APTN National NewsThe federal government has asked the Canadian Standards Association to help define who is a member of the Metis Nation.The organization that will put the Metis information together also sets the standards for many household products.That is not sitting well with Metis leaders across the country.Clement Chartier is the president of the Metis National Council and he spoke to APTN National News about the issue.
TORONTO – Google and Facebook continue to be the juggernauts that dominate how Canadians use the Internet but a new “non-duopoly” trend may be emerging, suggests a report by the measurement firm comScore.When looking at how Canadians used the internet throughout 2017, growth in time spent with the Top 100 most popular online properties excluding Facebook and Google sites was consistently strong.“What we’re starting to see in Canada is folks outside out those two are showing some increases … there’s a growth outside of the duopoly,” said Bryan Segal, comScore’s vice-president of sales, in advance of Thursday’s release of the Global Digital Future in Focus report.“Time on the internet is not decreasing, it’s just you see there’s other channels (growing) and time is being proportioned (there). There’s definitely a shift.”Earlier this year, Facebook reported that it saw its numbers of daily active users in the U.S. and Canada decline for the first time ever.Meanwhile, the growing social media platform Snapchat was highlighted in the comScore report for its growth.While Snapchat has not yet cracked the Top 5 apps used by the most Canadians — those are Facebook, FB Messenger, YouTube, Google Search and Google Maps — it is No. 5 in the U.S. and U.K.But among Canadian users, comScore reported that Snapchat accounted for over 10 per cent of the overall time spent on social media apps, more than Instagram and Twitter combined (although Facebook was still far and away the leader at approaching 80 per cent).Segal said he wasn’t surprised by Snapchat’s growth and “significant slice” of the market, given the app’s younger base of users.“The core population Snapchat goes after is a highly, highly digitized millennial audience that is severely app-focused … and they spend a lot of time (online),” he said.“Canadians are definitely spending time on this entity and I think it’s encouraging to see additional players.”The comScore report looks at digital trends in 13 markets, including Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S., and found that while there’s a global shift toward “mobile-only” consumers who have given up completely on using computers, Canadians were still keen users of laptops and desktops.A little over 10 per cent of the Canadian market was mobile-only as of December 2017, which was an increase of 4.8 percentage points over the course of the year. Meanwhile, mobile-only users represented about 30 to 40 per cent of the markets in Brazil, Italy, Mexico and Spain, and nearly 80 per cent in India.The report did find that Canadians spent almost twice as much time with smartphones (nearly 4,000 minutes in December, or a little over two hours a day) versus how long they were using computers (just over 2,000 minutes, or about an hour a day). The time Canadians spent on computers was the highest of all the countries studied, which Segal admitted he found a bit surprising.“It’s not a mobile-only world, it might be a mobile-first world, but desktops are still really, really key,” he said.When it came to online video consumption, Canada ranked third in most videos viewed per user, and second in most hours spent watching video content on computers.Segal said when he talks to his international comScore counterparts about the Canadian market they find many of the stats linked to video streaming “quite eye-opening.”“We’ll always get asked, ‘Hey, was that a rounding error?’ And it’s like, ‘No, they’re pretty serious business.’”
San Francisco: Running low on inventory for the older model, Apple has informed its retail staff to substitute some Apple Watch Series 3 repairs with the Series 4 globally, the media reported. The company announced the change in an internal memo that was delivered to Apple Store repair staff and the iPhone maker’s Authorized Service Providers around the world, 9To5Mac reported on Monday. As of now, Apple has not provided any details about how long would the Series 3 constraints and Series 4 upgrades scheme last. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The new repair and replacement upgrade for the Apple Watch is the latest of several instances of the company substituting Apple Watch repairs with newer models. The iPhone-maker released its Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity built in 2017. The 38mm variant of the watch currently costs Rs 28,900, while the 42mm GPS variant is priced at Rs 31,900 in India. Launched last October, the price of Apple Watch Series 4 GPS is Rs 40,900 for the 40mm variant and Rs 43,900 for the 44mm version. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “As usual, it’s not guaranteed that all locations will acknowledge existence of this internal policy, especially given that there is no definitive end date, so your mileage may vary,” the report said. In January, the company announced that some first-generation Apple Watches and Apple Watch Series 1 could qualify for Series 2 replacements, due to supply constraints on repair parts for the older models. Earlier this month, Apple confirmed that repairs of certain Apple Watch Series 2 models will be fulfilled with equivalent Series 3 models due to temporary shortages of unspecified Series 2 parts, the report added.
LONDON — Britain’s communications regulator says it’s investigating China’s state TV channel over a complaint about fairness and privacy.Ofcom said in a statement Wednesday it is looking into China Central Television, or CCTV.The investigation follows British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey’s complaint against CCTV and its international division, China Global Television, for airing what he says was his forced confession while imprisoned in China. He says that violated U.K. broadcasting rules.Humphrey and his wife were hired by pharmaceuticals maker GlaxoSmithKline to look into a security breach, but were themselves arrested after the Chinese government began investigating alleged bribery at the company.Ofcom promised “appropriate action” if it found rules were broken.CGTN, which is available on free and pay TV in the U.K., didn’t respond to emailed requests for comment.The Associated Press
VANCOUVER — Lynne Kent says owning a home in Vancouver that’s valued at $4 million isn’t the blessing it may appear to be.She and her husband are among a small group of homeowners in British Columbia facing a tax bump on homes assessed at over $3 million who say they simply can’t afford it — a claim that some are questioning.“I think the whole property value escalation is more of an albatross than a benefit, and have seen it that way because this whole escalation is really pushing us out of our home,” said Kent, 71.The school tax increase introduced in the B.C. budget would be set next year at 0.2 per cent on the portion of property valued above $3 million. It would increase to 0.4 per cent on the portion above $4 million.For the Kents, that would mean an extra $2,000 annually.Kent and her husband bought their three-bedroom bungalow in the Kitsilano neighbourhood in 1972 or 1973 for about $40,000, which was their household income at the time. They renovated the 1923 home in 1982, themselves.As retirees, they live on Canada Pension Plan and Old-Age Security payments, plus some savings, she said.They could sell their home, and are eligible to defer both the new tax and property taxes, but Kent says that’s not the point.“We raised our kids here, we have grandkids who are in university, who are part of our family life here. We hope to have great-grandkids here. It’s our home. We didn’t buy it as a money-making asset, we bought it as a home,” she said.Kent said she disagrees with the concept of deferring taxes on an ideological basis, since it means the province is stuck with the tab in the meantime.“We want to pay our taxes. It’s not that we don’t want to pay our taxes, but we want them to be fair,” she said.The school tax sparked a protest last week that prompted Attorney General David Eby, who represents many multimillion-dollar home owners in the riding of Vancouver-Point Grey, to cancel a town hall because of security concerns.A online petition with almost 13,000 signatures characterizes it as a cash grab on a “vulnerable minority” that disregards incomes, financial circumstances and the ability to pay.But Brendon Ogmundson, deputy chief economist for the British Columbia Real Estate Association, says he thinks the tax has been blown out of proportion.It will be rare that someone who owns a home valued at more than $3 million can neither afford the tax, nor defer it, he said.“There’s going to be cases where it might be true, for whatever reason, that there’s a hardship. And the government should look at those cases. But in general, we’re talking about very wealthy households, whether they got there through income or the increase in their home prices,” Ogmundson.The tax will affect fewer than three per cent of homeowners in the province, he said, and therefore won’t have much of an impact on the real estate market, if any.Tom Davidoff, associate professor of strategy and business economics at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder school of business, said the tax is so low, relative to property values, that it will be negligible even after many years of accrual.Davidoff said it’s a smart tax for places like Vancouver, where housing supply is limited and it’s difficult to build more because of limited space and zoning restrictions.“If you tax a $4-million house, other than the person in the house who has to pay the money, which of course is a negative for them, nothing bad happens in the economy,” he said.“When you do income taxes or sales taxes, you can chase away actual economic activity.”Paul Kershaw, founder of Generation Squeeze, said the net wealth in homes today has increased in B.C. by over $650 billion in the past four decades. One third of that wealth has gone to people over 65 and five per cent has gone to people under 35, he said.While he said he understand seniors’ concerns about the school tax, it’s a problem that many people would like to have.“There are literally hundreds of thousands of younger British Columbians and renters of all ages who would love to see their standard of living shrivel before their eyes in a way that actually nets them over $5 million, while they were sleeping and raising their kids and watching their televisions and cooking in their kitchens, because that is how this wealth accumulation has unfolded,” he said.Even if the bubble bursts and the value drops by half, many of those homeowners will still have a couple of million dollars in their pockets if they sell, he said.Some are still wary, however. Kris Sims, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says it could represent a slippery slope to an extension of the tax to less expensive homes.And she pointed to families not unlike the Kents, who have children and want to pass their homes on to the next generation, which may not be able to afford the taxes on them.From Sims’ view, it doesn’t matter if a home is assessed at $8 million. The homeowners don’t deserve a “surprise” $16,000 new tax each year, she said.“On paper, their homes have ballooned in assessed value,” Sims said. “That is why this is really unfair, because it’s based on assessed value, not (price) when it’s sold.”
by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2012 4:45 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday amid hopes for more stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve even as a downgrade of Spanish banks added to strong doubts about the effectiveness of a planned bailout for that country’s financial sector.Rising mining stocks helped take the S&P/TSX composite index up 95.51 points to 11,497.3. The TSX Venture Exchange shed 7.01 points to 1,269.7.The Canadian dollar was up 0.43 of a cent at 97.4 cents US.Traders were encouraged by comments from a Federal Reserve official that he supported more measures to stimulate the economy.Charles Evans, president of the Fed’s Chicago bank, told Bloomberg News that he supported action to produce faster job growth. Last week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said he was ready to act if the economy needs, but made no promises.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 162.57 points to 12,573.8, the Nasdaq composite index was 33.34 points higher at 2,843.07 and the S&P 500 index gained 15.25 points to 1,324.18.Ratings agency Fitch said it was downgrading 18 Spanish banks as a result of a previous downgrade of the Spanish sovereign debt on June 7. Fitch said it had conducted stress tests, both on the Spanish banking sector as a whole and on individual banks, updating results from tests done in 2011.Eurozone finance ministers said Saturday they would make €100 billion available to Spain to revive banks crushed by bad real estate loans. But early relief about the deal turned to doubt as traders worry the money will just add to the Spanish government’s already considerable debts and perhaps force it to seek its own sovereign bailout.That investor wariness was evident on bond markets where the yield on Spain’s 10-year benchmark bond shot up 0.28 of a point to 6.81 per cent, a record high and dangerously close to the seven per cent yield that has forced other countries to seek rescue loans. The bond rate fell back to 6.67 per cent in late trading.Italy’s yields rose to just over six per cent amid market frustration that European authorities seem unable to get ahead of the debt crisis.“What we’ve had over the last year and a half is reactionary policies out of Europe,” said John Tsagarelis, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“They have to become more proactive.”There was also nervousness ahead of Sunday’s election in Greece. The worry is that a left-wing party that advocates tearing up the country’s bailout agreement will be the big winner. If that happens, Greece could end up leaving the eurozone with unpredictable consequences for other debt-laden eurozone countries such as Italy.The TSX was also supported by a major deal for transportation giant Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B), which could reap up to $9.6 billion from the sale of business jets and related services.One of Warren Buffett’s companies, NetJets Inc., has signed a deal to buy up to 275 Bombardier Challenger business jets that could be worth up to US$7.3 billion. Bombardier said it has also signed a 15-year service and maintenance agreement for the aircraft, worth as much as an additional US$2.3 billion if all options are exercised. Its shares jumped 22 cents or 6.03 per cent to $3.87 on heavy volume of 21.2 million shares.The gold sector was up about 0.9 per cent as August gold gained $17 to close at US$1,613.80 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) ran ahead 51 cents to C$40.46 and Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) rose nine cents to $8.57.The base metals sector was up 0.9 per cent as July copper edged a cent lower to US$3.34 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) climbed 34 cents to C$10.62 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) improved 56 cents to $31.81.Oil prices were higher after three days of declines as traders also closely watched a quarterly meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries on Thursday.Some members of the cartel have suggested recently that OPEC is producing too much crude and the group could decide to cut supplies to help boost prices. The July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 62 cents to US$83.32 a barrel and the energy sector rose 0.36 per cent. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) ran ahead 42 cents to C$11.23 and Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) rose 64 cents to $28.97.Bargain hunters have been attracted to the TSX over the last week in the wake of a string of sharp slides in May as the eurozone debt crisis worsened and worries grew about the pace of the global economic recovery. The TSX is still down almost 10 per cent from its 2012 highs in late February.In other corporate news, Canadian agribusiness Viterra (TSX:VT), which is on the verge of being acquired by Swiss commodities giant Glencore, says its profit rose to $67 million in the second quarter. That is more than double what it had the same time last year. Earnings came in at 18 cents a share, beating analyst forecasts by six cents. Viterra shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the $6.1-billion takeover offer but the deal still requires certain approvals in Canada and abroad. Viterra shares added a penny to $16.12. TSX advances amid Fitch downgrade of Spanish banks, hopes for more stimulus
by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 1:29 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email By the numbers: Canada’s six biggest banks earned a combined $9.2 billion in Q3 TORONTO – Canada’s six biggest banks earned a whopping $9.2 billion in combined profits during the third quarter ended July 31, even amid investor concerns about how the plummet in the price of oil and Canada’s contracting economy would weigh on the lenders’ bottom lines. Here are a few key figures from this week’s quarterly earnings report:— The Bank of Montreal increased its third-quarter profit by six per cent to $1.19 billion.— CIBC grew its third-quarter net income by 6.2 per cent to $978 million.— National Bank of Canada saw its third-quarter profit rise by three per cent to $453 million.— Royal Bank of Canada reported net income of $2.475 billion for the third quarter, up four per cent.— Scotiabank’s net income was $1.847 billion for the quarter, down 21.4 per cent from $2.351 billion a year ago, when it saw a one-time gain from selling most of its stake in CI Financial.— Toronto-Dominion Bank earned a profit of $2.266 billion in the third quarter, up 7.5 per cent.
“We must step up our work to prevent and stop wars and persecution. But we know that conflicts will not disappear overnight. More people will flee crisis, and people will keep moving in search of better opportunities. We must be better prepared,” Mr. Ban told participants. The meeting, held at United Nations Headquarters on the side-lines of the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly, provides an important opportunity for Member States to discuss the challenges and responsibilities, as well as the opportunities, that large migrant and refugee movements bring.Mr. Ban outlined eight guiding principles to improve preparedness, beginning with saving lives. “The preservation of life must guide all our efforts, from asylum policies to robust search-and-rescue mechanisms,” he stated. Also vital is protection; non-discrimination; preparedness to better adjudicate claims; responsibility sharing in terms of boosting the number of refugee resettlement places; better cooperation between countries of origin, transit and destination; managed migration to ensure safe and legal channels for refugees and migrants; anticipating future challenges – including the plight of those escaping areas progressively ravaged by climate change.“Together, we must translate these principles into reality,” Mr. Ban stressed.Recalling the haunting photograph of a lifeless Syrian toddler laying on a Turkish beach, the Secretary-General said such an image, while symbolizing deficiencies and failures, can also catalyse solutions.“Let us make sure that the heartbreaking death of Aylan Kurdi – and so many other nameless tragedies – compel us to move forward together and see the long-term benefits of integrating refugees and migrants.”The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for International Migration, Peter Sutherland, said the issues being discussed are “issues for humanity” that are not going to go away, and which are likely to grow in the coming period. Stressing the need for cooperation, he noted that there are still far too many countries which believe in unilateral action to address migration challenges. “Cooperation is central to where we have to go. Those who seek unilateral solutions sometimes rely on sovereignty. But the only way to exercise sovereignty effectively in the day and age in which we live is through cooperation in an interdependent world. If we don’t take that course, then the winners will be those who seek to undermine society and the rule of society which we all claim to wish to uphold,” he stated.“In the context of migration, the winners will be smugglers, traffickers and unscrupulous employers. Those who lose will be the dispossessed, the hungry, the vulnerable, the defenceless and the children.” He also underscored the principle of global responsibility, stating that “proximity doesn’t determine responsibility.”
10 things in tech you need to know today Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide AT THE CONCLUSION of the Q&A following last week’s ECB press conference, ECB president Mario Draghi and vice president Vítor Constâncio forgot to mute their mics before sharing the following exchange: Draghi: “Well, I don’t think, there shouldn’t be any market reaction.”Constancio: “No, no.”Draghi: “I guess, no? If there is, I don’t know what to say.”Constancio: “No, no.”Draghi: “It’s more boring…”Constancio: “No, markets were not expecting much…”Draghi: “Ok.”Trust them – they know what they’re doing.Watch the video here…The full video is up on the ECB’s website, where they post recordings from all of their press conferences. The clip above comes from the very end of the video.Of course, when they uploaded it to YouTube, they made sure to cut out the last 30 seconds or so.- Matthew Boesler, Robert Libetti- Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader
https://jrnl.ie/4499266 One quarter of Ireland’s income goes to just 10% of the population The bottom 40% of the country’s population receives 22% of national income, according to a Tasc report. Source: Shutterstock/Hyejin KangTHE TOP TEN percent of Ireland’s population receives almost 25% of the national income, according to a report published today.TASC, the Think Tank for Action on Social Change, is launching the ‘The State We Are In: Inequality in Ireland’ report which notes that a “disproportionate share of national income” goes to richer people. The bottom 40% of the country’s population receives only 22% of national income while the top one percent receives over 5% of the national income.Compared to the more equal countries of Europe, “it’s not so much Ireland’s poorest that fare as badly”, the report’s author Dr Robert Sweeney has said. “Where Ireland is unusual is in the low share of national income that goes to the working-to-lower middle classes,” says Sweeney. “The top ten percent does nicely and the top one percent in particular.”The reason for that? Insufficient pay.In examining Ireland’s persistent inequality and its impact on working to lower-middle classes, TASC’s report finds that the situation is driven largely by Ireland’s low pay and weak labour protections.Today’s report notes that the Government’s tax and social welfare payments protect the poorest in society, to an extent. ”We need [payments] in order to reduce poverty,” Sweeney told TheJournal.ie.However, many Government payments are also subsidising low pay and precarious work practices in Ireland. “At the same time there are still quite a lot of people who are in work [who need] payments,” says Sweeney. While aiding struggling households, government payment also enable poor work practices to continue. There is, therefore, significant scope for greater redistribution between high and low-pay workers, he says.This is most evident in Ireland’s retail sector. ‘Retail workers’Employing 17% of the bottom 40% of Ireland’s workforce, wholesale and retail is the “most important source of employment for lower-income groups,” today’s report notes.By comparison to Europe, Irish retail workers receive 10% less of a share in economic funds. Due to Ireland’s employer-friendly labour market, higher levels of low-pay are common and just one-third of the Irish workforce is covered by collective bargaining. “There is significant scope for redistribution in that sector,” says Sweeney. There are a number of ways to address this, he says, one of which is the introduction of a living wage in Ireland. The TASC report – drawn up as part of the larger European report Cherishing All Equally 2019: Inequality in Europe and Ireland – notes that despite Government payments, the incidence of people ‘at risk of poverty’ remains “stubbornly high in Ireland”.At 24%, that figure is only surpassed by Southern European states and a number of Eastern European states. Irish women and children are also at high risk of poverty with 27.3% of children at risk of poverty in 2016. By Cónal Thomas Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 12:05 AM 127 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 44,568 Views Share859 Tweet Email3 Short URL Feb 19th 2019, 12:05 AM
Accès aux soins : les sans-papiers bientôt obligés de participer ?France – Alors que dans l’Hexagone, le débat sur les sans-papiers est de plus en plus animé, Roselyne Bachelot met en avant les dépenses de Santé des personnes en situation irrégulière.L’Aide médicale de l’État (AME) est un dispositif créé en 2000 par Bernard Kouchner et Martine Aubry pour permettre aux personnes en situation irrégulière d’avoir accès aux soins en France. Au départ, il ne devait être utilisé que de manière très marginale. Il est aujourd’hui victime de son succès et surtout de certains abus, connaissant chaque année des dépassements de budget importants. Roselyne Bachelot estime que l’AME représente 30% de la ligne budgétaire du ministère de la Santé. C’est considérable.La ministre souhaite donc qu’un forfait soit mis en place pour que les bénéficiaires contribuent au système. Une cotisation de quinze euros par an pourrait donc leur être demandée. Roselyne Bachelot estime néanmoins que cette cotisation ne doit pas constituer un frein en termes d’accès aux soins. Le 2 septembre 2010 à 11:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
For the full year, this final quarter spike in spending brought operating surplus to a 133% high. The report issued by the Ministry of Finance reveals that despite a surplus of $10.3 million for the final quarter of last fiscal year, it was $12.5 million below government projections due to as many as four requests by the PNP Administration to give more funds to finance additional projects. The Attorney General’s Chambers was up 46%, by nearly $1.5 million. The judiciary was also up considerably, as much as 59% and a final spending recorded at over $2.1 million. Also with big jumps were the Deputy Governor’s office, spending 67% more; Home Affairs was 56% above budget; Ministry of Infrastructure surged by 36%, Health, Agriculture & Human Services increased by 27% and Tourism & Culture spent 59% above what was budgeted. Among them, the controversial, multi-million dollar security bill for the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team. Police spending, as a result of this, soared by 128% or $3.9 million extra. Finance was pleased though with the overall performance and said, among other things the intent is to continue to work down public debt and achieve surpluses. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA last minute burst of spending and extra requests for money in the final quarter of 2015-2016 is what caused the country to come in with a less than forecast surplus; this according to figures published in the unaudited Fourth Quarter Financial Report. Related Items: Border Control & the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport & Library Services were each at 11% more; while another big gain was in the area of expenses was the Office of the Premier, up three digits by 138% to come in at $808,000 dollars in the fourth quarter. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 28, 2017 – Providenciales – The media in Turks and Caicos was, yesterday, given a tour of the Hurricane Hunter aircraft; property of the US Air Force which is parked at the Providenciales International Airport. The Turks and Caicos is a part of a hurricane awareness tour through the region and Director of the National Hurricane Center, Dr. Rick Knabb challenged residents when he spoke at a short debrief after the tour.“I encourage everyone to do at least one thing to get ready in advance for the next hurricane, we hope you all have the confidence in all of our partnerships that you see represented here, so that you would listen and heed the warnings when they are issued.”The team was thanked by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government; Governor Dr. John Freeman was particularly fascinated by the entire experience being a former military man himself. “It’s a real privilege to come along and meet this team this morning, this aircraft which we’ve been looking at is a fantastic contribution to being able to be more predictable about what can happen, but as they were just saying, and most of all I want to thank them actually on all of our behalf on these islands for they work they do to help us, but they also want us to learn from that, to get ourselves ready.”Three schools and a healthy cadre of government officials including the Governor, the Home Affairs Minister and DDME director was given a working knowledge of the program. The NOAA, Hurricane Center and Air Force crew spent the night in Provo and left the country today.#MagneticMediaNews#getreadyforhurricaneseasontour#NOAAintheTCI Related Items:#getreadyforhurricaneseasontour, #magneticmedianews, #NOAAintheTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
In testimony before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Tuesday, American Soybean Association (ASA) President and Illinois soybean farmer Ron Moore spoke on the need for robust programs within the risk management framework of the nation’s farm legislation. Moore contrasted the successful farm economic landscape in which the 2014 Farm Bill was written with the more troubling financial situation many farmers find themselves in today, and called on the committee to make the necessary investments in farm bill programs—including increases where appropriate—so that each can work to its full potential.“Farm prices are down by 41 percent and farm income is down by 50 percent. Due to continued low prices, estimates for 2017 show a further decline in income of 7.1 percent,” Moore said. “Land rents and input costs remain stubbornly high, and producers are having increasing difficulty obtaining operating loans. In view of these circumstances, ASA [asks] Congress to write the 2018 Farm Bill based on the very real need by U.S. producers for a stronger safety net rather than extending existing programs… Correcting shortcomings in the 2014 Act and funding other important programs whose effectiveness has diminished over time will require additional resources from outside the farm bill.”Moore’s specific asks of the committee on behalf of ASA included a robust federal crop insurance program, noting that the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the cost of the program will decline by an average of $1 billion annually. Moore also called on the committee to improve and build upon the current Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs included in Title I rather than develop new ones, maintaining that a choice for producers between a price-based PLC program and a revenue-based ARC program appropriately reflects differences between crops and regions. In his discussion of ARC and PLC, Moore highlighted the need to continue the decoupling of Title I programs from planted acres, citing the potential market distortions caused by tying payments to current-year planting decisions.Moore also noted that other crops, particularly cotton, may require fixes to their programs, and reaffirmed ASA’s support for such fixes, provided their funding does not come from elsewhere in the farm bill and that such a fix is WTO-compliant.Capping his testimony, Moore reiterated ASA’s vocal support for including nutrition and anti-hunger programs alongside agricultural programs in the farm bill, as has been the case in each previous version of the legislation, and called on the committee to affirm its support for both producers and consumers of food.“The only groups pushing for them to be split into two bills are critics from outside the agriculture community whose common goal is to defeat rather than to pass a new farm bill,” Moore said. “… An affirmation that the next farm bill must include programs that support both producers and consumers of food would send a strong message to farm bill critics, as well as to farm and anti-hunger organizations that support this goal.”
Mike Williams Junior of Akiak is running his sixth Iditarod Sled Dog race. Photo by Ben Matheson / Alaska Public Media.The 2016 Iditarod kicked off Sunday at Willow Lake as teams departed two minutes apart. First on the trail was Scott Janssen, the “Mushing Mortician.” Martin Koenig of Montana was the last musher to leave Sunday afternoon.Hundreds of race fans lined the chute on Willow Lake to send off one of the largest fields in years under warm March sunlight.APRN’s Zacharaiah Hughes and KNOM’s Emily Schwing will report from the trail as the race kicks off. You can find full coverage here. Photos from the restart are below:[unitegallery iditarod]
With new year comes new hopes, commitments, immense excitement, a million new opportunities, and the ‘traditional declaration of things we resolve to do’. We start with promises like ‘I will lose weight this year’, ‘I will make complete use of my time’, ‘I will lead a healthy life’, ‘I will be more punctual’ but end up crashing on the couch, eating french fries while watching our favourite web series on Netflix. Writing a long list of things we should be doing to become a better version of ourselves is custom, and carrying over the list to next year is our habit because we have taken the saying ‘Resolutions are meant to be broken’ way too seriously. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile talking about their new year plans, millennials gave us a sneak peek into the resolutions they make every year, but miserably fail to fulfill the commitment. Soyeb Allam: Now that time has come to bid adieu to 2018, sensational discourses on new year resolutions are quite routine. Upraised adrenaline rush it may seem yet getting in shape by shedding off some extra fat will be my very first one (Cliched of course!) A steady and gradual learning curve at workplace will be second. Shopping more from local vendors than from malls will be my third. I have zillions more on the list, but it would take another year to see how many of these I actually manage to tick off. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Rubab Hassan: So happiness is vastly underrated. This year I resolve to see positives in every challenge life has to offer and find happiness in whatever comes my way. Yuman Khan: The resolution which I fail to keep like always is that I will work for myself and the betterment of me without getting involved emotionally in relationships which I believe can defy me someday. And this year, once again I will try to work towards it. Samra Raza: Everyone jumps on the same bandwagon, make a long list of resolutions, and throw the entire list in the dustbin. But this year, I have decided to keep it short and specific. First of all, I will vote in the upcoming election for real ‘Acche Din’. Second, I will do at least three things I always wanted to, for example visiting some good historical place. And lastly, I will stick to a healthy lifestyle as I am turning 22 this year. Areeb Uddin: Every year, I aim to achieve certain goals, one of which is to lose weight. But unlike previous years, this time I will work harder to accomplish it and that too without losing money. Shamaila Khan: My new resolution is to remove all the negativity from my life, get rid of toxic people and lead a peaceful life. I also need to complete my bucket list which has been pending for too long now. I will read more, be a good listner, talk less and act more maturely. Gaurav Badiyani: This year, I have decided to stop procrastinating, quantise my goals and work to achieve them. Secondly, I will work to attenuate all my bad habits. And surely, I will stop my inner geek from playing PUBG this year. Vipul Sipani: Like every year, I set a goal of making good amount of money but always ends up with zero savings. This year my resolution is to work more and save some money by the end of 2019. Also, I will work on my physique and try to get in good shape. Anveshi Jain: This year is a harbinger of many firsts of my long cherished dreams. My immediate resolution is to get into the best shape of my life. I intend to push and focus on my acting career, after the wonderful platform and opportunity I have got with my presence in a super successful web series. I aim to be stronger, more focused, bolder and more resolute in my choices, aspirations, and ambitions. All this, and of course an unabashed thrust to stay happy and full of life. Heena Kapoor: Being in the business of Public Relations, I try to train new students with all the little experience and knowledge that I have. A few years back, it was extremely difficult for somebody like me to create a niche in the industry, but I don’t want others to go through the same journey as mine. This year too, I plan to do the same. Dhairya ramchandani: I will try to improve my sleep patterns, so as to start my day early on time. The basic idea is to be more punctual from this year. Also, I will try not to be lazy in preparing letters and doing paperwork (related to business), as that is the part of work I try to run away from most of the time. Deepak Malik: Every year I make a resolution to prioritise myself but end up failing badly. I will not beg anyone to stay only to put my self-respect on stake miserably at the end. Also, this time I have made a resolution to be the happiest version of me and not let anyone make me feel bad about myself or doubt my self-worth. Almas Raza: Like always, I have made a long list of resolutions. The first and the foremost for me is to be a good listener. Then, I will work to increase my patience level. Thirdly, I will not allow anybody to control me emotionally. And lastly, I will live every moment of this year focussing only on those people, who truly love me.
Staffordshire Moorlands Stoke-on-Trent Newcastle Borough South Cheshire M6, A500, A50 1,100 accidents on one stretch of M6 Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter Full list Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Newcastle Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in Newcastle Borough between Monday November 5 and Sunday November 11. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in Newcastle Borough in the coming week Read MoreRoadworks from November 5 until November 11 All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Audley: Two way signals on Wereton Road on November 7 Ashley: Multi-way signals on Boons Bank from November 1 until November 5 Baldwins Gate: Two way signals on A53 Newcastle Road between Wharmadine Lane and Holly Bush Lane from November 8 until November 9 Balterley: Multi-way signals on Post Office Lane from November 2 until November 6 Bradwell: Two way traffic lights along Bradwell Lane until November 30 Butt Lane: Two way traffic lights on A34 Congleton Road on November 6 Chapel Chorlton: Roadworks and road closure on Haddon Lane near Redgates from October 31 until November 5 Chesterton: Two way traffic signals on Sandford Street from November 1 until November 7 Keele: Two way signals on Keele Road in Keele from November 8 until November 9 Kidsgrove: Stop/go boards on Woodhill Road near the junction with St Andrews Drive from November 5 until November 7 Mow Cop: Roadworks/road closure on Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop from the junction of Mow Cop Road from September 17 until December 4 Newcastle: Multi-way traffic lights on junction of Higherland and Drayton Street from October 26 until November 8 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on A53 King Street near the Borough Arms hotel from October 12 until November 15. Newcastle: Carriageway incursion on Knutton Lane near Prospect Terrace and performing arts centre from October 31 and November 6 Newcastle: Carriageway incursion on B5368 Lower Milehouse Lane from November 2 until November 6 Newcastle Borough: Two way signals on B5500 Nantwich Road in Newcastle from November 1 until November 5 Seabridge: Two way signals on A53 Whitmore Road from November 1 until November 5 Silverdale: Roadworks and Road closure on Hollywood Lane until March 20 2019 Silverdale: Two way signals on Park Road from junction with Racecourse to junction with High Street from November 1 until December 12 Silverdale: Roadworks and road closures on B5044 Sneyd Terrace, Church Street and Newcastle Street from October 29 until December 7. Wrinehill: Two way traffic signals on Mill Lane near Main Road from November 5 until November 8 Wrinehill: Two way signals on Checkley Lane from November 5 until November 8 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.
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). 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 | 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 | 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 Technology | Mammography | December 11, 2017 Siemens Healthineers Introduces Mammomat Revelation Mammography System for Improved Biopsy Workflow 3D HD Breast Biopsy uses company’s 50-degree wide-angle HD breast tomosynthesis to obtain more targeted, accurate biopsies at a lower dose; system also offers automated breast density measurement and titanium contrast-enhanced mammography exams 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 Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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. 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 December 11, 2017 — Siemens Healthineers unveiled the new Mammomat Revelation premium mammography platform at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago. Mammomat Revelation enables healthcare providers to expand precision medicine, improve clinical outcomes and increase patient satisfaction, according to the company. The system’s HD Breast Biopsy solution enables one-click targeting of suspicious areas with a +/- 1mm accuracy. The new integrated specimen imaging tool facilitates immediate control of the biopsy directly at the mammography system. Clinical workflow is improved by eliminating the need for a second imaging system and by reducing patient compression time. Mammomat Revelation also provides automated breast density measurements at the point of care. Additionally, it expands existing diagnostic options and provides patient access to functional breast imaging with contrast-enhanced mammography.With its 50-degree 3-D HD Breast Tomosynthesis, Siemens Healthineers said the system offers the widest scan angle available. This scan angle is the basis for what it calls the industry’s highest depth resolution, which provides extremely high-quality 3-D images to increase diagnostic confidence and enable earlier detection of even subtle lesions. With Mammomat Revelation, the clinician also can perform biopsies based on 3-D HD Breast Tomosynthesis. The HD Breast Biopsy solution enables one-click targeting of suspicious areas with a +/- 1mm accuracy.Upon acquisition, the tissue sample must be X-rayed to confirm a successful biopsy. In clinical practice today, samples are usually imaged on a second system or on a dedicated specimen scanner, usually in a different room. During this time, the patient remains under compression. Mammomat Revelation can substantially reduce discomfort and anxiety with the InSpect integrated specimen imaging tool. Biopsy samples can be imaged and visualized at the technologist workstation within 20 seconds without radiation exposure to the patient. The system improves the biopsy workflow, shortens patient compression time and improves the patient experience.In addition, Mammomat Revelation is the industry’s first mammography platform to provide automated breast density measurements at the point of examination, according to Siemens. Currently, radiologists must estimate breast density visually during the image reading process, which typically occurs after the patient has left the facility. Patients with high breast density at higher risk of developing breast cancer often require additional workup to rule out breast cancer. Additional imaging procedures require patient callbacks, which can lead to uncertainty and concern. The information provided by Mammomat Revelation not only enables immediate, personalized risk stratification, but it also allows the facility to provide supplemental imaging while the patient is at the facility. Patients receive results faster, minimizing patient uncertainty and stress.In some cases, purely morphological information from a mammogram or tomosynthesis scan may be insufficient for a precise diagnosis. For example, distinguishing scar tissue from new lesions in a post-surgical examination can be difficult. In addition to purely morphological information, clinicians may require functional information that can be obtained through contrast-enhanced imaging, which is usually performed using breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Mammomat Revelation enables functional imaging directly on the mammography system. Since mammography systems are more widely available than MRI scanners, patient access to more specific breast imaging tools can be improved. And since contrast-enhanced mammography is still not widely utilized, the modular arrangement of the new system enables its expansion to include this and other functionality on an as-needed basis.Finally, discomfort and pain in addition to related anxiety are key reasons why patients avoid mammography exams. With Mammomat Revelation’s Personalized Soft Compression, the breast compression process is softened and the compression force is automatically and individually adjusted. Coupled with ergonomic SoftComp Paddles, Personalized Soft Compression enables better breast positioning, more consistent image quality, and reduced patient discomfort.Mammomat Revelation and Insight BD are U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k)-pending and are not commercially available in the United States.For more information: www.usa.healthcare.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | 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 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Related Content read more
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Finally.When the Arizona Cardinals take the field against the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon in Glendale, their prized 2015 free agent acquisition will be with them.“Mike is full, so he will be starting at left guard,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced Friday.Mike, of course, is Mike Iupati, the former San Francisco 49er whom Arizona signed to a five-year contract in March, one that is worth up to $40 million. He has yet to take the field for a game with his new team, though, as in August he underwent surgery during training camp to repair the meniscus in his left knee. He has been back on the practice field, at least in a limited capacity, for the last few weeks, but didn’t feel like he was quite ready to until now.“I’m ready,” he declared Friday. “That’s why I practiced from two weeks ago all the way down, just to get the rust out.“But it is what it is, you just have to go out and play football.”One player who is hoping to join Iupati on the field against the Rams is running back Andre Ellington. Out since spraining his PCL in the season opener against the New Orleans Saints, the third-year pro practiced all week on a limited basis and was declared a game-time decision by Arians.“I feel good,” Ellington said Friday. “I got better each day. Still not right where I want to be, but hopefully I feel good on game day and I’ll be able to get out there.”Asked if he thinks he will play, Ellington said he does not see why not. The ultimate decision will be up to the coaches and trainers, but the running back said if he can run and feel like himself, then he’ll feel good about suiting up. Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) is hit by New Orleans Saints defensive back Delvin Breaux (40) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact When he does get back, Ellington said he will be wearing a brace on his knee. He said it restricts him a little, but not enough to hold him back. What could hold him back is his role.Arians said Ellington isn’t “full speed enough to be a starter,” and with the way veteran Chris Johnson has been running, it makes sense to be cautious.But Ellington said he is confident in his cuts as well as his readiness to play.“It’s up to coach,” he said. “It’s his decision whether he wants me out there. If he does, I’ll be ready to go. I’ve prepared, I prepared with the team and the offense as if I was playing, so we’ll see.”
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2018 9:51 am PDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Simpsons creator Matt Groening weighs if Homer would’ve voted for Donald Trump TORONTO – Matt Groening’s classic animated series “The Simpsons” predicted Donald Trump’s presidential win 18 years ago, but the creator has a few thoughts about whether Homer Simpson would’ve voted for the former reality star in the most recent U.S. election.“Homer’s not that stupid,” Groening mutters under his breath.He leaves his answer pat on the beloved character who’s often known for his bone-headed decisions. Gatekeepers from Netflix push the interview back onto promoting his latest work, the animated show “Disenchantment,” which begins streaming Friday.But it’s hard to separate Groening from “The Simpsons,” a show that changed television forever with its potent commentary on modern society.Trump’s presidential win played like a joke in “Bart to the Future,” which originally aired in early 2000, and Simpsons fans were quick to reference the episode when it turned into real life nearly two years ago. Homer’s imagined voting preferences were speculated about on entertainment blogs in 2016 and became the subject of a number of “Simpsons” YouTube shorts.Groening’s latest effort, a satirical take on medieval times, doesn’t carry the same pop-culture immediacy, but he insists it still has “some resonances with today’s twilight zone.”He’s been stockpiling ideas for “Disenchantment” since he began scribbling away at fantasy comics as a teenager nearly half a century ago.“This show is something that’s been in the back of my mind since high school,” he says.“I used to draw a comic strip called ‘Tales of the Enchanted Forest’ with talking animals and a little leprechaun.”Those specific characters don’t appear in “Disenchantment” but they do materialize in similar forms as sidekicks to Princess Bean, an alcoholic of royal descent who stumbles into a variety of unfortunate adventures.Princess Bean’s only friends are Elfo, a feisty green elf sometimes crippled by his insecurity, and her pet demon Luci who’s at the heart of many problems in her life.They’re all part of the squalor in Dreamland, a new kingdom that plays as Springfield for the “Game of Thrones” generation. It’s a world where trouble lurks at every turn and Groening says that offers ample opportunity for classic references.“Everybody grew up with fairy tales,” Groening reasons as he points to familiar characters like Hansel and Gretel, whose unhinged appearance in one episode allowed him to “really have fun” with new interpretations.Coming up with fresh storylines wasn’t a problem either, he says, even after working for years churning out original ideas for “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.”He drew on outside influences that included the “Fractured Fairy Tales” segment of Rocky and Bullwinkle and seminal films like “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which inspired a hearty serving of grisly jokes about disease and executioners.None of those scenes would’ve passed muster with TV network censors, which Groening admits took a little getting used to.With Netflix backing the series, Groening was offered a freedom he’d never had before. At first he tried to exploit it whenever he could, though he says it quickly became clear that being raunchy and violent didn’t necessarily serve the series.“We realized it wasn’t as fun as we thought it would be,” he says. “So we pulled back.”Still, Groening snuck in a scattering of colourful language, a touch of nudity and some gruesome death scenes that would never have made the TV cut in the past.“If you’re familiar with the other shows I don’t think you’ll feel suddenly betrayed by the new crass depths to which we might’ve sunk,” he says.“But yeah, I would say we push it a little bit.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Characters from Matt Groening’s Netflix show “Disenchantment” is seen in this undated handout photo. Groening’s latest effort “Disenchantment,” a satirical take on the medieval times which begins streaming on Friday, doesn’t carry the same pop culture immediacy, but he insists it still has “some resonances with today’s twilight zone.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Matt Groening, The Ululu Company, Netflix *MANDATORY CREDIT*