Federal Government Right to Create Seniors Secretariat

first_img Canada’s seniors need a central federal support agency similar toNova Scotia’s Senior Citizens’ Secretariat, Angus MacIsaac, chairof the provincial body said today, Feb. 18. Media reports out of Ottawa indicate that the federal governmentwill spend $700 million on the creation of a secretariat and aboost to the guaranteed annual income supplement to improve thestandard of living of seniors. The move — expected in next week’s federal budget — will placegreater emphasis on the issues surrounding Canada’s 4.1 millionseniors, said Mr. MacIsaac. “I hope that media reports of this are accurate and that thefederal government announces this positive initiative. Certainly,when I met with the federal minister of state for families andcaregivers I encouraged him to create a federal secretariat,” hesaid. Mr. MacIsaac met with Tony Ianno when the federal minister, whoheaded a federal task force on aging in 2004, was in Halifax inJanuary to host a roundtable. “We’ve found that seniors are much better served under oneumbrella. Our secretariat is now 25 years old. It’s positive tohave one entry point to government that can respond to seniors’issues,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Having one place they can turn tofor support and direction is very important.” The Nova Scotia Seniors Citizens’ Secretariat also works withseniors to develop plans, policies and programs in partnershipwith the departments of Community Services, Health, Service NovaScotia and Municipal Relations, Health Promotion and Education. The secretariat leads the Nova Scotia Task Force on Aginginitiative, which conducted 34 public consultation meetingsacross the province last fall following the release of adiscussion paper. “The more than 700 people who attended taskforce meetings, and those who submitted written responses, sharedmany of the concerns Mr. Ianno addressed in his report lastyear,” said Valerie White, executive director of the secretariat. “The range of programs being proposed — increased income,affordable housing, caregiver tax credits, and mentoring programs – will have a tremendously positive impact on the lives ofseniors.” SENIOR CITIZENS’ SECRETARIAT–Federal Government Right to CreateSeniors Secretariatlast_img read more

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Call for Toronto handgun ban reignites passionate gun control debate

first_imgTORONTO – A call on the federal government to consider turning Canada’s largest city into a handgun-free zone will do little to prevent the kind of senseless violence that saw a young woman and girl shot dead in Toronto’s Greektown last weekend, gun rights advocates said on Wednesday.The city council debate that followed the rampage by a man who may have had a history of severe mental health issues was both offensive and misguided, they said.“They spent a day slandering gun owners and accusing gun owners of supplying violent offenders with their weapons,” said Nicolas Johnson, a gun rights advocate and founder of The Gun Blog. “The people who are shooting up our streets are not the people who will be obeying any gun bans. The only people who will obey a ban are the people we don’t need to worry about.”Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, whose ministry has been working on additional gun control measures for some time, said he would be open to considering Toronto’s proposals. Former Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan, now a Liberal MP, said tackling the availability of firearms is critical to reducing the scourge of gun violence such as seen on the weekend that also left 13 people injured.It’s illegal, Vaughan points out, to drive a snowmobile, keep poisonous snakes, ride dirt bikes in parks, or randomly set off fireworks in Toronto — all because of the dangers posed.“There’s no rational reason for guns in cities; they’re just too damn dangerous for urban areas,” Vaughan said. “What upside is there to the tolerance of guns in cities? All I’ve seen is people being buried.”While the sale and possession of firearms of all types is already tightly regulated in Canada, proponents of even tighter controls say the evidence is clear: Easier availability of guns in Canada in recent years has resulted in more gun crime and suicide by gun.“For the last 10 years, we’ve had a steady erosion of gun control in Canada and for four years, we’ve seen successive increases in gun homicide across the country,” said Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control and a professor at Ryerson University. “When you increase the availability of firearms, you increase the risk they will be misused.”Cukier said former prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government eased controls with profound effect. Among other things, she and other gun control advocates point to police reports that half of illegal guns they now recover originate with legal Canadian gun owners — about double the rate of five or six years ago.James (J.R.) Cox, owner of Target Sports Canada, called that figure a “statistical lie.” The only thing that has changed, he said, has been the police definition of what counts as a domestically sourced gun as opposed to one smuggled from the United States.Cox, who owns shooting ranges in Calgary and the Toronto area as well as retail outlets in the U.K., said council’s call for a ban on handguns is futile. It makes as much sense, he said, as banning car rentals because someone used one to mow down innocent pedestrians.“It will have the same effect as thoughts and prayers will without actually solving anything,” Cox said from Calgary. “There is no gun problem in Toronto. There is a crime problem.”Where control advocates and rights advocates find common ground is on the need to tackle the question of why someone would want a gun to kill a person. Both sides of the emotionally charged debate cite factors such as poverty, education, unemployment and alienation that make some citizens prone to gun violence.You shouldn’t be punishing the rest of Canada because Toronto can’t fix its problem, Cox said.Vaughan, however, is unmoved in his desire to see as many guns as possible removed from urban areas such as Toronto, where current restrictions have failed to curb what he called “unacceptable” levels of gun activity. Given the carnage, Vaughan said, bowing to the desires of gun enthusiasts and target shooters simply doesn’t cut it.“It’s a hobby and not every hobby is tolerated,” Vaughan said. “I’m more concerned about the impact (guns) are having on children in my city right now than I am on people who collect them.”last_img read more

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Liberal government runs 14B budgetary deficit in first two months of 201920

first_imgOTTAWA — A new preliminary estimate says the federal government posted a budgetary deficit of $1.4 billion through the first two months of the current fiscal year.The Finance Department’s numbers show the combined shortfall for April and May 2019 came after government spending and public debt charges expanded at a pace about three times higher than revenues.The report says expenses during those two months jumped up 13.5 per cent — or $6.3 billion — compared to a year earlier, mostly due to increases in direct program spending and transfers to other levels of government.The department’s latest fiscal monitor says over that period public debt charges rose 13.3 per cent, or $600 million.Government revenues only provided a partial offset, compared to a year earlier, by increasing 4.2 per cent — or $2.3 billion — mostly because of higher tax revenues.The report says the government ran a $2.1-billion deficit in April and a $700-million surplus in May.The combined deficit compares to a $3.2-billion surplus over the same period in 2018.The Liberal government’s spring budget forecasted a shortfall of $19.8 billion for the 2019-20 fiscal year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mother of Jeanenne Fontaine speaks She was the most loving

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsLana Fontaine is struggling with the loss of her baby girl Jeanenne Fontaine.“She was the most loving, most beautiful, just fun loving, bubbly crazy little girl,” said the grieving mother.Jeanenne, 29, was murdered in her Winnipeg home earlier this week.The family says she was shot in the back of the head and then her house set on fire – on purpose.It’s a home she shared with her mom.If the Fontaine name sounds familiar it’s because over the past 12 years they’ve seen their fair share of pain.Jeanenne’s dad, Dennis Junior St. Paul, and Lana’s partner, was shot dead by police in the northern Manitoba community of Norway House in 2005.Her uncle, Eugene Fontaine, was beaten to death on Hallowe’en night in 2011.That’s Tina Fontaine’s dad.The 15-year-old made headlines in 2014 when the little girl’s body was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River in black plastic wrap.Lana, who has lost a partner, brother, niece and now a daughter in the last dozen years is without a home.dward@aptn.calast_img read more

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Despite hefty spending Virginia industrial sites sit empty

EMPORIA, Va. — Virginia has little to show for spending more than $100 million in the past decade on land development in hopes of attracting manufacturing jobs to rural areas.Most of the land on these megasites sits empty.Top economic development officials and lawmakers say the state has lost out on billions of dollars of private investments because of a lack of locations sufficiently developed so plants can be operational within 18 months.Officials say that has put Virginia at a disadvantage as other Southern states welcome advanced manufacturing projects such as car and aerospace factories and pharmaceutical and fertilizer plants.Virginia Economic Development Partnership President and CEO Stephen Moret says his agency plans to present a plan on megasite development to lawmakers shortly.Sarah Rankin And Alan Suderman, The Associated Press read more

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Quebecor could be interested in buying struggling small carrier Mobilicity

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebecor could be interested in buying struggling small carrier Mobilicity by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2014 4:13 pm MDT MONTREAL – A Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) analyst says regional telecom operator Quebecor may be interested in acquiring Mobilicity, a small and financially struggling wireless company that has been trying to find a buyer.Analyst Jeff Fan says he believes Quebecor, owner of wireless operator Videotron, has signed a non-disclosure agreement with Mobilicity, indicating it has some interest in buying spectrum outside Quebec in the wireless auction, which began Tuesday.Fan says Quebecor could become a solution to Ottawa’s plan to have four national wireless carriers, but he doesn’t see the company pursuing a big expansion across Canada.Quebecor’s wireless business is based only in Quebec, where it competes against big carriers Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T), as well as Public Mobile, recently sold to Telus.Mobilicity has about 180,000 cellphone customers and provides service in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. It has been operating under creditor protection since last fall.Wind Mobile dropped out on the eve of the 700 megahertz wireless spectrum auction due to a lack of money and has said it would like to buy Mobilicity.“The most important potential twist could be that Quebecor-Videotron may pursue licences outside Quebec for opportunistic and financial reasons,” Fan said in a research note.Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) spokesman Martin Tremblay refused to comment on the company’s interest in Mobilicity.Mobilicity couldn’t be reached for comment.Fan said Quebecor could potentially become a “solution to the government’s fourth operator objective in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario” — areas where Wind Mobile also operates.Quebecor could also have network sharing agreements with Rogers, a network partner it has had in the past, if it buys spectrum outside the province.He also noted that if Quebecor decides to buy spectrum — radio waves needed to operate cellphone networks — outside Quebec, it will raise the company’s bidding costs.The current auction is for radio waves considered essential for expanding networks because they allow cellphone signals to travel longer distances in rural areas and penetrate buildings and elevators where calls are often dropped in dense urban areas.Fan said he estimates the cost of the 700 megahertz auction for Canadian wireless carriers Rogers, Bell, Telus, Quebecor and Manitoba Telecom Services to be about $1.8 billion.But he said he expected the “competitive intensity” of the auction to be low since there are no foreign telecoms participating. Big U.S. carrier Verizon said last fall it wouldn’t participate in the auction.The last auction in 2008 raised $4.3 billion and ushered in new players Mobilicity, Wind Mobile, Public Mobile, Maritime-based Eastlink and Quebecor’s Videotron. read more

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Libyan leaders activists to meet under auspices of UN as crisis escalates

“The role of political parties and political activists is important in lobbying the necessary support on all levels to achieve success for the dialogue and peace and stability for Libya,” said a statement released from UNSMIL today. “This meeting is significant in that the leaders of political parties and activists will have the opportunity to analyse and enrich the documents that are being discussed,” it added. Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya and head of UNSMIL, Bernardino Leon is expected to update participants on the progress of the dialogue.This meeting is a follow-up to an earlier one that took place March during which participants expressed strong support for dialogue as the way to resolve Libya’s crisis peacefully. Past meetings have brought together representatives of Libyan municipalities and local councils in Geneva in January and in Brussels last month. The talks are aimed at including wide segments of Libyan society in the peace process. “Dialogue is an opportunity for Libyans to stop the bloodshed and put their country back on the road to stability and prosperity that should not be missed,” the Mission note also said. A meeting that brings together tribal personalities will convene at a later date in Egypt. The UN Mission in the country is also reaching out to military, security and armed groups leaders. The Mission also released a statement yesterday, condemning the grave escalation in hostilities in western Libya, particularly in the Aziziya area in Warshafana, where it said people are enduring immense hardship, with many displaced, abducted, tortured and in need of aid. “The Mission urges all parties to take all necessary measures to ensure the right of return for all those displaced from the area, and that none are illegally detained and prosecuted outside the scope of the law,” it added, calling for an end to the fighting so that residents can resume their normal day-to-day living.“The Mission also reiterates its warnings to the warring parties that the targeting of civilians could amount to crimes punishable under international humanitarian law,” the note also said.All parties in Libya must refrain from taking any military actions that could constitute a provocation in the current environment of heightened tensions and compromise neutrality.Later this afternoon, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack on the embassy of the Republic of Korea in Tripoli, Libya by unidentified gunmen and sent his condolences to the families of the victims. Mr. Ban recalled that the principle of inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises must be respected and expressed hope that the perpetrators of the attack will be swiftly brought to justice.“The ongoing violence in Libya reminds us of the urgent need for Libyans to end the ongoing conflict, and to move quickly to agree on the formation of a national unity government,” Mr. Ban said in his statement. To that end, he welcomed the resumption of Libya’s political dialogue in the coming days.Later in the day, members of the Security Council took note of the meeting and said they looked forward to the next round of talks in the Libyan dialogue in Morocco planned for 15 April, facilitated by the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Bernardino León.The Council also strongly urged all Libyan stakeholders participating in the talks to agree on arrangements on the formation of a National Unity Government to end Libya’s political, security and institutional crisis. Expressing deep concern about the continuing violence in Libya, members reaffirmed that there can be no military solution to the crisis and called on all parties to cease hostilities to create a peaceful and conducive environment for an inclusive dialogue.They also recalled resolution 2213 (2015) and emphasized that the Sanctions Committee is prepared to sanction those who threaten Libya’s stability or undermine the successful completion of its political transition. read more

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NBA Playoffs Preview The Cavs Down Two Players Are Still Favored Against

Kevin Love’s dislocated shoulder leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers with just two of their “Big Three” for the rest of the playoffs. But the remaining “Big Two” — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving — are probably enough to outlast the Chicago Bulls. FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, which is based on Real Plus-Minus, gives the Cavs a 70 percent likelihood of moving on. The Cavs will also be without J.R. Smith — who was suspended for the first two games of this series after throwing an ill-advised elbow against the Boston Celtics.1These projections assume he plays 20 minutes per game, down from 32 minutes per game this year.The Cavaliers’ offense is spectacular; it ranked third, behind only the Clippers and Warriors, in points per 100 possessions. It is built on shooting a ton of threes — the second-most in the league, as a percentage of total shots — and highly efficient attacking drives to the hoop from James and Irving. The Cavs also excel at offensive rebounding, especially Tristan Thompson, who will play big minutes now that Love is out. Admittedly, it’s still not clear exactly how Cleveland will adjust its rotation. The Bulls are tough and will put up a fight, but the Cavs’ offensive firepower, led by James, will most likely be too much to handle.The Bulls, by contrast, win on defense. Chicago held opponents to the second-lowest shooting percentage in the league. The defense carried them through an inconsistent year from Derrick Rose, who was sidelined with sporadic injuries. Rose, however, showed flashes of brilliance in the first round. And Jimmy Butler is the Bulls’ real star — with a +3.7 Real Plus-Minus rating, he’s the second-best player in this series behind James. Rose and Butler will have to have a transcendent series against a short-handed Cleveland team for the Bulls to have a chance. read more

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OSU to forfeit its share of Big Ten payment from Sugar Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS– Ohio State announced its decision to forfeit its share of the Big Ten’s payment for playing in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, athletic director Gene Smith said after OSU’s meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The highly-anticipated meeting, which took place in the downtown Marriott in Indianapolis Friday, lasted about four hours and let out around 12:45 p.m. President E. Gordon Gee, athletic director Gene Smith, director of compliance Doug Archie, coach Luke Fickell, faculty athletics representative and psychology professor, Dr. John Bruno, and Chris Culley and Julie Vanatta from the university’s Office of Legal Affairs counsel attended the Friday meeting. In addition to forfeiting its $388,811 share in the Big Ten’s payment for the Sugar Bowl, OSU has already administered self-imposed penalties, which include vacating the 2010 season and Sugar Bowl victory and a two-year NCAA probationary term. Four OSU football players — DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas — are also suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after selling Buckeye football memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Linebacker Jordan Whiting received a one-game ban. Former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor had also received a five-game suspension before departing the university on June 7 to pursue a professional career. With the ball now in the NCAA’s court, OSU students, faculty, staff and the rest of Buckeye Nation await the Committee’s ruling. Smith made a closing statement stating that the university expects the committee’s report in eight to 12 weeks. Smith said the committee had many questions about the case. “As expected, the committee had numerous relevant questions about the issues in the case, which I believe the institution answered thoroughly and thoughtfully,” Smith said in the statement. Smith also said the university plans to continue working with the NCAA until the issues surrounding OSU are resolved. “Following this hearing, we will be working with the NCAA staff to move forward to wrap up our inquiry into any remaining issues,” Smith said. “…We now look forward to working together so that we can conclude this follow-up work as quickly as possible.” Gee, who declined to comment after the meeting but released a statement which said he felt OSU was treated fairly and that the committee gave them “ample time to share their perspective.” Former coach Jim Tressel, who was forced to resign due to mounting pressure after failing to self-report NCAA infractions, also attended. Tressel also released a statement, saying the meeting was constructive. He also apologized once again to Buckeye Nation. “Again, I would like to apologize to the Buckeye Nation, most especially to the players, staff and fans who remain so dear to me,” Tressel said in the statement. Should the NCAA announce its final ruling during the eight to 12 week window Smith mentioned, the announcement would arrive sometime during a four-game stretch in which the Buckeyes travel to Nebraska and Illinois in consecutive weeks before hosting Wisconsin and Indiana.  OSU opens the 2011 season on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium against the Akron Zips. Stay tuned to thelantern.com for more updates. Pat Brennan contributed to this story. read more

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2017 Sander Sagosen at PSG Handball

Sander Sagosen ← Previous Story Nemanja Pribak to stay at Besiktas Next Story → Interesting draw for France 2017 One of the best young handball players on the Planet, Norwegian playmaker Sander Sagosen signed three years contract with PSG Handball! The French team will be his new home from the summer 2017, when 21 years-old Danish Aalborg playmaker will join his new team in “City of Light”.Sagosen is voted for the WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2014/2015 by Handball-Planet.com.PHOTO: Jozo Čabraja

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Veterans Day closures

first_imgWhat’s open and closed for Veterans Day:• GARBAGE: Waste Connections will operate on its regular schedule. In Camas, pickups normally done Tuesday will be made Wednesday.• MAIL: No home delivery except Express Mail. Post offices closed. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed.• COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College or Washington State University Vancouver.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed.• BUSES: C-Tran and TriMet buses follow regular schedules.• GOVERNMENT: Offices closed.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free Tuesday.• BANKS: Most closed. Some in-store branches might be open.• U.S. FINANCIAL MARKETS: Open.• DRIVER LICENSING: Closed.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• STATE PARKS: Free entrance for daytime use of recreation areas managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo in Portland is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.• THE COLUMBIAN: Open.last_img read more

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Tuesday Update Swan Lake Crews Slowly Demobilizing

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire is approximately 102,027 acres in size with 72% of the planned objectives accomplished.  Fire crews continued making progress completing fire suppression objectives and no substantial growth has occurred on the fire in three days. The remaining 341 crew members on the fire are working to identify areas to stop the fire spread to the east towards Cooper Landing and secure the Sterling Highway. They are continuing to scout, monitor, and work hot spots in the area above Upper Jean Lake, where able to do so safely. The Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 25, at 6pm, at the Cooper Landing School. Mark Struble with the Incident Command Team: “On the fire we are holding steady, there has been no real forward movement on the last for the last 60-75 hours. Most of that danger is passing so they are starting to demobilize. Some helicopters and engines are being sent to other areas of the state.” Since fire growth potential remains, given the current hot and dry weather conditions, firefighters will continue to monitor hot-spots from the air and ground while mopping-up and repairing miles of fireline.center_img Incident command staff will be on hand to provide fire information and will share the strategies and tactics being used to protect critical infrastructure throughout the community of Cooper Landing. Struble: “There will be fire officials, and local agencies there to answer questions about what is next. You look out at these blackened landscapes and what is the plan to mitigate what has happened here over the last 6 weeks with this burn.”  All interested residents are welcome to attend and ask questions about this incident and the continued efforts being made to protect the community and critical infrastructure.last_img read more

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Juneau man captures story of icebreaker Storis in laboroflove documentary

first_imgIn 1957, the Storis (stern number W38) became the first U.S. ship to transit the Northwest Passage. (Photo Courtesy of US Coast Guard)Download AudioCongress is considering funding a new icebreaker to serve in the Arctic. It would be a heavy, polar-class Coast Guard cutter, to get through thick ice.  But size isn’t everything when it comes to Coast Guard ships. A Juneau man has made a film about the Storis, a dainty icebreaker by polar standards, that rescued mariners and enforced the law along Alaska’s coast for almost 60 years.It took Damon Steubner eight years to make this documentary. He and his wife, Rebecca Smith, worked on it in between their state jobs, as their time and money allowed. Now, they recoup a tiny bit with the sale of $20-DVDs, one at a time.“It was a labor of love,” Steubner said.Sometimes, love shows up when you least expect it. This one came on a snowy night in Juneau, when Steubner and Smith were in the throes of moving.Filmmaker Damon Stuebner, of Juneau.“We were moving into a house and someone walked by and said they were working with a group to save this old military ship from a scrapyard and thought I’d be a good person to work on it,” he said. “And my reaction at the time was ‘sorry, I’m moving into a house. I don’t have the time.’ But he kept insisting and finally I relented.”Stuebner is a former TV news videographer who now works for the state division that includes archives. He and Smith traveled to the National Archives and elsewhere in the Lower 48 to find records, videos and photographs, and to conduct interviews. The result is a 1 hour and 40 minute documentary, “Storis: The Galloping Ghost of the Alaskan Coast.” It traces Storis’s journey, from its work in World War II, to its long history in Alaska, dating to 1948, when it came to Juneau. Stuebner said the story of the ship tells Alaska’s story.“Storis was there for the Exxon Valdez oil spill. It was there for the trans-Alaska pipeline construction. It was there, for the 1964 Earthquake … It was the very first ship to have law enforcement seizures in the Bering Sea.”(File Photo Courtesy of US Coast Guard)Storis was the first or the last or the oldest in a lot of categories. It was the first American ship, for instance, to travel the Northwest passage, from the Bering Sea through the Arctic to the Eastern Seaboard. It’s a gripping part of the movie, as Storis and its two companion ships battled thickening ice.“We were just stuck and lifted up by the ice, and wherever the ice floe went, we went.”“Tuesday 30th July 1957. Tire fenders were rigged out. And we waited. Engines were to no avail. Ice blocked screws and rudders and the relentless elements just took over control. Listing was extreme. Spar heeled to nearly 20 degrees.”As the Stuebner’s film tells it, the Storis wasn’t so much stuck in ice as getting pushed out of it, as the sea froze under the hull. The film includes footage of crewmembers walking on the jumbled ice, trying everything, even dynamite, to release the cutters.Perhaps most suspenseful is the story of Storis’s attempt to rescue the *fishermen of the* Alaskan Monarch in the Bering Sea in 1990. It’s a saga told with interviews and video from multiple cameras that were on scene.“They had to use the basket as kind of a dredge to get the basket down into the ice and get those people out of the ice and up into the helicopter.”In 1991, Storis became the oldest Coast Guard ship, the so-called queen of the fleet. She held the crown for 16 years. The documentary shows her decommissioning and her exile, stripped of all ornament and instrument, anchored in purgatory in a California bay.When Stuebner began his film, a group was working to save the Storis as a museum. Juneau attorney Joe Geldhof was part of the museum group.“The Storis was a vessel worth preserving. It just didn’t happen.”In 2013, the U.S. Government sold Storis for $70,000 and she was taken away for scrap. The Alaska congressional delegation tried to pass a bill to spare her for a museum. Geldhof says it’s not that anyone really opposed the idea. But, he says, Storis was lost in the congressional scuffle.“Do I feel bad that we didn’t save the ship? Sure, but I’m really pleased to see we brought together a lot of people and we’re commemorating the people who sailed the ship.”The documentary, Geldhof says, now serves as the ship’s memorial. It’s called “Storis, the Galloping Ghost of the Alaskan Coast.”As for Stuebner, he’s already working on his next Coast Guard documentary.last_img read more

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first_img News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Feature | January 11, 2013 American Cancer Society Recommends CT for Lung Cancer Screening Former or current smokers ages 55 to 74 with 30 pack/year smoking history may consider CT screening Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more 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. The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more January 11, 2013 — New guidelines from the American Cancer Society say there is now sufficient evidence to recommend screening high-risk patients for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), provided that certain conditions exist.The guidelines call for:• The patient is aged 55 to 74 years, has at least a 30 pack/year smoking history, and currently smokes or has quit within the past 15 years;• The patient has undergone a thorough discussion of the benefits, limitations and risks of screening; and• The patient can be screened in a setting that has experience in lung cancer screening.Following the announcement of results from the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST) in late 2010, the American Cancer Society joined with the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) to produce a systematic review of the evidence related to lung cancer screening with low-dose CT. The systematic review focused on four key questions: What are the potential benefits of screening individuals at high risk of developing lung cancer using LDCT? What are the potential harms of screening individuals at high risk of developing lung cancer using LDCT? Which groups are likely to benefit or not benefit? And in what setting is screening likely to be effective?The results of this systematic review were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June 2012 and were used as the basis for the new recommendations, which are being published early online in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. (In 2010, the American Cancer Society issued interim guidance to inform referring clinicians and adults at risk for lung cancer while a full guideline was developed.) The report will appear in print in the March/April 2012 issue of the journal.In the report describing the new guidelines, the authors say that “[findings] from the National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Screening Trial established that lung cancer mortality in specific high-risk groups can be reduced by annual screening with low-dose computed tomography. These findings indicate that the adoption of lung cancer screening could save many lives.”“At this time, there is sufficient evidence to support screening provided that the patient has undergone a thorough discussion of the benefits, limitations and risks, and can be screened in a setting with experience in lung cancer screening,” they conclude.The authors also caution that more work is needed to fill in existing knowledge gaps related to broadening eligibility for lung cancer screening, to further define early lung cancer detection protocols, and to put in place an infrastructure to support population-based lung cancer screening. “As with other guidelines for cancer screening, we can expect that this initial guideline will be revised as new data become available,” write the authors.As with other cancer screening recommendations, the new lung cancer screening guidance embraces the process of informed and shared decision-making; a thoughtful discussion with a clinician related to the potential benefits, limitations and harms associated with screening. This discussion should occur before any decision is made to initiate lung cancer screening.The American College of Radiology (ACR) acknowledges the importance of the new American Cancer Society recommendations for lung cancer screening using CT, but also stressed that appropriate guidelines and practice standards are needed. ACR said these must be created and implemented to ensure that patients nationwide have access to uniform quality care and can expect a similar life-saving benefit from these exams as demonstrated in clinical trials.The ACR is compiling and reviewing evidence in creation of ACR guidelines for CT lung cancer screening to ensure the exams are performed using proper personnel, equipment, protocols and proper follow-up. More information, including the cost-effectiveness analysis from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), is expected to be published in the coming months, which will help determine, direct and strengthen the sustainability of such a screening program. This scientific process is important to the long-term viability of a CT lung cancer screening program and may take more than a year to complete.Among the limitations and harms posed by CT screening are missed cancers, anxiety associated with abnormal results, the need for additional imaging tests and biopsies, investigation of incidental findings not related to the lungs, and exposure to radiation from repeated tests.The recommendations emphasize that smoking cessation counseling remains a high priority for clinical attention in discussions with current smokers, and that screening should not be viewed as an alternative to smoking cessation.The hope is that the guideline will lead adults at high risk of lung cancer to become informed about the potential to detect lung cancer early, and to be referred to institutions that can deliver high-quality services, and that screening will contribute to additional declines in lung cancer mortality. However, the authors caution that the implementation of high-quality lung cancer screening in the United States poses many challenges, stating that “[whether] community-based screening for lung cancer with LDCT will exceed or fail to achieve the benefit observed in the NLST could be influenced by many factors, and the answer awaits the results of further observation and research.”Reference:Wender R, Fontham E, Barrera E, et al (2013). American Cancer Society lung cancer screening guidelines: CA Cancer Journal for Clinicians. doi: 10.3322/caac.21172. Published online ahead of print at cacancerjournal.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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Toxic spill in Vietnam seriously damages fish beaches tourism

first_img Posted by Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Toxic spill in Vietnam seriously damages fish, beaches, tourism << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press HANOI — A Vietnamese government minister says it’s now safe to swim at most beaches in four central provinces where massive fish deaths occurred more than four months ago because of toxic chemicals released by a Taiwanese steel company.The online newspaper VnExpress quoted Environment Minister Tran Hong Ha as telling a conference Monday that aquaculture is now also safe in most areas, but that research by the Ministry of Health is needed to determine whether it’s safe to eat fish caught within 20 nautical miles (23 miles, 37 kilometres) off the coast of the four affected provinces.Professor Mai Trong Nhuan, who headed a team of Vietnamese and foreign scientists commissioned by the government to study the impact of the disaster, told the conference that the chemicals, including cyanide and carbolic acids, are becoming more dilute, according to VnExpress.Nhuan said the marine ecosystem, including coral reefs, sea grasses and other marine resources that were seriously damaged, has begun to recover.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe factory, owned by the Formosa Plastics Group, acknowledged in June that it was responsible for the pollution that killed large numbers of fish off the central Vietnamese coast, and pledged to pay $500 million to clean it up and compensate affected people.The country’s worst environmental disaster has devastated the fishing and tourism industries in the region.The government said in a report to the National Assembly in July that the disaster harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen.An estimated 115 tons of fish washed ashore along more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) of the central coast in April, the report said. The pollution sparked rare protests across the country.Formosa Plastics’s $10.6 billion steel complex in Ha Tinh province includes a steel plant, a power plant and a deep sea port, and is one of the largest foreign investments in Vietnam. Sharelast_img read more

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Following delays airlines can begin bundling Costa Rica exit tax into ticket

first_imgAirlines operating in Costa Rica finally can start including the country’s $29 exit tax into the cost of flights next week, according to Vice President Ana Helena Chacón, who made the announcement at the president’s weekly press conference at Casa Presidencial on Tuesday.The vice president said the Finance Ministry’s system for collecting the tax could be operational as early as the week of Feb. 23. The system, Exonet, was supposed to go live in December 2014 but had been tied up for months with technical delays and bureaucratic wrangling between the Foreign Ministry and the Immigration Administration. Chacón said that Exonet is in its final testing phase and previous concerns have been resolved.The tax, which has been in place since 2003, currently is paid at a special counter at the airport, Bancrédito branches, or at travel agencies. A passenger must pay it before checking in for a flight. The line to pay the tax has been known to snake out of the terminal at Juan Santamaría International Airport outside of San José, during the tourism high season from December to April.The International Airline Association released a statement in December 2014 saying that the exit tax would only be included in fares if passengers bought their tickets on or after the day of the announcement and left Costa Rica on or later than the date of the airlines’ implementation.Despite Chacón’s assurances, no airlines have yet announced when they will begin using the Exonet system. Facebook Comments Related posts:Travelers in Costa Rica can pay departure tax at airports for 3 more months Deep Discounts: Southwest Airlines starts daily service to Costa Rica on March 7 Travelers beware: Plane ticket to Peru no guarantee of visa Hackers with ties to China said to breach United Airlineslast_img read more

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African migrants find shelter in EU heart after hard journey

first_imgSince January, The Associated Press has followed a 45-member group of West Africans as they traveled by foot and cramped smugglers’ vehicles from Greece to Hungary via the Balkans. The route, accessed from refugee-clogged Turkey, is already the second-most popular way to gain illegal entry to the 28-nation European Union and its two biggest destinations: Germany and France. Unprecedented waves of Asian, Arab and African migrants are taking the slow, grueling route in preference to a sea crossing from North Africa, the quicker but reckless path to Italy. Thousands making that journey have drowned in the Mediterranean over the past year.Charlemagne and several other migrants interviewed by the AP have documented the Balkans’ own risks: deadly night trains that crush trekkers trapped on ridges, bridges and inside tunnels; robberies by criminal gangs and corrupt police hovering like vultures on the route; smugglers who hold their own clients hostage, raping women and beating men, until distant relatives wire extra cash; staggering hunger and thirst as hikes supposed to take days stretch into weeks.By April the travelers finally reached Hungary, from which they could travel by jitney cabs and public transport links within the largely passport-free EU to Germany and France. The vast majority of the West Africans reached their destinations by May, having paid a series of Asian and African smugglers more than 5,000 euros ($5,500) to cover every link in the chain from Turkey to the EU’s eastern frontier. BRIETLINGEN, Germany (AP) — Hilarion Charlemagne presents his tattered sneakers as a badge of honor. Worn bare and fraying, they tell the tale of his journey across two continents that often felt like it might never end.Charlemagne has finally arrived in his promised land — and can feel the soil of Germany through the holes in his heels. “I won’t be needing these shoes much longer,” said the 45-year-old teacher, who has spent four years traveling from his native Ivory Coast through the Sahara, Asia Minor and the Balkans to reach this moment of safety and hope. Top Stories The woman, who didn’t want to be named, said her family fled their native Poland in 1945 as the Russians closed in, so she relates to the Africans’ “feeling of the unknown” as newcomers.For now, Charlemagne is focused on quickly learning enough German to demonstrate his earnestness and impress his hosts, to win residency and start to earn cash that he can wire home to relatives.With two sons aged 8 and 10 living with a sister in Ivory Coast following the break-up of his marriage, he hopes he eventually can bring them both to Germany. He describes Ivory Coast as an economic dead end that imprisons his boys in poverty.“In my life there’s been a lot of suffering. I wouldn’t like for my children to suffer the way I have,” he said, tears welling, anguish in his voice. “Even if I have to sacrifice myself for their future, I’m always ready to do that for my children — to give them their own wings.”___Pogatchnik reported from Dublin. Associated Press reporters Raphael Satter in Istanbul and Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility While Germany has proven to be comparatively generous to arrivals, France is posing a tougher test.Neither nation permits the asylum-seekers to work while their cases are under review, but Germany gives the newcomers often high-quality housing in bucolic suburban settings along with monthly payments in the low three figures. Germany received 202,834 asylum-seekers in 2014 — nearly a third of the EU total — and expects that number to double, at least, this year to another record high.By contrast migrants arriving in France have described difficulty in finding shelter, reduced to sofa-surfing with friends or sleeping rough, and receiving only petty cash from France’s struggling asylum support systems. France already has conferred refugee status on more than 250,000 foreigners, and last year received another 101,895 asylum applicants, second most in the EU. The French Office for Protection of Refugees and Expatriates cannot directly house most of them with waiting lists of a year or more.German authorities have placed Charlemagne and three other West African migrants in a two-apartment residence in the Lower Saxony town of Brietlingen, population 3,400, where fields of strawberries and white asparagus dominate the landscape. The neighbors, a retired German couple, don’t speak French or know where Ivory Coast is. Charlemagne calls the 70-something woman “Oma,” German for grandma. How men can have a healthy 2019 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Comments   Share   In this June 13, 2015 photo Jean Paul Apetey , left, and a fellow asylum seeker walk through the northern German village of Otter. Apetey enjoyed a well-organized, warm arrival in the north German state of Lower Saxony. (AP Photo/Dalton Bennett) The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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Turkish Airlines launches new direct flights from Middle East and Germany to

first_imgTurkish Airlines has recently announced new direct flights from various cities in the Middle East and Germany to some of the cities in Turkey such as Bodrum, Antalya and Trabzon and the Middle East, beginning from June 2017. Turkish Airlines will continue to offer alternative routes to cater to the permanently increasing passenger traffic in this region as it launches direct flights between Kuwait, Riyadh, Dammam, Al Qassim, Baghdad, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Amman and some domestic destinations of Turkey.In this context, Turkish Airlines will be providing a total of 16 weekly flights between Jeddah, Kuwait, Riyadh, Al Qassim, Yanbu, Medina and Trabzon. Furthermore, the global carrier will also be providing 13 weekly flights between Jeddah, Baghdad, Erbil, Riyadh, Amman, Kuwait, Sulaymaniyah and Antalya during this summer.Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart are other cities benefitting from the new direct flights, connecting travellers from Germany to Izmir. Additionally, passengers from Kuwait will also be able to travel directly to Izmir.Commenting these direct flights, Turkish Airlines’ Deputy Chairman and CEO, Bilal Ekşi, said, “We are always looking to provide our passengers with the most convenient and time-efficient way of travel. Tourists worldwide have been continuously increasing due to the fantastic attractions and features provided by all our Turkish cities. As we move forward, our goal will be to create these direct flights from all the markets; we operate globally so that travellers can now fly directly to their destination of choice.”last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The new commercial joi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe new commercial joint venture which was concluded between the Lufthansa Group and Singapore Airlines in November 2015 is bearing its first fruit. Collaboration partners Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines are expanding their codeshare agreements. As a result, customers of all three airlines are now offered even more destinations and even more connections.  In addition to the Lufthansa Group’s Frankfurt hub, Singapore Airline’s expanded codeshare connections now offer customers more than 20 convenient codeshare routings via the Group’s Munich and Zurich hubs to and from various points in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.Lufthansa and Swiss, meanwhile, are adding the following new codeshare connections in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific to their timetables:Lufthansa from Frankfurt via Singapore now also to:Indonesia:DenpasarJakarta  Swiss from Zurich via Singapore now also to:AdelaideBrisbaneMelbournePerthSydneyJakartaKuala LumpurAucklandChristchurchcenter_img Travellers to these destinations can now fly Lufthansa from Frankfurt or Swiss from Zurich to Singapore and then change seamlessly onto their connecting Singapore Airlines flight with a Lufthansa/Swiss flight number. Any registered baggage checked-in in Germany or Switzerland will be checked right through to their final destination. And, as before, travellers can earn and redeem miles with the partner airline concerned under Miles & More and other Star Alliance frequent flyer programs.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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NEW YORK NY – Roseanne star Laurie Metcalf an

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Roseanne” star Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow of “The Crown” are poised to star as Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton in a new Broadway play.“Hillary and Clinton,” by Lucas Hnath, author of “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” is slated to open on Broadway in spring 2019. The play is set in New Hampshire during the early days of 2008 as Hillary Clinton tries to save her troubled campaign for president.Two-time Tony winner Metcalf played a Hillary Clinton supporter in the “Roseanne” reboot earlier this year and continues her role as Jackie on the spinoff, “The Conners.” Two-time Tony winner Lithgow has had notable turns on “Dexter” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.” Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow to play Bill, Hillary Clinton by The Associated Press Posted Oct 4, 2018 10:18 am PDT Last Updated Oct 4, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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