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Gordon Brown Says 2013 Is The Year Of The Woman

first_imgAs The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, former Prime Minister of the UK Gordon Brown has been blogging at the Huffington Post about girls: girls without education, girls enslaved, girls in violence, girls without healthcare.But all of that is changing, he says, because girls have begun helping themselves, and there is plenty more girl protests and defiance planned for this year.“The rights of girls is moving to the top of the global issues agenda,” says Brown, “because young women are saying with rising resolve that they will no longer accept the rules and conventions imposed upon them by a male-dominated adult population. Demonstrations that started as cautious, often gentle, admonitions to the powers that be, with respectful requests for change, have now come to encompass a set of defiant, non-negotiable demands in the form of ultimatums — and rightly so. Protests that once were pleas to ‘please stop this’ have become protests that insist ‘no more and never again’.”But Brown says that this movement goes beyond just protesting and demanding that girls’ rights be upheld. “[Girls] have now become change-makers, demanding the righting of wrongs. [There is a] determination that action must follow words, young girls are saying they will no longer accept the casual disregard and routine neglect. Now the authorities are being forced to bring in reforms, from fast-track rape courts to changes in sentencing policy.“This is the year when a new form of female empowerment will not only change the way we see the world, but finally deliver rights that have been denied for too long.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

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RCMP releases data on missing and murdered

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe RCMP held a news conference in Winnipeg on Friday to release an unprecedented collection of data related to missing and murdered indigenous women.Investigators say the data is made up from reports of 300 police services from across the country. Some of the information, mainly the overall number of murdered and missing at 1,181 was announced by RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson two weeks ago after an appearance at a parliamentary committee.The information released today showed a glaring discrepancy between western and eastern provinces when it comes to violence against indigenous women. Also:–          First Nations, Metis and Inuit women who have been murdered were more likely to have a criminal record, consumed intoxicants or be unemployed,–          They are more likely killed by an acquaintance and by someone with a criminal record, on social assistance or a personal with a history of family violence.–          The overall representation is 3-4 times higher than the national average.You can read the full report here:http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/mmaw-faapd-eng.pdfMore to comelast_img read more

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BC tightens payday lending practices protecting most vulnerable

first_imgVICTORIA – New limits on fees for cashing cheques and high-cost loans will take effect on Sept. 1 in British Columbia.Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says in a statement the changes tighten the rules for payday-loan businesses and aim to protect people from paying high fees to cash cheques and borrow money.Farnworth says the changes will help some of B.C.’s most vulnerable people who use non-traditional lenders and credit providers to cash social assistance or disability cheques.The changes that go into effect Sept. 1 include: lowering the maximum fee to $15 for every $100 borrowed and capping the fee for cashing a social assistance or disability cheque at $2, plus one per cent of the value of the cheque, up to a maximum of $10.The minister says the changes also prohibit payday lenders from requiring, requesting or accepting consent to use or disclose the personal information of a borrower for anything other than arranging or providing a payday loan.B.C.’s social development ministry says people in B.C. took out 805,000 payday loans in 2016, for a total of $369 million at an average of $460 per individual loan.last_img read more

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Four drown while bathing in the Gin River at Hiniduma

All four had drowned and their bodies have been recovered.Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) Four people, including a mother and her daughter, drowned while bathing in the Gin River at Hiniduma in Galle today.The Police said that a 39 year old woman and her 14 year old daughter had gone for a bath with two others who were friends of the 14 year old girl.

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Bombardier CEO ends silence defends move to lay off 5000 employees

MONTREAL — The head of Bombardier Inc. is defending his move to lay off 5,000 workers — 3,000 of them in Canada — citing efficiency while leaving the door open to more job cuts down the line.“Yes, it is tough. And yes, many people do not like this. But the fact is we want to go and be a world-class organization, and we want to be at benchmark everywhere when it comes to revenue per employees,” chief executive Alain Bellemare told an investor conference in Toronto on Tuesday.“We are going to keep leaning out this business.”Bombardier defends CEO’s absence from special meeting following 5,000 layoffs‘They chew up a lot of cash’: Investors cast doubt over Bombardier’s turnaround strategyBombardier plummets most in three years as hopes dim for turnaroundThe comments were the first he’s spoken of the layoffs — or potential cuts ahead — since the airline announced major restructuring last Thursday.Bellemare did not specify where or when the positions would be cut, though Bombardier has said 2,500 workers in Quebec and 500 in Ontario will lose their jobs as part of his five-year plan to rein in costs, focus on rail and business jets and reduce the net long-term debt of US$9 billion.The restructuring, announced alongside Bombardier’s third-quarter earnings, is slated for completion within 18 months and for savings of $250 million annually. The announcement comes after mass layoffs over the past three years, with about 14,500 positions cut around the world in the aerospace and railway divisions.Union and opposition leaders decried the layoffs announced last week, with some demanding that executives renounce their salary bonuses.Quebec Economy and Innovation Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon called a special meeting of industry and union representatives in Montreal Monday to discuss the layoffs and find a path back to employment for affected workers. Bellemare did not attend, dispatching a pair of Bombardier executives in his stead.Despite agreeing to sell the Q-400 turboprops to Longview Aviation Capital for about US$300 million, Bellemare said he wants to keep making the airline’s CRJ regional jets to build up backlog, but will reassess later on.“The answer today is we want to keep this line going,” he said. “We might look at partnering, if it makes sense.”Bombardier shares fell to a new 52-week low, losing 20 cents or eight per cent at $2.30 in early afternoon trading. read more

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UN mission in DR of Congo welcomes arrival of first Senegalese UN

In a statement issued in Kinshasa, MONUC said the second half of the Senegalese contingent was expected to arrive on Friday, bringing the total to 260. Today’s dispatch is the second of the Mission’s Guard Units in the country and the first deployment of blue helmets in a government-held area.Like all UN Guard Units in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the mission of the Senegalese soldiers will be “to guard UN facilities, equipment and supplies,” MONUC said. The guards will enhance the ability of the Mission’s military observers to carry out their primary task of monitoring and verifying the disengagement of the parties to the conflict.Some 200 Uruguayan soldiers have already been deployed to Kalemie, one of MONUC’s four Sector Headquarters. The plan also foresees the deployment next month of a second Senegalese Guard Unit of some 280 troops to Mbandaka and the arrival in May of a contingent of 200 Tunisian troops in Kinshasa to guard the Mission’s main Headquarters. read more

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East Coast arch installation leaves motorists peeved in hours long traffic

Public Infrastructure says road will now be closed at 6pm today (Thursday) The installation works caused heavy traffic congestion on the East CoastAfter hours of heavy traffic congestion on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) Highway on Thursday morning which sparked much public outrage, officials of the Public Infrastructure Ministry were forced to cease works on the installation of an arch at the head of the UG Access Road.The Guyana Police Force had issued an advisory late Wednesday evening, informing the public that the ECD Highway between UG Access Road and Ogle Access Road will be closed to vehicular traffic between the hours of 08:00hrs and 21:00hrs to facilitate the installation of an arch at the eastern entrance to Georgetown.However, persons criticised the management of the project, saying that adequate notice was not given to the public and so many did not know of the on-going works until they ended up in the midst of the congestion.Commuters travelling on the East Coast were stuck in traffic for as long as four hours in some cases. Many took to social media to vent their anger about the poor management and ill-conceived execution of the project, opining that it should not have been done during the peak driving hours.Moreover, reports are that as a result of the works persons missed their flights at the Eugene F. Correira International Airport as well as the ferry to neighbouring Suriname. There were also reports of students who missed the sitting of their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination as well as pregnant women in labour being stuck in the traffic.Works being done on Thursday morning to install the arch on the East Coast HighwayNevertheless, a release during the course of Thursday from the Department of Public Information (DPI) explained that the fabricator of the arch was late in its delivery hence the installation was done today and not last weekend as was originally scheduled.It was further noted that the sponsor of the structure, Ansa McAl limited, wanted the arch be installed in time for an upcoming event this weekend.“A local company is funding the arch… (and) the company has an event on Saturday May 13th, and is keen to have the arch installed for the event,” the release stated.The DPI went onto say in the missive that Government regrets the inconvenience caused to commuters and assured that “…every effort will be made to minimise the disruptions to traffic as the arch is installed.”However, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure in a subsequent release stated that “East Coast of Demerara highway between UG Access Road and Ogle Access Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 18:00 hrs (6pm) on Thursday, 11th May, 2017 to complete the instillation of the Arch at the Eastern Entrance of Georgetown.”The arch at the UG Access Road in Turkeyen will demarcate the entrance into Georgetown, representing the northern Greater Georgetown. A similar arch was installed at Agricola, just on the outskirt of the East Bank Highway, last year. It was donated by Banks DIH Limited and was a gift for Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman reportedly gives birth in ECD traffic jamDecember 1, 2018In “Business”Good Hope Bridge re-opensApril 23, 2018In “latest news”MPI announces temporary road closure at ECDNovember 9, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Une centaine de baleines échouées sur une plage de Nouvelle Zélande

first_imgUne centaine de baleines échouées sur une plage de Nouvelle ZélandeUne centaine de baleines pilotes ont été retrouvées échouées sur une plage isolée de l’île du Sud de Nouvelle Zélande. Si nombre d’entre elles étaient déjà mortes lorsqu’elles ont été découvertes, les autres ont dû être euthanasiées.Ce sont des promeneurs qui ont découvert dimanche 107 baleines échouées sur une plage de Stewart Island, sur l’île du sud de Nouvelle Zélande, a indiqué le ministère de la Protection de l’environnement. Si nombre d’entre elles étaient déjà mortes, 48 autres ont été achevées par les services vétérinaires qui ont jugé inenvisageable leur remise à la mer. “Nous avons vite compris qu’il faudrait au moins de 10 à 12 heures avant de pouvoir essayer de les remettre à la mer, mais qu’à cause du soleil et de la chaleur, beaucoup mourraient avant”, a en effet expliqué un porte parole du ministère, dont les propos sont rapportés par le site du Point.De tels échouages de cétacés sont malheureusement fréquents en Nouvelle Zélande. En septembre dernier déjà, près de 80 baleines pilotes, l’espèce la plus présente dans les eaux du pays, avaient été retrouvées mortes sur une plage. Si ce phénomène est encore inexpliqué, une hypothèse avance que le sonar des cétacés se brouillerait en eau peu profonde. La possibilité qu’un groupe puisse suivre l’un de leur congénère malade, et rejoigne ainsi la côte, est également évoquée.Le 21 février 2011 à 16:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Youre Sharing Your Home With Over 600 Arthropods Right Now

first_img Watch: Man Uses Roman Candle to Kill Hornets, Sets Roof on FireLas Vegas Pizzeria Offers ‘Grasshopper Pie’ Amid Insect Inva… You might think it’s just you all alone in your home sometimes, but in reality, you’ve got a plethora of guests living there with you. There’s over 600, to be exact. Some of them you may never even see. But they’re there with you just the same.Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado Boulder have determined that creepy crawly critters from over 600 species of arthropods are living in our homes with us at this very moment. Say hello! Get acquainted. Perhaps that’s who’s been eating all of the cookie dough in the middle of the night.Arthropod is a phylum of invertebrate animals that includes insects, spiders, crustaceans and a veritable smorgasbord of critters with multiple legs, exoskeletons, and segmented bodies. And while you may not realize it, you’re already interacting with them in significant ways every waking moment.Biologist Anne Madden is the lead author of a report on a special census published in Molecular Ecology, an academic journal, where she and her colleagues sampled over 700 homes in 48 states to determine what, if any, arthropods were chilling out in our homes. Each contributor grabbed only a swab of dust from every sample house, but what that tiny bit of dust revealed spoke volumes.Essentially, each speck of dust was telling because it also contained skin flakes, insect legs, and all sorts of detritus, large and small. Madden was mainly concerned with analyzing the types of creatures and varieties that could be found in homes, and the study revealed DNA from aphids, ladybugs, and even parasitic wasps that lay eggs in the aphids found in homes. Lots of guests to keep in mind, right?There were plenty of roaches and dust mites too, of course, and roaches liked to live in warmer, southern climates where ladybugs and other mites were found more in northern homes. Things like humidity and temperature really seemed to help differentiate where the varying arthropods were found.The study was an interesting one in its entirety, but it wasn’t without a purpose: figuring out how the critters we share our homes with change or alter our surroundings and helping physicians figure out how to better treat common ailments that could be caused by them, such as asthma.“It’s fun to reveal the mysteries that we didn’t even know were mysteries,” said Madden. “We think of our houses as our most well known and intimate habitats, and yet we still have so much to learn about what’s going on inside of them.”Sweet dreams, those of you who are skittish! Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Walkin Murder investigation needs your help

first_img Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – Police still need public help as they investigate the country’s first homicide for 2016, an apparent shooting which claimed the life of 24 year old Berchard Walkin. Walkin was last seen near Morris Plaza the night before his body was discovered, ditched in a vacant area near Walkin Marine Supplies in Kew Town. Again you can give info anonymously at Crime Stoppers or call the Chalk Sound police station. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:berchard walkin, crime stoppers, murder Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Recommended for you Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100last_img read more

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Great Western will pay 135 million over Cuba trade sanctions

first_imgGreat Western Malting Co. — the Vancouver-based maker and seller of beer malt — has found out what happens when you breach rules that signify the U.S. government’s decades-long distaste for Cuba.The company has agreed to pay $1.35 million to settle apparent violations of federal trade sanctions against the island nation 90 miles south of Key West, Fla., according to the agency of the U.S. Treasury Department that enforces those sanctions.Great Western, a tenant of the Port of Vancouver, could have been fined nearly $6 million. That was the “base penalty amount” for what the Office of Foreign Assets Control says is Great Western’s violation — handling the back-office functions for a foreign affiliate that sold non-U.S. barley malt to Cuba.The case was settled for $1.35 million because Great Western has no prior sanctions violations, it “substantially cooperated” with investigators, and the malt would have been eligible for a government license if it had been shipped from the United States, the agency said in its July 10 report.Jay Hamacheck, Vancouver-based director of compliance and corporate social responsibility for GrainCorp — the Sydney, Australia-based parent of Great Western — declined to comment on the matter Tuesday.last_img read more

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Johnson Clark Countys first woman judge to retire

first_imgThe first woman ever appointed to the Clark County Superior Court bench plans to retire in March.Judge Barbara Johnson, who is the county’s presiding judge and longest-serving judge now seated, submitted her resignation letter Dec. 7 to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office.“It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as Superior Court judge for Clark County since I was sworn into office the first week of January 1987,” Johnson wrote. “Every day has presented interesting issues and challenges, and I have worked with outstanding people throughout my years as a judge.”Johnson, 65, said after 28 years on the bench, it is time to move onto something new.She plans to go into a mediation and arbitration practice with retired Judge James Ladley, who has an office on downtown Vancouver’s Franklin Street near the courthouse.“He was my adviser judge when I started in Superior Court,” Johnson said. “This is a great opportunity for me, and I look forward to learning and benefiting from his experience, as I have in the past.” She said she’s also looking forward to spending more time traveling with her husband, Tom Ryll, visiting family and indulging in her gardening hobby.last_img read more

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Search underway for Miami toddler last seen with mother

first_imgHave you seen 2 year-old Isabella Alada who has been missing since 8/22/18. She is believed to be in the company of her mother, Russell Alada. Contact us with any information. @CrimeStopper305 pic.twitter.com/RpF2XfyAPy— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) August 25, 2018Investigators said the toddler stands 3 feet tall, weighs about 30 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue dress, pink shorts and a yellow hair bow.Isabella was last seen with her mother, 27-year-old Rusell Alada.If you have any information on Isabella’s whereabouts, or see the child, call Miami Police at 305-603-6300. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 2-year-old girl who went missing.Two-year-old Isabella Alada was last seen on Wednesday in the area of Southwest 22nd Street and 37th Avenue.last_img read more

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New Stranger Things Photos Reveal Changes to Come

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies We’re only a month away from “Stranger Things 2,” and details about the new season are starting to come out. Entertainment Weekly revealed some new photos from season two that show off some of the changes coming to the series. Among them, Eleven has a new hairstyle, the cast includes a grown-up Goonie, and a bad boy teen with a car. Every ’80s movie needs one of those. First, let’s look at Eleven, back from the Upside Down with a brown, curly mop on her head.Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven (TINA ROWDEN/NETFLIX, via Entertainment Weekly)Next, Mike, Dustin and Lucas have apparently seen Ghostbusters, and had pretty much the same reaction we all did.Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson nd Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair (Photo: JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX, Via Entertainment Weekly)Sean Astin, who had his own ’80s adventure as a kid, also joins the cast this season. He’ll play a nerdy character named Bob Newby, and if the photo is anything to go by, he’s taking an interest in Joyce Byers.Sean Astin as Bob Newby and Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers(JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX, via Entertainment Weekly)Another new cast member is Dacre Montgomery, who drives a Camaro, has a mullet and wears a denim tuxedo. You know, a cool guy. From the sound of things, he’ll play an antagonistic role this season. Maybe he’s the new bully in town.Dacre Montgomery as Billy (TINA ROWDEN/NETFLIX, Via Entertainment Weekly)More photos are available at EW. That’s not the only Stranger Things news to come out of this week’s issue, though. The site also revealed a few new details about that giant shadow monster we saw in the trailer for the new season. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer elaborated on how the new monster will be different from season one’s Demogorgon.“Our big reference for [the demogorgon] season 1 was mostly Jaws. It’s a shark, and the other dimension is the underwater. So there has to be something more sentient, and that’s that thing in the sky,” Matt said. The brothers still wouldn’t elaborate on the new monster’s true nature. From the sounds of things, we’ll be a ways into season two before we find out. We will see plenty of it, though. Most of the season will be spent with this ominous shadow overhead.Ross told the magazine, “I think the difference is you don’t really see how it’s all tied together until later. But it’s all connected to this singular threat which is tied into this shape that Will sees in the sky. Will is the way through which we’ll be able to understand what’s going on.”Sounds like Will will have a much larger role in the second season then. That’s good. The rest of the kids took center stage in last season’s adventure, and Will missed most of it. It’ll be cool to see him share the spotlight more this season. The Duffer Brothers don’t reveal too much about the nature of the shadow monster, but they did say they took inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft, suggesting “and inter-dimensional being beyond human comprehension.” So you’re telling us it’s Cthulhu?Shadow Monster (via Netflix)Entertainment Weekly also asked them about an earlier report that they had four seasons planned. When the Duffers told Vulture that they were “thinking it will be a four-season thing and the out,” it didn’t go so well at Netflix headquarters. Producer Shawn Levy said they were suddenly getting calls from actors’ agents, and had to calm their fears. The show isn’t for sure going to end after season four. The Duffers say that the narrative of Stanger Things wasn’t built to sustain a long-running show, and they don’t want to wear out their welcome. That said, they don’t have a for sure end point just yet. Levy says they can all see the possibility of a fifth season, but the show probably won’t go much further beyond that.“It’s not wrapped up this season,” Ross Duffer told EW. “I think [season two] will be a satisfying end but there’s still danger out there. There’s too much to deal with in one more season. If we’re able to, there’ll be at least four, there could be more. I think there’s going to be a point where we stretch credibility, like why aren’t these people leaving Hawkins?”Whatever future seasons bring, they’re still a long way off. For now, we have more 80s childhood adventures and a giant shadow monster to look forward to in season two, premiering on Netflix October 27.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | May 01, 2019 University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation International Medical Solutions (IMS) and the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging have signed a… read more Related Content Informity is the fastest, most complete automated cloud backup and disaster recovery solution for the ImagePilot Sigma and ImagePilot Aero systems. It protects patient data, ensures data recovery in the event of a disaster or other system failure, and helps facilities fulfill HIPAA’s security compliance as required by federal law. Developed for practices and clinics that do not have a picture archive and communications system (PACS) or other disaster recovery solution, Informity uses cloud-based technology to automatically and continuously back up patient information, images, and system settings on the ImagePilot Sigma and ImagePilot Aero. It assures business continuance with a one-button restore of the entire system.Also new is Informity’s Collaboration box, a solution that can enhance clinical confidence by promoting Web-based remote image sharing and physician collaboration. Automatic e-mail alerts with study links facilitate a seamless exchange between physicians. Informity also offers mobile viewing on an iPad or iPhone so clinicians can interact with each other or with patients at the point of care—virtually anywhere there is a wireless Internet connection.Informity also helps users manage their Data Band and Collaboration Box; automatically receive Konica Minolta-validated Windows and McAfee updates; learn about important product announcements, notifications and software updates; access service history; and send feedback to Konica Minolta.For more information: www.konicaminolta.com/healthcare FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more Technology | October 13, 2014 Informity Offers Automated Cloud Backup, Remote Image Sharing Konica Minolta offers greater functionality for ImagePilot Sigma and ImagePilot Aero systems News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 08, 2019 Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Selects Novarad for Enterprise Imaging Management Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital (CCUH) recently selected Novarad to provide its facility with the Ncompass Enterprise… read morelast_img read more

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Gringa brings floor loom to the Borucas

first_img Alberto Font Growing up in southern California, Atkinson became interested in arts and crafts at a young age. She worked in her mother’s flower shop for a while, and ran a silk screen-printing business. At 28, she got the travel itch and moved to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and then to Singapore, where she began working on private yachts. She eventually became a yacht captain and sailed the world for 10 years, visiting countries all over Asia and Africa and crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. During her travels, she fell hard for indigenous art, and began collecting it. But until November of last year, she had no experience with weaving or looms of any kind. So the initial plan was to simply buy the Borucas a floor loom. Atkinson Googled the name of one of the weaving organizations she had come across in Guatemala, and got in touch to ask how much a floor loom would cost her. The answer: $2,000. “So I kept researching,” she said. “And then I realized there was no reason I couldn’t build it myself.”She purchased a book written in 1910 on Amazon that explained how to build a floor loom, and called over Marina Lázaro, a leader in the Borucan community whom Atkinson considers “like a sister.” Lázaro liked what she saw, only the loom seemed huge. Was there a small one, perhaps, that could be easily transported to the village? Atkinson went back to her research, and found the website of a German engineer with instructions on how to build a collapsible, medium-sized floor loom. When Lázaro saw that one, she gave the go-ahead, and Atkinson purchased the supplies. Beginning in Jaunary, she worked three to four hours a day, oftentimes finding the directions tough to follow, and in one instance, simply wrong. She even had to start from scratch a few times, mainly because she was determined to build that thing exactly right. “I knew nothing,” she said. “It was definitely a puzzle.” Atkinson completed the loom in April, and then it was time to teach the Borucas to use it.  Learning Sometimes a storm comes, and the Boruca women can’t leave their village. Other times, there’s simply not enough hours in the day. A taxi driver must also agree to make the five-hour round trip, which isn’t cheap. But eventually, one way or another, the Borucas make it to Dominicalito for their weaving lessons.On a Sunday afternoon in early June, two of Lázaro’s daughters show up in a taxi. Cindy, 26, and Cuca, 33, have come without their mother, they explain, because she is not feeling well. They greet Atkinson with kisses on the cheek, and begin unloading the contents – unique, new Borucan masks – out of several cloth bags and onto a table. Most of these are for sale, and Atkinson will buy then resell them out of her hotel. But one of the masks is a gift. “This is beautiful,” Atkinson said.  After the exchange, the women retreat to the hotel office, where the loom stands in the middle of the floor. The first lesson will be for Cuca, who has come with her mother before and has a basic idea of how the thing works. Last week’s lesson concerned placing the yarn on the loom. This week, the women will learn how to weave patterns.“Este rojo es número uno,” Atkinson explained. This red is number one. She points at a floor pedal on the loom, which controls some of the 200 strings threaded through the loom. Cuca looks down at the pedal then at the book Atkinson has presented her with, which shows a sequence of colors that correspond with the pedals. She holds the shuttle in her hand, which she will weave by hand through the strung-up yarn. If it sounds complicated, it is. When Cuca notices that the ends of the pattern are coming out a bit sloppy, she realizes she must start over. That’s okay for today – after all, it’s only practice. After Cuca gets the hang of things, Cindy takes a turn, and seems to pick up the skill pretty fast. “Es una machina bonita,” she says. It’s a pretty machine. The women work together for the better part of an hour, examining the book, pushing down on the pedals, and passing the shuttle through the yarn. When Atkinson is satisfied that they have mastered today’s lesson (which Atkinson herself only mastered days before, she admits), she tells them she has a surprise. Atkinson has been planning a trip to Guatemala for herself, a few American friends and two Borucan women, so that they can learn weaving directly from the Mayans. As it turns out, one of the friends had to drop out. “Hay espacio para una más Boruca,” Atkinson says. There is space for one more Boruca. The women don’t react immediately, perhaps because they don’t understand that one of them has just scored a free trip to Guatemala. Or maybe a big reaction just isn’t their way. It doesn’t seem to matter to Atkinson. She knows that over time, gratefulness comes in many forms.Idea exchangeIn July, eight women traveled to Guatemala, a country with a rich Mayan textile heritage. The point was to empower the Borucas in an idea exchange with Mayans, and to connect them with weaving lessons from experts in San Juan, a small town on Lake Atitlán. Atkinson wanted to expose them to other indigenous groups with skills they could bring back to their own village. Here, they would learn to weave faster, create wider fabrics and produce more quickly. No related posts. Atkinson, three U.S. expats, a reporter, plus master weaver Lázaro and her two daughters, Adriana and Cuca, all took part in the adventure. As they headed for Lake Atitlan, butterflies filled the Borucas’ stomachs. They were terrified from the plane flight, nervous for the unexpected, yet excited for the opportunities to come. It wasn’t until the group reached Artesanos de San Juan, in beautiful San Juan de la Laguna, that their anxiety began to diminish. Easy smiles emerged, as they felt at home with yarn in their hands, and were relieved in knowing that they had reached their destination.The group stayed in San Juan for three days and the women worked long hours, taking full advantage of the time they had with their Guatemalan teachers. They familiarized themselves with a counterbalance loom, learned how to dress the loom with the warp, thread the heddles, slay the reed and weave. After the first day of playing with the treadles and harnesses, they felt more comfortable with the loom, and realized the potential for new and unlimited patterns that could be produced with this modern piece of equipment. By the end of their second day, they had already made two meters of fabric. When the girls finished weaving, they cut it off the loom and presented it to Atkinson, who deeply appreciated the gesture. “It made me cry,” she said. “Adriana gave me a big hug and it was overwhelming to see my completed dream of uniting the Borucans with the Mayans.”Aside from spending time at the Artesanos de San Juan workshop, the women squeezed short trips to Santiago, Panajachel and Chichicastenango, which is home to one of Central America’s most colorful markets. The Borucas looked closely at the array of textiles, bought gifts to bring back to their families and spent hours chatting about the herbs, seeds, cottons, leaves, barks, ash, and shells they used to make their dyes. “This was the most exciting and emotional event for us,” Lázaro said.Atkinson added, “The women were able to talk about the natural dyes, and they simply related to one another. They talked about their grandmothers, and were surprised to see someone else in the world still preparing some natural dyes the same way as they do.” Within hours of Atkinson’s arrival back home, she was already planning the next step: delivering the floor loom to the village. ArrivalIn her truck, with the floor loom folded up in the back, Atkinson approaches the village, which runs along the Río Grande de Terraba and contains about 2,100 residents. The roads are unpaved and dusty, but surrounded by lush green fields and trees. There are a few other cars and a couple of convenience stores, and doors of family homes swing wide to reveal children playing and women cooking. The Lázaro household is right at the center of it all. As Atkinson pulls up, she is greeted by happy shouts from Lázaro and her daughters. With their help, Atkinson unloads the loom and some of its extras, including a yarn winder to simplify making yarn balls.Lázaro is clearly pumped for the arrival of the loom, but she’s also approaching the situation with cautious optimism. Some of them women have made comments about it being too complicated, and others have said that it seems to be deviating from their tradition. But Lázaro also knows that many women are very interested, her own daughters included.As the floor loom is being set up, neighbors gather to admire it. “It will be nice to be able to make some different things,” one woman says.Most Borucas are aware that 80 percent of their income comes from the crafts they produce, so they understand the potential of the gift. If they can expand their product line and increase their sales, the extra money could go toward any number of things. More food. More equipment. A car. Then they could drive around selling their products, without the need for taxis or other outside assistance. With the upcoming busy season (November through April), Lázaro says the loom has arrived right on time. Tourists will be coming by, and the Borucans will be ready with new bedspreads, table runners and plenty more.  Meanwhile, Atkinson plans to build two more floor looms for the Borucan women in the next few months. She also has been brainstorming new designs and filling out applications to attend next year’s Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in the U.S. state of New Mexico. She wants to get those fine Boruca products to the world.To purchase these crafts, you can visit the Boruca Indigenous Reserve, or Pacific Edge www.pacificedge.info in Dominical, or shop online at www.borucacrafts.com Facebook Comments By Ashley Harrell, Annie Waterman and Rebecca Aguilar | Specials to The Tico TimesOn the afternoon of Aug. 22, a pick-up truck bounced up a dirt road, headed for one of the indigenous villages of the Boruca tribe, on the southern Pacific coast. In the driver’s seat, a Gringa woman wearing a pink dress and a side ponytail gripped the wheel. She had been waiting a long time for this day. For 18 years, Susie Atkinson had been working with the Borucas, selling and promoting their woven products and hand-carved masks out of her eco-lodge, two hours north of the reservation in Dominicalito. An enthusiast of indigenous culture and art, she had traveled over the years to the villages along Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán. There, she noticed that the Mayans used very different looms than those of the Boruca. The Borucan looms were relatively small and supported by a back strap, which causes tension and pain in the women’s arms, necks and backs. The Mayans’ looms supported themselves on the floor, are were operated mainly by foot pedals. They were also considerably larger, enabling the creation of more elaborate products like fine bedspreads and intricate table runners. Atkinson became obsessed with the idea of introducing the bigger, better loom – the floor loom – to the Boruca people. On this day, in the back of Atkinson’s truck, lay a brand new, collapsible floor loom. She built it with her own hands. “It’s like introducing the tractor to a farmer who has only used horse-drawn plows,” she said. “The potential is enormous, what they will now be able to weave. This will help the prosperity of the Borucan village.” Building  Marina Lázaro watches two Mayan women work with yarn. Annie Waterman | Tico Times Marina Lazaro using the old loom.last_img read more

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After terror attacks Tunisia erects fence on Libya border

first_imgTunisia’s prime minister Habib Essid adresses the parliament in Tunis, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. ays that authorities believe plots aimed at massive deaths and destruction of the country’s economy are in the works, and justify the state of emergency declared after a second deadly attack on tourists in three months. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Tunisia’s government declared a state of emergency days after a gunman killed 38 tourists, mostly Britons, on June 26 in the coastal resort of Sousse. In March, two attackers fired on tourists and others at Tunis’ National Bardo Museum, killing 22 people.Authorities say the three gunmen, who were shot dead by security forces, received weapons training in Libya.A prosecutor’s office official, Belhassen Oueslati, said three suspected accomplices in the Sousse attack are also in police custody.Other recent government security measures include firing some security officials, sending more than 1,300 security forces to patrol hotels, beaches and other tourist sites and closing 80 mosques whose leaders were said to incite terrorism.Rights groups say the state of emergency mustn’t trample freedoms in Tunisia’s fledgling democracy. Essid insisted in parliament Wednesday the moves instead aimed “to preserve the democratic achievements” in the country.“Today’s Tunisia is not yesterday’s Tunisia,” he said. “The state must act in line with the law.”Tunisia overthrew its dictator in 2011, setting off the Arab Spring revolutions. While successive governments have fostered democracy in Tunisia, Libya has fallen into near-chaos — now divided between rival governments with hundreds of militias roaming the country. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s army and contractors are building a barrier along part of the country’s border with Libya to keep out extremists in the wake of attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.Prime Minister Habib Essid said the goal is to render the border “impassable” by jihadi fighters and vehicles, and construction should be finished this year.Essid told Tunisian TV the barrier will cover 168 kilometers (105 miles) — about one-third of the border — and will include fencing, a sand wall, trenches and surveillance posts.center_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Egypt set for tourism revenue growth

first_imgThe home of the pyramids of Giza expects a 17 per cent jump in tourism revenue, according to Egypt’s Tourism Minister Zoheir Garranah.Mr Garranah told Bloomberg that, “if things go as planned as far as future reservations are concerned” Egypt may receive between USD12.6 billion and USD13 billion from tourism revenue.According to Mr Garranah, the country is “working a hundred times harder” following the  recent shocks to the industry such as the global financial crisis and the massive flight disruptions caused by Iceland’s volcanic eruption.“If the [global financial] crisis hadn’t occurred in 2008, we would have been already at 16 million tourists now,” Mr Garranah said, but added that, “Everything is rebounding back.”The country is on track to meet its targets “as far as infrastructure is concerned”, Mr Garranah said.“We have the proper product and the diversity of nature.”With 212,000 hotels rooms under construction and the government upgrading airports across Egypt, existing visitor traffic to the country is expected to rise within the next five years, Bloomberg reported.Accounting for 12.6 per cent of jobs in Egypt, tourism revenue brought in USD10.8 billion in 2009. Pyramids of Giza Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more

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Business Slips Again at Freddie Mac

first_img The growth rate on “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ mortgage portfolio dipped back into negative numbers again in May, the GSE reported in its monthly volume summary.[IMAGE]According to the report, the total mortgage portfolio shrank at an annualized rate of 3.0 percent last month, bringing the average monthly growth rate year-to-date to a negative value of 1.5 percent. The portfolio grew at an estimate rate of 0.6 percent in April.[COLUMN_BREAK]Purchases and issuances also fell, dropping to about $42.4 billion from $47.3 billion the prior month.As of the end of May, the portfolio’s ending balance was approximately $1.94 trillion.Meanwhile, the portfolio of mortgage-related securities and other guarantees grew at an annualized rate of 2.2 percent, once again halving month-over-month (April’s growth rate was an estimated 4.1 percent, less than half of March’s growth).Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume came out to $30.5 billion last month, representing 72 percent of total mortgage portfolio purchases or issuances. Relief refinance mortgages made up about 33 percent of total refinance volume (based on unpaid principal balance).Delinquency also continued to fall. Freddie Mac’s single-family serious delinquency rate declined to 2.85 percent, while the multifamily delinquency rate was down to 0.08 percent.Freddie Mac reported 6,165 loan modifications in May. Year-to-date, the company has recorded 32,846 modifications. in Secondary Market Share Freddie,Business Slips Again at Freddie Maccenter_img June 26, 2013 453 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Delinquency Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities RMBS Service Providers 2013-06-26 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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first_imgDavid BakhtiariTKneeDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionableTrevor DavisWRHamstringDNPDNPDNPOutKevin KingCBHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionableEquanimious St. BrownWRElbowLimitedLimitedLimited— Bashaud BreelandCBGroinDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Leonard JohnsonCBHipFullFullFull— Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals will travel to one of the oldest and most historic stadiums on the NFL circuit this week as they take on the Green Bay Packers. With temperatures forecast in the mid-30s and healthy bodies at a premium over the last two weeks, the Cardinals could face some unique challenges at Lambeau Field.Both teams are riding losing streaks, but the Packers have not lost a game at home this season with a 4-0-1 record in Wisconsin. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Mike DanielsDEFootDNPDNPDNPOut Rudy FordSHeelLimitedFullFullQuestionable Larry FitzgeraldWRNot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull— Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)(-) (Not listed) Jimmy GrahamTEKnee/ThumbDNPLimitedLimited— 0 Comments   Share   Robert NkemdicheDTCalfFullFullFull— Aaron RodgersQBKneeFullFullFull— Will the Cardinals have Budda Baker back? Will D.J. Humphries play? How about Deone Bucannon, Rudy Ford and Chad Williams, who all missed Week 12 against the Los Angeles Chargers?Related LinksThe Consensus Week 12: Cardinals almost unanimously lastDoug & Wolf Week 12 NFL power poll: John Clayton makes his picksBelow is the official Week 13 NFL injury report for the Cardinals and the Packers, who play at 1 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Kentrell BriceSAnkle/ConcussionDNPDNPDNPOutcenter_img Tra CarsonRBRibDNPDNPDNPOut Randall CobbWRHamstringLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play Haason ReddickLBNeckDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Chad WilliamsWRAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Deone BucannonLBChestDNPDNPDNPOut Budda BakerSKneeLimitedLimitedFullQuestionable PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status John PhillipsTEKneeFullFullFull— Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Lane TaylorGQuadricepLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Raven GreeneSAnkleDNPDNPDNPOut Mike IupatiOLBackFullFullFull— D.J. HumphriesOTKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Corey PetersDTBackLimitedLimitedFull—last_img read more

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