Gilmore hit back at claims that the party had broken election promises saying that 330,000 people had been taken out of Universal Social Charge and the cut in the minimum wage had been reversed.“In any coalition government you dont get your own way all of the time,” he said adding that when the government took office two-and-a-half years ago “there was about five months’ money left n the kitty”.He said the budget is not going to be easy but that said that the adjustment had to be done “in a balanced way, in a fair way” and said there is not a case for doing more than is needed as some have argued.“We have to do it in a way that is sensible, that ensures there is confidence restored to our economy and people can breath again,” he said.On the Seanad abolition referendum, Gilmore appeared to be open on reforming the upper house if there is a No vote but insisted that this is not the question on the ballot paper.“I believe that in a country of this size, that one parliament is sufficient,” he said insisting that abolition is not a power grab.On tensions with Labour deputy leader Joan Burton, the Tánaiste insisted that his Cabinet colleague is doing a “fabulous job” at the Department of Social Protection.“Joan Burton and I work very well together,” he added.They’re back: Here are 8 questions we’re asking ahead of the new Dáil termRead: Budget likely to top agenda as Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil hold think-insJoan Burton: ‘Eamon Gilmore has always been supportive of me and I am for him’ TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE believes the Irish people will not reward “the party that caused the crisis and punish the party that solved it” as he acknowledged that Labour is suffering in the opinion polls.Speaking ahead of the parliamentary party’s annual think-in in Meath today, the Labour leader defended his party’s decisions in government and claimed that 30,000 new jobs have been created in the past year alone.“We were never under any doubt but that the job of work that we took on two-and-a-half years ago was difficult and that it was going to be challenging and it has proved to be that,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.He said he would not deny that he takes heed of the opinion polls – which show Labour at a five-year low – but said “we cannot be dictated by short-term decision making”.Gilmore criticised the previous policies of Fianna Fáil finance minister Charlie McCreevy and expressed confidence in his party’s ability to recover at the polls.“I believe that at the end of the day I think that the Irish people are not going turn around in a general election and reward the party that caused the crisis (Fianna Fáil) and punish the party that solved it,” he said.He said that the country is “back on our feet but we cannot be complacent”.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The trial of suspected members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group is set to continue in the absence of the defendants and their lawyers, the presiding judge decided on Thursday. The judge ruled to resume proceedings in the absence of key players following two weeks of adjournments Judge Maria Varela said the only way for the trial of the 10 detained suspects to continue is in their absence as they have repeatedly refused to turn up in court and dismissed three sets of lawyers. Another three suspects remain at large. Invoking a decision by the Supreme Court, Varela said that the trial would continue in the presence of security staff, journalists and those who remain in the public gallery. Explaining her decision, the judge claimed that by repeatedly dismissing their lawyers and insisting that certain demands be met, the defendants had “abused their right to choose their own lawyers and obstructed the proceedings.” The defendants had made two key demands – that visitors to the public gallery do not have their police identification cards retained by authorities and that the court proceedings be recorded. This procedure had been foregone to save on expenses. Four of the detained suspects have reportedly declared that they are going on hunger strike to protest the nonfulfillment of their demands. Responding to the judge’s decision on Thursday, supporters of the defendants in the public gallery chanted “fascists,” and the parent of one of the accused remarked that such a decision would not even have been taken by a military court. Earlier in the day Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis had backed the judge’s move. “It is not the state, but the behavior of those involved in the trial who are to blame for the deadlock,” he said. Source: Kathimerini
Abdoulie G DibbaThis column is devoted to monitor and report on issues that relate to production, processing, preservation and marketing of agricultural produce aimed at ensuring food security in the Gambia as well as the interventions of Government and Non-governmental Organizations in this regard.In this edition and subsequent editions, Farmers’ Eye will focus on the Agricultural Programmes and projects to show where the country is now in its drive to ensure food security. Farmers’ Eye, which has been touring the country talking to the farming communities regarding their constraints and the way forward in ensuring food security, is being told by farmers everywhere that there cannot be food security in the Gambia unless there is an increase in food productivity and which cannot be realized in the absence of farm implements, fertilizer and enough water for the crops to be supported by processing and storage facilities. In 2005, ECOWAS agreed on an Action Plan (2005- 2010) to implement both the CAADP, and ECOWAP. ECOWAS was then mandated to implement the Action Plan, and consequently, the Regional Agricultural Investment Program (RAIP), which supplements national programs within the framework of the CAADP. The RAIP is sub-divided into the following six sub-programs:1). Development of Agricultural chains and market promotion2). Improvement of water management3). Prevention and management of food crises and other natural disasters4). Improved management of the other shared resources5). Sustainable farm development6). Institutional capacity building for the implementation of the RAIPIn the last edition, we dealt with the components of the Gambia National Agricultural Investment Program and promised the readers that in this edition, Farmers’ Eye will deal with the proposed cost for the programme and how much goes to each component.The Gambia National Agricultural Investment Program ( G‘.NAIP) is planned to cost approximately $266.7 million over its lifespan and that the largest part(45 percent)of the budget will be spent on the development of agricultural chains and market promotion. The second largest part of the budget (23percent) is accounted for by spending on the prevention and management of food crisis and other natural disasters.This planned spending pattern indicates an increased emphasis on commercializing Gambian agriculture, value addition, and ensuring the nations food security. Sustainable farm management and improved management of shared resources both account for 7 percent of the GNAIP budget.It opted to remind the readers that GNAIP is divided into Programmes and first of which deals with Improved Agricultural Land and Water Management that aims to increase food security, income generating capacity and nutritional status of the farmer beneficiaries especially women and youth through the use of sustainable land and water management practice for the cultivation of 25,000 ha of land.This Programme comprises three components namely; Lowland Development for Rice Production, Irrigation for Horticulture and Upland Crops, and Capacity Building of Support Services Institutions.However, this program is as well divided into sub-programs, components and sub-components with their respective budgetary allocations.Under the sub-program improvement of water management, an amount of US$68,044,000 was allocated and spread within the following components and sub-components.Under capacity building, US$2,500,000 for capacity building and support services; US$230,000 Capacity-building of Basin Authorities/Agencies; US$3,240,000 for Capacity-building of the Department of Water Resources and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM); under Irrigation and Mechanization, US$ 14,174,000 was allocated; under Land development, US$ 13,400,000 was allocated under Introduction of bio-saline agriculture, an amount of US$ 2,500,000 was allocated under Infrastructure and support services (office and staff quarters, seed and other input/output stores, drying floors,storage and mechanical workshops,etc.) US$ 10,000,000 under Initiation of pilot certified seed production and multiplication of major upland crops using appropriate irrigation technologies including climate controlled. An amount of US$12,000,000 was allocated under Land and water resources survey and monitoring using satellite remote sensing technologies (capacity training, equipment and offices,etc), attracts an amount of US$5,000,000 was allocated.This gives a total budgetary allocation of the improvement of water management sub-program, a total amount of US$68,044,000.See next edition for allocations
Updated: 5:24 PM AP Trump issues Thanksgiving threat to close US-Mexico border 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 SettingsPALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump made a Thanksgiving Day threat to close the U.S. border with Mexico for an undisclosed period of time if his administration determines that its southern ally has lost “control” on its side.Trump also said he has given the thousands of active-duty troops he sent to the border before the Nov. 6 midterm elections the “OK” to use lethal force against migrants “if they have to.” And he said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whom he has faulted for not being tough enough on immigration, is “in there trying.”“It’s a tough job,” he said.The president would not discount the possibility of a partial government shutdown early in December over lawmakers’ refusal to allocate the billions of dollars he is demanding for a border wall, the central promise of his 2016 campaign.“Could there be a shutdown? There certainly could, and it will be about border security, of which the wall is a part,” Trump said.Trump made the comments in a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with reporters at his Florida golf club after he conveyed holiday wishes in a telephone call with select members of the American military serving around the globe.That conversation grew from a presidential expression of gratitude for their commitment to protecting the country and its interest and touched on a variety of political topics, including immigration policy, the economy and Trump’s displeasure with court rulings against administration initiatives.In his remarks afterward to reporters, Trump moved quickly from issue to issue, from the border and his public dispute with Chief Justice John Roberts to relations with China, a possible staff and Cabinet shake-up and his defense of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.Trump’s border threat came days after a federal judge put the administration’s asylum policy on hold. Under that new policy, Trump declared no one could apply for asylum except at an official border entry point. Some ports of entry are already facing huge backups, with people waiting for weeks.The U.S. government shut down one port of entry, San Ysidro, in California, for several hours early Monday morning to bolster security amid concerns about a potential influx of migrant caravan members. Most of the lanes were reopened before the morning rush.Trump repeated Nielsen’s claim, made earlier this week when she visited a San Diego Pacific Coast beach to see newly installed razor wire wrapped around a towering border wall that cuts across the sand, that there were as many as 500 criminals and gang members in the group heading northward. Nielsen refused to answer questions about how they were identified or what crimes they had committed.Trump asserted that there are “fistfights all over the streets” in Tijuana, Mexico, and that “these are not like normal, innocent people.”“These are people you talk to them and they start a fistfight,” he said. “I don’t want that in this country.”The people of Tijuana “opened up with wide arms” to welcome the caravan, Trump said, and “now they’re going crazy to get them out … because bad things are happening.”In the past week, city officials have arrested three dozen caravan members for drug possession, public intoxication, disturbing the peace and resisting police, and said they would be deported to their home countries. Many also say the actions of a few are tarnishing the image of the roughly 4,000 migrants who are camped in Tijuana.While authorizing the military’s use of lethal force along the border, Trump said, “I hope they don’t have to,” adding that he would not let ‘the military be taken advantage of. I have no choice.’Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that the White House had given him explicit authority to use military troops to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel at the southwest border, with lethal force if necessary. But he was adamant the military would remain within its legal limits.The law prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role, except in cases and under circumstances specifically authorized by the Constitution or Congress. Generally, U.S. troops are authorized to use force in self-defense.Trump said that if U.S. officials “find that it’s incontrollable, if we find that it gets to a level where we are going to lose control or where people are going to start getting hurt, we will close entry into the country for a period of time until we can get it under control. The whole border.”In that case, Mexico would take an economic hit, he said, citing an inability to ship cars into the U.S. for sale.“We’re either going to have a border or we’re not,” Trump said. Posted: November 22, 2018 November 22, 2018 AP, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter
FULLERTON, CA — RoseMarie, age 81, a longtime resident of Fullerton, was born in Wilmington, MA, as Ruth Rose Marie Ballantine. She was the daughter of William and Dorothy Rogers and sister to Dorothy, Judith and Beverly Rogers, Daniel Ballantine, James (Barry) Laurin, Wilfred (Babe) Laurin and John Falasca. Rose Marie attended Wilmington High School where she met and eventually married Weston (Wes) Draper. Together, they had five children, Susanne, Darlene, Earl, Jeffrey and Alison.Rose Marie was excited to become Nana to each of her seven grandchildren: Krista, Owen, Christopher (Chris), Derek, Austin and Jason, and later a great-grandma to Ethan. Rose loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was always her first priority.Rose Marie was a nurturing mother. She ruled the house with love, strong convictions and a wooden spoon and was very proud of her family.Rose Marie’s life was bustling, with five kids keeping her far from being bored. As her children grew, she was involved in many things related to their lives and hers. She taught religious education, and was an active member of PTA, Girl Scouts and Parents Without Partners. No matter what, though, Rose Marie would always find time to “slow life down” and to sit and chat with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, the mail-carrier, and pretty much anyone else that crossed paths with her.Rose Marie had such a love for life, and always made those around her feel extremely welcome. In fact, many have said that she is far and away the nicest and most giving person they have ever known. There are many folks (you know who you are), who are neither biologically or legally related to her and yet call her “My Other Mother” or “Nana Rose”. To those she cared about, you knew she had your back, but would take you to task if she thought you were out of line.Surrounded by her family, Rose passed away, very peacefully, at 5:52 in the morning on March 18th, 2018. On that quiet and peaceful morning, Rose took her last breath of life on this earth, and is now in the palm of your hand Lord.Rose Marie’s wish was to be cremated and her ashes interred with her family in MA. A funeral mass for Rose Marie has been celebrated, and an interment ceremony will be held on Monday, June 18 at 10am, Wildwood Cemetery, 223 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA.Ruth Rose Marie (Ballantine/Rogers) DraperLike 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 3, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janice Kay (Humbarger) DeLap, 74In “Obituaries”
The National Winter Service says this past winter was unofficially the least snowy on record for Anchorage.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that although the NWS continues to record snowfall through June 30, it does not expect to see any more measureable snowfall this season.The NWS says it is “pretty confident” in its prediction that this year will be the city’s least snowy.The agency recorded only 25.1 inches of snow during the 2014-2015 winter season, beating the previous low-snowfall record of 30.4 inches in 1957-1958.Only a few years ago, in 2011-2012, Anchorage saw the heaviest snowfall on record when 134.5 inches were recorded.NWS says the seasonal average is 74.5 inches of snow.
Kadapa: Expressing his government’s commitment to improve living standards of farming community, Deputy Chief Minister SB Amzath Basha has said that the government is keen on completing all pending irrigation projects in the district. Addressing the gathering after hoisting the national flag on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, he said that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is putting special efforts for completion of all pending irrigation projects under Jalayagnam scheme for protecting the interests of farmers.
People stand next to the bullet riddled vehicle where some members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were on board, after they were ambushed by gunmen in Aracan town, north Cotabato province, in southern island of Mindanao. Photo: AFPFour of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s bodyguards were shot and wounded on Wednesday by suspected communist rebels a day after the insurgents warned of attacks, authorities said.Duterte was not in the convoy when gunmen opened fire on two Presidential Security Group vehicles along a highway on the main southern island of Mindanao, they added.A military official blamed the New People’s Army-the 4,000-member armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines-for the ambush.“This is part of their nationwide call for armed groups to oppose martial law by launching intensified offensives against government forces,” Brigadier General Gilberto Gapay, a senior Mindanao military official, told radio station DZBB in Manila.The ambush came a day after Duterte asked Congress for authorisation to place Mindanao under martial law until December to defeat Islamic State group-styled militants fighting security forces in the city of Marawi.A 60-day martial rule is already in place over the island after the militants attacked Marawi on May 23, but Duterte conceded Tuesday he needed more time to defeat the IS-styled gunmen.The communist party, which has been waging Asia’s longest insurgency, called on its armed wing on Tuesday to launch offensives in response to Duterte’s extended martial law plan.The wounded soldiers were on their way to another Mindanao city when they ran into a checkpoint manned by guerrillas, their commander Louie Dagoy told reporters.“Our troops were able to fire back and they called for help from a nearby militia base,” a regional military spokesman, Major Ezra Balagtey, told AFP.The communist insurgency that began in 1968 has claimed an estimated 30,000 lives, according to the military.The rebels have been in on-and-off peace talks with the government since Duterte, a self-described socialist, was elected last year.They were set to resume formal negotiations next month.On Tuesday Duterte denounced the rebels for their alleged treachery in killing soldiers.Saying the rebels were targeting soldiers who are not allowed to carry their assault rifles when they went off-duty, Duterte announced he was providing all of them with pistols for self-defence.“The majority of the people have repudiated communism with all its brutality, and (they have) nothing really to offer to the country. It’s almost bankrupt,” Duterte added.
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) speaks with reporters on the way to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, US 3 October. Photo: ReutersTwo Democratic senators on Sunday said voters angry that Republicans confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite allegations of sexual misconduct should focus on next month’s congressional elections instead of seeking to impeach the new justice.Some Democrats in the House of Representatives have indicated Kavanaugh could face investigations or even potential impeachment if they win majorities in the House and possibly the Senate. But senators Chris Coons and Mazie Hirono distanced themselves from those demands, saying they are concentrating on the 7 November congressional elections.“I think that’s premature,” Coons said of impeachment talk on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Frankly we are just less than a month away from an election. Folks who feel very strongly one way or other about the issues in front of us should get out and vote and participate.”Kavanaugh was sworn in late on Saturday amid protests at the court after he was narrowly confirmed in a 50-48 Senate vote but with questions raised from Democrats and liberal groups as to whether he will be a partisan justice.Democrats are hopeful of winning control of the House but the Senate is a long shot. Republicans say that anger on the right at the way Democrats treated Kavanaugh may have energized their voters as well.US president Donald Trump said the public protests against Kavanaugh were the work of “an angry left-wing mob” and has urged his supporters to vote in November.Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that “nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight.”With both parties focusing on the confirmation battle, it is unclear who will capitalize on it most effectively in the elections.Hirono, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” said, “I’m focused like a laser beam on the elections” when asked about impeachment.“I’m very focused on the here and now, which is that all these angry women, mainly, out there who saw what was going on and how the Senate was not able to deal with the entire issue of sexual assault,” she said.Noting that only one Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached, Coons said the Senate needed to show leadership and seek to heal the country.“I think talking about it at this point isn’t necessarily healing us and moving us forward,” he said.Samuel Chase in 1804 was the only justice to be impeached by the House. He was aquitted by the Senate the following year.Kavanaugh fought back against the accusations with a blistering partisan attack at a 27 September Senate hearing on Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that he had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser, said on ABC’s “This Week” that the focus should turn from Kavanaugh’s combative testimony and toward his 12 years as a respected appeals court judge in Washington.“The Supreme Court, thank God, is a sacrosanct institution that can withstand much,” Conway said.Kavanaugh’s confirmation means the nine-justice court now has a solid 5-4 conservative majority that is likely to move the court further to the right as it rules on contentious issues such as abortion, immigration, transgender rights, industry regulation and presidential powers.
Harriet Tubman (Photo Courtesy of www.nps.gov/)ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 19, 2014) — Governor Martin O’Malley today issued a statement on the signing of legislation by President Barack Obama that honors the contributions and preserves the legacy of Harriet Tubman. A Maryland native and one of the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductors, Harriet Tubman made historic advancements in human rights:“We are grateful for the bipartisan support for legislation that authorizes both the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Maryland and the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in New York. Maryland is woven into Tubman’s life tapestry. She was born on the Eastern Shore and this project will provide a window into what it was like when she was here. She used these waterways. She walked these fields and these woods.“It has been our goal, along with our counterparts in New York, to ensure that the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman are honored in both states. Collectively, the parks reflect her true and complete journey from enslaved to free and from freedom seeker to humanitarian.”Under the O’Malley-Brown Administration, Maryland showed its support for the project by establishing the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway driving tour on the Eastern Shore. The Administration secured more than $20 million in state and federal funds for the construction of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, which is currently under construction in Dorchester County and slated to open in 2016.
Baltimore’s policy wonks have received an early Christmas gift this year with the re-launching of Budget Live!, a website where anyone can explore the city’s budget down to line items, and which includes a simulator that allows residents to try their hand at balancing the budget.Baltimore is currently facing a $15 million projected shortfall for fiscal year 2015 (the current fiscal year which is about halfway through), and a $30 million shortfall for fiscal year 2016.“That’s significant,” said Andrew Kleine, budget chief for the city’s Bureau of the Budget & Management Research (BBMR), “especially after several years in which we have had to cut back, reduce services. The low-hanging fruit has been plucked so it gets harder and harder as we continue to experience these kinds of shortfalls.”Growing costs, said Kleine, are the reason for the city’s current budget issues. “The economy’s improving so we’re seeing the benefits of that in higher property tax revenue, income tax revenue is increasing, hotel tax revenue, those kinds of things, but our costs are continuing to outpace that,” said Kleine.Part of the difficulty Baltimore faces is that it has already maxed out a number of its major revenue streams, possessing the highest income tax rate allowed by state law and with a property tax “well above any other jurisdiction,” according to Kleine. “We see those as competitive disadvantages when it comes to growing the city, and so we want to change that.”Budget Live!’s simulator, called “Balanced Baltimore,” represents a dialogue between the city and its residents about the difficulty of balancing the budget as well as setting budget priorities.“Unlike us, citizens aren’t spending all their time poring over the city budget, but we think it’s important for them to kind of stand in the mayor’s shoes and understand the kinds of trade-offs that she faces in balancing the budget where there’s always a greater demand for services than what the money we bring in can support,” said Kleine. “By asking citizens to make those trade-offs, we learn a lot about what their priorities are.”Budget Live! will also be presenting some questions to residents, including how they would divide a $100 budget among the mayor’s seven priority outcomes for a growing Baltimore, in order to start discussions and provide the mayor direct feedback from citizens. At the end of January, the “Balanced Baltimore” and discussion sections of Baltimore Live! will be shut down and its results collected into a report that will be presented to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake during a series of annual budget meetings early next year.“Those are the meetings in which [Rawlings-Blake is] making final decisions on what gets presented to the Board of Estimates in March,” said Kleine.City residents can also contact BBMR with questions about the budget from the website, using the “Contact” tab. BBMR is committing to answering those questions within two business days, according to Kirsten Silveira, a budget management analyst with BBMR.The website, which is accessible at http://bbmr.baltimorecity.gov/BudgetLive2016.aspx, also has a schedule of upcoming workshops citizens can attend to learn more about the budget email@example.com
Cozumel, Q.R. — Marine authorities in Cozumel say they have located a diver who went missing off island waters Wednesday. It was Thursday afternoon when the announcement came that the fishermen had been picked up by two fishermen in a boat that were part of the rescue team. Hernández was reported to be dehydrated but in overall good condition. Fisherman Gerardo Hernández failed to surface with his two companions, which is when authorities were notified and a search launched. Members of the Mexican Navy set out to search waters as did numerous local boats. Apparently Hernández became disorientated and got lost during the dive in an area is known for its strong currents. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) A group of three fishermen were diving off the northern portion of the island Wednesday when one of them failed to resurface. The trio were diving in waters at Faro Molas with their vessel Andrés when the incident occurred.
Related Content October 19, 2010 — CardioGen-82 (Rubidium Rb 82 Generator) when used with positron emission tomography (PET) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) has been shown to produce “reasonably low radiation exposure” of 3.7mSv for a complete rest/stress study. 1 Confirmed in the recently published study “Human Biodistribution and Radiation Dosimetry of 82Rb,” led by Frank Bengel, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University and featured in the October issue of Journal of Nuclear Medicine, this finding is added testament to the enhanced diagnostic ability and safety of this PET myocardial perfusion tracer. “As the number of cardiovascular imaging procedures continues to increase, the concerns over radiation exposure have become an important issue. Our study provides scientific evidence for this discussion,” Bengel said. “It resolves a discrepancy between previously available estimates of radiation dose from rubidium-82. It confirms that rubidium-82 PET is at the lower end of radiation dose among cardiac imaging procedures involving ionizing radiation.” Bengel evaluated 10 healthy volunteers who underwent dynamic PET/computed tomography (CT) — six contiguous table positions, each with separate 82Rb infusion. Source organ volumes of interest were delineated on the CT images and transferred to the PET images to obtain time-integrated activity coefficients. From the study, Dr. Bengel concluded that the current 82Rb dosimetry suggests reasonably low radiation exposure. On the basis of this study, a clinical 82Rb injection of 2 . 1,480 MBq (80 mCi) would result in a mean effective dose of 3.7 mSv using the weighting factors of the ICRP 103 – only slightly above the average annual natural background exposure in the United States (3.1 mSv). 1Reference: 1. Bengel et al. Human Biodistribution and Radiation Dosimetry of 82Rb. Journal of Nuclear Medicine. 2010. For more information: www.braccoimaging.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | October 19, 2010 New Study Results on Rubidium Rb 82 Generator Dose News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more
More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates In the interim, “the human rights situation in Venezuela has become even more precarious,” the new report says.Venezuelan officials did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment on the report.Its release comes as Chavez, after 13 years in power promoting a socialist agenda that has included expropriation of private businesses, faces re-election on Oct. 7 against an opponent who accuses him of unfairly using state resources and monopolizing broadcast airwaves to his advantage.“With conditions of a very solid consolidation of power, it is a real challenge,” the Americas director for Human Rights Watch, Jose Miguel Vivanco, said of the situation confronting opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles.Vivanco said he was especially worried what would occur if the election’s outcome were contested in court, saying Venezuela’s judiciary has shown itself “to be completely subordinated to the wishes and the needs, strategies and goals of the government.”Chavez, 57, began campaigning this month after undergoing treatment in Cuba over the past year for an unspecified cancer in his pelvic area, declaring last week that he is “cancer-free” but limiting appearances outside the capital to two days a week. The latest poll gives Chavez a 15-point lead over Capriles, though it also found 23 percent of voters undecided. The Datanalisis poll released Monday had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.The 40-year-old Capriles, a centrist governor who Chavez labels a “mama’s boy” and a bourgeois tool of “Yankee imperialists,” has refrained from personal attacks on the incumbent and focused his campaign on promises to combat rampant crime and government corruption.Capriles is doing so in a climate in which “the Chavez government (has secured) free rein to intimidate, censor, and prosecute Venezuelans who criticize the president or thwart his political agenda,” the Human Rights Watch report says.In the past four years, a Chavez-dominated Congress has passed laws expanding the government’s powers to limit free speech and punish its critics while the Supreme Court, re-packed with Chavez supporters, “has explicitly rejected the principle that the judiciary should serve as a check on presidential power,” it says.Other key complaints lodged by the rights group:_ The Chavez government “has enacted rules that dramatically reduce the public’s right to obtain information held by the government.” Comments Share ___Frank Bajak on Twitter: http://twitter.com/fbajak Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – The concentration of power in the executive by President Hugo Chavez’s government and its removal of human rights safeguards have given Venezuelan officials free rein to intimidate, censor and prosecute critics and challengers, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.The independent advocacy group’s 134-page report, “Tightening the Grip: Concentration and Abuse of Power in Chavez’s Venezuela,” comes four years after its regional director and his deputy were forcibly expelled from Venezuela after presenting a report that reached a similar conclusion. Sponsored Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories _ The administration’s constant attacks on local rights defenders, whom authorities portray as enemies of the people, has helped make them “more vulnerable to acts of intimidation by low-level officials and threats and acts of violence” by Chavez supporters._ The government’s deeds have sent a clear message to judges, journalists, broadcasters and rights defenders in particular that “the president and his followers are willing and able to punish people who challenge or obstruct their political aims.”Although many Venezuelans continue to criticize the government, the fear of reprisal has had a chilling effect on the media and “undercut the ability of judges to adjudicate politically sensitive cases,” the report says.Human Rights Watch said its report, which details well-publicized and less-known cases of what it calls arbitrary government abuses, is based on extensive research and four visits from May 2010 to March 2012.During those visits, its investigators “intentionally avoided establishing contact with government officials or drawing public attention,” the group said.The group said it had submitted written requests for information to high-level Venezuelan officials but received no responses.
Spending Growth Outpaces Income in August Consumer spending rose $57.2 billion ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Ø 0.5 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┬Ø in August, but personal income improved just $15 billion, 0.1 percent, the “”Bureau of Economic Analysis””:http://bea.gov/newsreleases/national/pi/2012/pdf/pi0812.pdf reported Friday. While the increase in spending matched economist expectations, the increase in incomes was half of what had been forecast.[IMAGE]BEA also revised the report for July which had originally shown spending up $46.0 billion while incomes rose $42.3 billion. With the revision, the spending increase was cut to $45.4 billion while incomes rose $18.5 billion.The continued increase in spending is an encouraging sign for third quarter GDP. Consumer spending is roughly 70 percent of GDP. In the first two months of the third quarter, consumer spending is up $34 billion over the second quarter. By the same measures, personal spending for the entire second quarter was up about $35.7 billion from the first quarter.Still, the monthly income-spending report shows signs of a weak labor market, as wages rose just $5.5 billion in August after improving almost $8.5 billion in July. Within the goods-producing sector, aggregate wages dropped $6.4 billion, but wages increased in the service sector.[COLUMN_BREAK]Disposable personal income ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô essentially after-tax income ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose $12.5 billion in August after growing $15.4 billion in July. Personal savings for August fell $47.4 billion.Personal savings as a percentage of disposable (after tax) income fell to 3.7 percent in August from 4.1 percent in July. Despite continuing low interest rates, personal interest payments (non-mortgage interest) rose to $171.7 billion in August from $169.2 in July as consumers upped their borrowing.Government transfer payments ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô fell $1.4 billion to $2.4 trillion in August due primarily to a cut in unemployment insurance payments.The drop in unemployment insurance payments was the eighth consecutive monthly decline ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô reflecting congressional mandated reductions.The increase in personal consumption was primarily due to a higher spending on goods, up $46.2 billion, while spending on services rose $11.1 billion. The increased spending on goods though was heavily weighted to non-durable goods, $42.2 billion, compared with $4 billion for durable goods, suggesting consumers might be reluctant to spend on higher ticket items which are often financed through borrowing. The Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô often considered the Federal Reserve’s favored measure of inflation ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose 0.4 points in August, the sharpest increase of the year, and was up 1.5 percent in the last year. In July, the index saw a year-over-year increase of 1.3 percent. The “”core”” PCE Index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô excluding food and energy ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô rose 0.1 points in August and was up 1.6 percent in the last year, unchanged from July. September 28, 2012 423 Views Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Consumer spending GDP Inflation Investors Lenders & Servicers Personal income Processing Service Providers 2012-09-28 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
31Oct Rep. Farrington votes for program to battle opioid abuse Kalamazoo County study could have statewide importance Categories: Diana Farrington News,News State Rep. Diana Farrington today voted for legislation that establishes a pilot program to battle the opioid abuse epidemic that grips Michigan.Farrington, of Utica, voted for a $700,000 supplemental budget item to set up the program that will help develop a test that assists people with identifying if they have a tendency for addiction to opioids and other painkillers.“The abuse of prescription painkillers is out of control, not just in Michigan but nationwide, and we must take every opportunity to shut down this epidemic that is tearing so many families apart,” Farrington said. “The results obtained from the Kalamazoo County study would allow prescriptions to have the most benefit while also curtailing opioid abuse and overdoses statewide.”The program will test Medicaid recipients for indicators of a high risk toward dependency on painkillers, which will enable doctors to prescribe other medications that may not lead to abuse or overdose.The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.#####The legislation is Senate Bill 253.
ShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJanuary 2, 2014; New York TimesFiorello La Guardia—the man I consider to be the greatest Mayor this city has ever known—put it best. He said: “I, too, admire the ‘rugged individual,’ but no ‘rugged individual’ can survive in the midst of collective starvation.”— An excerpt from the inaugural speech of New York City mayor Bill de BlasioIn its trends for 2013 and predictions for 2014, NPQ declared that the election of Bill de Blasio was a harbinger of a larger trend toward more progressive local elected officials, so this speech should be of interest.Bill de Blasio, the new mayor of New York City and an avowed progressive, stood outside City Hall yesterday to declare in his inauguration speech that his administration would focus on social and economic justice. De Blasio was previously the city’s public advocate, and before that, a city councilman.“We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love,” he said. “And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA.”“Our work begins now,” de Blasio said. “We won’t wait.”“We do not ask more of the wealthy to punish success,” de Blasio said to a crowd that included the Clintons and singer/activist Harry Belafonte. “We do it to create more success stories.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares
Share6TweetShare2Email8 SharesBy Person272367 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 12, 2016; Boston GlobeMorton Hospital in Taunton, Massachusetts, found itself under fire last week after a man who was released from the facility subsequently injured five and killed two people the same afternoon. Arthur DaRosa, who was eventually killed by police, was brought by ambulance to Morton Hospital in the evening on Monday, May 9th, and was discharged around 4:00 am the following day after being treated for “anxiety.” Relatives reported that he said that the devil was playing tricks on him and trying to poison his children. He had also, they said, threatened suicide.A day later, the hospital announced it had cut its contract with Taunton/Attleboro Emergency Services (TAES) which, by requirement of the state, performed evaluations on Medicaid patients who came to the emergency room with mental health complaints. When publicly cutting that tie, the hospital did not directly reference DaRosa; instead, they blamed TAES for not promptly attending to patients who had been waiting for hours in the emergency room even a day after the incident.The hospital is, of course, not allowed to discuss confidential patient information and so can say nothing about DaRosa’s case, but it has said about the incident in a statement, “If the state-contracted agency responsible for conducting evaluations in the Emergency Department had requested an admission to a psychiatric bed, there were beds available within the hospital’s network.”In Massachusetts, the state controls the protocols for low-income Medicaid patients and requires that an independent body okay any admissions. In contrast, privately insured patients who go to emergency rooms with mental health concerns receive evaluations from the hospital’s staff doctors and nurses.Morton says it will use in-house staff to evaluate Medicaid patients with mental health issues, although it is unclear what that means about state reimbursement for services. “As we have said in the past, the current policy mandating that the evaluation process must be carried out by a third-party state contractor is misguided,” reads a Morton Hospital statement released on Wednesday, May 11th:For several years, we have asked that our hospital and others be allowed to direct these assessments independently through qualified psychiatrists, clinicians, and other medical personnel who have been subject to the hospital credentialing process, peer review process, and the policies that guide the care of every other patient—and not through an outside state contracted vendor who we do not choose.Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker gave a response at a press conference:No one can be released from a hospital without a certification that’s jointly signed by the provider organization and by the emergency services program, which means somebody at Morton Hospital also signed the same document that the emergency services people signed. But, obviously, looking into that is part of the investigation.—Ruth McCambridgeCorrection: This article has been altered from its original form. Morton Hospital is owned and operated by Steward Health Care System, which is a for-profit organization. NPQ regrets the error.Share6TweetShare2Email8 Shares
The UK government has appointed Lord Michael Williams of Baglan to the BBC Trust, the broadcaster’s governing body.Williams will be the first BBC Trustee to take on an international role as part of his responsibilities. This will reinstate a position on the BBC’s governing body with specific oversight of the BBC’s international public services, including the BBC World Service. He will chair a new BBC Trust committee to monitor the international public services, which also include BBC World News and BBC Monitoring.Williams was most recently the UN special coordinator for Lebanon and an under secretary-general of the UN. He is also a former special adviser to two former UK Foreign secretaries and special adviser to the United Nations secretary general on the Middle East. A former editor at the BBC World Service, Williams has also been a trustee of the BBC World Service Trust.
German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has issued a €300 million bond.The company will use the net proceeds of the five-year bond, set to mature in 2017, to partially replace the €600 million in bridge financing it has raised for the planned acquisition of Tele Columbus.