Liberal Indigenous MPs propose forming crossparty reconciliation caucus

first_img(Robert-Falcon Ouellette. APTN/file photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsLiberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette says Indigenous Liberal MPs want to form an all-party “reconciliation caucus” to discuss Indigenous issues.Ouellette said the Liberal Indigenous caucus, which is made up of Indigenous Liberal MPs, decided after a long discussion to push the proposal of a reconciliation caucus open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous MPs.“There is a need for a larger conversation with the Canadian public. I don’t think this is an Indigenous issue all by itself,” said Ouellette. “There are MPs who represent Indigenous communities, First Nations, whether urban or rural. They are facing these issues and they need a way to get the appropriate information from members who have that experience.”Ouellette said someone told him a prophecy that predicted a solution to fix the historically degraded relationship between Indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada would only surface when the two sides walked hand-in-hand.“A prophecy was told to me…that it wouldn’t be simply the Indigenous person by themselves who will find a solution to the issues they are facing today,” said Ouellette. “Because the time is right, it’s now, it’s when we can do this and it’s the time to move forward.”Ouellette said proposed reconciliation caucus would resemble a cross between a Parliamentary association and a party caucus open only to MPs.“This is an idea that came forth from all of us having a long discussion about what it is we want to do in the long term and how we can go about doing that in the best possible way. How we can build bridges between opposition parties and the government party as well as ministers and really try to work with the ministries, people who work in the civil service and the private sector? How do we take all that energy and push it in the right direction?” said Ouellette. “We have a prime minister who is really interested and wants to see change.”Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash is proposing an all-party Indigenous caucus. APTN/fileThe idea was triggered by an initial proposal from NDP MP Romeo Saganash who sent a letter on Nov. 23 to the nine other Indigenous MPs elected in the last federal election inquiring about their interest in forming an all-party Indigenous caucus.Saganash said the proposal outlined by Ouellette would produce a totally difference concept than the one he initially suggested.“I was proposing an Indigenous caucus, so the people who are Indigenous would be around that table and perhaps use that as an opportunity to discuss any legislative actions that the government is going take, or legislative actions from us, that affect Aboriginal people so we can discuss them and debate them internally before the come out,” said Saganash. “It will be two different caucuses if they go ahead with that and my proposals.”Saganash’s proposal would see the 10 Indigenous MPs, eight from the Liberals and two from the NDP, meet at a “diplomatic level” to discuss upcoming legislation impacting Indigenous rights in an attempt to build a united front.“The caucus could facilitate networking and engagement with Indigenous communities throughout this land as we enter a new and important period in the relationship between the Canadian government and Indigenous peoples,” said Saganash in the letter proposing his Indigenous caucus. “I plan to support you on the many motions, bills and other Parliamentary work you are preparing. We can, when possible, coordinate and discuss legislative initiatives of interest for Indigenous peoples rights and status.”Ouellette said one of the problems with Saganash’s proposals stems from concerns politics could sabotage discussion.“There is party politics, you can’t forget this. We need to find a way where we can spread those ideas,” said Ouellette. “If we say something in our caucus, it should be private.”A meeting is scheduled between Indigenous MPs from the Liberals and NDP to discuss the issue on Jan. 26.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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100 Moroccan Personalities Send Endorsement Letter to Nabila Mounib

Casablanca – 100 Moroccan figures addressed an open letter to the Secretary General of Unified Socialist Party (PSU), Nabila Mounib, in support of her inspiring democratic experience.Abdellah Hammoudi, an emeritus professor at Princeton University, leads the initiative. The letter was published on the Moroccan daily newspaper, Akhbar Al Yaoum, and held the signatures of many intellectual, media and art figures.The letter hailed Mounib’s proactive and novel presence in the national political scene, and describes it as “inspiring” for women and young Moroccans to participate in politics. The Unified Socialist Party, in alliance with the Federation of Democratic Left, will participate in the legislative elections on October 7.The open letter addressed to Mounib applauded the Federation of Democratic Left for balancing the configurations of power in the political scene in Morocco, and managing to retrieve the trust of Moroccans in the democratic process:“The Federation of Democratic Left represents a building block in an exhaustive political project, and a starting point of construction and reconstruction that leads to the emergence of a new political force that make the citizens, who deserted the polls in urban and rural areas, regain the confidence in the feasibility of the political work.”The letter also mentioned that the democratic transition in Morocco did not succeed because of “confusion between the political power and the economic focus, which imprisons initiative and production.”The open letter was signed by well-known figures in different areas, such as Fatima Al Ifriqi, Ahmed Assid, Ahmed Merzouki, Mohamed Madani, Najib Aksbi, and others. read more

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Christian pastor attacked in Matara

A police complaint was lodged over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) During the attack on August 9 the mob had also verbally abused the pastor’s wife and then dragged both of them to the house they had visited and verbally abused a lady and her daughter who were residing in that house. “While they were on their way back home on their motorbike, they found the road obstructed by logs. The pastor moved the logs and they proceeded on their way. A little further on at a junction, their motorbike was cut off by a powerful pajero vehicle, throwing the pastors wife on to the ground. They were then set upon by a large mob of about 40 men, accompanied by 5 Buddhist monks and the assistant secretary of the Pradeshiya Sabha (local government authority) who arrived in a truck and 3 trishaws. The mob advancing on them were carrying rocks and shouting “attack them” “kill them”. They were joined by a man who was riding in the pajero vehicle identified as a person with very high connections. The pastor was dragged along the ground and beaten by the men who shouted at him, asking who gave him permission to live in this area. The pastor had replied that he had resided in Deniyaya for many years and did not need anyone’s permission to be there. They accused him of spreading Christianity and threatened to kill him if he did not stop his Christian ministry,” the statement said. A pastor from the Assembly of God (AOG) church and his wife were attacked by a mob in Matara last week, the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) said in a statement.The attack had taken place just after the pastor and his wife had visited a church member and were returning home. read more

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India says Sri Lanka has chance to benefit at global level

“We cannot prosper in isolation,” he said. Sri Lanka can benefit at a global level by partnering with resurgent India, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that the thinking of the Indian leadership is that all, particularly Sri Lanka and India, should grow together. “The Government of India has taken many steps to promote Indian handicrafts abroad. But, this a unique event, where we are focusing not only on Indian handicrafts but also providing a platform for Sri Lankan artisans. Shilpa Kala is a joint partnership between Dastakaari Haat Samiti from New Delhi and Hands of Sri Lanka foundation in Colombo.  Smt Jaya Jaitley and Mr Keerthisena have put in special efforts to bring them together. This is in line with the thinking of Indian leadership that all of us, particularly Sri Lanka and India, should grow together. We cannot prosper in isolation,” he said.The High Commissioner said that Sri Lanka can also benefit at a global level by partnering with resurgent India including in the field of Handicrafts. The High Commissioner was speaking at the opening of the Shilpa Kala – 2017 exhibition in Colombo today. “Partnership would help Sri Lanka market her products to a larger audience. India is a huge market for Sri Lankan Handicraft products! Regular Sri Lankan participation in Surajkund Mela (Crafts Festival) in India and the amount of popularity they receive is a known example. As you are aware, India continues to be the largest source of tourists into Sri Lanka, accounting for almost one-fifth of all tourist arrivals. Efforts like Shilpa Kala would attract more tourists and strengthen our timeless links of history, religion and culture and people,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Sri Lanka hails support given by China to defeat terrorism

Wijewardene also said that Sri Lanka continues to maintain the “One China” policy and this was reiterated by President Maithripala Sirisena during his last visit to China. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka today hailed the support given by China to defeat terrorism in the country.State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, speaking at an event held at the Galle Face hotel today to mark the 90th anniversary since the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said that China extended support to Sri Lanka at a crucial time. read more

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Norfolk takes centre stage

JACOB ROBINSON / Simcoe Reformer It was also a day that Norfolk County used to promote its recently-formed Green Light Team. The group of five – economic development officer Chris Garwood, senior planner Alisha Cull, building inspector Scott Northcott, developmental engineer Krystina Topp, and building inspector Lisa Jennings – have joined forces to streamline development within the region.What better time to promote something than at an event with a hashtag (#NCSym19) that was trending Canada wide on Twitter during the day?“Our role is to work 1-on-1 with developments that will either create or retain jobs and move them through the process as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Cull.Pam Duesling, Norfolk’s general manager of planning and cultural services, said the five individuals are the best in customer services within their respective fields.“So when there’s different permits in an application, each of these experts have a role, they’ve come together to help our entrepreneurs and businesses grow in Norfolk County,” Duesling added.The Green Light Team is a pilot project that Duesling hopes will grow in 2020.“We’ve heard our community loud and clear,” she said. “This is the help and assistance that they want and need and we’re responding to that appropriately.”Sarah Lawrence of Sayza Hot Yoga in Simcoe took home the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award while Kieran Gubesch of ‘Gubes Cubes’ was given the Student Startup Award. Long Point Island Hugger was the recipient of the 2019 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador Award presented by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve.jrobinson@postmedia.com When Rick and Angela Van Laecke created Horizon Seeds Canada Inc. in Courtland in 2006, they never could’ve imagined the recognition they’d receive 13 years later.The duo – whose company boasts hybrid corn and soybean seeds – was honoured with the Entrepreneur of the Year award before a few hundred people at the Norfolk Economic Development Symposium held at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre.“It was almost incomprehensible to let that sink in,” Rick Van Laecke said. “When they were giving the background of the winner, (the presenter) said a couple key words we recognized, my heart started to flutter and I thought ‘maybe this is actually us’. There is no scale to gauge how proud we are of Norfolk and the recognition.”The company has grown to host 30 full-time employees, some who have been there from the start and others who have come on to make positive changes.“The staff is just amazing,” Angela Van Laecke said. “We have staff that started with us Day 1 and we’ve added a lot of new, younger, mature people and they’ve helped us grow incredibly as a company as well as our personal sales. I can’t say enough about the people that we surround ourselves with every day.”The folks at Horizon Seeds were not only recognized for their business acumen but willingness to give back to the community.“We’re proud sponsors of youth sports, youth functions, 4-H,” said Rick. “We’re promoters of agriculture and being stewards of the land. It’s not only the people that we’re surrounded by but giving back to the community those people live in.”The theme of this year’s symposium was Norfolk: No Boundaries.In addition to Norfolk fare and a ‘Made in Norfolk Showcase’ displaying products manufactured or processed locally, the event featured a number of speakers – Christine Dainard of Buzz Tours, Mike Fredericks of Annex Business Media, Michelle Kloepfer of Titan Trailers and Nick Kokkoros of Barrel Pizza. The keynote speaker was the ‘Kindness Ninja’ Brian Williams, a fourth-degree black belt whose non-profit ‘Think Kindness’ has donated hundreds of thousands of shoes to underprivileged youth in Africa. Norfolk County held its annual Economic Development Symposium at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre Thursday. The county used the event as a way to promote its new ‘Green Light Team’ a group created to help streamline development within the region. Pictured are members Chris Garwood (economic development officer), Alisha Cull (senior planner), Scott Northcott (building inspector), Krystina Topp (developmental engineer). Absent was building inspector Lisa Jennings. Brian Williams of ‘Think Kindness’ was keynote speaker at the Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre Thursday. JACOB ROBINSON / Simcoe Reformer read more

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UN Assembly approves extension of Mary Robinsons appointment as rights chief

The Assembly acted on the recommendation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan who proposed to extend her appointment for one year, until 11 September 2002. Ms. Robinson, former President of Ireland, is the second person to serve in the position of High Commissioner. José Ayala-Lasso of Ecuador was the first official to occupy the post, which was established by the General Assembly in 1993.

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Ethiopian Eritrean officials meet in positive atmosphere UN reports

The meeting in Djibouti of the Military Coordination Commission (MCC) – the only regularly scheduled face-to-face contact between representatives of the two nations – was chaired by the Force Commander of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Major-General Patrick Cammaert, who congratulated both delegations on the recent boundary decision, adding that the reaction from both parties had been very positive.Brigadier-General Peter Augustine Blay, who represented the Organization of African Unity (OAU) at the meeting, commended the armed forces of both parties for their professionalism and good discipline on the ground.The MCC received a short briefing on the military situation in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) which remains “very calm,” according to UNMEE. Participants then engaged in an initial exchange of views on the implementation of the boundary decision, as well as the military and security implications of that process. UNMEE said today that the MCC “will meet more frequently in the period ahead to address matters related to implementation.” The next session will be held on 10 May in Djibouti. read more

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Stranger slaps girl two outside Waitrose because she should have been in

first_imgWaitrose Northampton A two-year-old girl was slapped in the face by a stranger who told her mother the child should be in a pushchair.The toddler was with her parent in a Waitrose car park when they were approached by a woman in her 60s.Northamptonshire Police said the attacker told the child’s mother the girl should be in a pram.She then picked up the girl and put her in the chair before slapping the child’s face when the toddler started to cry.After hitting the youngster in the supermarket car park in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, the woman walked off. Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack in the Kingsthorpe supermarket car parkCredit:Google Street View The suspect is described as white, in her 60s, about 5ft 4in, with a slim build and black, frizzy, long hair.Police said she was wearing bright-red lipstick, a black coat, black trousers and boots.Officers are appealing for witnesses to the attack, at about 10am on Thursday April 27. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Addressing the industrys productivity challenge

first_imgMcKinsey has released a detailed report Productivity in mining operations: Reversing the downward trend. Which can be found here.The authors conclude by examining the way forward. “To address the challenge of productivity improvement, miners will need to make moves on two levels: first to achieve short-term gains, and second to set their operations on the right course for higher long-run productivity performance.“On the first level, the way forward is clear. Our research identifies that capital expenditures and nonlabor operating expenditures have been the main drivers of the productivity decline. Clearly, the industry has already started to work on this, with many companies already reining in capital expenditures and making moves to obtain more value-adding output from their asset base. Work also needs to continue on lowering non-labour operating expenditures, notably by improving procurement performance. Indeed, the improvements that are already starting to be seen in the MPI data point the way, with an upturn in productivity performance in some regions where capital expenditures have been reduced dramatically and where a number of large assets have come online and boosted output, while major efforts have been undertaken to drive costs out in operations.“Moving to the second level of actions, we see three important areas of focus to address the root causes of productivity decline.“Embed effective management operating systems at mines. Doing this will create greater transparency on operations performance. The operating systems should also free up people and resources to prioritize productivity and operational excellence, and support effective performance management. This approach will help resolve an important challenge that the industry has struggled with: making productivity performance (and its measurement) a priority. There has typically been a focus on improving one or two of the variables, such as reducing cost, lowering capital intensity, or increasing throughput. But a holistic focus on the drivers of productivity that is shared at multiple levels is rare in mining organizations.“Prioritise operational excellence and capabilities development. Operational excellence implies a continuous focus on improvement and enables ongoing cost reduction and throughput improvement. To do this requires a determined focus on eliminating all forms of waste, reducing variability, and improving productivity of assets through advanced reliability and maintenance approaches, together with increased flexibility about changing conditions. Many mining companies struggle with capabilities constraints and need to address them: building up the capabilities of individuals and of the organization is a necessity for companies to be able to deliver on all the levers involved in productivity improvement. “Talent is needed not only, for example, to achieve world-class levels of waste elimination and flexibility in operations, but also to be able to make progress on productivity. Many mining companies still consider operational productivity improvement to be the domain of a “continuous improvement” department or a handful of Lean experts or Six Sigma black belts, but do not yet regard it as a core competence.“Focus on innovation. It is perhaps understandable for an industry that has been asked to break production records year after year in the past decade to prefer to stay with what has always worked, rather than risk an interruption in output, but the industry’s rate of innovation and adoption of breakthrough technologies was generally slow even before the supercycle. For example, the potential to implement advanced dispatching processes in underground mining operations is clear, but it has still not been adopted at scale. With a few notable exceptions, it’s also unclear who is mandated to drive innovation in many mining companies. And, in many cases, new capital projects are executed without integrating new technologies into the mine design.“Mining-company management should encourage openness to trying new approaches and to adopting new technologies. At the same time, mining companies should use advanced analytics to harness the potential of the vast amounts of data generated in typical modern mining operations in order to boost productivity-improvement initiatives. To make this happen will require a broadening of the expectations of what operations leaders are responsible for, and tighter integration with other corporate functions. It will also necessitate looking beyond the boundaries of the mining industry to seek inspiration from other industries’ successes. Partnering between mining companies and equipment and technology providers should also increase, so innovation in mining can succeed more broadly.“Mining commodity prices are volatile, and investors are currently unenthusiastic about the industry’s prospects. Nevertheless, we think the long-term supply-demand fundamentals of many important mining commodities suggest that companies that can cost-effectively raise their output will be rewarded. This means that the companies able to succeed in the race to achieve higher productivity will be among the biggest winners. The initiatives described here are important enablers of those productivity improvements. Combined with a commitment to monitor productivity performance, they will be an important factor in that race.”last_img read more

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Facebook introduces new messaging system email SMS and IM all in one

first_imgIt looks like the rumors were correct: Facebook is launching their own webmail service. But don’t think of it as a GMail killer, warns CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Instead, think of it as a whole new way of messaging, which has e-mail as a part of it, but also encompasses SMS and instant messages.Claiming that teenagers don’t use e-mail because it’s too slow, instead opting for Facebook’s internal messaging system, Zuckerberg argues there’s a divide between the old fogeys still using e-mail and a more casual and less formal generation… one that makes it hard for both groups to communicate.Facebook’s new messaging system attempts to bridge the divide. It puts all of your communications with an individual — whether e-mail, IM, SMS or other — into a single conversation history that can be used anywhere. Send a communique to someone on Facebook’s messaging service and it’ll be sent to them by the most appropriate channel — whether SMS, e-mail or instant message — depending on where they are and what platform they’re on.To include e-mail as part of the new system, every Facebook user who has setup a Facebook username will get an @facebook.com e-mail address. Don’t expect full e-mail functionality, though: not only is there no IMAP support, but there’s not even support for subjects, ccs or bccs.For an old e-mail fogey like me, this doesn’t really appeal — I don’t want all of my communications with a single person lumped into a huge, unnavigable pile — but my guess is that Facebook’s right: amongst the teenage lifeblood of Facebook itself, this new messaging system will go over like gangbusters as it is gradually rolled out over the coming months.Read more at Facebooklast_img read more

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More convenience for Beirut Hellenic Bank customers

first_imgThe ability to access your Beirut Hellenic Bank account from Australia Post outlets around Australia has now become a reality. Beirut Hellenic Bank have developed Bank@Post – a chance for all Visa Debit card holders to access their account at the 32,000 plus Australian Post retail outlets. The card holders will be able to withdraw and deposit funds into their account. If you have any enquiries about banking at Australia Post, please call our friendly staff on 1300 888 700. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Tetra Pak to be recognized as a recycler of the year

first_imgTetra Pak Materials in Vancouver will be named as one of the Washington State Recycling Associations’s “Recyclers of the Year” at a May 1 awards banquet during the association’s annual conference in Spokane.Tetra Pak is being recognized for major organizational changes to implement an integrated environmental management approach, the association said. All Tetra Pak employees receive training and work together toward environmental goals, allowing Tetra Pak to achieve a 98 percent recycling rate in 2011, with a 64 percent reduction in landfill disposal over the last five years.Recyclers of the Year are selected by a panel of association members representing various aspects of the recycling industry, including collectors and processors, government agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations.last_img read more

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Fire in Northwest MiamiDade leaves home charred

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida home went up in flames, Thursday morning.White plumes of smoke could be seen rising through the roof as emergency crews battled the blaze near Northwest 185th Street and 78th Avenue.The flames left the exterior of the home charred.Officials said the fire was contained to a storage area.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire is currently unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Coral Springs billiards tournament to honor MSD shooting victims

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A billiards tournament in Coral Springs will honor the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High tragedy.Meadow’s Movement, a group started by the family of MSD victim Meadow Pollack, will be hosting the tournament at Premier Billiards and Sports Club, located at 9120 Wiles Road. The competition will honor Meadow and the other 16 victims killed in the mass shooting that took place on Feb. 14 in Parkland.“We have so many great donors, so many raffles and baskets, ” said student Kendall Richardson. “We have probably about 15, 16 by now. We have a bunch of desserts and cake items. We have merchandise. There’s so many people here. Everyone came out for the tournament. It’s great, going great.”Proceeds for the event will help build a memorial park in Meadow’s honor.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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People on the Move 6514

first_imgHearst Magazine Digital Media has named Lee Sosin as senior vice president. He was formerly the vice president of strategic solutions for Yahoo!.Peter van Roden has been appointed as senior vice president of global experiences and events at the National Geographic Society. He joins from Sesame Workshop, where he was vice president of themed entertainment.The Daily Beast‘s CEO Rhona Murphy will be departing from the publication. Current editor-in-chief John Avlon and chief digital officer Mike Dyer will become managing directors in addition to their current roles.Paul Caine has joined Bloomberg Media as chief revenue officer. He previously worked as CEO of Westwood One. Also joining Bloomberg is Allison Hoffman, who has been named associate editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. She was previously news and politics editor at Tablet. Columbia Journalism School’s dean of academic affairs Bill Grueskin has also been hired as executive editor for training. Krissy Tiglias has joined Domino as digital director. She had been deputy editor at Real Simple. Robert Leleux has been promoted to editorial director at Domino from his previous role as creative director. Forbes Media announced that Jessica Sibley is rejoining the company as vice president of advertising sales eastern region. She most recently worked at The New Yorker as executive director of sales development.Daniela Fayer has been promoted to publisher of Government Executive Media Group, Atlantic Media’s government and defense division, from her previousposition as associate publisher of Defense One.American Media Inc. announced that Kim Sealy has been hired as publisher of Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health. She joins the company from her role as publisher of Working Mother.Fortune has hired Geoffrey Smith as news editor for Europe. He previously wrote for Dow Jones Newswires since 1993 and most recently worked as financial regulation correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.Rich Barbieri has been promoted from deputy managing editor to managing editor of CNNMoney. He has been the deputy managing editor since 2007, and before that he served as Crain’s New York‘s managing editor.Dustin Haisler has been appointed as chief innovation officer for e.Republic, publisher of Government Technology. He was formerly a government CIO and finance director.Inked magazine has promoted Ian Sami Hajar from director of special projects to creative director and Liz Green from photo editor to photo director.Britt Aboutaleb has joined Yahoo! Beauty as managing editor. She was formerly the multimedia editor at Allure.DuJour Media Group has named Ashley Parrish as chief digital officer. She joins from DailyCandy, where she was editor-in-chief.Dashiell Bennett has been promoted to editor of The Wire. He has written for the news site since October 2011 and served as news editor sine September 2013.Town & Country has named Pilar Viladas as architecture and design editor, and Klara Glowczewska as travel editor-at-large. Viladas had been design editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Glowczewska was previously editor-in-chief at Condé Nast Traveler.last_img read more

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Children who are blind learn how to code with Code Jumper

first_img4:33 Share your voice Post a comment Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sci-Tech Code Jumper in the classroom Today Lefan’s classroom has six students – all of whom are blind or visually impaired. They’re sitting at two small tables in groups of three practicing Code Jumper together. This is the second time her kids have tried out the coding technology ahead of its expected July launch.  Breckinridge-Franklin teachers, APH employees and the school principal, Cathy Bosemer, all look on as the kids work on Code Jumper. “This is so great,” Bosemer says, clearly moved by their enthusiasm. “It makes you appreciate what you have.” Nine-year-old Joshua Lewis, who is blind, teaches me how Code Jumper works. “You plug the pods into the hub and you turn the knob, which is the doughnut knob, it looks like a doughnut. It’s the circle knob and it’s flat and you turn it and it can choose sounds,” he explains.  Each Code Jumper kit has two main components – a hub and several pods. The hub is a hand-sized white plastic device that runs on four AA batteries. It has a large circular blue play button and a slightly smaller circular blue stop button. It also has a built-in speaker, volume control and four ports that look like traditional headphone jacks.  Pods are smaller white plastic devices you attach to the hub via the ports. Each pod represents a line of code and has its own ports so you can continuously connect additional pods like a massive centipede, until you run out. Joshua is a natural at coding and seems particularly interested in the technology. Lefan said he’s wanted to learn to code since the summer, months before he knew about Code Jumper. His favorite part is hitting the play button on the hub so he can listen to everything he just created. code-jumpers-photos-2Enlarge ImageJoshua Lewis wants to be an inventor when he grows up. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The Code Jumper app is required too and it’s currently only available through the Microsoft Store, so Lefan has two Microsoft tablets in her classroom — one per Code Jumper kit. The app on the tablet displays the lines of code and students can play it aloud to hear each line in succession. The students start out by creating code to play the song Row Row Row your Boat. They work well together, taking turns connecting new pods.  The main pods have two bright blue dials with different physical characteristics. The user manual describes the shorter, rounded dial as a “doughnut” shape — that’s what Joshua was talking about — and the other as the “taller, ridged dial.” The bright blue color, contrasted against the white, makes it easier for students who are visually impaired to see the dials. Having a “doughnut” and a taller, knobby dial makes it possible for students who are blind to differentiate between the two by touch. The doughnut knob changes the sound, while the taller knob controls duration and pitch. Both groups of students successfully built the Row Row Row your Boat code, but their results sounded different. One table went with a more classic rendition of the song, while the other table played around with the pitch and speed to make it their own.  Tech Enabled Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 Children who are blind learn how to code with Code Jumper 16 Photos See Allcenter_img Apple “You know how haunted houses have creaky doors or creepy monsters? I made the story go real loud, but real slow to make it seem scary,” Tariq Trowell, a seven-year-old at Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary in Louisville, KY who is visually impaired, tells me. Tariq is talking about using Code Jumper, a coding language developed by Microsoft for children who are blind or visually impaired. Different from computer-based programming languages such as Python and C++, Code Jumper is an educational tool comprised of modular, physical pieces students can string together to create code.  It makes coding tactile and fun — and it’s highly customizable. Students can play single musical notes or complete songs, tell stories, use pre-set sounds and make their own sounds. They have control over speed, pitch and volume, too, which is what Tariq played with to make his ghost story.  Technologies like Code Jumper help with career development, Tariq’s teacher, Deanna Lefan, says. This is critical. There are 63,357 children who are blind or visually impaired in the United States, according to a 2017 APH annual report. Cornell University Disability Statistics estimate that only 15.7 percent of people who are blind or visually impaired complete a bachelor’s degree or higher, based on 2016 American Community Survey data. That means fewer than 10,000 of those 63,000-plus children who are blind or visually impaired will earn advanced degrees if this trend continues.  The American Printing House for the Blind (APH), a nonprofit organization in Louisville that makes braille textbooks and develops assistive technologies, wants to help change that statistic. It’s handling the distribution side of Code Jumper – making sure it reaches classrooms and individual homes.  Tags reading • Code Jumper gives children who are blind the tools to code Now playing: Watch this: Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Learning curve The teachers are learning to code alongside their students. Lefan tells me her students aren’t nearly as intimidated by it as she is. “It’s so much more natural for them because it’s the world they live in,” she explains.  Lefan wants to start a coding club that’s open to her students and their sighted peers.  Meador describes Code Jumper as an “inclusion product,” something anyone can try. It’s specifically designed for ages seven to eleven, but Meador says children as young as five — and even younger — have learned Code Jumper.  After learning the basics, the kids moved on to some more advanced coding with loop and pause pods. A single loop pod can play “row, row, row” in one go, rather than requiring three individual pods that play one “row” each. Pause pods briefly stop the audio so students can create different effects with the music and stories they create.  Some students transitioned from playing music to making sounds of horses running and whinnying — and Bugs Bunny saying “Hey, what’s going on here?”  code-jumpers-photos-4Enlarge ImageTariq, pictured left, is ready to take Code Jumper home with him. He thinks it would be funny to scare his family with some of the creepy noises.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Meador believes students who learn Code Jumper will have a much easier time transitioning to more advanced programming languages like Python.  “We’re looking at this [Code Jumper] as a career piece,” Meador says. Microsoft, Apple and Google accessibility teams have spoken with him about the shortage of programmers who are blind or visually impaired. They’re in high demand.  “You can be blind and become a programmer. There are a lot of blind programmers out there,” he adds. Code Jumper will be sold starting in July through APH with lesson plans so teachers can learn how to implement it in schools with their students. Pricing hasn’t been set yet, but a government grant will allow school districts to get these materials for free. Meador wants to make it as affordable as possible for everyone else, so parents can buy them for use at home.  At launch, Code Jumper will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, but APH hopes to expand to other countries.  In the meantime, Joshua and Tariq are dreaming big, although neither are setting their sights on coding per se. Joshua wants to be an inventor when he grows up. Specifically he wants to make flying cars. Tariq wants to be president. Related links “The problem is, students who are blind or visually impaired, have been left out of the equation. If you lack a visual channel, then all the animations and all the drag-and-drop that’s happening on the screen [when learning to code] isn’t accessible,” APH president, Craig Meador explains.  For injured veterans, smart tech is crucial to quality of live For the disability community, tech is the great equalizer Samsung is building software to control your TV with your brain Google Microsoft Applelast_img read more

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JNTU K convocation to be held on July 27

first_imgKakinada: The seventh convocation of JNTU-K will be conducted on July 27. According to Vice-Chancellor M Ramalinga Raju, the university chancellor and state governor ESL Narasimhan has given consent for this date. The V-C also disclosed that former chairman and managing director of BHEL B Prasada Rao will be the chief guest for the occasion. The JNTU-K will honour the chief guest with honorary doctorate, the V-C revealed. On this occasion, degrees will be presented to Ph D, M Tech, M Pharmacy, MCA, MBA, B Tech, BBA, B Pharmacy and other courses.last_img read more

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first_img read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Related Content Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more May 31, 2013 — The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) released a new expert consensus statement this week focusing on the practice of using ultrasound as a tool for improving patient physical examinations. “Focused Cardiac Ultrasound: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography” will appear in the June issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE).  The recent improvements in portability of cardiovascular ultrasound equipment have had a significant impact on its use in medical practice. As such, this new recommendation aims to inform the medical community and define how focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU) can be used to positively impact patient care. Technological advances have resulted in a growth in cardiac ultrasound images being procured by a variety of specialists and generalists in a range of settings, such as outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, critical care units, emergency departments and remote clinics. With the creation and publication of these recommendations, ASE is identifying how practitioners with limited training can appropriately use portable devices to expedite and improve the quality of patient care.  “The development of small, inexpensive, portable ultrasound devices, combined with a growing interest of physicians in many specialties to use ultrasound at the bedside for point-of-care assessment, prompted the American Society of Echocardiography to develop this expert consensus document,” said Patricia Pellikka, M.D., FASE, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic and president of ASE. “This document establishes definitions for focused cardiac ultrasound, describes its appropriate application and discusses issues of training for the user. It will be a valuable reference for ASE members and for the medical community at large.”This document will change practice for clinicians by encouraging additional training in light of the significant role the comprehensive transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) has in the proper care and treatment of the heart patient. Key information obtained during the TTE is crucial in initiating proper therapies and in the evaluation of abnormalities. FCU is a focused examination of the cardiovascular system performed by a physician using ultrasound as an adjunct to the physical examination to recognize specific ultrasonic signs that represent a narrow list of potential diagnoses in specific clinical settings. The document distinguishes the emerging field of FCU as a bedside adjunct to the physical examination and echocardiography.  Defining the distinctions between these techniques will allow practitioners to realize the utility of FCU while maintaining the value of echocardiography.“Recent advances have resulted in the development of small platforms which have brought the power of ultrasound to the bedside,” said Kirk T. Spencer, M.D., FASE, cardiologist at the University of Chicago and ASE’s Guidelines and Standards Committee chairman, who served as the lead author of the guideline. “Physicians from diverse specialties, who have less training in cardiac image acquisition and interpretation compared to those trained in echocardiography, can learn to acquire and interpret cardiac ultrasound images as an adjunct to their physical examination assessment in clinical settings relevant to their scope of practice.”For more information: www.onlinejase.com, www.asecho.org/guidelines FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Feature | May 31, 2013 ASE Defines Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Practice Standards News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read morelast_img read more

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Revolutionary Wholebody CZT Digital SPECTCT

first_img Molecular Dynamics will present its revolutionary whole body CZT digital SPECT/CT solution at RSNA 2015.The company will introduce the Valiance X12 system, a breakthrough improvement over the currently available general purpose analog SPECT technology. The Valiance X12 delivers high resolution, low dose, high speed personalized images, based on a unique imaging platform and proprietary imaging algorithms designed to deliver results comparable to PET at a lower cost.“We are excited about the introduction of the Valiance X12 at RSNA” said Din Hadass, Molecular Dynamics Israel’s COO. “Innovative features including adaptive image acquisition that focuses the detectors on specific organs, combined with simultaneous multiple isotope and online dynamic imaging capabilities allow the Valiance X12 to tailor the imaging process to individual patients and collect more data from each scan.”The advanced features, combined with superior accuracy at high count rates are designed to enable unprecedented absolute quantification for therapy planning and monitoring. The system simultaneously improves image quality, scan time and patient dose. “Our innovative CZT-based technology and advanced applications will provide physicians with cost-effective personalized-medicine solutions, leading to more accurate diagnoses and, ultimately, better clinical outcomes,” said Shlomo Ben-Haim, founder of Molecular Dynamics.For more information: www.molecular-d.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more 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.  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 | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems 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 | SPECT-CT | November 24, 2015 Revolutionary Whole-body CZT Digital SPECT/CT Related Content 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 center_img 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 Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. 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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Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, 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. 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