Group of Canadian and US mayors speaks out against trade tariffs

first_imgAJAX, Ont. – A group of Canadian and U.S. mayors says the economies in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River area are tightly integrated and the imposition of trade tariffs would impact both sides of the border.The mayors attending the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference in Ajax, Ont., cautioned Thursday against isolationist trade policies.Niagara Falls, N.Y., Mayor Paul Dyster says the American mayors “stand shoulder to shoulder with our Canadian cousins in the face of escalating rhetoric that threatens to damage 200 years of peace and economic prosperity in the region.”U.S. President Donald Trump has already imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and has threatened automotive tariffs as well.The mayors pointed out in a statement that if the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region were a country — encompassing Quebec, Ontario and the eight Great Lake states — it would be the world’s third-largest economy.Collingwood, Ont., Mayor Sandra Cooper says the group is dedicated to protecting the economic prosperity of the region.“Due to the integrated nature of its economy, both sides of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region would be seriously impacted by the imposition of trade tariffs,” the mayors said.last_img read more

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CALGARIANS DRESS CASUAL FOR NIGHT AT THE OPERA — OR ANYWHERE FOR

first_img Twitter Advertisement So you have a date at the opera and haven’t got a clue what to wear. Could it be time to blow the cobwebs off your ball gown and shake out your suit from storage?Not if you’re in Calgary, where being a patron of the arts doesn’t come with a dress code, says Ashley Meller, director of marketing and public relations at the Calgary Opera.“There’s no expectation that you have to show up in a top hat and tuxedo when you venture to the theatre. It’s a very casual and relaxed environment, and an experience you choose yourself,” says Meller. “Personally, I love getting dressed up as there are very few opportunities here to scrub up and put on a beautiful evening gown. But you can show up in jeans if that’s what makes you feel more comfortable.” Advertisement And some people happen to feel most comfortable dressing up as their favourite video game character when they go to the theatre. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Conductor Steve Hackman will lead the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Rush Hour: Brahms performance in March. SUPPLIED Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Mauritania Denies Closing Borders with Senegal

Rabat – In response to reports in the Senegalese press accusing the Mauritanian government of causing distress in a Senegalese village by suddenly closing the border with Senegal, Mauritanian authorities have issued a statement denying the allegations, slamming the reports as incomplete and sensationalist narratives. Yesterday, the Senegalese daily? Les Echos ?relayed that Mauritanian authorities had closed borders with Senegal in the Morphil region of Senegal.?  According to the report, dozens of villagers in the Senegalese locality were denied free movement to attend their farming and fishing activities on the Mauritanian side of the 700 km border between the two countries.?   Les Echos quoted Senegalese villagers complained that police patrols limited villagers’ movements and prevented them from tending to their daily businesses. “Meanwhile, Mauritanians are free to enter Senegal,” one of the villagers fumed.? However, the Mauritanian government said in a statement that the decision was wrongly relayed in the Senegalese press, as it only concerned the closure of risky and unofficial transit points between the two countries.? The statement noted that while there are 35 official passage points at the border between the two countries, some fishermen and farmers continued using “unauthorized” entry points.? “Only irregular and unauthorized entry points [in Mauritania] have been closed,” the statement read. It added that Mauritanian police seized fishing and other materials only as a “necessary” and “temporary” move to ensure that concerned villagers were not involved in illegal traffic.? “Official transit points remain open and citizens can freely go about their activities,” the statement noted, further explaining that the decision aimed to guarantee security in a notoriously insecure zone and that it had been discussed with the relevant Senegalese counterparts prior to implementation. read more

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UN private sector take stock of global immunization efforts

The three-day meeting, which began yesterday, is being hosted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the GAVI Alliance, an initiative including the two agencies, along with the World Bank, developing and industrialized countries’ governments and the private sector.Peter Salama, UNICEF’s Chief of Health, said that the gathering is an opportunity to identify means to reach immunization targets.“An additional two million lives could be saved every year by expanding existing immunization coverage and adding available new vaccines for diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea, two of the leading causes of death for children under five years of age,” he noted.Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, dropped the global incidence of polio by 99 per cent since 1988 and slashed illness and death from diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.Last year, measles partners announced that mortality due to measles plummeted 74 per cent worldwide between 2000 and 2007.Participants at the New York event are examining progress made in implementing the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS), created by UNICEF and WHO to step up immunization for major diseases to at least 90 per cent in all countries by 2010.Immunizations are a key component of the fourth Millennium Development Goal (MDG), which calls for cutting child mortality by two-thirds by 2015. 18 February 2009United Nations agencies and their partners in the global fight against diseases that can be prevented by vaccines are meeting in New York to assess the coverage provided by immunizations, which prevent two million children’s deaths annually. read more

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Ohio attorney general sues to stop upcoming opioid trials

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is suing to stop upcoming trials seen as test cases for forcing drugmakers to pay for societal damage inflicted by the opioid epidemic.Yost, a Republican, says attempts to force drugmakers to pay should come in a single state action to allow equal distribution of money across Ohio.Yost said allowing counties to go to trial individually could lead to inconsistent damage awards and some counties receiving nothing if they lose in court.The attorney general sued Friday in federal appeals court in Cincinnati. The trials, involving claims brought by Cuyahoga and Summit counties in northeastern Ohio, are scheduled for October.Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, a Democrat, said Yost’s filing ignores local governments’ “constitutionally protected interests” in seeking justice for taxpayers.___Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.comAndrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press read more

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Security Council members urge Iraq to cooperate on issue of missing Kuwaitis

Council President for the month of August, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia, told reporters in New York that Council members expressed their hope that the issue would continue to be dealt with by all sides strictly as a “humanitarian one” and be resolved urgently.They also expressed their unanimous support for the work of the Secretary-General’s High Level Coordinator, Ambassador Yuli Vorontsov, and his efforts to bring the matter to a “satisfactory conclusion,” Ambassador Valdivieso said.Earlier Tuesday, Ambassador Vorontsov briefed the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report on missing Kuwaitis and third-country nationals, which detailed the lack of progress due to the continued Iraqi refusal to cooperate on the issue.In his report, Mr. Annan had expressed regret that the Iraqi Government remained unwilling to cooperate with Ambassador Vorontsov to resolve the issue on the grounds that it rejected Security Council resolution 1284, which created the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) to undertake the responsibilities of the former UN Special Commission (UNSCOM) in monitoring the elimination of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.The Secretary-General said he was firmly convinced that cooperation between the Government of Iraq and Ambassador Vorontsov could constitute the beginning of a dialogue through which it would be possible to resolve the issue of repatriation or return of all Kuwaiti and third-country nationals or their remains.Meanwhile, the UN office that administers the humanitarian “oil-for-food” programme for Iraq said today in its weekly update that Baghdad’s oil exports remained constant at 13.9 million barrels, the same as the previous week’s total. The current phase of the oil-for-food programme, which ends on 30 November, has so far earned Iraq an estimated $1.6 billion in revenue from oil sales.The Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP) also said the value of contracts placed on hold by the Security Council sanctions committee dropped slightly to $3.48 billion from the previous week’s total of $3.5 billion, mostly owing to the release of a single high-value contract in the electricity sector. A gas turbine contract, valued at $77.8 million, which had been on hold for over one year, was released by the committee on the condition of close end-use monitoring by the UN observation mechanism in Iraq. read more

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Iraq UN envoy voices outrage as car bombings claim dozens of lives

Media reports say more than 60 people were killed in the latest wave of attacks to hit the country, which has in recent months seen some of the worst violence in years. More than 200 were also wounded in the car bombings that reportedly struck mostly Shiite neighbourhoods. “This carnage reflects the inhuman character of its perpetrators,” said the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Gyorgy Busztin, who extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. “All honest Iraqis should unite to put an end to this murderous violence that aims to push the country into sectarian strife,” added Mr. Busztin, who serves with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently voiced alarm at the deterioration of the security situation in Iraq, where deadly attacks are becoming “all too commonplace,” and appealed to political leaders to take urgent action to stem the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice. read more

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Dropin sessions to address student finance questions

Student Accounts and Financial Aid is hosting a series of events to help improve financial literacy on campus.Weekly FinTip$ Tue$days sessions will aim to answer key financial questions often asked by students.The sessions take place Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. in TH 240, 1 to 2 p.m. in WH 207 and 2 to 3 p.m. in TH 246. While each date focuses on a different financial topic, student finance-related questions of any kind are welcomed at each session.Upcoming dates include:March 13: How to finance Spring/Summer study periods.Students registered or planning to register for 2018 Spring/Summer courses can attend any of the three sessions held throughout the day to learn about OSAP funding for Spring/Summer. Student financial service officers and student service advisors will be available to answer questions about application logistics, full-time and part-time student status and course load changes. March 20: Jump $tart financial health for next fall.Drop-in sessions will focus on summer employment, affordable housing, reworking budgets, external scholarships, Brock OneApp, OSAP and managing student debt.March 27:  Graduating this year with OSAP loans or other loans?Drop-in sessions will focus on what students need to know and do to be ready to start repaying loans to the National Student Loan Service Centre or another lender following graduation. read more

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Womens Hockey No 7 Ohio State rebounds with 31 home win against

Ohio State women’s hockey head coach, Nadine Muzerall speaks to the team during a November practice in Ohio State Ice Rink. Credit: Jacob Myers | Former Managing EditorThe No. 7 Ohio State women’s hockey team (10-5, 6-3 WCHA) won a difficult battle against an Olympic gold medalist in convincing fashion, defeating No. 7 Minnesota Duluth (5-5-1, 3-4-1 WCHA) 3-1 on Friday.Senior forward Madison Field was the hero of the night, scoring two goals in the Buckeye victory. Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall thought her team was brilliant defensively, coming off of two losses to previously winless Bemidji State this past weekend. “It was a character win where we knew we messed up last weekend and we had to stop the bleeding, because four of our five losses are the result of our own doing,” Muzerall said. “If you want to win, you’re going to have to stop shooting yourself in the foot and go the distance. They did, they wanted it and they were very deserving.”The Buckeyes fell into a hole early in the first period when Minnesota Duluth took advantage of a penalty by Ohio State. At 6:26, junior defenseman Jalyn Elmes slapped a high shot past freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli for a power play goal to give the Bulldogs a quick 1-0 lead.Not to be deterred, Ohio State struck back just a minute and a half later when Field snuck one by redshirt junior goaltender and 2018 Olympic gold medalist Maddie Rooney during a cluster at the net, tying the game up at one all.Field said the quick goal for Ohio State represented the team’s shift in mentality heading into the series against Minnesota Duluth.“It was night and day and I think we were really motivated from last week because we took a hit in the polls and none of us wanted that. It was an eye opener,” Field said. “We had a tough week in practice and, as a senior captain, I think it’s important that I am contributing. It’s awesome to get those big goals.” Both teams continued to trade shots as the game moved into the second period with neither being able to find the net. However, penalties were quickly becoming the difference maker, only this time, a penalty was called against Minnesota Duluth that the Buckeyes took advantage of.Sophomore forward Emma Maltais was the one who found the net for Ohio State, getting a shot by Rooney for a power play goal at 11:00 into the second period for her eighth goal of the season. Maltais had help from sophomore forward Tatum Skaggs and freshman defenseman Sophie Jacques on the play, giving both players assists on the goal. “We need that relentlessness from players like Emma and we expect that from them,” Muzerall said. “We talk about that relentlessness as our pillar. We’re like that on our fore check, our neutral zone and our penalty kill. We were lacking that in our power play and I think that is because we mentally knew we had an extra man. We would take that shift off instead of playing like you were at even strength. We challenged Minnesota Duluth in the corners, did the dirty part of getting the puck and then gracefully made the plays.”Riding the momentum of their goal, Ohio State extended its lead to 3-1 with time winding down in the second period with Field scoring her second goal of the game. Field said Ohio State was prepared for a goaltender of Rooney’s caliber.“Obviously, we knew she was an Olympic gold medalist, but we weren’t scared of that,” Field said. “There are a bunch of good goalies in this league and she’s just another good goalie. We just kept getting pucks to the net and we capitalized on those.” Minnesota Duluth attempted to mount a comeback and force overtime in the third period, even going as far to remove their goalie in the final two minutes of the game. The extra attacker was not enough to get the job done as Braendli and the Buckeye defense limited the Bulldog offense to only eight shots on goal in the period to clinch the win. Ohio State will try and sweep Minnesota Duluth in the second game of this weekend series at 1 p.m. on Saturday. read more

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Huîtres la surmortalité touche aussi les naissains résistants

first_imgHuîtres : la surmortalité touche aussi les naissains résistantsLe Comité national de la conchyliculture (CNC) a demandé la suspension du plan de réensemencement mis en place face à l’inquiétante mortalité dont sont victimes les huîtres. Des naissains censés être plus résistants ont été introduits dans les parcs, mais sont malheureusement eux aussi décimés.Depuis le printemps dernier, plusieurs écloseries tentent de produire des naissains d’huîtres résistantes, à partir de souches fournies par l’Institut français de recherche et d’exploitation de la mer (Ifremer). Ce programme de réensemencement était jusqu’alors considéré comme l’une des meilleures solutions pour lutter contre la surmortalité qui touche les huîtres depuis quelques années.Mais si “les études scientifiques étaient encourageantes”, ce sont “des mortalités très importantes, de l’ordre de 50%, et allant même jusqu’à 100% sur certains lots” qui sont observées depuis la mise en pratique du plan, déplore Goulven Brest, le président du CNC. Il ajoute : “On ne peut plus conseiller aux professionnels de continuer”. Face à la demande du Comité, l’Ifremer a annoncé avoir prévu une visite des Directions départementales des territoires et de la mer dans chaque écloserie avant le 15 novembre. Un bilan qui permettra de déterminer l’ampleur et la cause de cet échec.Le 13 novembre 2010 à 18:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Grab A Cherry Blossom McFlurry At Your Local Japanese McDonalds

first_imgStay on target Springtime in Japan means plenty of cherry blossom-flavored items, with delicious sweet treats, sodas, candies, cookies, and even beer available and infused with the beautiful flowers. We talked about cherry blossom beer before, and similar items of that ilk. But now McDonald’s is joining in on the fun with the Cherry Blossom McFlurry, an ice cream delicacy at the fast food restaurant that you’ll be able to gobble down if you live near a Japanese McDonald’s or are going to be in the area. It’s one of those ice cream creations that looks just as good as it probably tastes.The Cherry Blossom McFlurry is vanilla ice cream blended with sakura-colored waffle cone pieces and pickled cherry blossom leaves as well as a Sakura Mocha (cherry blossom rice cake) sauce. It’s all swirled up together much like a Dairy Queen Blizzard or regular McFlurry (in case you’ve never had one, it’s essentially the same thing.) It looks like a bright, pastel spring treat, but if you’ve never actually tried anything cherry blossom-flavored, you might be advised that it doesn’t actually taste like cherries. It’s got more flowery undertones, so don’t go into it thinking it’s going to be deliciously sweet and cherry-like. You might be taken by surprised by its actual flavor. So if you’re not really into trying new things, you might want to stay away.via en.rocketnews24.comIn fact, according to Kotaku, there was a Sakura McFlurry out on the market in Singapore McDonald’s, but it seemed to taste more like blackcurrant instead of cherry blossoms. You can’t win them all, I suppose. If you want to taste this new frozen dessert, you’ll be able to pick it up beginning March 1 through early April in Japan, so if you’re going to be in the area make sure you swing by and grab one to test out for good measure. And now I’m ready for some ice cream. Thanks. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

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Take a ride on the most hightech ski lift

first_img Tags The ride to the top only takes about 5 minutes — the lift is around 5,000 feet (about 1,500 meters) long — and the lift line, when there is one, moves quickly because Ramcharger 8 can transport 3,200 skiers per hour or about 25 percent more people than the old Ramcharger four-seater, which was moved to another part of the mountain.As chairlifts go, it’s about as luxurious an experience as you’ll encounter. A moving loading carpet, which an operator can raise for smaller children with a press of a button, guides you into the boarding zone. Once in the chair, you’ll notice that there are eight individual headrests and footrests and the seats are heated (an operator can adjust the heat level according to the weather).If you want some protection from the wind and cold — it is designed to operate in high winds — you can pull the blue bubble over the chair and make yourself feel like you’re in a translucent cocoon. Both the bubble and restraining bar/footrests automatically rise just before you reach your destination.Enlarge ImageThe giant high-resolution display at the base of the lift. David Carnoy/CNET On the surface, the lift doesn’t seem much different from the $6.5 million six-seat high-speed Dopplemayr Powder Seeker lift Big Sky installed in 2017 in a bowl on the upper part of the mountain. But Unruh said the Ramcharger 8 was “quite a bit more technologically advanced.” Its seats are also 2 inches wider than the Powder Seeker’s.Except for the giant video display at the base of the lift, most of those tech advancements aren’t visible to the rider. Along with the Direct Drive system comes a host of diagnostic tools and programmable lift operations, including everything from lift announcements (that can be piped into the chairs themselves) to automated nightly seat storage in a “barn” at the top station. All the lift’s “settings” can be accessed through a touch-screen tablet. “[The] Ramcharger 8 is the culmination of everything we have learned so far, and incorporates many firsts for the North American market,” said Mark Bee, president of Doppelmayr USA, as quoted on Big Sky’s web site. “The first eight-passenger chairlift, first direct drive motor, first locking restraint bar, first height-adjustable loading carpet, first high-resolution video display, and the first of our newest-generation detachable lifts, the D-Line.”Michigan-based Boyne Resorts, which owns and operates the Big Sky Resort, wouldn’t say how much the lift cost, but Boyne President Steve Kirchner remarked that each 2,262-lb. chair (there are 64 for of them) “costs more than a Porsche.” ramcharger-in-the-bubbleInside the blue bubble. David Carnoy/CNET Big Sky’s lift and technological upgrades aren’t stopping with this one. Boyne will be dumping a whole lot more money into the resort in the next six years as part of its Big Sky 2025 Plan. Some Montanans may not appreciate the further gentrification of the resort, but it’s a huge mountain — Moonlight Basin, now part of Big Sky, was once its own resort — that’s a bit cumbersome to navigate because it suffers from not only a limited set of properly linked lifts but a handful of slow and outdated lifts that can be a bear to ride on very cold days. The resort also needs to move from a paper ticket system to an RFID card ticket system. That’s supposedly in the works.   Next year, a high-tech gondola will be added to the base of the resort, and many of the older lifts will be replaced or upgraded in the coming years along with the 15-person tram (which is really more of a giant gondola). By the time the upgrades are finished, the Ramcharger 8 might not seem so special, but for now it’s as cutting-edge as a chairlift gets — at least in North America. Super Bowl LIII is Feb. 3: These are the TVs we’d watch it onThe best TV deals for watching the big game 2:23 Now playing: Watch this: Best high-tech ski gear: 2019 edition 7 Best high-tech ski gear: 2019 edition 55 Photos Comments 55 Photos Share your voice Take a ride on North America’s most high-tech ski lift Over the Christmas break, I took a week off to do a little skiing at the Big Sky Resort in Montana, where there just happened be a piece of high-tech equipment making its debut: The Ramcharger 8, billed as the “most modern chairlift that’s ever been built,” went into service a few days before my arrival. Naturally, I decided to get some pictures and video of it in action.What’s special about the Ramcharger 8 is that it’s an eight-seat lift — that’s eight seats, straight across. There are other eight-seat ski lifts in Europe, but this is the first eight-seater in North America and also the first Dopplemayr D-line Direct Drive chairlift in the world. That new gearless drive system makes the lift more energy efficient, quieter and significantly easier to maintain, according to Mike Unruh, Big Sky’s VP of Mountain Operations. Sport and Outdoors Randomlast_img read more

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JJ Watt Updates How Funds Raised to Help with Harvey Recovery Have

first_imgJ.J. WattHouston Texans player J.J. Watt has provided an update on how funds he raised to help with the recovery process after Hurricane Harvey have been used.After Harvey ripped through Texas, J.J. Watt started a fundraiser with a goal of $200,000.However, a year later –with more checks and late donations rolling in after deadline– that total is now $41.6 million, which is the largest-crowd-sourced fundraiser in world history, according to Watt’s foundation.Hurricane Harvey Relief:One Year Update pic.twitter.com/eSiOG4TT26— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 27, 2018The Houston Texans defensive end said in a tweet the funds were distributed to eight nonprofit organizations. The money raised has repaired and rebuilt more than 600 homes, as well as the recovery and rebuilding of over 400 childcare centers and after school programs.There’s also a plan in place for the next 12 months to continue to help and support those impacted by the storm.Watt said in a statement released by the Texans he’s grateful for the “generosity of strangers” who donated to the fundraiser. Sharelast_img read more

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Intel Twin River Prototype Teases Our DualScreen Tablet Future

first_img Years ago, rumors that Microsoft was working on a dual-screen device called Courier captured the imaginations of geeks everywhere. Unfortunately, it never made it on to retail shelves.Now Intel seems intent on ushering in the dual-screen tablet era for real. At Computex last week in Taipei, Intel showed off a prototype device codenamed Twin River.Each of its panels measures 12.3 inches diagonally, the same as Microsoft’s Surface Pro. To give the prototype a journal-like feel, they’re held together by a fabric cover made of a polyester / polyamide / lycra blend.Intel did its best to make sure the Twin River’s weight was evenly distributed between the two sides. Each one contains a 30 WHr battery, which might not come as a surprise. Interestingly, though, the custom mainboard in the prototype is also split.I would seriously buy Intel’s Twin River 2-in-1 PC prototype for solely reading digital comics and magazines. The hardware felt surprisingly finished but Windows isn’t yet ready for a dual-screen world #twoscreensarebetterthanone pic.twitter.com/QYeaVLyfJ4— Krishan Sharma (@tweet_Krishan) June 3, 2019A 15-watt, quad-core  Intel Whiskey Lake U-series chip provides the processing power and a vapor chamber keeps temperatures under control without a fan.When the device is set up like a laptop, a full keyboard and a trackpad area can be displayed on the lower screen. Intel also brought a slick, ultra-thin Bluetooth keyboard to Computex. You can slip it between the two panes and it looks a bit like a wide bookmark peeking out.(Photo Credit: Intel Corporation)The Twin River prototype has one more thing in common with the Surface Pro. It actually weighs the same as Microsoft’s Core i5 model at 1.7 pounds — even with a second display.Intel readily admits that there’s still a few rough edges that need to be smoothed out before devices based on Twin River are ready for store shelves. The design presents some unique problems, like keeping the screens aligned properly when rotating the device and keeping brightness settings synced up.Intel told Andrew Freeman of Tom’s Hardware that we’ll see manufacturers offering devices like this “within the next two years.”More on Geek.com:The New HP Envy Laptops Are Sporting WoodAsus Shrunk the Bezels on Its New Laptop to Just 2.5mmPencil-Sized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From Poachers Stay on target Pencil-Sized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From PoachersIntel Falcon 8+ Drones Find New Calling as Bridge Inspectors last_img read more

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Researchers combine terra preta finds with statistics to map early Amazonian population

first_imgProbabilities of terra preta occurrence based on predictive models.. The black line indicates a potential cultural boundary where the probability of terra preta formation decreases and disappears and is replaced by alternative subsistence strategies in southwestern Amazonia. Credit: doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2475 (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the U.S. and Brazil has created a virtual map of possible ancient human population centers in the Amazonian jungle by using statistical methods that connect modern terra preta areas. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes how they applied archeological site information with statistics to come up with a way to guess where other early population sites might be. Despite years of work, modern scientists still don’t really know much about the people that populated that Amazonian basin prior to the arrival of European explorers. The dense jungle growth has made it difficult to study the area, and the preponderance of poor soils suggests that the area could not have supported large groups of people anyway—the soil would not support the farming necessary to support them. In more recent times, some evidence (ancient roads and earthworks) has been uncovered that indicates that large settlements of people may indeed have indeed populated the area, which would have been made possible by a soil enrichment technique known as terra preta (adding nutrients that resulted in fertile “black earth” that can still be seen today.). Because very few terra preta sites have been found, researchers aren’t sure if they are few and far between, or if there are more simply hidden in the jungle. To find out, the researchers with this new effort created maps that displayed all of the known terra preta locations. They then noted geographical details about each site and discovered there were some possible correlations between them, e.g most tended to exist on bluffs overlooking rivers. Using such information, they applied statistical analysis to maps of the area and came up with a model that predicted where other terra preta locations may be found. Their results indicate that more than three percent of the total Amazonia basin may be hiding terra preta sites.The team has not been able to test their maps yet, so it’s not yet known how accurate their guesses may be, but the hope is that by uncovering more terra preta sites, more information can be gleaned from the area to help uncover chapters of human history in South America that until now have remained hidden. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Phys.org More information: Predicting pre-Columbian anthropogenic soils in Amazonia, Published 8 January 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2475AbstractThe extent and intensity of pre-Columbian impacts on lowland Amazonia have remained uncertain and controversial. Various indicators can be used to gauge the impact of pre-Columbian societies, but the formation of nutrient-enriched terra preta soils has been widely accepted as an indication of long-term settlement and site fidelity. Using known and newly discovered terra preta sites and maximum entropy algorithms (Maxent), we determined the influence of regional environmental conditions on the likelihood that terra pretas would have been formed at any given location in lowland Amazonia. Terra pretas were most frequently found in central and eastern Amazonia along the lower courses of the major Amazonian rivers. Terrain, hydrologic and soil characteristics were more important predictors of terra preta distributions than climatic conditions. Our modelling efforts indicated that terra pretas are likely to be found throughout ca 154 063 km2 or 3.2% of the forest. We also predict that terra preta formation was limited in most of western Amazonia. Model results suggested that the distribution of terra preta was highly predictable based on environmental parameters. We provided targets for future archaeological surveys under the vast forest canopy and also highlighted how few of the long-term forest inventory sites in Amazonia are able to capture the effects of historical disturbance.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Explore further Researchers find renewable energy leftovers could fertilize, cut carbon emissions Citation: Researchers combine “terra preta” finds with statistics to map early Amazonian population centers (2014, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-combine-terra-preta-statistics-early.htmllast_img read more

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first_imgThe Role of Healthcare ReformHealthcare reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) demands all healthcare IT systems interoperate to improve efficiency. The law also calls for leveraging IT to transform healthcare from a volume-based to a quality-based reimbursement system. With the expanded use of EMRs demanded as a component of the ACA, the federal government has established Meaningful Use (MU) criteria that must be met to ensure full Medicare reimbursement for services provided. VNAs allow for the improved level of interoperability MU demands now and into the future. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more An enterprise solution will enhance medical imaging capabilities across clinical image data flow, workflow and integration between existing EMR solutions, he explained. The business case requires:•  Identifying the technical and functional requirements of an enterprise-imaging platform;•  Types of VNA to consider (full, hybrid, PACS-neutral, other);•   Software stack strategies and considerations;•  Developing and delivering education to technical, clinical and executive leadership;•   Conducting a robust vendor selection process;•  Creating a design, build, migration and implementation strategy that includes image-enabling their EMR (Epic, NextGen, Athena Health, etc.); and•   Other strategic and organizational considerations. News | February 05, 2015 | Dave Fornell Understanding Enterprise Imaging What clinicians need to know as healthcare moves away from departmental PACS and expands access to images and patient data through the EMR News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Defining Enterprise Imaging RequirementsMany healthcare executives have yet to define the requirements for enterprise imaging or VNA benefits and costs in a manner that justifies the investment, said Jef Williams, chief operating officer at Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. He explained many provider organizations have delayed efforts to the next budget cycle simply due to the lack of a viable, compelling business case. This can be the result of many different factors including long-term existing contracts, sacred cow systems, opportunity costs and exorbitant costs of starting up EMR. Organizations that value preparedness and creativity, however, are finding plenty of ways to find a positive ROI and business case for this effort, Williams said. Considerations When Planning for Enterprise ImagingThere are several things to keep in mind when considering enterprise imaging, said Hjalmer Danielson, vice president of Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. These include:  Perhaps the biggest trend in health information technology today is the movement away from traditional picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) and cardiovascular information systems (CVIS) to enterprise imaging and data management systems. This migration is important, because it will fundamentally change how clinicians have been accessing images and patient information for the past 20 years. The basic idea of enterprise imaging is to take all data (which includes images, waveforms, reports and other patient data) and amalgamate it into one place, instead of the current system of data residing in numerous, disconnected departmental data silos. With the introduction of vendor neutral archives (VNAs) and cloud-based (or Web-based) digital archives, data from all departments can be put into one pot and accessed using a universal viewer.  This enables the data to be managed by the healthcare system’s information technology (IT) staff, rather than individual departments or radiology. Content management software is used to sort the data so it can be pulled out of the system and sent to where it needs to go. Using this model, a patient’s electronic medical record (EMR) can include embedded links to reports and images from all specialty departments in one location by interfacing with the central archive. VNAs also help overcome many of the issues with interoperability between various departments and software vendors’ systems that plague most hospitals. Facilities that create a business case for enterprise imaging will have a comprehensive roadmap to develop and drive objectives and codify costs and timelines, Williams said. The evaluation and subsequent business case also should provide a complete picture of how a VNA solution would drive clinical integration, enterprise-wide image management, reduced costs over time and image access and sharing in a unified context. Stage 2 MU requirements call for remote viewing systems to allow referring physicians or others access a patient’s EMR to view images and reports from various departments. It calls for the integration of patient access to health information and images via patient portals to increase patient engagement. This may play a larger role in the future, as patients with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart failure will be asked to take a more active role in their healthcare with remote monitoring programs. Clinical decision support and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) are now being required to improve patient safety, eliminate illegible written orders, record all orders in one location, reduce redundant tests and to justify use of expensive tests or imaging exams. VNAs also can help enable remote access to patient data using mobile devices, such as tablets by physicians on rounds, anywhere in the hospital, on the road or at home.  This may lead to a reduced reliance on workstations in fixed locations, allowing greater workflow efficiency and improved patient communication and education. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more The business objectives for pursuing a long-term, future-minded medical image-object management platforms should be very clear either as a consideration for a single-standing hospital or an integrated delivery network (IDN).  Williams said facilities should plan for mergers and acquisitions, modernization, PACS replacement, centralization, support simplification, increased user (referrer and patient) satisfaction and greater integration with EHR and HIE solutions. “The business case effectively choreographs strategic objectives with the investment abilities of an organization to execute across people, process, organizational change and technology,” Williams said. Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  The One-third Rule: Unfortunately there is an axiom as old as the healthcare industry: When implementing a new healthcare solution … one-third will succeed, one-third will muddle through with some return on investment and one-third will fail miserably. Armed with a business case and the quantitative and qualitative components inherent for this enterprise solution, there is a much better chance of making the case and finding yourself and your organization in the successful third.  Market Awareness: Knowing the market options takes considerably more effort than ever before. Historically large vendors with multi-layered sales forces managed the market proactively. Most buyers could expect a visit regularly from account and sales managers providing cut sheets, demos, lunch and learns, and even customer events at large association events such as RSNA, HIMSS, AHRA, RBMA, SIIM, AHIMA and MGMA. For reasons related to both market forces and legislation and policy, those days are now gone. But an even more important shift has occurred. Much of the leading technology is being created and marketed from smaller firms and there are many viable options outside the “big iron” companies. This means there is much more effort required in knowing the industry. Yet a full discovery effort must be completed for a fully informed business case. This means looking at the options in all areas of image-management including viewers, VNAs, workflow engines, advanced visualization, voice recognition and reporting, as well as the many subspecialty solutions and widgets. This may require site visits, booth visits, on-site demos and a codified selection process (RFI, RFQ, RFO, RFP) as the sales forces in these emerging solutions are smaller and less funded for providing market-wide initiatives around education. 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News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… 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 Imaging Strategy: Simply purchasing and starting up a VNA will likely not provide enough opportunity to reduce costs nor provide the type of environment that will bring the value needed for positioning for growth, expansion or changing paradigms. Image and object management systems need to meet the coming challenges of enterprise interoperability (no matter where the image was captured). They need to account for non-DICOM file types and accommodate existing hardware and data center environments without creating disruption or incurring additional costs. These components are required for a detailed and informed long-term strategy. Simply buying to keep up with the industry is no longer a viable business decision. Those who succeed will understand the importance of market leadership, capabilities and differentiation. While some of this can be difficult to quantify in true dollars, each must be considered and monetized in a manner that meets the demands and values of the organization.   News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more The VNA platform also can serve as a disaster recovery system or the backbone of a health information exchange (HIE). The Need for Enterprise ImagingRadiology has traditionally been the gatekeeper of imaging, with images residing in a siloed radiology PACS. However, as healthcare becomes more digitized and nearly all specialties now generate images and reports that need to be archived electronically and made accessible via EMRs, the traditional radiology PACS is becoming just one cog in a much larger healthcare machine. Specialties such as cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, women’s health and pathology now generate vast numbers of imaging files on their own, giving rise to specialty PACS. However, the need to connect these multiple, disparate systems into one electronic patient record has proven a major difficulty for all healthcare systems that have attempted it. Despite the advent of IHE (integrating the healthcare enterprise) profiles to make healthcare software for various vendors more compatible, there are just too many variables to ensure the smooth flow of data from point A to point B across an enterprise. VNAs help enable connectivity in a healthcare enterprise, similar to the Internet enabling connectivity between millions of people globally who are using different operating platforms.  The buzz term at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in December was “deconstructing” PACS and CVIS. In this concept, the VNA provides access to the data so the components of PACS and CVIS can be pulled apart. In this manner, a department can pick the best viewers, DICOM worklists and reporting software from various vendors to build what they feel is a best of breed system. This new concept has led some traditional PACS vendors to no longer use the term “PACS” and instead refer to their systems only as “enterprise imaging systems.” Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read morelast_img read more

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first_img Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Cardio-oncology | July 29, 2019 Statins Reduce Stroke, Cardiovascular Risk in Cancer Patients Following Radiation Cancer patients taking cholesterol-lowering statin medication following radiation therapy of the chest, neck or head… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical Schoolcenter_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more New findings suggest that MRI machines (such as the one pictured above) may help quickly screen stroke patients for acute treatment. Image courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.May 22, 2015 — According to a new study, small changes in quality improvement procedures enabled clinicians to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to diagnose stroke patients before giving acute treatment, within 60 minutes of arrival. MRI scans provide detailed images but take longer to complete than computed tomography (CT) scans, which are commonly used in most centers.The study, Screening with MRI for Accurate and Rapid stroke Treatment (SMART), was published in Neurology and was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).“By making small changes to our processes, we were able to scan suspected stroke patients with MRI and appropriately treat patients within a goal time of 60 minutes. This is an important finding for hospitals, healthcare providers and the public,” said Amie Hsia, M.D., medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C., and senior author of the study. “Not only does MRI provide more precise and complete information than the traditionally used CT scan, now we’ve also demonstrated that it is feasible to use from a time perspective.”National guidelines suggest that stroke patients should receive treatment within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital. The majority of hospitals rely on rapid CT scans to determine if an individual is eligible for intravenous tPA, the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment for ischemic strokes, those caused by blood clots in the brain. If a CT scan shows the patient is having a bleeding, or hemorrhagic, type of stroke, tPA cannot be used as treatment. For many years CT scans were the only imaging tool available in most hospitals, but now MRIs are becoming more widely available.Clinicians at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland, routinely work with physician-scientists from NIH and have access to their cutting-edge medical protocols and technologies. The two hospitals use MRI instead of CT scans to screen stroke patients. Although MRI scans can take up to 15 minutes longer than CT scans, they provide clinicians with more detailed information about what is happening in a patient’s brain. Using MRI, clinicians can see early changes taking place during the stroke. In this way, they can see what tissue is at risk and identify blocked blood vessels or subtle bleeding that cannot be picked up by CT.To reduce the door-to-treatment time, multidisciplinary teams at both hospitals carefully examined the existing processes to identify time-consuming bottlenecks or duplicative methods. By using “lean process interventions,” they found a number of steps that could be eliminated or changed. For example, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a lengthy MRI screening form was simplified to three questions; at Suburban Hospital, tPA was put into the medication cart in the MRI suite so that it could be given immediately to patients after scanning instead of returning them to the Emergency Department for treatment.Once the changes were implemented, Hsia’s team examined whether they had an impact on treatment times for patients. The results indicated that door-to-treatment time was reduced from 93 to 55 minutes, a difference of 40 percent. Over a two-year period, the percentage of patients treated within 60 minutes increased from 13 to 61.5 percent. Further analysis revealed that these changes were due to faster MRI start times.“There was no difference in the patient characteristics. It was clear the improvements were due to the changes we made in the processes at these two hospitals,” said Hsia.“A number of the changes that Dr. Hsia’s team assessed were not specific for MRI scans, but were related to general procedures of getting patients ready for imaging as quickly as possible. This suggests that these findings are relevant even in hospitals that do not have emergency access to MRI scanners,” said Walter Koroshetz, M.D., acting director of NINDS. “We will persist in evaluating best practices for acute stroke care to ensure that the greatest number of patients receive treatment as early as possible following stroke.”Hsia and her colleagues will continue to monitor the door-to-treatment times to ensure they are sustainable. In addition, they plan to continue to evaluate best practices for acute stroke care and look for other improvements to further decrease door-to-treatment times for patients.This work was supported by the NINDS.For more information: www.nih.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | May 22, 2015 MRI Screening Procedure Changes Reduce Time to Stroke Treatment NIH study finds small procedural adjustments can reduce door-to-treatment times by 40 percent compared to CT screening 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 Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read morelast_img read more

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PolyOne Corporation to establish operations in Costa Rica

first_imgPolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, on Tuesday announced the opening of a new distribution warehouse and sales facility in San José, described by the company as an ideal location in close proximity to many key customers in the region.“Our new Costa Rica facility will provide value to healthcare device manufacturers and processors in the country by helping them to streamline logistics and simplify inventory management,” company President Kurt Schuering said.“The country has become a key region in Central America for our global healthcare customers, and they will receive the same service that we maintain in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and China,” he added.Costa Rica was recently ranked by a World Bank study as the top high-tech exporter in Latin America. The medical industry in the country is expanding rapidly, with more than 40 medical-device companies manufacturing locally.Based in Cleveland, Ohio, in the U.S., PolyOne Co. reported $2.9 billion revenues in 2011. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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President is safe after confrontation with protesters

first_imgUn presidente sin autoridad y sin liderazgo, deslegitimado. pic.twitter.com/V3bFZF80x2— Allan Andres (@allanandresch) October 3, 2018 Que nadie nos quite la paz de transitar libremente por nuestro país, que nadie nos quite la oportunidad como democracia de discutir en paz y respeto. No vamos a aflojar, vamos a seguir adelante. pic.twitter.com/dLYiYwqWm9— Carlos Alvarado Q. (@CarlosAlvQ) October 3, 2018Nationwide demonstrations began Sept. 10 against a proposed tax reform bill meant to help address Costa Rica’s growing deficit. The Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR) has warned fiscal reform is needed to avoid a significant economic downturn, but many public-sector union leaders say the bill would place a disproportionate financial burden on the working class.The Tico Times spoke to Costa Rican journalist and economist David Ching earlier this week for a comprehensive explanation of the bill. Listen to the Tico Times Dispatch below, and subscribe to the podcast to have the latest episodes delivered to you:On Wednesday, President Alvarado was participating in an inaugural event for the Congress of Urban Mobility at the National Theater. As protesters began surrounding the building, Arguedas said it became evident a larger police presence would be necessary.Arguedas said that Wednesday morning’s events emphasized the police’s efforts to maintain peace while also allowing the public to exercise its right to protest.“Unfortunately, some protesters are inciting the police and attempting to generate confrontation,” he said.Videos posted on social media showed Alvarado’s tense exit from the National Theater. (Note: The below video contains adult language.) Protesters confronted Carlos Alvarado as the Costa Rican president left the National Theater in San José on Wednesday morning.According to Enrique Arguedas, Deputy General Director of the Fuerza Pública, protesters surrounded the building in an attempt to stop the president from leaving. When Alvarado did exit the National Theater, protesters insulted the president and became physically aggressive against his police escort.The President was unhurt, and Arguedas said no protesters were immediately detained.“The President and the people there [in the National Theater] left securely,” Arguedas said in a video posted by the Ministry of Public Security.Several police vehicles were vandalized, Arguedas said. Law enforcement also found at least three tire-puncturing beams, colloquially referred to as “miguelitos,” hidden under police cars.In a video posted by the president early Wednesday afternoon, Alvarado emphasized the importance of peaceful democratic debate.“Nobody should take away our freedom to travel freely throughout our country,” he said. “Nobody should take away our opportunity, as a democracy, to have peaceful and respectful political discussions.“… We continue to work to create opportunities for this country and to avoid enormous risks. Have no doubt: We will continue to work for the good of Costa Rica.”Watch the President’s statement in its entirety below: Facebook Comments Related posts:President Solís recovers from successful prostate operation Various INCOFER routes suspended after two trains collide head on January’s here and the gloves are off: Costa Rica’s true campaign begins Court rejects tax reform and asks legislators to eliminate four pointslast_img read more

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Obama Tunisias new president to meet at White House

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is showing support for Tunisia’s transition to democracy by welcoming the North African country’s newly elected president to the White House.Obama and Beji Caid Essebsi, who was elected in December, were meeting for the first time Thursday.In a joint opinion piece appearing in Thursday editions of The Washington Post, the two presidents said the meeting will mark Tunisia’s progress and deepen their partnership “to help Tunisia’s new democracy deliver the greater prosperity and security that its citizens deserve.” Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Tunisia shows that democracy is not only possible but also necessary in North Africa and the Middle East,” they wrote.Tunisians ended decades of dictatorship in 2011, overthrowing their longtime ruler and igniting a series of pro-democracy uprisings that swept through the region in what became known as the Arab Spring, after a poor sidewalk vendor set himself ablaze after police confiscated his merchandise.Tunisia emerged as the success story of the region, with its citizens casting ballots in multiple free elections and the country adopting a new constitution that upholds religious freedom and guarantees human rights and equality for all people, including women and minorities, Obama and Essebsi said.The country’s unity government includes secularists and Islamists, “proving that democracy and Islam can thrive together,” they wrote.Both leaders pledged that Tunisia can count on continued U.S. support as Tunisians endeavor to build the Arab world’s newest democracy.The U.S. has committed more than $570 million to Tunisia since the revolution to help it pursue political, economic and security reforms, and has proposed $134 million in assistance next year, the presidents noted. They said they would focus Thursday’s meeting on three areas: consolidating Tunisia’s democratic gains; reducing poverty by streamlining bureaucracy, attracting investment and encouraging job growth, with an emphasis on reducing high youth unemployment; and improving cooperation on security and countering terrorism. 0 Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Patients with chronic pain give advice Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories The U.S. is working to double its military financing to Tunisia to help its forces keep ahead of evolving threats. It is also working to improve its counterterrorism partnership to confront such common dangers as the Islamic State terrorist group and instability in next-door Libya.The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a March terrorist attack at Tunisia’s National Bardo Museum that killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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