BC child welfare system needs complete overhaul says childrens advocate


first_imgAPTN National NewsThe British Columbia government has faced a lot of criticism on the way it handles Indigenous children in care.And the province’s child advocate says the child welfare system needs a complete overhaul.APTN’s Tina House has this story.last_img

Strike at General Motors CAMI plant to end after workers approve deal


TORONTO — Workers at General Motors’ CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont., accepted a tentative agreement Monday, ending a four-week-long strike.The contract proposal was hammered out last week and Unifor, which represents 2,500 of the 2,800 workers affected, had recommended the deal be accepted.The union says almost 86 per cent of production workers and 79 per cent of tradesworkers approved the contract. About 2,400 workers voted.Mike Van Boekel, CAMI unit chairman for Local 88, says employees will receive four per cent wage increases over the four-year deal, a $6,000 signing bonus and annual payments of $2,000 each Christmas.While GM didn’t agree to specific investments at the plant, CAMI will remain the main production centre for the Equinox with three shifts.Van Boekel says the automaker will be forced to pay $300 million for any future job cuts. About 400 workers are currently on layoff.The automaker threatened last week to shift more production to Mexico if a settlement wasn’t reached swiftly and the two sides agreed to a deal on Friday.Striking workers will start returning to the job at 11 p.m. Monday. read more

Rajitha says no talk of a cabinet reshuffle


Cabinet spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne says there was no talk of a cabinet reshuffle at the cabinet meeting today.Speaking to reporters at the BMICH today, Senaratne said that the media had reported that a cabinet reshuffle was going to be discussed at the cabinet meeting today. However the Minister said that President Maithripala Sirisena did not discuss anything about a cabinet reshuffle today.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets


TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,202.85 up 62.52 points):Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up 48 cents, or 4.36 per cent, at $11.48 on 8,725,007 shares. New York-based Goldman Sachs upgraded RIM to buy from neutral based on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which will be unveiled at the end of January. The bump comes one day after the stock fell, then rose, after Nokia Corp. asked courts in several countries to uphold a Swedish arbitrator’s ruling that could prevent RIM from using certain patented wireless technology.TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Down seven cents, or 2.83 per cent, at $2.40 on 8,001,330 shares.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.70 per cent, at $2.83 on 5,473,316 shares.Centamin PLC (TSX:CEE). Miner. Up five cents, or 5.62 per cent, at 94 cents on 5,459,283 shares. The metals and mining sector rose 1.04 per cent to 937.49 points.Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Telecommunications. Up 19 cents, or 0.30 per cent, at $64.57 on 12,398,138 shares. Telecommunications sector increased 0.62 per cent to 110.69 points.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 21 cents, or 1.66 per cent, at $12.83 on 4,201,755 shares. The financial sector was up 0.80 point at 186.82 points.TSX Venture Exchange (1,218.38 up 13.01 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 3.05 per cent, at $1.69 on 9,911,765 shares. The Calgary-based company climbed for a second day in a row after it booked third-quarter profit of $4.6 million, more than double its year-earlier profit of $1.7 million or a penny per share. Revenue jumped 60 per cent to $21 million. The company has agreed to merge with Spartan Oil Corp. (TSX:STO), subject to shareholders’ approval in January.Americas Petrogas Inc. (TSXV:BOE). Oil and gas explorer. Up eight cents, or five per cent, at $1.68 on 4,567,600 shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up three cents, or 1.69 per cent, at $1.80 on 281,136 shares. The Montreal-based company will introduce a direct service next summer to Istanbul, Turkey and will use two new Boeing 777 aircraft to expand its reach into the Asia-Pacific market.Gildan Activewear (TSX:GIL). Apparel. Up 89 cents, or 2.69 per cent, at $33.98 on 1,002,360 shares. The maker of T-shirts, socks and other clothing is expanding its U.S. production for the first time by investing US$85 million on yarn-spinning facilities in southern states. The company made the announcement as it posted fourth-quarter profits jumped to $89 million from $48.5 million. Net sales increased to $561.6 million from $481.6 million.The Royal Bank (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 26 cents, or 0.45 per cent, at $58.61 on 2,465,303 shares. The first of Canada’s big banks to report booked a record full-year profit, which includes $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter compared with $1.57 billion in the same 2011 period. Total revenue was $7.5 billion, up from $6.7 billion. The boost in the recently-concluded quarter came from personal and commercial banking business earnings which topped $1 billion. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 29, 2012 5:49 pm MDT read more

As Guinea awaits election results Ban urges all political leaders to maintain


“The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful conduct of the first round of the presidential election in Guinea on 11 October,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York.Urging calm while stakeholders await the final results, the UN chief in his statement also reiterated his call on “national stakeholders to resolve any disputes that might arise peacefully, through established legal procedures.”

Distressing short film imagines fate of missing child


first_imgvia ISPCC Childline/YoutubeThe hotline 116 000 was launched in June to provide advice and support to young people and adults – it is not an emergency service number, but it is hoped that it can be a place for children to turn if they are feeling desperate.Today is Missing Persons Day – the first such in Ireland. Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said that the 116 000 hotline is “not only to support families of children who have gone missing but also to support children who have run away or are thinking of running away”.There have been over 30,000 missing children reports in Ireland since 2008.The ISPCC hopes that the video will be shared through social media – using the hashtag #MissingChldren on Twitter, for example – in order to reach as many young people as possible.The 116 000 number is free to call and there is also an automated text support service – look at missingchildrenshotline.ie for more information.Ceremony to mark first national Missing Persons Day> WHY DO CHILDREN go missing in Ireland – and what happens to them?The ISPCC has envisaged one worst-case scenario in an upsetting (be warned) short film which they are hoping will highlight their 116 000 Missing Children’s Hotline.The video – available to share on Youtube – tells the tale of ‘Molly’, a young Irish girl who runs away from an abusive home and wanders the streets of Dublin, vulnerable and alone.Warning: the six-minute film – which shows events through Molly’s eyes – is distressing and not suitable for younger viewers:last_img read more

New abortion guidelines spark condemnation on all sides


first_imgPOLITICIANS AND ACTIVISTS have reacted strongly to new guidelines on how and when abortions may be performed under the 2013 Protection of Life Under Pregnancy Act.The Department of Health had distributed the advice to clinicians potentially involved in certifying the termination of a pregnancy, but TDs and campaigners on both sides of the abortion debate have been strongly critical.Independent TD Mattie McGrath has condemned the guidelines as amounting to a “butcher’s charter”, and claimed that the government parties were “deliberately providing for the legal ending of a child’s life days from birth.”The guidelines have been circulating among health professionals such as psychiatrists, obstetricians and GPs, and set out the terms under which a woman may have a termination certified.The Irish Times reported on Thursday that the legislation requires:that a woman’s life be in real danger, either for physical reasons, or due to suicidal intentionsthat only an abortion could avoid that riskthat supervising clinicians had properly considered “the need to preserve unborn human life where practicable.”Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said such requirements would force women to “run a gauntlet of doctors and bureaucracy to access an abortion.”“The idea that suicidal women would be left waiting for referrals etc. is totally unacceptable when the time sensitivity of the decision to terminate a pregnancy…is taken into account,” she added.The guidelines also state that where a psychiatrist, having met with a pregnant woman, is of the view that she is suicidal and only a termination will avoid her suicide, the psychiatrist will certify that conclusion.If a second psychiatrist agrees that a woman’s suicidal intentions pose a risk to her life, her case will be forwarded to an obstetrician/gynaecologist for the termination to take place.Pro-life Campaign Deputy Chairperson Cora Sherlock condemned this section of the guidelines, claiming they would allow two “like-minded psychiatrists” to “sign the life of an unborn baby away.”This could be done, Sherlock claimed, “without a shred of medical evidence that it would help save the life of the mother.”According to the guidelines, however, the legislation – which came into force on 1 January – would not force health professionals with a “conscientious objection” to take part in a termination.This allowance risked being abused by doctors, according to Coppinger, and contributed to what she called the “narrowness” of the legislation.The “conscientious objection” dispensation would not apply, however, where the risk to the life of a pregnant woman was deemed to be “immediate.”More than 3,500 women from Ireland travelled to the UK for abortions last year>Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act to come into force on 1 January>last_img read more

Cork garda station evacuated as man brings in pipe bomb in a


first_imgUpdated 3.51 pmA GARDA STATION in Cork City has reopened following an earlier evacuation when a member of the public brought in a suspect device believed to be a pipe bomb.The man is understood to have found the pipe bomb close to his home and decided to bring it to nearby Togher Garda Station at about 10am this morning.There are numerous reports that the man wheeled the device into the station inside a pram.Gardai called the Defence Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Team who removed the device for examination.A cordon that was placed around the building was lifted and the station is operating as normal.Originally posted 1:00pm.Read: Bomb scare in Dublin suburb deemed a hoax >last_img read more

Solari Vinicius Jr is affected by Flamengo tragedy


first_imgSantiago Solari confirmed that the tragic events at Flamengo on Friday has indeed affected Vinicius Junior.In the early hours of Friday morning at Flamengo’s Ninho do Urubu training base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a fire broke out as the club’s youth players slept in their dormitories.The incident saw 10 people tragically lose their lives with three teenagers being sent to the hospital in a serious condition.Tributes from all over the world have since been coming in for Flamengo and the families involved.Speaking ahead to Real Madrid’s derby against Atletico Madrid later today, Solari confirmed that former Flamengo prodigy Vinicius has indeed been affected by the events back in his homeland.“Obviously he is affected. It is his home, that’s normal,” said the Real Madrid coach, according to FourFourTwo.“I insist, it’s something very sad, especially for the families who are affected for whom we want to send them our thoughts and our condolences.”The 18-year-old winger joined the Flamengo youth academy in 2010 and spent his formative years at the club learning his trade before making his senior-team debut on 13 May 2017 as a second-half substitute against Atlético Mineiro in a league match.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…10 days after making his debut, Vinicius was signed up by Real Madrid in a €46m deal but had to wait until last summer before he could complete the move as he wasn’t 18 at the time.The Brazilian took to social media on Friday shortly after the news emerged of what had occurred at his old club.“What sad news! Praying for everyone! Strength, strength, strength,” Vinicius wrote on Twitter.Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has also mourned the 10 people who tragically lost their lives on Friday.The fire took over two hours to get under control after it first broke out and there has been no word yet on how it came about in the first place.Só de lembrar as noites e dias que passei no ct, é de arrepiar. Ainda sem acreditar, mas em oração por todos! Que Deus abençoe a família de cada um! 😢 pic.twitter.com/RcBsdH3GME— Vinicius Jr ⚡️ (@vini11Oficial) February 8, 2019last_img read more

115 people arrested in San Diego and Imperial counties after ICE operation


first_img115 people arrested in San Diego and Imperial counties after ICE operation 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers arrested 115 individuals for violating federal immigration laws in the San Diego and Imperial counties during a three-day targeted enforcement operation that ended Thursday.Fifty of the immigration violators arrested were convicted criminals and seven others illegally re-entered the U.S. after removal. All but seven of the arrests took place in San Diego County. Seven others had re-entered the United States after being removed on the basis of an Immigration Judge’s final order of removal.Depending on the alien’s criminal history, an alien who illegally reenters the United States, after having been previously removed, has committed a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.“This week’s operation targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens, individuals with final orders of removal, those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed, and individuals who have otherwise violated our nation’s immigration law,” said Greg Archambeault, field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in San Diego. “Operations like this reflect the vital work ERO officers do every day to protect the nation, uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls.  We will continue to conduct similar operations, while seeking to ultimately deport at-large criminal targets and other immigration fugitives who pose a threat to public safety.”The arrests include:A 43-year-old Mexican national and Center Street Locos gang member in Oceanside, California, who had previously been removed from the U.S. on four prior occasions. He has multiple criminal convictions, including grand theft, controlled substance for sale and driving under the influence.A 55-year-old citizen of Kazakhstan who is wanted by authorities in Kazakhstan for alleged tax evasion and embezzlement. He was taken into ICE custody at his Oceanside residence Tuesday pursuant to a “Red Notice” arrest warrant issued by Interpol in September.A 52-year-old citizen of Mexico sentenced to 30-months in federal prison in 2009 after being convicted of illegal re-entry after deportation. He has three criminal convictions for spousal abuse, including battery, inflicting injury and threatening to terrorize, and was ordered removed by an immigration judge in 1998.  He had previously been removed from the U.S. to Mexico on 10 prior occasions.Four of the individuals arrested during this operation will face federal criminal prosecution for illegal re-entry after deportation. The arrestees who are not being federally prosecuted will be processed administratively for removal from the United States. Those who have outstanding orders of removal, or who returned to the United States illegally after being deported, are subject to immediate removal from the country. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody awaiting a hearing before an immigration judge, or pending travel arrangements for removal in the near future.Of the public safety targets who remain at large, those believed to be residing in or around the San Diego area include:A citizen of Mexico convicted of statutory rape, sex with a minor in 2012. He was previously removed from the United States in 2003.A citizen of Mexico convicted of domestic violence in 2010 and known associate of the “ESD” street gang. He was last removed from the United States in 2007 and illegally re-entered on an unknown date.While the vast majorities of cities in America do cooperate with ICE, state laws in California force ICE to focus additional resources to conduct at-large arrest in the community, putting officers, the general public and aliens at greater risk and increase the incidents of collateral arrests.These arrests were driven by leads developed by the local field office in conjunction with the Pacific Enforcement Response Center and the National Criminal Alien Targeting Center. ICE focuses its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.However, ICE does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States. ICE does not conduct sweeps or raids that arrest aliens indiscriminately. KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img March 16, 2018 Updated: 6:19 PM KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Wilmington Boy Scouts Troop 136 To Hold Car Wash On September 8


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 is holding a Car Wash fundraiser this Saturday, September 8, from 8am to 1pm, at the Friendship Lodge (32 Church Street).All proceeds will benefit the McLaren family of Wilmington. On July 30, Tom McLaren was injured in a motorcycle accident on his way to work on Route 128. He remains hospitalized with serious injuries. Tom’s family includes his wife Wanda, and his two children, Leila and David. David is a member of Troop 136.For those who are out of town and unable to attend, a GoFundMe was set up by friends of the family at http://www.gofundme.com/support-for-the-mclaren-family. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to the family for living and medical expenses.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the American Legion/Boy Scout Troop 136.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 Holds Car Wash Fundraiser For McLaren FamilyIn “Photo of the Day”Cub Scout Pack 136 Announce Pumpkin Sale, Haunted Trail Walk & Haunted House FundraisersIn “Community”PHOTO: Wilmington’s Frank West Jr. Honored As American Legion’s Mass. Eagle Scout Of The YearIn “Photo of the Day”last_img read more

Article 371H will not be tinkered with assures Arunachal CM on


first_imgITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday allayed fears of revocation of the special provisions of Article 371H and said the rights are aimed at developing the backward areas of the state. In his address, on the occasion of Independence Day, Khandu said the provisions enshrined in Article 371 are aimed at “protecting the economic and cultural interests” of some states, including Arunachal. Also Read – Delhi court acquits former coal secretary H.C. Gupta Advertise With Us The recent abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 in J&K by the Centre have raised apprehensions in the northeast, with several parties and organisations fearing that the Centre may also tinker with the special status accorded to their states. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had clarified that the central government has no such intention. Also Read – Trouble brews on Congress turf, meeting underway at Rahul Gandhi’s residence Advertise With Us Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his bold move in J&K, Khandu said, “The provisions of Article 371 are inclusive in nature, but that of Article 370 are primarily divisive. The government has taken the first step towards the inclusive development of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “I assure the people of my state that the provisions of Article 371-H will continue to stay in force and the same had been categorically assured in the Parliament by the Centre,” he said after unfurling the Tri-colour at Indira Gandhi Park here. Advertise With Us Article 371H vests the governor of Arunachal Pradesh with special responsibility with respect to the law and order situation in the state and in the discharge of his functions in relation thereto. It also states that the Legislative Assembly shall consist of not less than thirty members. “The main objectives behind Article 371 granting special provisions to some states, including Arunachal, are to meet the unique needs of the backward areas of these states, protect the economic and cultural interests, combat local challenges and protect customary laws,” he maintained. Khandu also asserted that his government would work towards ensuring peace and harmony in the state, where all communities co-exist and cooperate with each other. “The state government has taken several measures to increase efficiency and remove red-tape and corrupt practices in the functioning of the government departments,” he said. Talking about the development projects in the pipeline, the chief minister said the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has sanctioned funds for “pre-investment activities and various clearances of the 2,880-MW Dibang multi-purpose project” in the state. “The project, expected to be completed in nine years, will provide 12 per cent free power to the state,” he explained. The chief minister appealed to the people to “collaborate and work together as a team” to build the Arunachal Pradesh of their dreams. “We have to put in our best efforts to make Arunachal Pradesh one of the best-administered and -governed states in the country in line with the prime minister’s mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas’,” the chief minister added.last_img read more

Bings World Cup Predictions are only for English regions


first_imgBing’s World Cup Predictions are only for English regions by Martin Brinkmann on June 14, 2018 in Microsoft – 4 commentsCompanies like Microsoft showcase computer technologies that can be used to predict outcomes of events regularly. The football World Cup 2018 starts today and it should not come as a surprise that Microsoft took the opportunity to predict the outcome of all group stage world cup matches.When you search for world cup predictions on Bing, you may get a neat listing of all group stage matches of the World Cup 2018 and predictions on which team Bing thinks will win the game.Predictions are not up for all games but they are provided for most games. There are not that many surprises as Microsoft’s AI concluded that favorites such as Germany, Brazil, or France will win their group stage games.Tip: You can also search for matches directly and may get predictions for those even if the full list of matches and results does not provide those at the time.Bing predicts, for example, that Spain will win against Portugal, when you search for FIFA World Cup 2018 Portugal vs Spain 15/06/2018. Just replace country names and the date to get predictions for other matches.But this article is not really about the World Cup or match predictions but about Microsoft’s constant neglecting of users who don’t live in the United States.Bing is a global search engine that provides localized results and is even used as the default (and only) search engine of the Windows 10 operating system if you keep web search functionality enabled.If you search for world cup predictions, you get the neat listing of game predictions by Bing only if you use the United States version of Bing or have set Bing to another English-speaking region. If you search using localized versions of Bing, you don’t get the list if predictions at all. It is as if they don’t exist, and that is even if you have set the interface language to English.It can’t be something technical that prevents Bing or Microsoft from displaying resultsYou can switch to United States in Bing to use the United States version; it is highly suggested that you do as it is quite common that Microsoft publishes new features only (or first) there.It can be something small like predictions on who is going to win the World Cup 2018 in Russia, but also major changes that add new features to Bing.Do the following to switch to another region:Go to Bing if you are not on the site already.Select Menu > Settings.Click on Country/region, or load https://www.bing.com/account/general directly.Select “change your country/region” on the page under Country/Region.Select United States – English.Scroll down and click on save.Bing is switched to United States in the process. You can select a different English-speaking region instead and will get the predictions as well but you will still miss out on new features that are more often than exclusive to the U.S. version of Bing.Now You: Is Microsoft shooting itself in the foot by restricting features to certain regions? And, which team is going to win the world cup?Related articlesBing’s Wallpaper of the Day as your Windows desktop backgroundBing Visual Search: search in imagesWhy Bing Video Search is better than YouTube SearchSummaryArticle NameBing’s World Cup Predictions are only for English regionsDescriptionWhen you search for world cup predictions on Bing, you may get a neat listing of all group stage matches of the World Cup 2018 and predictions on which team Bing thinks will win the game.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Leaving Windows for Manjaro KDE PostInstallation FirstSteps


first_imgLeaving Windows for Manjaro KDE: Post-Installation First-Steps by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on July 16, 2019 in Linux – Last Update: July 16, 2019 – 66 commentsPreviously I wrote an article where I recommend Manjaro KDE Edition for Windows 7 Refugees and I felt like I should follow-up with some changes and first-steps that I think would make the transition for Windows users who followed my advice much easier.I’ll skip the fluff, and just assume that you’ve completely wiped Windows, and have installed Manjaro KDE Edition. This article will not touch on the actual installation process as I feel that for someone to be a “Windows 7 Refugee” they must have fully left Windows and moved to a Manjaro KDE system in this scenario, fully.The installation process of moving from Windows to most modern Linux distributions is very simple, and can be found and covered in thousands of articles elsewhere in great depth based on many situations and hardware setups.Manjaro KDE: Post-Installation First-StepsWith all of that out of the way, let’s get Manjaro a bit more Windows-user-friendly.1. Change single-click activation to double-clickWindows users will be thrown off-kilter pretty quickly I’d bet, by the fact that KDE by default in most systems uses a single-click to launch method rather than double-click like in Windows.To make this change:First, click on the application menu in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and navigate to Settings followed by System Settings.Next, Click Desktop Behavior.Next, if not selected by default, click Workspace.Lastly, in the Click behavior subsection, choose Double-click to open files and folders (single click to select), and then click Apply.2. Remove Octopi and Install PamacPersonally, I find Pamac to be far-superior to Octopi when it comes to being the main package-management tool for Manjaro. It’s easier to navigate, better organized, more attractive, and over-all a nicer user-experience.To install Pamac:First, click on the application menu in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and navigate to System followed by selecting Octopi.Next, search for Pamac, and it will find multiple results (5 at the time of writing this). Right-click pamac-gtk and select Install.Enter your root password when prompted.Pamac is installed along with any dependencies automatically. You can check out my guide on installing Pamac in Arch Linux for a GUI like Manjaro.To Remove OctopiFirst, click on the application menu in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and navigate to System followed by selecting Add/Remove Software.Next, click InstalledClick the Magnifying Lens icon in the upper-right corner, and type Octopi.Next to Octopi click Remove and then click Apply in the bottom right corner of the window.You may also have something called alpm-octopi-utils 1.0.0-3 installed. This can also be removed.3. Change KSysGuard hotkeyWindows users have become so used to using CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up Task Manager that I’m unsure if one could ever totally be trained to use something else, save maybe over many years of practice. So, although you likely won’t have too many applications freezing or needing to be killed, to make it easier to do so I advise changing the keyboard shortcut for accessing the application KSysGuard which serves as a sort of Task Manager alternative.To do this:First, click on the application menu in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and navigate to Settings followed by System Settings.Next, click Shortcuts in the menu on the left.Next, under Component: click KDE Daemon.Click Show System Activity and select Custom.Click None and press CTRL+ALT+DEL to enter the new combination.A warning may appear, notifying you that the binding CTRL+ALT+DEL is currently used for something else; click Reassign to change this; the other binding is for logging out quickly. ConclusionFrom here you have a lot of learning, exploring, and fun ahead of you! Things in the Linux world can be both complex but also amazingly simple, and will surely teach you more about computers, and your own habits! Welcome aboard!SummaryArticle NameLeaving Windows for Manjaro KDE: Post-Installation First-StepsDescriptionMike’s guide on changing a couple of settings and tools in Manjaro KDE after installing the Linux distribution on a system.Author Mike Turcotte-McCuskerPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Top Trends in Medical Imaging Technology


first_img Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Trending ModalitiesMammography. Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), or 3-D mammography, is the exciting new standard in breast imaging due to its dramatic improvement in lesion visibility and in early cancer detection. With DBT, a series of images are generated along the breast instead of combining two projections of images. DBT enables radiologists to view each tissue layer independently, which reduces the number of errors as well as the number of recalls.[2] The combination of DBT with ultrasound and MRI enhances diagnostic accuracy even further. The push will continue as well to remove radiation from mammography, without compromising the information and image quality.3-D Ultrasonic Holography. This technology gained traction this year and is anticipated to continue its growth in 2017. Because ultrasonic holography does not use dangerous radiation, it is ideal for preventive and post-operative examinations in breast cancer patients. The resolution of generated images is high in comparison to those of a normal ultrasound. In addition, the images are easily reproducible and allow automated computer-based data interpretation. As we look ahead to 2017, exciting trends in medical imaging will continue as the impact of mobile applications, the IoT, big data analytics and new modalities continue to unfold.  itn Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Dhaval Shah is senior vice president at CitiusTech. He has more than 16 years of experience in healthcare technology, spanning various domains including healthcare interoperability and enterprise application architecture. Prasanth Kollaikal is associate vice president at CitiusTech. He has more than 13 years of experience in the information technology industry, including a decade of experience in healthcare technology and consulting, primarily focused on provider and ISV segments.  Related Content Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Feature | Information Technology | April 11, 2017 | By Dhaval Shah and Prasanth Kollaikal Top Trends in Medical Imaging Technology Understanding new developments and preparing for the future Mobile and IoTMobile technology has made its way to healthcare. While many mobile healthcare applications exist, there are not many U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medical imaging mobile applications. The majority of those that have been approved are used primarily for reference purposes. In the medical imaging arena, many applications received 510(k) premarket notification from the FDA. Common-use cases include 3-D viewing, clinical collaboration and easy picture archiving and communication system (PACS) connectivity, which enables access to radiology reports and referral studies.In contrast, the IoT has not yet been leveraged successfully in imaging. One potential area, however, is using the IoT to enhance the reading room experience for radiologists by controlling the screen brightness and contrast parameters, including the room lighting, based on the radiologist’s choices and reading protocols. Large imaging independent software vendors (ISVs) are investing in cloud-based IoT platforms which will eventually enable integration of their medical devices across the world. These platforms support integration with patient home monitoring, wellness planning, ambulatory and diagnostic workflows. IoT platforms are also helping complex imaging workstations to outsource their high intensive imaging algorithms to the cloud, and utilizing cloud-based applications to reduce the footprint on end-users’ devices. These platforms allow third-party software vendors or IT departments of healthcare organizations to customize and build their own IoT and analytics applications according to their needs. Another technology trend that may emerge in the future is interconnectivity of medical imaging devices. These devices may be able to connect with one or multiple vendors and enable asset and fleet management, including finance-based operational analysis. Some of these integrations exist where device vendors are able to remotely perform preventive maintenance on their devices. The IoT has the capability to cater to multiple vendors and to undoubtedly become a trend in the future. center_img News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Big Data and Analytics Tools Big data analytics has gained prominence in the medical imaging arena in recent years for its critical contribution to the care continuum, along with other electronic health record (EHR) data in context. With the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Imaging 3.0 initiative and the current focus on value-based healthcare delivery, analytics tools will go well beyond gathering operational metrics. From outcomes to reimbursements, protocols to patient experiences, the impact of data analytics will be far-reaching. For example, analytics are extensively used to detect specific patterns identified with specific pathology. The imaging algorithms are capable of deriving metrics using intensive analysis of patterns in a given digital image, and output scores that complement the analyses made by the radiologist, which can be useful for quick diagnosis.The future of analytics in diagnostic imaging data is promising. We can look forward to new and interesting features in the radiology information system (RIS) and PACS systems, especially those in the cloud, which might include analytics and impressive reports on operational and clinical data.Enterprise-wide key performance indicators (KPIs) are derived from existing data sources inclusive of DICOM/HL7 transactions, log scraping, flat files, registries, database transactions, network parsing and configurations. These KPIs are customized to suit the needs of the provider, for clinical efficiency, operational efficiency, and overall patient comfort and care. They have been used for resource optimization since the start of the decade, but with the increased complexities of devices, and increased number of modalities, software systems and mobile devices, something as simple as time taken for a clinician to contact a technician on an average in a month could be easily measured and improved. Read the article “Understanding How Big Data Will Change Healthcare.” The enormity of changes in the field of medical imaging technology is hard to fathom. In an article on this topic, author James H. Thrall, M.D., chairman emeritus, Department of Radiology, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, stated, “For the better part of 100 years, physics was the dominant scientific basis of radiology, and X-ray attenuation was the paramount measurable parameter.” And furthermore, today, “the richness of measurable parameters has taken medical imaging beyond organ anatomy and pathology into the realms of physiology, pharmacology and cellular and molecular biology,”[1] he explained.The frenetic pace of change in healthcare today creates challenges of its own. Such challenges come in a myriad of forms, from new policies and legislation to novel use cases to new technology innovations. Yet, especially in technology innovation, several key trends are emerging in new modalities, mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data that hold the promise of significant positive impacts for radiology professionals. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more References1. Thrall, James H M.D., “Look Ahead: The Future of Medical Imaging,” RSNA News, Aug. 1, 2015.2. Pisano, Etta M.D. et al, “Diagnostic Performance of Digital versus Film Mammography for Breast-Cancer Screening,” The New England Journal of Medicine, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa052911#t=article. Accessed Dec. 20, 2016. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more last_img read more

Chávez heir wins Venezuela vote opposition cries foul


first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela – The contested result plunged the deeply divided oil-rich South American country into uncertainty, with the handpicked heir of Chávez’s socialist revolution declaring victory and opposition leader Henrique Capriles demanding a recount.Fireworks erupted after the National Electoral Council announced that the “irreversible” results showed Maduro had won with just 50.66 percent of the vote compared to 49.1 percent for Capriles – a difference of less than 300,000 votes.“Mission accomplished Comandante Chávez. The people fulfilled its pledge,” Maduro said in front of cheering supporters at the Miraflores presidential palace.The 50-year-old former foreign minister declared that he secured a “fair, legal, constitutional” victory. But he said he was open to an audit of the close vote tally. He is scheduled to be sworn-in to complete Chávez’s six-year term on Friday.Maduro said he spoke with Capriles by telephone and that he told his rival he must recognize the outcome of the election. Both candidates had pledged during the campaign to accept the results.But Capriles – who had accepted defeat when Chávez beat him by 11 points in October polls – held up a list of some 3,200 “incidents” that took place during the vote.“Today’s loser is you,” he told a news conference, referring to Maduro, adding: “We won’t recognize a result until every vote has been counted.”The 40-year-old state governor wants a recount of the backup paper ballots that are printed out by the electronic voting machines.Hours earlier, Capriles charged that there were attempts to let people vote after polling stations closed. He also accused the government of pressuring civil servants to vote for Maduro.Some Capriles supporters fought back tears at his campaign headquarters.“I’m exasperated because we worked a lot in this campaign for a better future and I don’t accept the results of the electoral council,” said Daniela Brito, a 19-year-old university student with tears in her eyes.But National Electoral Council President Tibisay Lucena said the results were “irreversible” after 99 percent of electronic votes were counted, with 78.7 percent turnout.Luis Vicente León, director of the Datanalisis polling firm, wrote on Twitter that the opposition’s rejection of the results “was within the legal framework and does not represent a risk of conflict in the street.”Named by Chávez as his political heir, Maduro rode a wave of grief for the late leader, who ruled Venezuela for 14 years with a socialist revolution that made him popular among the poor while disenchanting others fed up with the weak economy.Opinion polls had given Maduro leads of 10 to 20 points during the campaign, but Capriles energized the opposition in his second shot at the presidency after 14 years under Chávez.Maduro has vowed to continue the oil-funded policies that cut poverty by almost half to 29 percent through popular health, education and food programs.But Chávez left behind a litany of problems: South America’s highest murder rate, with 16,000 people killed last year, chronic food shortages, high inflation and recurring power outages.Hundreds of Chavistas began to celebrate in front of the presidential palace well before the results were announced, launching fireworks, dancing and holding pictures of Maduro and Chávez.“This is a very important victory for the future of the country. This is the legacy of our comandante, who is no longer here. But he left us Maduro and he will defend his project,” said Rafael Pérez Camarero, 29.Capriles had graciously accepted his defeat when Chávez beat him in October polls that marked the opposition’s best showing against the late leader. Sunday’s result against Chávez’s handpicked heir was far closer.Maduro inherited Chávez’s formidable electoral machinery, which helped the late leader win successive elections in 14 years, with government employees often seen handing campaign pamphlets and attending rallies in groups.After voting in Caracas earlier in the day, Maduro warned there would be no dialogue with the “bourgeoisie” – his term for the opposition – and took a shot at the United States, saying he would present evidence of U.S. interventionism on Monday.His candidacy was backed by Chávez’s leftist allies in the region, especially communist Cuba, whose anemic economy has been kept afloat by generous oil shipments from a nation sitting on the world’s biggest crude reserves. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

How lucrative running your own business with Travel Counsellors can be


first_imgHow lucrative running your own business with Travel Counsellors can be Nadine Kutz – Travel CounsellorHow lucrative running your own business with Travel Counsellors can beNadine Kutz of Queensland recently reached a sales milestone worth celebrating when she hit $30 million in total sales since she joined Travel Counsellors. Starting her business with Travel Counsellors in July 2010, the mother of two has achieved the coveted Travel Counsellors Gold Status for each year she has been running her business yet it’s her phenomenal sales results that have put her in the spotlight recently.“I was initially drawn to Travel Counsellors because I wanted a travel role that enabled me to explore my earning potential while being there for my family. Office and retail-based travel roles don’t usually afford much freedom or flexibility when it comes to the hours you work, so I loved the idea of running my own home-based enterprise for this reason,” explains Nadine. “I really enjoy running my own business with the assistance and support of Travel Counsellors. With the head office team taking care of most of the marketing, administrative and technological aspects of the business, I am free to focus on my clients.”Not one to become complacent, Nadine is always looking for new ways to improve her business, find new customers and increase her sales. “While increasing my total sales each year is a wonderful achievement, I’m very pleased that my margin is also continually increasing. This means my earnings are also growing in value each year,” says Nadine. “Apart from reaching a pretty significant sales milestone, what makes me really happy is that I’m able to work in a way that allows me to be there for my family.”Fred van Eijk, Interim Managing Director of Travel Counsellors Australia comments, “Nadine’s ongoing success is a prime example of the wonderful things that can happen when experienced travel agents join Travel Counsellors. Year after year Nadine has consistently grown her business thanks to her excellent work ethic, can-do attitude and innovative approach. At Travel Counsellors, we focus on empowering travel agents to reach their full potential, earn what they’re worth and achieve a good work/life balance at the same time. Nadine’s recent sales milestone is a great reminder of how far agents can go with Travel Counsellors. The possibilities are truly endless.”About Travel CounsellorsTravel Counsellors Australia was established in 2007 and currently has nearly 150 Travel Counsellors. Our head office in Australia is in Melbourne. Travel Counsellors Australia is accredited with ATAS. Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company. Founded in 1994 it currently has 1,646 travel consultants who work from home with the support of over 350 staff at the company’s UK headquarters and overseas offices. The company operates in Australia, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, UAE and Belgium.Source = Travel Counsellors – Australialast_img read more

NeighborWorks America Elects New Board Chairman


first_imgNeighborWorks America Elects New Board Chairman in Featured, News July 8, 2016 486 Views Grovetta GardineerNeighborWorks America elected Grovetta Gardineer as their board chairman. This appointment is effective as of June 28, 2016, according to the announcement from the company.Gardineer is the successor to Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry, who had been the chairman since March 2014. During his tenure, Curry led the corporation as it managed and invested stakeholder funds that resulted in more than $27 billion of investment over the past five years in communities across the United States by the NeighborWorks network.Before being elected as board chairman, Gardineer served as vice chairman of the board from December 2013 through March 2014 and chairman from June 2005 to April 2012. NeighborWorks America’s board consists of the heads of the financial regulatory agencies and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or their statutorily designated representatives.“All of us at NeighborWorks are honored and excited to have Grovetta lead the board of directors and help guide the organization as it begins a new five-year strategic plan,” said Paul Weech, NeighborWorks America president and CEO. “Her experience and commitment to community development and operational excellence will enhance the corporation’s ability to meet its mission and help every community be a place of opportunity.”In this role, Gardineer will provide strategic leadership and oversight in support of NeighborWorks America’s mission to create economic opportunities, further the ability of people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen communities.“It is a tremendous honor to chair an organization with such an important mission of enabling quality and affordable rental housing and homeownership,” Gardineer said. “Through education, access and empowerment, NeighborWorks strengthens the foundations of communities and enriches individuals’ lives throughout our nation.”center_img Share Neighborworks America OCC 2016-07-08 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

Corporate TravellerFCM AustraliaFCTGInternational


first_imgCorporate TravellerFCM AustraliaFCTGInternational Women’s Day Over 300 guests will join FCM Travel Solutions and Corporate Traveller at Crown Hotel in Melbourne today, to celebrate International Women’s Day, marking the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.“As both companies boast a workforce that is approximately 75% female, we are committed to supporting female development within our organisations and across industries,” Melissa Elf, General Manager of FCM Australia said.“For FCM and the broader Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), there is a lot of work underway to strengthen our support networks, career development and mentoring opportunities to help women achieve their goals.”FCM and Corporate Traveller, as part of FCTG, say they are proud to offer female employees access to initiatives including Womenwise – to champion gender diversity and equality, flexible working conditions, unconscious bias training, equal gender representation for all senior leadership interview panels, a financial literacy program and the FCTG Parental Allowance.Melissa is part of a growing group of senior female leaders across FCTG, where there is a concerted effort to encourage more women to apply for leadership roles, to connect with and learn from mentors, and to upskill.“Women across industries can actively support each other by creating networks with their customers, industry partners and within our own businesses to ensure we are equally represented and heard,” Melissa said. “We are delighted to have so many of our customers joining us tomorrow to celebrate our collective achievements.”Today’s event will also introduce guests to one of FCTG’s not-for-profit partners, SolarBuddy. Billie Murphy, SolarBuddy General Manager of Education, will be shining a light on energy poverty and the fact that an estimated 18% of the world’s population has no access to electricity. Particularly relevant on International Women’s Day, SolarBuddy says it is women and children who are mostly impacted by energy poverty. Attendees will be invited to help build a SolarBuddy kit, which takes around 15-20 minutes.Guest speakers also include coach and mentor, Donny Walford, the founder of Behind Closed Doors and Bottom Line, which specialise in professional development, peer coaching and mentoring. Donny will be sharing key insights to her success.“We are looking forward to celebrating the cause with our customers, colleagues and industry partners,” said Julie McLean, FCM’s Director of Global Enterprise Sales Strategy and event emcee.“Additionally, I’d also like to thank our International Women’s Day major sponsors Crown Hotels and Virgin Australia, with Virgin providing our major prize. All funds raised are going to SolarBuddy.”last_img read more