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  • An inappropriate effort Quotes from WilsonRaybould at justice committee

    first_imgOTTAWA — Quotes from former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s appearance before the House of Commons justice committee, Feb. 27, 2019:“For a period of approximately four months, between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada, in an inappropriate effort to secure a deferred-prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin.” — Jody Wilson-Raybould—“There were express statements regarding the necessity of interference in the SNC-Lavalin matter, the potential of consequences, and veiled threats if a DPA was not made available to SNC.” — Jody Wilson-Raybould—“I was concerned that the reason why I was being shuffled out of the minister of justice and attorney general possibly was because of a decision I would not take on SNC and the DPA. I raised those concerns with the prime minister and with Gerry Butts, and as I said in my remarks, those were denied.” — Jody Wilson-Raybould—“The conversations that I had, where they became very clearly inappropriate, was when political issues came up, like the election in Quebec, like losing the election if SNC were to move their headquarters.” — Jody Wilson-Raybould—“I believe if we believe you, which I do, that there is no other conclusion that one can reasonably draw than there was a sustained consistent effort to interfere politically with the critical role an (attorney general) must play in our legal system.” — NDP MP Murray RankinThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • NUIT BLANCHE TORONTO UNVEILS 2019 PROGRAM

    first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2019 – The 14th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will fill the city’s streets with nearly 90 contemporary art projects created by more than 300 local, national and international artists starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 5. This year’s event will present two City of Toronto-produced, curated exhibitions in Scarborough and at Fort York, and a large-scale artist installation at Nathan Phillips Square will be presented under the event-wide theme, Continuum.Details about the full Nuit Blanche Toronto program are available below as well as online at http://toronto.ca/nuitblanche.The Nuit Blanche Toronto program for 2019 responds to the one event-wide curatorial theme of Continuum. The theme follows many paths during Nuit Blanche. Set against the back drop of the ever-present renewal of night into day, a continuum of experience and ideas is brought to light by the participating artists.center_img Facebook City-produced exhibitions Nineteen commissioned art projects will be presented as part of the three City-produced exhibitions. The first two are curated exhibitions of art works, while the third one described below, called Lunar Garden, is a single, massive installation.Creation: Destruction curated by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta (Toronto), is located in the Fort York neighbourhood. Inspired by its geographical area, this exhibition will challenge our understandings of creation and destruction. Artists include Max Dean and Jared Raab (Toronto), Kim Morgan (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Kaitlyn Bourden (Bowmanville, Ontario), and Jonathan Schipper (Ellenville, New York), among many others.Queens and Kings of Scarborough curated by Ashley McKenzie-Barnes (Toronto), is located around the Scarborough Centre neighbourhood. This exhibition confronts systems of social marginalization, self-identity negotiation, and racial stereotyping within a modern framework. Artists will include Ebony G. Patterson (Chicago), Kent Monkman (Toronto), Jordan Bennett (Terence Bay, Nova Scotia), Hatecopy (Toronto) and more.Lunar Garden created by Daniel Arsham (New York) and sponsored by Shiseido, is an installation that will be located at Nathan Phillips Square. This large-scale project re-interprets a traditional Japanese Zen garden with colour, sculptural casts and a musical score by Charlotte Day Wilson (Toronto) offering a fully immersive experience.Partner-produced and special projectsCreated by individual artists, producers and organizations, and cultural and educational institutions, the partner-produced Independent Projects portion of Nuit Blanche features 48 projects celebrating the diversity of Toronto’s art communities.Fifteen major institutions across the city will feature art projects and exhibitions free to the public throughout the night of Nuit Blanche. The participating institutions are 401 Richmond, Aga Khan Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Artscape Launchpad, Bata Shoe Museum, The Drake, East End Arts, The Gladstone, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA), OCAD University’s Onsite Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, The Power Plant, Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto Sculpture Garden and Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).Art projects commissioned with partners and sponsors: HXOUSE, the Bentway, Cadillac Fairview – CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Oxford Properties-Scarborough Town Centre, Concord Adex, Toronto Arts Council, MLSE’s Toronto Raptors and the Ontario Science Centre bring new perspectives to familiar locations and institutions while emphasizing relevant and timely global issues.Life of the Earth (multimedia installation) by Director X is being created in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. The installation shows the earth, as if seen from space, drastically changing from Pangaea to present time and to the future beyond humankind. This large-scale 360 projection will be on view alongside Death of the Sun, which was commissioned by Nuit Blanche Toronto in 2016.Peace to the Past, Reach for the Future (sculpture) by Bryan Espiritu and Esmaa Mohamoud is being created in partnership with MLSE’s Toronto Raptors. The artists reflect on the team’s past and imagine its future while connecting to the diverse communities which continue to shape both artists and athletes. On Thin Ice (sculptural installation) by Ghost Atelier is being created in partnership with HXOUSE for Yonge-Dundas Square. The installation brings the audience inside the deep crack in the glacier and serves as a physical reminder of the state of the planet, while emphasizing the importance of bearing witness.Nuit TalksNow in its 10th year, Nuit Talks provides the opportunity to examine and showcase the art, artists and concepts involved in Nuit Blanche, featuring engaging talks, roundtable discussions and one-on-one interviews. Admission is free. This year’s Nuit Talks is presented in partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Doris McCarthy Gallery.The Nuit Talks program will include these presentations:Art, the City Builder: curators Layne Hinton, Rui Pimenta, with artists Francesca Chudnoff and Max Dean, September 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., The BentwayArt, the Mirror: Director X, September 25, 7 to 8 p.m., Royal Ontario MuseumArt the Maker: Ebony G. Patterson, October 2, 7 to 8 p.m., OCADU AuditoriumArt, the Storyteller: RISE, Jalani Morgan, Emelie Chhangur, Mark V. Campbell, October 3 from 7 to 8 p.m., University of Toronto ScarboroughArt the Maker: Daniel Arsham, October 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. Art Gallery of OntarioArt, the Entrepreneur: Mark Stoddart, Durothethird, MEDIAH, Hatecopy, Rania El Mugammar on October 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Scarborough Town CentreArt, the Opportunity: Ghost Atelier, Bekah Brown, October 10, 7 to 8 p.m., HXOUSENuit ConnectNew this year is Nuit Connect, a residency and mentorship program in partnership with the University of TorontoScarborough and Doris McCarthy Gallery. It’s an exchange of creative knowledge and experience between artists and institutions making an impact on Toronto communities. The artists-in-residence for 2019, RISE Edutainment, are a youth-led movement that provides opportunities and spaces for youth to develop artistically, professionally, personally, socially and spiritually.Navigating the art by neighbourhoodFollowing a successful expansion outside the downtown core to Scarborough in 2018, Nuit Blanche returns to Scarborough for 2019 as well as activating new neighbourhoods outside the core such as East Danforth. As the City heats up for a Year of Public Art in 2021, Nuit Blanche will continue to expand outside the core. Nuit Blanche art projects will be clustered into nine easy-to-navigate neighbourhoods to make exploring the event more efficient. The nine Nuit Neighbourhoods are Scarborough, Don Mills, East Danforth, Bloor-Yorkville, Waterfront, Downtown, Sterling Road, West Queen West and Fort York. The full event map is available at http://toronto.ca/nuitblanche.More information about participating artists, Nuit Talks and the complete event programming is available at http://toronto.ca/nuitblanche.High resolution renderings of exhibition projects and images from previous editions of Nuit Blanche Toronto are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoftoronto/albums/72157671105770928.Quotes:“Nuit Blanche Toronto creates significant artistic and cultural energy in our city. By making a wide spectrum of contemporary art accessible and enjoyable for everyone, it is as much a celebration of our diversity as it is a showcase for the creativity of our talented artists. I encourage Toronto residents from across the city to take part in this celebration of art.”– Mayor John Tory“Year after year, Nuit Blanche is a hugely successful event. I am especially proud that it will be expanded into Scarborough again following last year’s amazing turnout. Nuit Blanche is a true testament to the appetite for local art, culture and performances across the City of Toronto as well as to our outstanding arts programming.”– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Councillor Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee“Ontario is open for business and open for jobs. By investing in Nuit Blanche Toronto, our government is tapping into the economic potential of the tourism industry. As we develop Ontario’s new tourism strategy, we will continue to invest in festivals and events like Nuit Blanche Toronto, so we can help grow Ontario’s tourism sector and create lasting memories for Ontarians and tourists alike.”– Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and SportAbout Nuit Blanche Toronto Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community and funded by the Government of Ontario and Tourism Toronto. Since 2006, this award-winning event has featured almost 1,571 art installations by approximately 5,600 artists and has generated over $398 million in economic impact for Toronto. Information and updates are available at http://toronto.ca/nbto, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nuitblancheTO, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/nuitblancheTO. The event hashtag is #nbTO19.Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.9 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow http://www.twitter.com/cityoftoronto on Twitter, http://www.instagram.com/cityofto on Instagram and http://www.facebook.com/cityofto on Facebook. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nuit Blanchelast_img read more

  • Trump Organization to use EVerify for worker status checks

    NEW YORK — The Trump Organization, responding to claims that some of its workers were in the U.S. illegally, said on Wednesday that it will use the E-Verify electronic system at all of its properties to check employees’ documentation.A lawyer for a dozen immigrant workers at the Trump National Golf Club in New York’s Westchester County said recently that they were fired on Jan. 18. He said many had worked there for a dozen or more years. Workers at another Trump club in New Jersey came forward last month to allege managers there had hired them knowing they were in the country illegally.“We are actively engaged in uniforming this process across our properties and will institute E-verify at any property not currently utilizing this system,” Eric Trump, executive vice-president of the Trump Organization, said in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “As a company we take this obligation very seriously and when faced with a situation in which an employee has presented false and fraudulent documentation, we will take appropriate action.”“I must say, for me personally, this whole thing is truly heartbreaking,” he added. “Our employees are like family but when presented with fake documents, an employer has little choice.”“This situation is not unique to Trump Organization – it is one that all companies face. It demonstrates that our immigration system is severely broken and needs to be fixed immediately. It is my greatest hope that our “lawmakers” return to work and actually do their jobs,” he said.Republican President Donald Trump has repeatedly cast the millions of immigrants in the country illegally as a scourge on the health of the economy, taking jobs from American citizens. He has said they also bring drugs and crime over the border.He turned over day-to-day management of his business to Eric and his other adult son, Donald Jr., when he took the oath of office two years ago. The Trump Organization owns or manages 17 golf clubs around the world.Bernard Condon, The Associated Press read more

  • Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to head up agency that will

    TORONTO — Ontario has called in its top business guru to head the agency that will handle the complicated task of selling and distributing recreational marijuana once pot is legalized this summer.Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark, who has served as Premier Kathleen Wynne’s business adviser since 2015, was nominated Thursday by Finance Minister Charles Sousa to chair the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s board of directors.Clark, who also is working on the province’s bid to land the new Amazon headquarters, will oversee the agency as it creates a subsidiary that will run stand-alone stores to sell legal weed.The process is likely to be fraught with challenges from municipal pushback to concerns about lack of supply, but Sousa said Clark’s experience makes him the ideal person for the job.When Clark served as CEO of TD Bank from 2002 to 2014 he focused on the financial institution’s retail operations and customer relations, the government said Thursday.“He’s a retailer by his nature,” Sousa said. “But he’s also a policy mind. He’s successful. He has the ability to deal very effectively with leaders around the world and we’ve engaged him to do just that on our behalf.”Clark’s appointment as LCBO chairman was discussed by Ontario’s cabinet Thursday morning and will now be finalized after a review by a committee at Queen’s Park.The province announced last fall that it plans to create a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario that will run the legal weed stores. The agency itself will oversee the planning process to establish its retail locations.The province plans to set up approximately 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020 with the first wave of 40 stores opening this summer.Clark has handled a number of difficult files for Ontario’s Liberal government in recent years, leading a controversial government asset review in 2014 which recommended the partial selloff of Hydro One. In 2015, Clark advised the province on the restructuring of U.S. Steel Canada in Hamilton. In 2016, he conducted a review of the province’s digital health records system.For his work, Clark has taken a salary of one dollar per year, something that Sousa joked won’t change.“As you know he’s been advising and providing some support for the government on a number files and he has been getting his dollar,” Sousa said. “I don’t intend to give him a raise.”Ontario NDP Finance Critic John Vanthof panned Clark’s hiring saying it sends the signal that the LCBO could be privatized. He urged the premier to cancel Clark’s nomination to the board.“By appointing Clark to the top post at the LCBO, Wynne is sending strong signals that she won’t stop with the selloff of Hydro One,” Vanthof said in a statement. “Ontarians overwhelmingly opposed that short-sighted move, but Wynne went ahead with her plan anyway, and Ontario families are literally paying the price.”Ontario Public Service Employees Union President Warren (Smokey) Thomas also called on Wynne to rescind Clark’s appointment.“Ed Clark has always put profits before people,” Thomas said in a statement. “Giving him the keys to the LCBO will be a huge boon for Bay Street, but it’s going to cause real harm on Main Street.”Sousa denied Clark’s hiring signals a move to privatize the Crown corporation. Clark himself recommended hanging onto the LCBO in his review of government assets, he said.“There is no intent on selling LCBO,” he said. “It’s a very efficient, very productive, well-run organization. It’s valuation is tremendous.” read more

  • Joining with billionaire investor Buffett Clinton says she wants to build on

    Joining with billionaire investor Buffett, Clinton says she wants to build on ‘Buffett rule’ OMAHA, Neb. – With billionaire investor Warren Buffett looking on, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and expand upon the so-called “Buffett rule” pushed by the Obama administration to raise tax rates on the richest Americans.“I want to go even further, because Warren is 100 per cent right, as usual,” Clinton said at a rally in Omaha, Nebraska, that featured a public endorsement from Buffett, the famed investor and one of the wealthiest people in America. “I want to be the president for the struggling, the striving and the successful.”Introducing Clinton, Buffett offered a litany of statistics describing a growing chasm between the nation’s rich and poor, lamenting, “Millions and millions and millions of Americans have been left behind.” Buffett was the namesake for the push by the Obama administration to seek a tax rate of 30 per cent on those earning $1 million or more.The so-called “Oracle of Omaha” said he would be “delighted” if Clinton takes the oath of office, asserting that she will not forget about middle-class Americans. Buffett said he had watched all of the Republican presidential debates but Clinton was a better choice for voters. “You know, I used to love Abbott and Costello,” he said. “Vaudeville was never this good,” he added, suggesting the GOP debates have been comedy.In her primary campaign against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton has pushed back against concerns among some liberals that her time in the Senate representing New York left her too close to Wall Street bankers — a notion that Buffett’s appearance was aimed at allaying.Republicans sought to brand her as a tax-and-spend liberal, unsympathetic to the economic pains of everyday American families.“Hillary Clinton’s economic agenda is more about redistribution than growth,” said Republican National committee spokesman Michael Short, in a statement. “Campaigning with the third richest person on the planet is an odd way to communicate that she understands and cares about the needs of millions of Americans.”Clinton aides said she would provide more details in the new year on how she would push for higher taxes on the wealthy beyond the framework of the “Buffett rule.” Some of her signature domestic spending proposals, including plans to curb student debt and rebuild roads and bridges, would be paid for by raising taxes on the wealthy.The high-profile event came a day after Clinton described her strategy to combat domestic terrorism, an issue in the spotlight since the deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California. While she largely ignored Tuesday night’s Republican debate, Clinton indicated that a combination of policies addressing the economy and homeland security would be central in her campaign.The Omaha rally brought Clinton to deep-red Nebraska, which is holding its caucus March 5, prompting her to joke that local Democrats should tell their Republican friends, “I don’t have horns.” The message could resonant in neighbouring Iowa, where Clinton is trying to defeat Sanders in the opening Democratic contest on Feb. 1.Buffett has referred to Clinton as a “hero of mine” in the past and predicted last year that she would succeed President Barack Obama, whom he also supported.Democrats say Buffett carries a rare dual appeal on Wall Street and Main Street. The investment guru’s annual shareholder meeting is dubbed “Woodstock for Capitalists” and drew an overflow crowd of more than 40,000 people from around the globe last spring.“What he brings to the table is that he’s one of the few highly-respected business people who average people view as one of them,” said Marc Lasry, a New York hedge fund manager and Democratic donor, in an interview. “He’s liked by lots of different kinds of people.”Buffett supported Clinton’s first Senate campaign in 2000, raised money for her presidential campaign in 2008 and later endorsed Obama and appeared at fundraisers for the president. Buffett joined Clinton at an Omaha fundraiser earlier in the morning.The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has long voiced his displeasure with the growth of unlimited money in politics and the emergence of the super PACs. But he made his first donation to a super PAC last year, giving $25,000 to the pro-Clinton Ready for Hillary group, raising hopes among some Democrats that he might open his wallet again and in an even bigger way.Clinton ended the day with two town hall meetings in Iowa, where she frequently nodded her head in agreement as three supporters in Mason City urged attendees to caucus for her on Feb. 1.Earlier, at a church in Iowa City, Clinton gushed about her 14-month-old granddaughter, Charlotte. “She’s in love with Elmo. She is so delicious. My husband and I are head over heels crazy about her,” she said.One questioner offered her an unusual choice: Would she rather be president or pop singer Beyonce? Clinton joked that she’d “rather be president because I can’t sing.”But she promised, “I will be as good a president as Beyonce is a performer.”___Associated Press writer Julie Bykowicz in Las Vegas and Catherine Lucey in Iowa City, Iowa, contributed to this report.___On Twitter, follow Ken Thomas: https://twitter.com/KThomasDC FILE – In this Dec. 11, 2007, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett helps Democratic presidential candidate, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., raise campaign funds in San Francisco. When Buffett joins a rally Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, with Clinton, a question humming in the background will be whether Buffett, one of the world’s premier investors, will throw more of his fortune behind her candidacy than he’s been comfortable spending in politics in the past. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) by Ken Thomas, The Associated Press Posted Dec 16, 2015 6:34 am MDT Last Updated Dec 16, 2015 at 6:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

  • Football Ohio State honors 19 seniors in final home game of the

    Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State home fans watched as 19 seniors took the field of Ohio Stadium for the final time Saturday as the group of players were recognized individually just before kickoff of its game against Illinois.Each senior ran out of the tunnel to receive a hug from head coach Urban Meyer and deliver flowers to his parents. Fans cheer on QB @JT_theQB4th as he takes the field one last time in Ohio Stadium. #OSUvsIllinois pic.twitter.com/oFMWsveejZ— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) November 18, 2017On the offensive side of the ball, Ohio State saw quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Stephen Collier, center Billy Price, left tackle Jamarco Jones, tight end Marcus Baugh and wide receiver Elijaah Goins.On the defensive side of the ball, cornerbacks Trevon Forte and Cin’Quan Haney, defensive tackles Tracy Sprinkle and Michael Hill, defensive lineman Nick Seme, defensive end Tyquan Lewis, safeties Damon Webb, Clay Raterman and Erick Smith and linebackers Jackson Hayes, Zach Turnure and Chris Worley.One of the most decorated players in Ohio State football history, quarterback J.T. Barrett runs onto the field at Ohio Stadium for the final time. pic.twitter.com/sIslwCFPLD— Lantern Sports (@LanternSports) November 18, 2017 read more

  • Ohio State mens basketball still remembers Wisconsin loss

    If Ohio State sophomore forward Sam Thompson’s outing against Penn State is any indication, then the Buckeyes might like their chances against Wisconsin Tuesday. But before he went off for 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting), six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals, Thompson, admittedly, said Buckeye coach Thad Matta was in his ear, challenging him, the night before their game against the Nittany Lions. The thing is, Thompson said, little of it had to do with scoring. “I think he told me that I had one offensive rebound in all of Big Ten play, and I think maybe four steals,” he said. Thompson admitted he failed to snatch an offensive board. Against the Nittany Lions, who are winless in the Big Ten, it really didn’t matter. OSU (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) cruised to a 65-51 win Saturday for its second consecutive victory. In the process, Matta joked he earned his “street cred” for facilitating the Chicago native’s outing. “I’m glad that he listened,” Matta said. The conversation, he said, was simple, short and straightforward. “(I said) get your mind to where you’re capable of doing the things that you can do within the context of what we’re trying to do,” Matta recalled. And against a Wisconsin team that’s given the Buckeyes problems in the past, Matta might need to turn that conversation into a locker room speech before OSU’s game against the Badgers Tuesday. “Wisconsin is, I think, a great basketball team,” Matta said. The Badgers knocked off then-No. 2 Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., two weeks ago, and the last time Bo Ryan’s squad came to Columbus, it beat OSU on its Senior Day, 63-60. It’s something sophomore guard Shannon Scott said he still remembers. “They beat us on Will (Buford)’s last game, so we kind of want to play this for him because we kind of sent him out with a loss and we didn’t appreciate doing that,” Scott said. “They’re a great team, we know that.” That mentality might serve the Buckeyes well, especially considering the Badgers are 12-8 in their last 20 meetings against OSU – a figure that dates back to March 2003. Even more recently Matta is 7-10 against Ryan. “Honestly, it seems like all the games that we’ve played have had major implications for one reason or another,” Matta said. In 2007, then-No. 2 OSU topped No. 1 Wisconsin in Columbus in what was regarded as one of the most highly anticipated basketball games in the history of the relatively young Schottenstein Center. In 2011, the Badgers ended OSU’s undefeated season, 71-67, in front of a raucous crowd at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Former Buckeye big man, Jared Sullinger, even accused the Wisconsin faithful of spitting on him following the game. Matta said Tuesday’s game against the Badgers is just another day in the life in the Big Ten. Basketball, he said, is a lot like life. “Some good things happen, you analyze why they happen (and) bad things happen,” Matta said. For OSU, it figures to be a fitting analogy for a season that has been inconsistent and, at times, underwhelming. The game against Wisconsin might speak volumes to whether that’s an accurate narrative. read more

  • Theres No Happy Reality for David on Legion

    first_img Legion has been strangely… comprehensible lately. Still amazing, but it’s been a while since the show gave us something truly disorienting. Since it threw some abstract art up on the screen and demanded we figure it out. A lot of that’s because David’s in a slightly more stable place this season. That all changed this week. This episode begins by showing us David at different points in his life. Well, multiple lives, really. We see him as a homeless man living in a tent, then and older rich man overlooking a pool with bikini-clad women in it, then finally as a much older, bald man who can’t even talk anymore. The camera pans across different phases of his life, and it’s a really cool effect. This show’s cinematography manages to impress with something new week after week. It’s like we’re experiencing all parts of David’s life at once. And that’s exactly what he’s going through right now.We see David as a coffee runner at a large financial corporation. His mind-reading saves his boss from acquiring a company who knowingly shipped a faulty, dangerous product. As she tells him via thought to come with her, the camera pans to the street. We see homeless David getting hassled, then young mustachioed David stocking the back room of a grocery store. He’s not the frantic personality we know him to be. He seems lethargic, which I’m guessing is a side effect of the pills his sister reminds him to take. The phones they uses are oddly anachronistic. He has an old flip phone, which makes sense for when I’m guessing this scene would take place. But his sister calls him on a modern smartphone. Everything is intentional on this show, especially odd prop details like that. This is the way the episode refuses to let you ground yourself. It’s not giving us anything concrete to grab onto yet. Not even a general sense of time.Dan Stevens as David Haller. (CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX)The show finally decides to throw us the smallest of bones. A drugged up David explains to Benny (not Lenny, she came later, remember) that he feels like he’s living a whole bunch of different timelines at once. Every time he makes a decision in one, his perspective jumps to the next, and each decision creates new branches to follow. OK, that gives us some idea of what’s going on.  Then a mouse sings “Slave to Love” while David works at a desk, and we’re knocked off balance again.Still, the show offers us some clues in the form of other Summerville/Division 3 residents making small appearances in David’s lives. A younger homeless David watches a car pass him at a crosswalk. Syd is in the backseat, staring at him as she drives by. Later in his life, homeless David is being beaten up by some kids roaming the street. He gets so angry, he releases a glowing blast of energy, vaporizing them. Oddly enough, that scene is the most sense, and the episode plays up to that point. Later, he’s being hunted by cops for the murder, and it’s not long before he’s surrounded. He starts building up energy again, only to be cut in half… by Kerry Loudermilk.Slowly, the timelines start to connect. The future where David is a rich man overlooking his pool stems from the scene where he read minds for his boss. In that future, he became her boss. And a real jerk. He makes a big speech about how he is God’s chosen vessel. It’s not hard to see how someone with David’s power could turn into a person like that. In this timeline, Amy is still alive and she relies on him financially. She shows up asking for a new house, and he punishes her for it by making her nose bleed. Yeah, rich David is the worst.Dan Stevens as David Haller. (CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX)Now, if you’re not careful, you might start assuming that mustachioed stock clerk David is “ours.” That is to say, the one we’ve gotten to know for the last season and a half. It soon becomes clear that’s not the case. That cell phone thing was probably our first clue. As he waits for Amy to pick him up from work, David starts hearing voices. His outburst attracts the attention of some cops. David sees the Yellow Demon form of Farouk in the backseat and freaks out, causing the police to arrest him. Amy tries to deescalate and is pushed to the ground. That makes David angry, and he unleashes his powers on the police. He sends one flying into the air, and then makes another one fold into himself until he implodes in a puddle of gore. That’s an image that’ll stick with me for a while. More cops show up though, and shoot David in the back. He falls to the ground, dead.We get one shot of Amy visiting his grave, and we finally cut to our timeline. The real timeline. He and Amy sit in a car after David tried to hang himself with an extension cord. He begs her not to make him go to Clockworks, saying things could have been different. She says they’re not. He has to go. The show ends with a montage of everything that’s happened from the very first episode of Legion to last week’s murder of Amy, all set to “I Am Superman.” It closes with Farouk’s line, “You decide what is real and what is not. Your will.”Dan Stevens as David Haller. (CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX)And in that moment, the episode becomes clear. I love that it didn’t just come out and tell us what was going on, or why we were seeing all this. David just learned he lost his sister. Lenny, his friend-turned-Shadow-King-puppet, has been brought back to life at the expense of Amy’s body. He’s in grief, and those words are echoing in David’s mind. He can decide what’s real and what’s not. He can effectively choose any reality. And that’s what he’s doing here. Playing out every reality, every branching path, all at once. And as true as Farouk’s words are, his exchange with his sister in the car is what really sticks with him. “It wasn’t supposed to be like this.” “I know, but it is.” Amy wasn’t supposed to end up dead. But she did. And no matter how many alternate paths David creates for himself, he can’t make things better between them. In most of them, things turn out even worse.The revelation at the end is a moment you rarely get from TV shows. The gravity of everything you’ve just seen, and what it all means hits you all at once. Amy Haller is gone. And no matter how powerful David is, he can’t change that. The show doesn’t usually get this somber, this heartbreaking, but I’m glad it did. It’s so rare that an episode of television leaves me frozen on the couch, speechless except for a solitary “whoa.” And even that feels like an egregious understatement. 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  • Clark Countys The Strange keep rockin

    first_imgThe careers of rock ‘n’ roll musicians can get pretty strange.How strange? Check out The Strange, Clark County’s longest-running “hair metal” band, as they celebrate their 20th anniversary at Billy Blues Bar and Grill in Hazel Dell on Saturday night. You’ll enjoy a parade of hard-rocking, danceable cover tunes that run the gamut from Rod Stewart to AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses to Prince.“It’s party rock with a hard edge,” said bass player Erin Bartley. “We’re having as good a time as the people hearing us.”In 20 years, he said, the members of The Strange have never gotten into an argument. “That’s amazing. Astounding,” he said.Two harmonious decades together is only the latest chapter in a Strange saga that’s far longer — and much, much louder.Strange storyThe story begins with the teenaged Bartley of Lake Oswego, Ore., playing bass in school jazz ensembles and musical shows. Bartley befriended Rikki Baggett, a drummer from Scappoose, Ore., and the duo moved to Los Angeles and met with pretty major success in a band called Cold Shot in the late 1980s and early 1990s.“We headlined all the Sunset Strip clubs,” said Bartley, who remembers crazy scenes in those clubs and even crazier scenes out on the LA streets, where thousands of people all went hunting for wild times. Cold Shot did its very best to supply them, Bartley said.“We were wild guys. We gave every ounce of everything we had,” he said. Cold Shot used to tour constantly, playing five or six nights a week for as many as nine or 10 months out of the year, he said. “It was hard labor. It was as much as I could take,” Bartley said.last_img read more

  • NAMs Engage Transport Minister on Public Transport Service Roads

    first_imgBy Awa B. BahThe Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure Bai Lamin Jobe was engaged by Deputies at the National Assembly, to shed light on his plans to provide effective and efficient public transport services for the Gambia.The Minister who appeared before NAMs on Thursday June 13th at the Second Ordinary Session of the National Assembly in the 2019 legislative year, said his Ministry is exploring the possibility of merging the ferry, river and bus services into a new entity. This new entity, he said, will have three business units, that is bus, ferry and river operations, and possibly rail operations in the future.The proposed new entity he said, is envisaged to be instituted through Public Private Partnership (PPP) so as to attract joint Public and Private Investment (PPI). This approach, the Minister noted, will integrate and facilitate mass movement of people, goods and services on land and water; that the Ministry of Works is in the process of finalizing a cabinet paper in this regard.On which institution is the custodian of the funds generated from the weighing station located between Banjul and Denton Bridge, Minister Jobe said that his Ministry signed a contract with Afri-Pesage in August 2017, to install and operate ten weigh bridges in the country; that eight will be fixed and two mobiles. This, he said, is to regulate and enforce the weight of trucks plying on the country’s roads for the obvious reasons of enhancing their service life and reducing maintenance costs; that it is agreed Afri-Passage shall incur all investment costs to construct and equip the facilities and in return, shall receive a proportional share of 80% of overload fees, whilst Government shall receive 20% of the revenue during the contract period of three years. The agreement he said, is in line with the new transport policy to control and manage the movement of traffic on the national roads infrastructure, to avoid their deterioration. He said this is in line with the ECOWAS transport protocols for member countries to introduce axel load control and penalties, in order to preserve the regional network.On total funds disbursed to the regional Government for the inauguration of the Senegambia Bridge, Minister Jobe responded that a stakeholder committee was constituted to organize the Senegambia bridge inauguration; that the committee decided to decentralize the funds received was meant for feeding and transportation of invited guests from various regions in the country; that BCC, KMC, WCR, CRR and URR, were each given D250,000 while the host regions NBR and LRR, each received D500,000.On Banjul, president Adama Barrow once presided over an official ceremony for the construction of Banjul roads, drainage and sewage system, a development that Members welcome after raising many concerns regarding the deplorable state of streets, drainages and sewerage in the capital city.According to the Member for Banjul North Ousman Sillah, it was indicated that this is a US $35.6 million dollar project which will be implemented through pre-financing. Minister Jobe was challenged to disclose who is responsible for the pre-financing of this project; what is the contribution or quota of the central Government and the Banjul City Council, and the duration for implementation of the project.Minister Jobe in response said because of the severe deplorable state of the capital city, the Ministry is fully supported by Government; that cabinet will fast-track the rehabilitation of the city within the next three years.He said the Ministry proposed and cabinet approved the option of using Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract arrangements, whereby the Ministry will consider proposals from reputable contractors willing to pre-finance the works by at least a year, after which Government will pay by installment.The EPC arrangement, he said requires that Government hire an independent consultant to vet and approve the engineering drawings, bills of quantities and specifications proposed by the contractor, and generally to ensure that the delivered works have value for the money. The consultant, he said is in advanced discussion with his ministry to engage Studio Consultants of Tunisia, who were the consultants in Banjul-Barra Bridge, Sukuta/Jambanjelley road among several projects in the country.The project he said, is allocated a budget which was determined by his Ministry to cover the cost of rehabilitating the entire drainage network of the city, the sewerage network and roads including Bundung road.The Central Government through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs he said, is fully committed to finance the project as outlined; that an important component is to assist BCC build its human resource and administrative capacity to manage the city after this investment. He said it is envisaged that this will include raising the revenue streams of the Council from property rates, port and ferries as well as the large number of commuters to the city from the KMC and WCR.On his Ministry’s plans to ease traffic congestion of vehicles within the Serrekunda and Westfield due to the absence of a properly planned road network, the Minister in his response concurred that one of the key challenges of providing infrastructure and services to communities in the GBA and WCR, is the lack of adhering to Land use plans including transportation; that the provision of roads, drainage, water, electricity and communication, are not only complicated but unnecessarily costly.The NRA he said, engages as a matter of routine with the KMC, in planning of upgrading or maintaining key roads within the municipality; that 250 kilometers of urban roads have been identified for intervention of which funds have been secured for 50 kilometers under the OIC project; that his Ministry has constituted a traffic management taskforce comprising key stakeholders, to propose relevant measures to improve traffic management within the GBA and WCR, as an amount included in the Ministry’s budget this year, to enable the work of the task force.last_img read more

  • Laptop theft caught on camera in South Miami

    first_imgSOUTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who was caught on camera stealing a laptop from a South Florida office.Surveillance video captured the crook walking around the office, last month. He spotted a laptop, picked it up and headed out the door.The theft happened in South Miami, along Southwest 72nd Street, near Southwest 59th Place.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Facebook and fake news Elderly more likely to spread misinformation

    first_img Comments 3 Tags Share your voice Politics Tech Industry Facebook logo. Getty Images Your age could determine how likely you are to spread fake news on Facebook.Facebook users older than 65 shared seven times more misinformation during the 2016 US presidential election season than users between the ages of 18 and 29, a study published Wednesday in Science Advances found. Conservatives were also more likely to share fake news than liberals or moderates. Social media companies, including Facebook, have been ramping up their efforts to combat misinformation since the 2016 election. Facebook found evidence that Russian trolls used the social network to sow discord among Americans by spreading fake news and targeting ads at voters. As part of the study, nearly 1,300 Facebook users shared their social media posts with researchers at New York University and Princeton University in 2016. More than 90 percent of the users didn’t spread misinformation to their friends during the election season.The study, though, found a link between a person’s age and how likely they were to spread fake news. About 11 percent of people over 65 shared articles from a fake news site, while only 3 percent of users between 18 and 29 did so. That was still true even after researchers looked at other factors, such as a person’s political ideology.One theory is that older Facebook users lack “the level of digital media literacy” needed to determine if they should trust what they read online, the study notes.Conservatives and Republicans also shared more fake news than Democrats and liberals, the study found. About 18 percent of Republicans in the study shared a link to a fake news site compared to 3.5 percent of Democrats. Researchers looked at a list of fake news sites compiled by BuzzFeed News to define what content was false or misleading. Some of the fake news sites included The Denver Guardian, True Pundit and the Conservative Daily Post. The study’s authors, though, noted there could be limitations to their findings. Conservative Facebook users, for example, could have simply been exposed to more fake news on the social network and the patterns the researchers found may not represent how willing this group is to believe or share misinformation. A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on the study, but pointed to some of the company’s efforts to combat misinformation. The social network, which has partnered with third-party fact checkers, also has online tips to help users spot misinformation. Some of the tips include being wary of headlines with capital letters and exclamation points, looking closely at an article’s link and investigating the source of a story. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Facebooklast_img read more

  • Native Leaders Say Court Ruling Will Cut Off Native Children From Community

    first_imgNative leaders say a Sept. 12th Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a Yup’ik child will cause higher numbers of Native children to be cut off from their families and culture.Download AudioThe state says the decision in Tununak v. the State of Alaska will put kids into permanent homes more quickly, and follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.“Baby Dawn,” not her real name, was four months old in 2008 when the state took custody of her. She was put in foster care with a non-Native family in Anchorage. Because Baby Dawn is Yup’ik, the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, applies. ICWA was enacted to reduce the high number of Native children being placed in non-Native homes. It gives preference to Native families in custody cases. But after the mother’s parental rights were terminated, the foster parents’ petition for adoption of Baby Dawn was approved in 2012. The baby’s grandmother had testified she wanted custody, but didn’t file an adoption petition, which would have required the help of an attorney.Alaska Assistant Attorney General Jacklyn Schafer says the case revolved around the way the grandmother asked to adopt.“The question in this adoption appeal then became did the grandmother formally seek to adopt the child. Even though she didn’t file an adoption petition, or intervene in the adoption case, or attend the adoption hearing,” says Schafer. “She did testify in the related child in need of aid case placement hearing that she wanted custody.”Schafer says the Alaska Supreme Court was bound by a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling against granting custody of Baby Veronica to her Cherokee father. He had mistakenly terminated his parental rights and was seeking to have that overturned. The ruling against him was decided in part because he had not filed a petition to adopt his biological daughter.The Baby Veronica case was decided by a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision. One of the dissenting justices said the ruling violated ICWA’s text and purpose.Alaska Federation of Natives co-chair Ana Hoffman, of Bethel, says the Alaska court ruling that removes Baby Dawn from her Native family and community also contradicts ICWA.“The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted to prevent that exact thing from happening,” says Hoffman. “It was to ensure the unification of Native families and Native children and to all Native families to provide the nurturing homes for the Native children that are in care.”Schafer says the requirement to file an adoption petition means everybody interested in adopting a child will lay their cards on the table at a placement hearing rather than an adoption hearing that would come later in the process. That, she says, will put children into permanent homes more quickly.“When the child has a permanent placement option that wants to adopt, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be saying it’s not good enough to have people come forward that far along in the case and say ‘Sure, I want to adopt and see where this goes and I’m interested,’” says Schafer. “That isn’t enough when you have a formal adoption petition on the table and that child could achieve permanency. The U.S. Supreme Court is saying we need to see a formal request to adopt.”Hoffman says the court has added a costly step to an already complicated process. Schafer says the court directed the court system, tribes, agencies and attorneys to work to make the process of filing an adoption petition easier.“After the decision,” says Schafer, “the court really emphasized there needs to be more rules to make it easier to file for adoption.”Hoffman says as it is now, various families can be considered for placement. But she says the addition and complications of getting legal assistance and initiating an adoption case will be insurmountable hurdles for some families. As a result, she says there will be fewer options for the best placement for a child, and more children will be leaving their home communities, with, she says, serious consequences.“What it would mean for these communities is loss of access, continuation of culture and a loss of the sense of community that should be there,” says Hoffman.Attorneys for the Native Village of Tununak may ask the court to reconsider its decision.last_img read more

  • Lawmakers Discuss Medicaid Expansion Meaning Of Payment Reform

    first_imgThe state House Finance Committee has spent several hours this week considering the Governor’s Medicaid expansion bill- HB 148. A lot of that time has been focused on finding a better way to pay for health care services. It’s called “payment reform” and it’s a big topic of discussion in the health care world right now.Download AudioThe Medicaid expansion bill allows the health department to consider using payment reform as one way to control costs in the state’s Medicaid program.At a hearing this week, Representative Lance Pruitt, an Anchorage Republican, wanted to know more.“I’ve heard and seen a lot about payment reform,” Pruitt said. “There’s even parts of the bill that say payment reform. But I don’t have a definition, from what I can tell, of what does payment reform exactly mean.”Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson spent several minutes answering Pruitt. But her main point was that payment reform would involve reimbursing doctors based on patient outcomes instead of paying for every specific service. The idea is to give doctors incentives to provide the best care instead of a lot of care:“Alaska is a fee-for-service state and quite frankly we are interested in changing that dynamic and quite frankly we have to,” Davidson said. “And we are interested in reforming Medicaid, not just for the expansion population, but for everybody. Because we don’t have a choice.”At the federal level, Medicare recently announced it’s also moving away from fee-for-service.And for more than last two years, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been funding a demonstration project at PeaceHealth Hospital in Ketchikan that offers a glimpse at what medical care might look like under payment reform. Matthew Eisenhower is director of community health development at the hospital.“For the last 50 years, our healthy delivery system has been expert at how we fix people, but by and large we are not very good at keeping people healthy.”Eisenhower is leading the demonstration project at PeaceHealth in Ketchikan. The hospital is spending about $700,000 a year in federal grant funding on a care coordination team. One big goal of the team is to prevent people from being readmitted to the hospital. Nurses and social workers follow up with patients who are discharged to make sure they’re taking their medication. They also check with the patient to see if they have financial stress, if they’re eating properly and if they have transportation to get to their follow-up appointments. It’s really social work, not medical care, but Eisenhower says it’s essential for keeping people out of the hospital:“I believe it needs to be part of our responsibility, and the only way it will happen and be incentivized is through payment reform.”Eisenhower says the project has reduced the hospital’s readmission rate by 45 percent. He is saving a lot in healthcare dollars by keeping those patients from returning to the hospital. But in the process, the hospital is also losing revenue. That’s why Eisenhower told lawmakers the payment system has to change.“Most healthcare providers understand what needs to happen to keep people out of the hospital. Right now there is not incentive, you know the old adage, how do you herd cats? You don’t try to herd them in any other way than moving the food.”The Health Department is hiring a contractor to look at the types of payment reform that have worked in other states to get a better idea of what could work in Alaska.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

  • TRP Report The Kapil Sharma Show records its lowest viewership gets thrown

    first_imgKapil SharmaInstagramThis week’s TRP report has come as a nightmare for Kapil Sharma as Sony TV’s The Kapil Sharma Show was unexpectedly thrown out of the list of the top 5 shows on Indian television despite the immense buzz around it. Last week, the show had secured the number one position in the TRP list but this is around, it has drastically slipped down to an unbelievable spot.The Kapil Sharma Show has also logged its lowest viewership ever since it got aired on television. The show has now secured the 6th position by scoring 1.9 points in this week’s TRP chart.The two family dramas – Kumkum Bhagya (which was on number two last week) and Kundali Bhagya – are sharing the number one spot with 2.5 TRP points followed by Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai which jumped up three positions to secure the second place with 2.3 points. The show was on number five position last week.Kulfi Kumar Bajewala too has got promoted one position up this week and is now sitting on the third spot with 2.2 points. Kasautii Zindagii Kay and Naagin 3 have once again managed to breach the top 5 list and are currently sharing the number four position with 2.1 points.The kids dance reality show also witnessed a dip in its TRP rating this week and settled down at the number five position with 2.0 points.last_img read more

  • Talking Points Memo Unionizes With Writers Guild of America East

    first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The editorial staff of the political news site Talking Points Memo has unionized with the Writers Guild of America East.The guild announced Thursday that management has recognized it as the collective bargaining representative of the organization’s 11-member staff.“This morning TPM editorial staffers in New York and Washington DC contacted me to let me know that they’d agreed unanimously to form a union and asked me to voluntarily recognize their decision. I replied that I was happy to do so. Our representative has already reached out to the WGA to make that agreement a reality,” said Josh Marshall, owner of Talking Points Memo, in an email to staff.“TPM is an independent, ambitious, outsider news organization,” he added. “We have always strived to espouse and embody a belief in creating a society that is more equitable, just, humane and free. I believe this morning’s decision is consistent with those values and that history. I look forward to working together with the TPM Union to build on what we’ve already created together.” Popular on Variety center_img TPM is the latest in digital-first editorial and video staffs that the WGA East has unionized in recent years, boosting its membership by about 1,000 to 5,000. Other sites include The Dodo, Thrillist, Vox Media, Onion Inc., HuffPost, VICE, The Intercept, ThinkProgress, MTV News, Salon, Slate and Gizmodo Media Group.The Talking Points Memo Union Organizing Committee said, “We are thrilled that management agreed so quickly to voluntarily recognize our union. Unions are becoming standard across online publications, particularly progressive ones, and it’s important to us to stand in solidarity with that movement. We’ve also seen the benefits and protections that come with unionizing, and we’re hopeful that forming a union will make TPM an even stronger digital media company. As TPM continues to grow as a publication, we want a seat at the table to help determine the company’s future, and we’re excited to work with management on the next steps in this process.”WGAE executive director Lowell Peterson said, “We applaud the progressive management at Talking Points Memo for respecting the decision of the writers and editors to join with the Writers Guild of America, East and we look forward to a positive, productive experience at the bargaining table.  And we welcome these hard-working journalists to the union and to the movement.”last_img read more

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    first_imgNews | May 28, 2010 Five Hottest Topics in Imaging IT on the Table at SIIM A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more Related Content Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare At SIIM 2010, the five hottest topics in imaging IT are on the table for discussion.May 28, 2010 – The five hottest topics in medical imaging informatics are on the table for discussion in a “Year in Review,” the prelude to the Opening General Session on Thursday, June 3, at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2010 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.These five hot topics include:1. Politics and business intelligence;2. Advanced image visualization, quantitation and morphometric measurement of normal and abnormal structures;3. Cloud storage and cloud architectures;4. Advances in digital radiography (DR); and5. Advancements in the demands and tools for communication and critical results.This fast-paced and dynamic introduction to the SIIM 2010 Annual Meeting will provide quick synopses of the most relevant topics in imaging by top experts in the field. These overviews will serve as an appetizer for the menu of lectures, roundtables and scientific presentations available to attendees during the four days of the meeting.The Opening General Session continues with a live workflow demonstration of the tools and strategies for using dashboards and business analytics for practice improvement. The session will be a demonstration of the suboptimal current state of affairs in medical imaging, followed by a wish-list discussion of optimum approaches. The opening session will be followed by live demonstrations by two institutions, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, on how they use business analytics and dashboards to improve quality, safety and efficiency in their radiology departments and medical imaging throughout the health care enterprise. The opening session demonstration is supplemented by an educational session in the Business Analytics learning track that provides more detailed information on how to implement these tools at both large and small sites.The annual Dwyer Lectureship features a SIIM Fellow as the presenter of a particularly relevant and insightful topic. This year Paul J. Chang, M.D., FSIIM, vice chairman of radiology informatics and medical director of pathology informatics at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine will present the 2010 Dwyer lecture, “The Role of Imaging Informatics in the Next Generation of EMR/EHR.” Chang looks at the current transition underway to the modern electronic medical record (EMR), which mirrors in many ways the experiences in developing picture archive and communication systems (PACS). “The future of the EMR will be modeled more like PACS – utilizing intelligent agents that optimize workflow. The value add is in the workflow – that’s a space that we in imaging informatics have always lived in. We can serve as the living model for what they need to do with the EMR in the future,” Chang said.The Closing General Session takes the meeting theme “Value Innovation through Imaging Informatics” and picks up where last year’s intense and engaging closing session, “The Flattened World as the New Enterprise,” left off. The debate and discussion at that session encompassed the commoditization of radiology, looking at pros and cons. This year’s closing session will focus on how to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack in this new world order.The SIIM 2010 Press Conference, scheduled for Thursday, June 3, at 9:45 am, will bring together a panel of meeting speakers to discuss the “Year in Review” and to preview the annual meeting’s “integrated learning” focus, the launch of a new SIIM TRIP research project, and SIIM’s participation in the Image Gently Alliance and IHE to address solutions for radiation exposure monitoring.Find complete program information at www.siim2010.org. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read morelast_img read more

  • Holland America to transit the Panama Canal with over 30 cruises

    first_img Monday, June 17, 2019 SEATTLE — For anyone looking to check a Panama Canal cruise off their bucket list, they have plenty more opportunities now that Holland America has announced 32 sailings between September 2019 and May 2020.A total of seven ships will offer 16 unique itineraries, including full transits ranging from 14-23 days, as well as 10- and 11-day partial transits that also include southern Caribbean cruising.“Transiting the Panama Canal deeply resonates with any explorer because of the sheer magnitude and power of the experience, and we offer travellers a variety of itinerary choices with a robust season across seven premium ships,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “The sensation of being raised and lowered through the Canal’s legendary locks is inspiring, and whether our guests do it on a full transit from ocean to ocean or a partial through Gatún, it really is one of the world’s greatest modern wonders.”From September 2019 through May 2020, Amsterdam, Eurodam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Oosterdam, Rotterdam and Volendam will make 16 transits between the Atlantic and pacific oceans from three departure cities: Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Vancouver. On full transits, guests will visit cities in Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and islands in the Caribbean. Plus, some sailings will include a visit to Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaDuring each transit, a local expert will be onboard to provide commentary on the history and building of the Canal. In addition, a diverse selection of Shore EXCursions will allow guests to fully experience each port of call with tours that focus on culture, history, nature, architecture, adventure and cuisine.Panama Canal cruise fares start at US$949 for a partial transit Sunfarer itinerary, and $1,349 for a full transit departure. Fares are per person, double occupancy, and taxes, fees and port expenses are additional.Several Panama Canal sailings are eligible for Holland America Lien’s Oceans of Extras promotion, where travellers looking to plan ahead for next year can take advantage of up to $600 shipboard credit, depending on stateroom booked. Suite guests also receive a $100 beverage card and a Signature Dining Package including dinner in the Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto. Guests receive all benefits when booking a stateroom on an eligible cruise by June 30, 2019. Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Holland America Line, Panama Holland America to transit the Panama Canal with over 30 cruises <>last_img read more

  • Home Price Gains Slow More Than Expected

    first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News October 28, 2014 560 Views Home price appreciation decelerated further in August, with some of the once-hottest cities of the recovery now showing monthly declines on one of the country’s most close-watched indices.On a monthly basis, the S&P Case-Shiller National Index showed a non-seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent increase from July to August, down from a 0.6 percent improvement in the July report. The narrower 10- and 20-city indices posted the same results, ticking up 0.2 percent each.Adding in seasonal adjustments, the picture for August is mixed: The National Index climbed 0.4 percent compared to July’s 0.1 percent gain, while the 10- and 20-city measures lost ground, falling 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.Economists had forecast that the adjusted 20-city index would bump up 0.1 percent, while the non-adjusted index was expected to rise 0.4 percent.Out of the cities tracked in the 20-market survey, Detroit led in gains, posting a 0.8 percent increase to match July’s pickup. At the bottom was San Francisco, which had its largest decline since February 2012 at -0.4 percent.With the exceptions of Detroit and Boston, all of the markets in the 20-city tracker showed lower monthly returns in August than in July. Three cities—San Francisco, San Diego, and Charlotte—reported depreciation.Annually, all three indices posted weaker results compared to July, with growth in the National Index declining from 5.6 percent to 5.1 percent. The 10- and 20-city composites gained 5.5 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively.Despite the continuing slowdown, “home prices are still showing an overall increase, as the National Index increased for its eighth consecutive month,” S&P Dow Jones Indices said.As of August, average home prices across the country are back to their levels in spring 2005.All cities in the 20-city index posted annual appreciation, though 19 of them saw lower growth than in July. Las Vegas experienced the sharpest decline, with yearly growth dropping from 12.8 percent in July to 10.1 percent in August. The drop moved the city into second place for yearly growth, putting it just under Miami, which saw a 10.5 percent improvement.San Francisco, which has reported double-digit annual increases every month since November 2012, finally dropped into the single-digit range, with prices coming up 9.0 percent over the year. S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices 2014-10-28 Tory Barringercenter_img Home Price Gains Slow More Than Expected Sharelast_img read more

  • Administration Outlines FHA Financing for PACE Loans

    first_img Department of Energy Fannie Mae First-Lien Status Freddie Mac Property Assessed Clean Energy 2015-08-24 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News August 24, 2015 493 Views Share The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Obama Administration said on Monday that it plans to issue a set of guidelines that will support borrowers that want to make energy-efficient improvements to their homes. The new guidelines are part of the White House’s National Clean Energy Summit.In addition, the FHA also noted their intent to allow borrowers to use their single family financing for properties with existing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans that meet certain conditions.“These new tools will help homeowners make smart choices for their pocketbooks and for the environment,” said Julián Castro, HUD secretary. “HUD and the Obama Administration are proud to invest in American families and in the future of our planet.” Administration Outlines FHA Financing for PACE Loans PACE liens that preserve payment priority for first lien mortgages through subordination are eligible;PACE assessments must be fixed-rate and fixed repayment schedule;PACE assessments must be recorded and identifiable to the lender; andPACE assessments must be attached to single family properties, as defined by FHA, which are 1- to 4 unit dwellings.FHA also announced a new partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) that will incorporate the use of DOE’s Home Energy Score into Single Family existing FHA’s Energy Efficient Home (EEH) program. Under the new partnership, FHA will provide flexible underwriting to recognize the reduced costs of utilities when those costs are established with the DOE’s Home Energy Score.Homebuyers or homeowners who want to obtain an FHA-insured purchase or refinance mortgage for a single family home that receives a Home Energy Score of 6 or higher will be eligible to increase their income qualifying ratio by 2 percent above the standard Single Family FHA limit. Click here to view a copy of the intended FHA guidance. Through this guidance FHA is committing to develop more specific guidance in the near future that will include the following requirements:last_img read more