Mixed reviews pour in on federal budget

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The announcement of the federal budget has some up in arms, and others saying the ship is being righted.Sandip Lalli, President of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce feels they’ve been left out, especially on their request to slash the corporate tax rate.“There isn’t any real forward-looking policy around competitiveness,” says Lalli.”This budget is a missed opportunity for the federal government to send a strong signal to the investment community that Canada is open for growth” says @SandipLalli – read our full reaction #Budget2019 https://t.co/2OAd0niyLy— Calgary Chamber (@CalgaryChamber) March 19, 2019Certainty surrounding taxes and regulations are two more aspects the Calgary chamber was hoping to be addressed.However, Lalli is pleased that a focus on skills training was included in the budget.Also in the budget, a one time top-up of the federal gas tax as a way to get infrastructure funding to cities quicker.Mayor Naheed Nenshi says this will help with major projects already on the books.“We were really happy to see the one time top up of the gas tax which to the city of Calgary will mean about $68 million,” said Nenshi.The Mayor would like to see the use of the gas tax mechanism more regularly so the cities can get that money working quicker. read more

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 17 December 2010

DOWNLOADOn this page you will find the current news from Brussels. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Brussels can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.For further information e-mail us at brusselsweb@smmt.co.ukContents1. Hedegaard welcomes agreement to cut emissions from vans2. ‘Progress made in Cancún, but challenges lay ahead’ – Hedegaard3. Registrations down 7.1% in November across Europe4. Industrial production up by 0.7% from September to october in euro area5. Call for wide-ranging resource efficiency plan1. Hedegaard welcomes agreement to cut emissions from vansConnie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for climate action, has welcomed an agreement to cut emissions from vans. In yesterday’s final trialogue meeting (European Parliament, Commission, Council) a preliminary compromise was found on the Light Commercial Vehicles CO2 proposal, setting up the 2020 long-term emissions reduction target at a level of 147 g/km. All other issues remain unchanged, in line with the Council position agreed during the last Coreper meeting. Ms. Hedegaard said: “I welcome the agreement reached with the Council and the European Parliament to set EU emission standards for vans. The agreed Regulation will make vans less polluting and will contribute to our overall ambition to cut emissions from transport. With the agreed 2020 target, it will stimulate innovation in industry, enabling manufacturers to take full advantage of the transition to a low-carbon economy. It will also generate important fuel-savings for consumers. The agreement in first reading will allow the proposal made by the Commission in 2009 to be rapidly adopted and provide certainty for industry.”Source: European VoiceClick here for more information2. ‘Progress made in Cancún, but challenges lay ahead’ – HedegaardA deal to curb climate change reached at the Cancún summit represented “real progress” according to Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for climate action. After talks went on through the night, negotiators from around 190 countries meeting in the Mexican resort endorsed a text in the early hours of the morning. The ‘Cancun agreement’ includes pledges to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and set up a fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change. Forest conservation plans and a deal on the politically-sensitive issue of how to report and monitor emission reductions were also agreed. Ms. Hedegaard said: “The EU came to Cancún in the hope that we would have a substantial package, a package showing progress and substance, as well as paving the way forward in this process, and that we got in the Cancún agreement. That is progress, but it is also fair to say that we have a long and challenging journey ahead of us.” All sides are aiming for a final climate deal at the next United Nations climate conference in South Africa at the end of 2011.Source: European VoiceClick here for more information3. Registrations down 7.1% in November across EuropeThe European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has published its latest automotive figures for November 2010. Figures show that new cars fell by 7.1% in the EU, amounting to 1,069,268 units. In total, 12,349,743 new cars were registered in November 2010, or 5.7% less than over the same period last year.Source: ECEAClick here for more information4. Industrial production up by 0.7% from September to october in euro areaEurostat, the statistical office of the EU, has released industrial production figures for October 2010. Comparing these figures from September 2010, the reveal that seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.7% in the Euro area. Year-on-year figures reveal that production increased by 6.9% in the Euro area from October 2009 to October 2010.Source: EurostatClick here for more information5. Call for wide-ranging resource efficiency planEnvironment ministers will call on the European Commission to give a broad interpretation to resource efficiency when it launches the 2020 strategy’s flagship initiative on the issue next year, according to a draft resolution. Ministers will ask the EU executive to incorporate all natural resources into its strategy including energy and non-energy resources, biotic materials, water, air, soil, living organisms, ecosystems and biodiversity. The draft resolution is based on a Belgian presidency paper presented in July. The document calls for an ambitious EU policy on ecodesign and a thorough review of existing legislation in 2012. The 2009 ecodesign directive foresees a possible extension of the law to non-energy products with an environmental impact. Ministers want the commission to “explore further ways of reducing the use of hazardous substances, including heavy metals”. The document adds that the extended producer responsibility principle should be further strengthened, “based on an analysis of socio-economic and environmental costs and benefits”. The forthcoming resource efficiency should refer to Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) as defined by the OECD, according to the document. It also calls for a common method on the quantitative lifecycle assessment of products’ environmental impacts. EU member states are also encouraged to support the goals of the ten-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) under the framework of the Marrakech Process, which will be discussed at international negotiations next May.Source: EndsEuropeClick here for more informationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

New Pilbara railway negotiations a boost for Flinders Mines

first_imgFlinders Mines has welcomed the Western Australian Government’s approval for negotiations to commence that could pave the way for a State Agreement allowing construction of a new railway to its 100%-owned Pilbara Iron Ore Project (PIOP).“This milestone approval from WA Premier, The Hon Colin Barnett, has injected new confidence into our ongoing efforts to complete a bankable feasibility study (BFS) this year for the development of the PIOP”, Flinders Mines’ Managing Director, Ian Gordon, said.“Worley Parsons is heading up work on the PIOP BFS and is currently on target to have the results of the study delivered to Flinders Mines by the end of June 2015”, Gordon said. “With a clearer path to market via a State Agreement and a positive result from the BFS, we will be able to determine the returns to our company’s shareholders and be in a position to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the project”, he said.“Once a positive final investment decision is achieved and financing is available, PIOP production is expected to commence late in 2017/early in 2018.” Flinders Mines last year signed an agreement with the Balla Balla Joint Venture for the provision of rail and port services for the PIOP. The Balla Balla JV consists of Sydney-based Rutila Resources and Todd Corp of New Zealand which also is the largest single shareholder in Flinders Mines with a 19.9% stake.Rutila, as Manager of the Balla Balla JV, has been invited by the WA Government to negotiate a State Agreement for construction of the new railway linking the proposed Balla Balla port to Flinders Mines’ 25 Mt/y PIOP.Flinders Mines is one of the last independent iron ore juniors operating in the Pilbara with its wholly-owned PIOP seen as one of the few remaining independent, high-quality hematite iron ore projects of scale left in Australia.Four weeks ago, Flinders Mines announced a jump in the total PIOP Mineral Resource to 1.04 billion tonnes at 55.6% Fe with a significant 84% of that total being in the ‘high confidence’ Indicated or Measured categories that forms the basis for mine planning studies as part of the current BFS.Gordon said “We already have a granted mining lease and we have a Native Title Agreement in place with the Eastern Guruma people who hold determined Native Title over the PIOP mining lease area and areas that are likely to support infrastructure.”last_img read more

Analyst thinks Apple TV set will be an iMac we disagree

first_imgAnalysts love to predict things. That’s what they do. As they spend their working days analyzing business and market trends, they can, at times, be spot on. However, as anyone making a guess will, they also miss the mark. This case is probably the latter: Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair predicts that Apple will transition to a dedicated TV set by adding TV functions to the iMac.It’s a bold prediction, but it doesn’t make sense. Why would Apple use the iMac as a way to introduce the iTV? Macs generally don’t sit in owners’ living rooms. You don’t invade the living room by invading the office. Some companies would ignore this misguided logic, but not Apple.If Apple needs a transitional device for their iTV, they already have one: it’s called Apple TV. Unlike the iMac, it’s already a living room device. Should Apple feel the need to transition their customers into a TV set, it makes more sense to start by adding exciting new features to Apple TV; by increasing Apple TV’s popularity, it’s easier to sell the iTV.Why would Apple need a transitional device? Jumping into the TV set business is a big leap, but this is Apple. They will only enter the market if they believe that they can offer something revolutionary. Whether that means iCloud support, Siri as a remote control, or mirroring of iOS devices (most likely all three), it will have a selling feature. Why waffle with TV-integrated iMacs? It makes no sense.We love analysts. They make bold predictions that are fun to speculate about, one way or the other. But just remember that you can often guess as well as they can; we’re guessing that this prediction is 100% bunk.via Forbeslast_img read more

NAB tips next rate move will be up

first_imgNAB is forecasting the Reserve Bank will keep interest rates steady throughout 2012. NAB is so optimistic about the Australian economic outlook it is tipping the next move on rates will be up but not until mid-next year. “Conditions improved across most industries – with particularly strong kick-ups in retail and wholesaling,” the latest NAB survey report said. “Against that mining conditions fell heavily – in line with the softening in commodity prices and especially iron ore prices. But investment and exports outlook still solid. Overall outlook remains robust enough to avoid need for further rate cut.” Source: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

39 years ago on this day

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was exactly 39 years ago, on this day, when the military dictatorship in Greece imposed by a Coup on 21 April 1967 collapsed as a result of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus three days earlier. The military government collapsed and the former conservative Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis was invited to return to Greece from his self-imposed exile in Paris in order to form a National Unity government. Mr Karamanlis, 67 at the time, was Prime Minister for an unprecedented eight years until the centre-left in Greece, under the leadership of Georgios Papandreou, grandfather of former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, won power in the country’s last democratic election in 1963.Constantine Karamanlis, elected twice as Prime Minister and as President of Greece, was the founder of New Democracy, Greece’s major government party today. He was in self-imposed exile in Paris and he was one of eight former senior politicians invited to return by the foundering military leadership.  last_img read more

Egypte découverte du sarcophage dune reine inconnue

first_imgEgypte : découverte du sarcophage d’une reine inconnue Égypte – Un sarcophage de granit rose scellé d’un couvercle en basalte appartenant à une reine jusqu’alors inconnue a été découvert par la mission archéologique française, d’après le service des antiquités égyptiennes. Cette reine identifiée comme étant Bahnou pourrait être l’épouse de Pépi II.C’est lors de fouilles menées dans une pyramide située non loin de celle du Pharaon Pépi Ier que l’équipe française a découvert le sarcophage d’un type “très rare”, selon l’inspecteur des antiquités, Galal Mouawad. “La rareté de ce sarcophage […] est due au fait qu’il est fait principalement de granit rose alors que le couvercle est en basalte noir”, a-t-il souligné. Le couvercle de couleur différente aurait pu appartenir à un autre sarcophage avant d’être posé sur celui de Bahnou. Le sarcophage de 2,6 mètres de long et 1,1 mètre de hauteur a été trouvé dans une chambre funéraire. Sur l’un des côtés, des hiéroglyphes indiquaient que la défunte était “l’épouse du roi et sa bien-aimée”. Selon les chercheurs, elle serait Bahnou, “l’une des reines de la VIe dynastie, qui a régné sur l’Égypte de 2374 à 2192 avant J.-C.” Le chef du Conseil suprême des antiquités égyptiennes, Zahi Hawass, ajoute que l’équipe ne sait pas encore “si elle était l’épouse de Pépi Ier (-2354 à -2310) ou de Pépi II (-2300 à -2206)”. D’autres inscriptions étaient gravées sur les murs de la chambre funéraire. Celles-ci étaient destinées à faciliter le passage de la reine dans l’au-delà.  La chambre avait déjà été profanée par des pilleurs aux environs de 2200 av J.-C. La zone avait ensuite connu une seconde vie en servant de carrière de pierres pour la construction de nouveaux édifices. Seuls demeuraient dans le sarcophage les restes de bandelettes ayant servi à envelopper la momie de Bahnou, quelques morceaux de bois, de poteries, ainsi que des fragments osseux.Le 6 mars 2010 à 16:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bébé dépister plus de 50 maladies dès la naissance avec une simple

first_imgBébé : dépister plus de 50 maladies dès la naissance avec une simple goutte de sangSelon les chercheurs, il sera prochainement possible de détecter près de 55 maladies dès la naissance à partir de quelques gouttes de sang prélevées au niveau du talon au quatrième jour.Le test de Guthrie, du nom du chercheur américain qui a mis au point la technique, consiste à prélever quelques gouttes de sang dans le talon des nouveau-nés au quatrième jour de vie. A l’heure actuelle, cinq maladies rares, potentiellement très graves peuvent être décelées à partir de cet échantillon envoyé au laboratoire placé sur un simple morceau de buvard. Les cinq maladies concernées sont la phénylcétonurie, l’hypothyroïdie congénitale, l’hyperplasie congénitale des surrénales, la drépanocytose et la mucoviscidose.Pour la première fois mis en place il y a 40 ans dans certaines maternités françaises, ce test a bénéficié à près de 30 millions d’enfants. Parmi eux plus de 18 000 ont vu leur pathologie découverte à temps. Par exemple, Marie Balança-Devaux, 28 ans, aujourd’hui ingénieur aéronautique,  présentait à sa naissance une phénylcétonurie, une maladie métabolique qui entraîne une arriération mentale profonde si elle n’est pas prise en charge précocement. Alors que Marie semblait être en bonne santé son organisme était en réalité incapable de synthétiser la phénylalanine, présente dans de nombreux aliments, et indispensable au développement normal du cerveau. Grâce à un régime très strict, mis en place dès le premier mois de vie, Marie aura pu mener une vie normale. Devant l’efficacité d’un tel test, les chercheurs réfléchissaient depuis longtemps à la possibilité de détecter d’autres maladies, tout aussi simplement. Une perspective qui devient aujourd’hui réalité. Une innovation qui soulève des questions En effet, ce programme pourrait maintenant être élargi et permettre de dépister une cinquantaine d’autres pathologies très rares. “Cette innovation soulève de nombreuses questions éthiques et pratiques, auxquelles il faut nous préparer”, précise néanmoins le Pr Michel Roussey, président de l’Association française pour le dépistage et la prévention des handicaps de l’enfant (AFDPHE). “Il existe des critères stricts pour inclure une maladie”, précise le Pr Frédéric Huet, pédiatre au CHU de Dijon. “Elle doit notamment pouvoir être détectée de manière fiable en l’absence de symptômes cliniques et doit pouvoir être traitée avant que n’apparaissent des lésions irréversibles. Les enfants repérés et leur famille doivent ensuite être pris en charge de façon adaptée, puis suivis sur le long terme”, ajoute t-il cité par le Figaro.fr. De plus, le test de Guthrie suppose une information suffisante des familles, car il n’est pas obligatoire. Les refus restent toutefois exceptionnels, d’autant qu’il ne coûte que 10 euros par enfant et est remboursé par l’Assurance-maladie. Au final, le dispositif est donc largement rentable pour la collectivité. “Notre organisation a fait ses preuves, car elle garantit l’équité et l’intérêt de l’enfant”, souligne le Pr Roussey. Pourtant, selon l’AFDPHE, seul un nouveau-né sur deux bénéficie aujourd’hui d’un dépistage à la maternité, dans le cadre d’initiatives locales. “Nous réclamons la mise en place urgente de ce dépistage au niveau national pour assurer l’égalité de tous les enfants sur le territoire”,  a ainsi insisté le Pr Jacques Sarles, pédiatre au CHU de Marseille.Dépister la surdité dès la naissance ? Le nouveau test, lui, s’appuierait sur une nouvelle technologie : la spectrométrie de masse en tandem. C’est elle qui permet de détecter au moins une cinquantaine de maladies avec une seule goutte de sang. Plusieurs pays utilisent déjà cet appareil, à l’instar de l’Autriche qui dépiste 29 pathologies, rapporte le Figaro.fr. Il est ainsi possible de repérer, par exemple, le déficit en MCAD, une maladie métabolique rare qui entraîne des crises de décompensation pouvant être mortelles en cas de jeûne.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?La mise en place de ce test devrait être possible administrativement parlant puisque la Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) a rendu un avis favorable à l’inclusion de ce nouveau dépistage en France. D’un point de vue pratique, il faudra d’abord équiper les laboratoires. Ensuite il faudra déterminer les différentes pathologies du métabolisme, certaines étant rarissimes, d’autres étant dépourvues de traitement efficace. Selon le Pr Roussey, “le programme est amené à s’élargir dans les années à venir à de nouvelles maladies, à condition que l’on respecte les critères en vigueur depuis quarante ans, c’est-à-dire qu’il s’agisse de maladies bien connues, d’évolution sévère et qui puissent être traitées pour permettre aux enfants de vivre mieux et plus longtemps”.Concrètement, il devrait être possible d’ici deux ans de dépister la surdité lors d’un dépistage néonatal (un enfant sur mille, chaque année en France) alors qu’aujourd’hui le diagnostic intervient à 18 mois pour les surdités profondes et jusqu’à 3 ou 4 ans pour les déficiences auditives moyennes. L’arrêté du 23 avril 2012 a posé le principe de ce test de dépistage mais les associations de malentendants refusent pour le moment la médicalisation systématique de la surdité.Le 16 janvier 2013 à 14:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Consumer Health Publisher Acquires University Health Publishing Group

first_imgMediZine, the New York-based publisher of consumer health education titles like Healthy Living, Remedy and Diabetes Focus, has acquired the University Health Publishing Group.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.UHPG publishes products—including newsletters, reports and Web sites, in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley.MediZine is a portfolio company of private equity firm Veronis Suhler and Stevenson. UHPG was represented in the deal by the Jordan, Edmiston Group.last_img read more

Marine Science Symposium – LIVEBLOG – Sunday

first_imgA brief introduction to the Alaska Marine Science Symposium by liveblogger Steve Heimel, who will be bringing Alaska Public Media live coverage through Thursday, Jan. 28.Bird researcher George Divoky will be one of the keynote speakers.  Here he is headed to Cooper Island for his 41st year of field research last year courtesy of the North Slope Borough.This is the week when a whole lot happens in Arctic science. The latest results from last year’s field season begin to go public, by way of hundreds of speeches, powerpoints and poster presentations before about 800 people in downtown Anchorage. It’s more information than anyone could possibly absorb, but they’ll try. The investigators and students may be exhausted when they return to their laboratories, classrooms and computers, but they’ll have a much better idea of where Alaska science is headed, and where future research dollars are likely to be.The Alaska Marine Science Symposium has grown greatly since it began as a way to compare notes on the damage done by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, funded by one of the spill’s lawsuit settlements. In 2002, it became one of the programs of the North Pacific Research Board, funded initially by money bid for offshore oil leases. Its scope expanded from Prince William Sound to the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea, and now the Arctic, with the arrival last weekend of a stack of proposals for more than $7 million in Chukchi and northern Bering Sea research projects, mostly tracking a changing climate and the ecosystem’s response.The changing ecosystem surges increasingly into the headlines these days, with starving seabirds being found far inland, Chinook salmon still in a mysterious decline, and predators and pathogens like PSP and domoic acid expanding to new ranges. Mixed in with all the other science will be the latest data on these and other emerging science issues.To select a few highlights — a high school student reports on the way bowhead whales changed their Beaufort Sea songs a couple of years ago, researchers disclose their discovery of a beluga birthing area at the mouth of the Susitna River, two new algae species were discovered in the Aleutians, a progress report on the first year of the Obama administration’s new emphasis on the Arctic, a presentation on the biological and behavioral benefits of living near or even under water, and one on what has been learned from four decades monitoring a colony of seabirds on an island not far from Barrow.I have been going to these meetings for decades now, and I always come out of them with more and bigger stories than I could possibly report. Maybe blogging will help get the stories out. I’ll be posting throughout the event on alaskapublic.org as the events unfold.–Steve Heimellast_img read more

Tehran says Trumps genocidal taunts wont end Iran

first_imgIran`s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: AFPIranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday the “genocidal taunts” of US president Donald Trump will not “end Iran”, as tensions spike between the two countries.”Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.”Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect — it works!” he added.In another tweet, Zarif accused Trump of allowing his team to “trash diplomacy” and “abet war crimes — by milking despotic butchers via massive arms sales”.The riposte by Iran’s top diplomat follows an ominous warning by Trump, who on Sunday suggested the Islamic republic would be destroyed if it attacked US interests.”If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again,” Trump tweeted.Relations between Washington and Tehran plummeted a year ago when Trump pulled out of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and imposed tough sanctions.Iranian officials have repeatedly slammed the unilateral US sanctions as “economic terrorism,” saying that they have impeded the flow of essential goods.Tensions have risen further this month with Washington announcing more economic measures against Tehran, before deploying a carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over unspecified alleged Iranian “threats”.The Trump administration last week ordered non-essential diplomatic staff out of Iraq, citing the danger posed by Iranian-backed Iraqi armed groups.On Sunday a rocket was fired into the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, which houses government offices and embassies including the US mission. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.While the US claim of Iranian “threats” has been met with widespread scepticism outside the United States, the mounting tensions have sparked growing international concern.”I would say to the Iranians, do not underestimate the resolve on the US side in the situation,” British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told reporters on Monday in Geneva.”They don’t want a war with Iran, but if American interests are attacked they will retaliate,” he added.Hunt said that Britain wanted “the situation to de-escalate” and urged Iran “to pull back from the destabilising activities it does throughout the region.”- ‘Goaded’ into war -US media reports say Trump’s hawkish national security adviser John Bolton is pushing for war with Iran, but others in the administration are resisting.Zarif’s tweet said Trump is being “goaded by B Team,” a term he coined to refer to Bolton as well as Israel’s prime minister and the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates who are all pushing a hard line on Tehran.Before Trump’s Twitter threat, Zarif had downplayed the prospect of a new war in the region, saying Tehran opposed it and nobody was under the “illusion” the Islamic republic could be confronted.Iran is exercising “maximum restraint” in the face of an “unacceptable” escalation by the United States, Zarif said on Thursday.Tehran has threatened to gradually withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal if partners still in the agreement — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — do not help it to circumvent US sanctions.Saudi Arabia on Saturday called for emergency regional talks to discuss the mounting Gulf tensions.It came days after mysterious sabotage attacks on several tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters and drone strikes on a Saudi crude pipeline by Yemen rebels who Riyadh claimed were acting on Iranian orders.Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, said Sunday his country does not want to go to war with Iran but would defend itself.Saudi Arabia “does not want a war, is not looking for it and will do everything to prevent it,” he said.”But at the same time, if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with strength and determination to defend itself and its interests.”last_img

House Tweak To Houston Pension Bill Could Buy Firefighters Fund More Time

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneRetired Houston firefighters and police officers packed the Texas House gallery on May 8, 2017, as they await debate on a municipal pension bill that would affect their retirement payouts.The Texas House gave early approval Monday to a bill that would reform Houston’s three problematic pension funds, which have caused financial woes and spurred political battles for years.The 112-28 vote for Senate Bill 2190 came after lawmakers made some key changes to the bill, including a provision that could let the firefighter pension fund bear a smaller burden for shoring up billions in shortfalls. But State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, who authored the House version of the bill, worried that the Senate may not like the changes. “This is an amendment that could very well derail the bill,” Flynn said Monday from the House floor.Meanwhile, firefighters who could benefit from one of the amendments remained cautious after the bill’s preliminary vote.“We have to see how the rest of the process unfolds,” said David Keller, chairman of the Houston firefighter pension fund.SB 2190 would cut some retiree benefit features, increase some employee contributions to funds, and infuse the police and City Hall employee funds with $1 billion, which the city plans to finance through bonds.Firefighters opposed the bill, which still needs a final vote in the House, because it cuts some of their retirement benefits more than they anticipated when their fund is not in nearly as bad of shape as the police and municipal funds. City officials, though, said firefighter benefits were more generous than police and municipal benefits and were too costly to taxpayers. State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, successfully got his House colleagues to amend the bill so that the firefighter pension fund has an opportunity to lower what its members give up in order to help close a large funding gap.For months, city and state leaders have accused the firefighter pension fund of withholding actuarial data that would prove it could shore up its shortfall with fewer cuts to members’ benefit features. In the absence of such data, city leaders and state lawmakers put together SB 2190 and a House companion — authored by Flynn — that the firefighters opposed.Keller said the retirement system wants to protect individual members’ information and has offered the city data under licensing agreements that included confidentiality provisions. He said he was surprised that became an issue on the House floor considering all firefighter salary information goes through City Hall.“They know what each of us makes,” he said. “There’s nothing surprising in our data we hold.”Huberty’s amendment will give the firefighter fund a deadline to provide the data to the city. It passed 90-42 over the objections of Flynn, who said the firefighter fund had months to help reach a compromise and that such a change could sink the bill when it goes back to the Senate. “At this point it’s really too late to change the critical aspects of this bill,” Flynn said.When the amendment passed, applause broke out from the House gallery above, where scores of Houston first responders had gathered to watch the vote. “I’ve presented many bills this session, and I’ve never said it’s too late,” Huberty said. Flynn’s companion bill was slated to be voted on by the full House on Monday. Instead, Flynn put forward the Senate version, which includes provisions requiring future employees to be switched to a different kind of retirement system if the current funds’ shortfalls exceed certain thresholds in the future.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the city’s police and fire chiefs had warned of first responder shortages if legislation overhauling the pension funds didn’t pass this session. Lawmakers supporting SB 2190 said several times Monday that if a bill didn’t come from the Legislature, the pension funds would fail. State Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, also successfully amended the bill to prevent changes in the bill from affecting current retirees. And state Rep. Mike Schofield, R-Katy, tacked on an amendment that would nullify benefit cuts the pension funds agreed to if Houston voters don’t sign off on a plan to infuse the police and municipal retirement funds with $1 billion in pension obligation bonds.Flynn opposed Schofield’s amendment, saying it could have unintended consequences. Yet he almost immediately allowed it to be added onto the bill.“I’m going to go ahead and accept it at this time and we’ll deal with it later,” he said. After the vote, Flynn said it was “good news” that the majority of his House colleagues want to fix the pension systems. But he also wished some of the changes hadn’t been made. He called Huberty’s amendment a “campaign speech” and again criticized firefighter pension board members.“They’ve refused to negotiate,” Flynn said. “They’ve never worked with us in good faith.”Keller said Monday that he didn’t know whether the firefighter pension board would vote to release the data referenced in the amendment.“We’re still working on that,” he said. “I’m just one vote on the board, and the rest of the board will have to have that discussion.” Sharelast_img read more

A look at Skype for Linux

first_imgA look at Skype for Linux by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on December 03, 2017 in Linux – 16 commentsI remember for a long time that Skype on GNU/Linux systems was a nightmare.The official application was terrible, and solutions like Pidgin were lacking in some crucial features such as video calling. Thankfully, finally, Microsoft seems to have stepped up their game when it comes to an official Skype for Linux.InstallationUsers can download .RPM or .DEB files from the official website, and skypeforlinux-bin is available for Arch/Antergos/Manjaro users from the AUR.I have Skype for Linux installed on Antergos, but the officially supported list of distributions is:Ubuntu 16.04+Debian 8.5+Fedora 24+OpenSuse KDE 13.2+OpenSuse Leap 42.1+ KDEThe official website also has some important information about compatibility:“We have tested with different desktop environments: Gnome, Unity, Mate, Cinnamon, KDE, but keep in mind there are differences between all these environments and some of the things are tightly coupled with the environment you use (e.g. notifications). Also, Skype for Linux Beta currently depends on gnome-keyring and libgnome-keyring0 packages for storing credentials. Both of these packages are installed as a dependency for the Skype for Linux Beta package.”Notes:Without the libgnome-keyring0 the application won’t start. If you encounter this problem, make sure this package is installed.If after each launch the application still asks for credentials this means that either the gnome-keyring package is not installed on your system or that the gnome-keyring-daemon is not started. Make sure these two conditions are met.On Fedora we’ve encountered a problem with the gnome-keyring-daemon. This problem was seen with gnome-keyring 3.18.2. It is solved in version 3.18.3.Does Skype for Linux Beta work on a 32-bit or 64-bit system? We are only building Skype for Linux Beta for a 64-bit system. There may be a 32-bit version in the future, depending on the Community interest.FeaturesSkype for Linux features all of the usual things, like video and voice calling, group chats, bots, the ability to choose between light/dark themes, screen sharing etc. I won’t proclaim to know every single feature Skype has, but I have yet to say, “huh, I can’t do THAT in Linux…” when using Skype, in comparison to Windows, so I guess that counts for something?Martin’s remark: Skype for Linux does not support group video charts currently or outgoing screen sharing. Microsoft plans to add these features to Skype for Linux in future versions. Users can run the old version and the new version of Skype for Linux side by side. These are not streamlined however, so that you may notice double call notifications and such.One thing to note about Skype, is that it is not open-sourced, and Microsoft appears at the present to have no plans to change that.Final thoughtsSkype for Linux is still technically a beta / preview, but it appears to be fairly stable, well rounded, and has all the features most people would use from Skype, so I must say that its about time Microsoft got Skype done properly for us GNU/Linux users.How about you? Do you use the Skype preview? Any issues, or comments on it?SummaryArticle NameA look at Skype for LinuxDescriptionMike takes a first look at the new Skype preview for Linux that Microsoft released the other day for various Linux distributions.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgVIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more Related Content Technology | April 08, 2011 Cath Lab Radiation Protection Without the Weight News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more center_img News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more To prevent physician fatigue and back pain associated with wearing protective lead aprons in the cath lab, the ZeroGravity Radiation Protection System offers increased radiation protection without weighing down the user. Using a ceiling suspended gantry system, no weight is placed on the body of the interventionalist and it allows for smooth movement along the X, Y, Z axis. The lead apron has 1 mm lead equivalency protection from the thyroid to groin. It offers twice the protection compared to standard lead aprons. It also provides 0.5 mm protection where previously there was none available and it has front and side protection from direct and scatter radiation. The user can freely engage and disengage without assistance and without breaking sterility. Contact between the device and the body is minimal, giving an open, ventilated feeling.CFI Medical Solutions | www.zgrav.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more last_img read more

Philips Introduces PerformanceBridge Operational Performance Improvement Software for Radiology Departments

first_imgDesigned as a secure, cloud-based or on-premise software solution, Philips’ PerformanceBridge gives healthcare professionals access to near real-time data on departmental performance through an easy-to-use interactive dashboard. Vendor agnostic, PerformanceBridge unifies information across different imaging modalities and existing information systems. To further support continuous improvement management, Philips offers a dedicated team of application specialists to help PerformanceBridge users leverage its tools and implement performance improvement strategies based on meaningful insights provided by PerformanceBridge. January 4, 2017 — Philips introduced at RSNA 2016 PerformanceBridge, a new suite of performance management software and services to assist radiology departments in enhancing productivity, improving the patient experience and delivering better value-based care. PerformanceBridge supports radiology department administrators in prioritizing operational improvements in asset management, equipment uptime and utilization, peer-to-peer collaboration, accreditation compliance and practice management.  News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more For more information: www.philips.com/newscenter FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The PerformanceBridge suite includes intelligent tools and personalized service options to enable health systems to drive the value of imaging:  The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Lahey Hospital and Medical Center based in Burlington, Mass., is a co-development site and early adopter of one of the services of Philips’ PerformanceBridge, namely PerformanceBridge Practice. Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Philips said PerformanceBridge builds on the company’s existing expertise in imaging, clinical informatics, healthcare consulting services, remote services, dose management services and education services. It complements Philips’ Rightfit suite of maintenance services and its SmartPath suite of upgrade services. Philips has an installed base of over 300,000 imaging systems in more than 100 countries, and 7,000 field service engineers to support Philips customers.  Technology | Analytics Software | January 04, 2017 Philips Introduces PerformanceBridge Operational Performance Improvement Software for Radiology Departments 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 “PerformanceBridge Practice has incredible promise for data-driven practice management, including exciting things such as a real local market referral pattern analysis, as well as asset and technologist utilization insights,” said Christoph Wald, M.D., Ph.D, MBA, FACR, chairman, Department of Radiology at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and Professor of Radiology at Tufts University Medical School. “It gives us the intelligence we need to be a data-driven enterprise.” Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more • Understanding and improving imaging performance – PerformanceBridge Practice offers vendor-agnostic, deep, data-backed insights to identify opportunities and gaps within a health system. Following this assessment, Philips acts as a partner in on-going continuous improvement, providing detailed benchmarking and insights to help achieve productivity gains.• Managing radiation dose – Philips’ dose management software platform, DoseWise Portal, enables healthcare providers to record, track and analyze the radiation exposure of patients and clinicians. Imaging managers have access to information about patient radiation exposure to make data-informed decisions to ensure safe optimized levels and adherence to industry regulations. • Participating in knowledge sharing – Through Philips’ NetForum community, clinicians have access to a cloud-based peer-to-peer network, where members can access benchmarking data, case studies and educational information to aid in knowledge sharing and facilitate learning. • Proactively addressing equipment issues – PerformanceBridge’s services analytics infrastructure integrates input from 24 different data sources into one consolidated database with more than 40 proactive data analytics algorithms, which analyze system log files on a daily basis to recognize patterns that identify the need for proactive equipment maintenance. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Osprey Medical and GE Healthcare Launch Acute Kidney Injury Educational Program

first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more References1. Acute kidney injury. National Health Service Website. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/acute-kidney-injury/. Accessed Sept. 10, 2018.2. Tsai T.T., Patel U.D., Change T.I., et al. Contemporary incidence, predictors, and outcomes of acute kidney injury in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions. JACC. Cardiovasc Inter. 2014;7:1-9.3. Subramanian S., Tumlin J., Bapat B., Zyczynski T. Economic burden of CIN: implications for prevention strategies. J Med Econ. 2007;10:119-134.4. Levine G.N., Bates E.R., Blankenship J.C., et al. 2011 ACCF/AHA/SCAI Guideline for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Circulation. 2011;124:e574-e651. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Angiography | September 25, 2018 Osprey Medical and GE Healthcare Launch Acute Kidney Injury Educational Program Partners will host multiple educational programs on strategies to address AKI following angiograms in patients with chronic kidney disease News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read morecenter_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more 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 Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. September 21, 2018 — Osprey Medical announced a collaboration with GE Healthcare on Osprey’s Be Kind to Kidneys campaign. The campaign aims to increase awareness of strategies to help address acute kidney injury (AKI) following normal heart imaging procedures (angiograms) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). As part of the campaign, Osprey Medical and GE Healthcare will sponsor a number of educational programs and seminars for healthcare professionals on how to address the risk of AKI.AKI is sudden damage to the kidneys that causes them to not work properly. It can range from minor loss of kidney function to complete kidney failure.1 With one out of four angiography patients presenting with CKD,2 the risk for these patients to develop AKI is a serious concern for catheterization labs and hospitals. Patients with impaired kidneys are at a significantly increased risk for negative outcomes and for longer hospital stays.3 The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association have issued joint guidelines for the reduction of AKI.4 These guidelines recommend that physicians should screen patients for risk of AKI, ensure they are properly hydrated, and minimize the volume of contrast dye used. Osprey and GE Healthcare’s campaign intends to reinforce these guidelines and increase awareness so that healthcare professionals can help patients with CKD.The campaign kicks off in September with a series of two-day educational programs in the United States for nurses and technicians. The programs will focus on strategies to reduce contrast volume using Osprey’s DyeVert Plus system, cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for contrast reduction and real-time monitoring of dye dose to patients throughout the angiogram. The programs will also focus on approaches to help reduce the risk of AKI in patients with poor kidney function undergoing heart imaging procedures.GE Healthcare’s isosmolar imaging agent Visipaque (iodixanol) injection is an intravascular contrast agent that is used to assist in interventional and diagnostic procedures and will also be discussed in the educational programs.In addition, during the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2018 Annual Meeting, Sept. 21-25 in San Diego, Osprey and GE Healthcare will host a symposium with presentations on “Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury: Preventive Measures Worth Trying and “The Effect of Major Adverse Renal Cardiac Events (MARCE) Incidence and Economic Impact Resulting From Contrast Media Use in the Cath Lab.”Watch the VIDEO: Strategies to Avoid Acute Kidney Injury Caused by Cath Lab Contrast, an interview with Roxana Mehran, M.D.For more information: www.ospreymed.com, www.gehealthcare.com Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Regulatory Relief Bills Headed to the House

first_img Share October 13, 2017 530 Views The House Financial Services Committee recently passed a number of regulatory relief bills that address alleviating regulatory burdens in the mortgage space.One of the legislations, H.R. 2954, amends the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 to exempt a depository institution from certain records and disclosure requirements having to do with open-end lines of credit and closed-end mortgage loans if the institution originated less than a certain amount of loans in the last two years. The bill is related to H.R. 2954, The Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act, and H.R. 3354. The vote passed 36-24.The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Examination and Reporting Threshold Act of 2017, or H.R. 3072, aims to increase the current $10 billion threshold at which regulated depository institutions are subject to examination and reporting requirements by the CFPB to $50 billion and passed with a vote of 39-21.Passing with a vote of 42-18, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2017 (H.R. 3072) amends the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to provide clarification that a manufactured housing retailer is generally not a mortgage originator.H.R. 3971, the Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act, passed by a vote of 41-19 to also amend the Truth in Lending Act as well as the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to modify requirements for community financial institutions when it comes to certain rules relating to mortgage loans.The bills are now set to go to the House for consideration.”We are pleased to see a number of these bills get bipartisan support and look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers as these bills now await House action,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Regulatory Relief Bills Headed to the House House of Representatives 2017-10-13 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

LOS ANGELES – Spectrum Air a new boutique luxury

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Spectrum Air, a new boutique luxury airline, is currently offering round-trip, 10-passenger jet flights from Los Angeles to Washington, DC for the Inauguration of Barack Obama.Passengers will be delivered by complimentary town car to Van Nuys Airport and arrive at the Dulles International Airport private terminal just outside Washington, DC.Spectrum Air offers passengers the opportunity to buy individual seats on some of the finest corporate jets available. Flights include gourmet meals on fine china and linen. Clients avoid the inconveniences of crowded airports, early airport arrivals, long security lines and lost baggage.The cost of each round trip ticket is $12,000. This price does not include accommodations or tickets to the inauguration.www.FlySpectrumAir.comlast_img read more

TORONTO — A holiday concert by fiddlers Natalie Ma

first_img TORONTO — A holiday concert by fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy is being billed as dementia-inclusive, for providing audience members with large-font printed lyrics, ear plugs and fidget tools.The married performers are bringing their seasonal show A Celtic Family Christmas to Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday, when the event will be driven by a novel partnership between the venue and a seniors residence chain.Amica Senior Lifestyles, which owns and operates 29 locations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, says the event will cater specifically to an older audience member who may be restless or suddenly find the music too loud.Amica’s national director of cognitive well-being says the show might include extra breaks, allow listeners to walk up and down the aisles during the show, or encourage an enthusiastic listener to sing along with the performers.Dr. Heather Palmer says music is a powerful way to bring peace and joy to those with dementia. She says even those who many not be very responsive can transform into “a completely different person” when they hear music.Amica says it plans to team up with Roy Thomson Hall for more concerts in 2019.“Hands down, music seems to be a very significant gateway for many, if not most, people who have some form of dementia in terms of bringing peace, bringing calm, bringing pleasure, bringing joy,” says Palmer, who notes she’s heartened to see similar initiatives pop up across the country.“They might start clapping their hands, they might actually start verbalizing and singing to the music or oftentimes you will just see this sense of peace and happiness come over if you’re watching them behaviourally, so music is a fantastic gateway. The more we can do this with musical venues would be fantastic.”The lyrics, ear plugs and fidget tools will be made available at the concert to those who need them.Palmer notes it’s important to reach out to people with dementia through multiple senses — including visuals, smells, and tactile objects. And it’s always important to offer opportunities where someone can enjoy the same things they did before their diagnosis.“We’re hoping to evoke feelings and reminiscences and emotional connection to their past and their memories and that sort of thing, so we want to make sure there’s a good mix of songs that they’re most likely to be familiar with.”While the concert is open to everyone, Palmer says there will be a large contingent from local Amica residences. Concerts such as these can also be powerful for family members who accompany loved ones with dementia, she adds.“There is oftentimes, just due to lack of understanding, the belief that if Grandma or Grandpa can’t speak or if they’re not engaging all the time in the way that they used to that they’re not really there anymore. But our belief system is that they’re very much there.“It’s our responsibility to figure out how we can reach them and how we can best support them so that they can continue to life a good quality of life.”Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2018 2:51 pm PDT MacMaster holiday concert billed as dementia-inclusive Natalie MacMaster and husband Donnell Leahy perform at the 2016 East Coast Music Awards Gala in Sydney, N.S., on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The married performers are bringing their seasonal show A Celtic Family Christmas to Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall on Thursday, when the event will be driven by a novel partnership between the venue and Amica Senior Lifestyles, which owns and operates 29 seniors residences in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan last_img read more

Doctors say no to dialogue with Patsalis

first_imgBy Evie AndreouGovernment doctors will not enter a dialogue with the health minister until they see bills relating to the creation of a National Health Scheme (NHS), they said on Tuesday.The doctors staged a two-hour work stoppage on Monday and on Tuesday were due to have a meeting with health minister Philippos Patsalis.The minister called the doctors’ work stoppage unnecessary and reiterated it is only through dialogue and consent that problems can be solved.The doctors have complained they haven’t seen the proposed NHS legislation and that when they do the minister expects them to respond within a very short time frame.“The health minister has repeatedly told PASYKI’s board of directors the bills will be given to them as soon as they are prepared,” the ministry said.It added they will also be given to all affected parties to be discussed at the joint labour committee for consent.Patsalis has pledged to fully implement the NHS by July 2016, well within the time-frame set by the Troika. The bills are to be handed to parliament by the end of the month.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more