Western Sahara Annan calls for peace talks as he recommends extension of

Such preconditions – Morocco’s demand that its sovereignty over Western Sahara be recognized and the Frente Polisario’s demand that there must be a referendum with independence as an option – can be discussed within the negotiations instead, Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on the work of the Mission, known as MINURSO.“Obviously such demands could be raised by the respective parties in the course of the negotiations,” Mr. Annan writes. “[But] such negotiations will not get off the ground unless the Security Council makes it absolutely clear that the exercise of self-determination is the only agreed aim of the negotiations.”Mr. Annan says the neighbouring countries of Algeria and Mauritania should also be invited to participate in any peace talks.The two military sides in the dispute do not have direct contact with each other, 15 years after a UN-sponsored ceasefire went into effect. Mr. Annan reports “this continues to have a negative effect on mutual confidence and prevents the adoption of procedures that could help to stabilize the situation during critical periods.”This kind of impasse also does not benefit either Morocco or the Frente Polisario, according to Mr. Annan, citing the findings of his Personal Envoy Peter van Walsum following the envoy’s consultations with both sides, neighbouring States and other interested parties over the past six months.The Secretary-General welcomes news that the exchange of family visits between Western Sahara and the refugee camps around Tindouf in Algeria – which bring together relatives who have not met in some cases for more than 30 years – are set to resume soon.Given the role MINURSO plays in maintaining the ceasefire, Mr. Annan recommends that its mandate be extended until 30 April 2007, six months beyond its current expiration date.MINURSO was established in 1991 to monitor the ceasefire and organize a referendum on self-determination in the former Spanish colony which Morocco has claimed as its own and where the Frente Polisario has been fighting for independence. read more

TSX advances amid strong US retail sales acquisitions in resource sector

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 14, 2014 6:25 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX advances amid strong U.S. retail sales, acquisitions in resource sector TORONTO – The Toronto stock market was higher Monday amid a strong reading on U.S. retail sales.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 26.74 points to 14,284.43 with gains led by mining stocks amid major deal-making in the resource sector.The Canadian dollar advanced 0.22 of a cent to 91.3 cents US.U.S. indexes also found a lift from Citigroup earnings that beat expectations.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 146.49 points to 16,173.24 as the bank reported adjusted earnings of $1.30 a share, 16 cents higher than expectations and its shares ran ahead 4.36 per cent in New York.U.S. retail sales rose 1.1 per cent in March, the best showing since September 2012. The government also revised February to a 0.7 per cent gain, more than double its previous estimate. Sales had fallen in January and December amid severe winter weather.“I guess now we’ll get the true colours of the economy, won’t we?” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS.“There’s not going to be any excuses about weather.”The Nasdaq was 22.96 points higher at 4,022.69 while the S&P 500 index rose 14.92 points to 1,830.61.Despite the positive showing, traders are cautious amid concerns about stock valuations, Chinese growth prospects and corporate earnings.Meanwhile, financial analysts expect earnings for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 to drop 1.6 per cent from a year earlier, according to FactSet, a financial data provider. That was a reversal from the start of the year, when they expected a jump of 4.3 per cent.“I mean, you have expectations pretty low,” Nakamoto said.The TSX base metals sector led advancers, up 1.79 per cent as May copper rose a penny to US$3.05 a pound and Sherritt International (TSX:S) ran up 40 cents or 9.3 per cent to C$4.70.Mining giant Glencore Xstrata said it was selling its Las Bambas copper project in Peru to a group of Chinese state-owned companies for US$5.85 billion. The purchase adds to a multibillion-dollar string of foreign acquisitions by China’s government-owned energy and mining companies, which hope to profit from future demand.Glencore Xstrata is also buying Caracal Energy Inc. (LSE:CRCL), which has terminated plans to merge with Calgary-based TransGlobe Energy (TSX:TGL) as a result. TransGlobe said it would distribute the break fee it receives from Caracal to shareholders through a special dividend of 10 cents per share. TransGlobe shares gained 23 cents to C$8.12.And Texas-based Stabilis Energy says it signed an agreement to buy substantially all the liquefied natural gas business of a subsidiary of Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Financial terms of the deal involving Encana Natural Gas Inc. weren’t disclosed. Encana shares climbed 13 cents to $24.78.On Canada’s West Coast, the residents of Kitimat, B.C. have voted against Enbridge’s (TSX:ENB) proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project in a non-binding plebiscite by a vote of 1,793 to 1,278. The federal cabinet is expected to release its decision on Northern Gateway by June. Enbridge slipped 41 cents to $50.76.The gold sector improved by about 1.18 per cent as June bullion gained $8.50 to US$1,327.50 an ounce.The energy sector was ahead 0.37 per cent with May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 31 cents to a six-week high of US$104.65 a barrel.The TSX finished well off session highs amid weakness in telecom and utilities stocks. read more

Yemen Focusing on local suppliers UN agency reaches thousands more in need

This month, in the hard-to-reach Taiz governorate district of Al Qahira alone, the agency successfully provided 55,000 people with much-needed assistance through the innovative use of food vouchers using a local supplier’s network. “Expanding our voucher assistance through a local supplier into Al Qahira is a major breakthrough that allows us to reach every person who needs our assistance,” said Purnima Kashyap, WFP Country Director in Yemen, in a news release issued by the agency today. “This approach capitalizes on the presence of markets that are working in the areas where we use it, so as well as helping vulnerable families, it also gives a much-needed boost to the local market,” she added. The increase has been made possible through the Commodity-Voucher through Traders’ Network (CV-TN) project that allows WFP to supply food commodities to families through a contracted local retailer in exchange for vouchers. Since the launch of this way of delivering assistance earlier this year in Sana’a city, the project has expanded to other parts of Yemen including Aden and Taiz, enabling agency to reach more than 600,000 people compared to only 120,000 in February. According to the agency, humanitarian organizations had been struggling for months to deliver assistance to conflict-affected people inside Taiz governorate, and despite joint efforts and extensive negotiations, reaching the people in need had been unpredictable and difficult to guarantee. Furthermore, when access was made available, the number of people that could be reached was limited due to a short window of opportunity. Each voucher gives a one-month supply of wheat grain, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and sugar as well as Wheat Soya Blend (WSB), a protein-rich blended food provided by WFP through the local supplier. The monthly entitlement is enough to cover the needs of a family of six people. “Expanding the programme […] is an effective way of addressing access challenges as well as speeding up the delivery of food assistance,” said Ms. Kashyap.WFP plans to expand its voucher reach to the Al Mudhaffar district of Taiz governorate. The programme has offered additional benefits as well.For instance, it has helped create new employment opportunities and is helping the commercial sector back on its feet.“The retail market was closing down because people did not have the money to buy food on a regular basis, but giving food vouchers to the households and allowing them go to retail markets, they are able to buy food,” said Ms. Kashyap in an interview with UN Radio.“We have found that many of the markets are [now] able to employ more people because demand has increased and staff are needed to cater to it,” she noted.The WFP Country Director further added that the agency has monitoring and overseeing practices to ensure that the programme is reaching its beneficiaries. She explained that random site visits are conducted to assess effectiveness and telephone calls are made to the beneficiaries to confirm the receipt of the food packets as well as to take their feedback.The agency, however added that additional funds are required to be able to reach a targeted one million people across Yemen through the voucher system by the end of this year.It further noted that a recent study found that more people in the country are slipping into hunger. Out of the country’s population of 25 million, 14 million people are food insecure and close to seven million people are ‘severely food insecure,’ a level of need that requires urgent food assistance. War-torn Taiz governorate district of Al Qahira, Yemen. Photo: WFP read more

Opinion Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman shouldnt be judged based on one

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman waves to the crowd during the Super Bowl Parade Feb. 5 in Seattle.Courtesy of MCTIn the two weeks between the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLVIII, every person who encountered any type of sports media likely learned the name of Richard Sherman.The third-year cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks stole headlines from many other worthy story lines heading into the biggest sporting event of the year.Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning breaking single-season passing records and leading the Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl in his second season after returning from a career-threatening neck injury?The NFL’s best offense squaring off against the NFL’s best defense in a true test of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object?How would the Seahawks’ offense, with running back Marshawn Lynch arguably being the only player who would rank in the top 10 of NFL players at his position (Lynch finished with 1,257 yards on the ground, good for sixth in the league), keep up with the prolific scoring of the Broncos?All of these buzzworthy topics took a backseat to the controversy surrounding the 25-year-old defensive back’s on-camera reaction to a sideline reporter’s questions after the Seahawks’ Jan 19 victory.Sherman’s deflection of a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree into the waiting arms of linebacker Malcolm Smith sealed the NFC Championship victory and a Super Bowl berth for Seattle.With the attention of the football world on him, Sherman had set himself up for a potentially huge payday and possibly some new endorsement deals.After Sunday’s game, Sherman’s name did not make the front page of many newspapers after he turned in a quiet but efficient performance in Seattle’s 43-8 victory over Denver.He was credited with three tackles and one pass deflection in a game where his most noticeable effects on the game were the two times play was stopped while Sherman sprawled on the turf in pain.Sherman was carted off the field during the fourth quarter with a high ankle sprain, but returned to give a relatively subdued interview — a far cry from the outburst that garnered so much attention two weeks prior.He had practically forcibly grabbed the spotlight while enthusiastically proclaiming himself to be the “best corner in the game” in the postgame interview with Fox’s Erin Andrews after his team’s 23-17 win.Despite not making any spectacular individual plays or boasting an impressive stat line, Sherman played an integral role in a team effort that held Denver and its NFL MVP quarterback to one score in the entire game.Manning never looked comfortable in the pocket, and he often checked down to short-yardage passes. He threw two interceptions, lost a fumble, was sacked, was involved in a safety after his center snapped the ball over his head, and had eight of his passes batted down in a disappointing outing.Sherman might not have earned a spot on the Super Bowl highlight reel, but at least he did not turn in a dud like Manning.Most importantly, Sherman added “Super Bowl Champion” to a résumé that already includes being a two-time first-team All-Pro and Stanford graduate.Hopefully, his calmer postgame demeanor this time around will silence his critics, at least temporarily. Social media exploded with derision and racial slurs directed toward Sherman after his outspoken on-air rant in the Andrews interview.Despite being loud, Sherman does not have any obvious character flaws or negative history and would actually make a great role model for young athletes.He was salutatorian of his high school class of Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., and attended a college known for academics instead of athletics, graduating after five years with a degree in communications and starting a master’s instead of leaving early for the NFL.“I really wanted to make that known to people that you can go to Stanford from Compton,” Sherman said when he was drafted.After the deciding play in the NFC Championship Game, Sherman congratulated Crabtree by saying “helluva game” and extending a handshake. Crabtree reacted by shoving Sherman’s facemask, which presumably was the catalyst for Sherman’s now-infamous rant.The world should judge Sherman on his credentials and achievements instead of his volume in one interview. He’s proven himself to be one of the best corners in the league, if not the best, as he claimed. Or, if Sherman goes off on another rant, maybe he can rant about his support of academics, good sportsmanship and opposition of illicit drugs. It would be hard to call him a “thug” after a rant like that. read more

Man seriously injured in Loughrea crash

first_imgGARDAÍ IN GALWAY are investigating a single vehicle serious road accident that has left a 20-year-old man in a serious condition.The crash occurred on the N66 Loughrea to Gort Road, approximately 3km outside Loughrea, this morning at 4.30am.The man was seriously injured when the car he was a passenger in collided with a ditch. He was taken to University College Hospital Galway where his condition is believed to be serious. Both the driver and second passenger were uninjured.The road is closed to traffic and diversions are in place. Forensic collision investigators have been notified to attend the scene.Anyone with information is asked to contact Loughrea Garda Station 091 842870 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Pedestrian killed by car in Leitrimlast_img

Fiat 500 Goes OneOnOne with Mini over Tech Options

first_imgThe Fiat 500 has Mini square in its sights when Fiat returns to the U.S. sales in a few weeks. A New York City press showing last week by Fiat’s product manager, appropriately named Laura Soave, reveals zillions of colors and options, plus Bluetooth and a USB jack standard on all but the entry model. Basically, you’re getting a Mini for four grand less, claims Fiat. U.S. Debut for Blue&Me: Bluetooth, iPod AdapterExcept for the you-really-don’t-want-this-model-do-you entry Fiat 500 Pop, the cars all come standard with Blue&Me, a package that integrates Bluetooth hands-free calling and a USB jack for iPods and music keys. Fiat recognized as obvious what a lot of other automakers are so far ignoring: no matter how cheap the car, buyers want to play iPods not CDs, and they’re bringing cellphones with them. It’s not as if the middle class lacks mobile phones. Fiat can be forgiven the lack of Blue&Me on the entry model in pursuit of that attractively low price that sticks in buyers’ minds. Blue&Me is the result of a Microsoft-Fiat collaboration that preceded the similar Ford Sync by a year. (Fiat got exclusive world rights for one year starting in 2007; Ford got exclusive U.S. rights for a year starting in 2008.) Ford and Fiat have developed in different directions but the core remains the same: cheap, reliable Bluetooth connections and cheap, reliable iPod and music player connections plus recharging, controlled by the driver’s voice or the center stack head unit. At 140 Inches, Smaller (and Taller) than Mini The Fiat 500 measures 140 x 64 x 60 inches (length x width x height) with a 91-inch wheelbase and a curb weight of 2,363-2,434 pounds. The Mini Hardtop, the primary model, is 147 x 63 x 52 inches. In both cases that means reasonable room for the front seat passengers, very occasional space for two in back, and luggage space appreciated best by those who pack light. It also means you can park them anywhere. Three Models: Pop, Sport, Lounge There will be three models with increasing levels of technology, infotainment, and comfort.Fiat 500 Pop – 15″ steel wheels, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, line-in jack. Blue & Me is part of a $500 option package. $15,500 list price plus shipping. Fiat 500 Sport – Blue&Me, Bose audio (six speakers, subwoofer), leather steering wheel with audio controls, 16″ alloy wheels, sport suspension, recalibrated steering, red-painted brake calipers, manual transmission. $17,500. Fiat 500 Lounge – Blue&Me, Bose audio, satellite radio, six-speed automatic transmission, 15″ alloy wheels, premium cloth seats. $19,500. Optioned Like a Mini As part of the small/stylish theme, the Fiat 500 will be offered in 14 paint colors: Nero (black), Rosso (red), Bianco (white), Azzurro (blue), Grigio (gray), Argento (silver), Giallo (yellow), Mocha Latte, Verde Chiaro (light green), Rame (copper), Espresso, Verde Oliva (olive green), Rosso Brillante (tri-coat pearl red) and Bianco Perla (pearl white). There will be two interior treatments (black or ivory) and 14 seat colors and material combinations (photo above; driver not included).  Bose audio with satellite radio is a $1,250 option on the Pop entry model and this one option alone takes you more than halfway to the price of the Fiat 500 Sport. Satellite radio is $350 along with an alarm system on the Sport, standard on the Lounge. The navigation option is a freestanding Tom Tom unit priced at $400, for the Sport and Lounge but not the Pop. You can also get a sunroof ($800) and all manner of exterior decals and premium wheels. A fully optioned Fiat 500 Lounge will be just under $25,000, including freight. Fuel Economy Falls Short of 40 MPGWith such a light car and with such an acclaimed engine, the Fiat MultiAir 1.4-liter four-cylinder, you’d expect 40 miles per gallon, especially since Hyundai does it with the new Hyundai Elantra (see review). Soave says the Fiat 500 will be rated at 30 mpg city, 38 mph highway with the five-speed manual, and 27/34 with the more popular six-speed automatic. Hyundai’s 40 mpg highway rating is with both transmissions. Fiat’s head of U.S. engineering says Fiat wanted to balance economy and performance. Cheaper than the Competition (Mini) Fiat’s Soave said that a Fiat 500, comparably equipped, would undercut the price of a Mini hardtop by as much as $4,000. And it has the speedometer in the right place, she noted, in front of the driver, not in the middle of the dash, as Mini does. Oddly, she went on to say that a Fiat 500 is also only $1,000 or so more costly (comparably equipped) than a Toyota Yaris – odd because there’s not much cachet to owning a Yaris, which also has more room and is probably not going to be part of many Fiat 500 vs. Mini consideration sets. When Fiat last departed these shores, it was with a horrible reputation for reliability. But that was then and now it’s different: Fiat has fixed its Fix It Again Tony reputation; the prime buyers (under 35) have little or no recollection of how bad Fiats were; and Mini also had a lousy reputation prior to its reincarnation in 2000 as part of the BMW Group. Even now with below-average reliability scores, Mini still scores near the top on owner satisfaction. Mini last year sold 45,644 cars across four model lines. Fiat says it hopes to sell 40,000 Fiat 500s this year with the single model. That’s ambition.last_img read more

Réchauffement climatique il est déjà trop tard pour le limiter à 2°C

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : il est déjà trop tard pour le limiter à 2°C Alors que s’ouvrira à la fin du mois le sommet de Durban sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, une étude affirme qu’il est déjà trop tard pour limiter la hausse globale de la température à 2°C, ainsi que le préconisent les experts. Pour parvenir à cette inquiétante conclusion, des scientifiques ont étudié plusieurs scénarios.Limiter le réchauffement climatique à 2°C par rapport à l’ère pré-industrielle n’est plus possible, affirme une équipe de scientifiques dans une étude publiée par la revue Nature. Après avoir étudié plusieurs scénarios prenant en compte les émissions de gaz à effet de serre et leur impact sur le climat, ils sont parvenus à la conclusion selon laquelle il est déjà trop tard pour respecter cette limite préconisée par les climatologues.”Parmi les scénarios qui permettraient de rester en dessous de 2°C avec une probabilité supérieure à 66%, les émissions devraient connaître un pic entre 2010 et 2020 et descendre à 44 gigatonnes d’équivalent CO2 en 2020 (alors que l’on était à environ 48 en 2010)”, expliquent-ils. Les émissions de gaz à effet de serre devraient alors chuter de 8,5% par rapport à l’année dernière. Or jusqu’ici, elles n’ont cessé de croître chaque année, pour atteindre entre 2009 et 2010, une augmentation record de 500 millions de tonnes de CO2, a annoncé le ministère américain de l’Energie.En 2010, seuls quelques pays, comme la Suisse, l’Espagne, la Nouvelle-Zélande ou la Slovaquie, ont réussi à enregistrer une baisse de leurs émissions. Mais même s’ils étaient respectés, les différents engagements pris par les Etats lors des sommets internationaux sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, et notamment celui de Cancun il y a un an, ne permettront pas de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre pour limiter la hausse de la température à 2°C, selon les auteurs de l’étude.  Le 8 novembre 2011 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bahamas Represented at African Caribbean and Pacific States Culture Ministers Meeting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Belgium, November 14, 2017 – Brussels –Photo1  –  (From Left) Director of Culture Rowena Poitier Sutherland, Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture the Hon. Michael C. Pintard, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) Dr. Patrick Gomes, and Assistant Secretary-General (Political Affairs and Human Development) Ambassador Léonard-Emile Ognimba pose with a commemorative copy of  “From Georgetown to Sipopo and Beyond: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group at 40,” during the recent 4th Meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture, held in Brussels, Belgium.  (MOYSC Photo)Photo 2BRUSSELS, Belgium — Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture the Hon. Michael C. Pintard (left) is pictured with Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP Group) Dr. Patrick Gomes, after receiving a commemorative copy of“From Georgetown to Sipopo and Beyond: The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group at 40,” during the recent 4th Meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture, held in Brussels, Belgium.  (MOYSC Photo) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img Header photoBRUSSELS, Belgium — Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture the Hon. Michael C. Pintard during the recent 4th Meeting of African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Ministers of Culture, held in Brussels, Belgium.  (MOYSC Photo)last_img read more

Rescuers free manatee tangled in life vest in Fort Lauderdale waterways

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescuers worked for several hours to successfully catch a manatee swimming in the Intracoastal Waterway with a life vest tangled around it.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a rescue group arrived on scene and managed to capture the manatee in a net just before 4:30 p.m., Wednesday.“It couldn’t dive very well, so without it being able to dive to feed, it wouldn’t have been able to survive very long with a life jacket on it,” said Amber Howell with the FWC.They hoisted the nearly 300-pound manatee out of the water near One Key Drive and onto a grassy area near the dock to get the life jacket off.“A really healthy, active animal. There’s nothing wrong with it physically other than that life jacket being on it,” Howell said, “so it did give us a little run for our money with the hoop net.”Once they untangled the life vest from the animal’s back, rescuers worked together to get the manatee back into the water.“It shows how great Americans are, and what we’ll do to save an American life,” said one witness. “A life, any life or an animal. It’s a feel-good story.” Initially, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded earlier in the day to reports of a “manatee in distress” in the Intracoastal Waterway near Sunrise Boulevard.They have placed a microchip on the manatee to follow him and make sure he is OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Good governance essential for democracy

first_imgDanish ambassador in Bangladesh Mikael Hemniti Winther and Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter speaking at Prothom Alo office on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloGood governance and freedom of expression is a prerequisite to the development interests of any country. Bangladesh is no exception. These issues are essential in Bangladesh’s quest to attain mid-income status.The remarks were made by the Danish ambassador in Bangladesh Mikael Hemniti Winther and Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter during a discussion at the Prothom Alo office on Sunday.The two ambassadors met with senior journalists of Prothom Alo at the newspaper’s office yesterday afternoon. Prothom Alo editor apprised them about the overall state of the media in the country as well as of Prothom Alo in particular.A video presentation was made of Prothom Alo’s various activities. A short film on social initiative against child marriage was also screened.Swedish ambassador Charlotta Schlyter said that her country attached high importance to freedom of expression. She mentioned the training in investigative journalism provided to various media organisations in Bangladesh with the support of the Swedish Fojo Institute.last_img read more

US Senate fails Trumps Obamacare repeal efforts

first_imgSen John McCain (R-AZ) leaves the Senate Chamber after a vote on a stripped-down, or `Skinny Repeal,` version of Obamacare reform on 28 July, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPIn a stinging blow to US president Donald Trump, US Senate Republicans failed on Friday to dismantle Obamacare, falling short on a major campaign promise and perhaps ending a seven-year quest by their party to gut the healthcare law.Voting in the early hours, three Republican senators, John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, crossed party lines to join Democrats in a dramatic 49-to-51 vote to reject a “skinny repeal” bill that would have eliminated some parts of Obamacare.“This is clearly a disappointing moment,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told the Senate floor right after the vote. “The American people are going to regret that we couldn’t find a better way forward.”Trump’s failure sent the dollar down against a basket of other currencies on Friday. [FRX/]The setback leaves him without a major legislative win after more than six months in power, even though Republicans control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. He had been expected to make rapid changes to healthcare, taxes and infrastructure spending.“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode, then deal. Watch!” Trump tweeted after the vote.No Clear GuidanceTrump has repeatedly berated congressional Republicans for being unable to overcome internal divisions to repeal Obamacare, but has offered no legislation himself, nor any clear guidance on what he would like to do about replacing the law.The president has demanded at various times that Obamacare should be allowed to collapse on its own, that it should be repealed without replacement, and that it should be repealed and replaced.The Affordable Care Act, approved by Democrats in 2010, was President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. It provided health insurance to millions of uninsured Americans, but was denounced from the outset by Republicans who viewed it as government intrusion on people’s healthcare decisions.The voting down of the bill still leaves uncertainty in the healthcare industry, with insurers not sure how long the Trump administration will continue to make billions of dollars in Obamacare payments that help cover out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income Americans.Insurers have until September to set rates for 2018 health plans in many marketplaces. Some insurers, including Anthem Inc, Humana and Aetna have pulled out of Obamacare markets, citing the uncertainty over the payments. Others have raised rates by double digits.Republicans hold 52 seats in the 100-seat Senate. McConnell, whose reputation as a master legislative tactician was on the line, could afford to lose support from only two Republican senators, with the tie-breaking vote to be cast by Vice President Mike Pence, who was on the Senate floor.After the House passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in May, McConnell grappled to get Republicans in the Senate to agree on their version of the bill. Conservatives wanted a bill that would substantially gut Obamacare, while moderates were concerned over legislation that could deprive millions of Americans of their healthcare coverage.Republicans released the skinny bill just three hours before voting began. It would have retroactively repealed the Obamacare penalty on individuals who do not purchase health insurance, repealed for eight years a penalty on certain employers who do not provide employees with insurance and repealed a medical device tax until 2020. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that if it became law, 15 million fewer Americans would be insured in 2018 than under existing law.Drama Over MccainAs the vote approached, all eyes in the Senate chamber were on McCain. The former Republican presidential nominee and Vietnam war hero flew back from Arizona after being diagnosed with brain cancer in order to vote, and sat talking to Collins, Murkowski, and Republican Senator Jeff Flake, also from Arizona.Collins and Murkowski both voted this week against more comprehensive Republican proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare and they were both known to have concerns about the pared-down proposal. Trump had criticized Murkowski, tweeting that she had let down the Republican Party and the country.McCain was then approached before voting began by Pence and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who had said on Thursday he would support the skinny repeal bill after reassurances from House Speaker Paul Ryan that it would not become law.After speaking to Pence and Graham, McCain walked across the Senate floor to tell Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats that he would vote with them. They laughed as McCain said that the reporters in the balcony could probably read his lips. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein embraced him.When McCain walked to the front of the Senate chamber to cast his deciding “no” vote, giving a thumbs down, Democrats cheered, knowing the bill would fail.After the bill’s defeat, Schumer told the Senate that it was time to heed McCain’s call this week to return to a more transparent and bipartisan legislative process.Schumer told reporters that he and McCain had been talking four or five times a day this week about the pared-down bill and that McCain had made up his mind on Thursday afternoon. “John McCain is a hero,” Schumer said.Democrats, and some Republicans, said the bill’s failure could present an opportunity for the two parties to work together to fix problematic areas of the Obamacare law without repealing it.“We now have an opportunity to regroup and pull things together through an open and full committee process, bipartisan participation,” Murkowski told reporters.McCain also urged a bipartisan approach, saying in a statement after the vote, “one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote”.Other Republicans said it was time to move on to other legislative priorities such as tax reform.“This was a heavy lift. We should have taken our time. We should have first turned to tax reform and that’s what we’ll do now,” Republican Senator Ron Johnson told reporters.last_img

Texas Economy Expected to Cool Down as Job Growth from Harvey Fades

first_img Listen 00:00 /00:46 Dallas FedTexas exports are at record highs but trade frictions weigh on sentiment and outlooks Texas ranks first in the country for job growth so far this year. But that’s not how the state may end 2018.Laila Assanie, senior business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said wage pressure caused by a historically tight labor market and slower export growth will likely cool down the state’s economy.“Additionally, Houston’s growth – which makes up 25 percent of the state’s employment – will likely cool in the second half as Hurricane Harvey-induced activity dissipates,” Assanie said.After Harvey, construction as well as retail and restaurants experienced strong job growth. That gave Houston’s economy a big boost.Despite the expected slower growth in the second half of this year, Assanie said jobs in Texas will still grow by more than average.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

DC Teachers Contract Pending

first_imgThe District of Columbia School System is set for the 2017-2018 school year with early openings and a new teacher contract.On Aug. 14, 13 schools on the elementary, middle, and high school levels started classes in the extended year program. This program starts the school year earlier than the traditional term and has more frequent breaks, but a shorter summer vacation.Antwan Williams, the chancellor of the D.C. public schools, joined D.C. Mayor and other leaders in education to announce a new contract for the city’s teachers. (Courtesy photo)D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson said the extended year program is a benefit for everyone involved. “We are able to build on the success that the students have and they will retain a lot of what they have learned,” Wilson said at a news conference at Bunker Hill Elementary School in Ward 5 on Aug. 14. “That’s why it is important to keep students in the classroom.”The extended program has schools in Wards 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8. The only high school is Roosevelt’s STAY program for students who want to get their high school diploma in a non-traditional fashion.Wilson, however, was at Bunker Hill for another reason. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Deputy Mayor of Education Jennifer Niles, D.C. Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) and Washington Teachers’ Union President Elizabeth Davis joined him to announce a tentative agreement on a new contract with the District’s public school teachers.“We have a deal,” Bowser said. “Since 2007, the District of Columbia has blazed a trail to better schools – investing more resources in our classrooms, adding exciting new programs for our students at all levels and pouring billions of dollars into our school buildings. Yet for too long, our teachers have not been shown the appreciation nor presented the compensation they deserve. But with this agreement, together we will give our teachers their proper due and send a clear signal that we are all in for kids.”The union’s members have been without a contract since 2012. Under the proposed contract, educators will get a 4 percent salary increase in fiscal year 2017, a 3 percent increase in 2018 and a 2 percent increase in 2019 as well as other benefits. In addition, the school system and the union will work collaboratively on school management issues. Davis said the contract is acceptable.“We make better decisions when teachers are part of the process and it is important that teachers feel valued every day as they work in service of young people,” she said.The District of Columbia public schools employs 4,015 teachers and serves nearly 50,000 students, according to data from the school system. School system data reveals that first-time teachers start at $53,000 a year and says that is the highest in the country for that category.Michele Merriwether, an early childhood education teacher at Bunker Hill, told the AFRO she is glad an agreement was reached. “Honestly, I haven’t read the whole thing [contract] but it seems there are no red flags there,” Merriwether said, referring to possible punitive actions on teachers without recourse. “This contract is long overdue.”The D.C. Council must approve the contract and it will not convene until the end of its summer recess in mid-September.last_img read more

No 2 Louisville hosts No 20 Miami on Sunday

first_img Listen She has 12 career 30-point games and 51 career 20-point games. She is averaging 21.1 points per game, which ranks second in the ACC and 12th in the country. She is connecting on 2.8 3-point field goals per game, which ranks fourth in the ACC. She is averaging 23.8 points vs. AP Top 25 teams. She is 89-105 (.848) from the free throw line, which ranks fifth in the ACC. Story Links She recorded her fourth double-double of the season and eighth of her career with 21 points and 13 rebounds at Va Tech. She had 10 points and 12 rebounds vs. UConn, 13 points and 14 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech and 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Nebraska. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 2 Louisville women’s basketball (23-1, 10-1) looks to extend its nine-game winning streak when it hosts No. 20 Miami (21-5, 9-2) on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET in the annual Play4Kay Pink Game. ABOUT THE HURRICANESMiami enters Sunday’s matchup with a 21-5 record and they are 9-2 in the ACC, just one game back of Louisville. Miami ranks third in the ACC with a .451 field goal percentage and ranks second with a .360 field goal percentage defense. Their +8.3 rebounding margin ranks second in the league. In ACC games, UofL ranks first in the league in scoring defense (53.1), field goal percentage defense (.329), and second in 3-pt field goal percentage defense (.236). In the 72-63 win over Virginia Tech last Sunday, Asia Durr (34) and Sam Fuehring (21) combined for 55 of UofL’s 72 points. It marked Durr’s season high in points and Fuehring’s career high. The duo combined to shoot 19-32 (.594), while the rest of the team shot 8-29 (.276) Fuehring is averaging 10.5 points, which ranks second on the team, while shooting 91-168 (.542) from the floor, which ranks 11th in the ACC. Her 6.9 rebounds also lead the team.center_img Junior forward Beatrice Mompremier was named ACC Player of the Week last week after averaging 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, while shooting 60 percent from the floor in a 2-0 week for the Hurricanes that included an upset of No. 4 Notre Dame. She had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the 72-65 win over the Fighting Irish, in addition to aiding a Miami defense that limited Notre Dame to its lowest point total and field goal percentage of the season. In addition to amassing her 18th and 19th double-doubles of the season, Mompremier closed out the week by tallying her fifth 20-point game. She ranks seventh in the league with 16.6 points, second with 11.8 rebounds, and ninth with a .550 field goal percentage. She ranks first with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game and second with 8.0 defensive rebounds. She has scored in double figures in 13 of 24 games. In ACC play, she is averaging 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Senior center Emese Hof almost averages a double-double with 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds, while sophomore guard Mykea Gray is the team’s third double-digit scorer with 12.4 points per game, while shooting 46-137 (.336) from deep. Junior guard Laura Cornelius averages 9.9 points, while shooting 39-105 (.371) from deep and dishing out a team-high 4.2 assists. Sophomore guard Kelsey Marshall averages 8.6 points and leads the team in 3-pointers made with 54 (54-140, .386).Series History – UofL is 4-1 all-time against Miami and has won the last four contests. The Cardinals are 2-1 at home and 2-0 at the KFC Yum! Center. Last season, Louisville won 84-74 at Miami. In the two matchups at the KFC Yum! Center, UofL won 63-59 on Jan. 15, 2017 and 68-55 on Jan. 25, 2015.Date: Sunday, Feb. 17Time: 3 p.m. ETSite: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ESPN2, Pam Ward, play-by-play; Carolyn Peck, analystLast Meeting: W, 84-74 (Feb. 25, 2018 at Miami)Series History: 4-1 (2-1 Home, 2-0 Away, 0-0 Neutral)UofL National Ranking: 2nd Associated Press, 2nd USA TodayPromotion(s): Play4Kay Pink GameFor the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Version Watch Durr continues to rack up accolades and recently was named to the Wooden Late Season Top 20, Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top 10 and a Senior CLASS Award Finalist. She ranks second in program history with 2,228 points and 342 made 3-pointers. Tickets Live Stats After holding opponents to less than 50 points in six of nine games, UofL’s scoring defense has improved from 64.3 to 59.1 points per game and moved from 182 to 64 nationally. During that nine-game stretch, opponents are averaging 50.4 points per game, while shooting .325 from the floor and .263 from 3-point range.last_img read more

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first_imgVideo Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more Image courtesy of Vital Images Inc.November 18, 2014 — Dartmouth researchers say lung cancer screening in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) meets a commonly accepted standard for cost effectiveness. The relatively new screening test uses annual low-dose CT scans to spot lung tumors early in individuals facing the highest risks of lung cancer due to age and smoking history.”The takeaway from this study is that there is potential for lung cancer screening to be done in a cost-effective manner, particularly for adults 65-75 years of age,” says William C. Black, M.D., chair of the Lung Cancer Screening Group at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and professor at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Black is a leading national researcher of lung cancer screening.The Dartmouth study found that screening costs $81,000 for each quality-adjusted year of life it produces. The statistic, known as Cost per Quality-Adjusted-Life-Years (QALYs), considers the overall costs of a medical intervention to a selected population to produce one year of perfect health. A proposed benchmark for cost-effectiveness is $100,000-$150,000 QALY.In this study Dartmouth researchers evaluated more than 53,000 participants in the seven-year NLST, with results proving that low-dose CT screening for lung cancer can save lives. For each 1,000 people screened there were about three fewer deaths from lung cancer.When the researchers looked at specific subgroups of study participants, they found lung cancer screening was most cost-effective for current smokers, women and for people in their sixties.Lung cancer screening is not yet standard medical practice. For the last two years, multiple professional associations have issued statements that recommend physicians offer annual lung cancer screening to individuals 55-80 years old who have more than a 30-pack years history of smoking.This type of screening is not without risks. In the NLST, roughly one-third of those screened had a “false alarm” requiring further testing, usually a repeat of the CT scan, to rule out lung cancer. Some additional tests are invasive and come with a small risk of serious complications. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force stated in December 2013 that commercial insurers will be required to cover the test as a preventive service with no co-pays or deductibles. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), however, has yet to issue its final decision on reimbursement. A preliminary panel recommended against coverage by CMS this past spring.  Since the NLST was conducted, the American College of Radiology narrowed its definitions of a “positive” lung cancer-screening test. This stricter guideline should decrease the number of false alarms resulting from the test.For more information: www.cancer.dartmouth.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 center_img Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Industry Reps Call for Preservation of Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

first_img As Washington engages in a standoff over budgetary proposals to avert the fiscal cliff, several industry professionals and associations are calling upon lawmakers to avoid slaughtering what was once thought to be a sacred cow: the mortgage interest tax deduction (MID).[IMAGE]Introduced in 1913, the MID allows homeowners to deduct mortgage interest attributable to primary residence and second-home debt totaling $1 million and interest paid on home equity debt up to $100,000. While many housing professionals view the deduction as a break for homeowners and an incentive for others to purchase their own homes, critics call the MID a “”subsidization of the real estate industry.””Now that the MID is on the bargaining table, a number of people are speaking up in defense of it.In an open letter issued to media outlets around the state, “”California Association of Realtors””:http://www.car.org/ (C.A.R.) president Don Faught argues the deduction “”makes a substantial difference for lower- and middle-income families”” and estimates removing the deduction would cost the average California taxpayer $3,940 annually. In addition, Faught says nearly 700,000 households in the state would no longer be able to afford to buy a median-priced home.The association also argues against reducing the limit to $500,000 for a primary residence and eliminating it entirely for second homes, saying “”any attempts to reduce the mortgage interest deduction would not only have deleterious effects on homeownership, but also be tantamount to taking the first step toward wholesale elimination of this long-standing deduction.””[COLUMN_BREAK]In its argument, C.A.R. cites a recent survey finding that mortgage interest and property tax deductions are “”extremely important”” factors for 79 percent of homebuyers when they’re making their decision to purchase a home.””The mortgage interest deduction plays an important role in buyers’ monthly budgeting. Without this tax advantage, housing affordability would be negatively impacted and potentially price out many would-be buyers,”” Faught said.Rick Sharga, EVP of “”Carrington Mortgage Holdings, LLC””:http://www.carringtonhc.com/default.aspx, echoed that sentiment in a statement released by the company.””From my perspective, eliminating or dramatically reducing the mortgage interest tax deduction is the exact opposite of what would be best for the economy right now,”” Sharga said. “”Though some view this tax credit solely as a benefit for so-called wealthy homeowners, it has become a fundamental economic benefit to home ownership for tens of millions of Americans, and is a crucial component to maintaining stability within the housing market.””While a complete elimination of the MID (a scenario Sharga views as unlikely) “”could be devastating”” to the real estate market, any kind of change to the tax credit could wreak havoc on housing–and on the larger economy in turn, he says.””If these changes are significant, I suspect we’ll experience some softening in the market as well as the economy as a whole,”” he said. “”After all, a weakened housing market will contribute to adverse conditions in related markets such as construction, building materials, home appliances and the like.””So even if we don’t go over the fiscal cliff, burdening the upper middle class and high income households in this way can only hurt the real estate market. Considering that it’s been the housing market that’s pulled the U.S. out of virtually every recession since World War II, it seems like we should be shifting our focus to stimulating it in any way we can rather than doing anything that might knock it down,”” Sharga concludes. Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Politics Processing Service Providers 2012-12-21 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Industry Reps Call for Preservation of Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction December 21, 2012 433 Views last_img read more

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first_img TORONTO — From their humble beginnings as shambling, brain-eating monsters in shlocky horror films, zombies have shown a surprising amount of cultural staying power.Movies, television shows, and video games found a lot of creative latitude over the decades in what might seem a limited concept, discovering new ways to feature zombies or variations of the mindless minions. John Garvin, creative director of game developer Bend Studios, believes his company’s new post-apocalyptic open-world title “Days Gone” will show there is still more to be mined from the venerable genre.Set in the woods of Oregon after much of humanity is either killed off or infected by a massive epidemic, the world of “Days Gone” is not overrun by undead, but by living feral creatures known as “freakers.” While comparisons to previous genre hits like “The Last of Us” will be difficult to avoid, Garvin says playing through “Days Gone” will show the freakers can stand in a class of their own.“I totally understand why we’re under the larger umbrella of zombie games, but what we’re really trying to do is create something brand new,” Garvin said in a recent interview. “I mean yes you start with this trope of ‘Hey it’s a virus that transforms people and decimates the world,’ but there’s still new things to be done with that idea, and hopefully we’re doing it.“They (freakers) really are not zombies, they’re a new thing. Maybe in future games we’ll say ‘Freakers have been played out. Why did you do a game with freakers?’”At first blush, the freakers seem to behave like a modern incarnation of the prototypical zombie. They appear to have a singular desire to hunt for food, and will swarm victims in large numbers to overpower them.But as they are infected living humans, rather than undead reincarnations, freakers are also subject to human frailties. Rain can dampen their sense of hearing. The sun’s glare off snow can impair their sight.They are seen roaming in greater numbers at night and tend to hibernate during the day. Players can use that knowledge strategically, choosing to explore the Oregon wilds in daylight to lessen the chances of an enemy encounter, or to attack a freaker nest at night, when more of the creatures will be out wandering around.And the virus in “Days Gone” is not limited to humans. Along the way players will encounter infected wolves, capable of outrunning the protagonist’s motorbike and knocking him to the ground with a leaping attack, to freaker bears imbued with increased strength and aggressiveness.As a narrative-driven game, however, “Days Gone” can’t rely solely on its new breed of monster. Considerable creative effort went into the creation of protagonist Deacon St. John, a former member of a motorcycle gang who became a drifter and bounty hunter after losing his wife during the early days of the epidemic. Veteran actor Sam Witwer delivers a slightly unhinged performance as the voice of St. John, who can often heard muttering to himself in frustrated snippets as he struggles to survive in the dangerous woods.“We really wanted to give the sense that he only has his own ear most of the time,” Garvin said. “He spends a lot of time isolated. And I think if you were a drifter or mercenary or bounty hunter in this world, you would be alone a lot of the time.”Along the way St. John encounters camps of human survivors, led by characters with their own agendas and takes on the world they now live in. One of the leaders St. John meets early on, the conspiracy theorist-spouting Mark Copeland, seems almost gleefully at ease in the new dystopia.“He is kind of at home here because he predicted it,” Garvin said. “He’s the kind of guy who would totally relish the chance to have been proven right and then to use his own perspective to rebuild.“Basically what we wanted to do is have every encampment embody a different philosophy.”“Days Gone” comes out Friday exclusively on the PlayStation 4. Screengrab from the video game “Days Gone,” is shown in a handout. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Sony Interactive Entertainment MANDATORY CREDIT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Curtis Withers, The Canadian Presscenter_img ‘Days Gone’ video game director on rebranding zombies into ‘freakers’ by Curtis Withers, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2019 8:18 am PDTlast_img read more

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