Manitoba Liberals hope law will help workers talk about incident that killed

first_img(Barry Swan, centre bottom, speaks at the Manitoba Legislature)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsManitoba’s Liberals are poring over the province’s Workplace, Safety and Health Act hoping to find a part that will help protect workers willing to come forward to talk about an incident that killed a First Nations man in January.Todd Maytwayashing, 22, was working for the Manitoba Hydro contractor Forbes Brothers Ltd., when he was struck by a piece of falling steel at a job site near Gillam, Man.Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard said people working for Forbes, which is building a transmission line to carry power to Hydro’s $8.7-billion under-construction Keeyask Generating Station, want to share inside information.But they fear dismissal.“I understand there are others…who are ready to come forward to talk about the situation but are reluctant to do so for fear of losing their jobs,” said Gerrard (River Heights).Gerrard originally pitched the idea of expanding the Whistleblower Protection Act to Premier Brian Pallister earlier this week, suggesting coverage for employees at contract companies was needed to get information the Maytwayashing family wanted.But Gerrard switched gears Friday saying existing Workplace, Safety and Health legislation should provide the needed protection to get people to come forward.Maytwayashing’s father, Barry Swan, says he’s been hearing about “bullying and harassment and safety” from other workers.But he says those workers aren’t ready to share details with provincial Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) investigators without assurance their jobs are protected.“They are quite afraid and I am very afraid for them because they got young ones, they got mortgages, car loans, and if they’re black-balled from industry I wouldn’t want that to be our fault,” Swan said in an interview Thursday.Pallister, who paid a condolence call to Maytwayashing’s family last month, says he will personally look into the fatal workplace incident at the mega project.He also encouraged workers to speak up.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.“I would give assurance to anyone who has information that they would like to bring forward in the process of investigating this tragedy to bring that forward without fear of repercussions of any kind,” he told the Legislature Wednesday. “They deserve to feel entirely confident and safe in doing so.”Swan says he “was honoured” to have Pallister in his home.“He assured me that Hydro would come to my house and apologize face-to-face,” Swan said. “And he assured me this investigation would not be tampered with.”Gerrard said Friday he believes the WSH Act has enough teeth to protect workers who want to contribute information to the investigation.Swan says he just wants to know what led to his son’s death.“We’re trying to work with workplace safety to have an honest and fair investigation,” he said. “If Hydro and Forbes are willing to share information with us that doesn’t jeopardize anything is what we’re looking for at this point.”Meanwhile, Forbes has completed its own investigation.Senior manager Brenda Madley says Maytwashing was doing a “high-risk” part of the job when he was killed and the company has since made changes to try and reduce the danger of loading and unloading material.“Fatalities don’t occur very often at Forbes,” she said, noting the death of Maytwayashing and two others in eastern Canada last summer during a tower collapse “are the only three fatalities that we’ve had in 40 years.“Our workers are part of our family. I mean I can’t even tell you how difficult it is on every single individual that’s in the organization,” she added in a telephone interview from Edmonton.Madley said workers shouldn’t fear for their jobs if they want to report problems.“We want to know about unsafe conditions so that we can correct them,” she said.“We have several safety advisors on our Manitoba project. They are encouraged to report unsafe conditions.”Maytwashing’s is the second death at a Keeyask-related site since the project began in 2014. Carpenter Joseph Head suffered a brain bleed in 2017 that ultimately led to a fatal heart attack.His widow is suing Hydro alleging her husband died a “wrongful death.”last_img read more

Wilfully and recklessly Human rights tribunal awards compensation for First Nation children

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered Canada to pay compensation to First Nation children, youth and families who were taken from their homes on reserve and put in care of the state.“This ruling is dedicated to all the First Nations children, their families and communities who were harmed by the unnecessary removal of children from your homes and communities,” the ruling says.In the ruling issued Friday, the tribunal awarded $40,000 to each child who was taken from their parents for reasons other than sexual, physical or psychological abuse.Under the Human Rights Act, the tribunal panel of chair Sophie Marchildon and Edward Lustig were allowed to award a maximum of $20,000 per victim.They could add another $20,000 if the discrimination was found to be wilful and reckless.“The Panel finds that it has sufficient evidence to find that Canada’s conduct was wilful and reckless resulting in what we have referred to as the worst-case scenario under our Act,” the ruling says.“This case of racial discrimination is one of the worst possible cases warranting the maximum awards.”According to the report, there are between 40,000 and 80,000 on reserve children who were made wards of the state between 2006 and 2017.Each child would receive compensation – along with their parents or grandparents – at a figure yet to be fully determined.The total compensation package, unless challenged by Canada, will reach into the billions of dollars.“The Tribunal’s finding that Canada wilfully and recklessly discriminated against First Nations children demonstrates how little Canada learned from the residential school and the 60’s scoop apologies and class actions,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS).“They knew better and did not do better resulting in tragedy for another generation of First Nations children, families and Nations.”According to the ruling, a number of factors play into who is eligible for compensation.Children living on reserve or in the Yukon, and taken into care unnecessarily, were removed from their homes on reserve due to abuse but were placed outside their extended families or communities and thus did not benefit from least disruptive measures, or as a result of a gap, delay and/or denial of services, and was placed in care outside of their home, family and community in order to receive those services.The panel is also ordering full compensation for parents and grandparents who were caring for a child who was unnecessarily removed.“No amount of compensation can ever recover what you have lost, the scars that are left on your souls or the suffering that you have gone through as a result of racism, colonial practices and discrimination,” wrote the tribunal. “This is the truth.”The case against the government was filed with the Tribunal in 2007 by the FNCFCS and Assembly of First Nations (AFN).The two groups argued that Canada discriminated against First Nation children in care by not funding child welfare services to the same level as children living off reserve.In 2016 the Tribunal agreed and ordered Canada to stop it’s discriminatory practices and followed up with several warnings.The issue of compensation was fought by government lawyers who argued, among other things, that the tribunal didn’t evidence from any victims in order to gauge the amount of harm done in order to put a price on that harm.The government says it’s reviewing the ruling.“We want to ensure that, first and foremost, we continue to place the best interests of the child at the forefront,” Kevin Deagle, policy advisor for Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, said in an email.“Our government is committed to seeing the unmet and longstanding needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children met.“Our government is committed to closing socioeconomic gaps, and that’s why we’ve invested $21.4 billion in Indigenous housing, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and clean water– all key elements in improving the lives of Indigenous children.”The government also outlined in the email it has put investments into First Nations child welfare including $1.2 billion since 2016, and introduced Bill C-92 – a law that, while flawed, will revamp the First Nations, Metis and Inuit child welfare system.Canada has 30 days to appeal the ruling.But the tribunal’s ruling has more to do with what the government hasn’t done over time, rather than what it’s doing today.“In British Columbia, I have witnessed the harm to First Nations children and families caused by removing children when supports in their homes, families and communities should have been considered or improved,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, in a statement to media.“The Tribunal found massive systemic discrimination and said it was willful and reckless on the part of the Government of Canada. This is something we have known in our own families and communities for a long time.”The government, FNCFCS and the AFN have until Dec. 10 to work out a process to identify, and then distribute the compensation to those who are eligible.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Energy group calls for better tax and regulation to restore competitiveness

first_imgOTTAWA – The head of the group that represents Canada’s oil and gas industry is calling on the federal government to cut taxes and ease regulatory burdens to restore the energy sector’s competitiveness with the United States and other global producers.Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says Canada is “falling behind” and must act now to restore investor confidence, citing in particular lower corporate taxes and business-friendly regulatory changes by the U.S. under President Donald Trump.McMillan appeared at a news conference in Ottawa one day before the federal budget is presented but the event was cast as the introduction of a series of economic reports, not an attempt to influence the budget.In answer to a question, however, McMillan said last year’s budget sent a “terrible signal to the world” by limiting allowable tax deductions for oil and gas exploration wells.He added there are currently some 50 changes to energy industry policies being contemplated by provincial and federal governments, including recently proposed sweeping changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the National Energy Board, that are harming Canada’s reputation as a transparent and fair place to do business.McMillan said he’s heard from some Calgary-based energy CEOs with operations in the U.S. who say lower taxes are making them more likely to invest there than in Canada.last_img read more

Uri a very special film for me Vicky

first_imgMumbai: Actor Vicky Kaushal says Uri: The Surgical Strike will always remain close to his heart. “Uri… is a very special film for me and our idea was to give tribute to the Indian armed forces. The soldiers give up their today for our tomorrow and no words can signify or repay the sacrifices they make for our country,” said Vicky. “The way audiences have resonated with the emotion of patriotism, valour and sacrifices of our armed forces has been amazing. As artists, that is the biggest takeaway for us,” added the actor, who was seen as Major Vihaan Singh Shergill in the film. Directed by Aditya Dhar, gritty drama, which traces events of the 2016 Uri attack and its aftermath, also features Yami Gautam.last_img read more

ZEE shares plummet 10 on new stake sale reports

first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) plunged 10 per cent Wednesday amid concerns over stake sale by its promoters. The scrip tumbled 9.72 per cent to close at Rs 333.30 on the BSE. During the day, it dived 12.66 per cent to Rs 322.45.On the NSE, shares plunged 10.05 per cent to close at Rs 332.05. In terms of traded volume, 30.75 lakh shares were traded on the BSE, while over 6 crore shares were traded on the NSE during the day. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”The Subhash Chandra led Zee Entertainment Limited fell today for the fifth day in a row as speculations are ripe that the stake sale process is undergoing some hindrance. But the panic bitten stock is in no mood to turnaround despite the company’s clarification that the process is at an advanced stage and making steady progress,” said Umesh Mehta, head of research, Samco Securities. In five days, the scrip has tumbled 22.89 per cent on the BSE. Meanwhile, ZEEL Wednesday said its board will consider standalone and consolidated results for fiscal 2018-19 on May 27, scotching “market rumours” that raised concerns about audit of the company’s financial statements. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe company said, in a regulatory filing, it has been informed that “there are certain rumours floating in the market raising concerns about audit of the financial statements of the company for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.” “We deny the above rumours floating in the market relating to audit of the financial statements of the company,” it said. In a separate filing, the company said it was not in a position to provide any comment or clarification regarding the stake sale process by its promoters, Essel Group. On Tuesday, Essel promoters had said its stake sale process in ZEEL is at an advanced stage. Last year in November, the promoters had stated that they planned to divest up to 50 per cent of their stake in ZEEL to a strategic partner.last_img read more

American trims revenue estimate citing grounded Boeing jet

DALLAS — American Airlines is cutting a key revenue estimate partly because of cancelled flights due to the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max jets.American said Tuesday that it cancelled 1,200 flights during the quarter that ended March 31 because regulators grounded its 24 Max planes.Over the weekend, the airline removed the plane from its schedule through June 5 — six weeks longer than before — underlining that airlines think the Max will be parked longer than previously expected after deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.American says revenue for each seat flown one mile will be flat to up 1 per cent, down from its initial forecast of flat to up 2 per cent.It also blames the government shutdown and 940 cancellations due to work on other Boeing planes.The Associated Press read more

A sight so touching in its majesty People share Wordsworth poem about

first_img‘A sonnet for Westminster Bridge’From Wordsworth#Westminster pic.twitter.com/zsybz4656I— Colin Bancroft (@CSBancroft_poet) March 22, 2017 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. After yesterday’s terror attack, along with the expressions of grief and worry, many people have posted messages of hope and defiance on social media.Many people are sharing the William Wordsworth poem  “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802”, to show that London’s beauty is unmarred by the actions of the man who struck fear into the heart of the capital.The poem, written in 1802, is about the beauty of London and the bridge, on which civilians were mown down yesterday. ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3 1802’ – William Wordsworth.London’s heart remains mighty ❤ #Westminister pic.twitter.com/cXRLQIJSdT— Anna Maria Barry (@AnnaMariaB87) March 22, 2017 We must never stop seeing this through William Wordsworth’s eyes: “Earth has not anything to show more fair”. pic.twitter.com/2fJ34wi24h— Tim Sapwell (@TimSapwell) March 23, 2017 Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth. #Westminster #PrayForLondon #WeAreNotAfraid pic.twitter.com/vVDWc8LzoS— Julie Cohen (@julie_cohen) March 22, 2017 A sight so touching in its majesty—William Wordsworthhttps://t.co/DZVaY6IfOC pic.twitter.com/Bq5WIv24cd— Poets.org (@POETSorg) March 22, 2017last_img read more

Teenage girl dies after minibus collides with bin lorry on school trip

first_imgMichelle Gower, 43, a mother waiting to pick up her daughter, was in tears as she said: “It’s awful. It’s horrible. It’s not good news to hear.”I really don’t feel like I can speak about it at the moment.”I just need her to be back with me now.” Police attend the scene of a fatal crash on the A38 in BirminghamCredit:PA Police attend the scene of a fatal crash on the A38 in Birmingham A 14-year-old girl has died after a school minibus collided with a lorry.The accident, on the busy A38 Kingsbury Road in the Erdington area of Birmingham, involved Year 9 and 12 pupils from John Taylor High School in Staffordshire who were on an art trip.A second teenage girl was taken to hospital with minor injuries.There were 21 pupils and three teachers on the bus. Several were treated for minor injuries at the scene.A West Midlands Ambulance spokesman said: “There were 25 patients from the mini bus, one of whom, a teenage girl, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and unfortunately it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”A second teenage girl received treatment at the scene for minor injuries and was transported to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.” A minibus carrying schoolchildren has been involved in a serious accident in Erdington this morning.Credit:BPM MEDIA A minibus carrying schoolchildren has been involved in a serious accident in Erdington this morning.center_img “Both the lorry and the minibus came to a stop.”All the emergency services came straight away.” The spokesman said a further 19 children and five adults, including the minibus driver and the lorry driver, were assessed and discharged at the scene.Both drivers are assisting the police with their enquiries.Eyewitness Alex Jeffers, 19, a trainee accountant, said: “As I was walking across, I heard a loud bang behind me.”I turned around and I saw a lot of dust go up in the air and a lot of glass shattered and metal from the lorry on the roadway by the bus stop. A spokesperson for Bagnall’s coaches refused to comment on the incident.The bus involved was a 29-seat Mercedes, fully fitted with seatbelts.According to UK law, all children on the coach would have been required to wear them.The school bus and the lorry remained behind a police cordon on Friday lunchtime, several hours after the 9am crash.The school, in Barton-under-Needwood, near Burton-upon-Trent, said in a statement: “Please be aware that a number of our year nine and year 12 students that are on an art trip have been involved in a serious road traffic accident this morning.”We are working to support those directly affected.”Please support us by not ringing into school as this closes our lines.”More information will be provided via the school website.” 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

Davy Fitz Ger Loughnane and Anthony Daly talk the year in hurling

first_img2013 WAS AN unbelievable year for hurling — particularly if you are a Clare fan.As part of RTÉ Two’s upcoming documentary ‘The Magic of Hurling’, which will be aired on 27 December at 7.50pm, Ger Canning got Banner boss Davy Fitzgerald into room with Anthony Daly and Ger Loughnane.Here’s a taste of what they talked about:YouTube credit: RTÉ SportCroke Park officially 100 years old todayAlmost all Irish children take part in sport – but how do we stop them dropping out?last_img

Shopping around for home insurance could save you €421 a year

first_imgThe full details of the report are available here. Fergal O’ Leary from the NCA today encouraged consumers to take the time to shop around for home insurance.While our market research shows that consumers who do switch find the process easy, many may find it daunting or believe the hassle outweighs the benefits.To help ease that burden, the NCA has provided a one-page insurance comparison checklist, available below.Read: Regulator had concerns about Setanta Insurance seven months before warning consumers>Poll: Is it fair to charge people who wait to take out health insurance more?>http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/home_insurance_checklist1.pdf The quoted price of insurance (rebuilding and contents) on a three-bedroom bungalow in Midleton, Co Cork ranged from €279 a year to €700 – a €421 difference.Where one provider quoted €237 for a three-bedroom semi-detached in Newbridge, Co Kildare, another quoted €622 – a whopping 162% difference.Despite these potential savings, only 37% of Irish consumers checked for a better deal on home insurance last year. BUYING HOME INSURANCE might occasionally feel like a full-time job, but wading through the numbers can really pay off, according to a report published this morning.Doing a proper compare-and-contrast on home insurance offers could save you up to €421 a year, says the National Consumer Agency, which got quotes on eight different home types from eight different providers.The average savings available were €264.In its “home insurance comparison survey”, the NCA found:last_img read more

Amazon kills affiliate program in Illinois

first_imgOn Thursday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Mainstreet Fairness Bill which would require any online retailer with affiliates in the state to collect state sales tax on purchases from Illinois residents. As a result of the bill being signed into law, Amazon notified affiliates in the state that it would end its affiliate program on April 15th. Overstock.com has also threatened to take a similar move and end its affiliates program in Illinois as well.The state is taking advantage of a 1992 Supreme Court decision which said that retailers don’t have to collect state sales tax on out-of-state shipments unless it has offices within the state. Clearly, Illinois believes that an affiliate of a retailer is equivalent to having such an office.Many states have been frustrated with the loss of sales tax revenue associated with items purchased online since most online retailers don’t collect it. States typically have a section on income tax forms which asks citizens to voluntarily admit to any online purchases in order to pay the associated sales tax, but few people actually report such purchases. The Illinois Department of Revenue estimates the state loses between $153 million and $170 million a year as a result.Illinois is in the midst of correcting what some say is the state’s worst financial crisis resulting in $6 billion in unpaid bills and $4 billion in payments the state has missed to fund state pensions. In January, the state began addressing the crisis by passing legislation to increase the state income tax by 67%, the largest such increase in the state’s history. In addition to receiving bi-partisan support from both houses of the Illinois General Assembly, the Mainstreet Fairness Bill also received the support of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association whose business members believe it is unfair that out-of-state businesses have an advantage simply because they are not required to collect a sales tax.Amazon did leave the door open so that should the current law be changed or modified it would consider resuming the program.Walmart on the other hand has taking advantage of the crisis faced by Amazon and Overstock.com affiliates by inviting affiliates of those companies to join the Walmart affiliate program instead. Since Walmart maintains retail locations within Illinois it already collects sales tax on purchases sold through its website.Read more at the Walmart press release, the Illinois press release and CNet.Brian’s OpinionOverstock.com and Amazon are going to face increasing pressure from states who believe the online retailers are undercutting state revenue by not collecting sales tax. States are facing deficits and a loss of revenue at record levels which are forcing local governments to look for new revenue streams to plug the holes in state budgets. Online retailers are a natural target since collecting sales tax from them is less painful than cutting state programs or increasing the state’s income or sales tax. The problem with the move is its direct impact on those affiliates in the state who will no longer be able to rely on revenue from their affiliation with Amazon and possibly Overstock.comWhat I see as being a bit silly about passing the law is that when it comes to big online retailers like Overstock.com and Amazon the state won’t see any increase in sales tax collection anyway because the companies can simply cancel their affiliate programs to avoid the expenses and the decreased competitive advantage that comes along with collecting state sales tax. Therefore, the net result of the bill is a negligible increase in sales tax revenue at the cost of revenue for individuals and businesses previously associated with affiliate programs. These business and individuals could pay fewer taxes as a result of the lost revenue making the benefit of the new law that much more unclear.last_img read more

Zanetti – Win but do more than that

first_imgInter’s vice-president Javier Zanetti speaks about his new book “Vincere, ma non solo”, and also delivered a message to the team ahead of their game against PSV.Zanetti released a new book titled “Vincere, ma non solo”, translating to “Win, but do more than that” in English. An apt message as Inter Milan prepare for a must-win Champions League tie against PSV on Tuesday.“My new book is different compared to my last one: it doesn’t concern my career as a footballer, but my adventure as a director,” Zanetti told the club’s website.“This is an important new stage in my life. Many people thought I would only be focusing on the sporting side of things, but for me, it’s vital to look at things from all aspects and to make my contribution to all the club’s projects.“The biggest challenge is sustainability. We are working with this in mind: we are taking part in many international projects with the aim of increasing the amount of money coming in. After a career as a footballer, this new challenge fascinates me a lot.“I am making my contribution so that the club can increase its revenue and the team can become more competitive. Inter has changed a lot.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Ownership changes have taken place and I feel very comfortable in transmitting the values of the club as we look to continue along the path we’ve taken.”Inter Milan need to beat PSV in San Siro and hope Barcelona at least draw with Tottenham for them to qualify for the knockout stages.“Before we think about the result in the match between Barcelona and Tottenham, we need to do our job. We need to win our match, although it won’t be easy.“We will have to do our best to beat PSV Eindhoven, and then we can hope for a positive result at Camp Nou. Based on our performances, I think we deserve to make the Round of 16. Let’s hope we do,” Zanetti said.“We knew it would be a difficult group when the draw was made, but we also knew there was the possibility we could do well. We want to keep playing until the end, and we have to approach the match with confidence.”last_img read more

Broward church worker fired after child porn arrest

first_img“We have no evidence or information to believe that he’s been hands on or been inappropriate with children at all, but of course, having access to kids or being around kids is a concern for us,” said McInerney.Officials said Mendez lives with his mother at his Pembroke Pines home. She attended his bond hearing on Thursday.Mendez’s mother declined to comment on her son’s charges as she left the courtroom.A spokesperson for Calvary Chapel issued a statement that read, “We have a strong commitment to child safety and security here at Calvary Chapel, and at this time, we have no evidence to suggest that any of this took place here or on the church’s secure network. Our hearts are broken by this news, and we are grieved by this revelation.”Mendez is being held at the Broward County Jail on a bond of just over $52,000. As of 5:30 p.m., Thursday, he has posted bond but still has not been released.If you have any information that could help investigators, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mendez was then taken into custody. On Thursday, he appeared in bond court.“The court’s main concern at this point is any future criminal activity if he’s released,” said Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley.Officials said Mendez had worked as an IT technician at the school and megachurch for about two years. Before that, he was a volunteer coordinator in Calvary’s Family and Children’s Ministry.Parishioners were alarmed to hear about Mendez’s arrest.“I’m sad ’cause I live in the community, so it affects our community. It affects all of us,” said Lenny Trujillo, “but it’s really sad for this to happen.”Investigators said Mendez has had access to children in the past. He denied having inappropriate physical contact with them.However, detectives want to ensure none of the children were Mendez’s victims, so they are urging the community to come forward with information about the suspect. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale church employee has been fired after he was arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography.Authorities have identified the man as 35-year-old Jesus Mendez Jr. He faces six counts of possession of child pornography.Mendez worked as an information technology administrator at Calvary Chapel and Christian Academy, a megachurch and private school in Fort Lauderdale.Thursday evening, his employer confirmed he is no longer a Calvary employee.In an email, a spokesperson for Calvary Chapel stated, “Based on information provided to us in the [Broward Sheriff’s Office] press release and available court filings related to the arrest, Jesus Mendez has been terminated.”After searching Mendez’s Pembroke Pines home on Wednesday, BSO detectives found numerous downloaded photos and videos of very young children on his computer.“After an interview, he gave a confession that he had downloaded child pornography, and we did find numerous pictures on his computer,” said BSO Sgt. Tom McInerney. last_img read more

New James Blake Album To Feature Rosalia Travis Scott More

first_img Facebook Email New James Blake Album To Feature Rosalía & More new-james-blake-album-feature-rosalia-travis-scott-more Twitter https://twitter.com/danfoat/status/1083171685619154945 Assume Form is Blake’s follow up to 2016’s The Colour In Anything, and will feature previously released single “Don’t Miss It,” plus 11 new songs. Hip-hop producer wunderkind Metro Boomin is listed on two tracks, with rap phenomenon Scott joining on “Mile High” and soulful L.A.-based singer/songwriter Sumney featured on “Tell Them.”Spanish singer Rosalía, who blends electro-pop sounds and hip-hop beats with traditional flamenco, sings with Blake on “Barefoot In The Park.” Yesterday evening, shortly after teasing his new album in a post with a link to assumeform.com, he retweeted a clip of the two of them working in the studio together, with a snippet of what is likely their song together.”Where’s The Catch?” will feature André 3000, formerly of GRAMMY-winning rap duo Outkast. According to Pitchfork, the two have paired up before, on André’s 17-minute song “Look Ma No Hands,” released last May.Blake will embark on a previously announced North American tour, beginning in Miami on Feb. 15. Tickets are on sale now. He has also just added three U.K. show dates in April and will be performing in Barcelona at the Primavera Sound music festival on June 1, along with Rosalía. Despite only releasing two solo singles last year, he kept busy in 2018 with several headlining festival performances and quite a few big collabs: He worked with Scott in 2018 on “Stop Trying to Be God” on Scott’s Astroworld, which is currently nominated for Best Rap Album. Another big 2018 collab for Blake was with GRAMMY winner Kendrick Lamar and GRAMMY nominee Future on “King’s Dead” for the Black Panther Soundtrack. The song is up for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance and Album of the Year.To see who wins at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, tune in on Sun. Feb. 10 on CBS.Primavera Sound 2019 Features A “New Normal” Equal-Gender LineupRead more News New James Blake Album To Feature Rosalia, Travis Scott & More Content Not Available The British electro-soul singer/songwriter’s fourth LP, ‘Assume Form,’ is due out Jan. 18 and also features collabs with Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney and André 3000Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 10, 2019 – 1:33 pm Today GRAMMY nominee James Blake revealed details for his fourth studio album: Assume Form will drop next Friday, Jan. 18. His website now details its track list and pre-order details, revealing some exciting features and perhaps a deeper dive into hip-hop influenced beats in his own releases: GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney, Latin GRAMMY winner Rosalía and GRAMMY winner André 3000 all make appearances.last_img read more

State court employees furloughed Christmas Eve to costcut

first_imgDimond Courthouse in downtown Juneau. (File photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)There’ll be no court in Juneau on Thursday, Christmas Eve. In fact, all of the state’s 39 courthouses will be closed on Christmas Eve as a cost saving measure while the state tries to chip away at a multibillion dollar budget deficit.Download AudioMeanwhile, there are roughly 15,000 other employees statewide who will likely be paid a full-day’s wage Thursday. Many of those state office workers could be sent home early if Gov. Bill Walker continues with the common Christmas Eve tradition established by previous governors.The judicial branch accounts only for 1.4 percent of the state’s annual general fund spending. Compare that to the executive branch which takes up 86.5 percent of the $8.2 billion state operating budget.All of the judicial branch’s 750 employees and 73 judges and justices are required to take mandatory leave without pay Thursday.“We’re doing our part,” said Mara Rabinowitz, communications counsel for the court system. She said they’re saving more than $500,000 with the Christmas Eve closure and a previous closure on the day after the Thanksgiving.“These are days that are associated with long holiday weekends. And, they are days that we anticipate will have less of an impact on accessibility to the courts,” Rabinowitz said. “They’re days that, typically, we see lower volumes.”Court employees and judges, who are not represented by a bargaining unit, will still be available Thursday for emergency proceedings such as search warrant and involuntary commitment applications, in-custody arraignments, domestic violence petitions and emergency Child in Need of Aid hearings.Supreme Court Chief Justice Craig Stowers wrote to employees last month that salaries and benefits make up over three-quarters of the court system’s current $112.7 million budget. He said there are no other options for absorbing a $3.4 million cut. Justices decided that the best opportunity for savings would come from mandatory unpaid leave, closing courthouses on selected days and leaving positions unfilled after an employee quits or retires.Rabinowitz said a court employee advisory committee favored pay cuts and unpaid leave over layoffs.“They’re carefully considered strategies for how to preserve jobs (and) avoid layoffs while still providing our core mission of accessibility to the courts for fair and impartial resolution of disputes,” she said.Stowers said some employees have already voluntarily taken additional leave without pay. He’s also asked judges to take six days of leave or forgo an approved 2.5 percent pay raise. To set an example, Stowers said he already had 12 days’ pay deducted from his $205,176 a year salary.Courthouses will also be closed the last Fridays of next March, April and May.After another round of expected cuts goes into effect next July, courthouses will close early every Friday at noon. If next fiscal year’s cuts do not exceed 3.5 percent, court employees will get an extra half-hour in their Monday through Thursday workdays.Within the executive branch, a couple of hundred employees from the state departments of Administration, Law, and Natural Resources are also taking mandatory leave without pay Thursday. Estimated savings total just over $650,000.“Each of those departments had some budget issues with the cuts that they’d been taking and that’s just one of the ways that they chose to solve their budget issues,” said Deputy Commissioner of Administration Leslie Ridle. She said they’re sending home non-represented employees, such as those who work in the commissioner’s or attorney general’s office, division directors, and state attorneys and public defenders.Ridle said those departments may use the same method to cut costs again next year, and they plan to talk with employee unions about potentially putting represented employees on mandatory leave without pay.“It’s more that we’re coming at it fresh,” Ridle said. “It’s not anything that’s deep in the works right now, but it’s definitely an option that we will pursue or consider in the future with all of our groups.”last_img read more

PM returns home from Saudi Arabia

first_imgPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home early Saturday wrapping up her four-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 1:20am, reports UNB.The premier went to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday on the four-day bilateral visit at the invitation of the Saudi king, also the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.During her stay in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Hasina had separate meetings with the Saudi king, and Saudi crown prince and deputy prime minister Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh on Wednesday.She performed holy ‘Umrah’ in Makkah on Thursday and offered ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) at Masjid Al-Nabawi in Madinah on Wednesday night.The prime minister also had a meeting with the Saudi business community, including leaders of the Council of Saudi Chamber (CSC) and Riyadh Chamber of Commerce, at Riyadh on Wednesday.Five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed between the two countries after the meeting.Sheikh Hasina also opened the Chancery Complex of Bangladesh Embassy constructed on its own land at the Diplomatic Quarters in Riyadh on Wednesday and laid the foundation stone of the Chancery Building of Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah on Thursday.last_img read more

Disrupted globular cluster found in the constellation of Draco

first_img A ‘ghost from the past’ recalls the infancy of the Milky Way A co-moving clump of stars was found in the constellation of Draco at a distance of approximately 8,500 light years away by a team of astronomers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is assumed that the newly detected stellar group is a disrupted globular cluster, according to the researchers. They described their discovery in a paper published online on Dec. 16 on the arXiv pre-print server. © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further NGC 6362, an example of a globular cluster. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Citation: Disrupted globular cluster found in the constellation of Draco (2015, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-disrupted-globular-cluster-constellation-draco.html More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1512.05090.pdf Using the data from the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) at the Xinglong Station observatory in China, the scientists were able to derive important information about the cluster such as its distance, age, mass, luminosity, velocity and orbit. They used about 2.5 million stellar spectra available in the second data release of the LAMOST spectroscopic survey, searching through the spectroscopic dataset and looking for metallicity-velocity clumping inconsistent with the field.John Jason Vickers, who is the lead author of the study along with the co-authors, estimates that this cluster, named Lamost 1, has a total mass of about 25,000 solar masses and has luminosity approximately 15,000 times greater than our sun. The researchers are 90 percent sure that the stellar group is about 11 million years old.When studying Lamost 1’s characteristics, the scientists have also found that it could be a part of a larger structure.”The large physical size and the fact that the tangential velocity dispersion is so much higher than the radial velocity dispersion imply that this could be part of a tidal stream, although some tangential velocity dispersion is certainly an effect of proper motion uncertainty at this distance,” the paper reads.By knowing the velocity and position of the Lamost 1, the researches can tell that this clump is near a point in the orbit at which it is furthest from the center of its galaxy.However, there are doubts over whether Lamost 1 is really a disrupted globular cluster. The high metallicity indicates that there is possibility that the studied group is a large dwarf galaxy progenitor. On the other hand, the lack of a strong physical overdensity speaks against this hypothesis.”The stream’s progenitor could be either a dwarf galaxy or a star cluster. The high metallicity of our stream implies that if the progenitor were a dwarf galaxy, it should be relatively massive, on par with that of the Sagittarius Dwarf. Since we do not see any prominent physical streams in the photometric data, we look to another possible explanation,” the astronomers noted in the paper.The elliptical orbit and advanced age of the clump supports the globular cluster origin theory. It was more likely a spherical collection of stars orbiting a galactic core once. “We postulate that this object is a star cluster being observed near the apocenter of its eccentric orbit. It manifests as a signature distinct from the background in velocity and metallicity space,” the scientists wrote.They conclude that the object of interest is likely to be a nearby, intermediate-age globular cluster which is being disrupted by the galactic potential. According to them, the spectroscopic technique provided by the LAMOST telescope could help uncover numerous known objects and structures, as well as more puzzling, unknown features like Lamost 1.last_img read more

Will the Art of the Signature Be Lost in the Digital Age

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 1, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an entrepreneur, I am amazed at how much time I spend online. Whether I am writing a post for this site or my own blog — Ready4Air — banking or sending emails, I write frequently, yet most of the time I never put pen to paper. And while I love my computer, I realize that sometimes I miss the feeling of a pen in my hand rolling across a smooth surface.When I was a teen, I used to practice my signature all the time. My name, Deborah J. Mitchell, was written on any empty white space you could find in my notebooks. I carefully crafted a large capital D and scribbled the remaining letters of Deborah, then a robust letter J for my middle name, Joyce, topped off with an M that resembled a giant W to start off my last name, Mitchell.Related: What Your Handwriting May Reveal About Your Confidence, Creativity and Health (Infographic)This was going to be my fancy signature for when I grew up and had a job, and I did use it. It became my “signature” signature, and I loved it. But I must admit, I don’t use my written signature as much these days. So when I read that a new study of 1,000 U.S. adults reveals that 30 percent of millennials ages 18 to 34 admit they have a “flexible signature,” I wasn’t surprised. The study by RightSignature, which provides electronic signature software, revealed that 64 percent of these adults say it’s because they use a computer all the time, and rarely put pen to paper. While 61 percent of U.S. adults said they sign something on paper at least once a week, 49 percent admit they sign in a hurry, and 30 percent just scribble something and don’t really think about it. Ninety-one percent remember practicing their signature when they were younger, but 45 percent of those ages 18 to 24 said they never learned penmanship, compared to 24 percent over 55.I only recently learned how to recreate my written signature in electronic form when I needed to sign off on a project immediately and email it back to a client. With a little help from my IT guy, I was able to write my name and copy and paste it onto the online document.  Related: E-Signatures Streamline the Contract ProcessSimilar to the electronic site I used, RightSignature’s online technology allows customers to create a custom signature on documents that looks like it was created with pen and paper. RightSignature spokesman Steve Stormoen says, “When you’re signing with a pen and paper, a consistent signature is important. Without even the most basic electronic security measures, the signature’s consistent appearance is the only way to establish the identity of the individual.” There is no doubt the electronic signature on the document was mine. However, looking at it, my lifelong signature seemed foreign. I reminded myself of those writers who refused to make the transition from using a typewriter to a computer, claiming that the words flowed better on the typewriter. I know my written signature online is the same, I just miss the process of getting it from here to there. Like those writers, I will eventually come around. “The handwritten signature is an ancient symbol of uniqueness, authenticity, and trust,” Stormoen says. “Today, we write emails instead of letters and even do our most sensitive banking online, but there’s still room in the world for an honest, handwritten signature in the world of e-signature software.”As an entrepreneur, how often do you pick up a pen and put it to paper?Related: 5 Reasons You Should Make the Switch to Electronic Signature Technology Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min readlast_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. The Floor Post series of radiology workstations is designed to make the most of limited space by accommodating multiple simultaneous users. It has a single column with a secure track on two sides for mounting monitors, keyboards and CPUs. The design allows for flexible configuration, with the option to create up to four workstations on one post. It can become a highly functional technology hub in almost any medical facility location, including crowded treatment rooms and hallways.The 16-inch-by-16-inch base is fixed to a stationary position, while the attachments are height adjustable along a track. Users may select various AFC Industries monitor holders, CPU holders and keyboard and mouse trays, along with many other optional accessories, such as cable management, storage accessories and lighting.For more information: www.afcindustries.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Technology | October 12, 2010 Design Delivers Four Workstations in One for Busy Work Areas Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter From 1 April 2016 to

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >From 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, Ayers Rock Resort will play host to its biggest event yet: Bruce Munro’s Field of Light Uluru. This monumental solar-powered art installation can be incorporated into all meetings at Ayers Rock Resort, home of the world-class Uluru Meeting Place, with 3 different experiences that are sure to dazzle delegates.The Field of Light exhibition will illuminate a remote desert area within sight of majestic Uluru with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres that will bloom as darkness falls over Australia’s spiritual heartland. Pathways will draw viewers into the installation, which will come to life under the vast outback sky. It is the first time artist Bruce Munro has brought his installation to Australia – it was during a visit to Uluru that he conceived the idea for Field of Light.With Field of Light Sunrise, delegates will be transferred from their hotel to a desert location overlooking Uluru. A host will provide insights and background to the art installation, after which delegates are invited to walk through and interact with Field of Light. From the Dune Top viewing area, they can watch the amazing transformation of colours and life as the desert awakens, while enjoying a hot coffee or tea and pastries. The two-hour experience is priced at $55 per person for a minimum of 40 guests and includes a 45-minute walk through the Field of Light, coffee or tea and pastries and return coach transfers from all hotels with an option to extend to a sit-down cooked hot and cold buffet breakfast.A Night at Field of Light is a 4.5-hour experience beginning with a transfer to a remote desert location where delegates will enjoy canapes and chilled sparkling wine as the sun sets over Uluru. As darkness falls and the coloured lights of Field of Light come to life, guests will enjoy a three-course bush tucker inspired buffet menu. The evening includes a didgeridoo and local Indigenous performance, as well as a host providing insights and background to Field of Light, before delegates are invited to walk through the installation. After dinner, guests will return to the Dune Top viewing area to enjoy a sweet treat, hot chocolate or port while viewing the illuminated installation in the darkness. This experience is priced at $235 per person for a minimum of 80 guests for exclusive use, and a maximum of 120 guests.Alternatively, the Star Pass is ideal for an exclusive use cocktail event prior to dinner. Priced at $75 per person, this option includes return bus transfers, time to explore the Field of Light, and finishes with delegates enjoying sparkling wine and canapes on an elevated platform, with panoramic views of the installation.“We understand that event organisers are always looking for something different – an edge that will thrill their delegates and guests – and the Field of Light Uluru offers that extra element to an already intriguing destination,” said Voyages Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Williams.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more