UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits Sierra Leone Guinea and Liberia

During his visit in Sierra Leone, Mr. Lubbers is scheduled to meet with President Tejan Kabbah and visit a camp for ex-combatants near the capital, Freetown, before leaving for Conakry, Guinea. In Guinea, Mr. Lubbers is expected to visit Lainé camp, which was established for some 150,000 Liberian refugees in Guinea, as well as one camp for Sierra Leoneans in Boreah. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said with 255,000 Sierra Leoneans having gone home from countries in the region since 2000, it will start to phase out its assistance and repatriation programmes in June. Mr. Lubbers is scheduled to arrive in Liberia on Monday. “We need to start now in preparing the ground for the return of some 300,000 Liberian refugees from neighbouring countries,” UNHCR said, adding that refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been returning on their own to home areas that have been devastated by conflict. Forty-six UNHCR staff members were deployed across Liberia on Monday to reopen offices around the country. The agency noted that it had received only about $14 million of the $39.2 million appeal it had launched to aid the Liberian repatriation and reintegration programme. read more

Beam signing Thursday for Goodman School of Business building

Brock University is giving the community a chance to leave its mark on the Goodman School of Business construction project.A beam signing will be held in front of Schmon Tower Thursday, Feb. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. where students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Goodman School of Business can autograph what will be the final steel beam installed in the school’s $22 million expansion project.Permanent marker in hand, community members will be able to leave their mark on the beam and include their names with those that will be embedded on the business school’s structural support for years to come.There will be a separate opportunity after the Feb. 20-24 Reading Week to watch the signed beam being raised and installed in a topping out ceremony which will mark the completion of the construction project’s steel framework.This $22-million Goodman School of Business expansion project will feature:79,000 square feet of new and renovated spaceSix new and nine refreshed classrooms with state-of-the-art technologyLarge two-storey engagement AtriumFive employer interview roomsBloomberg financial research labGraduate student study space, faculty research space and additional officesFor regular updates and photos from the project, visit the Goodman Expansion website. read more

Bad news Scorpios youre the worst for making car insurance claims

first_imgIF YOU BELIEVE in star signs, people born under the sign of Scorpio are secretive, stubborn and insensitive.And now, as if they don’t have enough to contend with, it turns out that they also make more motor insurance claims than any other sign of the zodiac. Can’t those guys get a break?AA Ireland did a review of car insurance claims and found that Arians (people born between 21 March and 20 April) make the least claims on their car insurance, closely followed by Leos, who are born between 23 July and 22 August.Geminis made the second-most claims after Scorpios, closely followed by Capricorns, Librans, Taurans and Virgos who all tied for 3rd place.Aquarian and committed rationalist Conor Faughnan says Scorpios shouldn’t panic just yet.“To be honest we are very rational and skeptical in here,” he said. “As major motor insurers you would hope that it is true”.The differences in risk rate based on your birthday are very very small but for all that it can be a bit of fun to compare them.So don’t worry. Faughnan assures us that insurance companies won’t be carefully checking your birthday and assessing your personality traits.“We don’t take it all that seriously, and certainly we don’t use astrology to rate motor insurance risk,” he said. “But it was a fun exercise and caused a lot of debate here in the office.”How the star signs ranked in order of claims1. Scorpio2. Gemini3. = Capricorn3. = Libra3. = Taurus3. = Virgo4. Pisces5. = Cancer5. = Sagittarius6. Aquarius7. Leo8. AriesRead: Is this the world’s worst attempt at parallel parking? >Update: Hyundai apologises for ‘pipe job’ ad after major criticism >last_img read more

VIDEO: WWE pays tribute to Chyna (Joanie Laurer) on Monday night with a special…

first_img Now Playing Up Next Jaime Miguel Facebook Now Playing Up Next April 26, 2016 at 11:46 am April 26, 2016 at 7:13 am April 26, 2016 at 10:41 am Blac Chyna Peddling Skin Whitening Product April 26, 2016 at 9:11 am Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Twitter Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipPeople Want Chyna Inducted Into The WWE Hall of FameVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next April 27, 2016 at 1:22 pm Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha 9 COMMENTS Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte unknown April 26, 2016 at 11:22 pm And soon TNA will be changing Gail Kim’s name to Taywan to cash in on the media as well. Glen Värîs I can see itcenter_img Mat Thompson CMJunk The sad thing WWE do this great package now she has passed. She was great especially with Eddie which was my favorite run with her. A bit of kindness before the fact may have made a big difference she did shit talk HHH but that always looked more like a call for help/attention to a bigger problem. JFJ WWE = Hypocrites April 26, 2016 at 11:26 am Glen Värîs Have you ever seen other tribute video’s WWE has done for wrestlers who have died? I appreciate the acknowledgment…But that tribute didn’t look to have much effort put in to it. It was like a powerpoint presentation in comparison… Lie Maid Pinterest She was such a force and draw in WW(F)E that WCW tried to create their own Chyna like character named Asya. Asya had nowhere near the impact or significance that Chyna did. People Want Chyna Inducted Into The WWE Hall of Fame Shayne Ritter April 26, 2016 at 11:23 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Google+ WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Sorry but I can only echo CMJunk’s comments, while this was undoubtedly well-meaning it comes across as damage limitation and tokenism after a decade and a half of ostracising Chyna and distancing themselves from her. Ask yourselves what their attitude would be towards her if she wasn’t dead, and you’ll see how hollow this truly is. And again, Chyna WAS a total mess and liability, and we all deemed her as such during her life, so I don’t see how a single fan could possibly get on their high horse when many of them are being just as hypocritical as WWE is by acting like they were on her side. Didn’t hear a ten bell salute either… April 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm Very classy from WWE WWE has posted a video paying tribute to the late Joanie “Chyna” Laurer looking back at her career with the company. This video package aired on Monday night during RAW along with a tribute graphic that opened the show. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Johnstone An Ibrox exit is probably the best for former Rangers

first_imgFormer Rangers footballer Derek Johnstone says it is time for the club’s former captain Lee Wallace to move on from the club after struggling for playing time under a new manager, Steven Gerrard.Derek Johnstone in an article posted on Evening Times described Wallace as a passionate lover of Rangers but has to move on at this point in his career.The article read: “Lee Wallace has become a Rangers man, he is very passionate about the club and he loves the club. But it is probably time for him to move on from Ibrox.Some people can have short memories in football and you forget what Lee did for Rangers during their troubles. He should always be thanked for that.“Now, though, he has to think about himself and he should be looking to leave Rangers for the good of his career so that he can go away and play football.“Lee isn’t up chapping the manager’s door every day asking why he isn’t playing and he will fully understand the situation right now.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“I have no doubt that he would want to stay at the club but if someone comes in for him this month he should think about taking the opportunity to get back on the park. He has to seriously think about it.“He will want to play week in week out but that isn’t going to happen for him at Rangers. So a move is the best thing for him.“I know there has been talk about a return to Hearts in the past and, without having spoken to Lee about it, I am sure that would interest him.“He has been linked with a move down south as well and he won’t be short of offers if he decides that now is the time for him to leave.“He has been on the sidelines for a while now for a number of reasons and he hasn’t played enough football for a player of his quality over the last year or so.“If Steven Gerrard can’t guarantee him regular football, which he certainly can’t, then it is probably for the best that Lee moves on. If he does, he will do so with the thanks of the Rangers support.”last_img read more

ASA Industry Continues to Promote Safe Use of Seed Treatments

first_imgASA reminds growers that it is the responsibility of each farmer who uses biotech seeds to ensure the good stewardship of his or her seed supply. That’s why ASA teamed up with the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and CropLife America (CLA) to provide farmers with the Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship, an industry-wide initiative to promote the safe handling and management of treated seed online at www.seed-treatment-guide.com.Endorsed by ASA, National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cotton Council and the Agricultural Retailers Association, the guide provides farmers and seed companies with critical information and up-to-date guidelines for managing treated seed effectively to further minimize the risk of exposure to non-target organisms.The Guide contains recommendations for such processes as the planting of treated seed; the safe use of seed treatment product; the safe handling and transport of seed; the selection of treatment product; treated seed labeling; and the storage of treated seed.The Seed Treatment Stewardship Guide is available online and in PDF format at www.seed-treatment-guide.com.last_img read more

Russian River flooding is affecting Kodiak residents

first_imgRussian River flooded last week in Kodiak leaving some residents scrambling to address the damage.Listen nowLarry Evans woke up in the middle of the night and thought he should throw another log into his wood stove. But when he walked down stairs he found a surprise.“Flipped on the light and got to the landing and everything was floating,” Evans said. “I just got tears in my eyes. I didn’t know what, I just…memories, everything just everything…floating.”The entire first floor of his house was underwater. He acted fast. Evans and one his sons got a pump going and did whatever they could to salvage their belongings. The water did finally recede, but even days later, Evans can still see signs of flooding in his yard.“You can see all the grass is laid flat like a river ran through here, because it did,” Evans said.The Russian River runs behind his house, but Evans said it’s never flooded like this before. He’s also surprised by the amount of rain it took to raise it. The National Weather Service estimates Kodiak got over two inches of rain during the week of the flooding.Upstream is where the water breached the riverbank and created a channel that shot towards Evans and his family. Andrew Finke lives near where this happened. He said the river’s path has changed over the last year, which is making it flood more often.“That didn’t use to affect anybody’s property, but with how the channel has changed its flooding in in a different way,” Finke said.This makes Finke nervous.“It could start flooding people’s septic tanks which could then cause people’s wells to be contaminated,” Fink said. “We’re standing on Leda St. It’s been eroding away. I’d guessing we’ve lost another four feet of it.”Finke and other concerned residents showed up at a recent Kodiak Island Borough Assembly work session and asked for help. Borough manager Michael Powers said they’re monitoring the situation, but its options are limited.Back at Larry Evans’ house, fans are running nonstop. He’s walking through pointing out what he’s done so far. The water was a foot deep, so there’s a lot of work to do.“This is how I started,” Evans said. “It was soaked all the way up here. I’m trying to get it as dry as possible.”Evans doesn’t want mold to grow, so he’s ripping out all the affected carpet, drywall and insulation. Evans thinks the damages will be in the thousands, but he feels like the community is rallying around him.“All I could think of that night was what am I gonna do and uh, well today I got some kind of hope anyway,” Evans said.Evans said “some” good Samaritan dumped a load of gravel in front of where the river flooded, so hopefully that will protect his house for now.last_img read more

CM YS Jagan takes sensational decision on farmers

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has once again taken the sensational decision to provide Rs 7 lakh compensation to the farmer families who have committed suicide, and apart from this, he said that his government is going to bring a special law that no one else could take their compensation. CM YS Jagan has conducted a video conference with district Collector’s and SP at Secretariat on Wednesday. Minister’s Kodali Nani, Perni Nani, CS LV Subramanyam, and other officials have attended the meeting. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us The CM has issued orders to the officials over the compensation to the farmers who have committed suicide from 2014-2019. On the occasion, CM YS Jagan said that according to the District Crime Records Bureau (DCRB), a total of 1,513 farmers had committed suicide, but the records show only 391 people were compensated. By this, we can understand that the previous government refused to pay compensation to these farmer families. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us CM clarified to do the data verification in the districts, if there are any eligible farmer families then immediately provide the benefit to them. YS Jagan suggested that this program should be done along with the MLA’s. Anywhere if any unexpected thing happens in the farmer’s family, then the district Collector should respond immediately. He said the Collector, along with local MLA, should visit the family. Advertise With Us He also said when there is a situation of farmers or tenant farmers committing suicide, the Collector should go to those families, and should not wait for the orders from the CMO. YS Jagan said that our’s is the people’s government, a humanitarian government and this is how our ruling will be. He said to show sympathy and humanity towards families of the dead one.last_img read more

Bangladesh Nepal to be connected by tunnel

first_img.Bangladesh and Nepal will be connected via a tunnel way to promote transnational road connectivity, a Nepalese minister reportedly said.Such tunnel must be made through about 30 kilometres of Indian territory that separates Nepal from Bangladesh border.Nepal’s industry, commerce and supply minister Matrika Prasad Yadav said a tunnel way would be constructed along the Nepal-Bangladesh shortest route, according to Kathmandu Post.The newspaper reported that the minister revealed the information while inaugurating the third conference of small and medium-sized enterprises from China and South Asian Countries in Kathmandu on Sunday.An agreement on the issue of connecting Nepal with water-route was reached during the Nepali prime minister’s recent India visit, the report said quoting the minister.”South Asia has become the common market of all countries, but it has yet to find market in other countries. We must to promote market for our products to reduce a ballooning trade deficit,” he was quoted by Kathmandu Post as saying.last_img read more

A New Addition Makes It The Bad Place on Earth on The

first_img The Good Place Returns to Earth and It’s Everything We All NeededSDCC: Everything is Fine For Season 3 of The Good Place Stay on target The group is back together on The Good Place, and it feels just like old times. Only just slightly off, which is the whole point. One of the things that makes this show so amazing is its ability to constantly reinvent itself. We’re now in an entirely different setting from the one in which we spent the past two seasons. It’s a huge change, and one that could alter the entire tone of the show. This episode is a reminder that that’s not going to happen. Just like in Season Two after Eleanor figured out she was in The Bad Place, we’re still watching the same people work toward the same goal. It’s just a slightly different permutation now.Trevor has joined the group and he’s putting the group through He— The Bad Place all over again. As fun as it is watching Adam Scott play the snotty abrasive demon, it’s even better watching that same character try to be obnoxiously wholesome. He dives into Chidi’s class with the enthusiasm that would make even the most dedicated student consider dropping. And that’s the goal. He starts at small, with Lemon Bars and just an obnoxious eagerness to be everyone’s friend. Then it gets real annoying. He constantly texts Eleanor dated memes, which sounds like Hell… but I’m kinda with Jason on this one. It’s nice to hear “Damn Daniel” spoken aloud again in 2018. Reminds me of simpler times.Pictured: (l-r) Jameela Jamil as Tahani, William Jackson Harper as Chidi, Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop — (Photo: Justin Lubin/NBC)Though, as far as they know, these characters are meeting for the first time, they really haven’t lost a step with each other. Eleanor is still vaguely annoyed by Tahani, which she deals with by deliberately making her uncomfortable. In this case, likening Tahani’s thin gold bra to her own with rust-colored armpits. She still has a genuine affection for Chidi, though whether it’s romantic or just friends in this go-around remains to be seen. This might be the only new take on the will-they-or-won’t-they trope on TV. We’ve seen them be great together romantically and as just friends. It’s a rare situation where either outcome could be equally satisfying. Especially with Eleanor playing matchmaker during the premiere. Meanwhile, Tahani and Jason start to hit it off themselves, and Jason continues to be a perfect human being. This time, he takes a human spider into an MRI machine hoping the non-existent radiation will turn him into Spider-Man. We should all strive to be so pure.So the group easily falls into their old productive dynamic. The only odd piece is Trevor, who’s torturing them all as if they were still in The Bad Place. He’s aggressively friendly, putting them in uncomfortable situations in a way that doesn’t look deliberate. He’s essentially using the same tactics Michael did to torture them in Season One. Only instead of bringing them together to make them torture each other, he’s trying to pull them apart. He almost succeeds too. He drags them all to an America-themed bar (remember, they’re in Australia), which is packed with satirical background gags. If this is truly how foreigners see the United States, and I’m pretty sure it’s close, we should be at once very proud and very ashamed. Trevor gets Jason and Tahani drunk, hoping they’ll hook up, which would force Tahani to leave the group in shame. He gets Chidi to leave the bar by making him question whether he should be friends with his students at all. And Eleanor almost quits when Trevor invites her to participate in Logan Paul bar trivia. (“Logang for life!” God, Adam Scott is so good at playing the worst person.)Pictured: (l-r) Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza, Jameela Jamil as Tahani — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)Ultimately though, The Good Place is optimistic. This is a strong group and it’s going to take more than one annoying day to break them up. Jason, it turns out, was a gentleman and made sure Tahani got home safe before passing out in a dumpster. Eleanor is the only one who seriously considers leaving, and doesn’t show up to class the next day. But Chidi is oddly decisive here. He knows he needs Eleanor as much as she needs him. She helps him break out of his pattern of indecisiveness. He lays all that out to her just as she’s preparing to leave, and keeps the group together. Humans 1, Trevor 0.It’s easy to see how, if this were any other sitcom, this episode would become the formula for this season. But The Good Place has always resisted formula. Thankfully in this case. Though this episode was packed with hilarious jokes and sight gags, it wasn’t one of the show’s best. It took just a little too long for the story to get going. Like we were really just stalling until the final scene of the show. That’s where things really get interesting. Just when it looks like Trevor is going to keep trying to break up the group, the Judge notices that Michael and Janet are missing. Back in the afterlife, she throws Trevor off into the void and declares the experiment over. The four humans will have to rack up points toward getting into the Good Place just like normal, and Michael and Janet will be sent to the Bad Place to be retired and marblized respectively. It turns out Michael’s constant mucking about in time had ripple effects. Like Britain leaving the European Union and the Jacksonville Jaguars being good. You know? That explains a lot.THE GOOD PLACE — “The Brainy Bunch” Episode 303 — Pictured: (l-r) D’Arcy Carden as Janet, Ted Danson as Michael — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)The episode ends with a bit of deus ex… well, Janet ex machina, which would only ever work on this show. It’s set up so well too with Janet trying to summon things on Earth and then failing. As soon as those powers are back, everything starts appearing all at once, creating a barrier between her and Michael and the Judge. That gives them just enough time to escape through the door back to Earth. With the help of my new favorite character this season, the frog-loving doorman. Good thing Michael got him that coffee mug last week. And once again, when it would have been so easy to set up a sitcom formula, The Good Place instead makes up a new one. Now, Michael and Janet are trapped on Earth with the four humans. They’re probably going to have to tell them what’s going on. With this episode, The Good Place felt like it was retreading old ground, but in a different setting. The writing is good enough though, that even a retread is still one of the funniest shows on TV. And now that they’ve changed things up once again, I can’t wait to see where the show goes from here.last_img read more

On the list

first_imgKolkata born, 58-year-old Ghosh had narrowly missed out on the Booker Prize back in 2008 when he was shortlisted for his work Sea of Poppies. The international version of the popular literary prize, to be held in London on May 19, is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language.The winner is chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel and there are no submissions from publishers. “For the first time authors included in the list are from 10 countries with six new nationalities,” said Taylor. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They are from Libya, Mozambique, Guadeloupe, Hungary, South Africa and Congo and the proportion of writers translated into English is greater than ever before at 80 per cent. “The judges have had an exhilarating experience reading for this prize we have ranged across the world and entered the vision of writers who offer an extraordinary variety of experiences,” said Prof Marina Warner, chair of the judging panel.The awards comes with a 60,000 pounds cheque and can be won only once in an author’s lifetime. In addition, there is a separate award for translation and, if applicable and in accordance with the rules of the separate prize for translation, the winner may choose a translator of his or her work into English to receive a prize of 15,000 pounds.last_img read more

How Changing an App Platform Allowed This MealReplacement Startup to Grow

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. This story appears in the March 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Listen Now 2 min read Rosa labs launched in 2013 with a one-person engineering department and off-the-shelf e-commerce apps: one for subscription orders and one for single orders. But then the company’s product — Soylent, the soy-based meal-replacement drink that’s huge with techies — became a hit, and Rosa Labs’ convoluted app setup began hindering growth. So cofounder and CTO John Coogan decided to start from scratch. He hired a three-person development team and gave them their first task: Decide which development platform to use to build the company’s new, completely customized ordering system.The FixCoogan’s team researched many systems, looking for one that matched their needs — and their resources. Rosa’s IT team would remain small, but the company expected to grow and would want to update its software regularly. That led them to the cloud-based Heroku platform, which is known as a “platform-as-a-service.” It allows clients to develop their own integrated e-commerce app, back-end database and other systems — but without paying for servers, or locking them into something that could become outdated. “It’s extremely good at removing the grunt work of getting servers set up and having code executed on a reliable basis,” Coogan says.The ResultsRosa Labs now has a fully custom — built system that can handle customers’ orders, offer new upsells and push surveys to collect customer feedback. Since it was installed last spring, the company’s site runs markedly faster and its subscription conversion rate spiked 84 percent. That led to a 24 percent increase in meals shipped. And because Heroku’s system can always handle updates, Rosa Labs’ developers roll out new code an average of 2.97 times per day — instead of once every couple months, like before.The Second OpinionBefore you go the same route, consider your IT needs: Does investing in customized tech make sense, given where your company is in its growth cycle? And if it does, do you have the resources, talent and attention capital to do it right? “A custom approach tends to drain money and time,” says Chris Locher, VP of software development at the Minneapolis-based web-development firm Nerdery. But the resulting gains can quickly offset that drain.  How Success Happens March 1, 2016last_img read more

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first_img An example of Vital Images’ CT perfusion software, showing an infarct (black) and ischemic defects (dark purple). Data also can be shown on a bulls eye plot. News | April 07, 2015 Health Canada Greenlights IMRIS Ceiling-Mounted Intraoperative CT Solution IMRIS Inc. announced that Visius iCT, its ceiling-mounted intraoperative computed tomography scanner, has received… read more News | January 15, 2015 Society of Interventional Radiology Launches New Brand Reinforcing Commitment to Develop New Treatments The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) unveiled a new brand for the society and its research organization, the… read more read more Technology | March 25, 2015 FDA Clears Toshiba’s CT/Angiography Dual Modality Interventional Lab Imaging System The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Toshiba America Medical Systems new Infinix 4D CT system to… read more Feature | August 13, 2012 Support Services Critical as Providers Migrate to Hybrid OR, Says Recent KLAS Study August 13, 2012 — Providers are increasingly focused on using interventional labs in a hybrid operating room (OR) environment, but better support and training are needed to ensure success in this evolution of technology, suggests some of the findings in a recent KLAS study, “Interventional X-ray 2012: A Continuing Evolution.”The research indicates that providers are specifically looking for vendors’ training quality and readiness for hybrid OR suites when selecting interventional X-ray systems. Healthcare providers across the United States expressed their opinions regarding four specific vendors in the market. For the third year in a row, Toshiba earned the top score for overall satisfaction, followed by Phillips, GE and Siemens. Providers highlighted Toshiba’s field support, proactive service and account management. However, Toshiba has only two of their participating customers currently using the Infinix-i as a hybrid OR.Conversely, with 13 customers using their equipment in a hybrid OR, Siemens has the greatest market penetration in this area. Although providers rated Siemens fourth place overall, Kirk Ising, report author and strategic operations director at KLAS, says that may come with the territory. The reason is that hybrid OR requires a much more complex process to set up, and training is difficult to coordinate and execute effectively.”Currently, providers who are using a hybrid OR are early adopters,” Ising said. “And although Siemens has been first to the table with the technology piece, they will need to improve their contracting, training and implementation processes to better meet providers’ expectations.”While Phillips scored higher than Siemens overall, they only have two customers using the FD20 in a hybrid OR. When it comes to implementations, Philips customers report that communication is excellent. However, communication seems to fall off post-implementation, which appears to disappoint hands-on managers.Provider satisfaction with GE’s Innova 3100 has steadily improved in the past five years, giving GE third place in this study. Better service and support have helped GE make their customers more satisfied. The Innova 3100 is not being used in any hybrid OR settings because it is a floor-mounted unit. In order to tap the hybrid OR market, GE released the Discovery IGS 730, which is meant for hybrid OR use, but there are not enough live sites to measure it for the 2012 study.For more information: www.KLASresearch.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | May 07, 2015 Real Time Monitoring of Staff Dose in the Cath Lab Physicians and staff working in cath labs are constantly exposed to direct X-ray beams and scatter radiation…. read more Real time radiation dose monitoring in the cath lab enables staff to see their level of exposure any time and can alert them when their levels are spiking. Staff wearing RaySafe i2 real-time dose monitoring badges.center_img News | April 01, 2015 Variations in Use of Physician Preference Items Affect Patient Outcomes and Costs UHC has released the findings of a new study that evaluated the use of medical devices based on cost and quality… read more Feature | June 12, 2015 Ultrasound to Breakup STEMI Causing Clots in Heart Attack Patients Breakthrough Research Demonstrates Contrast Ultrasound Can be Used as Heart Attack Treatment  Related Content Technology | March 02, 2015 CompView Medical Introduces First Mobile Visualization Boom System CompView Medical (CVM) introduced an all-in-one equipment manager, visualization and ergonomic boom system — the NuCart… read more News | February 13, 2015 Shimadzu Announces First U.S. Trinias Digital Angiography System Installation Shimadzu Medical Systems announced the first United States installation of its Trinias C-12 crossover system at First… read more News | June 18, 2015 IMRIS Delisting From Nasdaq IMRIS Inc. received a letter May 26 from the NASDAQ Stock Market stating that it would be delisted and trading… read more Feature | June 11, 2015 | Dave Fornell CT Perfusion Imaging Ready for Mainstream Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is known to have excellent anatomical imaging, but has lacked the… read more last_img read more

FDA Clears Siemens Healthineers GOKnee3D MRI Application

first_imgTechnology | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 19, 2018 FDA Clears Siemens Healthineers’ GOKnee3D MRI Application Application reduces scan time for MR imaging of the knee and enables clinically validated, push-button isotropic 3-D knee exam with all relevant contrasts and evaluation in all imaging planes Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n 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 Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. 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 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more 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 Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more February 19, 2018 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared GOKnee3D, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) application from Siemens Healthineers that significantly reduces the time required to perform comprehensive diagnostic exams of the knee.GOKnee3D enables a push-button diagnostic 3-D knee exam in just 10 minutes – a substantial reduction from the standard MR knee examination.[1] Acquisition of high-resolution isotropic 3-D images enables flexible evaluation of these images in all planes, including double oblique and curved planar.The volume acquisition of GOKnee3D enables higher scan speeds and optimal image reconstruction with better signal quality than in previous technologies. Supported by dedicated, high-channel Tim 4G knee coils as well as automated field of view adaptation based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, the MRI scanner acquires volume data of the knee joint with the push of a button.GOKnee3D is available for the Magnetom Aera 1.5T and the Magnetom Skyra 3T MRI scanners, with eventual rollout planned for additional scanners in the company’s MRI portfolio.For more information: www.usa.healthcare.siemens.comRelated GOKnee3D ContentSiemens Healthineers Introduces GOKnee3D MR ApplicationVIDEO: Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative New Imaging Technology at RSNA 2017Notes1. Examination time for 3T systems is 10 minutes; for a 1.5T system, up to 11 minutes. All given examination times are examination only; adjustments have been excluded. Applies to measurements only with 15channel knee coil. Related Contentlast_img read more

Costa Rica officials ban shellfish consumption blame red tide

first_imgAuthorities of the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) and Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) mandated all residents to avoid eating shellfish caught in Costa Rican waters, including oysters and mussels, after confirming the presence of red tide (harmful algal blooms) in the Pacific waters of the Gulf of Nicoya.This phenomenon may cause poisoning in humans and in some cases even death from cardiorespiratory arrest.Experts from both agencies collected water samples in several sectors that were analyzed by the Laboratory of Marine Phytoplankton at National University and confirmed high presence of algae species that cause the red tide.The Inter-Agency Committee for the Prevention and Control of Red Tide in Costa Rica (formed by members of Incopesca, MAG, the Health Ministry, the Social Security System, National University and University of Costa Rica), reported that the “ban on shellfish remains active, so consumption and commercialization is absolutely prohibited.”Those who consume contaminated shellfish may present symptoms such as tingling around the mouth, arms and fingers, difficulty breathing, swallowing and speaking, trouble walking or a floating sensation. “Anyone with any of these symptoms should go immediately to the nearest hospital,” the committee said in a statement. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Cuba to launch first public WiFi hotspots

first_imgRelated posts:US to ease travel, trade with Cuba starting Friday In Havana, Pelosi delegation promotes Obama’s Cuba thaw US, Cuba resume talks amid Venezuela tensions Obama administration to further ease travel and business restrictions with Cuba HAVANA, Cuba – Cuba announced plans Thursday to open 35 public Wi-Fi hotspots and halve the price to go online, seeking to expand Internet access in one of the world’s least-connected countries.State telecoms firm Etecsa said the hotspots, a first for the communist island, would be set up nationwide and begin service in July.It is “a first step toward increasing Internet access,” Etecsa communications chief Luis Manuel Díaz told a state newspaper.Etecsa had previously offered public Wi-Fi in a small pilot program, and unstable illegal connections periodically appear and disappear in Cuba.To access the official hotspots, users will have to create an account with Etecsa for $1.50 and pay an hourly connection fee.Etecsa also announced it was reducing the price to access the Internet to $2 an hour, down from the current promotional rate of $2.50 and the long-time rate of $4.50.It did not say whether the same rate would apply to the new Wi-Fi connections.Since 2013, Cuba has had 155 public Internet cafes where users can go online for the hourly rate.But the price is steep in a country where the average salary is $20 a month.Home Internet access is restricted to members of certain professions, such as journalists, doctors and students.According to the International Telecommunications Union, just 3.4 percent of Cuban homes were online in 2013.President Raúl Castro’s government has said it wants all Cubans to have Internet access by 2020.U.S. President Barack Obama has named increased Internet access for the island as one of the goals of the historic thaw between Washington and Havana announced last December. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Mexicos miserable year

first_imgRelated posts:‘El Chapo’ is Mexico’s hit Halloween costume Undermining Mexico: How ‘El Chapo’ built a criminal empire, and escaped prison, by digging deep Villagers recall fear as troops fired in ‘El Chapo’ raid Mexico marks six months since 43 students vanished They arrived in buses, just as their children had a year ago. They carried photos of their missing sons and daughters. And they listened as Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, a handsome man hardly older looking than their abducted children, promised them that the investigation into the horrific crime had not been closed.But the parents of the “Ayotzinapa 43″ – students kidnapped and presumed killed on Sept. 26 of last year – were not placated. They were, after all, literally starving for answers.On Thursday, family members of the disappeared students met with Peña Nieto in Mexico City to present him with a list of their demands. In the middle of a two-day hunger strike, they accused the Mexican government of telling them a “historic lie” about the incident almost a year ago. And they reiterated their plans to protest in the city’s historic center on Saturday – the one-year anniversary of the suspected massacre – and beyond.See also: Mexico police, protesters clash ahead of grim anniversary of 43 missing students“We won’t rest,” María de Jesús Tlatempa, the mother of one disappeared student, told AFP. “We will be a pebble in his shoes. We won’t go home.”The meeting marked a grisly anniversary for Mexico, a country long plagued by drug violence and mysterious, often unresolved mass killings. A woman passes by the intersection where, on Sept. 26, 2014, Iguala municipal police and cartel gunmen killed six students and kidnapped another 43 from the Ayotzinapa Normal School. Photo for The Washington Post by Jonathan LevinsonEven by Mexican standards, however, the past 12 months have been unusually miserable. First, the students went missing in bizarre circumstances. Then the efforts to find them, or their bodies, only unearthed other mass graves. Faith in Peña Nieto and his government plummeted, particularly after a series of political scandals.And then there was El Chapo’s July 11 prison escape: an unthinkable twist to an already terrible year.All the while, Donald Trump tried to turn the country into his personal presidential punching bag, falsely painting Mexico as a land of drug traffickers and rapists and blaming it for America’s ills.Related: For Mexicans, the Donald Trump candidacy is getting scarierAs the anniversary of the Ayotzinapa students’ disappearance looms, however, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Mexico’s pain and America’s anguish are, indeed, connected – just not in the way Trump claims.America is in the midst of a deadly heroin epidemic, and the drug is increasingly coming from Mexico. At the same time, American demand for the drug continues to fuel violence in Mexico.Bodies are piling up on both sides of the border, but so, too, is the blame.In the case of Ayotzinapa students, Mexico’s misery may be even more directly linked to its northern neighbor. A recently released report suggests that incident, and its alleged government cover-up, probably stemmed from a secret drug shipment hidden inside a bus bound for the United States.In other words, Saturday’s Ayotzinapa anniversary will likely mean little to most Americans – but it should mean the world.Imagine 43 American students suddenly vanishing with hardly a trace. Then add half a dozen dead bodies, more than 100 arrests, mass graves, allegations of torture, political scandals, a protest movement not seen since the 1960s and a prison escape by the world’s most wanted criminal.That is what Mexico has gone through, just in the past year. And that’s not even counting thousands of deaths related to the drug trade.See also: Mexico marks six months since 43 students vanishedThe year-long nightmare began with a bizarre and bloody night in Iguala, a city in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero. On Sept. 26, 2014, roughly 100 students from a teacher’s college in the tiny, poor town of Ayotzinapa commandeered a bus and drove it to Iguala. The plan was to commandeer several more buses – a common practice by student groups in Mexico – to raise money and vehicles for an Oct. 2 trip to the capital.Once in Iguala, however, all hell broke loose. The students had commandeered a total of five buses, but their vehicles were now under attack from uniformed officials. First, it was tear gas. Then bullets. Then they began dragging the students out of the buses, throwing them into trucks and driving off.By the time the strange siege ended, six people were dead on the street, including three students and three bystanders. One student was found with his face peeled off. Scores more were alive but injured, some of them shot.Most terrifying of all, almost half the students were simply gone. Federal police take part in a search on the outskirts of Cocula, Guerrero State, Mexico, on Oct. 19, 2014 for students who went missing in Iguala on Sept. 26, after clashes with local police. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPEven in a country where roughly 25,000 people are considered missing, the disappearance of the 43 students created a firestorm of controversy. Student witnesses said that their attackers included city cops as well as what appeared to be federal police, yet, local investigators appeared to do little. Iguala’s mayor, his wife and the city’s police chief went into hiding.It was nearly a month before the federal government announced it was going to get involved. Peña Nieto met with the families of the missing students for the first time in late October, but by then the families had lost faith in the government.“We told the president we don’t trust your government,” said one parent, according to the BBC.“The promises aren’t enough”, said another, Meliton Ortega. “The results will be significant when they return our children to us alive.”On Nov. 4, nearly six weeks after the students’ disappearance, officials apprehended the mayor and his wife. Then, in an hour-long press conference three days later, Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam laid out the government’s version of events. Worried that the students and their hijacked buses were going to interrupt his wife’s political event, Iguala mayor José Luis Abarca allegedly ordered that local police get rid of them “by any means,” Karam claimed. Cops shot at the buses, killing six people, and then turned the wounded, terrified students over to a local drug gang, Guerreros Unidos.The gang then took the 43 students to a trash dump and executed them, burning their remains in a giant funeral pyre and dumping their ashes into a river, Karam claimed, citing alleged testimony from several arrested members of Guerreros Unidos.“The testimony very unfortunately points to the homicide of a large number of people,” Karam said, indicating that the students were likely all dead.But the students’ relatives were skeptical of the story. Some thought the federal government was involved in the killings. Others thought their children had been kidnapped by soldiers and could still be alive.“Since there is no proof, our children are alive,” Felipe de la Cruz, a spokesman for the relatives, told reporters. Protesters demand justice for the 43 missing students along a street in Mexico City on Oct. 22, 2014. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, José Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month’s attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPSearches around Guerrero state unearthed 60 mass graves containing 129 bodies – but none of them belonged to the students. The investigation was unearthing evidence, but all it showed was that Peña Nieto’s campaign promises of a safer, more prosperous Mexico were premature.“This latest macabre revelation confirms what we had already found: the sheer magnitude of the crisis of enforced disappearances in Guerrero and elsewhere in Mexico is truly shocking,” announced Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.Anger escalated towards the handsome young president, and on Nov. 20 more than half a million people poured into Mexico City to protest his government’s inaction. Peña Nieto responded by accusing some protesters of trying to “destabilize” the state.But the Ayotzinapa affair was only one of several scandals to hit the president. Mexican journalists revealed that the president and his telenovela star wife were living in a luxurious $7 million, 10,000-square-foot house that actually belonged to a company affiliated with a business group that has received lucrative government contracts.And then, of course, there was the escape of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo,” from a supposedly supermax prison. The escape was a monumental embarrassment, not only for the embattled president but also for a country that had spent incredible resources to capture him (twice). Mexico Attorney General, Arely Gómez, second from right, views the tunnel through which drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán escaped from the Altiplano prison, at a house in Almoloya de Juárez, Mexico, on July 12, 2015. AFP Photo / Attorney General of Mexico / HOSince then, things have only gotten worse for the government. Journalists, particularly those working for news magazine Proceso, have picked apart the official Ayotzinapa story, suggesting that federal police and soldiers were involved. Argentine investigators brought in to assist the Mexican government said that they were misled and manipulated. Meanwhile, a group of experts appointed by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights have released a handful of reports questioning not only the incident, but its investigation.The most recent report, released earlier this month, claimed that the bodies could not possibly have been burned at the trash dump. It also said federal police and soldiers didn’t stop the attack, and that important evidence – including CCTV footage of the attacks – had been destroyed.The biggest bombshell was that the students might have been killed not because of any threat to a political speech, but because they happened to commandeer the wrong bus.See also: Mexico’s 43 missing students continue to haunt President Peña Nieto – and they shouldThere were signs that Iguala buses were being used to transport heroin into the United States, the experts said in their report. The students may have inadvertently taken one of the drug-packed vehicles, prompting corrupt police, crooked politicians and a drug cartel to scramble to recover the multi-million-dollar cargo at all costs.“This report provides an utterly damning indictment of Mexico’s handling of the worst human rights atrocity in recent memory,” José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. “Even with the world watching and with substantial resources at hand, the authorities proved unable or unwilling to conduct a serious investigation.”The bus allegedly full of drugs is more than a glaring miss by the Mexican government, however. It’s also a reminder of how Mexico’s year of misery is interwoven with America’s own drug agony; how bloodshed south of the border is connected to overdoses above it. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto delivers his third annual report at the National Palace in Mexico City, on Sept. 2, 2015. He acknowledged his country’s “outrage” over a drug kingpin’s jailbreak, the presumed massacre of 43 students and other scandals in his state-of-the-nation speech. Alfredo Estrella/AFPOn Thursday, Peña Nieto met the students’ relatives for the second time. He listened to their demands for international oversight of the Ayotzinapa investigation, but didn’t agree to anything concrete, according to AFP. The president did, however, order the creation of a special prosecutor’s office to investigate disappearances.“We are on the same side and that we want the same thing: to know what happened to every single one of your children, and for justice to be done,” Peña Nieto tweeted afterward. “I assured them that the investigation is still open and will not be shelved.”For the parents of the missing students, however, Mexico’s year of misery ended in more pain and uncertainty.“We went today to try and make the government take off its mask, be transparent and help us find our children,” one of the mothers said, according to Vice. “But our government just gives us more psychological blows.”Read more Mexico coverage here© 2015, The Washington Post  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

AFTA to market benefits of booking through TAs

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has announced an active Australia wide marketing campaign in a move set to grow consumer awareness of travel agents.AFTA yesterday launched new marketing materials free to use for AFTA members showing “before” and “afta” images designed to make clear to consumers that booking through a travel agent results in a “better outcome for the traveller”.The released pictures depict travel scenarios initially based on the cruise and corporate travel markets, with further images reflecting the full scope of AFTA’s members’ markets to be revealed in the coming months. “We are delighted to launch our 2011 marketing collateral to AFTA members,” AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury said.“This is the first step in a sustained travel agents’ awareness campaign that will run over the next few months in the lead up to, and following the AFTA National Travel Industry Awards in July.”According to Mr Westbury, recent events have highlighted the “significant benefits of having the professional assistance of a travel agent when things go wrong”. “This campaign will strongly emphasise that message,” Mr Westbury said.A text-only version of the tagline ‘Without an AFTA travel agent, you’re on your own’ has also been incorporated in to the design.AFTA will supply the images in various file formats (jpg, eps or pdf) and in horizontal or vertical formats for travel agent use and versions can be co-branded “to allow the messages for your existing and potential customers to be personalised”.To obtain your copy of the new images, please click here or visit www.afta.com.au and go to the Media menu.last_img read more

HUD Budget Cuts Shake the Housing Industry

first_img March 9, 2017 589 Views Share Ben Carson Budget Cuts Government HUD 2017-03-09 Mirasha Brown in Featured, Government, Newscenter_img HUD Budget Cuts Shake the Housing Industry HUDThe Trump administration promised to cut domestic spending, and this seemed to be confirmed in preliminary budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. The plan would cut more than $6 billion in funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  This directive would shrink HUD’s budget by about 14 percent to $40.5 billion in fiscal 2018, which begins in October. It’s the latest evidence that the President is serious about cutting domestic spending by $54 billion in order to bolster the defense budget. Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, said such cuts would be “devastating and hard­hearted,” potentially leading to rent increases for those in subsidized housing.“These sorts of cuts could . . . increase the number of families and people that are homeless because housing is less affordable,” he said. “It’s a slap in the face of working Americans and urban communities, to suggest that you should make all these cuts to buy more tankers, aircraft carriers, and missile systems.”The plan would squeeze public housing support and end most federally funded community development grants, which provide services such as meal assistance and cleaning up abandoned properties in low-income neighborhoods.HUD Secretary Ben Carson has defended this action by saying that dependency on HUD programs could become “a way of life” for recipients. According to the Huffington Post, an email to the HUD staff on Thursday by Carson assured that the numbers were not final and that budget negotiations are in place. “Today you may have read preliminary HUD FY18 budget negotiations in national media reports. Please understand that budget negotiations currently underway are very similar to those that have occurred in previous years,” the email read. “This budget process is a lengthy, back and forth process that will continue. It’s unfortunate that preliminary numbers were published but, please take some comfort in knowing that starting numbers are rarely final numbers. Rest assured, we are working hard to support those programs that help so many Americans, focus on our core mission, and ensure that every tax dollar is spent wisely and effectively.”This proposed cut of HUD’s budget has brought many protests throughout the nation. On Twitter Former HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Brandon Friedman, said, “With a capital needs backlog among 1.2 million public housing units, totaling tens of *billions* of dollars, they want to cut funding.” Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, said, “Inflationary cost increases are needed just to keep roofs over heads of millions of seniors, disabled, and kids. These cuts will cause homelessness.” About $1.3 billion would be cut from the public housing capital fund, under the preliminary plan, when compared to funding in 2016, and an additional $600 million would be cut from the public housing operating fund.Budgets for public housing authorities, city and state agencies that provide subsidized housing and vouchers to local residents, would be among the hardest hit. Under the preliminary budget, those operational funds would be reduced by $600 million, or 13 percent. Funds for big-ticket repairs at public housing facilities would be cut by an additional $1.3 billion, about 32 percent. That could have a major quality-of-life effect on low-income families who rely on public housing. According to a 2010 HUD report, tens of billions of dollars in backlogged repairs already plague the country’s 1.2 million public housing units.  Barbara Sard, VP for housing policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said that even flat funding for HUD’s core programs ultimately could affect the number of subsidized housing vouchers available to families because of inflation. As a result, she said, hundreds of thousands of vouchers could be eliminated in the coming years if the department’s funding allocations for subsidized housing stay the same.HUD salaries and administrative expenses will also be cut by 5 percent, down from $1.36 billion in 2016 to $1.28 billion in 2018. It is not yet clear how that reduction in staff or wages would be achieved.In the process of developing the federal budget, agencies submit an initial funding request to OMB, which makes adjustments and returns the budget markup. The budget document obtained by The Washington Post details OMB’s budget priorities, program by program. Brown, the HUD spokesman, said the preliminary document is likely a HUD working draft as part of the budgeting process and might not have been reviewed by OMB, which is responsible for finalizing the president’s budget proposal before it is sent to Congress.last_img read more

Mulvaney Lays Out CFPBs New Approach

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Bureau CFPB consumer Consumers Enforcement Financial Services Committee Mick Mulvaney Senate Strategy 2018-04-11 Radhika Ojha Mulvaney Lays Out CFPB’s “New Approach” Mick Mulvaney, the Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) appeared before the House Committee on Financial Services to testify on the 2018 Semi-Annual Report of the CFPB that was released last week. This is the first of the two hearings where Mulvaney will testify, with the second hearing to be held before the Senate on Thursday.In his opening remarks, Mulvaney noted that, while the statute required him to be there, it didn’t say a word about answering questions or testifying. “I think that’s wrong and I’m using it as one of the examples of how this statute is written,” Mulvaney said. “The bureau is not designed to be accountable and my work there is aimed towards one end goal: to make the bureau more accountable.”Mulvaney said that he was there to answer questions from the committee and was of the opinion that both sides of the political spectrum would be served by fixing the statute on CFPB’s rules and bringing more transparency to the way the bureau worked.A former congressman himself, Mulvaney, who also serves as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, was asked questions ranging from the extent that the bureau protected consumers’ rights to a competitive and transparent market, to rumors about running for Speaker of the House next year.“My job is to make sure the bureau is acting consistently with our statutory responsibilities, to improve our daily operations and our interactions with consumers and industry, and to ensure we are accountable to the American people,” Mulvaney said.In his written testimony, Mulvaney laid out the new strategic priorities for the bureau, which included recognizing free markets and consumer choice and taking a prudent, consistent, and humble approach to enforcing the law. “This reflects my understanding that consumers and creditors alike gain from mutual exchange, provided that promises are kept, terms are clearly disclosed, and property rights are protected,” he said.On a question from the committee on the bureau’s budget, Mulvaney answered that, while the bureau had asked for $0 for the second quarter, they had requested the Federal Reserve for $98.5 million for the bureau’s expenses in the third quarter.Answering a question on the new approach that the bureau planned to take to fulfill its strategic priorities, Mulvaney said, “The bureau is going about its work in several new ways. First, to execute the new mission, the bureau will continue to seek the counsel of others and make decisions only after weighing the relevant available evidence and a full range of perspectives.  Second, the bureau will protect the legal rights of all, equally. And third, we will do what is right with confidence, acting with humility and moderation.” This hearing was perhaps a precursor to the issues that are likely to come up during his testimony to the Senate, such as CFPB’s long-term structure and Mulvaney’s approach to enforcement actions in what is being deemed to be a face-off between him and Senator Elizabeth Warren.center_img April 11, 2018 721 Views Sharelast_img read more