Mayoral candidate says arena dilemma issue of integrity

first_imgMayoral hopeful Bill Smith is speaking out about the controversy concerning a new Calgary arena.Smith said it would be good for Calgary, but it has to be the right deal.“If the deal makes sense for Calgarians then I think it’s a great thing to have. But I tell you what’s most important at this point in time, I believe this is now become an issue with the integrity of our mayor going forward and I think that’s the biggest election issue we’ve got,” he said.Smith said if he were mayor he would be straight up with Calgary Sports and Entertainment and update residents.He said we’ve not seeing anything like that so far.Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Wednesday the city is still willing to negotiate with the Flames, despite CEO Ken King’s surprising announcement to pull out.He also said he’d have to take King at his word that the move was not related to the upcoming municipal election.last_img read more

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Chile Supports Moroccos Autonomy Proposal for Western Sahara

By Abdessamad El BazRabat –  Morocco is garnering more international support for its position on the Western Sahara, as well as the autonomy proposal it submitted to the Security Council in 2007. Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, and the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, released a joint statement on Friday in which Chile affirmed its support for Morocco’s autonomy initiative. Chile asserted its “support for the efforts of the UN Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy, as well as the serious efforts of Morocco and the Plan of Autonomywith a view to reaching a realistic, viable and definitive political solution”, according to a joint statement reported by Maghreb Arab Agency (MAP). Mr. Bourita informed the Chilean side of the latest developments concerning the Western Sahara conflict and the growing international support for the autonomy plan that Morocco proposed in April 2007.Both countries also expressed their interest in bilateral cooperation in various sectors.The meeting is part of Bourita’s official four-day tour to four Latin American countries (The Dominican Republic, Republic of Suriname, Brazil, and Chile).Read Also: Morocco-Dominican Republic: Exemption of Tourist, Business VisasThe Dominican RepublicOn Thursday, June 11, Mr. Bourita was received by President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina. The two officials held a joint statement, Santo Domingo, in which the Dominican Republic saw the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco “a realistic, credible and serious basis to reach a negotiated result by the parties.”Mr. Bourita conveyed a verbal message from King Mohammed VI to the president of the Dominican Republic. The message expressed Morocco’s determination to increase its bilateral relations and its partnership with the country. The Republic of SurinameOn June 12, Mr. Bourita met Suriname’s Vice President, Michael Ashwin Adhi to reaffirm both countries bilateral agreements.Read Also: Dominican Republic Reiterates Support for Morocco’s Territorial IntegrityThe Caribbean country ”reiterates its decision taken on March 9, 2016, and communicated to the United Nations, under which it withdrew its recognition of the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)”, according to the joint statement.Mr. Bourita also met his Suriname counterpart, Yldiz Pollack-Beighle. The meeting “focused on several issues of common interest related to trade, investment, connectivity, cultural exchanges, tourism and the exchange of experiences.”, according to MAP.BrazilOn June 13, Mr. Bourita met with his Brazilian counterpart, Ernesto Araujo to discuss possible solutions to the Sahara region dispute. ”On the issue of the Sahara, a vital issue for Morocco, Brazil supports Morocco’s efforts to reach a realistic solution to this issue, which has lasted for decades,” Araujo pointed out.Araujo also emphasizes the friendships that bind both countries and promised that Brazil will work into finding any solutions to the Sahara conflict that go beyond “rhetoric”.In this meeting, Morocco and Brazil signed several agreements aiming at covering various areas of ”investment, defence, mutual legal assistance…”, according to MAP.Brazil, Chile, Republic of Suriname, and the Dominican Republic join a list of countries that consider Morocco’s autonomy plan as a solution for the Western Sahara conflict.The Republic of El Salvador has recently considered reviewing its stance on the Sahara conflict issuing a statement saying that new President Nayib Bukele is evaluating the country’s position on Western Sahara. “Once the evaluations are concluded, the government of El Salvador will inform the international community of its decision in this regard.” read more

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Mounties arrest pipeline protesters in BC enforcing court injunction

BURNABY, B.C. — Anti-pipeline activists camped out on a mountain near Vancouver clashed with police Thursday, as the RCMP enforced a court injunction ordering protesters to clear an encampment and allow work related to a proposed expansion project by Kinder Morgan.Protesters had set up makeshift encampments blocking work crews from two sites on Burnaby Mountain, where Kinder Morgan has been conducting survey work related to its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The company obtained a court injunction, which took effect this past Monday.Officers made their first arrests Thursday morning, loading protesters into a police wagon and cordoning off the roadside encampment with police tape. Hours of relative calm followed, until officers lined up shoulder to shoulder to move the crowd to a designated “protest zone” about 100 metres away.An officer used a loudspeaker to warn protesters to move; when they didn’t, the line of Mounties moved in short bursts to force the protesters back. Each time, scuffles broke out.A middle-aged female who was in front of the line was tossed to the ground behind police and was quickly arrested.“Hey, that’s violence,” a protester yelled at police as the woman slammed onto the road.Protesters yelled obscenities and could be seen spitting at the officers. At one point someone threw a cardboard box into the police line.The RCMP said on Twitter that 26 people were arrested and that five remained in custody Thursday evening. Police said many of those arrested were cited for civil contempt and released on the condition that they no longer interfere, obstruct or impede survey crews.The RCMP said it would leave the dismantling of the protesters’ camp to Kinder Morgan. Personal belongings will be catalogued and stored inside a security container and access to those items will be determined later, police said.One of the arrested protesters, who identified himself only by his first name, Mike, said he and the other activists were processed at a nearby golf course, where the RCMP had set up a tent. He said he was released after agreeing not to return to the protest site.“But I’m not following that,” he said, as he walked up a road toward the protest.Mike said getting arrested was worth taking a stand against the pipeline.“Someone needs to take part in action,” he said. “The more people that care about the issues, the more we can affect change.”At a separate site farther into the woods, the RCMP removed a protester who was perched far up a tree.A crew with Kinder Morgan arrived several hours after the first arrests. Some of the workers had small video cameras strapped to their bodies. They took measurements as protesters shouted at them to stop.A ceremonial First Nations’ fire remained burning throughout the day. A pair of RCMP officers sat down and spoke to a group of women who were tending the fire in the afternoon.“We are in discussions with First Nations on how to respectfully remove a sacred fire and totem pole that remain inside the zone in contravention of the order,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Maj. John Buis.Burnaby Mountain has emerged as a battleground because Kinder Morgan’s preferred route for the expanded pipeline, which would triple capacity to transport Alberta crude to a terminal in Burnaby, would tunnel through the mountain.The company has said it needs to drill two bore holes on the mountain, which is home to a conservation area and Simon Fraser University, as it prepares for the federal approval process.The City of Burnaby has also filed a lawsuit to prevent Kinder Morgan from cutting down trees and damaging parkland.Kinder Morgan issued a written statement confirming the survey work had resumed.“Trans Mountain is pleased that the majority of the individuals occupying the area complied with the order and continue to exercise their rights to express their views in a respectful manner, while allowing our team to begin the work safely,” the statement said.Protester Maryam Adrangi said that whatever happens with the injunction, the pipeline’s opponents won’t be stopped.“People have been organizing around this (pipeline) for even longer than this camp has been here, so to say that it’s just going to end in one day, I don’t believe it.”Opponents of the pipeline have said the expansion would increase the risk of a devastating spill because of the increase in the amount of oil through the pipeline and the added tanker traffic in Vancouver’s harbour. read more

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TransUnion Average mortgage balance in Canada rises five per cent

TORONTO — TransUnion Canada says the average amount owing on mortgages was up nearly five per cent in the second quarter, even though a change in Ontario regulations last spring appears to have reduced the volume of home sales.The credit monitoring agency says the average mortgage balance in this year’s second quarter was $198,781, up 4.8 per cent from that period last year.TransUnion says the increased mortgage balance has been driven by rising home prices.The average new-mortgage balance in the first quarter of 2017 — the most recent reported data — was up eight per cent from the same time last year at $280,093, despite a 10 per cent decline in mortgage orginations, or new home loans.Since Ontario introduced more than a dozen measures to improve home affordability, sales reported by the Toronto Real Estate Board showed big year-over-year declines in May, June and July.Given the size of the Toronto market, the slowdown has had an impact on Canadian averages for both sales and prices.TransUnion researsh director Matt Fabian says consumers have so far been able to manage their debt obligations despite the increasing balance levels.Delinquency rates for mortgages dropped by 0.6 per cent in the second quarter, continuing a trend that began in the fourth quarter of 2016, while the delinquncy rates for non-mortgage consumer debt dropped slightly to 2.7 per cent. read more

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NPC not for special powers for proposed State says chairperson

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has 30 members in the 38-member body. (Colombo Gazette) The Northern Provincial Council (NPC), which has reiterated the position of Tamil parties for a merger of the North and the East, is not for special powers to be provided to the proposed State, according to its chairperson C.V.K. Sivagnanam.On the significance of the resolution adopted on Friday, Sivagnanam told The Hindu that “our demand for federalism should not be misconstrued as something in favour of separatism. Let the Central government share power with all the States or Provinces uniformly.. We expect other Provinces to fall in line with us so that we all can have greater powers.” The Council’s proposals on constitutional reforms were essentially based on the constitutional models of two countries — India and Switzerland. As in the case of India, there should be States demarcated on the basis of languages. This was one of the reasons for the proposed merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces as “Muslims in the East are all Tamil speaking people,” Sivagnanam pointed out. Conscious of the pluralistic character of the Eastern province where the population was more or less evenly distributed among Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese, the NPC chairperson said for getting the support of the Muslims, the resolution talked of creating an autonomous council. Taking into account aspirations of hill-country Tamils, the NPC suggested another autonomous body. read more

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UN police charge five Kosovo Albanian men with war crimes

A spokesman for the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) told a press briefing in Pristina that police arrested the men in the town of Kacanik early Monday. Their names have not been released.Spokesman Neeraj Singh said the five have been charged with “war crimes-related charges, which relates to actions against (the) civilian population during the armed conflict of 1999, and details of that we cannot disclose until we have further information from the investigation.”The spokesman said the operation to arrest and charge the men was led by the Kosovo Department of Justice’s Central Criminal Investigation Unit, and was not related to investigations being conducted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which is based in The Hague, the Netherlands. read more

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Chiefs set for Oakland game while Hunt wonders whats next

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kareem Hunt went from the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice field to looking for a job in about six hours, a spectacular fall for the NFL’s reigning rushing champion.The Pro Bowl running back had been preparing for a game at Oakland when, unbeknownst to him, a months-old video surfaced online. The footage from a Cleveland hotel security camera showed Hunt shoving and kicking a woman, with police ultimately responding. No charges were filed.The Chiefs immediately sent Hunt home as the video from TMZ ripped across social media. An organization that prides itself on providing second chances said in a statement late Friday it had released the 23-year-old star.The question now for both the Chiefs and Hunt is simple: What’s next?The Chiefs (9-2) are barrelling toward the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and the loss of their leading rusher is substantial. Hunt already had run for more than 800 yards and had 14 total touchdowns, helping Kansas City form one of the league’s most dynamic offences.His ability to churn out yards on the ground helped the Chiefs put away several games. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield had been just as useful.Yet the falloff to Spencer Ware isn’t that significant.The Chiefs’ backup was the unquestioned starter heading into last season, even after the team made Hunt their third-round pick. It wasn’t until Ware — whose skill set closely mirrors that of Hunt — went down with a season-ending knee injury in the preseason that the rookie took over.“There was a question whether he would be able to come back from that injury. It was a pretty tough injury to come back from,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said recently. “The last couple weeks he has played good football. You can see where he is more confident each week here.”The Chiefs are also confident in backups Damien Williams and Darrel Williams. And with a soft schedule down the stretch, including two games against the Raiders, there is plenty of time for their offence to adjust to life without Hunt in the backfield.So that is what’s next for the Chiefs. What happens to Hunt?The Chiefs and the NFL knew what happened in February in Cleveland, and the organization spoke to Hunt on several occasions before handling discipline internally. But neither the team nor the league had seen the video before it became public Friday.The NFL made multiple attempts to obtain it, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. The hotel informed the league that corporate policy allowed the video to be given only to law enforcement.The NFL then contacted Cleveland police, the person said. Police declined to provide the video. Police and hotel officials have not commented.In its grainy and graphic footage, the video changed everything, proving what Hunt had told the Chiefs was not the case. The team said he “was not truthful in those discussions.”The matter brought immediate comparisons to the video of Ravens running back Ray Rice punching a woman in an elevator, which ultimately led to a long legal saga that ended with him never playing in the NFL again.The big difference between Rice and Hunt, though, is this: Rice was on the downward side of his career while Hunt was on the ascension.Hunt remains on the commissioner’s exempt list, which means he can’t play or attend games while the NFL investigates. But as was the case when the Redskins signed linebacker Reuben Foster, who had been cut last week after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, the list does not prevent another team from taking a chance on a potential superstar.The Redskins faced harsh public criticism, and there will no doubt be a similar uproar if a team signs Hunt. But balancing that against the benefits of a young star in his prime is a delicate decision for team executives.Hunt issued a brief apology late Friday, a small first step toward getting another chance. But as the Chiefs get ready to play Sunday in Oakland, Hunt will be watching on television.There are many more steps before Hunt takes the field.If it ever happens again.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDave Skretta, The Associated Press read more

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Atlas Copco to acquire Cate Drilling in US

first_imgAtlas Copco, a leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, has agreed to acquire the assets of Cate Drilling Solutions LLC, a US company that distributes and services Atlas Copco drilling equipment and components. Cate Drilling Solutions is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is active in the states of Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho.The company is an Atlas Copco full service distributor for surface drilling products. Cate Drilling Solutions also has a state-of-the-art remanufacturing shop that further serves customers’ needs. It has 35 employees.“Having the strong team at Cate Drilling Solutions as part of our Group will enable us to get closer to and serve even better our mining customers in Central United States,” said Helena Hedblom, President of Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area.The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2018. The purchase price is not materially significant to Atlas Copco’s market capitalisation and is not disclosed. Cate Drilling Solutions will be part of the Mining and Rock Excavation Service division in Epiroc, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas Copco that will be listed on the stock exchange in 2018 provided shareholders’ approval.last_img read more

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Training Tech Five steps to the perfect lunge

first_img‘ACCURACY’ HAS BECOME one of the most common words uttered by Irish athletes in search of greatness in recent years.It relates, not just to hitting the target with a ball or putting your feet in the right place during competition; it encompasses everything within the daily grind of trying to become fitter, faster, stronger, better.So, every Tuesday we’ll aim to bring you the best technical advice on an individual exercise that can make all the difference to both your physique and performance. This week, the lunge.Another week, another exercise that requires nothing but effort and gravity. As with our previous Training Technique advice, these exercises can each be made more difficult with the addition of weights, but the important thing is to first perfect the form.Lunges are primarily a lower body exercise that will work your thighs, calves, hip flexors, hamstrings and glutes, but also your abdominal and lower back as your upper body works to keep you steady an balances.Ready? Standing? Wearing clothes that won’t rip? Perfect.1. What are you staring at?Before you get down, pick a spot ahead of you to watch while you’re lunging. That will keep your head steady, your neck straight and everything should flow from there. Source: Gavin Townsend/YouTube2. Fix up, look sharp.Before you start using a weight, do the exercise with your hands on your hips. Engage your abdominal muscles and concentrate on keeping your chest pushed out –  Obviously, your back should be straight through all of this.3. One small step for (wo)man….?Actually, no. Take a good long step forward so that you feel stretched.Start off standing with feet hip distance apart and take a step forward. Your feet will not be in a straight line with each other, but instead imagine them on rails the width of your hips.Bend both front and back knees at the same time as you descend into the lunge.4. Straight lines.Just as your feet are kept straight, keep both of your knees facing forward so as you don’t let one buckle out from under you. Source: Taylor Ryan/YouTubeAt the bottom of your lunge your front shin should be straight with your knee directly over your ankle and your back knee about an inch off the ground. Hold it for two or three seconds.5. Breath and stop.While doing the above four steps breath in as you lunge down. When coming up, push down through your forward-placed heel and exhale as you stand, taking your foot back under your torso. Source: YouTubeNow repeat for two or three reps of 10. Either by alternating feet with each lunge (you can walk along in a straight line if you have room or return to standing each time) or by doing 10 straight on your right, followed by 10 straight on your left.Your call, just get the form right before adding weights or a step.Training Tech: Five steps to the perfect push-uplast_img read more

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Disabilities Act to bring equal opportunities in The Bahamas touts Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 9, 2017 – Nassau – No one is to be left behind or left out of a progressive, prosperous Bahamas and that includes the disabled among us.   The lack of opportunities in education, employment, accessible public transportation, better access to proper healthcare and buildings and other services generally are not escaping the attentions of those who can bring about the changes needed to make life equally as convenient for those with disabilities as it is for residents without them.Minister for Social Services and Urban Development, Lanisha Rolle in addressing those gathered at the Harry C Moore Library Auditorium at the University of The Bahamas in Nassau said it is the duty of Government to ensure equality.   An inaugural conference, sponsored by UB in conjunction with the Ministry was aimed at drumming up support for and touting the country’s seriousness about ensuring there are equal rights for the disabled in The Bahamas.“The Disability Act is to achieve the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities and to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disabilities.   The landmark Persons with Disabilities Act ensures dignity and protects the rights of persons with disabilities to fully participate in every aspect of society on an equal basis with others.”The Minister called the conference a gesture at a renewed sense of cooperation and collaboration between government and important stakeholders.#MagneticMediaNews#TheDisabilityAct Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TheDisabilityActlast_img read more

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Panchagarh road crash toll rises to 11

first_imgdeathA school teacher, who suffered injuries in a road accident in Dashmile in Panchagarh sadar upazila on Friday, died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday night, raising the death toll to 11, reports UNB.The deceased is Majibur Rahman, 32, son of a certain Md Abdul Kader, resident of Chowdhurygachh village in Tentulia upazila and an assistant teacher of Banglabandha Paglidangi Model High School.He was undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries around 10:00pm, said Rezaul Karim Shahin, chairman of Tentulia upazila parishad.Ten people were killed and 20 others including Majibur were injured as the Tentulia-bound bus from the district town collided head-on with a truck carrying electric poles from Bhajanpur in sadar upazila on Friday evening.last_img read more

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Networking Event and Career Fair Seeks to Bring Baltimore Together

first_imgThe AFRO seeks to bring together Maryland businesses in the heart of Baltimore City with its annual career fair on Sept. 27, at The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture.For the third year in a row, the AFRO hopes to connect job openings to job seekers. Companies that will be at the Career Fair and looking to hire include: Baltimore Gas & Electric, Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport, Johns Hopkins Health System, Maryland Live Casino, Maryland Transit Administration, Volunteers of America, Goodwill, Walmart, Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland State Police, Baltimore City Police, Howard County Police and many more.The Career Fair is free to the public and validated parking is available, in the garage, across the street from the museum on Pratt Street. For more information pick up the AFRO Career Fair Guide in the Sept. 24 issue.As part of the AFRO’s 125th Anniversary celebration, this year a networking reception after the Career Fair is also scheduled. This event will give professional and civic organizations, businesses, elected officials, community leaders, and entrepreneurs interested in the Baltimore business climate and market a chance to mix and mingle. As part of the Networking Reception, a business card raffle will be held with the winner receiving a free ad in the AFRO American Newspaper and on our Facebook page, which has close to 700,000 followers. The networking reception is $25 to attend and validated parking is available in the garage across the street from the museum on Pratt Street.“This career fair has always been about connecting the community with employment opportunities while showing employers the great pool of talent that exists in the Baltimore area,” said AFRO Director of Advertising, Lenora Howze. “The networking event allows those already employed to meet, mingle and possibly connect with someone who’ll lead them to the next level in their career.”For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-afro-american-newspapers-networking-mixer-tickets-27337950546?aff=es2Click here to purchase tickets for the AFRO’s networking reception.last_img read more

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Apple Disables Group Facetime to Prevent Remote Spying

first_imgApple has turned off group Facetime calls for all of its users following the discovery of a serious security flaw in the voice and video chatting service. The company plans to roll out a proper software fix for the issue later this week.Apple took the unusual step to remotely disable parts of Facetime after reports surfaced Monday afternoon that users could access other people’s iPhone microphones and cameras without their knowledge.The flaw, which was likely introduced with a software update last December, allowed a caller to listen in on a phone even before the owner of that phone had picked up. What’s more, users who dismissed a call could inadvertently give callers access to their phones’ front-facing cameras.Spying on users this way involved making use of Apple’s group Facetime functionality, which is why the company pulled the plug on that feature Monday night. Apple disclosed the unusual step via its system status page, simply stating that group Facetime was “temporarily unavailable.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img News of the serious security flaw broke just before Apple’s latest quarterly earnings report, which the company is set to deliver Tuesday after market close. The timing isn’t ideal for the company: Investors are already worried about Apple’s performance after it disclosed earlier this month that it had underestimated the challenges to its China business.last_img read more

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first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | May 21, 2013 Atrophy in Key Region of Brain Associated With Multiple Sclerosis News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more May 21, 2013 — Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements of atrophy in an important area of the brain are an accurate predictor of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new clinical study published online in the journal Radiology. According to the researchers, these atrophy measurements offer an improvement over current methods for evaluating patients at risk for MS.MS develops as the body’s immune system attacks and damages myelin, the protective layer of fatty tissue that surrounds nerve cells within the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include visual disturbances, muscle weakness and trouble with coordination and balance. People with severe cases can lose the ability to speak or walk.Approximately 85 percent of people with MS suffer an initial, short-term neurological episode known as clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). A definitive MS diagnosis is based on a combination of factors, including medical history, neurological exams, development of a second clinical attack and detection of new and enlarging lesions with contrast-enhanced or T2-weighted MRI.“For some time we’ve been trying to understand MRI biomarkers that predict MS development from the first onset of the disease,” said Robert Zivadinov, M.D., Ph.D., FAAN, from the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center of the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y. “In the last couple of years, research has become much more focused on the thalamus.”The thalamus is a structure of gray matter deep within the brain that acts as a kind of relay center for nervous impulses. Recent studies found atrophy of the thalamus in all different MS disease types and detected thalamic volume loss in pediatric MS patients.“Thalamic atrophy may become a hallmark of how we look at the disease and how we develop drugs to treat it,” Zivadinov said.For this study, Zivadinov and colleagues investigated the association between the development of thalamic atrophy and conversion to clinically definite MS.“One of the most important reasons for the study was to understand which regions of the brain are most predictive of a second clinical attack,” he said. “No one has really looked at this over the long term in a clinical trial.”The researchers used contrast-enhanced MRI for initial assessment of 216 CIS patients. They performed follow-up scans at six months, one year and two years. Over two years, 92 of 216 patients, or 42.6 percent, converted to clinically definite MS. Decreases in thalamic volume and increase in lateral ventricle volumes were the only MRI measures independently associated with the development of clinically definite MS.“First, these results show that atrophy of the thalamus is associated with MS,” Zivadinov said. “Second, they show that thalamic atrophy is a better predictor of clinically definite MS than accumulation of T2-weighted and contrast-enhanced lesions.”The findings suggest that measurement of thalamic atrophy and increase in ventricular size may help identify patients at high risk for conversion to clinically definite MS in future clinical trials involving CIS patients.“Thalamic atrophy is an ideal MRI biomarker because it’s detectable at very early stage,” Zivadinov said. “It has very good predictive value, and you will see it used more and more in the future.”The research team continues to follow the study group, with plans to publish results from the four-year follow-up next summer. They are also trying to learn more about the physiology of the thalamic involvement in MS.“The next step is to look at where the lesions develop over two years with respect to the location of the atrophy,” Zivadinov said. “Thalamic atrophy cannot be explained entirely by accumulation of lesions; there must be an independent component that leads to loss of thalamus.”MS affects more than 2 million people worldwide, according to the Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation. There is no cure, but early diagnosis and treatment can slow development of the disease.For more information: www.radiologyInfo.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more last_img read more

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Costa Rica should expect 43 percent GDP growth World Bank says

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica ranks 83rd in the world for doing business Fitch Ratings downgrades Costa Rica outlook Live Stream: 2015 Latin American Cities Conference San José Costa Rica to drop interest rates in attempt to jump-start economy Regional growth is down for the year, but some smaller economies in Latin America and the Caribbean are enjoying improving gross domestic product figures, according to the latestreport from the World Bank, released Tuesday. The international financial institution said the bonanza of the last decade was over, but that the region is primed to move away from the boom-bust cycles of the past.Costa Rica’s GDP growth for 2015 is forecast at 4.3 percent, up from 3.7 percent in 2014. While Costa Rica outperformed many of its Central American neighbors, Nicaragua and Panama are set to pull ahead in 2015 with growth forecast at 4.4 and 6.2 percent, respectively.Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Suriname are expected to grow by more than 4 percent, ahead of the regional average of 1.2 percent for 2015. Venezuela and Argentina are set to drop into negative territory with -2.9 and -1.5 percent, respectively. Brazil, meanwhile, is expected to grow by a paltry 0.5 percent.The World Bank’s chief economist for the region, Augusto de la Torre, seemed to have Costa Rica in mind when he made this observation in a statement from the financial institution: “Other countries, however, with high levels of indebtedness or facing inflation pressures despite the slowdown, may find it more difficult to respond. The temptation for these countries would be to take the path of least resistance, keeping aggregate consumption and government spending high and borrowing to finance the associated fiscal and external deficits. This path might be encouraged by highly liquid international markets seeking higher yields. The short-run gains, however, would carry a high price: lower long-run growth due to a more vulnerable balance of payments or an uncompetitive real exchange rate.”Costa Rica is in the midst of heated budget negotiations as the government stares down a 6.7 percent fiscal deficit in 2015 if no action is taken to curb spending and increase tax collection. On Tuesday, university students demonstrated against proposed cuts to public education spending.Vice President and Finance Minister Helio Fallas traveled to Washington, D.C., for meetings with the Inter-American Development Bank and International Monetary Fund-World Bank Group this week. Fallas also will meet with investment banks and rating agencies while in the U.S., according to the Finance Ministry.De la Torre said that while economic growth was slowing in the region it was more sustainable. During those golden years the region was able to cut extreme poverty in half, to 12 percent in 2012, and double the ranks of the middle class to 34 percent of the population in 2012.https://infogr.am/gdp-forecast-for-central-america?src=web Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Fifth Third Exiting Wholesale Space

first_img March 11, 2014 514 Views Fifth Third United Wholesale Mortgage Wholesale Lending 2014-03-11 Tory Barringer Share In a letter issued to brokers Monday, Fifth Third Mortgage president Bob Lewis revealed the bank is exiting the wholesale business to focus third-party origination on correspondent lending.Effective March 14, Fifth Third is terminating its any Residential Wholesale Loan Broker Agreements. In the meantime, Lewis said the firm is committed to ensuring loans currently in the pipeline are fulfilled and processed. New applications will be accepted until March 31.“While this was an extremely difficult decision to make, we intend to build on our leadership position in the correspondent market and remain committed to purchasing loans from smaller financial institutions and independent mortgage companies,” Lewis said in the letter.With the wholesale environment growing more competitive and regulatory changes shaping business, these kinds of exits make sense for companies that don’t focus specifically on that segment, says Mat Ishbia, president of United Wholesale Mortgage.“Some of these banks that have multiple lines of business, they have to analyze all their businesses all the time. … You figure out what your core business is,” Ishbia said. “It’s really hard to be great at something when it’s a small part of your business.”While he expects to see more lenders drop out of wholesale, Ishbia added that a company exiting here or there shouldn’t create a major impact in the industry, noting that he was more concerned about seeing companies leave that line shortly before January’s regulatory deadlines hit.“There are still 100-plus wholesale lenders. It’s not a substantial amount of business at all. From a brokers’ perspective … there’s no impact,” he said.center_img Fifth Third Exiting Wholesale Space in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

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first_imgPolice on Tuesday issued a missing person bulletin for 31-year-old Araya Habtemariam From Eritrea.Habtemariam went missing from her residence in Nicosia on 11am on May 4, police said.She is 1.50 metres tall, slim, with long black hair.Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact police on 22802380 or the nearest station, or the public hotline 1460.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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