Pak Army chief Gen Bajwa gets threeyear extension

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term has been extended for another three years by Prime Minister Imran Khan in view of the “regional security environment”, an official announcement said on Monday. General Bajwa, 58, who was appointed as the chief of Army Staff by former jailed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016, was to retire in November. “General Qamar Javed Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure,” read the brief notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment,” the Dawn reported, citing the decision made by Prime Minister Khan. Earlier, there were reports that Prime Minister Khan may give another term to Bajwa as both were working closely. Bajwa accompanied Khan on his maiden US visit during which he met US President Donald Trump at the White House. Khan had also nominated Bajwa as a member of the National Development Council, in an unprecedented move. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls In Pakistan, the appointment of the Army chief is the prerogative of the Prime Minister and his government. The practice of the senior most being made the chief is not followed. Bajwa’s extension comes amidst worsening ties between India and Pakistan following India’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370. Reacting to India’s decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner, after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Pakistan also suspended its trade relations with India in retaliation against New Delhi’s decision. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.last_img read more

RCMP release man who had been taken in what was called significant

first_imgGODS LAKE NARROWS, Man. – One day after arresting a man in the 2013 death of a girl who was brutally slain and left on a snowy trail in Gods Lake Narrows, Man., RCMP have released him without charges.The Mounties are pleading with anyone, particularly those in the community, to come forward with any information that might help in the case of 15-year-old Leah Anderson.The 23-year-old man had been arrested Wednesday in the remote community 550 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.Anderson’s body was in such bad shape that it was initially thought she had been attacked by wolves or dogs, but eventually investigators concluded she had been viciously beaten.RCMP asked volunteers to submit DNA samples, conducted interviews and even did lie detector tests, and one by one the suspects were ruled out.On Wednesday, Mounties had called the arrest “significant” but did not release details on why the man was released.Earlier this month police said they had narrowed down the remaining suspects and determined that the killer was a male and known to Anderson.(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

Mortgage risks fading thanks to higher rates tougher rules Bank of Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is releasing data today that provides a closer look at just how much stricter mortgage rules and higher interest rates have helped slow the growth of new highly indebted households.The central bank is on a clear rate-hiking path and the pace of future increases hinges significantly on the ability of households — particularly those with high levels of debt — to adapt to higher borrowing costs.The bank’s analysis says tougher mortgage qualification tests have reduced the share of new high-leverage, insured loans — those of more than 4.5 times a borrower’s annual income — to six per cent in the second quarter of 2018 from 20 per cent in late 2016.The report also says another rule change this year aimed at uninsured mortgages dropped the share of these new loans to 14 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, compared with 20 per cent a year earlier. Senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins says the new mortgage rules are improving the quality and reducing the quantity of new mortgages.Wilkins says household debt remains very high and has created a vulnerability in the financial system — but she argues the better quality of loans will put the economy on a more-solid footing to withstand future adverse economic developments.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New plan with Ottawa will see Manitoba Metis a selfgoverning nation

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is one step closer toward reaching a self-government agreement with the federal government.Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett was in Winnipeg on Saturday to announce a three-part plan for moving forward to advance reconciliation with the Manitoba Metis community.The plan builds on the Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation, which was established in 2016, and includes $154.3 million of funding from Ottawa.The announcement was made during the MMF’s annual general assembly in Winnipeg.MMF President David Chartrand became emotional as he described how this announcement signifies a new relationship with Canada.“This is going to change lives,” Chartrand told the crowd. “No longer can our unique history, rights and self-government be denied.”Some of the money will be put toward improving the social and economic well-being of the Manitoba Metis community.MMF Minister Judy Mayer said she hopes to see the money go toward housing for members in her community. She works in The Pas in northern Manitoba and said some of the smaller Metis settlements near there have inadequate housing.Funding will also go toward helping the Manitoba Metis community gain full jurisdiction over legal status and a future of self-determination.At the announcement Bennett said this is a big step toward reconciliation with the Metis people.“This demonstrates concrete progress between the MMF and Canada,” she said. “It is an example of progress we want to be making coast to coast to coast with all Indigenous people.”The self-government negotiations with the MMF are the first talks to get underway with a Metis collective in the southern provinces.last_img read more

Bankruptcy filing provides rare window into diocese finances

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s largest Catholic diocese has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent months on lawyers to fight claims of clergy sex abuse and to prepare for a potentially lengthy battle in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.The Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s petition for reorganization provides a rare look into the finances of a religious organization that for decades has been wrestling with the financial and social consequences of a scandal that rocked churches across the country.Archbishop John Wester describes the filing as an equitable thing to do as church reserves dwindle. He says compensating the victims is a top priority.National watchdog groups and attorneys for victims of clergy sex abuse said Tuesday the archdiocese’s actions suggest otherwise.They point to the money spent by the archdiocese on lawyers over the last three months and the tens of millions of dollars in real estate that has been transferred to parishes in recent years, effectively reducing the amount of assets held by the archdiocese.About 20 dioceses and other religious orders around the U.S. have filed for bankruptcy protection as a result of clergy sex abuse claims, and victims’ advocates say there are trends. That includes the shifting of assets to other funds or parishes, a tactic that has been used elsewhere, including dioceses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Southern California.In Pennsylvania, documents associated with an August grand jury report that detailed decades of abuse and coverup included letters between church officials and attorneys that talked about pushing assets around.In one of the most publicized cases, lawyers for abuse victims accused Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York of creating a trust fund to hide money from their clients when he was archbishop of Milwaukee. Dolan wrote to the Vatican in 2007 that transferring more than $50 million in assets would provide “improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.”Dolan had dismissed allegations that he was trying to shield church assets, and an appeals court later ruled that the fund was not protected from creditors.There also were clashes over assets belonging to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as part of that bankruptcy case.Terence McKiernan, co-founder of BishopAccountability.org, an online resource of documentation about the scandals, pointed to efforts by church officials there to value a massive granite cathedral at just $1.“The Catholic Church is real estate wealthy beyond our wildest dreams,” he said. “And it’s a bit of a conundrum — how much is the diocese worth? How do you value ecclesiastic property?”In its bankruptcy petition, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe claims nearly $50 million in assets, including real estate valued at more than $31 million.The filing also states that more than $57 million in property is being held in trust for numerous parishes and property transfers worth another $34 million were done over the past two years. State records also show that individual parishes were incorporated as part of an effort that started in 2012 under Wester’s predecessor.Despite the archdiocese’s efforts to financially separate itself from its parishes, some lawyers say there’s still a connection as the bankruptcy filing shows the archdiocese would be on the hook for indemnifying parishes if they were sued or had to pay out damages of any kind.“So it really does seem to us to be a shell-game,” McKiernan said of the cases that have already played out. “No one thinks for a moment that the bishop is relinquishing control of these assets, he just hopes the bankruptcy judge won’t consider them assets.”The New Mexico bankruptcy case came as the state attorney general’s office served a pair of search warrants last week, seeking documents related to two former priests who had been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.The warrants describe in graphic detail the abuse endured by children years ago at the hands of the two priests.The tip of the iceberg is how attorney Paul Linnenburger described the warrants. He’s a lawyer with one of the New Mexico firms that has several cases pending against the archdiocese.The archdiocese has said $52 million in insurance money and its own funds have gone to settling 300 claims over the years.Linnenburger said the details of many of those cases have remained secret due to nondisclosure agreements and protective orders. He accused the church of hiding behind those orders and its religious mission to avoid liability for pending and future cases.“The writing is on the wall now,” he said, “and it’s going to come out and once it does, the people of New Mexico are finally going to see and understand just how much damage the church did to them over decades.”Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN food agency hails 10 million UK donation to Pakistan quake relief

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a $10 million contribution from the United Kingdom to help operate a helicopter fleet bringing assistance to the survivors of the massive earthquake that hit Pakistan last October. Michael Jones, WFP’s Emergency Coordinator in Pakistan, voiced gratitude for the donation, which he said came in addition to advice that the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has provided. The money will help the UN airlift operation to continue until the end of March, while some of it will also secure the operation of four MI-8 helicopters until the beginning of May. The UN Humanitarian Air Cargo and Passenger Services running the helicopter operation in Pakistan has received less than half of the $100 million it is seeking to continue providing life-saving support.Officials are warning that if additional funding does not come in, the current operation may have to stop in the second half of March. Since the earthquake hit the mountainous region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir on 8 October, killing over 73,000 people and rendering millions homeless, air operations have been vital for reaching hundreds of thousands of people, WFP said. This is all the more true now that winter has set in. Thanks to the helicopters, WFP was able to pre-position food in high altitude areas which are no longer accessible due to the snowfall. That food will assist hundreds of thousands of people living in these areas for up to two months. read more

Syria meets deadline renders chemical weapons facilities inoperable – OPCWUN mission

Syria’s chemical weapons facilities are “inoperable,” the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations overseeing the destruction of the country’s weapons programme confirmed today.“The Joint Mission is now satisfied that it has verified – and seen destroyed – all of Syria’s declared critical production and mixing/filling equipment,” according to a statement released by the joint OPCW-UN team.“No further inspection activities are currently planned,” it added.The Mission confirmed that Syria has met the deadline set by the agency to “complete as soon as possible and in any case not later than 1 November 2013, the destruction of chemical weapons production and mixing/filling equipment”.The Joint OPCW-UN Mission has inspected 21 of the 23 sites declared by Syria, and 39 of the 41 facilities located at those sites. The two remaining sites were not visited due to safety and security concerns, according to the statement. Damascus declared those sites “abandoned”, the agency said, and the chemical weapons programme items they contained were moved to other declared sites, which were inspected.Eight of the OPCW inspectors who had participated in the process today returned to The Hague, after nearly a month a Damascus.OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü thanked them for their “outstanding service” to the “most challenging mission ever undertaken by this Organisation.”The next milestone for the Joint Mission will be 15 November, by which time the Nobel Peace Prize-winning chemical weapons watchdog must approve the plan submitted by Damascus detailing the elimination of its chemical weapons stockpile. The UN Security Council has endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s plan to deploy up to 100 UN and OPCW experts in a multi-phase operation to carry out its resolution on eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons material and equipment, scheduled for completion by 30 June 2014.The Council passed its resolution after Syria agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention following a chemical weapons attack in August that killed hundreds of people in a Damascus suburb, in a conflict that has already killed over 100,000 people and driven some 6.5 million others from their homes since protesters first sought the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad’s Government in March 2011. read more

Brock receives Zika virus for testing researcher to meet with media Friday

A press conference will be held at Brock Friday morning as scientist Fiona Hunter, one of Canada’s key researchers on the Zika virus, will answer questions about the school’s involvement in Zika research.Containers of the Zika virus were received at Brock this week from the Public Health Agency of Canada so that Hunter, a renowned entomologist, can lead research on whether Canadian mosquitos are able to become infected and can transmit the Zika virus. Brock is the only university in Canada with a CL3 containment lab that includes an insectiary, which safely allows for this type of research to take place.Friday’s media conference will take place at 10 a.m. in the main atrium of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex. It will also be streamed live online at livestream.com/brockuniversity. read more

Thomas Gainsborough painting discovered hidden in vestry of Hereford Cathedral

“It’s an impressive picture,” he told the Sunday Telegraph…. But Hugh Belsey, a world authority on Gainsborough, will be publishing it for the first time in the catalogue raisonné – the definitive study – of Gainsborough’s portraits and copies of Old Master works, to be published by Yale University Press next month. The Cathedral had believed that it was by Gainsborough’s nephew and sole apprentice, Gainsborough Dupont. The hand of one of Britain’s foremost 18th-century masters has been identified in a lifesize portrait that has for years been relegated to a darkened, high wall within the verger’s vestry. Hereford Cathedral has discovered a painting by Thomas Gainsborough that it did not know it had. read more

iPad lapplication du magazine Wired démarre fort

first_imgiPad : l’application du magazine Wired démarre fortÉtats-Unis – Alors que l’iPad est arrivé sur le marché français ce vendredi matin, la tablette Internet d’Apple donne de l’espoir à la presse, surtout depuis le succès remporté par l’application dédiée du magazine Wired.Cette application est disponible depuis deux jours, et en seulement 24 heures, la première version de Wired pour iPad, vendue 3,99 euros, a été téléchargée 24.000 fois. Une belle performance pour le magazine spécialisé dans les nouvelles technologies, qui en plus de ses 672.000 abonnés, vend seulement 82.000 exemplaires papier de son numéro chaque mois. À lire aussiUn Français de 17 ans crée une appli pour aider les malvoyants à lire les étiquettes des produitsLa version numérique de Wired est bien sûr très riche en bonus multimédias, tels que des diaporamas photos, des vidéos, ou des objets en 3D que les lecteurs peuvent bouger du bout des doigts.Si le succès de cette application est un signe encourageant pour la presse, il est encore trop tôt pour tirer des conclusions quant au rôle que pourraient jouer l’iPad et ses futurs concurrents pour les éditeurs. Et tous les journaux ne peuvent pas se vanter de si belles ventes, le Wall Street Journal par exemple, qui a déjà lancé sa version pour iPad, n’a pas rencontré le même succès que Wired.Le 28 mai 2010 à 15:25 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Periodic Table of Planets Categorizes Thousands of Alien Worlds

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. We’ve been discovering planets at a pretty ridiculous rate since we brought the latest generation of telescopes online. These lenses allow astronomers to gaze at distant stars and track the tiny dips in their light whenever a planet passes in front. That’s led to the discovery of literally thousands of alien worlds — and a desperate need to sort, classify, and categorize them based on their properties.That’s what Abel Méndez‏ of the University of Puerto Rico has been looking to do. Working with the Planetary Habitability Laboratory, Méndez‏ created a chart that sorts each planet into one of 18 major categories. These include things like hot Jupiters — massive gas giants that circle frightening close their parent star, effectively cooking the turbulent monsters all the way through.Méndez‏ used traits like distance from the star, composition, and type of parent star organize them, with a particular eye for those planets that could harbor life.“We know of over 3,700 planets around other stars. They are very diverse,” Méndez‏ said, speaking to Gizmodo. “We can roughly classify them by their size and temperature. Only warm planets with the right size, similar to Earth, might provide some of the conditions for extraterrestrial life.”According to Méndez’s chart, there are 53 planets that could potentially harbor life as we know it. The list consists of all the warm, terrestrial planets. These could potentially have a liquid surface and have higher chances for an oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere, but it’ll be some time before we can confirm their composition.“I’m overwhelmed by the number and diversity of planets in the stars around us. So many places to explore in our own Solar System, but much more is waiting for us beyond,” Méndez told Gizmodo. “I won’t be very surprised by another planet with life, Earth is the example that this is possible. I will be more surprised by something we haven’t seen before.”For now, most of the planets we’ve found are small scorchers. Most are a bit bigger than earth, but far, far smaller than Jupiter and Saturn, and a smidge teenier than Neptune. All of that’s expected to change, though, once the next generation of telescopes, like James Webb, comes online in a few years.Planets that are truly Earth-sized are fairly rare, but that’s likely the result of the limitations of our measurements. Almost every star we’ve seen has planets around it, but many show signs of there being many, many more than what we can see right now. On the one hand, that’s really exciting. It means that life may, in fact, be common in the universe. Or that there are plenty of planets suitable for us should we ever gain the ability to venture out into the black.On the other, though, it’s disconcerting. If so many life-sustaining planets are out there — and if we expect to find even more — why haven’t we heard from anyone yet? Carl Sagan and others have worried for decades that the reason we haven’t heard from anyone is that they may well be dead. Either way, we’ll know more very soon, and it’s an exciting — if existentially unsettling — time to be an astronomer.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Final 625 WWE Smackdown rating number sees a drop

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Smackdown Highlights: Kingston vs. Ziggler, Miz tries to get to Shane, Bayley/Nikki Cross The 6/25 WWE Smackdown on Syfy drew a 1.76 cable rating with 2.50 million viewers. This is down slightly from last week’s 1.79 rating with 2.47 million viewers.So while the overall rating was down, viewers were still up from last week. As reported earlier, Smackdown came in at No. 2 for the night on cable Thursday night.Source: Prowrestling.net, TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 36.75%0:01Remaining Time -3:33 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewers stay below 2 million, WWE wins the night on cable Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Ben Roethlisberger Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter WWE 205 Live Results – 6/25/19 (Tony Nese vs. Akira Tozawa in a #1 Contender’s Match) Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Another guardian of Good Governance activated now

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Complaints Commission takes legal effect August 1 Recommended for you Related Items:complaints commission, cynthia astwood Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Apr 2015 – Now the country has an additional avenue to file complaints which have gone to the extreme without apparent justice for the complainant. The Complaints Commission is now set up, it is a Constitutional Body, is headed by Cynthia Astwood and will begin an education campaign so the public understands its function. Astwood who gave a series of media interviews recently explained what she will be coping with as the Commissioner. Good Governance is what the Complaints Commission will be safe guarding; the newly activated Commission also has tremendous power as articulated in the 2011 Constitution. Astwood said the main goal is to resolve issues; she is also hopeful that an office can be established in Providenciales to cope with cases in Provo, North and Middle.last_img read more

Missing Vancouver hunter found safe

first_imgA Vancouver man who got lost while hunting elk near Mount St. Helens was located early Tuesday morning.Rolland Dall, 50, was in the area hunting with several friends, but he did not return to camp Monday night, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. His friends called 911 at about 8 p.m. Search and Rescue Coordinator Sgt. Joe Reiss and seven volunteers responded to the area, about 4 miles southwest of Mount St. Helens, and used night-vision equipment to search for Dall alongside his hunting party, according to the sheriff’s office.Dall was located at 1 a.m. cold but unharmed, deputies said.When he had realized he didn’t know the way back to camp, Dall said he decided to “stay put,” a decision that the sheriff’s office is calling a wise one. He also was dressed for the weather and had rain gear with him.“Dall made the right decision that few people do when (they) realize they are lost: he chose to stay put,” Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig said in a press release. “We are thankful he was smart to make this decision. People who get lost need to stay where they are and do the best they can to keep themselves dry and safe.”last_img read more

Huawei reportedly says itll take smartphone crown from Samsung by 2020

first_img Share your voice Post a comment Huawei Samsung Apple See it Huawei expects to become the world’s top smartphone seller by 2020.  Omar Marques via SOPA Images/Getty Images Huawei is going after Samsung’s throne even though it faces challenges in the US. The Chinese telecom giant expects to dethrone Samsung as the world’s top smartphone seller by the end of 2020, according to CNN. Huawei already overtook Apple in the second quarter of 2018. “This year at the soonest, next year at the latest, we will become No. 1,” Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business, told reporters in Beijing, according to CNN.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Huawei set a record for itself by shipping more than 200 million phones in 2018, driven by sales of its P20, Honor 10 and Mate 20 models. In December, when it reported the numbers, Huawei said it aimed to become the world’s largest phone vendor by the end of 2019. Samsung currently holds that title, but warned earlier this month it expects a dramatic decline in its fourth-quarter profit due in part to intensifying competition in the smartphone market.However, Huawei’s journey to the top faces obstacles. Last month, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada at the request of US authorities. Also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, Meng faces extradition to the US over alleged Iran sanctions violations. Earlier this month, a Huawei employee was arrested in Poland for allegedly spying for China. Huawei then dismissed the arrested staffer. Also in January, US federal prosecutors launched an investigation into Huawei over allegations that it stole trade secrets from T-Mobile following a lawsuit in 2014 between the two.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mobile Tech Industry Phones Internet Services Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mentioned Above Huawei P20 (black) Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Huawei P20 Tags Apple reading • Huawei reportedly says it’ll take smartphone crown from Samsung by 2020 $399 • 0 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Review • Huawei P20: A killer low-light camera you can actually afford See Alllast_img read more

Editors ask journos to join human chain protesting against Digital Security Act

first_imgThe Shampadak Parishad (Editors’ Council) on Saturday expressed its deep regret at the passage of the Digital Security Act 2018.The editors said the act goes against the freedom guaranteed by the constitution, media freedom and freedom of speech, reports UNB.The Shampadak Parishad in a meeting held at The Daily Star Centre today, Saturday with the News Today founding editor, Reazuddin Ahmed, in the chair, also decided to protest against the Digital Security Act 2018 by staging a human chain at 11:00am on 29 September in front of the National Press Club.The Sampadok Parishad, in a statement issued after the meeting, invited all journalists and media bodies and individual media personnel to join the human chain.The statement is made by: Reazuddin Ahmed, founding editor, News Today, Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, editor, Manabzamin, Matiur Rahman, editor, Prothom Alo, Mahfuz Anam, editor, The Daily Star, Khandaker Muniruzzaman, acting editor, Sangbad, Nurul Kabir, editor, New Age, Imdadul Haq Milan, editor, Kaler Kantho, Naem Nizam, editor, Bangladesh Pratidin, Alamgir Mohiuddin, editor, Naya Diganta, AMM Bahauddin, editor, Daily Inqilab, M A Malek, editor, Dainik Azadi, Md. Mozammel Haque, editor, Karatoa, M Shamsur Rahman, editor, The Independent, Saiful Alam, acting editor, Jugantor, Dewan Hanif Mahmud, editor, Bonik Barta, Zafar Sobhan, editor, Dhaka Tribune, Sabuj Younus, associate editor, Shamakal, and Shamsul Huq Zahid, joint editor, Financial Express.last_img read more

Houston Catholics React To Archdioceses List Of Credibly Accused Clergy

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:56 Sharecenter_img On January 31, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston released the names of 42 clergymen that it said had been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors. The alleged abusers served at over 100 churches in areas spanning from Freeport to Palestine, and the release sent shock waves through the Catholic community.While many on the list have since died, among the names was a priest who was still serving as pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Community in northwest Houston: Father John Keller.Deacon Kevin Cascarelli addressed the congregation shortly after Keller’s removal.“Father John has been pastor here for 20 years. Our relationship with him is deep and personal. And though accusations are not facts, it’s only natural and appropriate to have doubts. How well do we know him? How well do we know anyone,” Cascarelli asked.The Archdiocese forwarded its findings to law enforcement, and Houston Police are investigating allegations against a Catholic priest, though police have not officially confirmed that Keller is the target of the investigation. In addition to formal responses from clergy members, Catholic laypeople in the Houston-Galveston area have also been responding to the archdiocese’s decision to release the list of alleged abusers. Haley Stewart, a Catholic blogger, said it was hard news to hear.“I think what’s harder for laypeople is knowing that this information has been covered up and that more children became victims because of these cover-ups,” Stewart said in a phone interview.Even though the release highlights the Church’s failure to address the issue for decades, Stewart said she doesn’t mind any damage this might bring to the Church’s image.“I can’t speak for every layperson, but myself and everyone I’ve talked to thinks this is the sort of thing that needs to happen. This needs to come to light. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a PR nightmare for the church, everything needs to be done to protect children,” Stewart said. At St. Mary’s Chapel near Rice University, churchgoer Michael Porter said he wondered whether there might be more cases of abuse that the Church hasn’t examined.“I wonder what happened to those that abused adults,” Porter said. “Children are one thing, and it’s very important, but adults have to be recognized too.”Roger Brown, another Catholic, drew a comparison to the Southern Baptist scandal.“There’s one common denominator between the Southern Baptist Conference and the Roman Catholic Church: No female clergy,” Brown said.But Haley Stewart – the Catholic blogger – pushed back on that idea.“That argument doesn’t make logical sense to me partly because women are also not incapable of sexually abusing someone, so I think it’s always kind of odd when it’s perceived as ‘Oh, this is a problem with not having female clergy.’”Stewart emphasized the Church’s responsibility to weed out misconduct in its own organization, but pointed out that sexual abuse is not limited to male-dominated organizations. A 2017 study of sexual abuse in Canadian schools, found that 13 percent of offenders were women.But not everyone agreed with the Archdiocese’s decision to release the names of those accused. Though she expressed sympathy for their victims, Irene Schwartz didn’t think some of the releases were appropriate.“I think it was not necessary because most of the priests are dead. Everybody’s human, and everybody’s prone to do wrong things. I feel sorry for the victims, and hopefully the lord will have mercy on the perpetrators,” Schwartz said.Schwartz also echoed an idea that many repeated – that her faith didn’t depend on the actions of people. Alfredo Tellez, another Catholic, put it similarly.“We follow Christ, we don’t follow people. People are frail and weak,” said Tellez. “But we follow Jesus Christ.” Shannon Harrison/Houston Public Media Xlast_img read more

Amazon Musics Free Tier Is More Advertising Play Than Spotify Killer Analysts

first_img Popular on Variety Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off Kristen Stewart on ‘Seberg’: ‘It’s Not Hard for Me to Wear My Politics’ When news began to spread last week that Amazon Music’s long-anticipated free streaming tier was imminent, headlines emerged about its threat to Spotify and Apple Music, with some stories saying that Spotify’s stock price dropped in response to the news.But not only was today’s launch of the free tier basically a soft one — for the moment, it’s a limited service, only available to U.S. customers of its Alexa voice assistant, and when the listener requests a song, it leads to an Amazon playlist or station, rather than an album — analysts say that it’s more of a bigger play by the company to boost its advertising income and sales of its Echo speakers, and less of an attempt to wrest customers and market share from Spotify and Apple Music.“I don’t see this changing anything major in the music ecosystem,” says analyst Russ Crupnick of MusicWatch. “It will probably have little impact on the established players — Spotify has incredible loyalty with its listeners and I don’t see people marching off to Amazon because it’s going to have a free tier. Amazon has a much more casual audience — it’s large, but they spend much fewer hours [on the platform] and are generally less engaged with music. “However,” he notes, “it may bite into Spotify’s advertising, if not its audience. This clearly fits in with Amazon’s larger advertising plan: It’s not hard to imagine, after a consumer asks Alexa to play a song, the voice then saying, ‘After you’re done listening to the song, check out this product, available now on Amazon…’.”That observation was doubled down by Mark Mulligan of Midia Research, who published an extensive analysis of Amazon’s advertising play yesterday called “Amazon’s Ad-Supported Strategy Goes Way Beyond Music.”“Amazon is in the process of building new, large-scale digital properties as a platform for its advertising business, which is growing faster than any of the other tech majors’ and is already a fifth of the size of Facebook’s entire ad business,” he tells Variety, noting that Amazon’s true target in this space is Facebook.However, Mulligan adds, “Spotify should be worried, not just because Amazon has already proven itself a more-than-able competitor in subscriptions but also because it has the ad sales infrastructure that Spotify does not. A free music audience without effective ad sales is just a cost to the business; a free music audience with a well-oiled ad sales machine on top of it is a cash cow.”And another angle, of course, is aimed at benefitting Amazon itself and its Echo speakers.“Amazon’s go-to strategy has been to use media incentives to get consumers to purchase more of its core product offerings,” says pricing strategy consultant Rafi Mohammed. “Prime video is a great example — an add-on to coax customers to purchase Prime, with the ultimate purpose of getting them to buy more goods with free 2-day delivery.“Amazon is deploying the same game plan with its Echo speakers,” he continues. “It’ll offer ‘free’ media — in this case, an ad-supported restricted music library — in an effort to beef up the value of its Echo speakers. The desired side-effect is to hook buyers on Alexa, which in turn boosts sales of Amazon’s core products by encouraging voice ordering. Amazon’s free music tier, initially anyway, is a less-attractive offering compared to Spotify’s ad-supported service.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related “Amazon’s free music tier may dampen [other streaming services’] future growth a bit,” he concludes, “but it won’t be a game-changer.” Yet like most everything that Amazon does, it offers formidable prospects for the company’s growth.last_img read more

Great news as petrol price drops at midnight

first_imgLadysmith motorists will be pleased to note the price of petrol will drop at midnight.Petrol will drop by 36 cents a litre, while the price of diesel will decrease by between 44 cents and 47 cents per litre.Also read: Guess what? Petrol price to drop at midnightAlso read: Petrol price to increase once againAlso read: Another petrol price increase on the cardsThe Department of Energy said that illuminating paraffin will decrease between 23 cents and 30 cents while liquefied petroleum gas will drop by 69 cents. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The reason for the decrease is the rand appreciated, on average, against the US dollar (from R12.20 to R11.82 per US dollar) during the period under review, the department said.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  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 | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America is undeniably the major radiology industry event each year. With the 2010 show now over, this edition of the Focal Point Q&A with industry veterans takes a look at where the radiology field is going, based on trends seen at RSNA. We also take a look back to see how the event has evolved, as the first decade of the new millennium draws to a close.1. What were the most notable trends at RSNA 2010 in your arena or at the event overall?Arman Sharafshahi, president, Accelarad:I think there were four trends that stood out as the most relevant and with the greatest potential impact over the coming years: Sharing of imaging and associated data, cloud-based computing and storage, access via mobile devices and radiation dose reduction.Peter Reimer, Ph.D., vice president of global marketing, imaging systems, Philips Healthcare: We recently surveyed 3,000 radiologists worldwide and learned that image quality was not their number one concern. Instead, they expressed the need to do more with less and asked for integration of information from various sources to make a confident diagnosis, as well as the ability to more easily collaborate with their clinical partners. Given this, it wasn’t surprising to see a number of new technologies on display at this year’s RSNA focused on collaboration and improving workflow. In addition, we saw advancements in imaging technologies, including the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system and a new hybrid imaging modality in positron emission tomography (PET)/MRI.Stuart Gardner, president, SG&A Consulting Inc.: In my arena, I was impressed with the increasing popularity of the vendor-neutral archive (VNA). Its very presence continues to highlight the increasing dominance of the IT vendors over their clients, and at the same time highlights the naiveté of the customer base about what it takes to pursue a fully integrated environment. The big IT vendors continue to attempt to convince their customer base of a “single-vendor” solution vs. “best-of-breed” solution. We have industry standards for a reason. If most of the IT vendors provided a “fully integrated” single-vendor solution that was organically (internally) developed, they may have a point. However, none developed all of their own applications. Instead, they have purchased many via acquisition. So, why should anyone purchase a VNA from a picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) vendor?Julie Holodak, senior manager, medical marketing, Sony Electronics: Since I am interested in trends in mammography, I think what stood out were all of the advancements in technology to improve the detection, care and treatment of breast cancer. It was quite apparent that manufacturers are moving quickly to bring new products to address this disease that affects so many people today. It was great to see these trends, not just from a technology standpoint, but being driven by a tremendous amount of passion. John Danahy, general manager, Americas, Visage Imaging Inc.: With the mandate for electronic medical records (EMR) technology gaining significant traction in the hospital provider market, the need to add imaging to an electronic conduit between care collaborators to improve patient care is also taking hold. Enterprise “universal” viewing platforms that provide ubiquitous access to all image data, including thin-slice visualization via advanced clinical 3-D, are in high demand. Thin-client applications using Web streaming and server-side rendering that provide the required performance, scalability, functionality and cost-effectiveness represent the future of diagnostic and clinical imaging workflow. These same technologies are in high demand by radiology physician groups to empower progressive diagnostic teleradiology business opportunities, facilitating their expansion into new referring communities that would otherwise be geographically impossible. As the provider market contracts through consolidation in all areas, the technology that improves accessibility while reducing operating expense will see rapid adoption. 2. How is your company addressing these trends?Sharafshahi: With our flagship product, SeeMyRadiology.com, we are positioned to address the four top trends I listed. We developed a true cloud computing-based collaboration platform that securely allows global sharing of medical images and associated data between facilities, physicians and patients. The solution is universally accessible via browsers as well as mobile devices. By making images available at critical times, we help organizations avoid repeat exams and excess radiationReimer: At RSNA, Philips unveiled Imaging 2.0 — a new approach to clinical collaboration to drive innovation and efficiency in radiology. Under this strategy, we introduced several solutions to enable radiologists to integrate information from various sources and work together with clinical partners. Our goal is to put the radiologist at the center of the decision-making process, to help increase diagnostic confidence and support better patient outcomes. Gardner: We continue to learn the latest in VNA technology and educate clients on requirements of a VNA.Holodak: Sony Medical provides a mammography film imager that is cost-effective and reliable for those working in the field of detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. It helps technologists meet requirements for Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) guidelines and also provides high-quality patient films for physicians. Danahy: RSNA 2010 provided significant validation to the product development direction and business strategy of our company. As a provider of advanced 3-D clinical applications via thin-client, we demonstrated our latest release of Visage 7, a thin-client 3-D PACS solution. Many came to us with legacy technology issues, updated workflow demands, EMR integration requirements and business challenges tied to the economic downturn.Our approach: Put an application in the hands of physicians who can “package” their professional acumen with universal, archive-neutral viewing technology to improve their competitiveness and care delivery; offer economical, flexible procurement options that minimize risk and maximize revenue generation; and provide applications that scale effectively to deliver administration-free access through EMR and mobile devices. 3. What was the consensus of opinion at RSNA 2010 about the impact of the economy and the current state of healthcare reform?Sharafshahi: Economic downturns have their place and help eliminate weaker organizations as well as facilitate strategic acquisitions. For companies that have withstood the recession and have strategically positioned themselves, the coming years should provide a good environment for sustainable growth. Meeting the criteria for meaningful use and helping clients access the allocated government funds will be the most immediate result of healthcare reform in 2011.Reimer: While the economy has certainly affected hospital purchasing, we believe the worst is behind us. While it is too early to tell how healthcare reform will impact the industry in its entirety, we believe expanded access to healthcare would mean more patients in the system, therefore increasing money spent on healthcare and the need for medical innovation – particularly for technologies that can help improve efficiency and drive down costs.Gardner: The impact of the economy has been the most challenging in our lifetime, and the current state of healthcare reform is a mess. Many see the most recent elections as a sign of “hope.”Holodak: Everyone knows healthcare costs are on the rise and it is important to provide products and services that meet industry needs. Our products give users the convenience to spend for what they need, when they need it and not overpay.Danahy: Both healthcare reform and economic constraints still weigh heavily on the minds of physicians and administrators, but not to the point of inaction or acquiescence. Most RSNA attendees sought alternative and unconventional strategies to get ahead of the relative chaos. The influences of other industry trends (cloud computing, service as a solution [SaaS] business models, social business networking) were apparent and indicated an enthusiasm to abandon the traditional vendor-consumer relationships of the past. We were encouraged by the energized entrepreneurial edge most expressed in our interactions. Though best defined as cautious optimism, there was clear intelligence and wisdom in their depiction of current challenges.4. What was the buzz about radiology’s key growth areas going forward?Sharafshahi: Now that practically all of the U.S.-based hospitals and imaging organizations are digital and utilizing PACS, we strongly believe making this data more easily accessible and integrating it with other information systems like EMR/EHR/PHR/HIE will be a major growth area.Reimer: We believe there will be significant growth in solutions that improve collaboration and workflow. With an increasing number of patients and the need to review data from multiple modalities, radiologists are challenged with keeping up with the volume of studies that must be interpreted and reported on multiple workstations.Gardner: We heard growing discussion of radiology imaging expanding into all of imaging and providing the imaging services for cardiology.Danahy: Radiology growth appears to be reliant on maximizing patient throughput and resource utilization while delivering better, more detailed results. Hospitals and imaging centers will be forced to operate leaner as reform takes hold, but there will be tremendous opportunity in the years ahead. With an aging population and the likelihood that more government-insured patients will increase demand, the sophistication and efficacy of imaging technologies will be proportionally in demand as well.5. Tell us about the first RSNA you or your current company attended and your experience of the event’s evolution over the years.Sharafshahi: My first RSNA was more than 10 years ago in the midst of the digital revolution of radiology and the advent of PACS adoption. Accelarad was a fledgling startup at the time, looking to make its mark as the first cloud-computing PACS solution. As to the evolution of RSNA, I can’t say that too much has changed, other than what is on display every year and the size of the event. Gardner: I was an employee at my first RSNA, and for the last 23 years have been self- employed. In my earlier years, it was an overwhelming experience. Now I continue to ask why we still hold it in Chicago when there are many more affordable, comfortable and convenient locations around the United States. Tradition is one thing, but common sense and business need to be considered as well.Holodak: My first experience at RSNA was quite impactful. I remember walking around the exhibit hall late the night before the show opened and thinking, “What a mess. How will all of this ever be done?” I came in the next morning and was amazed at the overnight transformation. It was as if magical elves came in and cleaned the aisles, laid the carpet and brought the whole thing to life. Every year, the same phenomenon occurs. The biggest evolution has to be the continued growth and participation of the exhibitors and attendees alike.Danahy: The RSNA technical exhibits of the mid-90s used to be exclusively about modality innovation – with millions of dollars in play for the major players. The frenzy and hype was incredible, along with the amount of effort expended to attract supporters. With imaging centers popping up everywhere, it was easy to see why the show revolved so heavily around these products. This year, what struck me was the diversity of solutions attendees sought from their technical visits. Customers returned to the notion that meeting their business objectives starts with vendor independence. Interoperability, interchangeability and accountability are expected more than in the past. The skepticism of the technical exhibits, affectionately referred to as “RSNA = Real Stuff Not Available,” also seems to be dissipating. Attendees have limited patience for unproven technology or inflexible business models and detect flash over substance almost instantaneously.6. Describe one of your most indelible memories of RSNA over the years.Sharafshahi: I can confidently say that it did not involve a late Wednesday night at Excalibur. Rather, it is more of an amalgam of fond memories of the annual reunion with old and new customers and partners over the years that have formed a community with a genuine interest in innovation and making truly relevant improvements to the delivery of healthcare.Gardner: As much of an impact as the emergence of the digital era has had on our industry, dealing with the associated challenges of evolving regulations from people outside our industry has been just as great. However, having a radiologist ask “if he could run his finances” on a teleradiology system I was trying to sell him (1986) had to be one of the most memorable.Holodak: Probably my most enjoyable RSNA memory was when Sony Medical expanded its product line and increased its booth to a very large venue. Although it was not quite the size of some of the big medical manufacturers, I remember thinking how proud I was to be a part of the radiology community and representing our products. Danahy: Most of the indelible memories of RSNA occurred off the exhibit floor, but that’s another story. Chicago is a great city and a great venue for the conference. The opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and customers as well as the chance to make new acquaintances always makes the event exciting and rewarding. I’ll never forget my first RSNA — or the relief I felt the year my first son was born, which meant I was able to skip it! Jeanne-Marie Phillips is president, HealthFlash Marketing Communications, a public relations firm specialized in healthcare. Visit HealthFlash Marketing Communications for more information.. 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