Federal party leaders set to dive into Day 2 of the election

first_imgOTTAWA — With that new-campaign-bus smell still fresh, federal party leaders are heading out for Day 2 of the 43rd general election.The excitement had been palpable Wednesday with all parties eager to get going on convincing Canadians their path is the right one to choose come the Oct. 21 vote.And all framed the campaign as one that will feature both direct promises to help Canadians, but also be about bigger picture issues.“Canadians have an important choice to make — will we go back to the failed policies of the past or will we continue to move forward?” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said.Trudeau is to continue campaigning in British Columbia this morning, where there is a four-way fight among the major parties.First, he will be in Victoria for an announcement before heading to Kamloops for an event with Terry Lake, the Liberal candidate for the riding.Later in the day, he is expected to take part in a rally in Edmonton, which has two Liberal MPs.  While he picked “Choose Forward” as his campaign slogan, Trudeau began it forced to look back on a past controversy, the SNC-Lavalin affair. It was given fresh life by a Globe and Mail report that the RCMP’s inquiries into potential obstruction of justice have been limited by the shroud of cabinet confidences.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning under the banner of it being “Time for You to Get Ahead” but despite the scandals plaguing the Liberals, his party can’t seem to get ahead of them in the polls just yet.He was not fazed by that on Wednesday.“This whole scandal isn’t about moving poll numbers. This is about showing to Canadians that Justin Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern,” he said.Scheer will seek to move the dial later today. He is to appear at the first of several planned leaders’ debates, this one hosted by Maclean’s and Citytv in Toronto.Trudeau has declined to appear, leaving Scheer to face off against Green leader Elizabeth May and the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh.Singh begins his day in his political birthplace of Brampton, Ont., a city just northwest of Toronto where he cut his teeth as a provincial politician and that’s now home to five federal ridings. He is to make an announcement alongside local NDP candidates.Scheer has a brief morning stop at the Toronto office of a charity that supports families with children who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses. Both the New Democrat and Conservative leaders are to spend the rest of the day preparing for the debate.May, who began her campaign Wednesday in Victoria, only has the debate on her public schedule.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Food safety training program on March 9

first_imgFoodborne illnessReceiving and storing foodPreparing foodServing foodCleaning and sanitizingThe cost of registration is $148.50, plus tax, per person.The food safety training program is taking place this Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the first-floor meeting room at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.To register, you can call 250-787-8178 or online at fortstjohn.ca/activenet. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding a food safety training program on March 9.This is a food handling, sanitation, and work safety course designed for food service establishment operators and front line food service workers.According to the City, this course will cover important food safety and worker safety information including:last_img

Security Council urges all Somali groups to attend consultations on governance

15 August 2011Peace and SecurityThe Security Council today stressed the need for all Somali groups to participate in next month’s consultative meeting convened to seek agreement on a roadmap on key priorities to be implemented over the next year by the country’s Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs). The Council voiced its strong support for the work of Augustine Mahiga, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, who is facilitating the consultative meeting – scheduled to be held inside the country from 4 to 6 September.The conference is expected to come up with “clear timelines and benchmarks to be implemented by the Transitional Federal Institutions,” the Council said in a press statement read out by Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month.Somali groups expected to be represented in the meeting include the TFIs, local and regional administrations and other stakeholders.The Council urged all participants to “engage constructively and responsibly in this meeting and stressed the importance of agreeing the roadmap in a timely manner.” The 15-member United Nations body emphasized that “future support to the TFIs would be contingent upon completion of the tasks in the roadmap.”Members of the Council welcomed the recent improvements in the security situation in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and commended the efforts of African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) and the country’s security forces, recognizing the significant sacrifices made by the troops.The Council urged TFIs to immediately capitalize on the security gains by urgently focusing on the delivery of basic services and providing good governance to all citizens.“The members of the Security Council stressed the importance of predictable, reliable and timely resources for AMISOM in order for it to better fulfil its mandate. They called upon the international community to make contributions urgently to AMISOM, without caveats,” the statement said.The Council reiterated its grave concern at the continued instability in Somalia, which has led to many problems, including terrorism, piracy, hostage-taking and a dire humanitarian situation. It underscored the need for the quick implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions, including by the TFIs.It stressed the need for a comprehensive strategy to encourage peace and stability through the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders.The Council reiterated its grave concern over famine conditions in several parts of Somalia and welcomed the mobilisation of the international community, urging Member States to contribute to the UN Consolidated Appeal for Somalia.It urged all parties and armed groups to “ensure full, safe and unhindered access for the timely delivery of humanitarian aid to persons in need of assistance across Somalia, and to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of drought-affected populations and humanitarian personnel and supplies.”In a related development, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had, through its monitoring systems, uncovered possible theft of food aid and had launched investigations.The agency said that it had put in place strengthened and rigorous monitoring and controls for its in relief operations in Somalia, but given the lack of access to some areas because of security concerns and restrictions, humanitarian supply lines remain highly vulnerable to looting, attacks and diversion by armed groups.It condemned all parties who would use the desperation of the hungry to block, attack, or divert life-saving humanitarian supplies for their own benefit. read more

Deadly car bombing murder of nun spark condemnation by UNs Somalia envoy

In a message on behalf of the UN and the European Union (EU), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Francois Lonsény Fall said he was relieved that President Yusuf and other leaders had survived the car bombing. But he voiced sadness at the loss of life and injuries to bystanders.The car bombing took place near the parliament in Baidoa, where Somalia’s transitional Government is based. Media reports say at least 11 people were killed in the attack and many more were injured.In a separate statement issued today, Mr. Fall denounced yesterday’s murder of Sister Leonella Sgorbati, a Catholic nun working in Mogadishu, the capital, which is in the region controlled by the Union of the Islamic Courts.Mr. Fall called on the Supreme Council of the Islamic Courts to bring those responsible Sister Sgorbati’s death to justice.“The taking of innocent civilian lives is unacceptable,” he said. “Sister Leonella Sgorbati had worked in east Africa for about 38 years and had been training nurses at a kindergarten hospital in Somalia since 2002. She contributed much to the needs of the population, especially children in the Somali capital.”Earlier this month, peace talks resumed in Khartoum between Somalia’s Transitional Federal Institutions and the Union of the Islamic Courts. Somalia has not had a functioning national government since the regime of then president Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled in 1991. read more

Mens Basketball No 17 Ohio State washes away taste of loss by

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) calls out to the Buckeye offense in the second half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 17 Ohio State men’s basketball team had a sour taste from a loss it wanted to be rid of by any means necessary. The players remembered what that tasted like, and what led to the loss. Ohio State got off to a slow start Tuesday in its first game since a buzzer-beater loss to Penn State, which had been the norm for the team over the last few games. However, unlike in past games where it could turn on the jets at the right moment, it allowed Penn State to rack up plenty of points. When the Buckeyes mounted their comeback in the last minutes of the game, it was too late. That couldn’t happen again. The players knew it. So the Buckeyes exploded in the first half, outscoring Indiana 38-23 en route to a 71-56 victory against the Hoosiers. Their top player, redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop, struggled and scored just six points and turned the ball over three times in the half. He finished the game with a double-double, matching points and rebounds at 13.For once, however, it seemed he was not the go-to guy for production. He got off to a slow start, and the Buckeyes carried the weight he left for them.Indiana head coach Archie Miller said that even without the early production from Bates-Diop, his supporting cast did what it needed to do to push the Buckeyes off to that fast start.Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) shoots a free-throw in the second half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I think their other guys are pretty underappreciated in terms of how they affect the game,” Miller said. “Their guards can really shoot it. They really keep the floor spaced. I think [Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean] Tate’s probably one of the best jack-of-all-trade guys you can play against.”Earlier in the year, Tate and Bates-Diop were frequently mentioned by Holtmann as the two players who would have to produce for the team to have success. Tate did exactly that, leading the team with 16 points and finishing second with six rebounds, while Bates-Diop scored six points less than his average and grabbed 13 rebounds.However, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann cited the leadership Tate demonstrated after Ohio State’s loss to Penn State as one of the defining factors in his team’s win Tuesday.Tate said after Ohio State’s loss to Penn State that the team had been fortunate, escaping with wins despite getting off to slow starts and finally, their luck ran out. That type of self-awareness, to be able to identify the problem before the coach brings it up, is why Holtmann believes Tate has become one of the driving forces behind his team’s success.“Certainly guys are going to listen if I say something, but they’re really going to pay attention when JT says it because he’s earned the right to grab their attention,” Holtmann said. “You really want to be a player-led team as much as possible. Particularly this time of year. I think if you’re not, if you’re not a player-led team, you could have issues.”Around this time of year, it can be difficult to correct mistakes that become a trend. Ohio State seemingly made a habit of falling behind to teams and relying on its ability to come back late to win.But they adjusted. The Buckeyes did not come out of the gate sluggish against Indiana. It came out of the gate on fire. They made seven of their first eight tries from 2-point range.“I think our guys recognize that if we don’t, it’s going to be another long night,” Holtmann said. “You don’t necessarily win or lose the game in the first four minutes, but there is a tone that could be set that you hope that your guys recognize is really important. And they did. I was pleased with them.”Fresh off a stinging loss, it would have been easy to envision the Buckeyes starting slow. That is what last season’s team would have done. Instead of remembering the loss it suffered to Penn State, the Buckeyes seemed to embrace it and turned it into motivation to avoid another defeat.“You see it all the time where teams take one loss and it becomes another loss and another loss,” Tate said. “It really went back to what it was before when we got on our stretch at the beginning. We had to remind ourselves to play with that chip and play with that energy and effort at the beginning of the games.”The loss to Penn State could have become an omen of more losses stemming from slow starts and devastating endings, all of which could be avoided if the team jumps out of the gate.Last season’s team seemed to allow losses to not bother them. The players ate a loss so many times the taste became familiar. This year, the players know only one conference loss, and they wanted to cleanse their palates.“Just having that sour taste in their mouth against Penn State,” Tate said, “I think they’ve done a great job of answering the call, making sure that it doesn’t happen again.” read more

Modern slavery and human trafficking victims in every large town and city

first_imgHe said there were “lots of different outlets” for people trafficked into the UK to be working illegally and against their will, with many affecting people in everyday life.Mr Kerr said examples included those working at car washes and in construction as well as in agriculture and food processing – often receiving very little pay and forced to put up with poor living conditions. Mr Kerr said criminal charges were pending against those involved in the case.But he said it underlined the sheer scale of the problem authorities were facing, further complicated by the fact some people do not realise they are a victim of slavery.He added: “People are being exploited on an hourly and daily basis.”The full scale and extent of it, we don’t know. But what we have found is that in every medium-to-large town and every city in the UK, we have found evidence of vulnerable people being exploited.”We can’t put a figure on it but we can say there are tens of thousands of victims across the UK.” Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is much more prevalent than previously thought, with cases affecting “every large town and city in the country”, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.The body is currently assisting on 300 live police operations targeting modern slavery, with alleged victims as young as 12 being sold to families in the UK from Europe.It has asked the public to look out for victims by noticing visible injuries and signs that they are being controlled.Will Kerr, NCA director of vulnerabilities, said: “The more that we look for modern slavery, the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable.”The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone previously thought.”This should not be acceptable in any way, shape or form.”Mr Kerr’s comments come as the NCA launches an advertising campaign raising awareness of the signs of modern slavery in everyday life. 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.center_img Others sold into slavery could be kept in pop-up brothels, where sex workers promised a better life are left penniless with few clothes other than underwear, while some can be working at cannabis factories, he added.”As you go about your normal daily life and as you’re engaged in a legitimate economy accessing goods and services, there is a growing and a good chance you will come across a victim who has been exploited in one of those different sectors,” he said.”That’s why we are asking the public to try and recognise the signs and to report their concerns and suspicions to us.”He said signs of slavery included visible injuries, a distressed appearance and any indication they are being controlled by another person.Mr Kerr said the most common nationality of victims brought into the UK were people from Eastern Europe, Vietnam and Nigeria.But he also cited one example of a 12-year-old Roma girl being stopped at border control, bound for a life as a domestic slave.He said: “She was being brought in to work for a family in part of the UK, where she had effectively been sold by her father – or it had been facilitated by her father – and she was being brought in to take this family’s children to school and pick them up every day, and clean the house in between. Twelve years old, same age as my youngest son.” There is a growing and a good chance you will come across a victim who has been exploited in one of those different sectorsWill Kerr, NCA director of vulnerabilitieslast_img read more

BHPB approves Caval Ridge coal project

first_imgBHP Billiton has approved development of the Caval Ridge mine project as well as an expansion of the Peak Downs mine in the northern Bowen Basin in Central Queensland, Australia. The initial project will add 8 Mt/y capacity (100% basis) in export metallurgical coal, with the expectation of a rapid, low cost expansion to 10 Mt/y. This additional 2 Mt/y will only require the addition of mining equipment. This expansion has not yet been permitted. The total investment in the initial project is $4.2 billion, of which BHP Billiton’s share is $2.1 billion. The resource life of the initial project is expected to be greater than 60 years with the first coal expected to be produced in 2014.The new Caval Ridge mine will have the capacity to produce 5.5 Mt/y. The Peak Downs mine will expand production by 2.5 Mt/y. The investment will include construction of a new coal handling and preparation plant at Caval Ridge to process production from the Caval Ridge mine and Peak Downs expansion. Coal from the Peak Downs expansion will be transported by conveyor to the new plant. The Peak Downs mine lies to the immediate south of the new Caval Ridge mine. The Caval Ridge mine will be an open cut dragline and truck and shovel operation, with coal railed to the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Hay Point Coal Terminal. The project has received all necessary regulatory approvals. BHP Billiton Metallurgical Coal President, Hubie van Dalsen, said: “This investment in the Caval Ridge mine was foreshadowed in March of this year when BHP Billiton announced investments in the new 4.5 Mt/y Daunia mine, the life extension of the Broadmeadow mine and the 11 Mt/y expansion of the Hay Point Coal Terminal. This is a continuation of BHP Billiton’s strategy of investing in large, low cost, expandable mines with long lives. Additional expansion projects are being advanced to follow this investment in due course.”last_img read more

Junk food TV ad ban to begin in September but cheese is

first_imgTHE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY of Ireland (BAI) has confirmed that the advertising of foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar will be banned from children’s programming from September.Michael O’Keefe, chief executive of the BAI, told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the new rules will also mean that outside of children’s programming, there will be restrictions on the number of junk food ads after 6pm to not more than 25 per cent of the time.However controversially cheese will not be included in the ban following a lobbying campaign by the industry. The food type had been included in the original draft code released by the BAI prior to a consultation process.“We will allow cheese advertising but there will have to be an on-screen message,” O’Keefe told Morning Ireland, adding that health groups had looked for the authority to go a lot further in the code.He insisted that the BAI had not “buckled” under pressure from lobby groups and pointed out that there are health benefits to cheese.O’Keefe said that the authority would be working with broadcasters and advertisers in the coming months ahead of the full implementation of the new rules on 2 September.Read: How poor countries are now facing obesity epidemicsMore: Doctors in UK call for ‘soda tax’ and ban on junk food advertisingRead: Minister rules out prospect of tax on ‘junk food’last_img read more

Sweden may be first country to eliminate cash

first_imgThe use of cash in developed countries is diminishing as we have turned to other, more convenient methods of paying for goods. This move away from physical notes and coins started with the introduction of credit cards, but now extends to Internet banking, using smartphones as a payment terminal, and technology such as NFC.Now Sweden, historically one of the quickest populations to embrace new technology, may become the first country to completely eliminate cash from its economy. In fact, they’ve almost managed it with only 3 percent of transactions happening using cash in Sweden today.If more evidence were needed that Sweden will become a cashless society, look no further than its banks. Next month Danske Bank is set to eliminate cash completely purely because it is what consumers want. The steady decline of transactions using cash has seen the banking sector adjust, and ultimately that means an end to cash withdrawals either through an ATM or bank teller.Cash is still used in Sweden, but only for small item purchases. Such transactions are also seeing cash replaced by systems like Barclay’s PayTag, which allows for contactless, cash-free small transactions to occur without even needing to input a passcode. One swipe of your tag and you’re done.One segment of the Swedish population does remain a concern, though. The elderly (65+), who spent most of their lives limited to using just cash, still choose to rely upon it. If cash disappeared it would cause problems for them, although admittedly that’s a short term problem to overcome.Read more at Aljazeeralast_img read more

Insect protein farm created for anyone who can stomach eating larvae

first_imgWell, we know the UN will be on board. A new project from Austrian designer Katharina Unger proposes that a home could produce a good portion of its own meat protein right in the family kitchen. It would be cheap, easy, quick, and nutritious.The only problem is that the protein source in question is the larvae of the black soldier fly. If solutions like this eventually became the only affordable source of meat protein — would you just give it up entirely?The dinner cage.Unger says that a future in which insects are the only economical choice for meat protein might not be so far-fetched. A third of our crop-lands are already used to produce animal feed, and with populations continuing to grow there will be an ever-increasing demand for meat protein that we may not be able to fill.The black soldier fly is a truly impressive source of energy, however: the larvae are made up of as much as 42% protein and contain many essential amino acids. In fact, just 1 gram of black soldier fly eggs can turn into 2.4 kilograms of protein.Convinced yet?The system seems extremely easy to use, with just three major sections: a harvesting pot for food-ready larvae, a large mating chamber for making new larvae, and “kindergarten” area where new larvae can mature to an edible stage. Aside from recycling a few mature larvae to keep the population going, that’s pure protein for your consumption. Unger estimates one of her colonies could produce up to 500 grams of protein per week, or around two meals.While my first instinct would be to go for some sort of ground larvae solution, Unger says the best way is simply to cook them up as-is. “They smell a bit like cooked potatoes. The consistency is a bit harder on the outside and like soft meat on the inside. The taste is nutty and a bit meaty.”Her favorite recipe? Tomato-larvae pasta with Parmesan cheese.last_img read more

GOCMV elections on January 17

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne Victoria (GOCMV) elections have been deferred to January 17 as a result of a compromise agreement reached between opposing sides of the GOCMV. The elections were scheduled for yesterday, (Dec 13), however the threat of an injunction order saw the opposing sides of the GOCMV board managed to secure a compromise deal. As reported last week in Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) Mr Paikopoulos, Mr Vournazos, Mr Pezaros and Mr Soublis had sent a letter raising issues about the conduct of the annual general meeting (AGM) last month and calling for a new AGM to be held.The issues raised include claims of “unconstitutional irregularities” in the election of the Election Committee that has the responsibility of conducting the elections, as well as irregularities in the counting of the ballots and in dealing with any objections and grievances.The GOCMV Board responded by seeking legal opinions from two lawyers whose advice indicated that there was not sufficient grounds to postpone the elections and reconvene the AGM.It decided to proceed with the elections.However disgruntled Community members applied for an injunction order but before the hearing on Thursday a compromise solution was agreed to as a way of preventing the GOCMV becoming caught up in the courts.The compromise solution saw both sides agree to the following:The postponement of the elections to January 17The counting of the votes be conducted by the Victorian Electoral CommissionThree members of the Electoral Committee resign to allow three new members to be chosen from the ranks of the opposing sideThe Opposition forces will drop their opposition to proposals for Alphington Grammar should the GOCMV Board agree to put those proposals for to a general meeting.That the GOCMV membership roll be as accurate as possible by including when members joined the GOCMV and the receipt number for their having signed up or renewed their membershipThat there be no new nominations for elections to the BoardThat the legal action for an injunction be withdrawn and all sides will meet their own legal costsThe press release issued after the agreement said; “In the best interests of the Greek Community, we have agreed without going to court to defer the election to 17 January 2010 and to reconstitute the electoral committee in a bipartisan way.”The media release highlighted that the two sides have “put aside any differences on Alphington Grammar and support the current projects.” The statement added, “We believe this represents a new start for the Community and hopefully lead to more cooperation on the big issues confronting the Greek Community.” The statement was signed by Mr Paikopoulos, Mr Kounelis and the GOCMV President, Mr Papastergiadis.last_img read more

Train car derails into a bar called Derailed

first_imgIf you ever decide to build a bar close to the train tracks in your town, don’t give it a name like Derailed. You’re tempting the fates, and they just might call you on it.To be fair, there’s more than one bar called Derailed in the United States, and most of them haven’t wound up in the news like the Derailed in Charles City, Iowa did this week. At around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, a train car jumped the tracks as rail workers were switching cars.The car — which, fittingly enough, was full of grain — tipped over at a 45-degree angle, but the bar was there to catch it before it fell completely over. Even train cars have friends in low places, apparently.When the dust cleared, Derailed had sustained around $10,000 worth of damage from the accident. Things could have been much worse, and based on all the publicity the bar is getting as a result you might think this was some kind of crazy viral marketing hoax.Except that Derailed isn’t the kind of bar that worries about advertising to attract new customers. Every one of Charles City’s roughly 7,600 residents already knew about it, and you’d imagine the other 9,000 folks in Floyd County do, too. Sure, there are 600,000-plus people in the metro Des Moines area, but they’re a two-hour drive away. Not exactly close enough to zip over for a couple cans of Schmidt’s with the fellas.Photo by Larry Michehl/Facebooklast_img read more

Taps to run dry in cities of Africa South Asia says report

first_imgReutersLife without ample water supply is going to be a reality for millions of people living in fastest-growing cities in South Asia and Africa, if the municipal authorities do not invest heavily in water infrastructure, according to a study conducted by World Resources Institute (WRI). Rapid urbanisation and lower investment in water infrastructure could cause a crisis situation in these cities.The study found that nearly half of the population in 15 major cities lacks access to public piped water systems, with access lowest in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. For these households without public piped water, water from other sources is either too expensive or too unsafe, the institute said in a paper titled ‘unaffordable and undrinkable: Rethinking urban water access in the global south.’By 2030,45 cities with populations of more than 3 million, each could experience high water stress. The fastest-growing cities in South Asia and Africa — which will add 1.5 billion residents by 2050 — have the widest gaps in water service.”In an increasingly water-constrained future, cities must take on a new role in managing water. They must ensure there is enough water, and that at it is affordable for all. Growing cities must prioritise water access before disaster hits,” the paper noted.Affordable WaterCities must make water affordable for low-income residents, the paper said, adding that decades of attempts to increase the private sector’s role and govern water as a private good have not improved access.Even access to a public tap does not guarantee safe and reliable water. About 1 billion people receive piped water fewer than 24 hours each day, some of whom have access to water only a few hours a week.Cities in Chile and Colombia have had success in improving access for low-income households by providing direct subsidies. In South Africa, cities provide a monthly allowance of water for free, a policy that stemmed from the national government’s declaration of water as a human right.In Lagos, Nigeria, 16 neighbouring households share a standpipe that has water three days a week—if their landlord makes monthly payments to the city. If not, service is cut off and households must wait in long queues for water from over-extracted boreholes or buy expensive bottled or sachet water. Neither option guarantees safe or affordable drinking water.Of the 15 cities analysed, households in 12 cities did not receive continuous water service. When public piped water is not available, residents are forced to pay several times more to get water from tanker-trucks or vendors. For instance, Mumbai residents pay more than 52 times the cost of public water for privately supplied water. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that households spend no more than 3-5 per cent of their monthly income on water and sanitation.Municipal corporations and water utilities need to commit themselves politically and financially to enhance water availability. “We need to fundamentally recognise that equitable access to safe, reliable and affordable water is a human right necessary for everyone to live, move and thrive,” added the report.last_img read more

Facebook Users Can Sue Over Facial Recognition Court Rules

first_img A federal appeals court is allowing a group of users to sue Facebook on claims the social network collected their facial data without consent.On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected Facebook’s efforts to dismiss the ongoing class-action lawsuit, which could potentially require the company to pay billions in compensation.The lawsuit dates back to 2015 when three Facebook users living in the state claimed the tech giant had violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, which requires companies to obtain consent when collecting their biometric information.Since 2010, Facebook has been using its own facial-recognition technology for photo-tagging purposes. It works by generating a digital template from your photos, so that the company can detect whenever your face appears in other images posted across the social network.The plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit argue they never authorized the company to create a digital template of their face. According to privacy groups, most users were automatically enrolled in facial recognition. Facebook claims it inflicted no “concrete injury” on the users by scanning their photos.In today’s ruling, Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote: “We conclude that the development of a face template using facial-recognition technology without consent (as alleged here) invades an individual’s private affairs and concrete interests.”Privacy groups are concerned facial-recognition systems risk paving the way for mass surveillance. And unlike a password or phone number, your biometric data cannot be changed. “The capability to instantaneously identify and track people based on their faces raises chilling potential for privacy violations at an unprecedented scale,” said Nathan Freed Wessle, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union.”Both corporations and the government are now on notice that this technology poses unique risks to people’s privacy and safety.”Under Illinois’s biometric privacy act, companies can end up paying up to $5,000 per person for intentionally breaking the law. The fine drops to $1,000 per person if the company is found only “negligently” violating the act. Given that Illinois has millions of internet users, a potential fine against Facebook could be massive.However, the company told Reuters it plans to appeal today’s ruling. “We have always disclosed our use of face recognition technology and that people can turn it on or off at any time,” the company said. Users can shut off the facial-recognition function by going to their profile’s settings panel. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. August 9, 2019 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Tempers frayed at public budget meetingTempers frayed at public budget meeting

first_imgHundreds of residents of Wards 10, 11, 12, 20 and 25 assembled at the Town Hall on Monday evening.They responded to invitations by Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality to participate in a discussion around the Draft Budget process before recommendations are tabled for consideration at the next council meeting.What would otherwise be termed an information-sharing consultative process mutated into a heated exchange between disgruntled residents and municipal officials.Were it not for the unruffled disposition of Municipal Speaker Zehra Rassool, the meeting would have degenerated into a farce. Resident upon resident lambasted the proposed Draft Budget.The majority of opponents of the draft were critical of the amount of money budgeted to service their areas as a reflection of the amount contributed from their respective areas.A speaker highlighted the anomaly in the R800 million collected from the above-mentioned residents and only R15 million budgeted for upgrading in the CBD.This, he argued, included R8 million for the Illing Road taxi rank. Many echoed his sentiments that the amount contributed was not a fair reflection of the amount set aside for service delivery. Every speaker concurred that the upliftment and upgrading of facilities in the rural areas was a necessity, but that not enough was being exercised to collect revenue from those residents.Another speaker vented his anger that the budget could be misleading. He questioned whether amounts specified for rural areas would indeed be used there.He compared the progress made in Newcastle and enquired why our municipality could not learn from there.Another speaker stated that there was only one municipal official he had confidence in, and that was the Municipal Manager. Whenever he phoned this manager, his request was attended to within a short space of time. But he received little or no joy from other officials. However, he questioned the need to plough fields over weekends. Was it to pay overtime, he asked. Yet another irate member of the gathering shouted, “The municipality is milking us”, and demanded to know why verges are being mowed on a Sunday.A lady stated that the amount allocated for an airfield was a pipe dream. Aerodromes in neighbouring towns, including Pietermaritzburg, have been a financial failure. Another interjected that even King Shaka Airport was forced to reduce international flights. A businessman who feels very passionate about our town expressed disquiet at the amount he was charged for electricity. He said rates in Umhlanga were lower than in Ladysmith and wanted to know how that could be possible. The heart of our town’s economy is in the industrial area, not in shopping centres, he added.A resident enquired if Leonardsville still featured as part of Ladysmith and complained bitterly that the councillor for that area was a total mystery.Explanations tendered by the CFO of the municipality and another manager were rejected by the crowd. One official spoke about the historical imbalances and the need to address this. Municipal officials took several breaks to discuss measures to prevent a complete stalemate in discussions, to little or no avail.An official from the Mayor’s Office tried to calm the situation by stating that the meeting had highlighted challenges in the collection of revenue from all parts of the municipality and it was imperative that services received be paid for.Numerous business persons hinted that the time has come to pursue this matter via court action and / or to suspend the payment of rates. The assembly disagreed vehemently that the meeting table these concerns for consideration at the next council meeting.The Speaker explained that due to time constraints, they had no choice but to forward the matter to council. Outside the meeting, some business persons felt that the matter had become a race issue.There were many who favoured the idea of holding back rates if the municipality continued with its budget.Another felt that the absorption of Indaka Municipality would exacerbate the situation of revenue versus service delivery.The next council meeting will be followed with intense interest to see if the public participation meeting truly reflected the voices of concern expressed by Ladysmith business.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Telemis PACS Version 47 Minimizes Need for ThirdParty Apps

first_img Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more Technology | PACS | November 19, 2015 Telemis PACS Version 4.7 Minimizes Need for Third-Party Apps Newest version offers enhanced radiological and clinical tools, one-click communication News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… 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 | 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 Related Content 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 | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Image courtesy of Telemis GroupNovember 19, 2015 — Telemis launched a new version of its popular picture archiving and communication system (PACS) software at the Journées Françaises de Radiologie (JFR) technical exhibition and congress, Oct. 16-19  in Paris. Telemis-Medical PACS version 4.7 offers new tools for radiologists that include a four-dimensional magnetic resonance (MR) examination viewer, integrated tumor follow-up capabilities and a more efficient volume measurement tracking system. The work of clinicians is further simplified through the availability of 3-D visualization and the ability to transfer 360-degree medical imaging.High levels of built-in functionality mean that Telemis-Medical PACS version 4.7 improves efficiency by reducing the need to switch to third-party imaging solutions. For example, Telemis now offers default and advanced multi-echo MR and multi-phase visualization tools. For oncology pathologies, which represent more than 40 percent of cases where PACS software is used, flexible and user-friendly integrated tumor tracking simplifies the management of histories stored on CD-ROM and the monitoring of progress against CHOI, PERCIST and RECIST criteria. Clinicians will also benefit from a new three-dimensional visualization tool that better represents pathologies and makes explanations to patients easier.In addition to visualization, version 4.7 also focuses on improved communication. The integration of the “Skype in 1 click” module, for example, improves the dialogue between physicians and, in the case of teleradiology, with imaging technologists. According to Telemis Group CEO Stephane Ketelaer, users can also connect to the Telemis support platform with a single click to request information, participate in discussions on forums or to signal the need for intervention.For more information: www.telemis.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… 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 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read morelast_img read more

The technology at the heart of the AppleFBI debate explained

first_imgWhat if the FBI could force Samsung to covertly turn on the video camera in your smart TV? Or force Google to deliver a malicious security update to your web browser that actually spied on you and transmitted your passwords and other sensitive information back to the FBI? Sound like something from a dystopian sci-fi movie? If Apple loses its high-profile legal fight with the U.S. government, these scenarios could become a reality. This will also threaten the security of all Internet users.Until relatively recently, consumers were often nagged to look for and download software updates. This is something that many of us didn’t do, promptly, or often, at all. As a result, many people ran out-of-date, insecure software, leaving them unnecessarily vulnerable to cyber attacks and computer viruses.In an effort to get prompt security updates to as many consumers and businesses as possible, the software industry has largely shifted to a model of automatic updates. As a result, our phones, computers and Internet of Things devices (such as thermostats and smart TVs) now regularly call their makers to look for updates, which are then automatically downloaded and installed.The transition to automatic updates has significantly improved the state of cybersecurity. However, the existence of a mechanism to quietly deliver software onto phones and computers without the knowledge or consent of a user could be misused by criminals, hackers and nation states.It is for that reason that tech companies have built in an additional security feature, known as “code signing,” through which companies can certify the software updates they’ve created are authentic. Without a digital signature proving the authenticity of the software update, it cannot be installed. This code signing mechanism ensures that only Microsoft can deliver updates for Word, only Apple can distribute updates for iOS, and only Google can deliver updates for its Chrome browser. Protesters demonstrate outside an Apple Store objecting to the U.S. government’s attempt to put a backdoor to hack into the Apple iPhone, in Los Angeles, California, on Feb. 23, 2016. Mark Ralston/AFPEarlier this month, the public learned that the U.S. Department of Justice had sought and obtained a court order forcing Apple to help it hack into the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. The court ordered Apple to create a new, special version of Apple’s iOS operating system that bypasses several security features built into the company’s operating system. The court also ordered Apple to sign the custom version of the software. Without this digital signature certifying the software’s authenticity, the iPhone would refuse to run it.Experts fear that the precedent that the government is seeking in this case – to be able to force Apple to sign code for the government – could allow the government to force other technology companies to sign surveillance software and then push it to individual users’ devices, using the automatic update mechanisms that regularly look for and download new software.If consumers fear that the software updates they receive from technology companies might secretly contain surveillance software from the FBI, many of them are likely to disable those automatic updates. And even if you aren’t worried about the FBI spying on you, if enough other people are, you will still face increased threats from hackers, identity thieves and foreign governments.There are a lot of parallels between computer security and public health, and in many ways, software updates are like immunizations for our computers. Just as we want parents to get their children immunized, we want computers to receive regular software updates. Indeed, just as the decision by some parents to not vaccinate their children puts their entire community at risk, so too the decision to turn off automatic updates not only impacts the individual, but other users and organizations, as those vulnerable, infected users’ computers will be used by hackers to target others.The trust that people have placed in software companies is far too important to risk destroying to make it easier for the government to spy. And the precedent the government is seeking in this case will not just apply to Apple, but, in an age of Internet of Things, to the TVs, thermostats and other smart-devices with cameras and microphones we are inviting into our homes.The author is the Principal Technologist with the Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union.© 2016, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Apple quarterly profit soars on iPhone sales Apple unveils streaming music, improvements to iPhones, Watch software VW says 11 million cars affected globally as scandal widens Snapchat vanishing video viewing hits 6 billion dailylast_img read more

Ocwen Cleared of RMBS Investors Allegations

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News May 25, 2016 465 Views Lawsuits Ocwen Financial Resdidential Mortgage-Backed Securities 2016-05-25 Seth Welborn Ocwen Cleared of RMBS Investors’ Allegationscenter_img Share A year-long analysis of Ocwen Financial Corp.’s operations conducted by independent third-party global financial advisory firm Duff & Phelps concluded that accusations from investors that Ocwen (as Master Servicer) failed to collect on $82 billion worth of RMBS Trusts were “baseless,” according to an announcement from Ocwen on Wednesday.Duff & Phelps conducted a review of two items: Gibbs & Bruns’ Notice of Nonperformance filed on January 23, 2015, on behalf of institutional investors, and Ocwen’s consent orders with both the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the New York Department of Financial Services.The year-long analysis of Ocwen’s servicing operations, accounting, loan modifications, borrower compliance, and operations and governing practices involved examining thousands of servicing files, data points, and invoices, and a comprehensive review of Ocwen’s systems and records, according to Ocwen.“We are pleased with the results of Duff & Phelps’ year-long independent review. We continue to focus on servicing loans in the best interest of loan investors and on being a leader in helping homeowners,” said Ron Faris, President and CEO of Ocwen.According to Ocwen, the Dunn & Phelps investigation:Did not find any evidence that Ocwen failed to account for P&I payments to the Master Serviced trusts.Did not find any evidence that Ocwen charged the Master Serviced Trusts for any undisclosed or ‘mysterious’ expenses.Did not find evidence that Ocwen made negative NPV modifications in order to maximize servicing fees and prematurely recoup advances.Did not find evidence that Ocwen engaged in modifications in order to prematurely recover advances at the time of modification.Did not find evidence to conclude generally that Ocwen made extreme and imprudent modifications.Found that Ocwen applied the Stop Advance Tag on loans consistently with Ocwen’s Stop Advance model and not with regard to whether or not the loan had been modified or whether the borrower defaulted immediately after modification.Did not find evidence that Ocwen failed to comply with the SCRA requirements for borrowers on active military duty.Did not find evidence sufficient to conclude generally that Ocwen engaged in deceptive, misleading, or inadequate practices with regard to newly boarded loans.Did not find evidence sufficient to conclude generally that Ocwen improperly imposed lender-placed insurance.Did not find evidence to conclude generally that the Master Serviced Trusts were charged higher fees in connection with sales of REO properties involving Hubzu auctions or REALHome brokers as opposed to traditional sales and/or unrelated brokers.On January 23, 2015, shareholders with 25 percent of the voting rights in 119 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts with an original balance of $82 billion filed a formal Notice of Nonperformance against BNY Mellon, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, US Bank, and Wells Fargo, as Trustees, accusing Ocwen of failing to properly collect payments on the trusts. The investors claimed losses of more than $1 billion as a result.In a public release, law firm Gibbs & Bruns LLP said a “lengthy investigation and analysis by independent, highly qualified experts” turned up multiple instances of Ocwen’s failure to perform, including use of trust funds to pay borrower relief obligations through modifications on trust-owned mortgages; conflicts of interest with affiliate companies; failure to maintain adequate records and communications with borrowers; and “[e]ngaging in imprudent and wholly improper loan modification, advancing, and advance recovery practices;” among others.Ocwen fired back a few days later, accusing the investors of pushing borrowers into foreclosure; Ocwen attorney Richard A. Jacobsen said that the Gibbs & Bruns letter was “drafted in an inflammatory tone, with misleading content, and coordinated with media release so as to create wildy false impressions.”In December 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered Ocwen to pay $2 billion for alleged servicing violations. Then in December 2014, Ocwen settled with the New York Department of Financial Services for $150 million after a two-plus year investigation by the New York DFS which found that Ocwen had sent backdated foreclosure notices to hundreds of borrowers. Ocwen blamed the erroneously dated material on computer errors.last_img read more

Citadel Launches New Product

first_img Dodd-Frank loans mortgage Product Servicing Underwriting 2018-10-25 Radhika Ojha Citadel Launches New Product October 25, 2018 511 Views Sharecenter_img in Headlines, News, Origination Irvine, California-headquartered, Citadel Servicing Corp. (CSC), debuted its new product for five to 35-unit properties and mixed-use containing a livable unit with a bed. The Outside Dodd-Frank Plus Program builds on the company’s Outside Dodd-Frank Program to offer loans on properties up to 35 units. Under this program, borrowers can avail Loan amounts of up to $3 million with a maximum LTV of 75 percent.“Basically, if it has a bed or living residence attached to it, we can fund it,” said CSC’s founder and CEO Daniel Perl.“We’ve been working on this product for a while now and are glad that we can finally offer it to our customers,” said Kyle Gunderlock, President and COO, CSC. “We saw the need in the market and created a program that would build on our popular ODF product.”CSC said that while it will offer its products to business entities and trusts for the first time, a personal guarantee would be required in addition to the requirements of its due diligence teams.“We see a lot of potential business that will come our way with this offering,” said William Fisher, SVP, National Sales & Marketing Director. “We are continuing to stay at the forefront of the Non-Prime/Non-QM space because we are reading the market and listening to what our customers are saying. This is a great loan product for residential property with commercial influence.”CSC is a Non-prime/Non-QM wholesale and correspondent lender. It was the first company to offer non-prime loans in 2012 following the financial crisis and utilizes its expertise in underwriting to offer products to underserved populations. The company specializes in alternative income products that includes bank statement programs, asset depletion, verification of employment and stated income.Click here for more information on the product and to download the rate sheet.last_img read more

Tensions rise during opposing demos at sea caves development

first_imgVISITING MPs, government officials and members of other bodies were greeted by two simultaneous demonstrations that took place in Peyia on Tuesday, one in support of the development of the protected sea caves area and a second against it.Local councillor Linda Leblanc, a member of the Peyia coalition of Independents, said the situation became heated and the police had to be called to calm everything down.“One of our members was assaulted with a rolled-up banner, he wasn’t hurt, but he was hit with it on his body, twice,” she said. The perpetrator was a demonstrator opposed to the coalition views, she said.The official visit comes after various demonstrations and press reports about six villas being built next to  the sea caves, a birthing habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), which is an endangered species and an environmental impact authorisation being granted for a five-star hotel and 44 villas at nearby Kafizis beach.NGOs – including Save Akamas-Save Cyprus – environmentalists and nature lovers are encouraging the public to take a stand against such projects in Cyprus before it’s too late.The Cyprus public has been angered over environmental damage at the sea caves but there are also supporters of ongoing development in the area, mostly local landowners that want to exercise their right to develop.The demonstrators fighting for their right to develop the protected sea caves area outnumbered their counterparts and were vocal and abusive, said Leblanc.“One man who works with one of the developers in the area was abusive and screaming and shouting not only to us, but other people there as well as reporters,” she said.Leblanc said that soon after, participants at an open meeting held at the Peyia cultural centre  were informed of the scope of the parliament environment committee, followed by testimony from MP’s, various state services and environmentalists that independently assess environmental studies.The chairman of the committee said that it had become clear that “many mistakes” had been made in issuing Leptos developers with permits for the sea caves project and that the environmental study had not gone through the proper procedures or been undertaken in enough depth, she said.“He said that permits had been given based on permissions granted. But he also noted that the villas have already been sold and most importantly, the same mistakes must not be made again.”Charalampous Theopemptou, MP, and deputy chairman of the parliamentary environment committee told the Cyprus Mail that the purpose of the visit was to see first-hand, the areas of Peyia which are being discussed.“I was shocked by the development of the villas which are so close to the cliff, the erosion and also the bulldozed beach of Kafizis,” he said.Theopemptou said that the attendees included nine MP’s, members of various government departments, as well as members of Peyia municipality and council.“Many MP’s have asked official questions regarding this subject and when we are presented with the answers next week we will have a better understanding of answers given by the various government departments,” he said. The area of the ‘sea caves’ in Peyia covers the entire area from Aspros River in the north and Keratidi Bay in the south and is not only a Marine Protected Area (MPA) but also includes a terrestrial area along the coastline of Peyia municipality.The European Commission’s Natura 2000 is a network of sites selected to ensure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats. The relevant Habitats Directive ensures the conservation of a wide range of rare, threatened or endemic animal and plant species. Natura 2000 protects not only designated areas of land but also marine habitats.   You May LikeI Single MomTake A Look At Jon Bon Jovil’s Net Worth At 57I Single MomUndowww.amazon.comHow 21ST Century Entrepreneurs Think, Act And Grow Richwww.amazon.comUndoHealthZapRescue Dog Drags Blanket Outside To Share With Her Homeless FriendHealthZapUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more