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GL and Sison discuss political developments

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The new U.S Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison and the Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris, have had discussions on the political developments in the country, the External Affairs Ministry said today.Sison, who arrived in the country on Friday, was told by the Minister that wherever she travels in the country, she would find ample evidence of the new mood of confidence among Sri Lankans, who are looking forward to a secure and prosperous future after the eradication of terrorism. The External Affairs Ministry said that Minister Peiris discussed with Ambassador Sison political and economic developments in Sri Lanka since the end of the conflict, and the way ahead. Ambassador Sison, with the advantage of extensive experience in South Asia, expressed her pleasure at the opportunity of serving in Sri Lanka. The External Affairs Minister and the American Ambassador discussed co-operation between the two countries in a variety of fields, including trade, investment, defence and the environment.Minister Peiris will be attending an event over the week-end to mark the 20th anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce. read more

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Body of British journalist killed by crocodile found by Navy

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Related story: UK journalist reported missing after crocodile attack near Arugam Bay The victim, identified as Paul McClean, a British national aged 24, had been dragged into the water near Elephant Rock in Panama, Arugam Bay, by a crocodile. The body was handed over to the Panama Police. Further investigations are being carried out by the Police. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy recovered the body of a British journalist killed by a crocodile in Arugam Bay, the Navy media unit said.The Navy said a team of Rapid Response Rescue and Relief Unit (4RU) personnel attached to the South Eastern Naval Command had been dispatched to the location to look for the foreigner.

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WatchSuncor Energy hits oil production record in fourth quarter

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CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. says its upstream production in the last three months of 2018 hit a quarterly record.Canada’s largest integrated oil and gas company says production averaged 831,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up 12 per cent from the third quarter. Canadian crude prices retain strength as Alberta production cuts kick in Canada’s crude is up 70% on Alberta’s oil crisis plan before it cuts a single barrel Canada’s oil output is growing despite pipeline bottlenecks and record low prices Oilsands operations produced approximately 433,000 barrels per day in the quarter, while total production from exploration and production was 90,000 boe/d.The Suncor Energy Inc. Millennium mine is seen in this aerial photograph taken above the Athabasca oilsands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Ben Nelms/Bloomberg In its outlook, Suncor maintained its December production guidance for 2019 that forecast production growth of 10 per cent even after production cuts imposed by the Alberta government.The province announced mandatory production curtailments for the industry this year in a bid to reduce a glut of oil and help boost low prices.Suncor’s full fourth-quarter results will be issued Feb. 5. read more

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Annan Security Council discuss OilforFood investigation

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The Secretary-General informally shared the draft terms of reference for the panel with Council members yesterday, his spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said. Mr. Annan was still talking to possible panel members and may not finalize the list of names by Friday, but he still hoped to put out a letter about the investigation by the end of tomorrow, although that schedule may slip into next week, he added.The Secretary-General wanted the Council’s support for the panel, since, without the cooperation of governments and companies, the investigation was not likely to succeed, Mr. Eckhard said in response to questions at the daily briefing. “So for those two reasons, he is looking for a signal from the Council that they agree with his going ahead” and is confident that he will get it, the spokesman said.Asked about reports that the Pentagon has found signs of overpricing in the Oil-for-Food programme, the spokesman said officials from the programme did meet with Pentagon contracting experts involved in the study of oil contracts and shared information. The UN had not yet seen the Pentagon report and would not be able to comment until it had been reviewed, he said.As to whether the Secretary-General would agree to appear before an inquiry, Mr. Eckhard noted that the panel’s draft terms of reference have not been finalized, but added that Mr. Annan would give the panel his full cooperation. read more

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Nikolaj Markussen to miss EHF EURO 2014 – Danish bomber out for

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DenmarkhandballNikolaj Markussen One of the tallest players in European handball, Danish left back Nikolaj Markussen (25) will be out for the rest of the season after serious injury of achille tendon during training session with the national team. He will miss Men’s EHF EURO 2014 at the home soil, where Wilbek’s boys will defend the gold medal from Serbia 2012.Markussen won’t be able to finish season with his team El Jaish, one of the most powerful handball squads outside of Europe.That could mean that ex-player of BM Atletico Madrid finished his part of the career in Qatar as his contract is coming to the end at the end of the season.In same day when Denmark got a hosting of World Championship 2019 together with Germany, this is a serious blow for Danish ambitions next January… ← Previous Story Germany and Denmark will host Men’s IHF World Championship 2019! Next Story → Japan to host Women’s World Championship 2019! read more

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Worlds smallest 4K display is 96inches and 458ppi

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first_imgHD displays are pretty much standard across the entire range of screens on the market today. Buy a new TV of any size and it’s going to be capable of displaying 720p, and in a lot of cases, 1080p. Monitors, tablets, and even smartphones are now shipping with HD-capable screens, too. But there’s a new standard coming into view, and it ups the resolution from 1920 x 1080 to 3840 x 2160.The higher resolution was known as 4K until last week when it got officially named Ultra HD. Displays are starting to appear that support it, but typically they are high-end units most of us either can’t afford or wouldn’t be willing to spend to acquire.The introduction of Ultra HD also offers an opportunity for some new world’s first claims, and Japanese manufacturer Ortus Technology is claiming just that by developing the world’s smallest 4K-capable display.At 9.6-inches and sporting a 3840 x 2160 resolution, the Ortus LCD achieves 458ppi, far higher than any display on the market today and certainly well beyond what is classified as Retina Display-level visuals. Viewing angles are limited to 160-degrees both horizontally and vertically, and the display achieves 72% of the NTSC color gamut.Ortus specializes in small and medium-sized LCD and sees 4K displays as a market that is going to grow rapidly. In this case, the 9.6-inch unit will be targeted at the medical industry and high-end video production markets.This isn’t technology for the future as Ortus will begin shipping the 4K display next month. Pricing has yet to be disclosed, but I’d bet money this is going to be the most expensive sub-10-inch display you can buy this year.More at Ortustechlast_img read more

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The Hellenic Initiatives One Greece 2017 campaign raises over 11 million

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Members of the Greek community together with philhellenes have shown spectacular support for Greece, helping The Hellenic Initiative (THI) Australia to raise more than $1.1 million through their One Greece 2017 national campaign.Held over 10 days, more than 1,300 people attended events across five major Australian cities. TThe Melbourne welcome dinner at the Stamoulis residence in Toorak.he premier event was the sold-out Sydney gala dinner hosted on Friday 6 October at the Sydney Town Hall, where 650 guests were treated to a special performance by Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti in her only Australian show.Special international guest speakers included THI’s inaugural International Ambassador, Tatiana Blatnik, and co-founder of Boroume, Alexander Theodoridis.“One Greece 2017 has been a fantastic representation of how the Greek Australian community across the country galvanises in support of the people of Greece,” said president of THI Australia, Nicholas Pappas AM.THI international ambassador, Tatiana Blatnik speaking at the Sydney Gala Dinner. THI Australia has announced that $500,000 of the One Greece 2017 proceeds will be committed to their Crisis Relief Program over the next three years, and will go towards providing care and medical support to children, aiding the homeless and vulnerable groups, and providing food and assistance to charities supporting people throughout Greece.last_img read more

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Koscielny is delighted about Arsenals win

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first_imgThe former France star scored in the 2-0 win over Chelsea in yesterday’s English Premier League fixture.Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny scored the second goal for the Gunners in their 2-0 victory over Chelsea yesterday.And he’s delighted after the great victory.“We needed to win. We did a mistake last week and it was a game of six points,” Koscielny was quoted by Goal.“If we lose, it would be nine points; if we win just three points. We are still in the race for the top four.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It was important, the commitment was amazing from all the boys. We talked a lot and we showed on the pitch which way we want to go together,” he commented.“It is good to play like this. We want to fight for each other.”“When we talk about a clean sheet it is not just about the defenders. We showed everyone working together; the strikers work and help the rest of the team. Then at the back, it is easier to win the challenges,” he added.“It is good for our head – we can keep this [mentality] for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

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Sweetwater Valley Little League advances to Regional tournament

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first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: All Sports Report, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Sweetwater Valley Little League team has won the state championship and is now advancing to the Regional tournament. If they win there, the team heads to Williamsport to represent the West Region in the Little League World Series.• Andrew Arnce• Joey Castillo• Alessandro Catano• Ryan Garcia• Josh Hughes• Christian Jimenez• Dante Milan• Leo Mondragon• Kapono Nakenelua• Eathan Otero• Adrik Sanchez• Daniel Sanchez• Nyenati Snoh• Coach Francisco• Coach Arturo Maldonado• Manager Ward Lannom Posted: August 1, 2019 Sweetwater Valley Little League advances to Regional tournament August 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Government appoints Guy Opperman pensions and financial inclusion minister

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first_imgThe government has appointed Guy Opperman parliamentary under-secretary for pensions and financial inclusion at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).The position, otherwise referred to as minister for pensions and financial inclusion, replaces that of parliamentary under-secretary of state for pensions. This role was previously held by Richard Harrington, who moved from the DWP to the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy as part of the reshuffle that followed the outcome of the June 2017 general election.The position of parliamentary under-secretary of state for pensions replaced that of minister of state for pensions in July 2016. This was held by Baroness Ros Altmann between May 2015 and July 2016, and by Steve Webb between May 2010 and May 2015.The remit for the parliamentary under-secretary of state for pensions included pensioner benefits, the state age pension review, credit unions, private and occupational pensions, auto-enrolment, and oversight of pensions bodies such as The Pensions Regulator, the Pension Protection Fund, and Pensions Ombudsman.The scope of the parliamentary under-secretary for pensions and financial inclusion’s responsibilities has been expanded to cover financial inclusion and guidance, which includes the Single Financial Guidance Body, Credit Unions and Post Office Card Accounts. Regulatory powers are now also listed under the minister’s private and occupational pensions remit.Guy Opperman is Conservative MP for Hexham. He was government whip and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury between July 2016 and June 2017. His previous government roles include assistant government whip, and private parliamentary secretary to former immigration minister Mark Harper.Prior to becoming an MP, Opperman worked as a barrister for 20 years.Opperman said: “It is a privilege to have this opportunity to undertake a role promoting financial inclusion and helping people prepare for later life, with both a state and private pension.“Automatic enrolment has been a huge success and I look forward to our efforts to build on this.”last_img read more

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Petersburg Considers Changes to Senior Sales Tax Exemption

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first_imgIf you’re 65 or older, you don’t have to pay Petersburg’s 6 percent sales tax.Municipal Finance Director Jody Tow says that means local government is losing out on a lot of money.“We’re estimating, conservatively, $270,000 in lost tax revenue for senior exemptions,” she says.Listen now:Petersburg voters face seven ballot measures in the Oct. 7 municipal election. Four propose changes to the senior citizen sales tax exemption. (Photo illustration, CoastAlaska News)The borough’s annual sales-tax take is about $3 million. So eliminating the exemption would boost revenues by about 10 percent.Borough figures show seniors make up a little more than 15 percent of the population. Sue Flint, who chaired the committee examining the exemptions, says it could almost double by 2020.“And that just leaves young families to bear the burden of running the fire department, the snowplows, the roads [and] the police. So mostly, we just wanted to see if there was a more fair way to do this,” she says.Not everyone believes the senior population boom will come. Lee Corrao, who also served on sales tax committee, questions the prediction.And even if it’s right, he says it’s way too early to make such changes.“So the justification for doing this at this time seems at best premature and possibly ill-advised all together,” he says.Four ballot measures before Petersburg voters in the Oct. 7 municipal election detail different ways to cut back on the exemption.The one with the most impact calls for sunsetting, or phasing out, the tax break, starting in about five years. Those eligible would have to apply for and get an exemption card by the end of 2019. After that, no one could apply.Borough Clerk Kathy O’Rear wants to make sure seniors know if they already have the exemption, they won’t lose it.“This five-year period would give people time to adjust to it. And ones who are getting close to that age of 65, to still have opportunity to obtain that exemption,” she says.Two other ballot measures would tighten the rules.One would make seniors just passing through Petersburg ineligible. Another measure requires seniors to be in town at least 185 days a year.Flint says that’s the same as for Alaska’s Permanent Fund dividend.“We really want it for our year-round residents, who support the community in many other ways,” she says.Yet another ballot measure would continue the tax exemption, but limit how it could be used.“We have estimated that senior citizen exemptions are 50 percent comprised of all fuel and groceries,” she says.“Not all needs are groceries and oil,” says tax committee member Corrao.“I believe the end result would be to drive people more to the internet, where the city can’t tax them. … Six percent is a big deal right now,” he says.Petersburg is not alone in its search for new revenues.Alaska Municipal League Executive Director Kathie Wasserman says communities want local control of the state-mandated property tax break for seniors.“Residents, as they should, want services for the taxes that they do pay. So, with payroll going up and fuel going up, many municipalities feel they don’t have many options,” she says.Wasserman says senior sales tax exemptions are not getting much scrutiny elsewhere, though Juneau is considering that option.last_img read more

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Basara IIIT assistant professor removed over charges of sexual

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first_imgAn assistant professor at IIIT campus in Basara of Nirmal district was removed over the charges of sexual harassment. The varsity authorities in a release said that they are removing assistant professor Ravi from the duties. They held an emergency meeting on Saturday and posted the matter to varsity vice-chancellor Ashok who was in Hyderabad. Also Read – Patancheru: CITU opposes packages to industrialists Advertise With Us Later the administration recorded the statement of a girl student and ordered an inquiry on it. After the internal committee meeting, the authorities removed Ravi from his post. It is learned that Ravi sexually exploited the girl students in the hostel in the pretext of awarding merit marks to them. The issue came to light on Friday after the hostel chief warden learned about it and reported to the varsity officials.last_img read more

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Its Our Form Of Apartheid How Galveston Stalled Public Housing Reconstruction In

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first_img Share PU YING HUANGLeon Phillips, Rosalyn Jackson and her father, Martin Jackson, left to right, in Martin Jackson’s apartment at Cedars at Carver Park in Galveston, Texas. The apartment is part of a mixed-income development built to replace some of the island’s destroyed public housing.Sometimes, money is the easy part.After Hurricane Ike ravaged this island town in September 2008, the federal government poured millions of dollars into local coffers to jump-start the recovery process. The results are obvious nearly 10 years later: Near the Strand, a historic street lined with 19th-century buildings, workers pour concrete for road projects, while others install streetlights and sidewalks a few blocks away.Still, about $76 million of that recovery money remains unspent: The dollars earmarked to rebuild public housing for the city’s poorest residents. After Ike’s head-high floodwaters and 110 mile-per-hour winds damaged three Galveston public housing developments beyond repair, the city demolished all 569 units — and the city’s housing authority promised that it would rebuild all of them.But once the storm waters receded, it didn’t take long for some Galveston residents to begin asking whether the city should rebuild the public housing at all. The ensuing debate would reshape the island’s politics for a decade.“All across Galveston you hear people saying it would be a good thing if the projects were not rebuilt and FEMA were not allowed to provide trailers,” Galveston County Daily News editor Heber Taylor wrote in a 2008 opinion column. “The idea is that the island would be a better place if the poor people went elsewhere.”City leaders began holding town hall meetings to discuss how — or whether — to rebuild homes for the city’s poorest. One, in October 2009, erupted into a shouting match between the mostly white residents who opposed public housing and the mostly black residents who supported rebuilding, according to an account published in the Daily News.Opponents were outraged at the housing authority’s plan to replace all the public housing, claiming it created a haven for drugs and crime. Rebuilding the dense developments “will just produce the same type of ghettos we had for the last 50 years,” Buddy Herz, an attorney who attended the meeting, was quoted as saying.Today, nearly a decade after Ike, fewer than half of those public housing units — whose residents were mostly black — have been rebuilt.Galveston’s ongoing post-Ike saga, which has sparked racial strife, threats of federal lawsuits and a multimillion-dollar contract benefiting the mayor’s son, offers a cautionary tale for the rest of Texas as the state begins the long-term recovery process after Hurricane Harvey — whose devastation dwarfed Ike’s.John Henneberger, co-director of the Texas Low-Income Housing Information Service, a statewide housing advocacy group, said Galveston exemplified the way local opposition and delaying tactics could thwart civil rights laws aimed at stopping housing discrimination. “I mean, coming up on 10 years, and the only housing that hasn’t gotten rebuilt after Hurricane Ike is the housing for poor people of color,” he said. “We aren’t going to do this again with Harvey.”A March report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, which studies community development and monetary policy, found that Galveston, to the detriment of the local economy, had “default[ed] on its commitment” to rebuild public housing.“The result of this inaction is a community that is less economically diverse and a city that is likely to face serious workforce challenges in the coming years as it seeks to compete in one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation,” it said.Another result of the inaction: The island’s very makeup has changed. While Galveston’s population is down almost 13 percent since the hurricane, its African-American population dropped by more than 15 percent between 2009 and 2016, Census data shows. Meanwhile, the median income on the island has risen by more than $6,000, suggesting that low-income families bore most of the brunt of displacement.“They were all exported,” said Joe Compian, a public housing supporter and organizer with Gulf Coast Interfaith. “It’s our form of apartheid.”A warning from WashingtonThe city’s post-Ike battle over public housing was so divisive that it ushered in a new era of local government. In 2012, a group of public housing opponents arrived on the city council, propelled by campaigns against the housing authority’s plan to rebuild.“My position on rebuilding public housing is very simple: Don’t do it,” the newly-elected mayor, Lewis Rosen, wrote on his campaign website. Just days after the vote, Rosen made Herz, the lawyer from the meeting, chairman of the housing authority board.Pu Ying HuangGalveston Housing Authority board members Ann Masel and Buddy Herz have blamed the state and federal governments for delays in rebuilding public housing.Herz, who had bemoaned the rebuilding of “ghettos,” recalled in a recent interview how Galveston teetered on the edge of a “revolution” over public housing when he arrived on the board. “I was shocked by the animosity,” said Herz, whose term at the housing authority expires in June. “We’ve never had racial strife. We integrated our high school in one year.”“This time, there was hatred,” he said.“The race-based opposition to rebuilding public housing started very, very early,” said Maddie Sloan, a fair housing advocate with the nonprofit Texas Appleseed who has worked extensively in Galveston. “It was openly racist opposition.”But Rosen’s campaign promise not to rebuild was easier said than done. Two years earlier, Texas Appleseed and other fair housing advocates, concerned by the rhetoric surfacing around the issue in Galveston, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They reached a legally binding agreement with the state and federal governments that put Texas on the hook to replace all 569 units in a way that would “affirmatively further fair housing.”In other words, the state was responsible for overcoming local opposition and making sure the public housing was not just rebuilt, but rebuilt throughout the community — including in the island’s wealthier neighborhoods.After the city council voted to reject a plan for rebuilding, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan summoned Galveston officials — including Herz and Rosen — to Washington, D.C., for a dressing down. They returned to the hurricane-battered island with a reminder that if they didn’t rebuild the housing in high-opportunity areas, the city could lose more than $100 million in federal disaster recovery money for road, water and sewer repair — and be forced to pay back another $100 million they had already received.Finally, in 2013, a reluctant Galveston City Council voted to support a rebuilding plan that Rosen said was “forced down our throats” but which had the blessing of both the state and federal government. On the land where the old housing projects had stood, two new mixed-income developments would provide 145 homes for public housing residents. The rest of the units would be rebuilt as “scattered sites” — single-family homes and duplexes that would be tucked throughout the island’s residential neighborhoods.Former resident: I’m not going backA vacant lot sits on the city’s hardened north side, in a historically segregated neighborhood that’s spitting distance from the county jail.This was where the Oleander Homes stood, before Ike flooded them and sentenced them to the bulldozer. And it’s a testament to the complexities of rebuilding public housing in Galveston.Local officials considered rebuilding the public housing where it stood, but the proposal ran afoul of the federal guidelines that Galveston leaders had agreed to. Instead of simply rebuilding Oleander Homes, the new public housing needed to be built closer to good schools and other neighborhood amenities.As part of its rebuilding plan, the Galveston City Council guaranteed the old residents of public housing a “right of first return,” should they want to come back to the island.That was the plan, at least. But the rebuilding has languished so long that many former public housing residents gave up waiting and left the island altogether. Of the 544 families displaced from public housing by the storm, only 101 have returned to public housing. Of those, only 59 landed a spot in one of the new mixed-income developments.By comparison, 206 families left the housing program altogether after the storm. Another 43 heads of households, by the housing authority’s count, have died.Sandy Taylor, a former Oleander Homes resident, left Galveston after floodwaters ruined the first-floor apartment she and two of her children called home. She now lives in La Marque, an industrial city on the mainland about 15 miles away, where a federal housing voucher helps her pay rent.“It was hell after the storm,” Taylor, 40, recalled in a recent interview. “I couldn’t find nothing in Galveston.”Taylor grew up in Galveston and had a large network of friends and family in Oleander, a community so tightly knit that even unrelated residents said they often called each other “cousin.” Now, Taylor says, she and her friends have mostly fallen out of touch; many of her old neighbors, unable to afford to live in Galveston without public housing, relocated to Texas City and Houston.Taylor, who works as a home health attendant, said she has no plans to return to the island anytime soon. On paper, her new living arrangement might not be considered a move into “higher opportunity.” La Marque’s unemployment rate is more than 4 points higher than Galveston’s, Census data shows, and in 2016 the state forced the local school district to be absorbed by a neighboring district because of falling test scores and student enrollment.But the rent is affordable, and Taylor has put down roots. With two children in public school, she said, picking up and moving again is simply not on the agenda.“I just don’t go down there,” Taylor said of her old hometown. “Ain’t nobody down there for me.”Private company will own some public housingIn June 2017, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush paid a visit to Galveston for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Villas on the Strand, one of the two mixed-income developments built with Ike recovery funds.The buildings won praise from Henneberger and other advocates, who view them as a model for how to build integrated housing. Students from the nearby medical school, teachers and other middle-income tenants pay market rate for apartments next to neighbors in subsidized units. Even Herz, the housing authority board chairman who was once staunchly opposed to the mixed-income developments, says he’s changed his mind and now calls them “wonderful.”Bush’s prepared remarks were optimistic. “We’re so close to being done here in Galveston,” he said.But the developments, managed by a private firm and built for about $78 million on land the housing authority already owned, represented only 145 units, about one-quarter of total required to replace what was lost to Ike. And while Bush and others have sung the praises of Villas on the Strand, Herz said officials from Bush’s agency have told him they will not permit any more mixed-income developments because there simply isn’t enough disaster recovery money to pay for them.Instead, the remaining 384 homes are planned for sites around the island, at a total cost of about $88 million. The first 97 are in various phases of permitting and construction and are supposed to be finished by June, though local officials are skeptical of that timeline.Financed with project-based vouchers from the federal government, private developers will build and own the 97 homes, which are required to be leased to public housing residents for a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30. After that, the developer can sell or rent them on the private market.Pu Ying HuangGalveston is rebuilding 384 units of public housing on scattered sites throughout the island. Some are owned by private developers.One of those developers, J&S Property Holdings, has ties to the mayor’s son.J&S owner Jim Schumer won a nearly $11 million contract to build 23 of the public housing properties. Paperwork filed with the federal government shows Schumer is funneling most of that money — about $8.6 million — to another company he owns, DSW Homes, to actually construct the buildings. Beau Yarbrough, son of Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough, is an executive at DSW.Though Jim Yarbrough appoints the board of the housing authority, which will contract with Schumer’s firm to determine a “reasonable rent,” officials say there is no conflict of interest because the firm was chosen by the General Land Office, not the city. Paperwork filed with the federal government shows Schumer expects to bring in $560,000 per year in rent from the properties.Beau Yarbrough did not return phone calls seeking comment, nor did Jim and Sheila Schumer, the registered owners of J&S.Brittany Eck, a spokeswoman for the General Land Office, said her agency was aware of Schumer and Yarbrough’s relationship and that Schumer had disclosed it. “He signed an applicant disclosure,” Eck said. “That’s part of the process, and they adhered to it.”The elder Yarbrough last year told the Galveston Daily News that his son had no connection to the homes’ construction or management, but in a recent interview he confirmed his son was now involved in building the scattered-site homes.“Given the fact that the GLO handled that, I have tried not to get involved in the details,” Jim Yarbrough said.Herz, the housing authority chairman, downplayed any concerns when asked about the contract. “I doubt that they’re making a lot of money,” he said.The General Land Office says the remaining 287 homes will not be built under a similar ownership arrangement. Instead, the Galveston Housing Authority will own the properties and maintain them as public housing units indefinitely. But the proposal already faces resistance. Local housing officials oppose the idea — Herz said it would “bankrupt” the housing authority to operate and repair hundreds of individual homes around the island — and now local advocates are gearing up for another fight.Leon Phillips, head of the Galveston County Coalition for Justice, which supports the rebuilding of public housing, said: “We’re going to have a fight over the remaining 200-something units, and if they’ve only built 20 of ‘em and it’s been this long, how long do you think it’s going to take?”If history is any indication, the process is likely to be slow and difficult. Eck, the Land Office spokeswoman, said finding property on the island that meets federal fair housing standards “has been a challenge.”Sloan, the fair housing advocate, said she worries that Galveston’s slow pace of rebuilding could jeopardize Texas’ current recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey. Texas is in the midst of deciding how to spend $5 billion in Harvey aid from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — and has asked for much more after last year’s storm wreaked an estimated $120 billion worth of devastation on Houston and parts of the Gulf Coast.Galveston’s example “is a real problem for Texas for disaster recovery,” Sloan said. “You have what looks like a pretty substantial amount of unspent money from Ike, and you have federal elected officials looking at that and saying, ‘Why do you need more money?’”‘If you give them a chance, they’ll come back’Minutes before passing a resolution honoring April as Fair Housing Month at a March housing authority board hearing, Herz criticized the state and federal government for the delays in rebuilding public housing. A staff update showed that 205 public housing units were currently occupied in Galveston — or about 36 percent of the total local officials promised to rebuild nearly a decade ago.Who is to blame for the sluggish pace? “There are other people that need to be asked, but not this board,” Herz said.Ann Masel, another board member, chimed in: “We’ve done exactly what we said we would.”Pu Ying HuangMixed-income housing developments such as the Cedars at Carver Park won praise from fair housing advocates, but they account for less than one-third of the units that must be rebuilt.Three days before, a woman named Rosalyn Jackson went to visit her father in his third-floor apartment at the Cedars at Carver Park, one of the mixed-income developments built with hurricane recovery money. Outside, a sign staked into the lawn read, “Welcome home.”Jackson, a former public housing resident who now holds the informal title of advocate for many in the island’s African-American community, reminisced with her father about a reunion held for public housing residents late last year. Dozens of people had traveled to Galveston to see the people they grew up with.Even though Galveston had been home to many of their families for generations, “Most of them really don’t have a desire to come back,” Jackson said. “They settled down where they’re at right now.”Asked if there was anything that could change their minds, Jackson paused before answering.“If you give ‘em a chance, they’ll come back here,” she said. “But right now they can’t. There isn’t anything for them to come back here for.”This story was produced in partnership with the Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.last_img read more

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Vacancy Rates Rise for Radiographers in 2017 ASRT Survey

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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance Athletes Nate Bachman, graduate read more News | Radiology Business | April 27, 2017 Vacancy Rates Rise for Radiographers in 2017 ASRT Survey Mammography, bone densitometry and cardiovascular-interventional technologist vacancies increased; sonographer, CT, MR and nuclear medicine technologist vacancies decreased Video Player is loading.ITN Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Ultra-endurance AthletesPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 11:59Loaded: 1.36%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -11:59 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 | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more April 27, 2017 — The vacancy rate for radiographers increased to 4.2 percent in 2017, according to the latest American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Radiologic Sciences Staffing and Workplace Survey 2017.The vacancy rates represent the number of positions that are open and actively being recruited. This year’s radiographer vacancy rate is an increase from the 3.4 percent rate reported in the 2015 staffing survey.Overall, vacancy rates in four of the eight tracked medical imaging disciplines and specialties increased since 2015, with the remaining four areas showing slight decreases:Mammographers increased from 2.6​ percent to 2.7 percent;Bone densitometry technologists increased from 1 percent to 1.7​ percent;Cardiovascular-interventional technologists increased from 4.1​ percent to 8.7 percent;Computed tomography (CT) technologists decreased from 4.5 percent to 4.2 percent;Sonographers decreased from 5.1 percent to 4.3 percent;Magnetic resonance (MR) technologists decreased from 4.2 percent to 3.9 percent; andNuclear medicine technologists decreased from 2.8​ percent to 2.3​ percent.“From a statistical viewpoint, many of the changes in vacancy rates are not significantly different from the 2015 results; however, the survey results did show a relatively substantial uptick in the vacancy rate for cardiovascular-interventional technologists,” said ASRT Director of Research John Culbertson, M.Ed. “ASRT will conduct the survey again in 2019 to determine if rates change or stay comparably the same.”In addition to vacancy rates, the report highlights information about workforce turnover and demographics. For example, the average number of full-time radiographers per medical imaging facility increased slightly in 2017 to 8.7, up from 8.4 in 2015. The average number of full-time CT technologists also increased slightly from 5.5 in 2015 to 5.8 in 2017, as did the number of mammographers from 4.1 in 2015 to 4.2 in 2017. The average number of sonography, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular-interventional and bone densitometry technologists per facility fell slightly. The average number of full-time MR technologists per facility remained the same at 4.1.The survey data also highlights various work volume trends. For example, the study revealed the average radiography department has 3.7 machines, sees 11,658 patients per year and performs 20,566 images.ASRT emailed the survey in February 2017 to 18,002 radiology department managers across the United States. At the close of the survey on March 13, 2017, 947 respondents had submitted completed questionnaires.For more information: www.asrt.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Play 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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Canadians get more bang for their buck in affordable Texas

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Canadians get more bang for their buck in affordable Texas Monday, October 29, 2018 center_img TORONTO — Most Canadians don’t think about Texas for a weekend getaway but with all the direct flights, big Texas draws like San Antonio, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston are just a three hour flight from several major Canadian gateways.From Toronto Air Canada offers direct flights to Houston, DFW, Austin and San Antonio. From Montreal and Vancouver, it offers Houston and DFW plus Houston from Calgary and Edmonton. The Calgary-Houston route is also served by WestJet.Air Canada’s year-round service to San Antonio started in May 2017. Debra Bustos, who handles the Canadian market as part of her duties overseeing Economic Development & Tourism for the Office of the Governor, says the route is doing very well and that her department is working closely with Air Canada to keep those flights going.San Antonio, TexasThe sticking point with any Texas destination – or any U.S. destination, for that matter – is the buying power of the Canadian dollar. The loonie is worth 76 cents to the U.S. greenback these days. “It’s a challenge for sure,” says Bustos. “But travellers should know they’re going to get more bang for their buck in Texas. We’re a more economical destination than places like New York City or Miami. Your dollar’s going to go farther in Texas.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesThe number of Canadians travelling to Texas hit the 500,000 mark for the first time ever in 2017, with 503,000 visitors last year. Bustos says 2018 is looking equally strong. “To finally cross over that half million market from the Canadian market, I was extremely happy to see that accomplished,” said Bustos.Travel Texas and its partners hosted an industry reception in Toronto recently, providing updates for San Antonio, DFW, Fredericksburg and Corpus Christi, among others.Corpus Christi is a two-hour drive from San Antonio and just over three hours from Houston. Teresa Rodriguez, Chief Public Affairs & Business Development Officer for the Corpus Christi CVB, suggests clients fly into San Antonio or Houston for an urban getaway, head over to Fredericksburg in Texas Hill Country for a B&B retreat, then drive down to Corpus Christi for some beach time.“For many years we’ve been reaching out to Canadians,” says Rodriguez. “We’re waiting for them with open arms! And we’re very inexpensive.” Corpus Christi is ‘America’s Birdiest City’ – it’s right on the flight path for hundreds of species of migrating birds – and also home to the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. See www.visitcorpuschristitx.org.Fredericksburg meanwhile is right in the heart of Texas Hill Country, just over an hour from Austin and San Antonio, and home to dozens of wineries. Not too long ago Fredericksburg was known primarily for its homey B&Bs and folksy shops. The spirit of the destination remains – Fredericksburg is still ‘Texas Heart. German Soul’, according to its tagline – but the accommodation and retail have gone more upscale.Karyn Mayo with the Fredericksburg, Texas CVBThere was “a purposeful decision” to go high-end, says Fredericksburg CVB’s Director of Tourism & Strategic Alliances, Karyn Mayo, and it was the right move with visitor figures growing in leaps and bounds.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesAnyone heading to Fredericksburg can still book B&B accommodation but the offering is more up-market with more villas and casitas available. “They’re very luxurious but because we’re still a small town, we’re still affordable,” says Mayo.Fredericksburg is also for foodies, with cooking classes, high-end dining venues and winery tours. See visitfredericksburgTX.com. Posted by Tags: Fredericksburg, Statistics, Texaslast_img read more

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Guatemala tries 11 exsoldiers over wartime massacres

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first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – A Guatemalan judge opened a trial Monday of 11 retired soldiers accused of taking part in massacres of indigenous civilians during the country’s bloody 1960-1996 civil war, justice officials said.The decision followed days of the judge, Claudette Domínguez, hearing arguments and weighing evidence for a trial. That included DNA evidence from 558 human remains found on the grounds of a former army base in the north.The indicted were among 18 former Guatemalan soldiers arrested on Jan. 6. The judge exonerated three of the 18 from the trial, saying evidence against them “lacked merit” and ordering them released.The other four under arrest are suspected of a separate war-era crime: that of the disappearance of a boy in the capital, Guatemala City. The merits of that case are yet to be decided.Among those going on trial is Benedicto Lucas García, the armed forces chief during the 1978-1982 presidency of his brother Fernando Romeo Lucas García, who ruled over the darkest years of the conflict. Lucas has proclaimed his innocence, and expressed disappointment with the judge’s decision to put him in the dock.“I was never in the area” where the massacres occurred, he said.Another of the accused, Raúl Dehesa Oliva, argued that “just because people were commanders or sub-commanders” they should not be put on trial for crimes committed by troops.“We are here because we defended the Guatemalan people,” he said.Veterans of the civil war stress they were fighting the spread of communism by battling leftwing guerrillas during the conflict. But many atrocities were committed, the overwhelming majority attributed to the armed forces by the United Nations, which counted 200,000 killed or missing in the 36-year war. Facebook Comments Related posts:Guatemalan ex-police chief handed 90 years over embassy raid Inter-American Dialogue honors Guatemalan businessman, civic activist Salvador Paiz ‘Enough,’ says Guatemala journalist group, citing pre-election threats Lawyer of ex-dictator Ríos Montt is slain in Guatemalalast_img read more

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first_img“Their knowledge and experience will strengthen our capability to deliver the very best in new varieties, plants, services and technical advancements to the growers throughout greater Europe,” says Verges.“The Driessen family and their professional team, along with ours, are committed to a successful transition. All of us at Fall Creek are extremely proud to have the Driessens and the Driesvenplant team’s support and personal involvement as the business, built by the Driessens, continues to grow and flourish under the Fall Creek family of companies.”Driesvenplant was founded by Jeu and Door Driessen in 1980 as a farming operation focused on cherries and mushrooms. In 1982, the company expanded with its first blueberry planting and that set the company on a new course that shifted its focus to blueberries.In the early 1990s, sons Marcel and Leon Driessen joined the company and the blueberry business expanded to include expansive nursery operations. Driesvenplant has been a long-time Northern European licensee of blueberry varieties from Fall Creek.Fall Creek was founded 40 years ago by Dave and Barbara Brazelton in Lowell, Oregon. In 2008, their children joined the company and now serve in leadership roles: son Cort Brazelton is director of international business development; daughter Amelie Brazelton Aust is strategic advisor; and son-in-law Boris Aust is chief financial officer.Today, Fall Creek is an international blueberry breeding and nursery company with nursery operations and research and development centers in the U.S., Mexico, Peru, Spain and now The Netherlands. Fall Creek breeds and delivers blueberry varieties, nursery stock and grower support to commercial fruit growers throughout the world.www.freshfruitportal.com Peru expects 20% uptick in produce exports this ye … June 14 , 2018 U.S.-based Fall Creek Farm & Nursery today announced it has purchased Netherlands-based Driesvenplant, aligning two of the world’s leading blueberry companies. The two organizations are family-owned, long-time friends and industry allies, according to a release. Driesvenplant’s employees will join the Fall Creek team effective immediately.According to Fall Creek chief operations officer Oscar Verges, Leon Driessen will serve as northern Europe operations manager and Marcel Driessen as technical advisor.Driesvenplant’s employees Ronnie Kersten and Bas Heijnen will join Fall Creek’s European sales and customer service team.“What started out as Fall Creek selling plants to Driesvenplant years ago has evolved into a lasting friendship and a collaboration between our companies to serve Northern and Eastern Europe’s commercial blueberry industry with Fall Creek’s genetics and plants grown by Driesvenplant,” Fall Creek president and founder Dave Brazelton said.”This enduring relationship has led to Driesvenplant joining Fall Creek.”Verges said Fall Creek was “humbled and inspired” by the opportunity to join forces with Driesvenplant. Argentina to send increased blueberry volumes in s … center_img Blueberries in Charts: Higher prices are coming … Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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Imagine Dragons to perform at Pro Football Hall of

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first_imgImagine Dragons to perform at Pro Football Hall of Fame AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CANTON, Ohio — Imagine Dragons will perform at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to help kick off the NFL’s 100th season.The Hall announced Tuesday that the alternative-rock band will headline the Concert for Legends on Aug. 4.Previous featured acts for the concert include Aerosmith, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Maroon 5.Imagine Dragons performed last month at the BCS national title game.The August show at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is part of a week of festivities that includes first preseason game of 2019 and the enshrinement of new Hall of Famers — Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 7:17 am PDTlast_img read more

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