Havens needed for unwanted babies advocates say after Toronto baby abandonment report

first_imgTORONTO – The media frenzy surrounding reports that a newborn baby had been abandoned in Toronto highlights the need for Canada to fall in line with other countries around the world and offer safe havens for unwanted infants, advocacy groups said Wednesday.Few details of the case are known as city police remain tight-lipped about the ongoing investigation.They have confirmed that a woman claiming to be a passerby discovered a baby boy behind a plaza in the city’s west end. Media reports, however, have since quoted sources as saying the person making the report was the child’s teenage mother, who was visiting the country from abroad.Police said they have located the mother and do not intend to lay charges, but said the investigation into the matter is ongoing. The baby remains in hospital in critical condition, while the mother is receiving undisclosed medical care.Regardless of the particulars of the case, advocates said it shines a light on what they perceive as a gap in Canada’s child welfare system.All 50 states in the U.S. and several countries throughout the European Union have “safe haven” legislation in place that allows parents to leave children in a secure location and walk away without identifying themselves. Proponents of the system said it allows parents coming from vulnerable situations to ensure a baby’s safety while preserving their own anonymity.But Canada has no such law on the books, a situation the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness would like to see changed.“There’s nothing. There’s no resources or places to go or things to do,” president Helena Kameka said in a telephone interview. “All there is is the fear of the parent.”Kameka said abandoning a child is not illegal in Canada so long as the baby is unharmed.But she said widespread ignorance of this fact sometimes prompts parents to take desperate steps which could paradoxically leave them open to charges if caught.Kameka said her organization has been lobbying the Ontario government on the issue for years without success, saying she’s unsure as to why efforts have met with so much resistance.Despite its widespread adoption outside of Canada, safe havens have come in for strong public criticism from some prominent international voices.In a 2012 report, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child called for an outright ban on such spaces, which are often referred to as “baby boxes.”“They are a bad message for society,” said Maria Herczog, a Hungarian child psychologist on the UN committee. “Instead of providing help and addressing some of the social problems and poverty behind these situations, we’re telling people they can just leave their baby and run away.”The committee argued the practice encourages women to have children without getting medical care. It also challenged the perception that only mothers were leaving babies in the safe havens, saying sometimes pimps or others in positions of power over a woman may take a child away from its mother without having to face consequences.Some theorize that Canada is particularly resistant to the idea because of the nature of its health-care system and social safety net.Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff, regional head of obstetrics and gynecology for British Columbia’s Providence Health Care, said Canadians are more likely to believe that existing systems should make it easier to care for newborns, leading to increased stigma for parents who relinquish their infants.But he said the practice of abandoning babies is more common than many believe.“(Babies) are abandoned in hospital monthly. Women come in, give birth, and then leave. But in the community it seems like a different issue.”The lack of safe spaces for babies born out of hospital prompted Cundiff to set up one of the few safe spaces available in Canada.Since 2010, the Angel’s Cradle program has operated an incubated box at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s hospital where parents can leave an unwanted baby. An alarm will sound after the baby has been inside for 30 seconds, giving parents time to walk away.Since then, two Edmonton hospitals have established similar spaces. Cundiff said the Vancouver Angel’s Cradle has been used twice since it was set up.Cundiff said it’s important for vulnerable parents to have access to a channel that will protect both the baby’s safety and their own anonymity.For Kameka, the need for safe havens is more explicitly about the children.“When you’re a newborn and you’re discarded, you have rights,” she said. “You’re a citizen of this country, and it’s just unthinkable that it’s not important for us to protect those who can’t speak for themselves.”last_img read more

Arrest of theft suspect at Vancouver airport likely part of larger ring

first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. — RCMP say a woman arrested at Vancouver’s airport for allegedly stealing a passenger’s purse is believed to be part of an organized group of thieves targeting airports.The Mounties say the 60-year-old woman was arrested by Vancouver airport RCMP officers in conjunction with an ongoing undercover theft investigation.The RCMP says plainclothes teams have been at the airport conducting surveillance since March for theft issues primarily at the international arrivals terminal.Police say other law enforcement agencies besides the RCMP are interested in the accused and have been involved in the investigation.RCMP say the woman is in custody and police are looking at the possibility of linking her with multiple thefts.RCMP Inspector Keith Bramhill says in a statement that thieves who specialize in theft at airports generally work in teams and divert attention from passengers to steal valuables.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

More Stars Named For 17th Annual 24 Hour Plays

first_imgMore favorites of stage and screen have joined the star-studded line-up for the 17th-Annual 24 Hour Plays on Broadway.Michael Shannon, Rachel Dratch, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Paul Sparks, Annie Parisse, Carolyn Cantor and Leslye Headland are the latest to join the exceptional group of artists who will come together to write, direct and perform six original plays within 24 hours. The culminating performance will take place on Monday, October 30th at 8:00pm at the American Airlines Theatre.Proceeds from the one-night-only performance benefit the Company’s program supporting theatre professionals 25 and under through The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and The Lilly Awards Foundation’s work supporting women in theatre and promoting gender parity.As previously announced, this year’s cast also features Raul Castillo, Josh Charles, Jackie Cruz, Jennifer Esposito, Noah Galvin, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Nina Hellman, Cush Jumbo, Mia Katigbak, Lola Kirke, Russell G. Jones, Orlando Pabotoy, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Justice Smith, Lois Smith and Yul Vazquez.Cantor joins the directing team for this year that also includes May Adrales, Warren Leight, Patricia McGregor, Jessica Stone and Kate Whoriskey. Headland joins the writing team of Fernanda Coppel, Leslye Headland, Chisa Hutchinson, David Lindsay-Abaire, Martyna Majok and Molly Smith Metzler. This year’s musical guest is Shaina Taub. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman will be honored as part of the organization’s partnership with The Lilly Awards.The marathon process for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway begins at 10 p.m. the night before the performance. The writers, directors, actors and production staff – many of whom have never worked with or met each other before – gather for an orientation where they are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do on stage. Using these items as inspiration, the writers spend the night developing 10-minute plays. At 9 a.m. on the morning of the event, the actors receive their roles and the directors arrive to begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they must be ready to perform in front of a live audience.THE 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAYOctober 30, 2017 at 8 p.m.American Airlines TheatreAdditional tickets for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway are available for purchase online atwww.24hourplays.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.last_img read more

Ottawa continues mulling how to endorse UN declaration

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The federal government is still examining “how to best formalize” its endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but appears to stand by its position outlined during debates last week at the UN Human Rights Council that collective rights to not equate to human rights.Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Willie Littlechild said Tuesday that the Canadian delegation at the council had resisted attempts to equate human rights with the collective rights of Indigenous peoples during debate on the wording of a resolution extending the mandate of a UN official tasked with monitoring Indigenous rights around the world.Littlechild said this position was an “attack” on the rights of Indigenous peoples and made him wonder if he could ever reconcile with Canada.Foreign Affairs issued a statement Wednesday saying that Aboriginal treaty rights were already “recognized and affirmed in our Constitution.”The statement also seemed to affirm the distinction between human rights and collective rights.“Canada fully supports that indigenous individuals are entitled, without discrimination, to all human rights recognized in international law, and that indigenous peoples also possess collective rights,” said the Foreign Affairs statement.“In the domestic context, Aboriginal and treaty rights are already recognized and affirmed in our Constitution. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms further provides for the protection of the rights and freedoms of all individuals, including Aboriginal individuals, noting that they should be balanced with the public interest as part of the fundamental values of Canadians,” the statement said.During an appearance before a Senate committee Tuesday morning, Littlechild demanded Canada meet its Speech from the Throne promise and endorse the UN declaration.The department said the government was working on the issue.“The government of Canada remains committed to taking steps to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a manner that is consistent with Canada’s Constitution and laws,” said the statement.“The government is currently looking at how to best formalize its endorsement. Canada supports the overall aspirations of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and believes endorsement will build on this government’s commitment towards a stronger and more respectful relationship,” the statement said.last_img read more

Canopy Growth to supply marijuana strains seeds to be grown and cultivated

Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s largest licensed cannabis producer, has extended its reach into Europe with an agreement to provide certain marijuana strains and seeds to a Spanish pharmaceutical producer.Canopy Growth announced today that the cannabis giant and its German subsidiary Spektrum Cannabis have signed a supply license agreement with Spain’s Alcaliber.As part of the agreement, Alcaliber will use Canopy Growth strains and seeds to grow and cultivate marijuana at the Spanish producer’s facilities for sale worldwide.This is the latest move by a Canadian licensed marijuana producer towards an international footprint. Earlier this month, B.C.-based cannabis producer Tilray said it planned to invest 20 million euros, or about $29.5 million Canadian, in a medical cannabis operation in Portugal.After winning federal licenses to import cannabis seeds and clones to cultivate them in Portugal, Tilray said it plans to establish a campus north of Lisbon to grow, process and package medical cannabis for the European Union.Canopy Growth shares were up 1.6 percent to $9.33 on Monday morning. read more

UNP led Government to devolve powers

The UNP had supported Sirisena at the January 8 Presidential election when he contested against Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) The UNP leader also said that a UNP Government will also look to legalize a special unit to fight corruption. However he said that the UNP later decided to form a broad coalition under the United National Front in order to defeat the threat posed by the current opposition.The opposition United Peoples Freedom Alliance is contesting the Parliament elections with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Wickremesinghe said that the United National Front will work with President Maithripala Sirisena, if it wins the election. The UNP, which will be contusing the August 17 Parliament election as the United National Front by including candidates from other political parties, is aiming to obtain a Parliament majority to create a stable Government.Wickremesinghe said that the UNP had initially decided to contest the Parliament elections on its own and not as an alliance. A United National Party (UNP) led Government will devolve powers to the provinces within the policies of an undivided Sri Lanka, UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.Speaking at the UNP special convention in Borella, Wickremesinghe said that he believes every community in every part of the country should be able to enjoy equal rights. Wickremesinghe also said land acquired during the war will be returned to the rightful owners in the North and East as well as in the South. read more

UN international aid workers begin returning to Iraq after fiveweek absence

A team of six international UN staff, led by the northern Iraq coordinators for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), crossed the Turkish border and were expected in Dohuk tonight, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNOHCI) told the daily briefing in Amman, Jordan, on UN humanitarian activities.Another group of 28 international UN staff led by the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for northern Iraq landed in Dyarbakir, Turkey, from Larnaca, Cyprus, and are scheduled to reach Erbil in northern Iraq tomorrow, spokesperson Veronique Taveau said.This team will concentrate on basic food services, internal refugee assistance and mine action in the three northern governorates of Erbil, Dohuk and Suleimaniyah, and then rapidly expand their activities to health and education, she added.Ms. Taveau said electricity in Baghdad has now been partially restored, reaching about 30 per cent of the city. This will not only help to ease living conditions for residents but also facilitate the work of hospitals and the water-supply system. But the surrounding poorer suburbs lagged far behind, with pools of sewage and heaps of uncollected refuse polluting the streets, she added.For its part the WFP said food supplies via Turkey were increasing dramatically, with 1,607 trucks containing some 38,177 tons of food aid sent so far – enough for about 2.7 million people for one month. The three Kurdish provinces, the major targets of this route, have about 3.6 million people benefiting from these food commodities. The major escalation in deliveries meant food stocks in Kurdish-controlled areas were approaching pre-war food security levels, allowing the WFP to focus on reaching areas formerly controlled by the Iraqi Government, where food distribution was effectively frozen during the conflict, spokesman Khaled Mansour said.The World Health Organization (WHO) said its national staff, more than 350 people in all, were working in many Iraqi communities to help jump-start medical services. In Baghdad, a team of WHO epidemiologist and engineers, together with Iraqi microbiologists from the National Public Health Laboratories, was rebuilding the laboratories’ capacity to analyze blood and other samples, spokesperson Fadela Chaib said.Together with the Department of Health, WHO was also moving a convoy of three trucks filled with urgently needed medical supplies and food from Dohuk to Mosul in the north, while in Kirkuk life appeared to be returning to normal with electricity and water both functioning, she added.The UN High Commissioner for the Refugees (UNHCR) said the Jordanian Government had admitted some 300 Palestinian refugees from Iraq, among them people who were stuck in no-man’s-land for nearly three weeks. But more than 850 Iranians remained in the no-man’s-land at Al Karama, most of them ethnic Kurds from the Al Tash refugee camp in Iraq.A UNHCR staff member from the Kuwait City office went on a day-mission today to the southern Iraqi town of Um Qasr to make contact with local officials, the second such mission by a staff member into Iraq in as many days, spokesman Peter Kessler said. read more

Earn as you learn plan for nurses with new parttime degrees

first_imgBy creating hundreds of new apprentice nurses, we can help healthcare assistants and others reach their potential as a fully trained nurseJeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt will make the announcement on WednesdayCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Nurses will be able to “earn as they learn” under new plans for part-time degrees. The Health Secretary said the new apprenticeships will encourage people from all backgrounds into the profession, with 1000 new places starting next year.The Health Secretary hopes it will offer a new route into nursing for those put off by a full-time degree. They will be able to qualify over four or five years – instead of the usual three.The new scheme will allow teens straight out of school to start working as trainees in hospitals. It will also help older care assistants become nurses. Speaking at the NHS Providers conference in Birmingham, Mr Hunt is expected to say: “Nurses are the lifeblood of our NHS, but the routes to a nursing degree currently shut out some of the most caring, compassionate staff in our country.“I want those who already work with patients to be able to move into the jobs they really want and I know for many, this means becoming a nurse.“Not everyone wants to take time off to study full time at University so by creating hundreds of new apprentice nurses, we can help healthcare assistants and others reach their potential as a fully trained nurse.” Jeremy Hunt  Hospital ward Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Nursing associates were created to ease the burden on qualified nursesCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, said thousands can now train as nurses without attending university full-time.She said: “The Nursing Degree Apprenticeship offers a new, exciting route into nursing that is open to more people whether they are working within the NHS already or would like to pursue a career in nursing.”Ministers will also announce plans to regulate so-called “cut-price” nurses, in a separate scheme. The role of “nursing associates” is being been created to ease the burden on qualified nurses. However the plans have triggered controversy, with concern that too much responsibility will be given to to those with just two years’ training. Gail Adams, Unison head of nursing said the new plans would not help nurses if they could not afford to go to university. The Government is abolishing bursaries for nurse training, and introducing student loans for living costs and tuition fees.Ms Adams said: “Nursing degree apprentices need to be properly paid and supported. Or they’ll be unable to balance studying for a degree with the pressures of work.”And nursing associates shouldn’t be a substitute for registered nurses. Jeremy Hunt risks diluting the vital work of nurses in providing compassionate and dignified care to patients.” Nurse associates will be able to administer controlled drugs, which has sparked fears that the role could compromise patient safety. The first 2,000 associates begin training next month with another 1,000 starting later.Mr Hunt will announce new safeguards on the role, saying that the nurse associates will be regulated – meaning they could be struck off over failings.Mr Hunt will say: “Nursing Associates are not there to replace registered nurses  but to support and complement them.”But I have listened carefully to what has been said and agree that, on balance, statutory professional regulation is a necessary and proportionate requirement for this important new role.”last_img read more

AMD Will Not Release Smartphone Chipset

first_imgAMD has plans that may not sit well with shareholders. The company is telling people not to expect a smartphone chip. However, AMD did admit that a chip for tablets will be coming out shortly.Unlike Intel and smaller chip makers who are joining the ever-growing smartphone demand, AMD appears to have no interest in them. I wonder why AMD does not want to join the popular demand? However, it does take a lot for the company to issue a statement that is against the grain. Though, in the long run I wouldn’t be surprised if the company eventually changes its mind.Via X Bit Lablast_img read more

Le ministère de lEconomie attaqué par des hackers

first_imgLe ministère de l’Economie attaqué par des hackers Bercy a été victime d’une vaste opération de hacking depuis le courant du mois de décembre.La révélation du magazine Paris-Match a fait l’effet d’une bombe. L’hebdomadaire, qui cite une source “proche du dossier”, assure que le ministère de l’Economie et des Finances a été la cible d’une vaste opération de hacking de son système informatique entre le mois de décembre et le week-end dernier. Il s’agirait même de la plus importante attaque informatique jamais menée contre l’Etat français. François Baroin, le ministre du budget, a confirmé ces faits ce lundi matin sur Europe 1, assurant que la France avait des “pistes” sur l’identité de ces pirates. Selon un haut fonctionnaire interrogé par Paris-Match, “un certain nombre d’informations étaient redirigées vers des sites chinois. Mais cela ne veut pas dire grand-chose”. “Les particuliers, à ma connaissance, ne sont pas concernés. Les dossiers personnels, les dossiers individuels, les dossiers fiscaux ne sont pas concernés. Ce qui était ciblé, c’est l’organisation du G20”, a ajouté François Baroin à la radio. La méthode des hackers était, semble-t-il, classique. Elle consistait en un cheval de Troie lancé à partir d’une adresse e-mail piratée, et qui permettait aux hackers de prendre le contrôle de l’ordinateur de sa cible. L’Anssi, chargée de la sécurité des systèmes informatiques, travaille à rétablir la situation et à vérifier que le hacking ne s’est pas établi au-delà de Bercy. “Depuis deux mois, entre vingt et trente personnes de l’Anssi travaillent jour et nuit sur cette affaire. A ma connaissance, seul Bercy a été touché”, assure ainsi Patrick Pailloux, directeur général de l’Anssi, cité par Paris-Match.  Le 7 mars 2011 à 11:05 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for January 19 Driver Going 75 MPH On Shawsheen Shoplifting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, January 19, 2019:A 2-vehicle crash took place on Lowell Street, near the 93 North on-ramp. One of the vehicle’s occupants was injured and transported to Lahey Clinic. (9:25am)Billerica Police reported a black Tesla traveling down 129 into Wilmington going approximately 75 MPH, just passing Shawsheen School. Police located the vehicle and spoke with the driver, making him aware of the complaint and reminding him of his driver expectations. (2:28pm)Target’s Security Manager reported a female party was recorded on camera shoplifting last night. (4:40pm)A caller reported four pick-up trucks doing donuts in the Market Basket parking lot. Trucks were gone by the time police arrived. (11:03pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 24: Motorcycle Crash; Package Stolen; Speeding on Shawsheen Ave.In “Police Log”last_img read more

YKHC Opposes Donlin Mine

first_imgWhat does rural healthcare in Alaska have to do with jobs? A lot, according to The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. The regional healthcare provider is opposing the Donlin Gold mine. And a big part of an anti-Donlin resolution the corporation passed last month focuses on the potential for jobs to leave the region if the mine is developed.Download AudioDonlin runway and camp site in summer 2014. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)In 2010 a group from YKHC and state officials hopped in a boat to tour the Kuskokwim villages closest to the Donlin site. They wanted to see how the mine could affect the region’s health. One of the travelers was Dr. Joseph Klejka, YKHC’s Corporate Medical Director.“It was a very interesting trip, a lot of surprising information, not what we thought people would say,” Klejka said.Klejka said villagers were worried about losing people to urban areas if the mine opened. They had already lost some people during the mine’s exploration phase between 1996 to 2010 when the mine hired about 300 locals.“Once they had a salary, they moved to Anchorage,” Klejka said. “Because it didn’t matter where they lived, the mine would pay for them to come in and out for the job.”Klejka said the health corporation wants to improve living conditions for the region. It wants to see basic amenities like running water and flush toilets in every village. But improvements like that require local money. Klejka says if that money and the people earning it leave, that has a big impact on the villages.“You leave behind the very young and the very old who are more of a drain on our system,” Klejka said.But Maver Carey, President and CEO of the The Kuskokwim Corporation, said people have been moving out of the region for years, regardless of whether or not Donlin’s camp has been operating.“We’ve seen a huge increase of people leaving the region and moving to the Anchorage area,” Carey said.TKC owns the surface rights to the mine and serves as the native corporation for 10 villages along the middle Kuskokwim. Carey said when the mine’s exploration phase began about 20 years ago, half of TKC shareholders lived in the region. Last year, that number dropped to a third.TKC doesn’t know why they left, but the native corporation’s priority is to help its shareholders, which it sees the mine doing. Carey said where those shareholders live is up to them.“It’s the individual’s responsibility to determine where they want their family to live,” Carey said. “It’s not up to us to dictate to anybody that they should stay in the region.”The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation isn’t just worried about losing people. It’s also concerned about losing subsistence resources to possible mining hazards like mercury and cyanide.Carey with The Kuskokwim Corporation says those fears are unfounded. She said their elders partly chose the Kuskokwim land for its minerals when forming the corporation, and responsibly extracting the minerals can co-exist with the subsistence lifestyle.“Responsibly is the key word. Responsibly developing our land is going to benefit our shareholders over time,” Carey said.But YKHC Board Chairman Esai Twitchell said the risks to that land outweigh possible benefits.“What we do right now, what we do today affects the next generation or the generations after that that live in our region,” Twitchell said. “They’re going to be here when we’re long gone.”The mine expects to provide about 3,000 jobs during construction and 1,000 during operation.last_img read more

Judge upholds Walkers veto halving Permanent Fund dividends

first_imgThe Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.’s exterior sign. A judge ruled in favor of the corporation and upheld Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of half of dividend funding. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North)Governor Bill Walker’s veto of half the Permanent Fund dividend money will stand for now. A judge found Thursday that Walker had the authority to cut the money.Listen Now In a lawsuit, Sen. Bill Wielechowski sought to reverse Gov. Walker’s veto of $666 million. He argued in court that the constitutional amendment establishing the Permanent Fund also allowed the legislature to dedicate money that governors can’t veto.But Anchorage Superior Court Judge William Morse said there’s no record that lawmakers wanted to eliminate gubernatorial power to veto parts of the budget. In an exchange with Wielechowski, Morse said that if they wanted to make such a big change, they would have said something about it.“You’re telling me that what they secretly were trying to do was eliminate the governor’s veto authority – but they never mentioned that,” Morse said.Wielechowski replied: “It wasn’t a secret, your honor. We think it’s very clear that if the legislature’s allowed to dedicate funds for a specific purpose, then it just naturally flows from that.”Walker’s veto cut the dividend from $2,052 per Alaskan to $1,022.Walker said the decision was painful, yet necessary to preserve dividends into the future, and to help close the state’s budget gap.Opponents said the state should cut the gap in other ways – such as raising oil and gas taxes or cutting more state spending – before considering a PFD cut.Assistant Attorney General Margaret Paton-Walsh defended Walker’s position. She said that other than money set aside for the Permanent Fund itself, the legislature appropriates all state spending each year, including the Permanent Fund dividends. And the governor can veto any of that money.“I mean, the reality is the legislature has been appropriating this money throughout the history of the dividend program,” Paton-Walsh said. The legislature didn’t appropriate the money the first year of the PFD, but started appropriating it in the second year.Morse said the Alaska Constitution gives the governor a lot of power to veto spending. He noted it takes a three-quarters vote of the legislature to override a budget veto.“That’s an enormous dislocation of legislative power and it gives to the governor in this unique view an enormous amount of authority to eliminate spending,” Morse said. “I don’t think that the Permanent Fund amendment intended to eliminate the governor’s role in the spending of the income from the principal of the Permanent Fund.”After about an hour and a half of oral arguments, Morse immediately gave his verdict from the bench: the state won, and the plaintiffs lost.“I applaud both sides for very fine briefing, very fine and helpful oral argument, and I wish all of you the best of luck in front of the Supreme Court,” Morse said.Wielechowski and his fellow plaintiffs, former legislators Clem Tillion and Rick Halford, are expected to appeal soon. And with no facts in dispute, the court could make a final determination on the case  quickly.Walker said in a statement that he’s pleased with the timeliness of the ruling, and it allows his administration to continue focusing on resolving the deficit.The money Walker vetoed will stay in the Permanent Fund earnings reserve. It will be available for future budgets.last_img read more

Sensex continues to trade flat ahead of noconfidence motion against Modi government

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian shares were muted on Thursday with losses in heavyweights such as Tata Consultancy Services Ltd offsetting gains in consumer stocks including Hindustan Unilever Ltd, a day ahead of a no-confidence motion against the government.The broader NSE Nifty was flat at 10,980.35 as of 0717 GMT while the benchmark BSE Sensex edged up 0.19 percent to 36,441.69.On Friday, the parliament will debate a no-confidence motion tabled by opposition parties against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government on Wednesday, the first day of the monsoon session. Visitors walk outside at the opening of the Winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on December 5, 2013.RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesBroader Asian shares struggled to hold earlier gains made after upbeat Wall Street earnings, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.19 percent.”The participation is sort of muted with individual portfolios not doing well. Only Nifty-based portfolios are protected … frustrating investors,” said Deepak Jasani, head of retail research at HDFC Securities.”They are disappointed their portfolio values do not seem to reflect Nifty’s bullishness seen in recent times,” Jasani said.Nifty mid-cap 50 index fell as much as 1.8 percent and is down over 13 percent this year as of the last close.Technicals suggest Nifty has strong support at 10,929 points whereas 11,046 acts as a strong resistance. The BSE index, which hit a record high on Wednesday, has strong support at 36,278 and resistance at 36,692.Housing Development Finance Corp and Tata Consultancy Services, down nearly 1 percent each, were the top drags on the NSE index.Mid-cap IT stock Mindtree Ltd lost 12.2 percent, its biggest intraday fall since Sept. 2011. Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd and Hexaware Technologies Ltd were also trading lower.State-run lenders, however, gained with the Nifty index of PSU banks trading 1.6 percent higher. Bank of Baroda Ltd advanced 3.9 percent.Consumer stocks advanced, with Hindustan Unilever gaining 1.3 percent.last_img read more

Minister embarrassed over court order regarding FFs

first_imgAKM Mozammel HuqLiberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq on Monday said he feels embarrased after a court had asked him to include people, who were four year olds during the 1971 war, in the list of freedom fighters.The minister was speaking at the parliament in reply to a question from opposition member Kazi Firoz Rashid.”The court has asked me to pay them arrears of 23 years as well. How can we name four year olds as freedom fighters?” he asked.Mozammel said many non-freedom fighters are getting FF allowances and the ministry is facing problem due to misinterpretation of the law.If the court passes an order after looking into the cases the problem could be addressed, he observed.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury advised the ministry to present the matter before the court through lawyers.Replying to another question in the parliament, the minister said a list of freedom fighters will be published on the ministry’s website within the next three days.If any freedom fighter is excluded from the list, s/he should file an application to the ministry, who will then look into the case.last_img read more

Planned Sermon Safeguard Bill Aims To Refight Houston Equal Rights Battle

first_img 00:00 /00:51 X Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin Mayor Annise Parker addresses the pro-HERO crowd after voters rejected the ordinance by a wide margin.At the height of the battle over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors leading the fight to repeal the measure. Even though HERO is now history, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is determined to keep this from happening again.Patrick is listing the protection of sermons from government subpoena, or “sermon safeguard,” as one of his top priorities for the new legislative session. The bill will be filed as SB 24.“No pastor should ever be faced with – under our U.S. Constitution, certainly under the First Amendment, and certainly not in the state of Texas – to have the use of legal power going in to be scrutinizing the content of sermons,” says Dave Welch, executive director of the Texas Pastors Council. Welch was one of the five whose sermons were subpoenaed during the HERO repeal effort.Former Mayor Parker says such a bill is unnecessary, but she doesn’t see much chance of stopping its passage. “All it will do is stir up bad feelings and divisiveness,” she says, “but that is the intention, I believe.”News 88.7 reached out to Patrick several times for comment. His office did not return our calls.last_img read more

New Taylor Swift Film Has Glitchy Debut on Apple Music

first_img Taylor Swift fans hoping to watch the pop singer’s concert on Apple Music on Sunday were instead greeted by “Blank Space.”The superstar’s concert documentary, The 1989 World Tour Live, was set to go live on Dec. 20, but the premiere of the film, which is exclusive to the Apple Music platform, wasn’t as smooth as the tech giant would have liked.Meant to be available for viewing on iPads, iPhones, iPod touch, Macs and PCs with iTunes and Apple TV, fans were met with crashes, glitchy streaming or the inability to even locate the movie. Since Sunday morning, Apple Music Help twitter account has continued to field customer-service requests from frustrated users as of this story.Related: Taylor Swift’s Latest Trademark Filings Reveal a Shrewd Business Strategy@bentisdell We’d like to look into this with you. Can you tell us where you’re located? Send us a DM to get started.— Apple Music Help (@AppleMusicHelp) December 21, 2015@DFN_Jade We’d be happy to help you out with your playback issues. DM us which device you’re using and we’ll go from there.— Apple Music Help (@AppleMusicHelp) December 21, 2015@flynnetyth That’s definitely not right. Let’s look at what might be causing this. DM us with the device you’re using to watch the concert.— Apple Music Help (@AppleMusicHelp) December 21, 2015@polly1301 Let’s see what we can do to get you watching. Can you tell us the software versions your devices are running? Follow up in a DM.— Apple Music Help (@AppleMusicHelp) December 21, 2015Ahead of the Apple Music launch in July, Swift took to Tumblr in a post titled, “To Apple, Love Taylor,” to take the company to task about how during the streaming service’s three-month trial period, the artists, writers and producers in question would not be compensated.Related: Why Taylor Swift Is Now the Most Powerful Person in TechLikely not looking to run afoul of Swift and her sizable music industry clout (especially given how much attention was paid to the singer’s decision to remove her music from Spotify in 2014) , Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet and software, tweeted to Swift that the company would change its policy.#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015Back in October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the music streaming service had more than 15 million users, with 6.5 million paying the $9.99 monthly subscriber fee. And in December, with all forgiven between the two giant business entities — Apple Music was the lone streaming service to offer the massive hit album 1989 to listeners — Swift announced the streaming deal with Apple on Twitter, on her birthday earlier this month. Judging by the volume of complaints, it seems like the partnership will work out quite nicely for both parties once the technical difficulties are resolved.Related: Yes, Believe It: Taylor Swift Is a Customer Retention Expert Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read December 21, 2015center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more September 8, 2014 — In community-based radiology practice, mammography screening with 3-D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) yielded lower recall rates, an increased overall cancer detection rate and an increased detection rate for invasive cancer compared with 2-D digital mammography (DM).In the largest report to date, researchers at Washington Radiology Associates PC, with offices in Washington, D.C.; Virginia; and Maryland, conducted a study of more than 59,000 patients. The results were striking: an increase in the detection rate for cancer overall of 28.6% and a 43.8% increase in detecting invasive cancers in patients screened with 3-D DBT versus 2-D DM.”We observed a significant increase in the detection rate for cancer overall and an even greater increase in the detection rate for invasive cancer,” said Julianne Greenberg, corresponding author of the study. “Our results may be a bellwether for the impact of tomosynthesis on population-based breast cancer screening.”The study appears ahead of print online in the American Journal of Roentgenology.For more information: www.arrs.orgcenter_img Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more read more Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | September 08, 2014 3-D Breast Imaging Could Revolutionize Cancer Screening Detection rate for invasive cancers significantly higher than 2-D digital mammographylast_img read more

Jamaica police charge doctor in alleged abortion

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 0 Comments   Share   center_img Some health officials have argued that Jamaica should legalize abortion up to 22 weeks of pregnancy. But religious groups in the overwhelmingly Christian country argue that abortion is morally wrong.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Police in Jamaica have arrested a doctor for allegedly performing an abortion on a pregnant 12-year-old.Abortion is illegal in Jamaica, as it is in many other countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.A Thursday police statement identifies the doctor as Lloyd Goldson, an established physician honored in 2009 for his work by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.Goldson has been charged with allegedly procuring an abortion. The girl’s mother has also been charged. Her daughter was four months pregnant. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Prosecutor Germanwings copilot contacted dozens of doctors

first_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Robin said he had received responses to a formal French request for international cooperation in his probe, including from Germany — home to about half of the victims, and to Germanwings and its parent company Lufthansa. Robin said he would address the media after thoroughly examining the responses and meeting the families next week.For now, “I have decided to prioritize the victims’ families,” he said.Robin also noted delays in embalming the remains of the victims, which he said must be done according to the national rules of each of the 19 countries the victims came from. That complex process has prompted agonizing waits for many families.In the meeting with families, Robin plans to go over the discovery of DNA evidence and the reconstitution of the remains, and explain the details of handing them over to loved ones, his office said. Local officials near the crash site have already signed needed authorizations for burials to proceed.A lawyer representing several German families has said anger is growing because errors in official death certificates have stalled the repatriation of the remains of those killed. Many relatives had intended to start burying their loved ones next week. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centercenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A state prosecutor says a co-pilot with a history of depression who crashed a Germanwings airliner into the French Alps had reached out to dozens of doctors ahead of the disaster, a revelation that suggests Andreas Lubitz was seeking advice about an undisclosed ailment.Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, in comments to The Associated Press, would not address the question of what symptoms Lubitz was assessing. Check your body, save your life Robin, who is leading a criminal investigation into the March 24 crash that killed all 150 people on board Germanwings Flight 9525, said he has received information from foreign counterparts and is going over it before a meeting with victims’ relatives in Paris next week.In that closed-door meeting at the French Foreign Ministry on June 11, Robin will discuss his investigation and efforts to reduce administrative delays in handing over the victims’ remains to grieving families, his office said Friday. Those remains are still in Marseille, frustrating some families.Investigators say Lubitz intentionally crashed the jet after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. German prosecutors have said that in the week before the crash, he spent time online researching suicide methods and cockpit door security — the earliest evidence of a premeditated act.Late Thursday, Robin told the AP that Lubitz had also reached out to dozens of doctors in the period before the crash, without elaborating. That suggests Lubitz was desperate to find an explanation for some mental or physical ailment, even as he researched ways of killing himself and others.Germanwings and parent company Lufthansa have said that Lubitz had passed all medical tests and was cleared by doctors as fit to fly. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more