Hateful letter shocks Indigenous family in Edmontonarea community

first_imgLEDUC, Alta. — An Indigenous family says they are shocked by a hateful letter telling them to move away — the second such letter in the Edmonton area in recent months.Jimmy Assiniboine, who is 13, told CTV Edmonton that he read the letter and didn’t know what to think.The letter, which was left on the family’s doorstep in Leduc, Alta., on New Year’s Day, says “we see you in your house and you portray an Indian lifestyle.”It goes on to say, “This is not accepted here,” and suggests the family move out of their neighbourhood.The Assiniboines say it isn’t the first time they have felt unwelcome, but police have never had any other reports.RCMP are investigating the letter.“We were just all shocked. We didn’t know what to do,” said Assiniboine. “I didn’t know people still did this. My mom was actually in a residential school and I thought they were done with that.”In mid-October, police in the city of St. Albert, just north of Edmonton, investigated a letter left in the Anderson family’s mailbox that appeared to suggest harm could come to them if they didn’t leave the neighbourhood.The family ended up moving.In the case of the Assiniboines, they say they aren’t going anywhere and won’t give in to the letter’s demands. They say the community has been kind and even politicians have weighed in.“This letter does not represent the spirit of our community, which is one of diversity and inclusion,” said Leduc’s deputy mayor Bill Hamilton. “It is important to us that this family feels accepted and supported in our community.”Alberta’s Minister of Indigenous Relations, Richard Feehan, has also thanked the Assiniboines for their courage and strength.“This happens in Alberta,” he wrote on social media. “But just because this happens doesn’t mean we need to accept it.“Let’s be true neighbours. Let’s speak up. There’s no excuse for such cowardly behaviour.”(CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Small business to get help on energyefficiency upgrades from carbontax money

first_imgOTTAWA — Small businesses in the four provinces with a national carbon price will get $1.4 billion over the next four years to help them cut their carbon-tax bills by reducing their energy use.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is introducing the carbon price rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses today, nearly two months after the new carbon price began being applied in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.“It took a while, to be honest, to get the details right,” McKenna said.She said she wanted to make sure the program will be workable and easy for businesses to use.There will be a direct rebate program for small and medium-sized businesses to get back up to half the cost of buying more energy-efficient equipment and appliances. It’s expected the rebates will be worth $44 million this year and the maximum rebate for any individual business will be $20,000.More details on what equipment or retrofits will be eligible for what level of rebate won’t be available until regulations are delivered after the Liberal government’s budget-implementation bill passes in Parliament. McKenna said the idea is to include things like refrigerators, dishwashers and anti-idling devices for vehicles to help everyone from farmers to convenience-store owners and restaurateurs.“We wanted very practical things that will help small businesses save money,” she said.A separate program will allow businesses to apply to get rebates for retrofits that make their businesses use less energy. That program, which will be about $106 million this year, will be for projects that cost up to $1 million.The funds come from the revenues Canada is collecting from the $20-a-tonne carbon price imposed April 1 on the provinces that don’t currently have carbon-pricing systems of their own. Legislation requires all the revenues from the carbon price to be returned to individuals and businesses in provinces where they were collected.Most of the rebates — 90 per cent — are going to individuals through income-tax rebates. The rest is reserved for businesses and non-profits, municipalities, hospitals, schools, universities and Indigenous communities.The Liberals expect most businesses to be able to pass on their carbon costs to consumers through higher prices for goods and services, which is why the majority of the rebates are going to individuals.Another separate program is to be announced to help offset carbon-price costs for municipalities, hospitals, universities and schools.Over the next four years, Ottawa anticipates small and medium-sized businesses will be eligible for $1.4 billion in rebates for energy-efficiency ugprades through the two streams.The carbon price is set to rise $10 per tonne each year until it hits $50 a year in 2022. The government says it will revisit the price then to see how effectively it’s cutting Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions.For homeowners and smaller-emitting businesses the carbon price will apply on 21 different input fuels and combustible materials used to produce energy, including gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, tires and asphalt shingles. The expectation is that at $20 a tonne, a tank of gasoline will cost about $2 more, and a monthly residential natural gas heating bill will go up $8.Large industrial emitters that produce more than 50,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year are bumped into a separate program, where the price is paid on a portion of the company’s own total emissions, rather than on the input fuels they use.More than half a million small businesses in Canada are affected by the national carbon price in the four covered provinces.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

After a 30 year absence country singer Willie Thrasher comes home

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn inuit country singer is back in the Northwest Territories to promote his latest project, the Native North American Project.It’s Willie Thrasher’s first trip home in 30 years.APTN’s Iman Kassam reports.ikassam@aptn.calast_img

Ban Kimoon congratulates Nepalese on historic elections

10 April 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Nepal for what he called their “enthusiastic participation” in today’s Constituent Assembly elections. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that the elections “took place in a generally orderly and peaceful atmosphere,” and appealed to all parties to remain calm while awaiting results.Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in Nepal, Ian Martin, also congratulated the people of the South Asian nation “who have demonstrated their commitment to democracy by turning out in large numbers to vote in today’s historic Constituent Assembly election.”The Election Commission’s initial estimate is of a 60 per cent voter turnout, and it has cancelled polls in 33 out of the more than 20,000 polling centres across the country.“Polling parties and their leaders now need to ensure that they accept the people’s decision through this election, or where they have challenges in relation to the process to pursue these through the proper legal channels,” Mr. Martin said in a statement issued in the capital, Kathmandu. Electoral staff from the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) will remain in the regions and districts until the count is complete.Once elected, the Constituent Assembly will be tasked with drafting a new constitution for the country, which has emerged from a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives before the Government and Maoist rebels signed a peace accord in 2006. read more

Honduras UN appeals for greater aid as floods cause further deaths and

At least 60 Hondurans have now died as a result of Tropical Storm Paloma, and the number of people affected by the flooding has risen this week by about 50,000 to nearly 320,000, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.Paloma first struck the region as a tropical depression in mid-October, causing floods and destruction in neighbouring Guatemala as well. But in recent days Paloma has intensified into a bigger storm and struck different parts of the country with torrential rainfall.Less than 10 per cent of the $17 million flash appeal launched last week by UN agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) partners has been received so far, and the amount received includes $1.5 million allocated from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).OCHA called on donors to immediately increase their support, warning that urgent assistance is needed to avert a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation.Honduras was the nation worst affected when the catastrophic Hurricane Mitch swept across Central America in late 1998, with an estimated 7,000 people killed and some $3.8 billion in damage to infrastructure, agriculture and homes.The country’s capacity to cope with natural disasters remains compromised, particularly since Honduras has been struck by at least 27 separate disasters in the decade since Mitch. This year’s hurricane season in the region has also not yet ended.OCHA reported that shelter, food, safe drinking water and basic sanitation are priorities for Honduran authorities and UN aid agencies. The rehabilitation of houses and agricultural land is also considered critical, while the contamination of wells means public health has become a major concern.Some 100,000 people, including 35,000 children, do not have access to safe drinking water, and 51,000 children are not attending classes because their schools are being used as shelters for the homeless. In Guatemala, an estimated 150,000 people are in need of support as well.The World Food Programme (WFP) has so far delivered more than 370 tons of food aid to about 16,000 vulnerable families, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has spent over $700,000 in its initial support to local authorities.The World Health Organization (WHO) has mobilized emergency medical teams and purchased large amounts of medicines to assist the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in its relief efforts.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is spending $110,000 on emergency activities regarding reproductive health, while OCHA and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have also allocated cash grants. 7 November 2008United Nations aid agencies are stepping up their relief efforts and appeals for funding in Honduras, where a persistent tropical storm has intensified in recent days and spread to new areas of the Central American country. read more

Mens hockey Despite the tournament implications Ohio State staying focused on Game

Ohio State junior forward Kevin Miller rips a shot on net against Minnesota on Feb. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 5-4. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Lantern reporterAs tournament implication talks amplify prior to this weekend’s series at Wisconsin, the Ohio State men’s hockey team has tuned out the noise and remains focused on the first game.The No. 15 Buckeyes (18-10-6, 9-8-1-1) travel to Madison, Wisconsin, to take on the No. 16 Badgers (19-12-1, 12-6-0-0) for the final series of the regular season. If OSU is able to sweep this tournament-caliber team on the road, it would be a quality final statement to the NCAA tournament selection committee. In order to do that, the Buckeyes must stay focused on the first game on Friday instead of its implications.“The biggest thing for us really is focusing on Friday night,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “We want to go up there and play a good hockey game, consistent hockey game, and try to win on Friday. That’s all we’re thinking about right now.”It is very common to hear a coach having this mentality whenever the stakes become high preceding a game, but it could be seen as a team culture when the players carry off of the same mindset.“We are absolutely focusing on one night (at a time),” said sophomore forward Mason Jobst. “Even just the first period really is what we need to nail it down to. We have to go out and simplify our game and win the first period.”At the same time, the team said it’s always aware of the situations. Still, it has not changed the Buckeyes approach to every game.“(This weekend) could set us up for potentially automatically getting into the tournament, but either way we know we have to win these games,” said senior forward Nick Schilkey. “We are going into every game thinking we have to win.”The Badgers are the only team to sweep OSU this season, so it is imperative that the Buckeyes focus on their strategy and execute for 60 minutes each night.Both the Badgers and Buckeyes sit on the edge in the tournament selection rankings, so it should be a guarantee that this will be an intense two-game series. OSU has an impressive 11-2-3 record on the road, which should add a boost of confidence heading into the Kohl Center. This weekend also holds implications over next weekend’s Big Ten tournament seeding. While the highest spot OSU can reach in the Big Ten tournament is the No. 3 seed, there is still plenty at jeopardy for both the Badgers and the Buckeyes. Puck drop for both nights in Wisconsin are set for 8 p.m. and will be shown live on BTN2Go. read more

VIDEO Your Weekend Movies Cloud Atlas and Ben Afflecks look of love

first_imgRottenTomatoes.com critic rating: 59 per cent. Audience rating: 93 per cent want to seeCatch up on all the recent Weekend Movies > WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Song for Marion(E1EntertainmentUK/YouTube)For fans of: Songs, older people, being streetAvoid if: Cute older people singing naughty words makes you feel a bit oddOlder people singing modern pop songs? Plenty of comedic fodder there apparently. The lovely Vanessa Redgrave plays Marion, a singer married to the cantankerous Arthur (Terence Stamp) who (according to the trailer that has only gone and told us everything that’s flipping going to happen up until the climax of the movie, thanks) finds herself too ill to sing with the local ‘unconventional’ choir… so Arthur steps in to help. Now that’s love. RottenTomatoes.com critic rating: 67 per cent. Audience rating: 75 per centCloud Atlas(TrailersPlayground/YouTube)For fans of: Epic, epic, EPIC filmsAvoid if: You preferred watching Tom Hanks taking to a football(The author of the book this is based on, Cloud Atlas, lives in Cork, so I’d firstly like to say a big ‘Hi there!’ to David Mitchell.) Ahem. This film adaptation of the award-winning Cloud Atlas was written by the Wachowski siblings (the duo behind the Matrix triology), and basically has ‘epic’ written all over it.Bringing us from the South Pacific to Britain to Korea, this movie examines the idea of the soul and reincarnation, using six different but connected stories. Sound as confusing as hell? It’s not exactly, and it looks like quite the journey. Like I said, epic.center_img RottenTomatoes.com critic rating: 65 per cent. Audience rating: 73 per centTo The Wonder(OptimumReleasing/YouTube)For fans of: Acting with emotions, man; Mont St MichelAvoid if: The description ‘an art drama about love’ makes you want to tell someone: ‘go love yourself!’Terence Malick (he of Days of Heaven) is back with a film all about love, and you just know that it isn’t going to be straightforward. Ben Affleck plays a man torn between his two beautiful lovers (Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams), but this being a Malick film we don’t see the subject approached in a straightforward fashion – his struggle is reflected in the turmoil experienced by priest Father Quintana (Javier Bardem).This got some mixed reception at recent festivals (notably at Venice), so don’t go expecting a run-of-the-mill film.last_img read more

Trump will publish a weekly list of crimes committed by illegal immigrants

first_img New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Source: Seth Wenig AP/Press Association ImagesChicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said: “There is no stranger among us. We welcome people, whether you’re from Poland or Pakistan, whether you’re from Ireland or India or Israel and whether you’re from Mexico or Moldova, where my grandfather came from, you are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American Dream.”Condemnation for Trump’s actions was not universal, however.The mayor of Miami-Dade County in Florida was one of the first to drop its sanctuary city status, as he didn’t want the millions of dollars the area receives in federal funding to be put at risk.Mayor Carlos Gimenez said: “I want to make sure we don’t put in jeopardy the millions of funds we get from the federal government for a $52,000 issue.“It doesn’t mean that we’re going to be arresting more people. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to be enforcing any immigration laws.”Trump, himself, was quick to praise Gimenez for his stance on the issue. President Trump at the Republican Congressional Retreat in Philadelphia yesterday. Image: Matt Rourke AP/Press Association Images Short URL Jan 27th 2017, 9:10 AM President Trump at the Republican Congressional Retreat in Philadelphia yesterday. http://jrnl.ie/3208036 AMONG THE MANY executive orders signed by Donald Trump in his first week of office as US President, one has detailed how crimes committed by illegal immigrants will be documented and published on a weekly basis.The order, which is titled “Enhancing public safety in the interior of the United States”, says that enforcement of the country’s immigration laws is “critically important to the national security and public safety” in the US.The order says: “To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary [of Homeland Security] shall… on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honour any detainers with respect to such aliens.”In terms of prioritisation, the order says that those who have committed crimes should be the first in line to be deported from the US, as “the presence of such individuals… is contrary to the national interest”. File Photo: busy New York Street Source: Shutterstock/blvdoneIt adds that immigration laws cannot be applied correctly if they “exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement”, and that local jurisdictions will be obliged to follow.The move will set to undo the approach taken by sanctuary cities in America.A sanctuary city which is a city where authorities have adopted a policy of protecting illegal immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws.Cities that are designated as sanctuary cities include New York, San Francisco, Miami and others.The order threatens the withdrawal of federal funds if cities do not comply with the directive.Alongside his executive order to go ahead with the border wall with Mexico, the Trump administration’s approach to immigration has been sharply criticised.Alison Parker, co-director of US Program at Human Rights Watch, said: “With one broad sweeping action, President Trump could be sending millions of people with the most minor – or no – criminal records off to serious danger, and devastate US citizen families.”New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said: “Any attempt to bully local governments into abandoning policies that have proven to keep our cities safe is not only unconstitutional, but threatens the safety of our citizens.I urge president Trump to revoke this executive order right away. If he does not, I will do everything in my power to fight it. Friday 27 Jan 2017, 9:10 AM By Sean Murray 207 Comments center_img Trump will publish a weekly list of crimes committed by illegal immigrants The move will “better inform the public regarding the public safety threats”, according to the executive order. Share Tweet Email2 Image: Matt Rourke AP/Press Association Images Miami-Dade Mayor drops sanctuary policy. Right decision. Strong! https://t.co/MtPvaDC4jM— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Others praised Trump’s approach.Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, said: “I applaud the president for moving swiftly to put in place the multi-layered barrier defenses we need to keep criminals, drugs, and potential terrorists out of our country.”Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said: “I applaud president Trump for initiating this process, and I am hopeful Congress will follow with penalties for cities supporting illegal activity.”With reporting from AFP.Read: Enda believes undocumented Irish with ‘minor indiscretions’ will not be turfed out by TrumpRead: Donald Trump is getting serious about his border wall. Could it actually happen? 25,895 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Just getting on with it Laptop ban comes into force at MiddleEast

first_img 24 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Mar 25th 2017, 10:40 AM Share4 Tweet Email1 ‘Just getting on with it’: Laptop ban comes into force at Middle-East airports Air carriers were offering a laptop stowage service as the ban comes into effect. Image: Christoph Schmidt DPA/PA Images Image: Christoph Schmidt DPA/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3306381 9,636 Views A CONTROVERSIAL BAN on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East to the United States and Britain went into effect today – with less fanfare and frustration than expected.From Dubai to Doha, passengers on dozens of flights checked in their electronic devices, many shrugging off the measure as yet another inconvenience of global travel.“It’s a rule. I follow the rules,” said Rakan Mohammed, a Qatari national who flies from Doha to the US two to three times a year.“The bigger problem for my family is the no smoking. On a long flight, they become restless after three hours.”At Dubai International, one of the world’s busiest hubs, flag carrier Emirates dispatched staff to guide passengers through one of the most intense travel weekends of the year.Around 1.1 million people are expected to pass through as the city marks UAE spring break, Dubai Airports said.An estimated 260,000 travellers were expected each day from Friday through Monday. Dubai International Airport expects 89 million passengers this year.Staff in red suits could be seen at the airport today carrying signs explaining the electronics ban, ready to appease travellers with games and activities for children.Government-owned Emirates, which operates 18 direct flights to the US daily, also began a service to enable passengers to use their electronic devices after check-in and until boarding.Samuel Porter, who was travelling out of Dubai with his family, nonetheless decided to “avoid delays” at the airport by putting his laptop in the hold.“The only issue is the kids. I have two kids and the iPad is always in their hands. Maybe they will watch a documentary and learn something useful this time”, he told AFP.The United States this week announced a ban on all electronics larger than a standard smartphone on board direct flights out of eight countries across the Middle East.US officials would not specify how long the ban will last, but Emirates told AFP that it had been instructed to enforce the measures until at least 14 October.The ban covers electronics sold at Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths told local radio earlier this week.Further disruptionAdding to the disruption today, a number of flights out of Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports were delayed due to thunderstorms, including an Emirates flight to Houston.Travellers using 10 airports across the Middle East and North Africa are subject to the ban.Britain has also announced a parallel electronics ban, effective today, targeting all flights out of Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Lebanon.Royal Jordanian, which operates direct flights to London, New York, Detroit and Chicago, poked fun at the ban with a number of social media posts suggesting alternative in-flight activities, including doing “what we Jordanians do best… stare at each other!”The bans have come under criticism for targeting majority-Muslim countries. The US ban in particular has raised eyebrows for covering airports from which US airlines do not operate direct flights.But the United States and Britain have cited intelligence indicating passenger jets could be targeted with explosives planted in such devices.Turkish airports began enforcing the ban today, with national carrier Turkish Airlines offering a similar laptop stowage service to Emirates.Abu Dhabi, home to UAE national carrier Etihad Airways, is one of the few international airports with a US Customs and Border Protection Facility, which processes immigration and customs inspections before departure.But those flying to the US from Abu Dhabi will still need to check in their electronics, Etihad said.© – AFP, 2017Read: Banning laptops on flights was prompted by ‘credible’ reports of potential IS attacksRead: Now Canada’s considering a ban on large devices on Middle Eastern flights Short URL Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 10:40 AMlast_img read more

How Lean Is Too Lean

first_imgLast month at the DeSilva + Phillips 2009 Media Dealmakers Summit, a consumer publishing panel featuring J. Scott Crystal, president and CEO of TV Guide, Joseph Holland, vice president of strategy and corporate development at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Andrew Armstrong, Jr., managing member of Spire Capital Partners, were asked whether they were concerned about cutting too deeply and affecting the quality of the product. Other than Crystal saying, “We aren’t affecting the quality,” none of the panelists touched the question. “When it comes to costs on magazines, we only have a few levers: frequency, folio size and print order,” Crystal added. Of course, there is another lever, and that’s personnel, the number one expense for most small- and mid-size publishers and a tempting (and even necessary) place to cut. Yet at some point, it yields diminishing returns.Last month, Chicago-based Johnson Publishing announced a “multi-phased” staffing reorganization in which employees will be required to reapply for their current positions. A Johnson spokesperson assured Folio: that there were no layoffs associated but declined to offer specifics about the new plan other than to say Johnson expects to “see a net gain” in employee head count.“All media outlets are revising their revenue outlook and expense reductions and these realities have resulted in a never-ending balancing act of lowering expenses and cutting head-count while meeting long-term business goals,” says Michael Desiato, group publisher of Incisive Media’s Real Estate Media, which last November cut nine jobs across sales, administration and support, editorial and events. “Reducing the size and frequency of some of our publications and shifting more focus to digital production and delivery formats has allowed us to lower costs and still maintain our relevance and brand integrity through the downturn.” Changing the Value PropositionWhat many publishers need to recognize is that slashing staffs can also change the value proposition of their product. “The short answer is, when you start to lose your subject matter experts and those who serve as your content champions for your audience, you’ve probably reached a dangerous place on a slippery slope,” says Wyatt Kash, editor-in-chief of Government Computer News. “But it also depends on where on the content value spectrum a publisher wants to be. If a publication’s value depends largely on offering original content or perspective that is distinct in a market, then you need some core of editors who are subject matter experts to generate—or commission others to generate—specialized content. As publishers cut back staff, beats are consolidated, expertise and contacts are lost, and eventually, so is the ability of the remaining editors to deliver the value proposition. Do you continue to limp along? Or do you creatively reinvent the value proposition?”New Reality For “Figureheads”Few editors are as familiar with doing more with less than Mark Newman, editor of regional lifestyle title Southern Breeze, whose three-person staff also does double duty with custom projects for parent company Compass Marketing (and having been laid off almost as many times as he’s been hired for a new job, he’s not insensitive to the plight of those newly out of work). But for Newman, some of the cutbacks have been a long time coming, particularly on the mass consumer side. “Many consumer magazines are crammed full of executive editors and editors-in-chief who haven’t copy-edited a page in 20 years,” Newman says. “It’s time to stop being figureheads and do some work.” But Newman says this is a problem with some of the larger b-to-b publishers as well, including his old haunt, VNU (now Nielsen). “At VNU, there were editors-in-chief who would walk around like Anna Wintour and they had 7,000 people reading their magazines,” he adds. ”The excess of the magazine industry of the 1980s and 1990s is coming back to bite people in the ass.” And prepare for many of these cuts to be permanent. “Southern Breeze will go to paper stock not as white, we will reduce trim size and have to cut 16 pages out,” Newman says. “Cheaper paper won’t reduce the quality of the writing. It will be an adjustment and the industry will bounce back but not to where it once was.”last_img read more

Churm Media Reorganizes for 360Degree Approach

first_imgNewport Beach, California-based magazine publisher Churm Media has undergone a restructuring it says strengthens its commitment to building new digital content delivery channels.“Several years ago, Churm Media committed to evolving as a media company by its investment in creating interactive Web sites for all its brands,” said CEO and owner Steve Churm. Churm Media produces five regional publications: OC METRO, OC Family, OC MENUS, Inland Empire Family and Southland Golf.“What resulted was a new profit center and national recognition for the sites we built,” Churm said. “That was a huge step, but it was only the first step.” As part of the reorganization, chief content officer Kim Porrazzo was appointed to the newly-created position of president and CCO. Tina Borgatta was promoted to editor-in-chief of OC METRO and OC MENUS; associate editor Susan Belknapp was named managing editor of OC Family and Inland Empire Family; Kristen Schott, who served as an assistant Web editor, was promoted Web editor; and copy editor Larry Urish was named associate editor for all of Churm Media’s brands.No layoffs were associated with the reorganization, Churm said.In 2008, Churm invested roughly $350,000 on Web redevelopment efforts. Last year, his investment was in sales training and on bundling products as “value-add.” The company generated more than $300,000 in online revenues, he said.  Churm said the reorganization better positions the publisher as a 360-degree media company. He said he intends to double last year’s online revenue in 2010.“We’re more committed than ever to fulfilling our potential,” Churm said. “I’m talking about moving beyond having an award-winning Web site and looking for more ways to meet the marketing needs of our advertisers as well as ‘talking’ to our audience where they are—on their phones, on Facebook, in apps, through Mobile marketing networks. That’s where we’re headed and if we’re going there, we need focus.”last_img read more

Attorney Yupik Fishermen Wrongfully Convicted

first_imgAttorneys argued before the Alaska Court of Appeals in downtown Anchorage today about whether Yup’ik fishermen, who fished for Chinook or king Salmon during a closure on the Kuskokwim River in 2012, were wrongfully convicted.Download Audio:Attorney James Davis with The Northern Justice Project, an Anchorage-based private civil rights law firm represented the fishermen. He said that the state should have tried to accommodate the fishermen’s religious beliefs.“The primary issue before this court is whether the state of Alaska had a duty under the free exercise clause to accommodate the Yupik fishers spiritual practices under the Frank versus state caseand its progeny and whether the state did so. We submit that the state had a duty but failed to comply with the duty,” Davis says.Due to a reduced run of king salmon the stateclosed the lower Kuskokwim River subsistence fishery in June 2012. Fishing for king salmon is a key part of Yup’ik spirituality. Dozens of people fished in defiance of the state closure. Many were given fines and some nets were confiscated. A few days later the state opened the area to fishing for other species of salmon, which allowed about 20,000 king salmon to be caught as bycatch.The trial court agreed that king salmon fishing is integral to the Yup’ik religion but convicted the fishermen and decided that Alaska’s need to protect king salmon overrode the fishermen’s religious rights. Thirteen decided to pursue an appeal.Attorney Laura Fox with the state attorney general’s office argued that issuing citations for fishing during an ‘emergency closure’ was needed to protect king salmon.“The 2012 Kuskokwim King Salmon run was so weak and the numbers were so far from meeting the object that to say the state should have allowed more harvest is to completely disregard the public trust responsibility to manage that resource for sustained yield,” Fox says. “There was never any harvestable surplus of kings in 2012 and at the end of the day the state missed the escapement objective by 50-thousand fish.”The ACLU, the Associate of Village Council Presidents and the Alaska Federation of Natives have filed amicus briefs in the case. Julie Kitka, President of the Alaska Federation of Natives attended the hearing. She says AFN supports the Yup’ik fishermen.“Anybody in the Native community that knows traditional Yup’ik people know that their spirituality and their beliefs are a core part of who they are with everything that they do – how they treat their parents, how they treat their children, how they treat their neighbors, how they treat animals that give themselves up to them. You know we’re sad that this is in the court system but we hope the justices will give some consideration to them.”A panel of three judges will weigh the arguments in the case of David Phillip versus the state of Alaska and issue a decision, likely sometime later this year or early next year.last_img read more

Miley Cyrus was groped and kissed by a man — shocking video

first_imgMiley CyrusInstagramMiley Cyrus has been physically groped and kissed by a strange man while she was going out with her husband Liam Hemsworth. A really shocking video has surfaced online, showing how the world-acclaimed star being attacked by a random person.Miley Cyrus and her husband Liam Hemsworth are currently spending the time in Barcelona, Spain. During their outing, a fan took things too far after he groped the “Malibu” singer and ever tried to kiss her. The shocking video has been recorded by several fans and is currently trending online.In the released video footage, we can see Miley and Liam walking through the packed crowd on the weekend. Everything was going well until a random man enters the frame from the left side and grabs her hair. He then wraps his arm around her pulls her towards himself to force a kiss. As the luck turns out, the singer was too fast for the fan and managed to get away from him instantly.You can watch the shocking video below:Miley Cyrus was attacked and kissed by a man in a mob of fans, when trying to enter her car. pic.twitter.com/UT4iMYTxc8— Pop Sirens ? (@PopSirens) June 2, 2019Liam Hemsworth and the security were quick to notice what has happened with Miley. Liam instantly wrapped his arm around his wife and helped her to get away from the crowd and enter their vehicle. That being said, this is not something to be taken lightly and it shows why celebrities usually choose to stay away from the fans.As of this writing, the 26-year-old Miley Cyrus and her husband Liam Hemsworth have not commented on the incident. Instead, Miley is currently promoting her new EP “SHE IS COMING.” These are the first three songs out of the total six which the singer plans to release before the year ends. Miley Cyrus enjoying the summerMiley Cyrus (@mileycyrus/Instagram)Meanwhile, fans will get to see more of Miley Cyrus in the much awaited season of Netflix’s Black Mirror. In Black Mirror season 5, Miley Cyrus will be seen playing a unique character in the episode titled, “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.” As per the American singer-actress, the script was a realistic take on the music industry and that is why she agreed to appear in the episode.last_img read more

Survey Shows Slight Increase in Radiologic Technologist Wages Since 2013

first_img Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Related Content Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more News | Radiology Business | June 07, 2016 Survey Shows Slight Increase in Radiologic Technologist Wages Since 2013 ASRT data show variations based on discipline, region The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more center_img Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay June 7, 2016 — The average salaries of radiologic technologists rose by 4.8 percent in the past three years and now average $65,756, according to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Wage and Salary Survey 2016.The survey shows that all radiologic technology disciplines and specialty areas saw average annual increases since 2013, with some areas showing greater gains than others.“Compared to the 2013 wage and salary survey, the 2016 survey shows fairly consistent gains across all practice areas,” said Myke Kudlas, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(QM), CIIP, associate executive director of learning and membership. “Although this is an improvement, the increase only slightly outpaced inflation over the same time period.”Radiation therapists experienced the largest average gains at 5.3 percent, from a $78,602 average annual salary in 2013 to $82,798 in 2016. Nuclear medicine technologists followed with a 5.2 percent increase, moving from $72,075 to $75,819. Radiographers experienced a 4.5 percent increase from $53,680 to $56,071. Magnetic resonance imaging technologists saw a 3.9 percent increase from $68,384 to $71,063.Other increases include sonographers at 3.7 percent, computed tomography technologists at 3.5 percent and mammographers at 3.4 percent.The disciplines with the highest reported mean compensation were medical dosimetry at $106,777, and registered radiologic assistant/RPA at $100,311.In addition to wage variations for different practice areas, salaries also fluctuate from region to region, according to the survey. On average, California RTs have the highest annual compensation at $92,396, followed by technologists in the District of Columbia at $81,083. Technologists in Alabama earned the lowest base annual compensation at $52,230.The survey also highlights RTs’ satisfaction with their compensation. Responses show that nearly half of respondents, 49.4 percent, are either satisfied or very satisfied with their pay. However, 33 percent of respondents said they had not received a raise in the past 12 months.The ASRT sent questionnaires in February 2016 to all ASRT members with an email address in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. A total of 25,379 radiologic technologists returned completed questionnaires, resulting in a 12.4 percent return rate.The ASRT conducts the Wage and Salary Survey every three years and has captured longitudinal data since 2004.For more information: www.asrt.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.last_img read more

ICCA 2017 opens to a record footfall at Prague Congress Centre

first_imgThe International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) chose Prague as the 56th destination of its congress. Over 1,264 congress industry experts from 79 countries from around the world came to Prague to attend the event. Dubai has now begun the countdown to host 2018 ICCA Congress. The ICCA Board of Directors has selected Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, on the island of Taiwan, as the host destination for the 2020 Congress.The Prague Congress Centre (PCC) had been preparing for the Congress, which was organised by the Prague Convention Bureau with the support of more than 40 local partners very carefully. The reconstructed premises, the new corporate identity, the digital navigation system, state of art technologies and, in fact, the revival of the whole building had laid a solid foundation for the preparation of a successful event that was of great importance not only to the PCC but as well to Prague.In another development, ICCA is now a CAE Approved Provider, meaning ICCA’s education sessions meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential.last_img read more

Senate Confirms Castro as HUD Chief

first_img Less than two months after the San Antonio mayor’s nomination for the post, the Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Julian Castro as HUD secretary as current cabinet member Shaun Donovan is poised to take over the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).The body voted 71-26 to confirm Castro, a Democrat whose star has been on the rise since he delivered the opening keynote at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He is currently serving his third term as the mayor of San Antonio, a role in which he has worked to bring greater private investment and more housing opportunities to the city.In a statement from the White House following the vote, President Obama praised Castro as a “proven leader” and “a champion for safe, affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods.””I know that that together with the dedicated professionals at HUD, Julián will help build on the progress we’ve made battling back from the Great Recession—rebuilding our housing market, reducing homelessness among veterans, and connecting neighborhoods with good schools and good jobs that help our citizens succeed,” the president said.Receiving 20 votes more than the simple majority required for his nod, Castro’s nomination attracted supporters from both sides of the aisle, including fellow San Antonian John Cornyn (R-Texas).All 26 opposition votes, meanwhile, came from Republican senators, including Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Crapo (Idaho), who has recently been working alongside Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) in drafting a secondary mortgage market reform bill that would dissolve Fannie and Freddie. With mid-term elections now approaching, commentators don’t expect any significant reform to move forward this year.Responses from the mortgage industry were largely positive, with Mortgage Bankers Association President David Stevens offering his commendation. “With Castro becoming the next HUD Secretary, and Shaun Donovan soon to become the new Director of OMB, the Administration will be well positioned to address the important housing policy issues. We look forward to working with both men to help ease access to credit for qualified borrowers and accelerate the housing recovery.”Dan Berger, president and CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), echoed that statement, saying, “We look forward to working with Mr. Castro and HUD in continued efforts to advance credit unions’ concerns about housing finance and impacts on their members and communities.” Share Barack Obama HUD Julián Castro Senate Shaun Donovan 2014-07-09 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img July 9, 2014 488 Views Senate Confirms Castro as HUD Chieflast_img read more

Stewart Valuation Services Receives Positive Ranking from Morningstar

first_imgStewart Valuation Services Receives Positive Ranking from Morningstar MOR RV2 Morningstar Credit Ratings Stewart Valuation Services 2016-05-13 Staff Writer Share in Headlines, Newscenter_img May 13, 2016 510 Views Stewart Valuation Services LLC announced today that it has been assigned a ‘MOR RV2’ residential ranking with a positive forecast by Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC.Stewart has received this recognition as a residential vendor in the asset valuation market. The assigned ranking reflects Stewart’s dynamic workflow, imbedded quality control standards, regulatory compliance, and the organizational expertise in the managing process.Stewart is a provider of appraisal management services and valuations for the real estate lending industry. Products and technology are used by mortgage originators, default servicing organizations, home equity lenders, and capital markets.“Stewart is honored to receive this ranking from Morningstar,” said Bill Sullivan, EVP, Valuation Services and National Sales, Stewart Lender Services. “Morningstar’s thorough analysis is a direct reflection of the professionalism of our Stewart associates, our dynamic workflow controls, and the expertise of our staff appraiser and panel partners. This ranking is an affirmation of Stewart’s commitment to excellence, quality and service.”Click here to access Morningstar’s operational risk assessments methodology and all published reports.last_img read more

A boy dressed as Superman stands among other visit

first_img A boy dressed as Superman stands among other visitors to the Comic Con Africa event, a three-day comic book and pop culture convention in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Wonder Woman and other usual superheroes were in abundance, but also some African characters seemingly sparked by the success of Marvel’s “Black Panther” film.(AP Photo/Christopher Torchia) by The Associated Press Posted Sep 16, 2018 3:51 am PDT Last Updated Sep 16, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JOHANNESBURG – The usual suspects — Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and Darth Vader — roamed the halls at Comic Con Africa. There were also a few African characters on display: Kwezi, Captain South Africa and Shaka Zulu.The success of Marvel’s “Black Panther” film spiked interest in African story-telling, and artistic creators on the continent hope to capitalize with more comic book characters of their own.Bill Masuku, a Zimbabwean artist and writer, says Africa’s comic book industry started as an “imitation of what’s happening in the West” but is evolving to become more “naturally African.”Masuku says Captain South Africa, a superhero he created, is a black woman who “doesn’t want to punch criminals because that doesn’t end crime.”The three-day comic book and pop culture convention in South Africa ends Sunday.center_img Meet Captain South Africa; she’d rather not punch criminalslast_img read more

Flight connectivity in Cyprus increases significantly

first_imgMinister of Transport Marios Demetriades expressed his confidence that Cyprus’ economy is back on track, following the economic crisis, adding that the country’s connectivity has also increased significantly along with the development in the aviation industry.Speaking during an event at Larnaca airport, organized by Hermes Airport and Blue Air on the occasion of the company’s third aircraft, Demetriades noted that the company carried in 2016 around 320 thousand passengers, while in the first half of this year the same number stands at 175 thousand.Moreover he referred to the increase in air traffic that has been achieved in the past three years, despite predictions to the contrary following the collapse and eventual closing down of Cyprus Airways.The government and the Ministry, through its open sky policies, have contributed to this direction, the Minister added.Representatives of Blue Air, Hermes Airports and the travel company Orthodoxou Aviation Ltd also addressed the same event. Commercial Manager Tudor Constantinescu said the airliner started flights from Larnaca in 2015, offering two destinations and now carries more than half a million passengers, offering 61 destinations through Bucharest.Antonis Orthodoxou, the CEO of Orthodoxou Group of Companies, expressed his satisfaction for the third aircraft, noting the progress that the company has made.Eleni Kalogirou of Hermes Airports said that the company expects to increase its capacity by 35% compared to last year, by adding new routes to its flying programme.CNAYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Council repairs roads after Sapa refuses to pay

first_imgThe road network in the tourist area of Kissonerga in Paphos is being repaired and resurfaced after work by the sewerage company Sapa left them in a terrible state, according to the local community leader.Geirge Stylainou told the Cyprus Mail that the council is now suing Sapa. He said that the local council will asphalt about 1 km of the road network in the tourist area at a cost of sixty thousand euros. The cost of which, he said, should have been covered by Sapa when work by them, which involved digging up roads, was completed.“They should have fixed the damage when they made the sewage system five years or so ago, it is their responsibility, but the sewerage board did not press the contractors to do a proper job,” he said.Kissonerga council has a case against Sapa at court which was lodged two years ago, concerning costly road repairs already undertaken, but which was put on hold, due to ongoing negations, in the hope that they would step up and repair the damage. However, Stylianou said that these negotiations concluded with the sewerage board unwilling to fix the roads.“We are claiming damages of around two million euros,” he said.Sapa was hit by a corruption scandal in recent years and a number of officials, including former Paphos mayor Savvas Vergas, were found guilty in the case. According to prosecutors, kickbacks were paid out by private contractors to Sapa members in a bid to secure the construction and operation of waste-management contracts.The community leader said that following a decision by the Kissonerga community council, roads in the main tourist area will be repaired and resurfaced this year. He also noted that the council is suing Sapa for money spent on upgrading the roads of the last four years or so, as this should have been carried out by them, as part of the contact to upgrade the sewerage facilities in the area.So far, over the last five years, half a million euros has been invested in the roads, he said.The latest road surfacing comes with a sixty thousand euros price tag which has been covered by the municipality“It has been our policy in recent years to prioritise roads which are in a very bad condition or are busy and have a lot of heavy traffic. This year we are concentrating on reconstructing the main roads that have hotels and hotel apartments along them.”Stylianou said that repairs come in the wake of a large number of complaints by residents that roads are full of potholes, uneven and cause difficulty to drivers.He added that the road network upgrades will continue and are expected to take a number of years.“We started with the centre of the village and are working our way outwards by priority,” he said adding that residents should not have to suffer poor roads as its clearly not their fault the system is such a mess.“There is still a lot to do as they are in a very bad state,” he said.You May LikeSchlagwerk | Kelley DistributionSchlagwerk 60C80 Log DrumSchlagwerk | Kelley DistributionUndoAldiario.com8 foods that help to burn fatAldiario.comUndoDailyArmyParents Really Did Text These to Their Kids – Try Not to LaughDailyArmyUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more