likely awaits Brazil and its embattled president.The second term of President Dilma Rousseff has been overwhelmed by twin crises — an economy crippled by recession and a political establishment under siege by a massive corruption investigation. The probe of Lula, an iconic figure who chose Rousseff as his successor, escalates almost two years of mounting tension.Rousseff isn’t directly implicated in the latest investigation, which focuses on favors Lula and his family allegedly received from companies involved with Petrobras, the state oil company at the heart of the corruption probe. But she is under intense attack for a range of reasons and Lula remains the soul of her Workers’ Party, known as the PT. His questioning raises the temperature a week before pro-impeachment protests scheduled for March 13.“We’re going to have an escalation of tension once again, and no one is really in control,” said Riordan Roett, director of Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. “Everyone is worrying what shoe is going to drop next, and in Brasilia, there are lots of shoes in the air.”The week began with the resignation of Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo amid criticism from the PT that he wasn’t doing enough to control the investigation. By the time he stepped down on Thursday, there were reports of plea bargain testimony from a PT senator recently released from jail and put under house arrest.The alleged plea, from Senator Delcidio Amaral, is more dangerous for Rousseff since she is personally implicated, according to two people participating in the government’s response to impeachment. The investigation of Lula emboldens the opposition and makes Rousseff’s ouster much likelier than it was a month ago. Eurasia, the political risk firm, puts the chance now at above 50 percent.“This makes a coalition against impeachment more difficult,” Rafael Cortez, political analyst at Tendencias Consultoria Integrada, said in a phone interview.Impeachment doesn’t happen easily, however. The lower house hasn’t formed the congressional committee that will present a recommendation on the impeachment request opened on Dec. 2. That report must be confirmed by both the lower house and the Senate in a process that may take months.Rousseff aides dismiss the possibility that the president would step down of her own accord, and she has said publicly she will defend her mandate. But last weekend when she decided to remain on a visit to Chile rather than return for PT anniversary celebrations, it was clear that Rousseff feared being booed by her own party. Her support appears to be at rock bottom in spite of a recent poll showing an improvement in her approval rate. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves at supporters from a window of the Workers Party (PT) state headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 4, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFPIf Rousseff is removed by impeachment, Vice President Michel Temer of the Democratic Movement Party would take over. Temer canceled public events planned for this weekend after Friday’s police operation targeting Lula.Temer’s party, known as the PMDB, will hold its national convention in Brasilia March 12, the day before the planned protest. The party isn’t expected to take an official position on impeachment, though individual legislators are free to support it.Separately, Brazil’s electoral court is analyzing a request to annul Rousseff’s 2014 reelection, which would also remove Temer as vice president. If this happens before 2017, new elections will be called.The arrest last month of João Santana, the mastermind of Rousseff’s 2010 and 2014 presidential campaigns, gave the opposition more ammunition for its challenge of Rousseff. Santana’s arrest in the corruption allegation ended two months of relative calm for Rousseff and breathed new life into calls for her ouster.PT congressmen and party leaders lost no time Friday calling on the party’s faithful to defend Lula from what they called a “politicized” police action. The outrage from leftist leaders is not only to defend the legacy of the PT’s 13 years in power but also to preserve the future of a party planning to rally around Lula again in 2018 to once again run for president.Though the threat is real, the PT won’t go down without a fight, José Guimaraes, leader of the government in the lower house of Congress, said in an interview.“Now we go to the streets to prevent this coup,” Guimaraes said. “This spectacle threatens the democratic order.”Mario Sergio Lima contributed.© 2016, The Washington Post Related posts:Brazil’s Rousseff condemns ‘coup’ as judge blocks Lula Lula is the big test for Petrobras prosecutors Brazilian bribe money funded Rousseff’s reelection, daily reports Lula dealt new blow as Brazil prosecutors charge him over assets
Source = Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has been named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine, the first time for a U.S. carrier in a decade.The ATW awards are among the most coveted and valued honors in the airline industry. In February 2014, ATW editors will present the 40th Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards at a celebration in Singapore.”It’s an honor to have the hard work of Delta people recognized with the Airline of the Year award from Air Transport World,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “Our values and culture are the foundation for our success. The professionalism and commitment of Delta people to our company, to one another and to our customers is unmatched.”In selecting Delta as Airline of the Year, ATW editors cited leadership in several categories, including innovation and leadership by executive management; strong financial discipline; a consistent and excellent safety record; proven leadership in community, environmental and technological endeavors; consistent high standards of customer service; and excellent employee relations.”The airline industry, here in the U.S. and globally, has never been as competitive, so when ATW editors make their Airline of the Year selection they focus on those airlines whose leadership truly stand out from the crowd through strong financial discipline, innovative thinking, superb operational and customer service standards, and excellent employee relations, said ATW Editor-in-Chief Karen Walker. “Delta clearly met all those standards and has demonstrable, measurable statistics to prove it. Delta and its employees thoroughly deserve this award and I congratulate them on their achievements.”Winners and their achievements will be featured in a special section of the ATW March 2014 edition. Additionally, highlights of the Gala Awards event will also be published in the ATW April 2014 edition.Delta in 2013 was named No. 1 airline on the Fortune magazine “Most Admired” global airline industry list for the second time in three years, received the No. 1 ranking in the Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey for the third year in a row and was recognized as Best Domestic Airline at Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards, among other accolades.Air Transport World is part of the Penton Aviation Week Network.