How a Quebec program set the world standard for childcare

first_imgYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca. If you want to make it possible for families to afford downtown city living, or if you want to address the gender imbalance in the workforce, you have to figure out childcare. Most cities, or even countries, have not. But Quebec has. The province’s government daycare program is 25 years old, which is a long enough timeline to assess its impact, and the results are eye-opening.What’s so different about Quebec? What kind of numbers are we talking about? How can the rest of Canada and the world follow suit? And what else do we need to do if our best hope for a sustainable world is packing more families into the heart of our cities?GUEST: Molly McCluskey, writer, series editor, Room to Grow, CityLabAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_01282019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Anna Paquin on returning to Canada for Bellevue and Alias Grace

first_img Login/Register With: “I don’t really think about what kind of work I’m doing and where in such a conscious way, as far as, ‘Oh, I want to go do TV in this country’ or ‘I want to do a movie here’ or whatever,” said Paquin. Facebook Shooting on “Bellevue” took place in and around Montreal from September to December. Advertisement “I read material and if I respond to it, that’s great. It just so happened that I ended up doing two shows for Canadian television back-to-back…. I just go where the interesting people and material is and right now, that was here in Canada.” “I moved back here from Los Angeles in 2010 and it just so happened, when I moved back for the first number of years, I did American projects all over the place, not in Toronto,” said Doyle, a Wabush, N.L., native who’s made a splash on series including “Lost” and “Big Love.” Advertisement Advertisement The Canada depicted in “Bellevue” is a bleak mining community that’s fallen on hard times and was also struck by a killer 20 years ago. Annie’s father was a cop on that case but couldn’t solve the crime and ended up committing suicide. The Winnipeg native, who grew up in New Zealand and became a star in Hollywood, says she just goes where the work is good. And right now that’s here, with the upcoming “Alias Grace” miniseries and the new CBC drama “Bellevue,” which premieres Monday. “And then I guess the trend is shifting in this country and I feel like we’re starting to — once again, because it’s happened before — that we’re starting to take pride in our own stories and that we understand that we can compete on the global marketplace in terms of quality and production value and interesting, great writers we have here,” continued Doyle, who’s also in the new series “Frontier,” which was largely shot in Newfoundland.center_img Writer Jane Maggs and veteran producer/director Adrienne Mitchell created the series, which also stars Allen Leech as Annie’s on-again, off-again ex. “I find it very soothing,” said Paquin, who posted photos of herself at the march on her Twitter account. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter “That had a really profound effect on her and she kind of went off the rails, so to speak, for a while, but has channelled all of that level of risk-taking and passion and need for a high-intensity life into a job where that is actually a benefit — even though it means sometimes she breaks the rules a little bit,” said Paquin, who won an Oscar at age 11 for “The Piano.” “We’re starting to understand that if we can be specific to a Canadian story, that that specificity will translate universally. Because it’s just human stories at the end of the day, so it’s really exciting to see that happening, that we’re really owning all the colours that we can be here in Canada.” In her downtime, Paquin was “a prodigious” knitter, said Doyle. Turns out she was knitting pink hats to wear in last month’s Women’s March in Toronto. Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin of “True Blood” fame says she didn’t deliberately set out to work so much in her birth country — Canada — in the past year. “The symbolism of a peaceful protest that is brought together by a whole bunch of people knitting hats, I think is kind of fantastic as far as taking things that are large and terrifying and scary that are happening politically in the world and turning it into something empowering and positive and beautiful.” “Bellevue” stars Paquin as Annie, a fearless detective with a wild past in a small blue-collar town. When a transgender teen goes missing, Annie goes to great lengths to investigate alongside the police chief, played by Shawn Doyle.last_img read more

Modi will be removed Cong will form govt Rahul Gandhi

first_imgRaichur (Karna): Attacking the Prime Minister, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Friday alleged people of the country “have decided” to remove Narendra Modi and asserted his party would form the government after the Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a rally here in north Karnataka, Gandhi said Modi talks about security of the nation “but making crores of youth unemployed” does not strengthen the nation. “People have decided in 2019 that in Karnataka, Congress and JD(S), in Andhra Pradesh Naidu (Chandrababu Naidu) and across the country those who are fighting against BJP, they will win. Narendra Modi will be removed from Delhi,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gandhi, who addressed a rally in Gujarat earlier in the day said, “People have decided. Im telling you people of Gujarat have decided, Im coming from Gujarat. There is an undercurrent in favour of Congress in Gujarat.” “People of Gujarat are saying, leave alone the country, Narendra Modi has not done anything for Gujarat….Lakhs of acres of our land were given to big business people,” Gandhi said. Assuring the Congress and JDS workers that the alliance of the two parties would win here (in Karnataka), he said, “in Delhi, Congress will form the government.”last_img read more

Mário Soares legacy goes far beyond Portugal says UN chief Guterres as

“I wish first of all to convey to his family – in particular to his daughter, son, and grandchildren – my deepest and warmest condolences. I have spoken with his daughter Isabel and son João, to whom I conveyed my sympathy at this painful moment,” said Mr. Guterres in a statement. The UN chief, who is himself Portuguese, said Mr. Soares has left an indelible mark on political life in Portugal, the result of his steadfast and courageous political commitment and the principles and values that he consistently pursued throughout his life. Liberty was always his foundational value, he added.“To a great extent, we are indebted to him for the democracy, the freedom and the respect for fundamental rights that all Portuguese have been able to enjoy in recent decades, and that are today established values in our country,” noted Mr. Guterres.Paying tribute to Mr. Soares, “who will, I am certain, remain in our memory and in the history of our country as a man of freedom, who wanted all to live in liberty, and fought for his entire life to realize that hope,” the Secretary-General added that the late leader’s legacy goes far beyond Portugal. Indeed, this is not only because Mr. Soares was responsible for Portugal’s full integration into the international community, “but also because his commitment to freedom and democracy make him one of those rare political leaders of true European and global stature,” concluded Mr. Guterres. Mário Soares, Prime Minister of Portugal from 1976 to 1978, as well as during the early 1980s, was the country’s President from 1986 to 1996. read more

UN agency ready to play essential role in verifying DPRK nuclear programme

Yukiya Amano, Director General of the UN agency, was addressing its Board of Governors meeting in Vienna.“The Agency is closely following developments related to the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We continue to enhance our readiness to play an essential role in verifying the DPRK’s nuclear programme if a political agreement is reached among countries concerned,” he said.In September last year, the IAEA established a team in its Department of Safeguards, to enhance its ability to monitor the country’s nuclear programme.At the time, North Korea, officially known as DPRK, had just launched its sixth and largest nuclear test since its programme began in 2006.Last month, the DPRK announced it had dismantled and closed its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri, a move that was welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.We continue to enhance our readiness to play an essential role in verifying the DPRK’s nuclear programme if a political agreement is reached among countries concerned – Yukiya Amano (IAEA)This followed an historic summit held in April between the country’s leader Kim Jong Un and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, during which they signed a declaration covering several issues, including the goal of realizing the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.In another first, the North Korean leader and United States President Donald Trump are due to meet in Singapore next week where the nuclear issue is expected to be on the agenda.“The DPRK Team in the Safeguards Department and my Executive Group, both of which were formed last year, have intensified their efforts to ensure that the Agency will be ready to promptly undertake any activities that we may be requested to conduct, subject to authorization by the Board of Governors,” Mr. Amano said.Turning to Iran, the IAEA chief reported that the agency continues to verify and monitor the country’s implementation of commitments under a 2015 agreement.Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal provides the IAEA with wider access to information about the country’s nuclear programme.The agreement includes an Additional Protocol that enables IAEA inspectors to access any location in Iran.“The Agency has conducted complementary accesses under the Additional Protocol to all the sites and locations in Iran which we needed to visit,” Mr. Amano stated.“Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access would facilitate implementation of the Additional Protocol and enhance confidence.”He also noted that the United States, one of six countries party to the agreement, had announced its withdrawal from the JCPOA in May. read more

English Soccer Adopts Rooney Rule for National Team Jobs

Team GB women’s soccer head coach Hope Powell at a press conference at Wembley Stadium in London. English soccer leaders want to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate in future for jobs around the national teams. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)LONDON (AP) — English soccer leaders want to interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate in future for national team management jobs.The English Football Association is emulating the NFL and its Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview a diverse pool of candidates for coaching and management positions.There has never been a non-white manager of the England men’s team, but the women’s team was led into the 2007 and 2011 World Cups by Hope Powell, who is black. There is currently one black manager of a Premier League team — Chris Hughton at Brighton.Setting out the FA’s plans for the year, chief executive Martin Glenn said at least one black and minority ethnic (BAME) candidate will be interviewed for all future jobs around the national teams if they have the right qualifications and experience.“It is the right thing to do but there is also a business case for it,” Glenn said at Wembley Stadium. “If your management team reflects more the people that you are serving then you’re going to make correct decisions.“What we’re seeing now is more BAME players and what we want to do is make sure that post their playing career there’s an opportunity for them to carry on contributing and that they feel the FA is also for them.”The FA’s desire to ensure the England management is more diverse following a damaging row around the women’s team. Former manager Mark Sampson was found to have racially discriminated against two of his players, while goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall left his role after addressing striker Eni Aluko using a mock Caribbean accent.“It’s all about improving performance by making the England players feel like the setup is more inclusive,” Glenn said.The Rooney Rule was named after campaigning Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, who died last year. read more

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa named semifinalist for Bednarik Award

Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) lines up prior to a play during the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. OSU lost 31-16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given to the defensive player of the year, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday afternoon.Bosa ranks second in the Big Ten with 10 tackles for loss, which leads the team. He also has racked up a team-high four sacks. Bosa was named a co-defensive player of the game by Ohio State’s coaching staff for his performance in the Buckeyes’ 39-38 win against Penn State Saturday. Bosa only had one tackle versus the Nittany Lions, but head coach Urban Meyer said during Monday’s press conference the defensive end also had seven quarterback pressures. Ohio State’s defensive front, which includes Bosa, held Penn State running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley to 44 yards on 21 carries, including a 36-yard carry that accounted for the bulk of his production.In the offseason, defensive ends Bosa and Tyquan Lewis, cornerback Denzel Ward and linebacker Jerome Baker were named to the Bednarik Award watch list.Bosa will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when the Buckeyes head to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Hawkeyes. read more

Family seeking help to locate missing Corentyne man

A Tain, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) family is in a frantic search for a man who disappeared some two weeks ago.The missing man is 60-year-old Samuel Pargass of Sixth Street, Tain Settlement.Today will make it 14 days since he went missing. According to the missing man’s wife, the retired cane harvester walked out of the yard two weeks ago.Missing: 60-year-old Samuel Pargass“After he take breakfast, he put on his cap and slippers and he gone,” Mrs Pargass said.She said she warned him that the sun was hot and it might be better if he did not go out at that time.“He still gone, he ready and he raise he hand an gee mi and gone,” the woman said.She related that she later went out and was expecting to find her husband at home when she returned; however, he did not return.That evening, the search started and the search party went West up to the village of Albion and to Manchester in the east. “He would normally go and walk and come home back. We check all dem family who he does go an walk by. Sometime when he come back an ah ask he where he been, he would say he went by street side wid dem boys,” she explained.Noting that her husband did consume alcohol, the 59-year-old woman said on many occasions he would go fishing and, in 2014, he went missing for one night.Pargass was last seen clad in a lilac long-sleeve shirt, short pants and a pair of slippers, reportedly heading towards the Upper Corentyne area on foot.Mrs Pargass, who has lived with her husband since 1980, explained that the couple, along with a niece, lived in the house. Three weeks before the disappearance of Pargass, the niece left for overseas and was expected back the very day he went missing.Mrs Pargass further related that in recent times, her husband would sit without speaking unless spoken to. “If I ask he something, he would answer, but he don’t say anything to me.”The distraught woman said during the past year she took him to see a psychiatrist. “The doctor say everything okay and give him some medication…  I can’t say if he has lost his mind and don’t know where he is.”Two days after the disappearance of Pargass, a man reported seeing him standing in front of a business place at Number 35 Village. However, the family received this information the following day and when they arrived, he was not there.Persons have also reportedly seen him at Number 55 Village, but that was one week ago. “We look all over. We look on all dem beach, backdam and we asking people in dem village till up the Corentyne.”Persons who may have information on the disappearance of Pargass are asked to call his wife on 337-1619, 612-8973 or 650-4935. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSugar estates closure tragedy… “Sometimes my children wake up hungry and all I can do is cry” – mother of 4September 30, 2018In “Featured”19-year-old UG student missingJuly 7, 2016In “latest news”Crabwood Creek man ‘disappears’ during fishing expeditionAugust 7, 2017In “Local News” read more

Stress over brothel phone calls drove Greek Australian to kill wife

first_imgA 61-year-old Greek Australian man killed the love of his life after becoming depressed because he was under investigation for a rape case 30 years ago, and the couple’s home had been bombarded with misdirected phone calls to a Melbourne brothel, a court has heard.George Misalis killed his wife Zaharia in March 2013 in a mystifying attack that he has been unable to explain, other than to claim she had made an inflammatory comment.Misalis strangled his wife of nearly 40 years with a ligature in their South Morang home before stabbing her body with scissors.At a plea hearing, his lawyer Peter Morrissey SC told Justice Betty King that Misalis had plunged into depression shortly before the murder.This followed him being interviewed by police about a 30-year-old rape and falling from a balcony, rendering him unable to work.“He had a number of stressors and he just wasn’t able to handle them,” Mr Morrissey said.The couple’s home had also been subjected to repeated calls from ‘brothel seekers’ because their home number was similar to a brothel in Carlton.“There were beastly individuals on the other end of the line,” Mr Morrissey said.The couple had three children, who provided their father with a character reference.Misalis initially pleaded not guilty to his wife’s murder but subsequently changed his plea to guilty, avoiding a trial.He will be sentenced at a later date.Source: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Steven Gerrard hails Defoes loan deal

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard says signing Jermain Defoe on an 18-month loan deal is a win-win for the club.Rangers sealed the signing of Bournemouth striker Jerman Defoe on loan on Sunday. The 36-year-old will stay with the Scottish club till the summer of 2020.Defoe joined the Rangers squad at their training camp in Tenerife on Monday, and Gerrard was relieved to see the deal completed.“To be honest Bournemouth are the key to getting Jermain here, they’ve been super helpful,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.“I must say a huge thank you to Eddie Howe who’s been very understanding. I think he’s been very respectful to Jermain and his career and I think it’s a win-win situation for everyone.“Jermain gets the move he wants, he gets to play. He wants to score goals, we can provide that stage for him.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The fans are super excited and so are the staff to work with him. I know more than most what he’s about, what he’s capable of.“People talk about his age which is fine but I know the player, I know the professional.“I know he’s in a very young body, he doesn’t drink, he works exceptionally hard.“I met him recently and he’s in fantastic shape so a lot of work’s gone into it from myself and Mark (Allen, director of football).“We’ve been monitoring the situation for a long time but it wasn’t until of late that we approached Bournemouth and they’ve been super helpful.last_img read more

Week Ahead The Stakes Are About To Get Really High For Republicans

first_img Share Alex Wong/Getty Images (NPR)President Trump meets with congressional leaders in the Oval Office at the White House on Sept. 6. The deadline to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling is coming up on Dec. 8.It’s back to work this week for President Trump and Republicans after Thanksgiving — and they have a lot to do.Remember when Trump made that deal with “Chuck and Nancy” to avoid a shutdown and raise the debt ceiling? Well, the deadline to und the government is again fast approaching. Trump and congressional leaders have less than two weeks — until next Friday, Dec. 8 — to get it done. And this week begins a big push.The four congressional leaders — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — head to the White House Tuesday to talk about that deadline and end-of-year legislation. Trump also heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to join the GOP policy lunch to talk taxes. Republicans are trying to get taxes done by Christmas.That means there’s a lot to do in a very short time, and the stakes couldn’t be higher for Republicans. Just four days after the shutdown deadline, it’s the Alabama Senate race. And the Democrat there, Doug Jones, has at least a 50-50 chance of winning.Sexual harassment likely to continue to dominate on Capitol HillFrom NPR’s Arnie Seipel, deputy political editor: Possibly overshadowing Republican progress on taxes is the fallout from sexual harassment allegations against two highly visible Democrats, who both say they will not resign their seats. Soon after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declined to say if she believed women who have brought allegations against Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., her office announced he would step down from his post as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.Pelosi’s initial responses in an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press begged for some cleanup, though a Democratic aide told NPR’s Scott Detrow that efforts had previously been underway to “lay the groundwork for him to step aside gracefully.” Conyers still denies the allegations against him.Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., will return to work, and he’s vowing to regain the trust of Minnesota voters after allegations that he inappropriately groped women during photos. Those followed the allegations by a woman who did USO tours with Franken and said he forcibly kissed her. Franken was also photographed groping her breasts through a flak jacket on a cargo plane. Franken told Minnesota Public Radio over the weekend that he was “ashamed” seeing that photo, but it remains to be seen how willing his colleagues are to accept his response in the current climate surrounding sexual harassment.More shoes could drop, too. The House is set to make harassment-prevention training mandatory for all members and staff with a vote on Wednesday. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who has been leading efforts to reform the reporting process for victims on Capitol Hill, says that the two current members she said she knows of who have been subject to a “review” over such allegations have still not been revealed publicly.Flynn still haunting Trump Does another shoe drop this week in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference? The New York Times reports that Michael Flynn, the former Trump national security adviser, may be close to a deal or cooperating with Mueller’s team. The Times reports that Flynn’s team has ended an information-sharing agreement with Trump’s lawyers. Trump’s lawyers are trying to downplay that as likely meaning Flynn is about to plead.“General Flynn’s lawyers possibly entering into a potential plea is not unexpected,” attorney Jay Sekulow told NPR’s Tamara Keith. “No one should draw the conclusion that this means anything about General Flynn cooperating against the president.”Of course, that’s the best-case scenario for Trump. The alternative — that Flynn is cooperating — is not what Trump’s team wants. Flynn isn’t someone Trump’s team can dismiss as a minor player. He was essentially Trump’s top foreign policy adviser and with him throughout the campaign. If Flynn has flipped, that could spell trouble for Trump because it means he is not the end of the investigation but the beginning.Flynn’s lawyer, when contacted by NPR, had no comment.We should remember that Mueller has proved he knows far more than has leaked and has already shown that he has surprises up his sleeve.Trump to campaign with Moore? By the way, President Trump teased that he might campaign with Roy Moore, the scandal-plagued Republican in the Alabama race.“I’ll be letting you know next week,” Trump said before leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday in response to a reporter about whether he would campaign with Moore after giving what amounted to an endorsement of him.We will watch for that, but this president has a history of saying “we’ll see” or teasing that something will come in a week or two … and then it doesn’t.Big-game-hunting decision comingTrump also teased that he would come up with a decision this week possibly reversing his administration’s lifting of a ban on bringing back big-game trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe.It was a prime example of Trump being influenced by conservative commentators and cable news, as the Washington Post’s James Hohmann noted.Of course, not everyone in the family might agree that killing big game is a “horror show.”The deep end: Where the wavering votes on taxes standRepublicans can lose only two votes in the Senate on the tax bill. They already passed it out of the House, but there are several senators not completely sold yet, and balancing all of their disparate wants and needs might not prove so simple.Not helping the GOP’s cause is that they’re fighting an uphill battle when it comes to public support — a Quinnipiac poll found a majority (52 percent) disapprove of the GOP’s tax efforts. Just a quarter (25 percent) approve of the bills, both of which would permanently slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent.That’s despite a group aligned with Ryan that has spent roughly $20 million on advertising and efforts to help pass the tax bill. A progressive group was later to the game but has now launched ads in states of vulnerable 2018 senators — or ones who might be wavering on the tax bill.Here’s a look at the senators who could make or break the deal:Susan Collins, R-Maine: “I want to see changes,” Collins has said. What does she want? She wants the Affordable Care Act mandate repeal dropped; to keep the corporate tax rate 39.6 percent for the wealthiest; to make individual tax breaks last permanently. Currently they are temporary, and the corporate cut is permanent; she wants to make the corporate tax rate 22 percent and use the money to pay for reinstatement of the state and local tax deduction.Bob Corker, R-Tenn.: Corker is known as a deficit hawk. He is among a few other senators who are working to squeeze what they believe is a more honest estimate for how much the bill will actually cost. It is about $1.5 trillion now, but that’s with the individual cuts calculated as temporary.But there’s a strong likelihood they are made permanent after they expire. The Bush tax cuts were temporary, too, but President Obama went along to make them permanent. No president wants to be viewed as the one who raised taxes on most people. Corker wants a bill that “reduces deficits and does not add to deficits with reasonable and responsible growth models. And unless we can make it permanent, I don’t have any interest in it,” he said.Ted Cruz, R-Texas: He teamed up with Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rand Paul of Kentucky to get a repeal of the ACA mandate into the bill. He is in favor of ending the state and local tax deduction but is concerned that eliminating SALT would be an effective tax increase on people in high-tax states. He would like to see the tax rates lowered enough so the deduction can be eliminated.Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.: He is also concerned about the deficit. “We desperately need tax reform.” But it should be “really tax reform and not just tax cuts.”Ron Johnson, R-Wis. and Steve Daines, R-Mont.: Johnson and Daines wants small businesses, and their owners who use so-called “pass throughs,” to see a bigger cut, on par with the 20 percent given to corporations. (Pass through is the term for how small-business owners pay taxes. The profits and losses of the businesses “pass through” to the owner.) The tax bills would lower the pass-through rate to 25 percent, but the small-business lobby wants it lower, and Johnson and Daines are working with them. There’s a difference here, though, between small-business owners and corporate CEOs. The small-business owners’ income is mixed in with business money. Corporate CEOs pay a much higher rate for personal income.John McCain, R-Ariz.: He continues to be focused on the process and wants senators to offer amendments.Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska: The tax bill got a boost when Murkowski said she was OK with the mandate repeal being included. “I believe that the federal government should not force anyone to buy something they do not wish to buy, in order to avoid being taxed,” Murkowski wrote in an op-ed for an Alaska newspaper. She was one of three Republicans to vote against the various iterations of the GOP health care proposals.She didn’t say whether she was a “yes” on the tax overhaul, but the bill does include a section aimed at winning her vote — expanded oil drilling in Alaska. Murkowski has lobbied for decades to allow for drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, known as ANWR. The tax bill includes a measure to allow those rights while raising roughly $1.1 billion dollars in new federal revenue.Rand Paul, R-Ky.: He’s a budget hawk but was one of the senators in favor of repealing the ACA mandate and making it part of the tax overhaul. An aide tells CNN that Paul is now likely to support the bill’s passage. But gaining Paul’s support could imperil Collins’ or that of others who aren’t in favor of the mandate being part of it.NPR Congressional Reporter Kelsey Snell contributed to this report.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Study linking browser choice and IQ level a hoax

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com IQ level tied to choice of internet browser Explore further The bogus report claimed that users of Microsoft’s line of browsers scored lower on IQ tests than those for virtually all other browsers. Now it turns out, the whole thing was completely made up by someone claiming to be Tarandeep Gill. The story appeared fishy to many readers of the report who then began to do a little digging. Another site, Central Test, was found that appeared to have ties to the first, going so far as to use the same photographs for supposed employees of the company. Further research showed that the AptiQuant site, the original source of the “study” had appeared on the internet just about the same time as the IQ/browser story broke.It appears leading news organizations around the world were duped by the perpetuator of this hoax, including the BBC, Forbes and CNN. Also, it should be noted that it appears that the Central Test site was a victim itself, as it appears Mr. Gill, if that is indeed his real name, simply copied information and pictures from that site and presented them as his own.Now that the hoax has been uncovered, the AptiQuant site has updated its About Us page and freely admits to the hoax and offers an explanation of how it got started and why.Mr. “Gill” (who says he’s from Toronto Canada, not San Francisco) says it was all born out of frustration with the worldwide Internet Explorer user community who have been clinging steadfastly to outdated versions of the venerable browser, causing him difficulty in creating his website, AtCheap.com, that would support virtually anyone who visited. He claims it was not a “cheap publicity stunt” but an “honest” attempt to push such users away from IE browsers to those he considered a better choice for everyone.He adds that he sent out the press release in hopes of attracting as much attention as possible, but was surprised himself at the amount of press that was received, and suggests it happened because other people felt as he did. He concludes by apologizing to Central Test for stealing their copy and photos and to those Internet Explorer users who felt insulted by both how he worded his press release and for implying they were less intelligent than other people. Citation: Study linking browser choice and IQ level a hoax (2011, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-linking-browser-choice-iq-hoax.html In a truly bizarre case of what is both right and wrong with modern technology, a hoax has been uncovered regarding a story about a psychometric consulting company that had supposedly undertaken a study correlating IQ levels to choice of browser. 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.last_img read more

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first_img News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Feature | May 15, 2012 | Dave Fornell Trends and Advances in Cardiac SPECT and SPECT/CT News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Digirad – www.digirad.comGE Healthcare – www.gehealthcare.comPhilips Healthcare – www.healthcare.philips.comSiemens Medical Solutions – www.medical.siemens.com Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Myocardial perfusion study performed on a Philips Precedence SPECT/CT system showing ischemia.Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) remains a well-entrenched imaging modality for nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) more than 30 years after its introduction. Due to SPECT’s reliability, cost-effectiveness and the wealth of data showing its clinical validation, it remains more common in MPI than its competition, positron emission tomography (PET). This is despite data showing PET’s much shorter scan times, fewer artifacts and better accuracy. The high cost of the only FDA-approved, generator-based PET MPI agent, CardioGen-82, is a key factor keeping SPECT as the dominant modality. Cardiac PET took a further blow this past year when CardioGen-82 was abruptly pulled off the U.S. market in July 2011, after two patients set off radiation detectors at U.S. border crossings due to strontium breakthroughs. The agent uses a strontium (Sr)-82 generator to produce a rubidium (Rb)-82 radiotracer injection, but it requires close daily monitoring to prevent breakthroughs. The manufacturer, Bracco, is working with the FDA to bring the radiotracer back to market.While SPECT technology has remained somewhat stagnant over the years, recent advances have improved the speed of exams and the diagnostic accuracy of the modality. New gamma camera technology has allowed imaging times to be reduced from about 15-20 minutes down to about two to four minutes. Advances include both new camera design for better photon acquisition and sensitivity and better image reconstruction software.[1] Wide beam reconstruction (WBR), a software program from UltraSPECT, reduces both dose and image acquisition time by 50 percent for SPECT MPI.[2] Researchers found that with either half the dose of Tc-99m sestamibi or half the acquisition time, WBR resulted in image quality superior to processing with today’s widely used OSEM (ordered subset expectation maximization) software. WBR’s reconstruction algorithm incorporates depth-dependent resolution recovery and image noise modeling to deliver a higher quality image with lower count density data. Newer SystemsThe adoption of combined SPECT/CT in one imaging system using a single patient table is growing. The combination of CT (computed tomography) offers anatomical imaging in addition to the functional molecular imaging of SPECT. In addition, CT is used for attenuation correction, resulting in better SPECT image quality and reduction in attenuation artifacts, especially in obese patients. A major trend is the development of new dedicated cameras/detectors for cardiac-specific imaging. Spectrum Dynamics D-SPECT last year introduced a new-generation cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) detector that enables high-resolution, low-dose nuclear scans.Frost & Sullivan recently recognized Siemens with the 2011 North America Product Differentiation Excellence of the Year Award for its IQ-SPECT system. It offers high-quality imaging by achieving maximum counts in one-fourth the amount of time required by conventional SPECT systems. The system features special collimators to focus on the heart, collecting up to four times more counts than conventional, parallel-hole collimators. A 3-D reconstruction algorithm models the position of each of the 48,000 collimator holes on each detector. This enables sophisticated distant-dependent isotropic (3-D) resolution recovery. It can complete a full SPECT scan in as little as four minutes. GE Healthcare received U.S. clearance for the Brivo NM615 in January. The advanced single-head gamma camera enables lower amounts (up to 50 percent) of radiotracers and the potential for shorter exam times. This is made possible with a new detector design. The system is designed to handle larger patients with a 70 cm bore and table capable of handling patients up to 500 pounds. The system can be upgraded easily onsite to the Discovery NM630 or the Discovery NM/CT 670 SPECT/CT hybrid systems.  Comparison ChartThis story was an introduction to the SPECT and SPECT/CT comparison cahrt that appeared in the May-June 2012 issue of DAIC. To access the chart, click on the “Comparison Chart” tab at the top of the website page. Participants in the chart include: References:1. Tali Sharir, Piotr J. Slomka, Sean W. Hayes, et al. “Multicenter Trial of High-Speed Versus Conventional Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography Imaging: Quantitative Results of Myocardial Perfusion and Left Ventricular Function.” JACC, May 4, 2010, Vol. 55, No. 18.2. E. Gordon DePuey MD, Srinivas Bommireddipalli MD, John Clark CNMT, “A comparison of the image quality of full-time myocardial perfusion SPECT vs wide beam reconstruction half-time and half-dose SPECT.” Journal of Nuclear Cardiolog, April 2011, Vol. 18, No. 2.  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more last_img read more

Olympic overshadows leisure tourism in London

first_imgThe Olympic Games may attract a range of sport enthusiasts but based on previous events may also hurt leisure tourism into London next year, according to the European Tourism Operators Association (ETOA). The research released online by the Association discovered that a canvass of up to 38 London based operators found that leisure tourism is forecasted to experience “significant downturn” throughout next year.The survey said that July and August are already witnessing a 60 percent fall in bookings, while the actual period of the Games is running 95 percent below normal levels.With bookings falling 20 percent short for the rest of the year, ETOA executive director Tom Jenkins said it was common for destination to experience a decline in leisure demand during an Olympic year.“Clients tend to think that a city has priorities other than being a place to visit for a normal holiday, so some of this was to be expected,” Mr Jenkins said. “But this tendency is becoming absolute as the hotel rates climb in July and August. “During the Olympic period itself, there is currently almost no demand from regular tourists. “For foreign visitors there is near total displacement by the Games.”Although VisitBritain has confirmed on multiple occasions that the city and its surrounding regions are well equipped with beds to handle an influx of visitors, Insight Vacations president John Boulding added that a major concern amongst leisure travellers is that the Olympics will see all hotels booked out.According to the report, London has up to 125,000 hotel rooms to fill and figures shows that the Athens Olympics only welcome 25,000 foreign Olympic visitors per night during the Games. Are you heading over or sprinting away from London during the Games? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Australians slam Governments hidden holiday tax

first_imgMore than 80 per cent of voters say Australia’s hidden AU$1 billion holiday tax should be slashed or invested directly into the tourism industry to support economic growth and more jobs rather than fill the Government’s coffers, according to a survey commissioned by the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF).The survey of more than 1,000 Australians reveals that more than 85 per cent of Australians are unaware that they are paying a $55 Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) every time they leave Australia on an international flight or cruise.The hidden tax is charged on more than 20 million Australians and international visitors traveling overseas through our airports and seaports every year.Estimated to raise close to $1 billion in revenue in the next financial year, only $250 million is actually spent on processing passengers, with the remaining $750 million is going straight into the government’s coffers.‘The Passenger Movement Charge is a hidden holiday tax on every Australian and overseas visitor traveling through our international gateways and does nothing to support the growth of the industry and creation of more jobs,” said TTF CEO Margy Osmond.“Tourism has been identified as a super-growth sector of the future but the hidden holiday tax continues to be a handbrake on the industry expected to raise $1 billion from travellers in the next financial year.”Nearly 40 per cent of voters said political parties must outline their plans for the holiday tax during the election campaign. A bipartisan three-year freeze on the charge will end after the election and TTF is calling for all parties to commit to continuing the freeze for the next term of Parliament.‘’Political parties cannot run dead on this issue during the election campaign – they must spell out their plans for this hidden holiday tax on travellers. This is their chance to announce they will continue to freeze the PMC at the current rate and commit to reducing the cost of this hidden tax over the longer term,” Ms Osmond said.More than a third of people (36.4 per cent) said political parties should commit to reducing the cost of travelling to and from Australia, while a quarter (25.1 per cent) said they would support a political party that commits to not increasing the PMC.Only 13 per cent of voters said the government should be allowed to spend the PMC revenue however it saw fit. TTF AustraliaSource = Tourism & Transport Forum Australialast_img read more

Aprils Forecasts for Existing Home Sales and Prices Show Housing is Gaining

first_img Existing home sales are projected to fall between seasonally adjusted annual rates of 5.15 and 5.47 million annually with a target of 5.31 million during April, according to Auction.com’s April 2015 Real Estate Nowcast released Wednesday.April’s target annual sales rate for existing homes of 5.31 million is an increase of 2.3 percent from March and 11.8 percent from April 2014, according to Auction.com.”Among the factors contributing to the jump in March’s existing home sales, pent-up demand from weak sales in January and February probably played a significant role,” Auction.com EVP Rick Sharga said. “Consumer psychology is likely also at play here: with talk of the Fed hiking interest rates as early as June, buyers who’ve been sitting on the sidelines may have decided to buy now and lock in today’s historically low interest rates.”Sharga also noted that while the 5.31 million target number for April is up both month-over-month and year-over-year, a truly healthy housing market would be on a pace for about six million in existing home sales annually. He said the annual rate of existing home sales will probably continue at about the five million range for the next year.Regarding the housing market this spring, Tim Rood, Chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Collingwood Group and former Fannie Mae executive, told Dirk Van on Westwood One’s “Radio Light” program that the market “seems to be moving in the right direction. We were concerned coming in to this spring buying season that we were at a bit of an inflection point or tipping point. As we saw things continue to kind of lament and slow down than there was a great risk that we would fall back and have kind of an echo housing drop but it looks like we are still moving forward.” Click here to hear Van’s interview with Rood.April’s Auction.com Nowcast indicates that existing home prices will fall in the range of $201,052 to $222,215 for the month. The targeted price of $211,633 is up by 5 percent from April 2014. The announcement from Auction.com noted that the existing home sales data for March released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that both the annual rate of existing home sales for March (5.19 million) and the existing home price for March ($212,100) were within the ranges for March that Auction.com predicted a month ago in the Nowcast. The existing home price of $212,100 represented an increase of 7.8 percent from the previous March.”After a quiet start to the year, sales activity picked up greatly throughout the country in March,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “The combination of low interest rates and the ongoing stability in the job market is improving buyer confidence and finally releasing some of the sizable pent-up demand that accumulated in recent years.”Recent improvements in the labor market could provide a solid foundation for further growth of the housing market, according to Auction.com Chief Economist Peter Muoio.”Despite some wobbles in recent macroeconomic indicators, we’ve seen indications of an improved U.S. labor market, suggesting a firmer foundation for growth,” Muoio said. “These indicators include not only headline employment growth and unemployment rates, but also the pace of voluntary quits, the stabilization of labor force participation and even some nascent signs of stirring wage growth. The improved labor market is an essential underlying footing for healthy home sales, and March’s results – and more broadly the green shoots of housing sales and price strength – appear to bear this out.”Auction.com’s Nowcast model uses industry data, proprietary company transactional data and Google search activity data to predict market trends as they are occurring, weeks in advance of the release of other benchmark studies. April’s Forecasts for Existing Home Sales and Prices Show Housing is Gaining Momentum in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News April 22, 2015 541 Views center_img Auction.com Nowcast Collingwood Group Existing Home Prices Existing-Home Sales National Association of Realtors 2015-04-22 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Former Arizona State wide receiver Kevin Ozier apparently made quite an impression at the Arizona Cardinals’ three-day rookie camp over the weekend.According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Cardinals plan to sign the San Diego, Calif. native to a three-year contract.Ozier, an undrafted free agent, played three years for the Sun Devils and caught 55 passes for 849 yards and seven touchdowns.Initially a walk-on back in 2009, Ozier appeared in 40 total games with ASU. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

World Resorts of Distinction has announced its app

first_imgWorld Resorts of Distinction has announced its appointment as global marketing representatives for Samata, a luxury yacht which is ranked by Asia Pacific Boating Magazine as “one of Asia’s best 50 superyachts”.Exploring the hidden depths of the Indonesian archipelago, including bucket list destinations such as Komodo and Raja Ampat, aboard an elegant phinisi yacht, Samata has set a name for herself in the luxury boating world. Guests are invited to dream away the days in style with the service of a crew of 14.Handcrafted in 2006 on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, Samata combines traditional phinisi design with contemporary European styling. The yacht boasts three decks, including a sun deck, diving deck and private deck for the master suite. Every detail of the cruise, from the gourmet dining to the luxury linen, is taken care of. Tailored activities, refined dining and superb service combine with the little luxuries of home for an unforgettable experience.“This truly is the voyage of a lifetime. We are beyond delighted to welcome the luxurious Samata vessel into the WRD portfolio. Raja Ampat is a once-in-a-lifetime destination for many, and we look forward to making that dream a reality for our agents’ clients,’ says World Resorts of Distinction creative director, Tess Willcox.last_img read more

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