Federal Conservatives vow to crack down on child sexual abuse if elected

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – In the lead up to the fall federal election, the Conservatives have unveiled their plan to address sexual abuse against children.Calling them some of the most disturbing cases in our justice system, Tory Leader Andrew Scheer is vowing to crack down on sexual offences against children.“A society is judged by how it protects its most vulnerable, and under the current government, Canada is failing,” he says.If his party forms government in the fall, Scheer is promising to bring in a five year minimum sentence for anyone convicted of a serious sexual offence against a child, and to make the length and severity of the abuse aggravating factors that judges will have to take into account for sentencing.He says wounds from sexual abuse last a lifetime, adding the penalty should “fit the crime” and that survivors need to be assured the federal government will ensure offenders are appropriately punished.Scheer claims too many criminals are let out of prison after serving only months.“In 2017, there were over 8,000 incidents of sexual violation against children in Canada,” he says. “In many cases, the details of what took place are too horrific to speak of.”This announcement is a part of a broader range of promises the Conservative leader is making in the lead up to the October vote.On Wednesday, he pledged funding for police, survivor services and public awareness to fight human trafficking, adding he will make changes to the Criminal Code to make it easier to convict people accused of it.He’s also in the middle of a five-speech series to lay out his views on issues such as foreign policy, the economy and the environment.last_img

Zeid warns of threat from extremists to Lankas recovery

Good afternoon, and thank you for coming.I come to you shortly after wrapping up my visit here with meetings with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Leader of the Opposition, in which we discussed a wide range of issues that will have an important bearing on the future of Sri Lanka. Since arriving here on Saturday, I have also met the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, National Dialogue, and Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, as well as the Defence Secretary, Chief of Defence Staff, Army and Air Force Commanders and the Chief of Staff of the Navy.In addition, here in Colombo, I visited the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, and the Task Force that will lead the forthcoming National Consultations on transitional justice. I also met a number of Sri Lanka’s finest thinkers and analysts, including members of its vibrant civil society organizations. On Sunday, I visited the Northern and Eastern Provinces, where I met the Chief Ministers and members of the Provincial Councils as well as the Governors, and yesterday morning I was honoured to visit the revered Sri Dalada Maligawa, or Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, where I was graciously received by the Mahanayakas (Chief Monks) of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters. I am very grateful to them for according me this great privilege, as well as to the members of the Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities I met in Colombo, Jaffna and Trincomalee.This has been a much more friendly, cooperative and encouraging visit than the one my predecessor endured in August 2013, which as you may recall was marred by vituperative attacks on her integrity, simply because she addressed a number of burning human rights issues that any High Commissioner for Human Rights would have raised at that time.I am aware that some of the same people have given me a similar welcome — I’ve seen the posters — but I am pleased that in the new environment in Sri Lanka, all voices, including the moderate voices of civil society, can at last be heard, even if sometimes the voices of hatred and bigotry are still shouting the loudest, and as a result are perhaps being listened to more than they deserve.Sri Lanka has come a long way in the past year, as you, the media, are only too aware — given the much greater freedom you now have to write what you wish to write, and report what you feel you should report. The element of fear has considerably diminished, at least in Colombo and the South. In the North and the East, it has mutated but, sadly, still exists.Virtually everyone agrees there has been progress, although opinions differ markedly about the extent of that progress. The ‘white van’ abductions that operated outside all norms of law and order, and — as intended — instilled fear in the hearts of journalists, human rights defenders and others who dared criticise the Government or State security institutions, are now very seldom reported. The number of torture complaints has been reduced but new cases continue to emerge — as two recent reports, detailing some disturbing alleged cases that occurred in 2015, have shown — and police all too often continue to resort to violence and excessive force.Several recent highly symbolic steps have been taken that have had a positive impact on inter-communal relations, including the decision taken to sing the national anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil on Independence Day, for the first time since the early 1950s. The following day, in a reciprocal gesture, the Chief Minister of the Northern Province paid a respectful visit to a Buddhist temple in Jaffna. And in January, the President pardoned the convicted LTTE prisoner who once plotted to assassinate him. These are significant steps on the path of reconciliation between these two communities, both of which bear their own deep scars from the years of conflict. I was pleased to learn that some major inter communal events are planned in the North and East to bring together large numbers of young people from all across Sri Lanka. In both provinces, the Governors are now civilians, which is another key improvement.One of the most important long-term achievements over the past year has been the restoration of the legitimacy and independence of Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission. The appointment of new leadership of great integrity, through the proper constitutional process, offers a new start to revitalise this all-important national institution. I hope the Government will now swiftly provide it with the resources, and above all the institutional respect it needs, to enable it to fulfil its great potential, not only to provide human rights protection for all Sri Lankans, but also to offer expert advice on laws and policies from a human rights perspective.Despite these advances — and others I have not mentioned — after nearly 30 years of conflict and acrimony, that not only cost tens of thousands of lives but also eroded so read more

Driver charged in White Oaks Spa crash

A Hamilton man has been charged in a crash in Niagara-on-the-Lake late last year.On Nov. 18, a vehicle was travelling on Taylor Rd. near Glendale Ave. when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and crossed over into oncoming traffic, police said in the original news release.He struck a culvert, became airborne and landed in the parking lot of the White Oaks Resort and Spa where he struck several parked vehicles.He was taken to hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries.Cameron Hobbs, 20, has been charged with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle.He is scheduled to appear in a St. Catharines court in March.

UN mission deplores attack against Libyas lawmakers parliament building

Libya’s parliament, known as the General National Congress, has reportedly moved into a hotel in the capital, Tripoli, after rioters armed with knives and guns stormed the legislature building, torching furniture, killing a guard and wounding six lawmakers.In a statement issued today, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) stressed “the importance of respecting the legitimate institutions, rejecting violence in politics and guaranteeing the right to free expression through peaceful means…” It added that this is vital to ensuring the proper continuation of the political process aiming at achieving a democratic transfer of power and preserving the security and stability of Libya.The Libyan Government and people have been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi three years ago. Recent months have witnessed worsening security and political divisions which threaten to undermine the country’s transition.Just last week, UNSMIL, which has been supporting the efforts of the Government and people to ensure the success of the transition, voiced deep concerns about the continued violence, including assassinations, bombings, kidnappings and attacks in the country.

Mali continues to make progress but swift action needed as civilians still

“Despite the positive developments, we must remember that the agreed deadlines of 2018 are quickly approaching and the challenges are enormous,” said Mahamat Saleh Annnadif, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Mali and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said via videoconference from the Malian capital, Bamako. “All parties must redouble their efforts to re-establish trust between them and, despite the prolonged delays in the implementation of the Agreement [on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali], engage in necessary reforms and provide a peace dividend to the people,” he added. He said that the period under the Council’s review, mid-June to mid-September, witnessed debate over a draft revision of the national Constitution amid armed clashes between the Platform and Coordination, the two coalitions that had signed onto the 2015 peace agreement. The combined efforts of the signatory movements and the international community had allowed MINUSMA to overcome the crises, but delays in implementing the agreement persisted. Following the clashes, he said, truces were agreed upon in August, with further commitments to end hostilities having been signed in September. Earlier in the day, several prisoners held by the groups had been freed and recent progress included the participation in a 20 September high-level meeting in New York of both coalition leaders, who had agreed to accelerate the peace agreement’s implementation. Some of the specifics they had discussed included establishing a second chamber of Parliament, operationalizing territorial collectives, launching demobilization activities, security sector reform and redeploying the reformed national military. “Yet, the challenges remain enormous,” he stressed. The Human rights situation remains a source of deep concern, particularly given the rise of armed extremism, the absence of State authority in certain areas and the imposition of anti-terrorism measures. While progress in fighting impunity for abuses that occurred during the 2012 crisis included the conviction of Aliou Mahamane Touré, there must be justice for all and every perpetrator must held accountable, he said. He added that the recently authorized sanctions regime was an important part of the pursuit of justice and peace. Initiatives such as the dissemination of information on human rights and the establishment of the international commission of inquiry would also help fight impunity, he said, adding that MINUSMA continued to support State institutions in all areas through regular dialogue. The security situation remained a major obstacle, he said, with nearly daily losses of UN peacekeepers due to anti-personnel mines and improvised explosives. Accelerated reconciliation efforts were needed as was the full deployment of the escort battalion for the regional reaction force. Given all the challenges, he reiterated the need for funding to invest in protection, improve monitoring, enhanced patrolling and detection, and early warning systems to reduce the toll of attacks.

Womens basketball Team depth the theme of 2016 media day

The Ohio State women’s basketball team held its annual media day on Thursday, and the main source of excitement for this year’s team was clear.“More bodies, for sure,” junior guard Asia Doss said with a laugh. “Way more depth with the team.”The Buckeyes will indeed bring in an influx of talent this season. True freshmen Jensen Caretti, Kiara Lewis and Tori McCoy, who all ranked in the top-31 in their class according to ESPN, will join transfers Stephanie Mavunga (previously at North Carolina), Sierra Calhoun (Duke) and Linnae Harper (Kentucky) for their first season as Buckeyes in 2016-17.Coach Kevin McGuff hasn’t sorted through lineups or playing times yet, but he said that he enjoys what having depth does for his team.“With the amount of people that we have right now, it’s a great environment,” McGuff said. “The competition seems to be bringing out the best in each other.”OSU faced several depth issues during the 2015-16 season, including low-post play. The Buckeyes’ lack of inside depth hurt the team in its Sweet 16 loss to Tennessee, where Lady Volunteers’ center Mercedes Russell scored a game-high 25 points.While the additions of McCoy and Mavunga should help the team’s inside presence, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell was not shy about holding the entire team accountable for the Sweet 16 loss.“I think that the preparation has to be different,” Mitchell said. “I’m not going to say that we didn’t prepare, individually or as a group, but I would say that Tennessee prepared far more than we did, along with everybody else that was able to make it to the Final Four.“This year, we’re going in with a different mindset as far as our preparation,” Mitchell said. “I think this year, now that we are maturing, the small stuff will be important for us.”Improvement on the defensive side of the ball was also a talking point on media day. Several OSU players mentioned offseason efforts to improve that area of the game.“This year, we have a lot more player-to-player coaching, because a coach can’t see everything, so I feel like we are on each other to make each other better,” Doss said. “In practice, we’re doing defensive drills, we’re making sure everyone is talking, everyone is paying attention, participating and in the right spot.”The Buckeyes may be looking to change certain aspects of their identity, but McGuff said that his team will still look to run the floor.With a roster made up almost entirely of McGuff’s recruits, the coach said that he believes this set of players fits his fast-paced mindset better than in years passed.“I was really fortunate to inherit great kids … but they all didn’t quite fit what we wanted to play,” McGuff said. “We’ve done a good job of adding people who fit our style of play.”McGuff, along with several of his players, believe that this could be a special year for the Buckeyes.“I’m optimistic that we could have a terrific season,” McGuff said. “We have a lot of work to do, like everyone, but it’s been a great start so far.”OSU will take on Ashland University in an exhibition game on Nov. 6, before officially opening the 2016-17 regular season against Duquesne on Nov. 11.

These Are the Games You Should Check Out in April

first_img March certainly had a great deal of games for us to play. I’m sure some of you have yet to finish titles like Far Cry 5 and Ni no Kuni 2. It was an overall great month for gamers.Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for April.If you’re looking for huge blockbusters, you’re going to feel disappointed. While the number of notable titles isn’t impressive, things aren’t all bad. Since most of the big games land near the end of the month, we have more time to finish our backlogs. You definitely don’t want to have anything left on your plate when April starts churning out the goods.God of WarPlatform: PlayStation 4Release date: April 20I think it’s safe to say God of War is April’s biggest game release. The latest entry serves as a soft reboot of the storied franchise. Instead of facing the Greek pantheon, Kratos will battle the Norse gods. The game promises to have a deeper, more emotional story than previous entries. Kratos’ son, Atreus, will no doubt keep the plot and gameplay interesting.Expect God of War to sell even more PlayStation 4 systems when it releases.Nintendo LaboPlatform: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: April 20Nintendo has a reputation for doing things their own way. There is no better example of this than Nintendo Labo. This DIY cardboard accessory kit for Switch lets kids (and kids-at-heart) use their imagination to create whatever they can think of. While the concept of Labo may seem strange, it actually makes a weird sort of sense. After all, who didn’t play with cardboard as a kid? Okay, maybe that’s just us old people, but the point still stands.Kudos to Nintendo for (pardon the pun) thinking outside of the box with Labo.Yakuza 6: The Song of LifePlatform: PlayStation 4Release date: April 17PS4 owners looking forward to God of War would do well to remember the other exclusive coming to the console this month. Though it’s a decidedly niche franchise, the Yakuza series has retained a loyal audience for several years now. Yakuza 6 promises to deliver the final chapter in protagonist Kazuma Kiryu’s journey. Expect the series’ usual mix of dramatic storytelling, over-the-top combat, and bonkers side stories. Don’t sleep on this one.Hellblade: Senua’s SacrificePlatform: Xbox OneRelease date: April 11Since God of War isn’t coming to Xbox One, Hellblade will have to do as a substitute. Like God of War, this game has a protagonist who fights gods and monsters from Norse mythology. That’s where the similarities end, however, given Hellblade’s focus on mental illness.As I wrote last year, this game got me more excited for Kratos’ latest adventure. Even without the comparisons, Hellblade is a great experience on its own and another example of why Ninja Theory is one of the industry’s best developers. The game will no doubt look gorgeous running on the Xbox One X.South Park: The Fractured But WholePlatform: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: April 24If you’re a Switch owner who isn’t interested in Labo, you can instead check out South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Though this is fundamentally the same game players got on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, its portability is sure to make it worth picking up. Just make sure to wear headphones while playing in public. You don’t want to offend anyone with the game’s twisted humor. Expect DLC packs to arrive on launch day and additional DLC later this year.Call of Duty: WWII – War Machine DLCPlatform: PlayStation 4Release date: April 10If you love Call of Duty but feel it is severely lacking in the aerial dogfighting department, then this DLC is for you. As if regular CoD matches aren’t already crazy enough, dogfights will surely make things even more hectic. In addition to plane-on-plane action, expect three new maps, a War Mode Operation, and of course, a new chapter in Nazi Zombies.Call of Duty isn’t exactly in the news these days, but the game is still doing well in NPDs. Those who’ve stuck it out with WWII (and the franchise) will no doubt appreciate an injection of new content. ‘God of War’ Documentary ‘Raising Kratos’ Explores 2018’s Top Video GamePS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&… Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

Nacho Fernandez says Madrid squad supports Lopetegui

first_imgThe Spanish defender thinks all of his teammates are “to the death” with coach Julen Lopetegui despite the chaos surrounding the clubReal Madrid has played five consecutive matches without scoring a single goal in both the UEFA Champions League and the Spanish La Liga tournament.They have been even surprisingly beaten by CSKA Moscow in the UCL a d Alaves in La Liga.And many are saying there is a crisis in the Spanish giants.But for defender Nacho Fernandez, his teammates are committed to their coach Julen Lopetegui and he has backed him up.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The players are to the death with the coach,” he was quoted by The Sport 360.“We are calm, we have experienced situations like this, even worse ones, and we have always been able to move forward.”“I cannot guarantee that at the end of the season we will win all the titles,” he added.“But Real Madrid has always shown that with the coach that is here and with the players that are here, we will always fight for everything.”last_img

Jitney Driver Stabber arrested

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 29, 2016 – Police arrest the alleged jitney driver stabber; he is now in custody.  A 40 year old man is arrested and charged with wounding after reportedly getting into a fight with a teen-aged boy while running an illegal jitney operation.  An argument over a $1 difference in fare broke out; a 17 year old was stabbed in the throat.  Good news is that young man has been treated and released from the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre; better news is that Police have managed to find the man believed responsible and arrest him. Related Items:last_img

Medicaid Reform Group Hears Passionate Testimony On Proposed Cuts

first_imgThe State’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Group has met for the last six months in relative obscurity. That changed today (Wednesday) when more than 200 parents, doctors and physical therapists showed up to testify about a list of proposed “innovations” the group hopes will help curtail the growing cost of program. The message the group heard was that the reforms would have huge impacts on the people who rely on Medicaid for health services. Download AudioJamie Robinson approached the microphone with an 11-month-old baby snuggled on her chest in a baby carrier.Robinson’s second child, a first grader named Brooke, is one of more than 150,000 Alaskans who benefit from the state’s Medicaid program. Brooke has cerebral palsy and other developmental delays. Robinson became emotional as she said Brooke was born by emergency c-section:“She’s my miracle child because she should have died,” Robinson said. “When she was born doctors didn’t know if she would walk or talk. We didn’t know anything, so we just had to wait.”Robinson says Brooke is now walking and talking- and thriving in school. She says her daughter has benefited from frequent occupational, physical and speech therapy. One of the proposed reforms would limit the number of therapy sessions to no more than six per year, after that a patient would need to be reevaluated. Robinson says frequent evaluations would be harmful to Brooke and cutting back on therapy would be devastating.“Brooke has to work really really hard. you gotta think of this as a gym membership right,” Robinson said. “If you go to a gym, if you go six times a year, are you going to see a result? No you are not, you have to go and you have to work your body and she works her butt off.”Nearly everyone who testified in the morning talked about problems with requiring frequent evaluations for therapy. And it was a message Division of Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Streur had heard even before the meeting began. He committed to revisiting the issue.“It was excellent testimony and it helped us realize we need to focus on the person, on the kid, on the child, on the parent on the family,” Streur said.Commissioner Streur says he was pleased with the level of public involvement at the meeting. He says he heard good recommendations on specific reform ideas. One of the things he took away from the meeting is that a cookie cutter approach to reform won’t work:“Focus the treatment on the stuff that you preach about Streur and that’s right care, right time, right place for the right person,” Streur said. “So it has to be person specific. What we came out with are broad recommendations and folks have come back to us and said, ‘tailor it and we can live with it.’”Commissioner Streur says he’s committed to getting a list of reform ideas to the governor by the deadline of Nov. 15. But he says that is just the start of the next phase of the process, which will involve more analysis on each reform.Still, for committee member Sandra Heffern, the testimony highlighted how rushed the process has been. Governor Parnell announced he was creating the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group last November. Members were appointed in March and have been meeting monthly since April. Heffern, who is a health care consultant with a background in home healthcare services, says there hasn’t been enough time for deep discussion on the recommendations:“The recommendations are these are things we need to further explore, but to say were going to do any kind of reform based on any of the innovations that are brought forward is well I don’t want to use the word ludicrous, but that’s what comes to mind,” Heffern said.Several people who testified brought up new reform ideas for the group to consider, like paying for hospice care at the end of life to save on hospital costs and reusing expensive medical equipment like wheelchairs. That last idea came from Medicaid recipient Ric Nelson, who uses a wheelchair and serves on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. He is also getting a graduate degree in public administration. Speaking through an interpreter, he left the committee with this thought:“Without these services or therapies, I wouldn’t be who I am today. So I urge you to please look carefully at what you’re doing- you might affect someone like me in the world.”last_img

Alaska Airlines Virgin merger will improve efficiency freshen brand

first_img“That’s the number one question we get: ‘When is my animal gonna start getting miles?’” Nabberstad said. “We’ve looked at it multiple times and it’s something we’ll continue looking at, because I know the question’s going to keep coming up, but it’s nothing that’s in the pipes.”Habberstad gave an overview of Alaska Airlines, which annually earns about $5 billion and serves about 32 million passengers. They expect to add another 7 million customers after the merger with Virgin is finalized, hopefully by 2018.Habberstad said the merger will add only a couple more destinations to Alaska Airlines’ current list, but it expands other opportunities.“So, today we go to the East Coast from Portland and Seattle,” Habberstad said. “Tomorrow, we’ll go to the East Coast from Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and L.A. To all the same places we’re already serving out of Portland and Seattle, which increases our network significantly, and adds a great deal of efficiency.”The merger still has to go through various approvals, but Habberstad said there’s no reason for it to not succeed. Once it does, he said Virgin will become Alaska Airlines.Alaska, though, will look at Virgin’s business practices, to see what could and should be retained.“Virgin is different. It’s an experience. You board listening to Beyoncé,” Habberstad said. “It’s got purple mood lighting in the airplanes. It’s a different experience, but it’s a good experience. It’s fresher, it’s new. While I don’t think you’ll board to Beyoncé on us in the future, there might be a little bit of an uptick: A little fresher brand coming from us.”Virgin also comes with a fleet of Airbus planes, which is different from Alaska Airlines’ fleet of Boeing aircraft. Habberstad said that the Virgin fleet is mostly leased, which will give Alaska Airlines a chance to try them out and decide whether to keep them.In response to a question from the audience, Habberstad talked a little about Alaska Airlines’ competition with Delta, which also is a partner airline. Delta has expanded its presence in Seattle, which is Alaska Airlines’ base, and is offering seasonal flights to some Alaska destinations that traditionally have been served only by Alaska Airlines.Habberstad said Delta is a good partner and a good competitor. Despite the competition, he said Alaska has held onto its share of the Seattle market, and will strengthen that position after the Virgin merger.Habberstad added that the company is expanding its international partnerships, as well. An Alaska Airlines executive gave some details during Wednesday’s Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch about the company’s recently announced merger with Virgin America.(Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines and Virgin Airlines)Director of Sales and Community Marketing Scott Habberstad, who is a former Ketchikan resident, also stressed that while Alaska Airlines might consider it in the future, there are no plans to let dogs earn miles for their people. At least not yet.He said that’s a question he hears a lot.last_img

Nvidia AI Generates Fake Faces Based On Real Celebs

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on target Celebrity scandals are about to get a lot more complicated.Nvidia has developed a way of producing photo-quality, AI-generated human profiles—by using famous faces.Researchers trained a dual-network algorithm called generative adversarial networks (GANs); two computer systems—a generator and a discriminator—are pitted against each other to achieve a certain goal.AdChoices广告In this case, the generator whips up life-like images for the discriminator to label as good or bad (like the golden egg sorters in Willy Wonka’s factory).Starting with a library of 30,000 low-resolution images, Nvidia’s GAN slowly but somewhat surely increases the resolution by adding more layers to the networks.This approach, according to the company, allows the AI to gain a broad perspective before tuning in on the finer details—”instead of having to learn all scales simultaneously.”Progressive training “has several benefits,” Nvidia said, highlighting perks like more stability, less strain, and reduced training time.The network studied for 20 days, using a single Nvidia Tesla P100 GPU (the same chip found in supercomputing data centers).And while the technique can produce “images of unprecedented quality,” it is far from perfect. Look closely and you’ll notice some folks are missing part of their head or have an unrealistically bendy neck.“The quality of our results is generally high compared to earlier work on GANs, and the training is stable in large resolutions,” Nvidia boasted. But, there is still “a long way to true photorealism.”The algorithm will have trouble determining whether some objects should be straight or curved, and images produced at a higher pixel resolution will inevitably look faker.“There is also room for improvement in the micro-structure of the images,” according to the researchers. “That said, we feel that convincing realism may now be within reach.”Watch the video above, and see if you can spot any real people among the morphing synthesized faces (I think I saw Beyonce, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Channing Tatum, Elisabeth Moss, Kim Kardashian, and Ryan Reynolds in the mix).Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

SEC Cracks Down on Alleged Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

first_img 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Another first for Bitcoin, but an ignominious one: The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed its first fraud lawsuit involving the virtual currency, claiming it was used in a Ponzi scheme.The SEC filed suit against Trendon T. Shavers, founder and owner of Bitcoin Savings and Trust, saying he raised more than 700,000 BTC from 66 investors. According to the SEC’s suit, that amounted to $4.5 million in cash based on the daily Bitcoin price at the time, according to the SEC. Shavers was supposed to be trading Bitcoin online for dollars and promised a 7 percent return for investors. Instead, he simply used the new money he was bringing in to buy out earlier investors.In addition to the lawsuit, the SEC sent out an investor alert, warning about online fraud scams tied to Bitcoin. The agency, according to the alert is “concerned that the rising use of virtual currencies in the global marketplace may entice fraudsters to lure investors into Ponzi and other schemes in which these currencies are used to facilitate fraudulent, or simply fabricated, investments and transactions.”The SEC also took the step of asserting its jurisdiction over virtual-currency trading. “Any investment in securities in the United States remains subject to the jurisdiction of the SEC, regardless of whether the investment is made in U.S. dollars or a virtual currency,” the agency said. Related: A Look at Bitcoin Currency Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img July 23, 2013 Register Now »last_img

LGBTI and womens groups oppose Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… This evening, Trump announced the pro-gun and anti-abortion judge, Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court.Trump had shortlisted four potential candidates for the coveted job after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last month.But advocacy groups are not happy with the nominee.‘President Trump’s clear disdain for an independent judiciary makes it crucial that the Senate confirm only a fair-minded constitutionalist who will keep the White House in check and protect the rights of LGBTQ people, people of color, women, and many others,’ said One Iowa’s executive director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel.‘Kavanaugh does not meet that criteria, and in fact his record indicates he is quite the opposite. We urge Sen. Grassley to uphold his responsibility as Chair of the Judiciary Committee and not move forward with this nomination.’We’re rallying outside the Supreme Court to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. He is a threat to reproductive rights, affordable healthcare, workers’ rights, and LGBTQ equality. His nomination must be defeated. #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/2AQFMAOS8M— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) July 10, 2018Supreme Court protestHigh profile advocacy group, Human Rights Campaign, and its supporters descended on the steps of the Supreme Court to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination.HRC called on the Senate to reject Kavanaugh. It said anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice organizations pre-cleared Kavanaugh before his nomination to the Supreme Court.‘In nominating Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump has followed through on his threat to nominate a justice who would undermine LGBTQ equality, women’s reproductive rights and affordable healthcare,’ said HRC President Chad Griffin.‘Now, the Senate has a responsibility to fulfill its constitutional duty, serve as a check on this reckless president and reject Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. This nominee was hand-picked by anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice groups in an explicit effort to undermine equality — and the prospect of a Justice Kavanaugh threatens to erode our nation’s civil rights laws, block transgender troops from bravely serving this nation and allow a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people in every aspect of American life. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- ‘The 2018 midterm elections just became the most consequential elections of our lifetime, and we must seize the opportunity to pull the emergency brake on this regime. We need to vote this November like our lives depend on it — because they do.’.@HRC President @ChadHGriffin is joining with civil rights groups across movements at the #SupremeCourt to advocate for the appointment of a fair-minded Constitutionalist to the nation’s highest court. #SaveSCOTUS https://t.co/PkVwAtDD3m pic.twitter.com/q4H6QaE8Cc— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 10, 2018What’s at stakeHRC said the next Supreme Court justice will shape civil and constitutional rights jurisprudence in the country for decades to come. In the coming years the Supreme Court will have to decide critical issues for the LGBTQ community including:Whether the US’ nondiscrimination laws include protections for LGBTQ people — as many lower courts have already concluded. This would impact employment, housing, healthcare and education civil rights statutes.Whether individuals and organizations have a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people when receiving taxpayer dollars to provide critical services.Whether LGBTQ people and families can be turned away from businesses open to the general public.Whether qualified transgender people can be excluded from serving in the military, simply because of who they are.Kavanaugh and reproductive rights.Kavanaugh currently serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.HRC said that during his tenure, ‘he has clearly established a judicial philosophy that the personal beliefs of individuals should dictate the lives of others’.‘Kavanaugh has ruled that an employer’s religious beliefs should be allowed to override their workers’ access to birth control,’ HRC said in a statement.‘While refusing to answer whether he believed Roe was correctly decided during his confirmation hearing for the DC Circuit, once on the bench he wrote that his colleagues had “badly erred” by determining that an undocumented immigrant teen should have access to an abortion.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img LGBTI and women’s advocacy groups have united to condemn President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court Justice. President Trump announces Brett M. Kavanaugh as nominee for Supreme CourtTrump Supreme Court pick refuses to confirm support for gay marriageLGBTI groups call for delay on Kavanaugh voteRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-and-womens-groups-oppose-supreme-court-nominee-brett-kavanaugh/ read more

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first_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more During the American College of Cardiology 2013 (ACC.13) annual meeting in March, vendors discussed several trends they are observing in the cardiac ultrasound market and displayed the latest echo advances.Trends in the MarketAutomation is making ultrasound systems easier to use, helping shorten exam times by reducing the number of steps needed to perform measurements or to slice images to achieve a specific view. Automation also has simplified the quantification and measurements, which are completed on some systems in seconds with just a couple clicks. Examples of this include GE Healthcare’s automated workflows to simplify common echo image crops and measurements, and other functions. Instead of requiring five or more clicks to perform a crop, GE’s systems have reduced this to one or two clicks. GE also introduced Automated Function Imaging (AFI), a software tool that automates 2-D speckle tracking to measure the deformation (strain) of the myocardial wall in real time. It is available on several GE Vivid products. GE said AFI is a more sensitive method for assessment of left ventricular function than ejection fraction (EF).Ultrasound is increasingly being used outside the echo lab for point-of-care cardiac assessments in the office setting. Most of these systems are smaller, less expensive ultrasound systems used to triage a patient to determine if they need to be sent on for more detailed imaging exams. Smaller, lighter portable ultrasound units are finding utility for remote telecardiology programs in rural areas.  The echoes can be recorded at remote clinics and sent via secure websites to a central hospital to be read by an echocardiographer. Esaote promoted this concept in its booth at ACC.13, featuring presentations by cardiologists from Iowa Heart Hospital, which created a rural telecardiology program using Esaote’s portable systems. Transesophageal echo (TEE) is seeing rapidly expanding use in the cath lab and hybrid operating room (OR) to better visualize and navigate devices inside the body for increasingly more complex interventional procedures.  The use of 3-D echo will likely see the most demand in procedures such as transcatheter ventricular septal defect (VSD) closures, left atrial appendage (LAA) closure and MitraClip mitral valve repairs.While 2-D echo remains the standard, there is increasing adoption of 3-D/4-D echo systems. These newer systems can allow better visualization, such as viewing the entire left ventricle, which users say is more accurate for quantification and measurements. The use of 3-D echo also offers surgical views that often aid procedural planning or interventional navigation.  Interventional EchoA new trend in cardiac ultrasound is the rise of interventional ultrasound in both the hybrid OR and the cath lab. As minimally invasive and transcatheter procedures become more complex, there is a rising demand for more detailed, live anatomical imaging. Both transthoracic echo and TEE are seeing increased use for detailed procedural navigation (especially with 3-D and 4-D surgical view imaging) and to reduce radiation dose from use of angiographic fluoroscopy. New TechnologyTo better optimize cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) lead placement, Toshiba has developed Activation Imaging as a new addition to its 3-D wall motion tracking software.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared software is available on the Aplio Artida cardiovascular ultrasound system. When the heart is not functioning properly, different segments activate at different moments in time. Activation Imaging, in conjunction with 3-D wall motion tracking software, allows clinicians to evaluate dyssynchrony at the onset of the heart’s contraction and to properly identify the left ventricle’s pumping strength and timing for more accurate lead placements in CRT treatment.Toshiba introduced new cardiovascular (CV) versions of its Aplio 500 and Aplio 300. Compact and easy-to-use, Aplio 500 CV and Aplio 300 CV offer exceptional image quality for 2-D cardiac exams and feature Toshiba’s 2-D wall motion tracking technology. The wall motion tracking software provides high-quality visualization and quantitative analysis of myocardial wall motion with accuracy and reproducibility. The system has on-board cardiac quantification measurements in all directions (radial, circumferential, 2-D rotation and longitudinal).Additional cardiac-specific technologies include tissue enhancement, advanced dynamic flow, lateral gain controls, tissue Doppler, stress echo, flex-M mode and auto IMT. Both systems are easy to use, with thoughtful ergonomics and a smaller footprint.  read more

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first_img 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 | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Technology | May 15, 2015 McKesson Offers iPad App to Review Cancer Protocols, Guidelines Application highlights evidence-based treatment options at the point of care Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD 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 The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Related Content May 15, 2015 — McKesson Specialty Health announced the availability of Clear Value Plus – Guideline Explorer to iPad users. The Guideline Explorer app is a mobile reference tool that gives users access to evidence-based cancer protocols based on patient attributes.Available for download on the Apple App Store at no cost, the Guideline Explorer app provides users with an easy-to-use interface for exploring patient-specific treatment options based on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) and Value Pathways powered by NCCN. Current Clear Value Plus users can access the complete range of evidence-based treatment options and see all treatment choices that are highlighted as part of the Value Pathways powered by NCCN. New iPad users can navigate NCCN Content and explore chemotherapy regimens based on specific patient characteristics and quickly view up-to-date chemotherapy options, as well as known side effect profiles.The new iPad tool is an extension of McKesson Specialty Health’s Clear Value Plus, a quality support tool for oncologists that highlights evidence-based treatment options at the point of care. The software brings to life Value Pathways powered by NCCN and NCCN Guidelines within the clinical workflow—offering evidence-based protocols at the point of care with the patient. In addition, Clear Value Plus is compatible with multiple provider systems and provides integrated financial information, real-time reporting and benchmarking to demonstrate the value of delivering evidence-based care.For more information: www.mckessonspecialtyhealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad read more

Survey Homeownership Highly Desirable for Nine in 10 Americans

first_img Even as the aftermath of the housing crisis continues to show in the market, a new survey shows the vast majority of Americans still regard homeownership as a “highly desirable goal.”In findings released Tuesday, COUNTRY Financial revealed 89 percent of Americans in its most recent Security Index survey feel that buying a home is a key part of achieving the American Dream despite their recent memories of the crash.Even more promising, 64 percent of respondents expressed belief that owning a home is an attainable goal for a typical middle-income family, a significant improvement over last year, when just 41 percent said the same.”We’re very encouraged that so many Americans feel optimistic about home ownership and view it as a realistic and achievable goal,” said Joe Buhrmann, manager of financial security support at COUNTRY Financial. “An improving economy and labor market might be helping to lift Americans’ spirits and place buying a home closer within reach.”While the survey showed homeownership is an important goal for most correspondents regardless of age or income, it did reveal a generational split on opinions regarding whether or not that goal is achievable. Respondents among the ages of 30–39 and ages 50–64 were most likely to be negative in that regard, with 26 percent and 20 percent (respectively) saying owning a home is not an attainable goal for a middle-income family.There was also an age division when it came to respondents’ desire to own a home. Among non-homeowners, a quarter of those under age 30 and a fifth of those ages 50–64 said they have no interest in owning a home.While some analysts have observed a culture shift away from homeownership among millennials, all age ranges have their own reasons to be reluctant, Buhrmann says.”While nearly everyone pictures a home as the American Dream, reality often looks different,” he said. “Younger Americans are more likely to reject the idea of homeownership. Yet, the financial challenges of buying a home can affect those of any age.”In fact, for those who don’t own a home at the moment, the survey found financial limitations were some of the biggest hurdles: 14 percent cited a low credit score as their primary obstacle, while lack of down payment (13 percent) and local home prices (12 percent) were also commonly cited.In its own housing survey released Monday, Wells Fargo found similar concerns about homebuying, with 30 percent of respondents saying only people with high incomes can get a mortgage right now and 64 percent saying only those with a very good credit score can qualify.”It is important for prospective homebuyers to feel empowered to ask lenders and real estate agents questions about available options, such as down payment assistance or FHA [Federal Housing Administration] or VA [Veterans Affairs] loans for veterans,” said Franklin Codel, head of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Production. “Informing prospective homebuyers about their options is the first step toward helping them realize their goals.” September 16, 2014 581 Views COUNTRY Financial Down Payments Homeownership 2014-09-16 Tory Barringer Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Survey: Homeownership ‘Highly Desirable’ for Nine in 10 Americanslast_img

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