George Takei Receives Honorary Doctorate At Cal State LA Commencement

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first_imgGeorge H. Takei, the highly accomplished actor and tireless champion for the arts and social justice, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Friday during Cal State LA’s Commencement.Actor and activist George H. Takei received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Friday during CommencementCredit/Copyright: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LAStudents gave Takei two standing ovations during the ceremony.The 79-year-old Takei, who is best known for playing the character Mr. Sulu on the original, award-winning television series Star Trek, also delivered the keynote address during the undergraduate ceremony for the College of Natural and Social Sciences.His address was a prism into the trials and tribulations that Americans have endured during the 20th and 21st centuries.Takei recounted growing up with Mexican American families on Los Angeles’ Eastside, not far from Cal State LA. But that life was interrupted when World War II broke out. He and his family were among more than 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry in the U.S. who were rounded up and sent to internment camps.Living behind barbed wire at Camp Rohwer, in the swamps of Arkansas, and Camp Tule Lake, on a scrub-covered plain of northern California, left a lasting impression.“I can never forget the tall sentry towers with the machine guns pointed down at us. I remember the search light that followed me when I made the midnight runs from our barrack to the latrine,” he recalled. “Throughout my acting career, because of my childhood imprisonment, an unjust incarceration, I have always been mindful of the preciousness of my rights as an American as well as my responsibilities as a citizen.”Takei, who earned a B.A. and M.A. in theater from UCLA, has more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-star roles to his credit. He boasts more than 9.7 million fans on his Facebook page and has used the platform to advocate on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.He was a former board member of the Southern California Rapid Transit District and helped establish the Arts in Transit program, which led to each Los Angeles Metro station having its own distinctive artwork. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from Japanese Emperor Akihito for his contributions to improving relationships between the two nations.In closing his Commencement address, Takei noted that the democratic process can be unruly, even unjust. But as Americans, he told the crowd, we have a responsibility to be engaged and to strive to make our country a better place for all people, regardless of their differences.“We, your generation and mine, have a challenge to boldly go where we have never gone before,” he said, referencing a well-known line from the opening of Star Trek. “Let us learn from the lessons of history, and, as the founding fathers did, shape a new nation to fit the ever advancing, constantly innovating, dynamic challenges of the 21st century,” Takei said. “Let us boldly go where we have never gone before.”last_img read more

Nunavut senator calls out nonprofits on foreign funding

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first_imgAPTN National NewsSenator Dennis Patterson, Nunavut’s representative in the upper house of Parliament, is calling out non-profit groups operating in the North.In a statement on the Senate floor, the Conservative senator says that non-profits have too much influence on events in Nunavut, and questions their commitment to Canada when they may have numerous foreign backers.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll takes a close look at Patterson’s statement, and asks the question: if we’re going to talk about influence in the North, shouldn’t we be talking about energy companies as well?last_img

Tanya Tagaq out for blood over racist experimental documentary by Quebec filmmaker

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first_img(Screen grab from Dominic Gagnon’s film, of the North)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAn experimental documentary made entirely of found online videos depicting northern Indigenous peoples produced by a Quebec filmmaker is triggering outrage from a top Inuit artist who says the work is a “racist” reinforcement of stereotypes.The 74-minute film, of the North, by Dominic Gagnon is a compilation of YouTube and porn videos depicting circumpolar peoples, including a large number of Inuit from Nunavut and Northern Quebec. The images are set against a wide-variety of music, including from internationally renowned artist Tanya Tagaq who has threatened legal action over the use of her work in the film.“This one-sided, racist slight propagating violence and actual violence…disgusts me. I am fully out for blood,” said Tagaq, in an interview Tuesday with APTN National News. “I am an artist and, I am sorry, his art sucks. I do more than disrespect him, I discredit him with everything I have in my body.”Tagaq is an internationally acclaimed artist whose last album, Animism, won the 2014 Polaris prize. Her throat-singing is also featured in the Matthew Barney art film, Drawing Restraint 9, which is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.Tagaq’s legal representative has issued a cease and desist order against Gagnon over the use of her music which is now being removed from the film.Tanya Tagaq during a New York performance in January 2015. Photo courtesy of SixShooter RecordsThe images of Gagnon’s film alternate between snapshots of Arctic landscape, industrial machinery, military exercises, inebriated Inuit men vomiting, children playing and pornographic scenes of women, including that of a vagina that cuts into a video of someone trimming the hairs off a dog’s tail.“I made this film with love,” said Gagnon, who used money from Quebec’s arts council to make the film. “Now I am being bashed because I am a man and I am white. I am only a young man who lives on his own, in his own studio and I don’t see where the privilege comes.”Gagnon, who has never been to an Inuit community, says the film is part of a longer project based on the four directions and continues an exploration of his previous work drawn from online videos people post of themselves. Gagnon has similar work using YouTube videos to create films about teenagers talking about the end of the world and “redneck” Americans discussing conspiracy theories.“I am making a film about people who film themselves, not the people,” he said. “It doesn’t need to be objective…but lets the viewer free, more like jazz, a free association of images. It is almost an unrealistic piece.”Tagaq said she couldn’t finish watching the film because it made her physically ill.“I couldn’t even watch it, I started weeping, it was triggering,” said Tagaq. “It is these kinds of situations that lead to direct violence when you emit a disparaging sentiment for an entire race of people…it is giving people permission to be racist and a whole bunch of losers are going to take up on that….It is dangerous for me, it is dangerous for my daughter. This is unacceptable.”Dominic GagnonStephen Puskas, an Inuk producer for Montreal radio show Nipivut, also said he was made ill by the film.“I couldn’t sit through the entire film. I felt physically ill….I felt that I was either going to cry or get sick. I only slept four hours last night and I have to force myself to eat because I lost my appetite,” said Puskas. “It just seemed to get worse and worse.”Puskas said the film is an aesthetic failure spawned by ignorance.“This film is ignorant about a race of people. I think it is the definition of racism and I don’t use that word lightly,” he said. “I think this is a racist film and I think it perpetrates negative stereotypes of Inuit, it perpetrates ignorance and miseducation about Inuit and it doesn’t provide any productive argument.”Puskas has been phoning film festivals that plan to show Gagnon’s film and urging them to pull the work. The Gatineau, Que., film festival Daimon told APTN Tuesday it was pulling the film over concerns it used Tagaq’s music without permission.Gagnon said he is not a racist and has Indigenous ancestry in his family tree.“I am calling for the right to make a specific film about specific issues. They would like to make a generalist film to show more positive things. This is not what I wanted, I wanted to make something extremely precise and I did it. I feel we have a right to be specific about a specific,” he said. “I make my film more like a sculpture, my piece of wood I wanted to carve from 500 hours of footage online that is publicly available for everyone to see.”Gagnon said he wept at one point making the film and is disappointed by Tagaq’s reaction to his work.“I was thinking she could understand and see some value in this project and again I am really sorry she is so offended, but I am an artist too and artists are not there to please. Maybe we are not on the same path,” said Gagnon.Tagaq said Gagnon is no artist, but a “hack” who has used “sensationalism” to draw notoriety where talent has failed.“Number one, he has never been up there and, number two, it is not his place to discredit an entire race,” said Tagaq. “It is sensationalism at its best.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

MMIW inquiry announcement expected between June 30 and July 6

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first_imgNation to NationAn anticipated announcement from the federal Liberal government on a national inquiry into the  disproportionately high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls is expected by July 6, Nation to Nation has learned.Much remains to be revealed about the inquiry including its start date, commissioners, mandate and length. Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett has said she expected to hold the inquiry’s announcement before the end of the spring House of Commons session which ended June 17.The announcement on the inquiry is now expected between June 30 and July 6, according to sources.U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to address MPs and Senators in the Chamber on June 29.The Justin Trudeau government released a report in late May on its 17 pre-inquiry consultation meetings with about 2,000 people including families of the murdered and the missing, survivors of violence, women’s organizations, provincial and territorial officials and academics.The report said the consultations resulted in a number of key points that are expected to influence the inquiry’s operation and mandate.There was a desire the inquiry’s leadership represent the diversity of Indigenous communities and regions and follow a timetable sensitive to the needs of survivors and their families, the report said.The consultations also heard a strong desire for the inquiry to embrace a broad scope that would include a wide array of individuals and organizations, including families, front-line workers and Indigenous leaders, according to the report. There were also voices calling for the inquiry to include violence against LGBT and two spirited people, the report said.There were also calls for the inquiry to blend the spiritual into its make up in a way proportional to the diversity of the voices who will ultimately determine its outcome, the report said.Nation2Nation@aptn.ca@Nation2Nationlast_img read more

Khouribga Celebrates Rwandan Cinema for African Film Festivals 20th Anniversary

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By Chaimae  BoulifaRabat – The city of Khouribga is gearing up to host the 20th edition of the African Film Festival September 9 to 16, offering both residents and visitors a chance to enjoy a diverse showcase of African filmmakers’ latest productions.The festival’s 20th anniversary will pay tribute to Rwandan cinema, aiming “to strengthen cooperation links between Moroccan and Rwandan film industry leaders” and “open up opportunities for discussion between Rwandan filmmakers and their Moroccan counterparts,” according to the festival’s press release. In order to promote other aspects of African culture, two major events will be held at the Khouribga Media Library as part of the festival.The International Exhibition of African Contemporary Art, featuring 50 paintings of different sizes as well as sculptures and installations by 27 artists from 11 African countries, will be open from September 10 to November 30.The second event, a literary encounter with renowned Rwandan novelist, Scholastique Mukasonga, will take place September 15, followed by a performance of traditional Rwandan music by the popular artist Jules Sentore accompanied by young Rwandans living in Morocco.Fourteen films have been selected to compete in the festival, hoping to obtain the ‘Ousmane Sembène’ award. These films productions represent 12 African countries – Tunisia, Ethiopia, Algeria, Guinea, Egypt, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Benin, and Morocco – and will also compete for awards for best actor and actress.The festival, intended to serve as crossroads of openness, exchange, and sharing between different African nations, is chaired by the Moroccan poet and writer Abdellatif Lâabi, as well as others from all over Africa with experience in various film and cultural disciplines.This festival, which is under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, has been organized by the African Film Festival Foundation and sponsored by the Cherifian Phosphates Office (OCP),which works to support African cultural and artistic events to inspire and lift up the people in the regions in which it operates. read more

Hybrid force for Darfur set to deploy on 31 December – UN

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28 December 2007The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), set to become the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength, is poised to officially take over on Monday from the AU force currently on the ground trying to quell the violence and suffering in the war-wracked region of western Sudan. The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), set to become the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength, is poised to officially take over on Monday from the AU force currently on the ground trying to quell the violence and suffering in the war-wracked region of western Sudan.More than 200,000 people have been killed and another 2.2 million forced to flee their homes, living either as internally displaced persons (IDPs) or as refugees in neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). UN officials have described Darfur as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The transfer of authority from the AU Mission in the Sudan (AMIS) to the new hybrid operation will take place during a signing ceremony at UNAMID’s headquarters in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher on 31 December, the UN said in a news release today. At that time, AU troops will exchange their green headgear for the UN’s blue beret. Authorized by the Security Council on 31 July, UNAMID will have some 20,000 troops and more than 6,000 police and civilian staff at full strength.There are currently more than 9,000 uniformed personnel on the ground, including 7,000 troops and 1,200 police serving with the AMIS, which was established in 2004 to help bring peace to Darfur, as well as UN soldiers and police officers serving as part of the UN’s “heavy” and “light support packages” deployed to support AMIS over the last year. At the same time, UN officials have cautioned that some of the critical equipment necessary to support the troops is still lacking – particularly air assets such as helicopters – and have appealed to Member States to close this critical gap.The new mission is headed by the AU-UN Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Rodolphe Adada, and is mandated to protect civilians where possible, facilitate humanitarian assistance and help provide a secure environment in which peace can take root. Along with UNAMID’s deployment, the UN and AU are continuing efforts on the political front to broker a comprehensive peace accord between the Government of Sudan and Darfur’s many rebel movements. read more

UN urges Nepal to respect verdict on discrimination against sexual minorities

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal today urged the country’s Government to expedite the implementation of a Supreme Court ruling issued three years ago that upholds equal rights in the granting of citizenship and identity documents to members of sexual minorities.OHCHR-Nepal voiced concern over what it described as structured forms of discrimination and stigmatization faced by self-described members of the third gender, and lack of respect for their human rights by the State.The Office pointed out that under key instruments and decisions of the UN human rights mechanisms, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender (LGBTI) and other sexual minorities have the right to non-discrimination and equality.“In fact, Nepal is to be commended as the only South Asian country to extend equal rights to the LGBTI members via a historic Supreme Court ruling,” said Jyoti Sanghera, acting head of OHCHR-Nepal.“My Office has deployed a team of human rights monitors for the first and second day of the protests by members of sexual minority in Kathmandu. Our monitors have reported that the protests are peaceful and the police have acted responsibly,” Mr. Sanghera said. “I call on the Government entities to respect the rule of law by implementing the court order as soon as possible,” he added. 16 September 2010The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal today urged the country’s Government to expedite the implementation of a Supreme Court ruling issued three years ago that upholds equal rights in the granting of citizenship and identity documents to members of sexual minorities. read more

Bail denied to woman charged in triple homicide southwest of London

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A woman charged in connection with a triple slaying late last year just outside of Oneida of the Thames First Nation has been denied bail.Kirsten Bomberry, 36, is charged with three counts of accessory in connection with the deaths of Melissa Trudy Miller, 37, Alan Grant Porter, 33, and Michael Shane Jamieson, 32, all of Six Nations of the Grand River, just outside of Brantford.A publication ban was placed on the evidence at the bail hearing before Superior Court Justice Marc Garson.Bomberry was arrested on Nov. 23, but no one has been charged directly with the deaths. The police have been tight-lipped about causes of death.Miller was seven months pregnant with a baby boy at the time of her death. Porter and Jamieson were best friends.Their bodies were found with a stolen, grey Silverado pickup truck on Bodkin Road near Jones Drive, about 100 kilometres from Six Nations.Mystery surrounds the investigation.The police haven’t said whether the deaths had any connection to the slaying of Douglas Hill, 48, who went missing from his Brantford home in June 2017 and whose remains were found near Southwold in August 2017, at the opposite end of Bodkin Road from where the more recent bodies were discovered.Hill died after he was struck in the head with the claw end of a hammer.After an Ontario Court preliminary hearing, a Brantford man and woman, who had been charged with being accessories after a murder, had their charges dropped after a judge determined there was not enough evidence to send the case to trial.A murder charge against a female teen in the Hill case was dropped days later. Her identity is protected from publication because of her age.The mystery surrounding the November triple homicide has pained the victims’ loved ones. Last week, Ontario Provincial Police published a video featuring one relative pleading for anyone with information to come forward.jsims@postmedia.comtwitter.com/JaneatLFPress read more

NC scuttles deal for giant Duke Energy to settle coal ash violations

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NC scuttles deal for giant Duke Energy to settle coal ash violations with $99,000 fine by Michael Biesecker And Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2014 2:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina regulators said Friday they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up its pollution.The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a statement that it would scuttle the proposed consent order to settle violations for groundwater contamination leeching from coal ash dumps near Charlotte and Asheville.The decision comes after a Feb. 2 spill at a Duke coal ash dump in Eden coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.North Carolina officials said they will now partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pursue joint enforcement actions against Duke for Clean Water Act violations at Dan River and other sites.Duke operates 14 facilities in North Carolina with leaky unlined coal ash dumps, all of which have been cited for polluting groundwater. Duke was also cited this week for illegally pumping 61 million gallons of contaminated water from two coal ash dumps into a canal leading to the Cape Fear River.State officials touted the EPA’s extensive experience from the ongoing cleanup in Kingston, Tenn., site of the largest coal ash spill in the nation’s history in 2008.“The state’s goal is to clean up both the Dan River and to protect public health and the environment at the other Duke Energy facilities around the state, and we are pleased to announce that the EPA will join us as we address these important issues,” said Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican.Before becoming governor, McCrory worked at Duke for more than 28 years. Records show the company and its employees have provided more the $1.1 million to McCrory’s campaign and GOP groups that supported his candidacy.The scuttled settlement was initially tabled Feb. 11, the day after The Associated Press published a story highlighting what environmentalists criticized as a “sweetheart deal” to the governor’s former employer.The state only took legal action against Duke after a coalition of environmental groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center filed notice in January 2013 that they planned to sue Duke over its coal ash pollution under the Clean Water Act. The McCrory administration then used its authority under the act to file state violations against Duke and then quickly negotiated the settlement — a move environmentalists contend was intended to shield the nation’s largest electricity company from far harsher penalties it might have faced in federal court.Federal prosecutors are now conducting a criminal investigation of the Dan River spill and probing the relationship between Duke and the state officials charged with enforcing clean water laws. There have been at least 23 subpoenas issued since the spill and a grand jury met this week at the federal courthouse in RaleighMcCrory and officials at the state environmental agency, which is known by the acronym DENR, have ardently defended the proposed deal with the company, even as they abandoned it.Frank Holleman, a senior lawyer at the Southern Environmental Law Center, welcomed what he termed as “a total reversal” of the state’s position.“We hope that DENR will now work with us to enforce the law and force Duke Energy to clean up its illegal coal ash storage and move the ash to safe dry storage in lined landfills away from our rivers,” Holleman said. “It is a shame that it took the Dan River spill and a federal criminal grand jury to get DENR to change course and that a year was lost while DENR tried to defend this now-defunct settlement.”___Weiss reported from Charlotte.___Follow Biesecker at Twitter.com/mbieseck read more

Worst devastation I have seen says UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie as

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Mosul was liberated by an Iraqi government-led coalition last July, just over three years after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL (also known as Da’esh) seized Iraq’s second city, and following an intense battle which lasted for months.“This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years with UNHCR,” Ms. Jolie lamented, which is saying a lot, considering that this is her 61st mission – and fifth to Iraq – since she started representing the agency in 2001.She arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. After walking among the bombed-out buildings and meeting families beginning to return, she urged the world not to forget their agonies nor ignore the struggles they continue to face.“These people have lost everything, and the trauma and the loss that they have suffered is unparalleled,” the Special Envoy said in front of the ruins of al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City.She marveled at the ability of residents to carry on: “I have no words for the strength it must take to rebuild after loss like this,” Ms. Jolie asserted. “They are clearing their homes with their own hands, and volunteering and helping each other. But they need our assistance,” she added.One local family showed Ms. Jolie the damage to their ancestral home, built a century ago. Mohamed, 47, spoke of how he was born and married there, and how a mortar tore through the roof one morning last June, gravely injuring his 17-year-old daughter. When they carried her to get medical care, he said, they were turned away and she bled to death.“I want to rebuild the house and come back here,” Mohamed said. “Even if I have painful memories in this house, where else would I go? I have to come back home.”Throughout Mosul, some 40,000 homes need rehabilitation. UNHCR and its partner, Human Appeal, have begun providing cash assistance to the returning families who are overwhelmed by the lack of shelter, infrastructure, services and jobs – at risk for sliding deeper into poverty.In the al-Zanjely district, Ms. Jolie met Hassan, a 33-year-old vegetable vendor who spoke of losing his home twice: first when militants confiscated it, and then when an air strike reduced it to rubble. He finished the first phase of rebuilding, in time for Eid, erecting several new walls, windows and doorways. Soon he will begin work on the roof, he told UNHCR.He, his wife and their three young children now rent space in a modest house with another family and the children are back in school.“This is my country, my people, my neighbours. Why would I go? One doesn’t leave his home.” Hassan said.Such resolve may be a crucial element in building a stable future in Mosul, Iraq and the region. But people like Hassan will need more support from a world that has turned its eyes away.“It is deeply upsetting,” Ms. Jolie said, “that people who have endured unparalleled brutality have so little as they try, somehow, to rebuild the lives they once had.” read more

Crisis links to depression

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first_imgScientists have revealed that the continuing economic crisis, combined with uncertainty about the future and generalised insecurity is increasing depression rates in the Greek population dramatically and is threatening their bodily health. It has been estimated that in Greece 33 per cent of women and 25 per cent of men (about 1.1 million women and 850,000 men) are suffering from mild to serious depression. According to experts, the economic crisis currently constitutes the main cause of the increase in depression cases throughout the world. It is estimated that the disease affects 350 million people worldwide. According to the results of a worldwide study on mental health carried out recently in 17 countries, about 1 in 20 people reported experiencing an episode of depression in the past year. The disease can affect people from all walks of life and in certain serious cases it can lead to suicide, experts say. Every year and all over the world about one million lives are lost due to suicides, or about 3,000 deaths on a daily basis. Suicide in Greece has risen by a third since the crisis hit, according to the Daily Mail. On September 6, protesting firemen, police, and coastguard staged hangings outside of parliament to draw attention to the increased suicides in the face of austerity and crisis. According to the World Health Organisation, by the year 2020 depression will be the second most common reason for inability to work and by 2030 the first, unless drastic measures are taken to combat it. Source: Athens News/le, AMNA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Second Cruise Port

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first_img Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFrom the House Assembly at last sitting: A second cruise port and it sounds as if the minister of finance, Hon Washington Missick is ready for a robust exchange on the notion. This is not the first time this idea is being put forth by the PNP Administration… and last week during his ministerial statement, Minister Misick shared that the EDF Funding 11 coming to the Turks and Caicos will be used in the transportation sector. “Mr. Speaker, to the development of a deep water port that will be strategically located to include a second cruise port. This will increase TCIG revenue from this subsector, as well as allow SMEs to tap into the new opportunities that these ventures provide. It is anticipated that such measures will reduce the cost of imports, and potentially reduce the duplication of social services by eventually linking the Caicos chain as one contiguous market.” Hon Washington Misick continued: “Mr. Speaker, I welcome public-private dialogue on issues regarding the ports, cruise industry and potential initiatives in any of the sectors. I encouraged further engagement between government, the private sector and even academia. As an aside, perhaps there could be specific curriculum offerings that are geared at tooling and retooling persons to maximize their potential in cruise tourism; by extension this broaden the skillset of the wider tourism sector.” Recommended for you Related Items:house of assembly, pnp, washingtonm misick Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

Mayors Office Pushes Back on Council Cuts to Budget During Roundtable

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first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterThe Mayor’s office pushed back against several cuts the D.C. Council proposed. Those cuts impact the city’s most vulnerable residents in many ways official said this week. City Administrator Rashad M. Young said, “We are concerned that there are some changes recommended by the committee that impact critical programs and investments and in some respects disproportionately impacts those residents in our community who are most vulnerable and require the safety net we’re investing in.”City Administrator Rashad M. Young spoke on behalf of the mayor’s office about concerns proposed in the D.C. Council’s budget. (Courtesy Photo)The top priority of concern were cuts that would impact housing. For instance the committee would:Reverse the policy that dedicates 15 percent of deed recordation and deed transfer tax revenue to the Housing Production Fund. According to the mayor’s office this is the primary way to create affordable housing. Through the Housing Preservation Fund the District has been able to create some 5600 new units of affordable housing, since 2015. The mayor’s office said as a result of the cuts 100 new affordable housing units will not be built.Cut $3 million from the Housing Preservation Fund. This cut digs into the way the District keeps affordable housing. According to the mayor’s office because of the Housing Preservation fund the city has been able to preserve 878 units in affordable housing across eight projects in Ward’s 1,4, 7 and 8.Another big hit is in the area of jobs. The committee cuts include:Slashing $2.2 million from MPD budget, which will result in a hiring freeze according to the mayor’s office.Another cut of $1 million in funds for correctional officers at the Jail, would reduce hiring at the jail.The biggest cut regarding work are the committees $17.4 million from employment and workforce development programs beginning in 2021. This cut would end Project Empowerment, Career Connections and the adult job training programs. The Mayor’s office said the cuts would impact over 1,400 residents. Other cuts that could impact vulnerable communities in wards 5, 7  and 8 include a $2.1 million cut for Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, which was used to help bring in groceries and other healthy food options to those areas. Next summer some 1,400 summer camp slots would be cut as a result of the $522,000 cut to the Department of Parks and Recreation. About one third of those slots were for kids in Wards 7 and 8.The mayor’s office also butted against the reduction of United Medical Center’s operating subsidy from $40 million to $15 million which the office contended would only be achieved by reduction of services and job cuts. It wasn’t all bad, as Young pointed out when questioned during the roundtable discussion with reporters. Mayoral officials did admit to receiving about 90 percent of what they wanted from the budget. “They did lots of things that were good,” Young said pointing toward the Workforce Housing Fund, and Homeward D.C., where little change has been made.“I think we want to communicate with some of the members [about] some of the impacts to what they have done,” Young said. “Hopefully we can work with the Council in partnership to make some changes.” According to D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute the FY 2020 Budget Season is a long and sometime contentious journey. There has been public discourse and debate about the FY 2020 since earlier in the year. The first budget vote is schedule for May 14 and the second budget vote is scheduled for May 28. This week the D.C. Council is in budget work sessions.last_img read more

FDA Approves New Imaging Features on Hologic 3Dimensions Mammography System

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first_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 ReferencesResults from Friedewald, SM, et al. “Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography.” JAMA 311.24 (2014): 2499-2507; a multi-site (13), non-randomized, historical control study of 454,000 screening mammograms investigating the initial impact the introduction of the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® on screening outcomes. Individual results may vary. The study found an average 41% increase and that 1.2 (95% CI: 0.8-1.6) additional invasive breast cancers per 1,000 screening exams were found in women receiving combined 2D FFDM and 3D™ mammograms acquired with the Hologic 3D Mammography™ System versus women receiving 2D FFDM mammograms only.  FDA submissions P080003, P080003/S001, P080003/S004, P080003/S005.  Compared to C-view  Compared to 2D alone  Smith, A. Improving Patient Comfort in Mammography. Hologic WP-00019 Rev 003 (2017).  FDA 510(k) K163623  Understanding Quantra™ (Version 2.2) User Manual FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mammography | March 28, 2018 FDA Approves New Imaging Features on Hologic 3Dimensions Mammography System High-resolution 3-D imaging and Intelligent 2-D imaging technology now approved on Hologic’s latest digital breast tomosynthesis system read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more March 28, 2018 — Hologic Inc. announced that Clarity HD high-resolution 3-D imaging and Intelligent 2-D imaging technology have received premarket approval (PMA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are now available on the 3Dimensions breast tomosynthesis system. With these innovations, the system now provides higher resolution 3-D breast images for radiologists, enhanced workflow for technologists, and a more comfortable mammography experience with low-dose options for patients.Hologic originally released the Genius 3-D Mammography exam, first approved by the FDA in 2011 on the company’s 3-D Mammography system. Today, Hologic has installed more than 5,000 3-D Mammography systems throughout the United States and is continuing to help ensure insurance coverage is available for all women. More than 90 percent of women ages 40 to 75 currently have coverage for the Genius exam, and more than 16 million women in the U.S. get a Genius exam each year. The Genius exam detects 20-65 percent more invasive breast cancers and is the only mammogram approved by the FDA as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2-D alone.1,2The new Clarity HD high-resolution 3-D imaging technology provides what Hologic calls the industry’s fastest, highest resolution 3-D images to accelerate screening and analysis, and is designed to clearly reveal subtle lesions and fine calcifications to help pinpoint cancers early. Clarity HD technology’s advanced detector and innovative 3-D imaging algorithm work together to deliver high-quality 3-D images, regardless of breast size or density.Intelligent 2-D imaging technology works with Clarity HD technology to deliver superior overall image quality, and clarity, contrast and detail at a lower dose.3,4Another new feature, the SmartCurve breast stabilization system, is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality, workflow or dose.5 The SmartCurve system has been proven to improve comfort in 93 percent of women who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression.5 It features a curved compression surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow uniform compression over the entire breast.In addition, Quantra 2.2 Breast Density Assessment Software, also available on the 3Dimensions system, enables clinicians to provide women with consistent breast density assessments during routine breast cancer screenings. Breast density is only identifiable on a mammogram or other screening modality, and has historically been determined by the radiologist who reads the image. Through a proprietary algorithm powered by machine learning, Quantra software analyzes mammography images for distribution and texture of breast tissue, delivering clinicians accurate breast density assessment. Quantra software categorizes breasts into four density categories, in alignment with the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (ACR BI-RADS) Atlas 5th Edition.6,7The Genius 3-D Mammography exam (also known as the Genius exam) is only available on a Hologic 3-D Mammography system. The Genius exam consists of a 2-D and 3-D image set, where the 2-D image can be either an acquired 2-D image or a 2-D image generated from the 3-D image set.For more information: www.hologic.com Image courtesy of Imago Systems Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more center_img Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Related Contentlast_img read more

Niagara University Purple Eagles past Escazú Basketball team

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first_img Facebook Comments The Purple Eagles dominated Coopeservidores Escazú in the second half en route to a comfortable 87-59 win on Tuesday night. Niagara won both of its games on its Costa Rican tour.After a last-second win on Monday night against league leaders ARBA San Ramon, Niagara made sure there was no need for the theatrics tonight. The Purple Eagles outscored Escazu, who is second in the Costa Rican Liga (LBS), 58-29, in the second half. The second unit of Dwayne Pow, Kevin Larkin, Kaleaf Tate, Greg Kuakumensah and Greg King buoyed the Purple Eagles throughout the game.The quintet was on the court during the game-changing 13-0 run early in the third quarter. During the run, two Escazu players were ejected for language towards the official, and then Larkin converted on six straight free throws to give Niagara 44-33 lead. The Purple Eagles took a 60-44 lead into the fourth quarter.Four Purple Eagles scored in double figures – Matt Scott (15 points), Kevin Larkin (12 points), Dwayne Pow (11 points) and James Towns (10 points).Niagara will spend the next few days enjoying Costa Rica before heading back to campus for the beginning of fall semester classes and continue preparations for the season opener on Nov. 10 at St. Bonaventure. No related posts.last_img read more

He played very well head coach Bruce Arians sai

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first_img“He played very well,” head coach Bruce Arians said, referring to Wetzel. “Earl did a nice job. So, that’s where we’ll start the week. See how it goes.”Watford has been down this road before. He started against the Buccaneers in Week 2 after Mathis was unable to go because of a foot issue.Now it’s an ankle problem for Mathis, who needs surgery and may be lost for the season, according to Arians on Monday. The team placed Mathis on injured reserve over the weekend.Watford played the entire second half against the 49ers.Wetzel, meanwhile, entered the game midway through the third quarter. He played 29 snaps at a position he had not lined up at since training camp. It also just happened to be his first NFL game action outside of special teams.“It was huge, not having practiced it even for a while,” Arians said. “I thought he stepped up as big as anybody has in a couple years.”Wetzel, a tackle at Boston College, is in his first season with the Cardinals after being signed to the practice squad last December. Since leaving college in 2013, he had spent time on the practice squads of both the Cowboys and Colts.It’s not clear how much time Iupati might miss. Linemen Earl Watford and John Wetzel prepare for the snap during the team’s training camp practice Aug. 6. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) “Mike Iupati has a sprained ankle,” Arians said. “I don’t know when he will return, but it was very good news that it was a sprained ankle.”Aside from Watford, rookie Cole Toner, the team’s fifth-round draft pick this year, is the only other guard on the roster.“He’s more than ready,” Arians said.The Cardinals did add Ulrick John from the Dolphins’ practice squad, but “he’s a left tackle, and we’ll look at him at right tackle. I’m anxious to see him on the field,” Arians said.The Mathis injury is big.Signed as a free agent in the offseason to help solidify the right side of the offensive line, Mathis sat sandwiched between two other new starters, center A.Q. Shipley and tackle D.J. Humphries.The Cardinals had Humphries in mind when this offseason they targeted Mathis, who was coming off a Super Bowl season with Denver and had played 11 years in the league. The team wanted some veteran experience next to a first-year starter in Humphries.That’s now gone.“I think D.J. has grown so much and has learned so much from Evan throughout OTAs this summer that he can handle it on his own now,” Arians said.Humphries played one of his better games against the 49ers. According to Pro Football Focus, Humphries surrendered only one hit and two hurries on 31 pass-blocking snaps, and he excelled as a run blocker. Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. – They experienced the most turnover from a year ago. Now five weeks into the season, there comes more change for the Arizona Cardinals offensive line.It’s not a matter of next man up, but next men up.John Wetzel and Earl Watford are expected to replace left guard Mike Iupati and right guard Evan Mathis, respectively, when the Cardinals host the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.Wetzel and Watford filled in when the two starting guards got hurt in San Francisco. LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Offensive line-play is going to be key this week. The Cardinals are going to want to run the ball, but doing so against the Jets won’t be easy.Despite their 1-4 record, the Jets have allowed the fourth-fewest rushing yards (342), while only the Packers are stingier against the run in yards per attempt and yards per game.The Jets have also shown the ability to get after the quarterback. Their 12 sacks are tied for the eighth-most in the league with defensive tackle Leonard Williams leading the way with five.“Defensive line, this is by far the best defensive line, I think,” Arians said. “The Rams are different in their speed factor with Aaron (Donald) and (Robert) Quinn. But these guys are all big, physical — and a bunch of them. You’ve got Muhammad (Wilkerson) playing linebacker, so that’s a huge front when you have him out there playing outside linebacker.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter – / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   His ability to hurt teams as both a runner and a receiver in 2016 was reminiscent of Marshall Faulk, another former NFC West running back.That’s high praise for Johnson, but his numbers back it up. After growing his national profile in 2016, Johnson’s return to the gridiron in 2017 should be greatly anticipated.In fact, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks 2017 could be a historic year for Johnson.“Sky is the limit. I mean, 200-yard games every week. I’m serious. He’s capable,” Arians said the day after the 2016 season ended. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Su’a Cravens (36) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img NFC West writers for ESPN unanimously voted Arizona Cardinals’ running back David Johnson as the division’s offensive player of the year.Johnson had a historic season, rushing for 1,239 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns on the ground. What’s more impressive is that Johnson caught 80 passes for 879 yards and four touchdowns. His receiving yardage total was the second best on the Cardinals in 2016.Alden Gonzalez, who covers the Los Angeles Rams, thought that Johnson could have some higher recognition if Arizona was better. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards and added another 879 receiving yards. All told, he led the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns. If the Cardinals were a playoff team, Johnson would probably be getting a lot of mention as a potential MVP candidate.The second-year running back still collected his fair share of accolades, as he was voted into his first Pro Bowl and was selected to be a first team All-Pro.Johnson may not have led the league in rushing, but Josh Weinfuss, who covers the Cardinals, notes that Johnson led the NFL in other categories.He set an NFL record for consecutive 100-yard games from scrimmage to start a season, with 15. On top of all that, Johnson was responsible for 36.1 percent of the Cardinals’ total offense — the highest percentage in the league.Even though he was not the only offensive standout in the division, Sheil Kapadia, who covers the Seattle Seahawks, thinks that Johnson was significantly better.Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin (94 catches, 1,128 yards) and Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (107 catches, 1,023 yards) both had excellent seasons, but Johnson separated himself from the pack.Nick Wagoner, who covers the San Francisco 49ers, compared Johnson’s dual-threat ability to a Hall of Fame running back.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2019 1:34 pm PDT The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.comcenter_img Audible.com bestsellers for week ending May 24:Fiction:1. More Bedtime Stories for Cynics by Kirsten Kearse, Gretchen Enders, Cirocco Dunlap, Aparna Nancherla, Matt Lieb, narrated by Nick Offerman, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Ellen Page, Jane Lynch, Anjelica Huston, Mike Birbiglia, Rachel Dratch, Matt Walsh, Nicole Byer, Aparna Nancherla, Harry Goaz, Gary Anthony Williams (Audible Studios)2. The Mystery of Alice by Lee Bacon, narrated by Bryan Kennedy, Jessica Almasy, Josh Hurley, Cassandra Morris, Libby McKnight, Emily Bauer, Michael Crouch (Audible Studios)3. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice (Random House Audio)4. Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar, narrated by Nick Choksi, Harsh Nayaar, Annapurna Sriram, Bernard White, Rita Wolf (Audible Studios)5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio)6. Black Crow, White Snow by Michael Livingston, narrated by Janina Edwards (Audible Studios)7. Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan, narrated by Will Damron (Brilliance Audio)8. Murder at Archly Manor: High Society Lady Detective, Book 1 by Sara Rosett, narrated by Elizabeth Klett (Sara Rosett)9. A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice (Random House Audio)10. Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw, narrated by Susanna Hampton (Hachette AudioNonfiction:1. The 3-Day Effect by Florence Williams, narrated by Florence Williams (Audible Studios)2. The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey, narrated by Oprah Winfrey & full cast (Macmillan Audio)3. Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin, narrated by Jeremy Lowell, Mark R. Levin – introduction and epilogue (Simon & Schuster Audio)4. The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks by Rob Sheffield, narrated by Rob Sheffield (Audible Studios)5. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership by John C. Maxwell, narrated by John C. Maxwell (Hachette Audio)6. Becoming by Michelle Obama, narrated by Michelle Obama (Random House Audio)7. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)8. The Mueller Report: The Findings of the Special Counsel Investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, Special Counsel’s Office U.S. Department of Justice, narrated by Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, Victor Bevine (Audible Studios)9. Unfu(asterisk)k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop, narrated by Gary John Bishop (HarperAudio)10. Girl, Stop Apologizing (Audible Exclusive Edition): A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis, narrated by Rachel Hollis (HarperCollins Leadership))—–The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rep Yonker votes to reform and restructure Detroit Public Schools

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first_img State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, made the following statement today after the House approved sweeping reforms to Detroit Public Schools (DPS):“The decision to reform DPS prevents the district from entering into bankruptcy which will save the state of Michigan substantial future costs and ultimately save taxpayer dollars. The  financial reform package the House passed today will reorganize DPS and dedicate much-needed resources with responsible stipulations.“There are many issues that Detroit must address to create an environment for learning that fosters positive growth and allows students and teachers to be successful.“This was not any easy conclusion to come to, by no means is this a ‘quick fix.’ There was a lot of deliberation amongst all lawmakers and a lot of give-and-take from legislators statewide. At the end of the day, the repercussions for not supplying additional resources to DPS would result in potential per-pupil funding cuts across the state. I will not allow the students and families of Kent County to lose money. That is the precise reason for my decision to support the DPS package. “The plan outlined in the bill package will truly change the lives of Detroit Public Schools students and families forever. Previously, we continually bailed out DPS without any return on our investment; today we finally have the chance to help Detroit refocus their goals for success.”###### 02Jun Rep. Yonker votes to reform and restructure Detroit Public Schools Categories: Featured news,Newscenter_img Tags: #SB, Detroit, DPS, students, Yonker last_img read more

Representative García backs Wounded Warrior families

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first_img29Sep Representative García backs Wounded Warrior families Photo Information: State Representative Daniela R. García signed the Wounded Warriors Family Support’s High Five Tour car on Thursday.  This summer marks the eighth annual High Five Tour supporting our nation’s military families for the sacrifices they make.  Donations were raised onsite to help build the Corporal Jason Dunham Traumatic Brain Injury Facility for combat-wounded veterans. Categories: Garcia News,Garcia Photos,Newslast_img