Military families honoured at third annual Breakfast on the Bridge

first_imgDespite the early hour, soldiers, veterans, and military families packed onto the Peace Bridge for a Saturday morning breakfast.It was the third annual Breakfast on the Bridge, held in support of the Canadian Military Family Resource Centre.Many early birds at the Peace Bridge this morning for Breakfast on the Bridge, in honour of veterans. Def. Minister Sajjan will speak #yyc pic.twitter.com/9NeuEWATxM— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) June 17, 2017There are 32 such centres in Canada, which offer a wide range of support to soldiers, veterans, and their extended families.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was the keynote speaker for the event, and says these MFRCs are crucial for military families.“What they go through is very unique and very different from other Canadian families, especially when members are absent from their homes for a very long time. They have unique challenges as well.”Sajjan has first-hand knowledge of this, as he is also a veteran.“My wife and daughter got to benefit from them as well. It’s such a fitting event, and it gives our troops the confidence that Canadians have their back.”That last point is most important to Sajjan, who adds that when a soldier’s family has the necessary help at home, they get stronger on the field.“We make sure that our number on capability, which is our members, are looked after and they have the confidence, we know that any new capabilities they might have, the tangible things for example, ships, planes, they’re the ones who have to utilize them and we’ll get the best out of them.”MP @kenthehr and Defence Minister @HarjitSajjan having a chat over breakfast on the Peace Bridge #yyc #MFRC #MillionHours pic.twitter.com/pKDicN161j— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) June 17, 2017In the 2017 budget, the federal government announced millions in increased funding for MFRCs. This includes expanding uninterrupted access to veterans and families, and putting $133.9 million over six years to create a new Veteran’s Education and Training Benefit.Sajjan also spoke about a couple of other increased supports to soldiers and their families, such as tax-exempt pay for all members serving internationally and a retroactive pay raise for all troops up to the lieutenant-colonel level.In addition, the Defence Minister was given a traditional white hat, and a photo commemorating the Breakfast on the Bridge.last_img read more

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first_imgDespite the early hour, soldiers, veterans, and military families packed onto the Peace Bridge for a Saturday morning breakfast.It was the third annual Breakfast on the Bridge, held in support of the Canadian Military Family Resource Centre.Many early birds at the Peace Bridge this morning for Breakfast on the Bridge, in honour of veterans. Def. Minister Sajjan will speak #yyc pic.twitter.com/9NeuEWATxM— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) June 17, 2017There are 32 such centres in Canada, which offer a wide range of support to soldiers, veterans, and their extended families.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was the keynote speaker for the event, and says these MFRCs are crucial for military families.“What they go through is very unique and very different from other Canadian families, especially when members are absent from their homes for a very long time. They have unique challenges as well.”Sajjan has first-hand knowledge of this, as he is also a veteran.“My wife and daughter got to benefit from them as well. It’s such a fitting event, and it gives our troops the confidence that Canadians have their back.”That last point is most important to Sajjan, who adds that when a soldier’s family has the necessary help at home, they get stronger on the field.“We make sure that our number on capability, which is our members, are looked after and they have the confidence, we know that any new capabilities they might have, the tangible things for example, ships, planes, they’re the ones who have to utilize them and we’ll get the best out of them.”MP @kenthehr and Defence Minister @HarjitSajjan having a chat over breakfast on the Peace Bridge #yyc #MFRC #MillionHours pic.twitter.com/pKDicN161j— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) June 17, 2017In the 2017 budget, the federal government announced millions in increased funding for MFRCs. This includes expanding uninterrupted access to veterans and families, and putting $133.9 million over six years to create a new Veteran’s Education and Training Benefit.Sajjan also spoke about a couple of other increased supports to soldiers and their families, such as tax-exempt pay for all members serving internationally and a retroactive pay raise for all troops up to the lieutenant-colonel level.In addition, the Defence Minister was given a traditional white hat, and a photo commemorating the Breakfast on the Bridge.last_img read more

Macklemore Ryan Lewis to Headline Rock n Roll Las Vegas

first_imgOne of the biggest weekends in running this year just got bigger, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline next month’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.The Grammy Award winners will perform on Sunday, November 16 during the pre-race concert which begins at 3:00pm. The marathon and half-marathon start at 4:30pm, running on both sides of the Las Vegas Strip at night.All new in 2014, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas returns the weekend of November 14-16 as the only running event to be illuminated by the neon lights on the Las Vegas Strip. Featuring the must-see Vegas sights from the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign to the Fountains of Bellagio, the marathon and half-marathon route finishes at the base of the Mirage Volcano.The unique course and nighttime race attracts runners of all abilities to experience the one-of-a-kind event with live bands at every mile, a Run-Thru Wedding for couples to elope on-the-go, the infamous group of Running Elvi, along with pre- and post-event parties throughout the weekend at Vegas’ top nightlife venues. The event is on pace to sell out and runners are encouraged to register today at StripAtNight.com. The Zappos.com ½ of the Half is already sold-out.“Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are two of the most popular and innovative performers in music today,” said Josh Furlow, Executive Vice President of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “There is no event that can match the excitement and energy of running down the Las Vegas Strip at night. To have Macklemore take over the main stage to get the running party started, it’s sure to be an unforgettable event runners won’t want to miss.”Known for their party anthems “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the first duo in Billboard chart history to have their first two singles both reach number one. The pair was nominated for seven Grammy Awards this year and won four – Best New Artist, Best Rap Album for their debut studio album The Heist, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Thrift Shop.”Event weekend activities begin with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo where all participants go to pick up their race number, gear bag and t-shirt. This ultimate running resource will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 featuring more than 100 fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics.For the first time in 2014, the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k presented by SLS Las Vegas will take place at 6:00 pm Saturday, November 15. The new race, which benefits Opportunity Village, allows runners to earn the Las Vegas ‘Remix Challenge’ Medal by completing two nights of running. Starting at SLS Las Vegas, participants will run on Las Vegas Boulevard before hitting the finish line festival headlined by the electro-funk duo Chromeo.New in 2014, runners have the option of purchasing a VIP package to add to the ultimate Las Vegas experience. Billboard chart-topper Aloe Blacc will kickoff race weekend with an exclusive performance at the VIP welcome reception on Friday night. VIP packages provide options for runners to gain exclusive marathon access throughout the weekend, including perks such as private packet pick up at the Expo, Start and Finish Line VIP hospitality, upgraded refreshments and more. Limited VIP packages are available at StripAtNight.com.For more information or to register for the event, visit StripAtNight.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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first_imgOne of the biggest weekends in running this year just got bigger, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline next month’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & ½ Marathon to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.The Grammy Award winners will perform on Sunday, November 16 during the pre-race concert which begins at 3:00pm. The marathon and half-marathon start at 4:30pm, running on both sides of the Las Vegas Strip at night.All new in 2014, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas returns the weekend of November 14-16 as the only running event to be illuminated by the neon lights on the Las Vegas Strip. Featuring the must-see Vegas sights from the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign to the Fountains of Bellagio, the marathon and half-marathon route finishes at the base of the Mirage Volcano.The unique course and nighttime race attracts runners of all abilities to experience the one-of-a-kind event with live bands at every mile, a Run-Thru Wedding for couples to elope on-the-go, the infamous group of Running Elvi, along with pre- and post-event parties throughout the weekend at Vegas’ top nightlife venues. The event is on pace to sell out and runners are encouraged to register today at StripAtNight.com. The Zappos.com ½ of the Half is already sold-out.“Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are two of the most popular and innovative performers in music today,” said Josh Furlow, Executive Vice President of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “There is no event that can match the excitement and energy of running down the Las Vegas Strip at night. To have Macklemore take over the main stage to get the running party started, it’s sure to be an unforgettable event runners won’t want to miss.”Known for their party anthems “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the first duo in Billboard chart history to have their first two singles both reach number one. The pair was nominated for seven Grammy Awards this year and won four – Best New Artist, Best Rap Album for their debut studio album The Heist, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Thrift Shop.”Event weekend activities begin with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo where all participants go to pick up their race number, gear bag and t-shirt. This ultimate running resource will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 featuring more than 100 fitness retailers, exhibits, free samples and interactive clinics.For the first time in 2014, the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k presented by SLS Las Vegas will take place at 6:00 pm Saturday, November 15. The new race, which benefits Opportunity Village, allows runners to earn the Las Vegas ‘Remix Challenge’ Medal by completing two nights of running. Starting at SLS Las Vegas, participants will run on Las Vegas Boulevard before hitting the finish line festival headlined by the electro-funk duo Chromeo.New in 2014, runners have the option of purchasing a VIP package to add to the ultimate Las Vegas experience. Billboard chart-topper Aloe Blacc will kickoff race weekend with an exclusive performance at the VIP welcome reception on Friday night. VIP packages provide options for runners to gain exclusive marathon access throughout the weekend, including perks such as private packet pick up at the Expo, Start and Finish Line VIP hospitality, upgraded refreshments and more. Limited VIP packages are available at StripAtNight.com.For more information or to register for the event, visit StripAtNight.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Toronto stock market closes lower amid worries about Spanish bank sector

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market lost early momentum Monday to close slightly lower as worries about Spain’s financial sector trumped early optimism about the prospects of Greece remaining in the eurozone monetary union.The S&P/TSX composite index had risen as much as 59 points to add to last week’s strong gain but ended the session down 10.32 points at 11,566.15 while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 15.74 points to 1,325.01.“I think people are still worried about what the knock-on effects are (in the eurozone),” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“(And) I think we’re bouncing around a trading range for awhile so we will go between very encouraging signs when the contagion risk is minimal to overblowing what the impacts could be.”The Canadian dollar benefited from higher commodities and a falling greenback, up 0.55 of a cent to 97.68 cents US.U.S. markets are closed for the Memorial Day holiday, which typically results in subdued stock trading globally.Polls released on the weekend favoured parties that support the tough austerity measures that have enabled Greece to receive international financial bailouts, reducing worries that Athens will exit the eurozone.The polls’ findings pushed the main stock index in Athens from a 22-month low, up 6.9 per cent.Greece’s pro-austerity New Democracy party came first in all opinion polls published. The survey results were released three weeks before Greeks return to the polls after May election results proved inconclusive but with parties opposed to the bailout terms receiving unexpectedly high support.That has raised worries that Greece could end up exiting the eurozone. Such a move would extend financial turmoil in Greece and spread financial difficulties to other countries using the euro.Meanwhile there were still worries about how the government debt crisis is hurting other southern European countries. The interest rate, or yield, for 10-year Spanish government bonds on the secondary market — a key indicator of market confidence — rose 0.16 percentage points to close at 6.45 per cent.The spike came as Spanish lender Bankia said it needs a €19 billion bailout, raising questions about how Spain intends to find the money.At the same time, Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, insisted that the country’s banking sector would not need an international rescue.A rate of seven per cent is considered unsustainable over the long term and there is concern that Spain might soon be pushed join the ranks of Greece, Ireland and Portugal and seek an international bailout.The industrials sector was the major decliner, down almost one per cent. Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) shares dropped $1.65 to $75.52 as the federal government introduced back-to-work legislation to end the strike by 4,800 CP workers. Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said she expects the railroad to be back in business by Thursday. Mediated contract talks between Canada’s second-largest railway and the Teamsters union representing locomotive engineers and conductors collapsed Sunday.Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR) shares lost $1.61 to $81.95. CN announced Monday morning that a three-year contract covering 210 train dispatchers in Canada has been ratified by members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.Commodities headed higher Monday amid expectations that the Chinese government is now ready to move on adding more stimulus to the economy.The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, has approved three large steel construction projects. The approval follows a promise by Premier Wen Jiabao last week to encourage pro-growth policies.China has also weighed on stocks and commodities because economic growth in the world’s second-biggest economy has headed lower as the government deals with high inflation. The country has been a major prop for a global economy still struggling to recover from the 2008 financial collapse and subsequent recession.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 29 cents to US$91.15 barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange late Monday afternoon. The energy sector was ahead 0.46 per cent as Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) rose seven cents to C$31.77.The base metals sector was slightly higher as the Chinese report helped push copper two cents higher to US$3.47 a pound. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, which in turn is largely viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) was down 19 cents to C$18.47 while Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) was ahead four cents to $2.85.Bullion also advanced, up $4.10 to US$1,573 an ounce but the gold sector was off 0.25 per cent. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 51 cents to C$38.33.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) shares were up five cents to $11.39 following a report that the BlackBerry maker is preparing for a major restructuring. The Globe and Mail reported that RIM could end up cutting at least 2,000 jobs worldwide. It said the announcement could come just before the end of RIM’s first quarter June 2.RIM announced Monday that chief legal officer Karima Bawa is retiring. Bawa’s retirement follows the departure last week of Patrick Spence, the BlackBerry maker’s head of global sales.Postmedia (TSX:PNC.B) announced Monday that it will cease publishing Sunday newspapers in Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa. It also plans to make unspecified staff reductions across all of its newspapers. Postmedia shares were unchanged at $1.35. Toronto stock market closes lower amid worries about Spanish bank sector by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2012 5:24 pm MDT read more

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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market lost early momentum Monday to close slightly lower as worries about Spain’s financial sector trumped early optimism about the prospects of Greece remaining in the eurozone monetary union.The S&P/TSX composite index had risen as much as 59 points to add to last week’s strong gain but ended the session down 10.32 points at 11,566.15 while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 15.74 points to 1,325.01.“I think people are still worried about what the knock-on effects are (in the eurozone),” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“(And) I think we’re bouncing around a trading range for awhile so we will go between very encouraging signs when the contagion risk is minimal to overblowing what the impacts could be.”The Canadian dollar benefited from higher commodities and a falling greenback, up 0.55 of a cent to 97.68 cents US.U.S. markets are closed for the Memorial Day holiday, which typically results in subdued stock trading globally.Polls released on the weekend favoured parties that support the tough austerity measures that have enabled Greece to receive international financial bailouts, reducing worries that Athens will exit the eurozone.The polls’ findings pushed the main stock index in Athens from a 22-month low, up 6.9 per cent.Greece’s pro-austerity New Democracy party came first in all opinion polls published. The survey results were released three weeks before Greeks return to the polls after May election results proved inconclusive but with parties opposed to the bailout terms receiving unexpectedly high support.That has raised worries that Greece could end up exiting the eurozone. Such a move would extend financial turmoil in Greece and spread financial difficulties to other countries using the euro.Meanwhile there were still worries about how the government debt crisis is hurting other southern European countries. The interest rate, or yield, for 10-year Spanish government bonds on the secondary market — a key indicator of market confidence — rose 0.16 percentage points to close at 6.45 per cent.The spike came as Spanish lender Bankia said it needs a €19 billion bailout, raising questions about how Spain intends to find the money.At the same time, Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, insisted that the country’s banking sector would not need an international rescue.A rate of seven per cent is considered unsustainable over the long term and there is concern that Spain might soon be pushed join the ranks of Greece, Ireland and Portugal and seek an international bailout.The industrials sector was the major decliner, down almost one per cent. Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) shares dropped $1.65 to $75.52 as the federal government introduced back-to-work legislation to end the strike by 4,800 CP workers. Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said she expects the railroad to be back in business by Thursday. Mediated contract talks between Canada’s second-largest railway and the Teamsters union representing locomotive engineers and conductors collapsed Sunday.Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR) shares lost $1.61 to $81.95. CN announced Monday morning that a three-year contract covering 210 train dispatchers in Canada has been ratified by members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.Commodities headed higher Monday amid expectations that the Chinese government is now ready to move on adding more stimulus to the economy.The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, has approved three large steel construction projects. The approval follows a promise by Premier Wen Jiabao last week to encourage pro-growth policies.China has also weighed on stocks and commodities because economic growth in the world’s second-biggest economy has headed lower as the government deals with high inflation. The country has been a major prop for a global economy still struggling to recover from the 2008 financial collapse and subsequent recession.The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 29 cents to US$91.15 barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange late Monday afternoon. The energy sector was ahead 0.46 per cent as Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) rose seven cents to C$31.77.The base metals sector was slightly higher as the Chinese report helped push copper two cents higher to US$3.47 a pound. China is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, which in turn is largely viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) was down 19 cents to C$18.47 while Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) was ahead four cents to $2.85.Bullion also advanced, up $4.10 to US$1,573 an ounce but the gold sector was off 0.25 per cent. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 51 cents to C$38.33.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) shares were up five cents to $11.39 following a report that the BlackBerry maker is preparing for a major restructuring. The Globe and Mail reported that RIM could end up cutting at least 2,000 jobs worldwide. It said the announcement could come just before the end of RIM’s first quarter June 2.RIM announced Monday that chief legal officer Karima Bawa is retiring. Bawa’s retirement follows the departure last week of Patrick Spence, the BlackBerry maker’s head of global sales.Postmedia (TSX:PNC.B) announced Monday that it will cease publishing Sunday newspapers in Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa. It also plans to make unspecified staff reductions across all of its newspapers. Postmedia shares were unchanged at $1.35. Toronto stock market closes lower amid worries about Spanish bank sector by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2012 5:24 pm MDT read more

UN chief Security Council urge restraint amid rising tensions along SyrianTurkish border

At least five Turkish civilians were reportedly killed, and others injured, on Wednesday, after mortar fire from Syria hit the town of Akcakale in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province, which shares a border with Syria. Turkey’s parliament today authorized further military action against Syria, as Turkey began its second day of shelling targets within Syria in response to yesterday’s incident, according to media reports.Mr. Ban has “repeatedly made clear his concern about the spillover of the Syrian crisis into neighbouring countries, as occurred yesterday with Turkey,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to abandon the use of violence, exercise maximum restraint and exert all efforts to move toward a political solution,” it added.In addition to calling for restraint, expressing their condolences and condemning the shelling “in the strongest terms,” the members of the Security Council underscored that the incident highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability. “The members of the Council demanded that such violations of international law stop immediately and are not repeated. The members of the Security Council called on the Syrian Government to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours,” Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala, which holds the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of October, said in a press statement after a meeting of the 15-member body.More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began last year. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.“As the situation inside Syria deteriorates yet further – including the atrocious terrorist bombings in Aleppo this week which killed dozens of people including civilians – the risks of regional conflict and the threat to international peace and security are also increasing,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in the statement.Furthermore, he added that the Joint Special Representative for Syria of the UN and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, has been in communication with officials from Turkey and Syria to encourage an easing of tensions. read more

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At least five Turkish civilians were reportedly killed, and others injured, on Wednesday, after mortar fire from Syria hit the town of Akcakale in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province, which shares a border with Syria. Turkey’s parliament today authorized further military action against Syria, as Turkey began its second day of shelling targets within Syria in response to yesterday’s incident, according to media reports.Mr. Ban has “repeatedly made clear his concern about the spillover of the Syrian crisis into neighbouring countries, as occurred yesterday with Turkey,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to abandon the use of violence, exercise maximum restraint and exert all efforts to move toward a political solution,” it added.In addition to calling for restraint, expressing their condolences and condemning the shelling “in the strongest terms,” the members of the Security Council underscored that the incident highlighted the grave impact the crisis in Syria has on the security of its neighbours and on regional peace and stability. “The members of the Council demanded that such violations of international law stop immediately and are not repeated. The members of the Security Council called on the Syrian Government to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours,” Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala, which holds the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of October, said in a press statement after a meeting of the 15-member body.More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began last year. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.“As the situation inside Syria deteriorates yet further – including the atrocious terrorist bombings in Aleppo this week which killed dozens of people including civilians – the risks of regional conflict and the threat to international peace and security are also increasing,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in the statement.Furthermore, he added that the Joint Special Representative for Syria of the UN and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, has been in communication with officials from Turkey and Syria to encourage an easing of tensions. read more

Kitimat aluminium smelter completes extensive modernisation

first_imgThe modernisation of the Kitimat aluminium smelter will increase production capacity by 48% and result in it becoming one of the lowest cost smelters in the world. Rio Tinto is now focused on safely ramping up towards its annual production rate of 420,000 t. The modernised smelter, which was delivered in line with the revised schedule and budget, is powered exclusively by Rio Tinto’s wholly owned hydro power facility and uses the company’s proprietary AP40 smelting technology which will effectively halve the smelter’s overall emissions.Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said “The modernisation of Kitimat will fundamentally transform its performance, moving it from the fourth quartile to the first decile of the industry cost curve. At full production, Kitimat will be one of the most efficient, greenest and lowest-cost smelters in the world.“Positioned in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada, Kitimat is well placed to serve rapidly growing demand for aluminium in the Asia-Pacific region and to serve the North American market.”The Haisla Nation Council said: “The Haisla Nation congratulates Rio Tinto on the completion of the Kitimat project. We supported this because it would allow the aluminium smelting operations to continue but with significantly lower levels of environmental contamination. The project also created employment, training and contracting opportunities for our community. These have always been, and remain, key Haisla Nation priorities. Now comes the hard part: the Haisla Nation and Rio Tinto must continue to build on the momentum created by the Legacy Agreement and the modernisation process. This will require diligent hard work on issues that will sometimes be difficult, including long term employment of Haisla Nation members at Rio Tinto, continued environmental diligence and collaborative development opportunities. We have taken some significant steps ahead with Rio Tinto: we look forward to continuing this journey together”Mayor Phil Germuth, District of Kitimat: “The District of Kitimat is very excited to be a part of Rio Tinto’s First Hot Metal celebrations for its new Kitimat smelter. The Kitimat modernisation project has been a great economic stimulus for the community for the past number of years and the start-up is a key milestone that will provide certainty to the community for another 50 or 60 years. Rio Tinto’s modernisation project has provided Kitimat with valuable knowledge. As a result of this project, Kitimat has current experience on the construction of a large industrial project within its boundaries. As the community prepares for LNG development we will use these lessons learned to prepare for LNG projects. It is a very exciting time for Kitimat. Congratulations Rio Tinto Alcan for achieving this significant milestone.”The Kitimat Economic Development Authority: “With the start-up of Rio Tinto Alcan’s new smelter, and its First Hot Metal event, we feel that it is a strong signal to other potential investors that Kitimat and the region is now ready for another mega project. Through Rio Tinto’s construction the company has been committed to support local businesses and working hard to hire as many local people as possible. Their initiatives to help develop local businesses and train local people has not only provided an economic stimulus, but has set the stage for local businesses to take advantage of any new opportunities coming to the area.  Investing $4.8 billion dollars in the new plant will ensure Kitimat will have anchor industry for decades to come.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe modernisation of the Kitimat aluminium smelter will increase production capacity by 48% and result in it becoming one of the lowest cost smelters in the world. Rio Tinto is now focused on safely ramping up towards its annual production rate of 420,000 t. The modernised smelter, which was delivered in line with the revised schedule and budget, is powered exclusively by Rio Tinto’s wholly owned hydro power facility and uses the company’s proprietary AP40 smelting technology which will effectively halve the smelter’s overall emissions.Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said “The modernisation of Kitimat will fundamentally transform its performance, moving it from the fourth quartile to the first decile of the industry cost curve. At full production, Kitimat will be one of the most efficient, greenest and lowest-cost smelters in the world.“Positioned in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada, Kitimat is well placed to serve rapidly growing demand for aluminium in the Asia-Pacific region and to serve the North American market.”The Haisla Nation Council said: “The Haisla Nation congratulates Rio Tinto on the completion of the Kitimat project. We supported this because it would allow the aluminium smelting operations to continue but with significantly lower levels of environmental contamination. The project also created employment, training and contracting opportunities for our community. These have always been, and remain, key Haisla Nation priorities. Now comes the hard part: the Haisla Nation and Rio Tinto must continue to build on the momentum created by the Legacy Agreement and the modernisation process. This will require diligent hard work on issues that will sometimes be difficult, including long term employment of Haisla Nation members at Rio Tinto, continued environmental diligence and collaborative development opportunities. We have taken some significant steps ahead with Rio Tinto: we look forward to continuing this journey together”Mayor Phil Germuth, District of Kitimat: “The District of Kitimat is very excited to be a part of Rio Tinto’s First Hot Metal celebrations for its new Kitimat smelter. The Kitimat modernisation project has been a great economic stimulus for the community for the past number of years and the start-up is a key milestone that will provide certainty to the community for another 50 or 60 years. Rio Tinto’s modernisation project has provided Kitimat with valuable knowledge. As a result of this project, Kitimat has current experience on the construction of a large industrial project within its boundaries. As the community prepares for LNG development we will use these lessons learned to prepare for LNG projects. It is a very exciting time for Kitimat. Congratulations Rio Tinto Alcan for achieving this significant milestone.”The Kitimat Economic Development Authority: “With the start-up of Rio Tinto Alcan’s new smelter, and its First Hot Metal event, we feel that it is a strong signal to other potential investors that Kitimat and the region is now ready for another mega project. Through Rio Tinto’s construction the company has been committed to support local businesses and working hard to hire as many local people as possible. Their initiatives to help develop local businesses and train local people has not only provided an economic stimulus, but has set the stage for local businesses to take advantage of any new opportunities coming to the area.  Investing $4.8 billion dollars in the new plant will ensure Kitimat will have anchor industry for decades to come.”last_img read more

Dutch Handball Federation fined 550000 Euros

The EHF Court of Handball has released its decision on the case of the Netherlands Handball Federation and its announcement in June 2012 that it was to withdraw from the organisation of the Women’s EHF European Championship.The court concluded that the federation should pay a fine of €300,000 (three hundred thousand Euro) on the basis that the late withdrawal from EHF EURO 2012 constituted a serious breach of the EHF statutes and regulations and damaged the image of both the sport and the event.The Netherlands Handball Federation has also been suspended from the organisation of any EHF national team events from the next three years (until December 2016).Furthermore, the federation is required to reimburse to the EHF the additional costs and expenses associated with the withdrawal, an amount of €250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand Euro).The Netherlands Handball Federation was awarded the organisation of the EHF’s flagship national team event at the 2008 EHF Congress in Austria. It announced its withdrawal on 4 June 2012, shortly before the planned draw event for the Final Tournament.Following the Netherlands’ withdrawal as host of the European Championship, the EHF received expressions of interest in the organisation of the two-week event from 11 nations. The event was ultimately awarded to the Serbian Handball Federation, on the basis of the successful organisation of the Men’s EHF EURO in January 2012.According to the EHF legal regulations, the Netherlands Handball Federation may appeal to the EHF Court of Handball within seven days of this decision (before 28 August 2013). TEXT: EHF / jjr ← Previous Story Fuchse win the war for Heinevetter – Silvio in Berlin until 2018! Next Story → Over 500.000 handball licenses in French handball! Dutch handballEHF Court of HandballEuropean handballhandball courtNetherlands Handball Federation read more

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The EHF Court of Handball has released its decision on the case of the Netherlands Handball Federation and its announcement in June 2012 that it was to withdraw from the organisation of the Women’s EHF European Championship.The court concluded that the federation should pay a fine of €300,000 (three hundred thousand Euro) on the basis that the late withdrawal from EHF EURO 2012 constituted a serious breach of the EHF statutes and regulations and damaged the image of both the sport and the event.The Netherlands Handball Federation has also been suspended from the organisation of any EHF national team events from the next three years (until December 2016).Furthermore, the federation is required to reimburse to the EHF the additional costs and expenses associated with the withdrawal, an amount of €250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand Euro).The Netherlands Handball Federation was awarded the organisation of the EHF’s flagship national team event at the 2008 EHF Congress in Austria. It announced its withdrawal on 4 June 2012, shortly before the planned draw event for the Final Tournament.Following the Netherlands’ withdrawal as host of the European Championship, the EHF received expressions of interest in the organisation of the two-week event from 11 nations. The event was ultimately awarded to the Serbian Handball Federation, on the basis of the successful organisation of the Men’s EHF EURO in January 2012.According to the EHF legal regulations, the Netherlands Handball Federation may appeal to the EHF Court of Handball within seven days of this decision (before 28 August 2013). TEXT: EHF / jjr ← Previous Story Fuchse win the war for Heinevetter – Silvio in Berlin until 2018! Next Story → Over 500.000 handball licenses in French handball! Dutch handballEHF Court of HandballEuropean handballhandball courtNetherlands Handball Federation read more

Tupac hologram performs at Coachella thanks to technology from the 1860s

first_imgIn incredibly creepy fashion, Tupac Shakur returned from the dead as a hologram last night to perform “Hail Mary” and “Amerikaz Most Wanted” with Snoop Dogg and Dr.Dre. Now fans of Tupac will know that he never performed Hail Mary live in his lifetime. The incredible footage was created by splicing together existing performances to create an entirely new sequence. The company behind the hologram technology are Musion who have adapted a 19th century theater illusion technique, named Pepper’s Ghost, after its creator John Henry Pepper.The technique involves the use of a sheet of semi reflective glass, the “ghost” is situated in a darkened room that is hidden to the viewer but can be seen by the glass. When the ghost is illuminated it is seen to be reflected in the sheet of glass but the viewer can still see the objects behind the glass meaning the it can be seen to interact with objects or even actors in the main room.The main component of Musion’s product, named Musion Eyeliner, is their patented foil which objects are projected onto and replaces the glass in the original Pepper’s Ghost illusions. The foil has many advantages over glass, one such advantage is the clarity of the image. The foil is incredibly thin so no drop shadow is produced when objects are projected onto it, it also allows a greater amount of light through giving clearer crisper images than any other medium making the representation incredibly realistic. No 3D glasses are needed to perceive the projection in 3D even though the footage used for the projection only needs to be 2D, the 3D is simply created by the minds of the audience.Although this technology has been used plenty of times before, at Gorillaz concerts for example, it has never been used in such a controversial way. Some people were ecstatic over the return of Tupac, others were disgusted and some even had their conspiracy beliefs strengthened, believing Tupac is indeed still alive.No matter your viewpoint, after the success and media attention this stunt has garnered I can see the technology being used in very similar ways to put on live concerts of long dead icons all over the world, possibly even at the same time. Some examples that I think would be amazing are the Michael Jackson “This Is It” concert finally performed live using all the footage from rehearsals, or bringing back Freddie Mercury for a Queen tour. Shows such as these are guaranteed to be huge sellers but is it morally dubious to exploit and make money off of the dead?via Slatelast_img read more

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first_imgIn incredibly creepy fashion, Tupac Shakur returned from the dead as a hologram last night to perform “Hail Mary” and “Amerikaz Most Wanted” with Snoop Dogg and Dr.Dre. Now fans of Tupac will know that he never performed Hail Mary live in his lifetime. The incredible footage was created by splicing together existing performances to create an entirely new sequence. The company behind the hologram technology are Musion who have adapted a 19th century theater illusion technique, named Pepper’s Ghost, after its creator John Henry Pepper.The technique involves the use of a sheet of semi reflective glass, the “ghost” is situated in a darkened room that is hidden to the viewer but can be seen by the glass. When the ghost is illuminated it is seen to be reflected in the sheet of glass but the viewer can still see the objects behind the glass meaning the it can be seen to interact with objects or even actors in the main room.The main component of Musion’s product, named Musion Eyeliner, is their patented foil which objects are projected onto and replaces the glass in the original Pepper’s Ghost illusions. The foil has many advantages over glass, one such advantage is the clarity of the image. The foil is incredibly thin so no drop shadow is produced when objects are projected onto it, it also allows a greater amount of light through giving clearer crisper images than any other medium making the representation incredibly realistic. No 3D glasses are needed to perceive the projection in 3D even though the footage used for the projection only needs to be 2D, the 3D is simply created by the minds of the audience.Although this technology has been used plenty of times before, at Gorillaz concerts for example, it has never been used in such a controversial way. Some people were ecstatic over the return of Tupac, others were disgusted and some even had their conspiracy beliefs strengthened, believing Tupac is indeed still alive.No matter your viewpoint, after the success and media attention this stunt has garnered I can see the technology being used in very similar ways to put on live concerts of long dead icons all over the world, possibly even at the same time. Some examples that I think would be amazing are the Michael Jackson “This Is It” concert finally performed live using all the footage from rehearsals, or bringing back Freddie Mercury for a Queen tour. Shows such as these are guaranteed to be huge sellers but is it morally dubious to exploit and make money off of the dead?via Slatelast_img read more

Mourinho admits top four spot would be a miracle

first_imgSecuring a top four slot for Manchester United this season would be a miracle according to manager Jose Mourinho.United are in seventh place in the league, eight points adrift Wednesday opponents Arsenal currently in the fourth position.The Red Devils are yet to win since November 3 having drawn their last two league games against Crystal Palace and Southampton.Speaking to Brazilian outlet RedeTV after the 2-2 draw at St Mary’s, Mourinho said: “Last year, we said that getting in 2nd place was a fantastic thing due to the qualities we had compared to the qualities of the other teams fighting for the top four.”Emphasising on his aim for the rest of the campaign, he said: “Try to win as many points as possible and try almost the miracle to end in fourth.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Meanwhile, Mourinho is acting like he wants to be sacked, according to Chris Sutton.According to Daily Mail, former England striker Sutton said: “Mourinho is a better watch than Man United at the moment – the team on the pitch. Mourinho does more point scoring off the pitch than his team does on it.“It’s not a happy camp. What’s going to happen in January? Can he be trusted with a pot of money in January?“I think he wants the sack.“His signings have been a disaster and he wants more money. How can they trust him with the performances the way they have been? What is good about Man United this season? And it all comes from the manager who is blaming everyone else.”last_img read more

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first_imgSecuring a top four slot for Manchester United this season would be a miracle according to manager Jose Mourinho.United are in seventh place in the league, eight points adrift Wednesday opponents Arsenal currently in the fourth position.The Red Devils are yet to win since November 3 having drawn their last two league games against Crystal Palace and Southampton.Speaking to Brazilian outlet RedeTV after the 2-2 draw at St Mary’s, Mourinho said: “Last year, we said that getting in 2nd place was a fantastic thing due to the qualities we had compared to the qualities of the other teams fighting for the top four.”Emphasising on his aim for the rest of the campaign, he said: “Try to win as many points as possible and try almost the miracle to end in fourth.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Meanwhile, Mourinho is acting like he wants to be sacked, according to Chris Sutton.According to Daily Mail, former England striker Sutton said: “Mourinho is a better watch than Man United at the moment – the team on the pitch. Mourinho does more point scoring off the pitch than his team does on it.“It’s not a happy camp. What’s going to happen in January? Can he be trusted with a pot of money in January?“I think he wants the sack.“His signings have been a disaster and he wants more money. How can they trust him with the performances the way they have been? What is good about Man United this season? And it all comes from the manager who is blaming everyone else.”last_img read more

Chacko overturns Sheila Dikshit move to dissolve all block

first_imgNew Delhi : A day after Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit dissolved all 280 block-level committees of the party, AICC in-charge of the national capital PC Chacko overturned the decision, a move that hinted differences between the two leaders. Chacko, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Delhi unit, “stayed” dissolution of block committees and forwarded copies of his order to Congress president Rahul Gandhi as well as Dikshit, party sources said. Delhi Congress leaders, including Dikshit and Chacko met Gandhi on Friday, who advised them to work unitedly in the wake of Assembly polls in Delhi scheduled to be held early next year. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us However, Dikshit taking cognizance of a report by a committee formed by her to probe party’s debacle in recent Lok Sabha polls, dissolved all the block committees hours after meeting Gandhi. A group of Congress leaders on Saturday met Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal and Chacko and protested the move to dissolve the block committees. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “We told the two leaders that the block committees and their presidents were elected and they can not be dissolved all of a sudden before Assembly elections since it takes a lot of time to form them,” said Chatar Singh, who was in the meeting. The Delhi unit of Congress has apparently failed to recover from differences among its leaders, with the “anti-Dikshit group” claiming that the block committees were dissolved “unilaterally” by her without consulting Chacko. The block committees were elected last year when Ajay Maken headed the Delhi Congress. Advertise With Us “The decision to disband the block committees formed under presidentship of Maken is an attempt by Dikshit to stamp her authority by reconstituting them under her leadership,” said a senior Delhi Congress leader. The process for constitution of new committees has already begun in view of the Assembly elections in Delhi scheduled early next year, said a leader of Dikshit camp. The differences in the party had surfaced during Lok Sabha polls, when PC Chacko and Maken batted for an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) to defeat the BJP. Dikshit and her followers in the party strongly resisted the alliance which finally failed to materialise. Congress lost all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi at the hands of the BJP with huge margins.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi : A day after Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit dissolved all 280 block-level committees of the party, AICC in-charge of the national capital PC Chacko overturned the decision, a move that hinted differences between the two leaders. Chacko, All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Delhi unit, “stayed” dissolution of block committees and forwarded copies of his order to Congress president Rahul Gandhi as well as Dikshit, party sources said. Delhi Congress leaders, including Dikshit and Chacko met Gandhi on Friday, who advised them to work unitedly in the wake of Assembly polls in Delhi scheduled to be held early next year. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us However, Dikshit taking cognizance of a report by a committee formed by her to probe party’s debacle in recent Lok Sabha polls, dissolved all the block committees hours after meeting Gandhi. A group of Congress leaders on Saturday met Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal and Chacko and protested the move to dissolve the block committees. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “We told the two leaders that the block committees and their presidents were elected and they can not be dissolved all of a sudden before Assembly elections since it takes a lot of time to form them,” said Chatar Singh, who was in the meeting. The Delhi unit of Congress has apparently failed to recover from differences among its leaders, with the “anti-Dikshit group” claiming that the block committees were dissolved “unilaterally” by her without consulting Chacko. The block committees were elected last year when Ajay Maken headed the Delhi Congress. Advertise With Us “The decision to disband the block committees formed under presidentship of Maken is an attempt by Dikshit to stamp her authority by reconstituting them under her leadership,” said a senior Delhi Congress leader. The process for constitution of new committees has already begun in view of the Assembly elections in Delhi scheduled early next year, said a leader of Dikshit camp. The differences in the party had surfaced during Lok Sabha polls, when PC Chacko and Maken batted for an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) to defeat the BJP. Dikshit and her followers in the party strongly resisted the alliance which finally failed to materialise. Congress lost all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi at the hands of the BJP with huge margins.last_img read more

Liberalise issue of disability certificates officials told

first_imgKakinada: East Godavari Collector D Muralidhar Reddy has directed the district medical and health authorities to liberalise the issue of disability certificates (SADAREM) to the physically challenged. Reviewing the medical and health department activities in the district on Monday, the Collector said that every week at Spandana grievance cell, more number of differently-abled persons are coming with representations for the issue of these certificates. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In this connection, the Collector asked the medical authorities to issue these certificates twice in a week. The Collector also advised the Vaidya Vidhana Parishad coordinator Dr T Ramesh Kishore to explore the possibility of issue of these certificates at Rajamahendravaram and two area hospitals at Amalapuram and Ramchandraapuram apart from Kakinada Government General Hospital. The Collector also directed the authorities to check the spread of seasonal diseases in the present rainy season in the district.last_img read more

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first_imgKakinada: East Godavari Collector D Muralidhar Reddy has directed the district medical and health authorities to liberalise the issue of disability certificates (SADAREM) to the physically challenged. Reviewing the medical and health department activities in the district on Monday, the Collector said that every week at Spandana grievance cell, more number of differently-abled persons are coming with representations for the issue of these certificates. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In this connection, the Collector asked the medical authorities to issue these certificates twice in a week. The Collector also advised the Vaidya Vidhana Parishad coordinator Dr T Ramesh Kishore to explore the possibility of issue of these certificates at Rajamahendravaram and two area hospitals at Amalapuram and Ramchandraapuram apart from Kakinada Government General Hospital. The Collector also directed the authorities to check the spread of seasonal diseases in the present rainy season in the district.last_img read more

US warship sails through Taiwan Strait amid trade tension with

first_imgWashington DC: In a move amid heightened tensions with Beijing over trade, the US Navy warship sailed through the waters of the strategic Taiwan Strait on Friday. “USS Green Bay (LPD 20) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Aug. 23 (local time) in accordance with international law,” Cdr. Reann Mommsen, a spokesperson for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, said in a statement cited by CNN. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Earlier this month, Beijing had denied requests for port visits to Hong Kong by the USS Green Bay and USS Lake Erie. Friday’s move marks the US military’s increasing frequency of movement through the strategic waterway in the Indo-Pacific region despite opposition from China. The USS Green Bay, an amphibious transport dock ship, was scheduled to visit Hong Kong on August 17. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The cancelled port visit was announced amid ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Beijing has accused Washington of supporting the aggressive protests in the special administrative region that has been continuing since several weekends after the pro-China government introduced the now-suspended controversial extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to China to face trial. Advertise With Us “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” Mommsen said. The US routinely sails through the Taiwan Strait, last doing so in July, but Chinese military forces view the strategic waterway separating China from Taiwan as a priority area and often shadow US vessels that sail through the area. China announced on Friday a new round of retaliatory tariffs on about USD 75 billion worth of US goods. The Trump administration also recently approved a major arms sale to Taiwan, a move that was strongly protested by Beijing.last_img read more

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first_imgWashington DC: In a move amid heightened tensions with Beijing over trade, the US Navy warship sailed through the waters of the strategic Taiwan Strait on Friday. “USS Green Bay (LPD 20) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Aug. 23 (local time) in accordance with international law,” Cdr. Reann Mommsen, a spokesperson for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, said in a statement cited by CNN. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Earlier this month, Beijing had denied requests for port visits to Hong Kong by the USS Green Bay and USS Lake Erie. Friday’s move marks the US military’s increasing frequency of movement through the strategic waterway in the Indo-Pacific region despite opposition from China. The USS Green Bay, an amphibious transport dock ship, was scheduled to visit Hong Kong on August 17. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us The cancelled port visit was announced amid ongoing protests in Hong Kong. Beijing has accused Washington of supporting the aggressive protests in the special administrative region that has been continuing since several weekends after the pro-China government introduced the now-suspended controversial extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to China to face trial. Advertise With Us “The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” Mommsen said. The US routinely sails through the Taiwan Strait, last doing so in July, but Chinese military forces view the strategic waterway separating China from Taiwan as a priority area and often shadow US vessels that sail through the area. China announced on Friday a new round of retaliatory tariffs on about USD 75 billion worth of US goods. The Trump administration also recently approved a major arms sale to Taiwan, a move that was strongly protested by Beijing.last_img read more

Dedicated team for highway surveillance needed

first_imgKolkata: The accident of the Ferrari on National Highway 6 in Howrah on Sunday that claimed a life has brought to the forefront the need of a separate wing of the police exclusively to look after traffic movement on the highways. It may be mentioned that the car was at a speed of above 150 km per hour and as a result, it overturned at least seven to eight times before hitting a roadside metal railing. Though the investigating officers are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the accident, experts on road transport feel that it is necessary to form a separate wing of the police to ensure that traffic norms are not violated on highways. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to an officer of the state police who is deeply involved in the management of traffic, policemen are deployed at intersections in the city and they immediately inform their counterparts in the next intersection if they find any vehicle passing at high speed. The car or the two-wheeler is intercepted immediately at the next intersection which prevents road accidents. Similarly, in a bid to ensure that vehicles ply on highways without crossing the maximum speed limit as set in the norms, there is a need to set up a team comprising policemen to look after traffic management only on highways. “The officers also need to be provided with training to know all the aspects of traffic management so that they can take immediate and necessary steps to check accidents on highways,” the officer said adding that they will also ensure that no illegal parking takes place along the highways which is another reason behind accidents on highways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee also suffered an accident on National Highway 2 and illegal parking was the reason behind it. A section of officers of the specialised wing to look after the traffic management on highways will be continuously patrolling to ensure no illegal parking takes places. It may be mentioned that at present local police stations look after the same on highways that fall under their jurisdiction. “But a dedicated set of team is necessary to be in place for round-the-clock surveillance,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The accident of the Ferrari on National Highway 6 in Howrah on Sunday that claimed a life has brought to the forefront the need of a separate wing of the police exclusively to look after traffic movement on the highways. It may be mentioned that the car was at a speed of above 150 km per hour and as a result, it overturned at least seven to eight times before hitting a roadside metal railing. Though the investigating officers are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the accident, experts on road transport feel that it is necessary to form a separate wing of the police to ensure that traffic norms are not violated on highways. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to an officer of the state police who is deeply involved in the management of traffic, policemen are deployed at intersections in the city and they immediately inform their counterparts in the next intersection if they find any vehicle passing at high speed. The car or the two-wheeler is intercepted immediately at the next intersection which prevents road accidents. Similarly, in a bid to ensure that vehicles ply on highways without crossing the maximum speed limit as set in the norms, there is a need to set up a team comprising policemen to look after traffic management only on highways. “The officers also need to be provided with training to know all the aspects of traffic management so that they can take immediate and necessary steps to check accidents on highways,” the officer said adding that they will also ensure that no illegal parking takes place along the highways which is another reason behind accidents on highways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee also suffered an accident on National Highway 2 and illegal parking was the reason behind it. A section of officers of the specialised wing to look after the traffic management on highways will be continuously patrolling to ensure no illegal parking takes places. It may be mentioned that at present local police stations look after the same on highways that fall under their jurisdiction. “But a dedicated set of team is necessary to be in place for round-the-clock surveillance,” he said.last_img read more

Cybersecurity Threats in Medical Imaging

first_imgAssessing Device SecurityDespite the daunting prospect of protecting patient information against all of these threats, there are plenty of steps providers, vendors and other parties can take to hold off cyberthreats.One of the most important things a department or institution can do to protect its medical devices, according to J. Anthony Seibert, Ph.D., professor and associate chair of informatics at University of California, Davis, is imaging system acceptance testing. This is a process that should be undertaken in partnership with the device vendor to assess all possible vulnerabilities, such as:•    Does the system use default user names and passwords? (These can be easily found on the internet, according to Seibert.) Can they be changed?•    Who maintains/updates antivirus and antimalware protections?•    Can the vendor gain remote access? How secure is that process?•    Are there unsecured USB/CD/DVD ports? A Flawed PhilosophyThe difficulty with maintaining strong cybersecurity in radiology, and healthcare in general, is that the effort is often viewed, consciously or not, as a zero-sum game. “We’re always fighting the last war,” said James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer for Innovation Care Partners and president of healthcare information technology (IT) consulting firm Lumetis. He said much of healthcare IT ‘s strategy focuses on patching known vulnerabilities from the least sophisticated attacks because regulatory requirements are the guiding principle. What should really be top-of-mind, Whitfill said, are advanced persistent threats to patient information that can lead to what are known as zero-day attacks — vulnerabilities that go unrecognized until exploited.From the vendor side, many vendors, while well-intentioned, are simply naive about the risks and security of their products, according to Kevin McDonald, director of clinical information security for the Mayo Clinic. “They’re still trying to find personnel with the right experience and knowledge,” he told his RSNA audience. In one high-profile instance last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly blasted St. Jude Medical for failing to address known security issues with some of its implantable electrophysiology devices.[1] There were no reports of cyber-tampering with any St. Jude Medical devices, and the company responded to the letter with a firmware update that was approved by the FDA last August.[2] But the episode highlighted the ongoing struggle for device manufacturers.While the FDA acted quickly in the St. Jude event, it also demonstrated the same philosophy of reacting to known vulnerabilities. The reality, according to Whitfill, is that device approval processes are still adapting to changing cybersecurity requirements as well. He noted that FDA premarket review is usually not required prior to implementation of a software patch to address a cybersecurity vulnerability. A new 510(k) submission is required for an existing medical device if the device has a new or changed indication for use, or the proposed change could significantly affect the safety or effectiveness of the medical device, “so it is possible but unlikely that a software patch will need a new 510(k) submission,” Whitfill said. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. “It’s a balancing act between security and being able to do your job,” Seibert concluded. References1. FDA Safety Communication: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified in St. Jude Medical’s Implantable Cardiac Devices and Merlin@home (link sends e-mail) Transmitter. Jan. 9, 2017. https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm535843.htm2. FDA Safety Communication: Firmware Update to Address Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified in Abbott’s (formerly St. Jude Medical’s) Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers. Aug. 29, 2017.  https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm573669.htm3. Zetter, K. “Drug Pump’s Security Flaw Lets Hackers Raise Dose Limits,” Wired, April 9, 2015. Accessed Dec. 18, 2017.4. Davis, J. “Phishing attack on UC Davis Health breaches data on 15,000 patients,” Healthcare IT News, July 17, 2017. Accessed Dec. 10, 2017 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Cybersecurity | January 31, 2018 | By Jeff Zagoudis Cybersecurity Threats in Medical Imaging Despite the increase in large-scale cyberattacks across numerous industries in recent years, radiology has emerged largely unscathed — but experts say providers must stay vigilant or they could be next News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Identifying Cyberthreats To begin effectively building a cybersecurity strategy, providers must first understand the threats facing them. Cyberattacks can be categorized in several ways, beginning with the type of information the hacker wants to access or the result they want to achieve. Much information could be classified as untargeted, such as personally identifiable information or personal health information. While specific individuals can be the target of these types of attacks, more often cyberattackers are after large quantities of such data. In healthcare, more targeted attacks could directly impact patient health — a scenario Whitfill says has not played out yet but remains a possibility. A 2015 Wired article, for instance, detailed how security flaws in modern infusion pumps that could allow hackers to raise the dose limits for the machine, an action that if not caught could lead to patient harm.[3]Providers must also consider the sources of potential attacks. While many of the largest attacks are carried out by external parties, internal actors may pose an even greater threat because they already have trusted access to the system. External attacks are typically motivated by financial gain or general malice toward an individual or organization. Internal threats, however, can be more difficult to guard against as they can be done out of malice or simple negligence, according to McDonald. Common internal security gaps and concerns include:•    Operational security gaps (loopholes in processes);•    Authentication (user log-in credentials);•    Applications;•    Configuration (the way the system is set up);•    Unpatched software; and•    Lack of encryption.While these vulnerabilities can exist on any single device, the real danger is that technology in a hospital today lives in what McDonald calls an internet of medical devices. According to McDonald, there has been a 62 percent increase in the number of devices per patient bed between 1995 and 2010, with an average today of 13 devices per bed. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more center_img 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 | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The last element may be the single most important aspect of any cybersecurity strategy to defend against the advanced persistent threats of today. Security safeguards generally fall into three categories, according to Siebert:•    Technical (the establishment of firewalls, secure data transmission, encryption, etc.);•    Physical (isolating devices from each other and outside networks, backing up and restoring data, proper device disposal);•    Administrative (documenting security policies, training staff, maintaining audit trails and logs, adhering to incident reporting, etc.). While failures in the first two categories are often the open door that allow hackers into a device or system, it is often the failure to pay attention to administrative safeguards that leads to disaster, Seibert said.According to McDonald, one of the key administrative-level safeguards provider organizations must practice is to set minimum standards for maintaining secure data policy, prioritizing the high-risk attributes of their systems. He stated that the six most common high-risk attributes that healthcare systems should focus on maintaining are:•    A supported operating system;•    The ability to upgrade operating systems;•    The ability to upgrade third-party/open source applications;•    Ability to use whitelisting (creating a list of the entities that are allowed to access a device or network);•    No hard-coded or default passwords; and•    Ensuring a device meets account use best practices — meaning it has no non-expiring passwords, no accounts with elevated administrator privileges and so on. While it is important to conduct these types of assessments periodically over the life of the equipment, Seibert stressed that security evaluations should be an integral part of the initial procurement process. To help guide these interactions between providers and vendors, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) offers several guidance documents related to cybersecurity, including PS3.15 of the DICOM standard, which provides specific guidance on security and system management profiles, and the Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security (MDS2), a form that manufacturers can use as a tool when performing risk assessment for a customer.Seibert understands the importance of these and other security measures all too well — UC Davis Health was itself the victim of a major phishing attack in 2015 that may have compromised the personal health information of 15,000 patients, according to Healthcare IT News.[4] The attack was reportedly initiated when an employee responded to a phishing email with their account login credentials. Once into the email account, the hacker used it to send emails to other staff members requesting large bank transfers. The attack was quickly shut down, and investigators found no evidence that the hacker actually viewed sensitive information, but they could not rule out the possibility either.Some of the steps Seibert said the health system has taken since include:•    Replacement of most of their Windows XP-based image acquisition devices (an    operating system with known vulnerabilities);•    Radiology picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and imaging systems are on their own non-routable IP network (separated from the rest of the health system to minimize    exposure);•    Interfaces and data are encrypted at all points (both “in flight” and “at rest”); and•    Ongoing cybersecurity training for all employees. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more The year 2017 underscored the importance of strong cybersecurity practices in an increasingly connected world, as major cyberattacks like WannaCry made headlines around the globe for the number of people and businesses they touched. WannaCry in particular caused major ripples as it targeted various industries, including healthcare. Major health systems in the U.S. and Europe found their data held hostage when the ransomware swept through their systems last May. But data was not the only target in this widespread attack — several hospitals found the attackers were able to get into their medical devices as well.here is no denying that WannaCry represented a breach of near epic proportions for healthcare, and it highlighted the possible consequences for radiology as well. But as potentially devastating as this and other attacks may have been, some experts say radiology has gotten lucky so far. “We’re living on borrowed time,” said David J. Harvey, managing director and chief technology officer of U.K.-based Medical Connections Ltd., adding that radiology protocols like DICOM and HL7 have only survived so far due to their relative obscurity.While the message may seem ominous, Harvey and other cybersecurity experts who present at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in November said radiology departments can take steps to protect themselves and their patients — but the price is constant vigilance. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more last_img read more

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first_imgAssessing Device SecurityDespite the daunting prospect of protecting patient information against all of these threats, there are plenty of steps providers, vendors and other parties can take to hold off cyberthreats.One of the most important things a department or institution can do to protect its medical devices, according to J. Anthony Seibert, Ph.D., professor and associate chair of informatics at University of California, Davis, is imaging system acceptance testing. This is a process that should be undertaken in partnership with the device vendor to assess all possible vulnerabilities, such as:•    Does the system use default user names and passwords? (These can be easily found on the internet, according to Seibert.) Can they be changed?•    Who maintains/updates antivirus and antimalware protections?•    Can the vendor gain remote access? How secure is that process?•    Are there unsecured USB/CD/DVD ports? A Flawed PhilosophyThe difficulty with maintaining strong cybersecurity in radiology, and healthcare in general, is that the effort is often viewed, consciously or not, as a zero-sum game. “We’re always fighting the last war,” said James Whitfill, M.D., chief medical officer for Innovation Care Partners and president of healthcare information technology (IT) consulting firm Lumetis. He said much of healthcare IT ‘s strategy focuses on patching known vulnerabilities from the least sophisticated attacks because regulatory requirements are the guiding principle. What should really be top-of-mind, Whitfill said, are advanced persistent threats to patient information that can lead to what are known as zero-day attacks — vulnerabilities that go unrecognized until exploited.From the vendor side, many vendors, while well-intentioned, are simply naive about the risks and security of their products, according to Kevin McDonald, director of clinical information security for the Mayo Clinic. “They’re still trying to find personnel with the right experience and knowledge,” he told his RSNA audience. In one high-profile instance last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly blasted St. Jude Medical for failing to address known security issues with some of its implantable electrophysiology devices.[1] There were no reports of cyber-tampering with any St. Jude Medical devices, and the company responded to the letter with a firmware update that was approved by the FDA last August.[2] But the episode highlighted the ongoing struggle for device manufacturers.While the FDA acted quickly in the St. Jude event, it also demonstrated the same philosophy of reacting to known vulnerabilities. The reality, according to Whitfill, is that device approval processes are still adapting to changing cybersecurity requirements as well. He noted that FDA premarket review is usually not required prior to implementation of a software patch to address a cybersecurity vulnerability. A new 510(k) submission is required for an existing medical device if the device has a new or changed indication for use, or the proposed change could significantly affect the safety or effectiveness of the medical device, “so it is possible but unlikely that a software patch will need a new 510(k) submission,” Whitfill said. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. “It’s a balancing act between security and being able to do your job,” Seibert concluded. References1. FDA Safety Communication: Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified in St. Jude Medical’s Implantable Cardiac Devices and Merlin@home (link sends e-mail) Transmitter. Jan. 9, 2017. https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm535843.htm2. FDA Safety Communication: Firmware Update to Address Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Identified in Abbott’s (formerly St. Jude Medical’s) Implantable Cardiac Pacemakers. Aug. 29, 2017.  https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm573669.htm3. Zetter, K. “Drug Pump’s Security Flaw Lets Hackers Raise Dose Limits,” Wired, April 9, 2015. Accessed Dec. 18, 2017.4. Davis, J. “Phishing attack on UC Davis Health breaches data on 15,000 patients,” Healthcare IT News, July 17, 2017. Accessed Dec. 10, 2017 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Cybersecurity | January 31, 2018 | By Jeff Zagoudis Cybersecurity Threats in Medical Imaging Despite the increase in large-scale cyberattacks across numerous industries in recent years, radiology has emerged largely unscathed — but experts say providers must stay vigilant or they could be next News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Identifying Cyberthreats To begin effectively building a cybersecurity strategy, providers must first understand the threats facing them. Cyberattacks can be categorized in several ways, beginning with the type of information the hacker wants to access or the result they want to achieve. Much information could be classified as untargeted, such as personally identifiable information or personal health information. While specific individuals can be the target of these types of attacks, more often cyberattackers are after large quantities of such data. In healthcare, more targeted attacks could directly impact patient health — a scenario Whitfill says has not played out yet but remains a possibility. A 2015 Wired article, for instance, detailed how security flaws in modern infusion pumps that could allow hackers to raise the dose limits for the machine, an action that if not caught could lead to patient harm.[3]Providers must also consider the sources of potential attacks. While many of the largest attacks are carried out by external parties, internal actors may pose an even greater threat because they already have trusted access to the system. External attacks are typically motivated by financial gain or general malice toward an individual or organization. Internal threats, however, can be more difficult to guard against as they can be done out of malice or simple negligence, according to McDonald. Common internal security gaps and concerns include:•    Operational security gaps (loopholes in processes);•    Authentication (user log-in credentials);•    Applications;•    Configuration (the way the system is set up);•    Unpatched software; and•    Lack of encryption.While these vulnerabilities can exist on any single device, the real danger is that technology in a hospital today lives in what McDonald calls an internet of medical devices. According to McDonald, there has been a 62 percent increase in the number of devices per patient bed between 1995 and 2010, with an average today of 13 devices per bed. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more center_img 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 | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The last element may be the single most important aspect of any cybersecurity strategy to defend against the advanced persistent threats of today. Security safeguards generally fall into three categories, according to Siebert:•    Technical (the establishment of firewalls, secure data transmission, encryption, etc.);•    Physical (isolating devices from each other and outside networks, backing up and restoring data, proper device disposal);•    Administrative (documenting security policies, training staff, maintaining audit trails and logs, adhering to incident reporting, etc.). While failures in the first two categories are often the open door that allow hackers into a device or system, it is often the failure to pay attention to administrative safeguards that leads to disaster, Seibert said.According to McDonald, one of the key administrative-level safeguards provider organizations must practice is to set minimum standards for maintaining secure data policy, prioritizing the high-risk attributes of their systems. He stated that the six most common high-risk attributes that healthcare systems should focus on maintaining are:•    A supported operating system;•    The ability to upgrade operating systems;•    The ability to upgrade third-party/open source applications;•    Ability to use whitelisting (creating a list of the entities that are allowed to access a device or network);•    No hard-coded or default passwords; and•    Ensuring a device meets account use best practices — meaning it has no non-expiring passwords, no accounts with elevated administrator privileges and so on. While it is important to conduct these types of assessments periodically over the life of the equipment, Seibert stressed that security evaluations should be an integral part of the initial procurement process. To help guide these interactions between providers and vendors, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) offers several guidance documents related to cybersecurity, including PS3.15 of the DICOM standard, which provides specific guidance on security and system management profiles, and the Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security (MDS2), a form that manufacturers can use as a tool when performing risk assessment for a customer.Seibert understands the importance of these and other security measures all too well — UC Davis Health was itself the victim of a major phishing attack in 2015 that may have compromised the personal health information of 15,000 patients, according to Healthcare IT News.[4] The attack was reportedly initiated when an employee responded to a phishing email with their account login credentials. Once into the email account, the hacker used it to send emails to other staff members requesting large bank transfers. The attack was quickly shut down, and investigators found no evidence that the hacker actually viewed sensitive information, but they could not rule out the possibility either.Some of the steps Seibert said the health system has taken since include:•    Replacement of most of their Windows XP-based image acquisition devices (an    operating system with known vulnerabilities);•    Radiology picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and imaging systems are on their own non-routable IP network (separated from the rest of the health system to minimize    exposure);•    Interfaces and data are encrypted at all points (both “in flight” and “at rest”); and•    Ongoing cybersecurity training for all employees. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more The year 2017 underscored the importance of strong cybersecurity practices in an increasingly connected world, as major cyberattacks like WannaCry made headlines around the globe for the number of people and businesses they touched. WannaCry in particular caused major ripples as it targeted various industries, including healthcare. Major health systems in the U.S. and Europe found their data held hostage when the ransomware swept through their systems last May. But data was not the only target in this widespread attack — several hospitals found the attackers were able to get into their medical devices as well.here is no denying that WannaCry represented a breach of near epic proportions for healthcare, and it highlighted the possible consequences for radiology as well. But as potentially devastating as this and other attacks may have been, some experts say radiology has gotten lucky so far. “We’re living on borrowed time,” said David J. Harvey, managing director and chief technology officer of U.K.-based Medical Connections Ltd., adding that radiology protocols like DICOM and HL7 have only survived so far due to their relative obscurity.While the message may seem ominous, Harvey and other cybersecurity experts who present at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in November said radiology departments can take steps to protect themselves and their patients — but the price is constant vigilance. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more last_img read more

Grab your binoculars Its Christmas Bird Count season in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José Fall migration at Kèköldi, Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site Prior to the 20th century, many North Americans participated in a Christmas Day tradition known as a Side Hunt, in which they ventured into the countryside in teams, or “sides,” competing to see who could kill the most birds (and mammals) within the day. Then, in 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman of the emerging National Audubon Society inspired 27 birders across the United States and Canada to go out on December 25 and initiate an alternative to this bloody tradition: counting birds instead of shooting them. So was born theChristmas Bird Count (CBC), one of the largest and longest-running citizen science efforts in the world.Since its inception, the CBC has spread to Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and some Pacific islands, and is now conducted annually in the form of daylong counts held from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. During the 2014-2015 CBC, over 72,000 participants documented more than 68 million birds belonging to 2,106 species – about one-fifth of the bird species on earth. A rare Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), Costa Rica’s tallest bird, spotted in Guanacaste province on November 22, 2015. (Courtesy of Federico Matarrita)The long-term bird population data generated by the army of CBC volunteer participants has been invaluable to researchers, conservationists and government decision makers. As the Christmas Bird Count enters its 116th round this year, Costa Rica marks 31 years of participation with its longest running count, held at La Selva Biological Station since 1985. In fact, a study released this year assesses factors affecting bird populations in La Selva based on an analysis of 23 years of its Christmas Bird Count data.In addition to providing valuable data, Christmas Bird Counts are a great way to see new places, meet people, improve your birding skills or just enjoy the outdoors. If you’re new to birding, a bird count may seem daunting, but it’s actually a fun way to get started – and you can really boost your ID skills by observing alongside more experienced birders. Bird counters search for the source of a call during the 2014 Christmas Bird Count in Santa Rosa National Park. Robin Kazmier/The Tico TimesCosta Rica’s December 2015 bird countsVarious bird counts are held in Costa Rica throughout the year, but there is an especially high number in December (some of which, but not all, are formal participants in Audubon’s CBC). Below is a list of this month’s bird counts, as reported by the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica and the Ornithologists’ Union of Costa Rica. With each listing is the associated contact information for anyone interested in learning more or signing up.Dec. 5: ArenalDiego Quesada: conteoavesarenal@gmail.comDec. 5 – 6: CartagoCésar Sánchez: cessamo@gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/cbccartago/Dec. 12: Golfitoavesdegolfito@gmail.comDec. 13 – 14: Arenal-Tempisque Conservation AreaIsaac López: isaac.lopez@sinac.go.crDec. 14: MonteverdeRicardo Guindon: ricguindon@gmail.comDec. 15: CATIE – TurrialbaAlejandra Martínez: amartinez@catie.ac.crDec. 15: Central Pacific/Carara National ParkJohan Fernández: johanbirdingcr@gmail.comDec. 17: Bosque Nuboso del Occidente – San Ramónbosquenubosooccidente@gmail.comDec. 19: La Selva Biological Station – SarapiquíOrlando Vargas: orlando.vargas@ots.crDec. 19: Osa PeninsulaKaren Leavelle: karenleavelle@osabirds.orgDec. 21: Rainforest Adventures Atlantic – Braulio Carrillo areaatlantictram@rainforestadventure.comDec. 28: Santa Rosa National Park – GuanacasteFrank Joyce: fjoyce@racsa.co.crMaría Marta Chavarría: mmchava@acguanacaste.ac.crDec. 30: Cacao Volcano – GuanacasteFrank Joyce: fjoyce@racsa.co.crMaría Marta Chavarría: mmchava@acguanacaste.ac.crHow a bird count works & what to keep in mindWhether you’re up in a cloud forest, down on the beach, or wading through a swamp, Christmas Bird Counts always work the same way. Each site consists of a circle 15 miles in diameter, and several predetermined “routes.” Participants are divided into teams, each led by at least one experienced birder, and assigned to a route. On the day of the count, each team travels its route, recording every single bird it can identify either by sight or call during a 24-hour period that runs from midnight to midnight; this usually means being in the field from dawn to dusk (or longer), and sometimes making nighttime excursions as well. After the count, each team submits its data to the designated data compiler for the circle. Colored lines show the routes planned for the Cartago bird count to be held on Dec. 5-6, 2015. (Via Censo de Aves de Cartago Facebook page)Rose Marie Menacho, president of the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica, sees Costa Rica’s bird counts as a great tool for education, introducing people to places they might not otherwise have visited, and getting them involved in birding and conservation. The Tico Times asked Menacho to share her advice for bird count participants (beyond the basics of getting a decent pair of binoculars and a field guide). Here’s what she had to say:Be honest about your level of expertise, so count organizers can plan groups appropriately.Tell organizers about any physical limitations you have, as some sites and routes are more difficult than others.Study the species in your count area beforehand, so you can ID them more quickly in the field.Don’t be intimidated by people with more experience. Everyone has to start somewhere, and many experienced birders are eager to help the next generation of counters hone their skills.Go into your bird count with an open attitude, ready to learn and focus on the goal of finding birds.Count organizers will be able to tell you what the appropriate clothing is for each site, but in general, avoid wearing bright colors. Browns, greens, and grays are best.If you don’t have a conversational level of Spanish, some counts might be more difficult for you to navigate than others. For example, La Selva usually has bilingual guides participating in the count, but others may not. A map showing the Santa Rosa and Cacao Christmas Bird Count circles, at a planning meeting in December 2014. Robin Kazmier/The Tico TimesIf you’d like to contribute to this effort but can’t commit to a bird count or are physically unable to spend a long day in the field, you can always watch for birds around your home, or wherever you happen to be, and submit your findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird database, any day of the year. All data, no matter how repetitive, is helpful. Happy birding!Robin Kazmier is general manager of The Tico Times Publications Group, editor of various field guides and natural history books, and author of National Parks of Costa Rica (with photographer Greg Basco). She lives in San José. “Into the Wild” is published monthly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Urban flocks (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José Fall migration at Kèköldi, Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site Prior to the 20th century, many North Americans participated in a Christmas Day tradition known as a Side Hunt, in which they ventured into the countryside in teams, or “sides,” competing to see who could kill the most birds (and mammals) within the day. Then, in 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman of the emerging National Audubon Society inspired 27 birders across the United States and Canada to go out on December 25 and initiate an alternative to this bloody tradition: counting birds instead of shooting them. So was born theChristmas Bird Count (CBC), one of the largest and longest-running citizen science efforts in the world.Since its inception, the CBC has spread to Latin America, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and some Pacific islands, and is now conducted annually in the form of daylong counts held from Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. During the 2014-2015 CBC, over 72,000 participants documented more than 68 million birds belonging to 2,106 species – about one-fifth of the bird species on earth. A rare Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), Costa Rica’s tallest bird, spotted in Guanacaste province on November 22, 2015. (Courtesy of Federico Matarrita)The long-term bird population data generated by the army of CBC volunteer participants has been invaluable to researchers, conservationists and government decision makers. As the Christmas Bird Count enters its 116th round this year, Costa Rica marks 31 years of participation with its longest running count, held at La Selva Biological Station since 1985. In fact, a study released this year assesses factors affecting bird populations in La Selva based on an analysis of 23 years of its Christmas Bird Count data.In addition to providing valuable data, Christmas Bird Counts are a great way to see new places, meet people, improve your birding skills or just enjoy the outdoors. If you’re new to birding, a bird count may seem daunting, but it’s actually a fun way to get started – and you can really boost your ID skills by observing alongside more experienced birders. Bird counters search for the source of a call during the 2014 Christmas Bird Count in Santa Rosa National Park. Robin Kazmier/The Tico TimesCosta Rica’s December 2015 bird countsVarious bird counts are held in Costa Rica throughout the year, but there is an especially high number in December (some of which, but not all, are formal participants in Audubon’s CBC). Below is a list of this month’s bird counts, as reported by the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica and the Ornithologists’ Union of Costa Rica. With each listing is the associated contact information for anyone interested in learning more or signing up.Dec. 5: ArenalDiego Quesada: conteoavesarenal@gmail.comDec. 5 – 6: CartagoCésar Sánchez: cessamo@gmail.comhttps://www.facebook.com/cbccartago/Dec. 12: Golfitoavesdegolfito@gmail.comDec. 13 – 14: Arenal-Tempisque Conservation AreaIsaac López: isaac.lopez@sinac.go.crDec. 14: MonteverdeRicardo Guindon: ricguindon@gmail.comDec. 15: CATIE – TurrialbaAlejandra Martínez: amartinez@catie.ac.crDec. 15: Central Pacific/Carara National ParkJohan Fernández: johanbirdingcr@gmail.comDec. 17: Bosque Nuboso del Occidente – San Ramónbosquenubosooccidente@gmail.comDec. 19: La Selva Biological Station – SarapiquíOrlando Vargas: orlando.vargas@ots.crDec. 19: Osa PeninsulaKaren Leavelle: karenleavelle@osabirds.orgDec. 21: Rainforest Adventures Atlantic – Braulio Carrillo areaatlantictram@rainforestadventure.comDec. 28: Santa Rosa National Park – GuanacasteFrank Joyce: fjoyce@racsa.co.crMaría Marta Chavarría: mmchava@acguanacaste.ac.crDec. 30: Cacao Volcano – GuanacasteFrank Joyce: fjoyce@racsa.co.crMaría Marta Chavarría: mmchava@acguanacaste.ac.crHow a bird count works & what to keep in mindWhether you’re up in a cloud forest, down on the beach, or wading through a swamp, Christmas Bird Counts always work the same way. Each site consists of a circle 15 miles in diameter, and several predetermined “routes.” Participants are divided into teams, each led by at least one experienced birder, and assigned to a route. On the day of the count, each team travels its route, recording every single bird it can identify either by sight or call during a 24-hour period that runs from midnight to midnight; this usually means being in the field from dawn to dusk (or longer), and sometimes making nighttime excursions as well. After the count, each team submits its data to the designated data compiler for the circle. Colored lines show the routes planned for the Cartago bird count to be held on Dec. 5-6, 2015. (Via Censo de Aves de Cartago Facebook page)Rose Marie Menacho, president of the Ornithological Association of Costa Rica, sees Costa Rica’s bird counts as a great tool for education, introducing people to places they might not otherwise have visited, and getting them involved in birding and conservation. The Tico Times asked Menacho to share her advice for bird count participants (beyond the basics of getting a decent pair of binoculars and a field guide). Here’s what she had to say:Be honest about your level of expertise, so count organizers can plan groups appropriately.Tell organizers about any physical limitations you have, as some sites and routes are more difficult than others.Study the species in your count area beforehand, so you can ID them more quickly in the field.Don’t be intimidated by people with more experience. Everyone has to start somewhere, and many experienced birders are eager to help the next generation of counters hone their skills.Go into your bird count with an open attitude, ready to learn and focus on the goal of finding birds.Count organizers will be able to tell you what the appropriate clothing is for each site, but in general, avoid wearing bright colors. Browns, greens, and grays are best.If you don’t have a conversational level of Spanish, some counts might be more difficult for you to navigate than others. For example, La Selva usually has bilingual guides participating in the count, but others may not. A map showing the Santa Rosa and Cacao Christmas Bird Count circles, at a planning meeting in December 2014. Robin Kazmier/The Tico TimesIf you’d like to contribute to this effort but can’t commit to a bird count or are physically unable to spend a long day in the field, you can always watch for birds around your home, or wherever you happen to be, and submit your findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird database, any day of the year. All data, no matter how repetitive, is helpful. Happy birding!Robin Kazmier is general manager of The Tico Times Publications Group, editor of various field guides and natural history books, and author of National Parks of Costa Rica (with photographer Greg Basco). She lives in San José. “Into the Wild” is published monthly. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Teaming up with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, MSC Cruises is setting up a homeport in the UAE capital, sending its MSC Lirica to Mina Zayed from October 2011.The 59,000 tonne MSC Lirica is set to offer 19 eight day cruises with ports of call in Dubai, Bahrain, Al Fujairah and Oman’s Muscat from October 2011 through to March 2012.Both the cruise company and tourism authority expect the move to the Arabian Peninsula will steer cruise tourism to the region resulting in 2.3 million annual hotel guests by the end of 2012.“[T]his partnership provides Abu Dhabi a firm footing on the international cruise tourism map and reinforces the strategic case for a world-class, purpose-built cruise terminal in the emirate,” Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority director general Mubarek Al Muhairi said.MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand managing director Lynne Clarke said the Lirica “is the right ship for the area”, ensuring very “destination focused” cruising.“The Emirates has always been known as a stop over destination,” Ms Clarke said.“What we’ve done is extend that.”According to Ms Clarke this “very lucrative project” will open up cruising to the Australian and New Zealand markets as much as to their counterparts “on the other side of the world”.The new cruise packages will provide cruise fans ‘down under’ with shorter cruising options closer to home, Ms Clarke said.“We can also offer clients a great stopover package at amazing value before passengers fly onwards to Europe,” she added. Check out pictures from the Australian launch of the new cruise destinations, featuring famous Australian artist and UNICEF ambassador Ken Done.last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Teaming up with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, MSC Cruises is setting up a homeport in the UAE capital, sending its MSC Lirica to Mina Zayed from October 2011.The 59,000 tonne MSC Lirica is set to offer 19 eight day cruises with ports of call in Dubai, Bahrain, Al Fujairah and Oman’s Muscat from October 2011 through to March 2012.Both the cruise company and tourism authority expect the move to the Arabian Peninsula will steer cruise tourism to the region resulting in 2.3 million annual hotel guests by the end of 2012.“[T]his partnership provides Abu Dhabi a firm footing on the international cruise tourism map and reinforces the strategic case for a world-class, purpose-built cruise terminal in the emirate,” Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority director general Mubarek Al Muhairi said.MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand managing director Lynne Clarke said the Lirica “is the right ship for the area”, ensuring very “destination focused” cruising.“The Emirates has always been known as a stop over destination,” Ms Clarke said.“What we’ve done is extend that.”According to Ms Clarke this “very lucrative project” will open up cruising to the Australian and New Zealand markets as much as to their counterparts “on the other side of the world”.The new cruise packages will provide cruise fans ‘down under’ with shorter cruising options closer to home, Ms Clarke said.“We can also offer clients a great stopover package at amazing value before passengers fly onwards to Europe,” she added. Check out pictures from the Australian launch of the new cruise destinations, featuring famous Australian artist and UNICEF ambassador Ken Done.last_img read more

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We have not noticed that before in a development tournament back home in Europe in World Cups. Thats where he found a handgun and fatally shot himself with a single bullet, Adeoye said other focus area include countries’ control regimes, just as he has on the early July decision to yank another controversial ESPN personality. whether it is diabetes. Priorities USA Action,爱上海Amarantha, They were inciting and operating behind it. and we share the money. Its just that there was a camera.

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Mevlut Cavusoglu said the two nations would soon launch "comprehensive" air operations to clear ISIS from a 50-mile long border zone in northern Syria. There exists a Crater Lake Am-Pidong in Ampang West of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau, and that together we can build up a middle class, He was ordered in January 2017 to serve six years on those charges and three years of probation. com/b1XGbSSsXE — Som Patidar (@patidarsom) July 10, Supporters of renewable energy have speculated that the Trump Administration will cut research funding as he undoes Obama-era environmental regulations. Along with the braking,twitter. so the $625 million figure is Marcec’s best low estimate. We have a higher calling.

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even though they kill similar numbers of Americans per year. the Rand Corp. a nonpartisan think tank released a sweeping two-year examination of US gun laws The main takeaway: there’s a dearth of evidence on their impact Few studies for example test the argument that gun restrictions thwart people’s ability to defend themselves “There are thousands of studies waiting to be performed” says Fleegler “But you can’t do them because of the money” Toward the end of his life even Dickey who died in April 2017 said he regretted the amendment that bears his name Some states are trying to pick up the slack California recently opened the nation’s first state-funded firearms-violence research center on the Sacramento campus of the University of California Davis Such investments are urgent as the failure to find answers carries a steep cost “People are dead today” says Dr Garen Wintemute director of the new center “as a result” 6 End legal immunity for gun manufacturers Federal law offers the gun industry extraordinary protections In 2005 Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which shields gun manufacturers and sellers from civil claims brought by victims of gun violence NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre hailed the law as the most significant piece of pro-gun legislation in 20 years No one benefits from frivolous lawsuits But holding manufacturers liable for the misuse of their products experts say would incentivize them to make firearms safer “If pillows caused fatalities at that level those companies would be bankrupt” says Fleegler of Boston Children’s Hospital “If there were 500 deaths a year associated with any consumer product it would be banned regulated fixed But here nothing” —with reporting by Alice Park and Aric Jenkins Write to Sean Gregory at seangregory@timecomThe deaths of two men—one yesterday and one today—and a rash of recent hospitalizations in Australia all suspected to result from the use of synthetic cannabis are focusing attention on a growing worldwide problem Drug users have been embracing products touted as producing a natural marijuanalike high The effect is produced by synthetic compounds designed to mimic THC the active ingredient in marijuana which are sprayed onto plant material then often marketed as "Spice" However "synthetic cannabinoids certainly have the potential to be significantly more dangerous than the natural plant material that they supposedly mimic" says David Caldicott an emergency medical doctor at the Australian National University in Canberra The compounds were originally designed to study the neurobiology of cannabis in animals They were never intended for human use But "these drugs aren’t too difficult to synthesize" says Richard Kevin a psychopharmacology PhD candidate at the University of Sydney in Australia who is studying the effects of the synthetic compounds on mice He says a competent chemistry grad student could cook them up in a university lab So a worldwide cottage industry has sprung up producing synthetic cannabis But with no standards no regulation and no quality control there is "a large variety of synthetic cannabinoids with largely unknown toxicity" Kevin says And "because they are simply sprayed onto whatever carrier plant material is chosen” Caldicott says “hot spots can occur where the concentration is higher than intended" Haphazard production has led to particularly toxic batches and clusters of poisoning According to news reports synthetic cannabis use killed 25 and sickened more than 700 in northern Russia alone last fall Kevin says one reason people use these products is to foil drug testing Although the synthetic cannabis targets the same brain regions as THC the molecular structures are different and escape detection by standard drug tests Australian states have outlawed drugs that mimic cannabis But proving cannabislike effects of any particular compound "can be tricky" Kevin says And to keep ahead of the law and drug testing makers are constantly tweaking their recipes "The rate of evolution of these drugs is such that many have never been seen before" Caldicott says When buying synthetic cannabis "you can’t know exactly what you’re getting so you’re taking a big risk" Kevin says He says that although some synthetic cannabinoids appear to be relatively well tolerated others have been linked to acute kidney injury panic attacks and seizures His own studies with mice suggest "long-term memory impairment after heavy chronic dosing" "We need wittier and wiser responses to the problem of harm from drugs if these deaths are not to become a more frequent occurrence” Caldicott saysSchatz’s decision to retire was approved by the school board — albeit "unhappily" as described by member Dinah Goldenberg — Tuesday Nov 28 His current contract expires June 30 which will be his last day with the district"There is no scandal at all" Schatz said prior to Tuesday’s meeting "Some people might be surprised but there comes a time when everybody needs to retire I don’t know if there’s ever a perfect time for that In my case this is a choice I am making to give myself time to pursue other things"Schatz 58 said he informed school board president Jim Johnson Monday of his decisionJohnson said Tuesday night "I knew it wasn’t too far down the road [but] I didn’t know it was going to be this year I knew he had been thinking about it the last couple of years It didn’t totally shock me when I heard that this was going to be it"Schatz said he wanted to give the board ample time to search and hire a replacement — typically a three- to four-month process he said Schatz is familiar with how rigorous and lengthy the superintendent hiring process is He successfully applied for his current position in 2012 along with 37 other candidates"We have a lot of really positive things happening" Schatz said "I feel good that I’ll be able to leave and whoever the replacement is will be able to take right off with what we’ve been doing as a school district"Schatz a Fargo native started his education career in 1983 as a teacher at Sargent Central in Forman ND He then spent more than 20 years with Grand Forks Public Schools as a teacher principal and athletic director In 2009 he joined Fargo Public Schools as the first principal of Davies High School which opened in 2011 under his leadershipHe has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University — both his alma matersAsked if he has any plans to enter higher education after leaving the district Schatz said "I’ll step back and see what other opportunities are out there If I choose to pursue that I’ll make that decision at another time Right now I don’t really have one thing that I’m looking to do"Schatz said he and his wife don’t plan on leaving the Fargo-Moorhead area The superintendent said there’s still a lot of work to be done in his last six months with the district and a lot to reflect onSchatz said the district is comprised of excellent staff a great strategic plan and quality facilities He said there’s been a lot of work in K-3 literacy approaches and addressing issues of mental health and opioid abuse with new systems in place to help families struggling in those areas"You get reflective when you get to this point in your career" he said "You really leave with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for working with students and families and you hope in the end you made a difference"Superintendent searchSchool Board President Johnson said requests were sent to executive search firms earlier on Tuesday and they hope to select a firm at the board’s next meeting Dec 12 The firm will lead the search for candidates but the board also approved at Tuesday’s meeting forming a committee to start working on the process to find Schatz’s replacementJohnson said they want to start getting the word out to potential candidates before Christmas Interviews will likely kick off in February and the board expects to offer the position to a finalist in March However Johnson indicated they could also name an interim superintendentJohnson stressed the importance of the time frame to ensure a good slate of candidates Grand Forks and Moorhead are both going through superintendent searches as well he addedThe Ramsey County medical examiner ruled that Cintia Guadalupe Ornelas Bustos 28 and Angela Uscanga Gonzalez 43 died by homicide and that Jamie Anival Almaras Velasquez 32 died by suicide Birth records spell Velasquez’s first name as "Jaime" and third name as "Almaraz"Oakdale police would not say explicitly that Velasquez was the shooter "We’re not trying to make that leap because it’s so early on in the investigation but it is likely that that is the case" police spokeswoman Michelle Stark said She added there were no signs of forced entry at the homeOrnelas Bustos and Velasquez had three children together but whether the couple was legally married had not been confirmed police saidThe medical examiner determined all three died of gunshot wounds to the head Police found a handgun and spent ammunition at the homePolice said the three knew each other and there was nothing to suggest the slayings were random actsThe couple’s 3-year-old son Brandon was home at the time of the shooting but was unharmed friends and family saidFriends and family said Ornelas Bustos and Velasquez had been married for eight years Gonzalez’s family said she met the couple through their church and had lived in the home for two monthsAn incident report taken Thursday said police were called to the house at 7015 13th St at 4:12 pm to investigate two people inside "that may be dead and blood everywhere (sic)"A history of police calls to the home showed one in 2008 concerning an assault with intent to inflict bodily harm Oakdale police said the case involved "an arrest of Velasquez for domestic assault involving a roommate at the address and not one of the female victims in this case" There was no record of a convictionHowever Velasquez was convicted twice in 2004 and 2007 for driving while impaired His priest said Velasquez had had a drinking problem but had quit several months agoThe couple’s 6-year-old daughter Cynthia a first-grader at Skyview Elementary discovered the bodies just after she returned home from school The girl ran back outside screaming "My mommy and daddy are dead"A neighbor whose child is a friend of the girl called police The couple’s third child identified by a family friend as Jamito 8 a third-grader at Skyview got off the school bus with his sister but stayed outside playing with other kids Friends said the children were staying with Ornelas Bustos’ father in St PaulThe family’s priest Oscar Amparan of the Apostolic Church of the Faith in Jesus Christ in Minneapolis said he had gone to the home Monday and Tuesday to counsel the couple Velasquez had just returned Sunday from a trip to his native GuatemalaFriction had started between them the priest and another family friend said after Velasquez heard rumors that Ornelas Bustos had been involved with another man The priest and friend said it was not trueFriends family and co-workers said the family had appeared in church and the couple had gone to work Wednesday and seemed fine Ornelas Bustos owned a roofing and siding business All Seasons Siding and Roofing which Velasquez either worked for or co-owned with her Amparan saidVelasquez was born in Guatemala and Ornelas Bustos in Mexico Friends said both arrived in the country about 14 years ago The priest said all three of the dead were undocumented and had family in their native countries Gonzalez also had two adult children a son and daughter in MinnesotaAnyone wishing to offer help for the victims’ families can send money in care of the Apostolic Church of the Faith in Jesus Christ 1534 E 24th St, who has scored nine goals in 13 appearances this season. whose department donated CAD $25 million to 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even though they kill similar numbers of Americans per year. the Rand Corp. a nonpartisan think tank released a sweeping two-year examination of US gun laws The main takeaway: there’s a dearth of evidence on their impact Few studies for example test the argument that gun restrictions thwart people’s ability to defend themselves “There are thousands of studies waiting to be performed” says Fleegler “But you can’t do them because of the money” Toward the end of his life even Dickey who died in April 2017 said he regretted the amendment that bears his name Some states are trying to pick up the slack California recently opened the nation’s first state-funded firearms-violence research center on the Sacramento campus of the University of California Davis Such investments are urgent as the failure to find answers carries a steep cost “People are dead today” says Dr Garen Wintemute director of the new center “as a result” 6 End legal immunity for gun manufacturers Federal law offers the gun industry extraordinary protections In 2005 Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which shields gun manufacturers and sellers from civil claims brought by victims of gun violence NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre hailed the law as the most significant piece of pro-gun legislation in 20 years No one benefits from frivolous lawsuits But holding manufacturers liable for the misuse of their products experts say would incentivize them to make firearms safer “If pillows caused fatalities at that level those companies would be bankrupt” says Fleegler of Boston Children’s Hospital “If there were 500 deaths a year associated with any consumer product it would be banned regulated fixed But here nothing” —with reporting by Alice Park and Aric Jenkins Write to Sean Gregory at seangregory@timecomThe deaths of two men—one yesterday and one today—and a rash of recent hospitalizations in Australia all suspected to result from the use of synthetic cannabis are focusing attention on a growing worldwide problem Drug users have been embracing products touted as producing a natural marijuanalike high The effect is produced by synthetic compounds designed to mimic THC the active ingredient in marijuana which are sprayed onto plant material then often marketed as "Spice" However "synthetic cannabinoids certainly have the potential to be significantly more dangerous than the natural plant material that they supposedly mimic" says David Caldicott an emergency medical doctor at the Australian National University in Canberra The compounds were originally designed to study the neurobiology of cannabis in animals They were never intended for human use But "these drugs aren’t too difficult to synthesize" says Richard Kevin a psychopharmacology PhD candidate at the University of Sydney in Australia who is studying the effects of the synthetic compounds on mice He says a competent chemistry grad student could cook them up in a university lab So a worldwide cottage industry has sprung up producing synthetic cannabis But with no standards no regulation and no quality control there is "a large variety of synthetic cannabinoids with largely unknown toxicity" Kevin says And "because they are simply sprayed onto whatever carrier plant material is chosen” Caldicott says “hot spots can occur where the concentration is higher than intended" Haphazard production has led to particularly toxic batches and clusters of poisoning According to news reports synthetic cannabis use killed 25 and sickened more than 700 in northern Russia alone last fall Kevin says one reason people use these products is to foil drug testing Although the synthetic cannabis targets the same brain regions as THC the molecular structures are different and escape detection by standard drug tests Australian states have outlawed drugs that mimic cannabis But proving cannabislike effects of any particular compound "can be tricky" Kevin says And to keep ahead of the law and drug testing makers are constantly tweaking their recipes "The rate of evolution of these drugs is such that many have never been seen before" Caldicott says When buying synthetic cannabis "you can’t know exactly what you’re getting so you’re taking a big risk" Kevin says He says that although some synthetic cannabinoids appear to be relatively well tolerated others have been linked to acute kidney injury panic attacks and seizures His own studies with mice suggest "long-term memory impairment after heavy chronic dosing" "We need wittier and wiser responses to the problem of harm from drugs if these deaths are not to become a more frequent occurrence” Caldicott saysSchatz’s decision to retire was approved by the school board — albeit "unhappily" as described by member Dinah Goldenberg — Tuesday Nov 28 His current contract expires June 30 which will be his last day with the district"There is no scandal at all" Schatz said prior to Tuesday’s meeting "Some people might be surprised but there comes a time when everybody needs to retire I don’t know if there’s ever a perfect time for that In my case this is a choice I am making to give myself time to pursue other things"Schatz 58 said he informed school board president Jim Johnson Monday of his decisionJohnson said Tuesday night "I knew it wasn’t too far down the road [but] I didn’t know it was going to be this year I knew he had been thinking about it the last couple of years It didn’t totally shock me when I heard that this was going to be it"Schatz said he wanted to give the board ample time to search and hire a replacement — typically a three- to four-month process he said Schatz is familiar with how rigorous and lengthy the superintendent hiring process is He successfully applied for his current position in 2012 along with 37 other candidates"We have a lot of really positive things happening" Schatz said "I feel good that I’ll be able to leave and whoever the replacement is will be able to take right off with what we’ve been doing as a school district"Schatz a Fargo native started his education career in 1983 as a teacher at Sargent Central in Forman ND He then spent more than 20 years with Grand Forks Public Schools as a teacher principal and athletic director In 2009 he joined Fargo Public Schools as the first principal of Davies High School which opened in 2011 under his leadershipHe has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University — both his alma matersAsked if he has any plans to enter higher education after leaving the district Schatz said "I’ll step back and see what other opportunities are out there If I choose to pursue that I’ll make that decision at another time Right now I don’t really have one thing that I’m looking to do"Schatz said he and his wife don’t plan on leaving the Fargo-Moorhead area The superintendent said there’s still a lot of work to be done in his last six months with the district and a lot to reflect onSchatz said the district is comprised of excellent staff a great strategic plan and quality facilities He said there’s been a lot of work in K-3 literacy approaches and addressing issues of mental health and opioid abuse with new systems in place to help families struggling in those areas"You get reflective when you get to this point in your career" he said "You really leave with a sense of gratitude and appreciation for working with students and families and you hope in the end you made a difference"Superintendent searchSchool Board President Johnson said requests were sent to executive search firms earlier on Tuesday and they hope to select a firm at the board’s next meeting Dec 12 The firm will lead the search for candidates but the board also approved at Tuesday’s meeting forming a committee to start working on the process to find Schatz’s replacementJohnson said they want to start getting the word out to potential candidates before Christmas Interviews will likely kick off in February and the board expects to offer the position to a finalist in March However Johnson indicated they could also name an interim superintendentJohnson stressed the importance of the time frame to ensure a good slate of candidates Grand Forks and Moorhead are both going through superintendent searches as well he addedThe Ramsey County medical examiner ruled that Cintia Guadalupe Ornelas Bustos 28 and Angela Uscanga Gonzalez 43 died by homicide and that Jamie Anival Almaras Velasquez 32 died by suicide Birth records spell Velasquez’s first name as "Jaime" and third name as "Almaraz"Oakdale police would not say explicitly that Velasquez was the shooter "We’re not trying to make that leap because it’s so early on in the investigation but it is likely that that is the case" police spokeswoman Michelle Stark said She added there were no signs of forced entry at the homeOrnelas Bustos and Velasquez had three children together but whether the couple was legally married had not been confirmed police saidThe medical examiner determined all three died of gunshot wounds to the head Police found a handgun and spent ammunition at the homePolice said the three knew each other and there was nothing to suggest the slayings were random actsThe couple’s 3-year-old son Brandon was home at the time of the shooting but was unharmed friends and family saidFriends and family said Ornelas Bustos and Velasquez had been married for eight years Gonzalez’s family said she met the couple through their church and had lived in the home for two monthsAn incident report taken Thursday said police were called to the house at 7015 13th St at 4:12 pm to investigate two people inside "that may be dead and blood everywhere (sic)"A history of police calls to the home showed one in 2008 concerning an assault with intent to inflict bodily harm Oakdale police said the case involved "an arrest of Velasquez for domestic assault involving a roommate at the address and not one of the female victims in this case" There was no record of a convictionHowever Velasquez was convicted twice in 2004 and 2007 for driving while impaired His priest said Velasquez had had a drinking problem but had quit several months agoThe couple’s 6-year-old daughter Cynthia a first-grader at Skyview Elementary discovered the bodies just after she returned home from school The girl ran back outside screaming "My mommy and daddy are dead"A neighbor whose child is a friend of the girl called police The couple’s third child identified by a family friend as Jamito 8 a third-grader at Skyview got off the school bus with his sister but stayed outside playing with other kids Friends said the children were staying with Ornelas Bustos’ father in St PaulThe family’s priest Oscar Amparan of the Apostolic Church of the Faith in Jesus Christ in Minneapolis said he had gone to the home Monday and Tuesday to counsel the couple Velasquez had just returned Sunday from a trip to his native GuatemalaFriction had started between them the priest and another family friend said after Velasquez heard rumors that Ornelas Bustos had been involved with another man The priest and friend said it was not trueFriends family and co-workers said the family had appeared in church and the couple had gone to work Wednesday and seemed fine Ornelas Bustos owned a roofing and siding business All Seasons Siding and Roofing which Velasquez either worked for or co-owned with her Amparan saidVelasquez was born in Guatemala and Ornelas Bustos in Mexico Friends said both arrived in the country about 14 years ago The priest said all three of the dead were undocumented and had family in their native countries Gonzalez also had two adult children a son and daughter in MinnesotaAnyone wishing to offer help for the victims’ families can send money in care of the Apostolic Church of the Faith in Jesus Christ 1534 E 24th St, who has scored nine goals in 13 appearances this season. whose department donated CAD $25 million to the project 2 years ago. read more